1971's Facts

In 1971, the University of Michigan-Dearborn welcomed 347 new graduates into the Michigan alumni family.

1970 Ford Mustang painted maize and blue with "Go Blue" written along the side

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, in which he served until July 1971.
  • Four-year degree options were approved in 1969 and implemented in 1971, when the campus name changed to University of Michigan-Dearborn.
  • 1970 Michigan Wolverines team finished with a 9-1 record (6-1 Big Ten). With Big Ten rules allowing only the team representing the conference at the Rose Bowl to participate in the postseason and having a 'no repeat' rule for a consecutive Rose Bowl appearance, the Wolverines went into the season knowing they would not play in a bowl game. The team went on to beat Arizona, Washington and Texas A&M, along with six Big Ten Conference teams, before their loss to Woody Hayes' Ohio State Buckeyes.

Undefeated and ranked No. 4 and No. 5, fierce rivals Michigan and Ohio State battle in the second year of what became known as the "Ten-Year War"

  • UM-Dearborn's enrollment totaled 1,367 students (undergraduate = 1,310, graduate = 57)
  • 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.
  • Richard Morshead, professor of education, was selected as Chairman of the Department of Education when it was founded Division of Literature, Science in 1971. He later served as head of the Division of Education and then as the inaugural dean of the School of Education.
  • 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 James Vandenbousch (Winter 1970), Richard Sypula (Fall 1970), and Valerie Pazzanese (Boguslawski) (Winter 1971).
  • The "Hinge", the on-campus coffee house set in the basement of Fair Lane, was a popular student gathering place.
  • Nov 21, 1969 - Regents approve the expansion of UM-Dearborn to include freshmen and sophomore students.
  • January 1970 - B.G.S. degree implemented in LSA, bypassing a foreign language requirement.
  • February 23, 1970 - Legislative hearing at UM-Dearborn on "spin off"; mock funeral held.
  • Summer 1970 - Articulation projects in math and science with community colleges.
  • Fall 1970 - Robert Smock appointed academic coordinator.
  • October 18, 1970 - First concert of Fair Lane Music Guild.
  • February 1971 - Electrical engineering master's degree begins at UM-Dearborn.
  • February 25, 1971 - Robert Maier announced as first UM-Dearborn chancellor; resigns less than three months later.
  • Winter 1971 - Child Development Center begins in Fair Lane; moved to cottages the next year.
  • June 1971 - Robert Goodall appointed chancellor.

What else was happening while you were on campus? 

  • Excerpts from the Pentagon Papers start to be published in the New York Times.
  • The first satellite to orbit another plant, U.S. Mariner 9, launches for its trip around Mars.
  • Walt Disney World opens.
  • Billed as the "Fight of the Century", Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning steak was ended by Joe Frazier.
  • NASDAQ, new stock market index, debuts as the second-largest stock exchange.
  • Massive anti-Vietnam War protests are held in Washington DC and San Francisco.
  • Amtrak Railroad, Federal Express (FedEx), and Starbucks begin business operations.
  • Charles Manson is convicted of first-degree murder for directing the Tate-LaBianca murders.
  • Cigarette advertising is banned on television and radio after the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act was passed.
  • Jim Morrison, Louis Armstrong and Coco Chanel died.

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Back in 1971...

U.S. President: Richard Nixon

Movies Released: Diamonds are Forever, The Last Picture Show, Dirty Harry, Shaft, The French Connection, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Technology: Intel released the world's first programmable micro-processor

World Population: 3.7 Billion

Minimum Wage: $1.60/Hour

Postage Stamp: $0.08

New Home: $25,250 (average)

New Car: $3,742

Movie Ticket: $1.65

Gallon of Milk: $1.18

Gallon of Gas: $0.40

History: The U.S. lowered the voting age to 18 from 21. United Arab Emirates - UAE is established. Greenpeace becomes formally recognized. Free school milk for children over the age of seven ends in the UK.

Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts

World Series Champions: Pittsburgh Pirates

NBA Champions: Milwaukee Bucks

Stanley Cup Champions: Montreal Canadians

Kentucky Derby Winner:  Canonero II (won the first two legs of the Triple Crown)

Top Quotes of the year:  "Just one more thing..." - Peter Falk in 'Columbo', "Won't you be my neighbor?" - Fred Rogers in 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood', "It's the real thing." - Coca Cola, "You deserve a break today." - McDonald's

New on Television: All in the Family, Columbo, Electric Company, All My Children, Upstairs, Downstairs

#1 Song: "Joy to the World"
        by Three Dog Night

Best Picture: Patton

Outstanding Drama Series: The Senator - The Bold Ones

Outstanding Comedy Series: All in the Family

Apollo 15, the ninth crewed mission in the United States' Apollo program, realized success as the fourth mission to land on the moon.  After landing, the astronauts took a 6 and a half hour electric car ride around the moon. The all-Michigan crew, consisting of astronauts David Scott, James Irwin, and Alfred Worden, all attended the University of Michigan.  There are many U-M Alumni Clubs nationally and around the globe including one acknowledged for the moon as the crew left behind an official certificate establishing "The University of Michigan Club of the Moon." Although stories have risen that they planted a Michigan flag on the surface, it has been determined they did not—just an American one.

Did you know there was a UM-Dearborn connection to the Apollo program? College of Engineering and Computer Science emeritus dean and professor emeritus, 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.

The longest game in NFL history took place during the AFC Divisional Playoffs as the Miami Dolphins battled against the Kansas City Chiefs.  The game, which lasted 82 minutes and 40 seconds of game time was played on Christmas day equaling 6 quarters of play.  The game lasted over 7 hours with the result of Miami winning their first postseason victory in franchise history by beating the Chiefs 27-24 in its second season under legendary coach, Don Shula.



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.