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

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, 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



Lindholm attracts gifts to 1953 AG from Cornell, Harvard, and Yale alumni

Ools ranks among our best Class of 1953 boosters and Locomotive Cheerleader par excellence.  Here’s a sample of what he achieved this past autumn:


Annual Giving Office

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08540

Letter number one

November 5, 2013


Enclosed find a contribution to Princeton University which should be credited to the Annual Giving account of the Class of 1953.

The donor, (Anonymous), (address, New York, New York 10065) was an Olympic Gold Medal winner in Sailing and as such would probably appreciate it if these funds could be directed to assist Princeton’s Sailing Team, or as an alternate – Crew. I suspect he would prefer not see them support our football program, particularly in the area of field goal training facilities. Mr. (Anonymous) is a Distinguished Member of the Harvard Class of 1952.


Clifford Lindholm II, ‘53

Letter number two:

November 8, 2013


Enclosed find a check in the amount of $20.00 as a contribution to this year’s Annual Giving Campaign to be credited to the Class of 1953.

It is being given by a Distinguished Member of the Cornell University Class of 1967 who wishes to be recognized anonymously as a Friend of PRINCETON 1953.

He majored in Chemical Engineering which is commendable – but was denied, due to geography, the educational experiences of Dr. Alyea’s lectures. I suspect that he would appreciate his contribution going towards chemical engineering laboratory materials – and definitely not used to support the University’s athletic facilities – football in particular.


Clifford F. Lindholm ‘53

Letter number three

November 12, 2013


Enclosed find a check in the amount of $20.00 as a contribution to this year’s Annual Giving Campaign to be credited to the Class of 1953.

It is being given by a Distinguished Member of the Cornell University Class of 1961 who wishes to be recognized anonymously as a Friend of PRINCETON 1953.

He majored in Civil Engineering which is commendable – and benefited significantly from gaining a Master’s Degree from Princeton! I suspect that he would appreciate his contribution going toward acquiring additional theodolites to help educate incoming engineering students of the Class of 2017. Hopefully some will become good linemen! (offense or defense??).


Clifford F. Lindholm II, ‘53

Letter number four

November 18, 2013


Enclosed find a check in the amount of $19.53 as a contribution to this year’s Annual Giving Campaign to be credited to the Class of 1953.

It is being given by a Distinguished Member of the Yale Class of 1963 who majored in Economics – (Anonymous), who lives at (address), Savanna, GA. He is certain that next year I will be supporting an Alumni Fund located in New Haven, CT.

I am not troubled by this remote possibility, but please see that his contribution supports additional funding of Economics library material to assist incoming students of the Class of 2017 who might become Economics Majors – and also some who are familiar with defensive linemen routines.


Clifford F. Lindholm II, ‘53



Class Scholarship Awards Year 2014


Mr. Mauricio Gonzalez-Aranda ’15
Ms. Angela Wand ’16
Mr. Matthew J. Gancayco ’17
Ms. Lauren E. Miller ’17


Mr. Michael C. Eggleton ’16


Ms. Iriane M. Narcisse ’15


Ms. Aria P. Miles ’14
Mr. D. Alexander Seyferth ’14
Ms. Conleigh R. Byers ’15
Mr. Thomas R. Garcia ’16

Classmates Attending the Yale Tailgate Party

Thanks to Dave Brown for the list of those who attended the November 16th party at Fine Tower:

Dave and Jean Brown
George and Carol Carleau
Jay and Eleanor Cooper
Fred and Louise Crispin
Bob Davis and Bob Davis, Jr.
Cowles and Janet Herr
Ned Jannota and Alex J.
Jack and Jenks Middleton
Howard and Eleanor Minners (Newlyweds!)
Barry Phelps
Lynn and Hunt Parry
Frank and Mimi Phillips
Bill and Alissa Sutphin
Dave and Sue West

Plus guests and several Yalies

New Class Constitution


MAY 2013

Dear Classmates,

I want to let you know that as part of our Reunion Activities we will have a short official meeting of Class Members on Friday night at our reunion headquarters just before dinner.  It will quickly cover some administrative matters, including the adoption of a new Class Constitution

Back in 1984 the Class adopted a revised Constitution to take the place of one that was adopted at our graduation in 1953. Since that time the administration of class affairs has proceeded quite smoothly without much necessity to refer to our governing documents.

Nevertheless in anticipation of the end of my term as Class President, I thought it appropriate to review our governance documents for guidance as to the proper procedural protocol to affect a transition. I found that because of our smooth operation over the intervening years, the Executive Committee has not had much to do and somehow over the years, copies of our relevant Bylaws have disappeared and our governing Executive Committee has been reduced to one living Class Member, Bill Gaillard.

Under the circumstances, it seemed appropriate that membership of the Executive Committee should be filled out and that it would be desirable to have a new governance document the form of a revised and simpler Class Constitution, which would be easier to successfully administer in the future.

After discussion among our present Officers, Bill Gaillard has used his authority, acting as the sole Member of the Executive Committee, to revise the present Constitution and resolve other pending matters including the appointment of additional members of the executive committee and the requested election of Shirley Tilghman as an Honorary Member of our Class. A copy of the new revised Constitution is enclosed. If you have any questions, please call me (612-803-9773).

My thanks go to Bill Gaillard for all his work in arranging both the resolutions to establish the new Constitution and the new appointments to the Executive Committee.  Not least of all, I want to thank my fellow Class Officers who have willing to carry the operational burden of Class management over these last years,  And, also all of you who have supported the Class with your activities, and your dues and contributions to annual giving and special gifts.

Stay well and I hope to see you at Reunions in May.

William F Ogden Jr., Pres.

Click here to see the Constitution

Video: ‘A Princeton Story: Rafting Down the Mississippi River’

Princeton University junior Jackson Dobies experienced a summer of a lifetime last June after he was awarded a MARTIN A. DALE ’53 Summer Award. Dobies rafted much of the Mississippi River from north to south along with his older brother Justin, modeling the classic stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Tiger E-News April 2013