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Encyclopedia > Jam Handy
(in silhouette from bottom center) Tom Servo, Joel Robinson, and Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000 watching Hired! Part One.
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Henry Jamison "Jam" Handy (1886-1983) was an Olympic athlete who won medals for swimming. He was also a leader in the field of commercial audio and visual communications. Handy was noted for the number of training films that he produced over the years. This is the ships theater onboard the Satellite of Love in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. ... This is the ships theater onboard the Satellite of Love in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. ... Tom Servo and his friends. ... Joel and the bots. ... Crow and friends. ... From left to right, Crow T. Robot, Joel Robinson, and Tom Servo (the latter dressed as a candystriper). ... 1886 is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

As a swimmer, Handy introduced a number of new swimming stokes to Americans, such as the Australian crawl. He would often wake up early and devise new strokes to give him an edge over other swimmers. Swimming led to him getting a bronze in the 1904 Olympics at Saint Louis, Missouri. Twenty years later he was part of the Illinois Athletic Club water polo team at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France. The team won the bronze at that Olympics. The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ...

Handy attended the University of Michigan during the 1902-1903 academic year. During that time he was working as a campus correspondent for the Chicago Tribune when on May 8th he wrote an article about a lecture in the Elocution 2 class given by Prof. Thomas C. Trueblood as a "course in lovemaking." Handy went on to describe how Trueblood had dropped to a bended knee in order to demonstrate how to make an effective marriage proposal. John T. McCutcheon - a Chicago Record-Herald cartoonist followed the next day with a cartoon about a "Professor Foxy Truesport" showing his class how to best make love. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a public coeducational university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ... 1902 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1903 has the latest occurring solstices and equinoxes for 400 years, because the Gregorian calendar hasnt had a leap year for seven years or a century leap year since 1600. ... The Chicago Tribune, formerly self-styled as the Worlds Greatest Newspaper, remains the leading newspaper of the Midwest of the United States. ...

Neither Trueblood or university President James B. Angell were amused. Ten days after the initial article was published, Handy was suspended for a year for "publishing false and injurious statements affecting the character of the work of one of the Professors." [1]. Handy was told he could re-apply one year later. Handy decided not to re-apply, but to apply to a different school. Handy was unable to gain acceptance to other schools because of what had happened at the University of Michigan. Handy was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, but was told to leave after two weeks of classes. The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn, although the former is the preferred and recognized nickname of the University) is a private, nonsectarian, research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

Tribune editor Medill McCormick tried to intervene on Handy's behalf, but Angell refused to change the suspension. At that point McCormick offered Handy a job. Handy worked in a number of departments at the Tribune. It was during his time working on the advertising staff that Handy observed that informing and building up a saleperson's enthusiasm for the products they were selling helped to move more merchandise. He also began researching exactly what made people buy a particular product. Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ...

Handy left the Tribune to do further work on corporate communications. He worked with John H. Patterson of National Cash Register, who had used slides to help train workers. With help from another associate, Handy began making and distributing films that showed consumers how to operate every day products. After World War I broke out, Handy began making films to show how to operate military equipment. During this time the Jam Handy Organization was formed. John Henry Patterson, the Author John Henry Patterson (1867-1947) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and autobiography writer. ... NCR can refer to several topics: National Capital Region. ...

Later, General Motors selected Handy's organization to produce short training films as well as other training and promotional materials. One such film was Hired! - a training film for sales managers at Chevrolet dealerships. This two part film eventually was featured on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes Bride of the Monster and Manos: The Hands of Fate. Many films produced by the Jam Handy Organization were collected by Prelinger Archives and may be seen and downloaded at the Internet Archive [2]. General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Vauxhall. ... (in silhouette from bottom center) Tom Servo, Joel Robinson, and Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000 watching Hired! Part One. ... Chevrolet, or Chevy, is a brand of automobile, now part of the General Motors group. ... From left to right, Crow T. Robot, Joel Robinson, and Tom Servo (the latter dressed as a candystriper). ... Originally known as Bride of the Atom, Bride of the Monster is a 1955 science-fiction film starring Bela Lugosi in a traditional mad scientist role, and was produced, directed and co-written by Ed Wood. ... Manos The Hands of Fate is a film written, directed, and produced by American fertilizer salesman Hal Warren in 1966, as a result of a bet. ... The Prelinger Archives are a collection of films, mostly shorts made for industrial or educational markets. ...

Handy also produced films for other companies and for schools. He's estimated to have produced over 7,000 films for the armed services during World War II. Handy was noted for only taking a one percent profit on the films, while he could have taken as much as seven percent. He was noted for never having a desk at work, instead just using any available work space. Handy's suits didn't have pockets as he thought they were a waste of time. World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: Immense human sacrifice, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons - the atom bomb being the ultimate. ...

Despite Handy's troubles with the University of Michigan, his son-in-law Max Mallon and granddaughter Susan Webb both received degrees from the school. Handy would receive an honorary doctorate from Eastern Michigan University. Handy would continue swimming on a regular basis until just a few days before his death. Eastern Michigan University is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. ...

External Links

  • University of Michigan's March 1995 Michigan Today - A Jam Handy Production
  • University of Michigan's March 1995 Michigan Today - The Suspension of Jam Handy

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Mar 1995 Michigan Today---The Suspension of Jam Handy (2827 words)
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To Angell it was an issue of Handy's apparent failure to acknowledge that the story was essentially false, that it was bound to subject Trueblood and the University to ridicule, and that it constituted a breach of trust with the professor's request that the class activities remain off the record.
Handy returned to Chicago (see accompanying story) and plunged into Olympic swimming and into a career in the new fields of advertising and visual communication, to which he made outstanding contributions.
History of Motion Pictures - Jam Handy - A Genius at Work DVD (958 words)
Nonconformist and uncharacteristic to the core, Jam Handy made industrial and educational films that were designed to showcase what was happening beyond the obvious and apparent.
Jam Handy was a chronic achiever even from his younger years.
Jamison (Jam) Handy relates various landmark incidents in his prolific career and recalls the names of people who went on to become forces in their own right.
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