LY, JUNE 26, 1958
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FIRST FORD MEETING:
Carnival Atmosphere Prevails
Regents Appoint First
Six Flint Professors
By ROY AKERS
It was a crisp but sunny May
morning Thursday, May 24, in
' Dearborn, Mich., with an almost
carnival atmosphere floafing be-
tween the tents and the Ford Ro-
And those who had come to
attend the first public stockhold-
ers' meeting of the Ford Motor
Company in nearly 38 years made
up a good cross-section of the peo-
ple of America.
There were corporate executives,
housewives, a retired Ford laborer,
farmers and shopkeepers trampl-
ing the velvety expanse of grass
in droves. One elderly farmer,
astride a tractor in the rotunda,
y spun the wheel as though he were
in a cornfield. A younger stock-
holder, an 11-year-old girl, ad-'
mitted she was going to buy a
new dress with her dividends.
"But right now I want to go
home," she added, impatiently.
Reporters, Cameras Crowd Area
Reporters, flashbulbs and movie
cameras were everywhere. A bevy
of eye-catching hostesses added
charm to the scenery. Remarking
that he hadn't seen so many
wealthy paupers in years, one
hardened newspaper scribe sighed
wistfully that he wished he, too,
owned "some of that there Ford
A lone dog, refusing either to
present an identification card or
to be interviewed, sniffed lustily
at the tree trunks while giving the
lunch boxes a sly eye. No one
seemed to know exactly whether
this active canine was really a
stockholder. But, since he braced
himself on two legs while scratch-
ing with the other two, the onlook-
ers reached general agreement
that he obviously had fleas.
It was the annual meeting of
one of the country's great cor-
porationshbut not all of the people
in attendance were in a business
frame of mind. Some had come
to observe a stockholder's meeting
for the first time. Many of the
older folks reminisced about the
farmer with an affinity for tin-
kering with machinery who, many
Years ago, had put together a tin
lizzie. A lot of them had come
simply to see his grandson in the
University Regents approved fac-
ulty appointments of three associ-
ate professors and three assistant
How safe, from a health stand-. professors to Flint College, a
point, are the many kinds of coin branch of the University to open
operated machines now dispensing in the fall.
sandwiches, coffee, orange juice, Appointed were:
milk, and other foods? Joseph J. Firebaugh as associate
Workers in the environmental professor of English.
health labs of the University Drothea E. Wyatt as associate
School of Public Health have been professor of history.
answering these questions for the Alvin D. Loving as associate pro-
armed services for the past four fessor of education.
years.eWilliam Roger Murchie as assist-
The research is headed by Walter ant professor of zoology for a
D.Tedmn, reshidedy ltuer nthree-year term beginning with
D. Tiedeman, residentrlecturer in the 1956-57 year.
public health, under contract with Glen R. Rasmussen as assistant
the Armed Forces Epidemiological professor of education, also for a
Several types of vendin ma- Basil G. Zimmer as assistant
chines have been tested, with rec- professor of sociology on half-time
ommendations being made to the basis for a three-year term.
military as to their use n px's Taught At Queens College
and canteens. Since 1953 Prof. Firebaugh has
The newest project, according to been an assistant professor of Eng-
Tiedeman, will be a study of the lish at Queens College, Flushing,
recently developed machine which N. Y., although he was on leave
dispenses hot food in cans. during the spring to serve as visit-
Another major study dealt with ing professor of American Litera-
machines' dispensing hot sand- ture, University of Capetown,
wiches, and the recommendations Union of South Africa.
made by the researchers resuited In 1936 Prof. Firebaugh received
in some changes in construction of a Bachelor of Arts degree from
the machine, the University of Colorado, in 1938
One of the factors which was in- a Master of Arts from Duke Uni-
sisted upon was that machines be versity, and in 1952 a Doctor of
made so the first sandwiches placed Philosophy degree from University
in the machines are the first dis- of Washington.
pensed, to reduce possibility of During the 1952-53 year Prof.
spoilage. Firebaugh was visiting assistant
Other recommendations suggest- professor of English at the Uni-
ed the use of locking electrical versity.
connections to the machines, so Was 'U' Student
that the power to refrigerate them Prof. Murchie was an instructor
could not be accidently be cut off, at Marietta College from 1946 to
and that normal health regulations 1950. He took graduate work at
covering preparation of foods apply the University from 1946 to 1954,
to dispensed foods. and received a Ph.D. in Zoology.
. The researchers also studied au- Having spent several summers
tomatic milk and cream dispensers, at the University Biological Sta-
The' milk dispensers were tested in tion at Douglas Lake, much of
University Residence halls. Prof. Murchie's research and pro-
CRISP SUNNY DAY-Stockholders attend first public stockholders meeting of Ford in 38 years.
Then he began graduate work at
the University, earning his Ph.D.
Has Lectured Here
Prof. Rasmussen, a resident of
fessor at Georgia Teachers College
Flint, has been a lecturer at the
University since 1952 and works
with the University Extension
Service in the Flint area.
