Letters

CONSIDERING PRESIDENT ROTH’S Beyond the University

I have nothing but support for the position President Roth articulated in the latest Wesleyan magazine (issue 2 of 2014). I would much prefer my children to get a broad, liberal education rather than some program that is too narrowly focused, too career-centric. But what I would like to have seen in the article was some…

FOSS HILL TRADITIONS—AND MEMORIES

Just read your fine piece about Foss Hill, and several images immediately came to mind. The first was a kite-flying contest held there one year, either during fall or spring house parties. One of the kites allegedly flew so high that it crossed the Connecticut River and the judges could only see it by driving…

GRATEFUL DEAD ON FOSS HILL: UNTOLD STORIES

Just read your mention and University Archivist Leith Johnson’s account of the Dead concert. What neither of you mentioned and what kept it from being an even more memorable moment and what also contributed to the smaller-than-expected crowd was that the concert’s start time was publicized for early afternoon, but the band arrived several hours…

SEEKING A PHOTO OF AUNT CORA

With interest, I read the story, “Stone Family Women: A Continuum” (2013, issue 2). I am the son of Robert Stone Judge and the great-grandnephew of Cornelia Haddon Stone, Wesleyan class of 1897.  I remember “Aunt Cora,” as we called her, when I would see her in Clinton, Conn., when I was a child in…

LETTERS

REMEMBERING FRANKLIN REEVE As an underclassman at Wesleyan, I experienced mostly terror. Every day, I was afraid I wouldn’t measure up—who really knows to what standard. Something fabricated in my head, something exotic and Eastern compared to my Midwestern roots. My answer to all that fear was to bluff my way through, loudly. My teachers…

Thanks to Sal Russo ’60

Members of my class should all be so lucky as to have Sal Russo ’60 write about our passing in the class notes, as he did about classmate Nick Turro ’60, and so blessed as to have had the thoroughly distinguished career that Nick did. Thanks, Sal. Sincerely yours, E. DAVID HOHL ’60 New York,…

Apologies to Phil Carney

Thank you for publishing the article about the Founders of Wesleyan Rowing in the June issue. And thanks also to Alex Thomson ’82 for writing it. There was, however, an error that needs correcting. The coach for the past 25 years has been Phil Carney … not Phil Calhoun ’62 as published in the article.…

Bridging Generations

The article in issue I, 2013, entitled “Bridging Generations,” pages 22–23, was fascinating and moving. Not only was it a good love story but it was historically and socially significant with its attachment to the Burma Road, the supply road from the west that kept allied China from total Japanese captivity during the Second World…

Hollywood Dramas, Wesleyan Film Studies, Newtown, and Guns

Your cover story in the last issue, “Direct Action,” fortuitously coincided with much of the post-Newtown tragedy and drama. Even more coincidental is the article’s subject, Jan Eliasberg ’74 and her laudable rise through the historically male-dominated Hollywood glass ceiling, whose success has to some degree been based on the genre of fast-paced Hollywood dramas—a…

John Cage Remembered

It is hard to know whether the “Row” in the “Historical Row” feature in the latest Wesleyan magazine should rhyme with “owe” or “ow.” The students’ response to the 1955 concert presented by John Cage and David Tudor was so vastly minute in comparison to the Parisian response to the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s…