Electronic Newsletter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- September 2013

In This Issue
Message from OLLI Director Chris Catanzarite
OLLI Calendar for 2013 - 2014
Dispatches from the OLLI Office
Welcome Kate Freeman
Travels with OLLI
Fall Courses
Study Groups
Web Sites for OLLI-ites: Art on the Internet
Getting to Know You: Where did you live the longest?
Member Photo Gallery

Quick Links 

e-News Committee: Cheri Sullivan (Chair), Frank Chadwick, Connie Hosier, Bonnie Hudson,  Barbara Meyer (Technical Coordinator).

Please send your ideas and stories for consideration to OLLI@Illinois.edu.  
nullLetter from the Director
The new school year is upon us, but it hardly feels like we had a break - not just because the summer seemed to fly by, but because the OLLI classrooms were full and the office was a busy hub of activity for the past few months. At OLLI, learning is lifelong. . .and also year-round!

We begin this new year as a robust, established program with a mix of "veteran" and new members and instructors, a healthy slate of courses and other opportunities for engagement, and many plans for the new year.

We maintain strong ties with the University of Illinois campus and the Champaign-Urbana community, and both the University and the Bernard Osher Foundation have made significant (and very generous) investments in our future. The year ahead is going to be a rich and exciting one.

Of course, with growth comes change. As OLLI at Illinois has expanded, we have made every effort to preserve the personal, face-to-face interactions that are so central to the OLLI experience - and we have incorporated new ways for our members to engage both in and out of the classroom.

But a large and vibrant organization presents new challenges for our three-person staff: try as we might, we cannot respond to more than 1,000 members as quickly and as individually as we could when we had 297 members in the fall of 2007, and we may not be able to answer e-mails or tend to non-emergency requests right away. But we will get back to you as quickly as we can, and we appreciate your patience and understanding along the way.

Your ideas and experiences matter to us, because you are the heart of OLLI. Our members make this a magical place of curiosity and discovery.

And so - armed with plans and energy and freshly-sharpened pencils - we begin this seventh (seventh!) year of OLLI at Illinois. As the poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."

Best wishes,
OLLI Calendar for 2013 - 2014

The OLLI office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on the dates indicated below. Please note that the front desk will be closed daily from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.
  • Fall Courses (8 weeks) - September 16 - November 8, 2013
  • Fall/Winter Study Groups (8 weeks) - November 11 - December 16, 2013; and January 6 - January 13, 2014
  • OLLI office closed Thu - Fri  November 28 & 29, 2013 for Thanksgiving
  • OLLI office closed December 23, 2013 - January 3, 2014 for winter holiday break  
  • OLLI office closed January 20, 2014 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Spring Courses (8 weeks) - January 27 - March 21, 2014
  • U of I Spring Break - March 22 - March 30, 2014; OLLI office will remain open this week
  • Spring Study Groups (8 weeks) - March 31 - May 19, 2014
  • OLLI office closed May 26, 2014 for Memorial Day
  • Early Summer Study Groups (7 weeks) - May 27 - July 7, 2014
  • OLLI office closed July 4, 2014
  • Late Summer Study Groups (7 weeks) - July 14 - August 25, 2014

Dispatches from the OLLI Office  


OLLI Invites Study Group Proposals For Late-Fall Session

OLLI study group proposals for the late-fall session are due on Monday, September 30, 2013.  The late-fall session of study groups begins the week of November 11, 2013 and ends the week of January 13, 2014. (Study Groups meet when OLLI courses are not in session, so the late-fall session begins immediately following the fall courses. There will be breaks in the schedule for the Thanksgiving and Christmas-New Year holidays.)


Sign-up for these study groups begins on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The group descriptions and schedule will be circulated to OLLI members a few days before this date, along with instructions for registering.


The study group facilitator does not need to be an expert on the topic.  The facilitator's primary function is to organize the group and facilitate the discussion.  The facilitator can lead all sessions, share the responsibilities with a co-facilitator, or ask for volunteer leaders among group members to lead some of the discussions.


