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That’s the spirit

By Deborah Holdship

They say it’s your birthday!

The iconic Spirit of Detroit statue joins the University family in celebrating a joyous milestone this weekend. Watch (above) as the statue dons a massive bicentennial T-shirt to commemorate our founding in the city on Aug. 26, 1817.

But he’s not the only one sending a “Go Blue!” to the University community. Enjoy the following videos — featuring such alumni as actor James Earl Jones, former U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novella, physician/TV personality Sanjay Gupta, Peace Corps founder Alan Guskin, Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, astronaut Al Worden, real estate magnate/U-M business school benefactor Stephen Ross, and more — as we reflect on our collective legacy and look toward U-M’s third century.

It’s my birthday too, yeah

We’re gonna have a good time

I’m glad it’s your birthday

I would like you to dance

Take a cha-cha-cha-chance

Read and enjoy more stories of the University’s history at Keep up with the ongoing calendar of events regarding the Bicentennial at And, don’t miss Detroit Public Television’s series “An Uncommon Education: 200 Years of the University of Michigan.”

Deborah Holdship

Deborah Holdship

DEBORAH HOLDSHIP is the editor of Michigan Today. She joined the University in 2007 as editorial manager in the marketing communications department at the Ross School of Business, where she was editor of Dividend magazine for five years. Prior to working at Michigan, Deborah was associate director of publications at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. From 1988-2001, Deborah worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, where she was a reporter and editor at Billboard magazine and an associate editor and video producer at LAUNCH media. Follow her on Twitter: @michigantoday.