Spirit of State
Congratulations on your publication! Although
I receive alumni magazines from several well-known universities,
SFSU Magazine is the only one I look forward to. It inspires
me, and I've finally realized why. The others are largely about
knowledge as prestige and power; SFSU Magazine is about knowledge
being used to heal and empower people. Keep up your good work.
Each issue reaffirms the spirit of State as I knew it in the
Virginia Palmer Braxton
M.A., Education, '70
Louie: The Early Days
Gilman Louie ("The Name is Louie, Gilman
Louie: Grad Helps CIA Go High-Tech," Fall 2002) was a student
in my "Business Communication" class in 1979.
For his persuasive speech, Gilman chose to convince the students
to buy a computer.
He borrowed one from the Radio Shack on Geary Street. They knew
him well as he was a daily visitor who showed the staff how to
operate all the new gadgets that arrived weekly.
Gilman spent 40 minutes trying to get the super computer to boot
up. Wires and cords were over and under desks. With 10 minutes
left, I suggested that he start his speech.
He made a good presentation in spite of the computer stubbornly
refusing to boot.
As the class was dismissed I heard the manual typewriters in the
classroom breathe a sigh of relief in unison. They were convinced
that their future was still bright.
Lecturer, College of Business, SFSU
I just want to compliment you on SFSU Magazine!
Although I am not an alumnus of State, I am very interested
in the school. I find the stories about the lives, accomplishments
and activities of your alumni to be fascinating. But more importantly,
they make an excellent impression about the value of State for
our community. I hope you continue to publish your magazine.
I was delighted to see one of my former professors,
George Tuma ("Getting Down to Middle Earth," Fall
2002), in the last issue of SFSU Magazine. I had a class or
two with him in the early '70s. He was quite a stimulating
guy. We had to read works by advocates of the French Revolution
as well as the first 11 chapters of the Bible!
My experience at State will never be forgotten, since it was
there that I was exposed to liberal education in both the
formal and philosophical sense of the term.
Michael C. Quintero
B.A., English, '73