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Bob Lind, Published February 02 2014

Lind: A visit from Chet Huntley, more on DBC

We’re into 2014, but Neighbors’ mail from 2013 is piled high. Let’s look at some of it, starting with a story from Curt Johnson, Lakeville, Minn., formerly of Lisbon, N.D.

Curt has a photo of him and his sister Diane sitting on the back steps of their Lisbon home around 1948, when Curt was 5 years old and Diane was 2.

Curt went on to become a news broadcaster for 35 years with several stations, including WDAY, Fargo, and he says he kept this photo on his desk with a label, “Remember your beginnings.”

“The photo kept me grounded for all those years,” he writes, “and it elicited comments from people who saw it, including (then) Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey.

“Many people who saw the photo couldn’t believe I came from this humble a beginning until I told them us kids (seven in all) had parents who kept us clothed, fed and warm to the best of their ability.

“We were taught to appreciate what we have and not be envious of what we don’t.

“It seemed to work,” Curt writes. “We all grew up, went our own way and had families of our own to teach the same lessons.”

The picture shown here is of Curt’s wife Jolaine, left, and her sister Linda. The guy putting his arms around them? Famed newscaster Chet Huntley.

The threesome ran into Huntley at a supper club in Bloomington, Minn., in 1967, and Curt took this picture.

Linda now lives in Buffalo, N.D., and works for the school district.

And Jolaine, despite having a famous man put his arm around her, Curt says, “is still with me for the 49th year.”

Lost art

Many items in this column have been about the old Dakota Business College, Fargo. Some of them were sent in by Delbert “Del” Tysdal, Glyndon, Minn., who taught at the college.

When Del died last year and his obituary ran in The Forum, another former DBC teacher, Carolyn Roesler, Moorhead, wrote that she thought it was “great” that it mentioned his interest in penmanship.

DBC was noted for teaching penmanship. The fact that Del’s obituary mentioned his interest in it led Carolyn to write, “Wow!”

Unfortunately, penmanship has become something of a lost art, as Del, Carolyn and others have noted.

School’s correct name

Another Neighbors story was of an area resident who attended Virginia Tech University. That led to questions about that school’s correct name.

Now, thanks to two of you, it is known that the full name of the school is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

That information was provided by David Buchanan, professor of animal science and associate dean for academic programs at North Dakota State University, and Bill Poley, who describes himself as a “loyal Forum reader in New York City.”

Many other items in Neighbors’ mailbag will be passed on in coming weeks.


If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com