January 17, 1999
He said he was having very vivid dreams, but he didn't know if they were dreams or not.
I dreamed I was supposed to ...about John Keats. I had to press a wooden block about 3" square with the letter C cut into it, and it came up Chicago.
I don't know whether it is a dream or a vision within a dream,
Dream about thousands of students in red uniforms sitting at high school desks, Buster Brown.
Regarding John Crighton:
You mentioned John Crighton.
Vernie Williamson was the assistant to the president, or something. She was there and knew the faculty in the 1940s.
Dorothy Martin would know him because they were both there in the 1930s, in the same department.
Elois Linstrom was the librarian at Stephens. She's 97 years old now. When she retired, they were still in the old library.
The old library was in the basement, or what they called the terrace, of the building at the northeast corner of College and Walnut. The literature department had an office there in the stacks.
When they had built the new library, they had a holiday. There were girls going between the buildings with stacks of books. There were librarians and volunteers on both ends showiong the girls where to stack books so they would be in the same order.
Since Elois wasn't a librarian in the new library...had 3-4 assistant librarians. Some took care of the magazines, some ...this adnd that.
The literature department had its office in the stacks at the library at that time. I was head of the literature department, then pretty soon head of the language, literature and philosophy department. The offices were the same. My office was behind the secretaries office in the stacks back in the corner fo the library. John Crighton came in to read there a whole lot after he retired. I'd see him reading ad I'd say, "hi john" and would talk to him. But he wasn't reading in my department. He was a great reader of contemporary magazines.
Anything he would get...
I I wondered if he was a dull lecturer. He was alwyas precise and accurate, but whether he was fashinating...? A fellow in the same department, Jim Burkhart, now long dead,--he could have a discussion with ten girls arguing at the same time. I think John's lectures very politely, accurately, and what he said was well-thought out. Jim Burkhart...my daughter Diane took 2-3 classes under Jim and she be the only Democrat in there and Jim would get the grils into violent Republicanism and then say, "Do you agree Miss Miller?" "I do not!" And she'd get an A because of her participation. Always against everybody else. A saving device for him in his courses, she's always come up with something on the Democratic side.