Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Boston Strong!

So you can probably imagine the conversation that happened in the hallway at the Santander Bank office in Boston a few weeks back.  Bob Fitz is heading to the men's room and Will Wolf is headed to the water fountain.  They bump into each other and finally remember that they work in the same building!  Then they do what 83ers do when in good company, they wonder who else they can include in a gathering.  So they get Townsend and Clark on the line and compare address books for DA 83* and hatch a plan to hang out.  And then it happened!

Kudos to the organizers and the attendees, with special nods to Beaubien and Crow who made the big travel efforts to be present.

Here's the lineup at Ginger Man - Boston:

Front (LtoR): Peter Crow, Bob Fitzpatrick, John Cianciolo, Peter Townsend
Back (LtoR): Will Wolf, Mark Beaubien, Nelse Clark

*As a reminder, remember that DA has a mobile app with most of us in it.  Learn more here.

PS - Hope to see these faces again June 8-10, 2018 at our 35th!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Next film role for Nottage

Keep an eye out for your favorite Pierce Brosnan lookalike as he appears in a new movie soon...(but not in the trailer FYI)

And here he is at the Bahamas premier with his wife, Kara...

"It's a story of human smuggling through The Bahamas of Haitian nationals hoping to reach the United States. The story revolves around a struggling Bahamian fisherman who can't afford the life he wants for his family. He turns to human smuggling at the suggestion of a friend and at the hands and as operator for a nefarious human smuggling agent as a way to make ends meet.

I play an intercepting US Coast Guard officer when he's driven to take smugglers all the way to the US mainland after stepping stone trips do not work out well."

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Annual Trip

Paul Magee made his annual pilgrimage from Mexico and connected with Mark Beaubien at the Inn...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Legal Help

Eddy D'Alessandro had a rough case recently in NJ.   Here's the link and some of his comments from FB and then the entire article posted below.


"This case was difficult because I was assigned a client who did not want further treatment.  I was faced with the ethical dilemma of being assigned a client and having to not follow her wishes.  The medical record was clear that she had not reached a position of futility where there was no hope for recovery.   Because she is young, had no other medical issues and loving and supportive parents the Court with my support appointed her parents to empower them to help their daughter.  For those who follow my sporadic posts last year I advocated for the right of  a 29 year old who had so many other health issues secondary to her 20 plus years of Anorexia to discontinue treatment.  She died and is at peace.  I can only hope my current client opens up to the treatment so there is a better outcome.  Thanks all for the support."

MORRISTOWN — Desperate to save their anorexic 20-year-old daughter from death, a Parsippany couple petitioned the court to appoint them her guardians, which would give them power to make medical decisions on her behalf, including force feeding.
Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong, no stranger to the situation, granted the parents their wish on Tuesday by declaring S.A., as the woman is referred to in court documents, incapacitated and incapable of making her own decisions. The parents were appointed co-guardians of the Parsippany High School graduate.

"This is a case that makes other parents hopeful," said S.A.'s mother following the ruling. The mother, who did not wish to be identified by name, said the petition for guardianship "is a tool for parents to keep our kids alive." The parents asked that S.A.'s identity not be made public.
The ruling comes on the heels of the death of a 30-year-old Morris County woman named Ashley in February. She also suffered from severe anorexia nervosa and refused to eat.
The landmark Karen Ann Quinlan "right to die" case was decided by the N.J. Supreme Court 40 years ago. March 31, 2016 William Westhoven/DailyRecord
Armstrong, who also presided over the Ashley hearing, ruled that she could not be force-fed at Morristown Medical Center, a decision supported by her parents, the hospital's bioethics committee and all her treating physicians. Ashley had undergone a decade of treatment that did not work, according to court documents.
Unlike S.A.'s parents, Ashley's parents wanted their daughter to continue treatment, but wanted to respect her wishes to stop eating and to refuse a feeding tube.
Ashley suffered organ damage and was far more debilitated by malnutrition than S.A.  In deciding that S.A.'s parents can make her medical decisions that would include force-feeding, Armstrong cited the Journal of Psychiatric Practice that opines that compulsory feeding in early stages of severe anorexia, before organ failure, can be effective.
S.A.'s physical condition reached a crisis point in June when she weighed 60 pounds and her brother found her after she collapsed in their Parsippany home. She was rushed to Morristown Medical Center, transferred to Overlook Hospital and finally transferred to the Eating Disorders Center at University Medical Center of Princeton, Armstrong said. 
Through attorney Susan Joseph, S.A.'s parents in June petitioned the court to be her guardians. S.A. was assigned a court-appointed lawyer, Edward D'Alessandro Jr., who met with her multiple times.
Hearing judge Armstrong made national history in the 1970s when he successfully represented the parents of Karen Ann Quinlan in their court battle to have their daughter removed from life support so she could "die with dignity." Karen, who was in a persistent vegetative state, was removed from life support but lived several more years before her death at Morris View Nursing Home in Morris Township.