If you are interested in proposing a study group for consideration by the Study Group Committee, click here for instructionsIf you have any questions, please contact Janet Summers at jis@illinois.edu or 244-9141.


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video of the
Wicked the Musical

New OLLI Trip - WICKED in Chicago - December 4, 2013

Join OLLI at Illinois for a one-day trip to Chicago to see the award-winning, record-breaking musical play Wicked - which is returning to Chicago's Oriental Theatre for a limited engagement to celebrate the play's tenth anniversary!


  One day (depart in morning, return by mid-evening) - Wednesday, December 4, 2013. More information about the trip can be found online on  OLLI's Travel Page. To reserve your spot on the trip, contact Tour Group Planners at judy@tourgroupplanners.com, or call 217-422-5002.  


OLLI Membership and Your I-Card

OLLI has numerous benefits, including an I-Card that identifies you as an OLLI Scholar. Details for obtaining the I-Card are provided to new members in their welcome letter, and continuing members' I-Cards will remain active from one semester to the next, but if you've had yours for a few years, check the expiration date. If it has expired, you will need to visit the Illini Union Bookstore to get a new card.


The I-Card comes with multiple benefits:

  • Access to the University of Illinois Library and its renowned collections, including extensive online materials. Before using this service for the first time, please take your card to the Main Library for a one-time activation.
  • FREE service on all CU Mass Transit District bus routes. An annual pass typically costs $72.
  • Discounts at participating local and national merchants; a list of participating vendors can be found online at ICard Perks

Welcome, Kate!

Kate Freeman joined OLLI as Office Manager on June 10, and we are delighted to welcome her to the staff!

First a Navy brat, then an actress, wife, mother of four, educator, and now Office Manager for OLLI, Kate received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater from the University of Oregon in 1978, and a Master's degree in Educational Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Illinois in 2010.  She aspires to continue studying women and their role in higher education during her free hours and keep up with all the members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute during the day.  

Prior to joining the OLLI staff in June 2013, Kate served as Office Manager for the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Department of French at the U of I for five years. Before that, she spent seven years as the Office Support Specialist in the Department of Physics. In 2009, she received the Office Professional of the Year award from The Secretariat,  a fellowship and mentoring organization for office professionals on our campus.

Kate reports, "Working at OLLI has been both challenging and delightful. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone better!"  Kate resides in rural Monticello with her husband, Howie.


Travels with OLLI - Spring and Summer 2013

OLLI's expanded travel program has taken us to several exciting destinations in the past few months! We can't resist the urge to share some of our travel stories and photos with you - and hope that you'll consider signing up for one of OLLI's 2013-14 trips when they are announced later this fall.


We would like to extend a special and sincere "thank you" to those who organized and led OLLI's late-spring and summer trips. Their time, talents, and energy provided our members with enlightening and enjoyable travel experiences - and we are grateful for all they did!


Santa Fe and Albuquerque (May 15-23)

More than 30 OLLI members explored New Mexico's "Land of Enchantment," including the many rich historic towns, cultural experiences, and archaeological sites in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Thank you to tour leader and popular OLLI instructor Fred Christensen and all of our travelers! 

 Lincoln scholar Guy Fraker shows us one of the county line markers erected in the early 20's to locate and mark the Lincoln's route on the 8th Judicial Circuit. 
More than 100 members participated in two trips to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library (May 1 and June 25), but OLLI instructor and bestselling author Guy Fraker made sure that the journey to Springfield was just as exciting as the destination! He traced important stops from Lincoln's travels on the Eighth Circuit Court, uncovering hidden historical treasures in our own backyard and even enlisting the participation of several other Lincoln experts from central Illinois. They added their own stories to the fascinating anecdotes that Guy shared with the OLLI members along the way as we immersed ourselves in Lincoln's life from childhood to legal career to the presidency.  



