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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 10 (May 1953)

[Alumni],   pp. 31-32

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1953 track captain. Peters is one of six
major lettermen available. Others are
Tom Monfore, miler; Jerry Pickell and
Werner Wilking, pole vaulters; Tony
Stracka, high j u m p e r and discus
thrower; and Harland Carl, sprinter.
However, the latter hurt his knee during
spring football practice.
A Quick Cleanup on
Late Winter Sports
  Wisconsin's boxing team wound up
its season unbeaten and untied in seven
dual matches, then finished second in
the NCAA meet at Idaho State College
April 9-11. Two Badgers, Ray Zale
(178 lbs.) and Capt. Pat Sreenan (147
lbs.) wound up as NCAA champions
but illness to Heavyweight Bob Hinds
after he chalked up an initial win in the
Nationals cost Wisconsin the chance to
repeat as team champions. The team
title went to Idaho State with 25 points,
six more than Wisconsin. Hinds had
been unbeaten this season and was a
great favorite to win the heavy crown.
Bob Morgan, NCAA titlist at 147 lbs.
last year, was eliminated in the first
round at 156 lbs.
  Ray Zale also brought home addi-
tional honors when he was named the
winner of the John S. LaRowe trophy
as "outstanding boxer and sportsman."
At the Boxing Seconds banquet April
15, the Badgers named Morgan and
Bob Meath as 1954 co-captains.
  In swimming, Rollie Bestor, diver,
was named to lead the Badgers in 1954
while Charles Kortier and Jack Heiden
wit co-captain he fencers next year.
Death Claims Two Former
Badger Sports Figures
   Within less than a week's time, two
football personalities connected with
Wisconsin's past grid action passed
away. On April 9, Eddie Cochems died
in Madison after a brief illness at the
age of 76. Eddie, one of 11 children,
was born in Sturgeon Bay and at the
UW was a member of the Badger foot-
ball teams from 1898 to 1901 as a left
halfback. His 100 yard kickoff return
for a touchdown against Chicago in
1901 brought him undying fame as a
gridder but he gained additional honor
as a coach who helped to develop the
forward pass play.
   And on April 13 Ed Lynch died at
 the age of 52 at Minneapolis. Lynch
 served as varsity end coach under Clar-
 ence "Doc" Spears at Minnesota and
 then at Wisconsin (1932-1933-1934).
         A journey from
WHA to Hollywood
     by Vic Perrin, '40
Before the court in "The System."
BECAUSE HE'S allergic to practi-
   cally every growth known to
floriculture, Vic Perrin is an actor
rather than a florist.
  When Perrin, whose latest role is
the moronic gangland assassin in
"The System", a Warner Bros. feature,
first came to Hollywood from Menomo-
nee Falls, Wis., he landed a job as a
floral apprentice in a Sunset Blvd.
flower store. Since he had arrived in
the movie capital with only 65 cents in
cash reserves, this job was strictly from
  Vic was within a few weeks the
most miserable florist's apprentice in
the business. With his nose and eyes
dripping, he sneezed from payday
to payday until he couldn't take it
any longer.
   He deserted the flower business to
take a job as an attendant on the
Hollywood parking lot of the NBC
radio studios, which gave him a
MAY, 1953
chance to meet influential people
whose cars he parked.
   A few months as a parking lot
 hostler, and Vic answered an NBC
 audition call for announcers. There,
 his dramatic training at the Univer-
 sity of Wisconsin, of which he is a
 1940 graduate, paid off.
   Vic had been a WHA state station
 announcer, a member of the WHA
 radio players, and had acted in num-
 erous UW dramatic productions. He
 played leading roles in the well-re-
 membered "Our Town" and "Father
 Malachy's Miracle."
   Five years after he arrived in
 Hollywood, Vic was chief announcer
 for NBC's Hollywood studios. He
 had married a Wisconsin girl, Jane
 New, and their son, George, was
 born on February 7, 1943.
   In 1945 Vic decided to quit his
 high-salaried announcing job and be-
 come a free-lance radio actor. This
 speculative venture took him close to
 starvation. To keep himself and family
 eating, he became a faculty member of
 the University of Southern California,
 where for a year he taught classes in
 radio writing, announcing and acting.
   When the breaks came and he be-
 gan getting good parts in such net-
 work shows as "Dragnet", "One Man's
 Family," p 1 a y i n g Ross Farnsworth,
 "Escape," and others, he quit teaching.
   When "Dragnet" b e c a m e a TV
 show, Vic began getting movie offers.
 He landed a part in "The Iron Mis-
 tress" at Warners, in "Forever Female"
-at Paramount, -and   came-back-to
Warners for "The System."
   The young actor is serious about
 his career. Three nights a week for
 three years, he attended the Shake-
 spearean reading classes conducted by
 Charles Laughton whose pupils at the
 time included Jane Wyatt, Robert
 Ryan and Shelley Winters.
   "My wife put a stop to that," said
 Vic, "I caught her studying the deser-
 tion clauses in the divorce laws." U U
 Reed Has Confidence
 In U. S. Economy
   The confidence of Philip D. Reed,
 '21, chairman of the board of the Gen-
 eral Electric Co., was evident during a
 visit to Milwaukee last month, at which
 he spoke to the Milwaukee Association
 of Commerce.
   "One can state with conviction that
the economy of this great country of
ours is in an upward trend-not side-

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