Fitz: St. Pat’s man behind the lens

Bob Fitzsimmons was a high school freshman when he started working part time for the Rolla Daily News in 1956.

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Cover mosaic

Photomosaic of St. PatsThe cover image of the Winter 2007 issue is a Photomosaic (R) of the shamrock that adorns the jacket worn for decades by St. Pat’s Committee members. It features 1,150 unique images of St. Pat’s through the years. The Photomosaic was created by artist Robert Silvers. See more of Silvers’ work at www.photomosaic.com.

The Best Ever in the worst conditions

Even in war time, UMR alumni will find a way to celebrate the Best Ever. For an article that appeared in a 1991 issue of the magazine, MSM-UMR Alumnus staff interviewed Gene Boyt, ME’41, about his experiences meeting up with two MSM alumni as prisoners of war in the Philippines during World War II.

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Kelly green

While stationed in Africa during World War II, Thomas W. Kelly Jr., MetE’40, wrote a will establishing an MSM scholarship fund with money he inherited from his uncle.

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Remembrances

The UMR Magazine staff asked alumni to share their fondest memories of UMR"s grand tradition.

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Crossword puzzle

St. Pat’s Crossword Puzzle

St. Pat’s Crossword Puzzle

UMR Magazine

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// EclipseCrossword (C) Copyright 2000-2007 Green Eclipse.
// www.eclipsecrossword.com
var BadChars = "`~!@^*()_={[}]\|:;\"',/?”;
var TableAcrossWord, TableDownWord;
var CurrentWord, PrevWordHorizontal, x, y, i, j;
var CrosswordFinished, Initialized;
// Check the user’s browser and then initialize the puzzle.
if (document.getElementById(“waitmessage”) != null)
{
document.getElementById(“waitmessage”).innerHTML = “Please wait while the crossword is loaded…”;
// Current game variables
CurrentWord = -1;
PrevWordHorizontal = false;
// Create the cell-to-word arrays.
TableAcrossWord = new Array(CrosswordWidth);
for (var x = 0; x < CrosswordWidth; x++) TableAcrossWord[x] = new Array(CrosswordHeight);
TableDownWord = new Array(CrosswordWidth);
for (var x = 0; x < CrosswordWidth; x++) TableDownWord[x] = new Array(CrosswordHeight);
for (var y = 0; y < CrosswordHeight; y++)
for (var x = 0; x < CrosswordWidth; x++)
{
TableAcrossWord[x][y] = -1;
TableDownWord[x][y] = -1;
}
// First, add the horizontal words to the puzzle.
for (var i = 0; i <= LastHorizontalWord; i++)
{
x = WordX[i];
y = WordY[i];
for (var j = 0; j < WordLength[i]; j++)
{
TableAcrossWord[x + j][y] = i;
}
}
// Second, add the vertical words to the puzzle.
for (var i = LastHorizontalWord + 1; i < Words; i++)
{
x = WordX[i];
y = WordY[i];
for (var j = 0; j < WordLength[i]; j++)
{
TableDownWord[x][y + j] = i;
}
}
// Now, insert the row HTML into the table.
for (var y = 0; y < CrosswordHeight; y++)
{
document.writeln("

