BUILDING FOR OUR FUTURE - HONORING OUR PAST
THE MAGA ZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS SPRING 20 03
Then April 2002
Now April 2003
Perpetuating the Muskingum
Communications Arts ComplexOPENING FALL 2003
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VOL. 93, No. 2
L O N G M A G E N T A L I N E
D E P A R T M E N T S
Howell Forgy 32 Praise the Lordand pass the ammunition.The Long Magenta Limelight
Convocation withguest speaker DanHughes 77
Faculty Retirementsand Awards
C O M M U N I C A T I O NA R T S C O M P L E X
Then and Now - perpetuating the legacyinside front cover
Brick by Brick-a photo essayinside back cover
Jackie 89 & Tim Palmer 88 Alumni Entrepreneurs-in-ResidenceMuskingum LeadershipInitiative
William Bradford Ross III, GuestSpeaker, Womens History MonthNellie Tayloe Ross, Americas first woman governor
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About the cover: Before every football game, each Fighting Muskie touches this boulder inrecognition of Muskingums continuing heritage and tradition. Muskingums Edgar A. ShermanField honors Coach Ed Sherman 36, a distinguished member of The Long Magenta Line.Sherman is a legend in the history of college football and, during his long Muskingum career, the Muskies captured six OAC championships and recorded three undefeated seasons. Sherman is equally remembered for his ability to teach his students and players great lessons of life. As one colleague said, anyone around him became a better person.
The plaque reads: EDGAR A. SHERMAN FIELD. Dedicated October 4, 1986. A teacher and coachof young people at Muskingum College from 1943-1979.
Front cover photo: S. WalkerCommunications Arts Complex photos by C. Crook and J. Baumann
Coach Jim Burson 63The Princeton OffenseThe Disseminator - Sports Illustrated
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To read Howell M. Forgysaccount of the surprise WWIIattack on Pearl Harbor by Japanprovokes chilling associationswith the surprise attack in NewYork City just two years ago onSeptember 11.
His story begins on Sunday,December 7, 1941; his vantagepoint was from the Navy heavycruiser, U.S.S. New Orleans,docked at Pearl Harbor. As achaplain, Forgy was notpermitted to handle munitions orfire a weapon, but his words ofencouragement to his comradesthat day are etched permanentlyin the American lexicon: Praisethe Lord and pass theammunition.
Born in Philadelphia in 1906,Howell M. Forgy was an all-Ohiofootball tackle at Muskingum. Hegraduated in 1932 with a call tothe ministry which was foundedon a belief in combining the
spiritual and thepractical. Afterspending two yearsas a miner inColorado, Forgyentered PrincetonSeminary, where heobtained histheology degree andwas ordained as aPresbyterianminister. His firstcongregation(Kentucky)
consisted of nine people, onehundred dollars and a vacant lot.
A beautiful, serene morning was interrupted by anatrocity that a moment ago had been unimaginable.
Shock, bewilderment and denial were soon replaced
with a fierce spirit of unity, patriotism and resolve to
prevail over the tragedy.
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Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
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When he left a year later toreport for active duty, there wasa new church with a congre-gation numbering over onehundred.
As a Navy chaplain (nicknamedPadre) Forgys popularity withhis congregations was unabated.To be a ships chaplain during thisperiod was to serve not only as aspiritual leader, but equally asfather figure, counselor, psychol-ogist and friend. He drewstrength from his faith andsound advice from theexperiences of hischildhood, his time atMuskingum, and his ruralministries.
On that fateful Sundaymorning aboard the NewOrleans, he lay in his bedcontemplating that dayssermon We Reach Forward.Using the words of Paul, heplanned to tell the men that theirfate lay in the days ahead andnot in those that had passed. Themessage was uncannily fittingfor the events about to transpire.The deafening sound of the shipsalarm brought him abruptly to hisfeet and up to the deck.
