In the Nov. 14 issue, we highlight Librarian of Congress James Billington ’50 and his work to select notable songs, performances, and other sounds for the National Recording Registry — a soundtrack of America, at least for the era of recorded audio. We also went to the University Archives to pick out some interesting audio from Princeton’s history (see below). But we’d like to hear from you, too: What were the sounds that defined your Princeton years? Late-night arch sings? A favorite professor’s voice? Squeaking sneakers in Jadwin? Share your memories at paw.princeton.edu or send an email to paw@princeton.edu.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
After the Tigers’ 29-7 victory in New Haven, a Big Three bonfire will light up Cannon Green for the first time since 2006 (Saturday at 7 p.m.). In other sports news, field hockey reaches the NCAA Final Four and women’s soccer wins in round one of the NCAA College Cup. READ MORE

PAW chose a handful of interesting audio clips from the University’s Historical Audiovisual Collection, including a rare Jimmy Stewart ’32 singing performance from the 1931 Triangle show. LISTEN
Librarian of Congress James Billington ’50’s recent choices for the nation’s historical soundtrack include an Edison talking doll from the 1880s and music from a women’s jazz band that toured in the 1940s. LISTEN


Ten Princetonians were on the ballots for the Nov. 6 Congressional elections — five Democrats and five Republicans — and six of them will be part of the new Congress. READ MORE
The Nov. 14 issue includes a story culled from PAW’s oral-history interviews with the Class of ’62, collected during their 50th reunion. Hear more of what class members had to say in a series of video clips. WATCH


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A list of graduate and undergraduate alumni deaths recently reported to the University. READ MORE

Highlights from the Nov. 14 issue:

‘Pay attention to your life’ Writer Fred Buechner ’47, an ordained minister, has spent a lifetime bringing the sacred to a secular society.

America’s soundtrack What are the sounds that define U.S. culture? Librarian of Congress James H. Billington ’50 judges what makes the list.

Tigers stun Harvard with come-from-behind victory

Lloyd Shapley *53 wins Nobel Prize in economics

3.1% return for endowment as its value shrinks slightly