No. 23
February 1, 2007

Welcome to the 23rd issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963 eNewsletter.

Thankfully Global Warming has relented at least for a few days to remind us that Winter still exists.

I know some of you have explored our new Class of 1963 web site, Admittedly there is not much here yet, but I'm hoping that all of you will contribute your photos, notes, and long stories soon. I promise I will start to flesh out the Columbian section as soon as I have a free moment (some of us can not afford to stop real work and retire). I intend to add separate pages for each classmate, and will add these as I receive a contribution from you (or you attend one of our Class of 1963 lunches). You can always email me at

If 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.

Table of Contents:



Next Lunch - Thursday, February 8

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 lunch on Thursday, February 8. Let me know if you will attend so that we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (

January Lunch Attended By Eight Ernest 63ers

We returned to our regular "average" lunch numbers in January. The eight who attended included returnees: Jerry Dwyer, Doron Gopstein, Paul Neshamkin, Larry Neuman, Tom O'Connor, Walter Stein, Jeff Thompson, and first-timer Joe Applebaum. Joe came up from Washington with his wife, Phyllis (who joined some of us later for a trip to Alexander Hamilton's grave site, see notes below) where he has been an actuary with the Government Accounting Office for many years. Paul amused the group by showing various Columbia memorabilia inculding his Class of '63 Freshman Beanie (in pristine condition) and a book of matches from the old Lion's Den in the basement of John Jay Hall.


(From left to right) Jerry Dwyer, Tom O'Connor, Walter Stein, Doron Gopstein, Jeff Thompson, Joe Applebaum, and Paul Neshamkin. and Larry Neuman.

Click here for some candid shots


Lunch Archives

If you like to see our previous lunches, click on the dates below:

December 9, 2004

January 13, 2005

February 10, 2005

March 10. 2005

April 14, 2005

May 12, 2005

June 9, 2005

July 14, 2005

September 8, 2005

October 14, 2005

November 9, 2005

December 12, 2005

January 12, 2006

February 9, 2006

March 9, 2006

April 20, 2006

May 11, 2006

June 8, 2006

July 13, 2006

September 14, 2006

October 12, 2006

November 9, 2006

December 14, 2006


For information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at


Latest News from the Class of 63

Continuing last month's experiment, I will add notes as they are received, so please send me some. As you can see the cupboard is bare. Then come back later this month and visit this page to see if any one has sent in some new additions. Please send in your notes and pictures, and I will add them immediately.

After January's class lunch, several of us heading down to Wall Street on the Lexington Ave. No. 5 to visit Trinity Church and Alexander Hamilton's grave. The occassion was the 250th anniversary of his birth, and Jerry Dwyer had read in the New York Sun that descendents of Hamilton and fans were gathering that afternoon to pay their respects. Jerry Dwyer, Joe Applebaum, his wife, Phyllis, and Paul Neshamkin attended with what was a surprisingly small group. Remarks were made by clergy representing Trinity Church and members of Hamiltons family (one of which bore a striking resemblence). Here are some pictures of the event.

Micheal Lubell writes, "I have continued to wear two hats and lead two lives, one as Professor of Physics at CCNY in New York and the other as Director of Public affairs of the American Physical Society in Washington. I am still maintaining one residence on Capitol Hill and the other in Fairfield County, Connecticut. To put it in physics lingo, I exist in a superposition of two eigenstates. My daughter, Karina (Class of 2002), having received an International Business Law Degree from EDHEC, is now finishing up her second year in the international law program at American University in Washington. It's been wonderful being able to spend some time with her every few weeks, after barely seeing her during her two-year stay in France. After Beth's untimely and sudden death in Paris three and a half years ago, I have been fortunate to meet Laura Appelman of Easton, Connecticut, with whom I have been spending many delightful hours. During the last year, I played a major role in having Congress and the White House designate federal support of the physical sciences as a high national priority. It culminated last February in the presidential request for funding of the American Competitiveness Initiative and, most recently, in the inclusion of key federal science agencies in the limited number of activities designated for substantial increases in the Fiscal Year 2007 Joint Resolution. As Rahm Emanuel
(D-IL) put it, science has attained a high priority status along with veterans and highways. Finally, I am stepping down as CCNY Physics Chairman after six and a half years, during which I hired ten new faculty members, saw research grant support double and undergraduate physics enrollment grow by more than 100 percent. The ball is now in my successor's court."

When you send your notes in, please indicate if you would like to share your email address(or web site) with your classmates. 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).

For information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at