JULY / AUGUST 2005
David Honneus (Brewster NY) will serve as Chair for our 45th Reunion in 2007. Secretary Kirk MacDonald (New York City) reported, "David Honneus volunteered to lead our 45th Reunion and we have speedily anointed him. You will be hearing from him, first through the website and later by mail. The Washington Mini demonstrated that we are increasingly seeking to connect with each other. The 45th will provide a great opportunity to do just that. Watch for David's web site columns and please share your ideas with him at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Another reminder, if you have an e-mail address but are not receiving e-mails about our monthly web site postings and other class developments, that means either that your e-mail address is different from what we have on our list or that you may never given it to the class. Please speed any new e-mail information to your Corresponding Secretary and please include your latest news.
As promised in our last column, the focus this time is on a group in various stages of retirement. David Ewing (Portsmouth NH) wrote, "I retired from C.I.A. in 1996 after not working there for some decades. I am still married to the former Elria Giamatti (yes, Bart's sister); our four children have mostly married and borne grandchildren. After retirement we enjoyed six years of rustication tending llamas and cattle on 100 acres in southern Vermont before moving to the Historic South End of Portsmouth, NH, and giving away our last dog. In recent years we have been spending some winter months at an unusual lifelong-learning academy at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL." David and Elria attended the April Mini Reunion on their way back North.
Another classmate, who has stayed more closely connected to his previous almost-Government work is Richard Fairbanks (Key Largo FL). Dick e-mailed, "Since stepping down as President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), I have become a Counselor and Trustee. Others in that status are Kissinger, Brzezinski,Scowcroft and Senator Nunn my peer group? In addition to speaking, writing and traveling (mainly Asia and Middle East) for CSIS, I'm on four corporate boards and have initiated a §501 (c)(3) company to produce and air Arabic-language TV programs including documentaries, dramas, reality shows, political conversations and children's programming. Details at www.layalina.tv." Fairbanks was the speaker on the Middle East at a Senior Men's Club meeting in Darien, CT organized by Joe Holmes. When I asked what he thought about the situation, Dick said, " There are certainly encouraging portents in the region both on the Arab/Israeli front and on the dynamic for representative government. But remember the old Middle East saying: the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that the optimist is always wrong."
Continuing with Joe Holmes, "I'm just someone having a hell of a lot of fun with 'retirement.' I retired from advertising and marketing 4 years ago. But I continue with The Joe Holmes Swing Band. On Jan. 14 we made our 28th appearance at Lincoln Center playing the post-concert black tie dance for the University Glee club. I am generally programmed for three activities a day ranging from Paddle Tennis (this year I repeated as the national 65+ champion), to bowling, two singing groups, two tennis teams, golf five times a week, the Board of the Darien Senior Men's Association, and mentoring a Haitian kid who needs help in school. Phew. I recently ran across a great quote, from Abe Lincoln. 'It's not the years in your life, it's the life in your years.'"
Also enjoying his retirement is Bob Hartley (Huntington Station NY). "PricewaterhouseCoopers finally offered the much hoped-for early retirement package. I took it and never looked back. Now, I spend my time managing the Keats-Shelley Association, a small non-profit of which I've been a director for many years, a family partnership, and my aging parents 90 and 95, still living independently in the house in Port Washington I was brought up in. This still leaves plenty of time for what I like best: reading, listening to music, and keeping in touch with friends, including several of our classmates. Dave Meil (Willoughby OH) and his wife Betty recently moved into a new house they had built for them in Westerville, Ohio. John Gourlie (Guilford CT) is still teaching communications at Quinnipiac College. Mike Bristol (Montreal) and his wife Doris recently were here of a week. We have adjoining summer places in Maine, so we see a lot them in the milder months. George Evans (Milwaukee) and I have lunch together on his occasional trips to New York City." Bob concludes, " As you can imagine, these summaries barely hint at the joys and sorrows of the last forty years."
Along the same line, Marvin Romanoff (Baltimore OH) advises, "retirement has been wonderful with time to enjoy the activities of my wife's six grandchildren and looking forward to visiting my own children in California and Colorado. My son, Andrew (Yale '89) was re-elected to the Colorado House of Representatives and selected as Speaker of the House. I am still serving as Treasurer of the Association of Municipal and County Judges of Ohio and was part of the Governor's Task Force recommending needed changes to the state's impaired driving laws."
From the other side of the Atlantic, Norm Jackson (Paris) almost shouts "I'm a granddad! Other than that, life is pretty calm. I'm in semi-retirement, still trying to finance a big real estate development for active seniors in the southwest of France, but mostly practicing a few hours each morning the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. I have been spending time in Chambéry, in the southeast of France, just east of Lyon, with a wonderful lady. She's the widowed ex of one of my best friends. We've known each other for 30 years, but because of my friendship with her ex-husband, never contacted each other until a year ago, on the occasion of his death. Karma is indeed quite marvelous and strange!"