Laura Bachko was born and raised in New York City and educated at The Chapin School for girls. She summered in Sands Point, Long Island, sailing, swimming and diving at Port Washington Yacht Club. At the age of 12 she won the three meter diving and 50 meter butterfly events at a state-wide championship meet. Her butterfly made a record not bested until she was in her twenties.
Laura’s first love has always been equestrian events, but she also excelled at Ballet. She performed with every company that toured through New York City, and with ABT, the NY City Ballet, and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, also performing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus (with the intention of earning enough to buy a horse).
Laura was one of the first women accepted at Princeton University, deferred admission to spend a year dancing with the Stuttgart Ballet, and then went to Princeton to study architecture. In her freshman week at Princeton during Cane Spree she and five other co-eds (all of whom were or became Olympians) founded the Princeton Women’s Swimming Team. We were undefeated in our first two years, even though we were always outnumbered.
After graduation Laura went to work with her father, Nicholas Bachko on the redesign of the interiors of the S.S. United States. Nicholas Bachko had joined United States Lines to supervise construction of the superliner, and stayed for 37 years to design the company’s freighters and container ships.
Laura’s experience with Computer Aided Design involved her in the fledgling computer software industry. She was Vice President of Electronic and Technical Publishing for Harper and Row, then went to Silicon Valley to work at The Learning Company and digital Pictures.
Laura returned to New York to work for The Prodigy Services Company, the precursor to America Online founded by AT&T, Sears, and IBM. There she was Executive Producer of Interactive Features for NOVA and National Geographic, and web master for a multi-player business simulation game called CEO.
When Laura’s father died suddenly she became CEO of his American Flag Ship Management company, which she ran successfully for 16 years. for six of those years she continued to work for IBM after Prodigy closed. When the ships she managed were re-flagged she closed her ship management business.
Laura is happy to be working again, here at Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center, where she has also been a member for close to three years.