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Top Notch

After receiving and reading the most recent issue of Columns, I must take the time to send my congratulations and compliments on putting out an outstanding and high-quality publication. The articles are of great interest and variety, with excellent composition by the authors. And the selection of these articles’ topics by the editors, the graphics, the layout structure and all other contributions were all really top-notch! Good job!

Charles D. “Chuck” Bakeman, ’50

Bill Edwards

I was a starting intern at the University of Washington Hospital in the fall of 1966. My wife and children and I lived in assisted housing at the end of the health sciences complex. A young black family moved in shortly after we did. We became friends as much as possible with our job requirements. His name was William. I cannot now remember his wife’s name or the names of their two children. He was in urban planning grad school. The story (Essayist, December) was so close to the time and circumstances that I wonder if Bill Edwards could be that William, or could have known that William. If so, I would love to hear from him since he had a profound influence on me.

William Wynn, Medical Residency, ’70

I met [Bill] when I was at the University of San Francisco, and I was pursuing my graduate degree. Just as [Bill] had influential people in [his] life, he was a great influence in my life. [His] love of mysteries captured my sensibilities, and I, too, started using them in my English classes. I will always cherish [the] mystery discussions I had with Bill. Today, I also use some of the research techniques he imparted. Thanks for sharing a wonderful story. I’m looking forward to the next installment.


Ivan Doig

The toughest writing assignment is to critique the work of another writer. Ms. Garner (Montana Mindscape, December) hit it out of the park. Thanks for a thorough summary of Doig. I am one of those patient readers awaiting his next book.

Tom Lalenius

I enjoyed the article about Ivan Doig, perhaps especially so because I have an academic background but aspire to write fiction as does Ivan. He actually does it, and very well, so the comparison stops quite quickly. You did a great job of weaving in a bit of his professional life and the way in which UW affects it. One part of the story piqued particular interest. You write that he and his wife live in a house in Innis Arden built during the Eisenhower Administration in which there is a downstairs where Doig and his wife have offices, and also a “stunning view of the Sound.” My grandparents built such a house in 1955 or 1956. Though only 8 or 9, I have a vivid memory of Poppa’s telescope sitting by the huge (to me) picture window, pointed at the Sound, through which we watched ships, ferries, fishing boats, trains below and cars on Bainbridge Island. We spent precious overnights in Innis Arden, sleeping in the downstairs bedrooms. I’m not sure I could figure out the address, and I surmise that the Doigs would prefer their privacy. But I will be wondering if a fellow Husky, far more famous than I, now lives in the house built by my grandfather and about which I have fond memories.

Daniel E. White, ’69

Ryan Lewis

Thanks for the article (Platinum Grad, December). I’m very happy to see that the duo is not “rushing” out another album. Take time, think about it, and create another masterpiece instead of just throwing some “stuff” out there simply for the sake of dropping a new album. Go Dawgs!

Sam, ’04

My son and I attended the last concert of The Heist tour. He is interested and involved in music, and an interview like this [with Ryan Lewis] is helpful in showing him that the music path can include university as well!

Ellen, ’89

Brady Ryan

Well written article on Brady Ryan (Alumni Profile, December): fun, informative, entertaining, and inspirational. Brady’s enthusiasm is most evident from the style of writing.


Charles Matthaei

Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award recipient Charles Matthaei (Call of Duty, December) has brought honor to himself, his family, his community, his country and to the UW. His award is justly earned.

Elmer Skold, ’55

I love how [Charles’] grandson, James, takes such great pride in how this hero has always lived with a “never quit and can do” attitude! Often times, this character trait is consistently exemplified in our great nation’s servicemen and women. I want to thank James for sharing what will become an amazing legacy! Many congratulations to our UW American hero.

Shannon Taylor-Boyd, ’44

Julie Kientz

Julie Kientz (Faculty Profile, December) is doing great research at the UW! What a great hire. Keep it up!


Our research story For the Love of Robot, which appeared in the December 2013 issue of Columns, mistakenly identified Taji as being short for the country of Tajkistan. In fact, Taji was the site of an American base known as Camp Taji or Camp Cooke in Iraq, approximately 25 miles north of Baghdad. The base now also houses members of the new Iraqi Army and the Iraqi National Guard. Columns regrets the error.