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This guy walks his talk! The above sculpture sits in front of 
home. The Tony Braun's "original model" is in front on the ground.

Billy Rosen's Mug

Do the above images send a thrill down your spine?  Mine too.

Did you go to Camp Paradox?  Does it retain somewhat of a Shangri-La place in your heart?  Have you searched the net a time or two for "Camp Paradox" and been disappointed?  Me too. 

Well, you finally found us!

The purpose for this site is to enable all of us to connect. There are photos, links, and, best of all, a discussion board.

Please, please don't be shy.  Post us a message on the public discussion board (see below) and tell us how you're doing. 

Click the link below for an interesting site:

 

Visit us on Facebook: link.

New!

There is a large, CD-sized downloadable treasure-trove of Paradox memoribilia. It contains the annual photoalbums, LPs, and lots of other great stuff. You can download it at from this link. (Thanks to Bill Rosen for assemblying this archive.)

Click here for some videos and audio of GER. (The 15 minutes audio of GER includes GER's 1962 and 1970 Closing Ceremonies monologue, the title song from Velda Was A Lady, and some brief comments by GER. )

Click here for the "Then" and "Now" picture taken at the reunion!

Brochure from 1917 -- kindly provided by Dr. Clifford, this is a 16 page advertising brochure, mostly consisting of photographs of the camp from that era.  This page contains about 20 large photographs, so it will take quite some time to load if you're on a dial-up modem...

Dr. Bill Rice has set up a site where everyone can upload their photos.  Go to www.myfamily.com, register, and the search for CampParadox.  Thanks, Bill Rice!

Photos taken of the Camp

Dave Armstrong's photos from 1962 and 1963.  (This page has some large pictures and can take a bit of time to load...)

Marc Stern's recent photos of camp.

These photos, e-mailed to me some time ago, I've finally taken the time to post.

Click here for photos taken in June of 2000.

Public Discussion Board

We have a on-going discussion board that has been running since March of 1999.  

Click on the link below to view the discussion. And, please, write a posting to us saying hello.

QuickTopic free message boards
Discuss Camp Paradox


Click here to see the archives of our discussions over the past years.  If you're new ot the site, these discussions will stir many memories.

Links:

Photo Album - Here are some photos from back in the sixties.

Photos of Larry Carpenter from the 50's.

Photo of Richard Rogers in Paradox tee shirt. (Thanks to Alan O.)

The Richard Rodgers Collection -

The above link is to the Guides to Special Collections in the Music Division of the
Library of Congress, Washington.

It contains several references to Paradox, including one to a manuscript containing what is referred to as a "Paradox victory song/chant."

No mention was made to the 'Cause we want you to feel at home/Burlesque show.' -song, nor the myriad others that I'm certain can still be sung by many readers!

University of Rochester Sibley Music Library -

This is a link to an archive the Rochester archives containing the following entry:

"Manuscripts for two songs probably in the hand of Richard Rodgers when serving as camp counselor at Camp Paradox at age 18. Also included are some reproductions."

It'd be neat of someone went there and got a photocopy of the manuscripts.  What songs are they??

Review of book entitled Richard Rodgers by William Hyland (Yale University Press)

Chapter One:

"Later Rodgers went to Camp Wigwam in Harrison, Maine, and then to Camp Paradox, on Lake Paradox in the Adirondacks. Lorenz Hart and his brother had spent two summers at Camp Wigwam several years before Rodgers. Other campers included the Selznick brothers, David and Myron; Herbert Sondheim, the future father of Stephen Sondheim; and the son of Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount studios. Although Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein, and Loesser could have encountered one another at school, at camp, or in the neighborhood, their paths did not cross until they were adults.

On Sunday evenings the campers put on variety shows. Hart (who arrived at camp with a footlocker full of books) once read from Hamlet, to the catcalls and Bronx cheers of his fellow campers. By the time Rodgers attended Wigwam he was so intrigued with music that he spent hours playing the piano rather than swimming and hiking. In 1916, Rodgers composed a song called "Campfire Days," which, despite the meandering melody, was not a bad effort for a fourteen-year-old."