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We welcome your letters, which we ask be limited to 250 words or less. Please send them to Letters selected for publication typically address topics raised in Ohio State Alumni Magazine, although the editor reserves the right to make exceptions. All published letters appear online, and a selection appears in our print edition. We edit letters for space, clarity, accuracy and civility. When readers’ published views prompt others to write, the latter submissions are the last published on a particular topic. All letters represent the opinions of the letter writers, not those of the magazine team, alumni association or university.

Pride is timeless

My story is a short one that fits with the spirit of the recent Ohio State Class of 1971 50th reunion. I recall in the spring of 1971 conducting a campus tour, by bus, for the then-50th reunion of Ohio State’s Class of 1921. It was part of my volunteer service as a member of Ohio Staters.

My microphone on the bus broke, and my well-seasoned audience was hard of hearing. As you can imagine, I was hoarse by the end of the tour. Still, the passengers were grateful for the tour — and said so many times.

As a student, the best part of my glimpse into an Ohio State reunion experience was seeing pride in the faces of those Golden Anniversary attendees — pride in the past growth, present greatness and shining future of their beloved university. And pride in themselves for being a part of that adventure for 50 years.

As members of the Class of 1971, we stand on the shoulders of so many magnificent alumni, including that long-ago Class of 1921. This fall, it was our turn for a 50th reunion — virtual campus tour and all. Like those before us, our class has seen more growth of our university, a greater present ranking among the world’s leading schools and always an even more shining future for our alma mater.

That vibrant pride always will be. Indeed, time and change already have shown this to be so.

Thomas L. Klug ’71
Chappaqua, New York

Contemplate that curfew

Thank you, Cindy Wentz, for your recollections of keeping women safe and other discrimination of the early 1960s (“Signs of Those Times” letter, fall Ohio State Alumni Magazine). It sounds a bit like Saudi Arabia. When I asked in 1965 why the women had a curfew and the men didn’t, the answer was that once the women were in, the men would turn in, too. Why didn’t the authorities here and in Saudi Arabia think of restraining the men?

Evelyn Kinzel ’69, ’69 MS

A pleasure to rewind

Reading “A Focal Point in Time” (fall 2021 print edition) by Nikole Prete Thomas ’07 brought back a flood of memories. In the fall of 1970, as a newbie on campus in graduate school, I made a black and white 16mm film about Morrill Tower for my film class. In the next quarter, I made a color film about the ROTC pipe band.

It’s fun to recall those days. Keep up the good work with the magazine.

Robert A. Curry ’71 MA
Deer Park, Washington

Goodwill reverberates

Readers of Ohio State Alumni Magazine online shared these sentiments after the fall issue.

On the “Help a Neighbor” story: I, too, am concerned about the homeless population. However a person or family arrived there, they are still the human beings they always were. Like everyone, they need and deserve respect and dignity. Providing food for others, saying hello and helping them access resources are positive steps. Those with a desire to provide help must also bear in mind their own safety and well-being.

Judith Veley ’91, ’94

Homelessness is a large problem in many communities. I appreciate these insights. When I encounter these folks my thought is, “There but for the grace of God, go I.” We need to have compassion and share our blessings.

Keely Linda ’70

The story about Shirley Brooks-Jones ’94 made me cry. (“Gratitude and Graduates,” about a college scholarship endowment Brooks-Jones suggested to thank Newfoundlanders for their hospitality after 9/11.) Such kindness from strangers, and then to have the kindness reciprocated with such a committed and generous tradition.

Elizabeth Hosket ’07

Combining a tragic point in our nation’s history, a beautiful response by a small community and the act of one Ohio State graduate and employee was heartwarming and inspiring. A testament to kindness and commitment to give back.

Dennis Raybuck ’74

Illustration of one person handing another person a box of clothes and shoes.

Illustration by Chanelle Nibbelink

I’ve seen the play (“Come From Away”), which was emotional enough. But to know a Buckeye was so instrumental in paying forward to the community is extraordinary.

Nancy McCabe ’63

I’ve heard this story many times and never realized there was a Buckeye driving the effort. How amazing she still is leveraging her Ohio State experience to make a difference for the students of Gander, Newfoundland.

Pamela Brown Yaeger ’91

It is incredible to see the good that has come from that horrible day and heartwarming to know a Buckeye has had a major part in it. Reminds me of a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Jeanette Newman Lepinski ’73