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01/12/2011 - 12:30pm 318 days

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01/12/2011 - 11:52am Captain Obvious... youre

Captain Obvious... youre exactly the type of assh*le who wouldve shat on Bo when hired...and then two years later, would be driving his bandwagon...

in the kinds words of the virgin mary...  PISS OFF

01/12/2011 - 11:46am actually, the way brian is

actually, the way brian is being right now, so should he.  brian is dead wrong on hoke, and will stoke the flames in his own interest to get more web traffic which means $$$ for him.

01/04/2011 - 11:19am well

 play for national championships year after year with top notch recruits (which he can't do where he is now).

actually, he can, in both cases, at Stanford. It doesn't matter where he is.  We MUST get him.

01/04/2011 - 11:18am  play for national

 play for national championships year after year with top notch recruits (which he can't do where he is now).

actually, he can, in both cases, at Stanford. It doesn't matter where he is.  We MUST get him.

01/04/2011 - 9:46am When I watch Stanford, its as

When I watch Stanford, its as if watching Moeller's teams, no joke. They are tough as nails, especially on defense, and can run and throw.

When I watch Rod's teams, I think of Millen's Lions, no joke.  The offense had lots of weapons.The defense is small and cannot tackle, much like their Tampa 2 they tried.

01/01/2011 - 4:19pm all you folks who have

all you folks who have negged those righteous who have been consistent in saying all these years that rodriguez has to go.... well, first off, go F yourself, and second, you should apologize, and third, you should turn in all your mgopoints, because they have the blood of the program on them. 

the telltale sign of those who are truly for the program, tend to have negative points on this blog, save a few sparty trolls sprinkled in. then you have those like magnus, who have a gazillion points, all gotten from appeasing the lowest rung of the michigan world.

the program has been a joke the past three years...there is no longer denying it by you. say all you want how you "support them no matter what". thats not the point. you negged to oblivion, those who said RR must go. and he must. and you were quite wrong.

01/01/2011 - 3:41pm i doubt that. we MUST return

i doubt that. we MUST return to our dominance and hire someone who was at the apex of it (harbaugh).

01/01/2011 - 3:40pm careful fellas....david from

careful fellas....david from wyoming is a moderator and gained all his points while our storied program has been destroyed these past three years, so he will neg you to oblivion. any semblance of an attempt to discuss actually saving it, will be penalized, for it is considered unpopular speech by the keepers of the points.

12/30/2010 - 2:36pm guys like Magnus will have to

guys like Magnus will have to swallow the same hypocrisy that feeds their mgopoints.

12/30/2010 - 2:33pm i agree...especially when

i agree...especially when denard wants to play QB in the pros, he needs to operate from the pro set.  if he transfers, it'd be the wrong move.

12/30/2010 - 2:31pm BECAUSE harbaugh is first and

BECAUSE harbaugh is first and foremost, about education.  he has his priorities in order. and coleman will love him for that, because that what michigan is about, and not about a blog whereby one earns points by appeasing to the LOWEST RUNG of the M nation.

12/30/2010 - 2:27pm note to brian....   this will

note to brian....   this will happen...

1. harbaugh will be our coach in 2011.

2. vaughters and sarao will follow harbaugh and commit to michigan, as will lots of recruits that would have normally been ours.

3. harbaugh will make a strong push for zettel but he'll come to michigan, only if paterno retires after this bowl game.

4. our glorious program and identity will be restored, and denard will not transfer, rather, he will learn the pro set for the NFL. hes loves michigan too much.

5. harbaugh will win with RR's players, and RR will be viewed as a modern day chalmers elliott and harbaugh as bo.

the only unknown i have is, whether rod will kick it upstairs in an admin job in the AD for a year, as his only true way of being a true michigan man as he wants, or if he leaves immediately to coach another program.

12/30/2010 - 11:37am not in this case... lots of

not in this case... lots of them will follow harbaugh, and my guess is especially the east coast guys like vaughters and sarao.

12/30/2010 - 11:35am DING DING DING

i predicted


i predicted this a month ago, that Vaughters will follow Harbaugh.

12/16/2010 - 5:42pm How awkward would it be if

How awkward would it be if the same thing happens here... that Harbaugh becomes Head Coach and RR stays on one year to coach his guys, until we get old school players that fit Harbaugh's style?  It may happen...RR wants to be a Michigan Man and this may be his way to do so.

This may be how Brandon plays it... for the offense will be primed to do well, and it'll take two years for Harbaugh to bring his guys in. RR is better off staying a year only and then leaving for a HC job instead of bolting in Jan to another OC job.

12/15/2010 - 4:50pm actually,  rodriguez will be

actually,  rodriguez will be in HIGH demand in the SEC.  don't forget that he was first choice for alabama...even over saban.  my guess is he'd coach on the lesser SEC teams. but to say that he won't be in demand is as far from the truth as can be.   his system will work in the SEC, just not the Big Ten, is the collective belief.

12/15/2010 - 12:57pm Regarding legit.... 


Regarding legit.... 

JON HORFORD....   this kid will be a STAR.  Our best player already... watch the games carefully and youll see. This kid is gonna boom come next year.

JORDAN MORGAN...  where did he come from?  he is tough as nails and as fundamentally sound as it gets. He is totally carrying the load inside, and is my type of player.

We are one big man short of really competing. The program is really on the rise. 

12/15/2010 - 12:52pm  

this is the kind of


this is the kind of asshole who says "this will not end well" to appease the lowest rung, that i cannot stand, and really wish brian would somehow put a stop to it.

but i digress, regarding the OP...  rodriguez doesnt have the leverage nor would he do that. he wants to coach here. i believe the decision to harbaugh was done after the MSU game, on a handshake, but if not, here is a novel idea... it'll take harbaugh a few years to get his type of player, and wouldnt it be interesting if rodriguez were to stay on as OC for one year only, as a michigan man he wants to be, to run the O with those players, while harbaugh recruits for the future.  this wouldnt be a bad gig for RR b/c he would get to see his players through, and would position himself to get a top head coaching job next year, and he then would have saved face somewhat on both ends. Otherwise the word is he'll need to go somewhere as a OC this year, so why not here.