In the hearing involving S.A., Armstrong met with her, her treating physicians and mental health workers in Princeton, where she was undergoing treatment including artificial feeding with a PEG tube in her stomach against her wishes. Though she gained about 15 pounds since June in the clinic setting, she told her lawyer and medical staff she can manage her eating disorder on her own and wanted to return to Parsippany, Armstrong said.
S.A. repeatedly told her attorney she was an adult, could make her own decisions and didn't want her parents to act as guardians, Armstrong said.

The medical doctors and S.A.'s psychiatrist said S.A. is delusional and in denial about her risk of dying, the judge said. S.A. has stated, he said: "Being in treatment is torture." She has said she would choose death over treatment, the judge said.
Armstrong said the physicians all opined that S.A. does not understand what the risks to her life are by not eating.
Armstrong concluded S.A.'s parents are loving and want the best for their daughter, even though she has occasionally claimed they were abusive by forcing her to eat at home. Citing medical reports, the judge said S.A. has suffered from anorexia nervosa since she was 13 years old and her body has not gone through puberty because of her condition medically recognized as a psychiatric illness.
The Journal of Psychiatric Practice, in a treatise titled "Caring for Patients with Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders," states anorexia nervosa has a high mortality rate.
"The body image distortion inherent to this disorder and the impaired judgment and cognition due to malnutrition frequently result in patients refusing treatment. Treatment is most effective if patients are treated early in the course of their illness and undergo a full course of treatment. Involuntary treatment may therefore be both life-saving and critical to recovery," the article states.
The judge noted S.A., though seriously ill, still has a chance of recovery through the guardianship of her parents who will see that she receives continued treatment at the Princeton facility and then at a long-term residential facility.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

When in Lexington...

Tom Perry appears to be making the most of his recent trip to Lexington, KY...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Recent campus images

Knight and Flagg were on campus to participate in Alumni Association meetings - and here are a few campus shots.

Note the new ($68MM) Field House and Rink project where the old rink had been.  Impressive and attractive no doubt...I have already suggested that a search for the best wiffle ball home plate between Field and MacAlister needs to commence as soon as the field house is all enclosed.  It will make and excellent centerfield wall!


The Reunion Recruits are donning their reunion hats and reporting for duty!  Hopefully you have received your letter from Doug and JK pointing out our communications channels and asking you to update your information.  Please take a minute to keep DA up to date so we can share our plans for reunion more easily...

Beaubien, Flagg and Knight reporting for duty...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

More Great Work

If you are watching the World Series, you are once again seeing it through some of Jeff Silverman's cameras.  His company Inertia Unlimited makes the super slo mo cameras that gave us this moment last year:

What I hadn't realized at the time is that Cleveland's Lindor (red shoe) is wearing a protective ankle pad made by Evoshield...which is the company that Hardie Jackson helped start and which recently joined the Wilson brands of sporting goods...

Class of '83 starting to rule the world...as it should be.

The full video (and many more) can be found on the IU website....

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Reunion Help?

If you're interested in helping us Rally to the Valley next June 8-10, let us know!  Doug at dschmidt2@gmailDOTcom or JK at jgknight83@gmailDOTcom.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Reunion Practice

Kudos to Jim Wareck for starting the buildup to our 35th reunion at DA by heading back to Vanderbilt for their fall reunion events.  There he connected with fellow committed reunion practitioners Rob Rigsby and Hardie Jackson!!!  Great job Jim!  When asked about the photo with Rob, Jim replied, "It was late..."

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Wills Elliman on his victory in the 2017 Vicmead Hunt Club Singles Championship!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What a Guy(er)..

