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Re: Toward the end of paper (Apr 2009): I am not sure that putting a newspaper online is adequate in many ways. First of all, the computer has to be able to access it. If the computer or ISP is not functional when you go to read it, you may miss out on a lot of timely information. Also, there is the loss of the hands-on feel of a newspaper and the ability to put it down and read just parts at a time. Also, the ability to save out some articles for future reference without having to print them out. Our local Syracuse area paper is affiliated with the Ann Arbor paper—the publisher's daughter has run it. Our paper is superb and has achieved the highest Sunday readership in the nation. We have a school of newspaper and other journalism here at Syracuse University, so I am sure that accounts for the very high daily readership of our paper, The Post Standard.

I have noted even our paper has cut back and done some things online. But it is quite inconvenient and has less and more-difficult-to-access information overall. This does not bode well for using it as a replacement for our print paper in the least, so we will keep it and savor its content and read it at our leisure without having to resort to the computer to get news. It is a more complete version by far.

I think that this will occur with other papers, indeed, and there will be an eventual resurgence of the print papers as people compare the many advantages of a print paper.

  • Frances Walts
  • B.S., Nursing
  • 1963
  • Nursing
  • Baldwinsville

Re: M-ollywood (Apr 2009): Please don't forget Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour starred in "Somewhere in Time," filmed in 1979 on Mackinac Island. The studio, stars and crew spent most of the summer on the Island. As a result of the movie, a cult group is in existence, which meets each October at the Grand Hotel on the Island. All participants dress in period costumes, the era being late 19th century.

  • Mary Dennany Plunkett
  • BA
  • 1955
  • LSA
  • Chicago

Re: A venomous tail (Apr 2009): I have to chuckle, these researchers only needed to go as far as California to perform this study, to our yard. We have hundreds of lizards running around with missing tails!! The Predator—Our Dog!

  • Kimberly Gustafson
  • MA
  • 2001
  • MBA 2001
  • Calabasas

Re: M-ollywood (Apr 2009): Unfortunately, the writer completely neglected the most obvious and most successful Michigan filmmaker in the past several decades. Sam Raimi got his start in Michigan and I believe the progeny of the "Dead" series was filmed here. He grew up in Birmingham and he and his classmate Bruce Campbell went to Hollywood together and both have been very successful. I guess I would have to say that, as the director of all the Spiderman films, Sam has been very, very successful.

  • Rolfe Tessem
  • B.A. Political Science
  • 1974
  • LSA
  • North Egremont

Frank, UM is a bit south of the straits, but you should know that while Mackinaw City is the tip of the Lower Peninsula, Michigan's most famous island is Mackinac.

  • Sarah Stegath Sterkel
  • BA
  • 1971
  • Education

Re: The battle at home (Apr 2009): Good for Michigan, facilitating these vets' entry or return to school. This after hearing of UNC's production of a video to alert staff of possible "hostility problems" from these heroes! This is exactly the kind of diversity we should welcome onto campus.

  • Fredric Leutheuser
  • M.S.
  • 1979
  • AAOS

Re: M-ollywood (Apr 2009): There was a film made in Ann Arbor in the late 1970's that was about the "Michigan Murders." It was a film about the murders committed by John Norman Collins in the late 1960s and early 1970s of Michigan and Eastern Michigan co-eds. I have not been able to find out if the film was ever released. Does anyone have any additional information about this Michigan film?

  • Don Ritter
  • Ann Arbor

Re: Toward the End of Paper (Apr 2009): Much of what is now stored electronically will be lost in the future because of incompatible formats and the time and expense of conversion.

This is already happening now.

If you want to be read 100 years from now, you need to be on paper.

  • Dave Moorhead
  • MBA
  • 1984
  • Business
  • Rockville

This is a comment on the nice piece by James Tobin (Hard times (Apr 2009). When I arrived at South Quad in the Fall of 1972, economic times were good and drug use was everywhere in the dorm. By the fall of 1974, however, the '73-'74 recession had hit hard and drug use had dropped by more than half. How could I tell? I could clearly see the end of the dorm hallway; during 1972-73, the dense smog of burning cannabis made that a rare event.

  • Greg Higby
  • B.S. Pharmacy
  • 1977
  • Pharmacy
  • Madison

Re: Mollywood (Apr 2009): One of my favorite Michigan movies is the hilarious John Cusack, Dan Aykroyd, Minnie Driver film, "Grosse Pointe Blank", about hitmen trying to form a union set in Grosse Point. Great scenes of the town and hilarious work by Alan Arkin and Joan Cusack.

  • Charles White
  • BS ChemE
  • 1975
  • Engineering

It was great to read this article (The battle at home, Apr 2009), especially being a parent of a US Marine. My son who has been out of USMC 3 years now has been battling the same issues and more. It is difficult alone to transition into civilian life after serving combat. And filling out job applications after this. Great job!

