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I just received my copy of the winter issue. Boy was I surprised to see a full-page photo of me and others on the float [Page 37]. I am Susan Wheeler, Class of ’85, and I was the “ref ” standing up with my lovely butt to the camera. Sitting next to me in the sleeveless parka is a woman named Marianne from the Class of ’83. I don’t remember her last name, but I do remember she gave a lot of campus tours for incoming freshmen. I don’t know the other guys. Hope this is somewhat helpful. Certainly, the photo caused me to take a nice trip down memory lane. I really enjoyed my college years at DU!

Susan Wheeler, BSBA ’85
West Lebanon, N.H.

Fabulous winter 2006 edition! Regarding the photo on Page 37, Dorian Weissman is the girl sitting on the far side of the truck with her back toward the camera and her head turned all the way to the left. She graduated in ’83 and also got her master’s at DU. She was an extremely bright woman. We dated for three years while undergraduates. We had fun. To the best of my knowledge, Dori still lives in the Denver metro area not too far from campus. The truck? I personally went to Budget to schlep that thing back to campus for the parade. What a story that was! Anyway, memories!

Roger Hyman, BA ’83
West Hills, Calif.

I can tell you about the picture on Page 45 of the fall issue. I was in the nursing program and remember eating this hot dog and beans lunch. I am the young lady standing next to the tall young man. The picture was taken in September of 1955. I had just turned 18 in August and remember finding my way around the campus. I did not like wearing my beanie! I am retired now but worked as an R.N. for 43 years. I am very grateful to DU and St. Luke’s Hospital for my nursing career.

Patricia Herrick, BA ’72
Englewood, Colo.

Hilltop Stadium

Perhaps the most memorable annual event for Hilltop [History, winter 2006], at least for me from the years 1950-65 or so, was the Fourth of July fireworks show. The DU neighbors would come early to get seats in the stands, open picnic baskets with a late-evening meal and listen to the announcer lead the crowd in ooohhhs and ahhhs as the shells exploded overhead, calling out the colors in his best auctioneer style — “Greeeene, silllver, bluuuuue” — with a constant running commentary of jokes and banter. A good, patriotic time was had by all. I think the Butler buildings in the foreground of the photograph were either occupied by newly returned World War II vets, my parents-in-law and wife-to-be among them, who swelled the University’s academic population upon returning from the war, or were the temporary classrooms built to educate those vets who were housed in similar buildings west of the stadium. Good article and photo. Thanks.

Jerre Dixon, JD ’70

PC run amok?

After reading about Ms. Bradley-Doppes’ decision to hire Mr. Daniels as the new associate athletic director for diversity and community relations [“Athletics department hires diversity specialist,” winter 2006], I wondered if being politically correct was more important than winning games. In the professional sports arena, players are selected based on their ability to perform, not if they meet some diversity goal. Having Mr. Daniels “develop, promote and deliver initiatives related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, harassment and religion” smacks of political correctness gone amok. I am disappointed to see DU move in this direction. A big BOO to Ms. Peg Bradley-Doppes and DU for promoting offensive, ludicrous, arrogant political correctness.

Igor Shpudejko, MBA ’77
Mahwah, N.J.

Immigration perspective

I was a little surprised to read the caption for the picture on Page 26 [“Denver’s Immigrant Legacy,” winter 2006]. It identifies one of the three people as a Jewish pioneer but does not mention whether the other two were Christians, Muslims, atheists or some other faith. When talking about immigrants you must carefully distinguish between their nationality, race or religion. From personal experience, even though I was of the Jewish religion, I was an immigrant from Germany. I would not appreciate being classified as an immigrant by my religion rather than the country of my birth.

Peter Homburger, BS ’50, MBA ’56
Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Alumni relations do matter

I am a 1971 graduate of the DU business school. As a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and a married student who was a fulltime worker while attending classes, my university experience was not a typical one. I went straight through school taking a full class load even during the two summers that I attended DU. I finished my BSBA in December and moved my family to Minnesota the next month to begin my career. I did not attend my graduation ceremony the following spring, and to be honest, other than seeing my school’s name on my résumé, I did not give DU a second thought for the past 30 years. Much to my chagrin, I never realized that DU never gave me a second thought until I read Chancellor Robert Coombe’s comments [Q & A] in the most recent issue of the DU magazine. I am heartened to see that DU recognizes the lack of attention that they have bestowed on their alumni in the past. I am also very pleased to be seeing my alma mater taking the extra steps to lure me back into the fold. It seems to be working.

John Wear, BSBA ’71
New Hope, Pa.

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