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A few more facts and queries sparked by the
125
th-Anniversary issue:
Missing carving
B
rian Threlkeld ’83 sent the above photo,
which was in Coach “Wally”Wallrof ’s col-
lection and recently posted by his daughter,
Lisa Blair, to the Puget Sound Football Alumni
Facebook page. After a little work matching
jersey numbers with yearbook photos, Brian
is pretty sure the photo was taken in 1967. But
checking around, no one we talked to on cam-
pus remembers what became of the carving. If
you know the story we’d sure like to hear it.
Another ASTPer checks in
M
y time at Puget Sound paralleled what
your author described [“Remember-
ing the Army Specialized Training Program,”
winter 2013]: The jukebox playing “O, What
a Beautiful Mornin’” for reveille, studying in
the showers after lights out, bunking in the
old gym, reporting to morning formation
with my raincoat over my underwear until the
captain caught on, trying to pronounce names
at roll call.
The Army’s cancellation of the ASTP
probably saved me from flunking out, as I
was not engineer material. As you note, I and
many others were reassigned to the armored
infantry and were in the Battle of the Bulge,
and my company was the first American unit
to enter Austria. We ended up the farthest east
of all American troops.
Well I remember studying hard and the
generosity of the people in Tacoma.
James M. Power ’44
Memphis, Tenn.
My alma mater, recommended
I
was very interested to see Jeff Vance ’74
in the spring issue of
Arches,
as an alumni
award winner. How do you think he ended
up at the University of Puget Sound? I was a
teacher and coach in Southern California at
the high school that Jeff attended. He asked
me for a recommendation of a small, out-of-
state, liberal arts college. I suggested Puget
Sound, and that’s where he ended up. It’s nice
to see what Jeff is doing now.
Wilbur Lucas ’62
Tacoma
Grateful for great teaching
I
really enjoyed the spring issue. It was espe-
cially great to see the cover image and read
the article by Soren Andersen about ceramics
at UPS. It brought back many memories of
my fellow ceramics alumni and the faculty I
studied with. I only worked with Carlton Ball
for a short while, but I have vivid memories
of him helping me to learn to throw big. Ken
Stevens and John McCuistion were my profes-
sors for the majority of my graduate studies,
and both left major impressions and influence
me to this day.
John and I still remain friends and col-
leagues. I remember many a salmon-fishing
trip, challenging critiques, and laughing a lot.
There were great meals at his house, stimulat-
ing conversation with both him and Dorothy,
and fun playing with their children, Jefna and
Warren. John helped me begin my career and
has been a steadfast supporter and inspiration
throughout the years. I owe him more than I can
say. He is a true friend, a phenomenal educator,
and an amazing artist!
Ralph Esposito M.F.A. ’77
Helena, Mont.
The writer is professor of art and chair of the
Department of Fine Arts at Carroll College.
Errata
We spend a lot of time trying to make sure what
you read in
Arches
is accurate, but, alas, more
than the usual number of gremlins crept into
the last issue.
Colette McInerney Babson ’79, the teacher
whose Tacoma classroom we visited when
observing the Slater Museum Nature in the
Classroom kit in action, wrote to gently correct
us on the grade level of her class. Colette teaches
fourth grade, not fifth, as we wrote. In her note
Colette also told us about a fun coincidence:
My husband, James Babson ’81, worked in the
Slater Museum as an undergrad in the late ’70s
and early ’80s. He prepared the giant leatherback
turtle specimen that can be found there.”
In the caption for the “Photojournal” image
of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka’s campus visit
we said he dropped in on theatre prof Geoff
Proehl’s class. In fact the class,
AFAM/THTR
485 “
Ugly Beauty,” was co-taught by African
American Studies Professor Grace Livingston
and Proehl.
And, finally, in the feature on Puget Sound
ceramists, a late edit and errant keystroke caused
us to say art Professor F. Carlton Ball died in
1982.
He died in 1992.
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Chef Jon Matsubara ’95 was on the
Today
show and
when Cheryl Hackinen ’89 was on
Wheel of Fortune,
we
let Facebook fans know in time to tune in.
For the sight-impared, a PDF copy of
Arches
that is read-
able by JAWS software is available by writing arches@
pugetsound.edu.
ON THE COVER: Photo of road sign near the Chobe
River, Botswana/Namibia border, by Rachel DeMotts,
Andrew W. Mellon associate professor of global
environmental politics.