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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

With the clubs,   pp. 26-27


Page 26


Ten Clubs Fete Wilson
On "Good Will" Tour
  Alumni clubs in eight northern
Wisconsin cities, Duluth, Minn., and
Wakefield, Mich., featured grid star
Bob "Red" Wilson at special local
meetings during August.
  The All-Conference football cen-
ter, Alumni Field Secretary Ed Gib-
son, and Art Lentz, athletic pub-
licity director, made a "good will"
tour of 47 communities and were
guests of Alumni clubs in La Crosse,
Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Su-
perior, Duluth, Wausau, and Wake-
field. Wakefield served as the meet-
ing place for the Gogebic iron range
Alumni club of members from Mon-
treal and Hurley, Wis., and Iron-
wood, Bessemer, Ramsey, and Wake-
field, Mich.
  The crew of three also met with
old grads at Rhinelander, Rice Lake,
and Stevens Point where there are
no active clubs.
  Wilson, elected team captain by
his mates a few days later, kept in
shape for the fall games by "work-
ing out" afternoons on everything
from golf fairways to playgrounds.
Members of local high school squads
joined him in some cities.
  At the evening club meetings the
three Badger representatives spoke
to alumni and other friends of the
University and answered many ques-
tions about football and other school
activities. Wilson showed and gave
a commentary on films of the first
spring scrimmages held under Coach
Ivan Williamson.
I (According to the Chippewa Falls
Herald, the movies showed "scrap
and precision" and the three men
were enthusiastic about the possi-
bilities of a Badger "revival" this
year.)
  Publicityman Art Lentz answered
questions about the athletic depart-
ment and told audiences "we have
the best football coaching staff in
the US. They are all the highest
type of fellows and for the first time
in the history of the school are
coaching 100 per cent football."
  Field Secretary Gibson explained
that the "entire spirit at the Uni-
versity is different, and although the
Badgers tangle with such grid be-
hemoths as Illinois, Ohio State, Min-
nesota, California, and Northwest-
ern this fall, I am sure that the fans
... will begin to see this new spirit
evidenced in the play of the Badger
gridders."
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           ED GIBSON
  "The entire spirit ... is different."
  The tour-its purpose, result, and
a challenge-were summed up in a
nugget by the Rhinelander News:
  "The objective of this particular
group was, on the surface, a limited
one - the one of explaining and
"selling" the athletic department.
But in a larger sense it was a piece
of missionary work in an area that
has been, by the spokesmen's own
admission, neglected. A price has
been paid for this neglect. The re-
gion welcomes the overtures made
by the University to make good the
oversight and hopes it will follow up
this week's activity with other rep-
resentatives of the services of what
has been and what should be one of
the really great educational institu-
tions of the nation."
Outdoor Badgers
  CLEVELAND, Chicago, Milwau-
kee, Green   Bay, and   Rochester
(N.Y.) Alumni groups were among
the many which organized summer
outings in recent months.
  Free beer, soft drinks, and a tra-
ditional Wisconsin bon-fire renewed
old friendships and made new ones
near Cleveland, Sunday, July 24,
when that club held its annual sum-
mer picnic. Entertainment was or-
ganized for everybody including the
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children; adults recreated with base-
ball, dancing, games and stunts.
  "A call to all Badgers from the
'Old Men' of '35 to the Babes of '49"
was made by the Chicago organiza-
tion Saturday, July 30, in an effort
to perpetuate the picnic idea into an
annual. event   for  the  younger
alumni. Twenty-five kegs of beer
helped, and all profits are going to-
ward the next picnic, probabiy a
dance this fall. The club's successful
publicity plan for the event involved
sending two dittoed announcements
followed by a reply card to give an
idea of the number of people to ex-
pect.
  "W" club men of all times and all
places were guests at Milwaukee's
own "W" club picnic Friday, July 15.
An outdoor banquet, indoor sports,
swimming events, golf, a ball game
between the lawyers and engineers,
and the introduction of Wisconsin's
new football staff by Harry Stuhl-
dreher made the picnic "athletic" be-
fore anything else.
  Green Bay held their annual pic-
nic Thursday, August 18, at Pam-
perin park. A buffet supper was
served to members of the club and
their friends; and entertainment, ar-
ranged by Mrs. A. E. Swanstrom, in-
cluded dancing, singing, and fun
skits.
  An aggressive picnic committee in
the Rochester Alumni group helped
make a success of an Aug. 11 picnic
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fordyce
Tuttle. The committee, headed by
Hermann   H. Waggershauser, in-
cluded Mr. and Mrs. Dwight M.
Slade and Mr. and Mrs. Henry K.
Voigt-they're now planning a fall
get-to-gether with William G. O'Neil
as chairman.
Lake County, Wausau
Elect New Officers
  WATSAU'S Alumni club elected
the year's officers last July and the
Lake County (Ill.) group held their
elections earlier in the year.
  At Wausau, James M. Olsen was
elected president. Other new officers
are George H. Stueber, Jr., vice
president; Elmer E. Klaprat, secre-
tary-treasurer; and, on the Board of
Directors, Mrs. William Urban, re-
tiring President Robert V. Jones,
and Mrs. Gail Stefonik, the former
Miss Fern Johnson who resumed
teaching at the Wausau high school
this fall.
  Lake   County   elections  made
Charles Tomlinson, Box 281, Win-
throp Harbor, Ill., president; J. I.
Lockhart, 612 First st., Waukegan,
vice president; Herbert Duescher,
1515" Western ave., Waukegan,
treasurer; and George Otto, Rt. 1,
Gurnee, Ill., secretary.
  In May, Lake County turned out
for a Waukegan Alumni supper
with about 45 members, 60 ,f them
had a Paul Bunyan breakfast July
24 at Petrifying Springs, Wis., and
next on the docket is a fall picnic.
        WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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