Class of 1973 40th Reunion!

May 29 - June 2, 2013

Ten top reasons to attend reunion:

  1. Catch up with buddies and acquaintances you haven't seen in years
  2. Discover connections with classmates you hardly knew
  3. Network with classmates in your profession or who share your personal interests
  4. Bring home useful and unique reunion swag
  5. Attend stimulating lectures by your classmates and other alumni
  6. Connect wiht the Amherst of today
  7. Revisit old haunts (like Bell's Pizza or the Wildlife Sanctuary
  8. Eat and Drink: Lobster and beer with friends
  9. Find out just what you've been missing all these years! (Or, if you already know how much fun reunion is, encourage a friend to come too!)

See who is coming and learn more about our reunion plans:


40th Reunion Photos

Submitted by Robert C. Hicks on Saturday, 6/29/2013, at 5:29 PM

Here are some of the photos taken by Julian Decyk at our 40th Reunion.


\\","nid":"499480","title":"40th Reunion Photos","height":"320","width":"480"}}]]

\\","nid":"499480","title":"40th Reunion Photos","height":"320","width":"480"}}]]

\\","nid":"499480","title":"40th Reunion Photos","height":"320","width":"480"}}]]

\\","nid":"499480","title":"40th Reunion Photos","height":"320","width":"480"}}]]

Reunion Headquarters / Dinners / et al.

Submitted by Robert C. Hicks on Friday, 6/14/2013, at 1:39 PM

Classmate All:

We’ve kept you in suspense long enough.  We have told you who’s coming, who’s speaking, but not where we are ‘reunioning’.  The proud class of ’73 will be headquartered at Mayo Smith (Chi Psi). 

Our headquarters will be open on Thursday for early arrivers, and the bar will be set up for cocktails that evening.  On Friday, when the majority of us arrive, there will be libations and an informal class dinner. 

Be sure to check out the list of programs being sponsored by the Class of '73.

Although a mandatory 10K run up the Notch was initially scheduled for 5:45am on Saturday morning, more sedentary heads prevailed and it was cancelled.  If you want to run, I’m sure you can find a partner on Friday evening, and the pool and fitness center in the gym opens early on Saturday.

The Zumbyes will serenade us on Saturday night around 5:30, during cocktails and a very special class dinner is planned for Saturday night.  On Sunday morning, there will be a drop-in continental breakfast for one last chance to see classmates as we all set off back to our normal lives.

So now you know the rest of the story.  See you in a few days!!

Bob Hicks      Paul Kowal

Reunion Programs

Submitted by Robert C. Hicks on Tuesday, 5/28/2013, at 12:32 PM

Digital Era Paradigm Shifts: New Ways of Looking at Media, Content & Creativity

As digital technology has gradually taken over all of the ways in which we create, communicate, market, distribute and consume information and entertainment, a set of paradigm shifts has all the nature of relationships and the concepts by which we understand productivity, responsibility and accountability. As a closet geek and media/entertainment veteran,

John Tarnoff '73, Facto! Newspeak Media LLC, has both witnessed and participated in the digital revolution in media/entertainment over the last 25 years. He offers up a series of observations on this phenomenon to hopefully help us all navigate the next the next 25 years, both on and off our screens.

The Outlook for Energy: a View to 2040

 Energy is a serious topic. It is also a topic subject to sound bites and all-too-quick assumptions by influential people and institutions. The world's largest non-government energy company, Exxon Mobil, studies energy trends and uses its findings to guide its investments in the oil and gas business around the world. Since the 1960s the company has published its outlook in an effort to increase understanding of energy trends and the issues associated with them. What do you know or think you know about energy? Will global energy use be increasing in the next several decades or will its growth peak and begin to decline? Are high energy prices good or bad for the world? Are we running out of fossil fuels? How rapidly and to what extent can carbon-free energy sources replace fossil fuels? Are CO2 emissions in the U.S. and Europe increasing or decreasing, and what is the outlook for global CO2 emissions?

