68 Creates: Write on

This is only a small sample of the published work by '68 class members. Please let us know what we can add by using this form

Those attending our 50th are urged to attend the In Their Own Write session, moderated by John Stickney, to hear from other authors/creators from our class (in addition to those mentioned here).

The Red Balloon that hovers immediately below here was the symbolic icon for the college literary magazine of our day. Please click on that balloon to learn about its history and the importance it held for us.

And then scroll down to learn about our authors, and in many cases, sample their work.

The price was right
Click to read article about the Red Balloon, college literary magazine of our years

68 takes up the pen (keyboard? quill?)

Peter Abrahams

Peter, is beyond doubt, the most prolific author to graduate with the Class of 1968, and his books have often found a rightful place on the New York Times Book bestseller list.

 Click here for a partial view of his accomplishments

Scott Fields

Editor of the Red Balloon, stellar scholar of literature, professor, and still writing, click here for a sample of his most recent work.

Ted McMahon

Pediatrician (retired), drummer, and sculptor, Ted also finds time to write poetry (which we think the many Class of 68 MDs will appreciate) 

Peter Naylor

Peter's career has been in academia, having taken his interest in economics forward in that direction, and has recently published a book condensing his life's work and experience. Learn more about that here. 

Tony Kronman

Yale professor and dean, Tony has recently published Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan, which has attracted considerable attention. Learn more about that here. We'll get to see and hear Tony at our 50th, in several capacities. We look forward to that.

Peter Miller

Founder and owner of one of Seattle's most brilliant bookstores, Peter Miller Books, Peter has also found time to author two cookbooks, one about lunch at work (over which he presides) and the other asparagus-themed (without discriminating against other vegetables). Click here to learn more.

Bob Lux

Another of our literary physicians, Bob published part of what you are about to see in the 1968 50th Reunion Classbook, the rest, including some very appealing graphics, can be found here.

Bob Gillmore

We know and remember Bob as a passionate editor of the Williams Record and as our class secretary, but how many of us know about his life as an outdoorsman or landscape designer? He's written about both. Click here and all will be revealed.

Tom Stevens

It's unlikely we'll ever forget Tom's sparkling columns in the Willams Record, some of which we've reproduced here. He's gone on to write more columns, centered on life on Maui, and has also helped craft a guidebook to the island. Find more here.   

Previously published: Yani Counelis, Willie Willams, and David Sipress

Yani's artistry extends to the written word as well; we previously published his poem, Mama Hellas. Willie Williams also sent us an extract of his saga in progress that mixes the real and the historical, with the semi-real and the fantastic. And we're grateful to cartoonist David Sipress for allowing us to reproduce his penetrating glimpse of Trumpland

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  • As we gather to reflect upon and celebrate our 50 years of accomplishments and achievements, it is only proper that we give at least some nod of thanks and approval to the generation before us, the so-called Greatest Generation, who had the foresight and generosity to produce the very first wave of Baby Boomers. And a very special note of appreciation to the members of this generation who had the wisdom and means some eighteen years later to send their precious sons off to Williamstown.

    My sole contribution to the literary output of the Class of ’68 comes in the form of a single publication, released in the summer of 2014, entitled “Dr. Graff Remembers – World War II Reflections.” The book contains a collection of short essays, written and previously published between 1960 and 1980 by my Dad, who at the time enjoyed a position as editor of the Muscogee County (Georgia) Medical Society Bulletin.

    During those twenty years or so, while we grew up – and frolicked amongst the Purple Mountains – he wrote a series of monthly editorials. Among his favorite topics were politics, the state of the medical profession and the threat of change on society in general – this was the 60’s and 70’s remember. He also sporadically included memories of his wartime experiences as a medical officer during the allied invasion of Italy in World War II – his capture by the Germans following the landing at Anzio, and his yearlong confinement in a German Prisoner of War camp. His wartime experiences are something he never talked much about at home; most of what I know about his experiences has come from his collected journals – now finally republished in this book.

    His wartime reflections were published in no particular order during the twenty years in which he served as editor of the medical journal. My hand in the preparation of this book came as collector and organizer, placing the memoirs in roughly chronological sequence. Individually the pieces – short chapters and vignettes – were written to stand on their own, and they can be read and enjoyed in a similar manner.

    This is not really “my book” – it is “his book.” It is a book which I am sure he would have eventually published himself had he lived long enough to do so. He died a victim of cancer in 1984 shortly after his retirement, and before reaching the age of 68 – perhaps I should say “the young age of 68,” now that we are all looking at that age in the rear view mirror.

    I hereby offer up this book as a token of my appreciation to that generation before us, who launched us out into the world to carry on in their honor.

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