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The following is a photocopy of a letter I sent to my good friend James P. Fink shortly after the first Gathering in 1993. It is not reqritten or edited in any way in hopes of conveying to you some sense of my awe at how very special this event really way. My son David, then a student in Boston, was also privileged to be invited by Tom Rodgers and David and I still feel overwhelmed by the experience.

There are so many memories- and so many friends. After you have read the letter, I will remark on some of them.


This is an electronic copy of a paper originally appearing in the G4G8 Exchange Book. Archived with permission. The author(s) reserves all rights.


Gathering for Gardner inspires fun and wonder for recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, and art. The G4G Gift Exchange is an integral part of the Gathering 4 Gardner meetings. Each attendee is asked to participate in the G4G Gift Exchange.

The G4G Exchange Book is for those who wish to submit papers as their exchange gift and also for those who wish to include descriptions, instructions, solutions etc. related to their physical gifts.