Notes from the Editors:
Jean Paul Lewis, ‘69 -72
Banff Reunion News (Update: 29 April 2007)
We will be staying at the deluxe Banff Park Lodge and the affiliated, economical Bow View Lodge located nearby. To book your room, please go on-line to www.banffparklodge.com. All the rate information is there and the site is very user friendly. There is also a link to the Bow View Lodge web page, or you can go directly to www.bowview.com. Please book your room as soon as possible to make sure you get the best rate and availability.
Please contact Carmen (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately after booking your room so she can keep track of us all! If you are single and looking to share a room, you might want click here to get on the online list.
CONCEPTUAL ITINERARY FOR 2007 FOB REUNION, BANFF, CANADA
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
THURSDAY AUGUST 9
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Carmen’s Reunion Update (29 April 2007)
All of you who are actively spreading the word about this reunion: Keep up the great work! I am hearing from folks from all over the time map, some as far back as very early 60’s! Fantastique, n’est pas? I recently drove up to Banff to look more closely at some of the facilities, and was extremely pleased with how eager the Banff Park Lodge staff are to accommodate our reunion and make it a tremendous success.
Everything in Banff is within walking distance of the hotel, with the park and Bow River close by. Great location! I am, however, having some difficulty keeping an accurate count of participants, and as you can imagine, the closer we get, the more important this becomes. Successful planning is all about the numbers! I would like to ask anyone who has made their hotel reservation, regardless of which hotel you are booked into in Banff, to please confirm with me where you are staying, the dates you are attending, and the number of people in your party. Even if you have already contacted me, please send off a quick email to me with the above – mentioned details. Those of you bringing children/teens, please include your children’s names and ages.
Although some of you have indicated to me your intention to attend, until you actually confirm with me that you have made a reservation somewhere, I cannot include you in my list of attendees. As I compile this list, I will be sending out regular emails to all of you informing you of the various planned activities, including Lake Louise day trip and soiree dinner/dance, which require an accurate head count for bookings. Your eager cooperation is most appreciated!
I look forward to hearing from all of you soon! The excitement builds! Carmen (Lamoureux) Marshall
REUNION – MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS SOON IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND!
The BANFF PARK LODGE has about 10 rooms available for Aug. 6 – 9th inclusive. The 10th is reserved now for a group booking, but these rooms could free up July 1.
I called the INNS OF BANFF – they manage a group of 7 hotels in Banff, and they have availability info for all these.
Karen said they had quite a few rooms at the Inns of Banff (on the edge of town- a little hike…)- Superior rooms for $230/night
THE RUNDLESTONE (1-403-762-2201)
Some other hotels to check out are:
Returning to Crans Montana After 35 Years – A Small Reunion (February 2007)
What a lovely reunion Patsy Hall and I had with Paul Wirth, Karl Michaelsen, Debra M. Duke, Thomas Barth, Giancarlo and Nati Felli, Pradeep Kapadia, Ross Povenmire, Francoise Borgeat, Irene Neveu, and not to forget bella Ottavia, who ought to get a prize for hospitality, as well as for all her stories.
Skiing, dinner at Giancarlo’s – other dinners, stories, laughter, filling voids in some puzzles of the past – what a fantastic 10 days. I will certainly be returning as often as I can from now on.
Petite réunion avec quelques amis FOB-Alumnis à Montana-Crans en février 2007
Vers la fin de l’année 2006, je recois un e-mail de Marie Von Torkehagen de Norvège qui me disait qu’elle voulait aussi venir avec son ancienne amie de l’école, Patsy Hall. J’avoue que la pensée me rendait nerveux. Marie et moi, nous étions un couple et nous sortions ensemble depuis la rentrée scolaire en 72, jusqu’à ce que nous étions séparés par force, parceque Marcel Clivaz avait décidé de me mettre à la porte à Noël 1972. Après cela, nous étions restés en contact pendant quelques mois encore. Mais ensuite la vie prenait son cours….. Cependant, j’avais toujours des souvenirs très romantiques de cette jeune fille de Norvège. Malheureusement, je ne l’ai jamais plus revu, ni dans la réunion des Bahamas en 1990, ni dans aucune des autres. Ce qui me rendait aussi un peu triste, était le fait que personne était en contact avec elle. Sauf peut-être Margaret Mallon, qui me disait en 1990 que Marie vivait aux Phillipines. Or, Marie avait quitté les Phillipines en 2003 pour revenir vivre en Norvège. Un jour, en naviguant le world-wide-web, elle a découvert mon nom sur le site des Alumnis de FOB. C’est donc cette Marie que j’aurai le plaisir de revoir et ceci après 35 ans !!!! C’est quand-même quelque chose de très extraordinaire et tout le monde doit comprendre que je devenais un peu nerveux.