12/14/2010 - 3:39pm Is THIS sarcasm?    He never

Is THIS sarcasm?    He never threw Bo under the bus.

12/14/2010 - 2:18pm BULLSHIT


Harbaugh only wanted to be CONSIDERED by MSU as a validation, and b/c he was pissed at Carr for choosing Loeffler over him.  But make NO mistake, Harbaugh would NEVER sell out the program and go to a rival. 

12/08/2010 - 8:23am Boy does he remind me of

Boy does he remind me of HAKEEM NICKS. Same body type.   I hope Harbaugh likes him too.   Here is to hoping Luck transfers here for 2013,2014 and Lucien is his main target.

12/07/2010 - 7:50am a typical phrase ive heard

a typical phrase ive heard after every Lions game the last twenty years.

12/07/2010 - 7:49am actually suffer

actually suffer from thinking youre more important than you are, being a mod and having a ton of points only gotten by appeasing to the lowest rung masses.   maybe you should reflect on the program being the worst in history, and your outstanding mgopoints.

12/07/2010 - 7:47am And would Bo have kept Carr

And would Bo have kept Carr and Hart quiet, afterwards?

And FYI, Bo would have made sure that Harbaugh got the job in the first place.

12/07/2010 - 7:46am Finally some words of wisdom

Finally some words of wisdom here.   There is a correlation with points and Walmart Slappy, but moreso  points with RR Slappy.   And I'm beginning to notice, the only true and genuine Blue  are the ones like us with NEGATIVE points. There are a few Spartys mixed in, however.

12/04/2010 - 10:44pm How about taking the baloney

How about taking the baloney pony, out of your mouth?  That post was ridiculous.

12/04/2010 - 10:07pm How about putting a dick, in

How about putting a dick, in your mouth?

12/04/2010 - 11:26am Don't be discouraged about

Don't be discouraged about recruits like this... because we will get a flurry of big and solid recruits when Harbaugh comes.....  guys like MLB James Vaughters.   And youll notice that all our new recruits that follow Harbaugh will be of Michigan of old  quality... BIG and TOUGH and IMPOSING.   You should stop talking about recruits who are flaking now, and talk about the real recruits we will get... AND REJOICE.

Michigan football is coming back.

12/04/2010 - 11:24am JAMES VAUGHTERS.    he'll

JAMES VAUGHTERS.    he'll come to Michigan and follow Rodriguez.  This is an old school Michigan player, and they'll build the defense around him. Bank on it.

12/02/2010 - 11:44pm Well if that "shocka" quote

Well if that "shocka" quote was referring to Denard, then it would be very favorable for Rodriguez, and him in...  "What an achievement they did with the sophomore qb and little else".  But why would Lloyd imply he left the cupboard bare?

But if it was referring to Luck, then it favors Harbaugh.

So.... ALAN ARKIN... you should elaborate a tad. Because otherwise the tea leaves are illegible.

12/02/2010 - 11:01pm Savior Four..... Haven't you

Savior Four..... Haven't you figured it out yet?  Negative points are the true status symbol here, of righteousness.

12/02/2010 - 10:59pm Not a "hater" but would like

Not a "hater" but would like to know WHERE in your mind have you placed the thoughts of how truly bad our kicking, special teams, and defense,  are,  and then still find the courage to say what you said.

12/02/2010 - 10:36pm Not too smart, are you?  

Not too smart, are you?   Surely Harbaugh would say he will not abandon his team, and coach his bowl game. So Brandon cannot come out and say now... " We are hiring Jim Harbaugh, but AFTER his bowl game."  And that puts Brandon in a tough spot, doesn't it?  This isn't Brandon's fault. 

12/02/2010 - 10:22pm OF COURSE he is... and this

OF COURSE he is... and this is where the ball was dropped, when hired. They didn't stress enough that   Rod was from Nehlen was from Schembechler. 

11/30/2010 - 11:19pm the "glitch" is exactly that,

the "glitch" is exactly that, and will keep him from signing. gruden wants to stay in the pros, and is simply drumming up notoriety again.    rodriguez is their man, youll see soon enough.

11/23/2010 - 6:16pm maybe brian you can be

maybe brian you can be irresponsible again like when you called for scott shafer's firing, and suggest that rodriguez must be fired, for at least this time, you'd be right.   and you should be a little more responsible in this regard because you may underestimate how much effect you have in shaping the opinions of many of the lemmings here.

11/04/2010 - 10:46am Have you seen the teams he

Have you seen the teams he has shut out?   And Harbaugh has a huge disadvantage recruiting-wise vs the rest of the Pac10, for many recruits dont want to deal with the academic rigors at Stanford.   Harbaugh > Rodriguez.

05/22/2010 - 9:02pm Maybe we're all wrong, and

Maybe we're all wrong, and that high schoolers do NOT want to play for championship coaches and programs.....     

What on earth were you thinking when you said that about Saban?

05/21/2010 - 2:16pm I admit, my approach was

I admit, my approach was abrasive, but I was getting annoyed at the indirect dissing of guys like Gittleson  for Barwis, and Robinson for Forcier.   But it was surprising, the negging I got to the point  where I was blocked, that many could not read the greatness of the message I was presenting, which will be proven true quite soon. Robinson will be a national name, much like Tebow was.

However, like I told you all well before the fact, that it will be all about Denard... he will be the golden egg for the return of our program.  

05/20/2010 - 10:09am I guarantee our coaching

I guarantee our coaching staff will now stop recruiting him after his comments.

05/19/2010 - 9:36pm That was my thread "Its all

That was my thread "Its all about Denard" from a year ago.... are people still reading it?  No worries, for I accept all your apologies.

