Sunday, October 16, 1955
"Now, 35, suppose you owned a grocery,..."
...MY WIFE ... ...FRON THE FIRE"
"A MILLION DOLLARS...... T O ANYON... ... W1O SAYES ...
needs help from Dykstra the show- Dykstra's popularity, of course,
man, and, except for two or three is very easily understood by any-
/* lectures a semester, gets it. one who has watched him teach
ox, ,l "I've been told,"says Prof.Ger- with "hypo ." These are hypo-
aIl O. Dykstra, who teaches busi- thetiral ituation. oriactua 1ueci-
ness law in the business adminis- dents fromaw. ich arise onestions
tration school, "that law could of law.
D ykstra be quite dry." Not by Dykstra, his
students unanimously agree. BUT HE doesn't stop at relating
the 'hypos'" He acts them
S A MATER of fact, students out. Ther onca having to
By JIM DYGERT come from all 15 schools of the do with shoplifting in hich
Daily City Editor University for 'Dykstra 'a course store runs outside to catch a
Time Schedule ecumbsat the friend who is passing by.
IT SEEMS like any other lecture nomenclsture, and the business Sie neglects to leav . bhind her
until the professor removes hissnolaurdsandt inwi awshragetstlechnically
glasses, leans one hand on the school builds an addition with a washrag that is still technically
front corner of the desk and an- larger lecture halls for Dykstra. owned by the store, an observa-
nounces, "There are no outside One day a photographer stalk- tion that leads the floorwalker to
readings in this course. The text, ed in with purpose to take, as apprehend her for shoplifting.
Dyks-, er, Business Law, by Dyk- Prof. Dykstra cautioned his aud- Dykstra illustrates this by dash-
stra and Dykstra, I find quite suf- ience beforehand, "a picture of the ing down the aisle of the lecture
ficient." crowded conditions in the class- hall with outstretched hand clut-
As it turns out, the text is not room." It wasn't just a joke. Some- ching his handkerchief and wav-
sufficient. Dykstra the author one was sitting on the floor. ing to an imaginary friend in the
corridor, By the time he gets out brush up on some business cours-
the door, the class is wiping away es. "You've got to do so many
tears of laughter. things to build up a law prpedice,*
lise had found.
"A CERTAIN amount of show-
manship is needed to keep an HE STAYED for a masters de-
audience's attention," explains gree in business administration
Dykstra. His performances are and before he could escape back
premeditated, as a device for to his law practice, Prof. Earl
"making education as painless as Wolaver convinced him teaching
possible" and "helping students was his vocation and pointed out
remember legal principles a n d an opening at Ohio University to
their applications." Who could prove it.
forget the washrag case? Dykstra went to Ohio for four-
He remembers a University Law teen years. Then the University
School professor who used to em- asked him back in 1950 to teach
ploy the device, and Dykstra "just business law along with Prof. Wol-
kind of fell into it" when he be- aver, who died before Dykstra got
gan teaching business law and re- here. So he took over the teaching
lated subjects at Ohio University of business law at the University.
in 1930. Besides teaching he writes books,
Originally his career was a law with the help of his wife, the
practice in Cleveland, started af- former Lillian Green whom he met
ter he gratuated from Law School in Law School here. Together they
here in 1930. He returned to Ann have written six textbooks, one of
Arbor in the summer of 1935 to which will be published the first
- next year.
- - -BUSINESSLAW" - the text
he finds "quite sufficient"--
has been around since 1949 and
weighs, he admits to his class on
opening day, "five pounds." Yet
he insists it be brought to class as
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"suitable reference material."
First day of the semester is al-
ways a riot. Not knowing the nam-
es of his students yet, he goes by
seat number, saying, "Now 35,
suppose you own a grocery store
and I come in for a loaf of bread
and tell you, 'Say, 35 ..."' or
"Suppose, 78, you were walking
across the new bridge north of
town and you saw a bald head
floating on the river and you look-
ed down and said, 'Is that you
And so on for fifteen weeks.
But Dykstra is also a disciplin-
arian. You walk into his office,
announce your name and hear,
"Oh yes, you were absent Mon-
So you stay out of his office and
gust go to his lectures.