To: The Executive Committee of the University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit
Dear Committee Members,
Tonight, the Club hosts the 91st Annual Football Bust. It is the continuation of a grand tradition. Not only is it the celebration of the team's successes; it is also the single largest annual gathering of the Club's members and friends.
The U-M Club of Greater Detroit is, almost by definition of its membership, more than a sports-booster organization; it is an extension of the University's alumni. Our university, whose seal since 1895 has borne the motto "Artes ~ Scientia ~ Veritas." Veritas; truth.
In the spirit of "Veritas," I'd ask that the Executive Committee take a moment today, to reflect on truth and the pursuit of truth with respect to the U-M Club of Greater Detroit. This past fall, the club scheduled its December 6 meeting at the Detroit Athletic Club, which was to feature John U. Bacon, author of Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football. But for reasons that the Club has not provided, Mr. Bacon's engagement was cancelled, and on November 21 it was announced, with no other explanation, that another speaker would address the December 6 lunch meeting.
Mr. Bacon's website announced only that his engagement had been cancelled. Mr. Bacon, I am assured, did not cancel his engagement. The U-M Club of Greater Detroit, as far as I know, cancelled it.
To date, Mr. Bacon's fall book tour has taken him to alumni gatherings across the country, from Chicago to San Diego to Austin, Texas and all points in between. He's drawn record-setting crowds of alumni wherever he's been, and his book appears not once but twice (hard copy and Kindle) on Amazon's list of top-selling football books.
Your action, in first scheduling and then canceling Mr. Bacon's appearance, defies understanding. Respectfully, I suggest that the onus is now on the U-M Club of Greater Detroit, to explain whether or not this is an instance in which "Veritas" has been sacrificed for other interests.
Officers and Governors of the University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit:
President: Jeff Cohen
1st Vice President: Jared Buckley
2nd Vice President: Bill Wenzell
Secretary: Rich Hale
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