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Prof gets to heart of
By KATIE BLACKWELL
The pale blue walls of Dr. Robert
Vogel's study are lined with brightly
colored prints - shades of blue, green,
red, yellow, and white splashed against
a stark black background.
At first glance the prints look like a
collection of bold modern art, but a
second look reveals a definite pattern.
THE SHAPE soon becomes
recognizable - it is the human heart.
The prints are computer images that
chart the blood's progress through the
heart's chambers. The colors change in
time with the blood's passage.
For Vogel, who heads the cardiology
divison in Ann Arbor's Veterans Admin-
istration Hospital, working in the five-
year-old field of computer imaging re-
flects a life that has always been a bit
He graduated from Bayside High
School in New York City at age 15, and
at 16, the self-confessed "science nerd"
entered Columbia University.
HE LETTERED in swimming at
Columbia, and was named the
Eisenhower Scholar, ranking highest
scholastically among varsity athletes.
His bachelor's degree in physics
carried with it a Phi Beta Kappa key
and Magna Cum Laude honors.
Vogel doesn't say too much about
going to Columbia at age 16, but he ad-
mits that his academic intensity carries
over .into the classroom, where he.
teaches as an associate professor in the
Occasionally he gets impatient,
'especially with the brighter students
because you expect more out of them,"
but two years ago Vogel won the car-
diology department's teaching award.
HE NOW spends about half of his time
performing research in computer car-
diac imaging and the rest on teaching
and patient care.
"I enjoy the research and the
teaching, and you can't get that in a
private practice," Vogel says.
At the Medical School, Vogel instruc-
ts third and fourth-year medical
students in their cardiology clinicals,
and also teaches some interns and
residents in internal medicine.
"THE THING I really like is asking
and answering questions," he says. "If
I were ever in a position to stop that I
wouldn't be nearly as happy."
But medicine wasn't always Vogel's
clear choice for the future.
Different decisions 20 years ago
might have put him in a position of
working with things rather than people.
THE SUMMER after his junior year,
when physics was still his main pursuit,
Vogel studied the subject in Berkeley,
California. After the summer, he
realized that physics would distance him
too much from people.
"The subject itself was interesting to
me, but what you were able to do as
a person was less interesting," he says.
So physics gave way to Yale Medical
School where he graduated Magna Cum
Laude at the age of 24, and Vogel began
to devote himself to affairs of the heart.
AT THE University of Colorado,
Vogel. concentrated on nuclear car-
diology, where he would inject a
radioactive isotope into the blood
stream and trace its path with a special
camera to locate blockages.
The goal of the technique is similar to.
Vogel's computer imaging that reveals
blockages, such as thickened arteries,
on the color charts. Each color
represents a new heartbeat, and helps
Vogel pinpoint the location of the
"We know the causes of heart
disease, but we're trying to find out how
they are manifested," he explained.
Dr. Robert Vogel, head of the cardiology division in Ann Arbor's Veterans
Adminstration Hospital, is working in the five-year-old field of computer
imaging. The images chart the blood's flow through the heart's chambers
using a color-coding system.
Today, and in the future, "Computers
are going to clearly be essential in
heart diagnosis," Vogel says.
The VA hospital where Vogel works
services about 400 patients a year with
its color-coded computer imaging, and
with 1,200 patients using the system at
University Hospital, Michigan is one of
the leaders in the field, Vogel says.
Profile is a regular Daily feature
that appears on Sunday.
TV news just 'entertaiment,
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Association, one of six media
professionals at the day-long conferen-
Editors pressure their critics to be
news reporters as well as watchdogs of
cable TV, network programs, the
Federal Communications Commission,
and the financial operations of major
networks, said Mike Duffy, TV critic
for the Detroit Free Press.
"Not only do they require you to wear
many hats but (on Monday you're the
critic who) trashes Channel 4's
program-and on Tuesday you're the
reporter who has to get facts from that
station's reporters)," said George
Bullard, a Detroit News reporter.
The critics said they know their wor-
ds will not drastically change viewing
habits, but said they hope to open up a
few minds to quality shows.
"I don't have any delusions of gran-
deur," said Duffy. "I know that today's
paper is going to be"lining birdcages
The three critics took on television
producers later in the day in a hot
debate over the quality of television
news. The critics blasted the chit-chat
among news anchors and their seeming
lack of journalistic training.
"I CAN'T FAST forward through the
goddamn happy talk to hear about the
fire that (the ,anchors) announce after
the next commercial," said Duffy.
Television news is just another round
of entertainment, Duffy.said, adding
that Channel 7 anchorman Bill Bonds
takes the cake among newscasters.
"Bill is the best at what he does. And
what he does is perform the news," he,
THE WRITERS criticized the reporting
skills of the anchorpersons as well.
"There's a question as to whether
I don't have any delusions of grandeur. I
k-iow that today's paper is going to be lining
Detroit Free Press
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Honduran leaders dismissed
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - The military high command yesterday an-
nounced the resignations of Honduras' two top generals in a surprise
shakeup within the armed forces.
The high command said President Roberto Suazo Cordova, as Comman-
der General of the armed forces, would assume the functions of the chief of
Chief of the armed forces, Gen. Gustavo Alvarex Martinex and army chief
of staff, Gen. Jose Abnegado Bueso Rosa, both resigned, the high command
said in separate radio broadcasts.
