P&S Journal: Winter 1997, Vol.17, No.1
I read with interest your article on Dr. Abbie Knowlton (Fall 1996). Although I had little contact with Dr. Knowlton during my time at P&S, she holds the distinction of conducting my first interview as a medical school applicant. At the time, I never would have believed such an interview could be so enjoyable. Dr. Knowlton has consequently become my first and most lasting impression of P&S.
Thomas W. Yeich'93
Somewhat belatedly I am writing to add more early history to the article on the Bard Hall Players (Winter 1996). Although the article states that the tradition goes all the way back to 1967, no mention is made of the fact that Jerome Leibowitz'68 started the series that year. Unfortunately, because I did not come on the scene until the following year I cannot tell you much about that production. However, in the fall of 1968, Jerry mounted a production of "The Boys from Syracuse" which was quite successful and well received. I was Jerry's assistant director and Ted Walworth was musical director. The following spring, having been thoroughly bitten by the thespian bug, I succeeded in convincing my first-year class to present an original Pirandello-Living Theater-influenced play I had written rather than the talent show, which was the traditional first-year offering. The music included an apocalyptic Jefferson Airplane number, "House at Pooneil Corners." Then in the fall, Ted put on a beautiful production of "Brigadoon," particularly notable in my memory because my good friend (and wife of my lab partner) Marsha Schoene (Robert "Brownie" Schoene'72) played the female lead. If memory serves me, I believe that latter play marked Ed Leahey's first entrance as a Bard Hall Player, of course rendering his lines in a deep Scottish burr.
As my extracurricular interests then turned to the antiwar movement and the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore East, my ability to recount the early history runs out at this point. Jerry and Ted I have not seen since those days and it has even been a few years since talking with Brownie and Marsha. I hope you are all well and that this is of interest to readers.
Bruce W. Scotton'72
San Francisco, Calif.
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Editor's Note: Page 5 of the Fall 1996 issue of P&S Journal included a faint image behind the text of an essay submitted by a reader and P&S alumnus. The image, a file photo of a physician and his patient in a clinical setting, was meant to illustrate the essay about the state of American medicine today. Despite our efforts to keep the physician and patient from being recognizable, the physician in the printed version was recognizable. The use of the photo of Dr. Seth Pullman, director of the clinical motor physiology laboratory, was not intended to suggest Dr. Pullman's endorsement of, or involvement in, the essay. We regret any confusion or embarrassment the use of his photo may have caused.