We Beat ’em in Band

    I saw this ad in the New Yorker, and the picture took me back.
The high stepper out front is the drum major of The University of Michigan Marching Band. I believe the photo was taken in 1958 or 1959 at Ferry Field, part of a 17 acre parcel donated by Dexter Ferry in 1902. The high brick wall in the background gives the game away. In those days, Michigan was not at the top of the heap in the Big Ten, but under Dr. William D. Revelli the band was remarkable. We could always say, after a loss, “Well, we beat them in band.”

 

 

 

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Snow Flurries?

So I’m riding my bike home around Green Lake when I notice it looks like it’s snowing, big fuzzy flakes drifting down, starting to cover the grass by the edge of the path. Only it is 95°, the hottest June 12th in Seattle history. The sun turned up the heat on a grove of cottonwood trees, I guess, and the seeds came down in uncounted numbers.

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