June 6, 2007
Well, no one joined me for the Parade of the
Classes on Class Day, Tuesday, May 15. You missed
an excellent continental breakfast and mimosas. I again
had to share holding the Class of '63 flag with a young
assistant from the Alumni Office. What can Columbia do
to make this a more attractive event for alumni? Class
Day was beautiful this year on the Columbia campus. I
hope next year we have a decent turnout. Here
are some photos from the day.
As I mentioned in the last eNewsletter, the new web site
is still in its early construction days. I intend to add
separate pages for each classmate in the Columbian section.
I 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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, June 14 and
July 12 . Let me know if you will attend so that
we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin
May Lunch Attended By Seven '63ers
On May 10, seven classmates gathered at the
Columbia Club Gill Room for lunch. The 7 who attended
included regulars Joe Applebaum (up from
Washington, D.C.), Steve Barcan, Doron Gopstein,
Lee Lowenfish, Paul Neshamkin, Larry Neuman,
and Tom O'Connor. We
were joined again by a small group of members of the Class
of '64. They included Fred Kantor, Larry
Kessler, and Norman Olch. As
I suggested last month, in the future, it might be interesting
to try to bring together a larger gathering of the classes
that overlapped our years at Columbia.
(From left to right) Steve Barcan, Paul Neshamkin,
Norman Olch '64, Larry Kessler, '64, Fred Kantor, '64
(originally '63), Larry Neuman, Tom O'Connor, Joe Applebaum,
Doron Gopstein, and Lee Lowenfish.
Click here for
some candid shots
If you like to see our previous lunches, click
on the dates below:
||January 12, 2006
||January 11, 2007
||February 9, 2006
||February 8, 2007
||March 9, 2006
||March 8, 2007
||April 20, 2006
||April 12, 2007
||May 11, 2006
|May 12, 2005
||June 8, 2006
|June 9, 2005
||July 13, 2006
||September 14, 2006
|September 8, 2005
||October 12, 2006
|October 14, 2005
||November 9, 2006
|November 9, 2005
||December 14, 2006
|December 12, 2005
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at email@example.com.
As I have done for the last few issues,,
I will add notes as they are received,
so please send me some. Nothing much here again this month.
So come back later this month and visit this page to see
if you, or your classmates have sent in some new additions.
Please send in your notes and pictures, and I
will add them immediately.
Joe Applebaum had sent me
an email in April telling that he would make the lunch
and telling me of a review of a book about our classmate,
James Yorke's work in Chaos theory (he
coined the term). He said, "Jim Yorke, has had an
exceedingly distinguished career as a mathematician -I
haven't seen him since we graduated - as one of the discoverers
of chaos theory. This week I saw a review in the Bulletin
of the American Mathematical Society of a book that was
published in honor of Jim's 60th birthday which gives
some details of his accomplishments." He brought
the article to the lunch and we talked about James and
the many fine mathematicians in our class (Joe, also a
math major, is now the Chief Actuary for the U.S. Government
Accountability Office -- GAO). I've attached a copy
of of the book review in PDF form here.
By happy coincidence, I received an email
this morning from James Yorke asking
to be added to our mailing list (Columbia did not supply
me with his email address). James writes,
"Please add me to the distribution list of the class
of 63 Newsletter. I graduated from Columbia College on
June 4, 1963, two days after getting married to Ellen
Davis who graduated from Barnard in 1962. In 1963 she
received an MS in physics from Columbia. We both went
to grad school at the University of Maryland where we
got our Ph.D.s, she in physics and me in math.
I am still at Maryland, and on July 1 I begin a 5-year
term as Chairman of the Math Dept. My colleagues cannot
figure out why I put my name in the hat for this job,
but I think it will be fun. My web page http://yorke.umd.edu
has other details. Bruce Miller told
me about this newsletter." James I hope that your
term will be fun indeed! Judging from the Fields Award
on your web site, it is getting off to a good start. And
thanks to Bruce for passing on the word. If you hear from
any classmates who are not getting email messages from
me it is because I don't have their address. Please have
them contact me, and I will add them to my address book
and Columbia College's.
In response to the notice last month of Steve
Bauer's death I received the following from Stephen
Langfelder, "I read the sad news about Steve
Bauer’s passing. Other than my four-year roommate
Don Putnoi, Steve was the only really
close friend I can recall from Columbia.
We met as seniors in an accounting class in
the fall of 1962, one of the few business courses given
by the College at that time. Maybe our friendship started
when we realized that our mothers had named each of us
Stephen Bruce, or perhaps it was the bridge games that
we enjoyed together, but we became fast friends and shared
a lot of great times.