05/19/2010 - 9:32pm Ever think that maybe Marsh

Ever think that maybe Marsh is the Buckeyes "ace-in-the-hole"?

When I read he is an OSU alum, I had bad feeling in my stomach.

05/18/2010 - 12:59pm  

this post was moved, as a reply to MGoShoe's post.

05/18/2010 - 12:56pm It makes total sense...


Coach Rod doesn't screw around with recruiting, and he tells the recruits that we are interested in them, and if they are in us, only then we will continue the recruitment.  He also tells them that they will earn their scholarship and playing time.  Often this doesn't sit well with young recruits. For example, last month at the NFL Draft, I asked Rod Woodson why he chose Purdue over us, and he said it was because we wouldn't guarantee he'd start his first year but Purdue would.  Supposedly our guy who recruited him (Wilson) wouldn't guarantee him anything.

This no-nonsense approach may explain the reason why Barnes was not invited, ie, he wasn't showing true interest in us.  So, in that view, it makes total sense.  I'm not saying this is the case, however.

05/14/2010 - 10:35am Here are a few off top of my head....

Tom Selleck (Magnum PI actor)  ALUM

Lucy Liu, actress ALUM

Jack Kevorkian  ALUM

Geoffrey (sp) Fieger    ALUM

Bud Grant (former Vikings coach)  but he may be deceased    ALUM

Jim Rome, sports personality

Dan Eisen, sports personality   ALUM

Madonna, singer     ALUM

Debbie Gibson, singer who almost enrolled

Ari Gold  (fictitious ALUM)

William Clay Ford   ALUM

...and here is the rest of them....



STROTHER MARTIN, ’47, was an actor in “Gunsmoke” and “Hud.”

ANN B. DAVIS, ’48, was an actor in the “The Brady Bunch” TV series. She also appeared in Brady Bunch films and “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.”

DANA ELCAR, ’48-’51, appeared in “MacGyver.”

JEAN PETERS, mid ’40s, appeared in the films “Captain From Castile” and “Three Coins in a Fountain.”

BOB MCGRATH, ’54, was on “Sesame Street.” He is also a musician.

MARIAN MERCER, ’57, was on “Mary Hartman” and “Nine to Five.” She appeared onstage in “Promises, Promises.”

DENISE NICHOLAS, ’63, was in “Room 227” and “In The Heat of the Night.” She also was in “Ghost Dad.”

GILDA RADNER, ’64–’70, was on “Saturday Night Live,” where she played many memorable characters, including Baba Wawa, based on Barbara Walters.

JAMES EARL JONES, ’55, HLHD’70, was in “Field of Dreams,” was the voice of Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” series and was in “A Clear and Present Danger.” He appeared onstage in “The Great White Hope.”

CHRISTINE LAHTI, ’72, was an actor in the “Chicago Hope” series. She appeared in films such as “Swing Shift,” “The Doctor” and “Running on Empty.” She is now on “Jack and Bobby.”

SARA MOULTON, ’74, is the host of “Sara’s Secrets” on the Food Network.

DAVID PAYMER, ’75, has appeared in “Mr. Saturday Night,” “Quiz Show,” “Get Shorty,” “City Slickers,” “Payback” and “In the Line of Fire.”

DAVID ALLEN GRIER, ’78, has appeared on TV in “In Living Color,” “Life with Bonnie” and “DAG.” He has appeared onstage in “Dream Girls” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

SCOTT HOLLANDER, JD’90, had a character based on his real-life job as a children’s advocacy lawyer in the now-canceled TV show “The Guardian.” Hollander heads KidsVoice, a nonprofit that gives kids who are neglected or abused free legal services. The show's creator, and one of the executive producers, is Hollander's younger brother, David.

LUCY LIU, ’90, was an actor on TV shows “Ally McBeal,” “NYPD Blue” and “ER.” She was also in the movies “Charlie’s Angels,” “Payback” and “True Crime.”

MATTHEW LETSCHER, ’92, appeared on “Ellen,” “Good Morning Miami” and “The Beach Boys” movie. He also appeared in “The Mask of Zorro.”

SELMA BLAIR, ’95, was in the movies “The Alibi,” “Pretty Persuasion,” “The Deal,” “DeMarco Affairs,” “In Good Company,” “A Dirty Shame,” “Coast to Coast” and “Hellboy.”

GAVIN CREEL, ’98, played Bill in “Eloise at the Plaza,” a Wonderful World of Disney movie. Creel was nominated in 2002 for a Tony for his role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” He also appeared in “Bounce,” a musical by Stephen Sondheim.

Performing Arts

JACK YELLEN, ’13, was a songwriter for “Happy Days Are Here Again” and “Are You From Dixie?”

JULES BELKIN, ’53, heads Jules Belkin Productions, one of the top US rock 'n' roll promoters. Belkin was instrumental in founding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

IGGY POP, ’63-’64, is a rock singer.

JUDY BROWN, MMUS’68, is a conductor and arranger.

JESSYE NORMAN, MMUS’68, HSCD’87, is an opera/concert singer.

CHIP DAVIS, ’69, composed “Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Live,” “Convoy” and “The Christmas Angel: A Story on Ice.”

DEBBIE (TOMCHAK) MIDDLETON, ’76, MMUS’77, composed the 20-minute piece “Overature 2000.”

ROBERTA ALEXANDER, MMUS’77, appeared onstage in “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”

MADONNA, ’78-’79, is a singer. She also appeared in “Evita,” “A League of Their Own,” “Dick Tracy” and “The Next Best Thing.”

ZUOHUANG CHEN, MMUS’82, PhD’85, is a conductor for the Central Philharmonic Orchestra (People's Republic of China) and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

DOUGLAS SILLS, ’82, was cast for the first-ever Broadway production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Sills was a Tony nominee for leading actor in the musical “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”

RICO SACCANI, ’84, is the music director and artistic adviser of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra.

