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Stephen Marx

Profile Updated: March 20, 2016
Stephen Marx
Residing In:
Cambridge, MA USA
Spouse/Partner:
Michele Furst
Children:(Name, age, education. If applies NMH and year)
Maria Jane Marx, born 1987. Has been working with autistic youth and adults. Recently adopted a typically More…developing puppy.
Career:
Video Producer
Yes! Attending Reunion
Nickname:

Steve

What Was your Hometown While You Were At Northfield Or Mt Hermon?

Amherst, MA

Number of years you attended Northfield or Mount Hermon?

2 years

Dorms in which you lived:

Crossley

Most memorable N/MH experience/s: could be "feasting" on Saturday nights after lights out and/or sneaking out of the dorm or something like the thunder and lightning at Christmas Vespers or a significant athletic triumph. What do you remember that brings a big smile to your face?:

I started at Mount Hermon, as it was then called, as a Junior in 1963. I worked hard academically, especially in a literature class taught by Mr. Zilliax, who was inspirational to me. And I went out for the Cross-Country team.

The team was loaded, mostly with transfers from other schools: George Bowman and Chase McQuade had been NE Cross Country champions at Avon Old Farms, and Jim Vincent had been a NY state half-mile champion. I'd run the quarter mile for one season at Amherst High School, and had broken an extremely poor school record--but was not in a league with George or Chase or Bill Wilson, who was a returning member of the varsity team. On the first day of practice, I nearly passed out in the shower, and Chase McQuade had to prop me up. I've always been especially grateful for that act of kindness, because it entailed a degree of physical proximity that might have threatened Chase's reputation as a ladies man. No such threat materialized, as it turned out, then or at any point in the next two years.

Chase died of cancer this past year, tended by his wife Marilyn, and supported by Jim Vincent and several other team mates from Mount Hermon days.

I was eventually able to work my way into the core group of the Cross Country and Track teams, and that became my identity for the time I was at Mount Hermon.

Next fall, when I returned to school, I was approached by Bill Green, whom I barely knew. He told me that Joel Kuntz, who had been elected Student Council President the year before, had been expelled from school. I think it was for having been caught in bed with his girlfriend. Bill said something like "We can't let them do this to us. You have to run for Student Council President." I had no idea what he was talking about.

It turned out that 'they' were the school administration, from whom I felt no conscious estrangement, and 'we' were the handful of Jews at Mount Hermon. I had never noticed any antisemitism at Mount Hermon, and when it came to religion, I thought of myself as a somewhat lapsed Congregationalist. I didn't know what to do, so I went for advice to Mr. Zilliax, who had chosen me as a floor monitor in his dorm.

Mr. Zilliax told me he thought I had a good chance of being elected, because I was a good student and member of very successful teams, and that being elected would help me get into whatever colleges I applied for--but that I shouldn't run unless I actually had something constructive to push for if I actually got elected. So I talked with my teammates and with Bill Green and a few others. I don't know who suggested that Northfield and Mount Hermon should become a single co-ed school, but that sounded like a good idea to most of us.

I did get elected, and at some point it occurred to us on the Student Council that since the first two classes at both schools were always smaller than the Junior and Senior classes, and since the Northfield campus was smaller than the Mount Hermon one, it might make sense for the younger students of both genders to be housed at Northfield and the older students at Mount Hermon. We proposed this to the faculty and administration.

I have no idea whether this idea was original with us. I do remember that it created quite a stir. I have a distinct recollection of being cornered in the coat room of the Dining Hall by a very large man who was one of the football coaches, and being loudly informed that it was not the place of mere students to make proposals about the structure of the school.

I'd be interested to learn whether the eventual course that was taken by Northfield Mount Hermon had anything at all to do with a proposition put forward by our Student Council and its rather accidental President.

Think about the highlights of your life since you left the hallowed halls of Northfield/Mount Hermon…tell us about yourself. Please write as much as you wish:

Went to Harvard, majored in History & Literature, ran Track and Cross-Country, worked in theater and film.

Taught film, English and coached at Colorado Academy, Andover, Hopi Reservation, and an urban high school program in Dorchester, MA.

Worked at Boston inner-city art center making collaborative films with local residents, and doing technical work in theater.

Operated cable TV production facilities, ended by managing New England regional production for AT&T Broadband/Comcast.

Independent video maker, recently produced a series on Boston's neighborhoods funded by The Boston Foundation, and an informational piece funded by the Service Employees union. Also streaming live video of events, workshops, etc. on behalf of non-profit organizations at: Livestream.com/webshare.

Completing a series of videos on Sexual Health for the Boston Public Schools, and pushing forward with two documentaries having to do with People with Disabilities, and a new TV series in Boston, called 'Around Town.'

Where Have You Lived the Past 45 Years??

Michele, Maria and I have lived in Cambridge since 1980. Before that, I lived and taught school outside Denver; in Andover, MA; on the Hopi reservation in Hotevilla, AZ; in Dorchester, MA.

Your Education after N/MH undergraduate Degree (where, when) Any Graduate/Professional Degrees: where, when, what):

BA, Harvard College, 1968

Additional recognition you may have received. Any Honorary Degrees or Awards? Any Certification, License, Ordination? Any Athletic Achievements? Any Military Honors? Any Artistic Works? Any Publications?

Recently published an essay in the catalog of Wendy Snyder McNeill's photography exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto.

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