John Dimos '85 with Todd Rungren and his band
So, you’re John Dimos (Call Sign: Lord Thunderstick) and you’re a fan of Todd Rungren. You’re attending the first of two sold out shows in Evanston, IL. Todd announces they do not have a drummer for the Evanston shows…
John, Lord Thunderstick,begins to think…hey, I can help them out.
Small challenges…no rehearsal and no set song list. Really free wheeling…but GREAT FUN. John jumps in and the rest is history!!!
Here’s Todd Rungren’s Twitter post: https://twitter.com/toddrundgren/status/208064069255708673/photo/1
The Psychology Reception
Charlie Hoagland ’07 and his wife Aasha (r) attended the Psychology Department’s reception on Saturday afternoon of the Big Bash. Here they chat with Professors Eric Olofson, Karen Gunther (behind Eric), and Bobbie Horton.
We have a great Psychology faculty and the study of Psychology has changed so much over the years. It’s fun and exciting to get a chance to talk to these scientists/mentors/teachers.
For those of you wondering if Wabash will ever be able to find someone to replace Professor X…just go talk to this team.
Footnote: this reception was planned and hosted by the Psychology faculty. The faculty in Physics held a similar one. Our student organization ‘shOUT also hosted a get-together. All drew alumni from the various union classes.
Earl Houck '67
Earl Houck ’67, a class agent, made the trip from Maryland to be here for the Big Bash. I caught up to him on Sunday morning – at this particular instant he was the only alumnus on the mall.
The day was perfect…mild temperature, only a hint of wind, and bright but not too bright.
Earl was doing what I find myself doing more and more – soaking it all in. It was just too good to pass up in a quick walk or even a stroll. He needed to be still…49 years of Wabash kept going through his mind, I’m sure.
He saw me coming…that was too bad. As I took the photo and departed, I hoped his thoughts weren’t interrupted. You get to tarry here for precious little time.
Terry Fewell '62 Bringing In The Shirts
Class agent and reunion chair Terry Fewell started the weekend by delivering the Class of 1962 Big Bash shirts to registration.
Center Stage - The Chapel
Sometimes, you just don’t need a caption…or to say anything.
Class of 2002
The Class of 2002, late Saturday night/early Sunday morning started at least one new Big Bash tradition – painting the bench. Heck, they even autographed it.
The artists of 2002
And as we write this one into the record books, we’re getting plenty of good feedback from a number of attendees on how we can improve the Big Bash and our performance. Appreciate all the help, support, and guidance.
Sawadee “2s” and “7s”.
Class of 1962
Stopped by the Class of 1962 hospitality Suite last night – the group was just starting to pick up steam. Led by class agents Terry Fewell and Thom Feit, they seemed to be pacing themselves, at least in the very early going.
There’s a thing or two up their sleeves…stay tuned as the Big Bash of 2012 unfolds.
The Gordon Peters Bench
Stroll straight north of Detchon Center (Yandes Hall) and you’ll now encounter “The Peters Family” bench. It’s positioned to take maximum advantage of a view of the Arboretum.
Gordon Peters ’52 was an important member of the Wabash community for many, many years. He was crucial in the efforts to renovate the Phi Psi House and played a big role in the Class of 1952 reunion gift for their 50th.
Gordon’s family wanted to offer a similar insight into the beauty of Wabash and funded this bench for all to use and enjoy. Bet we’ll see some of those 1952 guys, back for their 60th reunion this weekend, enjoining the view.
Every One an Alumnus/Spouse/Partner
We built all the packets for the Big Bash yesterday…375 packets in all. Here you see the three boxes of name tags that have also been prepared.
Overall Bash record is 389 alumni…might be getting close!
Charles Hintz '13
Got a note on Memorial Day from Charles Hintz ’13. Here’s what he had to say: “I’m sure that as I write this message you are preparing last minute touches to Big Bash. Meanwhile, 6,000 miles away from Crawfordsville, I have been enjoying my semester abroad in Argentina. In fact, I attached a photo from my ten day trek in Patagonia. Studying abroad has already made many life changing impacts on me. With a new sense of work ethic and vigor, I decided to email you before coming back to campus in August.”
Charles is now also looking into the Foreign Service.
Life changing impacts…
It’s Memorial Day Weekend. The Indy 500, family cookouts, maybe too much TWR with Indiana temps going well into the 1990s. A time to welcome summer.
It’s also a weekend to remember.
Set aside your left or right. Set aside the “we should or should not be doing this or that”. Think, for just a moment, about those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The people. Guys like our own Jeremy Wright. They didn’t defend your freedom to be heroes. They didn’t do it for any other reason than they felt it was their duty. Most came home…but a lot never returned.
Keep their families in your thoughts.
And be safe.
Bob Knowling '77
Bob Knowling spoke this past Sunday on the Hour of Power, a world-wide broadcast from the Crystal Cathedral in California. Yes, Bob did mention Crawfordsville and Wabash College.
Bob’s life story is a great one and he shared part of that with the audience.
If you have never been to the Crystal Cathedral, I strongly recommend you go. Whatever your faith, you’ll have a great experience. The Grunge, a lifelong Catholic, made the televised program singing a hymn dressed in an ND polo shirt! (OK – singing is a relative term.)
Bob made some great points- the video of the program is here.