by Barbara A. Campbell
Imagine preparing prime rib for 1,200 hungry people. Imagine making sure there are linens available twice a week for some 500 beds. Imagine being the caddy who walks the golf courses surrounded by magnificent views of the Sentinel Mountain range. And imagine relaxing between your shifts as a waitress, with friends and a bowl of rich Club creamery ice cream! Picture yourself now in an Adirondack lawn chair, or curled up in front of the lobby fireplace. Read the stories of the employees of the former Lake Placid Club who knew everyone by name and who were there at the Club to make your stay pleasant and memorable.
“Barbara Campbell has performed a labor of love, preserving the story of the men and women who made the Lake Placid Club the one truly essential institution in the life of the Olympic Village. The people whose story Campbell tells in this book are the REAL Lake Placid, the folks who made everything work – and work well. Campbell painstakingly recorded scores of interviews with former club workers in the waning years of their lives; this book honors those lives.”
- Lee Manchester, editor of The Plains of Abraham: A History of North Elba and Lake Placid; Collected Writings of Mary MacKenzie
From 1957-1980 Dr. Barbara Campbell and her parents, Gordon and Marguerite Campbell, were “Introduced Guests” at the Lake Placid Club. She received a Polly Bond Award of Excellence for Episcopal Communicators in 2008, and her poetry was published by Bard College. She teaches writing at the University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford campus, and is a Service Learning Fellow. She traveled with English professors to Rwanda to discuss the teaching of English there. She lives and canoes in Connecticut.