To benefit from the talents, wisdom and friendship of your classmates, all it takes is a little intestinal fortitude. One classmate who enjoys having the guts to say, "Hey, I'm going to be near you.  Wanna hang out?" is Leigh Guyer, who is taking advantage of college research trips with his eldest son. Here he is with Nottage in MA and Knight in CO.  Leigh lives in Portland, OR. Don't forget the "Deerfield Academy Mobile" app to help you find people!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Van Sullivan won First Place the Franklin County Fair with this apple pie...

Gordon Bourne has a boat on the Hudson (I think)...

and John Cianciolo has two brothers...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

LA Steak Night

Many of the LA crew got together for dinner this summer.  Nice work Jim, Al, Andy and Brad!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thanks Hank!

Hank made his way from NYC back home to Houston to help with the flooding recovery. He's currently managing a shower station at a large shelter. Good updates on his FB page btw. 

Thanks Hank!

John G Knight
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Go Stags!

Congrats to Paul on his new position!

Watch: Paul Schlickmann's Introductory Press Conference (Facebook Live)

Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD announced today the hiring of Paul Schlickmann as the institution's seventh Director of Athletics. Schlickmann is the son of a Fairfield '62 graduate and was a 4-year letter winner on the basketball team at Trinity College (CT). He spent the previous seven years as the Director of Athletics at Central Connecticut State University and also held senior level positions at Stony Brook University and Yale University.

Dr. Nemec describes Schlickmann as someone who has the right skills and the right values at the right time to lead the Stags.
"Paul's vision for Fairfield University Athletics combined with his accomplishments as an athletic director and administrator at the Division I level impressed the whole search committee and myself," said Nemec. "I am confident that he will elevate our varsity athletics programs and build upon the legacy established by Gene Doris as we continue our pursuit of becoming the premier modern Jesuit institution. I would like to welcome Paul, his wife Kristin and their children Mackenna and John to the Fairfield Stags family".
Schlickmann brings a diverse background in collegiate athletics administration and growth in fundraising to Fairfield.  During his seven years at Central, the Blue Devils have achieved unparalleled success in competition, in the classroom and in the community. This success is highlighted by 20 NEC Championships since 2010, the most in any seven year period in the Division I history of the school. Central averaged an APR score of 970 along with seven teams earning perfect single year scores of 1,000.  Also, in an effort to develop well-rounded men and women, Blue Devil student-athletes completed over 30,000 hours of community service during his tenure.
"I am honored and thrilled to be chosen as the Director of Athletics at Fairfield University," said Schlickmann. "I am grateful to President Nemec and the members of the search committee for their confidence in me to lead Stags Athletics to new heights.  This is an exceptional opportunity to advance athletics excellence at Fairfield commensurate with its steadfast commitment to all aspects of the educational experience.  Fairfield has always had a special place in my heart given my father's ties as an alumnus.  To come full circle and join the institution that espouses the concept of mind, body and spirit and the core values that he has instilled in me is truly special."
As an athletic director, Schlickmann has built a culture that is fully committed to providing a vibrant learning experience for all student-athletes and has worked tirelessly to increase the resources necessary to compete at the Division I level. He has piloted the development and implementation of a $12 million state of the art, outdoor athletics complex, which is used by every Blue Devil student-athlete. Additionally, he created a fundraising plan that has led to unprecedented success in annual giving that includes a more than threefold increase in annual donors and a 60% increase in annual giving revenue. Under his leadership, athletics endowment has increased by $1 million due in part to seven different endowed gifts. With Schlickmann's significant success in fundraising, external resources for scholarships, operating budgets, student-athlete support services and facilities have all improved dramatically. 
Schlickmann has also made an impact in key external units including marketing, branding and corporate partnerships. Upon his arrival to Central, he led an initiative to introduce a series of new athletic marks and a new Blue Devil mascot. He also oversaw the development of a comprehensive marketing plan to bring added visibility to Central Connecticut. The results included a new athletic department website, enhanced broadcast platforms, and a new ticketing system. Also under his guidance, corporate sponsorship revenue increased by 80%.
Prior to his arrival at Central Connecticut, Schlickmann spent seven years as the Executive Associate Director of Athletics/COO at Stony Brook University. In this role he had oversight of all daily operations of the Seawolves 20 varsity sports. He also spent ten years as a senior administrator at Yale culminating to a role as Associate Athletics Director for Administration and Football Operations.
A native of Worcester, MA, Schlickmann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Trinity College. Additionally, he earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Education/Sport Management from Springfield College. 
At Fairfield University, Schlickmann will oversee 20 varsity sports and 450 student-athletes. In competition, the 2016-17 school year was highlighted by MAAC Championship victories and NCAA tournament bids for the women's volleyball and softball teams. In the classroom, 321 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or better during the spring semester with 30 Stags earning a perfect 4.0. In the community, student-athletes produced over 1,000 hours of community service and raised over $25,000 for charity.
Schlickmann will be introduced at a press conference in the Kelley Center Presentation Room Monday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Student-athletes, coaches, alumni, university employees, media members and fans are invited to attend. The press conference also will be streamed live on the Fairfield Athletics Facebook page. His first official day in office will be Monday September 11. As previously announced, long-time Director of Athletics Gene Doris will transition to a special advisor role to the President until the conclusion of the calendar year.  
About Fairfield University 
Fairfield University is a modern Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world's oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and territories, 47 foreign countries, are enrolled in the University's five schools.  In the spirit of rigorous and systematic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What'd I Miss?

