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July 14, 2014
Twiggs was my "adopted" uncle. We spent time every summer in the Andirondacks going to county fairs, antique tractor shows, eating dinner together, and driving around in the evening in the mountains followed by an ice cream cone in Essex. I will miss him dearly, my summers at Lake Champlain will never be the same...he left his mark on me. They don't make them like this anymore! Peace Twiggs....
June 18, 2014
A true gentleman, scholar and mentor. While Twiggs may no longer be with us in person, the fond memories he created will live on forever.
June 17, 2014
We were lucky to be at Berkshire School, lucky to spend each morning in Buck Valley, lucky to be taught by great teachers like Twiggs Myers. As is the Berkshire motto, Mr. Myers taught us lessons not just for the classroom, but for life.
It is impossible to think of Mr. Myers and not think of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln and it is a quote from Lincoln that best describes my sentiments: “I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.”
When Mr. Myers spoke, we believed him. Mr. Myers believed in us and we desperately did not want to let him down. There we were, skinny boys, many away from home for the first time, many of us not certain we were worthy of his belief in us. Yet he called us “Men”. If Mr. Myers thought we were men, then by goodness, we must be. “Okay Men, today we will run the Giberson Loop.” I didn't think I could run 5 miles, but if Mr. Myers says I will, I will. Our trust in him, and his belief in us, was a truly virtuous cycle.
Three things Mr. Myers taught me:
1) The best way to eat a tomato is to pick it off the vine and eat it like an apple
2) That Jomini's principles, the book on warfare at West Point, did not work in the Civil War as it was the first “Modern War” (in others words, read the book but think for yourself)
3) Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do. (As possibly the worst runner on a terrific championship Cross Country team, I was continually reminded of that one. My times were so awful that I felt I was unimportant. He made me aware that my presence as a part of the team -- on the bus, in warm ups, goofing around, and just trying -- was important to the team so I shouldn't skip practice.)
I carry his lessons to this day, as do many others who were lucky to know him. Good bye Twiggs. You were one of a kind. There have been none finer. Thank you for believing in us.
June 17, 2014
What a great, kind, loyal, universally loved coach, timeless teacher and friend. I remember the Berkshire green station wagon he drove to track and cross country meets, the smell of his pipe during practice, and that Stetson hat. He also did a great impression of Mickey from the Rocky movies telling me as a young track athlete "women weaken da legs" in that dry Philadelphia delivery that was all his own.
June 17, 2014
Most of us could have been fooled into thinking that Mr. Myers was immortal; indeed he is, for generations of students who remember and revere him.
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