Our Iowa Heritage: My Calvin Hall Story.

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Calvin Hall: The history. Science Hall, known later as the Geology Building or Calvin Hall, is a three-story brick building, 114 by 74 feet, and was built in 1884 for the purpose of housing the sciences. The original cost of the structure was around $50,000. To make room for the new Hall of Natural Science (Macbride Hall), Science Hall was moved during the summer of 1905, inch by inch over a distance of 150 feet to its present location on the corner of Capital and Jefferson Streets.

Sandy & I moved the family from Evanston, IL back home to Iowa City in January 1987. The sales job that had brought us back to Iowa disintegrated within a few months, leaving us without provision. It was a difficult time to say the least.

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Eventually, after much prayer, I found a temporary job with The University of Iowa Hawk Shop, doing work I truly enjoyed; filling and shipping out all kinds of orders for Hawkeye merchandise. But sadly, that job was a minimum wage gig and a temporary one at that, so when it came to an end after Christmas 1988, my great references fortunately got me in the door of a “real” University job, working as a full-time mail clerk for the Admissions Office, located in Calvin Hall.

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(P-0173) Calvin Hall – The University’s Only Mobile Home – Click here to read more.

As you might guess, it didn’t take too much brain power to open mail, file the paperwork with the admissions staff, and ship out all the appropriate admissions material each prospective student wanted. So, with my creative juices just waiting to be used, I decided to have some fun with the mail we received from literally around the world.

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October 1990 article from The Daily Iowan. Well, as they say in show business, one thing led to another, and soon Ann Scholl Boyer (no relation to my mom), a Daily Iowan intern staff writer came in and interviewed me about all my creative artwork I was displaying in the mail room. That led to the Cedar Rapids Gazette picking up on the story as well.

So, here it is…from the October 31, 1990 Cedar Rapids Gazette…

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