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Redeemed reader

Thank you so very much for mentioning me and my Web site [www.miracle-] in Class News. Compared to most of the other entries in this section over the years, I haven't accomplished much with my degree. I appreciate the respectful, kind tone of the entry. I feel redeemed after all these years of being a wife and mother and not "using" my college education. During the early '60s, women were told by many people, including profs sometimes, that we were just in college to "find a man" (I was told that in seminary too, and as it turned out, that was where I met my husband Curtis!). Some of us were told that it was a waste of time to educate women in general. That has burned in my mind ever since. Thank goodness attitudes have changed.

Gail Meyer Trenhaile '64
Omaha, Neb.

Comprehensive coverage

The Cornell Report for win ter 2006 was probably the most comprehensive, interesting, and enjoyable issue I have read. It brought back many pleasant memories of my Cornell experience. This issue was head and shoulders above most of the previous Cornell Reports. Keep up the good work!

Bob Wolfe '58
Deland, Fla.

I have thorougly enjoyed my imaginative visit to the Hilltop by way of reading with great delight the magnificent pages of the latest Cornell Report. The uniquely eye-catching cover design intensifies the desire to get right into the pages therein.

The broad coverage brings into sharp focus the many assets that Cornellians have at their fingertips. Most of the "Beyond the Hilltop" student hangouts were known to me, but some have obviously changed their names but not lost their flavor. The feature on the freshman "First-year Favorites" is refreshing and speaks well of the many per­sonal aspects that make up the uniqueness of a student body. The dramatic photo of Parker Parsons is a stunning capture of a young man who is engaged in following one of his passions. And of course, the tribute to Bill Heywood speaks completely to the man and his contributions to the betterment of humanity. Your craftsmanship of this beautifully written article attests to your professionalism as a writer.

The format, the layout, and the composition of the magazine certainly must place it in the ranks of the best of college publications. Congratulations and thanks for making my Saturday so special.

Stuart Good, honorary '69
Anacortes, Wash.

A beautiful mind

I thought the article about Bill Heywood in the winter 2006 Cornell Report was outstanding. The tone captured the personality, intellect, and commitment of a professor who touched the lives of many of us who were fortunate to be his students.

As you wrote with such force, fluency, and vividness, Bill Heywood truly was a beautiful man and a beautiful mind. Your eloquence captured him perfectly. Thank you for expressing so beautifully the thoughts of many of us.

Steven Anderson '75
Great Falls, Va.

Cornell confusion

I read with interest the article describing the confusion and identity of each of the two Cornells. My family has its own Cornell confusion. My paternal grandfather graduated from Cornell University in 1914 and up to his death in 1949 was extraordinarily proud of his alma mater and hoped that his son, my father, would eventually attend. Much to his chagrin, though, my father chose instead to attend Dartmouth College.

Jump ahead to 1944. My grandfather was a phenomenal correspondent and he and my father, who as a Marine Corps pilot was stationed in the Pacific during WWII, exchanged numerous letters throughout the war. Those letters recently came to light and chronicled not only much of what was happening in the Pacific, but news from the home front. One of those notable events was my birth. Con­ sequently, in a letter dated May 18, 1944, my grandfather wrote to my father:

"Well, Donald, your first son, my first grandson, arrived yesterday and I am happy to report that both Jane and little Teddy are doing well. As importantly, I truly believe, finally, we have the arrival of a future great Cornellian. I am thrilled."

Little did my grandfather know how true his prophecy would be, though I suspect he pictured Upstate New York, not the cornfields of Iowa. However, I know he would be immensely pleased to know that there was a second Cornellian in his family.

Ted Meads '67
Minneapolis, Minn.

Altoona correction

I wish to thank those Altoonans of the freshman class of 1973-74 who called my attention to the statement in my column that only three of their number returned. I should have said that 32 percent (13 students) from that class of 40 left. A comparison of freshmen housed in each of the five men's dormitories that year with the percentage graduated reveals that 45 percent (18 Altoonans) earned a Cornell degree whereas only 36 percent of Mernerites did, and barely 48 percent of Roremites. Olin had the highest rate, 68 percent, followed by Tarr with 52 percent.

History has told the Altoona story from the college's perspective of a disastrous experiment in freshman living. My correspondents, with the exception of one with "some anger that still exists," wished me to understand that their freshman experiences in Altoona were positive and contributed, they believe, to their successes professionally and personally. One Altoona alumnus wrote: "I have nothing but great memories of that year in Altoona. My fellow freshmen were fun, engaging, involved, and a community that looked out for each other (the latter is something that was not as prominent for the remainder of the dorm years at Cornell). My best college friends came from that first year in Altoona."

Charles Milhauser
Tequesta, Fla.

Frank Howard '75 and others noticed that we reversed the photograph of Altoona Hall used to illustrate the Cornelliana column.

"Americans drove and parked on the right side of the street even in 1961," Howard observed. Here is is, at it actually appeared in 1961.


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