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CONTENTS
Dec. 18, 2017

Phil Proctor
Influencing Today's Comedy


Bill Weeden
Weeden on the Red Carpet



Bill Reilly
Trying to Understand Trump


Neal Freeman
Lobs for Liberals



Arthur Laffer
"Crippled" economic thinking in Washington?

Jack Graves

Now Hear This




Necrology



Notice about Memorial and Funeral Services

 


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Yale62.org
December 18, 2017.
VOL. XVIX NO. 5


YALE '62 HOLIDAY EDITION

Of Fire (Signs), TV Acting, EnviroTrump,
"Tea" Leaves, Tax (Cut) Timing, and Hearing


       · Funny, influential memories (from Phil Proctor's new book)
       · The second season of a new TV comedy (with Bill Weeden)
       · A thoughtful Trump critique (by Bill Reilly)
       · A tart note on conservatism and Daytona Beach cars (from Neal Freeman's
          new book)
       · Art Laffer's repechage
          and
       · A cheering hearing note (by Jack Graves).



Influencing Today's Comedy

At around the age of nine, "because I was playing with my food, making pirate skull and crossbones with mashed potatoes and string beans, a teacher dragged me onto the stage to eat lunch by myself. Of course, I got laughs playing with my food."

That's how Phil Proctor says he's been from the early start of his career as stage, radio, film, record, voice-over and TV actor, comedian, and lately, blogger. He hurtles through his hyperactive professional life in his new autobiography, Where's My Fortune Cookie, co-written with the polymedia author Brad Schreiber, dropping quips and photos and show biz names like a baker stuffing a fruitcake, and telling warm stories, especially about his five-decade collaboration with Peter Bergman '61 and two others on the performances of the legendary, surrealist, much honored Firesign Theater troupe which, one knowledgeable reviewer declares, "influenced so much of today's comedy."

Click here for a chapter, with illustrations including a glam Proctor ex!



Weeden on the Red Carpet

A relatively new information medium is gaining ground on your computer, and Bill Weeden and his wife are playing roles in it and getting recognition. Click here to watch. Hint: It's a comedy.



Trying to Understand Trump

You know some of what follows, but not with this much perspective. Bill Reilly, once a cabinet member in another Republican administration, that of Gorge H.W. Bush, drew on his experience in public service, non-governmental organizations, and finance when he outlined his views of Donald Trump in an invited lecture at Oxford University last spring. The broad range of issues he coolly packs in is still hot, and his summary of environmental progress is persuasive. Here's what he said.



Lobs for Liberals

Neal Freeman has just collected his essays from 50+ years in the conservative movement, starting as a friend and colleague of William F. Buckley Jr. and becoming a regular contributor to the National Review and other publications. As you might expect, his new book, Skirmishes (National Review Books), is lucid and barbed on topics from income inequality to Comsat and beyond. One chapter laments a seeming decline in Yale's preparation of leaders. The one here, written during the Daytona Beach 500, starts by quoting a politician who mouths the cliché that she is running for office "to restore people's trust in government."

Says Neal: "All I could think to say in return was, 'Why would you want to do that?'"

For the chapter, complete with Neal's ten-point policy wish list ("Pick a war and win it"), click here.



Laffer Redux: "Crippled" economic thinking in Washington?

Not many of us get two turns in the national spotlight like Art Laffer, the economist who started with our class for three years but graduated a year later. This year, as Congress debated tax policy, an Associated Press story in USA Today proclaimed, "Trickle-down economics gets new life as Republicans push tax-cut plan" (tax cuts intending to stimulate the economy had a moment forty years ago during the Reagan administration). Now, as then, the story said that Art "occupies a position of prominence" in the history of that much-debated idea (think George H.W. Bush's blast at "voodoo economics"). For a direct slice of Art's views we asked him to recommend one of the essays he writes for several publications. Click here.



Now Hear This

Jack Graves's sporadic drollery tickles and provokes readers of the weekly East Hampton (NY) Star. His May 4 take on getting hearing aids might amuse you, too. Click here.





NECROLOGY

Sadly, we must announce the recent deaths of Jack Brandt, James Grove, and Robert Jones. In due course, their obituaries will posted on this site.

Thanks to the sustained, devoted work of Bob Oliver, now joined in this endeavor by several classmates, notably, in the past two years, John Stewart, you will find newly posted obituaries on our website here for:

NOTIFYING CLASSMATES OF SERVICES

If you would like classmates to be notified about your funeral or memorial activities, if we get the information in time the Class of 1962 will send information to the names on our class email list. Please ask those who will be in charge to send the details to Bob Oliver at oliver@moglaw.com, 203-624-5111, and for backup to John Stewart, Class Secretary, at johnhargerstewart@gmail.com, 845-789-1407. We will not send out information unless someone makes this request.


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