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'14 Elected Sun Editor in Chief;
Eric Lichtblau '87 Wins 2006 Pulitzer Prize
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Howard L. Reiter '67 Dies
Dr. Richard Neubauer '72 Dies;
Monica Reiss Dies
Marc Lacey '87 is "tired of missing out on Sun alumni events over the past decade. [The last reunion Marc was able to attend was one he and Larry Arnold '88 arranged in DC sometime last century.] I've decided to move to New York, where I'll be deputy foreign editor of The [New York] Times. It seems I could never get a critical mass of Sun alumni together during my postings in Nairobi, Mexico City, or, most recently, Phoenix [although Marc did arrange a two-person Sun reunion in Jamaica with Ronald G. Thwaites '67]."
Jay Branegan ’72 writes: "I gave a writing workshop for The Sun up in Ithaca on Oct. 15. For the 30 or so compets who attended (a more-or-less command performance per ME Mike Linhorst ’12), I reviewed some news-writing basics, we did exercises writing ledes, and critiqued a few Sun stories. (BTW, The Sun started with an unusually large class of compets this year because they appointed someone to be in charge of recruitment. I encouraged them to reinstate the position of compet manager.) With the 20 staff writers and editors, we discussed various Sun stories I’d reviewed ahead of time, figuring out what worked, how they could be improved, and how to deal with some recurrent writing and reporting issues. The students seemed to enjoy the interaction with a real (ex-) reporter (in fact, one persistent comment is that they would prefer more one-on-one attention), and I’m sure they would welcome input from other journalist alums. Contact me if you’re interested."
Howard A. Rodman '71 was elected VP of the Writers Guild of America West (with 79.3% of the vote!).
Ryan Silbert '02 writes: "A short film I produced, GOD OF LOVE, is an OSCAR nominee for Best Live Action Short. After Cornell, where I studied communications and business, I spent 4 years at the p.r. firm Bratskeir & Co, which allowed me to hone my skills working with Hasbro's Transformers brand. I founded a production company, Toy Closet Films, with Rob Profusek '03. We create films for industry and shorts and features for consumer release. I was a co-producer on the 2010 Sundance Feature Film selection "Holly Rollers," starring Jesse Eisenberg, about Hasidic Jews, and recently completed a film that Spike Lee executive-produced. "God of Love" is the story of a lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion who finds his prayers are answered - literally - when he mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts."
Peter Coy '79 writes: "I saw Larry Luxenberg '77 at reunion this spring. Then I saw his picture this week on the front page of Trail Walker, the publication of the NY-NJ Trail Conference. He was recently made an honorary member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Only 51 others have been so honored. Larry is the author of Walking the Appalachian Trail (1994) and is president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society, which has found a home for its museum in a 200-year-old grist mill near the trail in Gardners, PA. Larry is a portfolio manager at Lexington Ave. Capital Investment. BTW, when I went to the firm’s website I found a clip of Larry on CNBC."
About Bob Einhorn '69, former Sun Sports Editor: "Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert J. Einhorn as Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control. Mr. Einhorn and his staff will provide advice and support to Secretary Clinton, the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, and other Department Principals on nonproliferation and arms controls issues, and will help develop and implement Administration policies and diplomatic strategies in those areas. Mr. Einhorn previously served in the State Department for 29 years, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation during the Administration of President William J. Clinton."
Memories of Karen Erdman '86
Elaine Povich '75 has a new book!
Joey Green '80 was on the tube. And here's his new website. He writes: "I just posted my first podcast, a free 10-minute radio show, which you can subscribe to for free through your iTunes Player. Just click here and then click on the link that says Free Podcasts."
Carl Leubsdorf '59, former AE, retires.
About Andy Guess '05: "Inside Higher Ed is bidding a fond farewell to reporter Andy Guess. Andy is moving from high tech to low tech, embarking on a Fulbright scholarship to analyze media coverage of ethnic tensions in eastern Europe. While this will take him out of Inside Higher Ed's orbit, he'll keep his eye out for new higher-ed developments (and Internet cafes) from his new home base in Bucharest, Romania, next year."
Sung J. Woo '94 is about to publish his first novel, Everything Asian. For info, click here.
Nothing but the Truth," by former Sun EIC
Vicky Kahn '09, The Sun's business manager, is the daughter of Tom Kahn '64, former business manager; David Wittenberg '09, The Sun's associate editor, is the son of Lawrence Wittenberg '76, former EIC and AE, and nephew of Jesse Wittenberg '74, also former EIC and AE.
Jill Rackmill '93 Weds
Jay Branegan '72 writes about The Sun and the Cornell Bear: "In the fall of 1939, Cornell Sun editors played the central role in an extended campus prank involving the last of Cornell’s four real live bear cub mascots. Bill Page ’40, of the photo board, bought a female bear cub and stashed her at a house near campus where he lived with other Sun staffers, including E-in-C Bob Storandt ’40. The editors launched a campaign, mainly through the pages of The Sun, to have her accepted as the football team mascot by an obdurate Cornell athletic department. When athletic director James Lynah 1905 proved unyielding, The Sun arranged for the bear cub to be shipped to Cleveland for the big Cornell-Ohio State game (!). Things ended badly, however, when the cub tore up a Cleveland nightclub and was arrested, then seized by the Animal Protective League. This long-forgotten tale is told with lively detail in a slim, colorfully illustrated new book about the live bear mascots. Here’s a blurb about the book and how to order it"
Cornell Sun Sex Columnist on Top
Oskar Rogg '82 writes: "I spent most of my college years at The Sun and had the grades to prove it. After two years as a writer, night editor, occasional columnist and token conservative WASP in the newsroom, I became business manager in my senior year. After graduation, I spent eight years as an investment banker and securities trader, then co-founded a consulting firm specializing in high tech social work -- focused on children, elderly, disabilities, and mental health. Published 13 books focused on schools, mental health, and eldercare. Left the firm in 1997, gravitated back toward financial services -- now working as a securities trader for a French bank. Live in Atlanta with my wife Carla, four children and two gargantuan dogs, but commute to New York during the week."
