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Posted on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 : 5:09 p.m.

Actor LeVar Burton in Ann Arbor (and apparently enjoying it)

By Bob Needham

Actor LeVar Burton has been spending the day in Ann Arbor and documenting it on his Twitter feed.

He's posted several photos Tuesday, starting with breakfast (from an unnamed source). He tweeted a photo of Dawn Treader Book Shop with the notation "Best bookstore ever," and with a campus photo he wrote, "This place is SO beautiful."


LeVar Burton relaxes outside Ashley's on Tuesday evening.

Daniel Brenner |

Another tweet reads, "Just spent 3 hours at Shapiro Library ..." Other tweets included photos taken in Ingalls Mall and Ashley's bar on State Street.

Burton is a major presence on Twitter, with more than 1.7 million followers.

Burton told an photographer that he's in town to be a guest lecturer at a film-studies class being taken by his daughter, a student at U-M.

An author and educator as well as an actor, Burton's best-known roles include the landmark TV miniseries "Roots," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and PBS' "Reading Rainbow."

Photographer Daniel Brenner contributed to this report. Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 6:56 p.m.

And how could we forget that he starred in "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story"? GO TIGERS!

Mumbambu, Esq.

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

You're going to need to eject the warp core...but you don't have to take MY word for it.

Wolf's Bane

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 5:41 p.m.

That's pretty cool. Welcome LeVar!

Angry Sasquatch

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 5 p.m.

But you don't have to take Machine or Usual Suspect's word for it...


Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 5:48 p.m.

haha good one


Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 4:19 p.m.

LeVar Burton is definitely deserving of the accolades, not only is he a talented actor/producer/writer he is also a genuinely good person who cares about the society we live in. This is not Snookie or Paris Hilton we're talking about here, show some class/respect he has earned it!

Andrea Zastrow

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

Plus he's found the holy grail of the parent with a kid in college: a way to check up on her without it being too obvious!

Unusual Suspect

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

Celebrity worship is very disturbing.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

LeVar was wonderful in "Roots." As I understand it, he was in Africa running for his life (and freedom) from Orenthal Simpson (used to callhim O.J.). Orenthal was suposed to catch him, but this stinker (LeVar) poured on the speed and left the other guy in his dust. From what I remember of the story, Orenthal was just plain furious. You would think he would laugh and take it as a good joke, but nope. Maybe there was a hint there of other things to come. So, Mr. Burton, thanks for a lot of joy over the years. BTW, don't forget to get a personalized tour of Burton Tower! It is amazing, though I don't think it's the same family.


Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 12:50 p.m.

Man, I would love to meet LaVar. I grew up watching reading rainbow and loving every second of that show. Then I watched roots and my brain almost exploded.


Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 12:38 p.m.

Very cool that he's enjoying his visit. When he was on Star Trek: Next Generation we had a guinea pig named Giordi :)


Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 12:20 p.m.

Pretty cool that his daughter is a U-M student. I hope he has a great visit to AA and comes back again.

music to my ear

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 12:12 p.m.

that guy hasn't aged a bit.what a rainbow for Ann arbor .


Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 5 a.m.

Celebrity worship never gets tiresome. It's an awesome distraction from the real problems we face every day.

John of Saline

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 7:56 p.m.

Being full of oneself and "above it all" can be quite a pastime.


Tue, Oct 16, 2012 : 10:43 p.m.

This show didn't make me love to read....but I watched this show because I loved to read.

Ron Granger

Tue, Oct 16, 2012 : 10:38 p.m.

Wait - where is the visor? Did Umich fix his vision?

John of Saline

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 : 7:55 p.m.

Kellogg Eye Center. They're GOOD.


Tue, Oct 16, 2012 : 9:35 p.m.

He's also in the new show "Perception" which was on TNT this summer. Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) is the lead actor in that new series.