A Fabulous Time-Waster

April 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm 2 comments

The Alumni Association's own John Black ’62.

The Alumni Association’s own John Black ’62.

This could be one of the best Penn State-related time-sinks ever. The University Libraries today officially launched the new online La Vie project: All of the old yearbooks from 1890 through 2000 have been scanned so that you can view them online. Just go to http://www.libraries.psu.edu/digital/lavie/, find the year you’re interested in, and browse away.

[Update as of Oct. 14: The link has moved. Try here instead.]

I’ve already located the senior photos for our senior editor, Ryan Jones ’95, our class notes editor, Julie Nelson ’86, and longtime Football Letter editor John Black ’62 (shown here). And it’s not just the senior portraits that are online—it’s the entire contents of the yearbooks.

The interface takes some getting used to—I can zoom in, for example, but haven’t yet figured out how to zoom back out. But some evening when I have nothing better to do, I plan to waste a few hours on the couch with my laptop, looking up famous Penn State alums—from Lydell Mitchell ’72 to Jonathan Frakes ’74 to Valerie Plame ’85. The possibilities are endless.

Tina Hay, editor

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald  |  April 25, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    As a past LaVie EIC (’92) and longtime staffer, I am so excited to see this exhibit come to fruition! Thanks to all who put their hard work into the project. It’s great to be able to relive and share our past histories and memories—online! LaVie staffers are tireless in their dedication and effort to chronicle those precious “moments in time”, and it’s wonderful to now have them all at our technological fingertips. Thanks again.

  • 2. Karen Hock Sweeney  |  April 26, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I was on Michelle’s staff and her enthusiasm for La Vie was paramount – and we had a lot of fun putting the 1992 edition together. (Hi, Michelle!) I too, am excited to have access to the library! It’s been a lot of years, but seeing this news makes me remember the many connections I have to Penn State and the little bit I was able to contribute to the history – and I’m proud to be able to share this with everyone!

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