By Kathleen S. Carr '96
Kelly Trethewey '97 and her "Masqued Man"
Sure you like horses. They're majestic. They're friendly. And when running at a full gallop, there's something almost ethereal about them. But do you like them enough to plan your life, your choice of higher education and your daily routine around them? Enough to fly back to the farm every weekend so that you can train with them?
Kelly Trethewey '97 does. And her horse, the Whispering Masqued Man, loves her right back.
Trethewey grew up on a horse farm in Charlton, Mass. From a young age, she trained with her Whispering Masqued Man — known by the nickname "Z" — until they were competition worthy. After she moved to the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Robert, she continued to compete on the equestrian circuit. This meant weekend flights back to Massachusetts to train with Z. Not to mention the rigorous running and weight training routines she endured while working with a trainer five days a week.
But all those years of travel and training paid off.
Trethewey and Z recently beat more than 1,200 other riders to win the Grand National & World Championship Horse Show in Oklahoma City. After winning the Massachusetts state championship in August, the pair qualified for the Grand National Class and advanced to the finals in both the riding class and the driving class.
Trethewey and Z placed second in the driving competition and first in the U.S. and World Championship riding competition, a feat that she says, "was 30 years in the making."
The Mayor's Office
Chris Doherty '80, Mayor of Scranton
Mayor Chris Doherty '80 has done a lot for the city of Scranton. He has brought in $300 million in new construction. His city boasts the lowest crime rate in Pennsylvania. And he has embraced The Office, the hit sitcom that sometimes pokes gentle fun at his hometown.
The Emmy award-winning show, set at a regional office of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Co., depicts the absurdity of contemporary corporate culture. The comedy regularly references such Scranton institutions as Farley's Pub, Poor Richard's Pub, Montage Mountain, The Scranton Anthracite Museum and Lake Wallenpaupack. And the city's residents seem to love the series — including the occasional good-natured ribbing found in its scripts.
"The Office has been very good to us," says Doherty, a proud alum who has had 23 extended family members graduate from the College.
Doherty says that the city is in talks with the show's producers about ways to take further advantage of the sitcom's popularity. In the works are Office tours of the town and plans to have more actors pop in for a visit — perhaps even holding an official "Office Day." The city appears hooked on the show. Recently, 4,000 people showed up at Scranton's Steamtown Mall — all to meet actor Rainn Wilson, better known to fans as "Dwight Schrute."
Ed Walsh '69: A Voice for Radio
When I connect with Ed Walsh at WBZ radio studios in Boston, I instantly feel as if I have won a contest. I'm not accustomed to calling a radio station and having the host answer. His voice is at once welcoming and authoritative.
"Welcome back to Boston," I say to the Natick native who went to Wellesley High — and whose career began 20 years ago as news director and anchor at Boston's WRKO. Walsh stayed there for 10 years before taking jobs in Arizona and, most recently, at WCBS in New York City. Recently, the network gave Walsh the opportunity to transfer to WBZ and return home to Boston.
His career might have started on Mount St. James at WCHC, but when Walsh auditioned for a campus radio show, he was told he wasn't "good enough." He laughs when he recalls that moment and says that he agreed with his critics at the time. But he persevered — and has been honored repeatedly for his excellence over the course of a distinguished career. Walsh has won dozens of national and regional journalism awards — including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow. He has reported on major news events around the world, from posts in the United States, Britain, Moscow and Rome. And he has been recognized for "best newscast" in Boston, New York and Phoenix.
When asked what moment in his radio career stands out as a highlight, he quietly recalls his broadcast in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
"Over the years I've had the opportunity to report on major events that have shaped history," he says, "but of all the things I've done, 9/11 was the single most dramatic moment." Walsh was honored by the Associated Press for his coverage of the terrorist attacks.
And, despite the fact that the radio station didn't recognize his early talent, Walsh credits Holy Cross with teaching him to look at an issue from all sides — a hallmark of good journalism.
Kathleen S. Carr is a freelance writer based in Melrose, Mass. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.