  • Marian DeTone-Laroche
  • Ann Arbor

Thank you or your wonderful publication. You don't miss covering all interesting and valued aspects of U of M. I was particularly pleased with the Dhani Jones section (Carpe Diem, Apr 2009). We certainly know of his football success, but I had not heard of his life off the gridiron. He is an outstanding representative of the USA and makes us proud of our country. Having traveled and worked the world (86 countries) I know the importance of the conduct of our citizens abroad. Ambassador Jones, thank you.

  • B.A.
  • 1949
  • LSA

How refreshing to see an article about a football player who isn't in trouble with the law or otherwise misdirected in life! (Carpe Diem, Apr 2009).

I was the Head Librarian at the Benzinger Library in East Quad, where Dhani Jones was a resident. He always struck me as a polite young man and very solid in his ideals. He even hung out in the library!

I wish him all the best in his world travels and sports career. I have the feeling we'll be seeing more of him!

  • Donna (Wilson) Sokol
  • MSI
  • 1999
  • School of Information
  • Washington

I am a displaced worker with work experience in public health who would benefit from undating my education to return to the public health field. How do I begin the application process to be considered for this program?

  • Dorothy Joss Pfaff
  • B.S
  • 1961
  • Dentaql Hygiene
  • Venice

Although I never had the pleasure of seeing Jim Abbott play in person (Lucky man, Apr 2009), I was able to follow his career via TV and the Wolverine. He was always a man to look up to and admire. You have no idea how many young physically challenged kids made him their hero. Working one time at Lakeville Hospital which housed many youngsters that had many challenges I knew how much it meant for them to have someone who was "like them."

When Jim Abbott played he put his heart into every pitch. His gentleness to the sport of baseball was to be admired and treasured. How I wish I could be at the game tomorrow to see his number retired and see him in person. good luck Jim!

P.S. Our family named our Black Lab "Abbott" after Jim!

  • Judy J. Roberts
  • Lakeville

Re: Toward the end of paper (Apr 2009): What a wonderful article! Almost makes the newspapers' demise less painful. I especially appreciated the phrase about it being like having to put your beloved dog down. I don't care for staring at the screen for my recreation as well as my work, so it's an uphill struggle for me, but I'll give it a go.

And funny enough, no article anywhere has mentioned the world of magazines yet, and how THEY are faring. I live part of the year in Paris -- lived there for 30 straight years and raised my children there. Over there new magazines are still being created, and newspapers - as far as the public knows - are still doing well. That's an interesting geographic dichotomy.

  • Sandy Schopbach
  • B.A., M.A.
  • 1967, 1970
  • LSA, LSA
  • Ann Arbor

Re: Toward the end of paper (Apr 2009): It's really tough to see these things go...and Amazon's Kindle is also helping to make the death knell of print books.

On the other hand it is helping to offer writers a more easy access to the market...even if nobody can find their work online.

In addition, TV stations are setting up themselves to fail too, as they ask us more and more to turn to their web sites to get the "full story." Why am I going to watch their show if I'm trained to understand I won't get their full story without going to the web page?

  • Paul T. Jackson
  • M.L.S.
  • 1965
  • SI
  • Enumclaw

Re: M-ollywood (Apr 2009): If I'm not mistaken there is a scene in Forest Gump where he is in and then on the porch of the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Is.

What threw me was that he drove a t-bird up to the place. But having been there it was unmistakably the Grand.

  • Paul Jackson
  • SI
  • 1965
  • Enumclaw

Re: Hard times (Apr 2009): I find your article a bit insulting. The students of the 1920s were, supposedly, that bad according to this study. And what study justifies that today's college students haven't changed that much? When I was on the Ann Arbor campus, I saw lots of partying and having fun, but also LOTS of extracurriculuar reading and seriousness among students.

  • Lauren Meyerowitz
  • MA
  • 2007
  • LSA
  • West Orange

Thank you for the article on the demise of the printed word (Toward the end of paper, Apr 2009). I especially connected with the paragraph where you talked about putting down an old dog or signing divorce papers. If books on the shelves are ever impossible to obtain during my lifetime, my heart will break.

  • Sally Brooks

Re: Toward the end of paper (Apr 2009): We are getting closer and closer to an Orwellian society where everything is digital and technical (digitech) and individual creativity is dwindling at a rapid rate, while new technology by groups grows. From music, to movies, to books, to television, the digital blob is taking over. From digitech music, to digitech movies, now digitech media. There are very few original ideas being developed. The crap that passes for entertainment is staggering, especially in the media. Our communications are being reduced to acronyms. Corporations and industries are being wiped out wholesale by the digital blob. At least holding something in your hand and reading it, regardless of the quality, is sometimes more interesting that having it read to you through the television or looking at it on a computer or cell phone. The internet is killing industries one by one. Libraries and bookstores are drying up.

