Family concinnities

After the death of John Andrus I in 1934, his eight children went off in different directions. Some siblings moved away from New York, and others had grown estranged from one another. Helen Benedict was concerned that the family was drifting apart. In 1966, Helen, then in her late seventies, hatched a plan to reconnect the family. She invited 37 third-generation family members to be her guests on an eight-day cruise to the Caribbean on the 5.5. United States, an affair she dubbed “Operation Bang-up.”