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Everything is played with a cool, polished precision that mirrors the stylized uniformity of the band's visuals; the dissonance is more subdued than in the past, and the uptight rhythms are no longer jarring, instead locking the band into a rigidly even keel. Oddly, even though the music is the least human-sounding Devo had yet produced, their social observations were growing less insular and more sympathetic. Several tunes -- like the oft-covered "Girl U Want" -- have a geeky but pragmatic romantic angst that was new to Devo albums, although the band's view of relationships is occasionally colored by their cultural themes of competition and domination.
Those preoccupations also inform their breakthrough hit single, "Whip It," but elsewhere, they're finding enough connection with the rest of the world to moderate their cynicism, at least a little bit. Songs like "Gates of Steel," "Planet Earth," and the title track reveal a frustrated idealism under their irony, one that can't quite understand why Americans don't use more of their freedom to search for happiness. Altogether, there's a little less of the debut's energy, and a little less variety as well.
But the songwriting is a match for consistent quality, and moreover, the music on Freedom of Choice is the sound that defines Devo in the minds of many. In the end, that makes it the band's only other truly necessary album.
Hank and Kathy were briefly out here in Tucson recently. Jock Purcell is considering writing a textbook on spousal abuse. He sent me a brief but comprehensive sampling of some of the specific topics.
Jock sees a lot of this under one of the hats he wears. Intellectual property law may not sound exciting, but it is, what with new principles under debate and a lot of people in the rest of the world challenging settled standards, one way or another. No doubt others as well. I heard that the Lasells and the Dave Simses made a foray through the Everglades. Dave you may remember, is a safari veteran. Edward Burger of the math department on numbers theory.
Jim and Hank are going to meet again and maybe golf, and Jim and I will visit when he next comes to Tempe to see his daughter. Pete Massaniso also lives up in that northeast Florida neck of the woods, I think Ponte Vedra, and manages investments.
Peter, let us hear. She and her husband also do music in the Bay Area. Denny, ably assisted by his sons, provides the greatest kind of support for Gretchen, who is recovering from a second stroke.
Gretchen has not yet regained her sight. Denny and sons were at a Red Sox game recently. The Sox, Denny indicates, have a ways to go this year. In one of his messages to their friends and relatives, Denny thanks God for the ability to provide all he needs to provide. And we in turn thank the Almighty for friends and classmates like Denny.
Phil Wilcox says, using baseball terms, that our class is batting. Congrats all around. I think Jim was more informed about the statute than any public servant I heard addressing it.
Maybe we ought to have a special institution to teach legislators at all levels the 3Rs. The Arizona legislation has been a lightning rod. The hope of many out here, including myself, is that it will encourage federal enactment of positive and effective immigration reform.
He never ceases to amaze me. Tom Synnott, longtime chief economist at U. Trust Co. I have learned through several decades of trying to forecast the economy that it is a mistake to be pessimistic about the economic outlook. We should trust in the energy and initiative of the American people to give us a much better economy a year from now.
Of course, as I did with grandparents, I will only write about those of you who write to me or call me, proudly letting us know how commendable it is to keep working through age plus, perhaps in some cases even into the 80s.
Remember how many of our professors were able to do that? Because I had the luck believe me there was no foresight involved to learn languages at Williams and had a gift for them, I have spent most of these 50 years in the international division of toiletries and textile companies. To date, I have been in 65 countries on all continents and still get a kick out visiting a new society.
Love to prepare hand-written guides for friends and colleagues to both [cities]. Lovely people in general—just the poverty and illiteracy lead to religionists; that creates narrowness and chaos.
Still, if you read Three Cups of Tea, you will see what type of people the Pakistanis are. Sort of put out to pasture two years ago, I never left the teaching aspect but was given the responsibility of teaching the clinical portion of the anatomy course to firstyear medical students and open surgical skills to the residents. I also picked up a couple lectures a month for the third-year students as well as third-year student preceptees. Keeps me busy. Alex is still doing significant medical work.
