Mail to the Illinois State magazine editor for May 2013:


To the Editor,

Back to the future? When I attended Illinois State, smoking was not allowed anywhere on campus, a holdover from Jesse Fell’s rules. But this did not stop dedicated smokers from going across the street to the old Pilgrim during class breaks. Everyone I know quit smoking eventually, which might explain why so many of us are still around.

Pat (Johnson) Evelsizer ’54

To the Editor,

Back to the past! When I arrived in August of 1955, Illinois State Normal University did not allow smoking by any student. If you were caught smoking, you could be expelled from school. Also, if you were caught drinking, regardless of your age, you could also be expelled—even if you were married, a veteran from WWII or Korean conflict with children and was discovered drinking at Lake Bloomington. Most teachers would not allow a student to chew gum in class. I came to college from a small Central Illinois high school and thought I was grown up, but not according to ISNU rules.

Ed Linder ’62


To the Editor,

I had the honor of being selected as a Bone Scholar. I was a biology and French double major. Dr. and Mrs. Bone were present at the awards ceremony. He greeted and congratulated me in well-accented French. Years later I was introduced to Chip Bone and shared the vignette with him, remaking on his father’s command of the language. To my surprise, Chip laughed and related that Dr. Bone, upon learning of my selection, learned just enough French to facilitiate our chat during the ceremony. One of a kind indeed! This remains among my most treasured memories of my ISU days.

Wallace Anderson ’83