Rearview Mirror

100 years ago, The New Hampshire, May 29, 1912:
"A meeting of the editors throughout New Hampshire was held Saturday, May 25, in the college gymnasium. The visitors spent the forenoon inspecting the college buildings and grounds and at one o 'clock sat down in the 'gym' to a good old-fashioned clam bake with all the fixings served by caterer Simpson. It took the diners a long time to tell whether or not the dinner was a good one, some of them not feeling competent to judge until after consuming their fourth lobster and second helping of short-cake. After cigars were lit [they] pushed back their chairs to listen to the opening remarks of Pres. W.D. Gibbs. He spoke of the need of close relations between the college and the newspapers and of the aid which the papers can give in helping spread the work of the institution throughout the state. He introduced Mr. George W. Fowler of the 'Manchester Union' who was followed by Mr. Albert DeMeritt '[19]04 of Durham, Chas. J. O'Neill of the 'Cheshire Republican,' and Burtt E. Warren '34 of the 'Nashua Telegraph.' All were unanimous in their praise of the work the college is doing and hoped that all the newspapers will unite in giving New Hampshire College a 'boost' in their columns. Following the banquet the editors were given an automobile ride about the village in which the various points of historic interest were pointed out. On their return a ball game was played between the editors, captained by 'Tom' Twomey '[19]13 of the 'New Hampshire,' and the faculty under the leadership of 'Pa' Taylor. The final score is in doubt owing to the fact that official scorekeeper [Philip] Gowen '[19]12 had his hat rammed over his eyes during the excitement caused by a three bagger hit by 'Big Six' Taylor. Authentic reports have it, however, that the faculty aggregation was [victorious] by the score of 14 to 8."

75 years ago in the New Hampshire Alumnus,
May 1937:

"Have you ever been confronted with the question, 'What famous or interesting people have graduated from your university?' There are U.N.H. men who have become distinguished in their particular field. We all know and reverence the name of Charles Harvey Hood '[18]80. But what of the women? Last fall the Alumnae Council, believing that it would be of interest to Senior women to know more about interesting New Hampshire alumnae, started to collect names... Can you imagine riding a mule over gullies that used to be roads; tying your boat to the window ledge of a second-story hotel window; feeding over 2,000 hungry people with 12 feet of water everywhere? These are just some of the things that [Executive Secretary, Evanston, Ind., branch, Red Cross] Polly Bailey Fieser '20 has done... Dr. Medora V. Eastwood '27, Tufts Medical '34, has hung up her shingle in Plymouth, Mass., and tells us 'As to women in Medicine... there is still a great deal of prejudice to be overcome and so the struggle for equality goes on.'"
—From an article by Helen Henderson '36

50 years ago in the New Hampshire Alumnus,
April 1962:

"Its corridors are narrow, its stairs are steep, but the work which is going on inside DeMeritt Hall is more than up-to-date. The university's atomic physics laboratory is housed there. So is the 'space lab' which turns out satellite components for the Air Force and NASA. Last year, the university added another ultra-modern facility--a Computation Center which serves as a super slide-rule for a variety of UNH departments. Heart of the installation is an IBM 1620. To the layman, this machine is an 'electronic brain' which can do everything except sing its answers.
—From the cover story "Super Slide Rule"

25 years ago in the New Hampshire Alumnus,
Spring 1987:

" 'Golly, I can still remember seeing Robin Williams do his alien act that first time on "Happy Days." I thought, uh-oh, this person is very special, what can we find for him to do?' Carsey was instrumental in getting 'Mork and Mindy' off the ground. As for being The First or The Only ranking woman executive in television then, Carsey says now, 'Oh, it fascinated other folks a lot more than it did me.'... Carsey says there is no 'magic formula' for success. 'There's just your drive, your eagerness, your humor, your willingness to take risks, look foolish, jump into something. You swim around for a while, do your best and learn to define what you want for yourself.' "
—From the article "Behind Prime-Time Comedy" by Larkin Warren '79, about Marcy Peterson Carsey '66, who at ABC and later at her own production company (with Tom Werner), Carsey-Werner, was responsible for some of the most successful comedy programs on TV, including "The Bill Cosby Show." Warren was the chief of research at Esquire magazine at the time; she described herself as graduating on the "15-year plan" from UNH and was a freshman in Randall Hall when Carsey was dorm president. She is now a poet, writer and collaborating author.
Read the 1987 article (pdf format)

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