HUNTER FOSTER, ’92, was cast for the first-ever Broadway production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Foster starred in the hit Broadway musical “Urinetown.”

DANIEL WORLEY, MMUS’95, PhD’02, made history with “Freak Show,” his rock opera CD/doctoral dissertation based loosely on the life of John Merrick. The subject of the play is “The Elephant Man.”

BECKY BAELING, ’99, had her song “If You Love Me” on Billboard magazine's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 2003. Baeling also has her own album called “Beckstasy.”

DAVID SHAYMAN, a.k.a. Disco D, ’02, helped pioneer Detroit booty music and later gave it the "ghettotech" moniker. He relocated to New York and branched out as a producer of hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall tracks for mainstream artists such as 50 Cent and Nina Sky.


BERNARD ROSENTHAL, ’36, is a sculptor who created The Cube in Regents Plaza on U-M’s campus. He also has three works permanently placed outdoors in New York City (Astor Place, 58th St., Pedestrian Plaza).

CHARLES W. MOORE, ’47, HDRAC’92, designed much of the New Orleans World Fair.

WARREN ROBBINS, MA’49, is an art collector whose collection of African art led to the establishment of the Museum of African Art, part of the Smithsonian group.

DANIEL DWORSKY, ’50, designed U-M's Crisler Arena.

KENNETH JAY LANE, ’51-’52, is a fashion jewelry designer/owner of Kenneth Jay Lane Inc.

ROBERT ISRAEL, MFA’64, is a set costume designer for theater, dance and opera.

MICHELE OKA DONNER, ’66, MFA’68, designed the entry to New York City's Hayden Planetarium.

JASON RUBIN, ’93, has created computer games such as “Ski Crazed” for Apple II. Cofounder of the Naughty Dog developing company, Rubin produced the popular “Crash Bandicoot” series before selling the company to Sony in 2000. He went on to make “Jak and Daxter,” a popular action-adventure game for PlayStation 2.

Directors/Screenwriters/Producers, Etc.

DUDLEY NICHOLS, ’14-’17, was a screenwriter for “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Stagecoach” and “The Informer.”

HERBERT BRODKIN, ’24, was a TV producer for “The Defenders,” “Playhouse 90,” “Sakharov,” “Skokie” and “Holocaust.”

VALENTINE DAVIES, ’27, was a screenwriter for “Miracle on 34th Street.”

ROGER L. STEVENS, ’28-’30, HLLD’64, was a stage producer for “West Side Story,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “A Man for All Seasons” and “Annie.”

ARTHUR MILLER, ’38, HLHD’56, wrote “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible,” “The Misfits” and “Playing For Time.”

MAX HODGE, ’39, was a TV writer for “Wild, Wild West,” “Mission Impossible,” “Marcus Welby” and “The Waltons.”

HAL COOPER, ’46, was a TV producer/director for “Maude,” “Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Mayberry RFD,” “That Girl,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Empty Nest.”

JOHN RICH, ’48, MA’49, was a producer for “Maude,” “That Girl,” “Mayberry RFD” and “MacGyver.”

JOHN BRILEY, ’51, MA’52, was a screenwriter/novelist of “Gandhi.”

DAVID NEWMAN, ’58, MA’59, was a screenwriter for “Superman I, II, III,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” “What's Up Doc?” and “Still of the Night.”

LESLIE NEWMAN, ’58, was a screenwriter for “Superman.”

ROBERT K. SHAYE, ’60, was a producer for “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” He is the president of New Line Cinema.

JACK O’BRIEN, ’61, MA’62, is a Broadway producer of “The Full Monty” and “Hairspray” for which he won a Tony in 2003. He also was the producer of “His Girl Friday” in London for the National Theatre of Great Britain.

LAWRENCE KASDAN, ’70, MA’72, HLHD’00, was a screenwriter/director for “The Big Chill,” “Body Heat,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Return of the Jedi” and “Silverado.”

GARY HARDWICK, ’82, is a novelist and filmmaker of “Deliver Us From Eva.” Hardwick wrote the screenplay and directed the romantic comedy, which starred LL Cool J.

DAVID LEVIEN, ’89, co-wrote and co-directed “The Knockaround Guys,” a movie about the sons of New York gangsters. Levien also co-wrote the poker movie “Rounders,” which starred Matt Damon.

TODD SAMOVITZ, ’89, is co-author of the screenplay “Wonderland,” which starred Val Kilmer and Lisa Kudrow.

DAVID MURRAY, ’90, had his film “Livermore” shown nationwide on the PBS series “Independent Lens.”

SCOTT PETERSEN, ’92, filmed a documentary called “Scrabylon,” set primarily at the 2001 World Scrabble Championships in Las Vegas.

JEFF MARX, ’93, is a composer and lyricist of musicals. He is best known for creating the Broadway musical “Avenue Q” with collaborator Robert Lopez. Together, they wrote the show’s 21 songs.

CHRIS SMITH, MA’00, co-produced the “Antwone Fisher” movie. Fisher was a student in Smith's screenwriting class at a South Central Los Angeles church. Smith helped Fisher get the story made into a movie.


MARGARET BOURKE WHITE, ’22-’24, was a photographer/journalist.

ARNOLD GINGRICH, ’25, was a founder/publisher of Esquire.

WILLIAM SHAWN, ’25-’27, was editor of The New Yorker.

WIN ELLIOT, ’37, was a sportscaster.

MIKE WALLACE, ’39, HLLD’87, is a TV journalist for “60 Minutes.”

BILL FLEMING, ’49, was a sportscaster.

ROGER WILKENS, ’53, LLB’56, HLHD’93, was a journalist of the Washington Post. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for his Watergate editorials.

JANET MALCOLM, ’55, was a writer for The New Yorker and wrote “In the Freud Archives.”

