Spring 2009

Letters to the editor

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Sticky question
While sorting through some antique books I inherited from my grandparents, Albert and Olie Bishop of Commerce, I came across the enclosed sticker. I can’t imagine how it got into their possession. Neither attended TCU, nor were they football fans. Actually they were farmers in Hunt County. Somehow they had amassed an interesting collection of books, which I doubt they ever read. I have a great respect for all things old. That’s why I inherited the books and why I couldn’t throw away the enclosed sticker.

Barbara Tsirigotis

Editor’s note: Cheryl Cobb, Kelly Center coordinator, did some sleuthing when this sticker (it is 2 inches square) and letter arrived at the alumni office. She discovered that the only time we played SMU on Homecoming on that date was in 1926.

Now we’re intrigued — was this kind of stamp common at one point? Can anyone enlighten us about its origin or use? If so, tell us at tcumagazine@tcu.edu

Waco fire

I really enjoyed the article about the fire in Waco. It tells about two boys on the fourth floor discovering the fire, Roy Tomlinson and Dibrell “Carl” Melton. My father was Carl Melton, and I can recall him telling the story of the fire. One young man in his haste to save his furniture threw his large mirror out the window.

Dibrell Melton was my Dad’s younger brother. My father was Carlton Earl Melton, known through later life as Carl or C.E. I thought you would have an interest in correcting the history of the event.
David M. Melton ’56

I read with great interest your article on the TCU fire of 1910. In December of 1903 my great-grandmother, Mrs. S.E. Townsend, donated $5,000 to TCU toward the building of Townsend Memorial Hall. (I have the original documentation regarding this donation.)

I have heard mention of Townsend Hall all of my life. It had been assumed in my family that this building burned down in the fire. Therefore, I was especially surprised and delighted to learn that it did not burn and was used after the Main Building was destroyed as a gathering place.

It is especially timely and important to me as my daughter, Milana Trimino, will be graduating from TCU next year. The mention of the Townsend Hall in your article brought great joy to my family. Thank you so much.
Nancy Townsend Trimino

Mem’ries sweet
I enjoyed the article regarding the Waco campus and the old college brochure’s emphasis on propriety, given the risky coed environment. My grandfather, W.H. Bush, played football and baseball at TCU from 1903 to 1906 and met my grandmother there before becoming a banker in McKinney. I still have his team pictures on my office wall and his TCU annuals on the bookshelf.

The rivalry with Baylor was intense, and I remember him showing me the iron nose guard he wore that had etched on the back, TCU 14 Baylor 7. Many of the early settlers of Collin County in the 1850s from Kentucky, including the Haggards, Carpenters, Bushes, etc., ultimately sent several generations to TCU, including my mother, who met my dad there in the ’40s. Though a TCU grad myself, I opted for a Baylor girl.
Stephen Benton ’73

SuperFrog memories
I was SuperFrog from 1982 to 1984 and have too many memories to mention here, but here are two:
• Beating Arkansas in the Southwest Conference basketball semi-final.
• Being chased by “Bevo” after he got away from his handlers, all caught on TV.
Monty Spradling ’84

Balance the speakers
Do conservative speakers ever get invited to TCU to speak? I am a casual The TCU Magazine reader, and it just seems that we have the likes of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and other known liberals that always are the guest speakers. I hope I am wrong, but I get enough of the liberal opinion in the mainstream media and academics in my everyday life. I would hope a Christian-based school would present diverse subjects that hint at conservative leanings, if only to present another viewpoint. I hope I am wrong and have just missed the Mark Levins and Michelle Malkins of the world.
Brian Treger ’00

Queen of the day
The recognition of the Class of 1964 Homecoming in the Fall 2009 issue has the Coming Home Queen that year listed as Jan Coston Truitt ’62, which is incorrect. The Coming Home Queen that year was Jean Harris Montgomery Truitt ’43, though she was listed in the yearbook as Mrs. Richard W. Truitt (Richard W. “Dick” Truitt was also Class of 1943).

I was quite surprised to see my grandmother’s picture in the AlumNews section but was disappointed by the write-up. She and my grandfather graduated from TCU in 1943 and then were married November after they graduated. Her son, Richard W. Truitt Jr., graduated from TCU in 1973 with his bachelor’s degree and in 1991 with a master of divinity from Brite Divinity School. Her daughter, Georgann Truitt Hughes, graduated from TCU with a degree in music education in 1978 and followed that with a master’s, also from TCU.
Elizabeth Truitt Bookwalter ’02

Remembering Ron Shirey
Ronald Shirey [who died in November] was an inspiration for me as a student at TCU. He pushed (and sometimes bullied) his way into our lives and forced us to care about minuscule details of great music. He made us, through the forceful and persuasive nature of his personality, into musicians. His aspirations for us were greater than we could see for ourselves, and he would accept nothing but our best. This led to the occasional butting of heads, which he almost always won.

After I left TCU, Ron kept up with me, encouraging me to become a leader wherever I was. He suggested me as a soloist to several conductors and helped me immensely with my career as a singer. He helped me get a job at TCU as an adjunct teacher and was a tireless promoter of my work. After I left TCU to take a full-time job at UTA, he still called to check on me. Two weeks before he passed away, he called me to see how things were going with my new job.

That’s the kind of man that Ronald Shirey was. He was thoughtful, determined, outspoken, loyal, and dedicated to making the music world a better place. Ron was the kind of man who made a difference wherever he went. Your life changed if you stayed close to him long enough. When he passed away, a friend of mine who also sang in the TCU choirs of the ’80s and ’90s said to me, “All the greats are passing on. Who is going to take their place? Who can fill their shoes?” I could hear my mentor, my friend, Ron Shirey, say in reply, “My students will do it.” He is still pushing me to greater heights, and I love him for it.
David Grogan ’89 (MM ’91)

Some stories in the Spring 2010 issue failed to properly attribute some reporting to the TCU Daily Skiff. We apologize for the omission.



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