We received the following letter, enclosed with the book donation from Struan James-Robertson. He met a young man from Winooski in 1973, while they were both visiting Maine. I thought it might be fun to see if we could reconnect them, if we’re able to find the person the author met. I’ve added the quotation from the book that is mentioned in the letter.
ISBN 9781847484109 “How to Make a Man”
In 1973 I was fortunate to be award a three month Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship to study youth work in North America. When I retired I started writing about my work and condensed it into a short book, which I had published in 2009.
I concluded it with what a young man, aged 15, told me about how he had earned his palce at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, off the coast of Maine, during my three day visit there in September 1973.
I talked to him as he was cleaning his Watches boat, after returning from a few days rowing and sailing it in the open sea. I did not consider it approriate to ask for his address but he told me he came from Winooski in Vermont. If he should happen to read my book, he will recognize his own words. I am pleased to enclose a copy in appreciation of the young man who summed up so well how it is possible to achieve one’s aspirations.
“’You can have whatever you want, whenever you need it.” I supposed we all can, provided what we want is right, and we are prepared to work for it.’