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ISSUE EiAITOR: HALE CHAMPION
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NELSON'S GRIDIRON TACTICS':
Desk-Pounding Does. Not Do The Job;
Crisler, Kaiser Get Tough With Action
W ATCHING Michigan Coach Fritz
Crisler put his grid charges through
a tough scrimmage session the other day, we saw
him spot a varsity tackle who missed assignments
repeatedly. Three minutes later that same tackle
was gazing wistfully at the first-string scrim-
mage from a lonely and bedraggled redshirt
squad in a remote corner of the field. That's
what Fritz Crisler means when he says he's
Watching from a slightly different vantage
point we've seen one Donald P. Nelson, also a
head man, threaten to 'get tough' but the results
seem vastly different. In 'the first place he never
seems to know that assignments aren't being
filled, and in the second place he never yet has
dismissed a top man for making mistakes. In-
stead he resorts to forcing fourth stringers who
criticize his varsity with enough truth to make
it hurt to quit.
Looking at the whole business objectively
we can t help but be glad that Donald Nelson
isn't governing the fortunes of the Michigan
If Nelson were at the heim we might expect
some mighty peculiar practices. H'e would recruit
his team only from cities with more than 500,000
people if his practice of taking WPB men only
U. OF M. SPIIT-:
All Of Us 215ust Match
Team's 'Will To Win'
Y OU CLIMBED the hill to Michigan's
gigantic Stadium today. You sat in
the stands and watched two great teams battle
it out for the fleeting honors that go with grid-
iron supremacy. You saw 22 well-conditioned,
hardened young men struggle back and forth
over the 100 yards of chalk-striped turf. You
cheered and you groaned, and you never gave
a thought to what made this spectacle possible.
Down there on that field 11 of the running,
charging youths were from the University of
Michigan. They were playing their hearts out.
They were risking injury, and, true, they were
doing it because of a love for the game itself.
Some of them, no doubt, were there only for the
personal glory and honor tha4 they will receive.
But no matter what the reason, they do represent
Michigan. And as representatives of your school,
they stand for you, the fellow sitting next to you,
his girl and her sorority sister. They fill you
with pride whether they win or lose, because,
win or lose, they don't stop trying. They don't
quit, and they won't quit.
What they're doing is what would be ex-
pected from a Michigan team. They exemplify
Michigan spirit, the same Michigan spirit that
built the Stadium,- the Sports Building and the
rest of the immense athletic plant. It's the
spirit that made possible this game today, that
gave Michigan a team that can always hold its
own with any and that will always be found
high on the nation's list in ability and sports-
manship. It's the spirit that makes you want to
come back to Ann Arbor, next week, next year
from Big Business is any indication. Thus he
would ignore the potentialities of such important
Wolverine stars as Merv Pregulman, Bob Wiese,
and Phil Sharpe.
HE WOULD probably forbid the introduction
of any new plays or formations on the ground
that once the football season is begun no changes
should be made.
He would undoubtedly ask that a member of
the physics department who criticized the team
be fired because he was discouraging the play-
ers and .forcing said players to retire in the
face of bitter invective.
Nelson on his past record would threaten to
bear down, to really get tough, and then to back
up his threat would promote the worst offenders
to assistant coaches.
He would lose game after game because he
didn't know until the game was half ever what
the score was. At least if we adopt a parallel in
the case of the steel and materials shortage,
we must assume that he would be blind to any
attempt to tell him the score.
When a coach starts losing games the support-
ers of the institution for which he is working
usually start howling for his scalp, especially
when it is as patently clear as it is in Nelson's
case that he is incompetent.
THAT'S THE SITUATION whether you look at
Nelson as a football fan, or as one who wants
to see this country win the war with a minimum
amount of unnecessary sacrifice. Donald P. Nel-
son is a plenty poor head man on the record, and
some of us alums have got our eye pinned on a
guy from the West Coast.
Henry Kaiser is the guy's name, and he's
action personified. If anybody can drag this
country's war production out of a morass of
conflict and counter-statements old Mr. Iron-
pants Kaiser is the man.
live in. They are staying in condition, at the peak
of physical fitness to bring peace and freedom
to an oppressed universe. And that's where you
come into the picture.