Gail Travers '77 writes: "Our friend Jay Buckey, husband of Sarah Masters Buckey, Sun feature editor '77 and flourishing children's book author, recently withdrew from the Senate race in New Hampshire for John Sununu's seat. Jay, Cornell Class of '77, graduate of Cornell Medical School, currently a Dartmouth professor, former Space Shuttle astronaut, and one-time fishing columnist for our SandPaper in its infancy, was competing against a former Democratic governor of that state. He ran a spirited campaign and, in my unbiased opinion, was too good for the cesspool that is American politics. Also, on the political scene, we've just gotten word that Mike Livingston, Sun class of '77, is running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 2nd District. He's on the Web at livingstonforcongress.com. Go Mike!"
Ellen Shapiro Saalberg '54,
J. Widener '76, Former Sun AME, Dies
writes from Silver Spring, MD:
"I am an attorney in the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the
House of Representatives, where I work on a nonpartisan basis writing
the bills that become federal laws. My textbook, The Legislative
Drafter's Deskbook, was published last year and I have two articles out
this year, one about statutes and one about the Red Sox. My
wife Mollie and I have two great kids, Jack (4 1/2) and Esme (1 1/2)."
Anthony Apuuzo '04 Dies. Story.
Frank C. Abbott '42
Marc S. Lacey '87, a former Sun editor in chief, writes: "I moved in July 2006 from Nairobi to Mexico City, where I will cover the Caribbean and Central America for The New York Times. Anyone down this way should look me up at email@example.com.''
Update: Marc Lacey interviews Ronald G. Thwaites '67, a Rhodes Scholar and also a former Sun EIC. Click here.
Andy Kessler '80 writes: "My new book, The End of Medicine: How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) Will Reboot Your Doctor is out from HarperCollins. I hope you enjoy it - there are few Cornell stories in it. Like my previous books Wall Street Meat and Running Money, it's basically a bunch of funny stories with the conclusion that cheap enough technology will enable early detection and a lot fewer folks will have a heart attack, stroke or cancer. I spent the last several years following doctors around, digging around research labs, going to imaging conferences and getting myself poked, prodded and scanned. And I hate the sight of blood, what was I thinking? In the end, it really comes down to finding silicon so diagnostics can get cheap enough for insurance companies and Medicare to make it mainstream. The press release is on my website, and over the next few weeks, I will put up a few excerpts."
'68 Sports Editor,
Robert Zelnick '61 Resigns
David Boraks '81 writes: "My family and I are living in Shanghai, China, where my wife, Shelley Rigger, is teaching for a semester at Fudan University. Our kids Emma, 8, and Mathilde, 4, are with us, going to local schools. Until last May 1, I was a national reporter for the daily American Banker newspaper in New York, covering the big US banks such as Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wachovia etc. I am now a free-lance writer, editor and Web producer. We'll be back home in Davidson, NC, in June."
Michael Kanellos '84 writes: "Currently, I am Editor at Large for News.com, an online tech news site. It’s part of CNET. A lot of people on the East Coast have not heard of it—At my class reunion, someone asked me if I was the founder. But for our business, we are actually fairly big. My current responsibility involves covering start-ups, international issues, and hardware. Early this year, I was part of a group of three reporters who won an SPJ award. My involvement mostly revolved around going to Korea and bugging people about their home life. I also do columns."
Thomas D. Kelley '31 died on Jan. 19, 2006. "He was a member of the Cornell Daily Sun Board of Editors for 4 years, a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Red Key Honorary Society & Sphynx Head Honorary Society. He was an attorney for 61 years in Seattle, Washington,"
New York Times
Richard B. Hoffman '67 writes: "Continuing to tilt against windmills, I'm spending half a year in Jakarta trying to reform the Indonesian Supreme Court. Two years ago I was working on a similar project in Bangladesh, which Transparency Intl claims is even more corrupt, but however you slice it, this is the big leagues of corruption. It's refreshing when, for a break, I manage (this January and in March) to spend a week in 'comparatively uncorrupt' Chicago where I'm part of a team aiming to move cases faster in the city's principal criminal court at 26th & California. I haven't run into Joel Kaplan '66 yet, as either lawyer or defendant. I'm in regular communication with the only real, general legal practitioner left, possibly in the world but certainly Queens, Nick Kass '65, who concedes that little did we realize that our time would turn out to be the glory days of Cornell basketball, finishing second instead of second division. Sorry to hear about Mrs. Howe--she was a lovely lady--but it's hard to complain about going at 94. I should be so lucky."
Zawel '04 writes from New
York: "After nearly two years of research, writing, rewriting and
then writing again, I've finally completed a project that began as an
independent study at Cornell in 2003: a 200+ page comprehensive college
guidebook on the Ivy League — covering every aspect, from athletics
and admissions to secret societies and famous pranks — that will be
published by College Prowler this summer (2005). The book itself would
never have been possible without the help and expertise of so many Sun
editors and writers, who assisted with everything from conducting
research and polling college students to making sure that our beloved
newspaper clinched the #1 spot on the 'Ivy Newspaper Rankings' list
(just kidding about the latter). Visit my website
for more information on the book."
