I remember taking an art history class with Prof. Hoffman. He was an awesome prof who let you take your exams either orally, written in class, or as a paper to do out of class. If you wanted, you could take your exam over and over until you were satisfied with the grade you received; however, each successive test was incrementally more difficult. One day in 1969, I had to go through a door which was blocked by the National Guard to get to class (It was one of the 2 times they came on campus). When I got inside, two guys were sitting in front of me. One said to the other, "Where's Joe?" The other said, "Didn't you see him? He got called up last night by the Guard. He's out front with the bayonet!"
Donna Hart Riddel '69
Falls Church, Virginia
This letter is very long overdue. Only now that my son is in an art history class at UW-Madison, was I moved to write to you, despite the fact that my art history class with you is my most fondly remembered class of four wonderful years in Madison. The year was 1968. I was a freshman. Although, as a resident of Chicago, I had visited the Art Institute a number of times, I only began to truly appreciate the magnificence of the treasures there after completing your class. I so looked forward to the wealth of information I learned from the most distinguished, charming professor at the front of the lecture hall in Bascom Hall.
As a high school counselor who works with students in the area of college admissions, I encourage all my students to take an art history class, regardless of their major. If they have just a fraction of the love for their course that I had for yours, they will be truly blessed.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for enriching my life with art history, and may you continue to enjoy health and happiness for many long years to come. I hope that I can thank you in person some day.
Joan Jacobson ’68
Overland Park, Kansas