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Graduation Day: Liz Brackett and The Boss


(…last updated 10/1/2006)



Honors General Physics 171/172

30th Anniversary Reunion with Professor Dick Kofler


September 29th and 30th

UMass, Amherst


Remember the Six Hour Long Exams?

Remember Kofler on the bed of nails?

Remember the best class you had at UMass?

For many of us, 30 years later, Honors General Physics with Dick Kofler stands out as the "I never worked so hard, I never had so much fun, I never had a professor so dedicated" class. Did it spoil us for the remaining three years? Probably. Was it the stuff of legend? Absolutely. And you know what? It was good for Professor Kofler, too; he remembers us fondly.

Doug Alden, Liz Brackett, Robby Siegel, and the one and only Professor Dick Kofler invite you to a Physics 171-172 Reunion at UMass Amherst the weekend of September 29th. A block of 15 rooms is being reserved for both nights at the Campus Center Hotel. Rooms are $105 per night, with $5 for parking. September 15th is the cut-off date for room reservations. Call the Campus Center Hotel directly at 413-549-6000 and mention “#1706 physics reunion.”

There will be a test. You will be given as much time as you need.

Just kidding...

(And regarding that "six hour exam" thing, which some people STILL don't believe when I tell them... I have every exam. The 171 (first semester) exams all say "you have as much time as you need." The 172 (second semester) exams are different. The first one says "You will be given as much time as you need, up to a maximum of 4 1/2 hours at which time most normal brains are drained to a state of mush!" That, apparently, was not enough time, because the second 172 exam says "you will be given as much time as you need until midnight." Liz remembers Doug showing up in his pajamas and with a pillow, which may have prompted a further modification for the third exam, whose ground rules were "you will be given as much time as you need -- up to a limit of 5 1/2 hours." No, folks, I did not make this up. I have the documentation...)