Of all the scripts we found in our cleaning of the basement, the one that intrigued us the most is one that we had completely forgotten we had written. It was done for a program we presented quite a while ago at a meeting of the Cooperstown DAR. As we recall, Lona Smith had asked us to talk about our experiences with writing this column. And since that could be a rather lengthy presentation, we decided to limit ourselves to talking about our first year of writing the column.
It began on Jan. 4, 1984 when we started out with:
“We thought this was an excellent time of year to take a stab at continuing a column which appeared in The Journal for more years than we can remember. In the first place, all those many organizations that you may from time to time connect us with, tend to take a break for the holidays leaving us with something we are not accustomed to, namely free time. We had to find something to do. Secondly, the holidays are a good time to find all sorts of people going all sorts of places to do all sorts of things. We managed to take note of at least a few of them. And thirdly, arm twisting, all four of them, on the part of the editor and the publisher, works every time. And so here we go, where nature smiles.”
We, the he-we and the she-we were off and running. And it did not take long for us to decide we were doing a good job with the column. In fact, the very next week we wrote: “We survived the first week! There were no irate calls concerning glaring errors, no nasty words from former English teachers and no announcement of a forthcoming divorce---yet.”