JOHN MADIGAN, ’58, is a publisher of the Chicago Tribune.

P. ANTHONY RIDDER, ’62, is the president of Knight-Ridder Inc.

CAROLE SIMPSON, ’62, is a TV journalist.

DAN DIERDORF, ’68-’70, is a sportscaster.

DANIEL OKRENT, ’69, is the public editor for The New York Times. He wrote the nonfiction book “Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center.”

STEVE WILDSTROM, ’69, is the author of Business Week’s Technology and You section.

LESLIE WAYNE, ’70, is an editor for The New York Times.

ROBIN WRIGHT, ’70, MA’71, is a foreign correspondent.

CATHY GUISEWITE, ’72, is a cartoonist and created the comic strip “Cathy.”

SARA KRULWICH, ’72, is a photographer for The New York Times.

JAMES RUSSELL GAINES, ’73, is managing editor of Time.

JOHN PAPANEK, ’73, is managing editor of Sports Illustrated.

BETH NISSEN, ’75, is a journalist.

ANDREA JOYCE, ’76, is a sportscaster.

DONNA BRITT, MA’78, is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post.

DANIEL RIVKIN, ’85, is the head of news for World Television Co., which produces Towards Freedom TV. The one-hour programs, created by a 10-member Arabic-speaking team, focus on news, discussions and features about freedom and democracy.

RICH EISEN, ’90, is the lead anchor for the NFL Network.


JAMES AVERY HOPWOOD, 1905, was a playwright who established the U-M Hopwood Awards.

BETTY SMITH, ’21-’22, ’27, ’31, wrote “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”

ROBERT TRAVER, ’28, wrote “Anatomy of a Murder.”

HAROLD COURLANDER, '31, is the author of more than 35 books, was a world famous anthropologist, writer and folklorist.

FRANK B. GILBRETH, ’33, wrote “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

HERVIE HAUFLER, ’41, is the author of “Codebreakers’ Victory: How the Allied Cryptographers Won World War II.”

ROSS MACDONALD, MA’42, PhD’52, wrote the “Lew Archer Mystery Series.”

LOIS WELLS SANTALO, ’43, wrote “Ooops, I Lost My Sense of Humor.”

PHILIP BREITMEYER, ’47, wrote “Lightening Ridge! Further Adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

JOYCE HENRY, ’48, is the author of “Beat the Bard: What’s Your Shakespeare IQ?”

RICHARD J. WARD, MA’48, PhD’58, has published “Grampas Are for All Seasons.”

JUDITH LEVINE CANTOR, ’49, is the author of “Jews in Michigan,” part of the series “Discovering the Peoples of Michigan.”

RICHARD STEWART, ’52, MD’55, MDres’61, MPHIH’62, wrote “Leper Priest of Moloka’i: The Father Damien Story.”

KC FREDERICK, ’56, MA’58, PhD’63, wrote “Accomplices.”

MARGE PIERCY, ’57, wrote “Braided Lives” and “Fly Away Home.”

NANCY WILLARD, ’58, PhD’63, wrote “A Visit to William Blake's Inn” and “Things Invisible to See.”

JUDITH GUEST, ’59, wrote “Ordinary People.”

TONY RIDDER, '62, is the president and CEO of Knight Ridder.

EDMUND WHITE, ’62, wrote for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

MAX APPLE, ’63, PhD’70, wrote “Free Agents,” “Roommates” and “The Air Up There.”

MARCIA MULLER, ’66, MA’71, is a novelist.

DON SURATH, ’67, is the author of “Conquering Cold Calling Fear.”

JANE KENYON, ’70, MA’72, is a poet.

DORIS RUBENSTEIN, ’71, is the author of “The Good Corporate Citizen: A Practical Guide.”

CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG, ’72, is an illustrator/writer of “The Wreck of the Zypher,” “Jumanji” and “The Polar Express.”

ANN HAGEDORN, MALS’75, wrote “Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad.”

GILBERT SNIDER, MD’75, MDres’81, wrote the medical thriller entitled “Brain Warp.”

SUSAN ORLEAN, ’76, wrote “The Orchid Thief.” The book was made into the movie “Adaptation.”

TERRY GAMBLE, ’77, wrote “The Water Dancers,” a novel set in northern Michigan.

JAMES TOBIN, ’78, MA’79, PhD’86, wrote “To Conquer the Air,” “Ernie Pyle’s War” and “Great Projects.”

NEIL GORDON, ’80, wrote “The Company You Keep.”

ELLEN SLEZAK, ’80, wrote “Last Year’s Jesus: A Novella and Nine Stories.”

STEVE HAMILTON, ’83, wrote “Blood is the Sky,” an Alex McKnight mystery set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

THOMAS GRACE JR., ’84, MARCH’86, is a best-selling author of the adventure thrillers “Spyder Web,” “Quantum Web,” “Twisted Web” and “Bird of Prey.” He completed his first nonfiction project, “Cause of Death,” which will be released by George Lucas Press.

JAMES MCCULLOUGH, ’84, had his essays published in “Voelker’s Pond: A Robert Traver Legacy.”

JENNIFER COBURN, ’88, has written “The Wife of Reilly” and “Reinventing Mona.”

CAROLYN JANTSCH, '06, is the principal tubist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the first female tubist with a major symphony orchestra.

JON HEIN, ’89, is the creator of the popular Jump the Shark Web site. Hein has a book, “Jump the Shark: When Good Things Go Bad.” The term, which Hein credits to a U-M roommate, refers to a “Happy Days” episode in which Fonzi, wearing his leather jacket, jumped over a shark while water-skiing. It's now used to define the point when any TV show stops being good.

SCOTT LASSER, MA’89, wrote a novel, “All I Could Get,” a story about a man who studied at Dartmouth, lived in Colorado with his family and moved to New York City to fulfill his dream of wealth on Wall Street.

