Ed Ernst: House Handyman and other Alumni Updates

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Robert J Coyne ’50

203 Sean Dr., Clarks Summit, Pa. 18411-2826; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We just celebrated the arrival of our third great grandchild. WE ARE.

William W Campbell ’67

5455 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bill ’67 has been married to Mary Jo for 44-plus years. We met on a blind date at Purdue (after Penn State), have two daughters (nurse\practice administrator and attorney – both in Dallas, Texas). We are currently searching for an apartment in Dallas to try it for six months (to deal with the PULL of family). Life is great in Indy (except for the bitter cold this winter). I miss the fraternity and Penn State. We have been active in the disgraceful treatment of the Paterno Family, as an advocate, hoping things change soon, maybe at Homecoming this year ?!?!). All the best.

Robert M Ernst, ’79

4921 Bluffton Pkwy., Apt. 913, Bluffton, S.C. 29910-4676; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Just wanted to say something great about my real brother, not just a Phi Kappa Theta brother, Ed Ernst. He put his blood and guts into the house in the 1970’s, and by doing so he did not graduate from Penn State.

He worked on the house so much, he took too much time away from his studies. I would hope those who knew Ed would back me up and let all know how much the house meant to him. All you have to do is look at all the conduit that is in the house, probably more than in Old Main, and that is because of Ed. I would hope all who care about the house give Ed his due. There were many of us, especially in the 70’s, who shall remain nameless and shot guns outside the windows, killed birds with amyl nitrite and were very good at destroying the house.

Getting drunk and breaking down doors, punching holes in the walls was the norm in my days in the late 70’s. We rivaled ATO as The Animal House. Fortunately we did not have a balcony to fire off lit couches like they did. 

So here is to my brother Ed, who cared so much about the house. I salute him. I must say his work on the house did pay off, he is a builder on Hilton Head Island and built Arthur M. Blank's home on the island which, to this day, is one of the most magnificent homes on an island that is filled with many millionaires. Beaufort County, where Hilton Head is located, is the highest per capita county in South Carolina. Art was one of the three founders and CEOs of Home Depot and is the current owner of the Atlanta Falcons. I have been in the house and it is truly breathtaking.

Thanks for letting me honor someone who should have been honored years ago. I am proud to be his brother and fraternity brother.

Jeffrey H Duncan ’86

4140 Moorland Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28226-1136; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have been doing this trip for over 10 years to Orlando, Tampa, and Myrtle Beach, with anywhere from 6-12 Phi Who’s in attendance on any given year. This year’s attendees got together in Orlando (pictured). They were: Dave Aufiero ’86, Jeff Thode ’84, Jeff Mucha ’85, Mark Visco ’85, Paul Romig ’85 and Jeff Duncan ’86. It was a great trip to renew bonds of brotherhood and hack up some golf courses.

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