President Eisgruber '83 Greets
made a surprise appearance, sneaking off briefly from family wedding events 40
miles up the coast to say hello. The class dinner at Julie and Geoff Smith's house, high above Carlsbad and La Costa, was
exquisite: panoramic views of the coast
and sunset, great fellowship, tasty Mexican food, and a variety of beverages. 71ers seen over the weekend included locals
Nancy and Stu Rickerson, Rick Ostrow and Elyse Dasko, Susan and Bill Kuntz, James Alford and Dan Ruchman. Greater Los Angeles sent Brian Langston, Barbara and Tom
Sinclair, and Paul Deibel and Mark Wine and wife Carol. The Bay Area contributed the attorney trio of
Mike (and Kathy) Ladra, Brad (and Judy) O'Brien, and Tim Tosta
(and Nancy Martin). From out of state
came Mark Swanson and Suzette
Gardner (from Nevada), Bo Hunter (long-distance
winner from Hawaii) and class president Podie
Lynch (from Connecticut). Yes,
Greenwich CT is closer to San Diego than Honolulu! Thanks to Tim and Suzette for contributions
to the picture gallery.
Fans of Honorary Classmate Darlene Love were treated to another rousing rendition of her classic holiday ballad, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), when she made her final appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. A pre-show interview in the New York Times included this memorable quote from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt: "She's the greatest singer in the world." Her final performance is part of a video compilation covering the nearly three decades of her appearances to sing the song.
Classmates will remember her surprise performance at the 35th, which helped make that Reunion one of the most memorable. Stu Rickerson arranged for her appearance with support from the Class Save the Wild Life Fund,
By David Williams, '71 Legacy Initiative Chair
Great news of a worthy event! The collaboration between Princeton AlumniCorps
and Encore.org, led by Marci Alboher, vice president of Encore.org and author
of the Encore Career Handbook, presented
the topic "Living the Nonlinear life: Building the Bridge to Your Next
Opportunity" on May 3rd at the School of International Service,
American University, Washington, DC, to an audience of over 50. Our own TINA SUNG, Vice President of the Partnership for Public Service and founder
of Experience Matters; the Executive Transition Experts, was highlighted as a
speaker, together with Grif Johnson '72, Board Chair of Wilderness Leadership
Learning and an ARC Innovator, and Hilary Joel '85, Executive Coach and
Founding Principal of WJ Consulting.
Marci introduced the topic with remarks in the
context of her own transition from corporate law to full time advocate for the "encore
career" movement. She then moderated the presentations of each of the three
highlighted speakers, who explained their personal experiences in transitioning
to high impact work in the not-for-profit sector, the skills they acquired, and
the lessons they learned. The speakers' heartfelt
comments made clear their deep satisfaction with the paths they had chosen. The
inspiring discussion surely touched every member of the audience.
Thanks to the organizational efforts of Princeton AlumniCorps and particularly Kef Kasdin, Board Member and leader of the ARC Innovators Project, and Andrew Nurkin, Executive Director, several Washington, DC based high impact project opportunities were presented for possible matching, including Friendship Place (innovative solutions to homelessness), Mariam's Kitchen (permanent supportive housing and support for the homeless) and House of Ruth (update and enhancement of the organization's Personnel and Policies Manual). The conversations amongst the audience and representatives of the project sponsors present continued after the formal session for well over an hour. It was, by any measure, an event of which '71 Legacy Initiative can be proud.
The remaining question is: where does our effort promoting this collaboration go from here? Marci, Kef and Andrew all expressed excitement about this but as yet, details remain unclear. The first effort will, of course, be to consolidate the matches and projects which the New York and Washington sessions have now initiated. Stay tuned; there is more to come.
MITCH DANIELS was a huge hit at the Princeton Club of Chicago's annual dinner, where he was the keynote speaker. Even a number of major, avowed, big-time Democrats were seen loudly applauding Mitch's remarks. He shared his common-sense approach to government and doing the "people's work," plus shared anecdotes about his recent segue to the presidency of Purdue. Speaking of his new job, Mitch got a huge laugh from the 200-plus Princetonians and their spouses and guests when he told how one elderly friend expressed surprise at hearing Mitch was named Purdue president, exclaiming, "What the heck does Mitch know about chickens," obviously thinking he was taking over the famous poultry processor (Perdue). Just goes to show how changing a single vowell can make all the difference! Mitch answered a lot of questions after his prepared remarks -- and, to the clear disappointment of many present, again made it very plain-- he would not run for president of the U.S. 1971's table was sponsored by Class Planned Giving Chair BILL ZWECKER, who reported and is pictured (on left) with Mitch and RICK SOBEL.
