SoCal Classmates and Guests Brave Winter Storm
Solterra Winery and Kitchen in Leucadia, California was the
site of the Class of '71 Southern California winter meeting for 2014. Attending
were ROB WATSON, Elyse and RICK OSTROW, Hilda and JOHN DRUMMOND, Cree and NED SCUDDER, Julie and GEOFF SMITH, Maggie and LAIRD HAYES, Carol and MARK WINE, Barbara and TOM SINCLAIR, Nancy 87 and STU RICKERSON, Susan and JOHN ARIGONI, Lisa and DON KIRKPATRICK, and long-distance
award winner, RICH HOLLINGSWORTH, who
parlayed a convenient "business trip" into a break from shoveling snow in
Massachusetts, leaving that job to spouse KATHY
MOLONY. Rich's surprise arrival only disappointed the four representatives
of our Rocky Mountain contingent, who thought they had a lock on the prize, but
not enough to dampen their spirits.
Life participants with some barrels of the wines "tasted" at SoCal 2014 Class
Meeting: Hollingsworth, Smith, Ostrow, Sinclair,
Rickerson, Watson, Scudder, Drummond, Wine, Kirkpatrick, Hayes, Arigoni. (Click on photo for a larger version).
| || |
The group was excited by the prospect of Oscar
coverage for Princeton and 1971 the following night, with DARLENE LOVE h71 favored to win in the Best Documentary category
for the must-see biopic, "Twenty Feet From Stardom" (she won, with a tour de
force, gospel-style acceptance) and, in reflected glory, Meryl Streep (though
Vassar '71 she holds honorary doctorate in fine arts from Princeton) with her
record-tying 18th nomination. (See related article on this page). BILL ZWECKER and SCOTT BERG missed the SoCal Class meeting as they were in Tinsel
Town participating in Oscar events.
Sharing stories - some of them even true - from
college days is typical at these events, and flight after flight of wines made
on the premises fostered lively conversations. Sprinkled in with stories of children
and grandchildren were those about actual or impending retirements and even
the rigors of signing up for Medicare! No one was contemplating such topics 43
years ago, when the burning question seemed to be, "what to do after graduation."
Self-proclaimed "sorcerer's apprentice" El Jefe, who recently published his
first book, Life, America and the Road, A Biker's Perspective (www.jefestours.com), remarked that the
evening's meal, consisting of 7 different rustic Mediterranean
tapas paired with the wines produced on site and served on large platters family-style, was "just like at Commons, but with
wine, and no spooning."
Finally, before venturing out into the first big
"storm" of California's "winter," the group decided upon the next gathering: September 19-20, 2014, when the Tiger
football team returns to play University of San Diego. Watch this space and the Class website
for further details.