Some 250 fathers of members of the Class of 1968 (and a few mothers) from all parts of the country joined their daughters, their daughters’ friends and members of the faculty for the annual Sophomore Fathers Weekend.  Dancing began the weekend, and afterwards some students took their “daddies” to, as William Borders put it in The New York Times, “Vassar’s traditional dating haunts, such as Palmer’s and The Dutch, to the dismay of the standard weekend crowds already there from such places as Williams and Yale.”

Tennis, golf and bowling were intermixed with a Sunday sermon from the Rev. Eugene Carson Blake, secretary-elect of the World Council of Churches, on “The End of the World,” weighty faculty seminars and a talk about computers from Professor of Mathematics Winifred Asprey ’38 and Theodor H. Nelson from the sociology department.  Dr. Asprey told the fathers about three seniors in her nascent computer program who had accepted jobs for next year at starting salaries over $7,000, and the man who had already coined the terms “hypertext” and “hypermedia” assured the visitors that computers like the IBM Model 360 the college had just acquired “are reshaping our lives.”

“It’s the first time in 19 years,” said one fathers about the time with his daughter, “that we’ve really talked, and we’re both getting to say a lot of good things we’ve left unsaid too long.”  “It’s like this every year,” professor of history and dean of freshmen Clyde Griffen told Borders.  “I guess,” he continued, “it something about American society.  But here they are.  The come from all over, and they love it.”     The New York Times