Category Archives: Graduate School

My Master’s Thesis gets kudos

After building the first government mobile ground magnetometer and traversing tens of thousands of miles taking magnetic data, I had a natural thesis topic–interpreting some of the data. I chose a small section of traverse in northeastern Minnesota, where lava … Continue reading

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Escalating to the Academic Vice President

Back at the house I called the State Representative Wozniak again and told him what had happened.  He  referred me to the Academic Vice President’s executive secretary, referring to him by his first name and indicating that he was a … Continue reading

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Facing the wrath of the Dean

As we waited I noticed a large specimen of tiger’s eye quartz on his desktop.  I stepped over to his desk, picked up the specimen, and was admiring it when the Dean walked in. I remarked, “Dean Williamson, this is … Continue reading

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Letter from the Dean of Students

About halfway through the year I got a letter from Prof. Edmund Williamson, University of Minnesota Dean of Students.  It said that I was to make an appointment with him to discuss the organization of our house, which would include … Continue reading

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Life at our ‘mini-frat’

We rented our ‘mini-frat’ house for $120 per month.  We divided rent, electricity, water, and heating costs equally among us.  We charged 75 cents for the evening meal, 35 cents for breakfast and 25 cents for lunch, for those that … Continue reading

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House rules — keeping costs down

We spared no effort to keep living costs down at our ‘mini-frat’ house. One day George was driving past the potato fields on the St. Paul campus.  The potatoes had been harvested and stood in small piles.  Someone was walking … Continue reading

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We start our own fraternity

After traversing the west with the magnetometer I returned to write my thesis, but first I had to find a place to live.  My brother, Doug, and our friend Lloyd Wass also needed a place, so I started looking for … Continue reading

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Death call work

For my first year in graduate school I rented an apartment with my friend, John Miller, and Lee Hinds, someone John had met. John was taking Mortuary Science at the University.  To pay his way he was on call to … Continue reading

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Traversing to Wyoming — and disaster!

From Three Forks, Montana, we traversed south with the USGS mobile ground magnetometer to the Wind River Range, west of Lander, Wyoming. While there, we stayed in Atlantic City, Wyoming, which was a large log boarding house run by Aunt … Continue reading

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Through Washington state and eastward

After traversing through the desolate lava fields of Washington State, we continued past the great silver mines of the Coeur d’Alene district of Idaho to Helena, Montana.  The Coeur d-Alene valley cut through steep, mountainous ridges, a challenge for the … Continue reading

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