Just got wired into the Saigon Kids network. In 1971 I returned to Saigon and was pleasantly surprised to see that the water tower on the back of the school grounds still held the words, “The Eyes of Novick are Upon U”, faded but still there. My mother, Mary Novick, was the school principal from 1957 to 1960 when we left.
I would love to learn the story of who painted the water tower, how you did it and what promted you to do it. I have heard that it was three guys with two holding the legs of the third as he descended over the side to paint the second line while hanging upside down! Incredible feat!
We were in Saigon during the first coup attempt to oust Diem. The coup was on a Sunday. I remember it well because a block away from the Circ Sportiff, two soldiers jumped out form behind a tree, pointed their automatics at us and insisted we sceedadle. We did! Never knew a Fiat mini bus could move so qhick. The next morning the school was closed but becasue my mother was the principal we had to go out and check it out. On the morning of the coup, the “rebels” had set up a 50 caliber machine gun in the corner of the parking lot and emptied a magazine into the from of the school. There were bullet holes everywhere. Fortunately it was a weekend and no one was hurt.
Also, anyone every run accross Orin Hatch. He lived around the corner from us on Fan Ton Jan street, and curiously enough, he lived around the corner form us again in McLean Virginia. Small world.
Years ago I cam accross a neat web site put together by the Saigon class of 1961. Check it out …..
Garr Novick – Class of 1971 International School of Bangkok