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Spring 2017

My husband receives your magazine and was perusing the articles and landed on the [Guarding the Nation’s Tomb] one in your latest issue. As he was reading and looking at the pictures, he gasped to himself and knew that he had to share his experience with me ASAP. He anxiously waited for me to come home from work. 

When I came home, he told me the story about reading the article, opened the magazine to page 42 and told me to look at the pictures. When I did, I gasped then began weeping. You see the picture of the two soldiers standing behind a grave is that of my father, Maj. Ralph A. Mills. Of all the headstones in Arlington, this was the one that was photographed and displayed in your magazine. I immediately called my 96-year-old mother and two brothers. We all wept together and truly believe that this was a message sent from my father letting us know he is with us.

My husband is from Mount Morris, Pa., and we have two children who attended WVU. Needless to say, we are loyal lovers of the Mountaineers. To have this message blessed to us through WVU makes it all sweeter. I actually told my husband, who never had the opportunity to meet my father, that this was his approval of my husband, and he is now an official Mountaineer!

You had no idea the impact of publishing a picture and how far-reaching it would be. Thank you from the bottom of my family’s heart. 

Anita Kiger 

Mountaineer Parent 

Magnolia, Del.  

(Also from my husband, James Kiger; my mother, Roz Mills; and my brothers, Jeff and Bruce Mills.)

I found it troubling that in his article “Thinking it Through: The Age of Authoritarian America Post 9/11” in the fall WVU Magazine issue, associate professor Joshua Woods apparently believes that the terrorist threat to the United States is perceived more so than actual. His contention that since terrorist attacks have declined since 9/11, our fears of terrorism are just “inflated.” As a career military officer and subsequent defense contractor supporting our country’s intelligence and special operations efforts directed toward terrorism, I can assure you that the terrorism threat is more than perception. Associate Professor Woods should sit down with our Joint Terrorism Task Force to gain better insight into the number of terrorism threats investigated and thwarted by the task force and other U.S. government agencies.

Ted Waronicki 

BA '71, Political Science 

Tampa, Fla.   

[On the Mountaineer Marching Band at Macy's Parade]

Walking back to the hotel this morning after the parade in my WVU ski cap, a man came up to me and said, “Your band was awesome!” So glad others got to see, experience and love The Pride like we do! 
Charlene Hall 

I was a crying mess on the front line and then my daughter marched by and I really cried! I was so proud of them! Very proud band mom!
Michelle Atkinson-Capers 

[On Haunted Halls]

My apartment on Locust Ave. was haunted! My sister would see a little boy in our kitchen and I would hear voices in our living room at night and would always feel like someone was watching me. My sister even had her hair straightener thrown off her nightstand.
Francesca Means 

I have definitely seen the ghost of Elizabeth Moore in E. Moore Hall late at night while turning all the lights off many times! She always seemed friendly but still freaky!!
Stephanie Watson Lynch 

This is interesting … I’m sure many a scholar is still enjoying the Mountaineer life.
Sarah Ann Gabby  

[On The Last Word: Brad Paisley]

I love all that Brad Paisley does for West Virginia. We saw him in concert in Alaska. He had his WV shirt on and showed a video of our great state. Thank you, Brad.
Peggy McDonald 

Pitt fans aren’t happy, that’s only 12 people. 15 when they’re winning.
Jimmy Kuhndog Kuhn 
Congratulations from an OU fan! I was just there last night and was so impressed with the friendliness and hospitality your fans displayed. You all are a class act and I hope we Sooner fans are just as hospitable when you come back to Norman next year.
Bill Grannan 

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Spring 2017

We love hearing from you. Readers in this edition shared touching notes about "Guarding the Nation's Tomb" and the Mountaineer Marching Band.

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