He will teach education courses
at Flint College, also helping to
develop the teacher-training pro-
Prof. Zimmer, University lectur-
er in sociology since 1953, was also
resident director of the University's
Social Science Research Project in
It is expected that he will con-
tinue directing the research pro-
ject on a half-time basis.
Prof. Zimmer holds three de-
grees from the University: an A.B.
in 1947, an M.A. in sociology in
1949, and the Ph.D. in sociology
U' Gets Grant
For Color TV
University medical men are now
working to apply color television
to the teaching of medical science,
aided by a recent grant of $178,-
750 from the Herbert H. and
Grace A. Dow Foundation.
Dr. Harry A. Towsley, chairman
of the Medical School's TV com-
mittee, estimates that practical
use of the medium is almost lim-
itless as long as it remains an ad-
junct to and not a replacement of
present teaching methods.
Detroit St. between Catherine and
North 5th Ave.
Form fresh produce at ailtimes
direct from producer to consumer,
OPEN EVERY MONDAY
EVENING FROM 5 TO 9
quite simply, would require all
persons acquiring shares under the
company's stock option plan to
hold them fori a period of at least
three years. The Board of Direc-
tors was intensely interested both
in Mr. Blau and his proposal.
Isadore Blau is a resident of
Brooklyn, New York. A cl6se, cau-
tious, professional investor, Blau
had a fifth grade education in the
public schools. A newspaper hus-
tler for the New York Daily News,
he developed a deep interest in
corporate affairs through the
guidance of Lewis D. Gilbert of
New York city. Blau is a holder
of four shares of common stock
in the Ford Motor Company.
Blau Backs Proposal
Fighting vigorously for his pro-
posal, Blau made quite a few
speeches at the meeting. At one
time Breech reminded him just
who was and who wasn't the.
Turning to the small fry stock-
holder sitting next to us we re-
marked, "Your stock went down."
"That's what my daddy said,"
"Do you think it will go up?"
"It better had!" she glowered,
as her innocent eyes gave the
Board of Directors of the Ford'
Motor Company a cold, female
Finally catching up with Blau
we wanted to know why he brought
up his proposal. He informed us
that he owned four shares in the
company and was definitely not l
happy because their value had
fallen on the Big Board.
"But it cost you to come here an aftermath of the then fabledI
from New York," we reminded five dollar day, and the first as-
sembly lines started at Highland
"On, I'm just passing by-onpakhsDrbngitbes
my way to take a vacation in Park ,this Dearborn giant bears
Canada," he replied, both the glory and stigma of a
portion of the socio-economic his-
People Seek Autographs tory of America. Walter Reuther's
All the while stockholders had "Battle of the Overpass" and the
been leaping up on the platform legend of Harry Bennett; these
to get autographs from the Ford are some of the things that come
brothers. By the 'time we finished to mind while touring this indus-
with Blau the Ford brothers were trial site..,
gone. Only Breech was left, and River Rouge, no less enigmatic
he was just leaving. "This is the
last autograph I have time to than the man who created it, is a
give," Breech was saying to a lady study in contrasts. On the gray
as we interrupted. Would he have side there are the men, working
a comment on "The Blau Propo- with the agility of trained monk-
sal," we wanted to know. eys, who stick a simple nut on an
"I have plenty of comments," he equally simple bolt. And, still tint-
griace.r"Yourshouldavaskeding the gray, this is where some of
me earlier, for right now I've got ca's yearly highway slaughter.
to leave. "Write to me," he said Butsinealy ishwy aufher
eagerly grabbing our arm," "and But, in all fairness, the manufac-
I'll gladly send a reply setting turer only makes the car. God,
forth my comments on the Blau they say, creates the gadget be-
proposal." Breech sounded like a hid the steering wheel.
man who needed someone to listen And it's hard to believe that the
to his troubles. quixotic farmer who made Amer-
The huge tent was almost empty. ica urban still doesn't walk through
We said goodby e again to Blau, his gardens-especially when twi-
"Mr. Ford wanted to meet me,,, light settles over the lonely trails
he said, "and I want to see Mr. by the River Rouge.
Breech." But Ford and Breech had
strangely disappeared. Blau picked
up his brief case and walked out
of the tent, a lonely figure of a F-mfeg i h
man, finally merging with the - L T
Ford Now a Legend 11
Ode gaard A iends
Charles E. Odegaard, dean of
the University lit school, attended
a meeting of the International
Council of Philosophy and Hu-
manistic Studies in Rome Satur-
day through yesterday.
fessional writing is on Michigan
Prof. Murchie will be expected to
take the lead in organizing the
college's program in the biological
field. He will teach upper-division
courses in zoology.
After receiving his B.A. degree
and his M.A. in 1948 from Wayne
University, Prof. Rasmussen was
an instructor and assistant pro-
from 1948 to 1950.
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