November 2, 2006
Welcome to the twentieth issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963
I hope that you have had a good fall so far, and plan
on making the last remaining Home football game against
Cornell on November 11. I'll look for you in the stands.
As I mentioned last month, I have posted this issue of
our eNewsletter on our new web site, www.cc63ers.com.
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
(which I haven't had a chance to work on this month),
and sections for all sorts of goodies. Let me know what
you think. 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 lunch on Thursday, 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).
October Lunch Attended By Eight Entertaining
We continued to have a great turnout for the
Class on luncheon on October 12. The 8 who attended included
returnees: David Alpern, Larry Apple, Gil Einstein,
Bob Heller, Paul Neshamkin, Tom O'Connor, Frank Partel,
and first-timer John Adler. Join us next
time! We all seem to be enjoying each other's company.
(From left to right) Bob Heller, Paul Neshamkin,
Frank Partel, John Adler, David Alpern, Larry Apple, Tom
O'Connor, and Gil Einstein.
Click here for
some candid shots
If you like to see our previous lunches, click
on the dates below:
February 10, 2005
March 10. 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
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I met Bill Burley at the
Homecoming game and included a note in last month's eNewsletter.
Howard Freese '63E then wrote to ask me to put him in
touch with Bill Burley in order to invite him to the North
Carolina Highland Games in the Linville NC area. “Principally
populated by Scots, but a lot of Irish, non-Irish, and
all of the rest of us occasionally come to the ‘Highland
Games’ in mid-summer. If Bill (or anybody else in
the Class of `63) comes down to this event, we are situated
on the Blue Ridge Parkway about three miles from Grandfather
Mountain. The name of our place is, of course, Sans Souci
. . . so you cannot miss it.”
Bill Burley wrote a note in response to Howard,
“Thank you for your long letter containing your
e-mails back and forth to Paul Neshamkin and the article
about your home. We have debated for these past two years
what to call our little Cape Cod house. The most popular
name has been Sans Souci.” (A quick class poll –
how many of you have called your home “Sans Souci?”)
Bill continued on a personal note, “I
am neither Scottish nor Irish, mostly English and Welsh,
with multiple other nationalities thrown in. Suzanne and
I hiked in Great Britain (the first time) in 1990. We
covered over 300 miles and ended in Scotland. That fall
I saw an ad in the local paper offering piping lessons,
and the rest is history. I've stayed in touch with several
classmates, such as Gerry Dwyer, with
whom I attended Columbia's homecoming, but most of my
friends were Sigma Chi's. I roomed for one year with Frank
Lorenzo. Being in engineering, perhaps you remember Russ
Jelenek. He and I became friends years ago when he first
recognized me running along the road ways and then seeing
me in my role as school principal in New Milford, CT.
His first wife was a teacher in my school. More to come
another day. A piping student should be arriving at any
I then asked Bill to fill us in on his life
after Columbia, and he later wrote, "Thanks for all
the free advertising re: my piping services. If I get
any gigs in the NYC area, I’ll send you an agent’s
fee. As you requested, here’s a rundown on my post-college
My post-college life has to be viewed as
a huge improvement over my dismal Columbia experience.
In retrospect I was too immature and distracted to appreciate
or take advantage of the University’s wealth. But,
nevertheless, I somehow muddled through and, much to my
amazement, learned at this past homecoming that I may
not have been the anchorman of the class of ’63.
Imagine! Forty-three years thinking I was dead last. Now
I can relax knowing that I was only near the bottom.
After kicking around in a variety of dead-end
jobs after graduation, I decided to become a physical
education teacher. This desire was sparked by experiences
I had while an undergraduate. I worked afternoons in the
sports programs at a few NYC private schools to help pay
the rent. I especially enjoyed working with young children.
The net result was I returned to Columbia’s Teachers
College to morph a political science degree into a phys
ed degree … lots of science: physiology, kinesiology,
anatomy and, oh yes, how to teach courses such as gymnastics,
volleyball, and swimming. After an MA from TC I began
teaching at the Dalton School.
I eventually moved to CT where I taught in
the Westport public schools and met my wife of thirty-seven
years, darling Suzanne. She, too, was a phys. ed. teacher.
We have one son, Bill, who lives in the Gramercy Park
area of NYC and develops web-sites for NYC art galleries.
He, too, is married to a Suzanne. As of this letter, I
have no known grandchildren.
I eventually received three degrees in school
administration; a Professional Diploma from Fairfield
University, and a MEd and EdD from TC. I subsequently
worked for twenty-six years as a school principal in New
Milford, CT, before retiring as an educator ten years
ago. Along the way I had some adventures:
- I ran in the first two NYC Marathons,
finishing 15th in the first, and 25th in the second
- I qualified for the 1972 Olympic Trials
in the 20 K racewalk. Eventually I won a National Junior
Championships in the 40K walk and placed among the top
six finishers in races ranging from 20K to 50K.
- When my son was fifteen, he and I
climbed Mt. Rainier (14,000+ ft).
- Our family journeyed to Mexico to
climb Pico de Orizaba (18,700 + ft) and hiked in Peru,
crossing the Andes to rest our feet at Machu Picchu.
- In Great Britain Suzanne and I trekked
the Pennine Way, The Coast-to-Coast walk, and the West
- I had an article published in the
Sunday “Times” on how to teach children
about population growth and the resulting consequences.
- In retirement I built dry-stone walls
(no mortar) for wealthy metropolitanites, who wanted
“instant” New England quaintness for their
- I play and teach the great highland
bagpipes. I am the official piper for the NYC Univ.
I would be happy to offer my services to Columbia, if
the University was interested and offered lodging when
I piped in NYC for them (as does the Penn Club). And I
would be pleased to pipe for the Class of ‘63 at
our 45th and 50th anniversaries, if I’m still alive."
Charley Goldsmith was overly
kind when he wrote, “Hi Paul, I disagree. I think
that your photos from homecoming were quite good. The
enclosed shot is my family: wife Marian, Barnard '63,
son Andrew, and daughter Suzy who just graduated from
Smith School of Social Work. Sorry I cannot make the monthly
luncheons. I live in Santa Monica, California. I am off
shortly for a hiking trip in Northern Italy (Sud Tirol).
Hiking has become a passion since my retirement from the
practice of pathology.”
Congratulations, Charley, and I hope you are enjoying
your hiking trip. Send us some pictures.
Gary Rachelefsky writes from
L.A. that he also wishes that he “could attend the
luncheons but never seem to get to NYC on your scheduled
days. Nice to see the pictures of the not so old ‘old’
classmates.” He is still practicing allergy immunology,
writing, speaking, and doing clinical research. He has
also just published a book for parents of children with
asthma: Free Your Child from Asthma; a four week plan
to eliminate asthma, published by McGraw Hill. He continues,
“I enjoyed doing it; it was the best way to translate
my practice approach. I tore my achilles tendon Fathers
Day 2005 doing a ‘Julius Irving’ for my grandchildren
– all five of them. That gave me some free time
to write. My youngest daughter Lindsay. `01 just became
engaged. She and Cara, `97 are now in charge of L.A. county
interviews of high school seniors. I am now emeritus of
the project.” Gary, I hope you are fully recovered
and perhaps you and I could organize a class lunch in
LA for all the Left Coast deprived.
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).
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at email@example.com.