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Posted on Tue, May 29, 2012 : 9:54 a.m.

Elderly man dances naked in Furstenberg Nature Area as women canoe past him

By Kyle Feldscher

A group of women canoeing on the Huron River through the Furstenberg Nature Area Monday evening were given an unwanted strip show by an elderly man.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said the women were flashed by a man at about 8:10 p.m. Monday. He was reported to be between 60 and 80 years old.

As the women canoed down the river, the man appeared on the banks and took off his blue, checkered shorts, revealing his genitals to the group, Bush said.

After disrobing, the man began to dance and advance toward the women, Bush said.

The women yelled at the man to go away and he put his shorts back on and left the area, according to Bush.

The man was described as white and had no facial hair, Bush said. Officers responded to the 2600 block of Fuller Road and were unable to find the man, according to Bush.

It was a rough weekend for canoers in Ann Arbor. An Ann Arbor woman was punched in the face following a canoeing excursion to Gallup Park, police said.

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Wed, May 30, 2012 : 6:14 p.m.

Perhaps he was hoping to attract some cougars... after all, he was near North Campus


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 3:23 p.m.

leaguebus: I saw Pan on SNL last week. He's still incarnated in the Being called Mick Jagger. (Who admirably, unlike this weirdo on the riverbank, get the attention the ladies with his clothes ON.)


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

It was all a misunderstanding. Remember he was elderly, and when he had lunch, he had dropped crumbs down his shorts like we all do when we become old. He was sitting on a blanket minding his own business, watching the people baddle by, when he felt some painful bites. Forgetting where he was, he then dropped his shorts and the dancing around was to get those ants off of his body. He didn't notice the lovely ladies yelling at him because of course he was elderly and his hearing was bad, and he was concentrating on those pesky ants. He then noticed the people in the canoe, and quickly put his clothes back on. But again, forgot this all happened, and if you ever did find out who he was, and asked him why he did it, he wouldn't remember - since all elderly people like us have bad memories. Wow - I don't know who just wrote this, but it looks great, think I will post it!

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 2:44 p.m.

Thank you, Perry Mason. I just KNEW there had to be a perfectly logical explanation! LOL! Thank you for the clarification. Case Dismissed! :)

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:10 p.m.

I think the best thing the women could have done would be to point and laugh hysterically. It's usually the people who should NOT go naked who do! :)


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 11:26 a.m.

Ann Arbor is highly rated for artistic expression...


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 11:04 a.m.

As I read through the comments alot of people think it's funny. I have had this happen to me before and it made me sick to my stomach for days. My eyes went quickly from what he was flashing-- to his face, and the way he smiled that sick, perverted smile. What motivates these people to do such things? It's a mystery I never want to check into.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 11:08 p.m.

HereAndThere: I think it's just that so many issues and items in the news these day are so serious and depressing that we kind of need something like this to give us a chance to lighten up. I agree: in reality it's not so pleasant to experience, and shouldn't happen. Still, it gives us a chance to write something ridiculous and (sorta) funny for a change. Motivation in this case is kind of scary. Better in front of paddlers than around kids, which would take all the humor out of it in a hurry.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 7:55 a.m.

Maybe Pan is getting old?

Dog Guy

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:53 a.m.

Most any sunny day a few decades back, people floating down the Huron would encounter hundreds of naturist sunbathers by gravelpit 6 and smaller groups elsewhere. They quickly aided the Washtenaw Sheriff's deputy who flew the county's helicopter into a new phone line over the Huron by pit 6.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:28 p.m.

The weather?! I got punched in the face by an incompetent water walker in the pool today. I continued my swim, not knowing I had a huge bloody nose. A fellow swimmer ran and got me a towel. The dude did not even apologize. I think the weather is making people drive more badly than usual. I'm 100% sure there were some naked men in the guy's locker room. The weather...just all of us behaving badly.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:07 p.m.

Is this what they mean by "flash dance?"


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 10:17 p.m.

Made me laugh - thank you. This is A2!

Susanne Brace

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.

This is crime?


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

No not really...if you are an adult and not a prudish individual

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:18 p.m.

Only a crime of fashion.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:53 a.m.



Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

This story would be much better with pictures. The open carry in this case should have been a camera!


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:45 p.m.

whoop-dee-do! An old geezer dropped trou and danced in front of two biddies... Their sensibilities offended, the first thing they do is report him to the police and the NEWS!!! Get a grip. As if this is a thing that is a threat to our public safety...

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:17 p.m.

"Get a Grip?" Perhaps an unfortunate choice of words here.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:37 p.m.

He may have wandered off from a nursing home or from his own home. It's ok yo notify someone for his sake.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:29 p.m.

Biddies?! Lovely thing to say, Bear.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:04 p.m.

Every time I think about the old man dancing naked at sunset it makes me laugh.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 7:31 p.m.

The best response to a flasher is to laugh and point.

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:16 p.m.

Exactly what I was thinkning, WJ.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 7:15 p.m.

