Conrad's book is filled with tales of the school's survival through the Great Depression, World War II, hurricanes, fires and loss, charitable giving and panty raids
, and "notable events,'' including the football team's defeat of Green Mountain Junior College to win the first New England Junior College Conference title in 1940.
Recall also the campus panty raids
and riots that happened while largely lower middle and lower class origin grunts were trying to survive duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
As a boy, Erie Koston spent a long, sticky summer at a skateboard camp on a lake in Wisconsin, where, amid the mosquitoes and panty raids
, he learned every ramp trick that had ever been invented up to that point.