"The publications students at the university were very close. It was kind of a fraternity. Michael and I became good friends. I admired his talent and his intelligence and his wonderfully wry sense of irony. He was quietly funny, and I thought very brave. I was almost twice as tall as Gary and I was fascinated by how he adapted." -recollections from John Softness
Page two: Images of Michael Dunn during his days at the University of Miami.
All images © 1953-1954 University of Miami Tempo
|Above: Gary Miller gets a tongue-in-cheek caption in Tempo's coverage of UM's 16th annual Songfest competition in the May 1954 issue (vol. 5, no. 6, May 1954, p. 2) - ©1954 U. Miami.||Above: The Tempo staff list, as seen in the November 1954 (vol. 6, no. 1) issue.|
Above: Managing editor Gary Miller busy behind the typewriter as pictured in the March 1954 issue of Tempo (vol. 5, no. 4, March 1954, p. 7) - ©1954 U. Miami.
Below: Gary's comrade and fellow alum John Softness. The Softness Group,
Inc. was a public relations company that represented manufacturers of
consumer products. They also did publicity and marketing counsel for a few
theatrical personalities, including Barbara Streisand (at the start of her
career) and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Though celebrity agent work was outside
the company's scope, John made the exception with Michael, and served as
manager throughout Michael's acting & singing
"I, of course,
called him Gary, that being his name and all. He didn't become Michael Dunn
until years later, when he discovered there was another Gary Miller in
Actors' Equity ― and apparently you
couldn't have two actors with the same name. Think how confusing that would
be, even if one of them was three-foot-ten." -John Softness
Below: A personal message by Gary Miller published in the May 1954 issue of Tempo (vol. 5, no. 6, May 1954, p. 2) - ©1954 U. Miami.
Our appreciation to the Otto Richter 8th floor library staff for their generous assistance in helping us locate the material seen here.