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Privileged to Express Our Opinions

When he writes of Ted Nelson’s [’59] singing on the porch of Parrish Hall as an act of daring (“Our Own Mario Savio, ” Letters, July Bulletin), I think that my friend Peter Gessner ’61 is misrepresenting the culture of the College in the late 1950s. Yes, “The Rules” seemed onerous to us and were strictly enforced. But I do not remember ever being afraid to voice an opinion, think a thought, write a sentence—or sing a song. On the contrary, we were privileged to express our serious opinions along with our sophomoric illusions all day long to our great benefit and joy.

Jeanette Strasser Falk ’60
Carrboro, N.C.

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