Thread title says it all.
I'd say mine is Dick Costolo, the CEO of twitter. He is always repping Michigan on twitter and even spoke at commencement.
I'm assuming you mean non-sports not non-football?
Writer of the Empire Strikes Back & Raiders of the Lost Ark among other things.
I hear that a lot.
I propose Zoltan....
Madonna!! Ehhh... ¯\(°_o)/¯ run!!!
What about iggy pop? Love a little "list for Life" every now and then.
Love me a bit of Iggy, but pretty sure he didn't graduate from U of M. He did graduate from Pioneer High and attend U of M, but found a brighter stage before finishing.
( I am interpreting 'alum' to mean a person who graduated. )
As a matter of fact, many University's do not consider the terms "alum" and "graduate" synonymous. I am pretty sure Michigan considers an alum anyone who has completed a semester of classes. So Iggy and Madonna are alums.
Most of my clients are various schools and depts within UM, and to them an alum is always and only somebody who has a degree from Michigan.
Know this. Always thought Madonna was not an alum. I didnt think she finished, but never really looked into it.
What does Brian's colon smell like.
Right? Please, amirite?
I agree, naturally.
So yeah, it would be Wallenberg for me as well.
Thanks for the history lesson. I am so weak on history, and this is what i have recently been reading about. I did not know he was a Michigan alum.
I would say as much as I love James Earl Jones, this guy has to be the best alum ever.
GREAT thread OP!
I'm going to go with a three way tie between my girlfriend, Gerald Ford, and the all-Michigan crew of Apollow 15.
The question was non-football favorite alum. One of these things is not like the other.
Unless you are talking about All-American linemen. Then the couple of years as POTUS is the bit of trivia.
(* Which former University of Michigan All American centers was the only U.S. president to serve without being elected into the executive office?)
He actually wasn't an All-American. The man who started at center the previous few years (Chuck Bernard) was, but Ford was not.
Well, we had actually contemplated the list for coolest Michigan alums for a bracket, so my #1 seeds were:
And a nod for Moses Fleetwood Walker who was in the athletics bracket, which also had, non-football.
Glen Rice, Rudy Tomjonavich, Barry Larkin, Branch Rickey, George Sisler, Aaron Ward, and, of course, Red Berenson
Sid Meier went to Michigan? It all makes sense now. All of it.
i'm so happy
I hadn't known that either! Did you know that MD declared 21. September "Sid Meier Day"?
Wow! Like, the railroad tycoon idea game?
Claude Shannon always desrves to be on these lists.
We wouldnt be talking on this without claude....he blows away einstein...everything today from cell phones to high def to the internet to computers...the michigan grad from gaylord set it all up....its unfortunate that his stuff is too complex for the average Joe to get...but i don't care he is THE MAN!
Absolutely agree. Most people have no idea how important this guy was. His 1948 paper is on my list of top three highest impact inventions of the last century (along with transistors and integrated circuits). Hard to imagine any other alum having a more widespread impact than Shannon. I try to get people to read books like "The Information" all the time just to try and spread the word.
you'd a thunk they would have mentioned it in Naval Science class.
I like Stephen ross.. and who was the allstate guy who gushed over giving us the sugar bowl trophy? also like darren criss on glee.. he was in my class
CEO of Allstate
Poet Frank O'Hara.
Unless he decided to forego his senior year, I would have to say Lloyd Brady.
Haven't heard that name in a while
Scott & Rick Rechsteiner. They were WWF Tag Team Champions at one point and always wore their varsity jackets to the ring.
Pro wrestling is considered entertainment so I guess this counts. To my knowledge they're the only Wolverine grapplers who became pro wrestlers.
If you haven't seen this video of Steiner wearing a #77 Michigan jersey with girls waving Michigan flags in Columbus at the wrestling show, it's must-see. He "attacks" Brutus when he comes down the ramp right into the video and beats up a buckeye fan towards the end.
The whole shoot is him trashing ohio. It's great.
This was during the cooper era at OSU and during the height of big poppa pumps popularity.
Yes, my mistake. I forgot Rick was his ring name.
"scotty was always the more sane of the two, but robbie was a great guy to bounce with at charlies."
What? Seriously? Scott Steiner was the more sane of the two?
I was always a huge Steiner Brothers fan. Wasn't a big fan of Scott once he moved into the singles side (mainly because he went way too far with the juicing, and stopped doing a lot of the awesome moves which made me like him in the first place), but as a tag team, they were one of the greats.
I met Steiner at E3 one year and got his autograph.. He had a two woman entourage and they both had the largest implants I had ever seen. His arms were so freakishly big though (26"?) from the juice that I didn't know what to look at, or not look at. Very unsettling. Giant freakshow.
I'm very disappointed in your selection. For some reason I expected an obscure diplomat or world leader.
If this had occurred in the late 80s when I was way into WWF, my middle schooler head may have asplode.