Give It Your Best Shot

Sledder_1996The snow started overnight Sunday, Jan. 7, 1996, and didn’t let up for two full days. By the time the Blizzard of ’96 ended, the East Coast was shut down from North Carolina to Maine, and the Mary Washington campus lay beneath 21 inches of snow. The mammoth storm meant canceled classes – and a perfect occasion to slide down the hill behind Brent House.

With sleds in short supply, one student turned a silver platter into an upscale ride. Can you help us identify the innovative sledder in this Barry Fitzgerald photo from Jan. 8, 1996? Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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You Got It!Pies

Thanks to Helen Tracy Totura ’43, we know one of the three “cheerful pie-making girls” featured in the last Get the Picture challenge in the spring 2014 UMW Magazine. Helen identified Alice Burton Chappell ’43, her suitemate in her second year, as the baker kneeling in the foreground. Alice, a home economics major, passed away in 1986.

Along with identifying her suitemate, Helen wrote: “I am a faithful reader of University of Mary Washington Magazine, and it brings back many happy memories. I visited the campus the fall of 2011 and marveled at the growth with all the new buildings. It is still a beautiful campus.” She also reported that her great-granddaughter was accepted for fall semester. Let’s hear it for families sharing UMW!

And, if anyone can identify the other bakers, it’s not too late to let us know.