On Sunday, March 2, "Twenty Feet From Stardom" won an Osacar in the Best Documentary Feature category. In an impromtu response, she joined producers Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers on stage for a stirring rendition of "His Eye is on the Sparrow" that brought the crowd to its feet. Near the beginning of the film, DARLENE LOVE is introduced as "the first" modern backup singer. The film features a number of great musicians, but primary attention is given to our Classmate. Class film critic BILL ZWECKER wrote, "It's a superb film and it was great to see Darlene in particular get this attention." Her surprise performance at the 35th helped make that Reunion one of the most memorable. STU RICKERSON arranged for her appearance with support from the Class Save the Wild Life Fund, The film is available from various outlets including Amazon and iTunes.
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).
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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.
By Howard Zien, Class Treasurer
Photo credit: Howard Zien. Click here for more photos.
At some point during Alumni Day Saturday it was mentioned that this was the 100th Alumni Day. After 100 years, the event has become very slick indeed. And I mean this in the most positive and complimentary way. Wonderful speeches, stimulating presentations, great food, a plethora of campus events, with everything occurring exactly on time.
But this year the term
"slick" took on new meaning. After the
lingering snowfalls and snow drifts of the past several weeks, the temperature
finally ascended above freezing on the Thursday and Friday prior to Alumni
Day. But the thaw was deceptive.
Overnight, the resulting melting water formed a glaze of paper-thin ice over the walkways. As I walked to the campus from my car, I must confess that I was lured by the early morning sun into thinking that winter was a distant memory. I mistook the glaze covering the sidewalk for a dusting of snow. In so doing, I came precipitously close to making an unanticipated 3-point landing on my rear end.
And our class President
PODIE LYNCH independently echoed my experience. I wonder how many of the 1,000 or so attendees
experienced a similar fate.
Happily as the day progressed, the temperature approached the mid 50's and warmed the attendees, the sidewalks, and the spirit of the day.
The representation of our class was a mere shadow of our representation last year when our own MITCH DANIELS received the Woodrow Wilson Award. We had ten attendees, one table's worth including guests: LEPORE, PIKE, CHARAPKO, OBERMANN, LYNCH, ARMIGER, ZIEN, and OLLWERTHER. But the conversation was lively. And the intimacy of the group enabled us to acquaint and reacquaint ourselves more easily.
The two featured award winners and speakers gave enlightening and engrossing talks.
First, Hunter Rawlings III *70 spoke about the triumphs and challenges of higher education in America. Among his major points was that in today's day and age, we try to measure quality in quantitative terms. He questioned the wisdom of this and in so doing quoted Albert Einstein as having famously said, "Everything that is countable does not count --- And everything that counts is not countable."
Following Hunter, Sonia Sotomayer '76 spoke about her personal commitment and the Princeton slogan "In the Nation's Service." She said that she thinks about two things every night before she goes to bed. No, brushing her teeth is not one of them. She thinks about:
1. Who has she helped today. And
2. What has she learned today.
Simple but admirable thoughts for an accomplished fellow Princetonian and a member of the nation's highest court.
Finally, I attended the memorial service for deceased Princetonians including, of course, our Classmates. I sheepishly confess that I have never attended this memorial service in the past. In fact, in my 4 years as a student and 43 years as an alumnus, the only event I have ever attended at the Chapel was in 1970 when we gathered there to voice our outrage at the Vietnam War.
I found the service to be both beautiful and inspirational. Still ringing in my ears is the mournful and haunting organ music punctuated by the occasional trumpets in an unmistakable expression of triumph. Both sounds were in keeping with the spirit and spiritual nature of the event. The organs eulogized those who have past, and the trumpets celebrated their achievements. Incidentally, there were also bagpipes, in the Princeton Scottish tradition.
The most startling thing for me occurred during the beginning and ending processionals. Along with the compelling music, the somber marching of members of each class, the University President and others, there were four wind kites, each the size of a small automobile. The kites were held aloft on long flexible fiberglass poles and deftly manipulated by 4 students. These kites soared and swooped above those attending the service and beneath the vaulted Chapel ceiling. They appeared as giant tropical fish and created the sensation that the Chapel was an enormous aquarium filled with water. How else could the fish float about so gracefully and graciously?
In watching the kites glide, climb toward the top of the Chapel arches, and then dive towards the assemblage, they could easily be mistaken for the very spirits of those students past. The movement of the kites under control of their deft handlers was both majestic and furtive, joyful and mournful.
