Dear Class of ’52. I’m back and must start by thanking so many friends who sent me their concerns and good wishes while I was ill. I’m much better now. * Older news from Betsy Fisher Caldwell, who said that after the tornados hit Birmingham, “It was like a war zone in our little village of Cahaba Heights.” In July she added, “Wild, hot temperatures here. Roy (my husband) has to play tennis at dawn instead of the afternoon. We will (soon) head north to Saratoga for the races, then visit the children in upper New York State. Back east for Roy’s granddaughter’s wedding at a camp in New Hampshire, where I’ll see Els Warendorf Hulm ’51 at their summer home near Lake Winnipesaukee.” * Edie Carpenter Sweeney tells us that, “when our girls were teenagers, we hosted a girl from Torino, Italy, one summer for six weeks. Sylvana found me on the Internet and will visit us in Maine after visiting daughter Louise in Winchester, Mass. Other than that, Arthur and I lead old peoples’ lives.” * Dave Crocket, a regular contributor says, “My grandson, David Scott Crocket V, a staff sergeant in the M.P.s in Germany, served as an escort for the women’s soccer team. Had his picture on ESPN. David earned the Purple Heart as well as the combat infantryman’s badge in Iraq. Another grandson, “Bucky” Farley, has been appointed to the philosophy department at Northern Illinois University.” * Evelyn Mack took a trip to Russia and the Ukraine, including four days in St. Petersburg with a trip to the Hermitage, four days in Moscow with a tour of the Kremlin, and four days in Kiev. “Highly recommend the trip.” * Dave Morse wrote, “I was sorry to learn of the death of my roommate, Bob Hooper. He had to deal with more than his share of illness. I’m enjoying writing our condo association newsletter as well as conducting a writers’ group in Kennebunk. Short stories and poetry continue to be my focus. The Ogunquit Playhouse is a source of great pleasure for Joan and I. We enjoy fun times with Paul and Mimi Russell Aldrich, usually associated with food.” * Mel Lyons is working on his novel and has six chapters written. He writes, “My son brought to my attention an article about the Civil War and the doings of Colby alumnus Major General Benjamin Butler 1838 and how he was responsible for changing the Union’s attitude toward slavery, leading up to the Emancipation Declaration. Butler is usually regarded with some disdain, even by Colby graduates, but maybe this will restore some good will to his image.” * Finally, a bit of news from yours truly. After 22 years living on Cape Cod, I moved back to Connecticut in mid-October. My children have been insistent about being closer to them, so I’ll live in a retirement community in Guilford. If any of you live in the vicinity, please let me know. Until next time, my best to you all.