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.
David Scott (Apollo 15) an Alum? He only attended for his freshman year before leaving for the USMA.
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.
his playing football for Michigan is but a trivia question in the biography of the man.
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.
robbie told us he signed an $80K contract with the WWF when he graduated. back in '82-83, that was some serious money. scotty was always the more sane of the two, but robbie was a great guy to bounce with at charlies.
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?
they were pretty good guys. scotty wrestled at 177, a bit taller than robbie. robbie was going to wrestle at 191, but during the end of our freshmen year he started eating dianabol like fat chicks eat m & m's - thus he was a super heavyweight by sophomore year. we teased him about his very tiny huevos due to the juice. he had a short fuse though, and i could get a big group of guys started toward the door and one would mouth off and then BINGO robbie was on them like a cheap suit, throwing bodies around. i was never shy when bouncing, but even less so with robbie.