The University of Chicago MBA Experience

I forgot to include my experience at the University of Chicago receiving my MBA in marketing management back in 1975 – the 190 MBA Program was offered in evenings in a building on Delaware across from the Hancock Center. I began the program just after our second daughter was born and completed the grueling regimen in just under six years. Campbell Soup offered partial tuition reimbursement, and it seemed the right thing to do to help in future career moves. As it turned out, I graduated while in the employ of UCC and chose to stick around as long as my career was advancing – this was definitely the case.

Some memories of the MBA Program:

  • Beer and snacks being served during the first week of classes – the U of C has always been a class act!
  • Trying to do computer programs with Fortran – and the typing of IBM punch cards for data input – and the volumes of large computer printouts which resulted (sometimes). I also recall similar reams (not from me) being delivered to our UCC finance department and being stacked up in a corner until the latest version showed up and was stacked on top of the other 10 or so reams – how times have changed.
  • OK, I DID NOT LIKE Microeconomics, nor the study of the Federal Reserve System.
  • My favorite class was a sociology class taught by Judy Laws – I especially remember Tally’s Corner. This was probably why Dr. Stephan Reimelt called me a Communist as he sensed my true feelings.
  • Commuting from Campbell Soup on the South Side to the MBA program in the Loop and then back home to the North Side was my version of buses-trains-trains and buses – John Candy is missed.
  • The thrill of graduating on a fine June day at Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park – thanks to my wonderful wife for making it all possible!
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