Click on image to watch MacBeth Trailer
from the
Illinois Shakespeare Festival

llinois Shakespeare Festival   (The Comedy of Errors on July 16 and Macbeth on July 24)

Bloomington's renowned Shakespeare Festival provided the opportunity for OLLI members to experience two of Shakespeare's best-known plays in an open-air amphitheater setting - enhanced by other informal theatrical presentations, a picnic dinner, and backstage tours conducted by actors from the production. There was even an opportunity to share the experience with some of the members of the Bradley University OLLI program! Thank you to our tour leaders, Kate Freeman (The Comedy of Errors) and Janet Summers (Macbeth).


Sam Reese, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music Education led the tour of the Chicago Jazz Festival
(photo by Bob Shelby)

Chicago Jazz Festival (August 29-September 1)


We ended the summer with a three-day exploration of the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, held outdoors in beautiful Millennium Park. The trip was led by popular OLLI instructor Sam Reese, with coordination by Tammie Bouseman, and was enriched by Sam's detailed, informative presentations to the 35 travelers about each day's program and performers.

(A selection of photos - taken by Bob Selby can be found here.)


The OLLI Travel Committee will be working on tours in the months ahead, and we look forward to announcing the coming year's plans as they are finalized.  


Fall Courses Begin September 16

Course registration for the fall semester has been brisk, with two courses (Tai Chi and Italian Renaissance Art) already full, and several courses expanded to meet unprecedented enrollment demand. With more courses than ever before, there is something for everyone - and most courses still have available slots. We would like to spotlight just a few of them here:
Eroticism in Literature, East and West (Wednesdays at 5:30)
Eroticism is a psychological phenomenon that brings into play the very basis of the sacred.  Join popular OLLI and U of I Professor Nancy Blake for this intensive examination of literature and art. Short readings for all sessions will be put on electronic reserve, and will be available in class.
A Civil War Ball (Thursdays at 1:00)
With the 150th anniversary of the events in the Civil War there has been increased interest in the period.  One thing that is almost always included at re-enactment events is a ball.  Country dance specialist Jonathan Sivier will instruct us in some of the dances from this period, along with the history and evolution of social dance of the era.
The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa (Thursdays at 5:30)
This course introduces the most famous segment of Akira Kurosawa's oeuvre, historical films set in periods when the samurai were its primary political and social actors.  Join new OLLI instructor (and U of I Associate Professor of Japanese) Elizabeth Oyler for this examination of the historical situations Kurosawa presents and the modes of storytelling he employs in his films.
An Insider's Guide to Viewing Contemporary Dance (Fridays at 11:00, four class meetings throughout the year, with related Krannert Center performances; tickets must be purchased separately) Contemporary dance has its own language. This combination of lecture and concert performance will examine the processes of dance making as practiced by U of I Dance Department faculty members and students, as well as by visiting artists Mark Morris Dance Group and Brenda Wong Aoki.
To read more about these courses and others on the OLLI fall calendar, click here  and select "Fall 2013" under "Semesters". 


To register, you must be logged in to your OLLI account (in the box on the upper right side of the page).   


Thank You, OLLI Study Group Facilitators!

You are probably already aware of the energy and excitement created by the OLLI study groups - either from firsthand involvement or from the very positive word-of-mouth feedback the groups generate. But you may not know that the study group facilitators are all your fellow OLLI members, who lead the groups on a volunteer basis. They dedicate their time and enthusiasm to create engaging discussions and rich experiences for the participants. For their vision, creativity, and generosity, we thank our study group facilitators from the three spring-summer sessions that have just ended - many of whom facilitated multiple groups during that period!

And our sincerest thanks to Janet Summers. Coordinating the study group program is just one of the many things she does at OLLI, and her contributions make this one of our fastest-growing areas of programming!

THE BUZZ - News from the Classroom

New Yorker Magazine - Did you know that the tiny little drawings scattered throughout each issue of the New Yorker magazine share a theme or tell a story? Class member Jerry Soesbe has begun each study group meeting with a visual presentation of all the spots, as they are called, in the current issue, and he also gives a little information about the artist who drew them. There's still plenty of time left for lively discussion of the articles! Bill Breeding and Andrea Lynn are co-facilitators.

