When I first saw Upsala I was a dreamy-eyed
Freshman in the Summer of '71. I'd catch the #49 bus from my home in Roselle
and take the 45-minute ride to the end of the line, Brick Church Station.
Even then there was a downtown East Orange to marvel at. Muir's Department
Store was on the corner of Prospect and Main Streets, right across from the
old, red brick church. I'd pass the Berkeley Secretarial School as I made my
way up Prospect.
On my way home, I'd peek in at the Brick
Church Pub where, in later years, I'd become a regular customer. I remember
how fine the apartment buildings along Prospect St. and Park Avenue used to
seem and would think how nice it'd be to live so close to the campus. East
Orange was quite a city in those days. Clean. Quiet. With so many trees!
That's how I remember it. That's how much of it still is.
Upsala was a-buzz with activity. With an
enrollment of close to 2,000 students, she was unquestionably the center
of my universe. The happiest years of my life were spent within her boundaries.
The friendships she nurtured are innumerable. I owe everything to Upsala
and dedicate this site to keeping her memory alive.