Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thanks to Larry Hermo, Linfield gets national attention from ABC-TV ‘Good Morning America’

(This posted 7/22/2016)

New York City.

Some people have never been there. Linfielder Larry Hermo, Class of 1959, has visited it eight times.

His eighth visit was in late June 2016, with his wife, Sharon; granddaughter, Megan Hermo, and Megan’s friend Santi Hart, both Milwaukie, Ore., High School students.

Back-to-back visit highlights for the four of them were Thursday, June 30, involving national television and the New York Yankees.

They got up early that Thursday morning and arrived at 5:30 at the ABC-TV “Good Morning America” outside set in New York’s Times Square. The show went on the air at 7 in the morning.

They were at the front of a crowd of people and appeared during the program’s national broadcast.

This photo, taken from the broadcast, shows Larry proudly wearing a Linfield shirt. Then, left to right, next to Larry, are Sharon, Santi and Megan, all are wearing New York Yankee shirts.

After they left the TV set, they made their way to Yankee Stadium to watch the Texas Rangers play the NY Yankees is a game which started at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. Yankees won, 2-1.

In his long tenure as head baseball coach at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Ore. one of Larry’s players was Linfielder Scott Brosius.

A member of Linfield Class of 2001, Brosius went on to play and star for Linfield, lettering in the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons.

After a Major League playing career with the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees, Brosius coached baseball at Linfield and, as head coach, led the Wildcats to the 2013 NCAAD3 national championship.

At Yankee Stadium, Larry saw Brosius play for the Yankees in the 2000 and 2001 World Series.

In a Series game played in 2001, Larry watched Brosius come to bat with a Yankee on base. Brosius hit a home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth. That tied the score. In the 11th inning, Brosius bunted to advance a runner and the Yankees won with a base hit.


-In January 1999, after Brosius was named MVP of the 1998 World Series, Putnam High honored Larry and Brosius with an open house. During it, uniform #1 (Larry) and #3 (Brosius) were retired. Jerseys #1 and #3 are on display in a Putnam showcase.

-An “ABC-TV Good Morning America” camera operator asked Larry about Linfield football. Larry responded with info about “The Streak.” The camera operator was “totally impressed,” said Larry.

-Megan is the daughter of Brad and Debra Hermo, son and daughter-in-law of the Hermos. Like Brosius, Brad played at Linfield for Coach Scott Carnahan. Brad lettered in the 1983-1984-1985 and 1986 seasons. Thus, Brad was a Linfield baseball teammate of Brosius for two seasons.

-Brosius’ last season playing Major League baseball was 2001.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Larry Ward, former Linfield Wildcats radio ‘voice,’ member of two halls of fames

Larry Ward, former Linfield Wildcats radio ‘voice,’ member of two halls of fames

Originally posted 5/11/2016. Updated 7/1/2016

Larry Ward, a former radio play-by-play “voice” of Linfield College Wildcats football and men’s basketball is a two time Hall of Famer.

In 2005, he became a member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the Southern (professional baseball) League in conjunction with the league’s 2016 all-star game in Pearl, Miss.

The induction of Ward – the first broadcaster in this “hall” -- took place June 20, 2016, in the Jackson, Miss., Convention Complex during the “A Night with the Stars All-Star Galaand at the game held in Pearl at Trustmark Park, home of the Class AA Mississippi Braves of the Southern League.

Lori Webb, Southern League president, presided at the events and Kyle Tait, “voice” of the M-Braves, made the presentation.

Long-time “voice” of the Class AA professional baseball Chattanooga, Tenn., Lookouts, Ward, as Wildcats' broadcaster, teamed with color commentator Dave Hansen, a member of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame.

That was in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977 on McMinnville radio station KMCM, which is now KLYC.

From Maupin (Wasco Co.), Ore., Ward’s broadcasting career started at KACI Radio, The Dalles.

In 1978, he was part-time play-by-play voice for the Portland Beavers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

His long broadcasting career has included stops in Arizona, Florida and South Carolina. This (2016) is his 29th consecutive season calling Lookouts baseball. He’s the longest tenured broadcaster in the Southern League.