Beginning German - Eight hardworking OLLI members are learning how to say the German "ch" without choking, to count and add any numbers between eins and eintausend, and to answer without hesitation anyone who asks: Wann fährt der Zug nach Chicago? And if you want to know woher kommen Sie? they can tell you that as well! The group is facilitated by Anna Merritt.

Shakespeare's "An Age of Kings" - Few question Shakespeare's literary skills, but facilitator Fred Christensen's study group is investigating whether he was an equally skilled historian. It turns out that the Bard used some creative chronology and made some characters more interesting than they probably were in real life. Class member Jean Weigel reports that a side benefit of watching all these plays is that she now has an easier time keeping the Henries and Richards straight!


Katherine Anne Porter's Short Fiction - A book that co-facilitators Linda Coleman and John Bennett's study group is using to look at Porter's work contains a chronology of the author's life, making it easy to see what she was doing when she wrote a given story or essay. One surprising bit of info to some in the class was that Porter published many pieces in the old Mademoiselle magazine.
Persia/Iran Part 2 - Facilitator David Zell has arranged for some stellar experts to visit his study group. Among the guests are Valerie Hoffman, Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, to discuss the Shi'ite faith and Persian poetry; Bruno Nettl, Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology, to handle questions on Persian music and discuss his time in Iran; and Behrooz Gharmari-Tabrizi, Assoc. Professor of History, to discuss the recent Iranian election for president in mid-May.

Visual Arts Conversations (Europe 1848-1870): Becoming Modern - Members of Sharon Williams' study group are having a great time viewing and sharing their conclusions about the art of the French Realists, Pre-Raphaelites, Napoleon III's and Haussmann's renovated Paris, Manet, and the young artists who will later become "Impressionists." As they view, discuss, and listen to conversations of art historians, they are placing the art into the context of those turbulent, revolutionary times and deciding what the term "modernity" may mean.


Detectives in Literature, TV and Film - Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Ellery Queen, Perry Mason, Inspector Maigret, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Morse were all literary sleuths who were eventually portrayed on film or TV. Each week study group members, led by Sam Bostaph and Shirley Crouse, discuss a short story taken from the collection Great TV and Film Detectives, and then watch a film featuring that detective. Afterwards they do a post-mortem on how well the character and his or her milieu have been portrayed in the film. They hope to continue this project next summer with other famous detectives.



Web Sites for OLLI-ites  - Art on the Internet

Illustration from Materia Medica 14th century Italy, as it appeared in Mosaic in 1993.

Art has had a place on the Internet ever since the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located right here at the UI, featured the Vatican Library exhibit as one example of "global hypermedia" when it launched the Mosaic web browser in 1993.   We discovered that we could click on little color pictures and open windows into worlds seldom seen. For art lovers, the world changed. Here's a retro link  back to those times.


But isn't seeing the "real thing" better? Of course, but now the Web provides an easy way of finding art, the ability to compare and download works and even assemble your own private virtual collections.


Video from behind the scenes during Street View and high resolution captures.
Until recently, the quality of online
Video of a TED talk from one of the developers of the Google Art Project.
image was left to the gallery, but then came the Google Art Project. The Project is now part of the even more robust Google Cultural Institute, a broad effort to preserve and make important cultural material such as photos, documents, videos and World Heritage sites accessible to everyone.

 At this writing Google Art Project
offers high-resolution images of 40,000 works from 250 museum collections in over 40 countries.
Detail of Brugel's "The Harvesters". Can you find the skinny dippers? (Hint: Move the slider that appears in the thumbnail in the upper left and zoom in)

Museums select one iconic work to get the star treatment and be displayed as a gigapixel image that lets you zoom
in to interact with the art in a far more intimate way than in a gallery, where guards watch for infractions such as leaning in too close.

Viewing Pieter Brugel's content-rich work in gigapixel format is a visual treat that reveals far, far more detail than can ever be possible in a gallery. Can you find the skinny dippers in The Harvesters?


Gigapixel resolution and panoramic technology means you can zoom on the paintings Vincent had on his bedroom walls in Arles, then switch to Museum View to see the gallery where one of the three versions is hung in Amsterdam. Go on to stroll the rest of the museum, thanks Google's Street View technology.


