From John Crawford Howell ‘73
Good evening, Ángel. We trust you all had an uneventful flight home today.
Aleli and I delighted in being with you, your colleagues, and fellow Thunderbirds in Seattle yesterday evening [...]
Earlier in the evening when you were giving your presentation about the history of the school and its early leaders and you mentioned our second president, William Schurz, and his quote, “Borders frequented by trade seldom see soldiers.” I whispered to Aleli, “I think I get it!” She had no idea what I was talking about, but today I confirmed the connection: This past year and a half I have been doing research on the Galleon trade between China and the Philippines and Spain via Mexico for the 250 years between 1565 and 1815. I went to Manila earlier this year in part to further my research and meet with academics at different universities who were knowledgeable about the trade. I learned the voyage logs and other expansive records are maintained in Sevilla. However, it is widely recognized that Dr. William Lytle Schurz was, and continues to be, the pre-eminent authority on the Galleon trade and in 1939 wrote the historically significant book, The Manila Galleon. I had no idea until last night that he was our second president of Thunderbird. Wow! I was bowled over. I don’t know how I am going to use this nexus, but use it I shall. What an incredible and totally fitting coincidence. I was shaking when I figured this out—a discovery meant to be.
Thank you for your collective leadership and the kindness you always extend to us. We shall see you before 11-11-11.
John and Aleli