“);
for (var x = 0; x = 0 || TableDownWord[x][y] >= 0)
document.write(“

“);
else
document.write(“

“);
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document.writeln(“

“);
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// Finally, show the crossword and hide the wait message.
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document.getElementById(“waitmessage”).style.display = “none”;
document.getElementById(“crossword”).style.display = “block”;
}
// ———-
// Event handlers
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function WordEntryKeyPress(event)
{
if (CrosswordFinished) return;
// Treat an Enter keypress as an OK click.
if (CurrentWord >= 0 && event.keyCode == 13) OKClick();
}
// ———-
// Helper functions
// Called when we’re ready to start the crossword.
function BeginCrossword()
{
if (Initialized)
{
document.getElementById(“welcomemessage”).style.display = “”;
document.getElementById(“checkbutton”).style.display = “”;
}
}
// Returns true if the string passed in contains any characters prone to evil.
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for (var i = 0; i = 0) return true;
return false;
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// Pads a number out to three characters.
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{
if (number < 10)
return "00" + number;
else if (number < 100)
return "0" + number;
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return "" + number;
}
// Returns the table cell at a particular pair of coordinates.
function CellAt(x, y)
{
return document.getElementById("c" + PadNumber(x) + PadNumber(y));
}
// Deselects the current word, if there's a word selected. DOES not change the value of CurrentWord.
function DeselectCurrentWord()
{
if (CurrentWord < 0) return;
var x, y, i;
document.getElementById("answerbox").style.display = "none";
ChangeCurrentWordSelectedStyle(false);
CurrentWord = -1;
}
// Changes the style of the cells in the current word.
function ChangeWordStyle(WordNumber, NewStyle)
{
if (WordNumber< 0) return;
var x = WordX[WordNumber];
var y = WordY[WordNumber];
if (WordNumber<= LastHorizontalWord)
for (i = 0; i < WordLength[WordNumber]; i++)
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for (i = 0; i < WordLength[WordNumber]; i++)
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}
// Changes the style of the cells in the current word between the selected/unselected form.
function ChangeCurrentWordSelectedStyle(IsSelected)
{
if (CurrentWord < 0) return;
var x = WordX[CurrentWord];
var y = WordY[CurrentWord];
if (CurrentWord <= LastHorizontalWord)
for (i = 0; i < WordLength[CurrentWord]; i++)
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else
for (i = 0; i = 0) OKClick();
DeselectCurrentWord();
// Determine the coordinates of the cell they clicked, and then the word that
// they clicked.
var target = (event.srcElement ? event.srcElement: event.target);
x = parseInt(target.id.substring(1, 4), 10);
y = parseInt(target.id.substring(4, 7), 10);
// If they clicked an intersection, choose the type of word that was NOT selected last time.
if (TableAcrossWord[x][y] >= 0 && TableDownWord[x][y] >= 0)
CurrentWord = PrevWordHorizontal ? TableDownWord[x][y] : TableAcrossWord[x][y];
else if (TableAcrossWord[x][y] >= 0)
CurrentWord = TableAcrossWord[x][y];
else if (TableDownWord[x][y] >= 0)
CurrentWord = TableDownWord[x][y];
PrevWordHorizontal = (CurrentWord <= LastHorizontalWord);
// Now, change the style of the cells in this word.
ChangeCurrentWordSelectedStyle(true);
// Then, prepare the answer box.
x = WordX[CurrentWord];
y = WordY[CurrentWord];
TheirWord = "";
var TheirWordLength = 0;
for (i = 0; i < WordLength[CurrentWord]; i++)
{
// Find the appropriate table cell.
if (CurrentWord 0 && TableCell.innerHTML != ” ” && TableCell.innerHTML.toLowerCase() != ” “)
{
TheirWord += TableCell.innerHTML.toUpperCase();
TheirWordLength++;
}
else
{
TheirWord += “•”;
}
}
document.getElementById(“wordlabel”).innerHTML = TheirWord;
document.getElementById(“wordinfo”).innerHTML = ((CurrentWord <= LastHorizontalWord) ? "Across, " : "Down, ") + WordLength[CurrentWord] + " letters.";
document.getElementById("wordclue").innerHTML = Clue[CurrentWord];
document.getElementById("worderror").style.display = "none";
document.getElementById("cheatbutton").style.display = (Word.length == 0) ? "none" : "";
if (TheirWordLength == WordLength[CurrentWord])
document.getElementById("wordentry").value = TheirWord;
else
document.getElementById("wordentry").value = "";
// Finally, show the answer box.
document.getElementById("answerbox").style.display = "block";
try
{
document.getElementById("wordentry").focus();
document.getElementById("wordentry").select();
}
catch (e)
{
}
}
