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As a national debate rages over immigration policy, especially in regard to those coming from Mexico and the Middle East, the issue hits home for Michigan in several respects.
Mexicans form the single-largest group of immigrants living in Michigan, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For the full article, see Julie Mack, "6% of Michigan residents are foreign born, and 9 other facts about immigrants", MLive, November 23, 2015
Nov. 23, 1991. It was the annual Ohio State-Michigan game, and with a little more than four minutes remaining in the first half, a Buckeye named Tim Williams uncorked a punt high and deep into the slate gray sky of Ann Arbor.
Howard caught it at his own 7-yard line, took three stutter steps to the right, turned directly up field and proceeded to shred the Buckeyes. On the ABC broadcast, even the grizzled voice of Keith Jackson was awestruck.
"Oh my goodness," Jackson said breathlessly, before delivering one of his all-time signature calls as Howard got free and clear and impossible to catch along the sideline.
"Good-bye. … Hello, Heisman."
As Howard crossed the end zone he debated with himself whether he should just soak in the cheers of the roaring 106,156-person crowd or turn to his teammates or, perhaps, flash an image-making pose he'd been joking about unleashing for a while now. He knew some would see it as ostentatious, yet fueled by adrenaline he decided, ah, why the heck not. So he unleashed a big smile, planted his right foot, lifted his left knee and extended his left arm forward.
During his college career at the University of Michigan, Howard set or tied five NCAA and 12 Michigan records. He also led the Big Ten Conference in scoring with 138 points during the 1991 season on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and earning first-team All-American honors. Howard captured 85% of the first place votes in balloting for the Heisman, the largest margin in the history of the trophy at that time.
Interestingly enough, a picture of the event is the basis of a lawsuit in 2013.
Standing not far from Howard that November day, in back of the end zone, was a man named Brian Masck. He was a staff photographer for the Muskegon Chronicle, a paper serving the blue-collar town in Western Michigan. Masck was working as a freelancer for that game, as he often did on weekends. He attended area college games in an attempt to make some extra money by selling shots to newspapers, wire services or, hopefully, the best-paying gig out there, Sports Illustrated.
With the freedom to seek out the perfect picture, Masck was one of the few photographers who abandoned shooting from a traditional spot near the action of the line of scrimmage. He instead took position in the far end zone, just in case Howard did the kind of spectacular thing he was about to do.
Images of Desmond Howard's famous Super Bowl play can't be used without his permission because of the NFL players' …
Masck worked with a motor-driven Nikon F3 camera, but he'd found, through experience, that simply holding down the shutter release and shooting as many pictures as possible rarely worked in the fast pace of a football game. Cameras were far slower then, particularly on cold November days, and even slightly blurry prints were worthless.
So Masck took each shot individually and, finding himself at such a fortunate angle, hit the button during the instant Howard was in full pose before his teammates piled on top of him. He had his money shot, even if he didn't know it until Sunday, when back in Muskegon he developed the film.
The photo eventually appeared in SI, and Howard's pose became a seminal moment in the game's history. Now almost all aspiring Heisman candidates do it – and they generally use Howard's version, with one leg lifted in the air, rather than the one on the actual trophy, where both feet are on the ground. It's even transcended the game; both President and Michele Obama have been pictured doing it.
Even though Howard, now 43, went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL, won MVP of Super Bowl XXXI in part due to a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that sealed the Green Bay Packers' title and is now a fixture on national television, the pose remains his signature. The photo has been used on commercials, video-game covers, posters and all other varieties of commoditized goods. Howard has been paid for only some of it.
Twenty two years later, Brian Masck is suing for copyright infringement.
Source : Dan Wentzel, "As Johnny Football is in a photo-related flap, 'Heisman' Howard is embroiled in one of his own", Yahoo Sports, August 6, 2013.
Victim of one of the greatest halfbacks of all time, Tom Harmon, and a great Michigan team, the Buckeyes were smeared with a smashing, terrific loss, 40 to 0.
The great Harmon, in his collegiate final, was magnificent. He ran, he passed, he kicked. He scored three touchdowns, bringing his all-time touchdown total to 33, and surpassing by two the Big Ten record set by the great Red Grange 15 years ago. In his finale, he ran for two rushing touchdowns, passed for two more, returning an interception for a score, and kicked four extra points.
Even the Ohio State fans had to cheer for Harmon, who was taken out early just before the end of the game.
Source : John Dietrich, OSU-Michigan 1940: Tom Harmon's Wolverines hand Buckeyes worst loss since 1905, 40-0, Plain Dealer, February 26, 2012.
Tom Harmon versus Ohio State, November 23, 1940 via YouTube
Hawley Crippen, a Michigan-born homeopathic doctor who became the first criminal caught using wireless telegraph, boarded a ship to escape the manhunt for him in England, on July 20, 1910.
He was accused of poisoning and dismembering his wife, a showgirl named Cora (a.k.a. Belle Elmore), then stuffing her down in the basement. Then, Crippen, who had attended the University of Michigan, and his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, tried to make their way to Canada, poorly disguised as father and son.
However, the captain of the ocean liner the SS Montrose noticed that they looked like the “wanted” photos of the infamous couple in the newspaper and used the ship’s wireless to send word back to England that the pair was aboard. Scotland Yard investigators rushed to board a faster ship to beat the pair to North America.
Crippen and his paramour were arrested on July 31, just as the lovers were to disembark in Quebec.
They were tried in London. A jury found the Coldwater native guilty after 27 minutes of deliberation, and he was hanged the following month, despite his protestations of innocence. Le Neve was acquitted.
For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: Hawley Crippen tries to escape murder charge in England", Detroit Free Press, July 20, 2014.
For more information, see "MSU Forensic Scientist Proves That Britain's Most Notorious Murder Was Innocent", Red Tape Blog, November 26, 2007.
A hundred years ago, Thanksgiving in Lansing was a quiescent affair. The paper describes an abeyance of business throughout the city. However, the post office was open from 7-9 am and a delivery was made.
Local news was brief. In the paper the day before Thanksgiving, November 23rd there was a notice “NO DANGER IN LANSING ON ACCOUNT OF SMALLPOX”, four houses were under quarantine. There were only a few local stories and no newspaper on Thanksgiving proper. One article told how little was happening in town over the holiday. It explained when the meal would be served at the Industrial School for Boys and that there would be “some speaker”. Holiday themed advertisements peppered the paper. Many Lansing retailers ran sales to lure shoppers.
Thanksgiving in Lansing 100 Years Ago, CADL Blog, November 28, 2010.
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