Deerfield made us writers. Whether we like it or not, and we often didn’t, so many of our classes required us to write, and often at length. We cite this because what we’d like you to do is to fill out answers to this questionnaire, which covers basic facts and questions of your life. Take them seriously or comically or both. But please save your best for last. The last best will offer some questions about what your life has been, what has been important, what you’ve achieved and what you still may aspire to. We’d like to hear your voice, your real voice, which questionnaires can only hint at.
We offer an inspiration. You will remember the extraordinary Arts Festival, which in the winter of 1970 brought together artists in every medium. It was planned and executed on virtually a few days notice. For creators, who were principally Gil Lamphere and Bradley Marx, it was all pure adrenaline from morning to night on the days in question. No one who was there will forget the Herbie Hancock Ensemble, hours late starting, playing its inspired jazz as the Arts Festival came to an end. Gil has written about that with his usual verve, can be found here. And what we’re encouraging is writing like that, thought you’d like that.
Write at any length you wish on any subject you wish recent or distant, and we’ll be grateful to have a better sense of what a 50-year interval has included. And those teachers who made us write will be proud.