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Alan, thanks for the article on the Doors concert. Confirms my memories of a strange evening at the IM building. Have often thought about stopping by the Daily building to look at articles from that fall with the Doors concert in mind. Somewhat symbolic of the changes that were to impact M and Ann Arbor over the next several years.

  • David Goodrich
  • BBA
  • 1970
  • Business
  • Rockbridge Baths

In reading the "Retired Jerseys" article, I thought of today's football jerseys. We have many duplicate numbers, differentiated by offense or defense. It is difficult for the spectators to keep them straight. Perhaps we could add a letter to the number, such as 12R and 12F, or open up numbers over 100 to minimize the confusion. In one game we were penalized for having two players with the same number on the field at the same time. I appreciate that names are on the back of jerseys but they are not always large enough to see quickly. Penn State does not use names as well as numbers and that limits spectator enjoyment. David Brandon, see what you can do to help our loyal fans!

  • Charles F. Morton
  • 1957
  • Engineering, Business Administration, Dentistry
  • Union City

i am Jacob.M.king i play football for my school tragically my foot got broken during the season(its healed now) i only got to play the first game three plays. My substitute said for a chance for a football career i should e-mail you. i am open minded and willing to do anything and plan on playing football for my career thank you

  • jacob.M.king
  • 2016
  • oscoda middle school
  • oscoda

I am a family law practitioner. Any way I can get access to the paper itself? Richard Helzberg

  • Richard Helzberg
  • BA, JD
  • 1962
  • LSA, Law Michigan
  • San Rafael

Thanks for this article, folks. What a great place!

  • John Tebeau
  • BA
  • 1986
  • LSA
  • New York

Saturday football is always fun to watch, as long as one doesn't take it too seriously. After all, it is supposed to be amateur sports. Lots of color and nostalgia and memories.

However I noticed something at the Notre Dame game which impressed me enormously. At the end of the (hard fought game but they lost) game, the Notre Dame players stayed on the field, linked arms, and together with their fellow students sang their alma mater.

What a truly classy tradition! We did not do such in my day, but is there any possibility Michigan could learn something important from Notre Dame?

And by the way, while Dominick's may be the current traditional spot, some of us are still around who remember the Pretzel Bell with its Friday TGIFs, green beer on St. Paddy's Day and the ringing of the birthday bell. Now there was a memorable hangout!


Ambassador (ret) Edward Marks -- LSA 1956

  • Edward Marks
  • BA
  • 1956
  • LSA

I don't care to have this published. But I would like to point out that the U of M is not first among public universities in the Times Educational Supplement listings. That honor goes to the University of California at Berkeley, followed by the University of California at Los Angeles. By my count, the University of Michigan ranks 3rd at #15.

  • Thomas Bleha
  • A.B.
  • 1956
  • LS&A
  • Arlington

I, too, was one of the multitude of students who stayed beyond the announced time of candidate Kennedy's arrival that October night, with the reward of hearing the words that germinated the Peace Corps. Though I didn't participate myself, it was fascinating to read later the fervent announcements in the Michigan Daily about meetings designed to take up Kennedy's spontaneous challenge to students to go abroad to help the less fortunate. My chance presence that evening made me a witness to history.

  • William J. Giovan
  • J.D.
  • 1961
  • Law
  • Grosse Pointe Farms

Rick Snyder is the only candidate that understands what must be done. What worked yesterday does not work today, but Bernero does not seem to understand that incremental adjustments with rubberbands , glue, and tape will not get the job done. When the lansing mayor finished school it took four minutes to fax a one page message, now we can fax the whole Bible in about four seconds. It took computer banks lined up wall to wall at the Houston Space Station to launch space flights, that same function now can be performed from a unit the size of a pocket watch. Where it took days or weeks to learn of an important event or disaster on the other side of the world, that information is now available in minutes. The fast changing technologies have left Bernero behind. Rick Snyder knows that we don't have to re-invent the the wheel, it has already proved its worth. However, he does know that we must re-invent how we turn that wheel

  • Frank A. Tomcsik
  • UMD

A box in Chris Farah's article From U-M to Hollywood and back, about his Ann Arbor-based film, "Answer This," contains this sentence: "First movie ever to film inside Michigan Stadium during a football game."

Not quite! U-M Television shot "Football Weekend in Ann Arbor" in the Big House in 1957. Was it "a movie"? Well, it was shown, in 35mm., in commercial theaters throughout Michigan the following year. It was written and directed by Ann Arborites Alfred Slote and Hazen Schumacher respectively. I was the Editor and Director of Photography.

