Another Gorilla with stripes
I read with interest the article in the PITT STATE magazine about officials, because I too was a Gorilla with Stripes. I’m an old geezer now, but I shall never forget my days as an official nor my days as a friend of Cliff Long.
During my junior and senior years (‘BS 50), I was a member of a two-man team that officiated high school football games and basketball games. I also was a one-man official for many junior high, grade school, and town team games. I never made the big time but I managed to referee all those games and was never shot.
I was attending college on the GI Bill, but those nights when I would be paid between $4 and $10 for a high school game and as little as $.50 for a lesser or town team league game, was a big help in caring for my family.
When I watch a game being officiated by a team of four or five, I wonder how we ever did it with two.
I ended a career as teacher, coach, administrator and finally as superintendent of schools my last 15 years. Now I am thoroughly enjoying being an old man who will turn 90 in February and who is fortunate enough to still know what’s going on.

Carl A. Otto
Leroy, Kansas

Fond memories
The letter from Dr. Frank Grispino in the Fall 2015 PITT STATE Magazine brought back many great memories for my wife and me. We both worked in the Otto Way 1961-1963 while I was a student getting my BSEd and my wife, Joan, was getting her PHT (Putting Hubby Through). Knowing the Greer family (Charles, Yvonne, Vickie, and Connie) was a great pleasure. My wife was a waitress and I was a dishwasher. We were very fortunate to have worked at the Otto Way as we lived just across the street on East Carlton.
Just two years ago, I attended the Half Century Club Reunion and got re-acquainted with several former classmates. The campus had certainly changed in the positive with new and remodeled facilities. Getting the opportunity to stand on the marble steps in Russ Hall was so nice. For once when I got on the steps, I did not have to walk up to the fourth floor to take business classes with Dr. Ralf Thomas and the other excellent faculty.
Our Cox family is in its fourth generation at PSU. My mother (Myrtle Elmore Cox) earned her BSEd in 1962, I earned my BSEd in 1963 and MSEd in 1966, our middle son (Jay Cox) attended in 1984, and now a great-niece (Cali Cox) is a current student.

Jerry R. Cox
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Students help out small town
Two years ago I became part of the Erie, Kan., park board. We found out that Erie had been donated several scrap metal art sculptures by the late Robert Dorris. The sculptures are well known locally and could be seen from the highway west of Erie.
Not knowing how to even begin, I sent an email to PSU Professor Portico Bowman to see if there was any possibility that an art student would be interested in helping us.
She gave Jenna Spencer as an intern. It was a wonderful experience. Jenna helped us with the park design, fundraising, and designed the arch into the park area. We loved it.
We opened the park in July and although we still have more to do, she got us off to a wonderful start. We are now working with another intern, Mattie Parrigon, to design promotional materials.
Erie is a small town of 1,200, and we have limited resources. The support from PSU has been critical to the success of this project.
Proud to be an alumni.

Kathleen Brennon (’68)