UM Football fan? Me neither. But we've got a healthy respect for the achievements of the pre-Bo players and coaches that have shaped the traditions that the block M is built on. Hand-drawn with ink on birchbark, these 5x7 portraits are framed between two pieces of .375" glass and are available at the UMMA Store Monday-Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5 or online at umma.umich.edu/store. In addition to the portraits shown above, Benny Oosterbaan, Fritz Crisler, John Maulbetsch, Ron Kramer and Willis Ward are also available.
The Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a Sports Commission to help attract sporting events to the area. With facilities on the University of Michigan campus, including Michigan Stadium, as well as Eastern Michigan and the local high schools, there's plenty of venues for a variety of events. 12 Acre Studio was asked to create portraits of local legends for the Sports Commission offices. Bo Schembechler, Gerald Ford and Willis Ward all left their mark on the UM football program, and each embodied the spirit of competition and sportsmanship that extended beyond the field of play. Ink on aspen panels, 24" x 36".
Every Monday I look forward to listening to a new installment of Penn's Sunday School. Magican Penn Jillette, the talking half of Penn and Teller, is a smart, funny, prolific, atheist loudmouth. He seems to be a sensitive guy that could also scare the shit out of you if he felt it was necessary. As if his career as a magician wasn't enough, he has been on countless reality television shows, he's written and produced films, and essentially been marinating in the world of show business for a very long time. The stories of his act and the people that he has met and performed with along the way always make their way into the podcast, and are worth the listening time. His atheism and skepticism make him the equivalent of a ball-turret gunner when it comes to the unending flurry of cultural goings-on that get discussed weekly. Often when a subject comes up I'm surprised by his viewpoint, so the unpredictable nature of the conversations is also a big draw. Just one other note, unrelated to the podcast: Penn Jillette was responsible for the film The Aristocrats, which is a great accomplishment in it's own right. If you have never seen Steven Banks perform as Billy the Mime, you have missed out on one of the funniest moments in motion picture history.