FROM LAST TIME
Nurses or Rockettes? Neither, as Heather Robinson Thorp 60 has good reason to know. When I saw the picture, she writes, I saw my mother, Janet Miller Robinson 33, fourth from the left. (Heathers daughter Caitlin Robinson 00 also recognized her grandmother, but deferred to her mom to answer the quiz.) Says Thorp, Its the senior vaudeville show, and they are the tap-dancing Metaphen Chorus. The act was a send-up of the colleges experiment with Metaphen, a mercury-based germicide, as a cold and flu preventive. In the winter of 1933 more than 100 studentsidentified by the infirmary as especially prone to coldswere enlisted to dose themselves twice a day with Metaphen nasal spray. The results were unspectacular.
But the spoof was a hit. Thorp quotes the 1933 Eromdiks yearbook: For perfection of technique the Metaphen tap chorus surpassed all other scenes. The lighting was grand, the costumes adorable, and the dance extremely clever and perfectly executed.
No wonder Marjorie Yetter Walls 33 remembers it to this day; describing it over the phone, she was still chuckling.