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XI. Elastic Plastic Fork and Pitiable Paper Plate

Vince Bell University of North Texas Press PDF

  XI 

Elastic Plastic Fork and

Pitiable Paper Plate

I

n those days, one of the places you would always be welcome to play was the place that couldn’t, or wouldn’t, pay you any money. Money so that maybe you and that 28 could do it tomorrow. And there were the occasions where you teed it up for your buddies. The buddies remained the preeminent reason you started talking that talk with a dread on your hip in the first place. Sometimes you got a girlfriend, a place to stay, or something to eat. Bravo.

Cooking for sport, Texas style. In dear old Tejas they call it the

Thanksgiving Rehearsal. It began in the 1970s and has been held every year, over three days, the weekend before the traditional Thursday in November, at a summer cabin on a lake in East Texas. After the rooms inside are spoken for, acres of people camp out on the large wooded property.

It’s lasted as long as any music festival or flea market. It’s attracted as many people from as many places as a political party. And it’s as important to those who are lucky enough to be there as football is to

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Seven: General Aspects of Pressler’s Teaching

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Menahem Pressler has instructed hundreds of students over his fifty-year teaching career, most of whom have been enrolled in masters or doctoral degree programs at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Some have been undergraduates, and some have studied for their Artist Diplomas. In the earliest years of Pressler’s teaching, students were routinely assigned to his studio. As the numbers of interested students increased, students would contact Pressler by phone or letter, indicating their desire to study with him, and Pressler would schedule personal auditions, at which time he would hear students play for ten or fifteen minutes and talk with them about their plans for the future. Students came to consider admission into Pressler’s class as personal triumphs, affirmations of accomplishment, and guarantees of future success.

Pressler comments that what he looks for, first and foremost, in prospective students is their love for music and their desire to dedicate their lives to it “so that, whatever life brings, they will be happy. By that I mean, if they are in a certain place and they teach there, I want them to be happy they found an outlet for all they know, for their love of the works, and that they can transmit that love to others.”

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17. A Different War, a Different Enemy

Ralph H. Nutter University of North Texas Press PDF

17: A Different War, A Different Enemy

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s we approached the Marianas in a bright, cloudless sky, I moved up from my navigator's table to a position between the pilot and copilot for a better look. I was anxious to see my new home.

The campaign to capture the Marianas in the summer of 1944 featured the largest amphibious assaults of the war in the Pacific up to that time. Organized resistance on Saipan, Tinian, and Guam had ended on all three islands by mid-August. A few scattered Japanese remained to harass us until the end of the war. Only the island of Rota north of

Guam was still in Japanese hands; our forces had bypassed it. It became a favorite practice bombing area for our aircrews. On several occasions we threw empty beer cans out of the bomb bay after dropping our bombs, certain that the cans would whistle like real bombs and the

Japanese would wait for an explosion that never materialized.

The Marianas are a series of volcanic islands several hundred miles long in the central Pacific, thirty-five hundred miles from Hawaii, fifteen hundred miles east of the Philippines, and fifteen hundred miles south ofJapan. Saipan is seventeen miles long and about fiveand one half miles across at its widest point. It is the most northerly of the inhabited islands closest to Japan and one hundred and twenty miles from Guam. Guam is the largest island in the Marianas chain.

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Chapter Two: Year Two

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe University of North Texas Press PDF
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Chapter 2 – Training

James M. Davis, and edited by David L. Snead University of North Texas Press PDF

CHAPTER 2

Training

WHEN WE ARRIVED AT the Fort Worth train station, several army trucks were there to take us to Hicks Field. While waiting to leave the train, word spread that our upperclassmen at Hicks Field consisted entirely of West Point graduates. Remembering our preflight experience and knowing the discipline required of West Point cadets, we were all a little nervous. The ride to the base took about an hour. None of us had ever seen Hicks Field, so we did not know what to expect.

Upon arriving we were given our barracks number and instructed to pick up our bags and report. We discovered that all the buildings looked rather old, and most were built with corrugated iron.

They were not like most army buildings, as they were one story and accommodated about forty people each. The big surprise, and I might add a very pleasant one, was the reception we received from our upperclassmen. They were very polite and helped us with our bags. They quickly relieved our fears of being underclassmen. They assured us that there would be none of the discipline we had in preflight. They helped us in every way possible.

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