Phi Kappa Upsilon: Origins
A Narrative By Gary Lowell - Pledged Spring 1964
At the end of the
•Detroit cannot escape the downward momentum of the national economy. Many businesses are downsizing or closing.
•U of D has not announced any changes as many believe the downturn is only temporary.
•Students at U of D are hearing rumors that the job part of their
•Dean Lawrence assures the students that the
Over the summer Dean Lawrence continues to have conversations with the leaders and middle managers in industry where his students do their
In the fall of 1930, as the new school year begins and, in response to both the
While the free classes were initially designed to accommodate 250 students, many more apply. To formally welcome the selected students, now referred to interchangeably as “foremen” or “middle managers” and characterized as “ideal students [ ] hungry for knowledge to this new system of education”, Dean Lawrence convenes an initial meeting at the U. of D. Engineering Department. Four hundred thirty five “middle manager” students attend.5 By the end of the month, there are 550 students in this new foreman’s course. These foremen/students come from 150 different Detroit industrial concerns. It is noted that these
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•Charles Lindbergh makes the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight.
•Popular vaudevillian Al Jolson is in The Jazz Singer, the first
•Philo T. Farnsworth demonstrates the first all- electronic television.
•Ford’s Model T production ends in Highland Park. Model A begins at River Rouge.
•Stock market prices plummet. U.S. securities lose $26 billion, marking the first financial disaster of the Great Depression.
•St. Valentine's Day
gangland massacre in
•The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI opens. President & Mrs. Hoover and Thomas Edison are here for the event.
•Ambassador Bridge opened between Detroit and Windsor – the longest suspension bridge in world when built.
•William S. Paley founds CBS.
•Penicillin is first used to fight an infection.
•Wyatt Earp dies in his sleep at 80.