Our lives had many parallels. After graduation,
we both went on to Columbia’s Graduate School of
Business, majored in accounting, and completed the program
in one calendar year by beginning in the summer term of
1963. Not long after starting Brady and Thompson’s
"Tax Factors in Business Decisions", Steve knew
that he wanted to go into tax accounting. He was a tall,
good-looking, well-spoken fellow, and the (then) “Big
8” accounting firms all wanted him. He chose Haskins
& Sells, and, always on the fast track, eventually
became a tax partner in the firm. He completed all four
parts of the CPA exam with high grades the first time
he sat for them.
I was an usher at his marriage to Marian in June of 1964,
and they both attended my wedding three months later.
We stayed in touch for a few years, and then, as too often
happens, our paths diverged. I did look for and see his
name every year on the list of contributors to the annual
fund drives of both the College and the Business School.
Reading in your letter that his three children attended
Columbia I grinned in astonishment. When we weren't’t
playing bridge or studying accounting we were animatedly
talking politics. We both supported Barry Goldwater in
our first presidential election, and I can still hear
him saying, well, make that almost bellowing—he
had a rich baritone speaking voice—that Columbia
was far too left-wing for him. Invariably that was followed
with “No kid of mine is ever coming here!”
One of the things good accountants learn is never to
say “never.” Steve obviously learned that
and a great many other things along the way. I will remember
him, and I will miss him."
You can reach Steve Langfelder at Langfelder@aol.com.
Peter Landecker writes, "I am working
on NASA space instrument programs with lots of hobbies,
as noted in http://www.lafn.org/~bf684/index.htm.
I am in excellent health, and enjoying life."
Michael Hassan sent me the latest report
on his travels, "So sorry for being unpredictable
with readable stories. I have plenty of them but I have
been spending all my time living them rather than relating
I decided my investments were too narrow and took half
my money out of the stock market and am investing it in
international property. So far so good though this is
not work for the faint of heart. More on the do's and
don'ts of buying internationally later as I now have a
relatively inexpensive yet hard won education.
At any rate, latest effort, (after buying a condo in
Buenos Aires in the famous Recoleta area, and a plot of
land near Cabo San Lucas in Mexico), is the purchase of
a small villa in Yalikavak, Turkey with a private garden
and swimming pool.
Sounds far out but actually is a short distance from Bodrum,
a famous (for Europeans) resort on the Aegean Peninsula
that stretches out into the ocean with some of the Greek
islands a 10 minute boat ride away.
Food and views are magnificent. Turkey has received a
bad rap via the news media (in the states) and is safer,
the people more industrious and more honest with a gorgeous
topography. When I want the ocean I go to Turkey and when
I want an exciting and inexpensive beautiful city, I go
back to Buenos Aires.
Once I get it furnished I intend to live there during
the off season and rent it out in season. Same with Buenos
Aires. The half acre in Los Cerritos, Mexico overlooking
the beach and Sierra Madre mountains will either be flipped
or built on, depending upon the tides of fortune.
Can life get any better?
Hopefully, I'll find time to write up some of my experiences
this year while roasting marshmallows in front of my fireplace
Michael, send us some pictures to prove these fanciful
Frank Sypher's edition of "Poems
from the New Monthly Magazine" by Letitia Elizabeth
Landon (1802-1838) was published in May 2007: the 17th
volume in his series of books by and about this prolific
British author of poems, novels, short stories, essays,
and letters. Earlier this year he published a biographical/bibliographical
study: "The Donald M. Liddell Collection of Chess
Books, and Other Volumes in the Liddell Family Library";
Donald M. Liddell was a prominent collector of chessmen,
and author of one of the standard books on the subject:
"Chessmen" (1937). His career as a
consulting engineer is outlined in the introduction to
the volume, which also includes many details on his family
background, presented to explain the ownership inscriptions
in the books in the library.
Larry Litt writes, "I would like
to get your advice about asking if anyone in our class
might have a copy of our graduation year book with which
they would be willing to part. I moved many times in the
first few decades after graduating—to Harvard for
a physics PhD; to Switzerland for a postdoc position;
to Michigan for a faculty position; to Miami for medical
school; and finally, to San Francisco for my academic
anesthesia career. My copy of the yearbook vanished somewhere
within those moves. Perhaps a discreet inquiry at your
luncheons might be possible and sufficient. Otherwise,
would it be possible to put a line in the news that a
classmate seeks a replacement copy of the yearbook? If
someone has a copy that can be surrendered, they should
please write to me (Larry.Litt@ucsf.edu)
to discuss the terms."
Larry, I hope someone has a spare copy. I'll keep my
eyes open on eBay, and also ask around Columbia.
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