First broadcasting experience for Ward, a 1965 graduate of Wasco County Union High School in Maupin, Ore., was at KACI radio in The Dalles in the summer of 1970.

His initial time on the air was doing sports for a morning show. On weekends he was a disc jockey. During that summer he did live reports from the Wasco County Fair from the fairgrounds in Tygh Valley. He also did some news reports.

His job included selling on the air advertising spots. Once he left a business client in the middle of an ad sales presentation to cover a house fire. He phoned in a report on the fire to the radio station, went back to the client and made the sale.

The first radio play-by-play experience for Ward was broadcasting a Little League game in The Dalles. “That was such a great experience I decided that would be my radio career goal,” he said.

He joined KODL radio in The Dalles. While there a letter from KMCM came to the station that it had an opening for sports play-by-play broadcaster who would do college and high school games and also sell advertising. He interviewed for the job, was offered and accepted it and started in spring 1973.

When he did play-by-play for The Dalles High School games his color commentator was a grad of the high school. He wanted someone with Linfield connections to accompany him covering the Wildcats.

Ward said, “I believe it was Coach Ad Rutschman who put me in touch with Dave Hansen of Linfield. We probably met over coffee or lunch. I asked and Dave didn’t take long to agree to do it.

“Our first broadcast was the first regular season football game* (Linfield at Portland State) of the 1973 season. (Linfield won, 19-3.) I think the broadcast started a little bumpy, but it quickly became smooth and stayed that way all the years we worked Linfield football and basketball together.”
Hansen said he was always comfortable and it was always enjoyable as Ward’s broadcasting partner on KMCM. “He was very professional, and gave me lots of room to run. Larry was a gentle teacher to a neophyte, nicknamed me ‘the professor’ and was a great straight man for stuff I did.”

During his time at KMCM, in addition to covering Linfield and McMinnville High School football, he sold enough advertising to also broadcast some Linfield, George Fox and area high school basketball games.

“I did basketball in the Charlie Sitton era at McMinnville High. We even did some baseball. In my six years at KMCM we had a sports talk show, covered tennis, track meets, motocross, horse shows and the St. Paul Rodeo. Several times I was chosen to do football playoffs, basketball tournaments and baseball playoffs for the OSAA. Also, I served as master of ceremonies at various events,” said Ward.

He left Oregon in the winter of 1979 after becoming play-by-play “voice” of the Tucson Toros of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. 


Linfield’s 1973 season started on Maxwell Field with a non-counting 21-0 Wildcat varsity beating alumni game. The regular season began Sat., Sept. 22, with Linfield winning 19-3 at Portland Civic Stadium over Portland State. A story about the game says, “Linfield’s five-platoon punting system kept Portland State buried in its own territory most of the evening as the Wildcats won an error-filled contest … played during intermittent showers on slippery Tartan Turf.”

--Larry Ward (right) and Dave Hansen (left) broadcasting, for McMinnville’s KMCM-AM radio, a Linfield men's home basketball game in Riley Gym. Photo appeared (or was supposed to appear) in the 12/31/1975 McMinnville N-R/News-Register. Photo by McMinnville News-Register's Tom Ballard courtesy of the N-R.

--Larry Ward in his Chattanooga Lookouts radio broadcast booth. Photo appeared with story in 3/15/2016 The Dalles, Ore., Chronicle. Link to story:

--Larry Ward at Southern League event during which he was inducted into the league’s hall of fame (photo credit to Mississippi Braves professional baseball team)
--Congratulations Larry Ward from the Chattanooga Lookouts website.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

U.S. Olympic 2016 Track & Field Trials - 20k racewalk - Salem, Ore. Thursday 6/30/2016

Video slideshow produced by Wildcatville

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Death of Lloyd Swenson, former Linfield prof and administrator

Lloyd Swenson, a former Linfield College faculty member and administrator, died at age 91 in his Palm Springs, Calif., home on Jan 21, 2016.

