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Belly Laughs All Around: The 59ers Remember

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By Dennis Walikainen


Last Modified 2:36 PM, August 10, 2009

Glen Mroz, Jerry Ziarno, and Mark Mitchell

August 10, 2009—

It started with certificates and pins awarded to the Class of 1959, as they joined the Golden M's, who graduated 50 years ago or more. 

As digital cameras flashed, Harold Seppala hollered, "Got any Brownie Hawkeyes?"

"You're dating yourself, Harold!" was the reply. 

Later, as the microphone was passed around, the stories began.

From 3 feet of foam blanketing the floor of the unit operations lab, to a 250-pound icicle tucked under a classmate's bedclothes, to the gun-toting professor who demonstrated the principle of impulse momentum dynamics using a .45 pistol and a birch log, the recollections of the '59ers generated a lot of laughs.   

For details of these and other stories shared during Alumni Reunion 2009, see http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/current.php

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