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By Aparent4 (Aparent4) on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 05:24 pm: Edit

On a food board I frequent, people were talking about the passing of Julia Child, and the following link was posted: Evidently JC made a nice donation to the new campus center.

By Mini (Mini) on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 05:29 pm: Edit

Yup. The new campus center is much debated. I happen to think it is gorgeous! (It is on the cover of this month's Architectural Record. )

By Alongfortheride (Alongfortheride) on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 10:30 pm: Edit

I'm going to miss Julia! From the picture, the campus center is quite striking.

By Mini (Mini) on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 01:46 am: Edit

But this was Julia's greatest gift to Smith:

By Morgantruce (Morgantruce) on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 07:35 am: Edit

That was a wonderful letter. Few Americans today could imagine the courage it took to write it in 1954. We tend to view TV personalities as one-dimensional. While we might continue to remember Julia Child cheerily rubbing butter into some unfortunate goose, this letter should help us consider what a fine woman stood behind that TV persona.

By Aparent4 (Aparent4) on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 09:57 am: Edit

Wow, Mini, that letter brought tears to my eyes. Amazing.

Julia was not your typical TV personality, of course. There was always some irony or understated humor. She would drop things on the floor, etc. Once, I read, she dropped something and made a cheery remark about her "self-cleaning floor," and got deluged with mail from viewers who wondered where to get one!

By Alongfortheride (Alongfortheride) on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 10:10 am: Edit

While reading her letter, I immediately thought of the Patriot Act and Tiananmen Square and the college students that died and were imprisoned. Her letter rings as true today as it did in 1954 when McCarthy and his misguided followers were terrorizing Americans. I wish that her letter was required reading before the next vote on the Patriot Act was taken. If it didn't sway the legislators, maybe it would sway the voters that put them in office.

Julia was not only a gifted cook and T.V. personality, she was an intellectual. One who enjoyed life and made it fun for all of us.

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