Naturally, Mildred and I were proud and pleased when we received an invitation to attend your Installation. However, we hadn't
expected that so great a number of people would be on hand, that the affair would be so monumental. To say that we were overwhelmed
would be an understatement. It appeared impossible for us to speak to you for a moment or so, to say "Hello" to your
wife and daughter.
Nevertheless, Mildred, eagle-eyed, had spotted a very pretty young woman who wore an emblem which read -- "Marguerite
Lederberg." We approached her, introduced ourselves and to our delight, she appeared to know about us Penzers. In the
course of our conversation she, and I think she speaks for you, said that she would be pleased to visit with us at our own
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domicile on the ocean front in the Rockaways. I told her, as I had intimated to you in my last letter, that I could surely
round up a few of your Stuyvesant H.S. Contemporaries.
Another thought occurred to us -- you should know that when we saw you in Palo Alto in 1973, we enjoyed one of our best birding
experiences at a marsh area to which you directed us. The number of black-necked stilts and avocets at one place and time
provided for us an unforgettable moment.
We'd love to meet you and your family at the parking lot of the Jamaica Wildlife Sanctuary. A walk around the west pond,
now teeming with Brant, and Canada Geese, many, many species of ducks, coots, and shore birds in peak color, is a real treat.
We would then
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escort you to our own eyrie nearby (an 11th floor apartment). Refreshments and the daily beautiful sunsets would follow.
May I hear from you shortly since the birding at Jamaica Bay from now through Nov. 15 is at its best.
Kindest thoughts to you and yours!
[written in Lederberg's handwriting, (Stuyvesant High School)]