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Saturday, July 25, 2015

The greatest alumni note of all time

I've mentioned in the past that I am a very diligent reader of the U of C alumni magazine's notes and obituaries. I read them all, and learn about how each stage of life is accompanied by very specific modes of bragging - those under 35 brag about birthing children and their first career accomplishments, those between 36 and 65 brag about their children's accomplishments, and those over 65 brag about how active and vigorous they remain (with the effect, I think, of cowing the non-active into alumni magazine silence). This last group is probably the most comical, but only because the others are so predictable. Still, I enjoy all of them. However, the most recent issue of the alumni magazine featured what I can say with almost a decade (!) of experience in the field of alumni-note reading is the best alumni note I have ever seen, composed by someone who appears not to have even graduated from Chicago:



A contemporary Tellus the Athenian, altered by modernity but not beyond recognition.

2 comments:

Virgil T. Morant said...

Reading this moved me to do a brief search. It seems Mr. (Corporal, in the service) Thompson wrote an article about his service for a publication called Ex-POW Bulletin:

http://www.axpow.org/files/bulletins/bullcur.pdf

The tale includes being captured by the Germans and fighting a battle with no pants on.

I was also fascinated to see this New York Times wedding announcement (of his son):

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/07/05/style/weddings-ellen-passloff-mark-thompson.html

Seems success runs in the subsequent generations of his family. And the article mentions Mr. Thompson's artistic talents and membership in Musica Antiqua.

So, quite a few tales behind that fellow.

Miss Self-Important said...

But nothing epoch-making, which is what I like. He is a bit defensive in that story about being captured and inserts the disclaimer that their regiment inflicted a lot of casualties beforehand. But basically, this is like the tale of even-keeled, duty-bound man and citizen.