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I began the day flipping through the pages of Microcosms - our yearbook. 4s and 9s, or however one indicates the possessives of numbers - 4's & 9's. I'll have seven reunion classes returning to Simmons. Eight when we count the one-year-outs 2008.
If this is the first year back for a member of the class of 1974 then she will remember me looking like that first portrait up there. The rogues gallery suggests the passages of Time. Some may remember that I played Father Time in a Gillette in-house commercial long ago.
The wonderful class of 2004 will be particularly well represented at Reunion, I am told. During the last five years the back yard to the Main College Building - then part parking lot and once part tennis court, and long ago archery field - has been transformed into a curious green space with strange geometric curved walkways. Something to behold.
The wonderful class of 2004 will remember, I am quite sure, sitting there for Commencement when the skies opened up with such fury that the downpour forced the end of activities, dare we say canceling of Commencement Ceremonies. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who as Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States Congress, was speaker.
Legend has it, second hand be assured, that upon witnessing the ensuing chaos, she commented that it was as well planned as the exit strategy for the war in Iraq. A clever turn of phrase.
I shall be waiting out there on the Green on Friday on Reunion Weekend (unless it rains) to greet again my friends from the many classes. Hope to see you there.