No. 45
October, 2009

The first feel of fall should be reminding all of us of another season of hope for the Columbia football team (among other things). I certainly am looking for forward to getting up to the Robert Kraft Stadium at Baker Field to watch the Lions win. I hope to see many of you there -- especially on October 17 for Homecoming vs. Penn (see you in the Big Tent at Baker Field at the Class of 1963 table starting at 11 AM).

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. If you haven't seen any of the earlier newsletters, take a look -- there's a lot more news, pictures, and interesting articles than I haven't been able to include in Columbia College Today. You might want to start with last month's eNewsletter (if you haven't read it already). It is chock full of interesting notes by and about your classmates.

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Next Lunches - Thursday, October 8 and November 12

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, October 8 and November 12. Let me know if you will attend so that we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (

September lunch attended by nine '63ers

The September 10, 2009 lunch (the first after our summer hiatus) brought together another great group of '63ers with 9 classmates attended. Among the regulars attending were Doug Anderson, Steve Barcan, Henry Black, Doron Gopstein, Bob Heller, Chuck Miller, Paul Neshamkin, Tom O'Connor and Barry Reiss.

(Seated from left to right) Bob Heller, Barry Reiss, Doron Gopstein, Doug Anderson, Tom O'Connor, Steve Barcan, Chuck Miller,Henry Black, and Paul Neshamkin.

Click here to see some candids of the group.

Lunch Archives

If you like to see our previous lunches, click on the dates below:

December 9, 2004 January 12, 2006 January 11, 2007 May 8, 2008
January 13, 2005 February 9, 2006 February 8, 2007 June 12, 2008
February 10, 2005 March 9, 2006 March 8, 2007 July 10, 2008
March 10. 2005 April 20, 2006 April 12, 2007 September 11, 2008
April 14, 2005 May 11, 2006 May 10, 2007 October 16, 2008
May 12, 2005 June 8, 2006 June 14, 2007 November 13, 2008
June 9, 2005 July 13, 2006 July 12, 2007 January 8, 2009
July 14, 2005 September 14, 2006 September 20, 2007 February 12, 2009
September 8, 2005 October 12, 2006 November 8, 2007 March 12, 2009
October 14, 2005 November 9, 2006 February 14, 2008 April, 2009
November 9, 2005 December 14, 2006 March 13, 2008 May, 2009
December 12, 2005   April 10, 2008 June 2009

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


Latest News from the Class of 63

Mark Bridger writes, “Since I just retired after being a math professor at Northeastern University (Boston) for more than 40 years, I guess I should say a few words about what I've been doing. My book "Real Analysis -- a Constructive Approach" appeared several years ago and is the only undergraduate text to follow an "intuitionist" approach to the theoretical foundations underlying calculus and the real numbers. Predictably, it is not selling like hotcakes. For about 5 years I have been writing a blog explaining the mathematics behind the CBS TV show "Numb3rs," for which I was also an unpaid (the story of my life) consultant. I now write a political blog Furniture-making and housebuilding, as well a organic farming, playing bluegrass music, and long-distance cycling, have been important parts of my life. The most important, my wife Maxine Simon Bridger, is also a mathematician; we have three children, one of whom should be getting her doctorate with Eric Foner from Columbia this Spring. We also have 3 grandchildren. From time to time I reread some of the wonderful works I first encountered at Columbia nearly 50 years ago. It's even better the second time around. I wish my fellow classmates good health and happiness.

Sid Kadish sent me the following photo and writes, “I rode this summer in the Pan Mass Challenge, a road bike event for 162 miles, from Wellesley to Provincetown over 2 days. The money raised goes to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, otherwise known as the Jimmy Fund. This is my 14th ride. The picture shows me after the first day's ride on August 1, 2009. I am posing with Wally, the Red Sox mascot after I have showered up and taken a picture with my riding team, Team Perry. They are the ones who distribute the shirt about how pain is temporary. The site is the Mass Maritime Academy, in Bourne, MA along the Cape Cod Canal.”

Keep the notes coming and I'll add them here as I receive them.


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