November 2, 2005
Welcome to the ninth issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963 eNewsletter.
Homecoming Weekend brought quite a few of you back for the class lunch
on Friday, October 14. Unfortunately, not many made it back
to the game. Several of you at lunch observed that you had come
to New York to enjoy yourselves, and therefore were avoiding
the game. Shame on you (Columbia lost, don't ask me by how much).
Although I'm sure that Tom O'Connor was there
with the football alumni, I never was able to get together with
him. I'm sure there must have been a whole bunch of you in the
new tail-gating area, but I never got there. Phil Satow,
Bruce Kaplan, and Gerry Dwyer and
his wife kindly visited me at the lonely class of 1963 table
in the Big Tent at Baker Field before the game. So here are
our pictures to prove we were there.
(From left to right) Bruce Kaplan, Phil Satow, and Paul Neshamkin
Gerry Dwyer and his wife
I hope next year we will have a terrific turnout!
At the request of many of you, I've added a link to an archives
page, which in turn, will link you to the past
issues of the Class of 1963 eNewsletters. There may be some
broken links in the earlier issues, which I will fix when I
find them. If you have any difficulties reaching any of these
pages, let me know.
I hope that you are finding this eNewsletter interesting, I
have had a great time hearing from all of you. Judging from
the number of people who have been asking me to put them in
touch with old friends mentioned here, I think that many of
you share my desire to reconnect with old friends. I have heard
from close to a hundred of the you since I started as your class
correspondent a year ago. The class luncheon in New York has
been attended by over 30 of you, and many of you have become
regulars. I hope many more of you will attend. Keep those notes
coming, and share with us your memories and your recent news.
You have emailed me to let me know that the following classmates are
Scott M. Blue
Christian (Chris) Rieger
I know that there must be many more who have lost contact with
Columbia. Again, if you know how to contact any of these classmates,
please let me know. And send me the names of your lost friends,
and we will try to find them.
Table of Contents:
Special Date for Lunch (this month only) Wednesday,
November 9, 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 (this
month this falls on a Wednesday). It is our hope that these
gatherings will renew old friendships and foster improved relationship
with our class and the College. Because of the Homecoming Weekend,
the next lunch will be on Wednesday, November 9, 2005.
October Lunch Attended By Nine Loyal 63ers
The ninth Second Saturday Class of 1963 lunch was
held on October 14. For the first time, the doctors showed up
in force (and they came from out of town) to outnumber the lawyers.
Michael Erdos, Peter Broido,
Henry Black, and Harvey Schneier
making it in from out of town (Boston, Chicago, Chicago, and
his office in Jersey City, respectively). My old roommate, Frank
Partel finally made it in from his home in Bryn Mawr
before retreating to winter quarters in Vero Beach. And regulars,
Doron Gopstein, Tom O’Connor,
Bob Heller, and Paul Neshamkin
also enjoyed the day.
Here is the fine gathering. The first image was
taken with Peter Broido's camera (and he looks better), the
second with mine (and I look better).
(From left to right) Frank Partel, Michael Erdos,
Doron Gopstein, Tom O'Connor, Harvey Schneier, Henry Black,
Bob Heller, Paul Neshamkin, and Peter Broido.
I took several other candid shots, which
you can find by following this link.
I hope you can all join us (please encourage your
friends to come with you) at the next lunch on Wednesday,
November 9. Let me know if you will attend so that
we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (email@example.com).
If you like to see our previous lunches, click on
the dates below:
January 13, 2005
February 10, 2005
March 10. 2005
and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at
Very slim pickings -- I hope you guys are not getting
bored. I know you're not because a lot of you write to tell
me how much they enjoy reading the notes. Naturally, they don't
add any of their own. Please take a minute to fill your classmates
in on the news.
Here is a selection of the unedited (and unexpurgated)
notes and news that you have sent in the last month.
Jeff Thompson has seen Jim
Katzoff several times recently . . . “most recently
at my 65th birthday party and also for an evening listening
to Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jim has retired and moved to Ft.
