May 4, 2006
Welcome to the fifteenth issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963
Spring has really sprung, and I am off to my Shore house
to do some gardening. So I thought I would get these notes
out before I leave. Apologies for rushing a bit. I have
not edited down the letters you will find further down
in our Notes section. Thank you all for sending a last
April's luncheon was attended by the usual convivial
lot,, see the notes below for details. This month's lunch
will be on Thursday, May 11. Future gatherings are scheduled
for June 8, and July 13.
Again, I hope you will remember that the Third Annual
Parade of Classes will be on Tuesday, May 16 (Class Day)
at Columbia. Each of the last 50 graduate classes marches
proudly holding their Class Flag. Last year, I was the
only 63er there, and we had to borrow a ringer from the
Alumni Office to hold the other end. (See
last June's eNewsletter for pictures.) I hope some
of you will join me. We meet at Lerner Hall (in the Satow
Room) at 8 AM for a great Continental Breakfast. March
with the flags, and then enjoy great Class Day speeches.
Let me know if you are going to join me.
If this is your first visit here, I've added a link to
an archives page, which in turn, will link you to the
issues of the Class of 1963 eNewsletter.
Keep those notes coming, and share with us your memories
and your recent news.
I haven't heard from any of you recently about missing classmates. If
you have been unsuccessfully trying to find one, let me
know, and we will see what news we can find. Here again
is the list of missing classmates that you have sent me
in the past:
Christian (Chris) Rieger
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.
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,
May 11, 2006.
April Lunch Attended By Four Die-hard 63ers
The Fifteenth Second Thursday Class of 1963
lunch was held on April 20. Many of the regular Second
Thursday Club members showed up, including Frank
Partel, Larry Neuman, Steve Bauer, Bob Heller, Tom O'Connor,
and Paul Neshamkin.
A fabulous group as always.
Here once again are portraits of the stellar
(From left to right): Frank Partel, Larry
Neuman, Steve Bauer, Bob Heller, Paul Neshamkin, and Tom
And a reverse angle:
I hope you can all join us (please encourage
your friends to come with you) at the next lunch on Thursday,
May 11. Let me know if you will attend so that
we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin
If you like to see our previous lunches, click
on the dates below:
February 10, 2005
March 10. 2005
October 14, 2005
November 9, 2005
December 12, 2005
January 12, 2006
February 9, 2006
March 9, 2006
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at email@example.com.
Here are the unedited (and unexpurgated) notes
and news that you have sent in the last month. Thanks
for filling my email box! Keep it up, it's always great
to hear from you.
Harvey Frankel writes, "My
non-profit, College Match, had a great year. We got low-income
students of color from underserved neighborhoods into
most of the nation's top colleges with one notable
exception. See details below:
All current College Match seniors have been accepted
by at least one four-year college, and 95% of our students
got into a top-ranked school. Moreover, our low-income
students have been accepted at some of the finest colleges
in the country including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Wellesley,
Swarthmore, Williams, Pomona, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Trinity,
Mt. Holyoke, Rice, Brandeis, Claremont McKenna, Scripps,
Bryn Mawr, Connecticut College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD,
USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Occidental, Embry-Riddle, NYU,
Carnegie Mellon, Tufts, Macalester and Boston College.
Needless to say, we are thrilled with these results.
Recent articles in The Washington Post and The Wall Street
Journal have indicated that 2006 has been the toughest
college admissions year in years for students applying
to selective colleges. A number of the most selective
institutions have reported record low acceptance rates.
Against this backdrop, the success of College Match students
has been both remarkable and heartwarming."
Cal Cohn writes, "I've
been out of touch. Briefly: living in Houston with wonderful
wife of 23 years, 2 great kids (one, 21 y.o.at Univ Texas,
one, 19 y.o. at NYU transferring to Wash U.); 2 clinical
professorships; own my own psychiatric clinic (Fein-Jennings
Clinic; 713-776-2400); basically a clinical psychopharmacologist
and once a student and colleague of Julius Axelrod in
the glory days. Any and all contacts welcome. 713 776
2400, home phone: we are just moving. As I leave this
home where we raised our kids I am tying up loose ends,
promises I'd made and not kept, of which writing this
note is one. Best to all. firstname.lastname@example.org"
Jerry Epstein is working now on two
grants. One is from NSF and involves developing and validating
a test known as the Calculus Concept Inventory. The other
involves retraining of elementary and middle school teachers
and is a partnership with a NYC school district, also
funded by NSF.
