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years I've enjoyed reading The TCU Magazine. Thank you for the
Winter edition. With no reflection on you, I'm compelled to voice my utmost
disappointment in the new design for the TCU ring. For the past 47 years,
I've boasted proud ownership in the classic "square" design ring -- a most
unique piece of prideful jewelry that has long been immediately recognized
throughout the world. It makes a strong statement -- the student's degree,
year of graduation and the school name contained in a circle and a square,
the two principal symbols of mathematics. The new ring does none of this.
In a word, I find it without character. Is it too late to reconsider the
Roden '55 (MA '55)
Atlantic Highlands, N.J.
I just read
my new copy of The TCU Magazine (Winter 2002), especially the letters
to the editor. Mr. Karl Stenske '97, may have had experience on The
Daily Skiff, and he may have been a fine journalism major, but he
clearly failed Manners and Courtesy.
critique of the article contained a few valid points, his unimaginative,
abusive and vulgar writing style detracted from his message. Though the
editorial staff may feel it necessary to print "the other side," I do
not believe you are obligated to print a poorly expressed, infantile temper
I also note
the staff states that "Letters may be edited for length or clarity." You
could have edited Mr. Stenske's diatribe. Or perhaps you did not edit
I read with
interest and dismay your comments in the Winter 2002 issue about the new
band uniforms. Horrible is the only way to describe them. I have not spoken
to any TCU alumni who are pleased with the turn that the school has taken
over uniforms. When Dennis Franchione came to TCU, the first thing we
all saw was the new purple-and-black color scheme. Never mind the fact
that TCU colors are purple and white. Then, with much fanfare, the new
purple and black band uniforms were introduced. Then we observed the coach
wearing black rather than PURPLE and WHITE.
Next we observed
the cheerleaders at the Memphis game wearing black jackets. The football
uniforms remain among the ugliest I have ever seen and the band and cheerleader
attire runs a close second. For the head coach to wear a black T-shirt
on the sideline, we are reminded once again that coaching today is strictly
a job. Loyalty and school spirit are no longer a part of the formula (Right,
a proud tradition that spans more than a century. During that time, the
strains of "Purple and White, Fight! Fight! Fight!" have echoed across
the campus. Perhaps the new call should be "Purple and Black, send all
those awful uniforms back!"
'58, (MA '60)
former band member
This is your home team calling...
note: The following letter was sent to columnist Randy Galloway at the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and copied to The TCU Magazine
Will you please pass on a message to the Sports Editor of the Star-Telegram?
I'm about to say, please don't take this wrong. I always enjoy YOUR commentaries
and articles, but I'm so damn mad at the Star-Telegram I could
eat nails. Here I am over 60, and I want to punch the sports editor in
the mouth. I'm reading the Friday paper and they don't know that TCU beat
Southern Mississippi on Wednesday. Where are their heads?
enough they say nothing about the game in the Tuesday paper, but they
don't know the results on Friday. I think Amon Carter must be turning
over in his grave knowing what the managing editor is doing to his paper.
of the Friday paper gives us the Conference standings and here it shows
The Conference USA standings with Southern Miss on top. What do we have
to do to wake up the sports department at the Star-Telegram?!
TCU is the
ONLY University football team we have in Fort Worth. How about getting
a little excited about it? Yes, I know we have a lot of UT, Texas A&M,
Baylor, etc., fans, but they are living here in FORT WORTH, TEXAS.
I'm a graduate
of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and I like it when they win football
games, but I live here in Fort Worth, so guess what? I'm a TCU fan.
needs to get off their butts at the Star-Telegram and get excited
about Horned Frog Football. Need I say more?
CW3 US Army Retired
A fall Star-Telegram
article about Harvard's Dr. James Cash '69 stirred memories back to the
mid 1950's (I was Athletics Director Dutch Meyer's secretary), and 1960s
when I was secretary to the president of C & S Sporting Goods.
were one of the winningest times for TCU sports, and the whole town had
Frog Fever. The athletics offices were in Amon G. Carter Stadium during
football season and in the Bailey Building the rest of the year. The Bailey
Building held the rich aroma of discarded gym shoes and socks, and blue
norther winds invaded the stadium offices.
Frank Windegger was the only student-athlete on full baseball scholarship
at that time, and as a senior, Frankie was in charge of ticket sales.
All hands not otherwise employed were there to help him.
included room and board, tuition ($12 per semester hour, I think), books,
and a monthly laundry allowance of $15. One of my duties was to issue
this magnificent sum to students-athletes in the form of a laundry chit.
Dutch, Football Coach Abe Martin and crew were the nicest bunch of men
I could have worked with. Dutch was almost chivalrous toward women, the
perfect gentleman, but on occasion he became riled and would let off steam
by using fairly mild expletives.
and the pay both were light, and I didn't much enjoy wearing a coat seated
at my typewriter in the winter, so when I was offered a job with C & S,
I accepted. C & S was a "hang-out" for TCU ex-lettermen, and trainer Elmer
Brown and TCU coaches were in and out of the store. We also hired TCU
students, so my connection to the school continued.
was one of those needy students. Notable for being TCU's and the old Southwest
Conference's first black basketball player, James was a very personable
young man, poised for his age and intelligence. As noted in the Star-Telegram,
it is easy to see why James sought guidance from Robert Hughes, his highly-successful
high school coach. And I am not surprised to read about James' achievements.
Success was written all over James from the beginning.
After I left
TCU, Maisie Varley became the athletics director's secretary and held
the job for many years until retirement. My son, Gary Blevins '62, and
his wife JoAnne have lived in Washington state since 1988, and I joined
them two years ago. We live on North Whidbey Island, closer to Victoria,
B.C, than to Seattle. Gary stays in touch with TCU sports by computer
and via granddaughter (my great granddaughter!) Kelsey Anderson. Kelsey
is a freshman attending TCU on full academic scholarship.
North Whidbey Island, Wash.
sending The TCU Magazine. It's been a long time: BA in 1944 and
BD in 1947. I have ever been grateful for TCU and the years there. I had
a chance to stay in Texas, but I was from Washington state. My mother
died and her mother was very much alone. We took a church in her town
and stayed on in Washington state.
'44 (BD '47)
I want to
congratulate all the staff and people working in the magazine in a way
that it makes it what it is. Since I started going to TCU, I have looked
forward to every issue, and I have found them very well-written and designed
overall. It has been great to see how the TCU spirit and vision shows
through every page.
my main reason to write is to note that in your latest issue, on page
5, in your article "A roll of the drum and a standing ovation." You mention
that Dr. German Gutierrez led the wind symphony in a performance of Gershwin's
"Rhapsody in Blue." In fact, he led the Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble
that includes strings (lots of them) as opposed to a Wind Symphony, one
that is only comprised of woodwinds and brass. I realize this is a common
mistake, but being a music major, I could not let it go unnoticed.
I hope the
magazine continues emphasizing the arts and music at TCU, which sometimes
seem overshadowed by other programs.
I am sure you will continue to do a wonderful job, and I look forward
to what the next issues will bring.