Sophomore Emily Pauls ’18 has written us a very nice letter with thanks for our Class of 1953 Memorial Scholarship. She comes to Princeton from a very interesting family as the first to attend a university. You will be proud that the class has helped enable her Princeton education.
Paul Hertelendy thinks that he is, at least in part, eccentric, and he hopes that others who feel likewise will write us and tell us about it.
Perhaps you have a folder marked EEC, for “Eccentric Ectivities by Classmates.” If so, this might fit:
The most inspiring of my avocations these days is dashing around the fields as a (licensed) soccer referee for junior soccer, which I’ve done some 600 times in the Oakland-Berkeley (California) area, dating back to a 1965 start. Seeing the 12 to 14 year-old boys and girls with good skills running, passing, interacting, all with a focus on The Game (and not on ego, roughing or revenge) is a rush of adrenalin every Saturday, even though none of them were born in my millennium. Their enthusiasm and fervor are my nirvana. I get paid, technically, but never withdraw the funds—I feel I should pay for the privilege, as I get so much out of it, especially with witnessing a flood of goals ending in an invigorating 4-3 or 5-4 result. The multiple levels of interaction—-with coaches, assistant refs, players, spectators, rule book—-are a constant fascination. And ending matches with fist-bumps or hand-slaps to all involved are a joy, especially if they haven’t raised Cain about me at midfield with my knee brace, white cane, seeing-eye dog, ear trumpet, and barely enough breath by the closing moments to toot whistles or hold up yellow caution cards.
And with pro soccer on TV, I watch not the players but the referees tearing up and down the field. Just call me eccentric!
Paul Hertelendy ’53
The University has informed us of the winners of scholarships awarded by the Class of 1953 Memorial Scholarship and also endowed scholarships provided by Gordon Beaham and Peter Nomikos. The University’s report can be read by clicking here:
Skip Madden told me that I could Google and find an article about not only Steve but his father and our classmate Malcolm Kerr, killed in 1984. I found one, but my computer is slow this morning and it was difficult seeing the entire article. Anyway, here the link. Maybe I’ll find another one if I look:
Here is another link:
Sorry: neither link seems to work. But you can find the articles via Google.
The Wall Street Journal on May 13 wrote about coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors. Steve is the son of our Malcolm Kerr who was assassinated in his office in Beirut in 1984, when he was serving the American University in Beirut as president. Thanks to Skip Madden for bringing this article to our attention.
Click below to read the article.
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 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 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.
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: