December 4, 2006
Welcome to the 21st issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963 eNewsletter.
The leaves are off the trees, the cold weather seems
to finally be about to hit, and the Columbia football
team has finished with its first .500 record in years.
No Ivy League Championship yet, but perhaps we're on our
You have probably come to this eNewsletter through links
from our new Class of 1963 web site, www.cc63ers.com.
I hope that you critique it and give me some feedback.
Also, I'd love to get your ideas and content -- stories,
pictures, political polemics, whatever. As I mentioned
last month, I thought it would be a good idea to start
up our own, independent, easily controllable environment,
while the College and University work out their plans
for the future of the Columbia online alumni presence.
Over the next few years I hope that it will grow into
a rich resource for our class. 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, December 14.
Let me know if you will attend so that we can reserve
a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (email@example.com).
November Lunch Attended By Eight Enlightened
Another great turnout for lunch last month!
The 8 who attended included returnees: Gerry Dwyer,
Doron Gopstein, Paul Neshamkin, Larry Neuman, Tom O'Connor,
Barry Reiss, Jeff Thompson,
and first-timer Paul Kimmel. Paul told
of us his life as a High School chemistry teacher in New
Jersey, and shared stories of his bicycling adventures.
Doron surprised the group with a rare piece of ephemera
from our past, the reading assignments and schedule for
Humanities A. Join us next time! .
(From left to right) Jeff Thompson, Paul Kimmel,
Doron Gopstein, Barry Reiss, Gerry Dwyer, Larry Neuman,
Tom O'Connor, and Paul Neshamkin.
Click here for some
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
September 14, 2006
October 12, 2006
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After last month's lunch, I asked Paul
Kimmel to tell us more about his life, he writes,
"I've now in my 37th year teaching
chemistry at East Brunswick High School. For the past
20 years I have also been doing the evening General Chemistry
lectures at Rutgers. This keeps me pretty busy. In addition
I'm a College Board Consultant and as such, conduct AP
Chemistry workshops over the summer. At EBHS, one of my
activities is coaching various science competitions, with
which we have had a fair amount of success, with a number
of first-place New Jersey finishes in a variety of events.
Last year, one of my students was one of four in the US
to be selected to participate in the International Chemistry
Olympiad, which took place last summer in South Korea.
He won a bronze medal. A prime recreational activity is
bicycling, and New Jersey has lots of scenic back roads
with plenty of hills. I do most of my riding on a tandem
with my wife Jane, and occasionally still ride the 3-man
triplet bike which I used to ride with my sons when they
were younger. Last summer, we took the triplet across
New York State, from Niagara Falls to Saratoga Springs,
as part of an organized ride called FANY (five hundred
miles across New York). I've attached a photograph
of myself, Jane, and our friend Maria, who rode the triplet
with us on that trip. I've also attached a family
picture of myself, Jane, and our four sons, Louis,
David, Joseph, and Aaron, along with Louis's fiancee Christine."
Paul, thanks for sending in
your notes and pictures. As an experiment this month,
I will add notes as I receive them, so come back and visit
this page to check for new additions. Send in
your notes and pictures, and I will add them immediately.
As soon as I sent out this
month's eNewsletter, classmates started to take me up
on my offer, and, as promised, I add the following notes:
writes from the Cold North, "I have had a hectic
fall...First, I was inside Montreal's Dawson College when
a psychotic came off the street and began shooting people,
killing one person, wounding a number of others, and then
finally killing himself. I evacuated my English class,
then found myself going the wrong way down a corridor,
beating a retreat, listening to strange sounds in the
air: "zip...zip." After that event, the City
of Westmount announced it wanted to cover the beautiful
park in front of my house with synthetic turf...Westmount
Park, an Olmsted-inspired gem of North American landscape
gardening, and the "green" City of Westmount
wants to destroy its southern end! If you visit www.savewestmountpark.com
then you can see what kind of a group we have founded,
one which belongs to the National Association for Olmsted
Parks (NAOP) in Washington. And finally, I am back to
radio and acting, playing the announcer in Montreal's
David Fennario's Fessenden's Follies, a radio play about
Reginald Fessenden, the "Father of Radio." That
program will be broadcast at Christmas time across Canada
and at WATD 95.9 FM Marshfield (Brant Rock) Massachusetts
-- that's where Fessenden did his first work."
emails, "My older son Peter C92L95 is a lawyer with
the Department of Commerce and has gotten married to Hanna.
Peter is pursuing his love of bass fishing and has written
many articles for bass magazines and online sites. My
younger son Michael C96 is moving with his wife Gretchen
and daughter Madeline to Tokyo where he will join the
office of Bain Consulting. My wife Joyce TC66 is a behavior
therapist for anxiety disorders especially OCD and I am
still working as a psychiatrist. I have just edited a
book "African Elites in India" and am working
on another book about Jews in India/Jewish communities
of India. Does anyone know how to reach Bob Steckler?"
Bob, I sent Ken your email address. Send us a note and
let us know what you are up to.
