I just learned of Skip's passing when I did a google search for him. I was remembering something he had said once and I decided to look him up. Needless to say I was shocked to find the obituary. I reopened the guest book because I needed to say thank you to Skip. Skip - you terrified me for the longest time - but you also taught me more than any other human being has ever taught me. I teach theatre now at Long Trail in Dorset and every class, every rehearsal sees your techniques, hears your words. "Don't stand in the ex lax position" is a favorite with my kids. :) I know how often you said the world is full of hacks and boy did I learn that after graduating! You taught me everything about the theatre, but also how to be a disciplined professional. No one has made a greater impact on my person. I carry the professionalism you taught me with me wherever I go. We worked together, we battled, I cried, I grew. Just the other day I was telling a student I wish I had the courage in college I do now. I made a directing choice in Riders to the Sea and the class disagreed with it. I gave in. I have always regretted that because I know my choice was right and you taught me to fight for what is right. I just wanted you to know that. I wanted to thank you for the smiles and tears, the joy and fears - and for stirring the passion within me. From Follies to The Crucible it was an incredible ride and truly the best time of my life. Thank you.