If you have never seen this service or the kites, I urge you to view a clip of the memorial service from 2012. (The one for this year is not yet posted).
With the largest showing of any one class, '71 members gathered for the latest performance in the long history of the Princeton Triangle Club. Attending in Miami in late January were Class VP KIRK LIDDELL, accompanied by his wife Pam and daughter Devon, Class Annual Giving Co-chair JIM HITCH, MARSHALL BURACK, and BILL METZGER, his wife, and daughter who is Class of 2016. Of these only Bill can rightfully claim Triangle alumni status, but all thoroughly enjoyed the show, "Zero Gravitas." Thanks to Bill and Jim for encouraging and helping to organize the event.
Triangle plans to return to South Florida in 2017, but their winter tour will hit other locales in the intervening years...and perhaps one near you. The Club will perform it's brand new show at Alumni Day on February 22nd with a reprise during our 43rd Reunion, May 29 - June 1.
By Howard Zien '71, Class Treasurer
Photo credits: Howard Zien
Otober 29, 2014
Experiencing homecoming weekend is like the preparation of a fine meal. You identify all of the key ingredients, gather them together, then combine them and prepare, cook, and enjoy the meal. The specific ingredients that come to mind are:
Good food and drink,
The sense of identify that only Princeton can bring,
The presence and friendship of our classmates,
And a football game.
often happens in events of this type, some of the ingredients exceed our
expectations, and others fall short. So it was last weekend, October 25.
The weather in the mid-seventies was spectacular. The sun brilliant. We witnessed students pouring into Princeton Stadium in T-shirts, shorts and shower-style flip flops. It caused most of us alums to refer to the calendars on our smart phones to confirm that it was in fact the last week of October. We remembered in our undergraduate days how late October caused us to decide how many layers of woolens to put on as we walked about the campus.
The campus-wide tailgate gathering has become a campus tradition. Good food abounded, and a carnival atmosphere prevailed, punctuated by the Princeton Band. The tailgate offered 71-ers a chance to get together and also to interact with other classes. Beer, Sandwiches, Desserts. All good. The tailgate gathering started at 11am. The football game, a few short blocks away, began at 1pm.
the stadium, the color orange was redolent.
It was difficult to find an empty seat on the Princeton side of the
stadium, so I found my place on the visitor's side. There was method in my madness. In addition to finding a place to sit, I was
able to see the enormous throng of Princetonians on the other side in a sea of
orange. And as the game progressed (I'll get to that
in a minute), when there was something to cheer about, the enthusiasm of the
Princeton fans was unmistakable.
Prior to the weekend, I had glanced at the results of previous matches for Harvard. And I must say I was a bit concerned because they had won their previous games convincingly. As it turns out, my concerns were justified. The Tigers seemed to be outcoached and outplayed. Harvard, for its part, conducted a clinic in football logic and practice. It was as if their chalkboard had come to life and the Princeton team mere smudges in the background.
I have to confess, I became somewhat distracted from the activity on the gridiron below. So I busied myself admiring the stadium and the undiminished enthusiasm of the Princeton fans when my eye caught a very large banner hanging low down behind the south end zone. The banner said:
28 National Championships
I had never seen this banner before and I thought it contained two unrelated
phrases. First, that Princeton plays
football, which until this particular day we were all aware. And second that Princeton has had 28 national
championships in a variety of sports.
So I researched the matter further. When we were undergrads, this research would have taken several days. But with the miracle of the Internet, on my phone and later that night on my computer at home, I was able to confirm this most unlikely of facts.
Princeton has more National Football Championships than any other college or University. Yale is 2nd with 27. The closest university we would recognize as a modern football power is Notre Dame with 22 national championships. Feel free to check my work on Wikipedia.
Funny. When I applied to Princeton, I liked
football, but this was an unknown fact to me at the time and had no impact on
my decision to matriculate here.
I won't dwell on the football game. Except to say that all things, good and bad, come to an end.
We were able to retire to
Tiger Inn for a wonderful class cocktail party.
As we approached TI, the yard in front of the Inn was teaming with
students celebrating. Since the recently
concluded football game was unlikely to be the catalyst for their celebrations,
I can only conclude that the beautiful weather and Princeton environs were
It certainly was for me and the other 71ers I spoke with.
See the rest of the photos of the day in the Gallery.
Tragically and unexpectedly, our senior year Class President, Ambassador Richard S. Williamson '71, died on Sunday evening, December 8, 2013, from complications from a cerebral hemorrhage.
Rich is survived by his college sweetheart, Jane, and their three children: Lisa (Ryan Graham), Craig, and Ricky (Sara).
