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Comments and Correspondence 2003
Comments and Correspondence 2003
John Mercer 12/10/2003 - Wow. Here’s an intresting link to some Hyde Bay letters. I’ve written to this website designer to arrange to put these letters on our site.
Larry Pickett 11/26/2003 - A memorial service was held at Kendal on December 5 at 2pm; in one obituary for my dad, this appeared: “Donations may be made to the Pickett Pediatric Surgical Lecture, Syracuse Medical Alumni Foundation, 155 Elizabeth Blackwell St., Syracuse, NY 13210, or to K.I.A., Residents Reserve Fund, 2230 North Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.” If anyone desires additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the dayman.
Frank Pine 11/19/2003 - I too remember Larry, very fondly. I only met him a couple of times but always enjoyed his humor and friendliness.
Tom Mercer 11/19/2003 - Dr. Larry was endowed with a wonderful gift which he bore with humility and greatgood humor. As is evident from the article linked to David’s note, Larry was a powerful force in the medical community at large, not only highly respected but much honored. The most touching part of that information is that no denizen of Hyde Bay, having rubbed shoulders with the good doctor (or followed him down West Canada Creek) could have known any of that. I wish I had known him better. Better still, I wish he had been my doctor.
David Pickett 11/18/2003 - I suppose bad news flies the fastest, and you may have already heard of Larry’s passing, but if not, here is. Not being familiar with the medical school thing, I am unsure what the rituals will be, and when. As Donne so poignantly said, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for you.” Or as I shared with a widow [recently], “The world can certainly turn on you in a second.” I always find myself hearing the biblical phrase from King James English, ”… the quick and the dead.” It seems to say that all of us still alive are so only because we just dodged a bullet, whether we saw it or not. The [recent] stupid translators have improved it away.
Larry Pickett 11/17/2003 - about his father, Lawrence Pickett, M.D., the middle of The Director’s three sons — Dad passed away Saturday, Noveomber 15, at about 5:30pm EST. He had been having problems with kidney failure, diabetes, and his usual respiratory and heart problems. After receiving some medications he went to sleep. Mom was with him. He and Mom decided sometime ago to donate their bodies to the medical school and a memorial service is in the talking stages. I suspect Mom will take some time for herself before we finalize plans.
Warren Hills 07/01/2003 - Great to hear the Durbar was a blast, and that the films worked out! As I recall, restperiod always followed brief post-lunch shopping at the store with Mrs. Macy selling the Snickers bars, Canajoharie pop, and pads of Hyde Bay writing paper. (In the summer of 1961, “Fizzies” were the rage, I believe!) Hope someone shot video of the Durbar.
John Mercer 06/15/2003 - My brother Tom and I went to Governor Dummer Academy yesterday to attend a ceremony in which both our father and Heb Evans were made honorary emeriti masters of the school. Whomshould we see there but Puffy Evans! I gave him the web site address and asked him about what happened to Heb’s pictures and movies; he said that very little came into his possession, so that remains one of the many HBC mysteries.
Rusty Pickett 06/01/2003 - Black, P; Gale F; Schmick J; and Pickett, R visited Cooperstown this weekend for a reconioter of both the territory and the Otesaga. The Otesaga is absolutely spectacular – one of the best resorts in NY! We saw our hospitality suite and met with the catering folks, and everything is on track.
Fred Gale 06/01/2003 - Rusty, Jolly, Pierre, and I scouted C’town this weekend — the rainiest in HBC history. (Of course, HBC history did not END with camp!)Cubby Forman stopped by to say hello at our campground Friday. Happily, I have his business card, and have already called him about this picture. From my description, he wasnt sure if he was your source for this pix or not, but either way, he will see if he can ID the other 2 campers in it. Have also previewed the 2hours of Hillsy’s movies — some great stuff! Am now working with a local video pro on DVD transfers from BetaCam format.
Philip “Tex” Brown 06/01/2003 - The first shot is from the bridge on Dover Road looking upstream. The second was an attempt to get a shot of the falls from a unique vantage point. As I recall a short climb up the hill was required to find the right location. The Upper Falls can be seen at the bottom of the photo. I believe that is the reservoir dam at the top. The third was an attempt to take a shot from the same angle which the black & white photo entitled “Doing what we did at Trenton Falls” had been taken back in 1967. Yes that is the Upper Falls and yes high-water volume was a factor. These were taken in May of 1983 and I was only a little disappointed to not find The Falls as I had left them. I was looking forward to a leisurely swim, a walk behind the falls and a warm shower (now that you remind me that there was a hot shower). The high water volume took me quite by surprise. As a 12 year old in 1967 I was enamored by The Falls. As a 28 year old in 1983 I was awestruck by The Falls. The water volume was so great only a fool would have thought twice about swimming that day. If you study the pictures closely you can identify rock formations in all the pictures.
Warren Hills 05/16/2003 - In reading over “Tex” Brown’s letter, I was fascinated with the (3) circa 1983 Trenton Falls pix he included.
Cub Forman 05/31/2003 - I went over to Glimmerglass yesterday evening and spoke with Rusty and friends who are camping there.
Clifford “Cub” Forman 04/23/2003 - Back in the late 40’s, there was a camper whose father was a photographer from the Baltomore area I think. He came and took lots of shots around camp for a couple of years. If I had a campers list for some of those years, perhaps I could pick out the name. You might already have his pictures. Those pictures were 8×10 glossies that were sharp and nicely done. Do you know whatever happened to Puffy Evans?
Josh Shoemaker 04/13/2003 - Remember Jemma-Jemma? That was a Baltimore guy who never went to Hyde Bay. Name was Jeff Madden. His name became a sort of all-purpose oath of astonishment for a couple of summers. One form you may remember was “Jemma-loo!”
John Mercer 04/12/2003 - I assume we will get to see this film — and perhaps get to purchase a DVD copy — at the Durbar. If so, I’ll try to lay in a supply to sell through the web site.
Warren Hills writing to Fred Gale 04/10/2003 - I’ve had a VHS reference copy struck of my camp movies project. In watching the VHS, I now realize the Commodore was correct when he advised me years ago to trim down the nearly 2 hours of material to a more viewable length! I now wish I had.
The good news: I believe I’ve located the master tapes for my “Hyde Bay Saga” project.
John Mercer 04/09/2003 - Philip’s question about privacy and e-mail addresses is a good one: Shall I simply put a list of our e-mail addresses on the website? Shall I instead put up an e-mail address list with a little security (as in ‘[What did you have to swim around to pass your 'd' test)? Shall I use e-mail to circulate the e-mail list occasionally, but not put it on the website? Shall I do what I did with Philip's request--wrote to Peter Black (in this case) and tell him that Philip would like to be in touch and gave him Philip's e-mail address? (This last costs me the most work.)
Philip "Tex" Brown 04/09/2003 - Wannagan will never again be lost from my vocabulary. I'll follow up on your question regarding Billy Lynn with my father. I will also do what I can when I can about getting scanned copies of my artifacts to you. If you would like, I may decide to make copies for myself and send you the originals.
David McManus 04/07/2003 - As one would look off of the beach-muck shore line and sing "You wonder where the yellow went?" What good times and learning times for the young. The memories that you brought back with this web site made me feel like I was chasing a Malm, Pine, Mercer, or a chipmunk from our peanut butter traps. Henry would say "ain' no mo" food, bait, or peanut butter.
John Mercer 04/07/2003 - I’ve written back to Philip–whom I heedlessly addressed as “Tex”–and supplied the magic word ‘wannagan’ and supplied a few other IDs to the pictures he had on his web site. I’ll add them to the 1967 gallery when time permits and will also add his IDs from the 1935 pictures.
Philip “Tex” Brown 04/07/2003 - Last summer on a lazy afternoon I found myself surfing the web and keyed “Hyde Bay Camp” into the Yahoo search box. Clicking the SEARCH button I was delighted to get a hit. The link took me to the Carolyn Clay Mercer Eulogy [link is currenlty broken, but the Nightman promises to reactivate this site]. Please accept my condolences for your families’ loss.
Larry Pickett 03/21/2003 - I got lost on the way back from Nebo and apologize for the suspension in Home Letters. Now have a bit of a scanner and will get around to entering some of the documents that are in better shape that the early ones. Have some tent lists and a variety of other documents.
Bruce Rice 03/17/2003 - In Picture NC-06 the guesses are 1957 and Blaise DiSibour as counselor. I would have been 6 years old that year, and five years away from going to Hyde Bay. In my one year as a counselor (1966?) I had the youngest kids in camp, one of whom was Blaise DiSibour who I believe was 6, who came to camp a day late and showed up during lunch. The whole lunch room stopped when we heard this poor kid screaming. He screamed for at least 48 hours before he settled into camp life. I never knew his father had been at Hyde Bay. Am I correct in this connection?
Walt McManus 03/03/2003 - You found me. Keep up the good work. The web site is great!!! I have contacted my brother, Peter, and gave my Uncle Charles your note regarding Charles, Jr. and David. I also have gotten in touch with Charlie Classen. The Hyde Bay years were most memorable and made a very positive contribution to my life.
Jock McQuilkin 03/02/2003 - I am already on to Hyde Bay nostalgia quiz #2: who was the only baseball pitcher slower than Satchel Paige? Answer (for your eyes only): T. Mulvenny. I caught Todd on many memorable afternoons on the diamond and could probably have run down to the back door of the kitchen for an extra bowl of ice cream from Henry Norman, finished it, and returned to my position in time to receive Todd’s offering. (If Todd would like to dispute this information, kindly give him my email address. It would give me a chance to remind him of the beatings I inflicted on him on the tennis court). I had some great kids as a H.B. councilor, but the group which included “Shoebibs” Shoemaker and “Jolly” Schmick was the best. I would love to hear from those guys and find out who filled out our tent that summer, tent #, etc. Jocko
Jock McQuilkin 02/25/2003 - I can confirm that all these beautiful boys (1957 Tent 16) are who you and Mellor and Jencks think they are. By the way, Carl Malm (aka C. Michael Malm) is today known as Mike or Michael although we used to refer to him as “Carlos” at camp. He has his own law firm in Boston and I can easily access his address, telephone numbers etc. by calling his mom in Rochester if you need it. As mentioned in an email to Mac, I am suggesting a “monthly memory moment” for the website and, being totally egotistical, I am further suggesting that the very first nostalgia quiz should be “Who was the Commodore’s Geisha Girl?”
Winston Wood 02/13/2003 - I’m sure the tent list is accurate for 1957, so the picture may date from another summer, perhaps earlier. But I’m fairly positive that it’s Cheeks O’Connell because he was my lacrosse coach later in life. Flu might be able to confirm because they’re both still active at St. Paul’s. Who Smith is on the list I can’t guess other than another one of us nobodies who didn’t go to Gilman.
Winston Wood 02/12/2003 - I realize that for many Hyde Bay Old Boys if you didn’t go to Gilman your name was Smith, but the counselor here is Chuck O’Connell, like Todd Mulvaney and myself one of the small St. Paul’s contingent at camp over the years. But what a joy to find that HBC lives on in cyperspace. Living in Virginia and with little Baltimore frame of reference any more, my daughters think the stories of Mouldy City, the Kooks, William Clark, Big Henry, Hot Rocks, Pratt Pizzas and the Eight Inch Regatta are all made up. Ha! Here the truth is stranger than fiction…