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Crawford, Robert S. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 4 (Feb. 1926)

UW clubs,   pp. 101-104

Page 103

U. W. CLUBS103
operate stations. 3. Regulation of sta-
tions. 4. Development of methods of
   Bridge was played in the afternoon.
   The following were present at the
 meeting: Irma Alexander Bullis, 'I5,
 Henrietta Kurtz, Eleanor Groff Adams,
 '13, Ruth Remington Cernighan, '17,
 Ann Blackburn Nourse, ex'o8, Mable
 Sheldon Whitney, '00, Mary James
 Stark, '23, Majel Buckstaff Leary, ex'2I,
 Dorothy Hedler, '25, Kathryn Wise
 Homaday, Marie Flower Cobb, '13,
 Florence Cornelius Flohil, '84, Alice
 Murr4y. '2i, Lois Boylan, Laura Peter-
 son, 22, Louise Finch Frobach, 21,
 Ines Warren Williams, ex'14, Pauline
 Lewis Sitar, '22, Henrietta Wood Kes-
 senich, 'I6, 'Mildred Curtiss Murphy,
 '07, Dolores Ward Jacobs, ex'I 9, Margue-
 rite Jansky, ex'I9, Coie Winter Ensign,
 'i6, Josie Sinaiko  Mendow, ex'i9,
 Zelpha Meyers Schaal, Rosa Fitch
 Briggs, '84, Abbey Cates, '79, Beulah
 James, '25, Adelene James, '25.
   The January meeting has been post-
 poned until the third Saturday in the
 month. Miss Ruth Green, 'I5, Super-
 visor of the Speech Defect Department
 of Public Schools, will be our speaker.-
1. -io-26.
             NEW YORK
       W. D. RICHARDSON, ex'Io
    have met George Little and he is
    That expresses the way I feel, about
 the new Director of Athletics and Head
1'ootball k..oachl at the University ot
Wisconsin. That expresses, I think, the
feeling of the members of the New York
alumni of the University of Wisconsin
who recently met George Little at a
luncheon tendered in his honor.
  I had never met George Little previ.-
ous to the meeting of the National Col-
legiate Athletic Association in New York
during the Holidays, but my duties on
The New York Times carry me about the
country quite a bit and bring me in
rather close  contact with   athletic
directors and coaches at many institu-
tions. It might interest you to know'
that I have yet to hear anyone say that
in the person of George Little we haven't
absolutely the finest of the fine. Not
only is he universally respected as a
leader and a coach, but also is he uni-
versally admired as a man.
  As a rule coaches are not altogether
prone to say complimentary things
about another coach, particularly if he
happens to be a rival coach. George
Little seems to be the exception. I have
talked with Stagg, Zuppke, Wilce, Yost
-all speak in highest terms of praise of
George Little. Their endorsements are,
I think; the finest any man could pos-
sibly receive.
  Personally I am quite certain that in
George Little, Wisconsin has finally
found her Moses. I believe that he has
all the attributes, the peculiar attributes
I might add, that a Wisconsin athletic
director and coach needs. No ordinary
man could step in at Wisconsin and do
the job. Jack Wilce stated what I mean
when, at the luncheon where we first
met George Little, he said: "I was re-
cently discussing Little's appointment
as Athletic Director at Wisconsin with a
man who knows George and who knows
the Wiscon sini athletic situation. -We
were agreed that the choice was a happy
one. I happened to remark that George
had started off auspiciously in a football
waay. 'Yes,' agreed the other, he surely
did. It ought to put him in solid, but
you know Wisconsin.' "
  We who have been more or less con-
cerned with or kept more or less close
touch with Wisconsin athletics over the
last two decades DO KNOW WISCON-
SIN. We know that there have been
many factors which have contributed to
Wisconsin's comparatively mediocre ath-
letic record, to the constant seething of
the athletic kettle, to the periodical de-
mands for changes.
  But we believe that in George Little's
appointment as Director and Coach we
now have for the first time in our history
a man who appears to be fully equipped
for the man's-size job involved. What
Wisconsin has lacked in the past and
what is combined with many other
qualities in the make-up of George
Little has been an organizer, an under-
stander of men, a cementer of groups, an
example in leadership and a man with
self-confidence and self-reliance. Here-
tofore no one who has held the position
has had all these essential attributes.
George Little does have them. In the
short time he has been at Wisconsin he
has demonstrated that he has them.
  I was interested in learning, not from
Little, but from another coach, just why
he took charge of football last fall. At
the present time the football coach is
the crux of any athletic situation.
George Little could have taken the
athletic directorship and dodged the
football issue. He could have entrusted
the football coaching to others and then,
if things hadn't gone right or as they did
go, he could have- shifted the responsi-
bility. But he isn't that sort. George
Little went out of his way to jeopardize
his own well-being by taking hold of
football. Why?    Because he wasn't
afraid of the issue, because he knew that
what Wisconsin needed most was a
successful football season. No lack of
self-confidence there; no passing the
buck. That's the kind of a man we want.
That's the kind of a man I feel we now
have in George Little.
  All of us, I am sure, believe that Wis-
consin will stand squarely back of the
new Director and Coach; all of us, I am
sure, believe that the Wisconsin spirit ot
old is still there (at least George Little
told us it was, bigger than ever); all of us,
I am sure, know that the material is
there in fully as much abundance-as it is
at Illinois, at Michigan, at Ohio State,
at Iowa.
  The real crisis for George Little, how-
ever, has not passed. It didn't come last
fall, nor will it come until Wiscon-sin has-
a "bad" season just as every institution
has "bad" seasons occasionally. But
when that time comes, I am sure that
Wisconsin will face it with -fortitude,
face it as Wisconsin men, whose con-
fidence in George Little is in no way
  Personally I have reached a point
where, interested though I may still be
in athletic prowess at 'Wisconsin, I no
longer count athletic success in terms of
wins and losses. I am far more con-
cerned in the right kind of' teams,
eligible teams, teams inbued with the
ideals of hard-fighting which is a Badger
heritage, teams that typify good sport-
manship. I want Wisconsin teams that
are able to take defeat 'graciously,
victories modestly. In short I want
  I firmly believe that we are entitled
to our share of success in football, track,
basketball, crew, baseball, etc.; I firmly
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George Little will givenus our share. But
if we happen to have our "downs" even
more than we have our "ups" I shall
continue to shout for George Little be-
cause I think he is the ideal type of man
to work with and to lead the young men
of Wisconsin. I am for him hook, line
and sinker. I hope that every Wiscon-
sin alumnus will give him unqualified
and unstinted support and I hope, too,
that Wisconsin -alumni and students will
not permit any outside agencies to
dictate our policies, athletic or otherwise.
I understand that at Wisconsin as else-
where there are those who, having
neither the intelligence nor the ability
nor the heritage nor the right to dictate,
do so and that their blind followers are
all too many.
   Congratulations upon the new make-
up of the Magazine. It is vastly im-
  Best wishes for a Prosperous Year.
E   DWARD Stocker, '09, and Kather-
     ine Spencer Stocker entertained at
dinner for Dean H. L. Russell, '88, and-

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