Jim Mixter '73 will present Exxon Mobil's current Energy Outlook and engage in conversation on energy issues.

Beyond Boundaries: From 20th-Century to 21st-Century Music

The class of 1973 arrived at Amherst clutching vinyl records and cassette tapes. Classical music reigned in Buckley Recital Hall and overwhelmingly dominated the Music Department curriculum. The works of the great twentieth-century modernists—Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Bartok, Stravinsky were presented not only as models for fledgling composers but as a stylistic culmination of music history. Could music—or at least “serious” music—possibly evolve any further? And if so, how? Such questions fueled many late-night conversations among denizens of the music business.

Forty years later, it’s clear that anxieties about “the end of music” were unwarranted. Not only music itself but the broader world of music production, presentation, dissemination, and reception has changed in ways that were all but unimaginable in 1973.

This panel of superannuated music majors, Theodore Levin '73, Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music, Dartmouth College, Scott Wheeler '73, Professor of Performing Arts, Emerson College and Gregory Hayes '73, Senior Lecturer, Dartmouth College will share examples of their own work, performed live and on record that illustrate their own contributions to our changing musical life.

Health Care in America—First, the Good News

Changes in the science of medicine and the delivery of care have been dizzying. In our professional lifetimes we’ve seen new, major disease scourges arise and spread, and then yield to new  treatments. Health care has become a dominant force in the economy, and a heavy burden on individual and corporate budgets. Our experiences as patients in some ways have changed dramatically, and in other ways not at all.

The panelists, Steven Coulter ‘73, M.D.,President, Blue Crodd Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Institute, David Margulies ‘73, M.D. Executive Director, The Gene Partnership, Children's Hospital Boston; Faculties of Bioinformatics, Genetics and Developmental Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Steven Scheinman ’73, M.D. President and Dean, The Commonwealth Medical College, and Paul Yock ‘73, M.D. Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine and Director, Program in Biodesign, Stanford University, leaders in bioengineering, informatics, genetics, education, and financing, will share their perspectives on the direction of change and speculate on what health care will look like in coming generation.

Politics Then and Now

When the class of ’73 was at Amherst there were protests in the streets and political divisions ran deep. We now live in a time when we can all choose our news sources, and politicians choose their voters. If there was once a shared culture, it no longer exists, or at least is not the same. Our political discourse seems as polarized as ever. The internet has allowed for an explosion of information, much of it unfiltered, that is difficult for governments and editors to control, and has contributed to social upheaval across the world. The medium may not be the whole message, it certainly does shape it. The center of gravity of American politics has shifted to the right, while our society in other ways continues to evolve progressively – for example in supporting gay marriage, and in electing, twice, a black man as President.

This panel of George Johnson, Jr., 73, Peter Scheer ’73 and George Shulman '73 will attempt to make some sense of these trends.

Reflections on Post-Conflict Kosovo and Realities and Prospects on Both Sides of the Jordan River

 Robert Dean ’73, Chief of Party, Rule of Law project (USAID funded), Amman, Jordan, was a prosecuting attorney in Maryland for three decades before turning to international work. Since 2005 he has prosecuted war crimes in Kosovo as part of the United Nations and European Union missions there; has directed a Rule of Law project in Ramallah, West Bank, funded by the U.S State Department to enhance the criminal investigation skills of Palestinian police and prosecutors; and currently directs a USAID funded Rule of Law project to modernize the courts and improve the functioning of judges and prosecutors in Jordan. Mr. Dean will share his experiences on what it is like to live and work in a post-conflict area (Kosovo), and about life as an American in the West Bank and Jordan. He will reflect on America’s goals in the Middle East and how US policies at times work at cross-purposes to those goals; the sentiments, hopes, and disappointments people in that region; and his thoughts on prospects for the future in these areas.

Celebrate 374 Years of Teaching English at Amherst

Submitted by Robert C. Hicks on Monday, 5/20/2013, at 1:14 PM
Amherst College
May 20, 2013

Celebrate 374 Years of Teaching English at Amherst

 The English Department and the College are celebrating the careers of eight retiring or recently retired faculty. We invite you to be a part of the celebration. Please take the time to contribute a memory or tribute to any or all of our honorees by submitting your thoughts online here. And please plan to join us to honor them in person.