His musical life is also doing very well. He sings traditional
American folk songs and leads workshops for singers. He
has recently returned from singing and teaching in Australia
and New Zealand, and will do a concert in China in July
with the help of a Columbia alumnus who is the US consular
official for the northeast of China. He is happy to hear
from any interested Columbia folks at email@example.com.
Michael Hassan is alive and well. He
writes, "So sorry but am dealing with import problems
with my largest customer and my stock broker just retired
leaving me in a losing position, etc, etc...no time to
do anything all weekend.
I did get to Sudan, no business came out of it but it
is an interesting place and I hope to send you something
about my impressions when I get more time.
On May 10th I head to South America for 5 month exploration
which should generate many new stories....will do a better
job writing on this safari."
Michael Dowd writes, "We've never
met (that I can recall) but I am grateful for the time
you put in doing this alumni work." Actually, I just
looked in the Columbian, and I recognized you immediately,
but I don't think we ever spent any time together at Columbia.
"I don't think there's been an update on me for decades,
but I am working as a Senior Vice President at Millennium
Credit Markets LLC. We have an office in Rockefeller Center
and my primary responsibility is overseeing various placements
of equity and debt in real estate transactions. I will
retire shortly after I am forced out at gunpoint. At the
moment I see no one carrying loaded weapons.
I spend a lot of time in Weston Massachusetts where, today,
the sun is shining and the trees are flowering or in leaf.
We have had spring for the first time in several years.
I keep meaning to catch up with your New York lunch group,
and will do so as soon as I can."
Lee Lownefish notes, "Your interesting
e-mail address prompts me to ask about exactly how you
help authors. I think you told us a while ago, but, alas,
I wasn't paying attention. I just completed my fourth
book on baseball, a new biography, Branch Rickey: Baseball's
Ferocious Gentleman. It will be published in March by
University of Nebraska Press, but as you well know, university
presses pay little and promote less. I think I can self-promote
somewhat because I did non-commercial sports commentary
for years on WBAI and a little on WNYC in 2000.
I am interested in doing more quality baseball writing
- my books on the labor history of baseball, The Imperfect
Diamond, two editions, and Tom Seaver's The Art of Pitching,
were well received." Unfortunately, as I noted in
my notes last year, my email address has nothing to do
with what it sounds like -- I'm not a literary agent.
So, I'm afraid I can't help. Actually what I'm an expert
at is creating computer user assistance (Help file), thus
the email address.
Ezra H. Cohen writes, "You are
doing a great job with the class notes, just as you did
in the Van Am Society. I happened to receive recently
an honor that I rather cherish. I was the recipient this
year of the Pollard Award given annually by the Atlanta
Bar Association to a lawyer or judge for professionalism
and ethics in the practice of bankruptcy law. After Columbia
and two years in the Army, I matriculated at Emory law
School here in Atlanta and began practice with the predecessor
of my present firm. I have primarily practiced bankruptcy
law, except for three years in the late 1970's, when I
served as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern
District of Georgia. " Thanks for the praise, Ezra.
By the way, did you know the Van Am Society folded years
ago. I wonder why? We certainly had a great time. How
many of you remember the Dean's Drag?
Peter Gollon also came through with promised
news of his latest travels, "I've been travelling
a lot lately - maybe too much. In February I went with
my wife Abby Pariser '67B, daughter Kate, son David and
his fiancee Mindy on a 10 day trip to Costa Rica. My children
are now grown up enough that it's again fun to spend time
with them, especially in new and exotic locations. Yes,
the trip is a bribe for their company, but they're well
A few weeks after that, I went off on a business trip
to Hong Kong. As I've gotten older, I have learned that
its both possible and desirable to add a few days to these
trips for enjoyment and recovery from jet lag. One afternoon
I took the ferry across to Kowloon, and was greeted by
several 6th grade girls (see photo) practicing
their English by taking a survey of tourists under their
This trip I spent two days on nearby Macau - a former
Portuguese colony for several hundred years until it reverted
back to China in 1999, similar to the recent history of
Hong Kong. But while Hong Kong has been a bustling trade
center for most of its history, Macau has been a backwater....until
its recent emergence as a tourist attraction. Many of
its buildings and cityscapes such as the Largo do Senado
(Senate Square) look as if they were imported from 19th
century Portugal...but then you walk around the corner
and it's all Chinese. Absolutely charming, except for
a dozen newly built Las Vegas style mega-casinos."
As you saw above, I've added
a link to Peter's photos. If you want to send any
pictures of yourself, family, friends, or trips; anything
you'd like to share with your classmates, just attach
them to an email message, and I will link them to this
eNewsletter. I look forward to seeing what you are up
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
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).
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.