Thanks to All Smoot Day Participants
The Interfraternity Conference, the Panhellenic Association, the individual fraternities, sorororities, and dormitories, and the MIT Club of Boston all helped in getting the word out and recruiting all the terrific volunteers listed below. In addition, we must also thank the many sponsors and partners for their role in many events of the day.
We would also like to thank the participants in the day's events. The speakers at the opening dedication were all hugely informative, uplifting, and funny. They included MIT President Susan Hockfield, Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons, Suzanne Wilson of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, State Representative Marty Walz, and of course Ollie Smoot '62 himself. Bruce Twickler '67 was a superb emcee, and Sarah Gallop of MIT's Office of Government & Community Relations did a great job coordinating the ceremony. Class of '62 President Mead Wyman '62 proudly displayed the new plaque for what we now call “the MIT Bridge”. Evan Moss of the Charles River Conservancy was a terrific partner in planning and running our community service for several hundred volunteers on a fabulous fall day. He was very ably assisted by lieutenants Paul Spangle, Marlena Martinez, Alicia Erwin, Kerri Mills, and Josh Velasquez '08. We also counted on the essential support of Conrad Crawford and Richard Scott of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation. Norm Magnuson and other members of MIT Facilities provided great logistic support.
The new Smoot plaque was designed and machined by Ilan Moyer '08 with advice from Ken Stone '72, Director of the MIT Hobby Shop. Ken also helped Dayan Paez '08 produce the official Smoot measurement stick, which is now in the MIT Museum. Deb Douglas, the Museum's Curator of Science & Technology, was instrumental in this production, and Museum Director John Durant welcomed all to the official Smoot Stick dedication ceremony on Saturday evening. Tom O'Connor '60, who had an essential role in the original deed 50 years ago, relived it to the delight of the audience. Ollie Smoot '62 was a very gracious guest of honor throughout the day. Starting with Ollie's wife Sandy, the whole family participated in the same spirit. They are practically an MIT Club of their own. Steve Smoot '90, Ollie's son, was joined by his wife Marcia Smith '89, and his sister, Sherry Freitas '99 GM, with her husband, Mark Freitas '00 GM, and their children Ryan (4) and Andrew (2).
Of course, Ollie's Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers were present in force throughout the day. Alumni Corporation President Steve Pettinato'80, flew in from Chicago . Bruce Twickler '67 was again a fabulous emcee, complete with a Course 6 joke, to introduce the world famous Platters at Kresge Auditorium. A dozen members of the MIT Club of Boston welcomed people at the doors, including Club VP Natalia Olive CE '02, Treasurer Rich Moy '01, and Club President Mike Owu '86. And we close with a huge Thank You to all who helped in the river bank cleanup. If you find a name missing, please get in touch with one of the contacts and we will happily correct the mistake.