John Stoessinger '50 first heard of Grinnell College from a young American serviceman whose shoes he was shining.
"He had said the magic word--America," Stoessinger remembers. "And I began to tremble."
"I went to a college called Grinnell College," Lt. Peter Dalameter told the boy. "You know, Gary Cooper went there."
Gary Cooper! That really set the shoeshine boy alight. "I'd heard of Gary Cooper!" Stoessinger remembers. "A movie with Gary Cooper had just been released in Shanghai. We'd seen it twice already.