Rock and Revolution - Yale 74 event

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

Photo above: Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane perform at Woodstock, 1969 ©Rowland Scherman

The Class of 1974 was pleased to sponsor “Rock & Revolution,” 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 Angharad Davis, who teaches “Music and Revolution” in Yale’s Department of Music. 

Video and chat transcript coming soon. Stay tuned.

Date: Thursday, May 20
Time: 4pm ET

See more about the event and the “Rock & Revolution” playlist

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:

“Utterly peerless, there’s no finer pedigree in the world of creative music than Gary Lucas’s and this double CD showcase the remarkable breadth of his work over the years.”

 5 out of 5 Stars,      The Inconsistent Jukebox (UK)

“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.”

Broadway World

“The Essential Gary Lucas” belongs at the heart of every living music collection.” (NL)

“Essential Gary Lucas” purchase links

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Life behind the microphone: Naomi Lewin’s radio days

Naomi Lewin WQXR WGUC

At our March Class lunch online, radio host and music reporter Naomi Lewin [TD] presided as our special guest. Naomi recounted how she got started in broadcasting (leading to on-air hosting jobs at classical stations WGUC in Cincinnati and WQXR in New York City), and revealed behind-the-scenes stories about her radio interview with Marcel Marceau, freelance reporting for NPR, and podcasts she’s produced (including one celebrating 50 years of women in the Yale Glee Club).

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Saving your child from salvation: A conversation with Danny Voll

During our college years, classmate Danny Voll was the subject of a kidnapping and “de-programming” attempt by a notorious activist named Ted Patrick. The story, in today’s terms, “went viral.”

Watch the video from our virtual Class lunch as Danny recounts the experience in his own words.  [Log in required]

Judd Magilnick (1952 – 2020)

We write to report the sudden passing of our dear friend and roommate, Judd Magilnick (TD), from a heart attack on September 23, 2020. 

Judd moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduation to pursue a career in filmmaking.  Over time, his interests shifted, and he turned from his camera to his pen, founding and running MarketPlace America, a trade and communications consulting firm.  At about the same time, Judd, who had grown up in a Reform Jewish family in suburban Connecticut, took up Torah study in Los Angeles, and soon became an active member of LA’s Modern Orthodox community and a leader in his synagogue, the Pacific Jewish Center (The Shul on the Beach).  He also became active in conservative political circles, writing thoughtful articles for the American Spectator and other conservative journals. Together with his family, Judd’s Jewish identity and his commitment to Jewish tradition were the pillars of his life.  

Judd was a kind and gentle soul known for his deep, iconoclastic intelligence and his amazingly quick wit. He was as facile with a pun as he was in finding humor in life’s many ironies. Judd readily opened his heart and his ear to anyone who approached him.  He was a loyal friend, beloved by his classmates in TD.  He actively maintained his Yale friendships throughout his life by attending our reunions with his cherished wife, Denise, sending dozens of carefully curated articles to his many Yale friends according to their interests, regularly participating in our weekly Covid-era Zoom calls, and welcoming any classmate who happened to be stranded for a weekend in LA to his Shabbat dinner table.

Judd met Denise shortly after moving west.  She was the love of his life, and they formed a perfect partnership.  One could not have scripted a better suited or more loving couple.  Together they raised five wonderful children – Nathaniel, Joshua, Aryeh, Gavriel, and Betsy – who adored Judd and whom he adored; there was much to be learned from Judd about parenting.  He also leaves behind ten grandchildren who, sadly, will not get to play with him, learn from his wise counsel, or laugh at his jokes as they grow up.

All of us who knew him at Yale will miss him deeply.  May his memory be a blessing.

(Submitted by Bill Schwartz and Doug Berman)

“Has COVID Killed NYC?” – A conversation with Fred Peters

Fred Peters

Classmate Fred Peters spoke to NYC-area classmates Oct. 6 about his first-hand observations of the real-estate markets so far during the pandemic, and what he sees ahead.

Fred is Founder and CEO of Warburg Realty, a billion-dollar residential brokerage agency in Manhattan, and a commentator on real estate for Forbes.

For those who think NYC penthouses are still being snapped up by Russian oligarchs, or European or Chinese billionaires, Fred has news: Those buyers bowed out years ago. Today’s buyers, more likely than not, are New Yorkers looking to trade up or downsize.

Watch the video of Fred’s talk here [log-in required]