Born Lloyd Richard Swenson on Nov. 21, 1924, in Turlock Calif., he grew up in San Jose, Calif. where he attended and graduated in 1943 from San Jose High School.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp Private Pilot Program and, later flew 61 missions in the 557th Bomb Squadron of the 387th group in World War II as a second lieutenant. He was a B-26 Marauder  bomber pilot.

The 1970-1971 Linfield College Catalog shows him as assistant professor of business and economics and director of financial aid.

In 1948, he graduated from what is now San Jose State University.

He earned a bachelor of divinity degree in 1957 from Princeton Theological Seminary.
He was a pastor for eight years  at North Peninsula Presbyterian (now Bethany Presbyterian) Church in San Bruno (San Mateo County), Calif.

After earning a Masters of Business Administration degree in 1967 from Santa Clara University he came to Linfield.

According to the Sept. 7, 1967, Linfield Review, Swenson was appointed as an assistant professor of business administration and economics…(He) “has had business experience in the areas of sales, public relations, estimating, office management and chief accounting,” the Review said.

In 1971, he co-founded Field Electron and Ion Co., later called FEI Company. It supplied electron and ion beam sources for field emission research and electron microscopy. He also co-founded Nano Technology Corp.

He is survived by wife, Hansi Hughes; sister, Evelyn Templeton; son, Charlie Swenson; and daughters, Debbie Watkins, Elizabeth Creencia and Zetta Newell.

A funeral service was held Jan. 29, 2016, in the Ramon Chapel at Forest Lawn Cathedral City, Calif. Intermnet was in the Sacred Palms section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cathedral City.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Wounded Warriors Foundation.



=For several years, the Swensons, Lloyd and Hansi, were hosts of Linfield alumni, parents and friends lunches in their Palm Springs home.

=The Oct. 2, 2015, McMinnville N-R/News-Register says Lloyd Swenson, Lyn Swanson and Noel Martin founded Field Electron and Ion. FEI became a major supplier of electron and ion sources for the tech and semiconductor industry in the 1980s, and created a focused ion beam for Intel to use in microelectronics.

=The Nov. 4, 2000, N-R reported in a story headlined “Partners strike gold with tungsten wire” that “one of Aptech's biggest clients is FEI, founded in 1972 by Linfield professors Noel Martin, Lynwood Swanson and Lloyd Swenson.”

=“Field Emissions research finds a home in Mac” is the headline of a story in the Nov. 4, 2000, N-R. It says, “FEI was started in 1971 by three Linfield professors and LRI colleagues - Noel Martin, Lynwood Swanson and Lloyd Swenson. The small company responded to numerous requests to provide single-crystal materials to field emissions researchers.”

= According to a story in the May 14, 2005, N-R, Linfield students followed Lyn Swanson to the Oregon Graduate Institute, “where Swanson researched surface physics and advised students from 1973 to 1987. They also joined him in Field Electron and Ion, a little company he started on the side with partners Noel Martin and Lloyd Swenson.”

=A March 21, 2014, an N-R editorial says Linfield Research Institute “spun off Field Emissions Corp., known as FEMCOR, in 1958. Dyke was joined in the venture by Linfield physics profs Lyn Swanson and Francis Charbonnier, among others. Hewlett-Packard swallowed FEMCOR in 1971 to create a Diagnostic Cardiology Division based on field emissions applications, evolving into other H-P product lines. Ironically, the complex it developed around the original FEMCOR site reverted to Linfield when the H-P division closed in 1996, becoming the college’s Keck Campus. Several Linfield scientists, including Charbonnier, remained with H-P. Others, led by Lyn Swanson, Noel Martin and Lloyd Swenson, launched a new field emissions spinoff — Field Electron and Ion, known as FEI.”

=The Oct. 2, 2015, N-R says Swenson, Lyn Swanson and Noel Martin founded Field Electron and Ion. FEI became a major supplier of electron and ion sources for the tech and semiconductor industry in the 1980s, and created a focused ion beam for Intel to use in microelectronics.

