Amherst Magazine

Where Are They Now?


Is Timothy McVeigh’s prosecutor still arguing cases? Where’s the cop who blew the whistle on police corruption? With Joe Camel gone and smokers relegated to sidewalks, what’s left for an anti-smoking crusader to crusade against? How 13 alumni have changed in the years since they were first profiled in the magazine.

  • Pulitzer winner Debby Applegate ’89 swore she’d never write another book. Did she mean it?
  • African-American playwrights are increasingly finding success in mainstream theater. Tom Jones ’78—who has 40 plays and musicals under his belt—sees this as a blessing with a downside.
  • Even after exposing widespread police corruption and retiring with a meager pension, David Durk ’57 has fond memories of his time on the force.
  • After a five-year run as Ben & Jerry’s president and COO, Chuck Lacy ’80 is now a cattle farmer.
  • Joe Camel is gone, but Alan Blum ’69 continues to fight.
  • David Suzuki ’58 bemoans the fact that viewers have not taken a more active role in conservation as a result of his popular nature show.
  • Joseph Hartzler ’72, lead prosecutor for the Oklahoma City bombing case, stepped off the fast track (again).
  • Federal law kept Maggie Yarlott Brown ’81 out of combat as a Naval aviator. So she flew in a different direction.
  • Graydon Parrish ’99 made news when Amherst trustees bought his senior project. Since then, he’s built a career as a realist painter.
  • Rosanne Haggerty ’82 hopes to house 100,000 homeless people—and to do it really soon.
  • His parents are happy to have him back in Boston, but Oscar Báez ’08 won’t be staying long.