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Tufton Was Here

Tufton solution 3.0

Many alumni wrote in with the solution to last issue’s hidden Tufton reference: the neat pile of rocks on p. 30. they were amused, as are we, that Tufton Beamish found his way to the Neolithic era.

Steve Fullmer ’78 even asked when we were going to reveal the Willamette time machine, but that will have to wait for a future issue. they’re working on it over in Olin Hall, we think.

Where’s Tufton this time? Who’s going to get the prize for finding him?


More on That VW

After reading the Spring 2012 issue of the Scene, I found information about the model T that was around the area from about 1948 to 1952. Scotty Washburn ’50 was right about the car showing up on the front side of Eaton Hall, with the sign “Honest Herb’s Used Cars.” the car also showed up on the porch of the Capitol Building.

It was owned by four gentlemen from Bend and was painted in cardinal and gold. the owners were Don Benson ’52; Jack Weisser ’52, JD’55; Don Pritchett ’52; and [Gene] Maudlin ’52. It was well-equipped with an overdrive, but the headlights did not work. to drive it at night, someone had to lie on the fender and hold a flashlight.

— Doug Logue ’52


Scene Spring 2012

Orkney and Home

I thoroughly enjoyed the spring issue of The Scene. Of particular interest was the cover story on archaeology in the Orkney Islands of Scotland, just north of my birthplace. The other articles were also enlightening, educational and entertaining. Keep up the good work.

— David Wood '56


The Whole Farm

To fill in a few notes…

The cow in Eaton was an independent/Belknap affair — they shot it, drew and quartered it to remove it — I wasn't involved, but it was pretty outrageous, as were most independent activities.

I had a roommate named Washburn — no bear — but the wrestling team cooked coyote, skunk and possum on the Belknap lawn. They bow hunted in their spare time? Nothing like cooked skunk for starving wrestlers.

— Vance McFarland '67


Don't Forget the Partners

Mary Stillings has been out of "the scene" for a while, but not many letters have been published about professors' wives who have passed away. Better late than never!

Stillings seemed to me like one of those extraordinarily stable and fortunate people somewhat sheltered by WU and her philosophical, outdoorsy professor husband, Ed. A lot of us former students were invited to dine with Ed and Mary or sometimes we just dropped by and always found them very welcoming.

One lunch, Ed requested that Mary cook up something. She wasn't as eager as usual, so she prepared a quivering m ass of sparkling green Jello, full of horseradish, hot peppers and several exotic spices. None of us overindulged.

Memories of her continue to inspire me. Wives of good professors are not to be taken for granted!

— Everett Holt Williams '63


Mystery Letter

For the most confounding letter we received this time around, read it here.


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