Because, in this greater struggle, you, too, will
have to play an active part. You won't be able
to sit in any stadia and watch the fight progress.
You, too, will have to match wits and strength
with the enemy, and for more than just fleeting
supremacy. And to do it, you, too, must be in
A-1 physical shape.
Here at Michigan there is a plan established
to make you' fit for the rigors of war. We call
it PEM, Physical Education for Men, and it
has been formulated and put into effect in
order that Michigan may send better-equipped
men to our country's armed forces. When the
time comes for you io answer the call, you
won't be soft and flabby with weak legs and
short wind. You'll be hard and you'll be ready.
You'll be able to fight your own battle.
And for this, as well as for many-other things,
you can thank Michigan and the Michigan spirit.
For the same Michigan spirit that gives you the
F COURSE you realize that every fiber of my
rational being cries out against fifty thou-
sand people going mad just because little old
Paul White slings a pigskin 250 yards for a
touchdown. After all, what does that indicate
of his intelligence? What if he does get a movie
contract, and women flock round like housewives
over canning sugar. Every fiber of my rational
being cries out against it. And am I ever jealous.
The fact of the matter is when I was a
wee bit younger, about seven, all the guys
on the block were sure I'd make the Grange
look like a piker - raw dynamite, the neigh-
hors used to say, as they watched my fifty
pounds of untamed muscle smash through
a solid wall of fifty-five pound linemen.
Greased lightning, they screamed as I heav-
ed the old. piskin a hurtling five yards into
the arms of an expectant receiver. That
boy'll go far. And I have - yessiree, I sit
here at my little old typewriter, unsung, un-
wept over; no women swoon at the smooth
style of my column, no mentthrill at the
manliness of my unfearless attacks on in-
tolerance. I am as nothing.
T'S JUST what a guy thinks is more import-
ant. I dcn't want you to think I couldn't have
been as good a player as Paul White. Why, when
I get a little older, about eleven, and started to
fill out (75 pounds), I was still the number one
man on the block, a happy combination of super-
ior skill, and the only shoulder-padding in the
neighborhood. Charlie Zilch from Minnesota
came to sign me up for the next year's squad to'
kick 'em around a little with Stan Kostka. Ten
thousand on the line (that's the way Minnesota
gets a team) - and then they found out I wasn't
a Swede, and the deal fell through.
So Paul White has fifty million Pi Phis
willing to lay down their lives, etc., for him,
and what do I get. From the Pi Phis
nothing; from a professor every month or so,
"Not had at all this morning, a few split
infinitives, but not bad." And me with the
broadest shoulders this side of Boys' Town.
T'S ALL A QUESTION of what you think is
important. I mean, I know I could have been
an All-American. Why, when I was thirteen,
they called me the "Silver Bullet", and my 115
pounds catapulted down the field like a Flash
Gordon rocket. I could easy have been the big-
gest thing that ever hit this town; besides I've
put on about twenty pounds since I was thirteen;
now I'd be that much better. But like I say, it's
just what you think is important. I wouldn't
trade my job for a million Pi Phis.
Sept. 25, 1942
Maj. Robert S. Allen,
Third Army Maneuvers,
MY BROTHER - IN - LAW has
been visiting us and I am in
a bad humor. I suppose I shouldn't
be, because he is a swell guy, but
every morning he gets on my
nerves. He doesn't know how to
read a newspaper. He sits at the
breakfast table and musses the
paper all up.
I admit he comes by it honestly,
because his sister (my wife) is al-
ways complaining about the news-
papers that get stacked up in the
basement which I won't let her
The other day I was reading
through some of these old papers
and the columns you and I wrote
on the Spanish Civil War. It's his-
tory now, but sometimes you can
learn a lot from history.
U.S. Aided Hitlor
EVERYONE realizes now that the
Spanish Civil War was a mini-
ature of this war, and that if we
could have stopped Hitler and Mus-
solini in Spain, it probably would
have stopped them from starting
the big show.
They were testing out the demo-
cracies. And the democracies failed
in the test.
You remember that the great
majority of the American people
saw the Spanish war very clearly
as the opening battle between the
dictators and the democracies. The
Gallup Poll showed this. The news-
paper editorials showed this. The
delegations of people who came to
Washington to demand the lifting
of the arms embargo showed this.
