October 22, 2013
Vol. 20, No. 4
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Mitch's Misfits

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Mitch's Misfits in action.

It all started in the most incredible way. Down 6-3 to Northern in 2003, the hockey Huskies' chances for a victory seemed slim. Just over two minutes left to play, and the miracle happened. (And we almost left that game.)

Not only did they come back and win in overtime, they inspired a group of crazies called Mitch's Misfits to come to the next home series, and they have never stopped.

"The games were against Vermont, Section L behind the penalty boxes was almost completely empty," says Tim Braun '04, one of the founders. "Some of us began to congregate there, standing most of the game and being rowdy throughout."

After smoothing things over with Public Safety and others, the group was allowed to continue their actions and they grew steadily, according to Braun.

The name and group apparel came later, on a trip to Duluth. Since they were located behind Mitch Lake, public address announcer, the name stuck. His radio station also purchased the first 100 t-shirts.

As they first grew in popularity and notoriety, they were even featured on TV6. The group was officially established the next year, and their first roadtrip was a sweep of Duluth.

The group still does road trips, according to current president Cam Morgan. In addition to Northern (including next Friday), they are looking at Lake State, taking Tech vans when they go.

"We get along great with the Duluth fans. Some of their fans sit in our section when they are in town. We've tailgated with them here, too. And we get along with the Minnesota fans," he says. "Northern, not so much."

The Misfits currently claim 600 members, the largest student org on campus.

"We do chants with and without the Pep Band," he says. "We shout 'Half Time!' at the 10:00 mark of the second period. We do the cheer that is just a string of math symbols. We do "Cheater, cheater!" when the opponents get penalties."

They do the classic reading of the newspaper when the other team is about to be announced, and they cheer "Who cares?" when their starting lineup is introduced.

They try to come up with new ones, too, but the old favorites stay popular.

And this new brand of Huskies hockey makes their job easier.

"We love the new speed the team has," Morgan says. "The conditioning coaches are doing a great job. The Huskies don't get outskated anymore."

The Misfits get pucks from the team and sell them after the games, and they have a Facebook page, too.

"We'll take three vans down to Northern this weekend," Morgan says. "We usually sell out of tickets."

The Northern fans will know that they are in the house and so will the Huskies. (The Pep Band is banned.)

The Misfits take a bit of the MacInnes Student Ice Arena with them wherever they go.

Dennis '92 '09

P. S. Watch for the new TechAlum coming soon!



"Past peak, I'm afraid."

I thought we'd get another weekend out of it.

"Last weekend was it."

Some early snow didn't help.

"Tough raking leaves, too."

I hate to let them go till spring.

"Swapped the lawnmower for the snowblower this weekend, too."

That hurts.

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Message in a Bottle: "Hello, fellow traveler."

Nancy Auer was walking along the beach on Seven-Mile Point, near Eagle River, when she spied something right out of the days of pirates and castaways. “A lot of the beach is cobble and gravel, but I looked at the one spot with sand, and there was this bottle,” said Auer, a professor of biological sciences. Inside, the message had faded, but had an address. And it said, “Hello, fellow traveler." More

Iver 3 Charts New Waters

Iver 3—a third-generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)—is charting new territories in the field of underwater exploration, and researchers at Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) couldn’t be more excited. Iver represents the latest AUV technology available from its Massachusetts-based manufacturer, Ocean Server, and the first robot of its type available for public use. More

Alumni Around the World

Dallas/Fort Worth Alumni Watch Huskies Kill Cats

Dallas-Ft. Worth
On Saturday, October 12, alumni, friends and family from the Dallas/Fort Worth Alumni Chapter gathered to cheer on our Huskies as they battled Northern Michigan for the Miner’s Cup. Many thanks to Carol ‘72 and Mike Anleitner ’72 for hosting the group!

Like the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter on Facebook for more photos and to be the first to hear about future events.

Duluth Hockey Pre-game

On Saturday, October 12, alumni and friends from the Duluth Alumni Chapter met up at Grandma’s Sports Garden for a pre-hockey meal. The group enjoyed hearing from Coach Mel Pearson then cheered the hockey Huskies vs. the UMD Bulldogs.

Marquette Get-together

On Tuesday, October 15, alumni and friends from the Marquette Alumni Chapter met up at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. The group enjoyed pickled eggs and craft beers while they discussing future events for their area. Many thanks to Erica McCone ’00 for organizing the event and to Wade DePas ‘03 for giving the group a tour of the facility! (The photo is clickable.)

Like the Marquette Chapter on Facebook for more event photos and to hear about future events!

James Trethewey '67 Passes Away

Cliffs Natural Resources announced Friday that a distinguished figure in the mining industry, James Trethewey, passed away in Chautauqua, N.Y. A long-time resident of the Cleveland area, he graduated from Michigan Tech with a degree in business administration and accounting.

