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.
Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. An actual ethical defense contractor. :)
Also the legions of um alums who work classified defense programs that because of love of country will never have their works known.
Kelly Johnson also worked on the design of the Lockheed Electra while at Michigan. This was the plane Amelia Earhart used on her around the world flight attempt. The SR-71 is still holds world records and was revolutionary for its time. His U-2 is still in service after several upgrades to electronics.
The voice of Darth Vader himself!
James Earl Jones
Lucy Liu and James Earl Jones. And I'd have to throw in Apollo 15 crew I mean space bitches
Was Apollo 15 before or after Apollow 15?
Larry Page. Future ruler of the Universe
James Earl Jones
Hahaha that one line should make it unanimous.
Granted, he only got his masters here, but it counts and we should be particularly proud because his work with Tim Berners-Lee at CERN became the framework for something that allows you to find MGoBlog, something called simply "The Web" by some now. That man would be Belgium native Robert Cailliau.
"only" got his Masters? Duuude, you're one of those degreeists, aren't you? Of course it counts.
Is this a trick question?
Seriously. Can't believe it took that long.
I'm not a big "legacy" guy, but I'm gonna give you this one. Sweet legacy!
A lot of great ones have already been mentioned. But I'd have to go with Larry Page, and Tony Fadell, the founder of Nest and former Apple team leader of the iPod and iPhone. Ironically, Nest was just acquired by Google this week. Dick Costolo also rocks, he spoke at my daughters commencement, the dude is hilarious.
Not even close.
That will NEVER get old
you did there!
WHAT ABOUT DR SANJAY GUPTA,
Our graduation speaker. What an awesome guy.
Dick is cool, met him at a Michigan alumni event here in SF about a year ago.
Larry Paige because, Google you know.
Ross because of the donations.
Sam Zell because he is the s%^$ in real estate and his donations to Michigan and UPenn.
Lucy Liu because she is just hot.
Tony Fadell because he invented the iPod and then just sold his company (Nest) for $3.2B this week.
I actually had no idea he went to Michigan until a couple weeks ago.
on the shelf behind him didn't make you wonder?
Ann Coulter **ducks**
It sure has became backwards.
I read through this whole thread going "nobody say Ted K, nobody say Ted K". Damn it.
I was saying that because I was going to say it...
Mom: BS Nursing 1966, Dad BA Psychology 1965 MBA 1967. They raised me to believe that Michigan was the only place to go to college and they saved enough to pay for my UM degree. That's worth a tie for #1 right there.
Carl Hagelin and Shawn Hunwick. I wanted Shawn to get his magical ending at the NCAA finals. oh well.
who created "Polar Express"
Both Michigan Law alums:
Clarence Darrow and W. Branch Rickey.
UM athlete, goader of Les Miles, and a little bit of a hottie ...
Jim Abbott (fellow Flintite) and James Earl Jones. I find your lack of faith disturbing.
From Thermopolis, Wyoming. Longest punt in Rose Bowl history - 73 yards.
And, my college girlfriend dumped me to date him!
Former world record holder in the 400IM
Trey Burke by a country mile
Went to his hockey camp as a young lad and have been in love with Michigan ever since. The guy bleeds blue and is pure hockey.
Although that's mostly in part to what he did for the football program....
Dave Brandon......said no one ever.
Besides...you know, people who like facility upgrades, Nussmeier, Bacari and Lavall.
Besides that whole "non-football" requirement.
Marine pilot, Vietnam Veteran, test pilot and SKYLAB ASTRONAUT. Plus a great guy to have as your co-passenger on 9/17/2001 Northwest flight to Buffalo NY. WE WERE ALL IN.
Lousma is a good choice--also add to his accomplishments that he was the CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator in Houston) during much of the Apollo 13 mission--but he technically doesn't meet the requirements of this thread.
Also, as long as we are mentioning Apollo-era astronaut alums, I should mention probably the most accomplished of the group, James Alton McDivitt.
Not even close...from his masters thesis using an obscure math from Boole to everything involving information and communication (including the frickin web and cell phones)...he is it and its not even close...as a distant 2nd...Leith and Upatniks for inventing the hologram
Ann B. Davis class of 1948!
Jalen Rose, for both what he did on the court but as much as how well he has represented the university off the court as well.
Great Michigan Man.
Well... There's this.
Seriously? Dui? I love the guy but maybe not the best representative given all the other options.
Me. My little brother second.
Raoul Wallenberg without question.
Fuck Justin Boren.
NFL's Rich Eisen
Didn't he beat Truman?
As a Michigan Daily alum one of the stories that gets passed around is that when Thomas Dewey & Arthur Miller (not at the same time but close) the editors assigned Dewey to the arts section and MIller to news.
Samuel Ting showed up on campus with $100 in his pocket without being able to speak English. He became a Nobel Laureate, discovered the j/psi particle, and was an all-around CERN bad ass:
I was lucky to see him talk when I was an undergrad and he actually had some pretty funny stories about his time in A2.
Can't believe I had to get to page 2 before seeing another vote for Jame Earl Jones, the hottest non-football UM alum hottie who ever hottied.
What he has accomplished in the pool is simply Amazing.
He is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals
Easy for me: me.
I just read through this whole thread and didn't see one person say 22-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps. So... Like... Michael Phelps.
Edit: Woops I missed the guy above me.