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Thanks for the latest issue of Michigan Today. May I suggest for your next installment an item on how this Law '82 alum balances out his law practice by spending nights and weekends composing, recording, and producing CDs of original law-related allegedly-humorous holiday songs? Just last week I released my third album, "Merry Lexmas From The Lawtunes," on my independent LawTunes label. Here's the press release: Further info, clips, photos, etc. are available at my site, I would be happy to send you a courtesy copy of the CD. Feel free to contact me if you need more info. Thanks. Lawrence Savell (Law '82) LawTunes (212) 408-5343

  • Lawrence Savell
  • J.D.
  • 1982
  • Law
  • New York

I can't tell you what a thrill it is to be able to attend the Tiger post season games with my Dad. I grew up in Detroit and my folks still live in the area. Normally I feel like a 14 year old kid, but with the Tigers in the World Series I feel like I'm 10 years old again. It's Great. I still have every baseball card I ever bought and many that I bummed off the older guys who were getting too old and cool to collect baseball cards. I have a huge Al Kaline collection. I even happened across a Kaline Drive street sign from around Tiger Stadium after a MICHIGAN vs IOWA game years ago. I was out in Grandville one year when Kaline was making an appearance and someone asked him to autograph a Kaline Dr street sign. He did. He said there were a huge number of them that disappear every year down in Lakeland also. I won't go into the details of how I came across mine. We were at the 1984 World Series game where a total of about 27 runners were left on base and Chet Lemon made that great Willie Mays type catch. The outcome of 2006 WS Game 1 was disappointing but it was still a great day to be a Tiger fan and to be in Comerica enjoying baseball with my Dad. That game could have been very different had Brandon Inge's two shots to right gone a few feet further or if Pudge's two run almost-Home Run wasn't caught or if Polanco's long shot to left would have went right of the foul pole instead of foul. Whatever the outcome of the Series I'm glad I made it to all the games I did this year. I'm glad I got to run the bases a couple times this year at Comerica with my Grandson Zachary. I'm glad I got to enjoy the 2006 Tigers with my family and friends. I'm extremely glad we beat those Yankees and even if there's icicles hanging off my face - I'm going to be cheering loud and proud for Jim Leyland and our 2006 Detroit Tigers.

Go Tigers !!!!

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  • Ted Wright
  • BSEE
  • 1984
  • Engineering
  • Ada

I was impressed with the new PSA. The use of the Victors was particularly good because we cheer and shout hail not just for sports, but for academics, the success of alumni, and the continuing importance and prominence of our university! GO BLUE!

  • Jerry Klopfer
  • MALS
  • 1981
  • Library Science
  • Roswell

I was quite upset and disappointed to see Michigan Today NewsE promoting Juan Cole's "Podcast: Five years after 9/11, are we safer?" In my opinion, he's a political extremist whose views are arguably anti-semitic. My opinion of Cole is shared and profiled in David Horowitz' recent book "The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America." He's probably in the same league as Noam Chomsky.

  • Larry Garner
  • BA
  • 1990
  • LSA
  • Brookline

Please pass this on to the creators of the new Michigan Difference TV spot. The new spot is just OK. It does not inspire me like the Apollo ad or the Med school ad. I understand the point, but the voice over is not enthusiastic enough and the visuals are boring. My two cents.

Go Blue!!!

  • Sean Ratkewicz
  • BA
  • 2003
  • CASL
  • Wyandotte

Wow! The new Michigan Difference commercial is awesome! Simply awesome.

  • Clinton Canady IV
  • B.A. in Political Science
  • 2003
  • LSA
  • Washington

Thanks for putting JRCole's talk re: 9/11 into mp3 and distributing via MichiganToday! I could not attend, but will copy to my player to listen to while commuting. GPW

  • GPWitteveen

My favorite "Dead" word is probably "abbozzo" (a short outline or essay). I found it in an an abridged dictionary from around 1910 (can't remember the exact date) - a Google search finds over 30,000 hits, yet one almost never sees this word in print... go figure.

  • Bernard J. Girardot
  • MS, BS
  • 1999, 1994
  • Dearborn - Engineering
  • Canton

The new PSA looks like what comes from every other school. It's nice but not memorable, and it pales in comparison to the current PSA with the Apollo astronauts.

  • Richard Stevens
  • BBA, JD
  • 1976, 1979
  • Business, Law

PSA for Minnesota/Michigan Football - Nice but lacks the listing of accomplishments that future students look for, etc. Some of us know the tremendous achievements of the listed professors, etc., but most won't.

  • Paul Burnett
  • MM, BMA
  • 1984, 1983
  • School of Music

The verbal content of the presentation is good but there could have been more minority persons given as examples of good works ...

