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Kurt Vonnegut '44 to Speak 
At The Sun's 125th Anniversary


John Hassell
'91, Former Sun M.E., Wins Pulitzer --

Erica Temel '06 Elected Sun Editor in Chief;
Jean-Paul LaClair
'06 Elected Sun Business Manager;
Eric Finkelstein
'06 Elected Sun Managing Editor

Sun Story

Martha Howe (1910-2004)
Martha Howe, who was The Sun's office manager for many
years, died on December 28, 2004.  She was 94.  Obituary.

Nicole Neroulias '01 writes that she (a former Sun feature editor and senior editor) is engaged to former Sun M.E. Salil Gupte '01. They are planning "a Sage Chapel-Statler Hotel wedding in July, 2006!" Nicole just marked her one-year anniversary at The San Mateo County Times, where she covers four cities and has started a weekly Faith page. "My editors had their doubts when I offered to recruit and edit columnists -- clergy members more than twice my age -- and write/coordinate feature stories for the section every week. They never worked for The Sun."  Salil is in business school at Stanford.

Jeremy Schaap '91 in The New York Times

Andy Guess
'05 wins Columbia writing award.

Charlotte Lee
writes: "Am so sorry to miss the reunion! Please send my best to everyone. These days I am an attorney in Boston, working in investment in affordable housing. Probably not my lifetime career, but I work with great people and it can be pretty interesting and a good cause. Married a great New Zealander named Jacob Smith (whom I met while we were getting an MA in Film Studies) and we are expecting our first child in October. Totally wild. Haven't had the pleasure of being in touch with any Sun alums lately, except for a current staff member Brian Tsao (who is my "god-brother"...hey Brian!) and Brad Chartrand (of Cornell hockey and Sports column fame) who recently moved back East after several successful years with the LA Kings. Love hearing what people have been up to! Hope to get back to taking some more photos some time soon. Have a great reunion!"

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."

Marc 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 / Karen 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."

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Obituary of S.C. Johnson '50, Former Sun Advertising Manager - 5/24/04

Read All About It!
-- Hot Copy From the Class of 1974

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.

Ira C. Wolpert
'59 writes: "I graduated from Georgetown Law after Cornell and settled in the DC area. Married for 42 years. My son is an '86 grad and lives and works in the Miami area in real estate finance. My daughter and her husband live close to me. Both have 2 children. I am in a winding-down mode of law practice in Bethesda, Md., where I am on my own specializing in business litigation and bankruptcy matters. Have had several articles published in legal circles on a variety of issues."

Brian Smith
is a child psychiatrist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, and has a wife, Sara, and a 5-month-old baby, Brandon. 

Pamela (Darer) Anderson
writes: "When I was in high school, I always wanted to work on the school newspaper but never managed to find the time. So when I got to Cornell, I decided to compet at The Sun. Then I became Asst. Adv. Manager in my senior year. Little did I know that selling and designing advertisements for local Ithaca businesses would help me later in my career. After freelancing in the food industry for a few years in Toronto, I decided it was time for a change -- I needed a steady job with a steady income. I landed a job selling advertising for the Yellow Pages. I sold ads to small businesses just as I had done in Ithaca. The job turned out to be an interesting, profitable experience for me which lasted for 2 years until I had my first of 3 children. Thank you to The Cornell Daily Sun for a terrific learning experience and for opening my eyes to the world of newspapers and advertising."

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?)

Melissa Herb ’94 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 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!"

Joel Kaplan
'66 writes from Chicago: "It's Saturday afternoon, I am in the office, and frankly I am bored to tears over a case I have to try in 3 weeks, so I looked up the Sun web page. It brought a smile to see old and familiar names, so I thought I ought to reply to your e-mail. Four months is well within the statute of limitations. After graduation in June '66 (a lifetime ago), I had a job offer from the Wall Street Journal, but I was guilted to go to law school, a decision I don't regret. I graduated from the U of Chicago Law School in 1969, a member of the law review, spent a year teaching at the Law School and then rejoined Seyfarth Shaw (I was a summer clerk in 1968 and worked part-time there in my last year of law school). I have been there since. I practice labor/employment law (my ILR education was not wasted) representing management where, as a union lawyer friend says, I suppress the working men and women of America. It's a living. The Firm was 40 lawyers when I started, it's now 625. I am a member of its Executive Committee and have been so for most of the past 20 years. I have successfully argued in the Supreme Court and numerous Courts of Appeals, have tried numerous cases--before federal judges, juries, ALJs and arbitrators--have negotiated numerous labor agreements and have had a pretty successful and stable professional life. My personal life has been a bit more tumultuous. My first marriage--Cornell Hum. Ec. '67--after my first year in law school, ended after 24 years and two sons. Neither acquired my genes and hence both graduated from Harvard. They liked to tell me that Cornell was their safety and they were going through the front door (Arts & Science). My eldest is a scientist (PhD in biophysics) in Northern California and the father of 2 (yes, that makes me a grandfather). My youngest, after 5 years trying to make it as a comedy writer in Hollywood, is finishing his 2d year of business school at UCLA. Several years after my divorce, I remarried--a train wreck, but it produced twin daughters, now almost 8. Yes, I know how long I will be working. Several years later, I remarried and three's a charm. Anna is an artist and political liberal--which mean we share few views--but it works. A Portuguese Water Dog (Murray) is our only progeny. My years on The Sun were in many ways the highlight film of my college days, having been Sports Editor for 2 years. I had kept up with Nick Waranoff who succeeded me, but have since lost touch. I wonder what happened to Mike Friedman, who preceded me as Sports Editor, and Ron Harris who was on The Sun with me. I saw somewhere that Nick Kass ('Let's give the heel to Sam McNeill') practices law in Queens. Doubtless, there's a story worth knowing there. Bob Huret, who covered hockey for The Sun, remains a close fiend. Dana Huseby (Kull), who was the first woman sports writer in my day keeps in touch. She's up in Boston, having moved from Atlanta, where her husband Andy (who also worked on The Sun) teaches law. Anyway, that's it. Not all that much to say for 35+ years, but, as we use to say--30--." And: "I forgot to mention the sadness I felt when the Dave Bliss story broke regarding his improprieties at Baylor. Bliss, class of '65, had, of course, been a star basketball player at Cornell and was, in fact, Sun Athlete of the Year. Not a lot of Cornell athletes continue their athletic careers after college, but Bliss had gone on to a number of college coaching jobs. What happened at Baylor was, of course, tragic and that a Cornellian was deeply enmeshed made it doubly so."

