Lauren and I both came to Ithaca as undergraduates in 1969. Even though we “tried” to leave Ithaca many times, we kept coming back. We both have PhDs from Cornell, hers in English and mine in music. We have both taught at several colleges in the area, including I.C. and Cornell. Currently I work as a full-time supervisor at the Cornell music library. Lauren is a free-lance seamstress and designs theatrical costumes for many local groups such as the Ithaca Shakespeare Company. Our daughter Betsy graduated from Cornell in mathematics and is now in graduate school at Boston University. FCC has been our second home for the past nineteen years, and its members are very much a part of our virtual extended family.