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Arnold story brings floods of memories
I have just reread the article by Dave Arnold and was able to relive my years at Wittenberg. He painted a beautiful picture of campus life with words, let alone the photographs.
By the way, the man’s face appearing over the left shoulder of Dave in the graduation picture was Professor Coyle, my freshman English instructor.
Arthur L. Wilson ’58
Thank you for running so much of David Arnold’s Wittenberg experience. I’m sorry he had graduated before I arrived. I worked behind Gary Scott (photo on p. 34) and Al Butte, photographing for Ken Dickerson and Tracy Norris.
I’ve yet to recover from spending the summer (in the darkroom under the front steps of Reci) processing and printing the photos they sent back from the choir’s tour of Europe.
Thank you again for taking the effort to include such a lengthy contribution to your excellent magazine. My wife and I look forward to each issue.
Richard Schwerin ’64
Well, you have certainly done yourself proud with the Spring 2000 issue! Perhaps I’m prejudiced, but the article and pictures by David Arnold were just about the best thing that I have seen in any magazine, certainly this man has some capabilities of writing that you don’t often see in any publication, especially in this day of being politically correct.
I’m into photography now, I certainly wish I had kept a photographic record of my days at Wittenberg.
The article was especially heart-warming and at the same time heart-wrenching, because, taking place so close to the time of my own attendance at Wittenberg, from 1952 through 1956, it was almost like reliving my own college days.
I suspect that today’s Wittenberg students do not have the experience like David wrote about because those were very innocent days and in those days, Wittenberg was an innocent place.
There were things that I would have added, specifically the wonderful experience of belonging to a social fraternity, and the lifelong friends that made possible, and the leadership by the various professors and instructors, most of whom made a big impression on me.
I specifically admired and interacted with Dr. Roland Roselius, but there were others I wish would have been named, such as Dr. Melvin Laatsch (political science), Prof. Garwood Braun (biology), Dr. Paul Bloomhardt (biography), Prof. A.E. Patmos (economics), Prof. John Williams (music). These men were all giants of their time.
You will never know what memories this article brought back. I think in the desire to include articles interesting to all alumni in your magazine, you lose some of us older people by concentrating on the more recent events.
Mr. Arnold’s articles and pictures will, I assure you, warm the hearts of many, many alumni from the ’50s. What really impresses me and what I think are missing so often from the alumni magazine are pictures from the older days.
Thanks so much for bringing back the memories in this issue of the Wittenberg Magazine.
Charles V. Seng ’56
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