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ICE MEN? Do you recognize any of these skaters? Where are they, and when was this team photo shot? If you have an answer, tell us the story at 518-580-5747, srosenbe@skidmore.edu, or Scope c/o Skidmore College. We’ll report answers, and run a new quiz, in the upcoming Scope magazine.


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Seated dignitary? Nomi Zuchovitsky (parent of Orli ’99) says she recognizes Eleanor Roosevelt “because in 1958 my high school chorus sang for her, and we were only about six feet away.” Kay O’Neill Forster ’55 adds, “The date I’d give would be 1928, when Franklin was elected governor of New York State. She went around speaking, including to the Cornell School of Do- mestic Science, so maybe she came to Skidmore too.” Judy Allen Wilson ’69 agrees, guessing this was shot “in the living room of Skidmore Hall in the late 1920s, when Franklin was governor. Perhaps these Skidmore girls were members of student gov- ernment.”


In fact, Ed Wachenheim (trustee emeritus and father of Lance ’85, Kim ’88, and Amy ’01) has a copy of this photo and knows some of its story be- cause, in the group with Roo- sevelt, he says, “the girl at the farthest left is my mother, Betty Lewis Wachenheim ’31.”


Eleanor Roosevelt appeared at Skidmore four times over four decades. This photo documents her second visit, in 1929. After serving as America’s first lady from 1933 to 1945, she made a third visit to Skidmore in 1951, when she was the first American representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights. Her last Skidmore visit was in 1961, when, according to Sue Corbet Thomas ’62, “a group of us had dinner with Mrs. Roosevelt in President Wilson’s house, before she spoke to the student body. She looked so much older then.” A footnote in Make No Small Plans, the Skidmore history, recounts how Ruth Wilson was im- pressed by Roosevelt’s friendliness and grace in that last visit, even after the Wilsons’ young son, showing her his pet tur- tle, spilled aquarium water on her fox fur.


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