News and Notes

By Bob Bach, Phil Johnson, and Karl Nelson


Karl Nelson of Seattle, Washington, Pietisten On-Line Editor, is engaged to Rebecca Merrill, Bremerton, Washington. Karl is a graduate student in History at the University of Iowa and Rebecca teaches Science at Mount Si High School, North Bend, Washington. The wedding will be this summer.

Ivar Wistrom

The Man

Ivar Wistrom, former Plant Manager of North Park College, celebrated his 80th birthday on January 31, 2000 at the home of his son, Carl, the current Plant Manager, in Chicago. Ivar and Harriet now reside in LaPorte, Indiana.

It was forty years ago
We were shovelin’ in the snow.
Chippin’ ice and haulin’ trash
Lots of laughs and not much cash.
Mowin’, edgin’, digin’ dirt
Sweat just pourin’ down the shirt.
And when days were filled with gloom
We cheered up in the boiler room.
Now we all have aged a bit
And some pains and creaks we get.
But we do the best we can
Cause we learned it from the Man!

—Bob Bach

Per-Lars Blomgren, Pietisten Reader, Wins Wrestling Title

Per-Lars Blomgren of Vashon, Washington and Simon Fraser University, son of Carl and Marcia Blomgren, veteran Pietisten subscribers, won the NAIA National Wrestling Championship for the 174 pound class. Per-Lars was named the "Outstanding Wrestler" of the Tournament.

North Park establishes two biology prizes to honor Profs.

"Outstanding student in field biology" in honor of the late Robert "T" Tofte, Associate Professor of Biology at North Park from 1964-1991.

"Outstanding undergraduate research project in biology" in honor of the late E. James "Jim" Kennedy, Professor of Biology, Departmental Chair of Biology, and Chair of the Math-ematics and Science Division at North Park from 1959-1986.

Donations can be made to North Park University. Write "Special Prize Fund" in the memo line on your check.

Pietisten Crew at Work

The Crew includes left to right: Muriel Lindahl, Carl Elving, Marjorie Elving, and RosaLee Neywick as well as photographer, Elder Lindahl

Pietisten is blessed by the Pietisten Mailing Preparation Crew who sort, label, and stamp all the envelopes. It is time for a big thank you to them.

Elizabeth Johanna Katter

Elizabeth Johanna Katter, heroic woman, wife,mother, mentor to younger women, and friend to many, died on Friday, May 5, 2000. Jo will be deeply missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with her husband Cal and the family. We are blessed that Jo was present at the Mission Meeting in Anderson Chapel on March 18 and that she partook of the Lord’s Supper with us.

On-Line Report

In the month of April, pietisten.org received over 6,000 "hits." We also got about 6,000 hits in March and over 7,000 in February.

One of the most popular sections was the Photo Album from the Symposium and Mission Meeting on the 75th Anniversary of the birth of Zenos Hawkinson, held March 18 at North Park University. Within days of the symposium, pietisten.org posted five pages of color photos.

Readers in over a dozen countries have visited Pietisten Online. Naturally, most of the hits come from the United States and Canada, but Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are not far behind. Other readers hail from Israel, Greece, Australia, Japan, and Switzerland, among others. — KN