Four Months to Go

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It's an odd year and that means that it is time for a reunion!


We are four months out from the October 24 GargAlum reunion at the Michigan League in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


This year we have chosen a non-football weekend for a change of pace. We will be congregating at the Garg Office in the morning (or as available) and working on the Saturday Night Special. We will have the special on hand in time for dinner.


Dinner is at 6:45 with appetizers starting at 6pm. Prior to August 24 tickets are $55 per person, after that they go up to $65. If you graduated in 2010 or later tickets are $20.


Please let me know if you would prefer chicken, fish, or vegetarian mushroom ravioli. There will be wine, dessert, a champagne toast and, of course, a fortune cookie.


When the going gets odd, the odd get going...


Quick and Hodge Ride Again

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Michigarg.jpgBill Neuser ('69) and John Dobbertin ('64) point out that both LS&A Magazine and Collections (the Bentley Historical Library magazine) feature a story on the MichiGarg issue of the 1937 Gargoyle. LS&A magazine provides printable instructions and game pieces.

John Dobbertin writes:

As Gargoyle Editor '62-'64 & co-founder ('91) of the Gargoyle Alumni Society, [Dobbertin has] had the unique opportunity to have known Gargoyle Editor George Quick ('38) and Gargoyle Art Editor ('38) / Editor '(39) Max Hodge. Max Hodge did the artwork for the MichiGarg Game & donated the original to the Bentley. George Quick was the major creator of the game & kept the original printing plate in his attic in for several decades, donating it to the Bentley. Marilyn McNitt included both the original artwork & the printing plate in the display at the Bentley for the exhibit celebrating Garg's 100th in 2009.

Both Hodge & Quick did chapters in the book: "Gargoyle Laughs at the 20th Century." Each Gargoyle with the MichiGarg game was sold with long as the dice lasted! Quick remained upset his business manager (I believe it was Sam Krugliak...Michigan Law), did not order enough dice. The issue sold out in a matter of hours.

Max & George would have been honored their Game is remembered!

2015 Gargoyle Reunion

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We are just under a year out from the 2015 reunion!

The next Gargoyle Alumni Society reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24 2015. 

There is no football game that weekend, instead we will meet at the Garg office to work on the Saturday Night Special during the day, then have dinner at the Michigan League.

More information will be available in the Spring. We hope to see you there!

Don't forget that you can sign up for updates either on Yahoo or Facebook.

Garg's First 100th Reunion


According to an article that appeared this fall in the Isthmus:

The University of Wisconsin library wants your old Onions. And your Octopuses (Octopi?). And whatever other campus-humor-related memorabilia you have stashed in the attic.

The UW Library System's interest in campus humor got a big boost in 2008 when John Dobbertin, a former editor of the University of Michigan's humor magazine The Gargoyle, donated to UW what may be the biggest collection of college humor magazines in the country. Decades after first amassing a big pile of Gargoyles, Dobbertin decided to start collecting magazines from other campuses.

"The result," Dobbertin explains, "was a collection of more than 1,000 college humor magazines... and a wife asking when I would 'do something' with them."

That "something" turned out to be making them a gift to UW. Since most of Dobbertin's mags have nothing to do with Madison or UW, they reside in the UW Memorial Library Special Collections Department. Materials connected to the UW campus, such as Onion and Octopus issues, live in the UW Archives.

The Gargoyle Returns to Subscriptions

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Business Manager Phil Wachowiak writes:

Dear Gargoyle Friend,

It may feel like it has been eons since the last subscriptions were sent through the mail. Between then and now, we were frightfully busy tending to a tulip garden behind the Student Publications Building. Now that the tulips have all mysteriously died, we have moved back into the office to tend to our subscribers.

At any rate, subscriptions are back! Subscriptions cost a trifling $20 per year, which includes 4 entire issues, whoa!

Wait, it gets better. As a token of apology for our radio silence, all subscriptions this year will receive ALL back issues for the past two years completely FREE. This includes all issues from 2012-2014, at no extra charge!

If you're feeling extra generous, or you would like to see the latest and greatest of the Gargoyle, send us a check for $20:

Gargoyle Humor Magazine

420 Maynard St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Feel free to give us updates; we love to hear about our alumni and your latest feats.

If you have any questions or concerns, email Phil Wachowiak at

We would love to hear from you!

Lots of sloppy kisses,

The Gargoyle


Volume 106 Number 1 Hits the Stands

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The first issue from the 2014-2015 staff is out!

The mast head features twenty-one students, with Nico Pigg as Editor in Chief, Daphine Zhao as Art Director, Andrew Keating as Copy Editor, Neal Jackson as Layout Editor, and Phil Wachowiak as Business Manager. Check out the new issue on-line or subscribe!

Norm Gottlieb Passes Away

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GOTTLIEB.jpgJohn Dobbertin brings to our attention that Norm Gottlieb ('50 BA & on to Law School) passed away this August:

"Norm attended several Garg Gatherings & I last saw him at the dedication of the Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building banquet in the Michigan Union ballroom.