  • Michael Berla
  • M.A.; Ph.D.
  • Rackham
  • Columbia

It was great to hear the term 'tree lawn' in your Michigan English article. I haven't heard that since living on the west side of Cleveland in the 70s. Back then, I headed off for Peace Corps training and 'tree lawn' came out of my mouth in one discussion and I got absolute blank stares from all the other volunteers in my group - who came from other parts of the US. No one seemed to have a term for that piece of real estate.

Finally in Michigan I ran across 'lawn extensions'. I wonder if tree lawn had its root in Cleveland being called the 'Forest City'? Wide boulevards in Lakewood (Clifton Road?) have huge trees whose canopies pretty much covered the road - at least they did in the 70s.

  • Ronald Oblander
  • MS
  • 1976
  • Rackham
  • Ann Arbor

Dear Editor, I don't want this published. It is an inquiry nd I don't know where else to send it. I am merely asking you to put me in contact with the UM Dearborn people doing the oral history of the Holocaust survivors as mentioned in the article. I am technically a Holocust survivor, as I was caught in the Nazi Anschluss of Austria, but managed to escape with my immediate family, first to Portugal and later to the USA. A lot of my relatives were not as fortunate and perished at Auschwitz. I would like to share my story with them if they want it. I already have a copy of my autobiography (up to 1954) in the archives of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. If the Dearborn people are interested, they can contact me at my email address, or by telephone at (843) 722-6323. Many thanks!

  • Lisa Kurcz Barclay
  • B.A., M.A.
  • 1953
  • LS&A, Rackham
  • Charleston

Please send me paper about that A venomous tale: Vipers shape lizards' tail-shedding abilities

  • PhD
  • 1
  • Universityb of Strathclyde
  • UK

There was no doubt the Big House needed an update. However, the publicity showing in all the papers have projected an outrageous and gaudy image for the football crowd. It was bad enough that now we are caving to the elite and monied crowd, but the stadium now has become another "southern" all we offer is football University. Not the image as a grad that I want. I liked sitting next to the elite, monied, crowd on the same hard seat, on a wet, or snowy day. It was MICHIGAN... what's wrong with you people?

Having trouble filling the seats? Wonder why.....

  • William Bluhm
  • 1960

Re: Michigan English: Ouch! Every time I hear someone from Michigan called a "Michigander", I wince. I thought this was a derogatory term from the 19th century, something to do with the Toledo War. Maybe Professor Bailey can enlighten us on the origins of this term. I prefer "Michiganian".

  • Mary Tomaszewski
  • BSChE
  • 1978
  • Engineering
  • Anchorage

Re: Michigan English: If your father worked for 'Fords' rather than at Ford Motor you were probably from Detroit or Dearborn. It wasn't plural but possesive, as in 'old man Ford's factory.'

  • Gerri Carr
  • BS in DH
  • 1955
  • U of M
  • Hamburg Township

Re: Study: Health is better under right-wing dictatorships, not social democracies: Interestingly, when Nazis controlled Norway in WWII the population had a boost in longevity apparently related to their decreased consumption of meat and dairy products as the Nazis shipped the cattle back to Germany.

  • Bob Fawcett
  • MD
  • 1979
  • Psychiatry
  • Petoskey

The July 14 article by Diane Swanbrow, Study: Health is better under right-wing dictatorships, not social democracies, misleads the reader. The article clearly states that over the past 50 years, poor nations in Southern Europe improved their health care more than the wealthier nations in Northern Europe. Improved so much that public health measures of both sets of nations converged. No where does the article state that health is better in the Southern cohort. The Southern nations made more progress because they were so far behind.

  • Christopher Landee
  • MS, PhD
  • 1968
  • Rackham
  • Worcester

I just read in email comments that persons seeking a job must have a captivating opening to their resume as they have only ten seconds to grab attention. I can't believe the world has become so fast and frenetic. What about talent, ability, commitment?

I'm not seeking a job but I have to wrestle with this problem in writing. Writers are constantly told we must grab the reader with fast action in the first paragraph and then keep the story moving constantly forward with fast pace. This was not what I was taught in UM writing classes. What about character development, what about taking the reader through the experience? Has the world really become so frenetic that there is no time to think or ponder what we read?

  • Lois Santalo
  • AB
  • 1943
  • LSA
  • El Cajon

Re: What Division Street Divided: I lived on Division Street from the Fall of 2000 until the Spring of 2003. Besides the great location of our house, I never thought twice about its name. I enjoyed the piece on the history of the street's name and Ann Arbor's self imposed "dry-line." We took full advantage of the changes that came to our neighborhood. I’d love to see more articles/videos on the history of different areas throughout Ann Arbor.

