WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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when my dad turned 80 a few years ago, my mom and I decided that in lieu of a big, expensive present that he would never use, we would create a memory book for him. We emailed family members and his old friends and asked them to share a favorite story or a photo featuring my dad. As my dad was a high school teacher and coach for his entire career, we decided to reach out to some of his former students and athletes as well. We received an overwhelming response to our request and were amazed and awestruck by the heartfelt stories and remembrances from people describing how my dad had impacted their lives. Needless to say, my dad was touched, thrilled, and tearful as he read the letters and looked at the photos. An excellent teacher can make a major difference in the life of a student, and during high school, a teacher who not only inspires love for a subject but really "gets" his or her students is a gem to be sure. When I read Beth Hinchliffe's article about her former Wellesley High School teacher, Wilbury Crockett, all I could say was "Wow." Beth's heartfelt and compelling tribute to this "teacher of a lifetime" really spoke to me. And, I must admit, I was a tad envious that I never had a teacher like him. I'm happy to say, how- ever, that both of my kids reaped the benefits of Mr. Crockett's legacy when they attended Wellesley High School and had an excellent experience with the English department he helped create. My daughter still talks about her Shakespeare class with Jeanie Goddard, one of the wonderful teachers Mr. Crockett hired and mentored. I know you'll enjoy reading about this remarkable man and maybe the article will remind you of teachers who made a difference in your life. Lastly, the holiday season is always a good time to talk about traditions, and that's one reason we decided to feature a story on Boston Assemblies and put two of the participants on our cover. For decades, Wellesley and Weston fifth graders have been donning dresses and white gloves and coats and ties to participate in dance and etiquette classes. Not only do they learn how to fox trot and waltz, but they learn how to look a person in the eye while shaking hands and other important social skills. I'll always remember observing the class when my kids participated and, even today, whenever I hear the song "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees I think of instructor Don Mason telling kids to "pick the apples." I hope your holiday season is filled warm memories, happy traditions, and lots of dancing! 14 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 editor's letter J I L L N I L S E N jill @ wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S

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