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John Miller and I buy a car

In my second year at the University of Minnesota, my best friend, John Miller, and I decided that we needed some personal transportation. We bought an old 1938 Plymouth coupe for 25 dollars. I was busy the following day, so … Continue reading

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Hitch-hiking tales (2)

I was hitch-hiking home from the University.  A ride had dropped me in a town about 30 miles from home.  It was ten o’clock PM, mid-winter in Minnesota, temperature below zero, with a sharp north wind blowing. A well-dressed man … Continue reading

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Hitch-hiking tales (1)

While in college I made many trips by hitching rides.  I just stood by a street or road, holding my thumb out, and people picked me up.  Here are some of my more memorable experiences: A lady picked me up … Continue reading

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Memorial Day air crash 1957 (2)

The second plane had flown a few feet above children playing games, passed over a street, and buried itself in an empty field.  This was the plane that was flown by the aviator I met. Just after I got home … Continue reading

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Memorial day air crash 1957 (1)

I was about to graduate with my B.Phys. degree.  I was renting a room from my aunts at 1842 Johnson Street, northeast Minneapolis.  It was late morning. Suddenly my aunt Ellen rushed the length of the upstairs hall, into my … Continue reading

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Hal Mooney gives me a chance

Because of my change in academic direction I had to make a decision:  Should I change my major and go for a Bachelor of Geophysics degree, or should I continue to major in physics and go to graduate school? Changing … Continue reading

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Geophysicist: world citizen

The idea of becoming a geophysicist opened a whole new world to me.  Geophysicists study the earth as a whole, and individual parts of it as well.  They explore for oil, gas, and minerals worldwide.  They reveal rock and soil … Continue reading

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Hooked on science

I had a great curiosity about how things worked; things like radio. How did those funny little tubes bring news and music into our homes? How did they do that? In the sixth grade I found a book on how … Continue reading

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Dad cuts me loose

In my third undergraduate year I got a sales job through an acquaintance, so I needed a car.  I bought a 1947 Ford with a clattering engine. Just after I brought the car up to Brainerd to show my parents.  … Continue reading

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Water wagon battle (2)

We stationed the tanker down the street from the University entrance.  As the first float rushed by us we pulled into the procession.  When we first saw the Law Building, the float ahead of us was under full attack.  The … Continue reading

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