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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7,1950
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Democrats Run Mental
Patient for Public Office
UPicneers in Tl BCOu'Teaching
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By CAL SAMRA
Democratic voters in Marquette,
Michigan just haven't been able
to keep insanity out of politics.
In the September primaries,
Democratic workers were embar-
rassed to learn they had nomi-
nated a mental patient for Mar-
quette County Treasurer.
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AT PRESENT, the candidate, T.
Edward Abo, is still the Demo-
cratic candidate for the position,
even though he's confined in New-
berry State Hospital.
County Democrat leaders are
trying to get Abo's name off the
ballot, but all to no avail. A
ruling last October 6 by Attor-
ney General Roth held that the
County Board of Election Com-
missioners has no legal auth-
ority to take the candidate off
"The only loophole," Roth said,
"is forthe candidate to withdraw."
However, Abo has yet to withdraw.
And even if he says he will, the,
question remains, will it hold up
ROTH HIMSELF is an incum-
bent Democrat, and his negative
interpretation of State law con-
cerning the situation remains a
Prof. C. Ferrel Heady of the
political science deparmtent be-
lieves Roth had no other alter-
"If Roth could figure out a way
to get Abo off the ballot, he
would do it," Prof. Heady said.
"As it stands, it doesn't put the
Democrats in a favorable light."
THE 42 YEAR-OLD ABO filed
his petition for the Treasurer's job
last July 1. On July 20, he was or-
dered committed to the Newber-
When the primaries came
along, the voters hadn't heard
of Abo's status, and although
he was opposed, he won the no-
Another professor in the politi-
cal science department, Prof.
Morgan Thomas, cited the Mar-
quette incident as a "vivid ex-
ample of blind-voting."
"Those peoplejust gdidn't know
who they were voting for," Prof.
Report on Use
Of WSSF Fund
A first-hand account of relief
Wprk done for students in Greece
is being given to University World
Student Service Fund workers by
Lucy Elmendorf, a WSSF delegate
from that country.
Mrs.' Elmendorf and her hus-
band spent two years in Greece
directing the use of WSSF funds.
They are in Ann Arbor this week
as part of Mrs. Elmendorf's tour
of American colleges which have
made generous contributions in
To help the WSSF committee
here with its campaign, she is giv-
ing members first-hand informa-
tion concerning the use of funds.
"The average student in Greece
-if his parents ai'e able .to help
him at all-has an income of
about $10 to $30 a month," Mrs.
"Out of this he has to pay about
$10 a month rent, and must save
about $60 for tuition, which for-
tunately doesn't have to be paid
until the end of the year. The
remainder goes for food," she ex-
"Last year we had a budget of
about $10,000, with which we were
able to help a thousand students
In some way," said Mrs. Elmen-
dorf. "We were also able to place
some books in libraries and start
a self-help project of textbook
publishing," she continued.
In this project the students co-
operated in actually making the
textbooks-cutting stencils, mime-
ographing them and selling the
books at a low cost. Paper and
equipment was provided by WSSF.
The finished books sold for about
Read and Use
P-v BOR KVJIH
Bold pioneering-on the part of the University culminated Sunday
afternoon in what President Alexander G. Ruthven described as a
novel and momentous "expansion of educational frontiers."
For the first time Sunday, the University utilized the tremendous
potentials of television to unfold a scheme of teaching unprecedented
anywhere in the world.
TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE of the generously donated facili-
ties of station WWJ-TV, hard-working University personnel furnished
Detroit-area TV listeners with classroom-style courses they could con-
veniently take right in their own living rooms.
Scores of students, faculty members and administration officials
pooled their efforts to present the courses, which were the first in the
University's new hour-length Sunday "Television Hour."
And it was as hectic a task as anyone could imagine.
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THE PROGRAM successfully emerged from what seemed like
utter chaos in WWJ-TV's small, crowded studio "T" on the second
floor of the betroit News Building.
Technicians, University and WWJ brass, professors and news-
papermen all contributed their share to the general bedlam filling the
studio before the show went on the air at 1 p.m.
