Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Ram's 1st trip to Canada
Ram's first visit to Canada was a canoe trip to Algonquin Park in the summer of 1965. This picture was taken just before the boys departed from Alexandria Virginia. Ram, then known as "Randy," is the boy in the front with the ears and the glasses. The blond boy in the front is second cousin John Howie from Jackson Mississippi. In the back row from left to right are Clant Seay of Jackson Mississippi, Dr. Abbott Ferriss and his sons Will and John. At the time, the Ferrisses were living in Alexandria Virgina where Dr. Ferriss was the Asst. Study Director at the National Science Foundation and a professor of Sociology. I believe he was also working on his book, Indicators of Trends in American Education, at the time. Today, Dr. Abbott Ferris almost 92 years old and still publishing and speaking on poverty. Dr. Ferriss is our first cousin once removed. It was Dr. Ferriss who provided the previously posted picture of Ram's great grandfather, who he resembles. Dr. Ferriss was instrumental in Ram's early life because he introduced Ram to camping, Canada, and the academic life.