SUNDAY, MAY 24, 190S .
THE -MICHIGAN DAILY
DAILY MENTOR BOWS OUT:
It's Thirty for City Editor Connable'
By GAYLE GREENE
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is
not an assigned story-ABC I1.)
Down to two packages of cigar-
ettes a day, shorn of the baggy
tenchcoat, the green eyeshade and
the 24-hour Job of Daily City Edi-
tor, Alfred Barnes Connable, III,
is enjoying a period of conva-
lescence playing solitaire, dusting
off an impressive pyramid of un-
explored texts and meditating in a
With his hollowed cheeks filled
out and the snadows under his
eyes fading to a light green, Con-
nable, the man who originated the
writing style of Daily personality
interviews, yesterday submitted
himself to one.
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CONNABLE,- who changed his
name from Al to Barnes to avoid
being linked with the administra-
tion (his father is a Regent)
wrapped his feet around the legs
of a swivel chair and tersely an-
swered questions about "the Con."
"I often sit Yogi and I used to
work for Alger Hiss," he began.
"I was a courier for the Carnegie
)Endowment for. International
Peace. I was the architect of our
entire Far Easten policy," he
Records may be lacking to prove
this last assertion but the Daily
files testify that the bedraggled,
unkempt reporter in the wrinkled
tweed jacket by-lined some of the
top local news stories during the
past three years.
He covered the Pauline Camp-
bell murder for the United Press
(and admits with a chuckle that
Associated Press stories were
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Resulting from countless man-
hours of work by several members
of The Daily sports staff and Sig-
ma Delta Chi, professional journ-
alism fraternity, the first book
containing an account of the most
famous sports events in University
history will go on sale to Alumni
June 1 and to students next fall.
Entitled "Memorable Moments
in Michigan Sports," the book con-
tains 71 sports events of the last
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FOOTBALL holds the spotlight
with 26 entries. Excerpts from
University baseball, track, basket-
ball, hockey, swimming, golf, ten-
nis, wrestling and gymnastics
make up a smaller portion of the
Student journalists searched
record books, old newspapers
and magazines and talked to
people associated with sporting
events until they compiled a list
of 200 events.
Seventy-one events chosen by a
panel of six University sports ex-
perts were reported by Dick Lewis,
'53, Lester Sons, '53, Ivan Kaye,
'54, Paul Greenberg, '54, Ed Smith,
'54, Bob Fancett, Grad., George
Flint, '55L. Final drafts are being
drawn up by Ed Whipple, '53, Dick
Wilcox, '53 and Jack Renire, '53.
One of the most striking events
included is the 1898 football vic-
tory over the University of Chi-
cago which inspired a University
student, Louis Elbel, to write "The
That game, played before the
formation of the Big Ten Confer-
ence, established University teams
as mythical "Champions of the
An unpublisized event recorded
in the book was a jaunt which
Coach Ray Fisher's Western Con-
ference basketball team took
through the Orient in the spring
of 1929. The team returned home
in the fall after winning 11 out of
13 games against Japanese college
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Plans for a combined Class of
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Film To End Run
Student Legislature Cinema
Guild's feature "How Green Was
My Valley" will finish its run at
8 p.m. today in Architecture Audi-
presents summer '
fabric fminsh! 4.9a
Varied Courses Offered
In 'U' Summer Session
Three special programs will
highlight the University summer,
An institute for mathematics
teachers will be held Aug. 3-14.
Ten recipients of Carnegie grants
will carry on projects begun last
summer in the Latin Workshop.
ELEVEN STUDENTS will take;
part in a summer linguistic'xpro-,
gram aimed at attracting Ameri-
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sical studies program is a Latin
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In the tmathematics institute,
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on the use of mathematics in in.
THE WEE HOURS-Pale and gaunt, Daily City Editor Barnes Connable scans a fast-rolling copy of
the paper for typographical errors. If his ice-cold right eye catches one, the night editor will be
sternly dealt with on the morning critic sheet.
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paleyd all over the nation.) He also
wrote the story on last spring's
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RELIABLE informants insist it
was Connable who incited the riot.
"He incited until 10 p.m.," one
source said, "then went back to
write the story while we phoned in
bulletins." Connable denies the
Recently Connable placed the
phone call to Malenkov which
won international newspaper
coverage. He was the only re-
porter last spring at the cele-
brated McPhaul dinner.
Last summer he worked for the
Italian bureau of the Associated
Press and filled The Daily's col.
umns with impressions of Europe.
"I HAVE a dirty job," Connable
It is. An old Maynard St. max-
im holds that "the city editor is
a rat by definition." His job in-
volves bossing a 60-man news-
gathering staff and over-all su-
pervision of the news pages' pro-
Another Daily tradition is that
the city editor is always right.
Connable, swathed in a mantle
of infallibility, couldn't miss be-
cause he is a born bluff, accord-
ing to his predecessor Private
Bob Keith, '52.
Keith described Connable's un-
obstrusive arrival on the staf
three years ago.
"He walked in, said I'm Al Con-
nable, and sat down at a typewrit-
er," Keith related. "By the end of
the week we knew he was one of
the best newspapermen to ever hit
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OCCASIONAL hassles with th
dean's office kept Connable in
school, but his prime concern was
The Daily and related student ac-
At the end of his sophomore
year, a group of beer-sodden
men tapped him for Sphinx. He
also joined Toastmasters and a
year later was dubbed "Little
Hollow Thunder" by the Michi-
"Some day I'm going to come
back to go to school," Connabli
promises. He expresses consider-
able regret at his extensive class-
cutting and speaks highly of his
"As for the administration, I
would say it lacks only one thing
-courage," Connable said. By
failure to resist influential pres-
sures, the University is falling
short of its obligations to society,
As the wielder of a mean ukelele
(he comes from a musical family:
"My father plays the funeral
march, my mother was a concert
pianist, my brother is a skier and
my sister is in Mexico"), tyrant
city editor, tower of infallibility
and professional bluff, it follows
that Connable should insist on get-
ting sick in heroic proportions.
A fellow senior editor said:
"When Al is sick, we never bring
The Daily to him in the morning.
The most minor typographical er-
'ror might bring on a relapse."
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