July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10 was Steve Barcan's
65th birthday, and he celebrated it by riding his bicycle
along the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Sea Girt. And
he picked one of the hottest days of the summer (so far).
For a rest stop, he came by my summer house in Bradley
Beach on LaReine Avenue, a block away from his boyhood
home. Here's Steve in my back yard (click on it for a
larger version of the photo). Steve writes, "After
I left I rode to Sea Girt and then back to the Hook--
50 miles total. Probably not the smartest thing I have
Now I'm sure many of you had a very special 65th, or
plan on making it a memorable day when it finally comes.
Take a moment to send me a note (and photos) describing
it, and I will add them here.
The Alumni Office notified me that three of our classmates’
sons graduated from the College at this year's Commencement;
Harvey Cantor’s son Andrew, Michael
DiLorenzo’s son James, and Mark
Mandelkern’s son, Benjamin. Congratulations
How does it feel to be getting ready for your 45th Columbia
College Reunion? Yup, that's right -- next June will be
the big 45, and I hope that you are all planning to come
back to Morningside (I'll post the dates as soon as I
hear). Your reunion committee is in formation, and if
you have some time or ideas, please contact me and join
us. We hope to make the reunion a super event and we will
make sure that the planning process is enjoyable too.
Save the date! Homecoming Game will be on October 13th
at Baker Field. The Lions will be playing to win against
Penn. After last year's .500 season, the team deserves
and needs your support. Last year we had a great turnout
of 63ers, and I know we can do even better in the this
our Reunion year.
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 email@example.com.
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, July 12 and
September 13. Let me know if you will attend
so that we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul
June Lunch Attended By Three '63ers
On June 14, three classmates gathered at the
Columbia Club Gill Room for lunch. The 3 included regulars
Doron Gopstein, Paul Neshamkin, and
Tom O'Connor. This ties our smallest
(but select, as always) lunch turnout in the last three
years. So lets all make an attempt to regroup in the fall
and make the September lunch one to remember (details
(From left to right) Doron Gopstein, Tom O'Connor,
and Paul Neshamkin.
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 10, 2007
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Really slim pickings so far.
You all must be enjoying the summer! 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.
still is on the book tour with he latest, Branch Rickey:
Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman. He writes, "I'm
also part of the Glory Days Of NYC Baseball 1947-57
book and exhibit and will be signing with other authors
on Tues., Aug. 14 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of City of
New York, 5th Ave and 103rd Street. Also part of a panel
at same place on baseball and civil rights, Wed, Sept
5th - time TBA." He also writes, writes, “here
are a couple of quotes about my book. It’s in its
second printing from University of Nebraska Press and
I am pleased at the reaction so far.
‘A summer 2007 Hot Read’
from the AARP The Magazine; ‘A fascinating glimpse
of the game's roots . . . detailed and nuanced’
David Ulin, LA Times; ‘Chock full of revelations
and great anecdotes on Rickey's life.’ Bill Madden,
New York Daily News. Enough of me tooting my own horn
but who else is to do it?”
writes, " I just met Gil Zicklin
here in Montreal as he was going to a music camp here
in Quebec. We had a great conversation -- and of course
40 years have passed -- but Gil is still full of the warm
intelligence for which I remember him. We talked about
our classmate Marty Silver whom I would
dearly like to contact. Do you have any news of him?
I enclose here, for your information, an electronic essay
by me, "A
Big Story in a Small Place." At the present time,
I am in correspondence with the NYC Commissioner of Parks,
Adrian Benepe. As you might know, on April 15, Betsy Gotbaum,
the Public Advocate of The City of New York, called for
New York City to place a moratorium on the installation
of all new synthetic fields in the park system. In the
words of the April 15th press release, "The rubber
pellets, used to fill in the synthetic turf in more than
70 athletic fields throughout the City, are made from
recycled tires that contain high levels of cancer-causing
chemicals" ("Public Advocate Gotbaum Calls For
Independent Testing of Pellets Used in City Parks,"
Public Advocate of the City of New York, Release #013--2007,
April 15, 2007).
She asked the City -- and particularly the Parks Department
-- to co-operate with a testing protocol planned by Prof.
William Crain (CUNY) to be carried out with Dr. Junfeng
Zhang, acting chair of the Department of Environmental
and Occupational Health at Rutgers. I have written Benepe
in support of Gotbaum's request.
We here in Westmount, Quebec have issued a unique guide
to the "synthetic issue" -- Turf Issue Resources
- and just today, the editor of that Guide said to me:
"What are we doing putting landfills in our city
parks?" By that he meant to refer to the fact that
the "third generation" synthetic fields typically
consist of rubber crumbs from 20,000 to 40.000 recycled
This is the issue for New York and everywhere else. What's
in there? Do we not want to know?
I have returned from Italy where I had a great time ...At
the center of Hadrian's villa complex at Tivoli is a round,
mini-villa, placed inside a tiny, artificial pond. There,
in the middle of vast power, controlling 60 million people,
the emperor Hadrian would have quiet converse with his
We have our public parks and streets to wander in at high
summer -- I remember "walking around the block"
on languid summer nights in our old neighborhood, Yorkville.
Who needs an empire? All you need is a city block...Right?"
