Tuesday, May 05, 2015


A young executive is working late one evening. As he comes out of his office about 8 PM he sees the Big Boss standing by the shredder in the hallway, a piece of paper in his hand. "Do you know how to work this thing?" the older man asks. "My secretary’s gone home and I don’t know how to run it."
"Yes, sir," says the young executive, who turns on the machine, takes the paper from the other man, and feeds it in.
"Now," says his boss, "I just need the one copy."  

I finally left Albany; but a little sad. Years ago when I first joined the NYSARC Board of Governor’s and came to Albany, the city was in a depression, shops were closed and very little was happening in the commercial sector of the city. There were few places to eat and nothing to do but go to the hotel bar at the then Concord Hotel. The fall meetings were dreary and the spring meeting rainy, it was an old and run down place. Then within the last three years, it has made an amazing transformation, utilizing all its assets and with the help of then Governor Pataki, building started to bring the city to life. Today with its charming old world appearance, beautiful of history and stunning new architectural achievements, it is a city to behold!

But I had to leave for a n important symposium about Guardianship and the new laws and legislation that is coming out of the state and the federal government that was being discussed in Saratoga Springs.

The Gideon Putnam Resort was a product of the FDR Administration and the WPA, built in about 1934, it has retained most if not all its classic look and charm, the fitting going back over 80 years ago. The bathrooms, although modern to some extent, keep you thinking you are reliving history by their design. The rooms are airy and bright, with old-fashioned doors and except for the furnishings, it too is in accordance with its old world charm of the 1930’s.

The grounds are stunning with open fields of grass and woods to put you into the countryside it was 80 years ago. Secluded from the main roads you think you are in an English countryside 150 years ago. The dining room and catering hall both have distinct looks, one is old and homey and one is open, bright and beautiful with windows that surround three quarters of the room. There are passageways and reading rooms, with thick leather winged back chairs that invite you to sit and watch the world go by, or just gaze upon some beautiful prints that seemed to ber made just for that atmosphere.

It even has an old-fashioned phone both.


Address: 1231 Taft Hwy, Signal Mountain, TN 37377
Hours: Open today · 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

You should!



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