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Blue ever doesn't end with graduaton
By Douglas B. Levy
William Mazer Sr. ('28) is 78-years young. He hasn't
missed a Michigan-Ohio State game since 1927.
Mazer has a son, Billy Jr. ('52), who has missed maybe a
handful of home games since he was eight-years old.
Billy Jr. has a son affectionately known as Beaver ('83). In
the fall of 1983, Beaver had an internship in Japan and missed
the entire season. Other than that, he hasn't missed too many
Ann Arbor Saturdays himself.
The Mazers mean Michigan tradition.
For the last four autumns, I have been exposed to this
tradition. Pregame tailgate parties at the "Lot"-a parking
area of Michigan Stadium.
Whoever thought it would end? Certainly not the 17-year-
old freshman who couldn't believe his eyes upon witnessing
the majesty of Michigan football.
Now the 2-year-old senior is on the eve of his finale.
Reality has slowly etched its way in; the law school ap-
plications are almost in the mail.
This is the end
Tomorrow is the end. When the Wolverines trot off
Michigan Stadium's illustrious tartan turf, a great many
seniors will have witnessed their final home games as
"I haven't really thought about it, because I've got Ohio
State next weekend," said Bobby Mitchell, an LSA senior.
"Besides I'm going to come up for every game next year. I'll
always be coming back." Mitchell is lucky enough to be from
Highland Park, Ill. Did I really write "lucky" to be from
That's it. I'll have to go to law school in Chicago.
But what is it that makes Michigan football so totally spec
tacular? After all, tomorrow will be Michigan Stadium's 60tt
consecutive crowd of 100,000 plus. The masses are enjoying
something, aren't they?
This enjoyment isn't a result of just one particulr
ingredient. There are many factors to explain the phenome4-
al feelings that a fall Saturday in Ann Arbor can generate.
Bo Schembechler's team is certainly a big part-th*t
superbly coached squad in those wonderful maize and bl'ue
uniforms. Big Ten football is a spectacle all by itself.
There are also those who worship the Michigan Marching
Band. Michigan's band puts on the most exhileratink
pregame, halftime, and postgame shows in the world. On ,
good day one can sing 'Hail to the Victors' 20-25 times.
And, of course, there are all the good times had outside th
Stadium, both before and after the game.
A whole "Lot" of fun
Michigan's tailgate parties are the most spirit
anywhere. Alums, faculty and students come together to e -
joy themselves in unison. Michigan football is a celebratio
of our society's most impressive elements.
Hey, I'm not really saying goodbye to anything. Nobody s
bidding farewell. Graduation doesn't mean a thing. The spirit
can never die. The love of a Saturday of Michigan footbl
will never wane. '
My days as a student may be coming to a close, but n"w
I've got another 60 years or so of being a Michigan alumnus;
Times may change, Bo may retire and Minnesota may 4o
to a Rose Bowl someday, but the character of Michigan
tradition will never change. 4
And the Mazers will always be tailgating at the Lot. I'm rhot
saying goodbye, Uncle Bill, I'm just graduating.
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
William Mazer Sr. ('28), Beaver ('83) and Uncle Bill ('52) at their tailgate party prior to the Northwestern game. The
Mazers have been celebrating at the "Lot" for over 50 years and are emblematic of the character of Michigan tradition.
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