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Had an exceptional golf game on Fishers Island on August 21 hosted by formmate David Wilmerding. Four of us flew down from Cape Cod on a beautiful clear day. My wife, Alicia, came with us to spend the day with David’s wife, Susie. Fishers Island is one of the great links courses in the world. Needless to say, David took all of our money! David reported that Eddie Meyer and Ben Williams came over to Fishers Island to have lunch with Grayson Murphy earlier in the month, but David was off-island. Don’t forget our 65th Reunion in June. You’ll be hearing from Derick Nicholas or me soon.
Jake Roak and wife Betsy visited Henry Shaw and Judy in Columbia, S.C., this summer before driving on to Asheville, N.C., to celebrate Jake’s 80th birthday. Jake and Henry first met at age 13, Second Form, in Dorm II of the Lower School and remain good friends. Henry will celebrate his 80th in September after a trip down the Danube River.
An update from Bob Ingersoll: “The four brigands set sail in July on a four-day Lake Winnipesaukee excursion aboard the colorful pirate ship of Hunt Barclay, the product of his artistic imagination, ship-building talents, and inspiration from the pirate fantasies of his then eight-year-old son, Ansel. It was a memorable bonding experience for the ancient mariners, who slept in sleeping bags, cooked their own vittles, and told tall tales from bygone SPS days. Just 26 feet long and powered by a 15-horsepower Mercury, the mighty vessel, buoyed by aluminum pontoons, flew the Jolly Roger from a crow’s nest high above deck. The craft was steered from a ship’s wheel in the cabin, designed to turn more freely by means of a household Lazy Susan bought at local hardware store. Artist Hunt’s seafaring creations also include his handsome Sailing Home painting of a square-rigger on stormy seas, hanging in the Lindsay Center on campus, a gift to the School from other classmates.”
An update from Jay Hatch: “Two highlights of the summer; a driving tour of Alaska and working the (air-conditioned) circus big top for a week on the National Mall. On our last day in Alaska, we met Geoff DeVito ’95. He recognized the Form of ’58 SPS cap with the shield on the front from one of our reunions. The big top experience was as fascinating as it was enjoyable, with six modern circus troops, all sans animals. The accompanying ‘biggest circus wagon’ put me in mind of our campaign floats of 1956.”
Gordon Chaplin gave a reading of his new Baja-based novel Paraiso (Skyhorse Publications, 2016) recently at the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan, backed up musically by Henry Chalfant and his group Radio Jarocho. Son Jarocho is traditional Mexican music from the Vera Cruz area and Henry incisively played a guitar-like instrument called the jarana. Complementing the audience was Patrick Rulon-Miller, Henry’s wife, actress Kathy Chalfant, and actor Vincent D’Onofrio. The noir adventure novel, enthusiastically reviewed in the spring 2017 issue of Alumni Horae, is entering its third printing. Kathy, fresh from a star turn on the Showtime series The Affair, hailed it on Amazon as “a wild genre- and time-bending trip.”
From Ellis Wisner: “I have spent time doing research about my great-grandfather, George Wisner, who fought in the Civil War in a Union (Illinois) cavalry regiment. I have also looked at my mother’s great-grandfather, who served for a time with General William Wing Loring (CSA) and in the administration of the Confederate arsenal at Columbus, Ga., among other activities.”
Hunt Janin continues to crank out books on obscure subjects. He is now finishing a book on the Californios (the 19th-century Mexican ranchers of California), and writing a book on the histories of four rivers in Nevada. He is also researching a book on the pre-20th century diplomacy in the Pacific Northwest between the Europeans, Americans, and Canadians, on the one hand, and the indigenous peoples, such as the Salish Indians, on the other.
Tony Nicholas writes: “Warming up for our 60th reunion, I had a very engaging lunch with Dorsey Brown in Blue Hill, Maine, in August. This was our first sighting in 59 years. It is never too late. In May, Gordon Chaplin and I joined Henry Chalfant for lunch to celebrate Henry’s move after 35 years from the West Village to Brooklyn Heights.”
Allan Ayers submits this update: “Joanne and I are very grateful that God was on our side when we finally listed and quickly sold the old homestead that we lived in for 30 years and then rented for five years. Wife, children, grandchildren (five of six now in or done with college) and great-granddaughter are all doing very well. I am not quite as cranky as I used to be. I am now closing in on four years volunteering to help veterans with employment and other needs through a Lake County, Ill., program. I never thought I would be the guy who puts stuff out on Facebook. Cannot get into Twitter though. That is the worthwhile part of retirement. The fun part is that I am also coming up on five years conducting walking tours in Chicago for visitors from all around the world. My reward is that I can then call upon them to take me on a tour of their favorite city when I get there. If you are coming to this great city and want to get different perspective, let me know – we will set up a tour.”
Bill Everdell was featured in the Vineyard Gazette magazine for his 260-mile, end-of-summer bicycle journey from Martha’s Vineyard to Brooklyn. You can visit VineyardGazette.com for the full article.