December 28th, 2004
A wonderful event happened to me on Wednesday, November 17th. I had received a message a week earlier from Randy Wynn who said that five counselors wanted to see me and have dinner. Somehow another twenty counselors heard about it, and Randy ended up getting a private party room where we showed old camp films and reminised. Each of the guys got up and spoke about their lives at camp and about me, and when each was done they gave me a kiss. At the end I also spoke and the whole evening was wonderful. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I am hoping that in two years we can have another get together at Timberlane for three days in August. Stay tuned....
Sharon and I went on a cruise in December, and now we're back to Boca Raton for three months of warm weather and lots of golf. Some of our children and their families will come and visit. Another very special get together will be occuring on January 30th for our 50th wedding anniversary; all of our children will come to Chicago to help us celebrate.
Both Sharon and I look forward to next summer and getting back to our home on Lake Towanda. At Camp Agawak I will again be heading up the singing at campfires and also come a couple of days a week to sing during meals. I will have six grandchildren at camp, and Sara Stuckert (my second oldest grandaugher) will be a Senior Counselor and head of the campfires. She may take my place someday if I retire. Jim and his family will come up from Louisville for a week, and our other children will visit us as well.
Again, let me reiterate how often we think of you and our summers at Timberlane.
December 17, 2003
I'm sitting in my office at UWM and all I can think about is when summer will start so Sharon and I can get back to our home on Lake Towanda, across from Camp Timberlane. Believe it or not, I am now 76 years old and still handle the campfires at Camp Agawak, which I co-owned with Billy Fried for 12 years. Six of my grandchildren have attended Agawak, and one of them, who is now a Junior Counselor, keeps telling me how she would love to own a girls camp someday. Anyhow, I love running these weekly campfires as well as spending time at meals, where I lead the camp in singing lots of songs. Their favorites are the old standards we used to sing at Timberlane.
I have taught Mathematics for 49 years, and still love working closely with students. But now I want to spend more time with Sharon. Therefore I am officially retiring so we can spend our winters in Boca Raton, Florida. We look forward to spending time with friends, as well as having a place where our children can come visit every winter.
You might think it's a joke, but when I taught my classes I often told stories about Timberlane and all you wonderful people. I still cherish memories of our 40th Anniversary Reunion, and look forward to our next big get together. Again, Sharon and I keep thinking about you, and what you have meant to our family. I can only say that knowing you has been one of the most important experiences of my life.