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James Tobin

James Tobin

JAMES TOBIN is an author and historian. His latest book, The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency,was published by Simon & Schuster in November 2013. He contributes regularly to the U-M Heritage website, an online repository of historical stories and images about the University.
[L-R: UM Ath. Director Fielding Yost, UM President C.C. Little, Michigan Governor Fred Green, OSU Ath. Dir. L.W. St. John, Ohio Governor Vic Donahey]

Pigskins and presidents

U-M’s chief executives haven’t all been fans of our beloved Wolverines, though President C.C. Little (second from right) enjoyed the Big House dedication in 1927.

Carillon bell at U-M

There were bells

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The carillon bells in Burton Tower have been tolling for 80 years, but they are only the latest in an astonishingly varied series of bells and chimes making music at U-M.