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June-July 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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FROM OUR READERS June/July 2012 • Vol. 23, No. 11 ISSN 1048-9940 John Borton Editor Associate Editor Michael Spath The Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Editor Tim Sullivan Staff Writer Andy Reid Managing Editor Chris Riffer Contributing Editor Steve Downey Contributing Writer Ryan Tice Editorial Intern Kevin Minor Jeanette Blankenship Layout And Design Cory Lavalette Contributing Photographers Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Brianna Goodfriend Cover Photo Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Circulation Manager Gail Evans Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Dave Searcy (12 issues) subscription is $49.95. The Wolverine is printed at The Papers in Milford, Ind. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call Wolverine, P.O. Box 2331, Durham, NC 27701. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC 27702 1-800-421-7751 or write The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. The Wolverine is a publication of Coman Publishing Company, Inc., 324 Blackwell St., Suite 560, Durham, NC 27701. Subscription questions: Web Site: E-Mail Address: 10 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2012 The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year Mich., for his suggestion of a statue of Cazzie in front of Crisler. It's the perfect way to honor the greatest Wolverine and one of the best col- lege basketball players in the his- tory of the game. There is no finer example of a ANOTHER VOTE FOR CAZZIE Dear The Wolverine: Kudos to Dick Gates of Harrison, "Michigan Man" than Mr. Russell. Dale McDonald Higgins Lake, Mich. and has watched his life after his play- ing days were done, would argue with you, Dale. No one who watched Russell play, and saw Red Berenson score his first goals in Cobo Arena against the German National Team. I also saw him score his first NHL goal for Montreal in Olympia. Why has his No. 9 not been retired? Can the ath- letic department weigh in on this? No. 9 is legendary in the NHL TIME TO HONOR BERENSON Dear The Wolverine: I did color on WCBN in the '50s with Howe, Richard, Hull, Duff and Bathgate of the original six all wearing the hallowed No. 9. Red deserves this honor. short of equaling the U-M band, they have an outstanding band. Now for some rather interesting news of which you and probably 95 percent (and 99 percent of Ohio fans) are not aware. The world famous "Ohio State" script that the Ohio band performs at every game was first conceived, designed and performed by the University of Michigan Band in 1932! Pleased see the enclosed insert for verification of this information. This is my first copy of The Wol- South Bend, Ind. Eric Payton rived sooner, you'd be aware that we're very aware of the origins of Script Ohio, and have presented them in this maga- zine before. While more Michigan fans know that story than you might think, we agree many Ohio State fans (and some younger Michigan fans) can defi- nitely benefit from a refresher course. The material you included came from Welcome aboard, Eric. Had you ar- Via the Internet Robert Oade moving away from retired numbers, like we've seen in football, Robert. That said, Michigan will certainly honor Be- renson in a significant fashion when he puts a capper on his college coaching career. Michigan's athletic department is letter to the editor from Bob Sawyer from Northville, Mich., in the April issue of The Wolverine. I am a retired high school band director from Port Huron, now living in South Bend — which, as you can imagine, is not the easiest place in the world for a diehard Michigan fan to live. I couldn't agree more with every- U-M STARTED SCRIPT OHIO Dear The Wolverine: I want to respond to the excellent the library at Ohio State. It spells out how the Michigan Marching Band first performed the maneuver in Ohio Sta- dium in 1932. It notes: "Ted Boehm, OSU marching band member in 1935 and 1936, and considered an 'author- ity' on Script Ohio, wrote that indeed, Michigan had performed the first Ohio in script." Boehm then went on to put forth the verine. My brother in Big Rapids has just given me a gift subscription, and I love it. argument that Ohio State refined the formation: "We submit that the script aspect is only one part of the overall event that is signified by the name. Of course, the script is the one essential element, but there is more; all of the parts have merged, starting with the triple revolving block Ohio as the lead off formation, the peel-off into the script movement, the interlaced shoestring movement, the pervasive driving beat of the venerable Le Regiment de Sambre et Be Heard! Send your letters to: thing Mr. Sawyer said in his letter, with one exception. Ohio certainly doesn't have the "worst damn band in the land." While they fall quite Wolverine Letters • P.O. Box 1304 • Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Or e-mail: Letters may be edited for clarity or length.

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