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A brief newsletter history

This publication was begun in 1978 by Dr. Edward N. Peterson and continued until his death in 2005. Ed did all of the gathering and typing himself, eventually utilizing Microsoft Word to neatly arrange the articles in column format.

Since 2006, the effort has been coordinated by Sue Voelker with the help of individual contributors including Dr. Clyde C. Smith who shared correspondence from alumni and friends near and far until his death in 2016.

Starting in 2019, we have scaled down the newsletter due to time constraints, still including our upcoming events and our thanks to those who contribute.

When the new edition is ready, we will snail-mail a postcard (which includes our banquet invitation) with the web link and invite those without internet access to call us for a printed copy. If you have not been receiving a notice, please email us at Be sure to inform us if your email changes.

Ed Peterson's 2005 explanation of our move from print to online format:

Partly because we in education must save money, whereas those in waging wars have money to burn, we have gone on the net with our Newsletter.

We will send a card to all alumni about the opportunity. Anyone not on the Net would need only to tell us and we would send the printed copy. Further it will be available to anyone on the Net all during the year. Not the least of the reasons would be the savings of the postage and the staff needed to stuff envelopes.

Nearly all alumni will find us one way or the other.