A favorite of mine for open-ended wandering is Artcylopedia for its interactive world map. Planning a day trip?  Artcyclopedia lists 15 art museums in Chicago, six in Indianapolis and four in St. Louis.


Art and opportunities can show up in unexpected places, like the Chihuly Exhibit at the  Paine Art Center and Gardens  in Oshgosh, Wisconsin, or volunteer jobs at the Spiny Babbler Museum in Kathmandu, which by the way also has a gift shop.


For art lovers with a mobile device,"there's an app for that". The Louvre, British Museum, Hermitage, Uffizi, MoMA, Getty, Rijksmuseum and more offer these small, specialized programs through ITunes that you can download to your device and hold art in the palm of your hand. The apps often give you access to podcasts, information on the artists, videos, background material on important works, as well as access to their collections.


Finally, if you're looking for a specific painting, a Google Image search might work even it you don't know the name of the painting or the artist. Go to Google and enter "painting of man and woman with pitchfork", then on the next page click the "Images" link towards the top. See? The Grant Wood painting and some interesting variations will be at the top of the results. This will  work for any painting or sculpture if you can describe with a meaningful search term.


Sure, I'd rather visit Florence or London, but the Internet allows you to experience art in a whole new way - without crowds, admission fees or or lines in airports. And no dress codes or restrictions on carrying beverages.

Barbara Meyer

Getting to Know You -Where have you lived the longest?

OLLI members respond to the question:


"Other than the Champaign-Urbana area, where have you lived the longest?"




Morton Brussel - New Haven, CT, where I was born and went to school and college, hence 22 years. Minneapolis, MN, as a grad student, 5.5 years.

Paula Kaufman - I lived the longest in New Haven, CT. I grew up and went through high school there, and later returned for three years to work at the Social Science Library at Yale. It's now been 34 years since I left for the second time, which shows just how peripatetic a life I've lived.


Patricia Johnson - Takoma Park, MD, a leafy suburb just northwest of Washington, DC, where I grew up.


Judy Braunfeld - I grew up in a Boston suburb, Newton, MA and didn't move to Illinois until I was in my thirties. I miss coffee ice cream, which is served everywhere, but I have learned to call my bags sacks, my cellar a basement, and lollipops suckers. I came here in '64 and never left!

Bob LaCharite - 15 years in Newburyport, MA, 40 miles north of Boston, on the New Hampshire border.

Robert Morris - Brimfield, MA

Ed Olson - I grew up in Worcester, MA and was there some 27 years.

New Jersey

Channing Brown - New Jersey.

Marilyn Nichols - I lived my first 18 years in Highland Park, NJ. Moved 10 times before I landed in Champaign, where I have lived for 42 years at 3 different addresses. There were 13 moves in all since leaving home for college in Ohio.

New York

Andrea Beller - I lived the longest in New York City, where I grew up and where I went to graduate school at Columbia University.

Pauline Cochrane - 18 years in Syracuse, NY; 19 in Argo, IL; 6 in Chicago, IL; 6 in New York City; 4 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; 5 in Washington, DC and Fairhaven, MD; 2 in Columbo, Sri Lanka.

Jim Farmer - 31 years in New York City.

Donald Jones - I lived in Brooklyn, NY for 49 years, from 1943 to 1984.

Dolores Joseph - My longest residency was in Freeport, NY on the south shore of Long Island for 28 years, from 1960 to 1988.

Maxine Kaler - Albany, NY

Jana Mason - Binghamton, NY from about age 6 to age 13, then Elmira, NY from age 13 to 18, then I left home for 4 years at Cornell. Shorter stints from then on in the Midwest and California until I moved here in 1972.

Carolyn McMahon - Other than CU, I have lived longest in Syracuse, NY.

Liz Miley - I was born in Rochester, NY in 1933 and lived there the first 10 years of my life. That is the longest that I've lived anywhere since 1961 when we moved here.

 Pam Olson - New York

Allan Steinberg - Brooklyn, NY.


