Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M



The Cat-Hole in its original form. (Image: U-M's Bentley Historical Library.)

The late, great ‘Cat Hole’

A woebegone corner of campus once attracted trysts, trash and, a magnificent plan for an amphitheater. And then we paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Madagascar note, 1897

Soldier, prisoner, lexicographer

‘Hereward Thimbleby Price’ may sound like a character in a cozy English tale, but real life took him from Madagascar to Michigan.

Lyman Johnson

An integrated life

Lyman T. Johnson, MA ’33, was the grandson of former slaves. He integrated the University of Kentucky five years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Ensian photo of a long-haired kid getting a haircut

Hair down to there

The ‘Beatle haircut’ of 1964 sent men’s locks at Michigan flowing past the ears, collars, and shoulders.

Helen Foster, Oshima, Japan, 1951

Rock star

As a field geologist, 98-year-old Helen Foster, BA ’42/PhD ’46, mapped the farthest-flung islands of Japan, met Emperor Hirohito, and documented Alaska’s landscape.

Halifax mushroom cloud

Halifax, heroism, and hockey

The hero of John U. Bacon’s ‘The Great Halifax Explosion,’ about the biggest manmade explosion before Hiroshima, is U-M’s first hockey coach.