Harley Frankel reports
that his non-profit, College Match, "had another
very successful year helping low-income public school
students get into great colleges. Our results follow:
Over the past two years,
- All of the seniors have been admitted
to a four-year institution with a financial aid package
enabling them to attend the school.
- Over 92% were admitted into a top-ranked
college (defined as the 50 top national universities
and the 50 top small private colleges as ranked by US
News and World Report.)
- And in the current year, approximately
40% have been admitted into an Ivy League university
or an Ivy-equivalent such as Swarthmore, Wellesley and
College Match graduates have been accepted
at Harvard, Yale, Wellesley, Pomona, Columbia, Swarthmore,
Brown, Williams, Amherst, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Johns
Hopkins, Rice, Spellman, Morehouse, Tufts, Notre Dame,
Bryn Mawr, Middlebury, Cornell, Mt. Holyoke, Wesleyan,
Claremont McKenna, Brandeis, Smith, Barnard, Vassar, Trinity,
Pitzer, Scripps, Carnegie Mellon, Bowdoin, Bates, Grinnell,
Boston College, Tuskegee, Dickinson, Case Western, USC,
Mills, Occidental, Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, NYU,
and all the UC's.
In addition, during this period we raised
the average SAT scores of our students by 330 points."
Harley, your non-profit is doing fantastic
Another one of our class authors, Hank Davis
has just had his book about old movie serials, Classic
Cliffhangers: Volume 1 published by Midnight Marquee
Press (www.midmar.com). Hank and fellow Columbia alum
Scott Parker ' 64 are completing production work on a
book and boxed set on the music of Frankie Miller, to
be published by Bear Family Records of Germany. Hank and
Scott used to play Miller's music regularly on their country
music show "Tennessee Border," broadcast by
campus station WKCR- FM back in the early '60s.
I just received late news from Phil Satow
that his firm, JDS Pharmaceuticals, has just been acquired
by Noven Pharmaceuticals. Click
here to read all the details in their press release.
I noted an interesting article
in the NY Times on June 30 about the impact of wealth,
in this case on our classmate Harry Saal and
his wife Carol. In 1986, Harry’s company, Network
General went public and he and his wife were suddenly
multi-millionaires. The article says that they never expected
to become rich. Harry was a computer science professor
at Stanford University and had taught at the State University
of New York at Buffalo in the early 1970s. In 1986, he
founded Network General, based in Menlo Park, Calif. Carol
Saal worked in the company's marketing department. Their
two children were 16 and 19 when the family's wealth suddenly
soared. In some of their earliest discussions, Mr. Saal
recalls, “We said to ourselves, ‘Let's not
spoil our lives.’ ” He explained, “There
was a pending possibility of doom if we let the genie
out of the bottle, if we didn't think carefully about
our lifestyle.” The article continues “It
has taken constant thought and effort to stay grounded
in their financial and emotional lives, the Saals say,
but money did make one thing easier. The two had always
leaned toward the philanthropic; now they could give money
in such quantities, ‘the grants and gifts we make
are transformational,’ Mr. Saal said.” Among
Harry and Carol’s causes was helping to establish
a Center for Clinical Immunology at the Stanford University
School of Medicine.
I was happily surprised to get an email from our classmate
in Tehran, Farhad Ardalan. He writes,
"I feel guilty in this age of connectivity not write.
After receiving my Ph.D in Physics, theoretical particle
physics, from Penn State in 1970 I went back to Iran to
the then called Aryamehr University ( Aryamehr was the
title of the Shah), now called Sharif University. Spent
a year at Yale, 1973-74, and a year at Stony Brook, 1977-78.
Upon return to Iran, the Iranian Revolution was in full
swing. A year later the Iran-Iraq war started. Almost
all of my friends and colleagues left Iran. I chose to
stay and do something. I contributed to the establishment
of the first Ph.D program in Physics in Iran and the establishment
of the first theoretical physics institute, IPM, Institute
for Theoretical Physics and Mathematics there.
Incidentally, I must emphasize that in no time, now or
before, I and my colleagues at IPM have had anything to
do with Nuclear Energy development in Iran, as I am sure
this would be in the mind of the reader.
I am a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Developing
World TWAS: http://www.twas.org/
. Information about IPM can be found at: http://physics.ipm.ac.ir/.
I am married for the second time. I have a son, Nima,
from my first marriage who is living in California and
is estranged from me unfortunately. I have a daughter,
Malakeh Cramer, my wife's from a previous marriage who
is living in Geneva, Switzerland, [who is the] mother
of a son, Alexander 6, and a daughter, Darya 2.
I hope this note will get me in touch with some of my
I visited your
site, Farhad, and I see that you are interested in
string theory, and have an impressive list of articles.
I hope some of the other physicists in the class will
reconnect with you.
Alan Wilensky writes that he is still
working full-time at the University of Washington Regional
Epilepsy Center. "I was promoted to full professor
in the Department of Neurology July 2006 and I will be
inducted as a member of the American Neurological Association
at their Annual meeting in Washington, DC in October."
[Send your notes in
and I will add it here.]
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address(or web site) with your classmates. Always great
to hear from you all.
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Contact your Class Correspondent, and let him know what
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information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
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