NEVER A DULL MOMENT:
Prof. Slosson Leads Busy
LifeAway from Classes
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1952
By CARA CHERNIAK
Prof. Preston Slosson of the
history department is one out-
standing exception to the old
adage that history professors are
dull and uninteresting.
THERE ARE few students who
do not recognize him when he
walks on campus. His long grey
hair showing from under an old
felt hat, inveterate brief case in
hand, and slightly slouched walk
set him apart and make him an
object of interest and fascination.
Many students: have even
known him to read a book as he
walked, glancing up only before
crossing the street.
Almost 15,000 students have
known Prof. Slosson through
his history lectures during the
30 years he has been teaching
here. They respect him for his
vast store of knowledge, and are
slightly overawed by the fact
that he never uses notes.
Perhaps even more students
know him, however, for his wil-
lingness to rise to any occasion to
defend the principles he believes
BORN IN 1892 in Laramie, Wyo-
ming, Prof. Slosson spent his first
11 years in the Rocky Mountains,
and then moved to New York City.
His father, Edwin Slosson,
and his mother, Mae Slosson,
were both famous people, giv-
ing him a heritage which he
has not failed to live up to. His
father, a well-known chemist
wrote about 12 books on chem-
istry and philosophy, while his
mother was the first woman
PhD in the country.
Before coming to the Univer-
sity in 1921, he attended Colum-
bia University, where he received
his doctorate in history in 1916.
During the Peace Conference in
1919, the young graduate was
sent to Paris by the U.S. govern-
ment as assistant librarian. .Al-
though the complete document
contains a total of 80,000 words,
Prof. Slosson only takes credit
for one, which he suggested as a
change in wording to his superior.
SINCE HIS ARRIVAL at the
University, Prof. Slosson has com-
bined a variety of interests. Since
1941 he has done professional radio
broadcasts for both the Univer-
-Daily-Welling Squier er.
LATEST BOOK-Prof. Slosson, seated at the desk in his home
study, is in the midst of writing a new history text. At present Bus Ad Text
he isalso revising several books he has written previously.B sAd T x
sity and private companies. In most excitement on the campus P rinted A gain
interpreting the news on the was the Slosson-Phillips debate
radio as, in his lectures, Prof. in a State Street restaurant.
Slosson never uses a script. The Slossons still treasure a A third edition of "The Stock
His numerous writings, which wire recording of this debate at Market" by Prof. William J. Eite-
have made him a 'nationally their home. man of the School of Business Ad-
known figure,' include about a A staunch Democrat, Prof. Slos- ministration and Prof. Charles A
dozen history books, many of son also dabbles in politics. In Dice of the Ohio State Univer-
which are used as texts all over 1948 he ran for congress in the sity's College of Commerce has
the country. One book, written 2nd Congressional district of just been published.
by his wife and himself, is the Michigan. Although defeated, he Covering the history, organiza-
first American history text still makes his views known by tion, and operations of the stock
written especially for British numerous letters to congressmen markets in great detail, the work
schools. and newspapers. is a widely used text.
THE *OSSO S ina b- The latest edition has been re-
Another book, however, is re- THE SLOSSONS live in a rsamb- dasb
membered especially by the pro- ling home on Devonshire Road. eedsto include latest statistics,
fessor. As a sophomore in college A close-knit family, the household meths, and material and in-
he wrote a philosophy book which includes four daughters, two sons- cludes moreillustrative graph
his father paid $300 to have pub- in-law and four grandchildren in than previous editions.
lished: addition to the professor and his
Todate eight copies have been wife. r Last Day To Pick
sold. He proudly displays four
*ld scrapbooks, recording all the Up Unsold Books
BUT PROF. SLOSSON'S favor- events of his career so far. Here
ite occupation, which has lasted he pastes in all "pan-mail,"
since college days, is debate. He "fan-mail", newspaper articles, Today is the last day for uick-
has debated some of the most letters, pictures and even some ing up unsold books and checks
controversial figures in the coun- of his own commentaries writ- for sold books at the Student Leg-
try, such as Gerald L.K. Smith, ten some years ago on what he islature Book Exchange.
Scott Nearing and Laurence Den- likes and dislikes about women, The exchange will be oper
nis. food, architecture, art and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rm
The debate which raised the music. 13K of the Union.
OFFICIAL I.F.C. RUSHING LIST
The following men have officially registered with the IFC and are
eligible for pledging this semester:
Ron Deng, Jr.
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