1. NEW article: WhenProfessors Mulliken and Wood Psychoanalyzed an Artist Who Overheard Them (A Memories Book Bit).
2. NEW article: Looking for Class of 1969 Juniors and Sophomores: Group 1.
3. Spacious Veranda Added to Alumni House.
4.Roomba: My iRobot Adventures with New Technology by Ron Lowder, webmaster.
5. NEW Humor: Elderly Woman's Marriages.
6. NEW Cartoons: Evolution.
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MEMORIES Book Bit
WhenProfessors Mulliken and Wood
Psychoanalyzed an Artist
Who Overheard Them
Dr. Barry Wood's Accounton page 77 *
Ruth Mulliken was a creature of great fun, and this spirit of play gave her a sharp (sometimes stinging) wit .... Sometimes, fun took over her sense of who may be near her as it did one day with me (also most likely to follow fun rather than warnings from inside saying, "Be socially alert!"). We were in Newport Hall's first floor hallway, which had become the first home and gallery for the Peninsula Fine Arts Society. The Society was busy hanging a new one-man show.
I do not remember whether Ruth or I started the hodge-podge of Freudian-Jungian-Skinnerite analysis of the art work as signs of inner working of conflicts in the artist's unconscious and in his painting behaviors--but I do remember our joy turned to individual embarrassments the next day when we were told that the artist had been near us on the floor for his whole "psychoanalysis" and had been quite content not to have to pay for it. To this day, Ruth and I still rehearse the joyful dangers of absent-mindedness.
*"On Building a Collegial Place: Psychology, 1962 - 1972,” by Barry Wood, in Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, by A. Jane Chambers, Rita C. Hubbard, & Lawrence B. Wood, Jr. (Hallmark, 2008). To order book: Send check for $20 made out to Jane Chambers to: Dr. Jane Chambers, 15267 Candy Island Lane, Carrollton, VA 23314. Money (minus mailing cost) is donated to the First Decaders' Treasury.
Because Christopher Newport was transitioning from a 2-year to a 4-year college in the 1968-69 academic session, there was for the first time a junior class. Those students, along with the AA degree and non-degree 1969 sophomores, will be honored at this year's 50th Reunion, which will be at CNU on Friday, May 10th, 2019. The 1969 class will be invited also to attend Saturday morning's Commencement on May 11th.
There are 40 1969 class members stillnot located. Below are the names of 15 or them and 1969 Tridentyearbook photos of 14. More names and photos will be posted in March. If you can help locate any of these former students, please contact us email@example.com (Dr. Jane) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Cap'n. Dave). Thank you!
PATRICIA ROGERS SPEAKMAN (left) is the only AA degree recipient not yet located. WILLIAM G. COMPTON (middle) and MARY E. GRABS (right) are two of the six juniors not yet located. Patricia's photo is from page 42 of the 1969 Trident; those of William and Mary are from page 32.
Above are three more juniors not yet located: DANIEL L. HOGAN (left),CAROL H. KEMP (middle) and MARGARET MOSELEY (right). The photos of Daniel and Carol are from page 32 of the 1969 Trident; that of Margaret from page 33.
The photo of juniorBARBARA MOSSER (left) is from page 33 of the 1969 Trident. There is no photo of sophomore FRANCES BASS. Sophomore ROBERT L. BEARD's photo is from page 33 of the yearbook.
FRANCES E. CRAVER (left) was Vice President of the sophomore class. RONALD L. CLAIR (middle) and NINA D. COHEE (right) were also sophomores. All 3 photos are from page 35 of the 1969 Trident.
The photo of sophomore JAMES I. DUNAWAY (left) is from page 35 of the 1969 yearbook. Those of JAMES E. ELLIOTT (middle) and SUSAN M. FALLON (right) are from page 36.
Please help us locate these 1969 Class members.
We will update information on them with the words
on their photos.
Published February 22, 2019
Spacious Veranda Added to Alumni House
by A. Jane Chambers
with photos and information
from CNU's Office of Alumni Relations
The above photo was taken from the McKnight Conservatory, the largely glassed-in room on the north end of Christopher Newport's Gregory P. Klich Alumni House. The room was named in honor of Matt and Terri McKnight, who were Alumni House Leadership Donors in 2014, having contributed $25,000 or more to the alumni house building fund. The view through the open door is that of a new addition to the Alumni House, a spacious veranda named the Terri M. McKnight ('86) Veranda.
