This is ONE OF 3 responses to VC 24 John 17 ("Getting Married")...
Meeting the other members of Archipelago was the most interesting part of the wedding for me. Stuart's beard was the most unexpected mind jolt to me. I guess I felt he was so straight that the thought of altering the "open face honesty" of a bare face with the "earthy image" created by a beard - it jolted me.
The rest of the members probably sensed my feeling that I was a 60-year-old stodgy type and didn't have the energy to keep up with late nite poker games or high leaping dancing at the wedding reception dinner - which I didn't.
My most interesting conversation: Betsy's sister Deena, a rabid anti-nuclear demonstrator from the late sixties, surrounded by two avid technical types, both of whom worked on nuclear plants or their controls (me and my brother Fred).
Most vivid memory: the elevator opening and a soccer ball flying in followed by 6 to 10 screaming 10-year-old soccer fanatics.
Image that sticks in my mind: John and Betsy being lifted up on chairs by the dancing crowd at the dinner reception.
Most punful memory: the redcoated cardinals sweeping down out of the trees in front of the cathedral at Notre Dame.