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GETTYSBURG II, THE SEQUEL—A MEMORABLE WEEKEND!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Forty-seven Classmates and guests are happy to report in on a great weekend at Gettysburg.  Once again, we were blessed that Professor James McPherson was willing to give our Class his time and expertise.  We were all impressed by his encyclopedic knowledge of the Gettysburg battle and its role in the outcome of the Civil War, plus his ability to connect these events to general state of the American life and technology at mid-18th century.  Maybe equally important, however, was the infectious enthusiasm (and energy!) that he demonstrated throughout the three days. 


As you can gather from the photo above, the weather was perfect—high 75-80 degrees each day with hardly a cloud in the sky.  We enjoyed the camaraderie of reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Saturday night’s farewell dinner was punctuated by a lively discussion of the recently proposed Government economic reform plan, moderated by Classmates Peter Hooper and Peter Garber, both senior members of the economics research team at Deutsche Bank.  Peter Hooper had a distinguished career at the Federal Reserve before Deutsche Bank, while Peter Garber was a professor of Economics at Brown, so we were in good hands.

 

The list of those present follows:
  • Bob and his son Jason Andre
  • Tracie Bell
  • Dick and Marian Bott
  • Richard and Vicki Seltzer Brach
  • Jack and Ann Breihan
  • John Carter
  • Frank Dalton
  • Bill and Linda Earle
  • Doug Foy and Paula Gould
  • Peter and Deborah Garber
  • Dan Herrick and FoFo Voltaire-Herrick
  • Peter Hooper and Nancy Sullivan
  • George and Mary Beth Hritz
  • Clyde and Celeste Layne
  • Steve and Sigi Lindo
  • Ted and Ellie McClean
  • David and Karen Pensak
  • Geoff Peterson and Deborah Savadge
  • Al and Jeannette Piranian
  • Derek and Mary Catherine Savage
  • Bill Simon and Carmen Chang
  • Andy Strupp
  • David Waud
  • Mark Whitenton
  • Jim and Mary Lou Wright

We were also joined for Saturday night dinner by Reba Beeson (Granville Burgess’ wife), who was nearby visiting her parents, and for the Sunday tour by John and Nina Hockenberry, refugees from G’burg I who had missed Sunday’s events last year.

As you may be aware, Professor McPherson has offered to host a trip to Antietam on October 16-18, 2009.  Jack and Pam Meyerson are once again organizing this; look for info early in the New Year.

Here is the team on Sunday morning at the monument to the soldiers of the State of Michigan.  Our leader, Professor McPherson, is appropriately clothed in orange in the center;  Fred, our highly professional bus driver, is at the right

We obviously owe a great deal to Professor McPherson for his gift of time and expertise.  We also want to thank the Lindos, especially Sigi, who devoted an enormous amount of effort to making sure everything was perfect.  Finally, these two previous photos are courtesy of Mark Whitenton, while the one below was taken by Al Piranian.

On to our 40th Reunion next May 28th to 31st and then to Antietam!

Dick Bott


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