Lauderdale. His wife of 42 years, Nancy, and Jim travel a great
deal and have just returned from a three-week stint in Japan.
After college and Business School at Columbia, Jim spent most
of his career with Singer managing their businesses in Europe
and South America where he lived, learned languages, integrated
into the cultures, and had a great time. Jim and Nancy have
two daughters also living in Florida.”
Larry Neuman is very actively involved
with the development of renewable energy (wind and solar) projects
from New Jersey to the Galapagos. After his Ph.D. from Lamont
Doherty Earth Observatory, he spent 17 years at the United Nations
on marine and energy resource development. Larry is based in
New York and welcomes any questions about this booming field.
You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry’s wife Ursula is curator of contemporary
craft and jewelry at the Museum of Arts & Design in New
York. Their son Andreas (’98) has just been promoted to
Captain in the US Air Force and is currently deployed in Qatar.
Michael Goldman writes: "I
appreciate receiving these email newsletters and thank you for
the effort of putting them together. My initial reaction to
the luncheon photos was 'Who are these old guys, and what do
they have to do with me?' Then I looked in the mirror . . .
One of the odd but nice things about teaching is that the people
you interact with never age, so it's easy to forget that it's
been over forty years since leaving Columbia. Living as I do
in Ohio, where I am entering my final year of teaching philosophy
at Miami University, my trips to New York are either visits
to the few family members who remain there, or to occasional
professional conferences. So it's been decades since I've visited
the campus. I was surprised and delighted to see in the latest
"hard" mailing how the living accommodations have
grown! I remember two of us being squeezed into a 10'x15' room
in what used to be Livingston. Now that my daughter has taken
a position with the American Civil Liberties Union in the city
I will have more reason to visit and will make a special effort
to see for myself."
Michael, (email@example.com) continues, "Perhaps you would
be interested in a memory of Columbia that I have occasionally
shared with my students:
I remember returning to campus one evening in 1960 or 61. It
was about midnight, probably in the middle of the week. Butler
Library was on my right, and arrayed on all sides were the fine
old McKim, Mead and White buildings. In every one of those buildings
lights were on, and I was suddenly struck by the thought that
all around me chemists and poets, sociologists and philosophers,
physicists, historians, engineers and scholars of every sort
were laboring well into the night on a common project: the struggle
against ignorance, poverty, disease, war, prejudice, famine
and all sorts of human misery. It was an incredibly, if naively,
optimistic thought, and also an incredibly inspiring one, for
here I was, a part, albeit a small part, of this tremendous
project. In retrospect it is easy to diagnose this emotional
response as a product of the post-war 'end of ideology' era,
and surely the history of the last half century has made a mockery
of that foolish optimism. Nonetheless I find it impossible wholly
to rid myself of it, and in the deepest recesses of my emotional
economy it still provides a bit of inspiration. Even if there
were no other reason to be grateful for my Columbia education,
this would be more than enough."
Phil Friedman Writes, "My
web site address was listed mistakenly [in the last eNewsletter]
as www.integrativehealing.com when the correct one is www.integrativehelp.com
(probably my mistake) or www.philipfriedman.com. My email address
Bruce Kaplan and his wife Ann Hall
Kaplan celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary this Spring.
“Between us we have four children, Matt Kaplan of Las
Vegas, Amy Benton of Quakertown PA, Ken Benton, currently in
his second year at Emory Law School in Atlanta, and Evan Kaplan
of New York. Both Ann and I are active in full time careers,
Ann is Director of Development at St. Bartholomews Church in
Manhattan, and I am am a litigation partner in the firm I started
twenty years ago, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP,
which has now grown to fifty lawyers.
Frank Sypher has had another book published
recently, Letitia Elizabeth Landon: A Bibliography
(Ann Arbor: Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, 2005), is the
15th volume in his series of books by and about this early 19th-century
British poet and novelist (1802-1838).
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 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).
and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at