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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

PLEA TO PARTICIPATE
I have enjoyed periodic returns to campus to appreciate its physical changes (believe it or not, there wasn’t always a Sun God) as well as noting the progressive elevation of UCSD’s academic reputation to the rank of seventh in national public universities by U.S. News and World Report. However, the pride of being an alumnus is immediately dampened by the same magazine reporting an alumni giving rank of 200 with only 4.7 percent of graduates making a donation!

That is the lowest of all listed universities—and that is pathetic! My assumption is that the UCSD graduate is intelligent and thus has a decent chance of financial success. With the current California economic crisis, the onus to step up and support our University has arrived. Please consider a contribution the next time you remember the eucalyptus grove, Black’s Beach, or (even) the Sun God.
 Jay Mersch, Muir ’72

ANOMALY FACTORY
I was interested to read the letter in the September issue re: old memories. It mentioned Heavy Palcic. I was his girlfriend then and we are still in touch. He was HHH, “heavy heavy heavy,” and I was LBJ, “LittleBitJaffe” (Hubert H. Humphrey and Lyndon Baines Johnson!).

One of my oddest/fondest memories is when they finished building Muir. The center of the buildings was just dirt, not yet landscaped. So one night we had a big bonfire with, I assume, construction debris. I remember big parties, few rules and lots of dogs on campus.

Also the “fornicatorium” on Revelle quad, in response to some draconian pronouncement regarding the limitations of “24-hour visitation.” And Jef Raskin’s maze! He ended up doing documentation for Apple. He was a true visionary and genius. I took two independent study computer classes from him.

Is there still an “Anomaly Factory” in one of the old Marine base buildings? I think not, I toured there with my own son in 2004 and hardly knew the place.
Betsy (Jaffe) Wilson, Muir ’72

Editor: As far as we know there is no longer an “Anomaly Factory.” In fact, there are very few Marine base buildings left.

CRAZY TIMES AND NATTY DREAD
I attended UCSD for many of “The Angry Years.” I started with the first year of Muir College, on the Camp Matthew’s staging campus, in the fall of 1967.

I have been wondering if you have looked back at the Central Library archive of the campus newspapers for those years: The Indicator, Crazy Times, Dimension, Natty Dread, along with the Triton Times. I would particularly recommend the first two on that list for insights into “The Angry Years.”
Gerald Hall, Muir ’76

Editor: Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD, has a great collection of these early newspapers. Also, soon after we received Gerald’s letter, Janet Petroni, Revelle ’69, mailed us a small treasure trove of these mid ’60s newspapers.

NOT-SO-ANGRY YEARS
I enjoyed the Letters to the Editor from Fred Fruchthendler and Richard Sauerheber.   Their memories are my memories: “Heavy” Palcic, as photographer for the campus newspaper, once stuck a camera in my face while on the sidelines of an intramural softball game (I was a member of those DeAnza teams). A couple of years later, I sent that photo to relatives with my then-mandatory, graduation announcement—long hair, sideburns, mustache and all—I’m not sure my parents were impressed.

Speaking of late night trips to cure the munchies, how about the 2:00 a.m. runs
to V.G.’s in Cardiff to get the first batch of cinnamon rolls of the day?

I also enjoyed Sylvia Tiersten’s “The Angry Years.” It was a well written article evoking more memories. An omission to the sidebar, “One Decade—Four Chancellors”—I’d like to think the UCSD Alumni Board’s vote of no-confidence played a role in convincing Chancellor McElroy that he had little continuing
support in the UCSD community.

I’m also not sure Ms. Tiersten’s article was appropriately titled. While we certainly confronted societal issues that provoked strong emotions, my memories of UCSD from 1968 to 1972 are not those of anger.
Randy Twombly, Muir ’72
Presidents Society Member

REVOLUTION AND COFFEE CAKE
I just read “The Angry Years”—my years—in at | UCSD and saw your request for memorabilia for the Witness2History series.

I have some ditto sheets from the strike of 1969, a couple of copies of the UCSD Strike Daily, and an “All Cal Edition” of the UCSB paper from May 28. No clue why
I kept them all these years. I was going through a box over the summer and purged quite a bit, but these pieces seemed worth saving for some reason.
Or perhaps there’s another archive on campus that might be interested?

I also have, but am not willing to give up, my T-shirt silkscreened with “On Strike—
Shut it Down” and a big blue fist. I love that shirt. It’s hard to believe it’s over forty years old! Yikes! Haven’t worn it since May 1969. Oh, and my letter from Mrs. Marcuse, signed by her, with a recipe for her sour cream coffee cake “to be made for radical causes only.” I was at some meeting or other and gravitated away from the political rhetoric and towards the food (I was not a good revolutionary). I must have found out she made it and asked her for the recipe. The irony is not lost on me. I’ve kept that note as a reminder that, when confusion reigns, food is comfort.

Many memories. It was a very ­exhilarating and strange time to be a ­university ­student.
Wendy Graff, Muir ’72

Editor: We thank Wendy for her memorabilia, especially the radical T-shirt and the coffee cake recipe.

CORRECTION:
In our story on Genomatica in the “Entrepreneur’s” column of the September 2009 issue, we wrongly named Geno­matica’s co-founder. In fact it was Bernhard Palsson, Ph.D., the Galetti Professor of Bioengineering, who co-founded Geno­matica along with Christophe Schilling, Ph.D. ’00. We apologize to Professor Palsson for the error.

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A c c o l a d e s

Excuse this brief interruption while we take a moment to congratulate ourselves. The UCSD Alumni Association was recognized in three different categories by the Council for the Advance­ment and Support of Education (CASE) at the CASE District VII conference in San Francisco, in November.

The Association won three Awards of Excellence for its creative use of technology, new programs and general interest magazine. It received a gold medal award for its innovative “AlumnIdea” crowdsourcing microsite that allows alumni to give interactive feedback; a gold medal award for the “Discovery Ambassador Initiative,” a program that reconnects alumni with the University; and a silver medal award for the magazine, which we hope you are happily perusing.