I've been away from a computer for a month...catching up a bit...

Schmidt and LeMieux bumped into each other in NYC

Don Hindman played Bandon Dunes...and Chris Lynch Hiked the Mer de Glace to Refuge de Couvercle. Incredible vantage point with 270° of peaks including Mount Blanc.

...and a famous actor was spotted with our own Sean Nottage at the Deerfield Inn!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Targhee Music Fest 2017

John Munro and Andrew Stewart take a selfie on Grand Targhee before they chill out to some tunes!

(9920' at the top FYI)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Buck is Back

The Million Buck Challenge has returned! 

If alumni participation reaches 50% by June 29, an alumnus (who also happens to be a parent) will donate $1 million to support our students and faculty! Please make a gift of any size today! 

Thank you!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Barton II reunion

One of FedEx's finest, Charlie Gagne, was east for some work and made the point to track down John Munro at Fairfield Country Day School.  They clean up well!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Because 100 years is a big deal...

Congrats to Don Hindman for his record of strengthening one of the few Denver companies still in business after 100 years!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

California dreamin...

Just two guys hanging out in a Pho restaurant in Van Nuys...
"I always enjoy seeing classmates, especially in La La Land (no singing or dancing), but few can afford the opportunity to learn so much about something so unfamiliar as atmospherics as a casual dinner with Mark Beaubien. Granted I was only able to understand one out of every two dozen words, but it was great to hear how terrific and crucial the work he is doing, plus he gets to fly around in badass planes. It was also fun to reminisce about DA and the time he kicked me off the radio-which I probably deserved. Wonderful to hear about his daughters at Deerfield and how they are excelling in the arts. He showed me a picture of his senior Lily singing in front of the Memorial Building and apparently Kentucky Fried Chicken is sponsoring entertainment now with KFC concerts. So that is cool too." - Jim Wareck

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Positive time at Choate...

"This past Saturday I found myself in an interesting, if ironic, place: sitting on a stage in the Paul Mellon Arts Center at our arch-rival Choate,  where I had been asked by Choate's Head of School, Alex Curtis, to help walk their community through the aftermath of the release of a report confirming that more than 20 former Choate students had been molested and/or sexually harassed by faculty and staff at the school over a period of decades. The report’s release and subsequent response to it had generated intense coverage in The Times and The Globe for much of the previous month and this was an opportunity for their alumni community to reflect and to heal. I was honored to be asked to participate.

As you can imagine, there was an obligatory Deerfield joke/reference at the outset as the panel’s moderator, a Choate grad, said “our next panelist, Whit Sheppard, is the founder of Abacus Advisory, a member of the NAIS/TABS task force on educator sexual misconduct and a graduate of … ” before faux-stammering “Deer … Deerfield Academy …” which elicited whoops and laughter from the 300-350 Choate alums present, a humorous start to a difficult communal conversation that lasted roughly 75 minutes. I can’t tell you what a satisfying feeling I got from crossing the Deerfield-Choate “electric fence” that had previously governed so much of my limited interaction and knee-jerk reactions and thoughts over the years about our rival to the south. It turns out that there are really good people there, and they treated me with the utmost kindness and respect during my 24 hours on campus. All in all, a wonderful healing experience for me—and I hope for their extended school community, which has taken a lot of hits recently.

My participation in the Choate panel discussion has its roots in the work I’ve been doing with other schools, including at St. George’s, which our classmate Eric Peterson has led for more than a dozen years, that have been seeking to reconcile the less savory elements of their institutional pasts with the otherwise fine and important work they do on an ongoing basis. I have learned so much doing this work and it has yielded fresh perspective on the four challenging and life-altering years I spent in the Pocumtuck Valley with many of you.

I hope this finds my former classmates well and hope that there will be opportunity in the future to break bread with at least some of you and to hear your stories of life post-Deerfield, your kids, your families etc. I’d really like that."


Whit Sheppard

Thursday, May 18, 2017

History Lesson

Did you see any of the "trying to explain 1980s tech to millienials" post on FB by Hank Lemieux? It led to some interesting comments but also an extraordinary post (I thought) by Matt Calman.  I'll paste some of it here for your enjoyment but for the whole thread - go find it on Hank's page...

HLI had a funny moment with some millennials last night.
Many of you will be heartily impressed, I am sure, at one of my great claims to fame, that I was the first person in my high school to submit a senior term paper that had been written on a computer, rather than a typewriter.
Yeah, I'm that old. (Though, it's understandable you didn't realize this, given I look so young and hot and sexy.)
But back then, being the Bold Pioneer that I was (or a geek before it was cool -- it was definitely not cool -- whichever you choose to call me) I took some barbs and arrows on that paper. I even got a lower grade actually (might have been the difference on why I didn't get into Stanford) because word processing apps hadn't been fully advanced at that point. I got dinged for things like auto-hyphenation errors and spelling auto-correct errors that you actually could not fix in the word processors of that era. I knew they were there, but couldn't change them on the print out, which was, by the way, dot-matrix.
If you don't know dot-matrix ... I don't know where to start with you.
Anyway, I was explaining this to two millennials last night and they couldn't understand -- at all -- the notion of how computers were set up back then. At this time, the Mac had not yet been invented. I'm pretty sure the IBM PC wasn't even out yet. Maybe three people in the whole school had Apple II's (one of them Matt Calman), but these didn't have word processor software yet.

MCHank, you've honored me with a mention in this post, so I will break my usual Facebook code of silence to share some color and insights to your post. 

A few items first:
First: I can attest that Hank was indeed an early adopter way back when. And a generous one, at that. In the fall of 1980, Hank possessed the original Sony Walkman, complete with orange foam-covered earphones, and would freely loan it to me ... I remember very well popping in a cassette of The Go-Go's and walking around Deerfield's campus with a spring in my step. (Thank goodness there's no cellphone video of THAT) Always a generous guy, that Hank. And a forgiving roommate 

Second: Sadly, I did not own an Apple ][ computer ... Al Mack had one, as I recall, and there were one or two others around campus. I contented myself with the school's Apple ][s as well as the infamous Compucolor 2 ... an early failed microcomputer built into the chassis of surplus color TVs. If you forgot and left a 5 1/4" floppy disk in the disk drive when you powered it on, the degaussing circuit in the CRT would erase the diskette. Yup, did that a few times. Mr. Bois, JW corridor master extraordinaire, wrote a letter to my parents my freshman year about my bad habit of cursing like a sailor. That #%€-damned Compucolor 2 didn't help. 

Third: Deerfield Academy did indeed have a minicomputer, the DEC PDP-11/40 with 64KB of memory and a (maybe) 1 megahertz (on a good day, downhill, with wind at its back) processor . It was the expanded version ... the extra 16KB of memory over the standard 48KB was something like $15,000+ extra. It was core memory ... look that one up ... each bit was actually a magnetic donut threaded through a lattice of wires ... flipping a bit involved a PHYSICAL FLIP of a magnetic core ... imagine being able to look at a memory module and being able to SEE the bits. Clever engineering and even more amazing craftsmanship made it possible. Core memory lived on for a long time in the military, since it was highly resistant to EM interference. The PDP system supported up to 32 terminals and sported two (2!) RK05 removable cartridge disk packs, 24" in diameter, capable of storing 2.54MB each! I still have one of the disk packs in a garage somewhere. 