  • Mitch
  • History and Education
  • 2003
  • LSA
  • Long Beach

Re: Six-time champions win American Solar Challenge: Makes me proud to see that Michigan Engineers are still among the world's best. Now for the World Title!

"Illigitimus non du Carborundum!" as we used to say at the Sig Ep House before the famous soap box derby races by the old power plant.

  • John Vennerholm
  • BS.Ind
  • 1954
  • Rng.
  • Viera

Dear Michiga Today - my favorite magazine: A few minutes ago I submitted a recollection of scrimmaging with the Varsity in the summer of 1943 before enlisting in the Army. When I tried to retrive my letter to print a copy, it was gone, vanishsed, erased. Please let me know if you receivd my e-mail. If it somehow got erased I'll be happy to re-send it. It's short and I think you might want to use it. Go Blue! Austin Goodrich, alumnus class of '49

  • Austin Goodrich
  • BA
  • 1949
  • LSA
  • Port Washington

Hello, I was wondering how I go about securing permission to reprint the following story: The Unknown Story of the Peace Corps Speech - This would be for publication in WorldView magazine as part of our 50th anniversary issue: Best, Erica Burman Director of Communications National Peace Corps Association

  • Erica Burman

Are there still openings 11th week? I'm now interested. Laura

  • Laura Gillain
  • MA
  • 1972
  • Ed
  • Harrison Township

Just a word of praise for the beautifully written and very informative article on Yost's walkout (June 2010)—it was a real pleasure to read. Kudos!

Go Blue, always.

  • John T. Lee
  • B.A.
  • LSA
  • San Diego

Re: Robert Frost in Ann Arbor (June 2010): Wonderful reading. I'd expect nothing other from Jim Tobin, master of deathless non-fiction. The comments were fun, too. I was Brodsky's teaching assistant, and struck by Lori's remembering the clock tower in Frost. I'm a rooted Seattleite now (less rain per annum than Dallas- honest!) but I miss Ann Arbor - and (in the word of that great football announcer--whose name escapes me) "MEEEESSSHHIGAN!"

  • Carolyn (Lyn) Coffin
  • B.A. M.A. M.S.W.
  • 1961
  • LS&A Social Work
  • Seattle

When I was a student in the early 60's, the Michigan Union, of which I was a part, invited Robert Frost back to Ann Arbor to give a reading. His book "In the Clearing" had just been published. After the reading, a group of us were able to eat (scrambled eggs, if I recall correctly) and visit with the poet. I still prize my signed copy of the book.

  • Albert Harold Acker
  • BA
  • 1963
  • LSA
  • Detroit

Having always been a proud graduate of the University, I was chagrined recently with the granting of an honorary doctorate to President Obama. If one steps back and takes a look, Mr. Obama is certainly not one that should have been granted an honorary degree from our institution. We have here a President who has polarized the country on racial and economic grounds, detests the military, is spending our country into a situation from which we may never recover, has turned his back on our allies, and has embraced our adversaries. Certainly, it is appropriate to grant a degree to a statesman who has distinguished himself or herself for positive contributions to our country and the world. This is certainly not the case here, and I regret that my alma mater did not consider its actions a bit more carefully.

  • Brian D. Rozen
  • MM
  • 1979
  • Music
  • Silver Spring

As a UM alumnus, I greatly resent the fact that "Michigan Today" was used to direct people to a such a mean-spirited and propagandistic website as "" Especially when presented alongside real media outlets with actual reportorial and ethical standards, this tends to lend the air of legitimacy to what is nothing but a screed from the lunatic fringe. It also badly damages the credibility of your publication, and abuses your connection with the University of Michigan. It's one thing to want to present an array of views across the political spectrum, but if you can't recognize the difference between reasonable discourse and hatemongering, then you are helping to shut down, rather than foster, public debate.

  • Geoff Isaac
  • J.D.
  • 1980
  • Law
  • Northbrook

Re: The great pipe organ (May 2010): Thank you for a very interesting article. As an amateur organist, I've had some interest in the Frieze instrument after first hearing it at freshman assembly in September, 1955. I once was able to play it for a few minutes when a music student friend took me to visit the instrument many, many years ago. What a thrill!

  • Eric Warden
  • BAEd, MAEd
  • 1959
  • Educ, Rack
  • Ann Arbor

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