My mother is getting up in years and has been giving away pictures and documents to family members for a few years now. I'm sure she wants to feel that these things important to her will live on with other family members. To my surprise, on her Thanksgiving Day visit yesterday, she arrived with a very special document that I did not know existed. It was the original diploma awarded to my grandfather from the International Correspondence School (ICS) for studies in Refrigeration. It was awarded July 9, 1925 with the original gold seal of the school very well preserved and securely attached at the bottom of the diploma. The seal indicates an incorporation date of September 14, 1901. The diploma is personally signed by the Dean of Faculty, President, and Secretary. Aside from this being of personal significance to me, it gave me pause about this whole traditional/non-traditional premise associated with brick and mortar and distance learning. Here we have a man completing his post high school education via a distance model utilized 78 years ago. How long does it have to exist to be considered traditional? I say 78 years is long enough and hereby proclaim distance learning as a died in the wool, traditional as they come, old fashioned educational model. Congrats to my grandfather for having started the tradition of distance learning in my family, though unbeknownst to me until yesterday. Three cheers to ICS for offering education to the masses at a distance.