Margaret’s 10th birthday celebration was a very happy event for the whole family. Both the Fernald grandparents were here in Johnson City for the event. And Margaret had her favorite chocolate cake on the day.Of course, Grandpa was taking pictures! It was a very beautiful day with the dogwood trees in full bloom. Later Grandpa went to have a bicycle ride, and the next thing we saw was his fall. Followed by Margaret running to the rescue. Nothing serious, all was well!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
During the Christmas Holidays we had another party, one which we continued to have for more than two decades: the Chemistry Department Christmas Party. That first year, we did not have the whole department in our home, but invited only those who had supported me and agreed with my points of view! We had a relaxed and fun get-together. The group picture below is very good. It includes Larry and Joann Miller, Boris and Betty Franzus, Jeff and Brenda Wardeska, Bill and Susan Campbell, and us. And I like the T-shirt that I was wearing with the words “Teachers have class”!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Bob Lapella started the Civic Chorale early in 1973. He asked the singers he knew, and some he recruited, to form a loose group of people who enjoyed singing. In the Fall of 1976, I was elected as the president of the group. With the help of a Johnson City Lawyer, John Goodin, we started the application process to have the Chorale officially registered as a non-profit organization. In 1978, we did became official, so our donations would, from then on, be non-taxable for our supporters. We had a Chorale party during the holidays in 1978 and Janice worked hard to make it successful. Quite a number of the original chorale members were there, some of whose names I no longer remember! Besides Bob LaPella, there were John Dowd and his wife, Anne, Judy Nickell, Anita Crawford, and Harry Keuper, as well as many others.
Monday, November 16, 2015
As usual, Christmas is for friends. The Christmas Holidays have enough days for friends to travel longer distances to visit, to share happy days, to renew lost memories,to tell new stories, and to catch up on lost events. Right after Christmas, 1978, Kai and her roommate, Rosanna Chan at the University of Kentucky, came to visit. This was Kai’s last year in the Biochemistry Department at UK. They both were quite a bit more relaxed and we had a great time together. The following pictures recorded our relaxed moments together! Yes, they looked so young in these pictures!
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Where there are human beings, there is politics. In a society of intelligent people, there will be different points of view, there would be conflicts, and these would result in some “give and take”. And, good or bad, politics would be there to sort out “the best outcome”. After Dr. Nicholson retired in early 1978, his choice for a replacement for his position as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Robert Snell, was vetoed by the University administration. The chair position was temporarily occupied by Dr. Richard Kopp, who was thought to have no conflicts with any members of the Department. I was on the search committee for an external chair. Just before the Christmas vacation, we were told that the University did not have enough funds for an external search and we had to change direction and search internally. Another committee would be formed. I resigned from the old search committee and seriously considered becoming a candidate for the chair of the Department. This event caused a big loud explosion at the time for everyone in the Department, even though everything in the Department still went on as if nothing had happened. Students still met in the lab doing their experiments, went to their classes, took their quizzes, etc. Who could imagine that this would be the biggest turning point of the Department. The picture below was my vacuum line, it gave me stability and some calmness when I needed!
Sunday, November 8, 2015
We do not remember the exact date, but we have some pictures to prove that the four of us spent a very nice weekend in Nashville. Apparently we drove to Nashville, and visited the Hermitage first, including Uncle Alfred’s Log Cabin and Museum. Then we spent at least one full day at Opry Land, USA, which was a smaller version of Disneyworld located at that time in Nashville. Our children enjoyed all kinds of rides there, and we attended some concerts as well. Music was a primary focus of Opry Land. We had very nice weather that weekend, but it was a bit on the cold side.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Elaine was in the Brown Chorus with Janice. Rolf and Elaine were married in the summer of 1977 and they had settled in Rolf’s home country, Norway. In the Fall of 1978, they came to visit the USA. Liz Nowlin, who was a classmate of Elaine and Janice at Brown, and Janice made arrangements to meet Elaine’s new husband at Liz’s place in Maryland. On a beautiful Fall weekend Janice and I drove up without our children to have a mini-reunion. We visited Annapolis, MD, including the Maryland State House, and enjoyed a very nice day outdoors. It was the first time for us to meet Rolf, and it was the start of our longtime relationship for many years to follow. Rolf was learning the rules of American Football for the first time then, along with myself, who was not much better about the rules!
Friday, November 6, 2015
It is hard to believe that from Wichita, Kansas, after visiting Dean and Maria’s place, we drove further north to Milwaukie, Wisconsin, where Ed was working for Allis Chalmers. Ed had been there since 1976. He and Judy had bought a house there. It was a very cute nice stone house. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the house. At that time, they did not have any children. We visited a very nice, and well-managed Botanical Garden in Whitnall Park. We took some pictures there, some of them were quite nice!
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Our next stop after Salt Lake City, Utah, was Wichita, Kansas, at Maria and Dean’s home. They had recently left Dodge City, Kansas, and were enjoying their new place which had some farm animals (the one in my picture was called, Virginia) and a very large lot. While we only stopped there for a couple of days, their two girls and our two children surely enjoyed themselves. They demonstrated their genuine happiness in being together. As you can see in the following pictures, Immediately after waking up these cousins began to share their joy in their relationship. It is impossible to find anything better than their cheerful emotions. I was astonished to see these pictures which captured their smiling faces.