Letter from Gordon Fister to Wilmer Cressman, 04 September 1944., result 1 of 1
September 4, 1944
Call it blackmail or anything else--I'm still saving that letter to show to Mildred when you come back to Muhlenberg. The price tag to forget about it will be a couple of Jap helmets, a Jap flag, a Jap officer's sword and a few other minor accessories to be added to our collection of war mementos. The price, you understand, went up after your remark about Art Hill's lack of judgment and fore- sight in permitting Kitty to work in the office. Any similar remarks and it will continue to go up because we aren't governed by ceiling prices on things like that.
As far as my retirement is concerned, if you are willing to wait about thirty-five years to take over, that's perfectly alright with me. If I recall certain days at the Morning Call correctly, it will probably take you that much time to gain the experience you need to handle a job like this. However, the associate editor's job may be open to you and if you took that up at a salary of, shall we say, $18 a week and held it for a few years, you might reduce your training time in about half.
It was good to hear that you had a little meeting with Jack Jupina. I'm afraid that if many more of those sessions are in the books for you, you'll come back here with a bad liver condition. If you don't stop it, I'll have to write a letter to Forrestal and recom- mend that prohibition be the rule for all junior grade lieutenants serving in the United States Naval Reserve in the Pacific.
Thanks for the information on your brother. We will try to get his correct address from your family or someone else so that we can bring our mailing list up to date. We have as much trouble in keeping our civilian list up to date as we do in keeping our service men's list up to date.
There's very little new to report from this end of the battle line except that we are still training the men who will help you do your job--that important job out there in the Pacific. When you see a man doing a good job out there, look around and ask him where he had his training. Chances are he'll say Muhlenberg. You know how I like to brag about this place.
Continued good luck to you, Wil, and it goes without saying that your letters are bright spots in this office.
Gordan B. Fister For the Alumni Office
Lt, (j.g.) W.H. Cressman USS Almaack (AKA-10) c/o PPO, San Francisco, Cal.
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