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To make sure
every member of our class receives all pertinent information about
our 50th anniversary reunion in 2001, the Steering Committee has
divided the USA into six zones. The committee is pleased to
announce the addition of three very important new zone
Tupper Smith, Jr. is coming on board as the leader in zone 4
comprising Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and
Louisiana. Frank is an active attorney in Dallas. Old friends can
reach him at (214) 350-4400 or on e-mail at email@example.com.
Lewis has agreed to be the leader in zone 5. This area includes
the Rocky Mountains and the states from Arizona to Montana. Frank
continues to practice law in Phoenix and has been a dedicated
College enthusiast since his glory days on the basketball court.
Frank can be reached at (908) 889-5800.
Haines, class vice president, has accepted responsibility for
zone 1. This area covers the northeast from Delaware to Maine. Sam
anticipates we will recruit a good number of classmates to assist
in covering this major geographic area that produced so many
Columbia College graduates. Sam and his wife, Betsy, reside in
Englewood, N.J. They have five grandchildren and lead active lives
in their community. Friends can reach Sam at (201)
Is there a
zone leader among our readership who would volunteer to assume
responsibility for the West Coast? Although our alumni group in
that area is not very large, we do have members in California and
Washington. Please contact your class correspondent if you can be
helpful. The workload will be minimal but the satisfaction great!
The Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development has
asked Andrew S. Greene, assistant director, to help organize our
reunion. Andrew is personable and attentive to details. If you need
information or wish to provide reunion input, he can be reached at
Zimbel, referring to himself as the "long lost classmate," sent
e-mail news. George and his wife, Elaine, have lived in Montreal
since 1980; they now have seven grandchildren. This year they
celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. George has been a
documentary photographer for over 50 years and most recently
exhibited his work at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia,
Spain. His work has been acquired by MOMA, the National Gallery of
Canada, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Musée d'Art
Contemporain de Montreal. Collections of his prints are in Bonni
Benrubi Gallery in New York, Stuart Baum Gallery in Chicago,
Shapiro Gallery in San Francisco as well as numerous other
locations throughout North America.
or send e-mail to your class correspondent. 2000 is an important
year for us, and we need help from everyone in planning the 50th
anniversary. Watch for your mailing about Dean's Day in New York
and plan to attend this important event in April.
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Palma and the Di Palma Center for the Study of Jewelry and
Precious Metals co-sponsored an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt
Museum in New York, a branch of the Smithsonian Institute. Titled
"The Huguenot Legacy," some 110 pieces were displayed, including
exquisite table silver.
Evelyn and I
have been "commuting" to Massachusetts. First, for a solo art show
Ev had in the Boston area in October and November, and then to
visit our son, Chris, and his wife, Doris. They recently bought a
house in Massachusetts and, in October, Doris presented us with our
third grandson, Samuel (their first child).
If you are
growing tired of hearing about the Kandel family why don't you send
in some tidbits for this column? Now that many of you have been
freed from the rigors of everyday work, you should be able to find
time to dash off a few lines. (Hints: Tell us about your travels,
hobbies, interests, books you have read recently, or merely
indicate that you read this column.)
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I wonder how
many members of our class thought as they were growing up whether
we would see the next century. I know that I did. I'm looking
forward to exciting times and events for a good number of years to
Washington, D.C., Edward Cowan-who worked for The New
York Times for 23 years as a reporter, foreign and Washington
correspondent, and Washington economics editor-spent three months
in Indonesia in 1999 on a Knight International Press Fellowship.
This is his summary of his assignment.
Foundation has been offering a media-assistance program in
developing and transitional countries since 1993. Its purpose is to
encourage independent journalism where there has been little or
none-if such coaching by experienced American journalists is wanted
by local publishers, editors and broadcasters. With Indonesia's
President Suharto forced out of office in May 1998, his successor
relaxed government controls over the press. The Knight Foundation
thought it might be timely to introduce its program in Indonesia.
They asked me to make a 'needs assessment' to see if media
assistance was needed and wanted.
