No. 18
September 12, 2006

Welcome to the eighteenth issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963 eNewsletter.

I trust you have all had an enjoyable summer and are ready for an exciting fall. If you have any adventures that you'd like to share with us, and memorialize on these pages, let me know.

I have posted this issue of our eNewsletter on our new web site, As the College and University work out their plans for the future of the Columbia online alumni presence, I thought it prudent to start up an independent, easily controllable environment. Over the next few years I hope that it will grow into a rich resource for our class. I am hoping that a few of you will join me on working on this site (knowing the talent in this class, I'm counting on it). I'll be sending out a separate email to all of you in week or with more information. In the meantime, let me know if what I have moved there so far (I'm slowly migrating the archives of this eNewsletter over) seems to be working correctly. The next step is a nicely designed home page, and sections for all sorts of goodies. If you want to see what I have been working on for my prep school's 50th, take a look at I'm collaborating with two classmates from Andover (I'm the web master), and we've built this site over the summer. It is just starting to take on a momentum and life of its own. I know we can do even better for Columbia '63. Let me know what you think. You an always email me at

We're starting off this fall with a very large lunch gathering on Thursday, September 14 at the Columbia Club (see below). If you can't make that, I hope to see you at the Homecoming game on Saturday, September 30 (also below).

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, September 14

Columbia University Club of New York

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, September 14. This will be a unique time to meet Derek Wittner '65, Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development; Susan Birnbaum, Executive Director, Columbia College Fund; and Karri Brady, the Columbia College Fund Director recently assigned to our class. Let me know if you will attend so that we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin ( As of Tuesday 9/12/06, the following have indicated that they will attend:

David Alpern
Steve Barcan
Peter Broido
Paul Gorrin
Bob Heller
Bruce Kaplan
Barry Landau
Paul Neshamkin
Larry Neuman
Tom O’Connor
Barry Reiss
Phil Satow
Herb Soroca

Because of the large size of the gathering, we will be meeting in the Nassau Room (#405) at 12:30 PM.

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


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

Homecoming Game - September 30

The Homecoming game is early this year on September 30 against Princeton. Kickoff is not until 1:30 PM in order to give you lots of time at the pre-game festivities. I hope you will join me and several other classmates at the Class of 1963 table at the Pre-game BBQ under the Big Tent on the baseball field. I'll be looking for you.

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

Latest News from the Class of 63

Thank you for the recent flurry of notes in response for my urgent request in order to beat the deadline for the November issue of Columbia College Today. I publish them with minimal editing (just consider me your press agent).

David Alpern reports he has signed a third two-year, post-retirement contract with Newsweek to keep producing and hosting the magazine's syndicated weekend radio broadcast, Newsweek On Air, now also a popular “podcast” via the web site. Indeed, Alpern is both pleased and a bit surprised to find the show doing so well in the new digital world, generally among the Top Twenty of all programs rated at an independent website called, which claims to consider quality of content as well as counting downloads. “Oh, brave new world!” he's been heard to say.

Larry Neuman has started a renewable energy company and recently returned from a business trip to China. After visiting with his partner companies in solar energy near Shanghai, he drove 700 kilometers (400 miles) across Inner Mongolia to look at sites for a wind energy project.
Far from an exotic backwater, Larry found four-lane super highways connecting the windy, rolling grasslands. “Never once in 400 miles without a soul in sight, were we out of cell phone contact - can you say that on the New Jersey turnpike?”
With China's desperate need for energy and the pressure to make its environment cleaner, green energy is a major driving force in China. Solar energy is just beginning to take hold in the US and Larry expects to be shuttling back and forth very often. He invites anyone who wants to learn more to contact him at Solar Bridge Inc (

Barry Reiss is pleased to announce “that a film produced by my client, which will be opening this summer entitled ‘Yellow,’ starring Roselyn Sanchez (of Without a Trace) just got a rave review from Variety. The review was based on a ‘preview’ of the film at the HBO NY Latin Film Festival.” Barry, I hope, by the time we read this, that your client’s film has been released and had a boffo box office.

Bill Goebel writes, “We just came back from a ten-day trip to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto and are heading to Japan in October. Retirement is great. Also, my wife and I had a lovely dinner in July with Cindi and Ira Malter, who are living in Port Jefferson.”

Frank Sypher writes, "This summer I have been doing editorial work on a fascinating catalogue for a forthcoming exhibition at the Stanford University Libraries, of "Dickens and Show Biz." The materials in the show are from the collection of Mr. Bruce Crawford, a distinguished collector of material on Dickens, and other British and American authors. In the show, and in the excellent catalogue, he presents Dickens's many important links to the theater during his literary career. Also, in later years there have been countless theatrical adaptations of Dickens stories, as for movies, TV shows, and Broadway musicals. All this (and, as the saying goes, much more) is discussed in the lavishly illustrated catalogue."

Henry R. Black, M.D. was elected as President-Elect of the American Society of Hypertension in May, 2006. His two-year term will begin in 2008. He and his wife, Benita, will be moving back to New York later this year. He writes that “the trip from Chicago to Baker Field was simply too far. I am really looking forward to be able to come to our monthly luncheons on a regular basis.” Henry, I will be looking for you at lunch and the games. It’ll be great to see you.

Phil Satow writes that he just passed the second anniversary of the founding of JDS Pharmaceuticals. “Marketing two well-known psychiatric drugs through a national 50 person sales force. We also have an important new product for bipolar treatment under development. The company contributes a fixed percent of its profit annually to community-based mental health programming. Proudly, I work with my son Michael CC’88; he is our President and COO. My daughter Julie CC'96 is currently the real estate reporter for Crains New York.”

Paul Gorrin added a note to his RSVP to the September 14 lunch, "By the way, I've just bought a new office building and am organizing a multispecialty group practice in a small and under served rural area in Southern Delaware. The model is a time share, where docs in the hospital towns come to our office weekly. There's a a counseling center and we should have a psychiatrist by next year. It's exciting and professionally gratifying. This area is the most rapidly growing area in Delaware (I know there are probably more people on Morningside Hgts than in our capital. Does anyone know what it is? Well before we moved here many years ago, I certainly didn't.) Not surprisingly the multitude of homes and rising land values threatens farming here and that's what had made this spot really out of a 1940's America so sweet. There's still a lot of open land, and beautiful wetlands. It's a different life from what we knew all those years ago. My wife, Ann of 26 years, finds it very much like the northern Vermont town she grew up in. She's county coordinator for Read Aloud Delaware, a literacy program for children who don't get read to by their parents. Our oldest daughter, Ellen (Colby Sawyer, New London, NH, '04) after a year in Los Angeles and one in NY has come back to Delaware to pursue a master's in school counseling. Daniel, our oldest boy (Gettysburg '06) is at the NIH for a post-baccalaureate traineeship in neuropsychology; David, our younger son, is starting his second year at Gettysburg. Emily, our youngest, is a senior at Milford H.S.

And finally, Barry Austern tells me that he had problems with the ringer on his cell phone. “Sometimes I am in a crowd and it is hard to know whose phone it is ringing. Because of that, I tend to ignore cell phones and sometimes miss calls. So I sent $2.49 to Cincinnati Bell and my phone now ‘rings’ with Roar, Lion, and Roar. It's a melody that does perk up my ears and I know the phone ringing is mine.” Barry’s email signature line contained the text, “Deziru pacon al Jerusalemo; Bonan staton havu viaj amantoj.” I wrote back to plead my ignorance, and he responded, “It is Psalm 122:6, ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you prosper.’ Fitting now, I think. It is a translation into Esperanto. What more fitting language in which to pray for peace than that language invented to encourage peace.”

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