OGDEN, Utah – This is an unfinished story, spanning nearly 40 years, that we hope has a familiar ring to it for at least one reader.
Our part of the tale began in August, when a mysterious envelope arrived at Weber State University addressed to the “Lost and Found Department.”
The padded, 6x9-inch mailer, sent from an Austin, Texas, zip code without any return address label, was delivered to Viki Andersen’s desk at WSU’s Shepherd Union Building. Inside was a brief note and what appears to be a Weber State College class ring from 1969.
The note, dated Aug. 19, 2008, reads:
“To: Ogden [sic] State Univ. Lost & Found Dept.
Enclosed: Class Ring
Please try and reunite this with its owner. In the late ’60s a girlfriend of mine found this in the ladies restroom in Wiesbaden Germany at high school.
She gave it to me and I stuck it in a wooden box and have had it ever since.
I have never worn it and I really can’t explain why I kept it all these years. It was 1966 or 67.
I hope you are able to return it to its rightful owner. Thanks.”
The enclosed men’s class ring features “Weber State College” engraved around an oval red stone setting with 1889 and 1969 engraved on either side of it. An inscription inside the ring reads “MWR-BS.”
The letter writer’s reference to 1966 or 1967 seems odd for a ring with 1969 on it. A cursory review of the WSC 1969 yearbook did not turn up any students with those initials. A representative for Jostens, the manufacturer of the ring, said that while the company keeps records of purchases, its database doesn’t extend that far back.
So many questions, so few answers. Who is the rightful owner of the mystery ring?
WSU’s Alumni Association and the office of Media Relations are hoping to reunite the ring with its original owner. If anyone knows the owner of the ring or how the ring came to be lost in Germany, please contact Weber State University at 801-626-7535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopefully, someone out there knows the identity of the ring’s owner and can help us write the final chapter of this story.
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