Feedback from the Spring 2011 issue included orientation confusion about the aerial photo of Columbia by Robert Llewellyn on Page 35 [“There’s no place like CoMo”]. Mervyn Heinz, BS Ag ’55, of Cosby, Mo., wrote: “I’m at a loss when it comes to recognizing any of the buildings on Page 35. I assume this is a shot of downtown Columbia.” A Columbia resident for more than 30 years, Ivan Nyberg, BS Ed ’61, of Ozark, Mo., was similarly challenged. Sorry about that. We’ve identified some landmarks in the photograph at right.
— MIZZOU magazine staff
Taken from northwestern Columbia, this aerial photograph orients east to southeast. Here are some landmarks:
1 Water tower on Ash Street, just west of Providence Road.
2 Dotting Columbia’s skyline since 1928, The Tiger Hotel, 23 S. Eighth St.
3 The north set of columns in front of the Boone County Courthouse. On the south end of Eighth Street are Francis Quadrangle’s iconic Columns.
4 First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway. Locals think the steeple resembles the face of Donald Duck.
5 Boone Hospital Center, 1600 E. Broadway.
6 Near the northeast corner of the MU campus, Paquin Tower, 1201 Paquin St.
Does bell still ring?
The photo of the gutted interior of Switzler Hall [Spring 2011, Page 5] immediately reminded me of speech class below the bell tower on a warm day in 1966. The building reverberated as the bell struck once a minute for each year in the life of Dr. Frederick Middlebush, former university president, at the time of his funeral — 80 times, I believe. Does that tradition continue for MU notables?
— Jim Swinford, BJ ’68, Indianapolis
Editor’s note: Yes, the tradition continues, but it is on hold now that Switzler Hall is being renovated.
Ice storm detail
In the Spring 2011 article on the “Snowpocalypse” storm of February 2011, I noticed you didn’t have the dates for the 1949 storm. The MIZZOU magazine of Spring 2001 [Page 30] described that ice storm, which shut down much of Missouri for more than a week after it struck on Jan. 9, 1949. Titled “Ice, wind and fire,” the article described the devastation of Francis Quadrangle’s stand of elm trees. I had saved the article because I was born Jan. 10, 1949, in the Louisiana, Mo., hospital, with only a flashlight to illuminate the delivery. Our family talked of the storm for years.
I have been a librarian for many years after two degrees from the University of Missouri. I enjoy the magazine and am proud of the university and its achievements.
— Patrica Harness Farney, BA ’71, MA ’72, Rockford, Ill.
Greetings from Croatia
Thank you so much for sending me a great and pleasant surprise — MIZZOU magazine. I graduated from the MU animal science doctoral program in 1997, and I spent the best three years of my life at MU.
Now I am in Zagreb, Croatia, working at the local university. I have remained in touch with the animal science faculty at MU (we still work together occasionally), and I grabbed the opportunity on several occasions to come back to Columbia. The last time was during the 2007–08 school year, when I visited MU during my sabbatical. It was a good time to refresh my memories. There were so many changes — so many new buildings, and some old ones were torn down. I guess change should be that way.
Thanks again, and M-I-Z, Z-O-U.
— Miroslav Kaps, PhD ’97, Zagreb, Croatia
Greetings from Greece
I want to thank you for sending my father, Stavros Threpsiadis, BS ME ’62, MS ’63, and me the quarterly edition of MIZZOU. Keep up the good work!
— Evangelos Threpsiadis, BS EE ’95, Athens, Greece