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More on No Business Like Show Business
One of the women dancing in the ’55 Varsity Show chorus line was my sister, Lois Cameron Cooper ’60. As the enclosed photo demonstrates, she is still capable of a high kick. On this occasion she was on an Alaskan tour with family members. We went into a Gay ’90s show in Skagway, in the midst of which she was “volunteered” to join the cast.

Jean Tudor
Tacoma

We received a number of other letters on the 1955 Varsity Show, some providing information we didn’t know, and some correcting information in the story. Among them:

From Beverly Sale Ernst ’58: “Is was fun seeing photos of ‘Tillie’s Punctured Romance’ again. In the one of Teach Jones, she is wearing my mother’s graduation dress from 1918.”

From Janet Joy ’58: “In the lower photo page 22, the girl on left is Jeanne Bulatao. Lower right photo page 23, that’s not Joan Stamey Falskow Herald. Large photo, page 25, the percussionists are James Oglesby and Danlee Mitchell.”

From Rusty Barber ’57: “I graduated in the Class of ’57, not ’56 [as the article stated]; and I did the religion and ethics reporting while at NBC, although I started my career at CBS. I was the religion and ethics editor at NBC New York for 17 years, and managed to get three Emmys. Those glamour days seem like a dream, now that I am on the slow track of retirement.”

Finally, we spelled the name of Shelly Gerarden ’58 with an “o” in the final syllable, not an “e” as it should have been.

Knitters of yore
Your article “Tightly Knit” [winter 2004] sent me running to my 1970 Tamanawas. Page 202 of that volume is undeniable proof of who the truly first UPS knitters were. It’s not that our Alpha Phi chapter meetings were boring, we just knew how to multi-task before there was a term for it. I wore that gray scarf for years, and I felt much like today’s KASA girls—it was mine, all mine! Thanks for the memories.

 

Garri Ann Rowe Daily ’72
Redlands, California

The best professor I ever had
I read with interest the article by Christopher Sandford regarding Professor Prins [summer 2003]. Mr. Sandford did a masterful job of capturing the essence of Professor Prins, one of the most dignified and honorable men I have ever met. His sharp mind was second to none.

I graduated from UPS in 1975, went to law school at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, and began practicing law in 1978. I went to law school solely because of Professor Prins.

I was very fortunate to have had Professor Prins for the Law and Society class. I was at the time a premed major. Professor Prins made the law come alive. The first time I went to talk to him in his office, he amazed me by knowing more about me personally than I could believe. For the rest of my time at UPS, he never failed to go out of his way to greet me with, “Good morning, Mr. Taylor.”

Well before I really knew who he was, I had been warned by fellow students that there was this professor who drove this ugly Cadillac and who was a terrible driver. We all learned to stay out of his way. Professor Prins’ idea of driving was that unless there was a building in his path, he had the right of way.
He was simply the best professor of any subject I ever had. It was my great fortune to have had the experience of his class.

Walter A. Taylor ’75
San Diego