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Cal Poly Memories - by George R. Mach

"Cal Poly's 1960 Mustang Football Team"

We remember the football team's plane crash very well. I lost one of my advisees, Marshall J. Kulju (pronounced "cool you"), a mathematics major and a member of the football team. I had had Marshall in four of my classes and he was a very good student.

At the time, I was on leave of absence attending graduate school at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. We first heard of the crash on the evening television news. The next day I bought the Chicago Tribune and the Indianapolis Star newspaters. Both had large headlines and extensive coverage of the accident. I learned of Marshall's death in the Chicago Tribune.

Many years later I gave both of those newspapers to the Cal Poly archives and they were very happy to have them. I still have a copy of the letter I sent to Marshall's mother, My office mate, Charles Elston, attended Marshall's funeral in my place. -- George R. Mach



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