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October's "In My Opinion"

Remember EarthLink, Hotmail, Netscape and Yahoo? Some folks still have accounts. We'd like to know—What was your first email service provider? And the bonus question, what year did you start using email? We'd like to know! 

Tell us in the form below, and your response may be in an upcoming issue of At Buffalo magazine.


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"In My Opinion" Top Responses

Recent question: Incoming freshmen and other new students to UB mean new friendships are being forged every day. Where are your UB friends? Do you still keep in touch?

  • Angela, BS '76, New Jersey "I still keep in touch with and see, though not as much as we both would like, a fellow dorm mate from Porter Quad. Still remember many other of my dorm mates with fond memories. Living away at U.B was one of the several highlights of my life so far. We were the first residents of the Ellicott complex!"
  • Elizabeth Saltzgaber Peters, BA '79, Rochester, NY "I still keep in contact with my sophomore roommate, Ellen Calbo Salvaggio.  We roomed together in Fargo for the 1977-78 school year.  You will make lifelong friends at UB!"
  • Emily Patterson Harris, MLS '78, Tulsa, OK "No! I regret that I haven't kept in touch with my classmates in the School of Library and Information Studies. It was a wonderful program, and I cherish my days in Buffalo.  In fact, I still have recipes exchanged during a class assignment. However, I'm a thousand miles away in my hometown of Tulsa. Best wishes to all the great people I attended class with and got to know." 

Recent question: These days, the average weight of a student's full backpack can be upwards of 20 pounds! That's a lot of books and supplies. We'd like to know—which book(s) made your load the heaviest?

  • Stan Rosen, BS '51, Las Vegas, NV "During my last year 1951 at the U.B Engineering school I carried approx.two pounds of school supplies. My load consisted of an old hospital fever chart with homework and blank note paper a 6 inch long slide rule and a Scripto mechanical pencil with an eraser. My books were at home unless they were needed for occasional class work."
  • Jeff Kushner, MS '77, BS '75, Edinboro, PA "Gray's Anatomy Summer '72."
  • MIke O'Neil, BS '70, Delran, NJ "Yes, the text books were heavy, but how about those boxes of computer punch-cards for the early computer classes?  There could have been hundreds or even thousands of computer cards, which we had to bring to the computer lab, to run the programs.  Wow, how computers have changed in the past 47 years!"
  • Eulalia Ralph, BS '88, Punta Gorda, FL "Chemistry Biology,physics,disease and therapeutics Practically all science texts!!!" 
  • Thomas Pellitieri, BA '93, Toledo, OH "The Calculus and Physics textbooks were HUGE!  Oversized (9"x12"), thick (3"), and hard cover!  Backpacks were designed for camping then, so I bought a shoulder bag with outside pockets from Brand Names.  (Still have it, although it's too worn out to use.)"