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Week of November 1, 2010

Old school: U-M in History

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In November 1951 Regent Roscoe Bonisteel (right) congratulates newly invested President Harlan Hatcher.  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.

This week in history (71 years ago)

In his autobiography, former U-M President Alexander Ruthven recalled a time when he learned first lady Eleanor Roosevelt would stay at the President’s House. Ruthven expressed concern, as the Ruthven family had a pet dog named Eleanor: “What to do?” he wrote. “The students were agog, the family nervous. Would the guest object to having an English bulldog as a namesake? Could the family get through the visit without using the name? Evidently, anyone calling ‘Eleanor’ might create an embarrassing situation.” Ruthven reported the visit was a success, as the first lady addressed 6,000 people at Hill Auditorium, and the two Eleanors became fast friends. — Bentley Historical Library

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Joe Burman, director of prospect identification and strategies for LSA’s Department of Development, Marketing & Communications, on working at U-M: “I’ve always been a very curious person and I have a job that lets me be curious, so it’s a perfect match.”


Lebanese singing star Assi El Helani, 8-11 p.m. Nov. 6, Hill Auditorium.

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