  • Sara L. Kellermann Follett
  • BS, MS, MD
  • 1960, 1963, 1967
  • LSA, Rackham, Medicine
  • Bronx

Having spent my career in communications (Professor of Com at State U. of New York), I compliment the spot, "Michigan Today." I do have one constructive criticism: the pictures move too fast to read the captions. Remember, we who now number among the elderly read them too.

  • Melvin W. Donaho
  • PhD
  • 1966
  • Rackham
  • Goodyear, AZ 85338

I always enjoy reading these articles on new/dying words. I took the History of the English language with Dr. Bailey about a decade ago and I still remember it as one of my most interesting classes.

  • Rebecca
  • 1998
  • LSA

As I usually always do, I sent the link to Richard Bailey's column (the one concerning 'Future Words') to a somewhat nerdy friend of mine. She enjoyed the column, as she always does, but was disappointed to notice the misspelling of the Heinlein word 'grok,' as 'grock.' Wikipedia has confirmed that Heinlein's grok is indeed spelled g-r-o-k, while pointing out that Grock was the self-given name of a Swiss circus clown who lived from 1880-1959. Take care, Richard, Michigan men (and women) across the land expect more due diligence. (:>)

  • Paul Moseley
  • MBA
  • 1980
  • Business School
  • Cannon Beach

In response to the stadium renovation, I would just like to say that I believe it will make Michigan Football even more commercial then it has already become, and less affordable. I was born and raised within blocks of the stadium. As a kid, I sat on Fielding H. Yost's lap for a photo in his office in Yost Field House, my playground was Ferry Field, and I attended probably every Michigan home football game from the 1940's until I moved to Florida in 1997 (except 1953-57 while in the service). I kept my season tickets up until two years ago, so I have a lot of personal baggage. But I believe the atmosphere around college football is being destoryed with the suites and club level, etc. I believe the renovation plan makes Michigan look and feel just like a professional sports venue. Having been in that environment, I believe it is not where college sports should be heading and I don't think Fielding Yost would like it either. I don't believe the average fan sees the super-structure as doing anything for them but inviting the CEO/Supplier World into their Saturday afternoon as another display of the "haves" over the " have nots." On a positive note, the added restrooms, wider aisles are all needed. Thanks for letting me comment.

  • David Cooper

I think it's "cool" that you're offering audio versions of some articles -- this is very up-to-date, and apt to appeal to many people. If you have transcripts of these audio articles, however, it would be welcome if you'd post those as well, as some of us a.) don't hear well, and b.) can read faster than we can listen. I'd have liked to take in a couple of your most recent audio offerings, but am unwilling to take the time to struggle to hear the audio versions. thanks! Michael Rodemer Associate Prof. of Art UM School of Art & Design

Unfortunately, we do not have transcripts of our podcasts available. We appreciate your suggestion, and we'll look into ways we might be able to make that happen.

  • Michael Rodemer
  • MFA, MA
  • not from UM
  • Art & Design
  • Ann Arbor

Professor Bailey's exposition on science-fiction words did not include the term for all such inventions, historical and recent: Neologism. American society is constantly seeking and inventing new terms, not just for such arcane hardware as cryogenic chambers or theoretical constructs such as the Higgs boson, but for new inventions and concepts we encounter today. We have the portmanteau term 'podcast' for a radio or spoken presentation issued in MP3 format and distributed across the Internet, but we still lack a useful term for describing recording a television program onto a computer hard disk-using device such as a DVR or TiVo. Is this still 'taping' a show? Will a term be invented, or will the entire operation simply be subsumed into the general background activity, as did dialling the phone? What do people say when they want to indicate the act of entering a phone number into a keypad today, anyway?

Another means of creating science fiction terms is one of the definitions for a retronym -- a word that has been specifically modified to indicate a modernized and different version of an older thing, action or description. Science fiction is littered with such, from 'wet navy' (to distinguish it from the spacefaring kind) to 'flat TV,' 'ground car,' and others. We have adopted this process for modern inventions and developments, one of the oldest being 'natural turf' to distinguish it from the synthetic kind. We have 'smart bombs' now, but the older free-falling kind we call 'gravity bombs' or 'iron bombs' to tell them apart from the new standard armament.

Along with neologisms and retronyms, we have a minefield of usages that have shifted with time. We speak of the World-Wide Web and the Internet as if they were interchangeable, and they are not; the Web is a subnetwork of specialized software that exists on the Internet. We speak of TV still, but we can receive it over the Internet, through cable that connects both to home computer and TV set, or broadcast. By this time next year it will be possible to have TV that was produced on a computer, sent through a cable, and then broadcast over a very short distance to a handheld device not connected to any network -- a situation now called 'wireless,' though it resembles Marconi's invention as much as Hero's aeropile resembles an F-14.

A dizzying prospect indeed.

  • Peter Rogan
  • B.A.
  • 1977
  • LSA
  • Royal Oak

Absolutely loved the article by Frank Beaver - "Talking About the Movies: Summer Movies." Enough so that I'll be buying both books.

