Chapter 2: Graduation

I originally wanted to use the TIME cover photo from June '68 (see but TIME wanted an arm/leg. That TIME edition was within days of my graduation from St. Bonaventure and also the RFK assassination ... 1968 was a time of great upheaval. That said, my four years at Bonaventure were extremely vibrant and one of the most significant periods in my entire life. The woman in the picture is my Aunt Marcia who was married to my Uncle Fred, my Godfather. She also was the last surviving member of my parents' families in terms of siblings and spouses and I managed her care for five years until she passed away in 2018, almost fifty years from the time the picture was taken.