The long grind started at 9:30 a.m. when University script-
men and faculty participants arrived from Ann Arbor and im-
mediately started through a dress rehearsal.
As noon approached most of the kinks had been ironed out so that
only a few portions of the program needed polishing up in the hour
SHORTLY AFTER NOON President Ruthven came in. Following
a brief inspection of the maze of wires, microphones and cameras
surrounding the half-dozen stage-type sets, he rehearsed his intro-
Harry Bannister, general manager of WWJ AM, FM and TV, j
dropped over to. see how things were going. He told President .
Ruthven he was "tremendously pleased to see what was once a ;
little cell get off to such a great start."
By this time the zero hour was approaching. Photographers snap-
ped some last minute pictures, TV cameramen and program partici-
pants took their places, the floor director cued in announcer Pres
Holmes and the show was on.
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PRESIDENT RUTHVEN launched the program by asserting that
"education should be a continuing process, not ending when a person
leaves school." Television, he continued, provides a "link between the
school and the home" making the means of education available to all.
CAMERAMAN FOCUSES ON PROF. KARL LAGLER AND ASSISTANT AS UNIVERSITY OPENS NEW FRONTIERS IN EDUCATION
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Following President Ruthven's introduction, Prof. Karl Lagler
-of the zoology department and the School of Natural Resources
presented the first 20-minute course in his 14-week series on hu-
Prof. Wilma Donahue of the Instituteof Human Adjustment then
initiated her seven-week series on "Living in Later Years." Part of
this 20-minute course was devoted to two active oldsters who demon-
strated profitable hobbies.open to aging persons.
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WHILE ALL THIS was taking place, the Detroit studio was in
virtual pandemonium as tense directors issued orders and cameramen
and technicians flipped dials and moved cameras with split-second
The first break for the Detroit crew came at 1:40 when the
show was switched to Clements Memorial Library in Ann Arbor
for a "teletour" of important books and historical documents
After the "teletour" Detroit again took over to sign off the air,
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and the first "University of Michigan Television Hour" moved into its
nitch in television history.
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AFTERWARDS PROF. GARNET GARRISON, the University's
director of television and chairman of the speech department seemed
particularly pleased with the program. For Prof. Garrison and his
assistants Sunday's show meant the realization of months of tedious
Prof. Garrison characterized the program as a significant
experiment in supplementing standard methods of education.
Technically speaking, the University's TV production is as com-
plicated as television shows will ever get, according to WWJ-TV offi-
cials. And it's no wonder, with the scores of technicians and complex
equipment needed to produce two sections in Detroit and transmit the
third direct from campus all within one hour.
Walter Koste, WWJ-TV's chief director, wearily compared Sun-
day's show with the birth of a first child. "The first one is always
the most gruelling," he observed. "After that it's fun."
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TAKE 'ER AWAY-Floor director Thomas Sutton (left) gives the cue to announcer Pres Holmes,
grad., and the first "University of Michigan Television Hour" goes on the air. Bob Newman, grad.,
(center), supervised the script writing. Other important workers were Leo Teholiz, grad., who han-
dled signs and other art, and assistant director Haze Scltumacker, grad., who was here at Ann Arbor
overseeing the "teletour" of Clements Library.
IT WAS A GREAT DAY FOR THIS. TRIO-Prof. Garnett Garrison (right) the University's di-
rector of television, glows with enthusiasm as he chats before the show with WWJ manager Harry
Bannister (left )and President Ruthven. One of the first educators to see the possibilities of adult
education, President Ruthven looked on the "telecourse" as a climax to his work along this line. THE UNSEEN AUDIENCE
Bannister called it the "start of a great thing." It was he who proposed the program and donated
without charge the facilities and program time of WWJ-TV. .* -
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TENSE FACES - The program's two chief directors boss the
cameramen and technicians from the control room. It was a
hectic, nerve-racking task as their faces show. At the left Walter
Koste of WWJ-TV gives an order while Prof. Garnett Garrison
looks down at some papers.
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