When I dropped out of Cornell University for the second time in 1957 I was about to be drafted. We were not at war then, having settled the Korean police action some four years earlier, but, nevertheless, I didn’t think I was cut out for the infantry so I enlisted. I wanted to go into intelligence so I took my chances on getting into the United States Army Language School in Monterey, Calif. I landed a slot — the last available — in Russian. I thought I would be sent to Europe at the end of the course, but instead I boarded a troop ship in San Francisco, sailed out under the Golden Gate Bridge, and headed for Japan.
I frequently ask myself why there are so many artists plying their trade on the East End of Long Island. Yes, it’s close to the museums and major galleries in New York, but I think the main reason they are here is the setting. In other words they find the pastoral spaces, ocean and bays, bluffs and woodlands both provocative and attractive. And others I have queried said this area’s most important attribute is its ambient light.
Ben and Orson Cummings, Bridgehamptoners who spent the better part of a year filming a documentary on Bridgehampton High School’s storied Killer Bees, the boys basketball team that has won nine state championships, were feeling pretty good the other day when this writer asked them at The Star what they thought of their work, the final version of which was recently completed.
In a decision handed down recently, a State Supreme Court justice has ruled that East Hampton High School Superintendent Rich Burns was right to withhold the records pertaining to his refusal a year and a half ago to rehire Lou Reale as the school’s softball coach.