Och Tamale Magazine

Fall 2019 Volume 95 Issue 3

History Mystery

For many years, residents of the City of Redlands and students and faculty from the University came together for a night of fun and frolic downtown, which they called “Pajamarino.” Can you help us identify participants in this photo taken during Pajamarino in 1966? Did you participate in Pajamarino or even win a prize from a local merchant? Share your fond Pajamarino memories with us!

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Och Tamale, University of Redlands
1200 E. Colton Ave.
P.O. Box 3080
Redlands, CA 92373-0999

or email ochtamale@redlands.edu.


In response to the History Mystery in the last issue of Och Tamale showing students from the 1960s on their way to the Peace Corps., Christopher Dewees ’68 writes:

I graduated in 1968 majoring in biology, geology, and speech, and then went on to Humboldt State University for a Master of Science in fisheries. In 1970, my wife, Christy, 3-year-old son, Morgan, and I headed to Chile for two years so I could serve as a visiting professor in marine fisheries at the Universidad Católica de Valparaiso. I believe we were the first family to serve as Peace Corps volunteers in Latin America.

I taught fisheries and established many long-term professional and personal ties with students and faculty. We got to experience U.S. foreign policy (led by President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger) from the other side, and it was not friendly, to say the least. We attended a public speech by Fidel Castro and saw his oratorical skills at work. We traveled and experienced a beautiful country with a geography and climate similar to our Pacific Coast. We integrated into a different culture and learned a language we have used all of our lives. I learned to play rugby, which became a lifelong passion. We matured as individuals and as a family. I developed unique skills and experiences that led to a career at the University of California, Davis, in marine fisheries.

Redlands helped prepare me for the challenges and pleasures of Peace Corps service and beyond.

—Christopher Dewees ’68