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Author and University of Michigan vice-president emeritus, Shirley W. Smith, at Michigan Theater, May 1949

Author and University of Michigan vice-president emeritus, Shirley W. Smith, at Michigan Theater, May 1949 image
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Ann Arbor News, May 8, 1969
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SHIRLEY W. SMITH (Puts Foot Down) Shirley W. Smith, University vice-president emeritus and author of the story made into the motion picture "It Happens Every Spring," has put down his foot. He says he will sidestep plans to put his footprint in wet cement in front of the Michigan Theatre for a newsreel. Instead, Valentine Davies, 1927 U-M graduate and author of the movie script, will put his foot in it.

Local celebrities at the "author's premiere" in front of the Michigan Theater, May 1949

Local celebrities at the "author's premiere" in front of the Michigan Theater, May 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 8, 1949
Caption
PREMIERE PARTY: Celebrities dotted the full-house crowd which jammed the Michigan Theater last night for the "author's premiere" of "It Happened Every Spring," a sprightly baseball comedy based on a short story by Shirley W. Smith. Pictured in this imposing "lineup" are (right to left) Attorney George J. Burke, Smith, Scriptwriter Valentine Davies, Mayor William E. Brown, jr., Mrs. Brown, and University Regent Roscoe O. Bonisteel.

Author and former University vice-president, Shirley W. Smith, embeds a baseball in wet cement at the "author's premiere" in front of the Michigan Theater, May 1949

Author and former University vice-president, Shirley W. Smith, embeds a baseball in wet cement at the "author's premiere" in front of the Michigan Theater, May 1949 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, May 8, 1949
Caption
SET FOR "SINKER" BALL: The "sinker" is a valuable pitch in a Major League hurler's repertoire, and Shirley W. Smith used a slight variation last night to embed an autographed baseball in a block of wet concrete. The ceremony was part of festivities at the "author's premiere" of a motion picture based on a story by Smith with a baseball background. Scriptwriter Valentine Davies, who adopted Smith's story for the screen, had previously enslabbed another ball (left) for posterity. The footprint in the cement was made "accidental" (so he said) by Attorney George J. Burke, who acted as master of ceremonies at the premiere.