Nous nous donnions rendez-vous à la Cabane des Violettes, le mardi 6 février 2007. Pradeep avait son genoux blessé et ne pouvait pas skier. Il proposait de garder mon chien, ensemble avec Ottavia. Je rentrais dans la Cabane des Violettes. La cabane était à moitié vide. Les amis FOB-Alumnis étaient sur les skis. A une table, il y avait une jolie femme blonde, elle était toute seule. Je la voyais depuis derrière seulement, mais je sentais que c’était Marie. Le même moment, Pradeep entrait dans la Cabane, nous nous sommes salués et il me confirmait que c’était
A Little Reunion with Some Friends from FOB – Alumni in Crans/Montana in February 2007
Towards the end of 2006, I received an e-mail from Marie Von Torkehagen from Norway who told me that she also wanted to come with her old friend from school, Patsy Hall. I must admit that I became nervous. Marie and I were a couple and we went out together since the beginning of the school year1972, up until we were separated by force because Marcel Clivaz decided to throw me out the door on Christmas 1972. After that, we stayed in contact for several months. But later, life took its course….
However, I always carried very romantic memories of this young Norwegian girl. Unfortunately, I never saw her again, neither at the reunion in the Bahamas in 1990, nor at any of the others. What made me a little sad was the fact that no one had any contact with her with the exception of maybe, Margaret Mallon, who told me in 1990 that Marie lived in the Philippines. Marie finally departed from the Philippines in 2003 to return to live in Norway. One day, while navigating the world-wide-web, she discovered my name on the Alumni FOB Internet site. So, it was truly this Marie that I would have the pleasure to see after thirty-five years! It is quite something extraordinary and the whole world must understand that I was a little nervous.
We agreed to a rendezvous at the Cabanne des Violettes on the 6th of February 2007. Pradeep injured his knee and could not ski. He proposed to baby sit my dog, together with Ottavia. I walked into the Cabanne des Violettes. The cabin was half empty. The friends of FOB-Alumni were on the slopes on their skis. At one table, there was a beautiful blond woman who was all alone. I only saw her from the back, but I sensed that it was Marie. At the same moment, Pradeep entered the cabin, we saluted each other and he confirmed that it was indeed, Marie…
Ecole des Roches 1964 : Un après coucher
Aux « Roches » à cette heure-ci, tous les jeunes dorment, c’est calme. L’expérience et l’instinct, très nécessaires pour le travail de maître/directeur d’internat, me font vérifier une dernière fois les chambres. Il y a le bâtiment et l’annexe. Tout OK aux étages. Quant à l’annexe « Le Pavillon », il faut être discret car ces deux « barraques de chantier et dépôt militaire »en bois, ont été transformées en chambres fort douillettes. Pas de bruit donc en marchant, le plancher et les parois en bois « craquent » au passage.
Curieux ce jeune … comme il est couché … drôle de volume. A y regarder de près, IL NE RESPIRE PAS !
Dehors, il y a de la neige, pas trop. La neige, c’est le plaisir des sportifs de la glisse toutes catégories confondues, la joie des petits et la « peste/cauchemar » des automobilistes équipés de pneus valables pour St Tropez – Côte d’Azur. La neige transforme la nature en musée ouvert de sculptures : observez donc les branches, barrières, lampadaires après une bonne chute de neige, UN REGAL pour les yeux, tant les formes sont surprenantes, originales … et en plus elle cachela laideur.
De la neige justement, il y en a sous la fenêtre de la chambre du lit suspect, et dans cette neige … on y voit des traces.
Sous les draps, des habits « travaillés » à la forme d’un corps SONT VIDES : Carlos me joue un tour ! Le Turc N. et le Suédois B. l’ont-ils suivi ? Le brésilien est le cerveau du trio, sympathique – charmant – et tire au flanc, il est toujours partant pour contourner le règlement. SANS rancune lorsqu’il se fait prendre. Il a le prestige du playboy et du succès auprès des filles.
Pas de PANIQUE. La situation est simple, voire très facile. : prendre la voiture, se diriger vers le petit pensionnat des filles, à 5km de Bluche en direction de Montana, laisser la voiture à 100m du pensionnat, prendre le sousbois – s’approcher … ILS SONT LÀ ! (elles aussi d’ailleurs !). Engueulade courte et convaincante (avec menaces pas trop précises..) Et 20 minutes, pour regagner, à pied, leur chambre.
