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Harry Baron

— Naturally, the first thing I did when I entered Brooklyn was go down to the newspaper ‘cause that was what I wanted to be. You know? Journalism was my love. And I ran into a whole bunch of similar souls. They were all aspiring newspaper people and I was in my element.

Gene Bluestein

— I immediately got on Vanguard and it was the formative experience of my life.

Geri Stevens

— After about six months I gravitated toward Vanguard — I was interested in journalism and this was the student newspaper. And I was seventeen and very naive and very shy, and they all intimidated me and terrified me and I really had to talk myself into staying there because that was the first time I was in an environment where people used language that I wasn’t familiar with or wasn’t exposed to on a regular basis. And then it just almost became a matter of sheer will. I thought, “well, I’m just going to lick this,” you know? After I’d gone in there the first time I was quite intimidated and I thought “I’m never going to go back there again,” and then I thought Goddamn it, I really have to. This is ridiculous. And it was about a year or two before anybody even noticed me.

Harry Baron

— I was sixteen years old. I walked into the Vanguard office. I want to join this newspaper. They say, “Fine. You have to take a test.” So first you go to classes, you go to cub classes, then at the end, after several weeks of the cub classes, they give you a test. You go to a club and you write up what happened. You go to the Chemistry Club and they have a speaker and you just do the story. So I did it and I passed.

Ann Lane

— I can’t remember how I got onto Vanguard. It was my first semester. My friend Judy, who I went to high school with, said she wanted to learn tennis instead. So she did tennis and I did Vanguard, and then she joined Vanguard as well. I probably was on the high school newspaper is my recollection.

Rhoda Karpatkin

— If the people generally on campus were smart and smart-assed, the ones in Vanguard were the epitome of that. I mean, they topped everyone. And the people who applied for Vanguard thought that they qualified for that as well. And they were very smart, very funny, and very idiosyncratic people.

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Harry Baron

— Brooklyn College, being a liberal arts college, didn’t have a journalism school — or a course, even. And the word was, from the people in the know, if you’re going to study journalism, liberal arts is a good thing to have. So I did my liberal arts and my journalism was Vanguard. The first story I wrote was — there was something wrong with the library clock. It wasn’t chiming. So I had to go and find out why. So I remember the headline was: “Hickory, dickory, dock! The mystery of the clock!” and that was my feature.