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Newton, Mass. 02160
mid-90s, Doug Altabef "decided to have a mid-life fantasy in
lieu of a mid-life crisis." He started a family entertainment
company, the Varsity Club, which was a big hit in
Fairfield/Westchester County areas. Profits were harder to come by,
though, so Doug returned to the investment world, and for the last
three years has been managing director of Matrix Asset Advisors in
Manhattan, which focuses on high net worth individuals and small
institutions. You may have seen Doug doing "talking head" stints on
CNN-fn, Bloomberg and elsewhere. Doug also remarried Linda (Lieff),
and they have recently added Eliza Clara to their blended family
(two of his and one of hers). Says Doug about mid-life fatherhood:
"It provides a new perspective to my retirement planning - I
Donelian, back from his successful month running the Jazz in
Armenia Program, continues to capture rave reviews for his music.
One paper reported his "performance in the capacity-filled room at
Tufts University...The trio mesmerized listeners and perked the
eardrums and souls of many in the audience."
advantage of e-mail to let us all know how you're doing.
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New Haven, Conn. 06515
The FCOTM is
here! Hope y'all partied hard, but weren't too "reckless." We, on
the other hand...
Blank is hooping it up again, despite having torn his ACL five
years ago. He reports that his insurance business is thriving in
White Plains; Rick does property and casualty coverage, financial
planning, and, of course, good old life insurance. He has become a
serious golfer in his spare time, and in August won the Club
Championship at Elmwood C.C. in White Plains under the approving
eye of his son (and caddie) Mike. Congrats from all of us duffers,
Assaf married Robyn Alexander on Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.
They were childhood sweethearts in Queens (hope the wait was worth
it!). Rick is a senior attorney advisor with the Justice
Department, with degrees from both the Journalism School and
Georgetown Law. Robyn works for the International Institute for
Energy Conservation in D.C.; they reside in Silver Spring, Md.
Among the guests at the affair were many notable '73ers (and
others): William (Foley) Jones, David Ferguson,
Garrett Johnson, Eric Holder, John Moore,
Steve Sims, James Whitlow, Julio Castillo,
Eric Thomas '77, Walter Rivera '76, Greg Tillman, Richard
Roberts, George Starke '71 (famous Hog),
George Van Amson '74, Larry Frazier, and Desi Smith '74.
Rick seems to have lost none of his irrepressible nature; this
reporter does apologize for paring down his report.
the 21st, guys.
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guys make it easy to write this column, and sometimes it is more
challenging due to a lack of letters, e-mails, etc. This is one of
those times I need to dig, but have found info on one of our
favorite topics of yesteryear, babes: new, renewed, and
Bremer (I like my name in bold as much as the rest of you!) and
wife, Susan, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter,
Katherine Jennifer. She was born on October 19, 1999 and joins her
brother, David. Extensive further details are available upon
While work seems to have fallen by the wayside while on "Pamper
patrol," some may find a few other notes of significance. Gerry
Krovatin has left his former partnership to form his own firm
in New Jersey. Abbe Lowell has left his D.C. partnership to
join the firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, also in D.C. The
firm does a wide variety of litigation in five cities. No matter
what their current affiliation, few who have followed the careers
of these fellows would call these litigators "babes in the
last issue of CCT listed 57 members of the Class of 2003 who were
sons and daughters of alumni. I was surprised to see that eight of
those were the prodigy of the Class of '74-more than the total of
the classes on both sides of us! And it may have even missed the
inclusion of the daughter of Bill Meehan. While these
"babes" may be attempting to seek independence from their families,
they should be forewarned that they can never escape being honorary
members of the Class of '74!
that's all for now. Please take a moment to send in more class
notes so I can pass on to the others the doings of a fascinating
group of "pre-Y2K" guys!
