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The North Texan, University of North Texas, Office of University Communications and Marketing, P.O. Box 311070, Denton, Texas 76203-1070.

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‘Aesthetic’ touch

I was thrilled to see your profile of Dr. Bill Warde, one of my favorite professors at UNT (winter 2001). His comment that “aesthetics makes life worth living” was always true in his class and perhaps best exemplified by one of his assignments. In his short story course, we were asked to keep a reading journal, an exercise familiar to English majors in countless other classes. But what made the journal unique was that Dr. Warde asked us to find pictures of each author and place them by our critique of each author’s story.

I remember our collective response was confusion, and the students asked each other, “What’s the point?” But finding the photos made the project special, putting a face with a name, a snapshot of the writer’s era and persona. It was that “aesthetic” touch that made the journal unique, and I’ll always keep mine. The reading journal is one reason I’ll never forget Dr. Warde or his class.

Jason Rainey (’97)


photo of Travis Lattner ('42) and Kathryn Walker ('40)

Flying bombers

I commend you for the very excellent winter issue of The North Texan. I especially enjoyed the story about the Pearl Harbor survivors project in the UNT Oral History Collection. I feel fortunate to have been interviewed by Ron Marcello a few months ago, along with Harley Redin (’42, ’50 M.S.). Harley and I were Marine pilots flying the famous B-25 twin-engine bomber in the Solomon Island area of the South Pacific.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the article about Walt Parker. One reason I enjoyed this story so much is that in the picture of Walt at the dance, I happen to be the gentleman in the middle. I cannot identify the pretty young lady I was dancing with. Can you help me identify her?

Travis Lattner
Jr. (’42)

Editor’s note: Walt Parker says the young lady in the center is Kathryn Walker (’40).


Credit due
Please pass along my praise to the photographer who did the cover portrait for the winter 2001 issue. Really excellent work!

I looked hard for the photographer’s credit but could only find the general photographer credits on the masthead. I see the writer’s credit. Where is the photographer’s credit? Cover work should carry a special credit somewhere!

Peter Poulides (’76)
via e-mail

Editor’s note: That portrait was the work of senior university photographer Angilee Wilkerson.


Happy reader

It is a delight to receive The North Texan magazine, which seems to improve with each issue. In all my years as an ex-student, I don’t think I have ever felt more close to the old school ties.

The very first issue (summer 1997) was a special surprise with the article comparing the methods of producing the college newspaper.

As associate editor of The Campus Chat in the early 1940s, I was pleasantly pleased to see our staff pictured with our vintage equipment! We did well to put out a weekly edition, so I am really impressed with the smooth operation of a daily.

North Texas has made marvelous strides since our time there. Keep up the good work.

Irene Bagley
Burleson (’44)


photo of U N T's mascot, Scrappy


What is the UNT mascot? Once upon a time it was the Eagles. Now it seems, at least in The North Texan and the Dallas Morning News, the mascot is the Mean Green.

Giving up Eagles for Mean Green is disconcerting. What mascot could symbolize more an established and long-standing university athletic system?

When mascots were first decided upon, Eagles had to be one of the first mascots selected — and UNT got it

Now to push Eagles aside and replace it with Mean Green ... please.

Philip Watson (’71)

Editor’s note: Thanks for sharing your opinion with us. As a point of clarification, the mascot has not changed. Scrappy, the Eagle mascot, will continue to roam the sidelines, and our cheers will still use Eagles. In fact, the eagle became an 80-year-old tradition this year. Mean Green has become the renewed battle cry because it is a nickname unlike any other in the United States. Because of its uniqueness, Mean Green was revived to help in marketing and bringing visibility to the program.



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