The country, as usual, was far
ahead of Washington.
I remember that you, yourself,
went to the White House and ar-
ranged a luncheon between the
President and Senator Borah, in
which Borah begged and implored
that the Spanish Government be
given the right to buy arms here to
protect itself. Hitler and Mussolini
were pouring arms in to help their
fellow dictator, yet the anti-dicta-
tors in Spain could get no help
And not even Borah's eloquence
could change the President.
You remember also that I went
up to Hyde Park to talk to the
President on this. He seemed to be
sympathetic, but nothing happen-
ed. At the time we thought the
State Department was sabotaging
the White House, and there was no
question but that a great many of
the umbrella-carrying boys around
Mr. Hull were heart and soul with
Franco and believed that the dic-
tators should have a better place
in the sun.
U.S. Follows Britain
FOR YEARS it has been State
Department policy to follow the
lead of the British on all things
pertaining to Europe. And the Brit-
ish Government wanted Franco to
Lord Halifax and Sir Eric Geddes
and Sir Sammy Hoare and Sir John
Simon and Chamberlain all were
thinking of British investments in
Spain, were worried about the
Blum ' Socialist Government in
France, were scared to death over
the effect of a Spanish Republican
victory on British labor. So we fol-
lowed along with them.
Not many people realize how
deeply that policy is imbedded in
our system. For years it has been
the first rule of the State Depart-
ment in the morning, and the list
rule at night. For a while it was
based on sound logic, namely that
we had no fleet in the Atlantic and
we must depend on the British.
But now things have changed,
and I think it's time for the policy
to change. I think it should change
not merely because of our tragic
mistake in following the British in
Spain, not only because we now
have a navy equal to Britain's in
the Atlantic, but because we want
to win the peace.
Will This Be Last
THAT PEACE, as I see it, has got
to be one in which- we play a
very important part. We can't back
out of things immediately after the
war is over as we did last time.
We've got to stay in and pitch and
make sure that'war is not going to
crop up again in 20 years.
And the time to begin exercising
our own independence regarding
foreign policy is riglIt now. Part-
nership in this war means shoul-
dering political headaches as well
as military headaches. But al-
though we have to help defend
India, we have nothing to say about
the very difficult political factors
which may bring the defeat of in-
/Tl'd Rather Be Right.
0 MR. HENRY J. KAISER heard
there was unemployment in New
York. He sent a man named Murphy
into the big city; Mr. Murphy rented
a storeroom on Fourth ave., and ,aid
loudly that he was willing to hire 20,-
000 men to go to the West Coast and
build whips. Five men showed up in
the first half-hour, then the word
spread, and before midafternoon
there were long lines of New Yorkers
trailing from the storeroom. Hired
Tuesday, first train Friday, all
In our card-index civilization, this
way of doing business seems almost
illegal. In fact after a day govern-
ment agencies took the hiring job
away from Mr. Kaiser, to "restore
For there is a branch of the Uni-
ted States Employment Service in
New York, and a regional office of
the War Manpower Cbmmission. Mr.
Kaiser neglected to tell either agency
of his plans. Though I dearly love
everybody connected with both out-
fits, I must put it on the record that
for an entire day New York snickered
at the go-by he had given them. Men
i went about nudging each other and
saying: "Look, if you want to hire
I somebody, you just hire them," as if
they had seen a great marvel.
THIS IS THE SAME Henry J. Kai,
ser who is building himself a
steel rdill on the West Coast. When,
recently, he needed 250 tons of a steel
called anchor bolt stock to finish his
plant, and found that it would take
him four to eight months to get it in
the official manner, he bought it
where he could. One of his firms is
under legal charges as a result, accus-
ed of being a "scofflaw" and indulg-
ing in "black market operations." The
250 tons, Mr. Kaiser explains, will put
his plant into operation sooner, and
ultimately save the country 200,000
Now, if you look at all this care-
fully, you will see revealed one of
the secrets of the Kaiser method.
When he needs steel, he goes where
the steel is, and buys it. When he
needs labor, he remembers he has
read in the papers that NewYork
is suffering from unemployment,
and he goes to New York, where
the labor is, and hires it. It's sen-
All this resembles Mr. Kaiser's pre-
vious startling contribution to current,
thought, which is that if you need
cargo planes, the way to get them is
to build them.
