Date: Tue, 1 Oct 1996 11:20:22 -0400
From: Elizabeth Gibbens gibbens[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NYTIMES.COM
Subject: "Michigan Handshake"
A few months ago, Ann Landers included in her column the phrase
"Michigan handshake." She received 5,000 letters on the expression, and Mr.
Safire has decided to write about it. Does anyone know anything about its
meaning or coinage? Ms. Landers reports hearing it in the Traverse City,
MI, area. I've called several Michigan English and American Studies
Departments, and I've had no luck. Please share your ideas--thanks.
Mr. William Safire, The New York Times