Michigan Tech Magazine Winter 2010-11

Letters to the Editor

Hello Marcia:

I want to take this opportunity to express thanks for the excellent magazine you produced in the Fall 2010 edition. As an alumnus, I have read many over the years, but this one somehow was different and superior to the others. I don’t know if it was the theme, tied in with the campaign in such an elegant manner, or the personal stories, or the excellent photography—both scene and personal—or the way it flowed.

It seems that you have made a cleaner, more customer-friendly layout shift. The breadth of your interests’ coverage is also to be noted. The colors, typeface, highlights by year, and memoriam all seemed cleaner, simpler, etc. Rarely have I read the entire magazine, cover to cover, and every story, as I did this one.

I am very pleased for you and hope that many will recognize your fine work. I am sure it comes together with the help of many others. Please pass my cheers to them also. I remember as an editor for the Lode and the Keweenawan in 1966-68 how much fun it was to produce and receive some feedback and we then could respond and see the circulation growth. I am very proud of the work you are doing for our University. Thanks again.

On a separate note, I was especially thrilled to see your interview of Octave J. DuTemple. He would never realize or know, but he has been a bit of a hero for me and a mystery besides. His name first presented itself as the mystery question during pledging to the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity—who is Octave J. DuTemple?

We had to figure out who he was and why he was important. Nobody would tell, of course, and it became a real challenge for new pledges trying to earn their rights to the fraternity. The answer, which was closely held, was that Octave was a Delta Sig in 1948. Of course, Tom Hruby, a founding Delta Sig of the same era, our fraternity advisor and alumni director of the time, knew Octave and the secret as well, but wouldn’t spill the beans either. I remember asking him, since his office was down the hall from our Lode/Keweenawan offices.

As a senior I took a nuclear course which included a visit to the Argonne Labs for a three-day student experiment field trip (now I learn that it was likely organized through Octave). I went on to receive my BSEE with all the offered options in nuclear power available at the time. I was a student member of ANS and IEEE because of this involvement. I worked a summer at Big Rock Nuclear plant in Charlevoix, Michigan, and my first job was at Industrial Nucleonics Corporation in Columbus, Ohio. I recall this because of the impact Octave has unknowingly made on my life.

I have always been fascinated by nuclear energy and am disappointed that our country has misunderstood its valued contribution. Octave spent a lifetime promoting what still is a field of vast untapped potential. Like him, I hope that we will someday embrace the truths of nuclear, before we are left “in the dark.” If you would be so kind to pass a message for me of thanks and let Octave J. DuTemple know that this engineer’s life took shape and direction because of his influence. I appreciate him and thankful for his influence. It has made a difference with my career and the lifetime experiences that I have enjoyed. Thanks, and keep up the great work.

Regards, Paul J. Hindelang BSEE 1969

Editor’s note: The clean, elegant look of the magazine is due to the efforts of its designer, Clare Rosen.