"I'm very sad to report
that Karen Erdman
'86 died October 13 from injuries in a car accident the previous day, in
Wilmington, N.C., where she was a high school English teacher. Karen was
a great reporter, columnist, and copy editor at The Sun. She challenged
her colleagues there not only on their precision of language, but on
their coverage of all groups on campus, pushing us to do a better job of
covering minority students, women's issues, and gay and lesbian issues.
Karen taught those around her a great deal -- both from the passion of
her convictions and from the warmth of her friendship." -- Scott
Jaschik '85 -- Obituary
Erdman Book Memorial
Andy Guess '05, The Sun's (then current) editor-in-chief, writes: "It's been a busy summer and an especially hectic past two weeks. We've successfully upgraded to entirely new hardware and software, which, after some initial growing pains, is making our work quicker and more efficient than ever. The Sun is now free and in color every day. Tomorrow we roll out a new website design, and after fall break we'll have an entirely new print layout and design -- both in the physical location of content and in the look of the fonts and other elements. We are also doing everything digitally, sending our pages to the press in Corning in PDF format. The printing quality has improved markedly. Ad sales are up, and circulation has increased to 5,000, making our readership larger than ever. We are distributing in over 35 points across campus in wire racks, with large plastic outdoor racks on the way. Merchandising and promotion on campus is starting to take off as well in the form of bumper stickers and T-shirts, with more on the way. In 10 days a professor from the Somaiya Institute in Mumbai will be visiting us for a week to see how we operate so that she can take back what she learns to the student paper there. And just this past Friday, we had a story on the front page that's since been reported by the Associated Press and news media from all over the country. We're working on improving our investigative and city reporting, and we're still keeping the administration on its toes. We're always looking for new furniture and are trying to raise funds to get a TV mounted on the newsroom wall." The Redesign
Mel Shavelson '37 writes: The 2003 Cornell Alumni Sun "carried an obit of my old Sun partner in crime, J.F. (Flash) Hillegas, with whom I spent some of the most outrageous years of my Cornell life. One of the incidents to which you referred was the Sun political rally honoring State Senator John J. McNaboe, organized by Hillegas after the Senator accused Cornell of being a hotbed of marijuana smoking and Communist treason, both enjoying considerable popularity at the time, although not in Ithaca. This earth-shaking event was recorded in the Annual, as seen in the linked page of photos, proving to the present generation it actually did take place. Photo #1 is the Editor of the Berry Patch (me) holding up a microphone to a rat representing Senator McNaboe. The rodent is being carefully held by Alan Wilson, then Editor of The Sun, who, as you may note, was wearing gloves against both the weather and the Senator. The rat, as I recall, spoke rather eloquently, and several hundred Cornellians visible in the background applauded enthusiastically. Photo #4 is Hillegas himself, smoking Godknowswhat in that long pipe, to validate the Senator's accusations. The photo below that is several of the Sun staff, wearing beards to identify them as authentic Communists, as they waved red flares. Flash Hillegas went on to a distinguished career in journalism, radio, and TV, and kept up his contacts with Cornell and Cornellians, including myself, to the end. As for Senator McNaboe, he sort of disappeared after that rally. I don't blame him."
Sam Pizzigati '70 writes: "Those of us who did our Sun writing and editing back in the 1960s didn't realize it at the time, but we all grew up in a United States that was becoming significantly more equal. Ever since, for almost all of our adult lives, we've been living in a society headed in the opposite direction. Our most affluent 1% now have more wealth, over $2 trillion more, than our entire bottom 90%. I recently retired, after a career in labor journalism, and now I'm devoting my time to writing about the massive economic transformation we've seen over the past 30 years -- and what we could be doing about it. I have a new book out, Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the Inequality That Limits Our Lives (more at www.greedandgood.org), and I'm also editing an e-mail weekly on inequality (more at www.toomuchonline.org). If you're around Ithaca this fall, I'll be giving a talk at the still relatively new Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality Sept. 24. The topic: FDR, Inequality, and the American Maximum Wage Tradition. Yes, that's right, we once had politicos who talked openly about capping income!"
Melissa Herb ’94 writes: "I was a reporter and very often a copy editor at the Sun from 1991-1994 and – guess what! – am again a copy editor. Since leaving Cornell, I’ve gotten a master’s degree in English literature and just last month started working on another master’s degree, only this time in library and information science (please contain your giggles). Between master’s degrees, I’ve been the assistant and managing editor of the Colorado Daily in Boulder, researched and wrote education standards for a national nonprofit, and was a web content writer and editor for two not-so-well-off Internet-based companies, all with a little freelance writing and editing on the side. The articles I’m editing now are about terrible diseases and conditions and are very dismal, but at least the style, structure, and grammar are good!"
2002 Obituary of Donald E. Biederman '55
Preston Mendenhall '93 writes (as translated from the Cyrillic): "I was posted back to Russia in December, this time as NBC's Moscow-based correspondent. You'd think I'd spend all my time here, but with that thing called Iraq going on the Middle East has become a frequent destination. A typical month: Germany, to cover U.S. troops wounded in Iraq; Gaza for Israel's assassinations of Hamas leaders; London to cover the bureau there; back to Germany; back to Israel, etc. I will spend August in Baghdad. Meantime, the Russia story is as interesting (and deadly for some) as ever. Bombs in the metro. The intractable Chechnya conflict. And just when Moscow started to feel like a Western city, the editor of Forbes Russia, Paul Klebnikov, was gunned down outside his office."
Melissa Benno '88 writes: "I'm married to a Rutgers/Columbia (MS)/Carnegie Mellon (Ph.D.) guy and I live in N.J. with my 2 sons."