Trethewey began his mining career at White Pine Copper Co. as a general auditor. In 1972, he joined Cleveland-Cliffs as a cost analyst in its Ishpeming office, taking on various roles over the years with increasing responsibility, most of which were senior leadership roles, including mine controller at Cliffs' former Sherman Mine in Temagami, Ontario; group controller of Cliffs' North American Iron Ore Mines; controller in the mid-1980s; vice president and controller in the late 1980s; senior vice president of operations in the late-1990s; and eventually retiring as Cliffs' senior vice president of business development with 35 years of service and 40 years overall in the mining industry. More

Make a Difference on Saturday October 26

Make a Difference 2012
Cleaning the gutters with the Northwest Michigan Alumni Chapter

October 26 is Make a Difference Day—a national day to give back to your community, and a great way to connect with other alumni in your area! Use the link below to submit a project in your city and we'll take care of spreading the word to local alumni and friends!

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Van Orden's Hill
The old Van Orden's Hill being transformed. Do you recall sliding down this in the winter? Or can you remember when it changed?

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2006 Running Group

2006 running group

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From the Email Bag

Board of Trade and Professor Funkenbush

Board of Trade
The Board of Trade and the North American at the Cohodas-Paoli dock (I think).

Hi Dennis,
I saw the query from Bruce Gall in the Email Bag seeking alums who remembered the old Board of Trade just up the hill from Dee Stadium, and also Professor Funkenbusch. I'm one old grad that does.

In the mid '50's the Board of Trade was called, by those of us of legal age (many of us Korean War vets back then), the "B-O-T" or simply the "Board". At that time the owner was a Colombe, who I believe was a relative of the legendary "Babe" Colombe, the manager/head barkeep of the Douglass House bar, which will be forever known as the "Doghouse". The BOT did not enjoy the popularity of the Doghouse as a rule, except during Tech hockey nights at the Dee. The BOT on those nights had the advantage of being closer to the the stadium, thereby facilitating a quick trip (for those of legal age) for a couple of schooners between periods without missing any of periods 2 or 3.

In the school year "57-'58', when I was tending bar at the Doghouse, I became friendly with a local celebrity, Bernie Ruelle, who then was bartender at the BOT.

Bernie was an ex-hockey player in the Red Wings organization who refereed many Tech hockey games, and eventually opened his own bar, the Hillside, on Sheldon Ave.

Now for Professor Funkenbusch. He taught at the Soo Branch (Go Hornets!) while I attended there. I had him in '53 and '54 for Trig and Spherical Trig. He ran a tight, all-business, no-nonsense classroom, earning him the nickname "Flunkenbusch" among the malcontents, but I thought he was a hell of a fine teacher. He left me with a liking for trig, which served me well during my first years in the construction industry, when I did a lot of surveying before the days of calculators and computers. On a related note, my son, Mike (BSEE in '85), had Professor Funkenbusch at Houghton in the '80's, and Mike can attest that the intervening 30 years did not change the Professor's methods.

Thanks for keeping us all in touch. Say hi for me to my friend, Karla Aho.

Ray Roe, '57 and '58

Ray: Great stuff! I found an old photo of the Board of Trade and a newer one of the Library. We all knew Bernie Ruelle, local legend and great guy.


It was "The Board And Trade".

Locke, '63 to '67, a frequenter when Babe [at the Dog House]was cranky.


Library BarToday's Library Restaurant and Brew Pub

The Board of Trade was one of my fairly often frequented "watering holes", but was by no means, my favorite.

Perhaps its most endearing attribute was its proximity to the Dee. By an inspired application of "Mach schnell!," one actually could charge out of the Dee between periods, have a Bosch at the Board of Trade, and get back in time for the dropping of the puck beginning the next period. To be sure, that took a certain dedication - which, tragically (in my view), is no longer available to the Tech students of today.

Occasionally I picked up a few bucks from Lucille by doing odd jobs around the Board of Trade - beer money, of course. Lucille was the sister of Marie, the proprietress of the Teepee, a drive-in cafe on the way to Chassell. The daughter wore glasses with extremely thick lenses. Naturally, she was dubbed with the nickname, "Miss Plate Glass."

What memories, indeed!

Frank Shoffner '62


hi dennis,
in regards to the bruce gall question if anyone remembers professor funkenbush or the board of trade. the answer is yes.

i had a statistics course from professor funkenbush in the late 50's, 1959?. as he lectured he would be writing on the blackboard with his right hand and with his left hand would be erasing what he had just written. talk about furiously taking notes. maybe in later years he inadvertently erased the board with his suit coat but it was no accident in our case. the final exam was the first four questions of the actuarial test. the final was two hours and after talking to the other fellows in the class after the test there wasn't anyone who finished even the first question. i guess partial points were given because i think i got a B in the course.

he had many mannerisms including peering behind the door. he also walked at a forward angle and the story was told that before he arrived at tech he start a good deal of time scouting out houghton neighborhoods. he supposedly was calculating which area presented the lowest probability of his children being struck by a car. i enjoyed him as a professor and still remember what i learned in that course. possibly the furious note taking.
regarding the board of trade. it was (library still is) just out the front door of dee stadium. after intramural hockey games we would trek over there for a few. legend has it that even during some games, between periods, there were some who dashed over for a pick me up. the board was rather dark so the folks that turned it into the library did a huge renovation. however the place to see hockey night in canada was the rex.

they had one of the few TVs in town and everyone gathered there to watch the port william fort arthur TV station. also during the summer when the north american would dock to load up on stuff from cohodas paoli. the people from the ship would also wander into the rex as well as a few other places.

