COMMENTS AND OPINIONS FROM UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI ALUMNI AND FRIENDS
Thanks for ‘Mirror’ Jerry Lewis’s article on the 25 years of Miami magazine (“A Window and a Mirror,” Fall 2014) brought back many wonderful memories. I worked with Jerry on the start-up of the magazine, along with David Johnson as the art director, and was lucky to be the magazine’s editor for several years before moving to California. Throughout the rest of my career in higher education communications, I have never worked with such a multitalented team for such an excellent, award-winning publication as Miami. Nor have I ever again had the chance to search for sharks in Bimini (with a Rosenstiel School researcher), interview a NOW president (Patricia Ireland, J.D. ’75) in Washington D.C., experience and write about the effects of a major hurricane (Andrew) on UM, or direct a photographer during cutting-edge transplant surgery at UM/ Jackson Memorial Hospital. I’m honored to have been a part of Miami magazine, and I’m thrilled to see that it is still going strong. Congratulations!
Susan May San Francisco, California
Remembering Whitely It was great to read about Pat Whitely (“The Life of Whitely,” Spring 2014). Her first day at the University was only two weeks before mine, as a student. To pay for the cost of tuition, I
attended the our operational Police Academy berth at the at night and when U.S. submaI came back onto rine base’s Pier campus, wearBaker in Key ing my academy West, Florida, uniform under we served as my jacket, I would crew for Captain see Pat. We both Harry Tucker seemed to “patrol” and ship’s engiour respective neer Eduard areas well. I Simon Zayon, B.B.A. ’52, steers his boat in the Pacific. Romaguerra. went on to walk Under contract Commencement with full A South Campus Vet between the U.S. Office of uniform under my cap and Naval Research and UM, we gown. I read in the 2014 Summer four assisted various scienAs I read the article, issue of the magazine a very tists and projects spanning I began to remember her interesting article about atmospheric, oceanic, and dedication from as far back Jack Diamond, ’48 (Citizen geologic investigations in the as 30 years ago. Her active ’Cane). In the fall of 1947 Gulf Stream and its adjacent pursuit of the betterment of the U opened up a place in marine areas. campus life and her success Homestead, Florida, called Marvin was an enthusiare clearly deserving of the the South Campus, for firstastic worker and friend, and Goodnight Award. year students. We lived there our months together included Robert Seitz, A.B. ’86 and had our own dean. We many memorable conversaAnaheim, California had about 1,000 students, tions. An avid fisherman, he and most of us guys were regularly trolled for mackerel Keep on Bookin’ World War II vets. South and other fish (which often Campus was a Naval Air landed on our dinner plates I enjoyed your article about Station in World War II. We the same evening) and fished Mitchell Kaplan, M.S.Ed. were part of the very first from high above the water on ’80, (Citizen ’Cane, “Bullish growth of the U, and I was Pier Baker in his spare time. on Books in the Internet among the youngest vets back On February 20, 1953, Age”) in the Winter 2014 in 1947. I am a proud ’Cane. Captain Tucker and I had issue of Miami. After graduMy best to all my “ole” pals driven to Coral Gables, but a ation from UM, I moved to at the U. I miss those years phone call that evening sent Martin County and opened “muchly.” us back to the submarine Valentine’s Book Shop in Simon E. Zayon, B.B.A. ’52 base. Marvin had attempted Stuart, Florida. In 1975 I Cherry Hill, New Jersey to retrieve a bathythermostarted reprinting Florida hisgraph instrument that had tory books and established Marvin’s Last fallen overboard alongside Florida Classics Library. Over Months the Physalia at her berth. the years I’ve been fortunate When Marvin failed to surenough to acquire the reprint Autumn of 1952 found face, Mr. Romaguerra yelled rights to several Florida clasMarvin Marks, B.S. ’50 for help; soon several sailsics. My most recent reprint is (Inbox, “Father’s Story ors from the bosun’s locker the collection of Stuart News Survives,” Spring 2014) and beside our slip were in the editorials by Ernest Lyons, me newly employed as sailors water, but it took too long to author of The Last Cracker and scientific aides aboard find him in the murky water. Barrel and My Florida. the R.V. Physalia, an 83-foot I will never forget driving Val Martin, B.Ed. ’57 converted Coast Guard ship. Marvin’s car back to Coral Port Salerno, Florida On the voyage from Miami to Gables. Later I packed it with
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