Mary Kinney - I lived in California and southern Illinois (besides being born and raised here in CU), but my longest place of residence was Beaver, PA - Brighton Township to be more accurate. Beaver is a great bedroom community, 39 miles from downtown Pittsburgh and also from Oakland (part of Pittsburgh). The University of Pittsburgh is in Oakland and I drove there every night for many years, finishing my undergraduate studies there and also taking a two-year paralegal course. Scenery in all of Pennsylvania is fabulous and the city of Pittsburgh is clean and sparkling and vibrant. The Beaver area provided my children with an excellent education grades K-12, and they were well prepared for college. I lived there a total of 43 years.

Eileen Kohen - I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and attended undergraduate college at University of Pittsburgh. At age 22 I moved to Urbana for graduate school at U of I, and for the most part have lived here ever since.

George Miley - I lived in Petrolia, PA the first 18 years of my life, the longest I have lived anywhere other than CU.


Janice Rothbaum - I spent my first 18 years in Bennington, VT.

Washington DC

Pola Triandis - I have lived the longest in Washington, DC - 30+ years before coming to CU.

West Virginia

Connie Kelley - I grew up in Barboursville, WV and lived there for 18 years until I went off to college. In my adult life, I have lived in Duxbury, MA for 12 years and the same length of time in Simsbury, CT. I definitely have some miles on me!.



Kathy Alexis - I was born in the city of Chicago and lived on the northwest side until I was married. We were transferred to Champaign when I was 24. We have lived here since 1968.

Charlene Anchor - Outside of CU, I've lived longest in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago

Bari Arnote - Other than CU, I lived in the Chicago area and suburbs (northern) for almost 25 years, until 10 years ago. The differences I notice the most are the non-commute here and much less stress.

Mary Bailey - Seneca, IL (home town, 17 years) then Chicago, Springfield, Winona/Rochester MN, Milwaukee, Colorado Springs.

Janice Bengtson - I lived for 19 years in Rockford, IL on the east side of the Rock River.

Curt Bolding - Decatur

Don Casper - Peoria, IL

Sandra Casserly - I grew up in Sycamore, IL. I came to school at U of I in 1951. After graduation I went to work at WCIA ... met Joe ... married. In those days women left work to raise children. Wrote for The Courier in 1973 and went back to work at U of I in 1975. Retired in 1995. So ... 20 years in Sycamore ... 60 years here in CU ... and I love it here!

Pat Chapel - Life before CU - Chicago, real Chicago, not burbs.

Frank Chadwick - Other than the CU area, I lived the longest in Normal, Illinois from 1971 through 1994 or 1995. I started out going to graduate school there, then worked for the University for one year, then started a publishing company.

Betty Cravens - I am originally from the Springfield, IL area and lived there for about 35 years. Then I lived in Kentucky for 11 years before transferring in my job to CU.

Tom and Barb Cuber - We came from LaGrange, IL in 2003.

Paula Davis - I lived in Chicago from 1980 to 1997.

Diane Gottheil - Chicago (city girl)

Robin Goettel - I lived in Skokie, IL for 13 years.

Sharon Hayes - My family lived in Glen Ellyn, IL from 1967 through 1989. It was a lovely community and had great schools.

Sally Hogsett - Other than Danville, where I have lived for 47 years, I have lived the longest in Amesbury, MA, 14 years during my youth.

Debra Karplus - I have lived in CU since 1970. Prior to that I grew up in Wilmette, one of the north suburbs of Chicago.

Bonnie Kelley - I have lived in Champaign all of my life.

Sandy Lyon - Other than living in CU for 49 years, I lived in Harrisburg, IL for 10 years.

Barbara Meyer - Chicago, IL 

Mary McMillen - The short answer is Highland Park (27 years). CU actually comes in 5th in longevity (to date!) on my list, with Naperville, New Orleans, and Eugene, Oregon edging it out.

Mary Mortland - We lived in Savoy for 3 years, Mahomet for 28 years, Mt. Zion (near Decatur) for 3 years, and near Dayton, Ohio for 8 years.

Georgia Morgan - Seven years in Chicago. But it doesn't compare to 43 years in CU.

