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I read with a great feeling of dejà vu Charlotte Bruce Harvey's article about the Now and Then "sisters" of the pioneering Class of 1956 in the School of Education ("The Group," Summer 2001). These women were our "big sisters," and by their example of courage, humanity, good sense, and good humor, we who followed were inspired to break down the barriers even further by our presence as women of Boston College.

As a member of the Class of 1957, I salute them and thank them for their influence.

Arlington, Massachusetts



"Bee Cee Kollitch," as it was commonly called in the forties, was saved after World War II by the G.I. Bill, but the breadth and scope of a true university had its genesis with these intrepid "girls" who humanized the mordant male bastion that was BC in 1952.

Now, almost 50 years later, we find out that "girls cancelled everything for a date." Hey, who knew?!

New York, New York



"The Group" captured in a special way the life and spirit of Boston College and the bonds and friendships formed there, which often endure for a lifetime.

My connection to Boston College was as a law student and resident assistant during Fr. Eddie Hanrahan's tenure as dean of students. I remember him like it was yesterday▀a delightful man whose wit, charm, and personality tended to mask his considerable wisdom and intellect. He made me feel welcome in a way I shall always remember, although it was over 30 years ago.

Boston College was a special place, and my experience on the campus was rewarding in every way.

Barrow, Alaska



I am a graduate of the fifties (Regis College '54). All of us have come a long way from white socks and dates. As a natural and serious outgrowth of our Catholic education, we have climbed mountains not only in our work but in religious and secular volunteer activities.

I would like to have seen more mention of all the programs these wonderful women ["The Group"] have participated in since they graduated. Although some current activities are nicely shared, they are far too few. Many of your readers would be quite surprised to learn what the "Fifties Followers" have accomplished.

Cincinnati, Ohio



Having recently read "The River" by John Vernon '65 (Summer 2001), I would like to inform Boston College that my mother, Sue Carolyn Smith, who graduated back in 1951, is John Wesley Powell's great-, great-niece.

My mother's grandfather was Arthur Powell Davis, the man who designed the Hoover Dam. He was a nephew of John Wesley Powell.

Pittsford, New York



I was proud to see that Boston College, in conjunction with Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, cosponsored "Healing the Wounds of Murder," a national conference on the death penalty ("Abolitionists" by Toby Lester, Summer 2001).

As a deputy state public defender in San Francisco, I represent death row inmates appealing their murder convictions and death sentences before the California Supreme Court. While I am opposed to capital punishment for a host of reasons, I am also fortunate that my beliefs have not been put to the test as a result of a direct, personal tragedy involving someone close to me.

It is my hope that if I ever find myself in that horrible position, I will have the incredible sense of forgiveness and grace of Ms. Bosler and Mr. Lamm and so many others like them who have suffered the unthinkable. We can all learn a lot from them.

San Francisco, California



I must compliment you on the Winter 2001 issue, which I have shared with our extended family here in Portugal.

I particularly liked "Bard Watching" by Francis Sweeney, SJ, and my wife and I, both nurses, enjoyed "Medicine and Mystery: A Dialogue," along with "Distance Learning," by Charlotte Hays. Fr. Drinan was my dean at BC Law, and he visited Portugal not too long ago with a presentation on international justice.

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law will order the book written by David Karp, and my sister-in-law, a graduate of Manhattanville College, was pleased to read Desmond O'Grady's "CEO."

"Double Exposure" by Simone Poirier-Bures reminded me of E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News. Both brought back memories of my growing up in rural Maryland during the Depression while going to Catholic schools.

U.S. Embassy, Lisbon



While Boston College has been known for its tradition in athletics, how much of that tradition includes women? I am a senior at Boston College writing my thesis on how women's athletics has developed at this school over the years. I am looking for former BC women athletes who would be willing to volunteer their time to answer a few questions about what it was like to participate in sports during the 1970s, when women's athletics took off at Boston College.

If you were one of the first women to participate in athletics at BC and you would like to help by providing information, please contact me by phone at (617) 656-7796 or by e-mail at kazanova@bc.edu.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks very much.

Boston College


Editor's Note: C. Dale Young's The Day Underneath the Day has been published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. The poem from this collection appeared in the Winter 2001 issue of BCM. A 1991 BC graduate, Dale returned to campus on October 4 for a reading sponsored by the English Department.

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