=A 2001 San Jose State University publication includes a class notes item for Lloyd Swenson, Class of 1948, Business. It says he was a “U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and B-26 bomber pilot” who “co-founded FEI in Hillsboro, Ore., a firm that specializes in electron microscopy technologies and applications. These days, he reports, he spends half the year in Palm Desert, the other half in Washington State, enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

=A story, “Remembering the Battle of the Bulge on 70th anniversary” in the Dec. 15, 2014, Desert Sun newspaper of Palm Springs, Calif., includes:

A month after celebrating his 20th birthday, on November 21, 1944, Lloyd Swenson, a B-26 bomber pilot, said his B-26 bomb group flew into some of the fiercest fighting conditions it would face during the war.

"The period of combat that I especially think about during the Christmas season was participation in the Battle of the Bulge," Swenson, of Palm Desert, told The Desert Sun in a December, 2010 interview.

When the German Army broke through the Allied front lines, the ground troops fought exhaustively, suffering heavy losses while battling in the brutal cold of winter — without air support.

The weather was terrible, and the skies, thick with clouds, made effective aerial attacks impossible. The grounded airmen waited for more than a week when finally, on Dec. 23, the weather cleared enough for the Army Air Corps to take to the skies.

Just the day before, the group was getting ready to abandon its base in Clastres, France.

"We were preparing to evacuate because the Germans were getting so close," Swenson said. "We couldn't take anything with us. You could have your uniform and a toothbrush."

"Then on the 23rd, it was a bright, clear day, the fog lifted we were all very excited about the fact we were going to fly this mission."

That morning, Swenson was awakened at 5.

"The first mission that day for the 387th Bomb Group was to take out a 344-foot bridge over the Nette River at Mayen, Germany," Swenson said. "Thirty-six of our aircraft set out to destroy the bridge. A few miles off Bastogne, about 25 ME-109s (German fighter planes) hurtled into the Marauder formation. Normally we flew with fighter escort, but that day all of our fighters were involved in ground support."

Five B-26s were shot down during the mission; heavy flak knocked out the lead plane.

"I was flying wingman off the B-26 just behind it (the lead plane)," Swenson said. "All of the aircraft but one in the flight behind me were shot down, and the plane behind me had one engine destroyed."




  =Lloyd Swenson biography posted at his Facebook page:

“I was born in Turlock, CA and raised in San Jose, CA. During WWII, I was a B-26 Marauder Pilot, serving in the ETO with the 557th Bomb Squadron, 387th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. By the end of the war, I completed 61 combat missions. After the war, I attended San Jose State University where in 1948 I received my Bachelor's Degree. After college, I worked in my father's construction company, Carl N. Swenson Co., Inc. In 1954 I entered Princeton Theological Seminary to prepare to become a Presbyterian Minister. In 1957, I was awarded the Master of Divinity degree. I served as a Presbyterian Minister for 8 years. In 1965, I entered the Santa Clara University Business School in 1975 and was awarded the MBA in 1977. After graduation, I became and Asst. Professor at Linfield College. I retired from Linfield College in 1985 as Assoc. Professor of Economics and Business Administration as well as Director of Financial Aid. I one of 3 co-founders of FEI Company (FEIC) and retired as a Director in 1988. In 2007 I married Hansi Hughes.”

=He was a member of the Arizona-based B-26 Marauder Historical Society. The Martin B-26 Marauder was a World War II twin-engine medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe.

Links to Lloyd Swenson info:


SERVICEMAN’S MEMORIAL – Emerson Wood (center) receives the first Stephen Richardson Memorial Scholarship from Lloyd Swenson, Linfield financial aid officer. Looking on is Theta Chi president, Steve Calkins. The scholarship is to be given to a deserving Theta Chi at Linfield in memory of a former Theta Chi president, Stephen Richardson, class of 1963, who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1965. The memorial is given by the Richardson family. – Linfield News Bureau Photo. Page 1 Linews March 6, 1969.