By Chuck Luce
To call it a sandwich would be banal," wrote Russell '77 and Elsa Brueggeman Steele '78. "It was warmth on a February evening. It was solvable without calculations. It wasn't demanding. It didn't have due dates. It didn't grade you. It never rejected you. And, with cheese, it was only 35 cents, which in 1976 was all either of us could scrape together."
How could stuffing two slices of bread inspire such poetry? The consensus of those of you who wrote in was that the contents didn't matter much-although tuna and cheese seemed to be the most popular-it was how the sandwich was grilled.
"I worked at UPS in the food service from September 1963 until I retired in 1992," Alice Erway wrote. "The Logger was round and toasted with an electric sandwich-making machine that sealed the edges." Ah, the machine. Here was the secret that set the Logger apart from lesser sandwiches. "I have fond memories of that particular staple to my diet during my days at UPS," e-mailed Steve Wehmhoff '77. "The toaster was a machine left over from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair," he recalled. "There were two cup-shaped paddles that opposed each other. A piece of bread was placed on the lower cup and the filling was scooped in with an ice cream scoop. The second piece of bread was placed on top and the upper paddle was lowered so the edges of each paddle pressed the bread slices together. The whole thing cooked a couple of minutes and you ended up with a sort of flying saucer-shaped sandwich. In fact, I think that's what they were called at the world's fair. I was at Costco a couple of months ago and saw a similar machine. I thought about buying it, but my wife, not being a Puget Sound alum, wouldn't get it."
Indeed, being a Puget Sound alum and thinking of Logger Sandwiches seemed to release a flood of memories for the folks who answered our query. Wrote Steve '68 and Bobbi Bliss Kneeshaw '69, for example, "One of the favorite gathering places at UPS in the late 1960s was Cellar Ten (not just The Cellar, as the room is called now-the 'Ten' referred to the room number in The SUB). The best time was always "Friday at Four," when people gathered to listen to guitars and singing in the coffeehouse fashion that was popular back then, before Starbucks. Todd McKelvey, a Sigma Nu fraternity brother of mine, often did great renditions of 'Leaving on a Jet Plane,' among other songs of the time. As we listened to the music, we sometimes snacked on a Logger Sandwich."
Any sandwich that can help conjure such memories deserves to be revived, and the university's food services people are already searching for the magical toasting machines. Look for it to be sold in The Cellar beginning at the start of the fall 2000 semester, which, of course, means that when you return for Alumni Homecoming 2000, you can not only talk to favorite old professors and renew old friendships, you can look forward to doing it while munching a Logger Sandwich.
We've got a winner!
Helen Steiger Kellicut '66 of Deer Lodge, Mont., was the first to send the Logger Sandwich recipe, for which she wins a Logger t-shirt. This is what you'll taste when you return to campus to check it out. Wrote Helen: Spread butter on one side of a slice of bread and place it, butter-side down, in the grill. Layer in a generous amount of tuna salad (tuna, mayo, a little bit of Nalley's sweet relish, salt and pepper). Top with a slice of jack cheese. Put on the other slice of bread, butter it, then close the grill and cook until golden brown. It should emerge round, with the edges completely sealed, heated through, and with the cheese melted. Delicious!