Pats ...
Congratulations on yet another fine issue of USC Trojan Family Magazine [Summer 1997]. The articles on Professor Miller and Dean Laemmle deserve special mention. USC students are indeed fortunate to have individuals such as these to teach and direct them in their spiritual concerns and interest. I am particularly pleased to see the creation of a position for a dean of religious life, and delighted that someone of Rabbi Laemmle’s obvious quality has been chosen.
Again, thank you for these excellent profiles.

Thomas J.
Edwards ’86
Pasadena, CA

The writer is pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church.

Thanks for delivering informative and entertaining articles to my doorstep. I ]enjoy reading your publication. For me, it’s a vital link to the university, one that I never wish to sever.

Alan Robertazzi ’88
Chicago, IL

... and Pans
You have produced a truly great magazine. Invariably, I find important articles, especially well-written.
The bad news is that I have to strain to read these articles and, therefore, read very little. Is it possible to change the print/font/boldness or whatever for those of us who suffer from slightly diminished vision? I’d bet I’m not alone, especially among the alums of the ’50s.

John E. Armer ’51
Santa Monica, Ca

Thanks to reader Armer for reminding us of this. We’ll keep working on it.

Whilst perusing your otherwise excellent (as always) magazine, I stumbled across “emeritude” [page 22, “Dorm Dad” Summer 1997], which I could not find in my Oxford English Dictionary. Is it mayhaps in your edition?
Neologism or not, I did appreciate the echoes of attitude (’tude).

Dick Olsen

Where is Aerospace?
I read the article “Forecasting the Future of Southern California” in your Spring 1997 issue and thoroughly enjoyed it. Your social and economic over-views were very interesting.
I do have one question. Why was there no mention of the aerospace industry?
Los Angeles County was harder hit in the recent economic downturn than the other five Southern California Counties. The reason why: Los Angeles County’s large dependency on aerospace. We still lag behind the other five counties in employment.
The aerospace industry is beginning to make a comeback. Recently billions of dollars of aerospace contracts have left, benefiting the Antelope Valley and the South Bay areas.
Why doesn’t anyone track aerospace, as it is a major economic factor in California, and particularly in Southern California?

Herbert Hirsh ’57
Encino, CA

Southern California Studies Center director Michael Dear replies: “The recent history of the aerospace industry in Southern Calif-ornia is fascinating and important. Although it was not reported in the USC Trojan Family Magazine article, we are monitoring its progress. As you are well aware, the story in aerospace during the past decade or more has been downsizing, related especially to the fortunes of the defense industries. I am pleased to learn of the industry’s recovery, although I confess that I have not seen much reported about it yet.”

Wanted: More News of Dentists ...
As a D.D.S. Class of ’95, I have always wondered at how little the School of Dentistry is known on the University Park Campus. The School of Dentistry has produced many talented and extraordinary dentists that have become great leaders in the dental profession.
As the second most money-making facility on the campus, the School of Dentistry should be more recognized for its efforts, research and contributions to the university and the community.
Many articles in the Trojan Family magazine have cherished the school’s
talented medical, law and business schools. With a dental facility of such outstanding reputation, I find it very discouraging how little credit is given to USC dental school.

Alan Golshanara D.D.S. ’95
Carmichael, CA

You will find an article celebrating the School of Dentistry’s 100th anniversary beginning on page 32 of this issue.

... and Musicians
It is always a delight to receive your publication, especially now that my wife (Leslie Stewart ’75, M.M. ’80) and I have moved to Virginia. However, in receiving your last issue [Summer 1997], I was again disappointed to see absolutely no alumni news from anyone who is a graduate of USC’s prestigious School of Music.
Having just finished my first season as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony in Norfolk, I’ve been reminded just how tough the music business is. The percentage of music school graduates sustaining long-term careers by playing their instruments, I would guess, is quite low – there are just not enough full-time positions available. As an example, VSO’s recent bassoon auditions had over 60 applicants to fill one position.
Although not everyone who is an alumnus of our illustrious school is winning Van Cliburn or Moscow competitions, there are still many who are indeed “making it” in the business as orchestra players, teachers, and administrators. Simply working full time in the profession is a major accomplishment, and therefore deserves recognition. I would hope to see more “success” stories in your Alumni News in the future.

