Alumnus donates memorabilia to journalism school

A letter dated Jan. 3, 1966 to Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter and TCU alumnus Bob Schieffer, who was reporting from Vietnam, informs him about a shipment of letters sent his way to deliver to Fort Worth soldiers serving in the war. The letter, sent by another Star-Telegram employee, also notifies Schieffer about a $10 raise, which adjusted for inflation would amount to about $68 today.

“Spend it wisely,” Schieffer was instructed in the letter.

Memorabilia like this from Schieffer’s earliest years as a reporter now reside in the Schieffer School of Journalism Seminar Room. Among the items are press passes that date back to the 1960s, Schieffer’s reporting notebook from Vietnam, awards that Schieffer received, pictures of Schieffer throughout his career, letters from Schieffer to his family during the Vietnam War, and other memorabilia. The room is open to all students of the College of Communication during normal hours when a class is not in session. All of the collectibles are located in the seminar room on the second floor of Moudy Building South and in the hall outside of the seminar room.

The memorabilia were put together in several displays by Janace Bubonia, an associate professor of fashion, merchandising, and textiles and department chair for design, merchandising and textiles.

“(The memorabilia) gives us a bridge from the past and present to the future,” said John Lumpkin, director of the Schieffer School of Journalism.

Schieffer gathered up all of the memorabilia from store rooms and files to give it to the Schieffer School of Journalism, Lumpkin said. After that, Schieffer, his wife, Pat Schieffer, and an assistant shipped it to campus.

“He really only had one condition about the memorabilia, and that was that we did not erect a museum,” Lumpkin said.

Schieffer wanted the memorabilia to be part of the working environment of the school, which is why the items are located in a classroom, Lumpkin said.