Class of '42
October 1999

Dear Classmates:

Recently at the annual United Nations Rally in Minneapolis the main speaker who was one of the principal heads of the Year of the Older Persons sponsored by the UN for this year, quoted an African Probverb:

"When an older person dies, a library burns."

Now isn’t that a poignant piece of wisdom? And I suspect many of us can relate to that concept. It really hit me when I think of my brother, John, who passed away earlier this year. There have been many times in which a thought has come to mind and the answer to which could come only from John. But that "library" is gone so some thoughts and questions must go unanswered.

I suspect many of you have your own experiences related to "libraries."

But let’s get back to proverbs. They were a marvelous invention when you think about it. They are so simple yet profound.

One that came to our family from our father―“You have to take things as they come” has been a good one for me and my siblings. There’s no point to cursing the weather, the flat tire (just fix it), and myriad of other possibilities.

So what’s the purpose of this rambling on proverbs? Just this:

What are some of the proverbs, those special gems, those little pieces of wisdom that were passed on to you from your parents, aunts, uncles, maybe neighbors?

I wish you would send them to me. A postcard is sufficient. I’d like to pass them on to our class in a future letter. I think it would be fun to share the wisdom that touched our lives.

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,492 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new BookMark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps breakup the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal

arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. All tickets are presently sold out.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibition in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

Now we’re off and running in a new fund year and, of course, we hope we will top last year. Our total then was $29,167.01. and what with the one cent? There were gifts of stock from some classmates and the odd cents can come via those transactions.

Speaking of stock, that’s a good way to make a gift especially if you enjoyed a handsome gain over the years. We gave some stock we bought at five bucks a share that had gone to fifteen so with no capitol gains we got credit for the fifteen a share. (And Gustavus got a bigger gift.)

The new Evelyn Young Dining Room is fabulous and the students love it. The long lines are gone. There are several serving stations so you take your pick: one for salads, another for hot foods, and for pasta, one called "United Nations" serving ethnic foods, (could be French, Swedish, Chinese, etc.) Choose what you like and top it off with a mouth-watering dessert and you’ve got it made. It’s worth the trip just to go there for Sunday dinner, but go in time for Chapel, too.

There’s an envelope included for you and I hope you will make the biggest year-end gift ever which will go toward our Year 2000 goal.

Best wishes…

C. Eddie Johnson

1942 Class Agent

P.S. When you send in your gift make a note of what you do in your volunteer activities. I’m sure we have lots of hard-working people among our group of ’42.