NON, il n’y aura pas de représailles. Ma satisfaction du travail accompli et la JOIE de les « avoir eus » … sont aussi immenses que leur frustration. Cela me suffit.
Je sais qu’avant de s’endormir, Carlos A. d’A. mijote déjà son prochain coup. C’est la vie.
Ecole des Roches 1964: After Lights Out
At “Roches” at this hour, all the young men are sleep, its calm. Experience and instinct, very necessary for the work of a master/director of a boarding school, alerted me that I should verify one last time the rooms. There is the main building and the annex. Everything is OK on the upper floors in the main building; regarding the annex, “The Pavilion”. One must be discreet because those two wooden work yard and military depot shacks are made of wood, and transformed into cozy rooms. So, no noise while walking, the planks and walls “crack” while moving about.
“That young man looks strange,” I said to myself. “The way he lies in his bed. Strange position.” I took a closer look. “He’s not breathing!”
Outside, there is snow, but not too much. The snow, the pleasure of the sporty people of the slippery slope in every confused category, the joy of little ones and the nightmare-road for automobilists equipped with tires more appropriate for Saint Tropez in the Cote d’Azur. Snow transforms nature into a museum open to sculptures: just look at the branches, fences, and lamps after a good snowfall, a FEAST for the eyes, so many surprising shapes…and in addition, it hides the ugliness.
And regarding the snow, there was some beneath the window of the room next to the suspect’s bed and one could see tracks.
Under the sheets, some empty clothes molded to form a body. I told myself, “Carlos is trying to pull a fast one on me! And the Turk N. and the Swede B did they follow him?” The Brazilian is the brain behind the trio. He is pleasant, charming and cunning. He is always engaged in contouring the rules WITHOUT remorse when he gets caught. He has the prestige of a playboy and he has success with the girls.
No PANICING. The situation is simple, even very easy. Take the car, and make for the little girls boarding school that was five kilometers from Bluche in the direction of Montana, leave the car at one hundred meters from the school, use the undergrowth for cover and approach…. THERE THEY ARE! (The girls also as a matter of fact!)
NO, there will be no reprisals. My work satisfaction accomplished and the JOY of “getting them” is also immense as their frustration. This was enough for me.
I knew before going to sleep that Carlos A. was hatching his future coup. It’s life.
Over my forty-five years as an instructor of languages and Master of the boarding school, the “Carloses” have often succeeded in their tricks at my expense. Yet, in another life I would do the same job because it is the most BEAUTIFUL.
Lisa Simpson, 73-74
Yes, we have relocated to Cincinnati as of February, 2007. I had the privilege of being recruited by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – one of the best in the country and a great organization to be part of. As you can see from my title below, I am heading up and expanding a child policy research center. We are focusing on policy strategies to support improvements in the quality of care for children. Jim Anderson, our CEO, is amazing and truly committed to transparency and “being the best at improving child health”.
Ethan and Sydney have weathered the move with no challenges, enjoying their new kindergarten environment as much as the one in Florida. Given the timing of our move, they also got to build their first ever snowman which pleased them no end!
My home email is still the same (for now) and you now have my new work email below.
All the best to all of you for a healthy 2007!
Marie et Paul – Une belle histoire d’amour, incroyable, exceptionelle, unique et pleine de joie
C’est le 6 février 2007, lors de cette petite réunion à Crans-Montana, que nous deux, Marie et Paul, nous nous sommes rencontrés de nouveau, ceci pour la première fois après 35 ans.
Pourtant, chacun de son côté a vécu une belle vie, y compris quelques hauts et bas. Chacun a fondé sa famille, a eu des enfants et a fait plein de toutes ces choses qui se font dans une vie. Et voilà, Marie à 51 ans et Paul à 54 ans nous nous rencontrons à nouveau. Pas n’importe où, non non. À Montana-Crans, et à Bluche, aux mêmes lieux de notre innocent amour du temps de l’école des Roches.
Nous regrettons de faire du mal à ceux qui restent derrière et de laisser des sentiments de tristesse. Cependant, nous voulons dire que notre amour est tombé sur un terrain qui était prêt à le recevoir et à le faire regrandir très rapidement.
Et nous allons vous visiter partout dans le monde, où que vous vous trouviez, pour partager et vous témoigner notre bonheur. La première rencontre sera à Banff, Canada en août 2007.
It was during this little reunion in Crans/Montana, February 6th 2007 that the two of us, Marie and Paul, met again for the first time in thirty-five years.
