Toast-Pluckers to Eeyore's Olives
By Ann Curran
Carnegie Mellon Magazine asked the question: "Have you made it?" Alumni came through with startling, funny, practical, stunning stuff.
- William Aiken (A'55) of San Francisco, whose wife Carol hails from Canada, accommodated her taste for dry and cool morning toast with a twisted and painted coat-hanger toast-holder. "She has a thing for Holstein cows," too, he says, so he made a toast-plucker out of two black and white tongue depressors and a dowel. Carol has used the duo daily for 30 years.
- Deborah L. Elliott (A'84), an architect with makato architecture and design in Pittsburgh, designed custom glass doors for a home in Pennsylvania.
- Brenda Wang Clough (HS'77) of Reston, Va., a science fiction and fantasy novelist, has turned out seven novels ("Doors of Death and Life" is the latest). She does faux paintings. But a recent project moves beyond knit one, purl two. When an older friend gave her an ancient mink stole, she designed a sweater, attached fur strips, knitted a collar, sleeves and strips to go between the mink, and hand-sewed the whole thing together. She even left space in the seams for pockets. See more at www.sff.net/people/Brenda/.
- M. Sue Gordon Hiatt (A'57) of Bonita, Calif., a set design and costume design "dramat" at Carnegie Tech, turned to painting 20 years ago. She lived in the Far East for seven plus years, and "River Pavilion," a 6-by-4-foot acrylic on canvas, is her response to the Lijiang River in Guangzhou, China.
- Elliott "Eeyore" Evans (HS'95) of Pittsburgh has one funny Web site at firstname.lastname@example.org that grew, like his nickname, out of his undergraduate e-mail address. You probably always needed to know that Rit®Dye will color clear plastic as well as cloth. Eeyore guides you through the steps. You may want to take his Official Five Question Purity Test. Get directions for painting your own Giant Chessboard to carry to conventions. Relax with his "I Fly For the Clouds" photo essay. Or, take your car antenna's Styrofoam ball beyond the mundane and convert it into a Big Olive. You ought to see the martini!
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