Courtesy of Jim Holbrook ’66
Twenty-five years ago I helped kill dozens of other human beings.
Liane Ellison Norman ’59 wrote this poem about planning her 50th Grinnell College Reunion, held in 2009.
Eight hundred and ten miles each way,
a journey to the center of the country,
Interstates 79 to 70 to 74 to 80. We left
in 5 a.m. dark, fog thickening in hollows
On Saturday, Nov. 21, Chalutzim hosted a challah-baking workshop. Participants learned how to make challah, a braided egg bread served on the Jewish Sabbath. The challah baked at the workshop was given to the local foods Thanksgiving meal held the next day.
This article appeared as a web extra for The Grinnell Magazine, Winter 2009.
Jim Holbrook ’66 graduated from Grinnell with a passion for philosophy. He was on the brink of entering the Ph.D. program at Yale when his plans fell apart.
It was 1968. Martin Luther King was killed, and then Bobby Kennedy.
“The world seemed a little crazy,” Holbrook says. “I found myself feeling like what I really needed to do was join the army.”
His next stop — Vietnam.
Grinnell College's Marco Fulgoni '12 (pictured) has been named the Midwest Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. Fulgoni, from Kalamazoo, Mich. (Plainswell), had a busy and successful weekend at the Great Scot Invitational hosted by Macalester College. He was in on five event victories over the two-day meet, including first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (22.22) and 100 freestyle (49.28). He also swam legs on the first-place 200 and 400 freestyle relays (1:30.27 and 3:18.27, respectively), as well as the winning 400 medley relay (3:45.31).
Will Freeman, the longtime coach of track and field and cross country at Grinnell College, has been chosen for induction into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of nine former Gators who will be inducted April 9, 2010, in Gainesville. Freeman was selected based on his accomplishments both while a track and field athlete for the Gators and as a coach after his time at Florida.
Dr. Craig Henderson ’63 recently brought his perspective on health care reform to the Grinnell campus in his talk, “A View from Inside the Death Panels,” sponsored by the Wilson Program. Dr.
Assistant Professor of History Kelly Maynard (center) with students (clockwise from lower left) Paul Dampier ’12, Kim Knudsen ’10, Erik Jarvis ’12, and Briel Waxman ’12. Knudsen authored the review titled “Italian Opera Insults Catholics.” Photographer: Jim Heemstra