Greetings from a very cold New York City which sits under a gray cloud after the very disappointing performance of the local favorite in the NFC Wild Card playoff. At least your writer is under a gray cloud. More likely that most New Yorkers don’t care.
I am grateful to actually have some news of classmates for this issue and hopefully I will get both the facts and the tone correct!
Jim Brennan, who entered with our class but graduated in January 1975, wrote to let us know that he has finished an astounding, both in time and quality, 32 years as a member of the New York State Assembly from Brooklyn, representing Park Slope and Flatbush. During those 32 years, Jim put 96 “Brennan laws” on the books, chaired four standing committees, and won three national awards, assumedly for the quality of his work. Jim married Joan Bartolomeo in 2013 with classmates Sims Komisar, Tom Strumolo and Lisbet Nelson in attendance. Like Jim, I think Lisbet started with us and may have drifted into ’75 but I hesitate to assert the same due to prior experience. Jim is now evaluating other options in state government and promises to keep us posted. He has lived in Brooklyn since 1978 and welcomes contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Stone writes from Charlottesville that he and his wife Debbie attended the Yale/UVa men’s basketball game on November 20th along with fellow Davenport classmate, Henry Wiencek and his wife Donna Lucey. They were able to sit in the team’s family section thanks to AD Tom Beckett who David views as doing an outstanding job but had to watch Yale lose to a “very good ACC team on their noisy and partisan home court.” David notes that the Yale team is quite young and was playing without star Makai Mason but that they put up a good fight. David and Debbie are also planning to put up a few members of the Yale Glee Club when it comes to Charlottesville tossing on January 14th. That the glee club may be playing without their star baritone was not asserted by David and is a pure fabrication by yours truly.
Had lunch with Bob Martin recently. Although he was in Silliman, Bob used to spend a decent amount of time in Saybrook and ended up living in Summit, NJ, the town immediately next to Short Hills where I have lived for the last 38 years. In fact it was Bob who helped me escape the practice law for investment banking back in 1985. Bob and his wife Cindy now leave in the Mystic CT area and we have found a common interest in the trips we take. He has inspired us to travel to The Galapagos for which Jessica and I leave next week, and it appears we have inspired him and Cindy to make the Antarctic trip we so enjoyed a year ago. BTW: I believe Barbara Guss is on her way to Antarctica as I write or will be soon. She announced the same at our NYC monthly Yale ’74 lunch at which she has become a regular as have many others including Anne Riney, John Sullivan, Pedro Castillo, Susan Lightfoot Doud, Andy Wittenstein, Al Noor, Shari Aziz, Stu Rohrer, Harvey Kent, Joan Katter, John O’Donnell, Michael Gotts, Paul Zelinsky, Joan Faier, Geoff Menin and Fred Peters. We are averaging about sixteen or seventeen a lunch and have been as high as 25. There also almost always happens to be a surprise guest. These have included Chip Spear, Brian Kelly, Barbara Borst and Chris Coffin, and last week our surprise guest was none other than Gary Lucas, whose album “Fleischerei” was recognized as one of the “best albums of 2016” by DownBeat Magazine.
As I mentioned above, your scribe and his intrepid wife depart soon for The Galapagos. This kind of trip has become our annual present to ourselves as we knock another item off our bucket list We feel particularly deserving of a getaway just now as our youngest daughter, Genevieve (Yale ’11), was married on December 17th to James Fraser, who happened to be the best man at her eldest sister’s wedding nine years ago. Then they passed like ships in the night but 2015 brought a new meeting and a different story culminating in a lovely winter wedding in Gramercy Park. The class of 1974 was represented by Brian Kelly and Fred Peters who have the unique distinction of attending five Haverstick weddings, the first of which (mine) they were both in. With Christmas a week later, the parents of the bride have yet to recover and the flora and fauna of those unique islands beckon irresistibly.
So, until next time, be careful out there.