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U.S. Senate candidates Terri Lynn Land and Gary Peters are exchanging charges about their finances, but the truth requires deeper digging. We fact-check claims in one of the nation's hottest races.
For the full article, see Todd Spengler, "In Senate race, financial claims are often misleading", Detroit Free Press, September 28, 2014.
On this day Michigan's halfback Tom Harmon (number 98) won the admiration of the nation in a game against the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, California. At the end of the 1939 season, Time magazine had claimed that Tom Harmon was the number 1 footballer of the year. But since Michigan and other teams from the East, South, and Midwest rarely made the trip out to the West Coast because of the time involved and the expense, the 35,401 fans in attendance wondered what the hype was all about.
Unlike Michigan's first trip to the West Coast in 1902 which took 8 days, this one took only two days thanks to the novel idea of air travel although it did take three planes to tranport the entire team. Although airsickness was an issue for many of the first time airplane passengers, it was mollified by stops in Denver and Salt Lake City, and when the trip was over, Coach Crysler and the players had to admit flying was the way to go for future long trips.
But back to Harmon who was celebrating his 21st birthday. It only took him 15 seconds to score his first touchdown --a 94 year run -- untouched by the other team -- after receiving the opening kickoff. Soon afterwards another touchdown was narrowly averted when a Michigan player dropped one of Harmon's passes on the goal line. Early in the second quarter, Harmon fielded a punt on his own 28 but fumbled it, and had to retreat 10 yards to pick it up again. Dashing for another touchedown, he was credited with a 72-yarder but probably ran twice that distance during the process. Later in the second period, Harmon scored a 3rd touchdown of 86 years on a reverse. With 6 minutes left in the first half, Michigan decided to let up on California so Harmon was allowed to sit on the bench until later in the 4th quarter. He then proceeded to score a fourth touchdown on an 8 year run and threw a 5-year pass for another. Final score : the University of Michigan 41, California 0.
Another amusing note, an inebriated California fan ran on the field and attempted to tackle Harmon on the 1 yard line during his 86 year ramble in the second quarter, since the other Golden Bears were lagging far behind. He failed, but made the photographic spread in Life Magazine the following week. Thanks to newspapers, magazines, and newsreels shown in movie theaters across the nation, Harmon's exploits became known far and wide.
Later on, Harmon recalled if he had counted all the people who said they saw him in the California game, the number would have been around 3 million, with another 20 million witnessing it in the local theaters! Needless to say, Tom Harmon would go on to win the 6th Heisman Trophy Award on November 27, 1940.
For more information about the September 28, 1940 game and a lot more, see Honor on the Line: The Fifth Down and the Spectacular 1940 College Football Season by Robert J. Scott and others (available via Amazon.com; snippets available via Google Books).
Harmon trivia: Tom Harmon, the pride of Gary, Indiana, was the leading scorer in both the 1939 and 1940 seasons and received All American honors in both years.
Harmon Update : Mark Harmon said his father talked as much about 1940’s only loss – a 7-6 defeat to Minnesota where Harmon missed the extra point – as he did about his other 33 touchdowns.
Mark Snyder, "Mark Harmon: Father, Tom Harmon, would be embarrassed but proud of Michigan honoring No. 98", Detroit Free Press, September 8, 2013.
On September 18, 1918, Hazel Stimson responded to a pamphlet that invited her to “work side by side with the men of the Marine Corps” and became the first Michigan woman to enlist in the Marines during World War 1. Stimson served 14 months before being honorably discharged with the rank of corporal.
"Mrs. Herbert Fitzgerald Joined the Marines Nearly 50 Years Ago", Sarasota Herald Tribune, July 28, 1968.
Ann Arbor has yawned and turned over for its last cat nap, and then awakened with a start to the realization that the first of October is nigh, and that the college youths from all the world are coming back to little old double A for another 9 months of higher education, football and the other ingredients that go to make up the finished product, the college man. Once each year Ann Arbor falls into this deep and untroubled sleep, the day that summer school closes. The city sleeps until about the time Yost arrives in town and begins his preliminary football and the everlasting stogie at one and the same time. Along about this time the first bunch of freshmen usually comes.
Note : Article was penned on September 28th but appeared on the 29th.
Source : ANN ARBOR HEARS SOUNDS; AWAKENS: COLLEGE YOUTHS ARRIVING PROM ALL OVER WORLD TO ATTEND U. OF M. OUTLOOK FOR INCREASED ATTENDANCE IS BRIGHT MANY FRESHMEN ALREADY ON HAND AND FACULTY MEMBERS ARE STRAGGLING IN. Detroit Free Press (1858-1922) [Detroit, Mich] 29 Sep 1912: 15. The Historical Free Press is available online to the MSU Community and visitors to the Main Library
On this day in 1854, 37 boys and girls, aged 6 through 15, boarded the sidewheeler steamer Isaac Newton in New York City for the first part of their journey to the frontier of Dowagiac, Michigan, where they hoped to be adopted. In Albany, New York, the children were joined by 9 more orphans when they transfered to a train for the rest of their trip, inaugerating the first of many Orphan Trains which would be dispatched by the Children's Aid Society over the next 75 years. Between 1854 and 1927, some 12,500 orphans would ride the Orphan Train to Michigan, part of the quarter million children who would be sent out west.
Source: Collen Burcar, It Happened In Michigan (Guilford, CT : Globe Pequot Press, c2010)
For more information see The orphan trains [videorecording] / produced and directed by Janet Graham and Edward Gray ; written by Edward Gray. [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Home Video, 2006.
The orphan train in Michigan, 1854-1927 / Program Source International. Bloomfield Hills, MI : Program Source International, c2002.
Orphan trains : the story of Charles Loring Brace and the children he saved and failed / Stephen O'Connor. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Ann Zaniewski, 'Orphan trains' brought thousands of children to Michigan from New York City", Detroit Free Press, August 4, 2013.
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