71 IT MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, October 14, 1972
PaQe Two TI IE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, October ~l4, '1972
THE OTHER PEOPLE
By ROBERT BURAKOFF
"I use what they call a dyna-
mic sales approach. They call me
Douglas White, the Loudmouth
Vendor. People remember me be-
cause I got a big mouth and they
buy stuff from me sometimes
when they don't even want it, just
to be friendly."
Many students, after arriving
at Michigan football games just
in time for a few belts of wine
and a couple of quick hellos be-
fore kick-off, are unaware of ano-
ther group of people attending
the same games.
These people, who are respon-
sible for behind-the-scenes or-
ganizing at football games, must
be at the stadium one or two
hours before kick-off and, how-
ever small their responsibilities,
are expected to do more than
drink, smoke and maybe watch
White was one of the fourteen
vendors selling souvenirs a n d
pennants at last week's Michigan-
Navy game. At 12:30 p.m. he
stood outside gate 27. Every 30
seconds he broke his bemused
silence, shaking a cowbell in one
hand and waving a trombone-
shaped plastic kazoo in the other.
"Pennants, souveniiirs," he
shrieked ending with an almost
obscenely leering "Oh, yeah!"
The reaction of the few people
passing by ranged from annoy-
ance to amusement, but few walk-
ed on before casting at least a
side-long glance in his direction.
White has worked Michigan
football games for some years
now. He works for the University
souvenir concession and gets a
twenty per cent commission on
His merchandise includes ka-
zoos, eyeshades, pennants, and
"Go Blue" buttons, all selected to
draw the eye and loosen the wal- nighta
lets of zealous alumni, incorri- busted.
gible Boy Scouts and an occas- Whit
ional Boone's Farmed student. his "so
His conversation is peppered ageds
with grins and one-liners that approa
have been time-tested with cust- said,"
omers at Tiger Stadium and Oly- the De
mpia in Detroit, as well as at "Oh
Michigan Stadium. hammi
"My name is White, but I'm "I g
black . . . black through a n d "Peopl
through," he said. to me
and say, 'My icebox is
Get your ass over here.' "
e laughed and screamed
uvenirs" chant. A middle-
straight-looking c o u p 1 e
ched enthusiastically and
"Didn't you sell cokes at
troit game?' "
yeah!" White drawled,
ng it up for his admirers.
ot a lot of fans," he said.
e are always coming up
and saying, 'Weren't you
Their charges froliced in the
stands below, running up the
aisles and walking back down the
benches two at a time.
Stephen Strimple, a graying,
good-natured Scout committee-
man watched over four scouts
from Troop 50, while chatting
with a fellow scoutmaster.
"Every year the Michigan
Council of Boy Scouts sends a let-
ter to our troop asking us which
game we want to go to," he
His merchandise includes kazoos, eyeshades, pennants, and 'Go Blue'
buttons, all selected to draw the eye and loosen the w a 11 e t s of zealous
alumni, incorrigible Boy Scouts and an occasional B o o n e' s Farmed
ly arrivals, the team managers,
stood talking in a small circle
with hands in pockets. Seem-
ing to have nothing in particular
to do at the moment, they look-
ed out at the empty field and oc-
casionally glanced over t h e i r
shoulders at the gradually filling
"The stuff we're responsible
for is trivial, for the most part,"
said head manager David Fish.
"We make sure balls are avail-
able for the refs when they need
them. Sometimes we keep track
of playing times for individual
players or handle the capes when
"Basically we just help out
anybody that needq it," Fish
said, shrugging his shoulders. "I
just took the job because I saw
an ad in the paper for football
managers my freshman year and
I needed something to do."
"It can be pretty exciting some-
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He shook his cowbell and
shrieked his four-word s a le s
pitch. Two rather decrepit-look-
ing white-haired ladies winced as
they walked by and gave White
a dirty look. He laughed and con-
"You should see me at Olympia
when there's a hockey game,"
he said. "I got a hot dog con-
cession there." He reared back
his head and gave me a sample
"holla - holla - hot - doggggs! Oh
yeah!" A couple of passers-by
glanced quizzically at his stand,
looking for the non-existent h o t
dogs, and walked on in confusion.
"I can usually make forty,
fifty, sometimes a hundred dol-
lars a day doing this," White said,
"I live with my mother and fa-
ther in Detroit and go to school,
"I'm taking refrigeration en-
gineering at Macomb College,
studying to be a refrigerator re-
pairman. People are going to
call me up in the middle of the
at Olympia?' or, 'Didn't you sell
this or that at the Lion's game?'
"Other vendors really hate me.
At Tiger games they'll go
through the bleachers selling
cokes and everybody will say,
'Why don't you send up White.
Send up the Loudmouth.' When I
come up the bleachers they start
yeling my yell, you know: 'Oh
White began to shake his cow-
bell and play "The Victors" on
his kazoo, perhaps signifying that
the interview was over.
An hour before the game the
stadium was still rather quiet
Just inside the gates scoutmas-
ters stood or sat in small groups
and talked of their troops' var-
ious money-raising projeces, past
camp-outs and the upcoming
Scout Jamboree in Idaho.
said. "I really wanted to go to
the Michigan State-Notre Dame
game but they had a lot of re-
quests for that one. Since this is
the only Saturday I could get
off we had to settle for second
"Anyway the kids are having
a good time." He looked d o w n
benignly at his flock as they
argued about who would s t a n d
where when the people started
"It's a good chance for them
to see a game," Strimple said.
"They just have to show people
their seats through halftime.
Then they can sit in the aisles
and just enjoy themselves."
Down near the Michigan play-
er's bench another group of ear-
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Ash Trays 0 Sweat
Shirts 0 T-Shirts
Jackets 0 Cops
Hats 0 Six Footers
322 S. STATE
Hayakawa quits post
at California college
SAN FRANCISCO W) - Dr.
S. L. Hayakawa, who became
president of California S t a t e
University at San Francisco when
the campus, was torn by rioting,
pronounced his "mission accom-
plished" yesterday and g a v e
notice of his resignation.
The renowned 66-year-old se-
manticist told a news conference
he expected to be named t h e
university's president emeritus.
He said his target date f o r
leaving the post was June 1973,
but that he would remain longer
if trustees of the 19-campus uni-
versity system had not yet chosen
Saying he was resigning "with
a mixture of regret and relief,"
Hayakawa said he wanted to con-
tinue serving the university "in
whatever capacity I can in com-
munity, legislative, public rela-
tions and fund-raising activities."
"Now I feel that things are in
order - mission accomplished -
I feel I can relax and go back
to things that are more close to
by own orientations," said Haya-
Hayakawa, who is k n a w n
throughout the academic world
for his work in semantics, rose
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president of San Francisco State,
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