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."

Nobody at Sun L.A. Reunion Was Running for Governor

By Bart Mills '64
Cornell Daily Sun Alumni Association Left Coast Correspondent

   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.  
   Some of the score of Sunnies in attendance had gone into journalism, like co-organizer Nancy Mills '64, once The Sun's features and supplement editor, an entertainment journalist in the years since.
  Others, like the oldest participant, Mel Shavelson '37, had gone astray -- in Shavelson's case, graduating from writing Berry Patch columns into writing, producing and directing films. 
   Noah Baylin '93, formerly on the news board, and Ed Zuckerman '70, who was managing editor and editor-in-chief, are others who have gone into
screenwriting, "Law and Order" being their common link. Baylin told of
covering the Ithaca crime wave of his era and participating in it by helping
hijack the Yale Daily News. Zuckerman recalled his election to M.E. as a murky political mystery.  
  Stan Chess
'69, a lawyer and Internet entrepreneur, told how his election as Sun editor-in-chief was linked with Zuckerman's as M.E.--as if pre-election cabals didn't form every year.
  Nancy Mills told of the maneuvering before the spring 1963 election that resulted in the placement of future husband Bart Mills '64 as managing editor.  Bart recounted the well-worn story of the hijacking of the Daily Princetonian in 1965, his last civilian act before a tour in the Marines and a career in entertainment journalism.
  Sara-Ellen Amster '89 cast reuners' minds back to the crude mid-80s technology that allowed her to win praise as a magician for retrieving computer-imprisoned copy through the hocus-pocus mastered only by managing editors.  As a communications doctoral candidate now, Amster aims to pass on her arcane skills as a j-school prof.
  Allan J. Mayer '71 and Howard Rodman '71 told of the political crises that rocked the campus in their day.  Mayer today is a crisis management adviser and Rodman writes screenplays and heads the film/TV writing program at USC.
  Mark Schwartz '85, a former Sun associate editor and now a screenwriter, remembered a front-page piece he wrote that helped galvanize the university's participation in the divestment issue in the waning days of the South African apartheid government.
  Joey Green '80 reminisced about the political cartoons he did for The Sun. Since those heady days he has declined into writing 30 books.
   Lawrence Bassoff '73, also a prolific author in his field, film history, reminded the group that film reviews weren't The Sun's highest priority 30 years ago. Yet his Sun clips were instrumental in launching his career.
   Melissinos recalled adventures in Ithaca street crime reportage alongside
Marc Lacey '87.  Lacey prefigured his slambang professional career by racing down a dark alley to find a gunman while Melissinos prefigured his as an attorney by not doing so.  Lacey was absent from the L.A. function due to his posting as the New York Times' East Africa correspondent.
   Paul Weissman '68, now a physicist, then the photo editor, prodded Chess's memory with an anecdote about taking pictures of draft card burners in Central Park.  Weissman disclosed how he photographically paired Robert F. Kennedy and the Big Red Bear at Schoellkopf.
   Also in attendance were Laura Wachsman '70, now a pediatrician and USC professor, and Christen Aragoni '02 and Navneet Gil '01, one-time associate editors now in job-seeking and graduate-school mode, respectively.

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Howard Rosenberg
'87 writes from Arlington, Va.: "I've published my first book, 'Cap Anson 1: When Captaining a Team Meant Something: Leadership in Baseball's Early Years.' Anson, the first player to attain 3,000 hits, is a favorite target of Jackie Robinson enthusiasts for allegedly drawing the sport's 'color line' that Robinson broke."

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:

"Philip Severin Jr., vice president of the Hilliker Corp., died Monday (Aug. 4, 2003) of multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer, at his residence in University City. He was 72. Mr. Severin was born in Larchmont, N.Y. He received a bachelor of science degree in economics from Cornell University and a master's degree in business administration from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell. Mr. Severin worked in development for Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, from 1967 until 1977. He then worked briefly for Yale University and Washington University. Mr. Severin began his commercial real estate career with the Siteman Organization in 1980 and later with Wallace McNeill in 1987. In 1993, he went to work for the Hilliker Corp., where he worked at the time of his death. Mr. Severin participated in numerous civic and art organizations in St. Louis. He was a lifelong tennis enthusiast, avid swimmer and biker. Among the survivors are his wife of 47 years, Lois Saidel Severin; a daughter, Amy Severin of Philadelphia; two sons, John Severin of Los Angeles and Chip Severin of Boston; a brother, Michael Severin of Larchmont, N.Y.; and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 600 South Taylor Avenue, Suite 101, St. Louis, Mo. 63110; or to a charity of the donor's choice."

Allan 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 request."

Ronald G. Thwaites
'67 sends the following from Kingston, Jamaica: "Attorney and Managing Partner, Daly, Thwaites and Company; Host, Independent Talk (3 1/2 hours daily), Power 106; Minister of Religion, SS Peter and Paul (Roman Catholic Church), St. Andrew - Jamaica; Member, National Executive, Peoples National Party; Still married to Marcia (34 years), 5 sons, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren." [Editor's Note: And I thought I was busy.]

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."

Ann 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 Hoeffel '83."

Wade Kwon
writes: "A haiku: 2003 rocks. Bought house, wrote columns, went blond. Ah, life's rich bounty. Also, working on seventh year at the Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald as features editor. Was one of 200 Asian extras on a golf course at 3 AM for a Tim Burton movie in Montgomery. And I found Nemo. Check out my other musings at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wadeweekly ."

