Eric L. Boyd - Hobbies

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Sailing

Having grown up on the Navesink River in New Jersey, one of my favorite hobbies has always been sailing. As a child, I sailed nearly every summer weekday at the Monmouth Boat Club and then participated in regattas up and down the Jersey shore on weekends. My sister Cynthia usually crewed, and together we made a pretty good team. Some of the boats we raced included 420s, Albacores, Blue Jays, Lasers, Laser IIs, Lightnings, M-Scows, Sunfishes, and Turnabouts.

In recent years, I have not had the opportunity to sail as much as I would like, although Letitia and I have had the opportunity to sail her father's Chrysler Buccaneer 18 on many occassions on Wampler's Lake, MI. Perhaps the most fun we have had sailing together was our trip to the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound (specifically Orcas Island) where we spent two afternoons aboard the gorgeous Annie Too, currently owned by Brisa Charters.


Annie Too


Bookplate

Books

I've devoured books ever since I can remember, thanks in large part to the early influence of my parents.

When I was 5, I announced to my mother that I was bored with the reading material they had in kindergarten. As she had long prepared for this day, she simply sent me up to the attic to find a book I felt like reading. To her surprise, I came downstairs several hours later with "The Jungle Book," by Rudyard Kipling, forgoing the less challenging fare she assumed I would begin with.

Passing on a practice he had heard of at work, my father then gave me a notebook in which to record the books I had read. I kept up this journal for many years before being afflicted with my teenage years. Someday, I'll start keeping such a journal again.

In recent years, my wife and I have become modest book collectors. I've gravitated to subjects such as medieval history, the history of books and cartography, and award-winning novels. Her tastes tend more towards fairy tales and women's literature.

One of my favorite books is called "At Home With Books," by Estelle Ellis, Caroline Seebohm, and Christoper Simon Sykes. In addition to its fabulous depictions of private libraries, it includes a few pages on bookplates. Although I would never actually glue a bookplate into a book, I do like the idea of personalizing the books that I own. Toward that end, I designed a personal bookplate and my wife's extremely talented sister-in-law, Gwen Fedor, drew it for me. You can see the result to the left.