by Dickson Carroll
Washington, D.C.
April 11, 2007

Editor's Note: As Dickson explains in the video, he and Vaughan started working on this project about a year ago in response to a Yale '62 request. Dixie's wife, Rives, played an important role in launching the project, as did classmate Bill Doying, when the two discussed Dixie's art and our web site while taking a watercolor painting class together. With Vaughan's encouragement, Dixie suggested that we use video for the piece.

Fast forward to a few months ago by which time Vaughan had taped and assembled a video slide show of Dickson's sculpture for yale62.org to use. As an ex-TV news producer, I suggested the piece was terrific but would be stronger with an on-camera interview, which Vaughan and Dixie soon recorded. My daughter Andrea, who produces personal history videos under the name of Documemory Productions, heard about the project and offered to help with final editing. By fortunate happenstance, three generations of the Chambers family were in Washington in late February. The Carrolls invited us for a wonderful lunch and everyone met and discussed the project. Vaughan showed us the interview, as well as some good footage from an exhibit of Dixie's from 2006. Andrea edited it all together and added Whiffenpoof '62 music with a soloist named Dixie Carroll as background.

This was great fun, and as Dixie said, a special bonding experience for fathers and daughters. Please enjoy our first video and Dickson Carroll's wonderful wood sculptures.

(Dixie's email address is rives66@earthlink.net.)