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
Boston Globe story 

Ed Sills '77 writes: "Known during her undergraduate years as 'Buffy,' Elizabeth was an enthusiastic Sun reporter who went on to major assignments, including war coverage for the Boston Globe. I occasionally read her impressive dispatches and know that many of us who worked at The Sun in the late 1970s were saddened to learn of her death."

Karen Cronacher '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."

Mark A. Belnick
'68 has been in the news extensively since he left his positions as legal counsel at Tyco, senior partner at the prestigious NY firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind, and counsel to Cornell University. This story appeared as the left lede on Page 1 of the Wall Street Journal on June 4, 2003.

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.

Howard Rodman
was the guest speaker at The Sun's annual banquet in Ithaca. 

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 wendysneff@aol.com. I'd love to re-establish contact! Tel: 246-436-4950 ext. 2237"

Brendan 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." - 6/03

Eileen Brill Wagner
'78 writes: "After a 15-year stint of owning my own marketing and communications firm, I couldn't stay away from journalism. I've spent the past three years working as a reporter for the Phoenix Business Journal . This month I accepted the Journalist of the Year award from the Arizona district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration."

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!"  

Bob Storandt
'40 writes from Ithaca: "My wife (of 62 years) Jean (Cummings '42) and I returned to Ithaca in 1947 when I accepted a job as assistant director of admissions at Cornell. I remained in Cornell admissions for 36 years, about half as director of admissions. During those years I was on The Sun Board of Directors for about 20 years, five as board chairman. I still remember when Dick Schaap at 29 had been named city editor of the Herald Tribune and that year Dick was the speaker at the annual banquet. In his opening remarks he commented that the Trib (then in financial distress) had named him because they couldn't afford to hire an adult. (Typical Dick.) We've remained in Ithaca since retirement and continue to be devoted annual subscribers to The Sun. We have annual reunions here in town with Dan Kops (EIC '39) and his wife Nancy, usually when they are here for the Daniel W. Kops Freedom of the Press lecture."

John 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." 

Arthur S. Leonard '74 writes from New York City: "The newspaper for which I write was acquired by a larger publisher, renamed, and expanded to weekly publication (used to be every other week). So now I am a contributing writer for Gay City News (NYC) and usually have at least two articles on gay or AID legal news in every issue. I continue to edit Lesbian/Bay Law Notes (available on the web at www.qrd.org). I'm co-authoring a new law school text book on sexuality and the law which will be published by Carolina Academic Press." 

Arudou Debito (formerly Dave Aldwinckle) '87 writes from Sapporo, Japan: "After getting Japanese citizenship in 2000, I won a lawsuit against a bathhouse in Otaru, Japan, that excluded all 'foreigners' by appearance. Case is currently on appeal. I also wrote a book (in Japanese at the moment) on this case and on racial discrimination in general. Due on bookshelves here in April 2003. Looking for overseas publisher for English version, hint hint. More about what's going on with me at www.debito.org." 

Jessica Lifland '91 writes from San Francisco: "After three years in Indiana on staff at the Evansville Courier & Press and two previous years attending graduate school at Ohio University, I am back in the San Francisco Bay area freelancing. I shoot for publications such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Philadelphia Inquirer. I am looking for more work, so feel free to call me!"

William F. Waters '54 writes from Darien, Conn.: "I was sports editor the year prior to Ann Morrissy's taking over and breaking new ground (as the first female sports editor in the Ivy League). She was gracious in crediting me, in the last newsletter, for recruiting her to The Sun. I was assistant sports information director for Cornell the year she was sports editor and accompanied her to the famous Yale Bowl press box gig that got her so much ink! In fact, I fixed it so she sat between both Red Smith AND Allisan Danzig ... the two giants of sports writing." [Waters is retired as senior vice president of Merrill Lynch & Co.]

Neil Fidelman Best '82 writes from Metuchen, NJ: "I am in my 18th year as a sportswriter at Newsday, and am entering my ninth year of covering the New York Giants." 

Barbara Everitt Bryant '47 writes from Ann Arbor, Mich.: "I was the first woman ever to direct the U.S. Census Bureau, appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. I served until 1993, including directing the 1990 census of population. I'm still the only woman ever to have directed a U.S. population census. I'm still not retired -- I have a part-time appointment at the University of Michigan."

Barry Eisler '86, J.D. '89, writes from Menlo Park, Calif.: "Published my first novel, Rain Fall, last year. Sequel, Hard Rain, will be out this summer. Rain Fall is a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2002; rights sold in 10 countries. Jet Li bought film rights. More at www.barryeisler.com." 

Ellen 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."

Marcy Dubroff '84 writes from Lancaster, Pa.: "Still working at Franklin & Marshall College in the communications office as news bureau manager and campus photographer. I made the jump to digital this past year and produced my first four-color calendar featuring photos taken with my new 'toy.' I stay busy taking care of my two beautiful children -- Ryan, 7, the budding Ansel Adams, and Caroline, 2, the budding Evil Knievel. I'm also freelancing for a sports photography company and doing a few weddings (shudder) a year ... I've got to pay for a Cornell education for my two somehow! My husband Steve deserves the man of the year award for schlepping my photo gear at sporting events. I still keep in touch with photogs from the 80s -- Lance Benner, Missy Beisheim Benno, Gayle Shomer, Bob Geoghegan and Jim West. I have hopes that someday we'll have a reunion and shoot a Pulitzer-winning story!"

Andrew Morse '96 writes: "After living in London for several years and covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa for ABC News, I recently moved to Hong Kong, to become ABC's Asia Bureau Chief and producer. I've spent much of the last year in Afghanistan and am now trying to learn how to eat with utensils and bathe properly again, as well as settle into my new home in Hong Kong. Somehow, most post-Cornell journalistic experiences pale in comparison to the long nights of bad food and good friends on South Cayuga Street. I would say that I remember fondly 'walking up the hill so late at night and all alone' after having put The Sun to bed, but I think a former editor already beat me to that line, and, in any event, I usually drove up the hill, too cold and weak to deal with the walk. I was EIC of The Sun in '95-'96 and wrote a weekly column titled, 'Go the Distance.'"


