JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2007
Our 45th Reunion chair, David Honneus (Brewster NY) is deep into planning for the June 7-10 event. You have received his first letter; there will be follow up. David's twin goals are first and most important to put together a wonderful but relaxing program for the class. Second, to have a good turnout. The more than 200 classmates that attended the 40th by all accounts really had a fun time.
Looking back on our October Aspen Mini Reunion, Bill Wheeler (Belvedere CA) offered some sage observations and humor. "We arrived at the home of our co-hosts, Ellen and Steve Susman (Houston, New York and Aspen). I complimented them on their magnificent white home immersed in glorious fall colors. Then I discovered I was talking to Ellen and Steve Danetz (New York), the Susmans' house guests. Aha, that is the essence of reunion; moments of confusion followed by the warmth of rediscovery. On the eve of one's 45th Reunion it is forgivable, in the first moments, to suppose that you had arrived at your father's reunion. But if we are lightly touched by time, the weekend would prove that the vigor of our minds and the strength of our bodies were undiminished. Don't misunderstand me: all the men are still handsome, all their women are still beautiful, and all their children, particularly those that went on to Yale, are well above average."
Travel comes with our age group, but 1962 still has many classmates that are traveling as part of their work. John Hatch (Arlington VA), for example, reports six separate overseas trips this year. "I've made three trips to Pakistan as the USAID Education Office has been very short-handed, one to Liberia to help design new education strategy and programs, and one to Indonesia to bolster education program monitoring and evaluation. A working group meeting in Rome allowed Marolyn and me to celebrate our 25th anniversary there and in Naples on the weekends at either end."
Recently retired George Snider (Hudson OH), along with wife, Nora, visited South Africa on a trip that included a safari. [link to his account of the trip] George sold his company last year and has been spending his time on an assortment of volunteer efforts. "After clearing my head for a few months, I embarked on a remarkably satisfying journey of 'giving back.' I am an advisor for Hudson Job Search - a volunteer organization that has helped over 2400 Hudson, Ohio, residents find new employment and have joined the Rotary Club of Hudson. I also am a trustee of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, an excursion line that operates on 51 miles of track along the historic Ohio and Erie Canal. Nora, who continues to work, applauds my ever-expanding volunteer activities but complains that I have turned from a profit center to a cost center!"
Staking claim as 1962's most active traveler is David Hummel (Billings MT) who wrote, "Cindy and I have had a busy travel year. We have been in Central America twice - first visiting Costa Rica and Panama in December and then El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize in April and May. Panama was particularly interesting, since we were able to transit the canal in a small boat, and visit the Kuna Indians in the San Blas Islands and the Embera Indians in the Pacific jungle. In July, we spent 10 days in Iceland, a very progressive and expensive country. They operate the entire island on geothermal energy. I made three trips to Canada for helicopter skiing and passed the historic milestone of five million vertical feet with Canadian Mountain Holidays. In August I spent a week skiing in the Andes in Argentina. I just returned from a week of sailing the Adriatic among the islands of Croatia. We are about to leave for West Africa including visits to Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin." Wow.
Court Daspit, (Philadelphia), who was a classmate for our first two years, e-mailed, "I intend to travel more now that I have the leisure for travel. I also anticipate wanting to focus my mental energies on some specific endeavor (painting, learning the rudiments of music theory, acquiring a new language) before the brain turns to mush, but don't care to embark on some transient dilettantish endeavor; with luck I'll feel a more definite call."
Still in the nation's capitol is Ellis Wisner, who reports, " I have become gainfully (well, not too damn gainfully) employed. I am teaching seventh and eighth grade Latin at a private school in DC called Georgetown Day School. While I have taught English in years past, I had never taught more than a quarter of Latin (except for my brief stint during my Yale days with the Ulysses Grant Foundation, as I think it was called). So I am having to dredge up the sludge so to speak. Following my old roommate Tony Scoville's (Salisbury CT) reminding me, I have already passed on to the eighth graders the good verse: Latin is a language/ Dead as it can be/ First it killed the Romans/ Now it's killing me."
Richard Portes (London) takes the title as classmate with the youngest child. He and wife Helene Rey, announced the arrival of Ana Rey-Portes. The baby was born in London September 29 and weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce. Richard wrote, "all of us are well and happy." The classmates who competed last time we visited this subject a few years ago would have children who are now young teenagers.
Still on the family front, Paul Baerwald (Los Angeles) and Kevin Buckley (New York), who were roommates at Yale, reconnected recently. Turns out that Kevin's stepdaughter is marrying a cousin of Paul's.
And then there is the blending of the new and the old from Howard Kolodny (Kensington MD). Howard provided his new e-mail address with the succinct comment, "Simple story. Old computer, older operator, oldest living Luddite." That, of course, reminds me to remind you to let me know about any new e-mail or other address changes. Thanks.