Thursday, May 30 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. The Dickinson Ballroom, The Lord Jeffery Inn

 The guests of honor will be: Jack Cameron; Chick Chickering, G. Armour Craig Professor of Language and Literature; Allen Guttmann, Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of English and American Studies, Emeritus; Barry O'Connell, James E. Ostendarp Professor of English; Dale Peterson, Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English and Russian; Bill Pritchard  '53, Henry Clay Folger Professor of English; Kim Townsend  G'11, Class of 1959 Professor of English, Emeritus; and Helen von Schmidt  '78, Senior Lecturer in English, Emerita. 
President Biddy Martin, Dean of Faculty Gregory Call and Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander will give brief remarks beginning at 7 p.m.

 Most living Amherst alumni have studied with one or more of these teachers; all are invited to the party, whether or not your class is having a reunion this year.

To help with planning, please let us know whether or not you will attend the celebration.
Click here to register RSVP

I saw you outside of Harvard Square

Submitted by Robert C. Hicks on Tuesday, 4/16/2013, at 7:44 PM

As we get closer to Reunion, I have started seeing some of you on the train, or the subway, or walking down the street leaving Harvard Square.  It's a bit of a shock, especially after so many years.  There is only one problem.  The classmates I see passing by are college age, and after a moment of potential recognition, I realize it can't be you.  You're no longer college age.  I am no longer college age.

I look forward to seeing you as you are now at Reunion, then I will actually be able to recognize you when I see you on the street.

 If you haven’t registered, there is still time.  Go to, and register today.

 All of your classmates are expecting you.

Bob Hicks

Reunion Co-Chair

From Bishop Beckwith, to the Editor of the New York Times

Submitted by Robert C. Hicks on Thursday, 7/19/2012, at 7:18 PM

From Bishop Beckwith, to the Editor of The New York Times

Re: “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?,” by Ross Douthat (column, July 15).

To the Editor:

If liberal Christianity is defined as doing anything to adapt to the culture, I’d be glad to pray over its grave. But that’s neither the church I serve nor the diocese I lead.

The Episcopal Church is one of many mainline denominations, part of America’s ecclesiastical landscape since the beginning of our country. At times, each denomination has reflected an institutional arrogance, assuming that people will know and find us because we’ve been around so long.

My predecessor, Bishop John Shelby Spong, addressed this arrogance by challenging Christians to think critically and become more biblically literate.

In the Diocese of Newark of the Episcopal Church, we answer the charge to respect the dignity of every human being by advocating for the rights of women, gays and lesbians, and people of color. We live out our ministries locally, expanding them to meet new needs, like offering “ashes to go” to commuters and worship services for children with special needs and their families.

As we engage the world and its unofficial religion of instant gratification, it becomes more important for us to be grounded in faith, committed in spiritual practice, and audaciously witnessing to the Gospel. The mainline dimension of our church may be dying. Requiescat in pace. But what’s emerging is transforming lives. I invite Mr. Douthat to come see.

(Rt. Rev.) MARK M. BECKWITH Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Newark Newark, July 17, 2012

(This letter was published online here and in print on July 19, 2012.)

Our 40th Reunion is Only a Year Away

Congratulations - you're getting old!  At least based on the number of years it's been since we graduated.  Next year will be our 40th Reunion from Amherst.  Yes, it's true, it's been almost 40 years since we graduated from college.

It's not too soon to start planning for your return to the College in May 2013.  Paul Kowal and I are starting to organize our big event, and a call for volunteers will be going out soon. 

Let us know how to make our reunion a great occasion. 

 - What topics would you like discussed? 

 - Should we have a band on Saturday night? 

 - Which classmates would you really like to see again?

We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you at our 40th!.

Bob Hicks / Paul Kowal - Reunion Co-Chairs

(Check out which classmates are on Facebook)