March 26, 2013
Dear 1953 classmates,
Yes! A surge of nine more classmates now indicating their intention to reune brings our new total to 69. Click here to view our current list of classmates who plan to attend, and click here to view the list of registered attendees.
Bob Kiely and we are now pleased to let you know about our class programs to be presented over Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and afternoon. Bob and we also want to thank all who suggested topics and classmates for these panels. We listened!
Back by popular request will be another medical panel, this time titled "Elixir of Youth--Snake Oil and Science." Buck Greenough will lead this panel with Blake Cady, Steve Rous and Don Sutherland to discuss the relationship of marketing to the realities of modern healthcare and to shed light on what is of value to all of us in our 80s.
Bob Kiely will moderate "Personal Wartime Experiences" with Herb Uhl and Hela Finberg talking about growing up in Europe during World War II and Ted Bassett and Larry DeCarolis explaining their Korean War service in the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy.
"Terras Irradient Revisited," moderated by Rich Gray, will present four speakers on a variety of worthy causes they have served: Msgr. Bob Stern, on bridging gaps among the many cultural and religious differences in the Middle East and India; Bob Helander, on supplying technological and micro-financial
help in developing countries; Manson Hall, on serving various roles in public education; and Phil Winterer, on serving the nonprofit world as trustee of a variety of institutions.
With thanks to Barret Schleicher for his help with arrangements, we are happy to announce a special program. Norm Gorbaty will be presenting a slideshow of the fine art he has been creating for the past 50 years. A number of classmates had been hoping for Norm's work to be exhibited in the Mead, but since that was not possible, Sandy Riley, our class "angel" in the alumni office, is helping to provide an appropriate place and time for Norm to exhibit digital slides of his remarkable paintings, drawings and sculptures.
From our choregus By Foster comes this message:
"When we were undergraduates, Amherst was known as the Singing College. And with good reason. The Fairest College had long been blessed with some terrific songs written by alumni (who, if still alive, would have already celebrated their centennial reunion). And we all knew these songs. Do these titles sound familiar?--'To the Fairest College,' 'Lord Jeffery Amherst,' 'Resound, Resound Ye Circling Hills,' 'Senior Song,' 'In This Blessed Old World,' 'Good Days,' 'High Upon Her Living Throne,' 'Hand Me Down My Bonnet,' 'Cheer for Old Amherst' and, of course, 'Paige's Horse.'
"Well, some singing of these songs will definitely be part of our reunion. And we plan to designate at least one specific time slot for those who would like to get together just to sing, perhaps even in four-part harmony. To that end, everyone registered for the reunion will receive, in advance, a song booklet--so start warming up in the shower!
"In our younger days, 14 of us sang with either the Zumbyes or the DQ. You may recall that, five years ago, a largely gray-haired group calling itself the 'ZDQs,' performed at our 55th reunion, to mostly favorable reviews. Subject to assembling the right bodies and voice parts, there just might be a reprise this year." [If you've seen the move Quartet, you know what he's talking about.]
Just to add to By's musical message--the current Zumbyes will be singing for us at our Saturday evening class banquet.
1) If you haven't yet registered, please REGISTER.
2) Please send in your "historic" photos for our 1953 display boards in Stearns. So far Jim has received a photo of a group of classmates behind Phi Psi trying to create a Purple Cow statue and another one of Dave Keightley, Dwight Fitterer and Frank Child clowning around at Quabbin Reservoir. Also, early photos of the original Zumbyes and some from previous reunions. Keep them coming! Mail them to Jim or email them to George; their contact information is available on the Alumni Directory or through the alumni office, 413-542-2313.
3) Bob "Tones" Carington is feeling neglected. To keep the "Tones" in his name, please start feeding him a couple of those titles of your favorite '40s and '50s songs. So far he has received only a few (but good ones) such as "The Biggest Aspidistra in the World," "Charmaine" and "Stardust." His contact information is available on the Alumni Directory or through the alumni office, 413-542-2313.
Next month, Manse Hall will be announcing opportunities for recreation at reunion.
Until then, tune up your voices, send in photos and song titles, register and stay well.
So long until next month.
George Edmonds andJim Smeallie
March 26, 2013