Benjamin L. Read ’93, an assistant prof in the Dep't of Political Science at the U of Iowa, writes: “I finished grad school in June 2003. There are two former Sunnies in my department – Joel D. Barkan '63 and Gerhard Loewenberg '49."
2003 Obituary of Frankie Cadwell '55, former Sun newswriter.
Liam O’Mahony ’96 is assistant director for public relations for the Seattle Sonics and Storm.
Stefanie C. Weiss ’80 writes from Silver Spring, Md: “Just celebrated one year as freelance columnist for the Washington Post health section. I write the bi-weekly Midlife Column."
Barbara Everitt Bryant ’47 writes from Ann Arbor: “After serving from 1989-93 as director, U.S. Bureau of the Census – the first woman to be director – I joined the U of Michigan Business School when I helped design the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an economic indicator reported quarterly in the Wall Street Journal. I served as managing director of ACSI for 8 years and I remain a part-time consultant.”
Ariane Bernard ’02 writes from Paris: “Working as a researcher at the New York Times, very fun if not a bit hectic. Been here two years now, but missing the states and my friends there. Planning a trip to NYC/LA before June, because I need to pick up various American sundries (Reese’s Pieces, Crest toothpaste) and see my friends."
Thomas D. Kelley ’31 writes from Seattle: “Retired from Kelley & O’Sullivan, attorneys at law, in 1999.” He was a Sun news writer in 1929-31.
Neil Fidelman Best ’82 writes from Metuchen, N.J.: “I am approaching my 19th anniversary at Newsday, the last nine years of which have been spent covering the Giants. Thanks for the excellent work on the alumni newsletter and on the new building for The Sun.”
Joseph Jaffe ’66 writes from Connecticut: “Left Decision Strategies in June 2003. Started new business, SIRM Services Ltd. Having a good time. Oldest son Adam is junior at Yale, daughter Amanda starts Boston University in September.”
Larry Wittenberg '76
is a partner at the Boston law firm
Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, specializing in start-up companies and
venture capital in the life sciences (mostly biotechnology). Larry and
his wife, Barbara Kane '77, have two teenagers, David and Ariel.
Obituary of Nancy L. (Johnson) Stevens '58, former Sun Photographer
Obituary of Jervis Langdon Jr. '27, former Sun EIC
Karen Cronacher '85 writes: "I started my own business as a professional life coach. See my website, TheAmusingMuse.com, for info and to subscribe to my humor e-newsletter. I gave a reading of my novel in progress, 'Hearts That We Broke Long Ago,' at Titlewaves Books in Seattle, and Books at the Beach in Ocean Shores, WA. I presented a creativity workshop at the Write on the Beach Conference, 2004. I am teaching 'The Art of Humor Writing' and 'Creating Characters Using Archetypes' at the U of Washington Women's Center in spring 2004, and I am teaching 'Crafting the Comedy' at the U of Washington Extension in the fall of 2004."
About Will Maslow '29 (our oldest alum?)
writes: "I was a reporter and very often a copy editor at The Sun
from 1991-94 and – guess what! – am again a copy editor. Since
leaving Cornell, I’ve gotten a master’s degree in English literature
and just last month started working on another master’s degree, only
this time in library and information science (please contain your
master’s degrees, I’ve been the assistant and managing editor of the
Colorado Daily in Boulder, researched and wrote education standards for
a national nonprofit, and was a web content writer and editor for two
not-so-well-off Internet-based companies, all with a little freelance
writing and editing on the side. The articles I’m editing now are
about terrible diseases and conditions and are very dismal, but at least
the style, structure, and grammar are good!"
1998 Obituary of Ross Wetzsteon '54, former Sun A.E.
Marjorie (Gigi) Strom '86 writes: "After 16 years living on two different kibbutzim near Eilat in Israel, I'm planning to return to the US (Northern NJ) next summer with my husband and three children, aged 11, 6, and 1. We haven't yet decided whether this will be a one-year visit to reconnect with family and friends or a permanent relocation. I was Assistant Managing Editor at The Sun 1985-6, and moved to Israel in 1987. I haven't worked formally in journalism since, but have done occasional translation and PR work. To my surprise I discovered that I'm very good at business management. I've managed two dairy farms, and served as the kibbutz treasurer and cost accountant. I've nearly completed a master's in agricultural economics. If anyone knows of job opportunities in Northern Jersey -- either in journalism or in management -- I'd love to get a foot in the door! Also, I'd be happy to renew old acquaintances. I recently reconnected with Diana Skelton '86, and it's great catching up with old friends!"
Jay Branegan ’72 writes: "There is life after journalism. After retiring from Time Magazine in 2001, I did some teaching, as I’d hoped to: I was an adjunct professor at Georgetown and at the Medill (Northwestern) graduate program in Washington. I also taught one day a week at a high school in Washington, helping the students put out their online student magazine. However, I fell one letter short in my quest to work for an NGO: I’m working for a GO, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I do a lot of writing for the committee and also work on Asian and European issues. I started in March, 2003, right before the war in Iraq, and these have been 'interesting times' in the foreign policy game. Looking through the LA reunion photos, I have two comments: Ed Zuckerman looks exactly the same, except his beard is white. And when did Howard Rodman start getting his hair cut?"
Michael Goldmann (né Goldfarb) '86 writes from Nanuet, NY: "After graduating in 1986 I worked for my father-in-law in a hot dog manufacturing company in the Bronx. I went back to Cornell, graduating from The College of Veterinary Medicine in '97. In 2003 I purchased the Nanuet Animal Hospital. I regularly see Peter Coy '82."
