January - February, 2009
Class Correspondent apologizes for taking a couple of
months off -- holiday mode started early and lasted long
this year. But we're back again with more news and pictures.
But hardly enough -- please, let's hear from you! For
my part, I will try to make these notes and the Class
of '63 Web site more interesting to peruse.
this is your first visit here, I've added a link to an
archives page, which in turn, will link you to the past
issues of the Class of 1963 eNewsletter. If you haven't
seen any of the earlier newsletters, take a look -- there's
a lot more news, pictures, and interesting articles than
I have been able to include in Columbia College Today.
Table of Contents:
Every Second Thursday of the Month, 12:30
p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Columbia College Club - 15 West 43rd Street, NYC
Please join your classmates for an informal
lunch at the Columbia Club every second Thursday of the
month. It is our hope that these gatherings will renew
old friendships and foster improved relationship with
our class and the College. I hope you can all join us
at the next lunches on Thursday, February 12 and
Thursday, March 12. Let me know if you will attend
so that we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul
November lunch attended by four '63ers
The last lunch of 2008 was attended by four
stalwart regulars: Doron Gopstein, Bruce
Kaplan, Paul Neshamkin, and
(Seated from left to right) Paul Neshamkin,
Doron Gopstein, Bruce Kaplan, and Tom
January lunch attended by seven '63ers
The start of our 2009 series of lunches brought
together another fine group of '63ers on January 8th with
7 classmates attended. Among
the regulars attending were
Steve Barcan, Henry Black, Doron Gopstein,
Bob Heller, Paul Neshamkin, Larry Neuman, and
(Seated from left to right) Steve
Barcan, Paul Neshamkin, Henry Black, Larry Neuman, Barry
Reiss, Bob Heller, and Doron Gopstein.
If you like to see our previous lunches, click
on the dates below:
||January 12, 2006
||January 11, 2007
||May 8, 2008
||February 9, 2006
||February 8, 2007
||June 12, 2008
||March 9, 2006
||March 8, 2007
||July 10, 2008
||April 20, 2006
||April 12, 2007
||May 11, 2006
||May 10, 2007
|May 12, 2005
||June 8, 2006
||June 14, 2007
|June 9, 2005
||July 13, 2006
||July 12, 2007
||September 14, 2006
||September 20, 2007
|September 8, 2005
||October 12, 2006
||November 8, 2007
|October 14, 2005
||November 9, 2006
|November 9, 2005
||December 14, 2006
||March 13, 2008
|December 12, 2005
||April 10, 2008
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at
Columbia University, has been elected to the Board of
Directors of the Harper's Magazine Foundation. Foner has
been a history professor at Columbia University since
1982 and was appointed the DeWitt Clinton Professor of
History in 1988. He has served as president of the Organization
of American Historians (1993 to 1994), and of the American
Historical Association (2000).
Black gave the keynote address at the 100th anniversary
celebration of the Jilan Municipal Hospital in Jilan City,
Margolin has retired from the University of Illinois,
Chicago, and is now Professor Emeritus of Design History.
He has been nominated for the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt Design
Mind award as part of the National Design Awards and continues
to work on his world history of design as well as to lecture
on design and design history in various parts of the world.
He was chairperson of the jury for Bio 21: Industrial
Design Biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in October 2008.
David Epstein wrote in response to my
urgent plea for news, “Since I've never said a word
in the Class Notes, if you want to say that due to my
poor money-handling skills, I continue to toil in the
vineyards of the law in Laguna Beach, CA, and continue
to raise high-schoolers, you are free to do so. Specifically,
even though I have trouble hammering a picture hook in
straight, I sue contractors who screw up their construction
jobs.” David, I’m sure that there are many
classmates who could use your services – too bad
I didn’t know your specialty sooner.
Heller and his wife visited France to stay at
their son’s chateau (Chateau
de Tourreau) in Provence. They had a wonderful time
there and then took a walking tour of Burgundy. Bob’s
wife took so many pictures of grapes that he says they
will have to add a Bacchus room to their house.
Frank Sypher reports, “My news
is that in November 2008 a new book of mine was published:
New York State Society of the Cincinnati: Histories of
New York Regiments of the Continental Army (Fishkill,
N.Y.: New York State Society of the Cincinnati, 2008),
pp. xxiv + 360. Illustrated; hardcover; price $200.00.
Available from New York State Society of the Cincinnati,
c/o Mount Gulian Historic Site, 145 Sterling Street, Beacon,
New York 12508
The book gives a detailed chronology of each New York
Continental regiment, year by year, from 1775 to 1783.
Also included are chapters on other branches of the Revolutionary
service, such as the medical corps, quartermaster corps
(commissaries), chaplains, navy, marines, et al. There
is also a chapter on the state militia, and one on pay
scales, bounty lands, disability and pension benefits.
Fully indexed. This is a companion volume to an earlier
work of mine: New York State Society of the Cincinnati:
Biographies of Original Members and Other Continental
Officers (2004), pp. xlii + 660. One aspect of the regimental
histories is biographical--if one knows what regiment
a man served in, one can estimate from the history of
his regiment the campaigns he was in, and the battles
in which he saw action. Detailed regimental histories
like this have not been available before for most New
York regiments of the American Revolution.
Barry Jay Reiss reports that he spent
an extraordinary vacation exploring Sedona, Arizona, and
highly recommends a visit.
