Mike Wright

From the Editor

Alumni Magazine Editor Mike Wright delves into summer reading.

IU Talk

Your thoughts on the magazine and IU news and events
Fictional Alum

I think you’ve been “punked.” In your Connected section in the Spring 2013 issue, there is a note from Rachel White calling out her “ex best friend” Darcy Rhone. Turns out, there is a book out there called The Diary of Darcy Rhone that sounds similar to this class note. I thought that little missive sounded too crazy to be legit!

Alane Helmer, BS’05

IUAM: Rachel White, from the book you mention, is also a character in the movie Something Borrowed, our source for this issue’s fictional alumnae. Although, it’s not a “punked” situation. There was a call-out at the front of the Connected section to put readers on alert that a fictional alum appeared somewhere in the class notes. Sharp eye, Alane!

Cute idea for the alumni news section of the magazine! You’ll get tons of right answers on this one. 

Answer: Rachel White is the fictional alum. She is the main character in Something Borrowed, a 2011 movie based on the Emily Griffin novel of the same name (published in 2005).

Judy (Johns Paiva) Snyder, MA’71
Alexandria, Va.

Per the magazine’s contest, the fictional characters are Rachel White and Darcy Rhone. The book is Something Borrowed. That story sounded too good to be true. I was cracking up. I was even considering scanning the blurb and posting it on Facebook. I’m glad I first did a Google search on all the characters involved before making a fool of myself online. :)

Keep up the good work.

Aaron Udler, BA’02
Arlington, Va.

Wonderful Example

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Frederick Eichhorn Jr., BS’52, JD’57, in October. Fred served on the Board of Trustees during my entire 13-year tenure as IU treasurer. He was very supportive of the IU faculty and staff and was always willing to listen patiently and consider all sides of an issue. His calm leadership style and steady demeanor set a wonderful example for all of us. He was a true gentleman and represented the best the Hoosier state has to offer.

Steven Miller, BS’70, MBA’74
Aurora, Ill.

Profound Influence

The recent issue noted the passing of L. Leslie Waters, LLD’87, professor emeritus of transportation. His influence on my future endeavors was profound as after graduation I went on to a 40-year career in transportation.

Recalling my student days I want to share the following concerning Dr. Waters:

  • He seemed to miss a week of classes in late October. Legend had it he had it written into his contract that he could be gone for the pheasant hunting opener in his native Kansas (I, too, came to enjoy bird hunting).
  • He thoroughly enjoyed teaching a two- credit-hour class on the history and future of transportation. Students had to get approval for the topic on which they would make an oral presentation. The reason: he wanted to be the one learning the new subject.
  • Dr. Waters also started an annual on-campus transportation conference in conjunction with the Indianapolis Traffic Club. At the opening dinner, he insisted that each guest student sit between two attendees already in the workplace. As he said, “You’ll want to find a job once you graduate.”

Thank you, Dr. Waters, for the guidance you provided me.

Paul M. Chandler, BS’68
Amherst, Wis.

Enough of the Fluff

I’ve received the IU Alumni Magazine for many years, which may be why I’m writing.

I don’t really care about all the fluff. I would much prefer to learn specifics about what our university is teaching our Hoosier students. 

I want the alumni magazine to show me why I want to continue to donate to my alma mater.

Lately, I have been more aligned with the educational directions of other in-state universities.

Mary Ann Dunfee, BA’65, MAT’69
Spencer, Ind.

One Man’s Story

I just finished reading the Spring issue, and I think it is beautifully put together. Page 64 asks “What’s your story?” I can’t resist answering.

At age 91, I’m still writing an article for each issue of a monthly newspaper that circulates in Lancaster County and adjacent counties.

The newspaper once called me to say that they had had a call urging me to interview a man named Clyde Saylor, who “had an interesting story about WWII.” 

When I called Mr. Saylor and asked him if he knew what the man had been referring to, there was a pause after which he said softly, “Well, I bombed out the center span on the Bridge on the River Kwai.” He said it as if he wasn’t sure if that was really newsworthy.