Every time I talked with Norm he still burned about not having been selected Gargoyle Editor... he is listed as "associate editor." Norm participated in articles & art in the infamous "The Smooth Gargoyle" issue. Norm had a hand in writing one article: "I kept a mistress on the GI Bill" & in creating an ad for a one-cup bra. The Board In Control found this issue to be "not funny" & shut down Garg...or so they thought. Bob Uchitelle kept Garg going in 1950-51 off-campus in the boiler room of Bob Marshall's Basement Book Shop. The Board relented & allowed Garg to return to 420 Maynard.

For those who have a copy of "Gargoyle Laughs at the 20th Century," the cover of "The Smooth Gargoyle" (April 1950) is reproduced full-size, in color in the book."

Here is a link to his obituary, which originally ran in the Flint Journal:

Jarczak-penned Show Nominated for Emmy

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Dog with a Blog, the current home of former Gargoyle Editor in Chief Steve Jarczak, was nominated for two Emmy Awards year. If you are a ghost writer of dog blogs, does that make you a samurai? Only Forest Whitaker can say for sure...

Image: Steve Jarczak at right

Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, and John F. Kennedy

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From David Giltrow (1961):

After taking high school newspaper and yearbook photos at my high school, I concentrated on electrical engineering studies at Michigan until hitting the brick wall of differential equations and transferred into pursuing an education degree. It provided a chance to get back into photography via, at the time, four student publications. These included the yearbook (Michiganensian), the newspaper (Michigan Daily), the literary magazine (Generation), and the humor magazine (Gargoyle).

kennedy1.jpgMy photographs for Gargoyle were assorted and often were the basis for advertisements rather than as part of the more typical Garg artwork. I didn't take as many photos for Gargoyle and Generation ("artsy- fartsy") as for the photo laden 'Ensian and Daily. But I hung around a lot with the Garg staff and shared photography classes with David Cornwall.

There is a fairly complex story leading up to our donating the Marilyn Monroe/Arthur Miller Life photo by Paul Schutzer and linking it to Gargoyle.

In my last academic year (1960-61), I was head photographer at The Daily and concentrated on the 1960 election between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon as they campaigned in Michigan. As you vividly recall, the visit by JFK to Ann Arbor on October 15 (?) which resulted in his impromptu, 2 am, speech on the Michigan Union steps before some 6,000 students. I was one of only about five professional-level photographers covering the speech, including two other Michigan Daily photographers. The national media had gone to bed.

The next morning, the Kennedy campaign (candidate, staff and national media) made their way to Ann Arbor's Michigan Central railway station to begin a day long, whistle stop campaign through southern and ending in central Michigan. I was the Daily photographer for this event. On this campaign swing, I had the chance to meet Life Magazine's photographer assigned to the Kennedy campaign for the week, Paul Schutzer. He was a gregarious, late 30s former lawyer who had been the 1959 Magazine Photographer of the year. He took me under his wing and we had great conversations in the train's press car between stops. His Life coverage of the Kennedy 1961 Presidential Inaugural remains prominent in the visual history of the JFK era. I was devastated when I learned of his death while covering combat in the 1967 Egypt-Israel War.

In 2009, I was visiting Santa Fe's Monroe Gallery which specializes in past and present photographers, including mounting various shows by Life's well known photojournalists from America's premier weekly news magazine in the mid-20th century. I came across a photograph taken by Paul Schutzer of Marilyn Monroe and her husband, Arthur Miller in a convertible. Since Gargoyle magazine was celebrating it's 90th anniversary later that year and Arthur Miller was first published by Gargoyle in his freshman year, I thought it appropriate to provide this photograph for the Gargoyle collection at the University of Michigan's Bentley Library and Archives.

I didn't pursue photojournalism, despite Paul's one day in my life. I met two other international photojournalists (Life and BBC) while I was a volunteer in Tanzania's government film unit after graduating from Michigan. They were also killed in action shortly after I met them as they covered the Congo conflict. Instead, I pursued an academic career, eventually getting a Ph.D. in educational technology and communication at Syracuse. This area of education is now manifested in online courses, first using television and then computers, and generally the use of media in education at all levels. Not quite Life Magazine. But some of the several thousand photographs I took in Tanzania were part of a modest photo exhibition held recently in Las Vegas (New Mexico!) after some 50 years of their resting in storage.


F. Scott Fitzgerald, Football Genius?

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As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Gargalum Donald Yates uncovered evidence that F. Scott Fitzgerald may have invented platoon football.

In 1956, a Michigan graduate student in romance languages did something that apparently no other Fitzgerald scholar had done before. The student, Donald A. Yates, asked [Michigan Football Coach] Crisler if during his Princeton years he'd had any contact with Fitzgerald."

If you find that hard to believe, you will be blown away to know that Michigan was good at football as recently as 1956, though we still lost to State.