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<i>Tulanian</i>: The Semi-Sesquicentennial

March 19, 2004

Suzanne Johnson
Michael DeMocker

One bright day in June 1928, Tulane alumni who paid dues to the alumni association each year opened their mailboxes to find a type-filled tabloid with the funny name, The Tulanian. Tulane University, it seemed, had decided its alumni needed a good talking to, on a regular basis.

Seventy-five years later, Tulanian (the "The" got lost in a 1990 redesign) is still going strong. For our semi-sesquicentennial, the Tulanian staff offers a look back at the headlines that mirror the changing university and the changing world in which it lives.

The magazine began inauspiciously, with eight pages of tightly woven copy containing a letter from alumni association president Rudolph J. Weinmann (A&S '14, L '16), who wrote: "The Alumni Association has grown to a membership of nearly 3,000. But the members, largely, lack interest in the university. The Tulanian, therefore, was conceived to stimulate your interest."

Today, university alumni number more than 100,000, and Rudolph J. Weinmann's son, John G. "Jack" Weinmann (A&S '50, L '52) continues the family tradition of involvement, having served as chair of the Board of Tulane from 1993 - 1998 and providing substantial support to Tulane Law School, whose building carries the Weinmann name. The junior Weinmann also served as President George Bush's chief of protocol and as U.S. Ambassador to Finland.

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