Alumni Notes: May / June 2009

Jim White is convening the Class Council for its annual meeting, to be at the Yale Club of New York on May 9th. Conference call participation will be provided.

One of our many distinguished classmates, UCal Berkeley Professor and Nobel prize-winning economist George Akerlof, has been in the news recently as the co-author, with Yale economist Robert Shiller, of a new book called, in part, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy. Read the review in The New York Observer issue of February 17, 2009. Then on March 11, Akerlof was singled out by NY Times business columnist David Leonhardt for his 1993 paper titled "Looting", which identified in financial busts of the 1980's behavioral predictors of the current financial crisis: "investors borrowed huge amounts, made big profits when times were good and then left the government holding the bag for their eventual (and predictable) losses."

The independent documentary film about classmate Tom Luckey, first reported on our website www.Yale62.org, had its premier at the South-by-Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas March 14-16. Tom's son Spencer, who has become an important contributor in Tom's architectural practice, attended the festival, as did the film's producer Laura Longsworth. Classmates in Texas were notified but as of press time I have not received any reports. The film is scheduled to air on the Sundance Channel this Fall, dates tba. [Editor's note: here's the website for the film: LuckeyTheFilm.com ]

At year end AYA forwarded me a batch of classmate news items that I could not get into the March/April edition of YAM because I had already reached the space limit, so with apologies for the long delay in getting these into print: (Colonel, Retired) Klaas Van Esselstyn wrote that he has been cruising in his trawler "Moon Beam" for the past 2 years, covering the maritime area between northern Chesapeake Bay south to the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. He expected to return to the Bahamas for the winter and then motor north through the canals of New York and Canada this summer. Klaas writes this news in the 3d person plural, indicating that he has crew on board, but as CorSec I dare not assume who that might be. Klaas lists his home base as Beaufort, S.C. Tom Belknap, reports retirement as "vastly underrated it's great!" George Snider reports from Hudson, Ohio that he is still happily married and the proud grandfather of seven, and is active as a Trustee of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, "one of the country's largest excursion railroads," and with the Rotary Club of Hudson where he has become President. I think I can speak for the Class in urging George to supply some photographs of this railroad, perhaps with him at the throttle. [Update: George's photos may be seen here]

Norm Jackson has written in from Paris with news of his marriage on February 14 to Margo Daly, an Australian lady whom Norm first met via the internet as reported some time ago on our class website. The marriage followed a trip the couple took to Ireland last year, after Margo came to Paris for their initial meeting. We wish Norm and Margo every happiness and hope to see them at the 50th.

Bill McGlashan says that last year he moved into a newly built home in Mill Valley, California, designed by his nephew Scott McGlashan (YC'93). The home has been featured in the local monthly Marin Magazine, and can be appreciated at the magazine's website. Bill now speaks of a McGlashan "family compound" in Mill Valley, with son Bill, Jr (Yale '85) making his home nearby and some five grandchildren rambling between the several properties. A good quote from Bill: "We love living here with our entire immediate family, Yalies all. It's been a year since we moved in and finally feels worth all of the hassle for years of dealing with the city and the seemingly endless rounds with the contractors to get them to complete the 'punch list' to finalize everything. We're ALMOST there!"

CorSec teamed up with Gus Hedlund again on the athletic battlefront to see Yale beat Harvard at Ingalls Rink in February, for a 2-0 season sweep of the "Crimson", a first in our recent hockey history. Winning the ECAC title, Yale hockey under coach Allain has happily left behind a long period of mediocrity.

Mike Kane
Corresponding Secretary