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After slogging through
the snow on Christmas Eve to pick up mail, my eye caught the purple and
silver of The TCU Magazine. Still on my mind from the night before was
the exhilarating game on ESPN, and the laughs from the rest of the family
as my 8-year-old granddaughter and I chanted, 'Riff, Ram, Bah Zoo ...'
Imagine my surprise
(and delight), to see a picture of myself (some 37 years earlier) on the
We had such fun with
it, I just had to write and thank you. My Dad, Frank H. Kring, Jr. '44
was a fullback with the Horned Frogs, and I twirled with the "Show
Window of TCU" (Jim Jacobsen) from '64 to '68, graduating later in
Kring (Elick) Sismilich '74
We panicked when we got Barb's letter since we had identified the majorette
on last issue's cover as Carol Rawland Knowlton '69, which we got from
the yearbook. When we told Barbara this, she responded: "In every
single annual in which I was pictured as a featured twirler at TCU, they
identified me incorrectly. It actually got to be a joke after awhile and
then I just gave up. It wasn't that important. In another annual, you'll
find my picture with the name Pat Gilmore (another twirler). Trust me,
that's not Carol Jean Rawland. It's me."
A word of cheer
I thought I fully
appreciated our TCU Magazine while I lived a mere stone's throw from our
university campus. But try moving back East to the Washington, D.C. area,
and then you'll realize what a terrific treat is it to find a copy of
The TCU Magazine in the mail box.
was a fascinating peek into the challenge U.S. teachers face dealing with
Arab students. Whew! I had no idea what a battlefield the classroom is
for our guys!
"A View from
Within" by Capt. Scott Leblond was another eye-opener, confirming
what we often hear, but shamefully seldom find in the media.
A personal cheer for
perky hard-working Pat Timbes Vinsant receiving her well-deserved Alumni
Service Award. Atta girl! It was fun to see the pictures of a former drama
student, Roy Cates '50 in the bus load of Frogs from Austin. Too bad the
spelling of Roy's name was incorrectly submitted, which probably accounts
for his class year missing from the blurb.
Barham Pugh '45
Just a note to tell
you how much I enjoyed reading my wife's copy of the winter 2003 TCU Magazine.
I especially liked the article by Capt. Leblond. Too bad we don't get
more coverage like it from the news media.
I also enjoyed "How
I spent my Summer (vacation)," as I have grandchildren that have
gone through that ordeal.
Now that I have told
you all the nice things, can you help me? I would like to know where I
can order a TCU sweatshirt for my wife, class of '42, Kathryn Clarke Hays.
Nothing is available in North Carolina.
Again, thanks a lot
and the magazine is well received.
Some TCU items are available at: http://tcu.bkstore.com, or http://gofrogs.ocsn.com/store/tcu-store.aspl
No, to conference
I read with much interest
"How the Frogs Brought the Fans Back" in the latest TCU Magazine.
While I have enjoyed and appreciated TCU's athletic success over the last
few years, I am personally opposed to the concept of TCU being the only
addition to an expanded Mountain West Conference. I know of no compelling
reason, neither financial nor enhanced athletic stature, that would justify
the additional costs and other disruptions associated with such a move
to a conference that is arguably no better than the "new" Conference
I believe that such
major changes should be undertaken only when the benefits are overwhelmingly
obvious. In my opinion, the new C-USA will be a much better geographic
fit for TCU and thus be more cost effective with the additional benefit
of playing more natural geographic rivalries and with the potential for
continued excellent fan support.
R. Blank '70
Sally C. Blank '70
Beaufort, S. C.