Old School: Jazz legend

Legendary tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon attends an Ann Arbor Jazz Festival workshop presented by Eclipse Jazz in 1984. ( Photo courtesy of Bentley Historical Library)

This month in history (83 years ago)

Prospective student and future U.S. President Gerald Ford wrote this letter to Harry Kipke, former head football coach:

Dear Mr. Kipke:

I want to thank you and Mrs. Kipke for entertaining me so wonderfully during my visit to Ann Arbor. I had a marvelous time and fully enjoyed every minute of the stay and if there is any way in which I can repay you I certainly would.

The more I see of Ann Arbor, the university and the fellows who go there, the more I desire to attend school at Michigan. … Danny Rose is getting me a job for my board, so that will help the expense account to some extent and with the money earned this summer I can get by the first year.

Again, I wish to thank you and Mrs. Kipke for being such fine hosts while I was in Ann Arbor.

Sincerely yours,

Gerald Ford

June 8, 1931

— From “A Book of Days, 150 Years of Student Life at Michigan.”


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