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I attended St. Michaels, Harriman and Felton Street Schools from first to fourth grades, and then fifth through eighth at Carmela Farley. We had an population issue requiring triple sessions where grades five and six started school at 8:30 a.m., grade 6 went in at 11:00 a.m. (UGH), and seven and eight at 7:30 a.m. Sleeping late was the only good thing about going in at 11:00 a.m..

I went to Hudson High School and played field hockey, basketball and softball. Before my senior year in high school, friends Denise, Rose, Kevin and I backpacked in Ireland. We took the ferry over to England and also zipped up to Scotland. It was a wonderful experience, and I ended up returning back home finding I had developed a taste for tea and Harp beer.

After HHS I went to Westfield State College located in the western part of Massachusetts near Springfield. I played field hockey there, and developed many great friendships. There was a period of time when I used to run road races, and I also played a lot of tennis. Now, I pretty much stick to walking around the West Lafayette area, including taking Mitchell down to "Happy Hollow" park. We also like to bike around the area...only I usually let Al pull the trailer with the Big Guy in it.

After college, and before joining the rat race, I flew out to California with friends and drove back… which I highly suggest you NOT do unless you're in the comfort of a luxurious recreation vehicle. There were six of us traveling across the country in a Chevy Impala with no heat, back in the days when there was an uncomfortable "hump" in the middle of the back seat. Of course, guess where I had the misfortune of sitting for the majority of the trip to Texas where we dropped two of the passengers? Not a pretty picture.

I worked for a small management consulting agency for eight years called Work Systems Associates. I was the fourth person to join. At WSA I experienced what I would consider great "boot camp training." We are talking the early 80's, so desktop computers were just coming out, and the Macintosh computers had external hard drives. My role encompassed everything from designing the training materials (all by hand… days before Quark, Page Maker and the like), to copying, binding, shipping and inventorying all the supplemental training products, to picking up coffee and sugar for the kitchen. Of course, there was also the annual tradeshow circuit, and I developed the marketing materials for those events. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to several places… within the US and once to Europe. Belgium, where I was, is a beautiful country, but not in March. It's much like March in New England… dark, damp and cold.

 
 

Murphy's in 1964

 

Our field hockey team...
with me front and center