Chicago Mini-Reunion, June 27-29, 2003
from Tom Latta
The Chicago Mini reunion for ’60 was lovely. John McCarter, John Stevens and Cam Avery showed us midwestern hospitality at its finest, and Dick Deyo did most of the heavy lifting to pull everything together.
John McCarter hosted a fine dinner at the Field Museum, plus tours of the Eternal Egypt and Baseball is America exhibits. We also viewed an unusual collection of blankets, air mattresses, sleeping bags, etc, belonging to some 500 children (ages about 6-13?) who were spending the night at the museum. This 15 times-per-year outreach program to help keep the museum engaged with the community is one of John’s initiatives. John clearly loves his job, and is ideal for it.
The most interesting tour however was John’s leading us through the museum’s third floor staff working spaces and specimens collections. They’ve got everything, and want more. If something doesn’t sell at your next garage sale, bundle it up and send to the Field.
Saturday featured a box lunch and architectural boat tour on the Chicago River. A hint of rain dissipated as the sky turned blue and sunny, typical of the entire weekend. Cocktails at Cam Avery’s followed by dinner in a private room at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, capped by a toast offered by Neville Blakemore standing on the table. I still can’t figure how he got the rest of us to follow him there.
We were better behaved for Sunday brunch at John & Judy McCarter’s home and lovely gardens, then off to the airport and home. The group was small - only 13 classmates attended - and it was easy to visit with everyone. But here’s the sales pitch ... a weekend get-together makes for a FUN event. It’s relaxing, educational, interesting, and it can draw distant classmates who wouldn’t travel for a one-night class dinner. I hope we do it again, and that more people consider joining in.
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