I’m happy to share some thoughts on Dr. Jandoli.
His first comment when you saw him on campus was “Your name?”
In my senior year, I had the wonderful opportunity serve as his secretary and, of course, I had a name too. It was “Miss Demeanor.” It was always exciting when CBS reporter Douglas Edwards or noted author Jim Bishop called to speak to him. Author Bishop donated his notes, papers and drafts from several books to Friedsam Memorial Library.
He always had a soft spot for the J majors who dated each other, as he noted there was always “love around the horseshoe table.” (Editor’s Note: The horseshoe table occupied most of a small classroom in Plassmann Hall.)
Funny reminiscences aside, he was an exceptional teacher on how to compose “good copy” with active verbs, how to get to the point, edit and then edit again for clarity. All these years later, they were still instructions I adhered to in my career in public relations. In his Writing for Magazines class, we students were to write a true story about something we did or happened in our life and submit it to a magazine for publication. If you got it published, you received an “A.” I envied fellow J major Evan McElroy as he received an A for his published article about his experiences at our campus radio station, then WOFM.
Catherine Jandoli was an elegant woman. I still have the beautiful Monet bracelet she and Dr. J gave me for Christmas that year.
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