As I write this on Feb. 29, I’m reminded by Virginia Young Ellis that today is Mary Lou Roberts Friberg’s 21st birthday. Happy Birthday, Lou! Ginny goes on to say that she and Lou “try to get together once a month for lunch with their husbands to relive old times. Lots of Colby memories and remembering other classmates.” Oh, to be 21 again! * I remember on my 21st birthday Haroldene Whitcomb Wolf took me down to Waterville and treated me to my first banana split. Guess she thought it was high time I sampled that ice cream delight! She was right. Remember, Deanie? * Martha Jackson White writes, “Just the usual news from the N.C. mountains. Conrad and I celebrate 61 years of marriage, and have two children and two grandchildren. Son and daughter-in-law live in HoHoKus, N.J. and are ardent mountain bikers and just participated in Master World cyclo-cross races. Daughter, son-in-law, and two grandkids live close by us here. Granddaughter Jessica is on the honor roll at Coastal Carolina University as a physical theater major, Dawson is honor rolling as sixth grader in a local charter school. Conrad and I have been singing together for 64 years—ever since Colby glee club days—and now singing with the Western Carolina Community Chorus at Western Carolina University. Still happy about living in Glenville, N.C.” * Another newsy e-mail sent me from James Pearl. “In 1990 my partner in business and I liquidated our company. Three years later I began a new company and have run it for 19 years, until last January 27, when final documents were signed and I had sold the company to a local individual. I have been retained as a consultant for a year, and for the first month I am putting more hours into the job than when I was running the company. I have saved the BEST for last. We have a wayward daughter, a stepdaughter to me, who gave us a little boy, Carter, four years ago this April. My wife, Elizabeth, and I have had this child in our care since birth. A couple of years ago we obtained legal custody of the child and are now in the process of adopting him. If someone prior to Carter’s birth had asked me about raising a child at my age, I would have said ‘no way.’ How wrong I would have been. This little boy has been a huge blessing. We are great pals and do things together. He has a John Deere miniature tractor, and he rides and I walk with the dog. We are very proud of him. He is in a preschool program and can count and recite colors in Spanish. This really impresses us. His favorite pastime is playing with his cars and trucks. I realize now what I missed with my kids. I was just too busy with business to spend the necessary time with them. The Lord has given me a second chance. I love it.” * I was sorry to see in the Portland paper in January the obituary for John Appleton, a fellow business administration major. Our heartfelt sympathies to Gail and their family. * On that sad note, I end this column. Many, many thanks to those who sent me their news. My next deadline is June 1, so keep it in mind!