Longtime U-M Photographer Shares Over 60 Years Of Favorite Pictures & Stories Before Saturday Game

Oct 4, 2017

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Dick Gaskill has been taking pictures of the University of Michigan football team and marching band since 1953 when he was a student and worked for the Michigan Daily.  He has only missed one home game in Ann Arbor in 62 years.

He talks about his many memories and photography experiences with 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry.


Gaskill says his favorite picture was taken on the Michigan Stadium sidelines in the 50’s during the U of M- Ohio State football game.  He says Howard “Hopalong" Cassady from Ohio State and Ron Kramer, both All Americans, ran into him during a play.

He says he was knocked down and his camera went in two different directions, but he still got a great picture!

Howard "Hopalong" Cassidy (left) of Ohio State and Ron Kramer (right) of Michigan. Both were All Americans. “The ball sailed over their heads and past me and then they hit me and knocked me into the next county,” says Gaskill. “My one and only play in the big ten. Decided not to try out for football. Those guys are huge.” Photo from 1956.
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Other highlights include taking a picture in 1994 from a helicopter as it hovered above the USS Kitty Hawk as marching band members formed a block M on the aircraft carrier below.

Photo taken from a helicopter of the U of M band making a block 'M' on the deck of the USS Kitty Hawk in 1994.
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He reminisces about the three different Michigan Stadium press boxes he’s been in over the past six decades.

Dick Gaskill
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The 81 year-old owns 42 cameras and has transitioned from film to digital photography in all the years he’s been taking photos at U of M home games.

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The only home game he ever missed in 62 years was for his son’s wedding, which, to his dismay, was planned on a home football Saturday.

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