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Homecoming '98

Gladiators - Knights - Lutes

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Every fall more and more alumni make the trek back to PLU to catch up with old classmates, see the campus and keep in touch with former professors. This year there are more reasons than ever to attend Homecoming -- here are a few of the highlights:

[John Keuthe] HOMECOMING APPLE FESTIVAL -- Enjoy apple cobbler and ice cream while listening to enter-tainment on the main stage in Red Square, browse the PLU Author Book Signing, and meet Northwest artist Julie Ueland '79. A highlight is the Annual Heritage Lecture featuring John Kuethe, former PLC philosophy and religion professor (1954-64). The lecture, "A Healing Touch," is scheduled for 3 pm on Oct. 9 in the Regency Room, University Center.

GALA BUFFET AND CONCERT -- A heavy hors d'oeuvre buffet in Olson Auditorium will be followed by an evening of music and recognition in Lagerquist Concert Hall, in the recently completed Mary Baker Russell Music Center (see profiles of the award winners). You won't want to miss the sounds of the superbly hand-crafted Gottfried and Mary Fuchs pipe organ, which was custom designed for the hall and will be featured during this program.

PLU vs. EASTERN OREGON -- This year's homecoming football game finds the Lutes pitted against the Mountaineers of Eastern Oregon University at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. The pigskin festivities begin Oct. 10 at noon in the Alumni Tent, with a new twist on the traditional pregame tailgate event. Then at 1:30 p.m., the Lutes will take the field. Watch out, Mountaineers! Last year (photo shown here), the Lutes emerged victorious over Lewis & Clark, 53-16.

CLASS REUNIONS -- This year we will honor the classes of 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1993. In addition, some classes will hold reunion brunches on Saturday morning and schedule additional class events. Specific information will be sent to members of those classes and to all alums later this summer.

HOMECOMING WORSHIP -- Join University Congregation for a special worship service. Choir of the West will provide music; Rev. David Wold, bishop of the Southwest Washington Synod, will be the presiding minister; and President Loren Anderson will preach. Come early and join us for a complimentary continental breakfast!

1998 Homecoming Schedule

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Athletic Hall of Fame Luncheon, 11:30 am
Homecoming Fall Apple Festival, 1:30-4:30 pm
Annual Heritage Lecture, 3-4pm
"A Healing Touch," John Kuethe
Faculty House Reception, 4-6pm
Gala Buffet and Concert, 6-10pm
Alumni Award winners honored

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Reunion Class Brunches, 9:30am
Golden Club Brunch, 10am
Nursing Alumni Brunch, 10am
Alumni Tent at Sparks Stadium, 12 noon
PLU vs. Eastern Oregon University, 1:30pm
Class Reunion Events, 7:30pm
Honoring classes of 1948, 1953, 1958,
1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983,
1988 and 1993
Homecoming Dance, 9pm

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Continental Breakfast, 9am
Homecoming Worship, 10am
Four Freshmen Concert, 2pm

[The Four Freshmen: Then and Now]
The original Four Freshmen in 1958 and the new members in 1998. Celebrating its 50th year, the Four Freshmen sing originally arranged jazz versions of popular standards, including ballads and swing numbers.

'Devil' returns to the stage at Homecoming '98

How times change! The class of 1958 sponsors a benefit concert featuring the Four Freshmen, a group President Eastvold wasn't too happy with 40 years ago.

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Class co-Representative, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religion

Some of you may remember or have heard of the Four Freshmen, now celebrating 50 years as a vocal and instrumental jazz quartet. They played at PLU in 1958 and 1968, with the last original members retiring in 1992.
      The class of 1958's 40th reunion planning committee is happy to announce a return of the Four Freshmen for a benefit concert at the end of Homecoming weekend at 2 pm on Oct. 11. The class of 1958 will donate the concert's net proceeds as its class gift to the university. Proceeds will benefit PLU's Center for Teaching and Learning (to honor the teaching tradition) and other projects.
      PLU's vocal jazz group, Park Avenue, and the instrumental jazz ensemble will supplement the Four Freshmen with a few warm-up and backup numbers.
      Back on Jan. 9, 1958, the Four Freshmen's appearance signaled the first concert by a professional jazz group -- and a secular one at that. Sponsored by the senior class, the Four Freshmen performed for a capacity crowd of students, some faculty and President and Mrs. Seth Eastvold (the seventh PLU president). The students were stunned by the performance, enthusiastic and refused to let the Four Freshmen leave the stage. It was a combination of excellent vocal and instrumental musicianship and the excitement of a style of music new to PLU. But Eastvold was upset. Influenced by aspects of Norwegian Lutheran piety, he had guided PLU with a strong hand through its rapid post-WWII expansion. He was a complex man with strong convictions, a genuine concern for students, powerful abilities to preach and raise funds for the university (then a college), and "a natural monarch," as former professor Walter Schnackenberg called him. Eastvold's student life policies included bans on dancing, jazz music, alcohol and card playing.
      Senior class president Gene Peisker '58 kept his promise to Eastvold that we would not bring to campus performers who would sing offensive lyrics. However, Eastvold was disturbed by the jazz style and especially by the line from the Four Freshmen's hit song, "Graduation Day" - "At the senior prom we danced 'til three, and then you gave your heart to me."
      I remember well at the intermission Eastvold's stern words to Peisker, Karl Forsell (a classmate who had diligently promoted the event on and off campus) and me, the ASPLC president: "This is an abomination! The Devil is on this stage tonight."
      The latter sentiment was repeated in our mandatory chapel the next day. But the AJ (After Jazz) era had begun. There were discussions that spring about the "legitimacy" of jazz music, and a student "bop" trio performed at a Tuesday student assembly. Dancing did not come, however, until the early years of President Robert Mortvedt's administration, and then only after careful deliberation.
      In the Four Freshmen you can enjoy an articulate and superb sounding "Devil" (your one chance?) with an international reputation. Join us and meet students, fellow alumni and Four Freshmen fans for a celebrative, cross-generational event.

The Four Freshmen

October 11, 2pm
Olson Auditorium

TICKETS: Advance purchase highly recommended, limit two per person.

COST: $15 for general admission; $10 for PLU alumni, faculty and staff*; and $5 for students.
All tickets at the door are $20. Tickets can be purchased through Homecoming registration, 253-535-7415, the University Center Information Desk, 253-535-7457, or Ticketmaster, 253-627-8497.

*The $10 price is available only through Homecoming registration or the Info Desk.

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