We have numerous doctors in our class still working: Joe Prendergast is working full time, now giving new, improved health care to doctors and patients. Bob Hatcher is not working full time, but anyone who knows Bob realizes how much effort he will still make, despite having spent time in the hospital fighting a heart problem.
Palmer White works full time in California, but he has intelligently shifted from providing operations for severe medical problems to responding to surface problems on the body.
He is quite busy and successful but no longer under pressure. Andy Packard is supposedly retired but works constantly as a general radiologist for Maine Medical Center.
This has taken me out of the operating room and into the lab, where we have received grants from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine for our stem cell work in cartilage repair and from the NIH for our work with the electronic knee.
Writing the grants, doing the work and reporting the results is a full-time job in La Jolla, Calif. Dan Rorke, Sam Parkhill and Bob McAlaine have all been involved in serious jobs to help young people who need financial and psychological help in education.
Bob is chairman of Eastern Insurance Holdings, a company that specializes in workers compensation insurance. Bob also spends a good deal of his time at Gesu Catholic, a grammar school in a poor, tough neighborhood in Northern Philadelphia.
If unpaid work counts, I will send a short reflection. Bob Embry is head of a writing foundation in Baltimore. Another Baltimore classmate has for a long time been a key writer—Ernie Imhoff is not through yet. Hope will keep working as a part timer at the school in charge of all the state and federal mandated testing.
For years he was a teacher, writer and administrator in schools like Choate and in Canada. Johnson is still teaching art at Williams. How can we help but be impressed by our classmate; after all, ever since we became involved in Williams, art professors over the years have been among the oldest and most impressive.
During the 50th reunion Bill Moomaw taught us well about energy, because he has done so much work in that area, and he is still teaching at Tufts. Kirk Emmert taught at Kenyon College for 32 years and just retired. Henry Cole has long been active in geophysics at The University of Alaska; now he is consulting the educational world about sustainable and geothermal energy systems. Jack Hyland is still active with Morgan Stanley and has developed two new books.
Pete Bradley is also still writing. The typical study is a three-week commitment. Writing the reports is just as painful as it was in college— worse than chewing sand but not as bad as burning bamboo sticks under your fingernails! Our classmates like Jerry Rardin, who have for most of their lives served religious positions, remain helpful to fellow classmates and to the world.
A busy, busy guy for 73 years of age. Another supposedly retired classmate is Geoffrey Morton. Even though he is retired, he works long periods of time helping students who are applying to colleges. Aside from that we all know how often Geoff plays a big role in many Williams activities, telling countless stories—full of humor and seriousness—about our days at Williams; he is the best storyteller in existence.
Yes, a higher percentage of classmates at a 50th reunion than ever before. Yes, the largest 50th reunion gift … by three times … than ever before. Yes, the largest amount contributed to the Annual Fund during the 50th reunion year.
Yes, clearly the most August Williams People 43 CL ASS NOTES creative class in Williams history with scores of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, needle craft, books published, DVDs produced, poems, essays, speeches and op-eds written, watches made, algorithms developed, and environmental and social justice organizations served and explained. The largest art work was the 9-foot-tall, state-of-the -art, geologic map of Vermont, which Nick Radcliff revealed a year ahead of its publication by the U.
Geological Survey. The smallest offerings were the beautiful watches built by Marshall Lapidus. No, what was most significant about our 50th reunion was the tone: exhilarating, affectionate, affirming, inclusive, intimate and communicative.
We were exhausted after five days but wishing for more time and stamina to continue the conversation. We recognized each other for the most part and encountered each other in new ways at new levels of openness and appreciation. There were, undoubtedly, lapses into old patterns, habits, masks and protective armor, but these were largely overwhelmed by emerging, comfortable, inmy-own-shoes, appreciation of the other. There was pervasive understanding of the enrichment we had received from each other during those formative four years in Williamstown and enthusiastic engagement in continuing that process.
Your next opportunity to experience that as a group will be the Pass the Baton weekend in October … and the 55th reunion … and certainly various gatherings in between.
