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Marty moved to Talbot County. I started in the St. George's choir in the fall of ’51 with Dave Pratt. Dan arrived a couple of years later when Allister Brown led the group. Dan followed me to the University of Pennsylvania, where we both became members of the fraternity of Delta Psi, ‘St. Anthony Hall’ and sang in the Penn Glee Club. Over time, we both have managed to find groups with which to sing since then. I am now in the choir of St. Mark’s (Episcopal) in Waterville, Maine. So, six decades later, we are both still working at making a ‘Joyful Noise" — brother ‘Hallies’ and Dragons. I trust this rocket finds you in good spirits. Cheers! Laurie"
Six decades later, Dan Dent '57 (bottom left) and Laurie Driggs '55 (top right) are still making a 'Joyful Noise' with the Easton Choral Arts Society.
and included to whet your appetite for reading the next chapter of these notes, here’s a preview of the next edition. First, a paragraph or two from Roger Smith discussing the late life crisis of leaving New England roots for life in Colorado. Second, a paragraph or two from David Hoopes with a similar theme, and finally, an entry from Dan Hutchinson on a mystery subject. Stay tuned! n Last, and as you know, Roger, Sparky, Pick, and I have made a preliminary round of calls, and inter alia, have tried to remind everybody to get back to St. George’s for our 65th reunion in May of 2020. In addition to the four above, a number of you have responded positively, and will make a serious effort to attend. Those in this category include: Laurie Driggs, David Hoopes, Dan Hutchinson, Bill Longfellow, Blaine Matthews, Chris Peet, Peter Rand, Bill Riley, and Bob Simmers. For those not listed, please give it some thought. n From Laurie Driggs: "Dan Dent ’57 now lives in Easton, Maryland, my old home, and though I now spend most of my time in Athens, Maine, with my wife, who is the human resources director at Unity College, I still go back and forth to Talbot County to check on my house and my body (medical appointments). In the fall of 2018, I was in Maryland long enough to join the Easton Choral Arts Society in rehearsals for its December Christmas concerts before heading back to Maine. Dan joined the group soon after he and
Robert S. Ingersoll III, firstname.lastname@example.org ■ This is not “A Tale of Two Cities”; it is A Tale of Two Climates. While Jay Doolittle and June were challenged to the max by one of the most brutal winters in Montana history, John Gamble and Kitty are tending the camellias and azaleas in Georgia. As Jay writes about life in their renovated barn residence in Pray, amid huge snows and seemingly endless days of sub-zero temperatures: “We are loading up the wood stove now ... and this activity goes on throughout the night. June gets the 2 a.m. shift and I take the 4:30 a.m. one. What fun. We are being treated, however, to a stunning ‘elk parade’ spectacle when
Book cover of "Easy Kill," the third suspense novel by Charlie DuPuy '56.
herds numbering as many as 300 trek single-file from the nearby Beartooth highlands to seek shelter and sustenance in the pastureland around the ranch. The snow is so deep that looking at them you see no legs as they appear to be adrift on the white stuff, many only a dozen yards from our deck. How they get through the nights is a mystery and the same for all the neighborhood cattle.” ■ Meanwhile, in Milledgeville, central Georgia, John writes: “When Bob called and wondered if I would drop a note about our weather here in central Georgia — in response to Jay's dreadful winter in Montana — I thought, well uhhh, given what’s going on in the rest of the country I’d say our weather is great. What about the heat, Bob persisted. In the summer here, we like to say: You are in Georgia; what do you expect. I answered. Here I am to my surprise at 82. How is life going? What to say? Children? Yes, four, all doing well. Grandchildren? Yes, seven. Great grandchild? Yes, one so far. Still a practicing psychologist but working ever so little, and promising to close the office soon. Kitty is fine but slowing a bit. Yes, a heart attack for me three years ago and now regular visits to cardiac rehab where in addition to taking care of my heart I give classes to new arrivals on the costs of stress and depression. Kitty and I have traveled for years having started in our forties and have some future trips lined up. So that’s about it, except to mention that the dogwoods are out, camellias and azaleas are blooming wonderfully and its 74 degrees today.” ■ It may also be cold in Maine, but lobsterman and author Charlie DuPuy is on a hot streak. His third suspense novel, “Easy Kill,” is out and available in both hard and softcover at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other outlets, as well as electronically. It features the derring-do of E.Z. Kelly, a former Special Forces female combatant, now a civilian in Miami in the midst of a terrorist attack. “A blend of violence and humor, with a touch of romance,” says Charlie. That's just the beginning of E.Z.’s exploits. Charlie has the second of an envisioned E.Z. series in the hands of an editor and is working on a third!