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1890 2005

14A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 29, 2005

Celebrating more than a century of news

today115 y rs since t
was first publishd
Dailyst strve6 t be the.
preeminent sourc }
news for the Uirsty
community..While the
times have changed and
thousand§ f.
have come and g .,t .
fundamental pe
that guides us remains
unchanged: "to do but
one thing - give the.
news - promptly and
accurately. "
Oe.2, 1890
The Michigan
Daily is born
All will welcome the revolution in
college journalism which has taken
place this fall. Heretofore, Univer-
sity news has been given to the col-
lege world through the medium of two
weekly papers, which, to quote the
remark of a prominent lawyer in town,
have been "very weakly, indeed." They
strove to be both newspapers and liter-
ary periodicals, and the result was that
they were neither. Recognizing that the
University was away behind the times
in a most important feature of college
life, and that the development of jour-
nalism was all in the way of specializa-
tion, the staff of the DAILY proposed
to set the ball rolling by establishing a
paper which should attempt to do but
one thing - give the news - promptly
and accurately. The DAILY pretends
to do nothing else. Its action has had
the effect of uniting the two weeklies
in the publishing of a literary paper,
which the combined board will easily
succeed in making a far better paper
than either of its predecessors.
o T. r, kes bac
Bo stie bc

APRIL 12, 1955

The Michigan Daily broke one of the most important stories of the century when it reported in 1955 that
the Salk polio vaccine was both highly effective and completely safe. In an era before cellular phones, Daily reporters
reporting from Hill Auditorium used hand signals to relay news of the vaccine's success to the Student Publications
Building, where presses were rolling within a minute.

SET 27, 1957
Daily enters
Central High
Three years after the U. S.
Supreme Court decision that
racial segregation was
unconstitutional, a Daily
reporter was the only
journalist to gain access to
Little Rock Central High
School, where black students
were entering for the first time.
By James Elsman, Jr.
I was in my seat at 8:45 for my first
class at Little Rock Central High School.
Ironically, this was a history class. But
while these students were studying history,
they were also making it. Two seats to my
left sat Jefferson Thomas, one of the Brave
Nine. When I told him I was an imposter
- a reporter from the North - he smiled
like any adolescent when someone is put-
ting something over on the teacher.
He answered two questions with a
good-willed patness; well-coached by
the NAACP.
"Have any trouble today?"
"No sir."
"Expect any trouble any more?"
"I don't expect any."
Jefferson then bored into his textbook
and I proceeded to snap his picture with
a borrowed $15 camera. (TIME-LIFE
later bought this shot - sight unseen
- after bidding a top price of $200 on
condition that they mail The Daily a
print immediately.)
After irate words with the principal,
I was escorted casually outside by a sol-
dier, to be dressed down by an officer.
Not willing to let me go, he harangued
me about how I endangered the lives of
all involved and had further jeopardized
press privileges - the privilege of stand-
ing outside the school.

PRIL 15, 1958
Two reporters jailed in strife-torn Cuba
Two Michigan Daily reporters traveled to Cuba during their spring break to attempt
to interview Fidel Castro during his revolutionary movement. Instead, they found
themselves in the most unlikely of situations: inside a Cuban prison.

