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Mizzou Mail

Spring 2009 Mizzou cover recreated

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I was taken by your barn and windmill cover shot (Spring 2009) and decided to see if I could come close to building the barn.  My one-dimensional version measures about 6 inches by 6 inches.

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I wish I could find a barn that looks like that here in eastern Georgia.  Keep up the good work.

Jack Burke, BA ’64, BJ ’66
Thomson, Ga.


Looking back and forward

The plot plan of the Mizzou Innovation Center at the Blue Springs Missouri Innovation Park [“MU joins in new research park,” Spring 2009] brought back a few memories. I spent my early years on a farm near Blue Springs, about a half mile from the Adams Dairy, and I note the tract is on Adams Dairy Parkway. Later, Interstate 70 intersected our 80 acres, and our farmhouse was about where the MU site is positioned. Also, 60 or so years ago, I earned money working on Adams Dairy delivery trucks filling Safeway and Kroger dairy counters in Kansas City.

Of more note is the claim made in the article, “Trust in the Wind” [Spring 2009]. It says that Rock Port, Mo., is “the first city in the country to meet 100 percent of its energy demands with wind power.” I would suggest that’s not even close. The city probably has a few hundred autos, unlikely to be all electric, and most of the homes are probably heated by natural gas. Proponents of alternative energy seem too ready to overstate their case. Perhaps Carnahan can give us a balance of the kilowatt-hours generated by his Loess Hills Wind Farm, peak output rating, and electric power consumption in Rock Port.

Robert Baker, BS ChE ’53

Darien, Conn.

Editor’s note: Thanks for the dairy memories and chance to correct the energy statement. Writer Sona Pai reports that the story should have said, “100 percent of its electricity demands.”

Engineer works on Manhattan Project

As a student in chemistry from 1934–38, I can comment on what the economic crisis may portend for MU’s budget and faculty salaries [“MU prepares for economic realities,” Spring 2009]. Several of my professors told me that they had taken large cuts in their salaries (up to 60 percent, as I recall), but were glad they still had work. Many friends and classmates who had taken jobs in industry were unemployed.

In spring 1938, my good fortune was that Professor Allen Stearn [chemistry, 1920–63] recommended me to John Kirkwood at Cornell. When I reached Ithaca, N.Y., in September, I quickly appreciated that my education in chemistry at MU was far superior to what Cornell was affording its undergraduates at that time. Without delay, I aced Cornell’s qualifying exams for the doctoral program and, subsequently, I sailed through graduate study.

In spring 1942, when I landed a job at the M.W. Kellogg Co., I found myself an early participant in an effort that expanded greatly in 1943, becoming the Manhattan Project. This converted me from the theoretical chemistry that I had learned under Kirkwood to chemical engineering, which I learned piecemeal from handbooks.

Never looking back, I have enjoyed 25 years of service to industry and 28 years in academe, becoming a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. I turned 93 on March 21, 2009.

Arthur M. Squires, BA ’38

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

No sniveling

What a novel concept [“Making Mizzou ‘veteran-friendly,’ ” Spring 2009]. This attitude toward returning veterans lost its way after World War II, so let’s not shower yourselves with garlands and shouts of “huzza, huzza.”

As a returning U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran in 1969, the atmosphere on campus was less than civil. Am I sniveling or feeling sorry for myself? Of course not. I was glad to read about this program. But remember: All veterans from any war (police action, etc.) should have been treated in a similar manner.

Mike Lischko, BS Ag ’72, MS ’75
Robertsville, Mo.

Put a mechanical engineer on it

It appears to me that the major holdup to this project is the $20,000 cost of a food pulper [“Getting dirty with cafeteria leftovers,” Spring 2009]. What is needed is some smart mechanical engineer to figure out how to make a $2,000 pulper.

Thomas Burns, BS EE ’56

Silver Spring, Md.


Editor’s note: Director Julaine Kiehn reports that Campus Dining Services is investigating the possibility of installing another pulper in the new Student Center (formerly Brady Commons) in 2011.

Forever in my mind

Back in 1981, I had a brief summer romance with a man who remained in my mind and heart over the decades. Three years ago, he contacted me, we rendezvoused, and he gave me Willow Tree’s “Together” figurine: “For those who have found their true partner in love and life.” My long lost love and I are still together, cherishing each other and the beautiful figurine created by Susan Lordi Marker [“The fine art of giving,” Spring 2009].

Thanks for the article about Lordi Marker, one of Mizzou’s most artistically talented alumni!

Bobbie Carnevale Clough, BJ ’85

Amherst, N.Y.