The Austin Chronicle

Summer Fun Introduction

By Kate X Messer, May 10, 2002, Features

What better time to do a Peter Pan-themed "Summer Fun" issue than in a year when two local companies have presented the J.M. Barrie classic on stage? But the above picture is not from one of these productions. No, that's my esteemed colleague and Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires (as Peter), age 13, in a 1971 junior high production of the very same play. Let's not insult Robert by ascribing him the innocence hinted at in this pic -- he is, after all, a responsible grownup. Let's just say that in my experience, he's one of the few men who seem to have retained a genuine sense of wonder and enthusiasm -- kind of like that Pan guy. Here's to Robert and all you other Lost Boys Found -- we hope you enjoy our "Summer Fun" issue.

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