Greetings Brothers,

Maya Angelou once said that her “mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Whether you’re a serious or casual student of The Oracle one can’t help but appreciate that the early Oracle editors championed a similar mission. These men were visionary and capable, an uncommon mix. They weren’t merely reporters of events, but artists who proved that while art imitates life so does life imitate art.
One such editor was S. Malcolm Dodson who between 1928-1934 with passion, compassion, humor, and style arguably produced some of the best Oracles in the history of the periodical. During his editorship, Dodson masterfully delivered all the basics while also cleverly revealing the art in life and the life in art.
Allow me to present to some and introduce to others my friend and Dodson creation, Theophrastus Q Whipple, man of letters. I’ve also attached an article written by Dodson titled “Seven Years of the Oracle,” in which Dodson reflects on his time as editor.
Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!
3rd District History and Archives Committee

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