Wes Kenney ’78
Norfolk, VA

All items printed in our Alumni News section are contributed by individuals, and we try to print every item we receive. Perhaps music alumni are too busy with their careers to write to us! So, if you’re out there, please write in and let your colleagues and classmates know what you’re doing. We’d love to hear from you.

The Tenth Word
In your recent contest [“My Word!,” Summer 1997], you required correct answers to all 10 questions in rule No. 3, but since you provided only nine, I made up my own No. 10. Here it is:
“This four-letter adjective ultimately derives from Latin nescius (ignorant) and came into English through the French word naias, which means ‘stupid.’ It later acquired a more pleasant connotation in Modern English.”
Answer: Nice.

June Van Winkle
North Hollywood, CA

Since you require “correct answers to all 10 questions,” and I could only find nine questions, I present a 10th question and its answer:
“This seven-letter adjective began as the Basque word bizar, which meant ‘beard.’ In Spanish it became used to refer to someone who was brave. Contemporary usage of the word has lost its tie to masculinity and now means ‘strikingly unconventional.’ ”
Answer: Bizarre.

Wanda F. Ross Ph.D. ’89
Redmond, WA

The 10th word, implied by your instructions, must be derived from the Latin for “not sent”: Omitted!
I suspect that your column was too long for the page and thus subject to editorial (from L. truncare, “mutilate”) truncation.

Francis Cartier ’47, Ph.D. ’57
Pacific Grove, CA

Since the contest rules presumed 10 questions, and you obviously ran out of space for the 10th, I submit the following in its place:
“An 11-letter adjective which best describes the nature of your error: It is defined as ‘not duly attentive,’ ‘accidental, unintentional,’ and is derived from the Latin in-, ‘not,’ plus advertens, ‘to advert.’”
Answer on request; no prize.
Fight on!

Edward S. Brady ’33, M.S. ’40
Huntington Beach, CA

We blush (OE blysa, “flame,” or blyscan, “to redden”) to acknowledge this error in our proofreading.

Notice Board
The Alumni Association of the School of Dentistry has published a 400-page leather-bound volume of the history of the school from its beginnings in 1897 to 1997. This premier copy includes hundreds of historical photos and cartoons, as well as written history from former deans and past department chairs. Included with this deluxe version is a videotape of interviews with prominent teachers and alumni.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will assist the association in its endowment of student scholarships. For information or to place an order, call the Dental Alumni Association at (310) 379-6062.

William Dahlberg
Dental Alumni Association

As part of the USC History Project, the General Alumni Association encourages alumni and friends of the university to donate their USC “archives” back to the university. It is our goal to display some of the more interesting items in the Widney Alumni House on a permanent basis.
If you have any materials (yearbooks, programs, pictures) that you would like to donate, please contact Margaret Doss at the Alumni House at (213) 740-2300.

Gerald S. Papazian ’77

I am a freelance writer and frequent contributor to USC Trojan Family Magazine who is researching a book on Los Angeles City Hall. Anyone with personal reminiscences about City Hall is invited to contact me c/o USC Magazines, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2537, or e-mail at

Linda Arntzenius

As a newly retired faculty member, and a member of USC Associates and of the Gender Equity Committee at USC, I have experienced the past 20 years of progress for the women of USC. At the same time, I must acknowledge that while substantial progress has been made, the pace has been painfully slow. USC lags behind many of our peers in funding initiatives for women.
Among the significant goals that need to be set and supported are the creation of a “Women’s Center” to provide overarching focus and support for the wide variety of services and resources required to sustain and strengthen female students, staff, and faculty. This will not diminish our men or undermine university priorities, but will support the Trojan Family. To discuss opportunities, please call Lois Friss at (818) 363-0677, or e-mail

Lois Friss
Professor Emerita

A reunion is planned for Nov. 1, 1997, for the UCLA/USC Army ROTC classes of 1964-67, the “Vietnam classes.” Several of these graduates were USC students who attended Army ROTC classes at UCLA in order to obtain an Army commission, including the most highly decorated UCLA Army ROTC graduate in the Vietnam war, Vince Okamoto, who has both a B.A. (1967) and a J.D. (1973) from USC.
For information on the reunion, contact me at (408) 475-5042 or by e-mail at For information on the ROTC graduates, visit our Website at

Joe Hall, UCLA Class of ’67
Santa Cruz,


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