And about the Rex . . .

the rex was in the next block toward campus from tony's sports bar. other than the douglas house it was probably the best bar in houghton. a fellow by the name of matty was the owner/bartender. as i remember there was a balcony type porch facing the river. under the bar was a garage with some rather nice cars stored. the hockey players from the 50's and early 60's would certainly have memories of the rex due to the aforementioned hockey night in canada.

kent werger
class of '61

Nice work, Kent. All this talk of watering holes has me wondering about "Third Stool from the Left," the great column in the old Lode (1970s?). Also, it sounds like the Rex became the Lakeside. Alums?

The Motorcycle Mystery Man

Soichira Honda and Michael Comstock
Good morning, Dennis.
Enjoyed the article on the motorcycle mystery man. I remember the "won't start" episode, although I wasn't close enough to see/hear the whole story. I had always thought that they while they were posing for pictures after the commencement ceremony, someone in the crowd called for the new owner to"start 'er up". It wouldn't start for him, and Mr. Honda ended up doing it. Fun to learn the real story, and good to know that the bike was properly broken in prior to the ceremony.

It was a perfect day for a ride, so since the whole family was up to celebrate, I couldn't help but take my bike (an old beater of a Honda 305 scrambler) off the trailer and with my sister as passenger led the family procession as far as Marquette (still wearing suit and tie) before putting the bike back on the trailer for the rest of the trip home.

Here's my question: Does anyone know if Mr. Honda's graduation gift still exists, and if so, where it is? It certainly has an interesting history to it - to us who were there, at least.

Thanks for an always entertaining read.

Tom Boyd, 74
Mishawaka, IN

Tom: We have heard from Mike Comstock, who won the bike, and yes, the Honda still exists! More details to come!


The article was right on. Thanks for the changes.

[President Emeritus] Ray Smith

Ray: Thanks for the story and thanks to Bob Carnahan for discovering it!

Biggest Department on Campus

Curious: What dept. is the largest now. I remember civil and mechanical were years back. May have a grandson looking into Tech.

Dewey Bjork

Dewey: ME is still the largest and then Civil, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Chemical Engineering, in that order.

Remembering Tom Vichich

I very pleased to read in your article "Football Alums Come Home" that John Donald '50 appreciated Tom Vichich, who taught math at Tech in the 40's and 50's, as I appreciated him. Tom Vichich was the perfect teacher for us freshmen making the transition to college math. I thought very highly of him.

Mr. Vichich must have been an "Instructor," since I do not recall anyone ever calling him "Professor;" It was always, "Mr. Vichich." I do not recall him ever being mentioned before in the Alum Newsletter.

Mr. Vichich's style was in direct contrast to that of Toby Stipe ("Stype"-?). No one would think of referring to him to other than "Dr. Stipe," as he was ALWAYS addressed. He was very strict and demanding. For example, he insisted on such things as ALWAYS using the complete expression, "the derivative of x with respect to y" instead of one of the shorter alternatives. I believe Dr. Stipe had a military background which could account for his approach. I sure am happy I had Mr. Vichich, rather than Dr. Stipe, for my first college math course in the Fall term of 1954!


Art Wildblood, '59
St. Augustine, FL

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Cliff Mine Dig Video

I thought alumni would like to review some of that summer research at the Cliff Mine. This video was just posted. We've made this an annual family visit.—Dennis

2005 Make a Difference Day: One ID

2005 Make a Difference Day
I am the one holding the tire in the Make a Difference Day picture from 2005.

'06 Mechanical Engineering

Carl H. Jarema

Thanks, Carl. It is still clickable.

Floats in the Homecoming Parade

Vets Club Float
I remember riding in the “Hobo Parade” which replaced the floats in the fall of 1974. Everyone made a “hobo car” and the winner was the ugliest/funniest car. It must have been just a few years before that the decision was made to go to hobo cars as people were still talking a lot about spending too much money on the floats (as I heard it), and the winner was usually some organization that spent a ‘couple of thousand dollars’ on the float…. That took most everyone out of being competitive ..hence the hobo cars..

Pat Parker
ME ‘75


Fall of 68 was the last year of floats. 1969 went to Hobo cars and the hobo parade .

Maybe 69 was the last float year and 70 hobos.? I guess I had too much fun all those years.

Michael T. Drewyor PE PS LLC

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