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Off to Hawaii: At some point during my sophomore year my father, who was ecstatic that I was on track for graduation and maintaining a decent grade point average, decided to reward me. He had discovered that BYU had just purchased a campus in...

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Financial Assistance I scrimped and saved, robbed Peter to pay Paul, received help from my parents, and did creative entrepreneurial activities to get through college. The objective was to graduate debt free. Many people did traditional...

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GIRLFRIENDS: I didn't date much my freshman year (except for nurse Margie described below) as I spent most of my time acclimating to everything new - academics, culture, religious persuasion of those around me, and life in a dormitory. One of...

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IN NEED OF A CAR: Geno and I decided we needed a car. One of our dorm mates said he had an uncle who was a farmer north of Salt Lake City and he had an old car in his barn that had not been driven in years and that he’d probably sell. Our dorm...

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Sophomore Year   MY HIGH SCHOOL BUDDY GENO: Early on during my freshman year I had several bouts with homesickness. When I would get “down” I’d write letters. I wrote to everybody I ever knew. For some reason my parents had brought a Clairton...

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FORUM AND DEVOTIONAL: Officials at BYU worked diligently to provide students with spiritual and educational examples of leadership and good moral examples of life. Every Wednesday at 10:00 in the gymnasium one of two classes was held. On the first...

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FRESHMAN YEAR EPILOGUE: Freshman year was also a time to bump into things, figuratively speaking, and occasionally run afoul of the BYU establishment. One such incident occurred early in the semester and was the result of Sandy’s desire to...

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SPANISH NOBILITY? Mr. and Mrs. Enrique de la Casa claimed to be Spanish personas non grata who had been exiled from Spain. Further, they claimed to be lesser Spanish nobility. Enrique who in his 70s was considerably older than his bride; herself...

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   Didi Allen (center) when father Simon was governor    THE AMAZING MRS. CHARLES “Didi” ALLEN: A college education is usually considered that which is learned in textbooks, labs, and lectures. But most of what I learned in college came...

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MAKING MONEY IN THE DORM: Our particular dorm wing at BYU seemed to have an inordinate number of non-Mormons. We often wondered amongst ourselves if that had been planned to keep an eye on us and to have us close at hand for proselytizing. Some of...

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SEVERE FOOD POISONING: The dorms at BYU were fairly new – they had only opened the previous school year so our group comprised just the second year residents of each dorm room. Each room was a mirror image of the others; each had two sleeping...

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FROM CHAOS COMES OPPORTUNITY: After they’d left China, the decision by Peru to grant an entry visa to the family who had lived through a tumultuous 18 months in Hong Kong was met with joy and relief. The post-war revolution in China would...

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My college roomie and lifelong friend LIMA, PERU IN THE ROARING 1920S: During the late 1920s and early 1930s, more a decade before Sandy’s birth, a series of events would occur that would impact the lives of Sandy and his family for many...

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Freshman year     MY FUTURE BEST FRIEND SANDY: (in photo: top row, second from left) Our next door neighbor in the Stover Hall dormitory was a 6’ 2” Chinese lad, born in Shanghai and reared in Lima, Peru after his family fled the Chinese...

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College life: My dorm roommate had been pre-selected at random. Wayne Shepard (in photo - first row, far right, plaid shirt) was a freshman from Sacramento and a guard on the basketball team. His brother, Wayland, was a scholarship player on the...

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Learning about learning. The second quirk of fate that helped me achieve success in college was that my first Freshman English teacher was an elderly New Zealand expatriate whose class I’d selected purely by chance. Mrs. Mckay was kindly,...

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Provo, Utah. Freshman year. Stranger in a strange land. My development as a youngster was slow physically, emotionally and developmentally.  My best estimate is that I was three years behind my chronological age in those areas. Hence, I came to...

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Although I was born in the midst of the WW-II era, my memoires begin the summer after high school graduation - 1960. I would reluctantly start college about the time of the presidential elections. It was Kennedy vs. Nixon; the brash, young,...

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Crossing country in a Rambler Wagon  Continuing with my memoires, It was the summer of 1960 and I'd just graduated from high school.  I had decided to go to college 2,000 miles from home, to a university that was affiliated with a religion not my...

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Let the memoires begin: Clairton High School I was born at an early age. I was born at home because I wanted to be near my mother when it happened. Ok, that was to get your attention. I was born a second generation American whose grandparents...