Eric Kemperman, Brighton High School ’81, is back in town and sledding!

Eric Kemperman, Brighton High School ’81, is back in town and sledding!

Cobb’s Hill. Jessica Hope Ellis (left) and friend [Photo: David Kramer, 2/9/20]

Eric Kemperman, BHS ’81, is a fearless daredevil and thrill seeker. When visiting his old stomping grounds and surveying the snow covered landscape, Eric’s first thought: Cobb’s Hill and sledding

(far left and right) Eric Kemperman; (center) David Kramer, 2019 and @ 2003 See My first live pitch of the season

As seen in On the 22nd of October, 1844 on top of Cobb’s Hill, Eric has made his mark at Cobb’s Hill, having taken this award nominated photograph. (see full Cobb’s Hill series at end)

David Kramer on top of Cobb’s Hill (10/18/15) [photo: Eric Kemperman. Eric was the first Talker of the Town SUBSCRIBER. Please consider subscribing to have posts sent to your email.] From  On the 22nd of October, 1844 on top of Cobb’s Hill,

On Sunday, 2/9, we semi-recreated the ascension scene.

Eric Kemperman atop Cobb’s Hill [Photo: David Kramer]

We began the afternoon at the easier slope fronting Tay House lodge. There, Eric informed me he had just returned from fighting wildfires in Australia, suffering from a few scratches and lacerations. For the time being, Eric’s physician advised avoiding strenuous activity. So Eric primarily served as staff photographer.

Eric Kemperman [Photo: David Kramer]

I found the Tay House slope too tame, instead venturing up the unsledded hill and its virgin snow.  Mistake.

David Kramer descending [Photos: Eric Kemperman]

Time to brave the big slope.

David Kramer preparing with ZOOM Handy Recorder H4n [Photo: Eric Kemperman]

Eric said he would give me $5 if I could sled all the way to Monroe Avenue. [Photo: Eric Kemperman]

AUDIO OF THE DESCENT MADE WITH ZOOM HANDY RECORDER H4N. ZOOM RECORDED A FAINT YELL OF “HELP” COMING FROM SOMEONE IN A SLED TO MY LEFT

The end result was similar to that experienced at Tay House.

[Photo: Jessica Hope Ellis]

THE COBB’S HILL SERIES 

What’s a little snow at the Cobb’s Hill ultimate frisbee game

Adding the first pull up at the new Cobb’s Hill Fitness Court to the Cobb’s Hill series

The Terquasquicentennial of the Day of Wrath and the Great Disappointment atop Cobb’s Hill. Are the ascension robes a myth?

At Cobb’s Hill, a tree, a plaque and fifty years after the death of Shirley Louise Anderson

The RCAC is back at Cobb’s Hill (where Johnny Antonelli struck out 20)

Adding Audrey to the Cobb’s Hill Series

On the trail behind Cobbs Hill Village

Adding the very first shot at the Tony Boler Courts, 9:07 a.m., to the Cobb’s Hill series

Adding a SOTA baseball game and the Air Horn guy to the Cobb’s Hill series

Keeping score at Cobb’s Hill

Will the world end already?

Adding a snow day to the Cobb’s Hill series

Adding Yeshiva football to the Cobb’s Hill series

In search of Talker on Cobb’s Hill for “The Day of Wrath”

The Graffiti Towers of Washington Grove: A Photographic Gallery

Adding a wooded haven to the Cobb’s Hill series with a stroll through Washington Grove

Adding a March blizzard to the Cobb’s Hill series

172 years ago when the Millerites trudged down Cobb’s Hill

42 years and counting for the Kick Ass Kro-Kay Club of Cobb’s Hill

Once more into the breech on the banks of Lake Riley

Flowering Upper Monroe

Ultimate spring fever at Cobb’s Hill

On a mound at Cobb’s Hill! And how the City of Rochester handles its loose leaves.

Cobb’s Hill welcomes the Ninth Cobb’s Hill Cyclocross

Diehards and the Cobb’s Hill Tennis Courts

Back to normalcy at Cobb’s Hill basketball

Rochester’s own street ball Rucker League

The 8th Annual Festival of Softball: After 800 Innings the “Tribute to Noah” nears $100,000

That Championship Season thirty five years later

The Cobb’s Hill tragedy of an “invisible man” ten years later

On the 22nd of October, 1844 on top of Cobb’s Hill

Adding a snow day to the Cobb’s Hill series

Adding Yeshiva football to the Cobb’s Hill series

In search of Talker on Cobb’s Hill for “The Day of Wrath”

The Graffiti Towers of Washington Grove: A Photographic Gallery

Adding a wooded haven to the Cobb’s Hill series with a stroll through Washington Grove

Adding a March blizzard to the Cobb’s Hill series

172 years ago when the Millerites trudged down Cobb’s Hill

42 years and counting for the Kick Ass Kro-Kay Club of Cobb’s Hill

Once more into the breech on the banks of Lake Riley

Flowering Upper Monroe

Ultimate spring fever at Cobb’s Hill

On a mound at Cobb’s Hill! And how the City of Rochester handles its loose leaves.

Cobb’s Hill welcomes the Ninth Cobb’s Hill Cyclocross

Diehards and the Cobb’s Hill Tennis Courts

Back to normalcy at Cobb’s Hill basketball

Rochester’s own street ball Rucker League

The 8th Annual Festival of Softball: After 800 Innings the “Tribute to Noah” nears $100,000

That Championship Season thirty five years later

The Cobb’s Hill tragedy of an “invisible man” ten years later

On the 22nd of October, 1844 on top of Cobb’s Hill

About The Author

dkramer3@naz.edu

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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