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Meeting the President's Wife
Taylor Thompson, Alum
School of Engineering and Applied Science 1957
Graduate School of Business 1970
Columbia College 1956

I arrived on campus in the fall of 1952 as a scholarship student. I waited on tables at Johnson Hall for meals and took extra jobs for income. One of my first jobs was to wait on tables at Baker field on alumni weekend.

I was assigned to wait on the head table, which included General and Mrs. Eisenhower. After serving lunch Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower turned to me and said, "Get a program." When I did, she turned to General Eisenhower and interrupted his conversation and "ordered" him to "sign the program for this young man." He obeyed, and I got a signed program from the University President and the future President of the United States. He also had something to do with WWII.

I thought at the time: "Wow! If this can happen the first semester, what will happen the next four years?" I went on to get a BA, BSEE, and an MBA.

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