I grew up at this New England boarding school where my Dad was a teacher and college counselor. I was at this football game, the big game of the year against the arch rival Deerfield Academy. I assure you this is no photoshopped image...While digital images can be manipulated and expertly so, strange thing DO happen..This fire was a remarkable instance of just this circumstance. TKEHOE WELCOME to the FJC!! Keep posting!!
So you all understand, this building was about 250 yards away from the football field; a baseball field separated the stands from the burning building. The photo was taken with a telephoto lenses from the home (Mount Hermon) side of the field atop the "press box" (shack on stilts - hardly a press box. Just remember this is western Massachusetts prep school football, NOT Texas...With such a lense, the depth of field compresses making the burning science building look as if it were right on top of the field. That's what made this photo famous (ran in LIFE magazine's Miscellany back page column shortly after this fire happened.)
The building was NOT burned to the ground, but was a total loss.
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This is a remarkable place and I count among my closest current friends, people with whom I attended this institution.