May 1, 2005

Welcome to the fourth issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963 eNewsletter. Things have starting to slow down in the notes department, but here is a sampling of what's new. I've also included news of last month's Class Lunch, which was very well attended. There is also a brief update on our proposed mini-reunion for the Fall Homecoming game weekend.

If any of you would like to send a longer format article for inclusion here, send me an email ( I would like to see if we could expand the scope of this eNewsletter to give the class a fuller forum for communication. I also have talked to Columbia about setting up a Class of 1963 site within their eCommunity structure, and would welcome your ideas on what could/should be included there.

Although I have a large backlog of notes that were in the last eNewsletter to include in the next (July) issue of Columbia College Today (CTT), please send me more news. It's great to hear from you, and although they may not get in print right away, they can be shared through these eNewsletters every month.

So as always, keep those cards, letters, and emails coming!

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Next Second Thursday Lunch - May 12

Columbia University Club of New York

Every Second Thursday, 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. The next lunch will be on May 12, 2005.

April Lunch Well Attended

The fifth Second Saturday Class of 1963 lunch almost set a new record, but even with three last minute cancellations, 9 of us made it back. Joining us were two representatives from the Columbia: Sharon Medrano, who is assigned to our class by the Office of Alumni Affairs, and Vanessa Rosado, who handles our class for the College Fund. We talked about various ways that we could become more involved with the College, and started discussion about a mini-reunion in the Fall (see below).

Here is the happy group.

(From left to right) Phil Satow, Bob Heller, Paul Neshamkin, Frank Sypher, Jeff Thompson, Vanessa Rosado, Tom O'Connor, Bruce Kaplan, Larry Apple, Bill Goebel, and Sharen Medrano

So far, our various Class lunches have been attended by the following 15 stalwart classmates (at least 5 others had to cancel at the last minute):

David Alpern
Larry Apple
Steve Barcan
Bill Goebel
Doron Gopstein
Gil Einstein
Bob Heller
Bruce Kaplan
Paul Neshamkin
Larry Neuman
Tom O'Connor
Barry Reiss
Phil Satow
Frank Sypher
Jeff Thompson

A great group, but over 550 of you haven't shown up. So, please join us at the next lunch on Thursday, May 12. Please let me know if you will attend so that we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (

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


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

Latest News from the Class of 63

I continue to receive many emails from our classmates in response to the eNewsletter. Here are a selection of notes and news that you have sent in.

Sherwood R. Spelke

"In speaking to my one and only roomie for four year, Bob Peters, we reminisced about my experiences playing baseball...including having to take the subway way up to Dyckman Street for practice and games...Teammate Howie Kitt being signed by the Yankees for $75,000.00 and promising Bob and me tickets if he made the parent club...He didn't, but in '61 it came down to either him or Rollie Sheldon...Hitting one on the nose in a game vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, hearing the catcher say "its gone", only to kick the dust at second base ala Joe D. as I saw the centerfielder catch the ball at the fence...Still hoping to make one of your lunches..."

Armin Buchter wrote in response to the March CCT Notes where I admitted to a lack of memory of a crew race Frank Partel said we were in on the Schuylkill:

"I just picked up my latest CCToday and saw what you and Frank Partel had to say about racing in Philadelphia 45 years ago. I remember that there was a race and I remember I had the shirts, but I sure don’t remember much else.

Subsequently, I rowed down there in club rowing while I was still in New York, and it all blends into one blur. So, maybe you’re not the only one losing it.

I do remember feeling really good about winning that race and I think back on you and Partel doing an excellent job."

Speaking of Frank, I just got the following missive.


Frank J. Partel, Jr.

"Paul et al... Sorry that I won't be with you. I've been called out of retirement to do a strategic study on payment systems for the global leader in ATM/debit transaction processing software located in Omaha.

May I suggest that you consider an informal discussion about the class taking a leadership position and stretching to raise $3 million dollars as our 50th reunion gift. It is disappointing to me that a class which sent 92% to graduate and professional schools --about 1/4 to medical school, another quarter to law school--can't seem to make a really meaningful contribution to the College. I think that if C'63 could take the lead and establish a new high water mark, it might provide a proof statement to better performance and give the development office leverage to inspire subsequent classes to raise their aim.

It strikes me as entirely appropriate to work with the Dean's office to focus this goal against a commemorative gift such as endowing a chair (the Class of 1963 naturally) in the College or some similarly worthy effort that is consonant with needs identified by the College Dean. I would also suggest that all donations for the five year period terminating in our reunion year be applied against the 3mm goal for score-keeping. Wouldn't it be just grand if an angel or two with means could put down a $1mm marker or two to kick things off!

May I quote Robert Browning, 'One's reach should extend beyond one's grasp.'"

Well, Frank, at first I thought you might be rushing our 50th a bit, but then I realized we better get cracking if we are going to set our goal so high. I brought it up at the last class lunch, and several of us think that it would be great if our class was able to come up with a gift to initiate an endowment for Columbia College scholarships -- believe it or not, the College has no such endowment, and all College Fund monies are paid out directly each year towards scholarships. Lots of thought and planning is needed, but if any of you would like to join the discussion, let me know.

On a final sad note, I have just heard of the death of our classmate, Alan R. Wolfson. If any of you knew Alan or knows more of his life after Columbia, would you please share your memories with us?

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


Mini-Reunion this Fall

Mini-reunion Planned for Homecoming Weekend

Plans to center mini-reunion events around the Homecoming Game on October 15 proceed. Start with lunch with your classmates on Friday, the 14th, and then some socializing that evening. On Saturday, we will get together at the Homecoming tent in the morning at Baker Field, and then watch Columbia beat Penn at the Homecoming game that afternoon. We then will then probably have another gathering on Saturday afternoon/evening to be determined. For those of you who missed the last real reunion (and most of you did) this is a great opportunity to meet old friends and acquaintances, and have some fun. Watch this space for more news as we firm this up, but save the dates, October 14-15, 2005.

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