Happy fall! This column is the next to last one before our 40th reunion, so we want to get everyone psyched up for coming back to campus next June. Mark your calendars for June 5-8, 2014, and “be there or be square.” * Mark O’Connell reported from Houston that his son, Luke, joined the Colby Class of 2017 as a Presidential Scholar. They traveled to Maine last April to check out some old haunts: the facilities on Messalonskee Lake (since Luke is a rower), Camden, Belgrade Lakes, and the Chez (“Good to see that the iconic dive is still standing!”). Mark introduced his family to fried and steamed clams. Mark’s oldest daughter, Lillian, is a junior at LSU and enjoys the Cajun lifestyle. Youngest daughter Elise is also a rower and a pretty good artist, and she is a sophomore at the Woodlands High School. Mark and wife Cyndi get to their cabin on Lake Limestone in Texas for R and R whenever they get the chance. * Ed Hatch’s older son, Kevin, graduated from Rosemary Choate Hall School with a 3.87 GPA and entered Duke University this fall. Kevin created his own company called Inspire Green and sells accessories for cell phones, tablets, etc. Ed’s younger son, Connor, is in his junior year and excels at Salisbury School in Connecticut, where he also plays varsity hockey. Ed lives quietly in Westchester, N.Y., doing some angel investing and charity work. * We were pleased to hear from Mark Pestana, who is still alive in Grand Rapids, Mich., and still married to wife Mary Beth. His daughter, Stephanie, just started music school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Mary Beth continues to homeschool their son, Simon, a high school junior. This summer Mark visited his dad, a retired Colby geology professor living in Waterville. Mark began his 24th year of teaching in the philosophy department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, just outside Grand Rapids. * In July Mike McNamara and his wife, Joyce, attended Colby’s Alumni College, a program that was put together a number of years ago by Charlie Bassett. This summer’s topic was the Spanish Civil War, with four days of lectures, discussions, and films. Approximately 40 alumni and guests attended. Mike said, “Colby did a great job! It was still great wandering those paths on Mayflower Hill. The Colby I knew in 1974 is a fond, distant memory, but this summer’s experience helped to refresh my recollection. It was great to go back.” * Howie Lazar wrote from Alaska that his daughter, Jessica, started medical school at the University of Washington this fall. In March Howie was awarded the 2013 Dung Beetle of the Year Award by one of his largest clients, Medical Insurance Exchange of California. He encouraged us to use our imaginations as to what it was for. In October he plans to get together with Bob Tommasino, Artie Bell, Remi Browne, Fred Traversi, and John Robbins for some golf and R and R when he’s in Boston for several depositions. * Robin Hamill-Ruth finally sold her house and downsized. Her youngest (number six) graduated from high school a year early and is attending UCal Berkeley. Robin looks forward to visiting her and having an excuse to hang out in Napa Valley and sip wine on a regular basis. Sounds good to us! * Your reunion committee has met through the fall to set plans in motion. Please let us know if you have any ideas for activities, music, or special events.