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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

WRONG DATE
The date of 1963 on the Ansel Adams photos, is incorrect— those buildings didn't exist then. When we started in 1964 as the first class, we lived in the married student housing on the cliff, and the only parking lot was in front of Urey Hall. And the last time I was on campus a few years ago, our names were still in the concrete on the west side of the plaza as you approached the undergrad library building.

If you have a copy of the first yearbook, you will see what the campus looked like in '64-'65.
Sally Jo Divis, Revelle '68

I appreciate you publishing the Ansel Adams photos in the January 2011 print edition. However, I must point out some glaring errors.

The captions for the photos on pages 35 and 37 could not possibly be correct. I lived in La Jolla from 1962-1978, and I can tell you with certainty that both images contain objects that did not exist in 1963.

Revelle Plaza had been graded but was not paved at that time. The plaque on the fountain gives its dedication date, which was in 1966 if memory serves. The building now known as Galbraith Hall was originally the main library for the campus. My mother worked there in the catalog department from 1966-1968. You can confirm in an aerial photo available at historicaerials.com that the foundation had been poured in 1964, but neither the building nor the plaza and fountain yet existed. Nor did the breezeway shown on the magazine's cover, nor the Undergraduate Sciences Building seen in the image on pages 2-3.

Tracking down the construction period for Argo Hall would help pin down the correct date for the photo on page 35. You can see that it is partly complete in that image.

The monstrosity that sits at 939 Coast Boulevard in the background of the image of Scripps Pier was completed in 1966, which can be easily confirmed by checking public property records. Groundbreaking had not even begun in 1963, at which time I lived on Coast Boulevard South. There were some traditional redwood beach bungalows on the site at the time. The construction of 939 was a source of a great controversy in town. Somehow a developer from New York, Clark Higgins, managed to get an exemption from the city's recently enacted 30-foot height limit for beach properties. I remember the expansive ocean view that the now-defunct Anthony's Fish Grotto restaurant on Prospect Street had prior to the imposition of 939.

Thanks again for the images. I was previously unaware that Ansel Adams had ever photographed the campus, although I did know that professor Phil Steinmetz, whose basic photography class I attended in about 1976, had been a student of Adams.
David R. Voth, Revelle, '80

EDITOR: Thank you for your letters. I inquired about the date of the photo from the Special Collections Librarian, Lynda Claassen, and she says that 1963 is the date on the negative in the collection at the UC Riverside/California Museum of Photography. We are, however, more convinced by your memories of the time, and will let the collection know.

AND I NOMINATE...
Looking at the new issue of the UCSD Alumni magazine, and coming across your profile of "Harry Crocker, Muir '83", it occurs to me that I should nominate the brilliant Sandra Dijkstra—who was "Alumnus of the Year" in 1993, especially if you would like to present an alumna who represents the other side of the publishing spectrum. Like Mr. Crocker, Ms. Dijkstra has "the ability to turn out hit books", including mega-bestsellers The Joy Luck Club and Snowflower and the Secret Fan, on the fiction side, and, on the non-fiction side, pivotal titles such as Backlash and Blowback, just to name a few.

Indeed, the fit couldn't be more apt, since Mr. Crocker edited the California Review, whose scandalous centerfold profile of her resulted in Sandra's choosing to leave her position in UCSD's Literature Department, to become a full-time, internationally known literary agent. Over the past 30 years, she has placed hundreds of books with publishers, many of them by nationally and internationally known authors, and many of them of the progressive stripe.

Although they're both in publishing, unlike Mr. Crocker, Ms. Dijkstra has succeeded not as a salaried employee, but rather as the head of a company she established and built from the West Coast, far from the hub of publishing.

Elise Capron
(Proud assistant to Sandra Dijkstra)

CORRECTION: We apologize for not having credited the photo of Monica Cuoco, M.F.A.'04, on page 49 of the January issue to Randy Morrison.

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