Vanguard revisits its history

Chester Beattie ’74, Editorial Board member of The Vanguard, Volume One

To celebrate the launch of Volume 50, The Vanguard is digging deep into its archives and uncovering some of the voices we have preserved
in print. Read on for perspective and articles from Michael Kahn and Chester Beattie (both ’74), two editors of this publication’s first volume.

What was it like living and writing
during the event you covered?

It definitely wasn’t any secret that I didn’t like
Former President Richard Nixon. My father
and mother didn’t like Nixon. However, I
was surprised by his foreign policy towards
Russia and The People’s Republic of China.
And writing the article was an easy thing to
do. I don’t know how young people during
other significant moments in the country’s
history like the Great Depression or the
Second World War handled writing when it
looked like the world was going to end. But
they did. I think one important thing is to
be able to discuss issues, to speak, and to be
listened to. That would be helpful. We got
a lot of self-righteous, disingenuous folks
running around who believe their truth only.

What advice do you have for high
schoolers today?

An important thing to keep in mind is that
you’re really not alone even though sometimes
you feel that way. Follow your passion. It’s
in the things that you talk about with your
friends. “I don’t think I’m going to talk about
that. That’s off the reservation.” You’re really
not alone. Sometimes reading wonderful
writing can help you. Oh, man, these folks
thought about what I’m thinking about a
century, two centuries, three centuries ago.
And that’s a very positive tradition.