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Frank: I enjoyed (again) your article in the UM Magazine. My take is that film, as a medium, is in decline as TV (the current art form) is in its ascendency. Marshall McLuhan argued that the prior media (once viewed as de classe) becomes art when it is one technology "old." Accordingly, television turned movies into art and made theater dead as a doornail. (I saw Werner Herzog in AA many years back and he expounded on his hatred of theater---"I detest the smell of greasepaint", he said.) Computer games and technology have made the previously lamented "great wasteland" (television) an art form and has made film, in some limited sense, as irrelevant as theater. With rare exception, the best "stuff" of the past 5-10 years has been made for television, not film audiences. Crime Story, Twin Peaks, The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Shield, and numerous others (even, cheap thrill stuff like 24) eclipse what Holloywood now churns out. Indeed, I don't even think the point can be argued. The question of "why?" (I suppose) is arguable, but I think McLuhan's arguments (if you can call what he does "argument") hold up or, at least, provide explanation for the evolution of media that is not adequately explained elsewhere. Craig Ross Craig, thanks for the comments. Your observations are, from my perspective, right on. I just hope that TV will soon move away from the 'reality' trend and do more of the types of broadcast dramas you refer to. All the best, Frank Beaver

  • Craig Ross

I got my second masters, an MA in Applied Linguistics TESOL. from UIC a few years ago, which blends well with my Community Org. concentration in social work. And I have used a Michigan text for students learning english for office practice, precisely b/c it was concrete, illustrated with cartoon drawings, and got right to the point. I wouldn't mind being sent a catalogue of U of M's linguistic offerings: not the behaviorists, but writings on the practical approach to integrating the immigrant community into the various systems of our society through ESL language instruction. Which is a far cry from distinguishing "damn from drat", but might serve us well. Ann P. White, MSW (U of M), MA (UIC)

  • Ann P. White
  • MSW
  • 1975
  • School of Social Work

Director, Oral History American Music, YOale Schhool of Music and Library Field: contemporary music author and educator Publications on Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, others Forthcoming: COMPOSERS' VOICES FROM IVES TO ELLINGTON, Perlis and Van Cleve, Yale Press, August 2005

  • vivian Perlis
  • BM, MM
  • 1949, 1952
  • Music
  • weston

We recently attended a book signing at The Girls Middle School in Moutain View, CA for Toni Buzzeo. She graduated from the University of Michigan and spoke with my daughters about her experience there since I am also a graduate. Her books are wonderful and my middle school daughters enjoyed them as well as purchasing them for gifts. They are also illustrated by Mary GrandPre' (Harry Potter fame). I would love to see you do a story on Toni Buzzeo. She has a website at Thanks. We really enjoyed meeting another graduate out here. Dena

  • Dena Donahue
  • MBA
  • 1987
  • Business
  • Ann Arbor

I read with interest Frank Beaver's article about differences in the movie-going experience in the '50s compared to today and how/why there has been a reduction in the numbers of people going to the movies as opposed to renting/buying them on DVD. I believe there was one small factual error in the article. Marty, the movie, was released in 1955 and won that year's best picture. I think it was originally a made-for-TV movie. Maybe that was in 1953.

  • Jim Lochner
  • BA
  • 1983
  • LS & A

The article "Devotion to Islam not linked to support of terror" speaks of a UM Institute for Social Research study from which the writer of the article seemingly concludes there is no relationship between Islam and terrorism. However, it appears the objective findings of the study lead to just the opposite conclusion. Buried far beneath the patently false headline lies "The more often Muslims attended mosques, the more likely they were to support suicide terrorism." I trust that this is just sloppy or biased journalism and not the result of the UM financed Institute for Social Research letting its own agenda dictate what the facts should be as opposed to what they are. It is important that what is purportedly "news" be accurate and objective. It appears that the editors of Michigan Today NewsE could do better. John W. Condon Readers who wish to read or review the news item describing the research will note that it makes a clear distinction between devotion and attendance. Some may disagree with the distinction, but we accurately reported the methodology and findings of the project--Editor.

  • John W. Condon
  • BA
  • 1967
  • LSA
  • Morris

Before we go off the deep end describing how wonderful the Muslim creed is, we should ask ourselves why is it that they can practice their religion here in the USA, but non-Muslims often cannot in areas where they predominate? This is fair? This should be overlooked? Get real, folks.