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and friends, when I agreed several years ago to be class
correspondent, I did so with not much hesitation but with more than
a little trepidation. The trepidation came from the audience. How
many people really want to write for Ivy League grads who all have
been through the rigors of writing well at Columbia? How many want
to write for an audience of prize winners, and business and
professional successes? (How many of you are checking my grammar
and spelling right now?) I still am in awe of some of the company I
keep when among other Columbians!
myself to be little more than a scribe. I recorded and forwarded
what I received and could accumulate through my own means. I didn't
try to do anything fancy or to do much more than describe events. A
couple of things have happened to me recently that have made me
really change my mind about my approach to Class Notes, and to my
dealings with Columbia in general, and I feel compelled to share
them with you.
ago, I received a card from a Columbia professor emeritus. I never
had a class with him, but he taught during my years at the College
and I immediately had a very vivid picture of him. He was writing
because he wanted to get in touch with a member of the Class of '75
who had been mentioned in a recent CCT, and my name and
address were at the head of the Class Notes. The message in the
card was very poignant, and I was very touched. I felt honored to
be able to forward the card to my classmate and his address to the
I work for a
company that supplies software that helps our clients manage
relationships with their constituents and customers. Specifically,
I work with colleges and universities, and some of our applications
are in alumni and development. Every day, I help clients figure out
how to get more support from alums (among other things), so I am
beginning to know this issue inside and out.
brings me back to these Class Notes. Being able to put a grand
gentleman and a former student in touch again after 25 years gave
me very good feelings. It also made me realize that I could and
should do more. So, I am promising this: in the future, I will try
to do more with this space than just report news given to me. I
will take more time trying to find items to print, and I will try
to add a little more style and flair.
Now, you all
need to do something, too. Next year is our 25th reunion. You
should have already gotten a reunion questionnaire. Fill it out.
Send it in. Plan to attend. And, if you would like to help with
reunion planning, contact Andrew Greene at the Columbia College
Fund (212) 870-3207 (email@example.com). Also, send me
news about you or your former classmates, or even send a question
about where someone is now.
Now, on to
some news... Robert Schneider and Stephen Jacobs
attended the Society of Recent Graduates dinner in Low Library in
October. These guys also do about a billion other things each year,
both Columbia related and not. I hear regularly from both, and I
could fill a column each issue with just their activities. Both are
active in the planning for our upcoming reunion, among other
the Weekly Standard reported that Scott McConnell had
resigned his journalistic gig to become a senior policy advisor to
the Pat Buchanan for President campaign.
Nichols (that's me!) recently had a whirlwind vacation to Cairo
and then to Jordan. The main purpose of the trip was to see the
opening of this year's Cairo Opera production of Aida, held at the
pyramids this year. The trip to Jordan, which included visits to
Shobak Castle, Petra, and Jerash, was an extra treat. The whole
trip took less than a week, but was worth every minute. (As a
religion major at Columbia and in life since, I've read the Bible
for many reasons, but now I have to read it again for the history
of what I've recently seen!)
Shafner, a corporate attorney and co-founder of the former
Boston law firm Shafner, Gilleran & Mortensen, recently joined
Burns & Levinson as a partner. For more than 20 years, he has
represented business clients, ranging from publicly traded
corporations to energy technology companies. Samuel and his wife,
Rosalyn, reside in Sharon, Mass., with their four
Turner is commissioner of the New York City Human Resources
Administration. He has been in the news recently because his
offices were invaded by advocates for the homeless who opposed
Mayor Giuliani's policies, and he's taken heat for some of them.
(Columbia tried to teach us about ethics and morals. I don't
remember any courses on responding to office invasions. I do,
however, remember participating in some building occupations.
Terry Mulry was with me on several of them!)
finishing an MBA over 20 years ago, Thomas Zengage moved to
Japan, where he is now co-owner of the largest public relations
agency in the country. He has written two books, one in English and
one in Japanese, on the Japanese economy.
I wonder if
anyone remembers that film director Jim Jarmusch was
actually bound to graduate with the Class of '75 until he kind of
drifted off to filmmaking. The sudden contact with the College
reminds me that I lost track of him. Can anyone help with
Next time, I
hope to be able to include pages worth of news, collected from you
personally and from your questionnaires. Keep the cards and letters