Alumni Notes: May / June 2013

Seen (and no doubt heard cheering) at Ingalls Rink for the Yale-Harvard men's hockey game in January were Larry Lipsher, Noel Hanf, Gus Hedlund, Mike Kane, Louis Mackall, Jim Killelea and Bob Oliver. Their penumbra made the evening vibealicious: Yale won 4-0.

"The Newsroom," the TV drama written by Aaron Sorkin, is starting its second season on HBO in June, costarring Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterston. In the words of the Los Angeles Times, Sam plays "Charlie Skinner, a kooky, bow-tie-wearing, unapologetically old-school president of the news division - or as Daniels described him by phone, 'the wizard behind the curtain ... who's had a couple of Scotches.'" The show takes journalism seriously, as does Sam. He told the paper: "We need more idealistic people to give their lives to journalism. It could stand a little raising of the tone." Which is just what Al Chambers is teaching about. For NBC, he used to put the news together, in roles including chief of the Hong Kong bureau. Now "Taking Apart the News" is the title of a class for senior citizens that he has just finished teaching for the ninth year in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Recent topics have been media coverage of China and the election. Al also analyzes news coverage for corporations; Sam and his wife Lynn continue to produce Galloway beef and Icelandic lamb and wool on their farm in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

Steve Susman has enjoyed himself recently (and let his prestige help draw crowds) at two glittery events with serious dimensions. The American Friends of The Hebrew University presented him with their Torch of Learning Award for "outstanding leadership, scholarship and dedication to society," citing him as a pioneer in "the payment of trial lawyers for results as opposed to efforts" and noting that he has been featured by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten litigators in the U.S. Shortly after came his gala 72d birthday party at the newly renovated and highly acclaimed Yale Art Gallery. Bob Oliver reported that he and a number of other classmates and spouses attended - in addition to Steve and Ellen, Bob Rosenkranz, Larry and Lannie Lipsher, and Ed and Lorna Goodman. "The whole Art Gallery was open for all to stroll through," Bob says, with a reception in the new fourth floor Susman Gallery which was displaying "a remarkable exhibit of 'modern" art' from a special collection created by Marcel Duchamp in the 1920s." At the dinner that followed, Steve's birthday cake was in the form of an enormous upright Texas boot with chocolate frosting as the "leather."

(Prediction: Rob Irving's gallery tours are going to be even more popular at our next reunion. Suggestion: get there yourself before that.)

Richard Segel has moved from Bucks County, PA, to Lafayette, Colorado, just east of Boulder and 30 minutes from Denver, to be near his daughter Eleanor and her family and somewhat closer to Pacific Palisades, CA, roost of his son David and his family. Al Ordway hits the office for an hour or two every day at Winona Camps, the remarkably unpretentious, activity-rich all-boys summer camps on the shore of Moose Pond near Bridgeton, Maine that he and his wife, Michelle, have now turned over to their children. Henry Garrison and his wife, Kate, for the last two years have divided their time between Portland, OR, where Henry stays in his game of cardiology by reviewing cardiology aspects of contested liability insurance claims for a local insurance company, and a small "flat" in Alnwick (say "Annick"), a walled medieval town near the seat of Northumberland County, England. There they are walking distance from a view of the North Sea and take senior bus passes to anywhere else of interest.

In case you missed it, the winter issue of www.yale62.org has photos and articles about and by Tony Giamei (a look at his remarkable development of the metal turbine vanes that power virtually every airplane flight on earth), Chris Bent (on the suicides by US soldiers, sailors and flyers that now outnumber deaths in battle), Ken Cascone (excerpts from a novel in progress), Brian McCauley (on coping with culture shock when abroad), Richard Barnet (two lovely bronze sculptures), Clark Winslow, and George Snider, not to mention the Smith College write-up of our reunion survey (an apparent Viagra factor?), and a note on and standing invitation to the longstanding monthly class lunch at the Yale Club of New York organized by Larry Prince and Ken Cascone (including Patrick Rulon Miller's Dow Jones lottery). Check it out.

Necrology: Don Nichols, Richard Fairbanks. New obituaries of Geoff Spencer and Jeremy Shaw, from the research and pen of Bob Oliver, have recently been posted on www.Yale62.org.

Plan on Austria next summer. Jon Saari and his wife Christine have opened, by appointment, a gallery in her family's farmhouse showing how World War II and its aftermath touched the family's rural life.