From several phone conversations with Louis Snyder in 2009
Memories about JC
JC was a remarkable skier. I remember him gliding gracefully down the slopes. He also followed technology closely. He was the first staff member to ski on Head skis. When I asked him about why he wasn't using Rosignols, like most of the students, he said simply, "I like their use of technology."
He placed great importance on the value of physical exertion and why it was important to let the boys ski at every opportunity possible. Studies could take place around the skiing and I think he knew, before the research was done on how exercise benefits mental ability, that the brain works better after a workout.
Author claims "Regular workouts spark the brain"
How Exercise Helps Your Brain Work Better
...the best thing you can do for your brain is to move your body.
"If I had to pick between fitness training and brain training, I'd go with fitness," said Sam Wang, an associate professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton University. So far, he said, exercise has been shown to have an effect several times larger than computer-brain exercise.
But Wang noted that "fitness training only lasts as long as the benefit to yourcardiovascular system." Brain exercise, on the other hand, "might last longer."
The First Aiglon College Store Serving All Students. Americans have often been derided for their flaunting of rules at the school, but their imagination spills over into entrepreneurship -- even before the age of 16. Louis Snyder ('65-69), while still a fifth former, saw a need and filled it by opening an all student store known as "The Clairmont Club Room", much to the chagrin of school administration and some local merchants. Clairmont was then central to Aiglon life and frequented by all students of all houses as a major classroom teaching block. Little time existed for students to purchase snack foods and drinks from area merchants, so the students quickly embraced the convenience and the assortment of options. As this concept grew in popularity, J.C. and Group Captain Watts realized this retail enterprise had serious legs, so they directed the original "tuck shop" be moved from its original location on the second floor of Clairmont, (which was later to become a dedicated Prefect's Lounge), to a more primary and central location on the first floor of Clairmont, in the original library annex. The school library then had the opportunity to expand to another room...everyone was happy.
It didn't take long before Louie knocked on management's door for additional dedicated student recreational space, so within a few months, an adjoining veranda classroom was then dedicated to the growing enterprise known as "Louie's Den". The Clairmont Club Room continued to evolve with a greater selection of Swiss confectionary delights, fresh patisserie from Heiz, potato chips, yogurt, and other snack foods, natural organic food options (dried fruit and nuts) were mandated to be carried by J.C., cold drinks, and hot beverages added, the first Aiglon t-shirts and school pennants were designed and sold, and all sales (money handling) was carefully documented under the watchful eye of the School Bursar. All profits created paid for the refrigeration and hot plates needed as well as an impressive sound system.
Classroom breaks were accompanied by the sounds of pop music and all customers were accommodated by the smiling faces of various volunteer students under the watchful eye of Louie Snyder. Credit was also established up to one week's pocket money. The Clairmont Club Room evolved to accommodate this enterprising spirit and Louis grew to become 'merchant to the world' with his family business in America known as United States Sales. Who says an academic environment doesn't provide the perfect conditions for nurturing future commercial success? -- Louis email@example.com Visit aiglon.ch/alumni
From The Aiglon Meditation: An Anthology (1989)
Notes taken from the Alumni Oral History Project