Fourth: Did the PDP-11/40 have less power than your Fitbit? An excellent question! The Fitbit Alta packs the ARM® Cortex®-M4 core with up to 1 Mbyte of Flash memory and up to 128 Kbytes of embedded SRAM ... so Fitbit wins with DOUBLE the RAM but only ONE-FIFTH the storage. All those BASIC programming assignments from Bob and Sue Hammond might not fit on your wrist, but the ol' PDP could hold 'em all it. But wait, you ask, what is the ARM processor's word length? Isn't it a 32-bit design versus the DEC's 16-bit word? Does that actually "double" the storage? You'd be right if you thought that. And it's advanced digital signal processing circuits and dedicated floating-point unit make it superior, also. Still, that old PDP was a fine piece of gear in its day, and for the handful of DA boys that became "sysops" (Chris Keener, Mike Tate, and me) ... it opened up educational opportunities that other schools didn't allow. In fact, after I caused too much trouble for Bill Schweikert and Rich Bonanno, they ended admin privileges for select students. That's too bad ... some of the concepts I learned from ring "system manager" on RSTS/E (the operating system) still hold value today. 

Moving on ...

Your dot-matrix school paper was probably printed on an LA120 printer, capable of BI-DIRECTIONAL print, a true innovation over the unidirectional LA36's we had in our freshman and sophomore years. Super fast or , umm, dead slow today. 
The wire that came out of your terminal used 20 milliamp current-loop technology ... different from the RS-232 serial communications more common for the era. Why, you ask? Because current loop allowed for greater distance transmission without signal booster equipment. There was a conduit that ran all the way from the Helen Childs Boyden Science Center to the Memorial Building with cabling to support four terminals on the second floor. That's right, each terminal was essentially "hard-wired" into the PDP 11/40. Problems? Oh, yah. Like whenever there was lightning... the DEC service guys got a lot of calls from DA anytime there had been an electrical storm. Remember running last-minute to the computer room in Memorial to print out your math homework for Ro-bob? Only to find that nothing worked and you had to high-tail it to the Science building ? Now you know why. 

As for connectivity, Hank was right again ...that old workhorse was a standalone system. No connectivity to the outside world. But for the dedicated DA CJ of the 1980's there was still a glimpse of the future ... Chris Keener patched together an ISC workstation. (big brother of the fabled Compucolor 2) with a Hayes 300-baud modem and hacked together some software that enables us to connect to The Source, one of the largest multiuser bulletin board systems that predated Compuserve ... it wasn't until I went on to Carnegie Mellon that I first got onto Arpanet, the true precursor of the internet. But I remember the night Chris first shared The Source with me ... I was amazed, thinking about the other people AROUND THE WORLD connected into the same hub at the same time .. on a world-wide network. I can literally see the screen in my memory and feel again that sense of wonder. 

Now, as for Hank's claim of first to hand in a 100% digitally produced paper at DA? I can neither confirm nor deny, but I don't doubt it. Hank was just the right combination of tech fan and "screw it let's do it" to pull off such an accomplishment., with a little "aww shucks" swagger to help pull it off. Those dings he took for hyphenation and spelling are the epitome of "the bleeding edge" of progress. Well done, sir!

And one more memory - Leander Magee, a first-year teacher in 1980-81, wrote a complete word-processing system for "comment cards" (e.g. teacher comments on report cards). His approach was advanced and used WYSIWYG design with features that I wouldn't see for a couple of more years. He was really brilliant beneath his happy-go-lucky style. Do you remember his rambling '74 Ford LTD? (I once hacked his password ... 74LTD haha)
Why the long post? Gosh, Hank is such a regular poster I feel like I owed him one back. Thanks for the inspiration. And thanks for the laughs from your first post. 

And DA, thanks to you, too. The school, and its wise faculty, gave me free reign to independently develop a passion for tech, essentially letting me treat the school's $60,000 computer system as my own PC. That shaped my future in a way that few, if any, other schools could have provided or would have let happen. I bet Mike Nash would say the same about the planetarium. Or Marty Martin Olsen about the ENTIRE PHYSICAL PLANT of the school - now there was a guy who knew how to maximize what was offered. 

Those millienials have it great with their apps, their whizzy phones, and their interweb thingy. But we had it great, too, and saw breakthrough tech in our own way. 
Providing curious students with freedom to explore never goes out of style. I hope Deerfield Academy students of today find that same kind of wonder that I did from '79-'83.