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Thanks to William Schaefer '61 for submitting the following story...

There are, indeed, many memories but two events always flash back when I think of those amazing Lambda Chi days. Both in the fall of '57.

The first was toward the culmination of "Hell Week" when the pledges arrived at 515 Delaware Avenue, in early September, four or five days before classes started to engage in various work duties to spruce up our decadent fraternity house (not yet on campus) and endure the brothers foul humor.

The killer was not the work or the harassment by the brothers but the incredible fatigue resulting from practically no sleep for the better part of a week. It was at this point, just before classes began that we faced the agony of the deadly 3-legged race around an endless block including Delaware Avenue.

Each two man team was to be timed from start to finish with two brothers sending us on our way and greeting us at the finish. So it began. My left leg was tied to the right leg of another pledge. I don't remember who my teammate was, although it could have been Bill Albertson or Ned Raynolds.

The pain was not only in the physical running of the race (which was ungodly) but also the psychological pressure of not finishing last and risking the wrath of the brothers. The very first step was torture.

At each agonizing lurch forward, I thought I would fall down and carry a scarred psyche for life. Somehow we kept our feet and moved on. We turned one corner. The pain of exhaustion was now totally excruciating. We turned another corner muttering words of empty encouragement to each other. There was no question now that I would collapse at the next step. Or the next. Or the next (at the risk of sounding melodramatic, the poem "If" comes to mind, "If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew..."). Miraculously, the two brothers (one was Dick Thunberg) were now suddenly in sight--only 20 yards to go. Ahhhhhhh...made it!

Thunberg was smiling, "You guys had the best time!" Unbelievable. To this day I don't how we completed the race.

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