BRAD MELTZER, ’92, has written “The Zero Game, “The Tenth Justice,” “Dead Even,” “The First Counsel” and “The Millionaires.”

ROB SIEGEL, ’93, was the editor-in-chief of “The Onion.” Siegel led the editorial staff of 10 to come up with funny headlines and tongue-in-cheek stories mocking American life, society and media.

KARL LAGNEMMA, ’94, wrote “On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction,” eight stories that explore the mysteries of love.

MICHAEL JOSHUA, ’95, wrote “Being 2000.”

MICHAEL BYERS, MFA’96, wrote “Long for this World.”


LELAND MACPHAIL, 1907-08, is a former president and treasurer of the New York Yankees.

BRANCH RICKEY, ’11, is a former president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rickey was instrumental in bringing Jackie Robinson to the major leagues.

GEORGE SISLER, ’15, was a Major League Baseball player.

CHARLIE GEHRINGER, ’22-’23, was a Major League Baseball player.

BENNIE OOSTERBAAN, ’28, was a football player and former U-M football coach.

DICK WAKEFIELD, ’39-’41, was a Major League Baseball player.

DON CANHAM, ’41, MA’48, was a U-M track star and U-M athletic director.

FOREST EVASHEVSKI, ’41, was a football player and coach.

TOM HARMON, ’41, was a football player, Heisman Trophy winner and sportscaster.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD, ’44, is the owner of the Detroit Lions.

ELROY HIRSCH, ’44, was a football player and actor in “Unchained.”

DON LUND, ’45, was a Major League Baseball player.

GEORGE ALLEN, ’47, MA’48, was an NFL football coach.

CHALMERS (BUMP) ELLIOTT, ’48, was a former U-M football coach.

ROBERT NEDERLANDER, ’55, JD’58, was a managing partner of the New York Yankees.

DONALD GLOVER CONRAD, MBA’57, was the owner of the Hartford Whalers.

BARRY MACKAY, ’57, has been covering tennis for USA Sports since 1981 and was the network's first tennis analyst on its inaugural 1984 US Open coverage. MacKay earned the No. 1 ranking and the Amateur Tennis Player of the Year Award in 1960. He is the president and owner of BMK Sports Inc. a company founded to promote and run the Sybase Open in San Jose, California.

RON KRAMER, ’57, was an NFL football player.

FRED WILPON, ’58, is the chairman of board for the New York Mets.

JANET GUTHRIE, ’60, was a racecar driver.

ALAN I. ROTHENBERG, ’60, was president of the Los Angeles Clippers.

RED BERENSON, ’62, MBA’66, was a former pro hockey player and U-M hockey coach.

STEVE BOROS, ’63, was a manager of the San Diego Padres.

CAZZIE RUSSELL, ’64-’66, was an NBA basketball player.

THOMAS ARTHUR KEATING, ’65, was an NFL football player.

BILL FREEHAN, ’66, was a Major League Baseball player and a former U-M baseball coach.

TED SIZEMORE, ’66, was a Major League Baseball player.

RUDY TOMJANOVICH, ’66-’70, was an NBA basketball player and a coach.

JOHN L. SCHROEDER, ’68, is a golfer.

GEOFF ZAHN, ’68, is a former Major League Baseball player and U-M baseball coach.

REGGIE MCKENZIE, ’72, was an NFL football player.

RICK LEACH, ’75-’79, was a Major League Baseball player.

LARY SORENSON, ’76, was a Major League Baseball player.

ANTHONY CARTER, ’78-’82, is an NFL football player.

STEVE ONTIVEROS, ’80-’82, was a Major League Baseball player.

CHRIS SABO, ’81-’83, was a Major League Baseball player.

GARY WAYNE, ’81-’84, was a Major League Baseball player.

RICHARD STRENGER, ’83, was an NFL football player.

TIM MCCORMICK, ’84, was an NBA basketball player.

HAL MORRIS, ’84, was a Major League Baseball player.

BRIAN LUNDBERG, ’85, was an NHL hockey player.

DAVID DEBOL, ’86, was an NHL hockey player.

JIM HARBAUGH, ’86, was an NFL football player and is now the head football coach for the University of San Diego.

BARRY LARKIN, ’86, is a Major League Baseball player.

TERRY MILLS, ’88-’90, was an NBA basketball player.

JIM ABBOTT, ’89, was a Major League Baseball player.

RUMEAL ROBINSON, ’90, was an NBA basketball player.

CHRIS WEBBER, ’91-’92, is an NBA basketball player.

TYRONE WHEATLEY, ’91-’94, is an NFL football player.

DESMOND HOWARD, ’92, was an NFL football player and a Heisman Trophy winner.

TY LAW, ’92-’94, is an NFL football player.

JALEN ROSE, ’92-’94, is an NBA basketball player.

ERIC RILEY, ’93, was an NBA basketball player.

JERAME TUMAN, ’94-’98, is an NFL football player.

TODD COLLINS, ’95, is an NFL football player.

JUWAN HOWARD, ’95, is an NBA basketball player.

MIKE KNUBLE, ’95, is an NHL hockey player.

AARON SHEA, ’95-’99, is an NFL football player.

TAI STREETS, ’95-’98, is an NFL football player.

TED LYLE SIMMONS, ’96, was a Major League Baseball player.

AMANI TOOMER, ’96, is an NFL football player.

JASON BOTTERILL, ’97, is an NHL hockey player.

BRIAN GRIESE, ’97, is an NFL football player.

BRENDAN MORRISON, ’97, is an NHL hockey player.

CHARLES WOODSON, ’97, is an NFL football player and a Heisman Trophy winner.

MICHAEL COMRIE, ’98-’00, is an NHL hockey player.

MIKE KNUBLE, ’98, is an NHL hockey player.

DAVID TERRELL, ’98-’00, is an NFL football player.

BUBBA BERENZWEIG, ’99, is an NHL hockey player.

