Men of McCallie,
I write to you today, the “official” last day of summer break for me, with renewed excitement about the coming school year. I remain proud, grateful and in awe of your efforts last year to keep us in school. It was gratifying to be on that rugged and challenging journey with you.
I have done a lot of reading, as I trust you have as well, this summer. I found myself drawn to books that focused on trying times in the history of our country and the response of the leaders and the citizens to overcome the challenges of the day. The list includes:
Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle
Don Malarkey: Easy Company Soldier by Don Malarkey and Boy Welch
Franklin and Winston: A Portrait of Friendship by Jon Meacham '87
Devotion by Adam Makos
Parachute Infantry by David Kenyon Webster
The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses by Dan Carlin
As I read these books, some recurring themes began to emerge:
I will expand on these more in the coming weeks. I am excited to share my thoughts with you and to hear and learn from you men as well.
Finally, as a result of the strong response to the school’s CoVid 19 vaccination plan, we will not be as bogged down with the myriad of protocols from last year. I will have more say about this at the end of next week.
With excitement and anticipation,