In 1970, the University of Michigan-Dearborn welcomed 262 new graduates into the Michigan alumni family.

1970 Ford Mustang

Remember When...

  • Throughout the 60's, UM-Dearborn expanded engineering and business offerings, introduced new programs in liberal arts and sciences and teacher education, and strengthened emphasis on experiential learning through co-ops.
  • In May 1968, Dr. Norman R. Scott, a professor of electrical engineering at the University’s Ann Arbor campus, was named Dean at Dearborn.
  • Four-year degree options were approved in 1969 and implemented in 1971, when the campus name changed to University of Michigan-Dearborn.
  • 1969 Michigan Wolverines - the first year for coach Bo Schembechler and the team finished with an 8-3 record (6-1 Big Ten). The Wolverines went on to play in the 1970 Rose Bowl and lost to USC 10-3.

Considered one of the biggest upsets in college football history, the Wolverines beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 24-12 at the Big House!

  • UM-Dearborn's enrollment totaled 896 students (undergraduate = 856, graduate = 40)
  • Dennis Papazian, professor of history, served as Chairman of Dearborn’s Division of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts. (1969-1973)
  • J. Robert Cairns, professor of engineering, served as Chairman of Dearborn’s Division of Engineering from 1969-1973.  He later was Acting Dean and Dean of the School of Engineering.
  • A. Richard Krachenberg, professor of business administration, was Chairman of Dearborn's Division of Business Administration. (1969-1971).  He later served as Acting Dean of the School of Management.
  • Campus had four permanent main buildings:  Classroom Administration Building, Faculty Office Building, Engineering Lab Building, and the Student Activities Building (including the Library).
  • Student Government was lead by presidents J. Stewart Caulfield (Winter 1969), Eugene Valentine (Fall 1969), James Vandenbousch (Winter 1970), and Richard Sypula (Fall 1970).
  • Fall 1969 - Athletics pad built; Rudy Radulovich appointed first Director of Intramural and Recreational Sports.
  • April 18, 1969 - First “Evenings at Fair Lane” arranged by UM Alumni of Dearborn.
  • Fall 1969 - Paul Carter, professor of education, appointed the first Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Nov 11, 1969 - 10th-anniversary celebration of UM-Dearborn!
  • Nov 21, 1969 - Regents approve the expansion of UM-Dearborn to include freshmen and sophomore students.

What else was happening while you were on campus? 

  • The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post was published
  • British troops arrived in Northern Ireland, deepening tensions there. 
  • The Weatherman faction took over the Students for a Democratic Society in Chicago. 
  • Neil Armstrong took man’s first step on the moon.
  • The Woodstock music festival and Altamont Free Concert were held.
  • The first draft lottery since WWII was held.
  • President Dwight Eisenhower and Jack Kerouac died.

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Back in 1970...

U.S. President: Richard Nixon

Movies Released: M*A*S*H, The Aristocats, Five Easy Pieces, Patton, Little Big Man

Technology: Douglas Englebart received the patent for the first computer mouse. IBM introduced the 'Floppy' disk for storage

World Population: 3.7 Billion

Minimum Wage: $1.45/Hour

Postage Stamp: $0.06

New Home: $23,450 (average)

New Car: $3,542

Movie Ticket: $1.55

Gallon of Milk: $1.07

Gallon of Gas: $0.36

History: The U.S. lowered the voting age to 18 from 21. Isle of Wight Festival took place. The Luna 17 Mission was launched by the USSR. 

Super Bowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs

World Series Champions: Baltimore Orioles

NBA Champions: New York Knicks

Stanley Cup Champions: Boston Bruins

Top Quotes of the year:  "It's not easy being green." - Kermit the Frog, "Love means never having to say you're sorry."  - Ali McGraw in 'Love Story', "It's the real thing." - Coca Cola

New on Television: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Monday Night Football, The Partridge Family, The Odd Couple

#1 Song: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
        by Simon and Garfunkel

Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy

A Diva Goes Solo - Diana Ross and the Supremes perform their last concert on January 14 in Las Vegas, before Ross' departure to embark on a solo career.

Apollo 13 was the seventh crewed mission in the Apollo space program and the third meant to land on the Moon. The craft was launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 11, 1970, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank in the service module (SM) failed two days into the mission. The crew instead looped around the Moon and returned safely to Earth on April 17. The mission was commanded by Jim Lovell with Jack Swigert as command module pilot and Fred Haise as lunar module pilot.  

Did you know there was a UM-Dearborn connection to the Apollo 13 mission? College of Engineering and Computer Science emeritus dean and current professor, Tony England, served as a support crewman for the Apollo 13 and 16 flights. Notably, he developed and communicated instructions for the construction of the lithium hydroxide canisters on Apollo 13.

Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on May 8, 1970, almost a month after the group's break-up, in tandem with the motion picture of the same name.  Like most of the band's previous releases, the album topped record charts in many countries, including both the US and the UK. However, the critical response was generally unfavorable, and Let It Be came to be regarded as one of the most controversial rock albums in history.

She's Gonna Make It After All - With a toss of her hat, Mary Tyler Moore wins us over when The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuts. The show originally aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. Moore starred as Mary Richards, an unmarried, independent woman focused on her career as an associate producer at the fictional WJM news program in Minneapolis.

Gone too soon

On September 18, Jimi Hendrix passes away. Less than a month later on October 4, Janis Joplin also passes away.
Both only 27 years old.

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