  • John M Jenks
  • BBA
  • 1953
  • Business
  • Leawood

I get so many things in my inbox, and the Michigan Today news is another that need not be read, but I always do read it and always find it very interesting and stimulating. There continue to be so many signs of intellectual life in Ann Arbor. Great job.

  • Erica Nol
  • B.S.
  • 1976
  • SNR
  • Peterborough

I signed up to be a Life Member in April. I still haven't received the UofM coat that was a promotion. Please check into it for me. Thanks. You need to check with the Alumni Assn. We'll forward your comments to them--Ed.

  • Gary L. Bebow
  • MHSA
  • 1981
  • Public Health
  • Batesville

For some unknown reason, we receive two Email copies of Michigan Today News. One copy is all we want. Thank you.

  • Arthur J Snook

I love getting emails that look like webpages. How do you create these beautifully professional looking emails? I'd like to apply this technique to the numerous program emails I send out here at the UM Health System. Right now, the emails I send via Groupwise are text only and visually bland. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the compliment. Our Web pages are created by Lenny Zenith of U-M the News Service. You may wish to consult him on such matters--Ed.

  • Philip Welch
  • B.S.
  • 1999
  • Kinesiology
  • Ann Arbor

Loved reading Prof.Beaver's artical on "Creative Geography" in the Alumni Newsletter. I live in Los Angeles & work in the Film Industry. Went to "Upside Of Anger", having no idea where it was set and spent considerable time whispering to my friend, "THAT"S supposed to be Detroit?" . Having grown up in the city, I kept thinking, they must be somewhere in Grosse Pointe, but it still didn't look right. It kept me guessing, but it also made me a bit angry. Would like to know why writer-director and co-star, Mike Binder felt he had to take the production to London. Those of us who are still trying to make a living in this industry are sensitive to jobs lost to "Run Away Production". If the film had been set in London, that's one thing. But for a former Michigander to take his project not only out of state, but out of the country, strikes me as yet another production which has lost touch with the impact it's having on our economy and the many skilled "below the line" people who rely on work in the Film Industry. That said, I also liked the film alot, and am dying to know who the "UM grad" is who worked on it, & in what capacity?

  • Mary M Fleming
  • MFA Costume Design
  • 1985
  • Rackham
  • LA

It's painful to see the word "its" miswritten in an official U of M publication! This is one of the most common mistakes in the English language, but I expect a better things from U of M. Here's the offending sentence: • It's name is RABBIT but this robot walks like a person. "It's" means "it is." The possessive pronoun that you meant to use is "its"--without an apostrophe! Sorry if I come across as harsh, but as an English teacher, this is one of my biggest pet peeves. Thanks for letting me give my feedback. As painful as it is for you, it's even more painful for us! We'll increase our vigilance--Ed.

  • Liz (Hartzell) Reumann
  • B.A. in English
  • Dec. 1990
  • LS & A

In the article about the designated hitter rule by Terry Gallagher, the first sentence in not quite right. The DH can be used for any player in the batting order, not just the pitcher. In MLB it is the pitcher, but in younger leagues where the rule is used, the pitcher is usually the best player on the team. Most often he is the best hitter and bats third or fourth in the order. Tom O'Brien

  • Tom O'Brien

In the title "It's name is RABBIT but this robot walks like a person," "It's" isn't a contraction, it's a possessive, and should be spelled "Its." As common as this mistake is, it is inexcusable, coming from such a prestigious institution as the University of Michigan. In fact, it would be inexcusable coming from any institute of higher learning. I'm appalled.

  • Tom Baehr
  • B.M., M.M.
  • 1966, 1967
  • Music

Alumni in the NY Metropolitan Area can now find out what's going on in the NY area music world that involves U of M alumni. They can either visit: then click MUSIC in the left column; or they can e-mail and ask to be put on an e-mail list. The webpage is updated sometimes daily and contains NEWS FLASHES as well as an Events Calendar. Check it out. This has been a busy and very rewarding week for musician alums in the NY area! Thanks, Lois C. Schwartz MUSIC CHAIR University of Michigan Entertainment Coalition

  • Lois C. Schwartz
  • AB, with distinction
  • 1957
  • LSA
  • New York

I am writing to ask if Patricia Olynyk's labyrinth already exists. If it was commissioned or requested in 2000, what is its current status? I am eager to visit it.Professor Olynyk said progress on the labyrinth is proceeding well, and she hopes to see it open sometime in 2005--Ed.

