LETTERS TO THE
Three score and a fraction years ago, your predecessors brought
forth a campus radio station called CURC — Columbia
University Radio Club. Our one-room studio was in the little
building between Hamilton and Hartley. Our signal went through the
pipes that criss-crossed campus buildings, and could radiate
several feet outside them. (At least that's what the engineers, who
were the backbone of the club, told me.) Our control room contained
one panel and two phonograph turntables.
first spoken program, I believe, was a nightly 15-minute sports
report organized by Bill Levinson, a junior, and me, a freshman. We
were offshoots of the Spectator staff, with no radio
experience or skills. But dealing only with Columbia activities, we
had exclusivity and inside dope.
There were about a dozen of us at CURC then. We also did
comedy, drama and music programs. Our most prized resources were a
sound effects record and whatever we could find for
studio-generated noises. Our listener totals were not zero, but
rarely exceeded two digits.
due course, CURC became WKCR and real radio. We surviving pioneers
are awed and gratified by its development, and we honor those whose
dedication has seen to it that radio for the campus, by the campus
and of the campus has not perished from the face of Morningside
Leonard Koppett '44
PALO ALTO, CALIF.
Editor's note: The writer, a member of the media
wings of both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame, was unable
to attend WKCR's 60th anniversary celebration on October 12 but
forwarded his recollections of the station's early
dig out a 1941 Columbian, you will see a photograph of the
Kings Crown Advisory Board. This board authorized the original
funds to finance the studio and transmitter for CURC. I assume all
the faculty members have passed on to the advisory board in the
sky. However, Dick Kuh '41 and I were both at Arden House in June
to celebrate our class's 60th reunion.
Samuel W. Hughes '41
SADDLE RIVER, N.J.
latest online layout of CCT is fantastic. It's readable and
attractive. Far better, in fact, than many commercial
Amol Sarva '98
Diversity on Campus
David G.D. Hecht's letter about my letter (September 2001)
reads more into my letter than I indicated. I did not say that
favoring Gore over Bush was a positive. What I did say is that the
students at a very selective Ivy League school in the most
cosmopolitan city in the United States will have very different
opinions from a national average on almost any subject. I did not
draw any value judgment on this fact.
don't think that today's Columbia students feel superior in being
out of step with the rest of the country. I am sure that Columbians
are aware that there are other opinions in the country than those
held by the majority of Columbia students.
point I was making is that favoring one candidate over another by a
large margin does not indicate a lack of diversity on campus. If a
national poll showed that 5 percent of Americans went to an opera
once a year, but 75 percent of Columbians did, would that indicate
a lack of diversity on campus?
Michael I. Frischberg '54
was delighted to see in the class notes of '50, '51 and '52 names
of Columbia's initial lightweight (150-pound) football team. There
were almost enough to field that starting team of more than 50
years ago. Names like [Raymond] Annino '50, [Mario] Palmieri '50,
[Alfred] Byra '51, [Frank] Raimondo '51, even Bob Osnos '51, our
player-reporter. I would hope with more than 50 years gone by that
we could reunite that inaugural football squad. We weren't the
best, but we played with plenty of Columbia spirit.
Andre J. Ognibene '52
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Don't Ignore Chest Pains
July 21, at home, I had a heart attack. I was dumbfounded. I still
am. I didn't have any of the risk factors associated with a heart
was sitting at my computer when I felt as if a hand was resting on
my heart. It was not really painful. I've had headaches and bruises
that hurt a lot more. Nonetheless I walked the length of the house
to my wife, Mary Ann, and told her I had a chest pain and said
maybe we had better go to the emergency room. She drove us there in
record time. I received immediate attention, and within 30 minutes
of the attack, the morphine, blood-thinners, anti-coagulants, etc.
had opened up the artery and the blood was once again flowing
normally. Monday morning they did an angiogram and concluded that
the opening needed to be greater. So I went by ambulance to
Indianapolis and had a stent inserted in the artery — one of
the main arteries to the heart, I should add. Sixty days later,
after cardiac rehab, I felt totally back to normal.
Getting to the hospital immediately made a difference. I feel
extremely lucky that I did. Because the pain was not severe, I
truly expected that once at the hospital they would tell me it was
nothing major, and to go home, take two aspirin and it would go
away. From how I felt then, I now understand why heart attack
victims on average wait three hours before seeking treatment. But
because I got to the emergency room as soon as I did, the damage to
my heart muscle was as slight as it possibly could have been.
My advice, whether wanted or not, is this: If you feel even just a
slight but evenly constant pain in your chest where you think your
heart is, go, go, go at once to your local emergency
Gordon G. Henderson '53