The Colgate Scene
September 2000
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Editor's notes:
Thanks for 20 good years
  Thank you.

     Twenty years after arriving at Colgate to edit the Scene and direct the office of communications, I'm moving across the hall this month to become assistant to President Karelis and secretary of the Board of Trustees. The new assignment is a welcome opportunity, but it means I've edited my last Scene.

     There are so many people who have contributed to making this one of the best jobs anyone could hope to have.

     At the top of the list are all of you who have told me your stories. What we do at the Scene doesn't work unless people trust us with a piece of their lives. Many times over these two decades I've left an interview thinking how privileged I was to have heard what I'd just been told. There is an obligation implied in that privilege -- to tell the story well and fairly. I've tried to keep up my end of the deal.

     Class editors bring the Scene a level of detail and personality that wouldn't be attainable without them. More than 70 strong, they seek out and report the information that both binds their class together and creates a mosaic of Colgate experience for anyone who takes the time to investigate. Six times each year, even when you haven't written to share your news, your editor is faithful to the task.

     The Scene's view is expanded by the alumni, student and faculty authors who write their own stories or review the work of others. Being read is their compensation.

     Letters enliven the Scene, and I'm thankful to the correspondents who have taken the time to tell us what's on their mind. This is a better publication when readers write and make the Scene their forum.

     We couldn't do what we do without the support of the top administration. During my time on the Scene we've enjoyed the confidence of three presidents and three vice presidents who believed in keeping readers informed. Colgate is not as wealthy as some of its competitors, so our presentation may not have been as glossy as theirs, but the resources have always been there to enable us to tell the college's stories in full.

     Bob Blackmore '41 has provided more guidance and inspiration than he knows. In notes and phone calls and sitting out next to his garden or in his study, but mostly over lunches at the Inn, he's been a voice of reason and purpose.

     I've worked with talented, dedicated people. John Hubbard has been a constant, always providing wonderful images and colorful stories, and in recent years taking on the added responsibilities of managing editor. Marian Blanchard brightened our days and polished our copy, and when she retired in 1996 after 35 years we were glad it was only to the bottom of the Hill, where we can still keep in touch. Rebecca Costello has taken over as the final word on matters of style and grammar, editor of class notes, and writer of features and news. When designer Hannah McClennen left the Scene to become an architect, Gerry Gall arrived and brought us into the electronic age with his own graceful and consistent look. Bob Cornell has been the encyclopedia of Colgate sports since the summer of 1976. Deb Barnes manages the details of distribution and accounting. Kris Arnold '98 brings you the Scene online. Sarah Jarvis is the publication's newest voice, and a good one; you'll read more from her in the future. A team effort produces the Scene, and I've been lucky to work with true professionals over these years.

     Mostly, though, I'm grateful to our readers. Your interest in Colgate encourages everything we do.

     Thank you all. JL

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