Many moons ago my Dad drove me to college,
kissed me and said he would see me again at
Christmas. We lived about two and one half
hours south. By comparison, I have heard other
parents speak of bringing their first child to
college and then driving around the corner to
cry. While my Dad’s eyes might have been
moist, he said to study hard and to do my best.
It turns out that my favorite place to study
became the university library known as the Norlin
Library. Above the entrance portals were two
phrases engraved in stone. The library was named
for George Norlin, President from 1919-1939. He
began teaching Greek language and literature at CU
in 1899. Inscribed over the west entrance of the
library overlooking the quadrangle is a quote:
“Who Knows Only His Own Generation Remains
Always A Child.” This was probably a nod to
both Latin and Greek authors. I read that each time
I entered and remained enthralled by its meaning.
Even today. Also inscribed over the west doors
is a direct quote from Prof. Norlin: “Enter Here The
Timeless Fellowship Of The Human Spirit.” During my
university days, the library was a treasured sanctuary
where I willingly spent hours of study. As a German
major, I had the valuable key to the German graduate
study room reserved on the top floor of the library.
All the research materials lay at my fingertips. Many
a seminar was conducted in this space. But university
days were also spent relaxing at the end of our
classes. When the first snow fell, the students from
southern states came out yelling at their first-
ever snowfall. As a Massachusetts-born kid who
later grew up in Colorado, snow was the norm in
winter. The inscriptions are forever engraved in my heart.
Thus began my studies of learning how to study!