Washington has been set on edge
by this idea for two months now,
considers it fantastic, and is sure
there must be some other way. It
cannot quite understand Mr. Kaiser,
a mysterious man who believes the
thing to do when you're hungry is to
aat, and when you're sleepy, to go to
bed. These novel notions of his are
making a lot of trouble. One could
sense a certain tartness in the air
at the Manpower Commission offices,
which has been set up to force labor
to work, by gosh, if necessary, and
then looked out the window to See
labor waving good-by on its way to
Oregon. Somebody had forgotten to
offer it a job before arranging plans
to compel it to toil.
I think I've said before that we
don't need spectacularly bright
ideas to fight and win' this war,
j-st simple, ordinary, humdrum
ideas will do. The government
knew of the existence of the 250
tons of steel which Kaiser brought
from that Cleveland warehouse, or
it should have known. All it had to
do was have a look into all ware-
houses, and seize the steel, and send
it where needed; not a. brilliant
conception, but just a useful idea,
dull as ditch water. The govern-
ment has known about New York's
idle, too; knew. about them before
Kaiser did. All it had to do was
count heads,'give out railroad tic-
kets, and send the men where
needed, an uninspired little enter-
prise which could safely have been
put in the hands of even an aver-
age man, but most useful toward
winning the war.
Yet the search for the bright idea
continues; such as our talk about
needing 40,000,000 more tons of steel
than exist, coupled with our trans-
parent unwillingness to go into the
warehouses and seize misused steel
which does exist, a pedestrian job
whose only virtue is that it might
help us win the war.
Or take the dull little idea of mak-
ing sure that our factories don't turn
down Negro workers; I know thit's
not nearly so fascinating as register-
ing every worker in the country to
find some transferable ones, but I
do hope we don't compel people to
work where they don't want to before
we have compelled them to stop turn-
ing down those 'who want to.
I like thatKaiser man. He's not
brilliant. He's no smarter than
Hitler was when Der Fuehrer con-
ceived the thought that you need
airplanes to win an air war.: What
a trite, obvious, corny conception
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(Editor's Note: A civilian employee
oa government agency, writing in The
New Republic,' gives this discouraging
picture of how people are talking in
Washington. His story is typical of that
of a very large group of the Capital's
governmental middle class: "Incompe-
tent people in Jobs that are too big for
"HERE are over ten thousand peo-
ple in my agency. We have a
guy for a personnel director who has
a very little mind. He used to play
in an orchestra around Washington
and then someone got him a govern-
ment job for about $2,600. People
have been promoted indiscriminately.
Now this monkey makes $5,600. His
old pals from the music world come
streaming through the office and he
still books orchestras-during office
hours. ie's an affable, inoffensive
"He would be funny in this job if,
he weren't part of a tragic thing
about Washington right now: in-
competent people in jobs that are
too big for incompetence. Here's how
a man like this can clutter up a war-
time agency. Here is a letter he wrote
to a field director-and circularized
to all the rest of us in the agency-
discussing the personality problem of
a woman secretary. Read this thing.
Here is a ridiculous ignoramus sitting
in Washington giving what he thinks
is a high-powered lecture on psychol-
ogy to a field chief a thorsand miles
away, about a woman he has never
seen. It would be all right to fire her.
But that's not enough. He has to
clutter up a vital agency with a stu-
pid letter for everyone to initial~-a
piece of red tape that adds nothing
to winning the war, but makes his
position seem just a little more im-
"THIS is a little thing. Microscopic
when compared to the war ef-
fort. But it's an example of what
Washington is eaten through with.
What to do about it I don't know.
But I know one4 thing. This guy, if
the army doesn't draft him, could
probably hold on to his job as long
as there was a Washington.
"But let a good, fighting liberal,
anti-Fascist get into the same kind
of a job and if he had ever made
a public statement that he wanted
Franco to lose in Spain the chances
are that Dies and the civil service
would be after his job in a month.
"The President has issued an order
against racial discrimination. Right
here in this agency we require job
applicants to submit photographs of
themselves. If their skin is dark or
their names end in 'ski' there are no
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Speaking of the small game crowd today, did
you hear about the fellow at the Minnesota game
last year who had his nose stepped on while he
was standing up?
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