Mix 25, x1924
Student speaks
with Gandhi
Before computers, phones
and jet aircraft, the Daily was
able to interview Mahatma
Gandhi as he recovered from
surgery in Bombay, India,
known today as Mumbai.
By A.J. Diehl
BOMBAY, India - Due to a rather
unfortunate combination of circumstanc-
es I am able to give to the readers of The
Daily an account of an interview with Mr.
Gandhi which took place at Juliu beach on
the afternoon of the thirteenth. Mr. Gan-
dhi, who was recently released from pris-
on by the British, is recuperating from an
operation for appendicitis at a cottage on
this beach, which is 14 miles from Bom-
bay, and readily consented visitors when
informed that they were Americans.
Picture a slight figure, naked except for
a loin cloth, his pale skin so tightly drawn
over his body that one could almost count
his ribs, his head clean shaven except for a
tuft of hair on the top, indicating his Hin-
dooism, rather a prominent nose under
heavy eyebrows, a pair of eyebrows that at
one moment express the spiritual force of
a Hessiah, at another moment, the keen-
ness of a cross-examiner, and again the
humor of a parent laughing away at the
mistakes and fears of his children. Gandhi
is very quick mentally, never hesitating
for an answer, which is given looking the
questioner squarely in the eye; and in per-
fect English speaks distinctly and directly.
He has a noticeable sense of humor and
laughs frequently.
c 14, 1969
McCartney dies
in car accident
This article is rumored to be
the very first Paul-is-dead
story ever printed, and
prompted a WKNR-FM
Detroit disc jockey Russ
Gibb to play songs slowly
to hear hidden messages.
By Fred LaBour
Paul McCartney was killed in an auto-
mobile accident in early November 1966
after leaving EMT recording studios tired,
sad, and dejected.
The Beatles had been preparing for
their forthcoming album, tentatively enti-
tled Smile, when progress bogged down
in intra-group hassles and bickering. Paul
climbed into his Aston Martin, sped away
into the rainy, chill night and was found
four hours later pinned under his car in a
culvert with the top of his head sheared
off. He was deader than a doornail ...
...First, a Paul Look-a-like contest was
held and a living substitute found in Scot-
Minor plastic surgery was required
to complete the image, and Campbell's
moustache distracted everyone who knew
the original McCartney from the impos-
tor's real identity...


By James Elsman
and Barton Huthwalte
"Vive siempre las ideas de Fidel
Castro movimiento del 26 de Julio."
These words were found
scrawled on the wall of a Cuban
military prison in Santiago de
Cuba. Their author was among the
thousands of Cuban rebels who
have given their lives in an effort
to overthrow the regime of dicta-
tor-president Fulgencio Batista.
Translated they mean: Long live
the ideals of Fidel Castro and the

movement of July 26.
Later, while relaxing in our hotel
room in the city, the Cuban soldiers
had a change of heart. Apparently an
informer had reported we looked like
suspicious Americans to the police.
Three armed men took us to the
much-feared Moncodo barracks in
the heart of Santiago de Cuba for an
"investigation.", The "investigation"
was to last 20 hours - incommuni-
cado in a prison cell.

We finally bribed the guards to
bring us some fruit juice and candy
bars from the camp canteen. Rattling
the cell bars, and calling out for the
commanding officer brought us no
reply from our guards.
Finally after 12 hours in the 90
degree heat of the cell, we started
to sing the "Star Spangled Ban-
ner." A machinegun-bearing guard
ordered us to be quiet or he would
"separate us."
That afternoon, the American con-
sul arranged for our release.

(cT. 23, 1965
Reporter brings down a University regent
In a remarkable display of journalistic power, a 1965 Michigan Daily expos6
of University Regent Eugene Power's business dealings, culminated in Power's
resignation during the early spring of 1966.

During an interview following a
press luncheon, coaching legend
Bo Schembchler shoved a Daily
sports reporter for asking a
question about the Wolverines'
kicking problem. Schembechler
was recorded on tape as saying,
"Don't try to make me look
bad, son, or I'll throw you the
hell out of Michigan football."

By Roger Rapoport
In 1938 Eugene Power acquired
space in a former Ann Arbor under-
taker's parlor, invested $1,500 and thus
brought to life University Microfilms.
Since that modest start 27 years
ago University Microfilms has
attained international stature in the
library world and become a profit-
able and respected multi-million dol-
lar enterprise.
Eugene Power, the President of
University Microfilms, is also a
Regent of the University ...
An examination of the current rela-

tionship between University Micro-
films and the University reveals the
University Microfilms is selling
copies of University of Michigan doc-
toral theses. This apparently violates
a student-University "agreement"
signed by virtually all University of
Michigan doctoral candidates ...
In 1958 after the University
spent about $50,000 to develop
a shelflist of books for the under-
graduate library, University Micro-
films microfilmed the entire set of
catalogue cards at no charge. The
company now sells the set of 57,000

cards to new libraries for $19.000.
University Microfilms uses the
name of the University to advertise
the product ... According to the
University attorney consent must be
obtained from the University for the
use of its name in advertising a com-
mercial product ...
For the past year, University
Microfilms has had microfilming
cameras in a small room on the third
floor of the Undergraduate library ...
the company pays no rent ...
All four of these developments
occurred since 1956 when Power
became a Regent.


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