Woodlawn Trailer Court in 1946

My wife and I lived in one of the trailers in Woodlawn Courts. We were at IU on the GI Bill. Before coming to IU, I had a B-17 crew that I flew to Europe over the northern route, through Goose Bay, Labrador, and Reykjavik, Iceland, to Valley, Wales. I was shot down in combat. I returned to the U.S. for 10 months, then back to Europe for three years. I flew the first two weeks of the Berlin Airlift.

In 1950 I built a drive-in theater in Shelbyville, Ind., that I managed in the summer, and I attended IU in the winter. I won an Ernie Pyle scholarship, but our finances were always precarious. I remember being down to 35 cents one time, but the thought of going to our parents for financial help never crossed our minds.

The Armstrong Cork Company hired me for a job in advertising, and I will never forget Professor French saying dolefully, “Well, Bob, I understand you’re going to sell the glories of linoleum.”

I made a career with Armstrong, becoming advertising manager of several divisions. I also stayed in the Air Force Reserve, serving for 16 years, retiring in 1974 as a colonel. After retiring from Armstrong in 1985, I consulted in New York and Detroit and owned an advertising agency.

Bob Wilcox, BA’52,
Lancaster, Pa.

An Aha moment

My “Aha moment” happened on Nov. 4, 1989, during my freshman year. I had been working at WTIU when Barrie Zimmerman, BS’66, at Radio and TV Services asked if I would like to work for ESPN at the football game that weekend. They normally hired a few students as utilities (general helpers) for the sideline cameras. I carried one of the big parabolic microphones over my neck as the play moved down the field. The Hoosiers were on the goal line, I was directly behind the end zone. Anthony Thompson, BGS’02, broke through the middle, directly toward me, as he scored his then record-setting 60th touchdown. The stadium erupted, and I was in the middle of it. I thought to myself, “This is pretty cool. I’m getting paid $75 and am right up with the action.”

I have continued to make a career in sports production as a graphics operator for nearly 20 years and now work mostly with Big Ten Network for its remote operations for events at Michigan and Michigan State. Thankfully making more than $75 per game.

Tim Golobic, BA’93,
Farmington, Mich.

A Look into the Magic 8 Ball

“Make no small plans. They are too difficult to achieve and unworthy of your ability and your opportunity.”

Dr. Wells was right. No one knows what the future holds, but we can hope, dream, and plan. Wells has us thinking. IU’s alumni, faculty, and supporters influence the world in big ways. So, what can you tell us about our future?

Have you devoted a career to teaching future leaders? Do you perform surgery? Serve in the military or in government? Is programming a computer your thing? Social workers and stay-at-home parents, how will society and the family unit evolve? Tell us.

Signs point to yes

Photo: Jacob Martz

Albert Einstein, father of modern physics, once said, “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” True enough, but let’s speculate on what lies ahead. Will the smart phone be obsolete? How will our children learn? Use your own line of expertise.Tell us what you think the world will look like in the year 2020 or beyond.

Can IU people predict the future? All signs point to “yes.”

Drop us a line  Send us your prediction about any aspect of the future to iueditor@indiana.edu, subject line Future.

I(U) DO!


Courtesy photo

Kendall Frazier and Andrea Wolf met when they were candidates for Homecoming king and queen in 2011. Frazier, BS’12, re-created the parade ride from that event and proposed to Wolf, BS’12, on March 30 in front of family and friends on the field at Memorial Stadium. Mark your calendar and make your own memories at this year’s IUB Homecoming, Nov. 2.

Photos capture IU spirit

Two young fans

Out of more than 150 entries, the IU Fan Photo Contest winner is Nikole (Green) Elliott, BS’00. IUAA Executive Director and CEO J T. Forbes picked the classic photo of two young fans and a quintessential Indiana barn hoop. Check out all the spirited pics on Flickr.