Robert Beyers '53 Dies
Robert Beyers '53, a former Sun editor in chief, died on Jan. 21, 2003.  Beyers worked on the Mississippi project in the 1960s, was university relations officer at Michigan, news chief at Stanford, and leader in Editorial Projects for Education, which launched the Chronicle of Higher Education.  He was also involved in Pacifica Radio.

Dick Schaap Dies
Dick Schaap '55, of ABC and ESPN fame, who was sports editor and then editor in chief of The Sun, died in Manhattan on Friday, Dec. 21, 2001. He was 67. New York Times obituary  Washington Post obituary  Los Angeles Times obituary 

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Dick Schaap Speaks at Cornell Club
Dick Schaap
'55 spoke at the Cornell Club in Manhattan on Jan. 18, 2001.  The talk was co-sponsored by the Sun Alumni Association. Arrangements were made by Penny Haitkin '65.

Washington, D.C., Reunion a Major Success
Larry Arnold '88 and Marc Lacey '87 arranged a great Sun reunion in D.C. on Dec. 4, 2000.  Even Dick Hoffman '67 had a good time. An annual D.C. reunion is likely.

One of the many plans for improving this website is the creation of an online archive of Sun photos.  Not an archive of Cornell photos, but a compilation of photos taken of Sun offices, Sun people, Sun events.  Do you have photos of E.B. White at his Sun desk? of Dick Hoffman painting the walls when The Sun doubled its office space? of Sam Roberts hanging his "Not a Weekly" sign? of Penny Haitkin at a Sun reunion? of Kurt Vonnegut posting the MustRun? of Marvin Josephson at the old, old office? of Jonathan Landsman or Kathy Frankovic or J. Kirk Sale or Deborah Huffman Schenk? Let me know. Thanx.  --Webmaster '69

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Mark G. Epstein
'69 writes: "To make a very long story short, I relocated to Napa Valley last year.  My business life now revolves around wine and olive oil."

John Gauch
'90 writes: "Although I view my Sun experience as one of the most important of my Cornell years, I did not pursue a writing career after graduation. Following two years of teaching at The Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, NY, I set off on my present journey, taking me first to Cambridge University and NYU School of Law. Early on I set a goal to secure a professional position though which I could develop and apply general business skills. And after practicing law in New York City for 3 1/2 years, followed by nine months at a technology start-up (that went bust), I now find myself -- happily -- in a business role with IBM's Lotus Software in Cambridge, Mass. Excitingly, my lovely wife and I are expecting our first child in March 2003, a girl. Although we recognize this will bring significant changes to our lives, we look forward to continuing to enjoy the varied outdoor activities available in New England: hiking, kayaking, camping. I have not been back to Cornell since 1995, and I look forward to visiting with the whole family soon."

Tom Moore
'66 turns prolific:

1. A Newsday op-ed piece on ephedra and the need for better safety regulation of dietary supplements: Newsday  2. A Sunday Boston Globe op-ed piece on lessons of the Prempro debacle. Boston Globe  3. And just released, a Journal package on antidepressant drug effectiveness. Journal

Howard Rodman '71 to Chair USC Film, TV Division
According to Variety: "Rodman's 'eclectic body of work is a testament to the broad range of creative outlets available to our students in today's entertainment industry,' Dean Elizabeth Daley said. A veteran screenwriter, novelist and journalist, Rodman just completed an adaptation of the nonfiction book "Savage Grace" for Killer Films, and he is working on the true story "The Mighty Atom" for producer and USC alumnus Ed Saxon and Universal. His adaptation of Joseph Mitchell's "Joe Gould's Secret" was the opening night selection at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was released by October/USA Films. Rodman co-wrote "Takedown" for Dimension/Millenium. He also wrote multiple episodes of the Showtime anthologies "Fallen Angels" and "The Hunger" for directors Steven Soderbergh, Tom Cruise and Tony Scott, garnering him a Cable Ace nomination for best writing. He served as West Coast editor of Millimeter and as a monthly columnist for the Village Voice and has contributed several pieces to Los Angeles magazine. His debut novel, "Destiny Express," was published by Atheneum. Rodman is on the board of directors of the Independent Feature Project/West and was chair of this year's Spirit Award committee. He is a creative adviser to the Sundance Institute labs in Park City, Utah, and Parati, Brazil, chair of the WGA West's independent caucus and a member of the guild's organizing committee." - 5/02

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.

Peter 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?" 

Lee Ann Gjertsen
'95 writes:
"I was M.E. of The Sun in '94-'95 (Courtney Rubin, whose comments appear on this site, was my AME). Now I am a deputy editor for American Banker, a business daily in N.Y., and an on-again/off-again freelance writer. I'm also a quasi-newlywed, since I married Scott Malone on Oct. 21, 2000. He's also a journalist, though not (fortunately?) a Sunnie."

