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CLASS OF ’75 Earth Literacy One finds Alan Wright C’75 in a Shakespeare garden, up to his work boots in sage and thyme. Along with 16 happily muddy eighth graders at Westtown School in Pennsylvania, he is, he says, waking the garden to spring—raking away old leaves, pruning back dried stalks, laying in steaming piles of mulch. Look, he encourages his students. Smell. Think. Imagine. And here is lavender, and here, the seedpods of last year’s marigolds. Continued...


Illustration by Josef Gast

CLASS OF ’89 A Labor of Literacy New mothers are commonly sent home from the hospital with instructions for breastfeeding and burping their infants. Dr. Ian Bennett CGS’89 GM’01, a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at Penn’s School of Medicine, is studying the effects of doling out a different kind of advice: how to read to their babies. Continued...

CLASS OF ’70 The Rx Files “The days when a family doctor had all your information in a manila folder, at the ready day and night, are long gone,” writes Dr. Marie Savard Nu’70 GrNu’72 M’76 in her book, How To Save Your Own Life (Warner). A nurse-turned-doctor- turned-patient-rights champion, she encourages individuals to take responsibility for their health by collecting all of their medical records themselves. “If anybody is going to keep track of your health history,” she says, “it’s going to be you.” Continued...

CLASS OF ’96 A Major League Road Trip While Brian Bolten W’96 may not be one of the elite group of men inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a T-shirt of his is traveling in the company of Jackie Robinson’s 1956 Dodgers jersey, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s shoes, and the baseball bats that set records for Babe Ruth. Continued...

Ben in the Box: One of Keith Drake’s detailed sketches.

CLASS OF ’77 The Artist and the Little Red Toy When eight-year-old Keith Drake C’77 sat down to draw the family piano using his first Etch A SketchTM, his parents were not expecting the detailed picture, complete with 88 tiny piano keys, that he created. Today, Drake has sketched renditions of everything from the Mona Lisa to the Statue of Liberty to Thomas Edison—all of which, he says, leave his acquaintances with one reaction: “How did you do that?” Continued...

CLASS OF ’96 On a Track to the Past Two years ago Major Barnett SW’96 traveled to Selma, Alabama, to bury a stepbrother he had never met. And while stopping to fill up on gas one evening, the Binghamton, N.Y., resident looked out across an enormous green field and thought: “This was something slaves had to go through to secure freedom. It was a long hard road to travel—to have dogs after you, people hunting you, not knowing whom to trust.” Continued...

CLASS OF ’98 The House Call of the Wild Bill Danforth GNu’98 has no trouble remembering the day he arrived in Bethel, Alaska, population 6,000, three years ago this month: The voracious mosquitoes. The barking packs of dogs. The “omnipresent sunshine.” The “suffocating, pulverized glacial-silt dust.” And the “flat, treeless terrain.” Continued...


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