The Billings Outpost

Feeding roots: Remembering Printer Bowler

By WILBUR WOOD - For The Outpost

Printer BowlerThe School of Journalism was 50 years old when I graduated from the University of Montana, and I was hoping to join my fellow alumnus and longtime compatriot Printer Bowler at the J-School’s 100th birthday party in Missoula.

That happened Sept. 26-27, and I was there, but Printer was present only in spirit. He died April 28, 2014, from complications of lung cancer.

On May 31, the recital hall in the U. of M. Music Building was filled with PB’s friends for a memorial event put together by his widow, Kim Lugthart. A number of people spoke about PB’s extensive writing, editing and publishing projects; his part-time teaching (online publishing and other subjects) at the J-School; his golf game — including one day when he and two of the three other players shot each shot an eagle during their round; his emphasis on healthy eating and living; his original songs — he sang and played guitar; and his ability to light up a room with his bright eyes and infectious smile.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:49

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Oft-banned book wins fans

By ADRIAN JAWORT - For The Outpost

bookUpon reading Sherman Alexie’s young adult novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Senior High English teacher and Native Australian Glenda McCarthy knew it was the perfect novel for students in Montana.

However, because of the blunt nature of it, the book has been highly controversial despite winning the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. According to the American Library Association, Alexie’s book has been an annual target of the “most challenged books to be banned” since 2010, usually inhabiting the No. 2 or No. 3 spot. This year’s ALA “Banned Book Week” runs from Sept. 21-27.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 11:05

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World War I series gets under way

By ED KEMMICK - Last Best News

Last year, when the Montana State University Billings Library presented a series of lectures marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, no one had any idea how many people would turn out for the Tuesday night presentations.

Brent Roberts, the library director, said they had a small classroom reserved, with room for about 35 people. Forty minutes before the first lecture was to start, it was obvious that would be too small, so Roberts started making plans to move into a classroom with room for 90.

And still people came streaming in, with the result that plans changed again and the lecture was held in Library 148, the largest classroom on campus, with a capacity of about 200.

The room filled up that night and attendance stayed nearly as strong for the next six lectures.

The professors who took part in the series, Roberts said, “felt like Mick Jagger. They felt like Britney Spears.”

So Roberts was receptive when Matt Redinger, the school’s vice provost for academic affairs, suggested another lecture series this year, commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Redinger admits he had ulterior motives. A longtime history professor who became vice provost last year, he did not deliver a lecture in the Civil War series. He’ll make up for that on Oct. 21, when he lectures on “Propaganda in WWI.”

The series began Tuesday night, again in Library 148, with English professor Brian Dillon lecturing on “If Memory Serves: Writers Who Challenge How We Think About World War I.”

The 11-part series will continue every Tuesday through Oct. 28, then resume during spring semester on Tuesdays Feb. 10 through March 17.

All lectures will start at 6:30 p.m. The series, which has support from the Gilder-Lehrman Foundation and Humanities Montana, is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 11:05

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Group recalls Civil War

Story and Photos - By STEPHEN DOW - For the Outpost
Tiea Tobey, left, makes an apple dessert during a NRCWA presentation in Huntley.  Jim Vaughn loads a pistol during the Civil War presentation.


At Huntley Park last Sunday, two members of the Union Army’s 15th Iowa Volunteer Infantry were camped just a few feet from the playground. Naturally, passersby were curious about this unusual occurrence.

While looking through the camp kitchen, a young girl’s attention was drawn to a bowl full of square brown crackers.

“What’s this?” she asked Sarah, the camp cook.

“That’s hardtack,” the cook replied while cutting apples.

“What’s hardtack?” the girl asked.

“Hardtack is water and flour mixed together,” the cook said. “It’s part of our daily rations. You can try a piece if you’d like, but don’t bite into it. You could break your teeth.”

As the girl left while sucking on a piece of hardtack, Tiea Tobey broke out of the character of Sarah and smiled.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 15:37

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