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Jeffrey L. Slater (C ’75, ASC ’77)

I graduated from Annenberg in May 1976. My favorite memory of graduate school was having my advisor, Larry Gross, insist that I take Ray Birdwhistell's class. I am sitting in his class and he talked for an hour and half without taking a breath. At the end of the class I had no idea what he was talking about except that at the end of the lecture he said, once a society starts believing in something, that's a good sign that it isn't right anymore. That one phrase has stuck with me my entire career challenging the status quo and the idea of accepted beliefs. Annenberg made me think in dimensions and directions that helped set me on my course in the world. Best wishes for a happy 50th!