Chris Almy.htmChris Almy
It has been very enjoyable reading about your various journeys through this
maze. Thank you, Bob, for encouraging each of us to share a few memories.
This reminds me of trying to write a precis for Dottie Miles' English
class. I have always found more satisfaction in solving complex problems
than documenting the results...
Following our 55th reunion, I was determined to find a copy of Bob Neuman's
"Marblehead Traveller". The first envelope from Amazon arrived empty. A
few days later the replacement book arrived. In each chapter I learned a
lot about Bob and places I'll never see. I have shared his stories with
After our brunch, we set out to walk about Old Town to share some of my
favorite spots with my family. At Redd's Pond we met Biff Martin putting
the finishing touches on his recently acquired model yacht club house. Biff
invited us to return for the upcoming vintage model sailing regatta. Chris
Jr. and I decided to return in September and bring one of our vintage boats.
While I was busy rigging my boat, Duane Marshall's electric wheel chair fell
into a hole in the sidewalk and he toppled into Redd's Pond with his chair
on top of him. Chris Jr. was the good samaritan who jumped into the pond to
hold Duanes head above water until fire and rescue crews arrived. Another
bystander helped me to untangle Duane's skinless leg from the chair and
remove that weight from him.
This has been a year of milestones. We celebrated our 50th anniversary by
taking our entire family of 11 including three grown children and four
grandchildren on an Alaskan cruise. (All generations can communicate with
one another when they are unplugged from cell phones and the internet.) I
achieved 45 years of service with Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in May and
am still working full time.
When we arrived in Schenectady in 1972, Dick Beach, younger brother of our
principal Erold, was a well known local TV and radio personality. Dick
frequently mentioned Marblehead during his morning program.
Most of our free time is shared with the children and grandchildren. I play
duplicate bridge regularly and tennis occasionally. This Spring I completed
several 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. (Like they do in the "home".) One of
our classmates gave me a 5000 piece challenge puzzle to be completed before
our next reunion.
Looking forward to seeing you all next week.