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Jay Branegan '72 writes: After 20 years, six managing editors, five postings, travels to 50 countries, and too many late-night Friday closes to count, I am leaving TIME Magazine at the end of this month. The company offered us old geezers (age 50 or more, with 15 years of service) a voluntary buy-out package that, thanks to Time Warner's recent merger with AOL, proved to be extremely generous (downsizing, layoffs and buyouts are all the rage in the media business these days). After much soul- searching and consulting with a financial guy, I've decided to take the deal, which technically means I'm (gulp!) retiring. So I go from the first in my class to share a Pulitzer to the first to hang up the spurs. But new opportunities await. Just what they are, however, remains unclear, since all of this came up rather suddenly. I'll probably chill out for a bit, take a long-planned rafting trip through the Grand Canyon at the end of August, and spend some extra time with my folks. I've always thought I might like to teach, so I'm exploring some options in academe, and I'll take a look at the think-tank, NGO, foundation world to see if there's anything in the realm of democracy-building, press freedom, globalization and other international issues I've been covering for the past 15 years. And maybe I can wrest control of the Washington Sun Alumni organization from that whippersnapper Lacey. If anybody has any other ideas, knows anybody or hears of anything, let me know.  As of July 31 they'll be shutting down my office e-mail and office phone; thereafter, my coordinates will be:
             Jay Branegan
             3811 Warren St., NW
             Washington, D.C. 20016
             Tel: 202-363-4860.
e-mail: Branegan@aol.com

Missy Globerman '99 writes: "I found this great website through a Sunnie 
who is graduating this May. I was a news reporter from 1996-99, mostly 
covering the city beat. Right after graduating, I took a job as the science 
reporter at The Ithaca Journal. In true Gannett style, I then inherited the 
entire campus beat in addition to the science beat. So, I've only become 
closer to Cornell since graduating, though I tried to break away. I think 
I'm the first Cornellian to work here in decades, and I must admit that 
I felt like a true traitor coming here upon graduating after competing so 
hard with the Journal as a Sunnie on the city beat. It's been a great 
experience though. I'm really looking forward to the Sun reunion in June!"

Marc Lacey, Deerslayer?
Marc Lacey '87, of The New York Times, may be dubbed "the Deerslayer" by President W, according to the Washington Post. Story.

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."

Marcy Dubroff
'84 writes: "I gave birth to my second child, Caroline Ivy Dubroff Ulrich, on Aug. 10, 2000. Still working at Franklin & Marshall College as the associate director of college relations/manager of the news bureau, and getting my photo fix by freelancing in my spare time. I recently sold my web-based home business College Lacrosse USA to Street and Smith's Sports Group... I was running out of hours in the day!"

James Weill
'66 writes: "I was editor-in-chief in 1965-66, an extraordinary year of growing anti-war activity and all-around rebellion on campus. In the period before and after being editor-in-chief, I wrote a column on politics or campus events. After law school and a stint doing federal litigation in legal services in Chicago, I moved to D.C. in 1982. After a period as Program Director and General Counsel of the Children's Defense Fund, three years ago I became head of the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-poverty/anti-hunger group doing lobbying,  advocacy and public policy analysis. Among the Sun alumni of my era I occasionally see around D.C. are David Lipton (our  kids are in the same school), Phyllis Kaye, Dick Hoffman, and Tom Moore."

Mike Scott '52 writes: "Perhaps my fondest experience at the Sun was the night in my senior year when I did what I had always wanted: yell 'stop the presses.' In those ancient days, the Sun was composed and printed at the Ithaca Journal, and the last task of the night editor every evening, just after the front page was locked up (we used linotype machines in that era) and the presses started, was to go upstairs in the Journal offices and look at the AP teletype. When I walked into the teletype room about 2 a.m., the machine was repeatedly sounding five bells, which meant a major story had just broken.  In this case, it was the news that President Truman had fired Douglas MacArthur as the chief of our military forces in Korea. That's when I got to yell 'stop the presses.' Man, what a trip!  The Journal's composing room crew thought I was crazy, but after I assured them their overtime would be paid, they opened up the front page and inserted the story as the right-hand lead with a five-column headline. The fun part was that 'Ithaca's Only Morning Newspaper' scooped every paper in the State of New York, including The Times. Incidentally, only those who served The Sun as night editor in that bygone linotype era understand what 'etaoin shrdlu' means."

Paul Kangas '94 writes: "I wrote news articles from 1990-94 and had a column my senior year called 'Out of Step.' I occasionally wax nostalgic about the days of Saman Zia-Zarifi, Zoltan Vardy, Dave Folkenflik, Dineen, Lisa and Paul Johnson. A particular highlight of mine was an arguably semi-humorous column I wrote on the aggressive salesmanship of daffodils by a certain fraternity. This resulted in several threats to my wellness and the obligatory angry letter(s) to the editor. Ah, journalism. After graduation I worked at C-SPAN for three years as a producer on the Washington  Journal, where I ran into Marc Lacey on at least one occasion as he ably guest-hosted the show. In the wake of Monica I left to pursue other avenues and now am US Coordinator of the Transatlantic Policy Network, an organization that works with Members of Congress and Members of the European Parliament."

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."

Larry 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 near."

Marc Lacey '87 writes: "I was the editor in chief in 1986-87. I'm now covering the dying days of the Clinton White House for the New York Times and mulling whether I want to cover the next president or try something else. My finest assignment in journalism is already in my past: I covered the beach for the Los Angeles Times and went to work in shorts."

