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  •  would it happen to be UMich Wolverines? (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't even know if that's right. But I would really like to find someone who was at University of Michigan during Kent State.

    If anyone reading this fits that bill, please respond here or drop me an email (check my profile).

    We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

    by kainah on Wed May 24, 2006 at 08:51:13 PM PDT

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    •  It would be Patrick Swayze's Wolverines (1+ / 0-)
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      Col. Andy Tanner: "All that hate is gonna burn you up kid."
      Robert Morris: "It keeps me warm."

      by Wolverines on Wed May 24, 2006 at 09:02:24 PM PDT

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    •  I am sure you'll hear something (0+ / 0-)

      Ironically, I grew up in Ann Arbor, through high school. In 1970 I was in 9th grade, but my dad, a college professor, took a sabbatical year and we were in Brazil 1969-1970.

      I think I may have some fliers that were being circulated at the time, tho'. If you are interested I'll try to dig them up.

      I was involved with Friends meeting in high school in Ann was a hotbed of all kinds of anti-war activity.  I remember at some point, the sheriff, who had a broken arm in a cast, on campus directing traffic due to war protests...probably in the early 70s but I don't remember. I just remember the picture in the paper of him with his arm in a cast in the middle of one of the intersections.

      I am sure if you look in Archives of the Michigan Daily from that time period, you will find lots of outrage about the event.

      •  thanks, hopeful! (0+ / 0-)

        Here's what I'm interested in finding out. One of the lesser characters in my Kent State novel is a UM graduate who was there on May 4. Her personal story is not that important to the novel itself ... it's only important that she have & experience the memory of it in the novel. I've done a fair amount of googling and all I can find about what actually happened at UM is a vague reference to the burning of a building. But, from the context, I am not even sure whether that was after the shootings.

        What I'd really like is if I could just get the remembrances of a couple of UM students about their experiences in those days around Kent State. It doesn't even matter if they are technically true -- memories are like that, y'know? half true, half weird, that's fine. I just would like some remembered sense of that place at that time.

        I chose UM for this character's alma mater because I wanted her close to OH but not in OH and I wanted it to be a place with an activist reputation and also some place that I was at least generally familiar with. UM seemed to fit the bill but, like most writers, I need more!

        Thanks for any help you can provide. You can find my direct email in my profile and, if you know people who can provide the kind of stories I'm seeking, please feel free to pass the email along and ask them to drop me a note. I'll be most appreciative!

        We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

        by kainah on Thu May 25, 2006 at 12:58:45 PM PDT

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