Forgy watched in disbelief assinking American battleshipslittered the harbor with oil andsmoke; anti-aircraft gunsseemed defenseless against theincoming Japanese bombers. Heraced below deck to help seal theships portholes, there he foundthat the New Orleans had noelectrical powersomeone, in anattempt to quickly free the shipfrom the dock, had cut the powerline. The lack of power meantnot only darkness in the bowelsof the ship, but also that the
mechanical hoists that wereused to lift artillery shells fromstorage within the ship to theguns above were inoperable.
As a result, all availablepersonnel worked tirelessly totransport 100-pound shellseither by manually loading themonto the hoist or by carryingthem on foot two decks aboveto the artillerymen who wouldfire them as quickly as they were
received. All day Forgy made hisway throughout the ship,inspired by the spirit of the men.They could keep going only bykeeping faith in their hearts. Islapped their wet, sticky backsand shouted, Praise the Lordand pass the ammunition.
Miraculously, the New Orleanssuffered no casualties during theattack. Forgys next duty was torelay the happy news to thewives and families on shore. Inhis narrative of his war service,And Pass the Ammunition, hedescribes his deep feeling ofsatisfaction and relief at beingable to reassure the mens lovedones. In poignant contrast, hehad the sad duty a few yearslater of extending condolences tosome of these same families.
Forgys famous phrase inspiredone of the most beloved patriotic
songs of the war years Praise the Lord and Pass theAmmunition, written by FrankLoesser. The Kay KyserOrchestra recording of this songsold over two million records anda million copies of sheet music.At the height of its popularity theOffice of War Informationrestricted its performance overthe airwaves to once every fourhours so that the public wouldnttire of it. All royalties were
donated to the Navy ReliefSociety.
There have been multipleaccounts of the source ofthis expression. Withcharacteristic humility,Forgy himself encouragedthe misconceptions,believing that the sloganwould endure morepowerfully as a legend
rather than as the uttering of asingle man. Nonetheless, thewords are indisputably Forgys, asattested by the U.S. Navy.
Forgy served the Navy throughthe remainder of World War II,then returned to his civilianministry with the rank ofCommander. Forgy lived fromJanuary, 1908 until January, 1972.
This essay began as a research project byMelissa Lunn 03, who is assisting Dr. WilliamKerrigan, Assoc. Professor of History, in hisongoing inquiry into The Long Magenta Line.
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Do something every day,starting today, to build abridge from where you areto where you want to be.
- Dan Hughes 77, Convocation speaker
Muskingum conducted its time-honored Convocation
ceremony on August 27, 2002. President Anne C. Steele
welcomed the Colleges 166th entering class (490
freshmen and transfer students) to the Muskingum
community saying, Today, you assume your rightful
place as heirs to the Muskingum legacy.
Daniel Hughes 77 began his keynote address by
citing the lyrics of the Beatles song There are Places
I Remember to describe his feelings about Muskingum
this is a place I remember and love. I want my children
to have things to love in their lives places like
Muskingum. He emphasized the profound impact that
Muskingums faculty made on him. They taught me
the art of teaching how to facilitate the transfer of
knowledge. He urged the students to borrow from the
very best take those things, that knowledge, that
learning youve borrowed and pass them along to others
as you go through life . What I learned at Muskingum
has served me every day.
2001 Coach of the Year, Hughes is head coach of the
WNBA Cleveland Rockers. He majored in history and
physical education at Muskingum, then received his
masters degree in education from Miami University
(Oxford, Ohio). Commenting on the ceremony, President
Steele said that Hughes exemplifies the long magenta
line of Muskingum College.
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When writer GrantWahl from SportsIllustrated began to
speak to Division I, II, and IIIcoaches around the country whoare involved with the PrincetonOffense, every one of thempointed to Jim Burson 63 asthe wellspring of this strategy.Consequently, Wahl traveled toNew Concord to spend two dayswith Coach Burson during the2002-03 basket