We had so called "Open Book Tests" in the lecture hall using a 2236 page "Mechanical Engineers Handbook" and a K@E Slide-rule. Lookup Square-roots, Cosines, Logarithms, etc. Use pencil paper and erasers (Lots). Sweaty hands manipulating the slide-rule (sometimes gets stuck). Calculators, computers didn't exist. Long division by hand. Time is up, hand in your exam.
We also had "Drafting Class." Big table with big straightedge attached with two vertical strings on each side of the table for sliding it up and down the drawing paper. Pencils also had to be very sharp. We also sometimes had to use India-ink which sometimes would leak under the straightedge. Big mess. Start over.
Note May 29 (Exams), May 30 (My birthday) and June 13 (Commencement). It all happened. I was 22 years old and ready to set the world on fire. Thank you Stevens for a tremendous education.
- Francis Firth '59