CLASSMATES IN MOTION! Bob Gordon and his partner, Steve, relocated from Columbus, Ohio, to Tucson, Ariz., where they’ve been winter visitors for 35 years. Bob has retired. He misses his kids and grandchildren in Ohio, but “with gorgeous mountain views it feels like we’re on vacation every day.” * Also relocating—Judy Guptill Simmons from western North Carolina to Chapel Hill “to be nearer to my daughter and her family” with the usual soccer games, piano recitals, and school events with her grandsons. * Ruth and Harold Kowal spent three weeks in France: a week in Paris and two more touring the Pyrenees. He mentioned wine was involved somehow in this adventure. * Across the mountains to the southwest were Sue and Nick Locsin touring the south coast of Spain. “Bicycling, gourmandizing, and exploring.” Both continue as volunteers at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. * Merry Barker Chapin has retired after 40-plus years teaching in Phippsburg, Maine. She’s now a volunteer at the school department career center helping kids find jobs, write résumés, etc. She’s also “co-president of Maine’s first ship,” a project to reconstruct and sail a Colonial-era vessel. Her husband, Craig, retired from teaching and being a principal in 1984 and now works as a carpenter. * John Bragg spent two weeks in Hawaii celebrating his 20th anniversary. He retired from the family business last November after 46 years. “Now it is winters on the beach in Fort Myers and summers in Bangor.” * Back from Africa are Charlie ’63 and Pam Plumb Carey. They saw “multiples of the ’big five’” while at a private game reserve and crossed from Victoria Falls (Zambia) to Botswana for a shorter safari along the Zambezi River. * “As I write this it is a lovely, bright autumn day in early November and the oak leaves have turned a lovely hue of reddish-orange.” So writes Nancy Godley Wilson. Nancy and John ’63 visited Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. The Wilsons summer on Deer Isle and had visits from Bryan Harrison Curd, Margo Beach, and Pam Harris Holden ’66. They will return to Lexington and prepare for a week-long trip on a five-masted schooner out of Barbados in February. * Speaking of the woods, Marty Dodge has retired from 41 years of teaching at Finger Lakes Community College, but he managed to score his 18th and final woodsmen’s championship for the men’s team. He then spent seven weeks in Alaska supervising the building of five log cabins for one of his former students. Then off to Costa Rica and “nesting green turtles one moonlit night in Tortuguero.” * Alaska-bound in August will be Jean (Hoffmann ’66) and Neil Clipsham. Last year they took a foliage tour of Vermont. Neil continues some part-time work and volunteers at the local library, while Jean works at the Indian Creek Foundation (for mentally challenged adults). He says hi to his classmates. “Seems like yesterday we were Colby Eight-ing together.” * Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton is writing a novel about a young woman from northern Maine who is a freshman in a liberal arts college in central Maine in 1961. Watch for Lulu Goes to College. * Stan Garnett reports on some real nostalgia. He attended an ATO reunion in Boston last summer. (Suspect beer was involved.) “Several generations of Tau’s attended. My wife and I brought none other than Thelma Hanson to the event from Palmetto, Fla. Thelma and her husband, Dick, ran Dick’s Café in downtown Waterville, long the gathering place for ATOs and townies. Still sharp as a tack, Thelma will turn 100 in 2012.” * Which brings me to the happy news that Dave Hatch will marry Dale Rottner this spring. They’ve been riding bicycles and enjoying the Venice, Fla., beaches and restaurants for some years and have decided to marry. Your correspondent suspects more wine will flow. * Hail, Colby, Hail!