It too will be the largest such report ever issued, just as the reunion class book was the largest in the history of Williams and contained the highest percentage of classmate biographies and the first set of stories by classmates. While waiting for the book, revisit the website also record breaking! Word circulated with great sadness about the death of Steve Beal in Loveland, Colo.
Bob Lipp was able to speak with him and his hospice caregivers just before Steve died, and I had talked with him before he entered hospice care. He had hoped to be well enough to attend the reunion but gave that up months ago. He did send one of his remarkable needlepoint canvases to the Expo, and it held pride of place at the beginning of the show. His published books of poetry were also part of the display. His help with these notes over the past five years, his unique humor and perspective, his literary prowess and his caustic commentary will be long remembered in many communities.
A favorite story, you may remember, was his total delight at discovering his African American heritage through a very patrician grandmother. Treasured time with his newly discovered relatives in a small southern town was a highlight of his adult life. Other classmates who were not at the reunion were well represented there. Fay Vincent had to cancel at the last minute, but his creativity essay was part of the show. Selections from his work were on exhibit at WCMA as well as in our class show.
The museum tour included a visit to the study room, where many of his gifts to the College were displayed and discussed. A special show of the work of contemporary Chinese artists collected by Tao will be mounted at the museum next year. This is my last column as secretary, and it is a pleasure to introduce your new secretary drum roll here , Mike Penner!
Mike and Sally live in Michigan in the summer and in Arizona in the winter. Mike will be in touch with you by mail and e-mail with phone numbers and mailing addresses. Thank you for your help and responsiveness. Please take the initiative to provide Mike with your news and the news of others. You will read much more about yourselves and your classmates in the Reunion Report, but one additional class record needs to be acknowledged now. Take it from this impartial observer that the Class of is the youngest looking 50th reunion class in history.
It is stunning to think back to the wizened geezers who appeared at our graduation and at reunions since then and to compare them to the handsome, robust lot that we are! Global warming is certainly a fact, but I also suspect there is trend toward 50th reunion younging! Finally, there were many award winners and many people were publicly thanked for their efforts toward a spectacular reunion experience and their leadership roles over the years, but Frank Thoms probably hit the bell at the top of the profundity meter when he offered his toast at the class n 1 9 6 0 —6 1 dinner on Saturday night.
He recognized the class as a whole and especially the many who were not listed on the leadership rosters but rather provided the ballast for ship, responded to initiatives, engaged in their parts as friends, colleagues and supporters, elected the leadership and enriched the college experience for us all.
That enrichment of each other, by all others, continues! It has been a pleasure, ladies and gentlemen! Nowadays, for most of us former frat or social unit brothers, initials like that are mostly stock market symbols.
But return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. A fun conversation with Fred Mayer sparked it all. Now retired and living near St. He does not do e-mail or own a computer. Too impersonal. Indeed, we may have been talking on his original round-dial phone. He writes occasional newsy handwritten notes, and I reply in kind. This time he called to assure me that he and Pat, his beloved wife of 49 years, would be at our 50th with stories to spin. He likes to talk and remembers everything, so beware.
They were headed for a rural N. Snow and ice were all over the roads; oh, how we remember those trips to Smith and Skids. On a sharp turn near their destination, they hit a patch of ice, skidded out of control, brushed a pole and flipped. Crammed together, but with no seat belts in those days, they emerged unscathed.
The pole they hit knocked out the power for miles around, including at the burly house. No show that night! Fred, never a shy guy, was proud to add that he had dated one of the dancers there and invited her back to TDX to party. Storm King is a world-famous acre parkland edging up to the Hudson, where sculptors the likes of Alexander Calder, George Rickey and Mark Di Suvero have their works displayed in a glorious setting. This committee is working hard on our behalf. Fred Mayer also had a car and was always willing to seek adventure.
His roomie, Mike White, was an inveterate baseball fan, then and now, who read The Sporting News faithfully and always knew who was playing whom, when and where. Mike was, of course, a Cubs fan so he loved old parks like Fenway here in Boston.
One day, bored with studying for exams, he easily convinced Mayer to head for Fenway to see the Sox vs Yanks in their ongoing rivalry. He and Mike have an annual outing to Peoria to see minor league ball.
