Generations of Benders have been leaders in Albany, NY. It explains why our Reunion Year books are in a class by themselves. Read on! Albany Leader Matt Bender ’53.
Dave Brown has reserved Beden’s Brook Country Club for our 65th Reunions Dinner Dance on May 30th. (Price $75 per adult, including cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres dinner with wine…service charge included.)RSVP to Dave Brown at215-493-6876 or David.firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on this year’s Reunion, see below.
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 in the Old Main Dining Room at the Nassau Club with cocktails at 6:00 PM and dinner at 7:00. $55/person with wine. For more information and to reserve your place, call or email VP Dave Brown:
215 493 6876
The Program for this year’s Service of Remembrance at Alumni Day is posted here for those interested. For privacy reasons, e.g. “identity theft” etc., we are advised not to publish the deceased last year for all of the classes, but for our class click here for the program and those listed from 1953.
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.
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.
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Now listen to Margot playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5, the “Spring” Sonata
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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.
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Margot is now first violinist in the Vanderbilt orchestra, Here she is with Peggy Runger followoing a recent concert:
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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:
Scholarships for the current academic year have been awarded from the Class of 1953 Scholarship and also the scholarships endowed by Beaham, Ingram and Nomikos. The names are provided for all, and additional information is presented for those who were awarded the 1953 Scholarship.
No doubt you’ve seen the November 12 issue with the cover story about JOHN McPHEE. You can also access the article with the following link:
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.
Spring can’t be too far away if the PAW is already thinking of April. The latest column submission is linked below. Now (on March 7) we’re looking at LATE April!
We did it folks. thanks to Bob Kenagy, his cohorts, and all of you Class dues payers!
Dues Percentage Goal Achieved!
Click on the link to read the poem:
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!
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.
Herewith the list of our classmates that were remembered in February at the Service of Remembrance.
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!
“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: