Today's Featured Biography
Susan Van Pool
After BCC, I spent one year at Transylvania College in Lexington, KY, followed by a summer-plus-semester job at Garfinckel’s. Then a chance came along to be Inga Swenson’s stand-in in Advise and Consent, and later an extra in the Capitol. It was an interesting experience, working for Otto Preminger, short though it was.
I transferred to Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) and majored in Fashion Illustration, with a lot of commercial art classes. I worked at Miller & Rhoads doing layouts for two years before moving to Washington, DC, where I worked for design studios and then the National Academy of Sciences in the publishing office. A seven-year-itch got me moving to Los Angeles where I worked for advertising agencies, design studios and magazines. (My first freelance job was for Frederick’s of Hollywood!) It was the 70s, and fun times at the discos and the beach, seeing a star now and then and loving the weather, but I missed my roots, so after another seven years, I returned to Washington. Again I worked for studios and agencies before settling in with The Washington Post in the Promotion Department (later called Marketing Communications) designing promotional ads, brochures, fliers and products. I retired 18 years later, in December 2001.
I have always enjoyed traveling, going to about 42 countries now, and since I last wrote (5 years ago) I’ve taken trips to Ireland, Bali, South America (Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil), Norway, Guatemala, Mexico (again) and Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island. Plus, I’ve enjoyed all my domestic travels, like Newport, RI, NYC, and Philly, or visiting friends and relatives in New Orleans, Arizona, Wisconsin, Boston, California, Florida, and of course the beach occasionally.
I also visited Ann Arbor a few times, to see my friend Laurel Reynolds, aka Marianne Meyer at BCC, who, sadly, died this February of Pancreatic Cancer. She had hoped to make it to the reunion.
Recently I’ve taken up a new art form, photographing cracks in the sidewalk, printing them out and coloring them to create small abstract “paintings.” I’ve been in two gallery shows and sold eleven pieces! That was a pleasant surprise.
I still live in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, behind the zoo, and enjoy going to museums, art galleries, concerts, movies and the theatre, or just out to dinner with friends. I keep busy and go to yoga classes and the Y for exercise. My pool of 25 years closed, but I found another one to go to. (Got to fight off getting aching joints.) I’d also like to get back into swing dancing lessons. I DO stay home and do nothing, but when you sum up 50 years, it sounds very busy!
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