Cogswell College Christmas Past

From the Cogswell Spirit Builder, December 19, 1935

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Merry Christmas
Our Skating Party

“Was it a success? And how! What? Why the skating party, of course.

Cogswell’s first skating party was held on Thursday night, December 12, at the Iceland Skating Rink. Those who attended had a great time, the event being marred by only one incident, and that was when the announcement was made that the Cogswell “High School” (note Cogswell became a Junior College in 1932) would take the floor.

The event following this announcement was a peanut race, which provided many laughs. Teams were chosen, and each team was given a stick and a peanut. The idea was for every member of each team to skate across the floor, balancing the peanut on the end of the stick. The winning team (and lots of others) received candy bars for their efforts.

Harry Loretz, chairman of the affair, and his committee are to be congratulated on the success of the party. The committee consisted of Meredith Amass, Irene Petrie, Mary Robert, Bill Winter, Helen Ondry, Ray Barker, and Laurette Vautier.

Everyone had a great time, and the cry seems to be, “WHEN DO WE GO AGAIN?”

From the Cogswell Spirit Builder, December 18, 1940

christmas2A Message from Mr. Dodd (Cogswell’s President)

“The Christmas season is upon us, and all around we shall be hearing the trite expression “Merry Christmas.” If we would stop for the moment and try to visualize world conditions as they appear today, I am afraid we could not truthfully feel that it is a time for merriment.

The world is in a mess – probably the worst it has ever known. Although we, as a nation, are beyond the pale of armed conflict, most of us have ties of some sort that must make us mindful, at least, of the famine, the privation, and the suffering which most of the world must endure.

But we are not without hope. Yes – we can do better than hope, (for hope implies the possibility of failure) – we can live in the knowledge that out of it all will be a rebirth of “Peace on Earth – Good Will to Men.”

We await Merry Christmas.”
-Robert W. Dodd

From the Cogswell Keyhole, November 30, 1962

christmas3“Every year a Christmas party is usually held on the last day of school before the Christmas recess. As in the past, all the students contribute a small gift (25 cent value) to the box under the Christmas tree, and on the day of the party, everyone receives a gift from Santa Claus.

Paul Chase and Ben Asaro are helping organize the party, and are helping Santa Claus select his gifts to be given to the teachers at the party. And if you want to laugh – come to the party, Dec. 14 in the auditorium.

Jon Heintz is making plans for a couples Christmas dance Dec 14. Plans include a small group to supply live sounds, but Jon isn’t too sure how successful this dance will be. Admission would be no more than $2.00 per couple.

For the fellows that would attend this dance, could you let your class rep. or student body officers know? We would need at least 15 couples to make the dance a success.

P.S. Don’t forget to wrap those gifts for the Christmas Party.”
- President, Steve Mordus

From The Dam News, December 16, 1966

christmas4“The Christmas Party was started in 1947 by the World War II G.I. students. These fellows ranged in age from 25 to 45 and the majority of them had been in the service 3 or 4 years and with considerable combat action.

John Sullivan, a big guy, was the first Santa Claus. John is currently working at Lockheed and we understand still plays Santa to several of his own children.
Last Saturday at the KTS dinner some of the old G.I.’s were present, and without exception, asked if we still had the Christmas Party. They were pleased to learn that they had really established a tradition at Cogswell.

I urge each member of the Student Body to participate in the Party and have some fun and enjoy the fellowship of the holiday season. Regardless of creed, we should remember that the basic thought behind Christmas is Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men.”

From the Dam News, December 7, 1979

christmas5“What could Christmas shoppers be like around the year 2000 A.D.? With advancing technology and change, Christmas shopping could be radically different in 2000 A.D. as compared to 1979. The technological force behind the change would be in the areas of telecommunications, tunneling, and (I’ll give you one guess) energy alternatives.

Telecommunications, with the help of computers, can be a dominate force in technological change. Howe does the idea of shopping with no cash, credit cards, or checks sound? You won’t be shopping by word-of-mouth; you would have a special card issued to you by your local trustworthy bank with an I.D. code only you and your bank’s computer knows. This card will allow you to make transactions with the bank computer anytime, and day. Your paycheck would automatically be transferred from the payroll office to your bank account.

Now that we have rid ourselves of unsightly bulging pockets containing money or wallets, how do we get the packages under the Christmas tree? Well, if we have a breakthrough in solar technology that allowed Santa’s sleigh, wings, wheels, or whatever, to be powered by moonlight. If you don’t believe in fairy tales (don’t be so cynical around Christmas time) you may use that hand card again. You can type in an order off your home computer and send it to the store or warehouse that is closest to the recipient. You then put in your card to complete the transaction on your computer.

What would be a good present to get? How about a 1979 El Dorado convertible with the 400 h.p., 500 cu. In. engine? It’s an ideal gift for the wealthy because it will be very expensive and very impractical (illegal to run). A more practical gift would be a home computer or an accessory. Computer programs for leisure or educational purposes would be nice as well as sending a preprogrammed instruction to someone on how he can get x number of collars (remember, by 2000 A.D. the dollar is a unit of value only, not a green and white piece of paper) out of your bank account. That’s only good for one time, of course.

What we are seeing here is what replaces the modern man’s credit card and automobile; a multi-purpose card and home computer that will have a large memory capacity but easy to use and at a cost much less than what a good used car costs today. The real Sana Claus of 2000 will be an electric engineer or the computer programmer. His elves are electronic technicians or computer maintenance technicians.”
- Bill Weigard

From the Random Access, December 1987

“It is the holiday season once again. We have an opportunity to review the past year and to consider our good fortune.

Cogswellians have much for which to be thankful and about which to be proud.

The Centennial year program has included a super Founders’ Day, terrific commencement and a grand dinner celebration. These functions and others as well have brought together alumni from 1905 to 1987 – eighty-two years of living tribute to all Cogswell has to offer its students and alumni.

The students have participated in competitions = concrete canoe, super mileage vehicle and micromouse; and, they have done well in school and community projects.

I am proud to be a part of the Cogswell family and the Cogswell tradition. Thank you all for your part in building a great institution. Together, we’ll set the standard for and continue to support the Cogswell College of the second 100 years. I hope all of you will be with us on March 12, 1988 to celebrate Founders’ Day and the beginning of a new century.

Until then, have a great holiday season.”
-Sandra Basel, Cogswell President

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

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