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Bidding Steger farewell
The two articles regarding President Steger's impending retirement are wonderful. Deb Rieselman did a great job in capturing the man and his extraordinary contributions to UC. I especially liked the photograph of him with his coat on backwards. I was much less impressed with his big 1-inch vertical leap as he was cheering with the cheerleader.
Joe is a great guy, whom I will miss having as a colleague. Although the university will attract a good successor, in large part because of Joe's contributions, I suspect it will be impossible to find someone with such an admirable combination of vision, management skills and personality.
J. H. Woodward, chancellor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
I loved the July “Horizons." I have been at UC only three years, so it was neat to read about President Steger. I also enjoyed seeing and reading about the changes on campus. I passed out the trivia contest to the staff for fun. There is something interesting on every page. I really love the magazine!
Diane L. Sparks, R.N., B.S.
Associate director, UC Office of Sponsored Programs
After perusing the "One Man, Two Decades" issue of "Horizons," I reached one conclusion. If there were a Pulitzer Prize for hagiography, this issue would be a strong contender for the award.
Thomas Long, A&S '59, PhD '65
Associate professor emeritus, philosophy
Congratulations on your excellent coverage of an outstanding individual in the July issue. Having known Dr. Steger since 1983, I found your reports both entertaining and informative. More importantly, you captured the spirit that Joe and Carol have brought to UC Well done.
Bearcat mystery solved
Editor's note: An alumnus answers a previous reader's question about the Bearcats playing an invitational basketball game in the Philippines in 1961. [See, “’60s Bearcats” in previous column.]
I can verify that the Bearcat basketball team went to the Philippines because I played for the Bearcats in '61-63 and was a member of the NCAA national championship team.
We made a goodwill trip to the Philippines at the request of the U.S. State Department, leaving UC the September after we won our first championship over Ohio State. There weren't any Philippine college teams then, so we played industrial teams and the Philippine Olympic basketball team. We were gone nearly a month, including a stop in Hawaii and a brief visit to Tokyo.
We had a great time, even went fishing. For no particular reason, on the way back, we all started singing "When the Saints Go Marching In." We didn't know an encore was in our future.
That winter, UC was ranked second in the U.S., and we had to play the No. 3 team in Chicago. When the bus came to pick us up, the other team was already aboard, sitting in the back, glaring at us. You could have heard a pin drop.
Then one of our guys stood up, turned to us and said, "Are we ready?" And just as if we had rehearsed it, we began belting out, "Oh, when the saints … ."
It broke them up. We won that game on the bus.
Larry Shingleton, Bus '63, MBA '64
Frank Duveneck puzzler
Thank you for Mary Niehaus' excellent April contribution "UC's Fine Arts Collection." I spent many hours in the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Rookwood Pottery, so Mary's article brought fond memories, but it also triggered remembrance of a family mystery, which you may be able to help me solve.
My father, Charles Argus, was born on Greenup Street in Covington in 1889. In the early 1930s, when I was a young child, his older sister, my Aunt Emelia, took me on a walking tour of their old neighborhood, pointing out the house where my father was born and also a house with a small plaque where Frank Duveneck, the famous local artist, lived and worked.
She recalled that when my father was about 8, he was playing with a neighbor girl on an ornate iron fence when Duveneck came by. The artist came to the door and asked permission to paint the pair at play and supposedly commented on the beauty of the boy's blond hair in the sunlight.
Sometime before the end of WWII, Aunt Emelia informed me that she had made an intensive search for the Duveneck painting of my father. She was extremely unhappy that no trace of it could be found even though, among other things, she had gotten permission to search the "dusty attic" of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Like myself, Aunt Emelia was probably completely unaware of Duveneck's connection to UC. Your mention of his works as being among those that represent the "strength of the university's collection" sparked the question in my mind: Is the long lost painting somewhere in the UC Fine Arts Collection?
Thank you again for jogging my memory in such a delightful way. And thank you in advance for any help you can provide me in solving this more than 100-year-old mystery.
Mary Argus, MS (A&S) '47
Falls Church, Va.
Editor's note: The painting is not in the UC collection. Do any readers have additional clues?