Many decades ago I bought a brick. Not just any brick, though. The durn thing cost me $1,000. It was to support the construction of the new center for the Former Students Association at Texas A&M University.
So whenever I see named bricks, I tend to spend some time reading the names. Quite often the names will have an explanatory note below them. With my $1,000 brick, it had my class year below my name. Class year is a vital statistic at Texas A&M University. Many explanatory notes often say something like, “In Memory of.”
In the picture below you can see two bricks,
one in loving memory of John Mason, who died at the age of 45,
and one for Susan Schartzwald, who apparently had an affair in 1984.
I thought Schwartzwald might be sufficiently unique that a Google search would uncover something. Nope.
Then I thought maybe “Affair” was a movie that came out in 1984 and Susan Schwartzwald was in it. Nope.
Perhaps a big but local political or teacher/student scandal? Not that I could find.
Maybe the person with whom Susan had the affair wanted to memorialize it for all time? Maybe Susan wanted to memorialize her affair and this spot is where she met her paramour?
I’m at a loss here. Leave a comment if you think of something.
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