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The Albright Reporter
Albright College
13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Fax: 610-921-7295
E-mail: jstoudt@alb.edu

 

Dear Albright Reporter,

I am writing in response to your article in the spring 2006 issue titled “Who Was William ‘Lone Star’ Dietz?”

While attending a federal government youth authority camp in June 1941, I was examined by a doctor Schott, Albright’s team doctor, who asked if I was interested in a football scholarship to Albright College. Naturally, I responded “yes.”

During August 1941, I had an opportunity to meet Lone Star Dietz at his residence in Reading. While there I met an elegant, very handsome and stunning young lady who was introduced to me as his daughter. I note nothing in the article by Francine Scoboria about a daughter. She certainly appeared to be of American Indian heritage.

I played freshman football that year at Albright. I saw Lone Star daily during the season and I am convinced that he has to be of American Indian heritage also.

Prior to coming to Albright and while living 40 miles from Reading, Lone Star Dietz and
Jim Thorpe were household names, revered sports legends and as much an idol as
President F.D.R. My recollection is Lone Star Dietz was captain of the Carlisle Indians team at that time.

I was in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving with many American Indian members from Oklahoma and Texas. I will be forever convinced that Lone Star was an Indian. No parents of German decent could ever claim this great man as an offspring.

I had not heard anything of Lone Star Dietz since I left Albright in 1942, and I am very
saddened by his plight in later years. Does anyone know anything about a possible
daughter?

Jack Breslin ’45

Editor’s Note: According to research conducted by author Tom Benjey, Lone Star Dietz did not have any children with either of his wives.


Dear Albright Reporter,

I read with interest J. Dale Yoder’s letter to the editor in the summer 2006 issue. As the photographer who photographed Dr. Yoder as the“Golden Boy,” I was delighted
to hear that my photograph gave him both pleasure and “water cooler status.”

As a 1957 graduate of the College, most of my college career was dedicated to documenting many unforgettable moments during these years.

Many of the photographs used in our yearbook, the Cue, have been used on various occasions over the years by the College for reproduction in both The Reporter and for other special events.

Photography had always been my passion and, upon graduation, became my profession as well. I am delighted that, over the years, these photographs have become such an integral part of Albright College history!

I continue these efforts, even at my age, with the same passion; albeit a bit less energy!

Albright (and its’ alumni) will always hold a special place in THIS old guy’s heart for its
continued interest in my work.

Melvin J. Horst ’57

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