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New 10/11/19 This Just In

John Stewart: “Each year The Classical Singer magazine, devoted to singers interested in professional work, sponsors an on-line vocal competition. The categories are arranged by age: high school classical and Broadway, and the same division for college and then after. For the third year I have just finished judging about 50 college and post college …” READ MORE

Bill Rope reports that after retirement and editing his Foreign Service Officer oral history he taught for over a decade in DC elementary schools, earning one Teacher of the Year Award from a non-profit and becoming a finalist for DC Public Schools Teacher of the Year at one point. Now retired again, he and wife Priscilla answer early morning calls to teach as DCPS substitutes in pre-K through grade 5. “We have enough experience,” he says, “to go into a classroom cold and – given a decent plan – teach successfully; but we don’t have to put in the long hours and hard work that goes with planning, paper-grading, parent-meetings, etc. We can work when we want to and travel a lot — this year to Hong Kong, Indochina, India, and Turkey. Recently we were up at Bill Nye’s cabin in Maine with Denny Fuller and other old friends.” He still follows events in China and Hong Kong, where he served as a diplomat, but won’t prognosticate other than to say he dislikes the current administration’s approach to China and is optimistic Hong Kong will survive current problems. “I’ve appreciated Bill Stork’s excellent reporting,” he adds.

Nicholas Rosenkranz ’91, Yale Law ’99, son of our own Bob Rosenkranz, has launched an independent candidacy to be an Alumni Fellow member of the Yale Corporation. He has started a group called Alumni for Excellence. His well-crafted campaign to amass the required number of signatures is notably critical of the current Yale Administration. He needs more than 4,000 signatures by October 1 to get on the ballot. This week, this topic’s been brought to our attention by three separate classmates who are among the many who received a mailing about it. Our classmates have expressed varying views about his run. If you wish to know more about his candidacy, the rest of the story may be found at

Tappy Wilder writes in: “Dear Pals – With reunions in mind… recently came cross this fabulous note from Bill [Hamilton] cleaning out my cabin (study) in Maine. Not sure of date sent, but I do know the TW stamp was issued in 1997. It’s a miracle the mice did not get at it over many-a-year, but I guess they recognized that an example of artistry and humor and special genius deserved to be preserved. And hats off to the USPS for delivering it! Thank you, Bill!”
Bill Hamilton

Jonathan Ater reports that his law firm, “consistently ranked among the best law firms in the Northwest” will merge with another firm, Buchalter, which has “a strong commitment to diversity and community service.” Buchalter has invited Jonathan to connect to the firm as a Partner Emeritus.

Lew Spratlan reported (and we greatly regret our tardiness in posting), “I’m just back home in New Jersey following a brilliant performance of my choral piece TRAVELS at the Carmel Bach Festival on July 21. Full house, standing ovation, and the sumptuous beauties of Carmel. Nice recharging.”

Bill Nye was honored in May as a founder, early president and 30-year member of the board at a benefit which raised $500,000 for Brooklyn Community Housing and Services on its fortieth anniversary. BCHS is the largest provider of housing solutions for the homeless in New York City. He is also doing an oral history as a founder of the Committee to Elect a Black Congressman (sic!) from Brooklyn. The committee propelled Shirley Chisholm to election as the first African American woman to serve in Congress (as well as the first African American of either gender to represent Brooklyn). We hope to feature an interview with Bill on our website this fall or winter. Stay tuned.

Phil Proctor writes in: “I and my darling wife Melinda Peterson, Will be in NYC in early August to see Austin Pendleton in the Chekhov-inspired “Life Sucks” and we hope to nosh with classmates Alex Garvin, Bill Weeden and others before flying to Dublin, Ireland to perform together with the cast of Roger Gregg’s CRAZY DOG AUDIO THEATRE in a one-hour comedy fantasy radio piece at the Worldcon Science Fiction convention. Then we go to Scotland to celebrate my wife’s 70th Birthday at one of her Clan MacDougal’s castles on the Isle of Mull followed by a journey to the Isle of Skye. Meanwhile, my best-selling Amazon memoir WHERES MY FORTUNE COOKIE? has now been released as an audio download. It, and the podcast of the same name, has already won three Communicator awards and has been submitted for Grammy consideration.”