  • Elizabeth Woodford

The symbols cited in this article such as . or @ or * don't represent syllables; in fact it is the opposite: the syllables represent the graphic symbols.

  • Mike Morrison
  • BM
  • 2000
  • Music

Please update my e-mail address. My previous address was I no longer use that address. Please change your records to use the following address: Thank you.

Don Firth

  • Donald E. Firth
  • B.S. Engineering
  • 1953
  • Engineering,
  • Ann Arbor

I received my Film/Video degree in 1997. After many different and wonderful experiences in the film business, I am happy to say that I am a working actor/voice-over artist. I got a lot out of the teachings I received while at U of M -- especially from Profs. Frank Beaver, Hugh Cohn, Robert Rayher, Terry Sarris, Jim Bernstein, Prof. Ukadike and Gaylan Studlar. It's a testament to them that I instantly remember their names after not having thought about it until now. I can remember the Frieze building like it was yesterday. My point in writing is that if ever Prof. Beaver or any of the others find themselves in New York, giving a talk or the like, please let us know. It would be great to get a dose of that creative energy. Have a great day. -Corey

  • Corey Anker
  • B.A. in Film/Video
  • 1997
  • LSA
  • New York

on my way to and from work I go past houses rented to students: it is very clear by the garbage on the lawn and sidewalk. Is there ANY way to convince the students to clean their mess? I am thinking (1) city fines; (2) talk about it in orientations, (3) when they move out have them contact "got junk?" or homeless shelters or other organizations, so all the stuff they are throwing away will go to good use, (4) write an article about it. Thank you.

  • Ruxandra-Ana Iacob
  • MA, MSc
  • 1976, 1982
  • not UM graduate
  • Ann Arbor

Wow...this e-issue really feeds my senses, inspires and nudges me to reconnect with some long buried thoughts, plans, ideas ... bravo. I am going to pursue my composting toilet, solar panels, poetry, fractal images, and God. Thanks for the catalyst. Katy Newman

  • Kathleen Newman
  • B.A., M.L.S.
  • 1969, 1972
  • LSA, Library Science
  • Bloomfield Hills

Great newsletter, really enjoying the online info. Shirley Locke

  • Shirley Locke
  • AB, MS
  • 1979, 1981
  • LSA, School of Ed
  • The Woodlands

I truly enjoyed Prof. Bailey's essay about the carniverous aspects of our language. I've heard most of the words used in the way he described, but I never put them together in one framework the way he did. Thank you for the enjoyable and informative item in Michigan Today.

  • Lee Weitzenkorn Haas
  • B.A.
  • 1970
  • LSA
  • Shaker Heights

Very nice - I got hope we will soon have another potential alumni - waiting for our son to be accepted. He is currently "deferred" (whatever that means!) MCM

  • Marcia E. Charles-Mo
  • MD
  • 1981
  • Medical School
  • Orinda

I've entered a doctoral program here in NY that doesn't have as good a library as UM. Imagine my excitement when I read that the UM library will be available on-line! That's a great service. Ruth Campbell

  • Ruth Campbell
  • MSW
  • 1990
  • School of Social Work
  • New Paltz

I would like to know if the alumni of U of M could have access to the digitized collections from the library that are being described in the alumni news. Perhaps as a reward for donation to the U?

  • Linda Cook
  • BSN
  • 1972
  • Nursing
  • Sherwood Park ALBERTA CANADA

Was impressed with the content and the html presentation of this issue. Loved the incorporation of the audio. Keep up the continuing development of interesting issues of MT.

  • Ruth Barnard

Unbelievable! U of M creativity at work. Always striving for quality and the best. Very well presented and designed. It made me proud to be part of the University of Michigan community

  • Yolita Rausche
  • B. of Architecture
  • 1969
  • Architecture
  • Chagrin Falls

Great issue. Lots of interesting stories, and not one damned sports item in sight.

  • Richard Guilford
  • J.D.
  • 1963
  • Law School
  • Portland

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