A memorial service has been held. If you need further information, please contact Al Holmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class President, Podie Lynch, said in a letter to Classmates, "On behalf of the Class, I extend our heartfelt condolences to Rich's family, colleagues, and many friends."
Photo credit: Chicago Tribune
By Howard Zien
week 2013 was a bit later than prior years, taking place on November 16 rather
than mid or late October. Accordingly,
the breathtaking fall colors of our undergraduate days and Homecomings past
were but a vague memory with fading leaves swooshing and crunching
the sun was brilliant with the temperatures in the high sixties. It is as though the fates had conspired to
create this beautiful backdrop for Princetonians to better enjoy the glorious
day and the success of our football team.
crowd at the stadium was better attended than any game in recent memory, with
over 80% of the seats occupied. The
overwhelming abundance of orange at the stadium and the cheering students more
than made up for the fading autumn.
And the Tiger football team did not disappoint. There were very few break-away plays, rather a steady and methodical consistency that, when all was said and done, resulted in a surprising but very gratifying, lopsided score.
STU RICKERSON and others could not help but recall how many times while we were students Yale enjoyed the better half of the Princeton matchup. This time, it was the Tigers who enjoyed the victory and the spoils and the good feelings.
University-wide Tailgate. Prior
to the game, all alumni were invited to attend a University-wide reception in
the Fine Courtyard, free of charge.
There were a wide variety of sandwiches, pasta salad, cupcakes, cookies
as well as beer and a mulled apple cider.
Princeton paraphernalia abounded including wristbands, buttons, orange
sunglasses (don't ask) and Beat Yale beer cups.
I was thinking that this tailgate
alone would justify attendance by classmates as far away as Chicago and St.
The game and resulting victory justified attendance from California and beyond.
Though the tailgate was for all alums, the 71'ers managed to find one another and begin a joyous day among friends and Classmates.
Tiger Inn Reception. After
the game, our class gathered in the Library on the second floor of Tiger Inn as
has been the custom for the past several years.
There was food and drink free of charge and courtesy of the Class
treasury. If there were two dozen
classmates and friends at the tailgate, there were over 50 attendees sharing in
the glow of Princeton's victory and the good cheer that always seems to emanate
from the class reception.
It was a perfect way to finish off a magnificent day.
Seen at one or more of the day's events: MURPHEY HARMON, STU RICKERSON, PAUL FLOWERMAN, DOUG PIKE, MARK MAZO and Fern, HANK HOLOSZYC, MARSHALL BURACK, GERRY UEHLINGER, RICHARD WILLIAMS and Nita Novy, CHUCK GOLDBERG, ART LOWENSTEIN, PODIE LYNCH, HOWARD ZIEN and spouse, JACK HITTSON, JACK HESS and Pat, WALLY HESS h71, BILL WEIGEL, BILL MCCARTER, ROBERT GOOD and spouse, RICH DEFIDELE and Marie, PETER HAUCK and Lydia, BILL LEWIS and friend, RON SENCHESAK and Barbara, DAVID SCHANKLER, RAY OLLWERTHER and spouse, and DEBRA TEGARDEN, Among those from other Classes who joined in were Jerome Coleman '70, Stuart Taylor '70, Andy Cowherd '74, Henry Maguire '79, Princeton Trustee Bob Hugin '76, and Hillary Durgin Harmon '85.
(More photos in the Gallery).
This rousing group of classmates was on hand in Boston on a beautiful fall afternoon to see the Tiger's 51-48 triple overtime win against previously undefeated Harvard. Here is the Harvard/Princeton football tailgate group (L-R): KIRK and Pam LIDDELL, BOB GOOD, KATHY MOLONY, RICH HOLLINGSWORTH, BILL ELFERS, and HENRY LERNER.
Speaking to a full room at the Princeton Club in New York City, Marci Alboher, VP of Encore.org, talked of the opportunities available to pursue "encore careers" or other
worthy ways to apply our talents to meaningful nonprofit causes in
can take pride. The event was sponsored by our Class Legacy Initiative led by DAVID WILLIAMS and by the Princeton AlumniCorps. In attendance were DAVID WILLIAMS, BILL MCCARTER, BILL WEIGEL, HOWARD ZIEN, PODIE LYNCH, BILL RODMAN, and ALAN USAS.
Read more here about the '71 Legacy Initiative and click on any of the links above to learn more about ways you can experience a valuable new chapter of service in the Princeton tradition. Photos of the event can be found in the Photo Gallery.
