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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 authors story.
I remember our collective response was confusion, and the students
asked each other, Whats the point? But finding
the photos made the project special, putting a face with a name,
a snapshot of the writers era and persona. It was that aesthetic
touch that made the journal unique, and Ill always keep mine.
The reading journal is one reason Ill never forget Dr. Warde
or his class.
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
note: Walt Parker says the young lady in the center is Kathryn
along my praise to the photographer who did the cover portrait for
the winter 2001 issue. Really excellent work!
I looked hard for the photographers credit but could only
find the general photographer credits on the masthead. I see the
writers credit. Where is the photographers credit? Cover
work should carry a special credit somewhere!
note: That portrait was the work of senior university photographer
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
dont 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.
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
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.
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.