|The other A. Bergstrom
Many thanks for the article in the Fall 2006 issue by Aimée Roy about the great career of Bradley’s athletic director Arthur J. Bergstrom. He and I shared an experience only known to three people: Art, my girlfriend, and me. I arrived at Bradley in the fall of 1955 to begin my studies. My girlfriend started her studies at the same time at DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana.
The sole means of communication between us back then was letter writing. We had promised each other “to write every day.” We even started sending letters before we left home so there would be letters waiting for us when we got to college. A week went by after I arrived at Bradley with no letters from her. I was upset at first. Then I was distraught. I began to wonder if she had found someone new after just a week at college. I checked with the mail office at the dorm. They had nothing for me. Major depression was just around the corner. Several more days without mail from my love made me a wreck.
About 10 a.m. on a Saturday, there was a knock on my dorm room door. I opened it and found a guy with a packet of about 15 letters standing in the doorway. “Is your name Bergstrom?” he asked. “Yes,” I replied. He extended his hand and said, “Hi, I’m Art Bergstrom. I’m the athletic director here at Bradley and also your Saturday morning postman.” Then he handed me a parcel of letters from my girlfriend. The letters had been routed to him because of the similarity of our names. Of course, the letters were unopened.
I am glad Art Bergstrom lived to be 100 years. He deserved even more.
By the way, the “girlfriend” I mentioned married me in 1957. Next year, she and I and our three children and four grandchildren will celebrate 50 years of marriage.
A. (Arthur) Duane Bergstrom ‘59
Bikers’ ultimate trip
Has Dr. Peter B. Johnsen written about his “ultimate” motorcycle trip? I note that 39 people have made this trip, so he joins an elite group!
I rode solo from Columbus, Ohio, to Helena, Montana, and returned in August 2006 at 70 years old, so I can appreciate this feat of the “ultimate” trip. Also, I was in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, for 13 days on a project for Battelle in 1971, so Alaska has always interested me.
Robert Fischer ‘65
Thanks for the memories!
John Norman ‘50
BU fans enjoy last laugh
I just read the letter from Kathleen Schelp Smith ‘90 about being a BU alumni living in Illini-land. I have been in Lawrence, Kansas, for 12 years. When it was announced that Bradley would take on KU in the first round of this year’s tourney, the calls and comments started pouring in. I was even stopped by strangers on the street when they noticed my BU alumni license plate.
Oddly enough, the calls stopped on March 18th! In 2005, KU lost to Bucknell in the first round. The headline in the Lawrence paper the next day was “BU Who Times Two.” Needless to say, I got the last laugh!
Brenda K. Krones ‘83