Later, in the house by myself and unobserved, I courageously wrote, "Leave the pledges alone or I will get you! (signed) The Phantom."
We sent such messages back and forth for days. President Smith finally wrote sternly, "All of you cut this out or I will get both of you. (signed) The Falcon."
Many other nicknames had similar stories--Big Bear, Little Bear, Precious, Weggie, and so forth.
Well, forty some years later, the Fresno Bee and Universal Studios have a contest in which we submit an alias we would have used if we were in the new movie, The Bourne Ultimatum. Eve encouraged me to enter the contest.
A week later--in fact today--I received an envelope
John "The Phantom" Cagle
in which were two tickets to a special preview of The Bourne Ultimatum.
Who said the lighter side of fraternity life had no
relevance to the real world?
I will sign autographs at the Pismo Reunion for a nominal fee.
July 26, 2007
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