Hey, nifty 50s! Here’s my first column. I’m on a flight to San Francisco for a business meeting, so this report will be from a 50,000-foot POV. About half of you praised the work of the 50th reunion committee and noted how great it was to see old pals. * Janet and Jim Bither thought the planning was over the top. Jim reconnected on the golf course with Rick Lund, Ed Phillips, and Bayard Kennett. * First-time responder Joanne Rydel Ackman felt reconnected by reunion. She’s thoroughly enjoying being a new grandmother along with Cape Cod sightings of Deb Anglim Higgins, Susan Ebinger Spencer, Brian Shacter, Terry Saunders Lane, Ginny Grelotti Connolly, and Kate Hollinshead Dixon. * Ted Houghton, on the other hand, is still recuperating from the reunion 25-mile bike ride, which he hopes to do in time to attack the slopes at Sugarloaf. * Karen Riendeau-Pacheco stays connected to Colby through Alumni College programs. * Natalie Bowerman Zaremba left reunion and started traveling to Cape Cod, then Germany, and finally Cancún. * Janna Vaughn Kasarjian was also on the move after reunion. She had a behind-the-scenes tour of CNN’s AC360 courtesy of her daughter, the show’s senior producer. * Elinor Caito Thompson is still marveling about the reunion class book and all the work it took. * Gary McKinstry took a cruise from Hamburg to Amsterdam. * Susan Mahoney Michael wore the glow from reunion on trips to Toronto and Portugal. * Ed Burrell, aka reunion’s outstanding photographer (hopefully you got the link to his CLASSic pictures) is busy helping raise his grandkids and sell his mom’s Texas home. * Gary Knight, aka Mr. Colby ’66, is making steady progress on some health issues. We wish him the very best. * Remember Meg Fallon Wheeler, aka Ms. Colby ’66? She’s basking in the glow of not having this homework assignment after 22 outstanding years as the classiest class correspondent. * Robert Sears lives in Manila but enjoys his timeshare in Hawaii. * Peter Anderson fulfilled a bucket list goal by trekking to the Mt. Everest base camp while raising $12,000 for Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio. * Bruce Roberts put away the golf clubs and patiently awaits Red Sox season. * Bill and Mary Gourley Mastin enjoy their 18th year of retirement in Payson, Ariz., where they hike, bike, and paddle. * Speaking of hiking, Phil MacHale notes he hasn’t hiked the Appalachian Trail, but if he should, he’d like a ride from Katahdin to the bus station. * Debbie Chase is chasing around the country seeing 18 states, doing line dancing, and walking at least 10,000 steps a day. * Geoff Quadland worked home construction all summer then went back to volunteering at Westfield Heritage Village. * Mac Donaldson also volunteers, but with the Massachusetts marine trades, an area of interest because he managed a boat yard for 12 years before retiring. * Pam Harris Holden is another bucket list pioneer traveling through the Alps from Milan to Switzerland to Austria to Germany. * Peter Lax sticks to the basics: “caught four salmon and two steelheads.” While celebrating these achievements, his car was stolen by a “meth head.” * Sal Manforte enjoyed the 2016 Colby baseball dinner, where his number, along with teammates Ed Phillips and Joe Jabar ’68, was retired. * Doug Meyer watches with definite concern the rise in sea level along the Connecticut coast. At the same time, he was blown away when he visited Colby last summer for the first time in 41 years and saw the new art museum. * Laurance Angelo writes with some dismay that his Mac power book passed away in its sleep and that his family-loaned desktop has issues. But there’s good news—he’s fully recovered from Bell’s palsy. * Sherleen and Michael Clivner released a new book, Our North American Journey: An RV Adventure, available through Amazon. * Gayle Jobson Poinsette and Garfield Barnes headed to Green Valley, Ariz., to escape the “depressingly cloudy and cold fall in Vermont.” * I’m appreciative that 27 of you responded to my first effort to bring you our class news. Looking forward to hearing from the 373 missing members. Keep smilin’, and show your teeth if you still have them!