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University of North Texas
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A choice

In reference to Madeleine Albright's quote in the winter issue ("There's nothing inevitable about war in the Middle East. … To teach children to hate is a choice"), the teaching of children to hate really is a choice. When the choice is made to destroy lives, cities, property, freedom, rights and dignity by an aggressor and oppressor, the certain result will be resentment, revenge and retaliation by the victim. Victims will endure atrocities against them only for so long. Then after decades of denial of rights and justice, war is their only inevitable recourse.

Tom Lindsay ('51)
Scottsbluff, Neb.

Beep beep

I always enjoy receiving The North Texan, but it perturbs me that I seldom see any news about people from my "era" except in the Friends We'll Miss section.

I can't believe that all my friends from the past are doing nothing but buying horns for their walkers or getting new motorized wheelchairs. I would encourage them to write and let you know of their activities.

Jack E. Rumbley ('51, '52 M.M.Ed.)

Editor's note: You can read about Jack Rumbley's latest activities in this issue's Class Notes section.



Holly Fuller ('04)

Regarding the story on the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Professional Football League (winter issue), several UNT alums and staff members also have played on the Denton Stampede of the National Women's Football Association, including our daughter, Holly Fuller ('04). I enjoy watching the ladies play up a steep learning curve.

Chuck Fuller ('67)

Monster mash

illustration by Shannon MooneyI feel redeemed after reading the great article by Victor McGlothin titled "The Monster — Beastly English exam spawns best-selling works" (Eagle Tale, summer issue). I too could never resist a challenge. I tried to take an electric motor apart at the age of 6. However I did not realize the motor had to be shut down in order to remove the belt racing over the pulley; therefore, I am now left-handed since I cut off the tip of my index finger on my right hand.

My left hand never accomplished a readable script. That little error caused me to not have a good cursive handwriting. Every teacher attempted to move me back to the right-hand usage, but to no avail. Therefore, my English teachers could not read my excellent narratives and assignment responses.

But wait, let's get back to "The Monster." I feel as though
I "majored" in freshman English the first three years of college. After taking the Student Use of English test two times, I took the test the third and final time in the spring of 1953 — and passed. Since graduating with a B.S. in industrial arts, I worked 39 years for Shell Oil Co. I have had two technical papers published in the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal and written numerous technical publications.

I, too, would like to thank the outstanding teaching staff of the University of North Texas for pushing me into the real world with the tools needed to exceed beyond expectations.

Bill Kelldorf ('54)

The ring

sideview of ringI read the article in the winter North Texan concerning a class ring that Bob Kenslow had found. First, let me say that I have no idea as to the owner's identity. However, Mr. Kenslow comments in the article that the year appears to be '56, '58 or '59, but the picture of the ring shows sideview of ringthe words "North Texas State University."

I graduated in 1961 and our class diplomas were from North Texas State College. The university status was approved by the state in 1961 but was not effective until the graduating class of 1962.

Julius Norris ('61)
via e-mail

Editor's note: We received responses from several readers noticing the discrepancy. One possible explanation is that the owner of the ring bought it some years after graduating — after the ring company had switched to the university's new name. We asked Bob Kenslow to send us a photo showing the graduation year on the ring, which really does look like it begins with a 5. "BBA" is on the other side. (By the way, no word yet on who the ring's owner might be.)


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