Nurturing home-grown innovation in West Harlem

Working in and with the Harlem community, Greg Ho (’74 TC) promotes new ventures to create local jobs in life sciences and ed-tech

Greg Ho, West Harlem Innovation Network

Greg spent 16 years as a top manager at McKinsey & Company and is co-founder of Spring Mountain Capital in New York City, a private investment firm that invests in tech and healthcare companies.

Now he has channeled his energy into West Harlem Innovation Network, an initiative to “build companies that bring revolutionary technologies to the Harlem community and, in turn, create hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs for Harlemites.”

In this ’74 lunchtime talk, Greg explains how this effort to give back to the community came about, and how it incorporates different strands of his business and personal life experience.

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Into the COVID zone: Dr. Mark Cramolini

Mark Cramolini M.D. Yale Class of 1974

“When NYC called, I was moved to answer,” says Dr. Mark Cramolini (’74 DC), a critical care specialist based in Knoxville TN. The time was April 2020, when the terrifying first wave of COVID-19 struck New York City. Mark volunteered to help at the overwhelmed Jack D. Weiler Hospital in the Bronx.

The chaotic scene at the hospital was captured in a New York Times short video, Life and Death in the ‘Hot Zone.’ Mark spoke about his experience at our ’74 lunchtime talk on February 8, 2022.

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Chuck Martin revisits how Albert Camus visualized ‘The Plague’ in Algeria

Charles Martin photo
Charles Martin photo

Writer-photographer Chuck Martin (’74 SM) writes: “The new year brings me the good fortune of once again seeing Revista Parêntese, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, publish an essay and photos of mine. It is a reading of the narrow way in which La Peste, the fiction of Albert Camus, visualizes a plague located in Algeria.” The essay is here (in Portuguese) and Chuck’s photos are here.

Philip Halperin recalls his “working adventure” in Russia

Philip Halperin

When the Russian economy crashed in the late 1990s, Philip Halperin [’74 ES] decided to shake up his risk management career by taking a job with a major Russian bank. He expected to stay 3 years, but ended up staying 14. As featured speaker at our December class lunch, Phil shared stories of his life as a Western expat during a “working adventure” in Moscow.

Under the Burkha with Carolyn Grillo

Carolyn Grillo (’74 JE) was guest speaker at our virtual lunch meetup Nov 2, 2021. She spoke about the summer she spent in Afghanistan between our junior and senior years – what she observed then, and what we are seeing now. She calls her talk, “My Shoes! My Shoes! The Invisible Women of Kabul.”

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“Rock & Revolution” – Radical notes from the soundtrack of our college years

The Class of 1974 was pleased to sponsor “Rock & Revolution” on May 20, 2021, an online event for classmates everywhere, to explore the soundtrack of our college years. How did our music express the politics of those days, and how is it relevant now? Our speaker (and deejay) was Dr. Angharad Davis, who teaches “Music and Revolution” in Yale’s Department of Music. 

Watch and listen to the “Rock & Revolution” playlist we created as part of this event.

In the video clip below, Dr. Davis unveils the songs that present-day Yalies consider to be “songs of revolution.”

What do today’s Yale students consider songs of revolution?

Here is Dr. Davis’s full presentation [pdf]:

The Essential Gary Lucas

Master guitarist Gary Lucas (‘74 JE),  “the thinking man’s guitar hero” (The New Yorker), has released a new retrospective double album which spans 40 years of his music. Gary has previously recorded more than 30 acclaimed albums in a variety of genres—jazz, rock, classical, folk, blues and world music—and has performed in more than 40 countries. The new double album, The Essential Gary Lucas,” is getting reviews like this:

“A truly epic body of work that spans psychedelic rock, film music, classical, electronica, jazz, blues, avant-garde, and world music excursions through 1930s Chinese pop, Hungarian folk, raga, and more, all unified by Lucas’s virtuosic guitar.”

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Tom Strumolo solar Jimmy Carter White House

Tom Strumolo on “Energy, Earth, Everything”

Tom Strumolo ( ’74, YFES ’88), an expert on solar power and energy efficiency, spoke to classmates at our virtual lunch in April 2021. He called his talk, “Energy, Earth, Everything.”

“I started my company Energy General in 1976,” Tom said, “and have completed energy efficiency and clean power projects in and on 10,000 + buildings over the years.”

“One building was the White House on which I installed solar hot water panels in 1978-79. I met Jimmy Carter then and later did a Habitat for Humanity project with him in the South Bronx, in the early 1980’s.”

“My career was slow and steady after that, really taking off when the Germans created a whole new solar market and Obama became President. I am currently working with DOE on doing a million buildings in 4 years.”