Fred and I sat in the back adding little to the proceedings. Fred was a constant sketcher/doodler, a fan of 60s Daddy Roth bloodshot bugeyes, and his artistic skills were highly advanced. He was sketching small (1"-2”) falcons on a tablet after we received copies of the crest images. I sarcastically commented to him that the bird should be diving given the frustrating direction the committee was going. He laughed out loud, flipped to a new tablet page, and quickly sketched a large diving bird. We both were chuckling about it while Fred filled in feather and claw details, the exact image now on our class crest. He may have added a few of the 12 required crest components, perhaps lightning bolt, asymmetric ’70, etc. One of us raised our hand and satirically announced to the group that we had a proposed design for consideration. The speaker of the moment walked back to us, looked at the sketch, and because Fred’s sketch quality was so strikingly impressive, assumed it was a serious effort. He showed the image around the room, everyone loved it, someone moved for a vote, and wham, the crest design was created and approved in 15 minutes.
Over the next few days, Fred worked with the committee chair to add the remaining required components. In the next meeting, the motto “We Seek Peace” was approved by majority vote, passing over several more hawkish proposals (a sign of the times, for sure). The Comm Shop objected to that motto and counter-proposed the final “Through the Sword We Seek Peace,” which was approved in the last committee meeting and added to the crest.
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