A room full of hot air

2,000 balloons in President Schultz’s office2,000 balloons in President Schultz’s officeRight before Bethel Board meetings in 1977, President Harold Schultz found his office full of balloons. Reportedly, they were all blown up by mouth (no helium tanks involved).

In convocation that morning, Schultz invited students to come by his office and take some balloons — his secretary, Ilene Schmidt, would provide string so they could make “balloon bouquets.”

Years later, after the statute of limitations on breaking and entering had expired, Steve Carlson sent Schultz a sales receipt for 2,000 balloons. All 23 pranksters, from Carlson to Mark Ediger to Jesse Huxman to Blair Loganbill to Brent Voran, had signed the receipt.

As the balloons were being cleared away, Schultz’s young son, Christopher, age 9 at the time, found an incriminating backpack in a corner of the office. The student to whom it belonged, knowing he had left it behind, showed up and offered Chris a dollar to give him the backpack and forget the whole thing. Chris refused and said he was going to take the backpack home. In a panic, the student offered $5. Chris gladly took the money and handed over the backpack — then went home and reported everything to his dad, including his delight over suckering a college student out of five bucks.

Welcoming balloons

(During convocation, balloons fell from the catwalk over the Krehbiel Auditorium stage. Each one had a new student’s name written on it.)

From: Herman Bubbert
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 12:16 PM
To: Schrag, Dale
Subject: Balloons


Please forward this to the students.

Those of you in convo this morning may have noticed my contribution to the welcome program. If you found a balloon with someone’s name on it, please make an effort to find that person and give it to them. Check out the student directory.

Have a great year! Hopefully I’ll see you again soon!