Archive for the ‘Letters to the Editor’ Category


Letter: Walking in Cecil B. DeMille’s Footsteps

November 4, 2010

Thanks to Anthony P. DeCurtis, Sr. for this recent letter to Widener President James T. Harris III, and also thanks for granting permission to run it here on the Widener Magazine blog.   Letters and comments about the magazine are always welcome.  — Sam Starnes, Editor

Dear Dr. Harris,

On my way to class this week, I noticed the picture of Cecil B. DeMille that graced the cover of Widener Magazine.  What a revelation! I have visited the same buildings and trod the same paths as Mr. DeMille.

Over my two plus decades as an adjunct Professor of English at Widener, I was unaware of the director’s attendance here at (the former) PMC.  I knew of Burt Mustin, class of ’03, but not of the fabled director of The Greatest Show on Earth.  I mention this title because as I child, I was in the audience during the filming that took place here in Philadelphia.

Widener should take pride in our artifacts of DeMille’s time here and publicize it to the community at large. One suggestion that I have is to establish an “archives day” in conjunction with some other important campus event.  Another idea is to have postcard copies of his signed Samson and Delilah script available for sale in our bookstore, along with pictures or other artifacts and memorabilia of his era.

These suggestions can be explored further, but what a treasure we have.

Thank you for your time and for the current issue of Widener Magazine.


Anthony P. DeCurtis, Sr.


Letter Praises Spring 2010 Widener Magazine

May 28, 2010

The following is an excerpt from a letter from class of 1962 Pennsylvania Military College alumnus Kevin Reddington to Widener University Senior Vice President of Advancement Linda Durant.

I am writing to commend you and all of the other people involved with Widener Magazine for the sterling result of the production of the spring 2010 issue.  In the 57 years of my experience with Widener and its predecessor institutions it is, in my opinion, the finest piece of internally produced literature of which I am aware.  From cover-to-cover, this issue of Widener Magazine is exceptionally well written.

I was and I am particularly moved by the bittersweet love story of Casey and Nate Raudenbush.  Nate served our great nation with particular courage and, unfortunately, made the ultimate sacrifice of his life while providing service not only to our country but also to the citizens of Iraq.  His lovely wife, Casey, is no less courageous and both of them are a credit to themselves, each other, their parents and all of us who are privileged to be members of the Widener/PMC family.  I was very happy to learn that the university has extended a scholarship to Nate and Casey’s son, Jackson.  I join with Casey in the hopes that, when Jackson reaches college age, he follows in the footsteps of his parents and matriculates to Widener.


Kevin M. Reddington ’62

Thank you very much, Mr. Reddington!   — Sam Starnes, Editor