Lloyd Brady FTW
This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
A school that has produced a President, Astronauts, and Super Bowl winning Quarterbacks "coolest" person is Madonna...what?
Don't forget this guy:
I think his real inluence came from his years at Harvard.
Agree. Whatever definition of cool you use or whatever generation you are in, I can’t think that having the quintessential exhibit A for sex symbol that Marilyn Monroe was as a wife wouldn’t qualify you for an upper echelon berth. Especially when you throw in the Pulitzer, plays, screenwriting, and New York and Hollywood “A list” parties he could attend.
Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame, the inventor of the iPod, co-founder of Google.....
Coolest means many different things for different people. Madonna certainly wouldn't have been first on my list. However, it would be hard to argue against her being the most recognizeable across both genders and all cultures and generations.
Is God Wisconsin's biggest fan?
You're kidding? Iggy Pop went to Michigan? Lust for Life, baby.
He sure did. He owned a record store in AA up until not too long ago.
I'm not sure there's a single one left in town anymore.
I went looking for a picture of Brian when we were undergrads and he had short hair and buttoned his flannel shirts. However, Google Image search is a finnicky mistress. I will see you all sometime next spring when I return from down south.
with a raging boner all the time? How could anybody possibly concentrate with Marilyn slinking around the apartment in a negligée?
If it helps, she was probably out with other guys the entire time
Arthur Miller for us....As for Temple, how the hell is Bob Sagat cooler than Bill Cosby?
Have you never seen Entourage?
I agree with all the Arthur Miller votes. I'd also submit Mike Wallace and Clarence "Kelly" Johnson.
The guy who oversaw the development of the SR-71 Blackbird gets the cool vote in my book.
CKJ is a legend in the aviation field and we did many studies on him and his aircraft designs at AFA. The guy is definitely cool among cool people.
Funny, and true, story about the SR-71...particularly, a crew getting checked out in the jet. Very entertaining. AND the epitome of cool.
I swear it's things like this are the best reason the internet was borne.
I would have to go with the all Michigan space crew. Granted it's not 1 individual, but come on; like axes says nothings cooler than astronauts.
My question is how are there 5 cooler alumni than Hugh Hefner from Illinios? Seriously people. He should be number one.
Ken Jeong, lol. Apparently, he was a surgeon or something before quitting and going into comedy. Go figure.
But seriously, this list is stupid.
Had to stop reading when seeing Minnesota's was anyone other than Bob Dylan.
there is no indication that Bob Dylan ever went to a single class at Minnesota, although he was undoubtedly enrolled for a semester. So I agree he should have been excluded.
Jalen and Cweb.... i mean come on, CWeb dated Tyra Banks.
sleeping with sure, but dating? Ugghhhh
I feel like the list had no set criteria and the guy just selected whoever he liked personally. Because Bob Dylan went to Minnesota for a little bit and he should be #1, but he's not even Minnesota's selection. Brad Pitt cooler than Kurt Vonnegut? GTFO
I agree that Vonnegut belongs in at least the top 5 but Brad Pitt probably does as well. How are Hugh Hefner or James Dean not number 1 though?
In all seriousness....what about Raoul Wallenberg, Arthur Miller, Gerald Ford?
3 WWII vets deserve props...
Norman Mailer is (doubtless) very cool, but Jack Kennedy beats him at Harvard
Gregory Peck has nothing on mountaineer/environmentalist/combat vet David Brower at Cal
I'll stick with Miller for us, but Tom Harmon deserves a mention.
Sparty gets both Jim Harrison and Thomas McGuane...difficult to say...but true.
We also have Judge John Voelker....writer, MI supreme court justice, member fly fishing HOF. Charles Kuralt once described him as the most interesting man he'd ever interviewed. Cool.
coolest. Anyone who saves thousands from certain death is pretty cool to me.
I'm OK with Madonna. I wouldn't have chosen her myself, but her credentials are pretty impressive. She created what could loosely be called her own genre and became a giant in her industry. Her incorporation of dance and the way she leveraged videos to advance her career helped changed the face of music.
Madonna is "not my cup of tea," but her success in the music business certainly can't be denied. Not bad for someone who showed up with a dance scholarship.
Branch Rickey would have been a good choice. Helping to break the color barrier is pretty cool, unless your idea of cool involves cone shaped undergarments and fake accents.
I am amazed that nobody has mentioned Clarence Darrow.
1. Great Name
2. YouTube Legend
3. IIRC, he hurdled the Grand Canyon
I knew SEC basketball was terrible, but that map really drives the point home. Zero teams from the states of Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina made the tournament, and almost as many teams made the tournament from the state of New Mexico (2) as the entire SEC (3).
having played beating up all these major schools in a major conference, NM teams would be seeded on par or better.
No love for serial killers and presidential assassins I see. (Both attended UM in the latter half of the 19th century.)
Michigan's infamous NIT would also need to include François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Nathan Leopold, and James McDonald Vicary
She was the coolest member of the Brady Bunch.
Working on the 96 seed Bracket of the "Coolest Michigan alumnus/alumna" broken into four regions, Sporting, Politics/Commerce, Arts, and Science and Technology.
Why 96? Because I got to 64 and there were too many cool people to leave out. Cool being defined in my mind as "person whom you have the least shame reminding people went to Michigan", which is the essence of alumni bragging.
Oh and Moses Fleetwood Walker is on the list.
Did not attend. But I still love that he is your pick
Not many major leaguers have thrown a no hitter, let alone do it with one hand. Need to give Jim some props!
Honestly, half the people on that list are "cool" in that they are involved in music or sports. What qualifies as cool seems to have a pretty narrow definition.
Definitely some of the coolest Northwestern alums would include Cindy Crawford, Warren Beatty, Chuck Heston, but probably Cindy Crawford is the all around coolest.
What? Northwestern didn't make the tournament this year? Huh...
I nominate a three time Super Bowl winning quarterback who lives on the cover of GQ and is married to one of the world's most beautiful women. Has he changed the world like some of the others mentioned in the thread? No. But for pure cool, it has to be Tom Brady.
How about Mike Wallace.
As a Colorado alumn, I have to bitch about our choice too. Christopher Meloni is OK, I guess, but I can't believe there's a person alive who thinks he cooler than Robert Redford (or a host of others).