Steve and Hala Buck have just returned from Romania, where they participated in the 2-week-long ICASSI (International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes) institute, which is held in a different country each year. Steve says, “Participants take courses that cover all aspects of life and are reinforced by evening programs and eating breakfast and dinner together.” Fostering and promoting understanding of the world’s peoples across all cultures is its overlying theme. Steve will provide us with a full report of this year’s institute, along with several stunning photographs of the trip, right here on our website in September. Stay tuned!

Fred Starr recently (July 26) contributed a column to the Wall Street Journal concerning the Chinese brutality toward the Uighurs and their culture. The Uighurs, one of the oldest Turkic peoples, are Asian Muslims, and Fred states that, even as China continues its violence toward them, destroying mosques and neighborhoods, they remain resilient, number close to 10 million, and have survived, with great intellectual and cultural achievements, for many centuries. It’s an enlightening read.

ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and other activities (Ed. note: This note from Bill is a bit longer than our average This Just In snippet, but it’s excellent in its breadth of scope. Please read on…)

Bill Weber reports: “My current activities in a civic arena are virtually done, as I retired from being Supervisor (Mayor) of the Town of Pulteney, NY after 12 years of both a satisfying and troublesome tenure of office; you may recall my article of a few years ago during the hydrofracking controversy where I was accused of being a “Fossil Fuel Facist”! So these days I am only servicing ex-officio as the Town’s necrologist and speak at Board meetings about the lives of residents who have passed away. The older ones many times represent the agricultural community comprising cash crops, hay and wine grapes. This environment has changed dramatically in the last few years with the advent of many more wineries and the emergence of expensive vacation homes on Keuka lake, a pristine body of water in the New York Finger lakes region, a short distance from my home.

“I used to be a Commissioner and Chairman/Vice Chairman of two Keuka Lake inter-municipal corporations chartered by the State to provide two main services for the lake. One feature is protecting the water purity via wastewater regulations and enforcement of old and new household septic systems. Another is providing lake level control by ownership and operation of a dam in the Village of Penn Yan; this dam has a series of gates used to release water when the need arises to adhere to guidelines established for our own needs as well as downstream waters such as Seneca lake and elements of the Erie/Barge canal. In this connection I am nearly finished with a comprehensive history of these two organizations going back to the 1950s/60s. These histories will be digitized and made available on flash memories as well as one of two websites dealing with Keuka lake and its organizations.

“Another activity is my weekly breakfast in a local restaurant as part of a ROMEO gathering (Retired Old Men Eating Out). We try to stay away from current politics, as many of the 6-9 participants are very much in favor of things our President is doing. Sadly enough, even the better-educated members of the group have a tendency to believe in the dark side of current events and are glad to see the President ‘get the bastards who are screwing us.’ Immigration is a topic I try to infuse with data to tell them all the things currently attributed to immigrants are simply not supported by the facts. It is interesting they have such a hard line on immigrants when, in fact, here in rural upstate NY, our only interaction with immigrants is the occasional apprehension of an undocumented Hispanic farm worker. But they claim we are being over run by ‘illegals’ who are crowding our schools, taking away jobs from good working Americans, absorbing welfare benefits and producing children who are to become US citizens because they were born here of ‘illegals.’

“Another topic I have virtually finished is the study of WWII with a bit of work on the aftermath of WWI. I had a book acquired whilst in England (in 1965-69 at Oxford) of the newspaper headlines of WWI and gave it to the local airplane museum, the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. I often tell people about the full text of the Versailles Treaty which is included in this book, comprising 6 full pages of newspaper size. I imagine few people have any idea of the detail that went into the treaty and the punishing effect it had on Germany. The ‘War Guilt’ clause, #236, was very damaging to the German perception of the allies intentions that I am sure gave rise to Hitler’s foothold on this beaten down country.

“I spent 49 years as a member and Chairman of the local Yale Alumni Schools committee and was asked to resign because of some comments I made via email about an Asian applicant I knew was to be accepted at Princeton. My comments were in support of a nice young lady from our local school. In retrospect I know I was wrong in two ways: never put remarks in writing showing support for one ethnic person over another and not recognizing the US department of education might be monitoring institutions such as Yale for any ethnic bias by personnel in the admission’s process. Make no mistake about my feelings toward Yale’s admission process and results; the recent article by Al Chambers says it all and I fully agree. Whilst I had very few scholar athletes in my applicant pool over the years, I am pleased to see Yale’s success at the national level in Hockey, Lacrosse and Crew.

