Welcome! Did you graduate to be in the top 10 percent of the Class of ’66? Read on and find out. Attainment of this lofty title was simply to respond to my heartfelt plea to provide three sentences about yourself. First and fastest responder was Pamela Harris Holden, who reported that she moved to Friendship Village, a CCRC in Tempe, Ariz. Although “downsizing” can be traumatic, it can also be therapeutic…and worth it. (Note to bottom 90 percent of the Class…Pam’s news = 3 sentences = A+). * Stuart Wantman, while on a business trip to Virginia, had dinner with Bob Adams and John Eiseman, along with their wives, Jan and Lynn. The “men” noted that they all looked as good now as they did as pledges at Tau Delt back in ’62. The “women” are still laughing. * Budge and Anne Ruggles Gere celebrated their 50th and the fact that they’re finally empty nesters as their youngest went off to college last fall. This newfound freedom has led to skiing in Utah, hanging out on the NJ shore and in NYC, trips to London, Prague, Santiago, and Lisbon. To stay busy, Anne continues to teach full time. Perhaps this is the Anne Gere from Colby Class of ’86! * Geoffrey Quadland reports that in the winter he makes a few bucks playing the stock markets, gathers wood for his wood stove, plays with his dogs, and awaits summer, when he volunteers in a historic village demonstrating 19th-century printing in an 1860s print shop. * Ed Mowry proudly announced that he can do three sentences. 1) Works at the Crossroads Animal Emergency Center in Norwalk, Calif. 2) Plans to ski Mammoth Mountain 74 times this year, commensurate with his age. 3) Welcomed grandchild #4 last November. * Douglas Meyer challenges my comment that today’s 74-year-olds are yesterday’s 54-year-olds. He believes that today’s 74-year-olds are yesterday’s 73-1/2-year-olds. Even so, he bikes, sails, and mentors in the public school. Visiting Colby’s art museum is on his bucket list. * Susan Turner’s 2018 highlight was meeting “senior emeritus” members of the Outing Club Lynne Eggart, Peter Anderson, Marty DeCou Dick, Carey Parsons, and Janet Throop at Lynne’s Montana home for hikes in the Bear Tooth Mountains. She also caught up with Russell and Linda Hall Lord, Susan Michael, and Mary Sue Weeks. Fearing that these folks might come all together to visit her, she downsized her house in Charleston and headed out on an Amtrak cross-country trip. * Class president Linda Mitchell Potter enjoys volunteer work and travel. However, husband Lee ’67 has slowed her down a bit due to a skiing accident where he broke six ribs. Nevertheless, ready or not, they plan to head to Spain and the Netherlands in April. * Erik Thorson has some good news and bad news. First the good news: his son Lars plays the fiddle in a band that was recently featured on The Colbert Show. The other news is that he had to spend a couple of nights in a VA hospital to have his pacemaker regulated. Let’s hope that this tune-up lasts forever. * Peter Lax reports in from the Pacific Northwest, where rain and chilly weather currently prevail. Accordingly, the calls and photos from Colby Floridians (Carl Begin, Fran Finizio, and Dag Williamson) wearing Red Sox T-shirts and hats showing sunburned faces were only mildly amusing. Although he still enjoys fishing, travel to Scotland, Washington, and the public library are being planned. * Meg Fallon Wheeler, Colby’s most accomplished salesperson since she convinced me to take on this role after she did it for only 30 years, reports that she has no idea what to report. Her role was simply to gather the news! But, she loves living only 45 minutes from Colby where she can visit the fabulous Museum of Art and observe all of the ongoing changes/improvements. * Mac Donaldson must have got through Colby by copying Ed Mowry’s homework. They both numbered their three sentences. I did note that Mac had fewer spelling errors. Mac’s life in three sentences: 1) volunteers with the Marine Trade Association and with his church, 2) enjoys hobbies, hunting, woodworking, reading, exercising, and time with family, and 3) loves RETIREMENT as it is all it is supposed to be. * Robert Sears is still in Manila, The Philippines, awaiting any Colby travelers. He notes that it’s a great place to visit. * Colby ’68 and Patricia Berg Currier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, moved from Maryland to Maine, and took a cruise on the Seine. She likes reunions where body-part replacements and medication discussions are limited to five minutes. Best to spend time talking about living happily ever after. * Mindy and Fran Finizio are wintering in Naples, Fla. He looks forward to the Red Sox training camp and visits with Dag, Rick Lund, and Dick Dunnel. * Speaking about The Sox, Linda “Barry” Clark Hews chipped in with a paragraph about being a fan for 60-plus years and enjoying a few games at Fenway. She welcomes any and all classmates in the southern to mid-coast Maine area to stop by for a visit. * Charles “Ted” Houghton has turned a hobby of collecting data on public campgrounds into a business via a new app. He remains reasonably healthy even though his cancer treatments from many years ago are now yielding some nuisance side effects. * Ginger and William Koster have enjoyed extensive coastal cruising in their new boat. Stops included San Juan Islands, Washington, and Vancouver Island on the West Coast and trips from Rhode Island to Florida on the East Coast. Their 50th anniversary was celebrated in Scotland. Must be the year for 50th anniversaries. Jim and Sue Footer Hummer also celebrated theirs and then went tent camping in Vermont, followed by trips to England and the Bahamas. Other travels included Thailand and Colorado. In December they opened up their 500-tree Christmas farm and sold out in one week. Any questions about trees or travel, call Sue. * Last, but not least, Elizabeth Peo Armstrong reported a fantastic 12-day trip to Antarctica. Enjoyed superb naturalists on board, stopped at Palmer Marine Research Lab, and noted the effects of global warming. Wildlife and sea life were off the charts! * Well, folks that is all the news from the top 10 percent of the Class of ’66. You, too, can be an honors graduate. It only takes three sentences!