It is so interesting reading your memories from growing up in PF. Makes me think of my life in other schools and other places. I didn't realize some of you were such rascals!
David Clayton, thanks for your kind message. I have had a wonderful life. My dad's civil rights and passivist journey probably started when he had a fellowship to study in Germany in the early 30's. He saw Hitler come to power and how certain populations were targeted. He also knew that many of the arms were being provided by England. He was very involved with supporting the Zionists in the early movement. Had a plaque and document thanking him. They became too militaristic and he went on to other rights' movements. He was instrumental in starting a new NAACP chapter in Schenectady, NY. They would meet at our home. My favorite story of his about that was there were two white men in the group. Dad was asked to be president and he said a black person should lead. The members asked the other white man and he said yes. Turns out the other white man was an FBI informant! When AFS students came through, and they had only been exposed to the bright side of the US, he would take them for a drive through the Chicago slums. My mom was an avid passivist, League of Women Voters, active civil rights woman.
Art, I can't believe the clarity of your memories. Fantastic. Some of mine are vivid, like the hootenannies (when was the last time you heard that word?), wonderful teachers, and the hard times my folks experienced there as well as the great friends they made.
Shelby, Sospeter was from Kenya. When we moved to Madison, WI, he spent some time with my family again. He came to America and got frostbite and a tapeworm! Don't we wish we could remember more about our folks and knew what their thoughts were?
Larry Toy, I love the thought of someone mistaking you for an Eskimo!