Although my senior class was not yet due back at college, by special WOBC arrangement with Dean of Students George Langeler I returned to Oberlin on Wednesday morning, September 4. I was now Station Director, and my Executive Board and I had to get ready to resume broadcasting the following Tuesday.
We tried to impress upon them early that our call letters were to be pronounced in full as double-you oh bee see, not reduced to the woefully colloquial woe bee see.
Jan Olson stopped by, too. As I mentioned last month, her sprained and broken ankle had required surgery to remove bone chips, so she was now wearing a walking cast.
She was amused to see me conversing with a young first-year student of the female persuasion. Afterwards Jan remarked on how the girl had been flirting with the powerful broadcast executive me. I had no idea that any flirting had been taking place. I'd missed that completely.
Services the First Week
The next morning we went to church. Jan had become a Methodist less than a fortnight before, and she had answered I will when asked if she would uphold the church with her attendance. Therefore I invited her to accompany me to the First United Methodist Church in Oberlin.
I had begun attending here as a freshman in September 1965. But by September 1966 there was a different minister, Forrest J. Waller, who didn't impress me. I haven't been getting much at all out of the services lately. He seems to know what he's doing, but so far his sermons haven't said too much. In the first one I heard, he just related the story of Moses, occasionally inserting a comment but never really drawing any conclusions from the story as a whole. The following April, I gave up and switched to the First Church in Oberlin, affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
Now here I was back at First U.M. for the third Sunday in Kingdomtide.
Firing Up the Transmitter
The following evening, Monday, September 9, WOBC staff meetings were held in Studio A. Control engineers conferred at 4:30 PM, the news department at 7:30, and the popular and classical music departments at 9:00.
We began regular broadcasting the next morning with Sunrise! at 7:00 AM, followed five hours later by a live broadcast of President Robert K. Carr's annual assembly address from Finney Chapel. That night at 11:15 on Oberlin Digest, incoming freshmen were interviewed about their first impressions of the campus.
Serving Time in Oberlin
For my first three years at Oberlin, food for the dining halls had been provided by the SAGA Corporation, which served more than 400 universities, colleges, hospitals, and retirement homes. We frequently complained about SAGA and referred to it as the South American Garbage Association. Did our complaints have any affect? Possibly. At any rate, a different food service took over for my senior year: Hi Continental Corporation.
I wrote home that as a new company, Hi-C had made some improvements: better-quality meat, more interest in serving the students, less obsession with making a profit. But Hi-C was still using the same facilities and the same lower-level employees, including students. They did continue the tradition of steak on Saturday evenings, though we had to wait in line for half an hour to be served a steak that wasn't really that good except when it was prepared as London broil.
Church the Second Week
Church-going people customarily attend every week, right? In a note to Jan on Saturday, September 14, I courteously suggested two possible timetables for our church attendance the next day. However, I was still rather inept socially, and I failed to phrase the alternatives in the form of a question. Her indignant response: