The Class of ’73 has had a busy fall, between elections and hurricanes, but many wrote in to share news and send updates about reunion. Our 40/200 planning committee has been busy talking and working on plans, as well as devising ways to make this the best-attended reunion ever! * So far, the following classmates have written directly to me indicating that they are either coming to reunion or will try very hard to attend: Morrie Herman, Mal Tucker, Ken Gross, Jan Hueners, Bob O’Neil, Jon Fink, Fran Demgen, Gary Arsenault, and Jon Miller. Everyone, please keep our list growing! * Morrie Herman gets the award for “first to write” this time. He and his wife, Eileen, took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong. With three very successful sons working their ways through college, graduate, and postgraduate programs, they feel lucky to be gainfully employed while dreaming of retirement as well. * Jon Fink still enjoys his position on the leadership team at Portland State University and living within view of four active volcanoes. He is also quite involved with The Nature Conservancy’s international research team that helps to connect them more effectively to university-based scientists. At the university, he works with the City of Portland to help advance urban sustainability. Jon keeps in touch with Seth Dunn and Dee Kelsey (Jon, please talk them into coming to reunion!) and often runs into fellow alums in “odd places.” * Fran Gates Demgen stays busy as the ecosystem restoration group leader for the URS Oakland, Calif., office, volunteering with Friends of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and taking her three grandkids to see the wonders of the natural world. They look forward to a family vacation in Cabo San Lucas together. * Susanna De Mers Liller co-facilitates retreats for women to France. Thanks to classmate and head agent Lisa Kehler Bubar, who was chatting with her on a Colby Fund call, Susanna discovered that Lisa’s brother-in-law volunteered as a guide at Monet’s gardens in Giverny and Susanna and her group were treated to a very special tour! * Gary Arsenault looks forward to reunion and suggests that the committee consider an adult party that includes martinis and a band; as promised, Gary, I have passed the suggestion on! * Jon Miller writes: “Perhaps 40 years is time to take stock. I don’t think so. Life and nature move on and taking stock is always retrospective. I have spent a lot of the last five years studying new fields of interest at the University of Colorado, where I was graciously able to take environmental policy, ethics, geography, and journalism graduate classes for a graduate certificate in environmental policy. At one point I thought I wanted a Ph.D. in that (since a life-time desire is to teach) but it was suggested that due to my advanced age I move on, so I started to fill my time with biology classes (and film), which have brought me untold joy, culminating in my being a biology TA this semester. Now with ancient degrees in sociology (Colby ’73), physics, law, and environmental policy (with bio and film courses), it is time to do something else.” * Mal Tucker, newly healed from surgery this spring as well as total bilateral knee replacement in June, is happy to be active again and looks forward to golf with Colby classmates at reunion. * Ellen Kornetsky writes from her home in Yarmouth, Maine, that she’s very busy making lemonade from the barrel of lemons she has been sitting on this year. The adoption service agency to which she’s been devoted for much of her career closed this year. She has decided to open her own private counseling practice specializing in the work she loves—adoption and other family issues. Ellen and I have been friends since elementary school and just happened to both go to Colby. Hope to see you at reunion, Ellen!