—————————————————————— The Past . . . ——————————————————————

  Bruce Renda

  Pointy-Haired Manager

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————— . . . and The Present —————

The man himself (Bruce).

——————————————————— 1978 Reunion Questionnaire ———————————————————

  1) The important people in my life (spouses, partners, children) are...  
Partner (and spouse according to the State of Pennsylvania): Karen
Kids: Mathew James (1991); Ian Hill (1993), Olivia Nicole (1998).

  2) I went to Westtown because…  
I had moved to Indiana just before my Freshman year at a large public high school and had fallen into a crowd of future sex, drug, and rock & roll addicts. As the most innocent kid imaginable, I think my parents were justifiably afraid I would be eaten alive. That summer, I spent some time in New Hampshire with a collection of Alumni from the Caughey and Beer clans (and possibly an Evans too but I don't remember). I had always dearly loved my cousin Claire (who lived in Colorado) and going to school with her sounded like too much fun to pass up. (To set the record straight, I don't mean that in a "marry-your cousin-and-live-in-trailer-at-Possum-Hollow" kind of way either - Jeez…).

  3) My occupation is a Pointy-Haired Manager and Westtown prepared me for it by …  

  4) My life’s greatest moments and challenges (to date) would be …  
Sorry. I have not saved any lives or created anything substantial. I am blessed by the extraordinary people around me and have had the opportunity to visit some beautiful places. I have had Chi on the Great Wall; beer in Munich; Martini's in Manhattan; Ramen on the Olympic Peninsula; Ouzo in Turkey; Champagne in Paris; Tequila in Mexico; Rum in the Caribbean; hot-chocolate in the pines of New England; Mint Juleps at the Derby; café-au-lait in Vienna; single-malt Scotch in Edinburgh; wine in the Napa Valley, and (occasionally) XO on the back porch. I never realized how much I drink….

  5) Westtown’s most inspirational faculty, classmate, friend (multiple choices accepted) would have to be …  
Clarence, Denis, Elsie, Tim, Tim, Tim, Scott, Jenny, Betsy.

  6) The most memorable time I broke the rules would be when I …  
...didn't. I was sooo innocent. My Senior year at Stone House was my best chance to break a rule but the faculty there didn't enforce too many rules, so I'm stumped. I remember setting my alarm for 2:00 AM to go to some off-campus parties with the class of '77, but could never pull myself out of bed. I realized I was a dork when, between classes in the middle of the day, Scott rode off-campus on his hidden motorcycle to get some items only found in the "adult" section of the drug store. I did once leave a film canister, matches, and other paraphernalia out on the dresser, which a faculty member saw but decided not to notice. That week, I realized that the gap between the grown-up "authorities" and us was not nearly as large as I had always imagined. I remember it 25 years later, so I suppose it counts.

  7) Was there a point in your life when you recognized any benefit from your time at Westtown?  
I have struggled with this answer for some time. Before Westtown, I had never sung in public, never auditioned for a play, never played soccer, never cried over a girl, never made maple syrup, never turned a potting wheel, never turned a load of laundry Pink… On the other hand I wonder what other experiences I might have had at a public school that I would, today, recognize as important. The best answer I can think of is that I have benefited a thousand times in a slightly broader understanding of people. Living, at a young age, with people from different economic backgrounds, different skin tones, different sexes, different cultures taught me a lot - what makes people the same and what makes them approach things from (sometimes irreconcilably) different directions.

  8) Do you plan to attend the 25th year reunion in May?  
Yes and hopefully my wife will come with me.