Skinny Dippin'

Story By Paul Strobel('43)

It was cold, very cold. The sky was overcast and murky. There were a few cold rain drops falling. It was Valentine's Day, 1943. It just seemed to make sense. Of course it did. Why, everyone would talk about it and so we decided to do it.

A group of us went skinny-dipping in The Lake. We didn't stay in the water too long, though. Some of us, Ken and Tate Russell('43), Irby Hartley('44) later had bad colds and we missed school for a few days. Others, Earley Macon('44), Houston ("Bing") Powell('44)* and Byron Tatum('44) did not succumb.

Dr. Ward was not happy, but he understood.

Dr. Ward seemed to always understand.

Paul Strobel

*We called him Bing because he used to imitate Bing Crosby frequently.

P.S. In my story about the Valentine's Day Skinny-dipping, I forgot to mention another person, whom most of you know.

I don't recall that Wesley Smith('47) was in our group of swimmers that day. But then, his Mom was our Dorm Mother. (Glee!!!!)

:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Paul Strobel('43)