Reading through Christmas cards and letters this year, I was delighted to discover my friend Debbie (aka Beanie) is blogging at woven and spun. We go way back to our days as Penn State undergrads, so it was fun reading her blog entry about discovering that Valerie Plame, the CIA agent outed during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, went to school with us at Penn State.
I had also read this recently, and (at the time) filed away a mental note to look into this a bit further because her name has always rung familiar to me. So this evening, I dug into the Collegian archives (the Collegian is the daily newspaper at Penn State), and discovered that I was on the Collegian staff with Valerie Plame. At the time I was Editorial Editor, which was the third-highest position in the news division, Valerie was Marketing Manager in the advertising division.
I found this Collegian masthead (below) from December 1984 in the Penn State Libraries digital archives. I’m sure I would have met her and/or talked with her at some point during my time at Collegian (I practically lived in Carnegie Building), but I don’t have any specific recollection of her. In any case, it’s kind of cool that I probably knew a famous/infamous future spy, way back in the day.