MEETING AT THE GORE PLACE
WITH BOB SADLER
Longtime friends are special to me. I only have a few of these, so I value those persons I count in this category.. One of them is Bob Sadler. Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with Bob again.
Bob and I go back to the 1960s when we both were in the wool business. Bob headed up an international wool company, Hart, Inc. and I was trying to survive in the wool combing business in Moosup, Connecticut. Bob and I became classmates and friends at Harvard business school in the mid-70s and he was a consultant to me in the 80s and 90s in the textile business and again in 2013-’14 when Pat and I decided to close our theatre business.
Bob was born in Argentina and came to America years ago. He and his wife, Alyce have visited us in Maine and I once had dinner with them in Zurich, Switzerland with our Swiss photographer of Brunswick Yarns fashion books.
Bob invited me to visit him this week at the Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts. I won two history prizes at Tabor Academy and was flattered to be asked to learn more about the aforementioned that Bob has been associated with for 20 years as a member of their board and consultant.
Christopher Gore was a one-term governor of Massachusetts who was a major investor in New England textiles and other businesses. He and his wife, Rebecca Payne, built a beautiful house on an estate in Waltham Massachusetts in 1806. Gore Place has survived many ups and downs and today it is a nationally registered historic house and estate, called “The Monticello of the North.”
We toured the fascinating house and grounds and met with Susan Robertson, the very capable executive director of Gore Place. We brainstormed about how I might help them develop an interest in a couple of Pat and my interests that might tie in with their very successful event in the early spring.
After meeting with Susan, Bob and I had lunch at the Brae Burn Country Club where Bob has been a member for many years. I caught up on the fascinating life Bob continues to live and thanked him for his introduction to the Gore Place and my possible involvement.
I invite my readers to check www.goreplace.org for more information about this unique place that historians consider, “ … to be the most significant Federal Period mansion in New England.”
Thank you, Bob, for another special day together.