At a joint University of Puget Sound-Pacific
Lutheran University convocation in Cheney
Stadium on Sept. 27, 1963, President John F.
Kennedy delivers one of the last public ad-
dresses he will make before his assassination.
He talks about the importance of education,
and, inspired by the natural beauty he has
been seeing on his tour of the West, espe-
cially the need for informed citizens to make
good decisions about conflicting pressures on
use of the environment. The complete talk—
scanned from a White House press release
keyed on a manual typewriter in ’63—can be
viewed on the JFK Library site, www.jfklibrary.
org. In this photo from the university archives,
President Kennedy, Puget Sound President R.
Franklin Thompson, and PLU President Robert
Mortvedt go over the agenda and order of
speeches at the Cheney Stadium event. Wash-
ington state’s two senators, Warren Magnuson
(on the left) and Henry Jackson, bookend the
three presidents.
Facing page, bottom: As election results come
in late on the evening of Nov. 4, 2008, students
pack the student center lobby, watching the
big-screen TV there. The first African-American
president in U.S. history is declared the winner,
and the throng spontaneously begins singing
“The Star-Spangled Banner.” That school
year also sees the election of the first African-
American president of the Associated Students
of the University of Puget Sound, Yusuf Word
’09, pictured here with President Thomas.