Dorm History

Dennis Atherton '71:

I also was one of the first people to be housed at Random Hall, with a semester at Eastgate to start. I was class of 1971, and spent 3 1/2 years in residence there. I was on Jud-Com (our in-house self-policing entity, so that we didn't get as much grief from the real thing), and in charge of the Intramural Athletics for the Hall in 1970 and 1971.

One of my best memories of the house was carrying up a Hammond B-3 and Leslie Tone Cabinet to the 4th floor corner room at 290, that Ken Brown (Class of 1973) purchased on the cape.

Our class was involved with Bringing the Pinball Machine to the basement, and I installed the cabinetry for the basement Bar Area in the front of 290. The basement in 288 was pretty much all dirt the first years, and parking behind the building was impossible. Especially when we had to do a transmission job on Mark Becker's Triumph (I think he called it a car, but it was more like a glorified roller-skate. We picked the engine up by hand, and dropped the tranny out the bottom.)

The most fun we had was using the ping-pong table in the basement at the back of the 290 area. It was a tight fit for the table, and we often played off the walls to make it more fun.

The 4th floor of 290 was the first one to install their own dishwasher, purchased from Lechmere sales in Kendall Square. No-One wanted to wash a dish, and they didn't even want to put one into the dishwasher. Some things never change. Since the kitchens were common areas, it wasn't out of the ordinary for someone to leave a cake out for people to share. But the last chocolate one I baked, I left out to cool. I will not forgive the person who took the first piece, or the person who took the last piece. I didn't even get a bite when I got up the next day, but I did get to clean the plate.

The dorm was one that generated much warmth, and lasting friendships, just because there were great common areas, and you could get to know people well. You didn't have to spend your time in the room alone.

I would like to see much more of the Legends on the web site, so that people get the idea that it is not all high pressure, but there are ways to let off a little steam.

There was a missing parking meter from in front of the dorm. "We" happened to move that to next to the display of the lunar lander in the lobby of the little dome.

Other people who were there at that time were Brian A. O'Connell, Bob Chidlaw, and Bob Goldstein.

Two more of my favorite things to do were crawling through the new buildings as they were built, the Computer Building, and the Metallurgy Building. and having fun with the TMRC. Playing with the #5 Crossbar really gave a hands-on experience to allow one to learn how things worked -- in practice.


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