Let’s give a huge round of applause to Gig for all her efforts to keep us in touch with the special “class of 1961 newsletter.” I just pulled a draft of a letter to you all that I never had sent. The winter storms of last February seemed to mirror the many ambivalences in our lives at that moment. Then Gig did it all! She shared the joys and happy reunions of many alongside the meaningful obituaries of those lost.
On the one hand, I was writing sunny news about Skidmore and our 9th place position in the “College Rankings” in the “Happiest” category, and then about my honor of writing condolence letters to families of our dear friends. As I recall, I got stuck at the same time Gig was trying to recreate lost Scope news! I really appreciated the save, so thanks again, Gig!
Paul and I were back in Saratoga in August, staying at the Surrey, attending the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, preceded by a fascinating lecture given by Chuck Joseph, Professor Emeritus of Music. Jennifer Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, narrated the concert, “Bernstein Extravaganza.” Skidmore was a major sponsor of the evening which was extraordinary.
I’d always thought it might be fun to experience Saratoga apart from the campus and it really is a bonus treat and so different from our days in 1957-61! We even visited the Racetrack and actually won $.60! Think about a summer visit!
The campus was abuzz with many summer programs. Construction continues on the new dorms as the College awaits the arrival of the Class of 2017. Skidmore had a record number of 8300 applications from 48 states and 57 countries. I realized this had been my 9th return visit since 1961 and was amazed that I am still struck with awe of the developing college we call our “alma mater.”
I hope this finds you all well and enjoying your 74th year with a sense of humor and grace along with the multiple challenges in front of us. Please know I am thinking of you with love.
Zelda Jacobson Schwartz