Karen Tanner Allen '83 writes: "I was a copy editor on the Sun, senior staff, and a manager of the compet program, graduating from Cornell, Arts & Sciences, '83. Since then, I went to Columbia J-school, held jobs as reporter at the Morristown (N.J.) Daily Record, The Hartford Courant, and the Bergen Record, Hackensack, N.J. I left daily journalism to raise two children, now ages 6 and 8, but am free-lance writing, with recent pieces in the real estate section of the Washington Post."
Carl P. Leubsdorf '59 writes: "I'm Washington bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News and have been for 19 years. In Washington for 37 years. Am close friends with David Simpson '60, my successor as associate editor, and David Engel '59, who was editor-in-chief my senior year. DS is a lawyer in New York, DE is retired from the foreign service and living in Florence, Italy, where his wife is deputy U.S. consul. We all recently attended the marriage of David's only son David. Also there was J. Kirk Sale '58, editor-in-chief that year. Also been in touch with Judith Light Leynse '62, who lives in NY, and assorted others. I expect to attend the reunion. There are quite a few Sun folks in Washington, and I will be interested to see who shows up."
Arthur D. Silver '63 writes: "I wrote a weekly column of political and campus satire during 1962-63. I'm now retired from the U.S. Agency for International Development."
Bill Sternberg '78 writes: "I was Senior Editor, Class of '78. I'm currently Senior Washington/World Editor at USA TODAY."
Philip S. Corwin '71, an editor and op-ed writer, writes to say he is a lawyer/lobbyist specializing in financial services, bankruptcy, e-commerce, and intellectual property.
Barbara Penfold Ferry '85, a reporter, writes: "I will be unable to attend the get-together, as I have two young children to get home, fed, bathed, etc. After graduating from Columbia School of Journalism in '86, I decided that the profession was not what I was looking for -- too much 'in your face' for my personality. After working in 'Competitive Intelligence' (AKA company research, but no digging around in corporate garbage pails -- I did have some scruples), I worked as a Research Analyst (AKA Librarian) at the Washington Post while getting my Masters in Library Science at the University of Maryland. Since then, I've worked at the National Geographic Society Library, and now am the Manager of the Business Intelligence Unit. We track and research the entertainment markets for NG, and produce daily/monthly/annual reports for the execs. It's a fun job -- keeps me up on Variety-speak ('Whither The Indie Syndie Distrib?'-- typical Variety headline). Where else do you get PAID to read the news?"
George E. Johnson '64 is Of Counsel with Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, LLP.
Stuart A. Berman '79 writes: "I have been a federal prosecutor since 1985 and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland since 1991. I work at the U.S. Courthouse in Greenbelt, Md., and prosecute federal crimes originating in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and southern Maryland."
Carolyn Skorneck '74 writes: "I worked at the Sun 1972-74. (I transferred to Cornell from UCLA -- something about wanting to experience the change of seasons after falling in love with the campus during a summer class.) At the Sun, I covered the Ithaca council and worked as night editor one day a week during my senior year, if memory serves. Now I run the AM desk at the Washington bureau of The Associated Press. That means I attend lots of meetings in the morning, help select the daily digest stories for AM papers, edit those and oversee the editing of the rest. Gruesome details available on request."
Manny Schiffres '72 writes: "Hi. I'll be at the reunion. I'm the chief investment writer for Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine (as you may know, the principals at Kiplinger are active in Cornell affairs; Austin Kiplinger is a former chairman of the board)."
Tom Helf  '83 writes: "I graduated from the Arts School in 1983, and wrote rock and jazz concert and album reviews during my junior and senior years. My review editor was David Wild, who is now a Senior Editor with Rolling Stone. Other than Dave, I have not been in touch with any other staffers and, to be honest, as an occasional contributor I didn't really know many others. I am currently an attorney with my own practice in Bethesda (commercial lending and real estate mostly), am married, living in Glen Echo, Md. and expecting our first child in March. As a hobby, I play drums in the local rock band Cravin' Dogs."
Barton Reppert '70 writes: "I served as managing editor of The Sun in 1969-70, when we were quite busy covering the April 1969 Straight takeover and other unrest on campus. From 1971 to 1990 I worked for AP, mainly in the Washington bureau but also in New York and Moscow. Since then I've been working as a freelance writer, focusing primarily on science and technology policy issues, for publications including The Scientist, a biweekly science newspaper, and Government Executive, a monthly magazine."
Courtney Rubin '96 writes: "I served as assistant managing editor on the 112th (1994-95), and senior editor in 1995-96. I also covered the usual assortment of beats, and for two years wrote a Friday column called Out on a Limb. Now I'm a senior writer at Washingtonian magazine. For what it's worth, I'm also a contributing editor for Mademoiselle and Shape magazines, and I freelance."
Deborah Kotz '91 writes:  "I worked at the Sun writing science articles. I gave myself the 'science beat.' I currently work as a freelance health and medical writer. I contribute to many women's magazines like McCall's, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Parents and also write occasionally for the Washington Post Health Section. I also write self-help medical/diet books. Looking forward to seeing some old Sun alums."
Rose Gutfeld '78 writes: "I was a reporter on the news staff and then editor in chief. I graduated in 1978. Now, I am a freelance writer and editor, part-time. (I was at The Wall Street Journal for 16 years and Congressional Quarterly for three years.)" 
Rose now also teaches a writing course at American University.
Lisa Fried '95 writes: "I was Arts and Sciences '95 and worked at the Sun as a reporter, Assistant Managing Editor, columnist and Senior Editor. Regrettably, if predictably, I am now in law school (Georgetown) and will graduate in May 2001. Looking forward to the reunion."
Michael Scott '52 writes: "I was class of 1952, and was Associate Editor on my senior year. I am in touch with Phil Fleming and Al Friedman, both '52, who were respectively Sports Editor and Editor in Chief my year. They are both retired from law practice here in Washington. "
Jay Branegan '72 writes: "I was a senior editor and then, for a semester, the associate editor in charge of the op-ed page when the previous AE, Dick Brass, left the paper. I was also compet manager the year before, and one of my stellar pupils was Elaine Povich, now herself an esteemed Washington reporter. I now work for TIME, covering the White House (where I work with Marc Lacey of the New York Times) after having been a foreign correspondent for 10 years in Hong Kong and Brussels. Before joining Time in 1981, I worked for the Chicago Tribune."
Colleen Kapklein '89 writes: "I was a senior editor (and before that, copy editor), and mostly wrote features and for the (then new) Arts and Entertainment section. I'm class of '89. I currently co-author/ghost-write non-fiction books, mostly on health topics."

