Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Bits and Pieces

Professor Ei-ichi Negishi

-To those of you concerned that we only have 24 incoming freshmen recruits reported, let me assure you that there are more but I just don’t have the requisite confirmation to publish anything about them on this blog.

We will have the usual number of about 30 incoming members of the football class of 2015.

-I have learned that rising sophomore Brian East’s grandfather won the Nobel Prize! The only trouble is, I don’t know his name or in what category. I am guessing his grandfather is the winner for chemistry, Professor Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University. Any help on this issue from any readers would be appreciated.

-I continue the push to get all our Columbia students who are also U.S. armed forces veterans honored at a football, basketball, or pre-game baseball ceremony this calendar year. I would appreciate any help and ideas for respectful lobbying for this to happen from all my readers going forward.


At Tue Mar 01, 09:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about an ROTC honor guard and an armed forces band for the national anthem at a game this year?

At Tue Mar 01, 10:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a nicely done new video on our 2010 season on our football site.


At Tue Mar 01, 08:08:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you post the link to the video? I'm having trouble finding it. Thanks!

At Tue Mar 01, 08:47:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger friend12 said...


is the link to the recruiting site with the video mentioned in an earlier post.

At Tue Mar 01, 11:09:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recent announcement about another ex-Lion who made good .... Frank Dermody, '73C, was elected as Democratic leader in the Pennsylvania state House.


Frank F

At Wed Mar 02, 12:17:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger friend12 said...


One more time. The firts try got chopped.

At Wed Mar 02, 01:43:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great video by the CU Athletics Dept...

One question though, which I still don't understand: in that recruiting website, where it says prominent alumni, it doesn't mention Sid Luckman--the only CU Football player in the NFL Hall of Fame (!). I realize he played eons ago (and no high school knows who he is these days) , but, hey, he was the most FAMOUS and GREATEST football player CU ever had--and he revolutionized the pro game forever, and even was even on the cover of LIFE magazine. I mentioned this once before, but Luckman's name still doesn't show up. Seems odd. Do others agree?

At Wed Mar 02, 02:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These youngins just don't know their history!
No matter when Luckman played, and who hasn't heard of him, he should be on any list of this sort.

At Wed Mar 02, 02:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lou Gehrig gets lot of publicity in the CU AthletICs dept. Why shouldn't Luckman?; he is the same vintage. Also, if there is a Lou Gehrig Lounge in Dodge, is there a lounge, or other such place in the Football facilities that is named after Luckman?

At Wed Mar 02, 06:23:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

Re the ROTC honor guard suggestion, they'd probably have to come from Fordham. Too bad, then, it's an away game this year.

Any celebration of the role of veterans at Columbia should also include some contact/cooperation with the owner of Haakon's Hall, who is well known for his having provided at his establishment an especially warm welcome for veterans. (There was even a story in the NY Times on this.) I've never been there that I haven't struck up a friendly conversation with fellow (much younger) veterans. Almost all of whom always had the courtesy to say to me, as we should be saying to them in turn, "Thank you for serving."

Any consideration of the possible return of ROTC to the Columbia campus also always seems to ignore the fact that neither the Navy (which had CU to itself back in the day, the Army or the Air Force may not have any actual interest in re-establishing a ROTC unit at our alma mater. The Navy in the late 60s, for example, had extensive office space at 2929 Broadway, some further space (including basically its "warehouse" for uniforms) in both the basement of Casa Italiana and rooms in Hartley Hall and even regularly used the rifle range which then was in the basement of Ferris Booth Hall. That kind of space might prove very expensive indeed for any branch of the Arned Forces to lease today. There would also have to be classroom space allocated to the unit for those requisite "military science" courses. And, importantly, it'd need a large area for drill and military assembly. Durng my student years, the NROTC members mustered Friday afternoons in the courtyard of Johnson Hall, but that may no longer be feasible. So simply wishing for a ROTC unit, from any service branch, won't necessarily make it so.

Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly support honoring Columbia's current population of veterans and past vets alike at a game next season. (Not to put too fine a point on it, either, Jake, but I in fact suggested this in a post on this site before you did.)

At Wed Mar 02, 07:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course most high schoolers probably never heard of LIFE magazine either. I agree, Sid Luckman should be touted by the Athletic Dept and the school.

Jake, since reading your blog, I have a much deeper appreciation for the rich tradition of Columbia football past, present, and future.

Keep up the great work!

At Thu Mar 03, 02:21:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, Dr. Negishi is indeed Brian's grandfather

At Fri Mar 04, 04:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. The school/athletic dept needs to embrace its history...the good and the bad.

1980's Alum.


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