Neumeier’s art apparent
I was very happy to see the article on John Neumeier (Winter 2016 issue). I wish you had included something about his early training. John studied at the Roberta Gunnis Dance Studio in Milwaukee when he was young, and Roberta was my cousin. I also studied there and remember how we all knew that John was destined for great things. Glad to see he’s getting the recognition he deserves.
Julie Gunnis Barton, Arts ’58
How wonderful to read the article about John Neumeier. John’s first dance instructor, Roberta Gunnis, taught at a neighborhood dance studio on Howell Avenue, across the street from Humboldt Park. He was one of just two or three boys enrolled. My ballet class shared the stage with John in one of our annual dance recitals in the early 1950s. He was a brave young man as he soloed in tights before the blue collar dads in the audience. Even then his talent was apparent, but we never imagined what heights could be achieved by a South Side kid with a dream.
Penny Crowl Souhrada, Arts ’60
How delightful to read your piece on the Daley sisters, twirlers extraordinaire (alumni profile and back page picture in the Winter 2016 issue). It took me back to the 1940s and ’50s when I was obsessed with twirling, practicing for hours on end, performing solo, in duets, in a Green Bay Drum and Bugle Corps twirling group, and in baton contests. In one contest in Pewaukee, I competed in the same age group as Sherry Daley. To my amazement I scored higher than she did. What a thrill, placing ahead of the national champion. That would never have happened had she not dropped her baton five times during her routine. As she says, you toss the baton and pray that when it comes down, you “capture” it. As we twirlers know, that baton can get away from us. Picking it up and continuing on was a life lesson for me, teaching me perseverance in achieving my goals, one of which was to earn a degree in nursing from Marquette.
After graduating from a diploma nursing school, I worked as an R.N. while pursuing studies in nursing and liberal arts at Marquette. I became engrossed in those courses, in the discussions, my professors, my classmates. They enrich my life to this day. Such wonderful memories of twirling and of Marquette. Thank you so much for bringing them back.
Marjorie Seidl Audette, Nurs ’67
Loss of James Foley
In your Winter 2016 edition you had a short article on the first recipient of the James Foley Scholarship. From the standpoint of a scholarship for journalism, I believe it would have been more accurate and informative for the writer to have mentioned that he was savagely and unjustly murdered by terrorists, not merely to have described him as having been “killed” in Syria.
Thomas M. Feifar, current parent
Your point is well-taken. We have covered James Foley’s murder several times in the magazine and failed in this instance to provide a full explanation. Thank you for writing and sharing your opinion.
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