Dan Biederman

It was an intellectually lively place to be in the early 70s. Three particular memories:

       1) One Friday night, as a freshman, I decided to go see the first production of playwright-in-residence Jim Magnuson's play, "A Seeing Eye Dog with an Eye for Women", in the tiny Wilson College black box theater. A transfer student was the star, and she elevated the acting skills of her colleagues. She was Roxanne Hart, later to be a TV/film star. The other WC students went into other careers!

       2) Having lived in the suburbs, I'd seen few French films. The Wilson College "film czars", Trevor Forde and "Louie Motherball" (I think his real name was Alex Randall), made sure we had a great film to see almost every week. This was a fabulous way for freshmen and sophomores who found dating difficult to have something to do on weekend (and weekday) hights.

       3) My political career (such as it is) started with a letter I wrote to President Goheen, criticizing the Buildings and Grounds department for putting asphalt ribbons next to our bluestone pathways. Thanks to the support of assistant master Rob Singer, this turned out to be a big deal on campus, culminating in a late night "demonstration" next to 1937 Hall, when a bunch of us disguised in ski masks brought a bunch of ice picks (God knows where we found those) to bear on the asphalt. If you look closely, you can still seem a tiny remnant of our message that night, scrawled in spray paint, on the path next to 1937---"Ecotage!". The proctors soon arrived, and we scattered quickly.