Jennifer Bollenbach writes: "I came upon the
Cornell Daily Sun webpage and have thoroughly enjoyed reading about
alumni and names from the past. My late husband Robert W.
Bollenbach '72 was the photo-editor of The Sun in '72 and, I
believe, '71. He passed away very young at 35. He owned a
manufacturing company in Point Pleasant, NJ, and continued his
photography as a sideline. I still make the pilgrimage to Ithaca
every few years--it must be something in the blood! The new Sun
building looks great, but oh for the days of late nights and early
morning breakfast at the Rosebud! ... I got roped into working a few
times with Bob. Although not a Cornellian, I was one at
heart! I even had a few pics published in The Sun during football
season and one in the Journal and the football program. Bob and I
were married in college and we have a daughter who is 26 and
in Albuquerque, NM. Have you heard any news on David
Krathwohl or Dan Brothers? Both were in photo in the early
70s. I was thrilled one year to pick up a book '100
Years at Cornell' and several of Bob's pictures were in
there. It made a great present for family members."
Sun alumni based in Los Angeles traded tales of bygone election coups,
successful spoofs, and campaigning journalism at an enjoyable mini-reunion
Aug. 24 hosted by former newsboarder John Melissinos '86.
The (Since Refurbished) Home of
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Lance Benner '87 writes: "My work utilizes large radio telescopes equipped with high-power radar transmitters to image asteroids during close approaches to Earth. In this case, 'close' refers to distances generally within about 10% of the distance between the Earth and the Sun. We use the 70 meter (238 feet) Goldstone telescope in California and the 305 meter (1000 feet) telescope at Arecibo, P.R., for the observations. Arecibo Observatory is run by Cornell with extensive funding from the NSF. Goldstone is part of NASA's Deep Space Network, which is operated for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I work. We track the asteroid with the telescope, transmit a radio signal at the object, measure the reflections, and use them to study the asteroid's size, shape, rotation state, surface morphology, composition, and surface properties. We directly measure the asteroid's distance and velocity, which are then used to improve the orbit and compute the asteroid's future motion to check for close approaches with Earth. Thus, the radar observations are intimately involved with reducing the hazard that that these objects might hit us. Thus far, the only known asteroid that might be threatening is 1950 DA, a kilometer-sized object that has a very small (< 0.3%) chance of hitting Earth in about 880 years. More information on our work and a summary of recent results is available at our 'Asteroid Radar Research' website." Also at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab are Paul Weissman '68 and Paulett Creyke Liewer '67.
Neva S. Flaherty '63 writes: "I'm now semi-retired and living on Cape Cod after several careers: reporter and metro editor at the Woodbridge, N.J., News-Tribune and, later, courts and investigative reporter at the Rochester, N.Y., Times Union; then three years at Cornell Law School, Class of '81, followed by two years in a corporate law firm and six years as an assistant D.A. in Rochester; then on to Block Island, RI, where I owned and operated a B & B and summer rental units for nine years, and a consignment store for two more years. While on Block Island, I also reported and edited copy for the weekly BI Times, and realized that the irreverence and plainspokenness that exists in a newsroom are unique and missing from most other occupations. It's one of the things I love about the news business. My second husband and I moved to the Cape last winter and will probably find our way into weekly journalism out here."
Joseph Reich '55 writes: "I worked on the business side for four years, rising to the
lofty role of Circulation Manager in my senior year. Regarding the
takeover of the Syracuse Daily Orange in the fall of '54, which Dick
Schaap and I planned and executed: Essentially we bribed the pressmen in
Syracuse and distributed a mock newspaper on the eve of the
Syracuse/Cornell football game. In those days Cornell still played such
powerhouses in major sports. The project was a big hoot and copies
became quite valuable in Syracuse. Glad to hear the building project
is going so well. What goes around comes around, I guess. I am an
investor in The New York Sun, a new newspaper in NY. Our modest goal is
to be a serious, moderate voice in a city where there is one newspaper
which has forgotten about NY. I doubt we will be successful financially,
but it is the second step in my newspaper career. If you wish, take a
look at what my wife and I created by going to the website of Beginning
with Children Foundation."
Monte Morgan '53
wrote from St. Louis to inform us of
the death of Philip Severin, Jr.
'53. Philip Severin was Sun
circulation manager in 1952-53, and Monte Morgan was business manager.
The following appeared in the Aug. 7 St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mayer (né A.J. Mayer) '71
writes: "Although I was probably best
known around The Sun for my semi-regular column, the highlight of my
journalism career at Cornell was undoubtedly the deal I struck with my
former roommate Howard Rodman in which I agreed not to run against him
for Sun editor-in-chief (thereby ensuring his victory) in return for his
promise to let me have the coveted Sun campus parking permit (thereby
depriving Cornell of potentially thousands of dollars in parking-ticket
revenue). After graduation, I spent 18 months as a reporter at The Wall
Street Journal, followed by a decade or so at Newsweek as variously a
writer, foreign correspondent, political editor, and senior editor. In
the process, I picked up a slew of journalism awards (including the
National Magazine Award and the Overseas Press Club’s Citation of
Excellence) and wrote my first book, Madam Prime Minister, a biography
of Margaret Thatcher, whose rise to power I had covered. I was out of
journalism for most of the 1980s, working in the movie business as a
writer and producer, and then in book publishing as editorial director
of Arbor House and senior editor of Simon & Schuster. I also wrote
my second book, Gaston’s War, the true story of a remarkable young
Resistance leader in World War II. (It was later made into a movie,
starring Peter Firth.) As the 1980s drew to a close, a friend and I got
what we thought was a good idea for a new magazine, and in 1990, after
spending a year raising the money, we launched L.A.-based Buzz magazine,
which given its Left Coast location and sensibility achieved a
gratifyingly high national profile (and circulation). I
ran Buzz for seven years, before simple exhaustion led to me sell out my
interest at the end of 1996. (Alas, the magazine folded a year or so
later, but that fortunately wasn’t my problem.) I had intended to put
my feet up and retire at that point, but then I met a guy named Michael
Sitrick, one of the pioneers of a new discipline known as crisis
management. Mike and I wound up writing a book together; called Spin, it’s
ostensibly about how to deal with the news media when you get into
trouble. (What it’s really about is how news organizations work and
how easy it is to manipulate them.) Mike also wound up spinning me into
joining his firm, Sitrick & Co., where I created and now run an
entertainment practice that Variety recently described as
"Hollywood’s most prominent crisis specialists." Over the
last six years, I’ve personally provided strategic counsel to the
likes of Halle Berry, Toni Braxton, Erin Brockovich, David Duchovny, R.
