Greetings Brothers,
On page 13 of the “Blue Book,” Herman Dreer succinctly described the characteristics the Founders’ were looking for in potential Omega men. Dreer wrote,
“the undergraduate Founders began to study the student body carefully. Each placed in a notebook or memorandum the names of prospective candidates. Men who were considered to be worthy from the point of view of scholarship, ability to fraternize, courage and the other cardinal principles already agreed upon, were to be approached as to their willingness to cooperate in this youthful venture.”
In last week’s Monday Pearl the History and Archives Committee posited by proxy – the “Omega Personality,” as articulated by Brother John P. Murchison in 1927. Although Murchison was comparatively less succinct than the Founders, his message was the same.
If ever there was a brother who met the Founders’ criteria for membership selection or who possessed Murchison’s “Omega Personality,” it was Alfred E. Smith, the Ozark Hillbilly. Please find time to read the attached article from the Summer 1974 Oracle. The article is a little long, but a very good read. You might just recognize a little of yourself in the text.
Keep safe out there this week Brothers. If you think of it, check on a Senior Brother and make sure he is faring well in this snow.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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