"My wife, Ann
Louise, and I were based in Jakarta from April to July. We traveled
widely throughout the archipelago - to Sumatra, including Aceh: to
east, central and west Java; to the small islands of Bali and
Lombok; and to the big islands of Borneo and Sulawesi. Most editors
and reporters I met were full of questions about how 'free press'
works in the United Slates. I encouraged enterprise reporting - as
distinguished from press release and press conference reporting.
Sometimes the questions asked of me were revealing. One reporter
asked, 'Why was no American journalist arrested for writing about
Clinton and Lewinski?' Others asked how far I thought they could go
before provoking a government crackdown. Most editors, especially
on smaller newspapers away from Jakarta, were enthusiastic about
having Knight put on media-assistance workshops for their staff (at
no charge to the newspapers.) The Knight staff has recruited
someone to make a follow-up visit to Indonesia in 2000 to conduct
workshops. I suspect that still others will follow her.
we were in Indonesia for the surprisingly orderly June 7
parliamentary election, which we observed at several polling places
in Jakarta. It marked an auspicious first step towards democracy
after decades of authoritarian government. We found most
Indonesians friendly, welcoming, helpful and hospitable. Apart from
organized, persistent and fraudulent use of my credit-card number
(I had not lost the card itself), we had little trouble in
Indonesia. Since returning to Washington I have resumed writing for
an investment research firm and I have been contributing to the
English-language Indonesian Daily News, in Surabaya. Ann
Louise and I hope to revisit Indonesia before long."
And now a
message from our beloved president, Bernd Brecher, "As major
domo planner, MC, all round tummler and reunion chair, I can now
admit that for our 45th reunion at Arden House last June, I was
essentially a shill for the reunion committee: primarily Dick
Bernstein, who called me twice a day for half a year, Alan
Fendrick, Howard Falberg, Amiel Rudavsky,
Henry Littlefield, Saul Turteltaub and Herb
Hagerty, who called just a little less often.
class picture was taken on the back steps of Arden House leading to
the pool just before sunset by official class photographer, Ted
Spiegel. Ted, who is a world famous pro in this area,
unfortunately left his flash equipment in a place unknown. He was
able to take some wonderful pictures with his Brownie that we will
save and prominently display at our 50th.
"I was too
busy to do more than to savor the occasion, the special memories,
the reunions and to fervently hope that our class can build on this
for 2004. Howard, in the previous CCT report, mentioned a number of
attendees who added mightily to the weekend through their special
participation as panelists, speakers and in other essential
capacities. I would like to add to that list the following:
Peter Ehrenhaft, Peter Skomorowsky, Bill
Haddad, Bob Wesler, Peter Kenen, Fred
Ripin, Bob Viarengo, Jim King, Art James
(who played the bagpipes), Rudy Clarence, Arnold
Tolkin and Dean Tom Goldstein, our Saturday luncheon
"So many of
our classmates, among the above and others made the 'open mike'
session on Saturday indeed a once-in-a-decade occasion for those
who attended. Spouses participated and made that occasion even more
special. "In all, we left after two full days of learning, reliving
and perhaps reallocating some priorities, not so much wanting more
but being thankful that we were there and that we had so many
shared memories. One unfortunate statistic was that more than 10
percent of the class (that we know about) has passed away during
the last 45 years.
"I cannot at
this date remember all of those things that we would want to share
with the classmates who could not attend, but I urge you all to
attend our first meeting at a time and place yet to be determined
in order to plan for our 50th. If you cannot make it, please send
me your suggestions and volunteer your participation for any of a
number of important responsibilities for our 50th anniversary
reunion. My address is Suite 208, 65 Main Street, Tuckahoe, N.Y.
10707 or BerndBrecher@aol.com.
"We expect to
have a 'Class Autobiography.' After all, we are the Bicentennial
Class and the Golden Class as the College celebrates its 250th
anniversary in 2004."
