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m ichigan D IL hursday August 10, 1978
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents 12 Pages
Democrats give Milliken 'Fftz'
A News Analysis . traditionally claimed in the general in 1969 when George Romney was support as well.
election by Republicans. named secretary of Housing and Urban The millionaire Milliken will not be
Milliken, who twice squeaked back into MILLIKEN takes Fitzgerald's chal- Development - is running scared, able to swamp Fitzgerald by outspen-
office in tight elections, faces the lenge seriously. Only hours after the Unlike Sander Levin, who narrowly ding him, because of the state's new
toughest challenge of his political young Detroiter was named the failed in-two bids to unseat Milliken, campaign funding law.
career in Democrat William Fit- primary election winner, Milliken was Fitzgerald ran uniformly strong By winning their primaries -
zgerald. on the early morning campaign stump throughout the state and apparently Milliken unopposed and Fitzgerald over
The brawny Irishman won his party's at a Lansing plant gate. has broad-based appeal. three opponents - the two candidates
nomination for governor Tuesday with Although he was unopposed in the MILLIKEN cannot take outstate automatically will receive $750,000
impressive margins both in primary, Milliken has spent more than communities and farm regions for from the state and can raise an ad-
Democratic urban centers - where he $250,000. Democrats view that as a sign ,granted in the upcoming November
had to do well - and in rural regions the incumbent - who became governor contest and will have to fight for city See DEMOCRATS, Page 2
rowbridge wins squeaker
FORMER PRESIDENT GERALD FORD looks on as basketball coach Johnny Orr attempts to sink a putt. Ford is flanked
by football coach Bo Schembechler and pro golfer Randy Erskine.
Ford tees off for alma mater
By ALAN FANGER Dozens of celebrities participated in the 18-hole best ball
By MICHAEL ARKUSH
Although the results are still unof-
ficial, it appears that City Councilman
Ronald Trowbridge (R-Fourth Ward)
has squeaked by opponent C. William
Colburn to win Tuesday's Republican
primary for the 18th district's state
Results released early yesterday
morning show Trowbridge with a slim
10-vote margin, collecting 4,226 votes to
Colburn's 4,216. Ann Arbor Realtor
Jerry Klein finished third with 3,261,
and Michael Stimpson, budget analyst
for Washtenaw County, received 1,059
THE COUNTY Board of Canvassers
will meet later this week to decide
whether to certify Tuesday's results. If
the results are certified, they must still
be verified by the State Board of Can-
vassers before the primary results
A spokesman from the Washtenaw
County Clerk's office said the entire
certification process would probably
take a few weeks.
Trowbridge, who said he went to
sleep believing he had lost, indicated he
is "very happy" but stressed he would
wait to celebrate until the primary elec-
tion becomes official.
"I AM EXTREMELY happy, but I'm
not totally elated. I still want to wait un-
til the Canvassers certify the results,"
said the 40-year-old councilman.
But he added he is not concerned that
any complications might arise during
the County and State Canvassers'
"If (former Ann Arbor Mayor) Al
Wheeler could win the election by just
one vote and the recount showed the
same result, then I am not worried,"
TROWBRIDGE credited many hours
of campaigning and a strong effort to
secure absentee votes as the principal
factors determining his victory.
"I was trailing until those absentees
See TROWBRIDGE, Page 10
More than 3,000 people flocked to the University Golf
Course yesterday and saw some spectacular golf play, but
that was only an addendum to the day's real excitement.
That came in the form of former President Gerald Ford,
who graduated from the University in 1934 and returned to
Ann Arbor for the first time in nine months to play in the
Pro-Celebrity portion of the 59th Michigan Open. Last
night, he was inducted into the newly-created Michigan
Althletic Hall of Honor.
FORD RETURNED to play on a golf course he hadn't
played in 43 years, and shot a consistent, although unspec-
tacular, round with a playing field which included Univer-
sity football coach Bo Schembechler, basketball coach
Johnny Orr, PGA touring pro and ex-Michigan golf star
Randy Erskine, and General Motors Vice-President
Although security for the event was tight, the Grand
Rapids native, who frequently serves as an adjunct
professor of political science, mingled with the crowd and
signed numerous autographs. Clad in a navy blue shirt
and gray slacks, Ford seemed enthusiastic about retur-
ning to his alma mater and did not injure any spectators
with wayward drives, as he had been known to do in the
event, with proceeds going to the Michigan Athletic
IN A BRIEF PRESS conference following his round, the
ex-chief executive declined to say whether he would
return to play in the tournament, which is scheduled to be
an annual event.
"If the amount of money raised is substantial, then I
would come back," said Ford. "This is a great way to
When asked whether he would seek the Republican
Last night ex-President Gerald Ford and five other
notable former University athletes were inducted into
the newly-created Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor. See
story, Page 12.
nomination for President in 1980, Ford was again in-
decisive. "We'll make those decisions a little later on," he
The high point of the afternoon did not revolve around
Ford or the celebrities, but placed a total unknown in the
limelight for a brief moment. Gordon Esch, brother of
former U.S. Rep. Marvin Esch, hita 4-iron shot from 185
yards out on the par-5 which rolled into the cup for an ex-
tremely rare double eagle 2.