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Lori West '78 and the Pleasure Palace

Pleasure Palace ornament

After their freshman year at the Punxsutawney Campus, six alumnae of the Class of 1978 rented a Victorian house on Indiana’s South Fifth Street, where they lived out their undergraduate days. They called it the “Pleasure Palace,” a name Lori West says was “way more wholesome at that time than saying it today.”

In their senior year, their paper deliverer gave them a crystal ornament with a carved image of St. Nick. The six vowed that each would keep the ornament for a year and then send it to the next one on the list with an original holiday greeting. In the nearly three decades since, the notes became letters, and the correspondence evolved into a scrapbook of now nearly seventy pages (select for a gallery of samples from the scrapbook). One year, the migratory missive got lost in the mail, but a persistent postmaster in Littleton, Colo., managed to return it because a company letterhead appeared on one of the notes.

The Pleasure PalaceIn 2002, Lori’s sister-in-law, Sharon Pitstick, painted the “palace” depiction shown at left. In addition to Lori, the other scrapbook contributors are Mary Beth Boylan, Donna Adamson Eakman, Leslie Oddo Ney, Judy Limbach Patterson, and Marsha Pavan Scolaro.

December 2008