Paul Gorrin writes, “A piece of
writing of mine is published in the Yale Journal of Humanities
in Medicine at http://yjhm.yale.edu/essays/pgorrin20081210.htm.
Not an essay nor case report. I wrote it in tribute to
a dear patient of mine, a mechanic at a local boatyard,
who moved from Vermont to southern Delaware to be near
his brother and parents, when his marriage ended. We would
talk about Vermont, where I was a post doc at UVM doing
research in lung cancer immunology, and where I met my
wife who was born there. Our four children were born in
southern Delaware. Gary died of lung cancer, at the age
Jeff Wechsler (now going by his middle
name, Bruce) writes, “It's finally my turn to weigh
in on your class notes. Since you and I went to school
together from the 7th grade at PS6, you are entitled to
an update. During a 30 year stint in hotel management
in Chicago, I formed a separate Real Estate company and
a separate hotel management company with some partners.
From 1970 to 1993 I was the CEO of a hotel company operating
5 hotels in Chicago, the largest being the 615 room McCormick
Center Hotel across from McCormick Place Convention Center.
From 1991 to 2000 my new company, Aerie Hotels & Resorts,
purchased and managed both the Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena,
IL and started up and managed the Silver Eagle casino
in Dubuque IA. We sold both in 1999.
My real estate company, which I had started in 1978, eventually
acquired over 15 properties between 1978 and 2008. In
2008 we sold the majority of our portfolio to a private
equity firm and are currently managing that portfolio
for the buyer. That management agreement will end in 2009
at which time I will be semi-retired. I will be associated
with a new Management firm consulting on acquisitions
and management for the foreseeable future while I take
some time to enjoy some extra time with my wife, Sandy,
and my 2 sons and one granddaughter."
Doug Anderson writes, “As for news,
the only news I have is that Dale's 65th birthday is January
13th and we are celebrating with friends and family at
Disney World. We will be a group of 100++ and start tomorrow
through the weekend. We invited friends from Tel Aviv,
Rotterdam, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Los
Angeles, San Francisco and figured that only a small percentage
would come................wrong. The theme of the responses
was that after 2008, everyone wants to spend a few days
just being a kid again.
Also, I just spent a day with Larry Wein
who was Class of 63 in the Engineering School. Larry and
I knew each other from summer camp where we were both
sent at age 4. We were in the same bunk from age 4 - 13
but only saw each other at Columbia on rare occasion.
Last year, we re-met because of Bob &
Myra Kraft (Bob and Larry were at the
Harvard Business School together). So we played golf a
few days ago and I re-introduced Larry to one of our bunkmates
who lives down here. They hadn't seen each other in 53
years and, honestly, it was like they had known each other
Neuman sent out New Year’s greetings with
a photo he took of some yurts that caught his eye on the
way to Hohhot. In the background is a wind turbine, and
in the foreground a large satellite dish. Ah, the Earth
Michael Erdos writes, “My youngest
daughter, Elleree, wound up declining admission to both
Columbia and Harvard, and is having the time of her life
at Williams College, which turns out to be a perfect fit
for her in every way.
My son, Alexander is half-way through law school at Suffolk
University, sharing an apartment in Brookline, and now
running marathons, having participated in crew, water
polo and then triathlons in college.
My older children (from my first marriage) each have 2
children of their own - who are the only ones who are
allowed to call me 'Grandpa' (even though I don't feel
I continue to work as an Emergency Physician at the Lahey
Clinic in Massachusetts, while also directing my American
Heart Association Training Center, and Philips Healthcare
Defibrillator Distributorship in Woburn, MA (Emergency
Response Training Associates, Inc. - www.emergencyresponsetraining.com)
- leaving just enough time for me to get to the gym 3-4
times a week, come home, kiss my wife, and go to bed!”
Reiss reports that he and his wife, Brenda, celebrated
the wedding of their youngest child (Sara) at the Tribeca
Rooftop here in Manhattan. Congratulations to you all.
Steve Barcan reports of an interesting
bit of serendipity. He and his wife Bettye were in Central
Park for the NY Marathon to watch their son Adam finish
in 3 hours – he finished 1190 out of the 40,000
runners. After the race, they sat on a bench and noticed
that it had been endowed by Dale and Doug Anderson
for their 25th anniversary. I wonder what the odds are?
Now I wonder if Doug will tell us what led him to endow
this Central Park bench – Doug?
I reported in the last issue that Lee Lowenfish’s
Seymour award-winning biography of Branch Rickey: Baseball's
Ferocious Gentleman would be out in paperback with a new
introduction in spring 2009. I told Lee I would be his
press agent here, and I meant it. You should all make
a point to go out and buy this book. (And if anyone else
has a book you’d like me to plug, write!)
Joe Applebaum writes from Washington,
D.C. that he has “no specific news, but the next
few months should be an extremely interesting time at
GAO. We have some statutory duties under Presidential
transitions and this will be the first one that I'll have
a chance to participate in.” Joe, I haven’t
visited Washington for a transition period since 1980,
and I must say, that even though I was not directly involved,
it was a fascinating phenomenon to witness. And certainly
in a period like this, the Government Accountability Office
must be a fascinating place. I hope you’ll share
your observations here or at a future class lunch.
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at email@example.com.