|During the Aspen reunion, a fellow alumnus, given to making historic analogies, compared the atmosphere to salmon swimming upstream to spawn. Well, I don’t know how many of us actually came to mate and die that weekend, but we did have a splendid time. Now that the Woodstock reunion is almost upon us, alumni from all over are crawling out of the woodwork. Almost weekly, I am surprised by an email or telephone call from someone from that distant past. So, given below are snippets of my conversations of the past three months. If you would like to submit any news for the next newsletter, just email me or call me. Pradeep Kapadia, LR’69-72.
Andi Alexander is planning a trip to Scotland to visit her sister, and then to Switzerland to visit her mom before coming to Woodstock for the reunion. Andi, if you’re near Bluche, take some pictures and stop by and say “hi” to Giancarlo Felli, Mr. Grissotti, and anyone else left there. Henri Noach finally emerged in Tokyo, after wandering through Europe. Henri is the rabbi for the Jewish community in Tokyo. Pichet Nithivasin called from Bangkok saying that he plans to attend the reunion, and asked why more people from abroad hadn’t registered. Brendan Foulkes is about to open a new hotel in the Bahamas, and that opening will probably coincide with the reunion, but he says that it just might be the distraction he’s looking for. Brendan was a wonderful host for the 1991 reunion in Nassau. Susan Seipel Sturgis is eager to attend this reunion, after having a blast at the Bluche reunion and missing the Aspen reunion because she was stationed in Doha, Qatar at the time (who ever thought Doha would become a familiar town to Americans?). Dana Sanderson has been the single largest contributor of pictures posted on the website. New pictures are being emailed to me this week, and should be posted by next week. Doug and Dave Shadel recently emerged after 33 years in hiding in Seattle. They’re both doing great, and are hoping to make it to the reunion. David recently emailed me some incriminating pictures of the old days, which are now posted on the website. Jitendra Dave recently had a visit from Susan Seipel Sturgis in North Carolina. He is hoping to make the reunion despite the trials and tribulations of raising a family and keeping a job. Ross Povenmire is planning to bring his guitar to the reunion in Woodstock so that we can all sing folk songs and have a ‘love in’ at the top of Hunter Mountain. Now, we just have to find some stale bread, sausage, and Sinalco. His sister, Susan Povenmire just registered to come to the reunion, and sent me Ruth Harms’s address. Ruth spent two weeks in Bombay with my family 30 years ago, and I haven’t heard from her since.
|Luc Meyer emailed me recently. He attended the Bluche reunion, and lost touch until he found our website. Jana Moore Handstedt lives in Durango, CO, and spent most of last summer protecting her house from the forest fires. She opened a coffee shop near by, and will be happy to feed you well if you’re passing through. Her sister, Lori Moore, recently moved to Washington State from Texas. Lori and Jana both attended the Aspen reunion, and hope to attend Woodstock. Katy Jackson, Olivia Monfort and Marti Boone Mattia have been vacationing together for many years. This year, their vacation will include the Woodstock reunion. Mark Ulhfelder and his wife Anne are hoping to make the reunion as well, although it will be in the middle of their summer tourist season in Aspen. Those of you who attended the Aspen reunion will remember their warm hospitality. Margaret Mallon is busy trying to find day care or summer camp in New York for her twins so that she can attend the reunion. If she does, she will be one of the few alumni who will have attended all four reunions. Jim Stiles called from Truckee, CA. He’s still digging out from the snow, but hopes to convince his friend Tim Zook, who moved to Minnesota, to come with him to the reunion. Jim builds houses, about one per year, in the Lake Tahoe area. Sharon Taylor Bauman is planning a trip to London to visit her daughter before coming to Woodstock. She’s in touch with Nicolette DeBona and of course, her brother,Chico Taylor. Carlos Abadi wrote from Buenos Aires saying he’s interested in coming to the reunion. He had a visit from Susan Povenmire and her husband John Weisman in 1998, and Susan says that his family were wonderful hosts. Deborah Minogue Duke is very excited about the reunion. She’s attended the Bahamas and Aspen reunions with her family, and cherishes those memories. Deborah Weiner attended LR/PF only for a summer as a summer school student, as did her sister Bonnie Wiener. I attended summer school at LR myself (I think when Bonnie was there, in 1969), and was surprised that someone who spent only one summer at Bluche could have such vivid memories. I guess that’s the magic that continues to draw us together, and that is why we’re in touch with each other after so many years!
List of Missing Persons:
Where are all you others? Thomas Barth, Paul Wirth, Charles Mallon, Cornel Navori, Jan Graf, Denis Briere, Yvonne Briere, Tona Bachman, Alain Borgeat, Guy Sanchez, Stephan Barth, Rory Campbell, and so many more who attended previous reunions and have mysteriously disappeared? If you’re reading this and have not registered on the website, then I can’t send you updates and newsletters, so please register.
Soiree Music CD’s:
Soiree CD’s are being sent out this week and next to all alumni who have registered with the hotels and are definitely coming to the Woodstock and NYC reunions. All pictures submitted to the website will be printed on a giant collage at the reunion, so send your pictures, whether or not you’re coming to the reunion. See you in Woodstock!
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