Ugur Tandogan (GMcC85)
Decoding the Code
I used to think this was the date of graduation, but as I recall, Todd turned pro before graduation. Similar dates are probably used with other individuals, so my question is whether the year you use is the year they started Northwestern, the year they graduated, the year the person should have graduated or some other year that is picked at the discretion of the editor.
I feel that all readers would like a clarification of this matter.
David C. Martens (WCAS59)
One aside on how the second Patten Gym was considered antiquated by the late 1970s: After a winless Big Ten season, Jack Bolger, the men's swimming coach at the time, said in a WNUR-FM interview, "You can't attract quality athletes to a garbage pit, and we have a garbage pit for a swimming pool." It's a sound bite I'll never forget!
William (Willie) Weinbaum (J82,GJ83)
Praise for Everyone
Robert Freed mentions the rescue efforts of non-Jews such as the courageous Germans in the White Rose; the Protestants of the French village of Chambon-sur-Lignon, who harbored 5,000 refugees; and Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat in Budapest.
For some reason, the writer fails to mention Zegota, an organization sponsored by the Polish government-in-exile that was devoted to rescuing Jews in German-occupied Poland. Concealing Jews was punishable in Poland by death for all the persons living in the house in which those Jews were discovered.
Eugene L. Slotkowski
One piece that stood out in the last issue for me was Robert Freed's story on Holocaust Museum director Sara J. Bloomfield. He wrote it with such care and passion, and he rekindled an interest for me to visit the museum whenever I get to the nation's capital. I had not read or seen much on the museum since the publicity on its opening.
Matt Baron (J90)
Tibet or Not Tibet
If any claim to have been the first was made by McGovern, I believe it is as incredible as the comparison in the story of McGovern journeying to Tibet with Columbus' voyage to the Americas.
F.E. Younghusband (1863) led an expedition of 1,200 soldiers British as well as Indian supported by 10,000 porters, to Lhasa, capital of Tibet, in 1903㪜. The resulting Anglo-Tibetan Convention was repu-diated by the British government following protests from Russia, Germany, the United States, France and Italy. The fact that Westerners had been in Tibet in large numbers, albeit briefly, was thus known to all knowledgeable in diplomacy.
While this expedition may have been a diplomatic embarrassment for the British, it had a significant religious effect through its spiritual influence on Younghusband. He became increasingly engrossed in mysticism and religion and founded the World Congress of Faiths in 1936.
In 1913, British Col. Frederick M. Bailey, an explorer and later a Central Asian special agent, traveled secretly to Tibet with fellow explorer and agent Henry T. Morshead, and showed that the main river of Tibet, the Tsangpo, and the Brahmaputra were the same.
Also in 1913, John Noel reached within 40 miles of Everest. The Everest Committee, with Younghusband as its first president, oversaw six expeditions to scale the mountain, all from the Tibetan side, between 1921 and 1938. These included George Leigh Mallory's and Andrew Irvine's famous and perhaps successful attempt of 1924.
Thus, by the early 1920s, the fact that Westerners had already been to Tibet was well established and their travels there had produced significant results in the fields of diplomacy, religion, cartography, natural history and mountaineering.
C. Gordon Dilworth (G63)
Reading the [fall 1999] issue of your magazine, I find references to Bill McGovern, who spun tales for us of Richard Halliburton, a daring, globetrotting writer and lecturer, and of his experiences in Japan.
No mention was made of professor Earl Dean Howard, with whom I had an introductory sociology course. Not only was he stimulating in his accounts of Sidney Hillman and the labor movement, but he was kind enough to permit me to make a direct purchase of a suit on his account with Hart, Shaffner & Marx, for which he was then a vice president. And then there was English professor Edward (Ted) Hungerford, with whom I continued to correspond following his service in World War II.
All these years later, I recall and thank them for their inspiration and good will.
Ralph H. Bower (SESP38)
Love Those Trees
Cindy Ofer (WCAS77)