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As Told by Tom Wood: We know (well) your dad had a competitive streak in him when it came to sports. We played squash during the winters in Colby, as Maine winters made you figure what else you were going to do inside... if you were not just going to study. So, a bunch of us played squash, which was a good workout. Laurus was always a fun challenge to play. I remember his racquet as a brute: it was heavier and thicker than most racquets, whereas mine was ... well, I guess you'd call it 'petite' in comparison to Newb's. I recall one sweat-laden match that Newbs and I were contesting to the end. Giving his usual 120% effort, and having me running around like a turkey with its head cut off. I can't recall if it was mid-match or the final point (regardless, the match ended…), I won the point which caused some serious "road court rage" for Newbs. His unbreakable racquet was to succumb to the rigors of the match: at which point, Newbs grasped his racquet with both hands, extended it to the floor and backwards between his knees, then flung it forwards and upwards with all his might towards the ceiling, whereupon, Newbs may be the one and only Colby student to ever break his "unbreakable" racquet on the ceiling some 15 foot above. Game over: I either won or, won by default (probably the latter).

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Carrie and I spent our junior year (1973-74) in Munich.  Although we lived in different dorms several miles from each other, we enjoyed many a gathering in the Party Keller of my dorm on Adelheidstrasse.  One of the photos I contributed shows Carrie and Laurus drinking "Brüderschaft" (linking arms to signify friendship) at a party when Laurus was visiting . ~ Jennifer Titrud

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Carrie and I traveled extensively during our 6 week spring break.  She was a great travel companion and navigated us around Paris, Avignon and the chateaus with her French speaking ability.  We had some amazing adventures hitchhiking and riding overnight in trains -- adventures that as parents we now shudder at.  But, we were never in danger and looked out for each other.  In Italy it always seemed that one of us was being pursued by men, and the other was slapping hands and fending them off.  When a short, round guard in his 60’s gave us a private tour of the murals celebrating wine, women and song in the Pompeii ruins and then tried to kiss Carrie, it was my turn to run interference. On the overnight train trip from Messina in Sicily to Florence, we both had a Sleepless night because we shared our compartment a Sicilian we dubbed “the Anteater” because of his long nose and receding chin. Despite these inconveniences, we had a blast and covered a lot of ground while viewing an impressive number of museums, ruins, churches and other sights.   My favorite memories of Colby are of my sophomore year when I hung out so much with Carrie and Laurus. We had so much fun that year at Tau Delta Phi, the Pub and even at an occasional restaurant. Thank you both for those wonderful memories. It wouldn’t have been the same without you both.  So Happy 30th Anniversary to you, Carrie & Laurus! Love, Jennifer Mustard Titrud

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30 YEARS OF TOGETHERNESS!   We’ve wondered over the years why the Newby’s----that nice young couple, would want to be involved with the Mysel’s---that sort of nice old couple! I think we’ve finally figured it out.   Marriage means change and adjustment. We think you were watching us all this time to see how we were handling all the steps of a long marriage.   We, along with you, adapted to living together, having children, getting our careers “going”, struggling with family and parent issues, and then teenagers.   We’ve all dealt with money issues------where to get it, how to spend it and how to hold onto some of it! During all these “adjustments”, we think you were still there watching us.   We’ve also been watching you---that “young” couple. How you’ve handled all the “adjustments” in life and we see a couple who are stronger together than ever.   As we look forward to celebrating 49 years together, we applaud you on your 30 year milestone. Keep your eyes glued on us now as retirement and togetherness hand you another adjustment. We’ve enjoyed it and hope you will too. For youngsters, you’re doing very well. Our best to you, Carolyn and George Mysel

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Your Dad and Mom were an important of the Great Falls Fury sidelines. Laurus was quite spirited ;) on the sidelines while Carrie was very adept at talking to fellow Moms and keeping an eye on her boy. We have many happy memories of soccer end-of-the-year parties at the Newby house. The Newby's had the cool pool....the one with the slide! There was much conversation in the Black house when our pool went in and why couldn't they have the same slide. Fortunately a white lie was acceptable back then and I was able to fib my way out of the idea by telling them that slides had been outlawed! I was diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks of Laurus’s diagnosis – we lost our hair at the same time. However, he was sure a lot better looking than me with a bald head. We shared a kindred spirit on those sidelines undergoing treatment at the same time. We moved back to our home town almost 5 years ago, yet the Newby’s will always be near and dear to our family. Happy 30th Anniversary Laurus and Carrie! Lisa, John, Elizabeth, Johnny, Jamie and Caroline Black

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Congratulations, you two -- we love you! Annette and Richard IT WAS NINETEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY TWO-by A FAMILY MOVED IN WITH THE LAST NAME OF NEW-by THE DAD'S NAME WAS "LAURUS", WE WONDERED, US TWO-by "ISN'T THAT KIND OF LIKE A BOY NAMED SUE-by?" NEVERMIND, WE DECIDED, BECAUSE MOM'S NAME WAS "CARRIE" AND THAT WAS A GOOD NAME FOR LAURUS TO MARRY! THE KIDS HAD NICE NAMES THAT WERE NORMAL, NOT SCARY "MAYBE" WE THOUGHT "WE COULD JUST CALL HIM LARRY“ WAS BUT "LAURUS" IT STAYED, THAT FINE, EVEN COOL ESPECIALLY WHEN CARRIE OFFERED USE OF THEIR POOL AND WE GLADLY ACCEPTED, FOR WE ARE NO FOOL AS WE FOLLOWED, SUCCESSFULLY, THIS ONE SIMPLE RULE IT'S "LAURUS" NOT "LARRY, THIS HUSBAND TO CARRIE WE PRACTICED IT DAILY AND MISPRONOUNCED RARELY WE CAME TO BELIEVE, I THINK JUDGING QUITE FAIRLY SHE WAS IN HER RIGHT MIND -- HE WAS OK TO MARRY THE DAYS TURNED TO MONTHS AND THE MONTHS INTO YEARS THEIR KIDS GREW UP FAST (THEY SOMETIMES DRINK BEERS!) THROUGH THANKSGIVING DINNERS, AND TOASTING WITH "CHEERS!“ WE SEE THAT WE NEEDN'T HAVE HARBORED SUCH FEARS WE'RE KIDDING, OF COURSE -- WE COULD SEE FROM THE START THE ANSWER, SO SIMPLE WE WISH TO IMPART TO "HOW COULD A LAURUS HAVE WON CARRIE'S HEART?“ TRUE LOVE IS A MYSTERY (BUT IT HELPS TO BE SMART!) ~ Annette Cripps -- Poet Laureate ODE TO THE NEWBYS

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