Early in my first semester at college I remember hearing about interesting conversations taking place at a professor’s home. His name was Professor Gaudino. And I came to Williams as a science major but I always was really just fascinated about public discussions about all kinds of topics and they were open to anybody and […]

We began during the course of that semester to watch tapes of the actual Watergate hearings. That was part of the class. It was never explicit that you had to be there but you showed up because there was lots of talking to do. We had to talk about Mr. Dean [the White House counsel]. […]

All of authority was up for grabs, every piece of it. The authority of the church, the authority of a rabbi, the authority of the institution like Williams, Cornell, Columbia, you name it. All of that was up for grabs — the notion of police power, the notion of government, the notion of whether or […]

When I was here I think it’s fair to say I was a leading political activist. You know, Vietnam, the Women’s movement, there was the whole black thing, the grape boycott, Earth Day. And I think one of the things Bob pushed me and really taught me–because I was into the immediate–Bob really pushed me […]

Gaudino had a play called the “The Assassin” which I did the technical theater work on, the sound and lights. Must have been my junior or senior year, well, I think it was about the assassination of JFK. And we performed it at, was it Griffin, that beautiful old building off of Route 2, because […]

I was up in the summer or spring and they were doing a reading of it in 3 Griffin. Gordon Winston my longtime buddy was reading one of the parts. And it was a terrible play as a play. But I remember Gordon saying to me, “You know, after the first time I read it […]

REPORTER: Outsiders will see things you don’t. MRS. CARTER: Things we don’t want to see. FOREIGNER: Of course you don’t. You won’t look at the conspiracy. COMMENTATOR: This was one man acting alone…a single man’s resentment. FOREIGNER: Impossible. There’s no political logic in that…Who are the leaders? What is their ideology? COMMENTATOR: Thought’s not a […]

It didn’t get big audiences but it got people there and the audience was intermingled with the cast in a certain way. And there was a classroom discussion — the difference between assassination and murder actually. What elevated some murder to assassination? You know, what kind of social and/or political, and/or cultural significance did it […]

He and I went down South in the ‘60s to help build churches together that had been burnt down. We were living with black families and living on a black campus together. And his advice to students was a simple one — be as open as you can possibly be, do not be judgmental. When […]

In my freshman year, it was the fall of 1969. I remember the freshman entryway there was a poster for SDS [Students for a Democratic Society] saying come join us in Chicago for Days of Rage. People went into Chicago and started beating up policemen and the policemen beat up the protesters. Those things were […]


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