MARK CAMPBELL, ’99, is an NFL football player.

GREGORY CROZIER, ’99, was an NHL hockey player.

STEVEN HALKO, ’99, was an NHL hockey player.

JAMES HALL, ’99, is an NFL football player.

SHANTEE ORR, ’99-’02, is an NFL football player.

JEFFERY BACKUS, ’00, is an NFL football player.

TOM BRADY, ’00, was the former U-M quarterback and the star of the New England Patriots 2004 Super Bowl win.

MICHAEK CAMMALLERI, ’00-’02, is an NHL hockey player.

IAN GOLD, ’00, is an NFL football player.

DHANI JONES, ’00, is an NFL football player.

MICHAEL KOMISAREK, ’00-’02, is an NHL hockey player.

CHRIS PERRY, ’00-’03, is an NFL football player.

LARRY STEVENS, ’00-’03, is an NFL football player.

JOSH WILLIAMS, ’00, is an NFL football player.

ERIC WILSON, ’00, is an NFL football player.

ERIC BRACKINS, ’01, was an NFL football player.

JONATHAN GOODWIN, ’01, is an NFL football player.

JOSH LANGFELD, ’01, is an NHL hockey player

CORY SARGENT, ’01, is an NFL football player.

ANTHONY THOMAS, ’01, is an NFL football player.

MAURICE WILLIAMS, ’01, is an NFL football player.

DAVID BRANDT, ’02, is an NFL football player.

DREW HENSON, ’02, is an NFL football player.

JEFF JILLSON, ’02, is an NHL hockey player.

BENNIE JOPPRU, ’02 is an NFL football player.

CATO JUNE, ’02 is an NFL football player.

DAVE PETRUZIELLO, ’02, is an NFL football player.

RONALD BELLAMY, ’03, is an NFL football player.

JOHN NAVARRE, ’03, is an NFL football player.

JED ORTMEYER, ’03, is an NHL hockey player.

Bo Schembechler, HLLD'05, winningest football coach in U-M history

Public Affairs/Politicians

CLARENCE DARROW, 1878, was an attorney for the Scopes Monkey trial and the Leopold-Loeb trial.

GERALD FORD, ’35, HLLD’74, was the president of the United States from 1974 to 1977.

RAOUL WALLENBERG, ’35, saved thousands of Hungarian Jews by giving them Swedish passports during World War II.

CHARLES Z. WICK, ’40, was the director of the US Information Agency.

RICHARD MATSCH, ’51, JD’53, was the Colorado federal judge in the McVeigh Oklahoma City bombing trial.

THOMAS HAYDEN, ’60-’61, was an activist in the Chicago Seven.

GUY VANDER JAGT, JD’60, was a congressman representing Michigan’s 9th District.

GAIL WILENSKY, ’64, MA’65, PhD’68, is a senior fellow at Project HOPE and a former HCFA administrator.

RICHARD GEPHARDT, JD’65, is a US representative from Missouri and a former Democratic presidential candidate.

MARY FRANCES BERRY, PhD’66, JD’70, HLLD’97, was the chair for the Commission on Civil Rights under President Jimmy Carter.

KAREN WOLFF, MMUS’76, PhD’79, was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the NEA's advisory body. The council makes recommendations on grants, funding guidelines and leadership initiatives to the NEA chairman. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will review the nominations.

MICHAEL NEWDOW, JD’88, made headlines by challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance, charging that the recitation of the Pledge in his daughter’s public school violates the separation of church and state.

HAROLD FORD Jr., JD’96, is a congressman representing Tennessee’s 9th District.


DAVID R. SCOTT, ’49-’50, was an astronaut.

KARL HENIZE, PhD’54, was an astronaut.

JAMES B. IRWIN, MS’57, HSCD’71, was an astronaut.

JACK R. LOUSMA,’59, HSCD’73, was an astronaut.

JAMES A. MCDIVITT,’59, HSCD’65, was an astronaut.

EDWARD H. WHITE, MS’59, HSCD’71, made the first US space walk.

THEODORE FREEMAN, MS’60, was an astronaut.

ALFRED WORDON, MSE’63, HSCD’71, was an astronaut.

Apollo 15, an all U-M space flight, flew to the moon from July 26-August 7, 1971, with astronauts Col. DAVID R. SCOTT, '49-'50, commander; Maj. ALFRED WORDEN, MS’63, command module pilot; Col. JAMES IRWIN, MS’57, lunar module pilot. It was first expedition with a lunar rover vehicle (used by Scott & Irwin who went to the surface of the moon) and the first flight in which all three astronauts were from the same university. They carried three U-M items: a miniature of the U-M flag, a miniature of the U-M Dept. of Aerospace Engineering seal, and a charter of the U-M Alumni Club of the Moon, which was left on the moon.


WILLIAM J. MAYO, MD’1883, is the cofounder of Mayo Clinic.

PAUL DE KRUIF, ’10-’12, PhD’16, is the author of “Microbe Hunters.”

EMIL JOHN KONOPINSKI, ’33, MA’34, PhD’36, patented a device that made the first hydrogen bomb with Dr. Edward Teller. He was a member of the Manhattan Project.

JOHN CLARK SHEEHAN, MS’38, PhD’41, was a chemist who pioneered the first synthetic penicillin breakthrough in 1957.

ISABELLA LUGOSKI KARLE, ’41, MS’42, PhD’44, HSCD’76, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She was a member of the Manhattan Project.

JEROME P. HORWITZ, PhD’50, was an organic chemist who synthesized AZT in 1964, a drug now used to treat AIDS.

GAIL WARDEN, MHA’63, is the president and CEO of Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System.

ALEXA CANADY, ’71, MD’75, is the chief of neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

GWENDOLYN CHIVERS, ’72, is the chief pharmacist at the University of Michigan Health Service.

