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7/31/2009
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I knew Ken Macrorie for 45 years. First impressions to the contrary, he wasn’t an easy-going, affable fellow. He was a complicated, challenging man, who once stalked off the court in disgust after attempting for half an hour to teach me how to hit a tennis ball. He also ripped into me for saying I could actually teach writing. (Macrorie would have deleted “actually” in the sentence above. I doubt that he ever used the word in print.)

I remember driving up to Bread Loaf with him in a teeming rain, both of us for the first time, he as an instructor, me as a superannuated student. Ken started publishing the material his students produced. It was good stuff, way too good for grad school prose. More often than not we’d have evening conversations sitting on the porch stairs of the Bread Loaf inn. Nothing profound ever got said; it’s just a pleasant memory, as is his quiet determination to dine with students, rather than sit at the faculty table. In my years there, Ken was the only staff member to do so.

We appeared on many programs together, stayed more or less in touch–occasional letters, calls. We liked each other.
-Peter Stillman
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