John DiConsiglio
'88 writes: "I took up space at the A&E section of the Sun most nights. Now I'm a freelance writer for several magazines, including People, Redbook and Cosmopolitan. No, I don't get to write the '10 Ways to Please Your Man From an Iron Lung' stories. I live in Arlington, VA, with my wife and 3-year-old son, who thinks I'm the voice of Ord on 'Dragon Tales.' Don't tell him."
Manny Schiffres '72 writes: "I joined the Sun as a sports writer in my sophomore year and became sports editor in 1971-72. That was an incredibly exciting period for sports at Cornell. Ed Marinaro was setting all sorts of rushing records for the football team, which tied for first in the Ivy League in '72. And we had national champions in lacrosse, hockey and crew during that period. When I first came to Cornell, the sports-prediction column was called Madame Zarathrusta. In my sophomore year--in a true sign of the times--it was renamed Jimmy the Freak. After I graduated, my successor, Jon Shure, renamed the column in memory of me, calling it Manny's Ghost. That name endured for many years. Over the years, you couldn't believe how many Cornellians I thrilled when I told them that I was the ghost--in the flesh."
Kelly DiNardo '98 writes: "I was a Red Letter Daze reporter - with the highlight of my Sunnie career being an interview with the venomous Andrew Dice Clay. Currently, I work on the Life desk of USA TODAY's web site - with the highlight of my still-early career being my weekly celebrity Q&A column. In fact, just a few weeks ago I mentioned Cornell in a column on stars with Ivy League educations." See Kelly's update above.
Stan Cohen '41 writes: "Congratulations on this very sensible project. I wish someone had done it years ago when my experience on The Sun still meant a great deal to me. I had good reason to regard it as a crucial step toward what has been a gratifying lifetime experience in journalism. But time has marched on. The contemporaries who shared my experience are mostly gone, and subsequent events have reduced in importance what was once the focus of my life. Diminished health limits my ability to attend events where I won't know anyone or have anything in common except a nostalgic link with a distant past. So I appreciate the importance of what you are doing and wish you every success."
   -- Stan Cohen was editorial page editor during the controversies over involvement in World War II and the crisis of conscience that enveloped the campus when a two-year record of unbeaten football games was in balance after an erroneous official call that allowed a fifth-down play that resulted in an apparent 7-6 victory over Dartmouth in the last play of the game.
Elaine Povich '75 writes: I was "news editor of the Sun 74-75. Currently, I'm the congressional correspondent for Newsday's Washington Bureau. I also cover some politics for Newsday and have been wrapped up totally in this endless election!"
Ron Wick '86 writes: "I was sports editor in 1984-85 and associate editor in 1985-86, and although I eventually gave up journalism for a law practice in Washington, I have nothing but good feelings about all those late nights at the bottom of the hill. I had profound reservations about attending the reunion when I saw that Arnold and Lacey were the party organizers, but from all the talk about free drinks, I can see that Lacey has learned a thing or two from hanging out with Bill Clinton."
Sudip Bose writes: "Thanks for the message about the reunion, which I'm hoping to attend. I wrote for the Sun off and on (if playing air hockey in a basement at 2:30 in the morning can be considered writing) between 1990 and 1995, covering sports and classical music; I also wrote a column called, idiotically enough, 'Bose Knows.' I'm currently associate editor of Preservation magazine as well as a freelance book reviewer, for such places as the Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Times, and Salon."
Lisa Fried '95 writes: "I was at the Sun between 1991 and 1995 as a reporter, Assistant Managing Editor, Columnist, Senior Editor and consumer of pizza. After brief but thrilling internships in DC, I spent three years reporting at the Asbury Park Press before returning to the city for law school at Georgetown. If all goes as planned (read: they let me graduate), I'll be working at a law firm in New York next year."

Gordon Silverstein '81 writes: "I was editor-in-chief in 1980-81 (the Sun's bicentennial year) ... I worked at the Wall Street Journal in New York and Hong Kong, and then at the San Francisco Chronicle before going to grad school -- got my PhD at Harvard in Political Science and taught at Rice University, Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota. Right now I am on leave from Minnesota to run a Fellowship Program for the New America Foundation in Washington DC."

Cornell Daily Sun Alumni News
Microsoft VP Dick Brass '73 Speaks at Sun NYC Dinner
Dick Brass '73, associate editor of The Sun in 1972-73 and now Vice President of Microsoft, was the guest speaker at the Sun Alumni Association dinner in NYC on March 25.  More than 60 Sun alums and editors heard Dick describe the evolution and future of e-books and the evolution of his career, from 109 East State St. to the NY Daily News to Wang to Oracle to Microsoft. The dinner was planned by Bill Howard '74 and Maia Aron '74.

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.

Josh 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 other Cornellians."

Harold O. Levy
'74, who previously held interim status, has been unanimously elected Chancellor of the New York City school system.

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)."

Dr. Robert F. Brodsky '46 has sent the Sun Alumni Association his Compet Notebook from Spring 1942. J. Basil Abbink '43 was M.E. and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. '44 was A.M.E.  To view Sun headlines from Bob's notebook, click here.

Greg Heilmann
'95 writes: "After starting as a content writer and webmaster, I am now the director of Internet services for Montclare Technologies, Inc. in San Francisco (worked with them for 3.5 years now). I just bought a townhome in San Leandro, CA -- this is where I'll be making my home for the next few years. I will be getting married to Kelly Raum in Palos Verdes, CA, in Dec. of 2000. She's my high-school sweetheart."

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."

Paul 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."

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 here.  

Daniel Gross '89 has authored "Bull Run: Wall Street, the Democrats and the New Politics of Personal Finance," published by PublicAffairs. To view the book, click here.

Richard V. Denenberg '64 has co-authored "The Violence-Prone Workplace: A New Approach to Dealing with Hostile, Threatening, and Uncivil Behavior," published by Cornell U. Press. To view the book, click here.       

Howard A. Rodman '71 writes: "I live in Los Angeles with my wife, Anne Friedberg, our son Tristan (6), and our dog Nemo. I still write. A film I wrote, JOE GOULD'S SECRET, adapted from the writings of Joseph Mitchell, open[ed] in New York and Los Angeles on April 7 and in 'selected cities' the following week.  Please feel free to inflate our box office. I sometimes see, in my dreams, a sign that says, 'This is a daily, not a weekly,' beneath a large clock with a deadly, red second hand."

Amelia Welt Katzen '73, Senior Enforcement Counsel of the EPA, writes: "I'm coming up on 10 years at EPA, and I'm not the president of anything. With 3 teenagers in (and out of) the house, I'm not even in charge of that! Josh and I did recently reconnect with Phil and Judy Benedict, and it's nice to see that they haven't changed at all."