On a cool but dry Fall day thousands of walkers helped make the Philadelphia ALS Walk a huge success. Our own JACK HESS was the top individual fundraiser, with over $20,000 contributed to find a cure for ALS. Part of the group is shown in the photo including Pat Hess, JACK HESS, Ronnie Hittson in the front and in the back KIRK LIDDELL, DOUG PIKE, WALLY HESS h71, JACK HITTSON, and Bob Hughes '72. (Click on photo for a larger view and here for more photos.)
While it was mid-third quarter before Princeton got their first lead, the Tigers showed strong second half performance in an exciting 39-17 win over Brown in Providence. Present for the evening game that began with a reception, dinner, and visit by the Tiger Band hosted by the Princeton Alumni Association of Rhode Island were (l to r) KATHY MOLONY, RICH HOLLINGSWORTH (in from MA), JIM HART (visiting from MN), TIM EMPKIE, and ALAN and Karen USAS. More photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.
The Class of '71 extends a hearty Happy Birthday to our Honorary Classmate Darlene Love, which falls on Friday, July 26. Her surprise performance at the 35th helped make that Reunion one of the most memorable. Stu Rickerson, who arranged for her appearance with support from the Class Save the Wild Life Fund, recently saw the new movie "Twenty Feet from Stardom" and pointed out that near the beginning Darlene is introduced as "the first" modern backup singer. The film features a number of great musicians, but primary attention is given to our Classmate. Stu says, "It's a lovely movie, and long overdue attention for these women who were the vocal engines of the Rock and Roll songs we knew best. Please do yourself a big favor, and see the movie, preferably in a movie theater where the sound system can do justice to the great songs and voices featured." Class film critic Bill Zwecker agrees, "It's a superb film and it was great to see Darlene in particular get this attention." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted her in March 2011, just a few months before our 40th Reunion, which featured another music legend.
A record number of classmates gathered in Princeton on the February 23rd Alumni Day to recognize our own Mitch Daniels, who received the Woodrow Wilson Award given to an undergraduate alumnus or alumna whose career embodies Wilson's invitation in his speech, "Princeton in the Nation's Service." In his morning address in RIchardson Auditorium (Alexander Hall), Mitch examined the current challenges facing the United States in his speech, "Do Princeton Graduates Match the Moment?" At lunch where he was formally presented with the award by Princeton Board of Trustees Chair Kathryn Hall '80, Mitch spoke to a capacity crowd in Jadwin. The day of honoring Mitch was topped off with a splendid reception and dinner starting at the Class of 1971 Library at Tiger Inn orchestrated by Class Reunion Chair Jack Hittson and ably hosted by VP Kirk Liddell.
Mitch recently ended his second term as Governor of Indiana and was installed this January as President of Purdue University. Among his accomplishments as Governor, Mitch transformed the $800 million deficit he inherited in his first term into a $500 million surplus. Since 2008 during the period of the Great Recession, he led the actions that enabled the State of Indiana to accumulate $2 billion in cash reserves. With the surplus, he issued tax refund checks to all Hoosier taxpayers.
The largest non-Reunion gathering of the Class since graduation attracted the following to one or more of the terrific events: HITTSON, LIDDELL, ZIEN, USAS, RICKERSON, WEIGEL, SWANSON, RODMAN, ENGEL, PIKE, MUTHER, WINSKY, SNOW, ARIGONI, DON KIRKPATRICK, UEHLINGER, UNGERLEIDER, SUNG, RICHARD and ROBBIE SHELL, LEN COLEMAN, MANCINI, POTTS, CHAMBLISS, BENGUR, BRIGHT, FLOWERMAN, SKIP COLLINS, LOWENSTEIN, DREYFUSS, HARMAR, SANER, DIFEDELE, MCCARTER, DAVE MARSHALL, MOESSNER, RANDY MATHIESON, OLLWERTHER, and ARMIGER.
Receiving Princeton's top honor for an undergraduate alumnus, Mitch will recognized for his achievements that echo Wilson's famous speech, "Princeton in the Nation's Service." His career has included executive leadership in the pharmaceuticals industry and also public service during the terms of two US presidents. When he completes his second term as governor of Indiana in January, he will become president of Purdue University.
More information about his terrific recognition can be found here and here.
The award will be presented to Mitch at Alumni Day, Saturday, February 23rd, on campus. Stay tuned for more information about the ceremony and the day's program.
Classmates and others witnessed a come-from-behind 4th quarter victory to hand Harvard its first loss and tarnish their national ranking. Game day featured pre-game lectures and a tailgate and the annual class post-game reception at the Tiger Inn Class of 1971 Library.