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Reflecting on Sunset, by Charles Martin

Charles Martin exhibits ‘Metropolis’ photos in NYC


A collection of cityscape photos by Charles Martin [’74 SM] — reflecting New York, São Paulo, Paris and Montréal — will be on view at a solo exhibition in downtown NYC from Sept 8 – Oct 18, 2022.

The exhibition, titled Metropolis, explores how “daylight, twilight and electricity luminously shape and paint the cities,” Chuck writes, calling up comparisons to the geometry of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the abstract vision of Alfred Stieglitz, and the sentiment of Bob Marley in his song “Concrete Jungle,” where he wonders what the city has “got for me now?”

Chuck is a photographer, filmmaker and writer whose work has appeared in American group shows at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York Public Library, Leica Gallery (NY) and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He has also exhibited in Paris, Algiers and Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Mato Grosso, Brazil. This is his eighth solo show at June Kelly Gallery.

Metropolis
Charles Martin Photographs
June Kelly Gallery
166 Mercer Street
New York, NY
8 September – 18 October, 2022

Classmates share ‘most memorable’ books


A few years back, on the occasion of our 45th reunion, we asked classmates to name the most memorable books they had read since graduation day in 1974.

The responses were as diverse and far-ranging as you’d expect from our classmates, tending toward history, biography and classic novels but also including religious texts and fantasy fiction. The most frequently mentioned authors were Robert Caro, Charles Dickens, Patrick O’Brian, Philip Roth, Leo Tolstoy, John Updike and Edward O. Wilson.

Here are the individual titles (or in some cases, series) most frequently mentioned as “most memorable books.”

Add your suggestions and comments on our Facebook 1974 group page (contact Alec if you need an invite to the group).

  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (anthropology – 2018) by Yuval Harari
  • Guns, Germs and Steel (geography-history – 2014) by Jared Diamond
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow (psychology – 2011) by Daniel Kahneman
  • Master and Commander series (historical nautical novels 1969-2000) by Patrick O’Brian
  • The Bible (2nd century BCE, first print version 1455!)
master and commander
“Master and Commander”
  • A Gentleman in Moscow (historical thriller – 2019) by Amor Towles
  • Moby Dick (literary novel – 1851) by Herman Melville
  • Harry Potter series (fantasy – 1998-2007) by J.K. Rowling
  • Ulysses (literary novel – 1922) by James Joyce
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (magical realist novel – 1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • War and Peace (historical novel – 1869) by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Power Broker (biography of Robert Moses – 1975) by Robert Caro
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (metaphysical fiction – 1974) by Robert Pirsig
  • Angle of Repose (historical novel – 1971) by Wallace Stegner
  • Neuromancer (science fiction – 1984) by William Gibson
  • All the Light We Cannot See (historical novel – 2014) by Anthony Doerr
  • Team of Rivals (history of Abraham Lincoln – 2006) by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Anna Karenina (historical novel – 1878) by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being (historical novel – 1984) by Milos Kundera
  • Years of Lyndon Johnson series (4-volume biography – 1982-2012) by Robert Caro
  • Steve Jobs (biography – 2011) by Walter Isaacson

Watch now: “Where do we go from here?” – Class Zoom discussion May 10, 2022


Alec Haverstick hosted this open conversation on how to make our 50th reunion as meaningful and inclusive as possible. The session began with news of the passing of our classmate Dan Voll, as noted by Sharon Vaino. Then the reunion ideas began to flow from Lisa Goldman, Harry Hamlin, Steve Blum, Bob Martin, Sandy Wood Forand, Fred Peters, Mark Cramolini, Susan Doud, Joan Katter and Harvey Kent.

Runtime: 60 minutes

Watch now: How Buddhism has guided my crazy modern life


Lela Singie Shepley-Gamble boating

Lela “Singie” Shepley-Gamble (’74 BK) spoke to classmates about her unorthodox life journey from Wall Street to the Canadian wilderness and beyond, influenced by the Buddhist Humanism she has practiced for the past 33 years.

Recorded April 12, 2022. Hosted by Alec Haverstick. Runtime: 66 mins. See chapter breaks below.

Chapter breaks:
0:00 Prologue: Wall Street ‘good life’
6:00 My journey begins
25:57 From NYC coop to wilderness cabin
39:50 Back to St. Louis
46:08 Q&A with classmates


Watch now: 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 life experience.

Recorded March 8, 2022. Hosted by Alec Haverstick. Runtime 46 minutes. See chapter breaks below.

Chapter breaks in this video:
0:00 Greg’s opening remarks
16:50 – Q&A – Can you replicate this elsewhere?
22:55 – What’s the status of the Harlem companies?
27:50 – How will you measure success?
32:19 – How can we help?
36:27 – Establishing trust in the community
43:41 – Parting thoughts

Watch now: “When NYC called, I was moved to answer,” with Dr. Mark Cramolini


Mark Cramolini (’74 DC), a critical care specialist, volunteered to fight the first wave of COVID-19 at a Bronx hospital.

Mark’s home base is East TN Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, TN. But in April 2020, when the first wave of COVID-19 struck New York City, he volunteered his skills in critical care medicine at the overwhelmed Jack D. Weiler Hospital in the Bronx.

As a warm-up to this ’74 lunchtime talk, Mark encourages you to watch the short video Life and Death in the ‘Hot Zone’ from the New York Times, which captures the chaotic scene at the hospital. (In the video, an emergency room doctor says “Get them upstairs!” — referring to the makeshift Intensive Care Unit where Mark worked for 10 days.)

Recorded on Zoom February 8, 2022. Hosted by Alec Haverstick. Runtime: 60 minutes. Chapter breaks appear below.

Chapter breaks in this video:

0:00 – Introduction
12:05 – Into the COVID zone
23:47– Plight of the patients
43:40 – My medical teammates
51:45 – My take-aways

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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Watch now: “Othello on Wall Street: How Fate Led Me to Lehman Brothers,” with Alec Haverstick


Alec Haverstick
Alec Haverstick

Alec Haverstick (’74 SY), speaking to classmates on January 11, 2022, tells his inside story of a career on Wall Street, especially his fateful employment at Lehman Brothers in the years before the firm collapsed in 2008. He recalls personal milestones – hirings, firings, family life – within a cautionary tale about the motives that drive Wall Street firms. An American Studies major who loves to read, Alec compares Lehman chief executive Richard Fuld to Shakespeare’s tragic Othello, COO Joe Gregory to Iago and the firm itself to Desdemona.

Runtime: 75 minutes. See Alec’s profile in the Class Directory. Links to related books and a movie appear below.

Chapter breaks in this video:

Runtime: 75 minutes
4:00 – Investment Banker, What’s That?
12:30 – Sell Your Mom for a Nickel
16:19 – “Dick Fuld Wants to See You”
28:00 – Don’t Let Goldman Beat Us
38:00 – Goldman Envy
41:15 – Beginning of the End
58:42 – Q & A

Related reading and viewing mentioned in this talk:

Greed and Glory on Wall Street, The Fall of the House of Lehman, by Ken Auletta

Liar’s Poker, by Michael Lewis, who rose from callow trainee to bond salesman at Salomon Brothers, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush.

The Wolf of Wall Street, feature film directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie.