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Comments and Correspondence 2009
Comments and Correspondence 2009
Tom Caskey 12/04/2009 - Tent 12 1957 is left to right: Charles Davidson, Tom Caskey, (no G ) Eddie Brown, Dean Marks (sitting), Harvey Stanley and Brad Damon. I just discovered this site. It’s great – Many memories.
Ray Athey – 11/09/2009 – I was known as Paducah.
Mac Mellor 11/13/2009 - Is the guy on the left in 1957 photo with the commodore Rick Donahue who was in Tent 18 that summer according to the list? Finally, looking at your empty boxes for homeletters, was HBC open during WWII?
Webmaster 10/20/2009 - John Mercer contributed 33 beautiful and stylistic paintings by his mother, Kittie Mercer. Notice how the style changes over the years. Look in “Camp Artworks.”
Webmaster 10/15/2009 - Campers, I’ve posted nineteen terrific photos of Durbar IV from Josh Shoemaker. Be sure to check the website to view them. Can anyone add photos, tent lists, missing newsletters, stories, etc.? The Nightman is hungry for more work. Put him to the task! The Nightman
Charles Burnham 10/12/2009 - writing to Linda Van Cleef, Director of Operations, Hyde Hall - I spent many years at Hyde Bay Camp in the 50’s and 60’s. I visited Hyde Hall and Mrs. Clark in the early 60’s with one of my campers. She cautioned us to be careful in the dining room as the ceiling had recently fallen in. I also stopped by about 5 years ago and had a delightful afternoon. I am pleased with your efforts there and hope the high quality restorations continue. I am particularly fond of the covered bridge and Tin-Top. You might appeal to the devoted Hyde Bay Alumni at http://www.hydebay.net/index.html . The new web-master Steve Cunningham might be persuaded to include your Hyde Hall web site link http://www.hydehall.org on the Hyde Bay Web site. I think you would reach many who have fond recollections of the Hyde Bay area.
Webmaster 10/07/2009 - Thanks to Larry Pickett and Mac Mellor, we now have a complete set of Home Letters for 1933 and 1966 respectively.
Steve Cunningham 10/02/2009 - Larry Pickett has started the time-consuming and tedious task of scanning some of the newsletters, tent lists, playbills, photos, etc., of his Hyde Bay Camp archives. The material will be of great value to the website. Each batch that he sends will take a while for me to create and organize links, html pages, and make OCR corrections so often encountered with faded type and old paper. Be sure to check for updates linked from The Lodge. The next several months will be an exciting time for Hyde Bay Camp and its campers. Stay tuned.
Steve Cunningham 10/01/2009 A new link to Playbills has been added to The Lodge. Thanks to Mac Mellor and John Mercer (for taking the time to copy them), a slew of playbills found their way to the HBC website. These playbills are helpful while trying to identify campers or tent groups. Also added in this link is Mac’s original script for the 1960 All Star Play, “The Joke’s On You.” Look for additional Home Letters from Mac to be added soon.
Mac Mellor 09/29/2009 - I’m very impressed with the new HBC website, so far as I have perused. Here are some more ids in the tent group category. First, note the tent lists are all for July or the year (57, 60, 61), but the tent photos were taken at the end of the summer (i.e., August). Therefore there are differences as the 4-week campers flowed out or in, but the counselor and most campers show up on both. With that in mind, great progress in identifying the 1957 photos has been made, except that I think Unknown 6 is tent 6 in 1957. And for the 1960s:
Bill Cooney 09/29/2009 - Steve, I did complete the puzzle. A few times, just for the fun of it. Based on the clues, I had been looking for a non-obvious link, e.g., under the comet logo on a sail in one of those pictures, but I was just browsing through the picture galleries when the puzzle page opened from a link on the duplicate pix of the Director. (What a great image that is, though I'm not sure I ever saw him that happy!) Expected the prize to be a Tootsie Roll, however.
Rusty Pickett 09/22/2009 - As some of you may know, I have been taking pictures on and off for more than 40 years. The advent of digital photography has made the art form far more achievable as you know. I have put together a collection of photos that are for me photographic art, rather than just pictures – and they are the content of my print collection assembled over the past six or so years, from literally my back yard to Antarctica. Click http://picasaweb.google.com/shellbackcruises/PhotoGallery?authkey=Gv1sRgCOGO5OT44PbmxQE&feat=directlink
Winston Wood 09/21/2009 - Having sent along for the Where Are The Campers Now page a picture of himself on top of Wheeler Peak, at 13,161 feet the highest point in New Mexico, taken earlier this month. To mark my birthday every year — or better yet, to demonstrate that I still have some kick yet before the Grim Reaper gets me — I try to climb the highest mountain in a given state. I’ve done all the good ones in the East now (and won’t bother with the small stuff in Florida, Rhode Island, etc., until I’m in a walker), and now I’m working my way around the great open spaces out West. Subconsciously, it probably all goes back to standing on the upper railing of the bridge at Trenton Falls.
Bill Cooney 09/24/2009 - Steve, the dates below the Director’s picture on the home page should be 1889-1961. See Rusty’s picture of his grandfather’s monument included in his nice set of images from the Durbar earlier this year.
Eddie Brown to The Dayman 09/21/2009 - John-John – It is totally likely that you are aware that one of our commodore’s god-daughters, Jenny Lawrence, daughter of his close friend Whistle Hornblower, has edited a book entitled The Way It Was, which is in many ways a diary of Walter Lord throughout his literary career. (Benjie [Jones] brought it to my attention.) It’s a terrific read. [You can purchase it by following this link.] I would like to recommend that you spread the word to the Hyde Bay Camp contingent that you have kept up with through the years. Many of them would enjoy this tidy volume. You are the jack of all trades that can get this message out to innumerable people who might be interested in remembrances of Walter. If I knew how to publicize it, I’d do it myself, but I’m from the generation before the flush cuckoos; I’m still a little behind on the technology of communication.
Tom Lynn – 09/21/09 - Great job [on the website], Stevie! (In addition to “Little Stevie,” I believe some of us younger kids, due to your musical skills, referred to you as “Little Weevie Stunder” — a la Little Stevie Wonder.) As for your list, Bruce Rice’s name actually began its life as “Boo Corn” — occasionally shortened to either “Boo” or “Corn.” As for me, thanks to Tim Bennett and Terry Fisher during our time in Mouldy City, my appearance on tent lists, etc., as “Lynn, T.” (to differentiate me from brothers Lynn, W. and Lynn, J.), gave rise to me being often referred to as “Lint” or “Linty.” Thanks for doing all this! I’ll be back in touch with some other stories from my era (the last six years of camp). Or some of the “stories” I heard about (such as: did Lou Higgins really punch out a parking meter in town because he thought it was trying to steal his girlfriend? Was Linc Fasch(?) able or unable to achieve the impossible and eat an entire “Pratt Pizza”?)
Steve Cunningham 09/21/2009 - At hydebay.net, I’ve added a “Camp Stories” link from The Lodge to include humorous memories, stories with a twist, word-play or outrageous accounts of camp or campers. Now is the time to put some unusual stuff on the Blog for me to add.
Jeff Lew, Ethical Culture School Camp 09/16/09 - Steve,
Took a quick look at the "new" Hyde Bay Camp (we always knew it as Hyde Bay Boys Camp) website at suggestion of John Mercer. I've been in contact with him for a few years and congratulate both of you on putting together some beautiful work paying tribute to HBC. Have not yet been able to review all the material on your website but look forward to doing that in the near future. From just a brief visit I perceive that it is excellent.
David Pickett – 09/16/09 - My wife wonders why I still have so much interest in HBC and all, as I recall many thing with a sort of angst. Maybe it is just a Pickett thing, admiration of what you can do out of nothing much, but maybe it was important in twisting my personality into its current shape. I still love to swim and sail, and got my honey Donna out on a Hobie just last month in OC Maryland. Being laid off in the recession may be God’s way of telling me to go have some fun while I can still walk my fat carcass around. I was foolish enough to marry a good cook the second time, an ESFJ guardian provider who likes to watch me eat her goodies — chili tonight, and bread pudding at lunch. Perhaps you recall her from Bob’s snowy funeral dinner. We go to Tuscany next month, if they let me on the plane. It priced out cheaper than two weeks at the Jersey shore, even with airfare, if you recruit your own crowd to fill a modest villa in the Chianti region. And, lest’s see. other Hyde Bay influences: I cannot claim much thespian activity, other than a singing part in a comic church skit as an overbearing, puffed up choir director teaching Angels We Have Heard on High. I survived, and got lots of laughs. Glooooo o o o o ooooooo oo o o o oooooooooooooo ooo o o o ooooooooooo re yuh!
