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Family Schneider stories
As an old English professor who taught expository writing, I was perfectly delighted to read your marvelous essay [about Dean Herman Schneider's creation of the co-op program] in the December issue of your excellent magazine. It had everything -- unity, coherence, thesis, topic sentences, good diction, above all, concreteness, so very rare these days.
I loved all your anecdotes, like President Dabney explaining to Andrew Carnegie that he was wasting his time buying machinery for his engineering students. Have you heard about Uncle Herman's first summer vacation from Lehigh during which he rocked back and forth trying to spit between the porch rails? The family members were sure he was a total failure, but that was the summer he invented the co-op plan. At least that's the way we Schneiders tell it now.
My Aunt Nancy was secretary to the University of Cincinnati president for most of her life, and my father and my Uncle Tony were both engineering co-ops who ended up general managers of companies in Massachusetts. I opted for English lit, but I think I have an engineering gene. My children believed I could fix light bulbs.
Ben Schneider, Dean Schneider's great-nephew