Martinez, who had been considered the most powerful man in the country,
had repeatedly said the only solution to conflicts in Central America would
be a military one, apparently alluding to open warfare with neighboring
Bueso Rosa, the No. 2 man in the Honduran military hierarchy, would
have been the officer most likely to replace Alvarez Martinez, who was elec-
ted chief of the armed forces in January, 1982.
AgentinarE;eives loan package
WASHINGTON-A $500 million loan package to enable Argentina to meet
a deadline on interest payments on its staggering $43 billion foreign debt was
put together virtually at the last minute with the help of four of Argentina's
Latin American neighbors, Treasury Secretary Donald Regan said yester-
"The crisis has passed and and has been met successfully," Regan told
reporters in announcing the financial arrangements he said would bolster
Argentina's democratic government and help prevent panic in the inter-
national debt system.
Regan also told a news conference the agreement was not arranged for the
benefit of the 25 U.S. banks that lent Argentina money and would have suf-
fered substantial shortterm losses if no rescue had been worked out.
He said the fragile international debt network might have collapsed en-
tirely if no agreement had been reached.
Regan gave the government of Mexico credit for taking the lead in putting
together the package with the help of Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, the
United States and a group of international banks.
French pu&lout of Lebanon
BEIRUT, Lebanon-The last French troops of the multinational force
sailed out of Lebanon yesterday, ending a 19-month peacekeeping effort by
the United States, France, Italy and Britain that cost 402 lives.
The administration pronounced the mandate of the multinational force
over as of mid-yesterday, the state radio and television stations reported.
The withdrawal of the French left the Lebanese capital free of foreign ar-
mies for the first time in seven and a half years.
Within hours of the French departure, fighting erupted in Beirut and the
hills to the east.
Militiamen fired machine guns, Jeep-mounted anti-aircraft cannons and
rocket-propelled grenades at each other along the "green line,"'the no-
man's land dividing Christian east Beirut from the Moslem west.
The national news agency reported at least one casualty, an Armenian
wounded by sniper fire in east Beirut.
During its 19-month mandate, the peacekeepers lost 402 servicemen dead
and at least 317 wounded by terrorist bomb attacks, shelling and sniping.
The United States is leaving 300 Marines and other servicemen to guard its
embassy and train the Lebanese army.
Murderer executed in Texas
HUNTSVILLE, Texas-Hundreds of death penalty supporters demon-
strated outside a prison, some yelling "trick or treat," as Ronald Clark
O'Bryan was executed yesterday for killing his 8-year-old son with poisoned
The state contended O'Bryan killed his son and planned to kill his daughter
to collect $31,000 in insurance he held on each.
He was proiounced dead at 12:48 a.m, 10 minutes after the execution
begah: His bdywas take to the Harris*County.Medioal Examiner's office,
where an autopsy was performed and his eyes were removed for transplan-
tation, as O'Bryan had requested.
O'Bryan, 39, who professed his innocence until tle end, was the 16th person
to be executed since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to restore the
death penalty in 1976.
In a two-minute statement to 24 witnesses, O'Bryan said in a calm, firm
voice that the death penalty was "wrong," but "it doesn't mean the whole
system of justice is wrong. Therefore, I forgive all-and I do mean
all-those who have been involved in my death." He concluded with the
words: "God bless you all and may God's best blessings be always yours."
Hawaiian volcano ceases action
HILO, Hawaii-Kilauea volcano's one-day eruption ended abruptly
yesterday after lava skirted some homes, but the more ominous eruption of
giant Mauna Loa entered a seventh day with one lava flow "poised right
Four molten lava rivers flowed down the northeast slope of Mauna Loa,
and were clearly visible in downtown Hilo.
Only one of the rivers was a threat to habitation. Its crushing, half-mile-
wide front was 13 miles from the city Saturday, moving at a sluggish 300 feet
Itwas joined by Kilauea early Friday, the first time the two volcanoes had
been in simultaneous eruption since 1868.
Before Kilauea stopped erupting, it forced the Hawaii County Civil Defen-
se to evacuate late Friday the 56 houses in the Royal Gardens subdivision
and 18 houses in nearby Kalgpana, said Civil Defense spokesman Lanny
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whiz at sports and old movies, and
Moran and Brad McNiff are
generalists, Garvin said.
Despite their strategy of
nonchalance, the team had to win their
last game against Kent State in a
sudden death toss-up. The ques
"There is only one city in the UiL_
States that has the same name for their
major league football and baseball
teams. What is the city? Newton
answered quickly and correctly, "The
St. Louis Cardinals."
In a match, consisting of two seven-
minute halves, members answer
questions it seems nobody should know.
For example, one of the questions at
regionals, Pipp said, was: There are 12
VHF channels on your TV set, 2 to 13.
Within three channels, how many UHF
channels are there? The alert cable
buff will answer 70, channels 14 to 83.
Democrats have not held a majority
on City Council since 1969. The Daily
incorrectly reported on Friday that
Republicansrhave controlled Council
John1McNabb, Democratic City
Council candidate in the Fourth Ward,
is an undergraduate student in political
science. An article in yesterday's Daily
said he was a graduate student.
And Gerald Jernigan (R-Fourth
Ward) does not support taxing citizens
to repair city streets; he favors paying
for road resurfacing from the city's
general fund budget. The Daily in-
correctly reported that he backed a tax
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