H. CLIFFORD LANE, '72, MD'76, is the deputy director for clinical research at the Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

GAYLE CRICK, ’74, MM’84, is the manager of global marketing at Eli Lilly.

ANTONIA NOVELLO, ’74, HLLD’94, was the first female US surgeon general.

BENJAMIN S. CARSON, MD’77, is the director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.

ROBERT LIPPER, PhD’78, is the vice president of Biopharmaceutics R&D, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Co.

PETER LABADIE, ’79, is the president of Williams-Labadie, a subsidiary of Leo Burnett Communications.

LARRY WAGENKNECHT, ’79, is the CEO of the Michigan Pharmacists Association.

CATHERINE POLLEY, ’82, is the vice president of state government affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

DAVID ZACCARDELLI, PHARD’88, is the vice president of MDS Pharma Services.


CHARLES WALGREEN, PHC’28, HMS’51, HLHD’92, is the founder of Walgreen drugstores.

HENRY W. BLOCH, ’43, was the president of H&R Block Inc.

DONALD R. MANDICH, ’46, MBA’50, is the chairman of Comerica Inc.

RAY T. PARFET JR., MBA’47, is the chairman and CEO of The Upjohn Co.

ROGER B. SMITH, ’48, MBA’53, is the former chairman and CEO of General Motors.

A. ALFRED TAUBMAN, HLLD’48, was the founder of the Taubman Company, one of America's premier real estate developers and operator of regional shopping centers.

JOEL MARVIN DORFMAN, ’51, is the president and CEO of Thorn Apple Valley Inc.

PHILIP L. SMITH,’60, MBA’61, is the president and CEO of General Foods Corp./Pillsbury Co.

IRVINE O. HOCKADAY, LLB’61, is the president and CEO of Hallmark Cards Inc.

HAROLD K. SPERLICH, MBA’61, is the president of Chrysler Corp.

STEPHEN M. ROSS, ’62, a New York City real estate developer, provided a gift of $100 million to the University of Michigan Business School. It is the largest donation ever to a US business school and the largest gift to U-M in its 187-year history.

RALPH REINS, ’63, is the president and chief operating officer of Mack Trucks Inc.

CHARLES E. HUMPHREY, ’64, MBA’68, JD’68, is the president of Box Office Video.

PAUL M. OSTERGARD, JD’64, is the president of General Electric Foundation.

MANUEL LUIS DEL VALLE, ’67, is the president of Barcardi Corp.

ARI WEINZWEIG, ’78, is the cofounder of Zingerman’s and wrote “Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating.”

JANE MATHEWS DENMAN, MBA’81, is the vice president of human resources of Orbitz.

JOHN PARK, MBA’85, is the chief financial officer of Orbitz.

LARRY PAGE, ’95, cofounded Google.


ESTHER MARGOLIS, ’58, is a founder, president and publisher of Newmark Press.

KAY RADTKE, ’63, is the executive vice president, associate publisher of Applause Theater and Cinema Books.

LAURENCE KIRSHBAUM, ’66, is the chairman of Time Warner Book Group, responsible for Warner Books and Little Brown.

SUSIE ALBERT, ’87, is the national accounts sales manager for DK Publishing.

Reality TV

JUDD WINICK, ’92, was on “The Real World-San Francisco.” Winnick also wrote a novel “Pedro and Me” and is a cartoonist.

ADAM MESH, ’97, was a contestant on “Average Joe.” Later NBC brought him back on his own dating show, “Average Joe: Adam Returns.”

LINDSAY BRIEN, ’99, was on “The Real World-Seattle.” Brien now hosts a half-hour entertainment show called “The Spot.”

SARAH-ELIZABETH LANGFORD, ’00, competed as Miss District of Columbia in the 2002 Miss America Competition.

KRISTY KRIZMANICH, ’03, was on the ABC hit “The Bachelor.”

JOSH SCHWADRON, ’03, appeared on NBC’s gross-out reality show “Fear Factor.”

Infamous Alumni

DR. HARVEY CRIPPEN, 1883, killed his wife and buried her in the cellar of their home.

HERMAN WEBSTER MUDGETT, MD1884, is believed to be America’s first serial killer.

RICHARD A. LOEB’22, he and his friend Nathan Leopold, tried to commit the perfect murder in killing 14-year-old Bobby Franks, but their carelessness eventually led to their arrest.

JOHN LIST, ’50, MBA’50, murdered his mother, wife and three children, left a written confession and disappeared for 18 years.

JACK KEVORKIAN, MD’52, MDres’58, known as “Dr. Death” for his role in assisted suicides, was tried and acquitted several times before being convicted of second-degree murder and sent to prison.

JOHN Z. DELOREAN, MBA’57, president of the DeLorean Motor Company, was caught in an FBI cocaine sting operation that led to a high profile trial for federal fraud and racketeering related to money he stole from the company.

JOHN BUETTNER-JANUSCH, PhD’57, was convicted of making and selling LSD and methaqualone and was sentenced to five years. In 1987, he was charged with sending poisoned candy to the judge in the drug case.

TED KACZYNSKI, MA’64, PhD’ 67, began sending bombs around the country, targeting mainly universities and airlines. After more than 15 years with few clues, he finally was caught when his own brother recognized his peculiar phrasing from the published “Unabomber’s Manifesto.”

CAROLYN WARMUS, ’86, was accused of killing her lover’s wife, and her trial became known in the press as the “fatal attraction” murder case.

05/13/2010 - 1:30pm like I said a year ago...

It is all about Denard...      (ha ha...remember me???)

but anyway, DiNardo is simply covering his behind as a tv prognosticator....

Fact is, we are ahead of Iowa... why???

Because we almost beat Iowa IN Iowa WITH two freshmen qbs, and Iowa lost six or so key players to the NFL, and our team is light years ahead from last season.

Be prepared for the return of the Mad Magicians.... and we are going 10-2 this year.   I cannot wait to hear DiNardo backtrack later on.