John Frankenheimer ’51 – An Appreciation

We are at the top of the generational cohort of the Baby Boom. We have lived lives that were coexistent with the Cold War. Our political outlook during our adolescence—before we matriculated at Williams—was shaped by the tumultuous Kennedy administration years

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Tales from the 60s (Part 1) — The Last Roadtrip

There was a heat wave in Boston in the summer of 1969. There was always a heat wave in the summer in Boston. It was literally the last summer of the 60s, but it was metaphorically the last summer of the 60s as well. We did not know that. Both Kennedy brothers had been assassinated; […]

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Communications

While today’s Ephs are said to exist in the Purple Bubble during their Williamstown years, they nevertheless live their undergraduate lives in the era of telecommunications miracles and global interconnectedness.  In contrast, although we of the Class of 1968 thought we were living in an era of space age technology, the communications tools personally available to us were quite basic and limited.  Students came to college usually equipped only with a radio, and perhaps a stereo phonograph (or, in some cases, a reel-to-reel tape recorder).

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Our War and Welcome to It

The Vietnam War — our war — always loomed just beyond the mountains. To serve or not to serve? Our choice — or pure chance in the draft lottery — still marks us. Ken Burns’ documentary “The Vietnam War” once again reminded us of those who lived and those who were lost, on both sides. […]

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