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What a ride!
Thank you for that wonderful writing from "Tyler Johnson"
Sunkist," September]. The author shows such detail and
color with this piece that I felt as if I were in the back
seat with him getting smacked by his mother. The car's
history mixes nicely with his family's growth. I hope you
can include more student writings that are as well-written
and humorous as this one was.
One entry in "The Sunkist" describes the mother's joy in riding over the family dog's leg and how the author was not personally upset by the incident. Your magazine even emphasized the section with a crude and tasteless cartoon of a dog chasing a car.
I suggest the author be more circumspect about telling us about his cruel streak. The magazine should be more aware of the scholarship documenting how animal cruelty can be a sentinel for human violence and be sensitive to the many who are concerned about animal welfare.
I have been receiving Hopkins materials for over 30 years
and this was the first time I have been embarrassed by the
American GIs who crossed the Rhine River at the Ludendorf Bridge would be surprised to learn that JHU travelers who cruised up the Rhine River in June saw the Bridge at Remagen "where the Allies crossed the river in World War II" [ "Cruising on the Rhine," p. 69].
As one of the first infantrymen to cross the Bridge at Remagen on March 7, 1945, I can tell you that "Allies" were nowhere in sight. British troops fought on the northern front. General Patton's army was to the south. Ten days later the bridge collapsed, but not before thousands of lives had been saved.
American infantry, armored personnel, and engineers who
survived crossing the bridge on that fateful day in
military history are no doubt still moved when its
anniversary is recalled.
I was surprised to see in "Academese," September, p. 19, a brief column concerning fraternity and sorority life that was not derogatory, condemning, or reporting bad news. What an unexpected pleasure.
My Phi Psi experience at Hopkins occurred during a time when fraternities were "derecognized" by Hopkins. We were not part of the Hopkins family of student organizations, and Hopkins made it clear they would have nothing to do with us. We were on our own. During my junior year as president, I directed an organization that provided affordable, safe housing for more than 20 undergraduates in a collegial atmosphere, provided social support for these members and more than 30 social members, and helped lay the foundation for future successes, which included creation of a meal plan and eventual house purchase. No advice, counsel, support, recognition, or appreciation would ever come from Hopkins.
In reflecting back on my Hopkins fraternity life, beyond
the pranks and parties, I realize that life experience
gained there provided education as important as the
Wow! What a great article on roller coaster enthusiasts
Craig Kirkland and Darryl Carr
Rollers," September]. Thanks to you for finally
printing a lighter side article -- not full of math,
science, and medical jargon that frankly tires some alums I
know. An editorial office visit to ride some coasters may
give you the inspiration to print such fun articles more
In our September issue on page 65, we misidentified two featured alumni and their daughters ("Back to the Future for Homewood's First Coeds"). The caption should have read: "Classmates Mindy Farber (left) and Rhonda Casas, with daughters Emilie and Rachel." The Magazine regrets the error!
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