Jon Crispin's Notebook

Robert L. Crispin / Cuthbertson Verb Wheel

Posted in ephemera, Family, History, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 16/12/2016


I never thought of my dad as a bow tie kind of guy.  In fact, this is the only photo that I have with him wearing one.  I found it along with his notes on work he did on the German Cuthbertson Verb Wheel.  I remember him saying that as a grad student at the University of Colorado he did most of the background work putting it together.  Grad students all over the world can recognize this particular situation.


This one was published in 1933 and belonged to my mom and her brother Bill who were both students at the university.  I’m not sure what H.P.J.C. stands for after Uncle Bill’s name.  My mom was clearly proud of her affiliation with Alpha Chi Omega.


I looked online, and couldn’t find much information on Cuthbertson beyond the fact that he taught at C.U and was Chairman of the Department of Modern Languages.  And clearly he gave credit to his wife Lulu (great name) who worked with him on all the Romance language wheels they published.


When I picked up the wheel this morning, I was cheered to see that the arrow pointed to the verb “lächeln” (smile).  Not a bad way to start the weekend.

Peggy Ross has worked with me on the suitcases project from the very start, and today is her birthday.  Happiest of days, Peg.

Cheers everyone.

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  1. Karen Miller said, on 16/12/2016 at 10:30 pm

    Happy Birthday, Peg! And what a cool, wheel. Karen M

  2. Karen said, on 17/12/2016 at 2:56 pm

    Gosh. I hadn’t seen these for ages. Thanks

  3. Tania M said, on 20/12/2016 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve never seen one of these. I love it.

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