Living our lives, with its highs and lows, we had respectively founded families, had our children and experienced all the things one normally does in a lifetime.
However, upon meeting again, we took one look at each other, and something happened that we could neither understand nor resist. The feelings we had for each other thirty-five years previously had not extinguished. At the ages of, Marie fifty-one and Paul fifty-four, we rediscovered each other deeply and profoundly, not just in any place, but the very places where we experienced our first innocent love while in school, Crans/Montana and Bluche.
Asking each other how this is possible, we quickly abandoned searching for answers, and simply agreed to gracefully accept this incredible joyous gift from heaven. How could we possibly do anything else?
Being alone together for the first time during a promenade one snowy afternoon, between Crans and Montana, we spent hours talking about our lives – feeling so in tune in every respect, and with profound comprehension of one another. This incredible reciprocal attraction; the tender looks while shyly holding hands; falling in love all over again as if we were teenagers. A first tender kiss under a pine tree covered in snow, in the clear light of the moon, somewhere between Montana and Crans. Spontaneously, without hesitation and with conviction, the need to say; “I love you”! A dream come true – a miracle! A few days later, Paul returned to Crans, where we spent 24 beautiful hours that had a decisive impact on us both.
Later we experienced our first painful separation, this untenable physical apartness, Marie in Norway and Paul in Switzerland. Trips between Oslo, where we had a very pleasant dinner with Einar Engelstad (Angel), and Geneva, Easter vacation in Lugano, etc, etc. This is how we will continue until the day we can be together permanently.
Just two weeks after this infamous date of February 6th 2007, we knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, and that we were in agreement and willing to take the consequences.
We sincerely regret any harm we have caused those we leave behind, and are trying to handle the situation as gracefully as we possibly can. However, we wish to say that our love has fallen on fertile grounds that were prepared to receive it – allowing it to flourish very quickly.
We wish to visit all of you throughout the world, no matter where you live, to share and to witness our happiness. Our first meeting will be in August in Banff,
Annette Cooper White
Heard on the Webb
Dion Foulkes (Nassau, Bahamas)
Katy Jackson Cantor
This is Katy Jackson. Ottavia just forwarded your email to me. Have such fond memories of our times together at Les Roches. I understand from Brendon that your life has been busy and full with work and family. I am planning to attend the reunion in Banff this summer and would just love to have you join us. I have been to several and they are great fun.
I have two daughters, ages 16 and 18, with my husband, Dan. As you can see by my signature below, I am still living in Indiana and am working for a hospital foundation. I have been lucky – my life is good.
I hope yours too. Would love to hear from you, Katy
From Pradeep anticipating the Crans ski reunion in February…
Mes chers amis:
I have good news and bad news. 11 days ago, while skiing in Utah, I had a fall. Both my bindings popped as I hit a rock under fresh powder, and I landed on a tree trunk. I bruised my leg, and I thought I was OK, but this morning there was new pain on my knee, so I went to the doctor and the MRI revealed a torn medial meniscus (cartilage) on my right knee. The bad news is that my ski season this year is cut short, just as I am planning my trip to Switzerland. The good news is that I do not want to abandon my friends, and I can still apres ski. So, I am still coming to Switzerland with Ross and friends, and I will be there waiting for you with the Vin Chaud at the Cabane de Bois. When I come back to the US, they will operate on my knee. Eh, avec le passage du temps, on devient plus fragile, c’est comme ca. On peut rien faire…
From Pradeep in Verbier
From Pradeep after Crans Ski Rendez Vous
7 May 2007 Update from Pradeep ’69-72 …
From Paul Wirth, anticipating upcoming Crans ski rendez-vous…
Trekking Culturel au Perou, Mythes et Traditions avec Doris Walter et Andean Adventures
Irene Neveu (3.13.2007)
Besides this, the weather is beautiful, the snow conditions are still quite good, and especially from Plaine Morte down and … at least you can see where you’re going!!!
24 February 2007
16 October 2005
Please let me know whether you’d be interested in the next reunion in Banff in 2007, hosted by Carmen Lamoreux. We’ve had reunions in the Bahamas (Brendan Foulkes), Colorado, Bluche (Gian Carlo Felli), New York (Pradeep Kapadia who now lives in Ojai California), Bluche (Ottavia Giorgi Monfort) and Como, Italy (Massimo Ciceri).
I haven’t been to all of them but those that I have attended have been great fun. Please consider it. Hope to hear from you, Sharon Taylor Baumann 1970-72 we were in the same year!
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