Oct 14-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: October: Oct 14-07
The Gipper remembered    ...scroll down to share comments
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 09:47 am:

Last week a baseball icon graced our Sunday Shoebox Memories, and today we have a football follow-up. Laurium's own George Gipp has been in the news lately - this time not about his feats, but rather about his genes. As you have probably heard by now, on October 4, the original Gipper was exhumed from Lakeview Cemetery near Calumet, for DNA testing.

We say *original*, of course, because of the other Gipper (Ronald Reagan) who helped to make the first one even more famous. Who can forget the half-time pep talk by Knute Rockne (Pat O'Brien) in the classic 1940 movie.

on his deathbed
Click to hear the locker room scene

It is a great time of year to be in the Copper Country, where George Gipp grew up. This morning we have sunny blue skies, light frost and not a breath of wind. Last week at this time, destructive thunderstorms moved through the Keweenaw, bringing a most difficult week for Pasty.NET, fighting high winds and lightning damage to get our Internet members back online. But it looks like the rough weather is behind us, a good day to do some sight-seeing here in Michigan's upper-Upper Peninsula.

Have a good week :o)
Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 09:51 am:

What a nice way to remember him. My dad would love these pictures.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 10:57 am:

Why was George Gipp exhumed for DNA testing? There hasn't been anything in the media that I've seen that has answered that question.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 10:59 am:

I've heard it was a scam to get some of the trophies that were buried with him. Does anybody else have an answer?

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 11:08 am:

I heard that they wanted to know his DNA because he was perceived to have some superior football skills, and his DNA was wanted to compare with others, perhaps looking for the gene responsible? I know, that is ridiculous. What are they going for, to selectively abort fetuses that don't have the superior gene, or something? It is ridiculous, at least to me. It was protested by some in his family, yet supposedly requested by one family member?

By Jerry Lutz (Jerrylutz) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 11:33 am:

I heard that while is was at college he had son? who is know 88 years old and he wants to find out if he is the son of George Gipp?

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 12:21 pm:

My grandmother's house was across from the George Gipp memorial in Laurium: 319 Lake Linden Ave. It was for sale by owner when I was there in July. Couldn't get through on the # left on the sign. Left a note in the mailbox, but never got a response.

Does anyone know if it is still for sale and/or where I could contact the owner?

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 12:59 pm:

I have an article here from c.1919 where George Gipp pitched 17 innings for Calumet against Torch Lake with my uncle Chub opposing him for the whole game. This was before todays pitchers only going 6 innings (quality start it is called now)or so and being pulled for a reliefer. He was much more than a football player..I sure wish that Ronald Regan would have visited Calumet-Laurium while he was in office..

By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 01:16 pm:

I think it was a horrible thing to do. From what I understand none of his relatives knew. Besides can't you get DNA from a relative to prove you're the Gippers son....?????

If it were someone wanting his DNA to compare to others.....who do they think they are...????

There is no respect for anyone anymore....dead or alive.

Have a wonderful day....God Bless

By Interested visitor (Tangobravo) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 07:28 pm:


The reason for George Gipp's exumation.

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 08:14 pm:

you can get dna to indicate linage.--i remain walter p.

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 10:21 pm:

See this posting, that is why Bynum is so interested

By Bill Denning (Parpagayo) on Monday, October 15, 2007 - 10:23 am:

ESPN has come up with a list of the 25 all-time greatest college football players, and is releasing one or two names per week during game broadcasts. They're working their way up (down??) to #1, which will be announced at the end of the year.

George Gipp is on the list, I think they put him at #21 or so.

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