I then received notes from
Bruce Miller, who says "I will be
in New York during the week of January 7. I would like
to join the group for lunch on January 11. Please
let me know what time you meet and the coordinates of
the restaurant." Bruce is coming up from Fort Worth,
Texas, where he teaches Physics and Astronomy at Texas
Christian University. You can visit his Web site at http://personal.tcu.edu/~bmiller/.
Carey Winfrey wrote to suggest
that "You might consider creating a class database
on the site, listing the names of the entire class, then
inviting each class member to fill in his pertinent information
at his leisure: addresses and phone numbers, spouse’s
name, children’s names and ages, occupation if still
working. Comments optional. Infinitely updatable. It could
grow like a Wikipedia encyclopedia. Or maybe you’ve
already done that." Is that something that would
be of interest to you? Let me know.
When I wrote back to Carey he sent me the
following personal news, "I’m in my sixth year
as editor of Smithsonian magazine, still enjoying it,
no plans to hang up my typewriter anytime soon. (Certainly
not before I produce an issue I like.) To my surprise,
after more than forty years of living contentedly (and
disdainfully, re other burgs) in Manhattan, I’m
finding Washington D.C quite comfortable. As somebody
said to me when my wife, Jane, and I first moved here,
“Washington is New York on lithium—they’ve
removed the highs and the lows.” And the older I
get, the more willing I am to give up the highs to avoid
the lows. Also gratifying: our identical twin sons are
both gainfully employed, in agencies a continent apart.
My son Graham works as an assistant to a talent agent
in Los Angeles, and Wells works as an assistant media
analyst for an advertising agency in New York City. All
in all, I feel very fortunate, our foreign policy (if
that’s the word) notwithstanding.
My old fraternity brother, Jeff Parsons
writes, "I appreciate reading your column, although,
like me, most of our classmates have been lax about keeping
us posted. I was glad you located my dear witty friend
(I hope this characterization still applies), Patrick
Cary-Barnard. Please reprint his address. I was
also gratified to learn of Ezra Cohen's
recent honors. He was/is another good-humored (fellow
southerner in the awesome NYC/Columbia environment) who
I enjoyed immensely.
Sadly, I've been out of touch with these and most other
alumni, except for periodic reunions with good friend
Steven Marx--professor of English at
Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and author of several academic
books, including "Shakespeare and the Bible"
from Oxford Press (Professor Chiappe, who taught so many
of us Shakespeare at Columbia would be as proud of him
as I am); and brief conversations with Stephen
Caldwell, who is flourishing in upstate NY and
has, I believe, finished his second novel; with "Buddy"
Stein, who, I understand, won a Pulitzer prize
(Incidentally, that would make a good feature article
for "Columbia Today" and elsewhere); and Ceasar
Adams, an independent wordsmith employed by the
Ca. State Dept of Forestry (no doubt a uniquely literate
department of forestry!) and whose modesty may have prevented
him from sharing other kudos.
Since leaving Columbia, I did social work in East Harlem,
taught English at Fisk University in Nashville; was a
copy and production editor at Prentice Hall in NJ; and
subsequently, a stone sculptor, tile-setter, and musician
in NY, California and Brazil. I've been married twice
and have six beautiful daughters, ages 17 to 40 (the youngest,
Dakotah, is now at Sarah Lawrence). I live in the gorgeous
coastal range near Garberville, Ca.
My just-released CD: "Jefferson and Friends--The
Baby and the Bathwater--New Songs for Peace and Justice"
can be ordered for $15 (including shipping) from my e-mail
address and is available on the web from porchswingmusic.com;
a portion of the proceeds of the sale of this CD go directly
to move-on. org.
I'd love to hear from any of you, especially A.
Jacobs, T. Lewis, "Buddy"
Stark, G. Zicklin, M.
Silver, B. O'connell, F.
Partel, D. Cummings, P.
Neshamkin, F. Sypher, and, of
course, the other friends mentioned above and any I've
forgotten to mention." You can reach Jeff at 6700
Bell Springs Rd., Garbervi;lle, Ca 95542, email to email@example.com.
Jeff, it's great to hear from you after all
these years. I certainly want to learn more about your
music. My lasting memory is of you going through the House
singing "My Ding-a-ling" (in the original version).
I hope some of the people you mention above get in touch
with you (and me).
Another classmate who hopes to make the NYC lunches is
Steve Clineberg, who writes, "I
am retiring at the end of the year. My hope (which may
be a fantasy) is that it will free up some time for Lin
and me to get up to NYC and get to one of your lunches.
Since you copied the idea from the WDC branch (we have
been doing monthly luncheons here for over 15 years) I
feel some obligation to drop in on one of yours and compare
notes. Have not seen [Joe] Fisher in
over a year but will try to reconnect soon. I did hear
from Frank Partel (fundraiser). My favorable
response is in the mail.
Which reminds me, the Alumni Office will
chastise me if I don't remind you all to give generously
to the Columbia College Fund. If you are in the habit
of giving at year end, please do, or if you wait until
the end of the fiscal year in June, make sure to give
then. It would be terrific if we could get our class participation
rate up to a high level. Right now, we are lagging well
behind our friends from '64 and '65, which just will not
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.