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FIRST Robotics a hit 

Thank you for your coverage of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics kickoff in the spring issue. I have been involved in the program for 17 years and encourage Bradley graduates to mentor a team in their area. It is a rewarding experience and allows adults to help students make career choices and select a school that will help them achieve that goal. It is wonderful that Bradley is now supporting the program through scholarships to FIRST graduates. 

Congratulations on making Bradley Hilltopics look so spectacular. It is a first-class publication, and I enjoy reading it when it arrives. 

ALAN SKIERKIEWICZ ’73
Wheeling, Ill.  

Remembering Weinberg

Thank you for your kind words upon the loss of my father, PHILIP WEINBERG, HON ’73. He was truly devoted to Bradley and proud to play a role in its growth and development. 

The Bradley ties extended to our entire family. I have fond memories of Jobst Hall, where the equipment labs seemed very mysterious through a child’s eyes. We grew up on the Bradley campus.

Once we were all in school, my mother, ROSE WEINBERG ’71, attended Bradley for the sheer love of learning. We grew up with her studying at the kitchen table late into the night. She graduated summa cum laude and launched a teaching career that influenced many young children. We proudly attended her graduation, as well as my father’s receipt of his honorary doctorate two years later. 

My parents felt they gained so much from Bradley that they chose to give back by starting several scholarship funds. They enjoyed meeting the recipients each year and deeply appreciated the opportunity to help others further their education. 

SUSAN WEINBERG
Edina, Minn.

I was sorry to read about the death of PHILIP WEINBERG, HON ’73 in the spring 2012 issue of Bradley Hilltopics. I have fond memories of him. Your article says he came to Bradley in 1956 and retired as dean of the College of Engineering and Technology 33 years later. In 1958, I worked one or two semesters as a steno for Mr. Weinberg, who was then teaching engineering. I typed his exams on the old ditto sheets. 

In 1962 I moved to Detroit, Mich., working as a budget analyst at the Detroit Edison Co., an electric utility. Over the years, when the Society of Automotive Engineers had their convention in Detroit, the Detroit alums got together with the Bradley engineering folks who came to the conventions. I saw Mr. Weinberg many times over the years. 

PAMELA WILSON ’61
Harper Woods, Mich. 

Political visits 

Reading about the big deal Mitt Romney caused brings me back to the 1960 election when both Nixon and Kennedy drove the streets of Peoria in open convertibles. Just think about that for a minute. We were so excited we couldn’t get downtown fast enough to see them. 

DAVID STOLZ ’65
Columbus, Ohio

As a parent of a Bradley graduate and a frequent donor to the University, I was disheartened by the report on Mitt Romney’s visit to the campus on March 19. If the report was written objectively about his visit to the campus, that would have been fine, but I found several parts of the article to be editorial in nature. 

MARTIN SCOBEY
Geneva, Ill. 

Recognizing Chet Walker 

After receiving the spring edition of Bradley Hilltopics, I was quite disappointed that CHET WALKER ’62, a recently inducted member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, received such little acclaim. How many Hall of Fame basketball, football, or baseball players does Bradley have? A person of his background had to endure severe hardships during his playing days at Bradley. This was, by the way, a time when Bradley was a team to be reckoned with.

I know the present student body and faculty members have little interest in what was happening 50-some years ago, but there are quite a few of us still around to remember the glory days. 

KENT FARLEY ’63
Coal Valley, Ill

Editor’s note: Chet Walker’s induction will be September 7, in Springfield, Mass.