Even as the Malthusian theory (can the planet sustain and fee the ever growing population or do we need birth control) of overpopulation begins to creep up on us, and automation and computerization have been replacing human beings in the workplace at a record pace, the digitech blob is growing while jobs for human beings are declining. This conversion for the sake of technology and profit, will reach a head within 10 years. At some point in time we must make a decision. Are we on this planet for the sake of human growth or technological growth and profit?. The two are clearly becoming mutually exclusive And more importantly, can this planet sustain this digitech evolution.

The elimination of paper is but a nail in the coffin we are building for ourselves. Despite all the technology in so many industries that we have created in the last 100 years, we are moving backwards as a human race.

  • Paul D. Clark
  • B.S.
  • 1974
  • Wayne State University
  • Detroit

I seem to remember visiting my hometown, Flint, MI and learning that a Will Ferrell movie had recently been shot there. Do you remember this or am I mistaken?

  • JT Banks
  • B.S.
  • 1974
  • LSA, School of Education
  • Sacramento

Re: Hard times (Apr 2009): As current undergraduate instructors at Indiana University, my wife and I hope this past impact of hard economic times will repeat itself. While we would never wish for a depression, the responsibility, attitudes, and focus of the current class of students could be much improved in the exact ways found in 1933. We have yet to see any change, but we are always hopeful that improvements may come.

  • Ryan & Laurel Stevenson
  • Ryan - BS, PhD(c); Laurel -BA, MPH, PhD(c)
  • 2003, 2007, 2010
  • LSA
  • Bloomington

Call me a Luddite, but I dread the day I no longer get a daily newspaper or magazines in the mail printed on honest-to-goodness real paper (Toward the end of paper, Apr 2009). Technology is supposed to make our lives better, but the increased digitization of the world's information just makes us slaves to computers. When I come home from a long day's work in front of a computer, I want to sit at the dinner table and read the newspaper or relax on the couch with a magazine or book. I do not want to interact with a computer sixteen or seventeen hours a day. Also, what will we do in 100 years when we want to look back and relive memories? Printed pictures of my elders are perfectly clear, yet we have enough trouble opening a document more than five years old on most computers. Will people even know what a JPEG is in 100 years?

  • Brian Poi
  • Ph.D.
  • 2002
  • Rackham
  • College Station

As far as the end of newspapers and many periodicals which are only part of the "press" (Toward the end of paper, Apr 2009) it is only fitting that a source of knowledge and information which became almost totally entertainment and political advocacy should vanish! They no longer met a need.

  • Robert Goedjen
  • BBA
  • 1955
  • 1951 1955
  • Saratoga

As luck would have it, I was in Atlanta and had the opportunity to see the Michigan baseball team play in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament.

I did not know who Jim Abbott was (Lucky man, Apr 2009), but he was pitching in the game I attended. I was not aware of his "unique" pitching style and it took me three innings to realize he had only one hand.

From that point, I followed his career reach the pinnacle of his no-hit game.

Congrats, Jim.

  • Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D.
  • BS
  • 1980
  • ARCH
  • University Park

I am a 75yr old grand mother trying to lose excess weight.I do not stay on one diet long enough to lose any weight because of so many ideas on differant diet plans.with a picture of the 10 inch plate i think i found the answer to my question why can't i lose weight? saying all of this THANK YOU for my answer a very happy grandma.what a great idea. and thank you for letting me print forever grateful.Beverly

  • Beverly Hutcheson
  • Vero Beach

I am retired from the U of M's Office of Financial Aid, after 30 years of service. The idea of simplifying the financial aid application process (March 2009) was continuous during those 30 years, including using a check-off box on federal income tax forms. I am dismayed that apparently neither Prof. Dynarski nor Michigan Today apparently bothered to contact the financial aid professionals on our own campus to review the history of efforts to make applying for student aid more accessible to students and families. (Frankly, the application process was easier 25 years ago, BEFORE the "simplification" efforts got started.)

  • Lynn Borset
  • BGS
  • 1977
  • LS&A
  • Ann Arbor

Re: Good words (March 2009). A Quote from Updike: "When you stand up on the first tee it is there, it comes back from wherever it lives during the rest of your life, endless possibility, the possibility of a flawless round, a round without a speck of dirt on it, without a missed two-footer or a flighing right elbow, without a pushed wood or pulled iron; the first fairway is in front you, palm trees on the left and water on the right, flat as a picture. All you have to do is take a simple pure swing and puncture the picture in the middle with a ball that shrinks in a second to the size of a needle-prick, a tiny tunnel into the absolute."

  • Roger R. Calam, Ph.D.
  • BS, MS, MS
  • 1964, 1965, 1967
  • LSA, Rackham
  • Clinton Twp

Re: 20 years later (March 2009): Where are the 1989 champs now? Please update the readers.

  • Carl Stein
  • B.A.
  • 1982
  • LSA, RC
  • SF

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