Alumni Life: Keepsakes

UB Beanie

UB Beanie

Like Proust’s madeleine, the UB beanie kept by Scott Forman (BA ’67), now a lawyer in Greensboro, N.C., triggers a visceral memory of his early days at UB, half a century ago.

“Noticing your ‘call for keepsakes’ in the winter issue of At Buffalo, I immediately headed to my closet for my UB beanie. I was issued the beanie as an incoming freshman in September of 1963, exactly 50 years ago, and I have held onto it ever since (not sure I’ve ever worn it other than to show people). Apart from its ragged appearance, it is an instant reminder to me of the start of my college days and the events of just two months later when I was informed, as I left a calculus exam, that President Kennedy had been shot. I have not been back to UB in many years, but I could find that exact spot outside Hayes Hall on the old campus where I first heard that news as easily as I could locate any of my old homes. The beanie and its memories will stay with me always.”

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