Greetings to all, and thank you to those writing for the first time. * Al Carville, Betsy Doe Norwat, and Tom Thomas sent greetings but no news to report at this time. * Dan Traister, Shirley Parry, Barbara Kreps DeLisio ’64, and Barbara Howard Traister ’65 met in Parkside, Md., in January to attend a memorial service for English Professor R. Mark Benbow, who died in October. * Barb Haines Chase has no news for now but promises some for the summer issue. * After 11 years of retirement, Gordon Moog is fulfilling one of his life’s ambitions by, among other things, being a ski bum! In the winter he works at a family-oriented ski area in northeastern Washington State as a volunteer mountain host. The pay is great: a free season’s pass and all the hot chocolate, coffee, and Pepsi he can drink. Whether it’s summoning the ski patrol to attend to the injured or reuniting lost children with their parents, it’s great fun and extremely rewarding. Gordon and wife Beverly spend summers with National Forest Service archeologists restoring, repairing, and upgrading historic structures in Montana, Idaho, and Washington. They also participated in archeological digs of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that crashed in Clearwater National Forest in 1943. * Jean Elliott Thomason and her husband, Mel, spent the months of January and February in Trinidad helping in the Baha’i community. * Shirley Parry is planning a trip to Vietnam in the fall with her brother who’s a veteran, and she hopes to visit Jim Westgate in Thailand. * Jim continues to have wonderful conversations with Judi Magalhaes Garcia “from halfway around the world.” * Since giving up her receptionist duties at Weight Watchers, Joanna Buxton Gormley has been traveling a lot. Last year she went to Barbados, Florida, Colorado, and New Hampshire. She also spent two weeks in Seattle and Portland, Ore., with her son Tom and his family when Tom joined a 12-man team to run the “Hood to the Sea” relay. Mary Jo Cahill Schroeder who lives in the Seattle area gave them great tips on what to see. This year Joanna is headed back to Barbados, Florida, and New Hampshire and will be going to Switzerland in the fall. She’s looking forward to reunion in 2013! * Skeeter ’59 and Karen Beganny Megathlin took a great trip out west in October, to Napa, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Sedona. In Arizona they connected with Jim Bishop ’59. They’ll be in Naples until the end of March, and they’ll see Pat Ey Ingraham and husband Jack and expect to meet up with Jane Melanson Dahmen, who had an art opening in Florida in February. She’s staying on Sanibel Island with a friend. They see many Colby friends while in Naples, but “most are of Skeeter’s vintage!” Karen says she can’t wait to see everybody in 2013! * In our last column, Ruth Pratley Madell was on her way to celebrate her birthday in Dublin and promised to raise a glass of Guinness to us all. “Well, I hoisted several,” she says. In addition to spending time in Dublin, she toured Galway and the Connemara area: “Lots of sheep, peat bogs, and the little town where they filmed The Quiet Man.” She and her daughter traveled by rail south and north from Dublin. They walked from Killiney to Dalkey so they could see Bono’s house. “It was a great way to celebrate a BIG birthday.” * Bonnie Brown Potter, Jane Melanson Dahmen, and Paule French, your 50th-reunion book committee, have begun their work. The deadline for your bio is Nov. 15, 2012. We hope your creative juices are flowing!