Alumni Life: Keepsakes

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Statistics textbook

Research Methods in Social Relations (Revised).

It might not look like much on the outside, but Ralph E. Anderson’s (BA ’69) sociology textbook packs a punch. In 1967, the protest movement against the Vietnam War was picking up steam on college campuses, and UB was no exception. On Dec. 18, former heavyweight boxing champion and anti-war activist Muhammad Ali spoke to an overflow crowd in the Norton Union, now Squire Hall on the South Campus. “He was signing autographs, and the only thing I had available was my statistics textbook, Research Methods in Social Relations (Revised),” Anderson recalls. “I saved very few of my college textbooks. However, I felt this autographed textbook was a reflection of a very tumultuous time in American history.”

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