Jeanne Norberg, aka wife
I have been married to John since 1980 were both news columists. I joined Purdue University in 1985, serving first as director for University News Service for 24 years and the director of Public Information and Purdue spokesperson.
I am retired now. And, to read (edit) John’s columns before you do. I like some his sentimental ones best.
Jennifer and Ken Compton, daughter an son-in-law
I am the Mom of three oldest grandchildren in columns, Jake, Matty and Kirsten. Jake is working in Minnesota now. Matt is Purdue student studying biochemistry. Kirsten loves the arts and is our song bird. She’s student at Indiana University.
Ken’s son Chad is Rose Hulman University graduate in engineering. Ken’s daughter Heather is taking classes at Phoenix University and works in sales.
Here’s column that takes us back to our sports days: They play and I cheer.
Matt and Lisa Petrin, son and daughter-in-law, parents of Alex and Anna
We live in Wilmington, Del., but keep up with John’s columns each week by e-mail. Matt works in finance, and Lisa is a nurse practitioner in mental health. We were married May 2010 and now have two wonderful, energetic children, Alex and Anna. What you read about the Girl Scout cookies was one of Matt’s crowning achievements and there’s still plenty he hasn’t admitted to yet.
Kole Norberg, son
Also known as Beth or Elizabeth in columns, writer, teacher and web designer. I make sure this site continues to function. I also have MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. My father’s career as writer has definitely influenced my decision to pursue writing. When I was younger I wasn’t fond of my dad publishing my personal moments, such as getting a new bike, in the paper. That’s when asked him to go cover fires, like a normal reporter, instead of writing about me. As I grew older I saw how writing allowed my dad to share the his gift with others. Now, sometimes I even write about him.
In 2016, I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in computer science and now live in Minneapolis. When I was 10 I exclaimed that had been waiting my “whole life” for a laptop, and now I’ve built my own. Even though I’m striking out on my own, I still enjoy playing golf with Granddad. I give Granddad plenty of material for his column.
I’m majoring in biochemistry at Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. Take to MCAT’s is semester and plan to attend medical school in fall of 2018. A few years ago, I had the great fortune to tour the Philippines and Singapore with my friend, Abbie and her family.
I enjoy Purdue basketball games and playing golf with my Granddad, was young, Granddad told me was somebody!
Kirsten Nordland, granddaughter
I am a student at Indiana University and an artist, just like Granddad. I am a classical vocalist and also love theater. I enjoy going to plays, the opera, art museums, and fancy dinners with Granddad and Grandma. Even the not so fancy dinners are fun. Sometimes he gives me good advice, but I don’t always take it. Here’s one he wrote when I was born, and another when I started school.
Alex is youngest grandson. He was born in June 2012 and was learning fast and in EVERYTHING! Now he’s superheroes aficionado. He looks lot like his Daddy.
Anna arrived in January 2014 and is, frankly, gorgeous like her mother. On the one hand she loves Disney princesses but other is fearless and ready to take on world.
The only thing more fun that watching is watching their Mom and Dad with them.