Williams ’68

Into the wild purple yonder

68ers! It’s time to get ready for our 55th Reunion, June 11-13 2023

Remembering Prof. Charles Samuels

Among the most popular articles we’ve published here (and we go back to 2012) is the tribute to Professor Charles Samuels, whose presence at Williams, whether in an English literature class or in the many film discussions he moderated, touched a great many of us. Thanks to author Peter Miller ’68 for his brilliant idea of quoting the (imaginary) interview (or perhaps more of an interrogation?) Professor Samuels gave to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

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Is there a Renaissance in the Berkshires?

In many ways, the Berkshires were just a backdrop, albeit an amazing one, for our time at Williams. We took in Pine Cobble, the Hopper, Mount Greylock, and the views from the Mohawk Trail or the roads leading to the Taconic State Parkway. But for most of us cities like Pittsfield and North Adams were just a point along the trajectory to New York, Boston, and points west. How well did we know really know our surrounding environment? And what is it like now?

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