Both are traditionalists and like the prices and purity of minor league ball. He has added bocce along with tennis and golf to his sports portfolio and thanks his stars for good health and the joys of nature.
They may be the longest married in the class. Anyone aware of who might beat that? A cool truck, though collector Jim Hodges may prefer the Pontiac. Jim and Sheila live now three days a week on their boat and the other four days on a small plantation they own about 80 miles from Charleston, S.
Midweek the Hodges go to Charleston for bridge and appointments and a morning volunteering at the S. Aquarium, where Sheila is secretary of the board. Their boat is a foot trawler, which they take to Beaufort, Hilton Head, Savannah when desired.
When in Charleston they eat only breakfast onboard and sample the amazing array of restaurants there for dinners. Back on March , 14 classmates plus some spouses gathered in unseasonably cold Vero Beach, FL for a minireunion. Sorry I missed it. These minis are great for getting down with some we hardly knew as well as renewing old friendships. Try to make the Oct. He remembers too that Van Schreiber helped him order his engagement ring for wife Linda 50 years ago. They will be with us in spirit.
Bob recently retired from running Gibson, Dunn premier law firm and is bottling his own wine from Montgomery Vineyards located at the top of Napa Valley. We were treated to a bottle from his first vintage just three years old , which was quite a positive experience. Change occurred rapidly, and grandchildren appeared. I gave the use of the family home to my son and family. Shortly, I was rousted from my West Village apartment and escorted north of 30th by the youth police.
I am currently licking my wounds in Steamboat, while preparing for a homicide trial in Florida. He avoids e-mail too and still works half time as an administrative judge out of Sacramento, Calif. Page and Walt Henrion were washed out on a Texas golf resort weekend and took the occasion to write. They had enjoyed a TexasNorth alumni tour of the Nasher Sculpture Garden outdoor sculpture is in the air.
They also plan to be with us for the October minireunion, so they get around. Do not tangle with Dave Shapiro. He and old roomie Jim Urbach plan to be with us for the 50th. So does Gil Kerr, who offered that while life is good in North Georgia, Washington needs an enema my word.
Please remember to write up your own personal profiles for the classbook, due Aug. We are getting on. A reminder too that Paul Boire is our appointed webmaster and in process of setting up our class website toward the 50th. Pics and profiles can be posted on the site. Our reunion committee met at the Williams Club in NYC April 4, and you will be hearing more from them in the next year.
Meanwhile, Wally reported that only Ron Litowitz showed up at the meeting drowning in obvious purple while usual suspects Mersereau and Schiavetti dressed n 1 9 6 1 —6 2 normally. Lou has this group totally organized. Both will be missed. He had an outstanding career, first in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh and Iran. From he lived in DC, where he sailed and was a runner, then moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Mark succumbed to cancer after a long battle. He was a physics major at Williams and worked first as an engineer at Sprague Electric in North Adams. He then turned to financial management and spent the remainder of his career at Paine Webber in Worcester, Mass.
He leaves his wife Jane, three daughters and four grandchildren. Mark was active at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Holden, where he resided. I hope to see many of you in October. Be well and stay tuned. The weather was perfect, and I believe we all came away reinvigorated about Williams. We also had several class meetings and settled on a dual-purpose class gift for our 50th.
Jay Tompkins and his committee developed the goals, and Bill Whitman and the 50th reunion fundraising committee are responsible for enabling their implementation. Count on hearing from them soon! In late June , our class has been invited to take part in the Oxford, England, trip, which is reserved for the upcoming 50th reunion class. I recommend you sign up for it as soon as the dates are confirmed as there is a limit.
Approximately 15 classmates indicated their interest at the colloquium. Jef Corson has been named interim president of Ursinus University in Philadelphia. Jef has long been active on the Ursinus board and, when their president became seriously ill, he was elected by the board to serve for approximately a year until the new president has been named. The title, which is self-descriptive, is Lone Holdout: A Memoir. It is available on Amazon, and I have read and enthusiastically recommend it.
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