// Called when the user clicks the OK link.
function OKClick()
{
var TheirWord, x, y, i, TableCell;
if (CrosswordFinished) return;
if (document.getElementById("okbutton").disabled) return;
// First, validate the entry.
TheirWord = document.getElementById("wordentry").value.toUpperCase();
if (TheirWord.length == 0)
{
DeselectCurrentWord();
return;
}
if (ContainsBadChars(TheirWord))
{
document.getElementById("worderror").innerHTML = "The word that you typed contains invalid characters. Please type only letters in the box above.";
document.getElementById("worderror").style.display = "block";
return;
}
if (TheirWord.length WordLength[CurrentWord])
{
document.getElementById(“worderror”).innerHTML = “You typed too many letters. This word has ” + WordLength[CurrentWord] + ” letters.”;
document.getElementById(“worderror”).style.display = “block”;
return;
}
// If we made it this far, they typed an acceptable word, so add these letters to the puzzle and hide the entry box.
x = WordX[CurrentWord];
y = WordY[CurrentWord];
for (i = 0; i < TheirWord.length; i++)
{
TableCell = CellAt(x + (CurrentWord LastHorizontalWord ? i : 0));
TableCell.innerHTML = TheirWord.substring(i, i + 1);
}
DeselectCurrentWord();
}
// Called when the “check puzzle” link is clicked.
function CheckClick()
{
var i, j, x, y, UserEntry, ErrorsFound = 0, EmptyFound = 0, TableCell;
if (CrosswordFinished) return;
DeselectCurrentWord();
for (y = 0; y < CrosswordHeight; y++)
for (x = 0; x = 0 || TableDownWord[x][y] >= 0)
{
TableCell = CellAt(x, y);
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}
for (i = 0; i < Words; i++)
{
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UserEntry = "";
for (j = 0; j < WordLength[i]; j++)
{
if (i 0 && TableCell.innerHTML.toLowerCase() != ” “)
{
UserEntry += TableCell.innerHTML.toUpperCase();
}
else
{
UserEntry = “”;
EmptyFound++;
break;
}
}
// If this word doesn’t match, it’s an error.
if (HashWord(UserEntry) != AnswerHash[i] && UserEntry.length > 0)
{
ErrorsFound++;
ChangeWordStyle(i, “ecw-box ecw-boxerror_unsel”);
}
}
// If they can only check once, disable things prematurely.
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{
CrosswordFinished = true;
document.getElementById(“checkbutton”).style.display = “none”;
}
// If errors were found, just exit now.
if (ErrorsFound > 0 && EmptyFound > 0)
document.getElementById(“welcomemessage”).innerHTML = ErrorsFound + (ErrorsFound > 1 ? ” errors” : ” error”) + ” and ” + EmptyFound + (EmptyFound > 1 ? ” incomplete words were” : ” incomplete word was”) + ” found.”;
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document.getElementById(“welcomemessage”).innerHTML = ErrorsFound + (ErrorsFound > 1 ? ” errors were” : ” error was”) + ” found.”;
else if (EmptyFound > 0)
document.getElementById(“welcomemessage”).innerHTML = “No errors were found, but ” + EmptyFound + (EmptyFound > 1 ? ” incomplete words were” : ” incomplete word was”) + ” found.”;
if (ErrorsFound + EmptyFound > 0)
{
document.getElementById(“welcomemessage”).style.display = “”;
return;
}
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CrosswordFinished = true;
document.getElementById(“checkbutton”).style.display = “none”;
document.getElementById(“congratulations”).style.display = “block”;
document.getElementById(“welcomemessage”).style.display = “none”;
}
// Called when the “cheat” link is clicked.
function CheatClick()
{
if (CrosswordFinished) return;
var OldWord = CurrentWord;
document.getElementById(“wordentry”).value = Word[CurrentWord];
OKClick();
ChangeWordStyle(OldWord, “ecw-box ecw-boxcheated_unsel”);
}
// Returns a one-way hash for a word.
function HashWord(Word)
{
var x = (Word.charCodeAt(0) * 719) % 1138;
var Hash = 837;
var i;
for (i = 1; i

 

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St. Pat through the years

Here are the 98 St. Pats that have been selected at MSM and UMR.

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Queens of St. Patrick

Here are the 91 women who have been named a Queen of Love and Beauty at MSM and UMR.

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Honorary Knights of St. Patrick

Honorary Knights of St. Patrick, chosen each year by the St. Pat’s Committee and the UMR chancellor, are chosen for the service they’ve performed for the campus, the Rolla community, the state of Missouri, the nation and/or the St. Pat’s tradition.

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Fred Bueler Jr.: Remodeling St. Louis, one house at a time

Fred Bueler Jr., CE’79, got hooked on the home-remodeling business at age 14 when he began working summers for a contractor in his St. Louis hometown. Back in those days, he was digging footings and foundations by hand.

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