Why Kim [Koplitz] Summers is my hero

“I get the news I need on the weather report.
I can gather all the news I need on the weather report.”

Simon and Garfunkle
“The Only Living Boy in New York”

Have you listened to that song recently?   Have you ever stopped to appreciate just how much like an angel that Paul Simon sounds as he sings the words “fly-y-y down to Mexico?”

Amazing how a song can blaze a neural pathway directly from your eardrums to your tear ducts.

And as it turns out, I am getting all the news I need from the weather report this week — between the need to drive across the mountain passes early in the week, to the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, watching the weather has consumed about all of the time I can budget for news this week!   Life continues to be busier than I’ve anticipated — welcome news in a slow economy, to be sure.

Which is why Kim is my hero this week.

See, back in November, Kim sent me a boatload of class photos from Fairmount Elementary School, capturing our classmates each year from 1964 through 1970.  Someone — Kim, or maybe her mom? — had the foresight to write people’s names on most of the photos, so she also included names of most of our classmates.

Between a busy schedule, a severe case of CRS (”Can’t Remember Shit”) syndrome, and a propensity to procrastinate, I’ve sat on this treasure trove for several months — not out of lack of appreciation, Kim, believe me! But this evening, as I contemplated doing my homework assignment for the distance learning course I’m currently taking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, I fell victim to one of the important truths of my life:

“when there’s something important to be done, everything else becomes very interesting”

And so, I did a little straightening, a little photoshopping of dust spots,  and some copying and pasting of Kim’s notes on who’s who and am happy to be able to share, thanks to Kim’s hard work, the following photos.  Some of the naming of students is incomplete, so if anybody wants to fill in some blanks, I’m all ears….

Note: you can click on any of these photos to get a larger version.


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