Letters to the Editor
“I just received a copy of Cal State L.A. TODAY and was
wondering if the University is the outgrowth of the old L.A. State College, from
which I graduated in 1953? I lost track when I went into the service and
returned to the Pacific Northwest.
Our colors were also black and gold, but we were the
This is the first bit of information I’ve received, so
if you could fill me in, I’d appreciate it.”
Thank you for writing.
Yes, Cal State L.A. or California State University, Los
Angeles is the modern day name for the former L.A. State College. The University
has gone through a couple name changes since the “L.A. State College” days,
however. In 1964 it was renamed California State College at Los Angeles when it
joined the California State College system, and then in 1972 the name was
changed to its present day form when the California State College System took on
the new name of The California State University. Here are some highlights:
University’s colors are still black and gold, but the mascot was changed from the Diablos (Devils) to
the Golden Eagles in 1981. Come back and visit your alma materÂyou will be
astounded to see the changes!
“Did the CSULA Alumni Org. honor the passing of Dr.
Paul Zall, who was my Lit. professor, and many, many others, at CSULA, and other
universities? The remainder of his career was spent as a research authority at
the Huntington Library. I suggest listing the titles of his many books, of which
recently I’ve read his Benjamin Franklin biosÂ humor, edited autobiography.
Everyone I knew in early ’60s revered our having taken Dr. Zall for several
classesÂ and I had one personal experience where he represented me to the Dept.
Chair in English.”
Thank you for sharing your fond memories of Dr. Paul Zall.
We were saddened to hear of his passing in January, which was included in the
“In Memoriam” section of the magazine. In response to your note, however, here
is a sampling of the many books that Zall authored: “The Autobiography of
Benjamin Franklin: A Genetic Text” in 1981, “Abe Lincoln Laughing” in
1982, “Founding Mothers: Profiles of Ten Wives of America’s Founding Fathers” in
1991, “Wit and Wisdom of the Founding Fathers” in 1996, “Lincoln on Lincoln” in
1999, “Franklin on Franklin” in 2001, “Jefferson on Jefferson” in 2002, and
“Washington on Washington” in 2003.
Editor, Cal State L.A. TODAY
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