February 1, 2006
Welcome to the twelfth issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963 eNewsletter.
I have enjoyed collecting the class news and passing it on
to you. I hope that you have found these Class of 1963 eNewsletters
interesting (or at least amusing). Unfortunately, news remains
sparse. I do hope that you will send us a sign that you are
still out there -- news, views, or even a good joke. The Second
Thursday, Class of 1963 lunches continue to be a lively place
for discussions and reminiscences, but it would be a lot more
fun if more of you would attend. Our first lunch of the year
brought back Gil Einstein, Bob Heller
and me. Bob has attended many of these lunches, Gil had first
come down from Massachusetts to attend last February -- we had
9 classmates at lunch that month. I hope to have as many next
You should plan on joining us. If it's your first visit, I'll
buy you a drink!. The next few dates are February 9, March 9,
April 20, and May 11.
At the request of many of you, 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.
I hope that you are finding this eNewsletter interesting, I
have had a great time hearing from all of you. Judging from
the number of people who have been asking me to put them in
touch with old friends mentioned here, I think that many of
you share my desire to reconnect with old friends. I have heard
from close to a hundred of the you since I started as your class
correspondent a year ago. The class luncheon in New York has
been attended by over 30 of you, and many of you have become
regulars. I hope many more of you will attend. Keep those notes
coming, and share with us your memories and your recent news.
Geoffrey Akst wrote to ask me to change the "Lost
Classmates" section to "Missing Classmates."
As he said, ". . . considering our age group." I'm
glad he said "age group" because I'm feeling young
and healthy, thank you very much!
So, here again is the list of missing classmates that you have sent me:
Christian (Chris) Rieger
I've removed Scott M. Blue because I received
the following from Stephen Langfelder, "Your
request for information on missing classmates prompted me to
write. I have your "job" with the South Side High
School (Rockville Centre, NY) class of 1959, and in the years
since our 40th reunion in 1999 have located and compiled a directory
of all 323 names on my class list. In the course of my searches,
I learned about Alumni Finder.com, a search engine now owned
by Lexis-Nexis, and it was extremely helpful in finding a lot
of the South Siders who had disappeared into neverland. The
cost was fairly reasonable, 25 cents per successful search (raised
to 50 cents effective 1/1/06), with no charge for searches yielding
no data. So after reading your note I tried searching for Scott
Alumni Finder.com successfully reported that a Scott M. Blue,
born 2/15/1941, formerly residing in Chico, CA and with a last
known address in San Francisco, had died in 2001 at the age
of 60. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that he's our Columbia
classmate. The date of birth puts him in our age group, and
our 1963 yearbook showed his address then as San Francisco.
Feel free to share this with whoever asked you about him.
I did not try looking for the other three names, since they
are a lot more common, and a search by name would probably generate
information that would have to be winnowed down further. But
if Columbia will give you their dates of birth, that would narrow
things down considerably, and I'd be glad to run them through
the search engine and report back to you. Consider the cost
a donation to the class!!"
Stephen, thank you for this information. Sad to hear about
Scott, I will ask Columbia College to confirm this. If any of
you have any further information or memories you'd like to share
about Scott, please let me know.
I know that there must be many more who have lost contact
with Columbia. If you know how to contact any of these classmates,
please let me know. And send me the names of any other missing
friends, and we will try to find them. And if you send me a
note, and you do not see it reflected in the next month's eNewsletter,
please re-send it. I have had several messages that you have
sent either disappear enroute, or get mis-filed on my end. And
thanks again to Stephen Langfelder, I will try Alumni Finder.com.
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.
This month, Thursday, February 9, 2006.
December Lunch Attended By Four Die-hard 63ers
The twelfth Second Thursday Class of 1963 lunch
was held on January 12 . Gil Einstein, who
came in from Massachusetts, returned for his second lunch and
was joined by fellow Second Thursday Club members, Bob
Heller, and Paul Neshamkin.
Here's the gang.
(From left to right) Bob Heller, Paul Neshamkin,
and Gil Einstein.
