MSU Alumni Magazine Fall 2011 : Page 5
IN BASKET BEACH LEMMINGS Great story about Glendon Swarthout’s contribution to America’s annual lemmings-to-the-beach ritual. Glendon was arguably the best American novelist to graduate from MSU. Eigh movies were made from h 23 novels, including Bless the Beasts & Children and Th ey Came To Cordura , which were nominated fo the Pulitzer Prize in fi ctio Almost all of Glendon’s novels are now available as e-books from Amazon an Barnes and Noble. Th e S ist , named in 2000 as one the ten best Western nove of the 20th century, will b Books (University of Nebraska Press) and also as an e-book. Many read-ers will recall the movie version (starring John Wayne in his last role). We take exception, however, to (professor emeritus) Dave Anderson’s comments about Glendon imitating Ernest Hemingway. My dad was a fan of Hemingway’s writing, but Glendon wrote several comedies—in-cluding Where Th e Boys Are —which Ernest never did. My father did wear a mustache, all his life. By the way, Glendon was never exactly a “nerd,” either. He was the lead singer in a dance band that was broadcast on statewide radio from the Pantlind Hotel in Grand Rapids. Th e original book title of Where Th e Boys Are was Th e Green Nurd , though, until his editor at Random House, Bennett Cerf, prevailed. Miles Swarthout Los Angeles, CA ☛ We appreciate this letter fr om Miles, editor of Easterns and Westerns (MSU Press, 2001), a collection of short stories by Glendon Swarthout. For more information about the writing Swarthouts, visit www.glendonswarthout.com. –Editor. ife Linda and ong been sup-of the MSU m and felt ged to adopt the masks on y—something courage our w alumni to do ell. Trevarthen, ’72 emos N VEN TAN Your spring eak story rings up many reat memories. n 1961, the Miami Herald y about the ” in Fort Lauderdale. On my kitchen is a plaque with a Paula Prentiss quote from Where the Boys Are : “I’d rather starve than go home without an even tan.” Pat O’Bryan, ’62 Aspen, CO KUDOS TO ASB I very much enjoyed reading your article about Alternative Spring Break (ASB). As both the community agency partner and alumni site staff advisor for the 3 Mariposas Montessori-Dominican Republic ASB trip, I would like to thank MSU for sending such an amazing group of Spartans our way! A success-ful, productive, educational and fun trip was had by all, both foreign and local. We appreci-ate MSU selecting 3 Mariposas Montessori as a recipient of students’ services. It is nice knowing that Spartans do good not only throughout their community, but throughout the world as well. Sarah Ross, ’97 Cabarete, Dominican Republic CRITIC SILENCED? Th e redesign is wonderful. I’m sitting down with my Sunday cup of coff ee and reading the magazine before the Sunday papers! And I’m generally quite the critic. I helped fi nance my college education working as a typesetter, back in the olden days when there were such jobs as typesetters. Your continued zest for this publication is appar-ent. Keep up the great work on all fronts. Anne Readett, MA ’86 Okemos My immediate reaction when the brand new look arrived was “wow!” I thumbed through the pages all the way up the hill from the mailbox. Th en—as always—it was cover to cover. Th e Hon. Russ Mawby ’49, PhD ’59 Augusta ☛ We appreciate the view of Russ Mawby, the longtime CEO of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Russ has served as MSU trustee (1992-96) and as chairperson of the national alumni board. –Editor. I did not think it was possible to improve on the format of the MSU Alumni Magazine until the Summer 2011 issue arrived. Bravo! However, I noted one blaring omission—the list of new lifetime members. I hope your decision to not include this list is not a permanent one. Patrick A. Beatty, ’90 Grand Rapids Love the new look of the MSU Alumni Magazine ; bright and informative. Th e article on spring break was very interesting and fun to read! Carol Bowden, ’70 Sun City West, AZ MSU Alumni Magazine | 5 BAD GUYS WON? In regards to your “No More Bags in Stadium” article (Sum-mer 2011, p. 7), I guess we are essentially admitting that the bad guys won. I do hope this ruling will be rescinded before football season starts. Mark Reinheimer, ’84 Dallas, TX ENTICING STORY Th anks for the terrifi c article on the MSU Museum’s MASK: Secrets and Revelations exhibit. I hope the story entices your readers to visit the museum. Th e exhibit, which thanks to Director Gary Morgan and his staff , will be up the whole year, really merits mul-tiple viewings.
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