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Friday, September 4, 2009


As you'll see above, yesterday was the start of move-in day for the freshmen at Penn.

Let's also not forget about these other residents of Penn who seem to be the subject/fodder for many Penn videos I've covered HERE over the years...



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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Over the past 2 years, I have done many Now and Then Thursday posts and videos comparing my experiences at Penn with what's going on at Penn today.

I'm now going to take "Now and Then Thursdays" to the next level thanks to Joan Myerson Shrager (College for Women, School of Education, '60).

Not only has digital artist extraordinaire Joan emailed me to let me know that her family is now 3 generations at Penn (Joan; her parents Ruth Leone Meyers Myerson (College for Women, '30) and  Adolph Myerson (Wharton '29); and Joan's son Steven Gold (C'85)  ...but she has shared with me exclusive photos and stories passed down to her of what Penn was like when her parents went.

(l to r graduation day: Joan's Son Steve Gold (C'85), and Joan (College for Women C'60)




(l to r current day: Joan's son Steve Gold (C'85), and Joan (College for Women C'60)


Over the next several months, I will be sharing with you these stories, and I'm sure you'll find these stories as fascinating as I have!

Before we get to the stories from Joan's parents, get a glimpse of what Penn was like in Joan's time.  Per Joan:
"I have my 1960 yearbook and if I felt like counting I would bet over 3/4 of the book is male oriented with some women interspersed and a few pages about Miss Penn and the sororities. In my day, as they say, women could not eat in Houston Hall. Maybe you [DT] could invite some memories from us old timers about our favorite places like Paganos for pizza and Horn and Hardart's. We used the old Furness building as our library and sat in the stacks to do research. Imagine that. No Google, just microfiche that you could hardly read. Oh my............"

Now, to start things off, click HERE to find out what good grades from Wharton earned Joan's father in 1928!  You'll be amazed and jealous to find out that THIS really existed!



That's right, Joan's father's excellent grades earned him "permission to cut class", no penalties!

Per Joan:

"Imagine graduating from Wharton in 1929 --the Great Depression!  He completed 2 years at Law School but had to quit due to no money.  He was able to get a job as a teacher and then got a masters in Ed at Penn in 1932)"

If any alumni have photos or videos of "how Penn was" that you want to share, get in touch with me at merosler at gmail.com.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Toilet Paper

SurvivorWhat does one do after being in the spotlight on CBS' Survivor?

Ask Gregg Carey (C'99, Friars, Sprint Football, DKE) who appeared in Survivor Palau (2005).

Who knew?! (and let's not forget about THIS other Penn alum who was also on "Survivor"!)

...Gregg continues to be in the spotlight with his hot new email newsletter, named after the one luxury item he wasn't given in Palau - Toilet Paper!

After launching at the end of January 09, "The Toilet Paper, Daily News for the Thinking Man" published its 100th issue to its 15,000 daily readers last month.

Greg's free email targets males (and curious females) 22-40 with intelligent, edgy, and topical content. 

Per Gregg,
"Where other newsletters like Thrillist, Daily Candy, Urban Daddy, and Ideal Bite offer some form of a lifestyle tip: a restaurant recommendation, a fashion suggestion, or an opinion on a new gadget, the “product” that The Toilet Paper offers our readers is relevant knowledge. As Ricky Gervais, creator of the hit show "The Office" preaches, “Guys love facts.” We agree.

So, TTP takes one topical news story from the headlines (Politics, Business, Sports, or Pop Culture) and provides entertaining facts, statistics, quotes, lists, and definitions that support that topic; we think of it as funny and relevant bits for a guy’s daily banter; at the water cooler, on dates, at the bar with friends. Our simple format also provides a compelling way for our advertising partners to get their product information out to a valuable demographic in an entertaining and informative way. We have recently been featured in the NYPost, RadarOnline, The Guardian, Askmen.com and numerous other sites."

Check out a sample of his newsletter here:
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Get in touch with Gregg at gregg at bunkhousemedia.com!

UPennAnd it is confirmed. Based on all my posts, the class of 1999 seems to be the most media-centric class that I can see!!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

UPenn Videos

Check out these videos below that I found online from the TV show "A Different World".   In this episode, check out how Penn is featured!
(Video 1: at 8:40)
(Video 2: at 0:40)
(Video 3: at 0:21)
Quick Synopsis:
"Dwayne's old friend Milt comes for a visit. He believes that Hillman is holding Dwayne back, and encourages him to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania. Milt also recommends that Dwayne distance himself from "dead weight" like Ron. Dwayne considers his friend's words, until a talk with Whitley helps remind him of Ron's good qualities and the feeling of family that Hillman holds for its students. He defends the school's academic reputation to Milt. Col. Taylor and Mr. Gaines attend a reunion for U.S. servicemen. Col. Taylor tries to start a romance with a member of his old unit, only to discover that she is a complete mess."
Isn't it amazing how far sitcoms have come this day and age?!

...And watch THIS clip from another show that mentioned Penn last year!




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