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Vintage valentine

I wanted to send a special thank you for the especially sweet Valentine’s Day card. I met my husband, Tyler, my senior year at Bradley. He was a junior photo student with a question, and I was the photo lab manager on duty that day in the Heuser Art Center. The rest is history! 

MARY ELLEN LEWANDOWSKI ENGMAN ’00
Seattle, Wash.

We received a really nice card in the mail. The front states “The Bradley Girl” and goes on to wish us a happy Valentine’s Day from the University and President Glasser. Graham and I (both alums) were married nine years ago on Valentine’s Day (so I can’t forget the date!). The card was very sweet and put smiles on our faces. This is the reason we went to Bradley — it’s not just a school but also a family. I just wanted to say, “Thanks.”

MICHELLE BUCKERT BURTOFT ’05 MBA ’12
Washington, Ill. 

My husband, Barry, and I think Valentine cards being sent to alumni couples is a lovely idea, and we greatly appreciate the thought. This year’s card with the “Bradley Girl” really touched my heart. As the official archivist of our synagogue (and a saver of sentimental stuff myself), I loved the vintage look and bit of history. After nearly 43 years of marriage, Barry and I are pretty “historical” ourselves! We love our Bradley connection.

SHERILYN RUBIN KRELL ’70
St. Louis, Mo.

Memories of Robbie 

The “Remembering Robbie” segment in the Winter 2013 Bradley Hilltopics was timely, accurate, and enjoyable. Few realize the incredible contribution Robbie brought to a tiny Midwestern institution struggling to establish itself as a cradle of learning. His contributions went well beyond the wins and losses on the gridiron, hardwood, and ball diamond.

His true legacy can be seen in the people he brought to our University, like CHUCK ORSBORN ’39 MS ’51 and JOE STOWELL ’50 MA ’56. They were honest, talented, hard-working people who brought others to Bradley. 

It has been my pleasure to have known Robbie and his family through the years. 

ED MURPHY ’56
Peoria, Ill.

Bradley Hall fire

Can it be 50 years? I was studying for finals in my off-campus apartment when my parents called to ask about the Bradley Hall fire. As commander of the Air Force ROTC Cadet Air Police, I immediately called Cadet Commander JACK MOELMANN ’65 (now a retired colonel) and we went to the scene. 

I got one of the radio stations covering the blaze to let me call all air cadet police to patrol other buildings, especially those on the outskirts of campus. There had been a report of someone trying to enter another building away from the fire scene. Using our own CB radios, we set up a command post in the Student Center, making sure cadets were properly clothed for the cold. We also tried to get them hot coffee or cocoa. We kept this up all night. 

The ice in front of Bradley Hall was so thick the following morning that a fire truck was frozen in up to its hubcaps. It was the first time I had to operate in such subzero cold but not the last. After graduation, I found myself in the middle of Montana maintaining Minuteman missiles, often in conditions that were as bad or worse. 

JIM BARNARD ’65
Highlands Ranch, Colo. 

I enjoyed the last issue you published with the Bradley Hall fire. I was on campus that night and watched those poor firemen battle that blaze. I had a couple of classes in Bradley Hall that had to be moved to Westminster Presbyterian Church on Moss Avenue. Since so many classes were held in Bradley Hall, classes were moved to numerous buildings on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. Thanks for rekindling the memories.

BOB FOGLESONG ’66 MA ’71
Greenback, Tenn.