In 2018, Matt McKnight decided to surprise his wife with this veranda in her name--a second major contribution to her alma mater and that of three of their children. Construction began in October and was completed in early December. A private dedication ceremony to honor Terri was held on December 8, attended by CNU President Paul Trible and wife, Rosemary, Alumni Relations officers, and close friends and family of the McKnights.
The dedication ceremony included remarks by President Trible and Matt McKnight, champagne, and many photographs. Above left are Terri and Matt McKnight at the fountain. Above right are the couple at the outside entrance to the veranda, marked by a plaque bearing its name.
The photo above was taken looking west, toward Moore's Lane. The one below was taken looking east, toward parking lot M. The veranda's paving is uniform, but the sun makes it look as if some of it is just cement.
Below is a close-up view of the propane gas operated fire pit and the fountain, neither of which were turned on for these pictures. During events held here, cushions will be provided for more comfortable seating in the wrought-iron chairs.
This spacious new area will be used for many purposes, both university-related events and private events. It will be an ideal location for sit-down luncheons in pleasant weather. It was designed also to be tented for private events or events occurring when weather outlooks are uncertain.
This closing photo shows Baxter Vendrick, our Director of the Office of Alumni Relations (center) with the McKnights (left) and some of their close friends who joined them on December 8, 2018, to surprise and honor Terri McKnight and to celebrate yet another gift to CNU. All of us in the Christopher Newport family are fortunate to have such loyal supporters as the McKnights.
Like most couples, my wife and I each have chores related to keeping our lives organized and our home clean and safe. One of my chores happens to be vacuuming the house on a regular basis. So, like most men with a regular chore that consumes valuable time (at least an hour every two days or so in my case), I have always been on the lookout for ways to accomplish a thankless task without spending the time normally required.
One day I was at Lowes and happened upon the aisle where the robot vacuum cleaners are displayed. My mind immediately went crazy with the possibilities of such amazing technology available to relieve me of my laborious task of vacuuming. And low and behold, the robot vacuums were on sale! After careful consideration of the various models on display, I purchased the iRobot 890 model.
When I came home with the iRobot (Roomba), my wife was skeptical. "How well does that thing clean?" she asked. I had to demonstrate its talents. She was (at first) reluctant to accept the robot into our family but soon came to accept “him” (as we have tagged a male gender to the device even though “he” has a female voice when “he” gets stuck.) His home within our home became our foyer, a central location for him since it provides equal access to all parts of our first floor.
We have four animals: two dogs and two cats. While Roomba is cleaning the house, the two dogs tend to ignore him (unless he bumps into them, which is gentle) but the cats are both afraid of the creature and stay on a elevated surface the entire time he is running. Likewise, our three-year-old granddaughter is careful to be on a staircase step or sitting on a chair when Roomba is vacuuming...but is entertained by watching him work.
Roomba is loaded with sensors that help him navigate during cleaning. But he does get into trouble occasionally, which requires human intervention. We have a fireplace in our living room with a recliner chair beside the hearth. He often gets stuck between the chair and the hearth and screams out (in his female voice) for help, with all four of his indicator lights flashing frantically.
All in all, Roomba is truly amazing from a technological standpoint. It does a very good job cleaning our floors and carpets. And there is even a model available that empties the dust bin when the cleaning job is completed. Remembering back to my childhood, it was a big day when my dad brought home our first Electrolux vacuum, which was built like a tank and lasted my entire youth. So where do we go from here technologically? Who knows! Perhaps I'll ask my Echo Dot (Alexa, who can communicate with Roomba)...she seems to know everything!
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Published February 8, 2019
Elderly Woman's Marriages
by A. Non
A local news station was interviewing an 80-something-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again as an octogenarian, and then about her new husband’s occupation.
“He’s a funeral director,” she answered.
The newsman thought that was interesting. He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.
She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years.
After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, and a preacher when in her 60’s, and now – in her 80’s – a funeral director The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.
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