There are two tracks available in this edition of Lane Tech Tales. The first track is a letter written by Donald Carlson ‘48 and read verbatim. It regales his time at Lane as a student and football player while also sharing war stories where we learn Lane alums can be found everywhere. Second we hear from Milton Merjecik, Robert Pegel, Fred Keske, Bill McDermott, Daniel Wanzung, and Edgar Muenzer. It was 1945 and the world was their oyster. While many of the young men who graduated post-war greatly benefited from the tech curriculum at Lane, a couple of these men boasted some unique professions: a professional baseball player and a Chicago Symphony Orchestra member. While each story is unique, these alumni have one thing in common: Lane Tech played an instrumental role in their lives.

Track 1: Class of 1948 Letter
Track 2: Class of 1945 Interview

Daniel Wanzung

Edgar Muenzer

Fred Keske





In this edition of Lane Tech Tales, we visited with members of the class of 1940: Harold Nimtz, Harry Johnson, Ralph Silverman, Henry Henrath, and Henry Chase. Although most of these gentlemen experienced World War II first-hand as members of the infantry and in other capacities, they have light-hearted, vivid memories of their teachers, classes, and the infamous Riverview. They live all over the country, but made the sojourn to Lane Tech in October 2010 to sit down and share their history and stories.

Track 1 - Class of 1940 Interview

Harry B. Johnson

Henry Hanrath

Ralph J. Siverman