Frankie Mosborg - Other than CU, I lived 14 years in the small town of Golconda, IL, which is in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.

Bruno Nettl - Aside from Champaign, I have lived longest in Prague, Czech Republic, with Detroit a close second.

Dorothy Neumann - I lived in a Chicago suburb, Elmhurst

Carol Ordal - Morton Grove, IL.

Jean Paley - From my fourth to eleventh year, I lived on a 200-acre farm in northwest Indiana, 50 miles south of South Bend, and a mile from Bass Lake, one of only two natural lakes in the state. Early in the summer of 1946, my grandparents bundled my nuclear family away from Chicago to a home-stay farm, the first vacation I can remember. Families came from the Big City and spent time on a working farm. Lots of sunshine, swimming in the lake, hearty home cooked meals, farm animals, and relaxation. Down the road was a farm for sale. My mother grew up in New York City, and had just read and was entranced by Betty McDonald's "The Egg and I." My father was a city boy from Chicago who thought you could teach yourself anything if you had the right book. Young, with minimal understanding of life on the prairie, but convinced that back-to-nature was the way to go, they decided to try their hand at farming.

David Peters - Other than CU, the next longest place that I lived was Keyesport, IL.

Sam Reese - My wife, Susan, and I have lived longest in Park Ridge, IL (Chicago suburb) other than CU.

Barak Rosenshine - Born, bred, and an adult and high school teacher in Chicago until I left in 1963 to go to graduate school.

Carol Schaeffer - New York City for 27 years; Chatham, Illinois for 16 years.

Anne Sharpe - David and I lived in Carbondale, IL for 43 years before moving to Champaign in 2007.

Trent Shepard - Bloomington, IL

Steve Shoemaker - ages 0-18 CU; 18-21 Wheaton, IL; 21-25 Chicago, IL; 26-29 Pittsboro, NC; 30-38 Raleigh NC; 39-70 CU

Tom and Marie Slattery - We have lived the longest in Champaign, IL.

Blanche Sudman - I was born in Chicago in 1926 and lived there until August 1968. I have since lived in Champaign.

Candace Wilmot - Other than Urbana, I lived the longest (16 years) in Dayton, La Salle County, Illinois.

Tony Welsh - I lived in Quincy, Illinois for about 50 years. I retired and moved to Champaign to be near my children and grandchildren.

David Zell - I lived more than 50 years in Elmhurst in DuPage County.

Diane Zell - I lived in Hancock County in the Carthage area until coming to Champaign County to go to the University of Illinois 45 years ago.


Margaret Olson - Ed and I have been in Urbana since 1966, for all except the first 7 years of our married life. We lived in Niskayuna, NY before moving here and in Northampton, MA before that when our sons were born. Other than that, I spent 21 of my first 25 years living and being educated in Bloomington, IN.


Craig Cutbirth - I've lived the longest in Davenport, Iowa, where I lived the first 21 years of my life. I lived at home while going to college, so I was a very long time leaving the nest.

Tom Galer-Unti - I've lived in CU since I came here to go to college in 1972. I was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and lived there my first 18 years until I went to college at Iowa State. Then I was off a year until I came to the U of I. Mt. Pleasant was a great town to grow up in. You didn't have to lock your doors at home when you went on vacation (in the fifties and early sixties, my formative years) and a kid could safely ride a bike all over town and not have to lock it up.

Julia Kellman - I lived in Iowa for the longest period of time.


Elizabeth Abraham - Akron, OH

Sela Varland - Columbus, OH for 12 years.

Stan Yanchus - Steubenville, OH (14 years).


Dick Ensrud - Leelanau County, MI


Dianne Pedersen - I lived in northwestern Minnesota for 18 years until I went to college.

Cinda Pettigrew - We lived in White Bear Lake, MN for 17 years while Jim was a professor at the University of MN.



Judith Liebman - Other than Urbana (41 years), the place I have lived the longest was Kansas City, Missouri, from the age of 6 to 18.