Here is a
late flash. Professor Jim Shenton '49, who was with us on several
other five-year celebrations but whose illness precluded his
participation at the 1999 reunion, is looking forward to being with
us at our 50th.
all for now folks. Please let us hear from you. Our class has made
so many contributions in ways large and small during this past
century. I hope that with good health we will continue to do so in
the next millennium.
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prospective applicant to the College from the midwest said recently
upon stepping onto the campus for the first time: "It's a whole new
world...I never expected Columbia to be like this...it's a
heartland within New York City. I can't wait to go here." Many
folks seem to feel this way. Once again early decision applications
are up (15%). Columbia is "hot." New York City is "hot." (The
impending senatorial race between Hillary and Rudy should make
things even "hotter.") Tours abound on campus. The Visitors' Center
is a flurry of activity as the Columbia folk try to keep up with
the many requests to see what makes Columbia tick. Dodge Physical
Fitness Center cannot be open enough hours to meet the demands of
runners, weight lifters, and fitness afficionados. The libraries
are always crowded either due to the quest for knowledge or to hang
out at the coffee bars. In construction news, the new residence
hall on Broadway will be finished in time to open in September
2000. Lerner Hall is moving toward completion and is being used on
a constant basis.
have been seen at various functions and events around campus. After
all these years the Class of '55 is still participating and making
an impact on Alma Mater. At the official Lerner Hall opening we
espied Al Lerner, of course, Jim Berick, Larry
Balfus, Anthony Viscusi, Jack Freeman, and Bob
Pearlman. At the Hamilton Dinner where Jim Shenton '49 was one
of the three honorees, among the '55ers were Donn Coffee,
Ezra Levin, Don Laufer, Norm Roome and Bill
Epstein. We've also run into Bob Brown and Stan
Lubman (visiting from Northern California) and Hal
Rosenthal (from Long Island) at other happenings. Everyone
should know that Stan Lubman is a bit of a media celebrity.
He appeared on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer where he shared
his worldly wisdom with the viewing audience.
Viederman made news on campus and was written up in Spectator
as he led a teach-in about Columbia's investment policy, which is
fast becoming a highly discussed issue among the student body. Your
reunion committee has been meeting and plotting, with everything
falling into place quite nicely. Newsletters are being sent out
updating classmates on events, attendees, etc. We've received
positive responses from close to 100 classmates (and the
acceptances are still coming in). These numbers dwarf all other
reunion classes. Included are Bernie Kirtman from Northern
California, Alan Sloate and Ron McPhee from
Westchester, Jesse Roth from North Carolina, Dan
Hovey and Beryl Nusbaum from Upstate New York, and
Bob Banz and Ralph Wagner from Massachusetts. We're
hopeful that the former members of the Spectator editorial
board, Lee Townsend, Gerry Pomper, Ron Cowan,
Milt Finegold, George Gruen, Bob Kushner,
Paul Zimmerman, and the "money man" Shelly Wolf, will
put out a special issue in honor of our 45th. While we are dreaming
out loud, perhaps we could coax a couple of tennis lessons from our
team captain, Peter Chase. The results of the class
questionnaire, which other classes are using for reference, are
currently being tabulated. We have received close to 45 percent
response - amazing. Another who will be at Columbia on June 2-4 is
Herb Cohen, who is still working full-time at the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine running one of the largest programs
for children with disabilities in the U.S. Herb, along with Bob
Strauch and Peter Pressman was listed in a recent issue
of New York magazine as "Best Doctors" in New York. They'll
tell you all about it at the reunion. Gordon Kaye has
retired from the academic world after 45 years of teaching
histology. Retirement to Gordon means being able to take up
full-time duty as chairman of the board of Waste Reduction, Inc., a
company responsible for the safe disposal of biological
A news item:
The Class of 1955 now has its own web page. For the latest
information on the class or whatever, log in:
We're officially in the 21st century, guys.
On a sad
note: we mourn the passing of Sondra Phelan, the wife of our Jim
Phelan, in New York.
the wondrous Class of '55. Stay focused. The good guys are winning.
Our reunion is almost upon us. Let's make this event bigger and
better than the 40th. Love to all, Everywhere!!!