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

Dear Albright Reporter,

Many Americans share a realistic sense of betrayal by Dan Rather and CBS News, but do not have any idea what to do about it. To be the pawns of shallow, inept, deliberate “yellow” journalism deservedly allows us to label Dan Rather the most callous of all journalists. Let’s give him and CBS News and all of their TV stations a reprimand by boycotting (refuse to watch and listen) not just their news programs, but all of their programs. If one wants to invest in a 37-cent stamp, write to them and tell them that you refuse to watch CBS ‘period.’

Next, one might remind them that the boycott need not be permanent. In order to get viewers again CBS must change to a 24 hour per day “Alternative Energy” channel. And what, you may ask, would an alternative energy channel do? Let’s find out.

How many untapped Thomas Edisons in the field of alternative energy remain out there that have ideas that need reinforcement? We’re in for a big surprise if we think that the answers are going to come from the government. Truly, we need a breakthrough so realistically some day soon we will be able to honestly tell the oil producing Arab countries that their grandchildren will have to ‘shove’ their oil someplace else and that there will be eventually no exchange of oil for food
programs benefiting starving Arab countries.

Was it not from the Eagles song, “Already Gone” that we heard: “So often times it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key”? Let’s force CBS to reincarnate into an Alternative Energy Network and let’s not wait until tomorrow. Let’s get on with this transition now by refusing to deal with CBS thereby allowing them to realize that no one of any major importance is watching any of their programs.

John Longanecker ’68


Dear Albright Reporter,

Thank you for a very good edition of the Albright Reporter. I know a lot of hard work goes into this publication.

My wife and I were discussing the death notices in the Albright Reporter, and we both agree that there should be information about the cause of death. Since this information is included in the newspaper obituary, it should be also included in the Albright publication. I think this policy of not mentioning the cause of death goes back to the old days when this was considered tasteless or offensive.

The truth is that the death notices, without a cause, create more questions and concern. Remember that many of these
people are our classmates and contemporaries, and this information is very important to the readers.

Dave Mink ’68

Editor’s Note: When printing obituaries, The Albright Reporter prints only that information that can be validated as having come from official sources, which oftentimes don’t provide a great level of detail. We also respect the family’s wishes with regard to the amount and type of information we print.


Dear Albright Reporter,

I just wanted to tell you that I always look forward to getting the Albright Reporter. I read the whole thing from front cover to back. It’s a nice feeling that our alumni are doing great things. Albright may be small but it’s a first class education, and I am proud I went there. Thanks for a great magazine.

Dominique Reigle ’01


Dear Albright Reporter,

I want to extend my congratulations to Ashley Kelso ’07 for her successful running of this year’s Boston Marathon. I would also like her to know that as a senior at Albright in ’75, I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2:53:36 after competing four years on the cross country team and also qualifying for Boston by running the Philadelphia Marathon. Since then I have run Boston 13 more times including 1976, when the temperature reached 96 degrees and 1979, when I ran a PR of 2:39:58. Most recently I competed in 2002, at age 48, running in a time of 3:44:37. Like Ashley, I have the same mindset to run Boston as many times as possible and see running as a great stress reliever and a regular part of my day. Best wishes to Ashley for all her future marathons and goals.

Richard Petronella, M.D. ’75


Dear Albright Reporter,

I have just received my fall copy of the Albright Reporter and was reading the article about the new fashion program at Albright. I am still taking in all the information but had to stop and write to you when I saw the small section about the Fashion Resource Library.

As a sociology major, having graduated in 1965, I had little to do with the Home Economics Department as it was then known. However, at this time in my life I have started a large collection of vintage advertising coat hangers. In fact, I own 1,950 assorted coat hangers. In recent years I have been involved in two different thrift shops and could never throw away the old
advertising coat hangers. Instead, I became a collector. From the little research that I have been able to do, it appears that coat hangers came into existence at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Many of the hangers also have interesting vintage graphics.

At this time I am not interested in donating the collection (should the College want it) but would love to learn if there is anyone who is interested in doing research about coat hangers, using my collection as a research tool. I have some old wire hangers that are simple but certainly different from the ones that we now receive from the dry cleaners. I also have old hangers from
dry cleaners when they were used to hang linens; and of course, there are many purloined hangers from hotels as well as hangers from department stores, transportation companies, and haberdashers - even some from the Reading area, e.g., Yorgey’s Cleaners and Croll and Keck.

What better way for students to not only look and touch, as Mr. Steinbruck says, but to learn the history of how garments were hung, both in the stores that sold them and for storage after they were purchased? Since my collection covers a period of time prior to the years when telephone numbers were only two digits long (as is the case on some of my hangers) to contemporary times, the student can see the evolution of coat hangers.

If there is any interest in reviewing my collection, I can think of no better place than my alma mater for a group to do the research. Please let me know if the interest is mutual.

Dorothy Neisel Johnson ’65

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