Alumni Notes: January / February 2008

Vic Miller sends in a cheerful sports report from the West Coast, claiming two victories at Segway Polo! in the "Second Annual Wog Invitation Cup." Vic holds down the goalkeeper position for his team, the Silicon Valley Aftershocks, and says they put a hurting on the Pole Blacks from New Zealand as well as the Oakland Junkyard Dogs. His note does not go into the caloric and other demands of this sport, but we still send congratulations to Vic for these well-earned wins.

(Rev) Bill Nye reports that after 23 years with New York City's Blanton-Peale Counseling Centers, where he served as director, he has retired and is now in the private practice of psychology based in Brooklyn.

In May, Steve Danetz became a grandfather with the birth of a son Noah to his daughter Lisa (Yale '92) and her husband Craig Smith, who live in Newton, Massachusetts.

Peter Bell has returned to his roots in Gloucester, Massachusetts, leaving the CARE organization in Atlanta, where he was CEO, after 12 years to accept an appointment as a senior research fellow at Harvard's Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations. At the Hauser Center he will pursue many of the interests that he developed at CARE, such as the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS. In Gloucester, the Bells have purchased and will live in Peter's childhood home.

By virtue of the magazine's gracious flexibility on its deadline for this issue, your corresponding secretary can report that he witnessed The Game 2007 in New Haven, accompanied by Gus Hedlund, and in light of the result must extend congratulations to those classmates who were wise enough to remain at home or pursue other activities. Maybe it's the wisdom of age that it was easier to endure than the 1968 game, or maybe because victory was not snatched away improbably at the very end, but rather placed out of reach fairly soon after the first kickoff. Nonetheless, the result, and the Yale performance, were far short of what most of us expected. While Hedlund stayed to the bitter end, I left at half time with the score Harvard 27, Yale 0, hoping to see Yale achieve an upset on the (men's) soccer field. Sadly, that game was also dominated by the Crimson, and I witnessed the last two Harvard goals on their way to a 40 victory. Ironically, the clear fall weather and pre-game apparent parity of the two undefeated football teams made for a massive turnout (accompanied by equally massive traffic jams). We must now turn our attention to basketball, hockey, squash, and perhaps fencing for redemption, and be grateful that Mike McCloud has another year to play, although so does the Harvard quarterback. Send in your thoughts on this memorable Game and perhaps we can help Coach Siedlecki prepare for next season.

The real action of the week was apparently the AYA Assembly, from which we have the following report from Class Secretary Jim White (DC): At the closing session of the AYA Assembly of November 1516, the 'State of Yale' talk by President Levin, I sat with class treasurer Dave Honneus (New York) and Y'62 AYA delegate Al Chambers (Michigan), and just behind Art Trotman (Connecticut). President Levin seconded other speakers at the assembly and said, "Yale is in great shape and will get even better in the coming years."