Amended May 4, 2015! Please note details!

Reunions this year (in their entirety!) will be Thursday afternoon May 28 through Sunday morning, May 31. We will be a satellite to the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1955 and headquartered (I presume) at the head of the stadium, below Prospect Street, as for our 60th. Check in at 1955 headquarters. Most off-year attendees check in on Friday or Saturday for their badges and “license” to wander Reunions at their will. Our Class Dinner will be held on Saturday evening, May 30, in the Old Main Dining Room at the Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street,  with cocktails at 6:30 PM and dinner at 7:30. $75/person all inclusive. For more information and to reserve your place, call or email VP Dave Brown:

215 493 6876


For general information on Reunions, click here



Dave Brown has reserved Beden’s Brook Country Club for our 65th Reunions Dinner Thursday night in 2018. The event has been a highlight of our major reunions for many years now.

For information on this year’s Reunion, see below.

The New Yorker “Snaps”: John McPhee’s long tenure at the magazine

In its mega-issue dated Feb, 23 – Mar. 2, The New Yorker highlighted the past ninety years with “Snaps” of each decade, e.g. 1925 – 1935, and so on nine times. For its 1975 – 1985 decade “Snap” it selected an article by Elizabeth Kolbert including a photo of John McPhee canoeing in Ontario with daughters Jenny and Sarah, The “Snap” highlighted for that decade the oil production in Alaska and John’s book Coming Into The Country, which began as a series of articles in the magazine.

Have a look!



I receive frequent notes indicating strong musical interests among our classmates. A PAW column noting some of them is in the planning stage and will reference the following link. Mozart lovers: I strongly recommend you click below to hear Bob Kenagy’s granddaughter Margot playing the Allegro from Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 in D Major. The youtube recording stated that Margot was 17 when this was recorded, but Bob tells me she was 16! Peggy Runger has been following Margot’s career in Nashville, where Margot is now a “freshman” at Vanderbilt.

Click here to read more and hear Margot play the Mozart Allegro


Now listen to Margot playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5, the “Spring” Sonata


Edward “Luke” Packard’s grandson Chris Dahlke is a thirteen year old eighth grader and has been studying the violin for eight years with Shelley Beard Schleigh. He plays with the first violin section of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and the Delaware Honors Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the Camerata Honors Program at the Music School of Delaware. He studies with many top professionals and has numerous awards to his credit. Here you can here him play a Mendelssohn Concerto.


Margot is now first violinist in the Vanderbilt orchestra, Here she is with Peggy Runger followoing a recent concert:

Peggy Runger and Margot Kenagy



Just for a change of pace: How many of you remember our 45th, when the Ed Polcer All Stars played at our reunion Friday night? Ed is Class of 1958, so when we didn’t hire him again at our 60th Marcia and I went over to 1958, where he was playing for his own class. At our 45th, his closing number was a rousing “Hindustan”. Here you can again hear Ed playing Hindustan in an Eddie Condon tribute in Switzerland some dozen years ago. Ed is the short cornetist with the white trousers and blue blazer. After Eddie Condon died, Ed bought the Eddie Condon night club in NYC. He is still going strong and has a number of CDs. This version is a “jam session”, i.e. a version with a double or even triple “front line”. Watch especially the give and take between Ed and Tom Baker, the other cornet player, when they have their 32 or whatever bars. Enjoy, and if you want more, contact me and I’ll steer you in the right direction: USE EARPHONES WITH YOUR COMPUTER FOR THE UTMOST ENJOYMENT.


Dr. Gumperson has been a major part of my life since I first read about him in the London Edition of the Wall Street Journal in the early sixties. He has played major roles in my fly fishing efforts and the weather and just about anything else that I attempt to do. You may find that he has been part of your life all these years also. Read on:

Gumperson’s Law

Example of Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Award

Photographer Maggie Zhang ’16 explored one of the world’s great street-art centers- Melborne, Australia-with help from Princeton’s Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Award. Read about her trip and view works by some of her favorite Melborne artists at paw.princeton.edu.

Class of 1912 Reunions Attendance Trophy goes to 1953!

It is only 8 PM on Saturday night, May 31, at Princeton Reunions. Many classes will be going strong until the wee hours, and a number of our classmates are celebrating our 61st this very moment. Yesterday our 60th Reunion Chairman Peter Benoliel and Class Vice President Dave Brown accepted on behalf of the Class of 1953 the Class of 1912 Trophy, awarded annually to that class more than fifty years out of Princeton, and with at least ten members extant, that has the highest percentage of members attending reunions. That was us, folks, just a year ago!

1953 wins the Class of 1912 Reunions Attendance Trophy




PAW Online

Did you know that the PAW has an on-line version? It is not the same as the paper published version, but it has up-to-date articles – about Reunions for instance. To visit the latest on-line PAW,  Click here.


Memories of Nelson Runger

For some recollections of Nels Runger go to:

The recordings are from a demo tape Nels made years ago. He used a variety of voices and subjects to offer to prospective clients. The photos include some from plays and musicals he performed in over the years.

Thanks to Peggy foe sharing them with us!

Jon Calvert’s Exploits from the San Antonio Express

“What do Jon Calvert, Ed Matthews, Les Wilson and your scribe have in common? As a group, they have logged more than 150 years as members of the American Alpine Club. Wilson’s expedition to Yerupaja in Peru was featured on the TV Outdoor Channel and more is on his website, les-wilson.com. Matthews herewith is invited to tell us of his most interesting climbs. Mine are inconsequential, but Jon Calvert’s many-continent feats were featured in the San Antonio Express in January. His book “The Urge to Know” is soon to be published. Visit our Website for the whole story with pictures!” (PAW, March 19, 2014). Let us hear from other 1953 Explorers. This is a great time in our lives to recall our more adventurous days! Click the following link:

John Calvert – Explorer