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The Days of Wine and Roses
Alumni College 1999 features a visit to the Rose City — Portland, Ore., where we will visit several rose gardens and tour some of the most interesting wineries found in Oregon.
Tempting reasons to come along:
Alumni Directory Nears
By now, most alumni should have been contacted by Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc., which the university hired to produce the PLU Alumni Directory 2000.
From the gridiron to national television!|
That's what happened to a group of Lute football players in the late 1970s . . .they first sang together at "Breakaway," a preseason team function, "and it just grew from there," said group member Mark Reiman '79, now associate professor and chair of the PLU Economics Department. Other members of the "Non-Lettermen," as they called themselves, included Kris Morris '80, the late Mike Catron '79, Mark Accimus '80 and Phil Earley '80.
After performing at a handful of local events, the group took the plunge and spent their 1978 spring break in California, plying their vocal talents on TV's "The Gong Show," a slapstick, low-rent talent show in its heyday in the late 1970s. Their rendition of "Youngblood" put them in second place, and they won "a lava lamp, luggage with wheels and a ton of Rice-a-Roni," said Reiman. "We all lived together that summer, and we were eating the stuff for weeks."
They were invited to return to the show in August that year, but received the dreaded "gong" before finishing their song. Besides holding fond memories (and probably a stray box or two of Rice-a-Roni) of their time in the spotlight, the group would be served with monetary reminders — residual checks paid for reruns — that trickled in for years after. "I think the last one I received 12 dollars and some change," Reiman recalled. Reiman and Morris also logged time in Morris and the Cats, a short-lived, '80s Seattle dance band, which broke up when a recording contract failed to materialize.
Today, Phil Earley is coaching football at the University of Idaho, Mark Accimus is in medical equipment sales in the Seattle area, and Kris Morris is the vice president and manager of the Seafirst Bank branch in Lacey, Wash. Mike Catron was killed in a work-related accident soon after graduating — and Morris reported the videotape of the group's Gong Show performance is among the fondest memories the Catrons have of their son.
|ADOPT - A - HIGHWAY|
||The PLU Adopt-A-Highway program is already making a difference! With hardhats, gloves, bags and smiles, the PLU litter patrol attacked what seemed to be the trashiest strip of Northbound I-5 at the intersection where Highway 16 splits off. Seeing how quickly litter acumulates, the group is anxious to clean it again. The next opportunity will be from 1-4 pm on June 27. Call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 800-258-6758 or 535-7415, to sign up. From left, Robin Wubbena '90, Shannon Herlocker '98, Lauralee Hagen '75, Greg Brewis, Jocelyn Miller, Darren Hamby '87; front: Darren Kerbs '96, Toppy Kyllo '50.|
|'66 Alum Heads Writers Workshop this Summer at PLU — All are Welcome|
|P LU 1982 alumnus of the year Christopher Howell '66 is the director of Workshop in the Great Northwest, sponsored by the Oregon Writers' Workshop and Eastern Washington University. This year's conference will be held at PLU July 17-25. The workshop consists of two five-day sessions with classes offered in poetry, fiction, environmental writing, translation, writing for children, the personal essay, journal writing and contemporary literature. There will be craft lectures in the afternoon for students and evening readings open to the public. Featured writers at the conference include: Dorianne Laux, Domenic Stansberry, Gillian Conoley, Diana Abu-Jaber, Philip Garrison, Nance van Winckel, Carlos Reyes, Carolyn Kremers, Joe Millar, Claire Murphy and Gregory Spatz. This is the 12th annual conference, which began in Newport, Ore., and has also been held in Lincoln City, Ore., and at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Tuition is $250, with room and board optional. Graduate and undergraduate credit is available through Eastern Washington University. For a brochure or more information, call 509-623-4221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.|