In "Events and Discussions," the Magazine's editor urged
alumni to do more to build strong U of C communities and connections,
asking, "How many alumni undertake to preach the gospel of
the University of Chicago anywhere?" Elsewhere in the issue,
Howard P. Kirtley from the Class of 1900 offered another side
of the story when he wrote from Salt Lake City, "We have
an Alumni Club here. But our ignorance of University affairs must
be excused, for the Magazine is generally lost in the mails."
the polling industry becoming "as integral a part of the
American political legend as the campaign button industry,"
the Magazine profiled the National Opinion Research Center
(NORC) and its recent study of polling methods. Although NORC
researchers examined how pollsters collected and processed public
opinion information that would reflect and influence the 1952
presidential campaign, NORC did not poll the election results.
Because many organizations were already polling election results,
"it simply is not necessary to do so," said NORC, noting
that the idea that polling organizations need to test the validity
of the election results, if ever considered true, "certainly
is no longer."
B. G. Yovovick, AB'71, SM'74, profiled the unusual jobs held by
undergraduates during the academic year. The University's employment
bureau, which kept records of student jobs, reported in 1976 that
one student commuted from Cleveland to campus via mail plane.
Many students worked off campus as "hookers," steel
mill workers who hooked chains around slabs of steel on lifts.
One student was a night watchman among the Field Museum's specimens,
guarding the spooky "75 yards of fish curled into jars of
formaldehyde. The place was lit by a 75-watt bulb which reflected
from their eyes. There were hundreds of beady fish eyes, staring."
Other students were hired to assist private-detective agencies
as "shadow workers" and guards, while some athletes
worked for express companies, guarding the transportation of cash.
Some students, such as Michael Shields, AB'77, profited from their
extracurricular passions. Shields snapped photos for Time and
Newsweek, and for Life's Book of the Year, he photographed
Saul Bellow, X'39, who taught at the University from 1962 to 1993.
To celebrate the University's Centennial, the Magazine
held a contest, asking alumni to submit important ideas associated
with the University of Chicago. Brian R. Alm, AM'71, recalled
an enduring thought from graduate school that was inspired by
English professor Norman Maclean, PhD'40, who noted that "a
good teacher is a tough guy who cares very deeply about something
that is hard to understand." Craig David Blackstone, SB'87,
SM'87, praised James D. Watson, PhB'46, SB'47, and Francis Crick
for laying the foundations of modern genetics, showing us "how
much of what makes us what we are-good as well as bad-is encoded
in our DNA, our own double helices, our own 'twists' of fate."