Sun Shorts...

Gary L. Rubin
'72 is a partner in a small law firm that specializes in civil litigation and arbitration. Gary's practice involves primarily construction- contract litigation, as well as general commercial litigation and trusts-and-estates litigation. ... Fred Ladner '78 writes: "After many years in banking and finance, I went back to school at night for my law degree.  I now practice law in Minneapolis, primarily in the field of financial transactions." ... Barry Levitt '73 writes: "I am seeking a programming position in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area. Yes, I am still folk dancing, a hobby I began at Anabel Taylor. Sometimes I now dance on my own dance floor." ... Jill Rackmill '93 is a field producer for the investigative news unit of ABC News, working on stories that appear on 20/20, World News Tonight, Nightline, and Good Morning America. ... Noni Korf Vidal '84 has moved from being the Curator of Photographs at Kroch Library to being an Instructional Designer at the Cornell Office of Distance Learning (soon to be known as e-Cornell). ... Aric Press '71 is the new editor of The American Lawyer, the flagship magazine of American Lawyer Media ... Davidson Goldin '93 has moved from NBC to Time Warner's TV station NY1 News, where he reports from Albany and Manhattan ... Seth Goldschlager '68 was recently in "sunny downtown Frankfurt advising the European Central Bank on how to get 360 million Europeans (and all you visitors to Europe) ready to use the Euro as real money in two years. I'll try to get you all free samples." ... David B. Golomb '70, a specialist in med-mal, personal injury, and product liability, is completing his term as president of the NY Trial Lawyers Association ... Dick Brass '73 was profiled in a three-page spread in the April 3, 2000, issue of Business Week and featured in an April 24th article in the Washington Post about e-books. ... The Rev. Ronald G. Thwaites '67, Member of the Jamaican Parliament, recently lectured on "The Church and Civil Society--The Jamaican Challenge."

Jay 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 pages."

Jill Beckoff Nagy '61 writes: "I'm an attorney specializing in immigration, a frustrating field with interesting clients and a second career after many years as a journalist, most of it as a reporter on a northern Westchester newspaper. But that's not news anymore since I've been doing it for many years. It is a strange time of life because so many of my contemporaries have retired or are seriously considering it and we have all been so identified by our work that it's almost like watching them start life over again. On the other hand, with children grown and on their own and my husband more than content with his work, the last few years have really been the first time I have felt free to put career first. So, retirement does not look very attractive and, as a sole practitioner, I really have no timetable for it. In fact, the lawyer I originally worked for here in Troy has just finished, at 86, a gradual retirement process that lasted about 10 years."

Marjorie (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!"

Sun Weddings, Births, etc.

Paul A. Rahe '70 became a father for the first time in January, 2000 ... Maia Aron '74 celebrated her Bas Mitzvah on April 15, 2000.

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Sun Deaths...

David M. Rosenberg '78
The following was sent in by Robert B. Bernstein, of Kaye Scholer:
"Bob Kaplan '77, just e-mailed me with the news that David had passed away at age 45, and that there would be a memorial service for him at Riverside Chapel on Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm.  (There is an announcement to that effect in Sunday's Times).  As the Times announcement demonstrates, David had a very distinguished career as an editor at the Wall Street Journal and at the Times itself. But I (and many others I'm sure) still have very fond memories of the many days and nights 'Rosinbag' worked at the Sun.  If you can, please try to pass the word along so that those Sun alumni who have not yet heard and might be interested in attending the service will know about it.  Thanks."

John Clayton Jaqua '40, 
retired Sullivan and Cromwell partner and Managing Editor of The Cornell Daily Sun in 1939-40, died at Lee Memorial Health Park, Fort Meyers, Florida, March 25, 2001.  See obituary.

Faith Apfelbaum Sale '58  --  The following notice, written by Kristin White Gould '57, was placed by the Cornell Sun Alumni Association in The New York Times:

"The staff and alumni of The Cornell Daily Sun mourn the death of our colleague, classmate, and friend, Faith Apfelbaum Sale. As a Sun reporter, editor, and mentor from 1954 to 1958 she embodied the best of undergraduate journalism.  In her distinguished career as a literary editor and writers' advocate, Faith's integrity, enthusiasm, and passion for excellence enhanced American literature, just as she graced the pages of one of America's great independent university newspapers."

New York Times Obituary

Milton S. Gould '30

"Milton S. Gould, 89, the famed litigator who taught trial techniques at Cornell Law School and who once fired Marilyn Monroe, died in his sleep on March 21, 1999. He was a partner in, and a founder of, the erstwhile powerhouse firm of Shea & Gould."




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Jun 6 Jay Branegan '72
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Jul 11 Mark G. Epstein '69
Jul 13 Taron E. Wade '98
Jul 14 Nancy Mills '64
Jul 14 Seth Goldschlager '68
Jul 15 Leon (Lee) A. Allen Jr. '55
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Jul 19 Marshall Salzman ’65
Jul 21 Nancy Kober '75
Jul 23 Lindsay Jacobson '04
Jul 25 Gordon Silverstein '81
Jul 26 Mark Emerson '69
Jul 26 Malcolm I. Ross '68
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Aug 3 Deborah A. Garcia '93
Aug 4 Daniel Gross '89
Aug 5 Douglas Krohn '91
Aug 6 George E. Johnson '64

Aug 7 Daniel W. Kops '39
Aug 7 Charles J. Sennet '74
Aug 11 Amy Wilson 
12 Jacqueline Gerstein Bassan '75
15 Colleen Kapklein (nee Kaplin) '89
Aug 16 William S. 'Bill' Page '39
Aug 19 Charles Persons '02
Aug 20 Ed Zuckerman '70
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Aug 21 Barbara Kantrowitz '71
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Aug 23 Howard A. Rodman '71
Aug 23 Ann E. Marimow '97
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