from the Anderson’s
The Millennium, big New Year’s celebrations, Y2K and associated
computer problems all seem to be overshadowing Christmas this year (though
the mathematician in me says they are all a year early – it hasn’t been
2000 years from the arbitrary year 0 until the end of 2000, but
…), but we are happy for the holidays and having our daughter with us again
for nearly a month (Dartmouth has an unusually long Christmas break).
We did not have a "White Christmas" this year. In fact
we’ve had little snow for the last two winters. There were rumors, that
proved unfounded, that there may be flurries one of the days just before
Christmas. It was cold enough but no moisture. But as I finish writing
this (late as usual), two days after Christmas there are a few lonely
flakes drifting in the breeze.
Tonight we will be taking our annual trek, with a about
20-30 other "Bell Labs" folks to see Peter Schickele’s annual PDQ Bach
concert at Carnegie Hall (he no longer tours so only New Yorkers get to
see him). This year’s premiere is a string quartet called "The Moose,"
S. Y2K. Our group takes three or four entire boxes on Dress Row each year.
We’ve been with the group each year but one since we moved here 14 years
ago. The group has been going annually for over 20 years.
We hope at each of you are having a great Christmas and
wish you a very happy year in the coming century (or the last year of this
The YEAR 1999
New Jersey’s recent unusually mild winters continue – I don’t miss shoveling
snow but this hardly seems like winter.
Katherine enjoying life as a senior but still has lots of class work.
Jan continues participating in her monthly book club.
Jan unwillingly turns 51.
Katherine graduates from Bernards High and starts (or continues) thinking
about Dartmouth in the Fall. Pictures on our website.
Jan plans a lovely graduation party/barbecue honoring Katherine, attended
by neighbors, friends and classmates.
Lucent completes purchase of Ascend which has a more established Voice
over IP (Internet Telephony) program than Lucent and so Terry’s department
is merged into the equivalent department in Ascent – new boss, new procedures,
slightly different job assignment and a lot of confusion for awhile, but
I am quite happy with the result - now. I’ve moved quickly into interesting
and valued assignments.
Jan continues her interest in pottery with classes and studio time at a
nearby arts center – continued throughout the year (we have bowls and cups
everywhere in the house!).
Terry buys a kayak primarily for use on small rivers in New Jersey. I can
get it on and off the car alone and so it is more suitable for solo trips
than our canoe (now that Katherine will be leaving and Jan doesn’t want
to go as often as I).
Terry takes a five-day backpacking trip, hut-to-hut through the White Mountains
of New Hampshire, along the Appalachian Trail. Pictures and diary on our
Katherine turns 18.
Jan tries to keep flowers and shrubs alive by hand watering twice a day
during New Jersey’s worst drought in decades.
We take no family vacation this year – too busy getting Katherine ready
for college and other distractions.
Jan begins her 28th year of teaching.
Katherine leaves for a freshman (‘shmen) orientation trip, four days of
hiking, rock climbing, … sponsored by the Dartmouth Outing Club.
A week later Katherine moves into dorm and begins her freshmen year at
Dartmouth, taking Neuroscience, Philosophy, and a Freshmen Seminar combining
math and philosophy. No major selected yet.
Remains of Hurricane Floyd hits New Jersey. Bernardsville gets 14" rain
in 1-1/2 days. Many New Jersey counties declared flood disaster areas while
still under a declared drought emergency. We get a little water in the
basement and 14 hrs without electricity but nothing like nearby Bound Brook
whose downtown is under about 15 ft of water.
Terry takes a five-day bicycling trip in Vermont’s "Northeast Kingdom".
Inn to Inn biking at the peak of fall colors, near the Canadian border.
Pictures and diary on our website.
Terry and Jan spend a long weekend with two other couples at a cabin on
a lake in the Adirondacks – a bit of hiking, canoeing, kayaking, reading,
eating and visiting.
Terry passes 1500 miles biked for the year.
Terry is beginning to travel a bit more on business. A week early in the
month at Keystone Resort in the mountains above Denver (tough assignment).
After Colorado he flies on to California and spends a week with his folks
who now live in a retirement center in St. Helena.
Jan spends a long weekend visiting her sister and parents in Tennessee.
More business traveling for Terry. A week in Portland the week after Thanksgiving.
Jan flies out to meet me in Seattle and we spend the weekend with friends
(Dickson’s) who have a house on Widbey Island (just north of Seattle) with
a great view over the Puget Sound, Olympic Mts and the lights of Victoria.
We talk, walk the beach and enjoy great food. We are considering buying
property in the area.
Future business travel includes two weeks in Geneva in February and a week
in Japan in May.
Terry’s father battles acute pneumonia, spending two weeks in the hospital
but is now home and recovering nicely. His Parkinson’s Disease made recovery
Katherine began her freshman year at Dartmouth College (Hanover, New
Hampshire) in September. She is enjoying it immensely and doing very well.
She has two roommates, one from Manhattan and one from Hawaii and lives
in a nice, large room, in a 1890s building with a fireplace in each room
(of course that is not "old" for the ninth oldest college in the country,
founded in 1769).
We continue to be active in the SDA Forum chapter that meets at Columbia
University (this is the chapter’s 30th year) and Terry is serving
on the steering committee of the Adventist Metro Federation, a North American
Division-sponsored group exploring new approaches to evangelism of unreached
demographic groups in the New York metropolitan area.
We continue to enjoy life in New Jersey with access to excellent dramatic
theaters and music, great bicycling, spectacular fall colors and easy access
to all the resources of New York City.
If you find yourself attracted to the New York City area or planning
a visit, come and see us. We even have a spare bed most of the time now
that our daughter is away at Dartmouth. There is convenient train service
from Bernardsville to NYC.
Website – Visit our
website (below) for pictures and more about some of the events listed.
Jan, Terry & Katherine
24 Hill St
Bernardsville, NJ 07924