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Happy 95th!
My nine children arranged a party on April 5 to celebrate my 95th birthday. Ninety-one relatives and friends were able to attend and other friends sent congratulations from England and Australia. My CUA classmate, Dick Galiher, was happy to join the festivities.

I was interested in reading your Spring 2008 article on the Vikings since my family is descended from Rolfe, the Norwegian Viking who conquered what is now France.

John M. Wigglesworth
B.A. 1935
Chester, Pa.

The statue in McMahon Hall
A Tall Tale

In your Spring 2008 issue you mentioned the statue of Pope Leo XIII in McMahon Hall. I thought your readers would find it interesting how widely — and wildly — the statue’s arrival was reported in the press.

On Aug. 4, 1891, the Salem, Ohio, Daily News stated, “The statue cost $10,000 and is 14 feet high.”

The Trenton, N.J., Times said, “The statue cost $10,000 and is four feet high.

Two days later, the Indiana, Pa., Gazette reported, “The statue cost $10,000 and is 100 feet high.”

Rev. George E. Stuart
S.T.B. 1989, J.C.L. 1996, J.C.D. 2001
Bethesda, Md.

Have a Pope and a Smile banner
A Banner Day in ’79

One of my former CUA roommates, John Ahlgren, noticed the “Have a Pope and a Smile” banner on the front inside leaf of the Spring 2008 CUA Magazine. John and I had a few rotating roommates junior year on that end of the second floor of Gibbons Hall. Jim Donnelly was one of them for a few weeks early in the fall of 1979, before he moved down the street to a single room at Trinity College (the all-girls school). Jim and some of his friends put together this banner project, and a few of us were fortunate enough to help them paint it and hang it out our dorm room bay windows.

When the Pope visited, we had friends and family visit our room, as it overlooked the front of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where JP II was to address the students. It was an interesting day, with the Secret Service coming into our room and telling us we had to close the windows. I told them to get the hell out. My dad made me apologize, then he went down to the steps of the shrine and Pope John Paul II shook my dad’s hand twice.

Paul McAllister (now deceased) was also one of our roommates (this was a triple room). The day was long, and Paul fell asleep on the window ledge above that sign. My mother put a blanket on him and we quietly left. He later told me he woke up all alone and noticed someone had provided a mother’s attention to keep him from being cold.

John Hargenrader
B.E.E. 1984
Brighton, Mich.

Remembering Buildings
I recently found an excerpt from a diary I kept during my first job as assistant dean of men at CUA in 1969 (yes, “men,” not “students”). It was about a nighttime tour of the campus to determine if additional lighting was needed as a security measure. It is an interesting slice of CUA history: about forgotten people that labored there, concepts and language that are no longer “correct,” and buildings that no longer exist. (Some of the story involves the Administration Building and Albert Hall, for example. Anybody at CUA know where those buildings were?)

I was actually shocked on rereading it just now because the narrative ends at St. Bonaventure Hall. I went through campus three or four weeks ago on the way back to Philly from Northern Virginia and was stunned to see St. Bonaventure in ruins [after its Dec. 31, 2007, demolition], so another artifact of my earlier life is now to become just a vaporous memory. Ah, but what memories! [Editor’s note: See the article about the redevelopment of CUA’s South Campus, which included St. Bonaventure.]

Thomas Wieckowski
M.A. 1968, Ph.D. 1975
Wyncote, Pa.

The Spring 2008 issue of CUA Magazine erred about the nature of the 1974 CUA degree earned by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. It was actually a Master of Science in Engineering degree, not a Master of Science degree in aerospace science.

C.R. George Dove, managing principal of WDG Architecture, earned a Master of Architecture degree from CUA in 1972. The Summer 2008 issue of the magazine incorrectly called it a bachelor’s degree.

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