FROM LAST TIME
High-tech stovepipe? Greg Hess ’78 remembers all about “the old electron microscope.” He says, “It was quite a coup for a small college like Skidmore to have one at all in those days. For example, Cornell University had two, but only grad students could access theirs. We had unlimited access, twenty-four hours a day. Dr. Mahoney et al. ran a great science program—actually fun, interesting, and student-focused.”
And Hess recalls some student focus of his own. “With the attached developing room you could create some pretty interesting photos”—and come-on lines. “‘Hey, would you like to see my photos?’ or ‘Would you like to help me in the darkroom?’ Just kidding, of course. We were all work when we were students.”
Paula Crowley ’79 also remembers “the electron microscope procured in the late 1970s by Drs. Rubenstein and Mahoney of the biology department. It was a real feather in their caps, and one of the coolest things in the department at the time. Dr. Rubenstein taught quite a few of us how to use the microscope—and how to prepare samples for observation under the scope, which entailed making our own glass ‘knives’ to cut specimens microscopically thin.” Crowley especially relished the “Star Trek-like” ambience of the lab: “Once samples were prepared, we operated in the dark and looked at our samples through those binoculars, in the glow of the instrument’s lights and dials. Way cool!” She adds that the experience “helped solidify my decision to pursue a career in the biological sciences.”
For Marian Thier (Cookie Rapoport) ’61, “a real pang arose in my heart and stomach when I saw the picture. I remember the theater well, and the many hours I spent there. The last time I talked to my father before he died was on the phone in that dressing/makeup room.”
Dotsie Slosson Erskine ’48 also remembers the theater well. As a drama major, she says, “I acted in a few productions (though my abilities were better used backstage), stage-managed many, ran the lighting for a few, and directed James Barrie’s Alice Sit by the Fire in my senior year."