Borofsky interview appreciated
When I was at Carnegie Mellon, the legacy of Andy Warhol (A'49), Philip Pearlstein (A'49) and Jonathan Borofsky (A'64) was spoken of as if each generation had its leaders or visionaries who would make their way to full expression and a larger prominence within the larger world. I made a goal of joining that list in a personal wayand perhaps in an unconscious wayby synthesizing some of the strategies of those three art giants.
Now, while prepping for my first New York solo show, I was reminded of those Carnegie Mellon days, that aspiration and all the work I have cut out for me as well. I was in the pilot innovative art program [begun by] Bryan Rogers [Art School head from 1988 to 2000]. It was a great influence on my broad-range working process. I hope to make newsworthy progress in the near future.
I enjoyed the poem, and my husband, Claude C. Smith III (HS'78), and I always enjoy the magazine.
Update on the windmills
I also enjoyed the short article in News, spring, discussing the university's commitment to purchasing wind power. However, I had to smile at the photo that accompanied the article. It shows what appears to be a large site in California composed of very small turbines that were probably installed about 20 years ago. While these machines were, at one time, state-of-the-art, our current products look much different. I have attached a couple of photos. [Detail of one is replicated above.] These modern turbines, and these installations in particular, are cleaner in appearance. To me they are even beautiful.
Where's the garden?
The issue was outstanding. Read it from cover to cover as I always do.
Salute General Mills
Bob Waldron IM'85
Charles Eardley E'50
Chatham Village is one of Pittsburgh's
best kept secrets. See www.chathamvillagehomes.com.
Carnegie Mellon Architecture Archives houses the original village architectural drawings.
Pleased with Sept. 11 coverage
Two years ago, I was working for the Marine Corps at the Pentagon. I attended meetings in the [destroyed] space. I wonder how many alumni work, directly or indirectly, for our new reality of the new century. Government, industry, nonprofits and others all have roles. I now work as an operations research analyst for the U.S. Coast Guard, forecasting work force trends: for example, our ability to hire maritime security personnel.
I now wonder if the activists who started that anti-war rally, motivated by a lack of trust in and understanding of America, are ready to stage rallies supporting the liberation of Afghanistan and the achievement of a return of freedom and equality for women in that country. I would expect the protest leader to issue an apology, tell us he was wrong and support America as it seeks to liberate other people in the world facing the suppression of brutal dictators or religious extremists who pursue policies intended to bring harm not only to the citizens of their country but ours and others as well.
Jake Boomhouwer E'68
Women and the military
I am speaking from firsthand experience and knowledge with four years of service as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [I would like] to credit three amazing women who fill positions that may put them directly in harm's way. All are captains in the U.S. Army. One serves as an Apache pilot (yes, a combat aircraft); another is a company commander in a combat engineer battalion; and a third is in operational security. These womenand many others who are wives, sisters, daughters and friendsare an amazing asset to the military. Their contribution should not be diminished because they are not directly behind a rifle.
More car talk
Last year, consumers bought more pickups, minivans and SUVs than passenger cars. In 36 states, consumers buy more light trucks than cars. There are more than 50 vehicle models available that get more than 30 miles per gallon.
Some critics believe that auto makers have a "secret carburetor" that will allow us to increase fuel economy for light trucks. Several members of Congress insist that auto makers should be required to increase the fuel economy of fleets by more than 50 percent. This is not possible without halting production of light trucks.
Any of us would move to market with an innovation that could give us a competitive advantage. In the interim, consumers should be able to choose the products that meet their needs. A large family will have a hard time packing up the kids for vacation or car-pool if they can no longer buy a minivan.
Donald C. Scheline E'43
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