Letters: November / December 2023
cover of Sept/Oct '23 issue of Penn Stater Magazine

To the Letter

I liked your take on “Paying Tribute” [From the Editor, Sept./Oct., p. 7]. As the board chair of the Kennett High School Alumni Association, I find our newsletter gets more interest around who has passed away than the success of the school. Also, I enjoyed the comment on Barbie. Our oldest, Susan George Magee ’94 Com, a fourth- generation Nittany Lion, led the post-production of Barbie for Warner Bros.

Bob George ’68 Eng
Avondale, Pa.


Memorable Meal

I enjoyed reading about the history and renovation of The Tavern restaurant [“A New Classic,” Sept./Oct., p. 15]. It brought me back to when I was a senior and took Lisa (Finkelman) Portnoy ’96 Agr there on our first date in 1995. I figured I would take her to the fanciest place in town to make a good impression. I was so nervous I didn’t eat any of the wonderful food I ordered. The impression worked and nervousness didn’t last, as we are coming up on our 25th anniversary and have fond memories of The Tavern.

Matt Portnoy ’96 Sci
Gaithersburg, Md.


Logistics Mentor

Your July/August In Memoriam [p. 85] harkened back to a short course study on “logistics and supply chain” with Prof. John Coyle. I remember John being an enthusiastic teacher of a new field of business studies. For myself and many others who were fortunate to have attended one of his courses, our careers were well prepared for the challenges we have since had to face. Our appreciation for and condolences to the Coyle family.

Victor Murray ’76 Bus
Lawrence Township, N.J.


Shining Example

I just wanted to drop a note about how much I enjoyed your senior editor’s essay “Shine On” [My Thoughts Exactly, July/Aug., p. 96]. I found her story to be thoughtful, engaging, and moving. Her description of polishing silver, and how it connected her more deeply to family and created a sense of calm, was very resonant to me. It brought me to thinking about my own family’s traditions and how I could connect with my ancestry in a tangible way! Thank you for this beautifully written piece!

Terri Dennis ’91 H&HD
State College


Judgment Call

opening spread of Britt Baker feature from JA23 issue, photos by CardoniAs diverse and large as the Penn State alumni organization remains, you cannot take more than two pages on most magazine items. The articles about Britt Baker [“Blood, Sweat & Cheers,” July/Aug., p. 36] and Gregg Eghigian [“Out of This World,” July/Aug., p. 46] did not warrant this exception.

Jeff Krantz ’76, ’79 MS Agr



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