“Make no small plans. They are unworthy of your ability and your opportunity.” Herman B Wells
In 1962, the final year of his tenure as IU president, Herman Wells announced at commencement: “During the past 25 years I personally signed the diplomas of all [62,621] graduates. Neither printing press nor mechanical device of any type has been used to multiply my signature. Each diploma has been read as well as signed, one at a time. This has given me a sense of direct identification with each graduate. Many of the names I have recognized, recalling pleasant contacts and mutual experiences during college days. In other cases the names have brought to mind fathers, mothers, or other relatives of my undergraduate era or earlier. But whether I recognized the name or not, in the act of signing I felt some individual participation in the joy and satisfaction of each graduate who had won his degree with conscientious work and application.” Among the beloved President’s accomplishments was the desegregation of the Bloomington campus and defending sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. Wells, I am confident, would have championed Anne Balay’s case and realized the harm to the university of firing her. For certain he'd have insisted on meeting her rather than let underlings decide her fate. Like me, Herman never really retired.
I don’t envy Anne having to deal with all the ramifications of being unemployed. She and Tonj’a Pres Robinson posted photos from Anne’s book-signing party. Tonj’a once worked in Instructional Media Services and recalled receptionist Crystal, who would always say, “Have a good one,” a phrase I sometimes now use, always thinking of her when I do.
I made reservations for three rooms near Lancaster, PA, for the fourth weekend in July, as the Lane family, including J.B. IV (me) and J. B. V, will visit Wheatland, the estate of President James Buchanan.
I love the word play in Alyssa Black’s “Police Light,” recently published in Miracle magazine.
She said, siege shed, and seal the deal
Fire fight, run I might, first to find or feel
High light, hindsight, heavy-hand appeal
Drownded, dunder-head, dreaded, golden eel.”
William Buckley dropped off some poems, including this excerpt from “The Great Lay-Off” (2009).
“60,000 steelworkers, drivin’ south,
60,000 who lost their skill.
60,000 workers comin’ back,
and wives pack kids in U-HAULS.”
In “Lawrence in Arabia” Scott Anderson wrote: “The modern Middle East was largely created by the British. It was they who carried the Allied war effort in the region during World War I and who, at its close, principally fashioned its peace. It was a peace presaged by the nickname given the region by Covetous Allied leaders in wartime: ‘the great Loot.’ As one of Britain’s most important and influential leaders in that arena, T.E. Lawrence was intimately connected to all, good and bad, that was to come.” What mischief European imperialists cause, not only in the Middle East but Africa and South Asia as well.
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter died of prostate cancer at age 76. Wrongly convicted of murder on the basis of testimony of two criminals who later recanted their testimony, he spent nearly 20 years in jail before exonerated. Bob Dylan championed his cause, and Denzel Washington earned an Oscar nomination for playing him in a 1999 film. After his release Carter moved to Toronto and became director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted.
Jeff Manes interviewed 70 year-old Sandra Zaiko, who claims to have dated both Phil Everly and Joe Cocker. And that Phil wanted to marry her. She claims his dad was briefly a Baptist preacher in Hammond and that Don and Phil were in the choir. So far I can’t find any evidence to substantiate her claim, but Phil did attend Indiana State for a short while. Jeff started his column with lines from John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” that go: “No matter how hard I try, the years just flow by like a broken down dam.”
NWI Times reporter Carmen McCollum wrote about IUN Criminal Justice professor Monica Solinas-Saunders teaching a course at the Lake County Corrections Center involving both prisoners and SPEA students. It’s called the Inside-Outside Prison Exchange Program on Offender Re-entry. Students refer to themselves as Insiders or Outsiders. Insider Tammy Moore said that some of the Outsiders “were scared of us in the beginning. Now they see that we are good people. We made a mistake. They have more compassion for us. Not everybody in prison is a bad person.” Monica added: “You have to be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand what they are going through. Students develop empathy and compassion, which is needed in their profession.”