No. 10
December 2, 2005

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

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.

Lost Classmates

Here again is the list of lost classmates that you have sent me:

Scott M. Blue
Christian (Chris) Rieger
Bill Sprague
Robert Vargas

I know that there must be many more who have lost contact with Columbia. If you know how to contact any of these classmates, please let me know. And send me the names of any other lost friends, and we will try to find them.

Table of Contents:


Next Lunch - Thursday, December 8

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. This month, Thursday, December 8, 2005.

November Lunch Attended By Six Stalwart 63ers

The tenth Second Thursday Class of 1963 lunch was held on November 9. Herb Soroca attended his first lunch, and was joined by fellow Second Thursday Club members, David Alpern, Steve Barcan, Bruce Kaplan, Larry Neuman, and Paul Neshamkin.

Here is the gang.


(From left to right) David Alpern, Bruce Kaplan, Steve Barcan, Larry Neuman, Paul Neshamkin, and Herb Soroca.

I hope you can all join us (please encourage your friends to come with you) at the next lunch on Thursday, December 8. Let me know if you will attend so that we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (

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


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

Latest News from the Class of 63

Here is a selection of the unedited (and unexpurgated) notes and news that you have sent in the last month.

Zip, nada . . .

Absolutely nothing. Yes, that's right, no one has sent me any news since the last eNewsletter. I hope you haven't all become bored with this exercise.

Wait . . . A last minute entry from David Alpern was thrown over the transom just before the deadline. David says,

"Just received notification that Newsweek On Air, the hour-long, syndicated radio/web/podcast program I produce and host for Newsweek magazine, has won two Crystal Awards of Excellence, the top prize for Radio News/Newscasts in The Communicator Awards, 2005 Audio competition:

8/14/05 - Leads with Peter Jennings and spotlight on Lung Cancer
9/11/05 - Leads with Hurricane Katrina's Blame Game and spotlight on Race/Poverty Disparities

The notification letter says about 13% of 1,369 entries in the 2005 Audio competition won the Crystal Award of Excellence in various categories, recognizing that their "ability to communicate makes them the best in their field," as judged by "industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry."

Congratulations, David!

So . . . Just a little news, or even some old reminiscences would be a welcome sight for your classmates. Please send me some before the Holidays, and I'll get in the next (January) eNewsletter, and the next issue I have to fill for Columbia College Today (March 2006). I've already sent in all your earlier notes for the January issue.

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).

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