I hope you can all join us (please encourage your
friends to come with you) at the next lunch on Thursday,
February 9. Let me know if you will attend so that
we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you like to see our previous lunches, click on
the dates below:
January 13, 2005
February 10, 2005
March 10. 2005
October 14, 2005
November 9, 2005
December 12, 2005
and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at
Here are the unedited (and unexpurgated) notes and
news that you have sent in the last month (we still would love
to see more):
Geoffrey Akst writes, "I stayed in New
York and in mathematics, finishing graduate work at NYU and
then Columbia's TC while teaching math at CUNY's Borough of
Manhattan Community College. Serving in various academic and
administrative capacities there, I retired a few months ago
to my home in Murray Hill, but am continuing to work on new
editions of my various college math textbooks. Always a francophile,
I'm writing now from a snowy Paris. Vive retirement! Best of
luck and good health to all our classmates -- forever young
in our minds. (Btw, I seem to have kept up only with those who
also stayed in the City -- a pity.) " Geoffrey, sounds
like a wonderful place to write. We are all certainly "young
in our minds," but the last time I was happily writing
(my unfinished novel) in Paris, in the snow, was in 1965. Seems
Stephen Langfelder also writes, "Catching
up on the 40+ years since I was "Red" Langfelder,
the Lions' football manager: I obtained an MBA in accounting
from Columbia's Graduate School of Business and spent 13 years
with Arthur Young & Company, then one of the "Big 8"
accounting firms. That was followed by a series of tax jobs
in corporate America, and I retired in 2001.
I've been married since 1964 to Ruth Jaffe, who hails from Passaic,
NJ. We live in Wayne, NJ, and have two married daughters and
six grandchildren. Our younger daughter lives in Israel with
her husband, a computer chip designer whom she met when they
were both at Penn State, and their four daughters. We try to
visit them at least annually.
We do a fair amount of traveling, much of it through timeshare
ownership, and hope to keep it up for many healthy years. On
the calendar for May 2006 is a three-week visit to Spain. The
New Jersey winters are something we'd like to get away from,
but with two days a week dedicated to sandwich generation responsibilities,
that's not likely. I "senior-sit" for my 92-year-old
mother on her aide's day off, and the two of us watch our two
grandchildren in Short Hills, NJ when their mother, our older
daughter and the genetic counselor at St. Vincent's Hospital
in NYC, works from home. Both her children have bright red hair,
a reminder that I once did also, but no more."
Stephen, I hope that you can make it in to one of our lunches.
Perhaps we can Tom O'Connor to join you from
Bob Kraft has been awarded the NCAA's highest
honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, which is presented annually
to a former collegiate athlete for whom competitive athletics
in college and attention to physical well-being after graduation
have been important factors in a distinguished career of national
significance and achievement. Bob finds himself among a distinguished
list of former "Teddy" winners including former presidents
Eisenhower, Ford, Bush, and Reagan. Congratulations, Bob!
Speaking of Bob, Andy Lewin send me the following
note, "Since the correspondence has decreased to you recently,
I thought I would relate a story about one of our more illustrious
classmates. This fits obviously the "old reminiscence"
It occurred in the spring of 1963. I was on the rugby team and
as a club we were always looking for new players (experience
not required). I approached Bob Kraft to try and recruit him.
He said "I really can't risk getting hurt this semester.
I promised my folks I would really concentrate on my studies."
Two days later I saw him swathed from head to toe in white gauze
bandages. He had walked through one of the glass panels of Ferris
Booth Hall sustaining multiple lacerations.
The moral of the story is : walking on campus can be dangerous
to your health ... Certainly more so then rugby!"
David Norris writes, "I was sad to read
in the September issue of David Cohen's death.
I was his roommate in Livingston Hall in our Junior and Senior
years. David was a wild and gentle soul. He loved classical
music as much as he loved Japanese culture, and he was very
overt about demonstrating both. From a trip he had once taken
to Japan he brought back a rice cooker and I often could find
my way back to our room just by following my nose. And just
as often my ears, since music would be blasting away. And it
wasn't just the loudness he liked; he would often come racing
over to the desk in my room (we had one of those 2-room suites
for two) and stop my reading to point out some sweet musical
passage that he found particularly beautiful. David was loud
and intense and at the same time sensitive and vulnerable. I
wasn't surprised when he chose Psychology as his major. That
was the deeper part of David speaking. I lost touch with him
a few years after graduation. I know only that he had a professorship
at the University of Texas at Austin, where he lived with his
wife Leslie and a son, and that he had published several books
on Dream Research (his area of expertise). How appropriate that
he would make a science of dreams. He also published a book
about depression entitled "Out of the Blue". I came
upon this book once while browsing in a bookshop in San Francisco
and, of course, bought it immediately. If I were to say that
I miss him, that would probably only be half true, since I don't
really know enough of who he became. When I think of him now,
I miss his mischievous smile as he turned up the volume on his
reel-to-reel tape player. But even more than that, I miss that
awkward and exquisite time as we tried so hard to figure out
who we were and what we were supposed to do with our lives.
He was a wild and gentle spirit and I'm glad I got to spend
some of those years with him.
When you send your notes in, please indicate if
you would like to share your email address(or web site) with
your classmates, I've been inundated with requests to pass this
information on. Always great to hear from you all.
Share your news and views with your classmates. Contact your
Class Correspondent, and let him know what you would like posted
here or in Columbia College Today (CCT).
and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at