Wolfing in 1950
the right bank of the Kiskiminetas River, less than 10 miles east of
my present home, lies the palindromic borough of Apollo, PA.
200-acre town has lost half its population since 1950, and today
there are only 1,500 residents.
yellow arrow marks the location of 310 South Second Street.
address is a doctor's office now.
in the fall of 1950, when Mrs. Lee Roy King was living here, the
postman delivered a 16-page magazine to her door.
it wasn't a magazine exactly. It was a Wolf Book, mailed by
the folks at Oberlin College out in Ohio. Hi, said
the label. Oh, hi!
King received it because on Page 6 was a portrait of her daughter
Barbara King, who had just enrolled at Oberlin. Barbara
was included among 385 members of the new Class of 1954.
Yes, the Wolf Book was a photo directory of all the freshmen.
I myself was an Oberlin freshman 15 years later, my parents likewise
received a copy of the latest edition. Of course, they
recognized almost none of the pictures, so I wrote
home to tell them something about a few of my classmates.)
70 years later, Mrs. King's Wolf Book somehow ended up on eBay.
I immediately seized the opportunity to acquire it and share it with you!
publication had been put together by the 1951 staff of the college
yearbook, the Hi-O-Hi, including editor Tony Armer and
business manager Henry Kaufmann.
cover artwork, The Progress of Wolfing Down Through the
Ages, was by 20-year-old Bruce Mattoon. His commentary
appeared on the inside of the cover, and I've quoted it below in
red. I've also enlarged and colorized his three depictions of a
wolf is a wolf in any age.
the first picture we have the knight in armor trying to make love to
his damsel fair. It was two centuries later when they
discovered the bathing suit.
her horse is looking askance at his.]
next picture shows the originator of the running out of
gas technique swinging into action.
his motorcar's tank is empty by displaying a dry dipstick, the
measuring device in those days before gas gauges.]
third masterpiece represents contemporary wolfing. No longer
do we wolves rely on moonlight and roses. The television set
has arrived. No longer do the young of our race trot off to the
theatre to enjoy the nutritious bone-building popcorn and the
darkened back rows. No longer.
last picture is significant because it implies that the art of
wolfing is passing through one of its most critical stages. The
question I had upmost in my mind as I drew it was: Will wolfing
be able to stand the test of contemporary civilization?
Clearly, it is up to the Class of 1954 to meet this challenge and to
fight for the survival of this glorious art.
opened the cover, we see the first page below. I'm sure you
recognize many of these eager young faces.
I do recognize one person: George Andrews, the first guy in
the third row.
connections go back to the very first decade of Oberlin's
existence. His great-great-grandmother was the 13th woman to
graduate from the college, way back in 1841. Also, George's
father was a member of Oberlin's undefeated football team in 1921.
himself played football as a freshman in 1950. Later he became
a Senior Advisor in the Men's Building.
importantly, beginning in 1962 he was a mathematics professor at
Oberlin for 35 years. A much beloved teacher,
President Nancy Dye called him in 1995. Students at all levels
praise the thoughtfulness and clarity of his class presentations, his
accessibility, and his extraordinary helpfulness outside of
class. He chaired the math department, the Athletics
Committee, and the Heisman Club.
don't think I took any classes from Professor Andrews when I was a
student in the late 1960s.
it was in 1968 that he and his wife Marlene bought this Greek
Revival house at 174 East College Street. It would be their
home for the next 41 years.
retirement, Dr. Andrews moved into Kendal at Oberlin, a senior
living community on the north edge of town. According to Molly
blog post in May 2018, he still attends all the college
reunions. I go down to the alumni office several times to
see the schedule and look for former students, he says.
One commencement is just as enjoyable as the next because you
know almost everyone mathematically speaking.
if my math is correct, George will celebrate the 65th
anniversary of his graduation in May 2019. We hope to see him
at the reunion!