Kelly, Tommy Lee, Paula Poundstone, and Robert Redford. I’ve also
helped numerous corporate and institutional clients, including most of
the major movie studios and media companies, deal with a variety of
legal, journalistic, and political challenges, ranging from the effort
to smear Universal Picture’s Oscar contender "A Beautiful
Mind" to Viacom’s recent legal battle with Spike Lee to the
Recording Industry Association of America’s current campaign against
online music piracy. I also lecture regularly on crisis management at
UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and USC’s Annenberg School of
Communication. What really matters, however, is that roughly eight
months ago I became a father for the first time. I shall spare you the
usual proud-papa blather except to say that little Sasha is the most
adorable little girl imaginable, and that pictures are available on
Brad Sherman '98 writes: "After spending time as assistant sports editor and sports editor at The Sun, I graduated in 1998. I worked at two papers in Iowa before taking a job in the sports department of The Maui News, where my wife also works. While moving to Hawaii took us pretty far away from a lot of friends, we’ve also found it's a great way to stay in touch — they're always interested in visiting, and we love serving as tour guides."
E. Marimow '97
writes: "I was a sports and news writer at The Sun between 1993 and
1997, and I owe a debt of gratitude to a Sun alumna, Rose
Gutfeld '78, who helped me land
my first job as a news clerk at Congressional Quarterly. I went on to
the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and am now a reporter at the San
Jose Mercury News, covering state government and politics in Sacramento.
As it turns out, one of my colleagues is Rose's niece -- former Sunnie, Joelle
Tessler '93 -- and my new editor is former Sun editor, John
Edward B. Zuckerman '70 writes: "A TV show I created called 'Century City' about a small law firm in Los Angeles in 2053 has been picked up by CBS for mid-season. We are going to work now to write and produce eight episodes (With the pilot, which was shot in March, there will be nine). I am one of the executive producers and the head writer. If you can give me any tips on the practice of law in 2053, I would appreciate it."
Elizabeth A. Neuffer,
Cornell Sun '78
'85 writes: "I was
a humor columnist for The Sun from 1981-5. I received a fellowship to
Brown University's Masters Program in Creative Writing, and a Ph.D. in
drama from the University of Washington. I received a grant from the
American Association of University Women. My scholarly work has been
published in Theatre Journal and a book, Feminist Theory and Theatre. I
adapted Rebecca Harding Davis' short story, 'LIfe in the Iron Mills' for
National Public Radio. My play 'Scavengers' has received many awards,
readings, and productions around the country, garnering rave reviews and
packing sold-out houses. I just finished my first screenplay, 'If I Were
You,' which I am marketing. I have written and performed my own work for
On The Boards, The New City Theatre, and The Seattle Fringe Festival; my
hour-long show, 'Oedipus Is Complex,' got a rave review from The Seattle
Times. I am currently working on a humor book, 'Dr. Karen's Self Doesn't
Matter: How To Make and Repeat Big Mistakes.' I live in Seattle with my
husband and dog, Ariel."
A link to Roger Rattner '70: Link
Steven Weinstein '89 writes: "I was Associate Editor my senior year. After Cornell, I went to Columbia Law School. I'm now a partner at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinksy, LLP, in Washington, D.C. My wife Elise and I have two daughters, Arielle (4 1/2) and Caroline (2)." Steve's website.
Kelly DiNardo '98 writes: "I left my job at USA Today over a year ago and have been freelancing full-time since then. I'm absolutely loving it and am still a little stunned that it's been such an easy and successful transition." Kelly's website.
Richard M. Warshauer
'71 is the Sales Manager of GVA Williams, a major NYC
real estate firm. Richard has worked in commercial real estate in New York
since 1980, when he left The Daily News after 10 years.
Wendy R. Sneff '75 writes: "I wrote news articles and some features for The Sun from 1971-75. I am now posted to the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados (I know it's a hardship assignment, but someone has to do it!) Our area of responsibility covers six island states in the beautiful Eastern Caribbean. My daughter Caitlin is now 11 years old and in a local school here. We will be heading back to the Washington, DC area in late July 2003 for a 2 year domestic assignment. Washington-area Sun alumni can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to re-establish contact! Tel: 246-436-4950 ext. 2237"
Sobie '96 writes: "I am
now working in Singapore as the deputy Asia editor of UK-based Flight
International Magazine. Flight International parent Reed Elsevier
relocated me to Singapore in March 2003 from northern Virginia, where I
had lived since 1997. I graduated Cornell in 1996 following one-year
stints as the Sun's managing editor and the Sun's assistant sports
editor. I've been in journalism ever since, but in 1997 moved from
mainstream media to aviation trade journalism so I could write on topics
I was interested in. I got a private pilot's license in 1996 and am
still an active pilot, spending some of my weekends flying around
Malaysia in a Cessna 172." -
Alex Carey '97 writes: "I was an assistant sports editor and a columnist in my days at The Sun. After graduation I spent a year as a news reporter at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, and another year as a sportswriter at The Tribune in Ames, Iowa. Inexplicably, I've returned to Iowa, where I'm now completing my first year at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I'm currently working on a collection of short stories, and I'll be teaching creative writing this summer and in the fall."