  • Vitalija Ona Thompson
  • BA
  • 1978
  • LSA
  • E. Lansing

I hope that you will publish a schedule of Michigan football games this year, with information on when they are available on TV. I was disppointed in the number of PPV games last year, and hope more are avaialable to the general viewing public this year.....especially to those of us 1000s of miles from Ann Arbor!

You can find the schedule of Michigan football games at this website:

You can find additional sports information, from news to schedules to tickets, at

  • Anthony Lenzer
  • Ph.D.
  • 1970
  • LS & A
  • Kailua

has just published a book. It's the first ever to include all the steps of overcoming fear. Conquer Your Fear of Water: An Innovative Self-Discovery Course in Swimming ISBN 1420864440 336 pages, AuthorHouse, May, 2006 Thank you, Melon Dash

  • Melon Dash
  • MS
  • 1980
  • Education/Kinesiology
  • Walnut Creek

The "talking about words" section needs better checking! Your quote, under the header "Exuberant words": "Oh, the joy of splendiferous, fantabulous, grandiloquent language!" First, "grandiloquent" has a negative connotation (pompous) and doesn't seem to match well with splendiferous, fantabulous, exuberance, or joy. Second, I think "O the joy!" would be better. "Oh" appears more with surprise, negative/slightly negative exclamations, or ordinary speech. "O" appears with outbursts of praise and poetic address (often both at the same time). A lot of people mess this one up, though, so maybe usage over time will kill this nice distinction. Third is the nitpickiest. I think splendiferous genuinely describes our language. Fantabulous, on the other hand, is a fun portmanteau of fantastic and fabulous, which are mainly accurate in describing mythical creatures or over-the-top fashion, and otherwise are generally hyperbole! Language is exactly not fantabulous--it's commonplace and ordinary, and yet amazingly beautiful, hence splendiferous. Hope the person who gets this loves and appreciates language as much as I do! --Johanna

  • Johanna
  • Rackham

Hi, as an English major I am unfortunately obligated to point out spelling errors. I believe your "Hydrants with Flare" story title should actually be "Hydrants with Flair" - ! ("flair" meaning "distinctive elegance or style" as opposed to "flare" referring to shape or burst of light)

  • Ann Bullard
  • B.A.
  • 1973
  • LSA
  • Kansas City

Great idea. brief and informative. I like to read the gateway when I have time, but with this in my email, it gives me a quick look at what is going on at U of M. I like it. great idea. don't let it get too long or wordy. keep it brief and quick. Good job!!

  • Chris Miller

This is a wonderful publication; most informative across the board. I'm enjoying receiving it.

  • Lynne Milstein Frost
  • B.Mus.
  • 1963
  • School of Music
  • New York

Very nice e-communication and the Bailey piece was wonderful. You could have similar periodic pieces from all of our schools & colleges of general interest, especially when they take a fair poke at conventional wisdom.


Plaudits to Prof. Bailey on his prose on how to best explain how to variously split the infinitive. It is clearly a question of to simply be or to eruditely not be recognized as a "splitter".

P.S. I had 3 years of Latin.

P.P.S. The designer of your awkward feedback form ought to soon take a lesson on "splitting" schools, degrees, and years apart! That obnoxious two-digit state code selection should be deleted. Also please eliminate all those extraneous prefixes in years and the decimal points in degrees. The form also "vanishes" when one clicks back to reference the article and the writer has to start over!

  • Stacy L. Daniels
  • BSE, MSE, MSE, PhD
  • 1960, 1961, 1963, 1967
  • Engineering, Rackham
  • Midland

I really enjoyed the current edition. Keep up the good work in keeping me posted on U. Of M. news.

  • Clare Bismuth
  • B.A.
  • 1957
  • LS&A

Would you send a link to the University Of Michigan retirement , or possibly health care housing facilities which are near one of the campus area, so we can make inquiries. Thanks, Kent G. Worley

  • Kent G. Worley
  • MLA
  • 1967
  • SNR
  • Duluth

Since the cure is not yet readily available, please consider publishing the e-newsletter in a format that takes into consideration the visual problems of older alumni. Two possibilities suggest themselves: you could simply use a larger font size; or you could use a format that enables browsers to change the size of the font size.

Sorry you had trouble reading the story about reading glasses! Here's a quick, easy way to enlarge the type on our web pages (and others): Hold down the 'Control' key and press '+'. The page should bump up a size. To enlarge further, press 'Ctrl +' again. To decrease the size, press 'Ctrl -'. -Editor.

  • John Quinn
  • JD
  • 1972
  • Law
  • Detroit

Interesting, both in content of articles and style of presentation. Enjoyable to read. Thank you.

  • Alice ASC
  • B.S.
  • 1947
  • LSA
  • Ann Arbor

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