North Dakota

Phyllis Gingold - Although I was born and raised in Omaha, NE till I was 18, I lived in Fargo, ND for ten years with four children under the age of five! Life there was good but cold.


Marsha Clinard - I grew up and lived the next longest in Madison, WI.

Bev Herzog - Oshkosh, WI.



Morris Huck - I lived in Auburn, AL from 1967-85 (~18 years).


Curtis Krock - I have spent the majority of my life in CU - 1972 to the present or 41 years of my 77 years. My home aside from college and medical school was Fort Smith, AR from 1935-61.


John Moore - Eight years in Gainesville, FL.


Ron Deering - My hometown, Covington, KY.

North Carolina

Bob Lacey - Besides CU, longest residence: 1-Sorento, IL; 2-Charleston, IL; 3-Anniston, AL; 4-Parsberg, Germany; 5-Wilmington, NC.


Marsha Gepner - I lived in Nashville, TN for 30 years before moving back home to Illinois.

Joan Kozoll - Nashville, TN.



Chuck Elder - Lived in California for about 3-1/2 years.

Mic Greenberg - California, both north and south.
Nancy Nash - San Luis Obispo, CA and Bogota, Columbia, South America.

Judy Reynolds - I lived in and around Redlands, CA for a total of 21 years (7 years, then another 14 later).
Cheri Sullivan
-California. I have lived in the northern, central, and southern parts of the state, but the city I lived in the longest was Palo Alto.

Joy Thornton-Walter - I lived in Los Angeles from 1963 to 1984. Ironically, my husband John Walter was born in L.A. but left before I arrived.


Steve Bauer - I lived the first 16 years of my life in Denver, 4 in Colorado Springs, 10 years in Greeley, CO and now 33 in Urbana.


Carol Jeanne Muster - Besides Champaign, I've lived the longest in Corvallis, OR. I grew up there from the time I was 7 until I left to enter a PhD program at North Carolina. Oregon was a great place to grow up, with the Pacific coast to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east.


Lynne Handy - Other than the Midwest, I've lived the longest in Texas.

Carl Jockusch - Other than CU, I have lived the longest in San Antonio, TX, where I grew up.

Richard Meier - My longest residence was in Dallas, until I was 18. Later I lived in Chicago for a total of 13 years, with interruptions; and then 10 years each in Denver and Baltimore.

Bob Schneller - Houston, TX.


Vevi Brannon - We lived for 39 years in the Seattle area prior to coming to Champaign in 2008.

Wallace Duchow - I was born in Tonasket, WA and lived there until I went to a boarding school as a junior in high school. Really we lived in the country in the community of Havillah. The social focus of the community was the church and a one room school that I attended for six years. I returned home for holidays and summers until I graduated from college and married my wife, Sally. We have visited a few times since then, but no immediate family lives there.

Albert Himoe - I lived in western Washington (Bremerton & Seattle) from age 2 through high school.

Mary Ellen Peterson - A tie between Hopewell, VA and Spokane, Washington.


Beth Chato - I grew up in Toronto, Canada, in the heart of the city and lived there until I was 13.

Helen Farmer - 22 years in Ottawa, Canada.

Edith Holloway - Lucerne, Switzerland

Ann Russell - The place that I lived longest other than CU was West Berlin, inside the Wall (1973-74). My husband was in the Army and we lived in German apartments and then military quarters.

Bill Salzmann - Living a long time in a place doesn't necessarily mean it has had a significant impact on one's life. So if I take the thrust of the question to be, what place other than CU has been the most interesting, meaningful, or formative, even if not where we have lived the longest, then for me it's Cramberg, Germany, a farming village of 500 souls in beautiful hill country about 50 miles north of Frankfurt, where my wife Ann and I bought and renovated an old Fachwerk house in 2009, and where we've lived up to half of each year since. Ann's grandfather was born on the street where we now live. This is where we are choosing to spend a significant part of our retirement. I find it stimulating to develop friendships and become integrated into the life of a community in another culture.

Julie Wilcox - London, England.

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"Storm Glow"

Receding thunderstorm
Chaco Canyon,
New Mexico

Photographer: Jean Paley

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