Melba Silver '47
writes from Boca Raton, Fla.: "When I came to Cornell
in the fall of '43, The Sun was not functioning. We had The Cornell
Bulletin ("Wartime Successor to The Cornell Daily Sun") and we worked
out of the lower floor of Willard Straight Hall -- a SMALL office -- a
WEEKLY paper. At the end of the war and as vets returned, I got in touch
with Harold Raynolds, who, I heard, had been on The Sun. We met every
morning and posted an assignment sheet for the day in Goldwyn Smith. We
got there about 3 p.m. and worked until everything was ready for the
printer (who was downstairs of our office). We took turns and several
nights a week I was the one to put the paper to bed. Then I went to
Cascadilla Dorm (then for senior women), where I had to ring a doorbell
to wake the gal who let me in. When I graduated, I worked briefly for
the Albany Times Union; then was getting married and so moved to NYC
where I worked briefly for the Herald Tribune in a very minor job. So I
left and went to an advertising agency where I made lots of money!"
F. Gauch '90 writes from Brookline, Mass.: "My wife and I
welcomed our first child to our family on March 15, 2003. Emelia Lee
Gauch weighed in at 9 lb, 10 oz. I continue to enjoy my work in the
finance group at IBM. My wife, meanwhile, is making good progress
launching her children's writing career."
Kirk Goldman '70 writes from University Park, Md.: "I am a
psychologist working in a private practice group that specializes in
doing comprehensive evaluations of children and adults. My husband Mark
'71, also a Sun staffer, is an internist with Kaiser Permanente,
currently working as a hospitalist at the Washington Hospital Center.
Our daughter, Robin, will graduate from Amherst College in May. She is
actively looking for a job in biology or a related field and would love
to work overseas. Our son, Michael, is a freshman at the University of
Vermont. We have adjusted quite nicely to our status as empty-nesters,
but aren't sure how long it will last as one or both of the kids may
decide to come back home for awhile next year."
Robert Beyers '53 Dies
Rodman '71 to Chair USC Film, TV Division
Dika Lam '94 writes: "In an attempt to join every board under the Sun, I was a reviewer, columnist, and news reporter from 1990-94. Unfortunately, my manifest destiny stopped at Sports and Photography. I am now working as a freelance copy editor/word nerd, primarily for Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine in New York. My short fiction recently appeared in Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops 1999 (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)." - 5/02
Richard Hoffman '67 writes: "In the past 12 months I've been working on judicial reform in Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Georgia (Republic of, also Atlanta), the Philippines, Russia, Bulgaria, and DC. Atlanta has probably made the least progress. Covering Day Hall was probably the best preparation for dealing with judges generally--extreme sensitivity, cover-ups are second-nature, and it takes a long time for things to improve. But I'm finding what I do to be both challenging and a lot of fun. It makes me feel that there really can be life after law school for those of us who didn't head straight to media. Jim Weill's ('66) note reminded me that my daughter, at the same school as his daughter, was in a production there of "Kiss Me, Kate," in which David Lipton's son starred. I won't prejudice anyone else by admitting I've run into him or her, but they know who they are. Incidentally, does anyone have the inside of who will be the next President of Cornell? I hope there are a few tall WASPy guys left. After all, the Big Red didn't pick a Jewish guy when Harvard, Yale, and Princeton did, and now Princeton and Penn have women in charge (in place, I suppose, of pretty boys and drunkards--time to rewrite that song?)." - 4/02
Marsha Ackermann '71 writes that her new book, "Cool Comfort: America's Romance With Air-Conditioning," will be published in May 2002 by the Smithsonian Institution Press.
Szilagyi '70 writes: "As chair for the CACISNASB (The
Cornell Committee for an Intelligent Solution to a New Architecture
School Building), I would like to inform the alumni about what our
position is on the administration's misguided decision to go ahead with
Steven Holl's design for the new building. The design calls for the
razing of Rand Hall, a building that was donated to memorialize Jasper
Rand Jr., an alumnus of 1897, and an early officer of the Ingersoll Rand
Corp. How can I do that?"
Greg Lavine '97
writes: "I was a Sun reporter for a few years and served as
managing editor 1996-97. Right after graduation, I took over as city
government reporter for the Watertown (NY) Daily Times. During my 3-year
career in Watertown, I also covered county government, cops, a bit of
the Giuliani-Lazio-Clinton U.S. Senate race and seemingly anything that
happened to break on deadline. In Oct. 2000, I trekked out to Utah to
become science reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune. Assuming I still have
a job here in 2002 (complicated ownership battle involving AT&T;
MediaNews; the Deseret News, Salt Lake City's other daily paper; the
Mormon Church and the family that used to own the Tribune) I'll be
covering curling during the Winter Olympics. For some reason, I was the
only one on staff interested in covering curling."
Kevin Yamamura '99 writes: "I just checked out the Web site thanks to Jay Wang, a classmate and fellow edit board member during '98-'99. Great to see how everyone is doing and how successful Sun alums have become. I was editor-in-chief two years ago, during what was an exciting and interesting term, to say the least. After a reporting internship at The Sacramento Bee, I'm now a metro reporter here. I love my job, but miss the 3 a.m. Sun bull sessions and throwing footballs through newsroom windows. Now I wake up as early as all those people at whom we used to scoff - you know, the ones with 9 a.m. classes."
