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What’s on the Horizon?
lettersWOODWARD HOUSE: The house in Leroy, New York, served as a classroom for students in a former academic outreach program, the Wide Horizons Program. (Photo: University Libraries/Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation)

Regarding the article “How Wide Was the Horizon?” (Ask the Archivist, November-December 2015): I was a member of the class in 1957. We met in the Woodward House in Leroy. (It had been gifted to the U of R, but due to the cost of maintaining it, was sold and, I believe, now destroyed.) We would meet in the afternoon and conclude with dinner in the large dining room. Our high school advisors would meet in a separate part of the house.

I believe that the first lecturer was [English professor] Katherine Kollar but don’t remember what book we were expected to read before the lecture. I also remember that [political science professor] Vera Micheles Dean gave a lecture. The one subject I do remember is a presentation on Zeno’s paradox of Achilles and the tortoise but I do not know who was the lecturer.

I graduated from Byron-Bergen Central in 1958, so Genesee County was also included in the Wide Horizons Program. I attended Clarkson College (now Clarkson University) for one year before transferring to the U of R. I graduated in chemical engineering in 1962. (That’s a separate story discussed during our 25th and 50th reunion.)

George Zeltner ’62

Indianapolis

A Few More Yells

The article on “class yells” (”What’s Your Class Yell?”, Ask the Archivist, September-October 2015) evoked a few memories which I thought I would share.

I was a member of the Class of 1952, and don’t remember the class yell. However, I was on the Frosh Orientation Committee for the Class of 1954. They did not come up with a yell, so the committee made one up:

“Hobble gobble, razzle, dazzle, rip, rah, roar, U of R, U of R, fifty-four!”

I was not a member of Chi Rho but did participate with them. As a member of the aforementioned committee, we were responsible for checking in the frosh at each event. We were able to spot freshmen who were in “need” of learning the traditions and pass the names on to Chi Rho for “appropriate instruction.”

Thanks for the memories.

David Rosenthal ’52

Palm Desert, California

The 1962 class cheer:

Yellow and blue, yellow and blue, We’re the class of sixty-two. We’re the class that’s on the top, We’re the class that will not stop. There is nothing we can’t do, U of R, U of R, sixty-two.

Ethan Coven ’62

Berkeley, California

P.S. On getting old: I remember the class cheer, but not where I left my keys.


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