Summer 2003
Far from Normal
A man on a mission
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Bad Press

I totally agree with the letter from Robert Sykes in the spring issue about the treatment of TCU sports by the Star-Telegram. I wrote the Star-Telegram on December 18, 2002, and pointed out that they should walk outside and look around and notice that they are in Fort Worth, not College Station, Austin or Norman. Let those places have their teams, and let us in Fort Worth promote our local teams.

When the TCU football team dominated the C-USA All-Conference squads with 11 players, the story wasn't on the front page of the sports section. It was on page 11. The next day, when Coach Patterson was voted the C-USA Coach of the Year, it was still not a first page story, but page 10. If Texas Coach Mack Brown received the Big 12 Coach of the Year award, I haven't a doubt it would have been on the front page, and probably with a large picture.

As many of us know, the Star-Telegram did not always treat TCU in this manner. But I've written four or five letters about this to the Star-Telegram to no avail. If someone knows what could be done to remedy this, I'm sure TCU would like to hear from you.

But let's acknowledge that in this negative environment, TCU coaches do a great job recruiting. Kudos to them.

John Byrne

More Inside the Beltway

My big brother, Dr. Vincent Michaud, TCU grad '84, is another "Horned Frog inside the Beltway." In fact, he's inside the Pentagon. Col. Dr. Vincent Michaud is Chief of Aerospace Medicine in the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. He just earned that title after being promoted from Chief of operational medicine.

Vince's career all began in Fort Worth as a Horned Frog at TCU where he received his B.S. in Environmental Sciences/Chemistry. He was obviously a very good student because he was Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society.

I write this to you as very proud little sister and fellow alum. I graduated from TCU in '88 with a B.S. in Journalism. Go Big Brother!

Michelle Michaud '88
Chattanooga, Tenn.

I was very delighted to see the old and new faces of Horned Frogs in nearby D.C. Their faces brought many exciting memories of TCU -- Dr. M. Potter's stimulating Russian history class with Pat Schieffer. In fact, that class left me to specialize Russian economics. Last week, Academician Evgeny Velikhov, President of Kurchatov institute in Moscow, visited Drexel University where I conduct a joint seminar on "Global Security" with congressman Curt Weldon (Rep. 9th term, 7th PA). Academician Velikhov will be Drexel's commencement speaker at our June graduation. I've visited the USSR/Russia more than two dozen times; all because of Dr. Potter and TCU.

I have been outside "the Beltway" here in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, as Professor of International Political Economy at Drexel for more than 30 years. It is good to know that there are more than 1,000 Horned Frogs around the D.C. area. I wonder if Katie Bax would include me in the D.C. Alumni Chapter.

Prof. Roy U. T. Kim '60
Berwyn, Pa.

Making beautiful music

Your TCU magazines are wonderful and continue to be delightful to read. My alumni, FSU, also has a wonderful alumni magazine and when I read through yours, I feel as though I am also a alumni of TCU. My daughter Lauren is the harpist for the TCU Symphony and every concert and event that I have attended impresses me more and more. Not only does TCU have a great orchestra, the band is just as talented. My daughter is lucky to have the opportunity to play in both groups. Dr. Gutierrez continues to push his musicians and take them to the next level of professionalism. TCU should be very proud of what he as done for the music and string departments. Please do a story on the symphony, some of their members and the wonderful concerts that they perform.

Annmarie DeMattia