Arnold '88 writes: "I was associate editor my senior
year after losing the race for editor-in-chief in a multiple-hour,
numerous-ballot affair that makes Gore-Bush look like Reagan-Mondale. I
worked in New Jersey at the now-defunct Daily Register, the Bridgewater
Courier-News and the Asbury Park Press, before joining the Associated
Press bureau in Washington in 1998. Marc and I have talked for months
about organizing this reunion and we're excited the date is drawing
Robert Cooper '53 writes: "In 1991 I retired as professor of sociology and education at the Hebrew University, where I taught for almost 20 years, and since then I've been trying my hand at travel writing. My book "Around the World with Mark Twain" (Arcade) appeared in June and now I'm looking for another project. If you know any Mark Twain fans, tell them that I'll be giving two readings in New York: the Park Slope Public Library on Sept. 18 (7 PM) and the Kew Gardens Public Library on Sept. 20 (2:30)."
J. Allison Archbold '94 is a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. Although her life isn't as exciting as LtCol MacKenzie's on JAG, she did recently return from a 5-week NATO exercise in and around Thessaloniki, Greece. She is currently mulling over whether to rejoin the "civ div" when her contract expires in July 2001 or to make the USMC a career.
Holbreich '96, "who until very recently was just another
cog in the Big Machine known as ABC News, where he worked on such
projects as the 24-hour ABC2000 Live Millennium Coverage and obscure
women's health programming, has left the alphabet network to become the
News Editor of the CMJ New Music Report. According to the L.A. Times,
CMJ (College Music Journal) is 'the bible of new music,' and is known to
both radio programmers and record industry executives as a 'primary
source for up-to-the-minute radio airplay data, and cutting-edge new
music editorial.' In pursuing that 'cutting-edge' content, Josh may be
trying to recapture his glory days as the Daily Sun's Arts &
Entertainment Editor. Josh also wants to point out that he is not
expecting children, has not gotten married, and is not engaged to any
Dineen Pashoukos Wasylik '94 writes: "On April 29, 2000, I married Michael Alex Wasylik (worse than a non-Sunnie, he's a non-Cornellian!). Sunnies in attendance included J. Allison Archbold '94 (ME) and Courtney Rubin '96 (I think she was at least AME, and probably something else, but it was after my time)."
Robert F. Brodsky '46 has sent the Sun Alumni Association his Compet
Notebook from Spring 1942. J. Basil Abbink '43 was M.E. and
Vonnegut Jr. '44 was A.M.E. To view Sun headlines from Bob's
Colleen Kapklein (nee Kaplin) '89 writes: "The Bone Density Diet, which I co-authored with Dr. George Kessler, was published at the beginning of the year by Ballantine Books. I also ghost-wrote Plato, Not Prozac! with Lou Marinoff, Ph.D., published last fall, but my name's not on the cover of that one -- you'd have to get all the way to the acknowledgments to know I had anything to do with it."
Weissman '68 writes: "I am slaving away for NASA at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory and am in the middle of a rather large proposal
effort. With luck (actually lots of luck),
NASA may choose to give me about $290 million so I can build a
spacecraft to go to a comet. Lance Benner, another former photo editor,
works here at JPL, and I ran into the former EIC from 1963-64 at a
Cornell Club event here. Also, Paulett Liever '67, a former night
editor, works at JPL."
Kreig '70 writes: "I went from a journalist to an author
(book about the impact of chain management upon the newspaper business,
with examples of slanted coverage of high-profile legal issues) to a lawyer (Latham & Watkins) and now
to a trade association executive. My
organization represents companies involved in fixed wireless
Biddle McMeen '36 was profiled in a lengthy story in "Newsfinder,
The Associated Press News Service for Weeklies." Josephine
writes a twice-weekly column for the Huntington (Pa.) Daily News.
Thomas J. Moore '66
is the author of four books on medical topics, with a focus on
prescription drug safety. To visit Tom's site, click
Andrew Kreig '70 writes: "I went from a journalist to an author (book about the impact of chain management upon the newspaper business, with examples of slanted coverage of high-profile legal issues) to a lawyer (Latham & Watkins) and now to a trade association executive. My organization represents companies involved in fixed wireless communications."
Josephine Biddle McMeen '36 was profiled in a lengthy story in "Newsfinder, The Associated Press News Service for Weeklies." Josephine writes a twice-weekly column for the Huntington (Pa.) Daily News.
Thomas J. Moore '66
is the author of four books on medical topics, with a focus on
prescription drug safety. To visit Tom's site, click
Wang '99 writes: "I've been a copy editor at The Oregonian
in Portland since November. I finished a summer internship there in
October and was lucky enough to be asked back full-time. I'm spending
four days a week on the sports copy desk and one day on the news desk.
Basically, lots of copy editing and some designing of zoned prep sports
(Gigi) Strom '86 writes: "I'm living in Israel at Kibbutz Samar,
near Eilat. I manage the dairy and work part time as the economist
for the dairies in the area. I'll be starting a masters in ag ec in the
fall. Everyone I work with is impressed that I went to Cornell, until
they discover I never went near the Ag school! I'll be in the States in
July (in NY/NJ. and Washington) with my family, husband Ofer and
children Yael (7 1/2) and Yotam (2 1/2) and would be happy to see Sunnies
in the area. Anyone travelling in Israel is welcome to visit!"
David M. Rosenberg '78
York Times Obituary
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