“On the purely personal side I am blessed to have three grandchildren living in Upstate NY and have wonderful wife of 57 years. I fish and hunt as much as possible and am lucky to have one of my Sons hunt with me at a cabin near my home. During the deer season I spend a entire week at the cabin in the company of this fine fellow and some of his pals.”

On Wednesday, June 19th, President Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Art Laffer, most famous for his “Laffer curve,” a graph that controversially suggested that lowering tax rates might increase tax revenue. Very shortly thereafter, he began vocally supporting a wide variety of the president’s initiatives and ideas.

George Cleary continues to keep us informed when he can, regarding his difficult life in Venezuela. He confirms, regretably, that the Maduro regime is still in firm control. We will feature updated news from him within the coming months. His news last summer called our attention to his serious and sometimes life-threatening situation.

Dickson (Dixie) Carroll’s most recent solo show opened at Washington DC’s Addison/Ripley Fine Art Gallery on June 7 and runs through July 11. His whimsical, colorful and imaginative exhibit consists of twenty-one works, from furniture to studies for commissions. 7/01/19: We now have brief interview clips with Dixie right here on our website. Click to view.
Phil Proctor reports: “I just got the good news here on a trip to London that both my audiobook and the podcast series of my memoir “WHERE’S MY FORTUNE COOKIE?” each won a Communicator Award of Distinction! ‘In fact,’ writes my producer, ‘the podcast series won 2 awards — one as an entertainment series and one as a podcast series! So a total 3 silver awards!!'”

Mike and Nancy Kane are leaving the Boston area after 45 years, and will be dividing their time between Maine and Florida. Mike promises us a full report on how all of these changes move along for them, which will be featured here on our website later this year.

Karl Frank (Saybrook 62) and Sally Waite (Radcliffe 62) married on March 9th at First Parish Unitarian Church in Portland Maine. Richard Rosenfeld (TD 63) hosted a reception at his home for friends in the Gloucester, MA area, including Lou Alberino (Saybrook 62), George Smith (Saybrook 58) and Gary Griffis (Berkeley 64).

The newlyweds led everyone in singing Kate Wolf’s Give Yourself to Love at the Gloucester Reception. You can listen to the Wolf rendition of the song by clicking on the white and orange arrow above. We also have a fun photo of them cutting the cake at the wedding ceremony in Portland. Congratulations, Karl and Sally!

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6 comments to This Just In

  • larry Prince

    Like this page. Thanks for doing this for the rest of us.

  • James M. Kelly

    A nifty page. I just listened to the Chambers-McGlashan interview and was fascinated by Bill’s take on the whole affair, most particularly his son’s. It is hard to imagine what it must be like to be involved in this affair, but his ability to frame it as an opportunity to grow and learn is inspiring.

  • David Scharff

    Thanks guys for reviving our website. It’s good to be in touch again.All sympathies to Bill and his family!
    BTW: Dickson Carroll’s sculpture exhibit is a blockbuster. Of course, I’m biased in that Jill and I bought another of his sculptures. His whimsical, creative and colorful creation is a wonderful product of our class.
    David Scharff

  • Fred Sellers

    Nice web page. Thanks very much.

    On the other hand, it seemed a bit snarky to insert the word “controversially” into the Art Laffer blurb. In fact any statement made by any economist at any time is controversial, because economics is an inexact science. What was particularly controversial about Laffer was that he ventured outside disciplinary groupthink.

  • Chris Cory

    You new editors have pushed the website to new heights of interest and accessibility and even delight (after listening carefully for the first time to the familiar “Give Yourself to Love”). Above all, it’s welcoming, and will be a pleasure to keep up with.

  • Willis (Bill) Boyer

    Nick Rosenkranz’s campaign needs our help, He is a wonderfully sensible fellow and has strong arguments that most of us can agree with. Please go to his site and sign on quickly!

    I had the pleasure of joining Artie Laffer at his recent recognition by the President and at a small dinner afterward. He is as full of energy, humor and wisdom as ever. However, I will note that we both had to be guided to our rooms at the Hay Adams Hotel later that evening, but happily!