Alice M. Cole was born and raised in Montana, at a wide spot in the road known as Bozeman Hot Springs. It’s quite a busy little commercial area now, but in the sixties it was just a handful of neighbors and some gophers, with cows across the highway and lumber trucks hauling rack after rack of lodgepole pine to the sawmill in Belgrade.
After graduating from Montana State University in Bozeman, Alice and her daughter moved east to go to graduate school at what was then the State University of New York at Binghamton. Alice met her husband in a class on the History of Medieval Science. A paper she wrote for that class led to a job writing user manuals for minicomputers. Eventually the family (now including two sons and two cats as well as daughter and husband) moved to Marlborough, Massachusetts — just down the road from where one of her ancestors probably lived before he took a wagon train west to Bozeman. Strange how life moves in circles.