Blake Goldsmith to Rusty 09/15/2009 - I really enjoyed the pictures you sent. I have lots of fond memories of Hyde Bay. I was particularly glad to see the pictures of Shadow Brook where we used to canoe. I still play tennis at a pretty high level for an old guy and have 3 good kids who have all gotten out of state college educations. Maybe if we could get Jolly Schmick, Shoemaker and few others involved it could be a big reunion. –send out emails though Gilman etc. I hope I can make it one of the reunions –I stay in touch with Bruce Rice, Tom Lynn and occasionally Fleur will join us for lunch. If you see Freddie Gale tell him he is the one who got me going on tennis on that volleyball court where your dad would serve up those big Moldy serves. I remember one time you teasing me “Blank got a crease in his finger “when I had gotten tangled in some sailing rope. Camp toughened my little ass up and made me a better person. The only one I look back on as being over the top as a disciplinarian was Chandlee and Scott Carlton. Your dad and mom were the best and a really good influence on my life! I have chapter in a book I am writing about camp – I will send it to you for editing one day.
Bill Cooney 09/15/2009 - Follow-up to my last message: Per Chiefie’s 1957 tent group list here, this tent group picture should be captioned “Tent 17, 1957″ and the counselor is listed there as W. Danner. (I note on Chiefie’s list there’s a B. Danner as the counselor in Tent 18.) No Loomis. So at the top of the picture, I think the caption should read:
John Mercer 09/15/2009 - The new Hyde Bay Camp website is alive and well and mighty pretty to look at. You’ll find all the old material in place, though the link structure and the paging structure makes a lot more sense than did the previous version – all thanks to The Nightman, Steve Cunningham, who has been pounding the keyboard mercilessly over the last couple of months. He has added some very slick new features: a search function (which is really what you wanted all along); a ghost stories section with a terrific campfire ablaze, and a much cleaner and more sensible look. All hail the Nightman! Steve has also added several new Homeletters, and I will be adding a considerable number as well. Use the comments to tell Steve and me what you’d like to see added to the site.
Jeff Lew, Ethical Culture School Camp 08/24/2009 - As it turns out, we do have not one but several websites. Our “main” site is www.ecscamp.info This was started mainly to facilitate reunions that we have been holding annually at Cooperstown on the lake (not the Hyde Bay location but on the lake shore just the same.) The site has grown as our subscribed alumni base has developed. Part of that is due to you and the Hyde Bay Boys Camp website. Some ECSC people have found our website by finding the messages between you and me on your blog. I also understand some ECSC’ers may even have contacted you directly and you were kind enough to let them know about me and the ECSC website – or at least plans for a website.
John Mercer 09/23/2009 - August 23, 2009 – Dayman writing - today, trying to find a new e-mail address for Winston Wood, I ran into two links to interesting articles by him: [Content links no longer active. Content added to website]
John Mercer 09/23/2009 – I was out in Cooperstown on Friday and saw the few who showed up for the mini-meet: Rusty, Mike Hillyard and charming wife, Frank Pine, Peter Black, and Cubby Forman. I had to leave early on Saturday and heard that they were planning a trip down to Camp at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and that Don Peet would be joining them. We all had splendid talk about Hyde Bay and its myriad oddities, and everyone was thankful for Steve Cunningham’s energy and resolve to improve and update the HBC website. They are all excited to see the new version, though I cautioned them about all the hard work it would take.
Don Peet 08/23/2009 - Sorry to have missed you in Cooperstown this weekend. Had a great reminiscing with Rusty, Peter and Mike. Hope our paths cross soon.
Richard Koppisch 08/02/2009 - Finding the Hyde Bay web site has evoked a flood of memories from almost 50 years ago. Of a simpler time when needs were more basic. I recall I spent a lot time in the Comets teaching kids to sail. I only spent three summers at Hyde Bay, wish I could have been there more. I know I took snapshots there, and I have been rummaging through my piles of old photos looking for them; only found one so far. I will keep looking. I believe the Comet in this 1961 photo was the newer, much lighter and faster one that somebody put a hole in. If you could forward this on to Steve, he may want to put it on the web.