Actually, it could have been worse. He might have been wearing a speedo.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 6:53 p.m.

Anyone else have banjo music in their head after reading these two canoe stories?


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.

This is Ann Arbor! One of the Top Ten Cities to live in! Celebrating Diversity, we should all go down to the river bank and dance!


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 5:54 p.m.

Well, I guess it doesn't get a whole lot more natural than that, so at least he was in the right place.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

Perhaps, he was mistaken as to where and when the Dirty fest was taking place.

Mary Hares Franklin

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 5:08 p.m.

I do understand that it would be an aggravation to have some naked elderly man prancing around in front of one's eyes while one is on the river enjoying the (rest of) the scenery -- but I cannot help grinning as I picture it! Also, I wonder if the old dude can now cross off of his 'bucket list' an item: "Dance Naked In Public"


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 4:31 p.m.

So what's the problem here?


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

Lest we forget, this wouldn't have made the news except that the women did indeed take a gander! Lol!

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.

Like Joan Rivers says... "They can always play ring-toss."

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:14 p.m.

Yes, they did. And that alone should be punishment enough. ;)


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 4:24 p.m.

I just figure he was HOT in the 94-95 degrees weather. Perhaps he wanted to swim in the nude.

Will Warner

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

One woman in the canoe yelled, "Don't look Ethel." But it was too late. She had already been mooned.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 4:13 p.m.

LoL....good ol' Ray Stevens had a song for the occasion, you're right.

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:13 p.m.

Poor Ethel!


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 6:09 p.m.

Then she hollered "Don't look, Ethel!" But it was too late... She'd already got a free shot! Right in front of the home team!

Rob MI

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

Furstenberg is certainly an exciting place to visit. It doesn't excite many of us nearly as it did this individual, however.

Bertha Venation

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 3:51 p.m.

When they say "Dance like no one's watching,"... I'm not sure this is what they meant.

tom swift jr.

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

I just came in to say that 60 is NOT elderly!

Tom Morson

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 2:31 p.m.

AGE is only a number... In the course of any ONE day I have felt infantile, mature, ancient, old, young, aged and graced.... GRIN

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:12 p.m.

Ya... No kiddin' ! :)


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:37 p.m.

Damn! thinks 60 is "elderly"? I don't know Kyle...You look to be about 13...You won't get how GREAT it is to be 60 and over for quite a few years. It is amazing. The kids are gone. You can swear as much as you like...I'm 61 and proud to be this age.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Yeah that's right!!!!!

Will Warner

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

Thums up Tom. Will Warner (59 1/2, but it wasn't me...)


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 3:07 p.m.

Maybe this is the same guy who was approaching runners on Fuller last year? That guy had facial hair, but he could have shaved. I kinda hope it's the same guy. It would be so much more creepy to have two exhibitionists in the area.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 3:01 p.m.

In keeping with the rich message board tradition, let me say that this is more evidence that we need open carry laws everywhere! If these women had been carrying guns, it would have thrown cold water on this fellow's little, er, party.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

So this man deserved the death penalty?! Good grief.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 7:52 a.m.

Just like that teenager in the south, vigilante justice is where it's at! This guy deserves to die for what he did to those women. Saves a lot of money for trials too


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 9:49 p.m.

For those who didn't quite seem to get drut's comment, he's mocking the commenters who frequently promote arming everyone as the infallible solution to all our woes. Scariest part is that this mentality is genuinely expressed enough that it wasn't immediately obvious that drut was playing a parody. I suppose it would have been even more scary though, if others had genuinely agreed with him. Actually, given the comments I usually read here, I'm kind of surprised nobody did.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 9:21 p.m.

I disagree why would you want to shoot an old man who was separated from you by the water. He put his pants back on and left when they shouted. Shooting him seems a little out or proportion.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

I remember when hundreds of UM students would run naked through Ann Arbor and no one proposed shooting them.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

You must not read the comments section of AA crime stories much...


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 3:09 p.m.

I doubt a geezer dropping his blue checkered shorts requires anyone to be shot. It may point to other needed remedies, however.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 2:57 p.m.

An in anoher note, the retirement centers have booked canoe rentals solid up through Labor Day.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:39 p.m.

Someday,, too will become middle-aged. I'll stick around just to see that!


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 2:56 p.m.

Which part of this story is considered unusual?


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 2:26 p.m.

Ohhh nuts, they edited the article. This would have been a great time to use that new pepper spray, a taser or a simple paint ball gun.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 2:22 p.m.

I can't stop laughing...I know this will be deleted, but the mental picture of this guy frolicking around while the women are yelling at him to "go away" is too much!!


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 2:04 p.m.

"The man was described as white and clean-shaven..." Way, way, WAY too much information!! Thanks, Kyle! That one sentence gave me the best laugh I have had in quite a while!

Kyle Feldscher

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 2:34 p.m.

Due to the ... unfortunate nature of that description, I've updated the story to show that the man had a clean shaven face.