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By Dave Granlund
National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at ...
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Dave Granlund's Editorial Cartoons
National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at age 16, he was published on the editorial pages of local weekly newspapers. His eight-year enlistment in the USAF included assignments with SAC HQ and with Headquarters Command, where his duties included work as head illustrator for the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee and providing briefing charts for the White House and support for Air Force One. As part of NATO in Operation Looking Glass with the Airborne Command Post, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Dave's newspaper honors include awards from UPI, New England Press Association, International Association of Business Communicators, The Associated Press and Massachusetts Press Association. His work has been nominated numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize. His pastimes and interests include history, wood carving, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.
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Itís not a secret that Iím a fan of the Michigan Football Legends program because itís forcibly re-introduced these names and these eras into the conversation, especially on the week theyíve been honored.† Iíve also witnessed (and in many cases been a part of) the research and publication of fresh materials on these men as a direct result of the Legends program.†† Thatís a good thing– and this stuff will be available for future generations to see.
Speaking of that you might have noticed Iíve been plugging the commemorative Tom Harmon/Notre Dame game program this week.† Call me a #1000SSS shill, but those who read this site understand that I aggressively support projects like that program because the athletic department invested resources to make this a big day, and again, to gather fresh material on Harmon.† Great stories.†† New interviews.† Digitization of epic footage.† Enhancement of old photos (see the program cover).† Et cetera.
As a fan I think this is a case where a few bucks to grab the program is important.† And Iím assuming a lot of what was produced will end up in Schembechler Hall.
I also understand there are critics.† I felt the Twitter flak when the #11, #87, #21 jerseys were re-introduced and Iím feeling a tad groundswell from those that think the #98 should remain on the shelf.†† You could argue that Michigan should be investing, from time to time, in the fresh research on these guys anyway, without having to put the jerseys #s back on the field.† You could argue that the whole end game with the Legends is to make a buck, whether on retro jerseys or whatever.† I get all that.† But again, I think that weíre talking about these guys and given what were seeing producedóit is worth it.
Another consideration is of course for the living families members.† Most the Legends arenít with us anymore.† Brady alluded to that after the game Saturday when I asked him about the #98.† He said, ďObviously we want to make sure we honor the family..Ē†† Think about guys like Mark Harmon, the actor, 24-time reigning Sexiest man alive and son of the soon-to-be Legend.† When, in Markís lifetime, is his old man going to be honored like this again?†† Not going to happen.
And speaking of family, check this out.† Over the past few years Iíve become pals with Ben (or as many like me refer to him, ďBennieĒ) McCreadyóthe godson of the great #47 Bennie Oosterbaan.† Ben was on the field last year when Jake Ryan took the honor of donning the #47.† Since then he and Bennie have a forged a bit of a relationship and after Saturdayís CMU game they hooked up.† Check out captain Ryan trying on this beauty in the shadow of the Glick:

Jake Ryan 47Photo compliments of Bennie McCready
I donít care who you are, thatís cool.
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