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Along North 13th Street

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The Albright Reporter
Albright College
13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612-5234
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Thank you, Mary Fry Good, for your excellent article, “Albright in the 40s and Beyond” (Fall 2005, Vol. 25, No. 4). It was so well told and brought back many memories of the treasured years.

Albright has been so fortunate to have Mary as a student/graduate, secretary of the Alumni Association and a sincere, helpful friend.

Many thanks and good wishes from your junior high school home economics teacher.

Elva (Weaver) Rittenhouse
Class of 1940

I am always impressed by the quality and reporting of The Albright Reporter and look forward to reading it. As the reporter for our in-house newsletter, The Gazette, of our retirement community, I know the work and effort your staff puts into The Reporter.

The May Day dress circa 1942, pictured in the Fall 2005 issue, was among the many items I donated to the “just beginning” archives when I downsized and moved to St. John’s Herr Estate in 1991. Ella (Propst) Comba was the May Queen in 1942. For the Arch of Honor, we wired lilacs to hockey sticks. Dresses were handmade by mothers, friends and students.

I hope the pictures you printed of items from the archives bring back as many happy memories to other alumni as they do to me.

Thanks for a great job with The Reporter.

Ellen (Witmoyer) Smiley
Class of 1942

I enjoyed reading your story about WXAC-FM (Summer 2005, Vol. 25, No. 3). It brought back many memories. I was the program director from 1971 to 1973. It was under my leadership, along with station manager Harry Martin, music director Rick Eney and a few others who scrapped the irrelevant block programming – dinner music, jazz, classical, pop, folk, etc. – and installed the “Alternative Media” format (or what you called “free form,” although we did have a hourly format for music, news, etc.) which was more suitable to a college radio audience. At the time, we still played records and read news from a teletype machine. The station was located in cramped quarters below the theater near the “band room.” Ah, the good old days.

As you noted, many WXAC “graduates” pursued radio/television careers – which was amazing at the time because the school had no communications or journalism courses. I worked at WRAW after graduation and later at WLYH-TV. Today, I’m a general assignment reporter at the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y. Harry Martin also worked at WRAW and WLYH-TV. (We worked together for a while). Harry later anchored news at WPVI in Philadelphia and I think he is currently an anchor at a New York City station. Don Fehr worked at KYW in Philadelphia. John Beakley was on the air at WSBA radio in York. Bill Brosey worked at WRAW and WEEU in Reading. I’m sure I’m missing many others.

Anyway, thanks for writing about the station.

Bill Moyer
Class of 1973


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