Co-Presidents:                         Bill Higgins, 5360 Miami Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243
                                               Steve Warhover
, 33 William Fairfield Drive, Wenham, MA 01984
Vice-President & Webmaster:  Chuck Sherman, 3100 Rittenhouse Street NW, Washington, DC 20015
Secretary:                                Larry Geiger, 93 Greenridge Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Treasurer:                                Jim Weiskopf, 13125 Willow Edge Court, Clifton, VA 20124
Head Agent:                            Bob Spence, 16 Surrey Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
Bequest Chairmen:                  Rich Daly, PO Box 39, West Boxford, MA 01885
                                                Steve Lanfer, 178 Sea Meadows Lane, Yarmouth, ME 04096
                                                Alan Rottenberg, 24 Gould Road, Waban, MA 02468
Mini-Reunion Chairman:           Al Keiller, 7 Elcy Way, Simsbury, CT 06070
Newsletter Editor:                     Bob Serenbetz, PO Box 1127, Newtown, PA 18940
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February 2003




News from Classmates


A recent article in the �Westport Minuteman� highlighted Tom Appleby�s career in television news broadcasting. News Director and Co-Anchor of Connecticut�s Channel 12 for the last eighteen years, the station has won more than two hundred major awards, including two New England Emmy Awards and two AP awards for �best newscast� in Connecticut. Prior to joining Channel 12, Tom received a Masters and PhD from the University of Michigan in English Literature and was a tenured lecturer at City College of New York. He currently resides in Rowayton, CT with wife Ilana and their three children.


Gary Rubloff writes, �We had an excellent twenty years in Westchester County, NY, with me at IBM Research, Sara (Skidmore �66) as a clinical social worker, and two children Becky and Ben, until 1993, when we undertook a change. We moved to Cary, NC as I entered academia (NC State Engineering) and then in 1996 to the Washington-Baltimore region, where I am a professor in engineering (materials) and now former Director of the Institute for Systems Research. The location is great, fairly rural, yet not far from city benefits in either direction. We are delighted to be accessible to both children, with Becky an attorney in New York City and Ben a teacher in Boston. The research world and its people and culture remain captivating, from semiconductor manufacturing processes to simulation, software systems, and now biotech. And I am still hooked on the bluegrass music strand I began to nurture while at Dartmouth. An irony of my UMD experience was my recruitment and collaboration with John Kidder as postdoc and then faculty member; it turns out that he is the son of Professor Kidder, our physics prof at Dartmouth. Moreover, Sara and I actually met John during Thanksgiving dinner at the Kidder�s in 1963 when John was a year old infant.�


An update from Jim Hourdequin: �I have a somewhat flexible schedule now that I�m semi-retired from IBM and consulting with my home maintenance/repair business. My wife Mary now puts in the long hours as a middle school principal here in West Hartford, and I do my plumbing, electrical and carpentry jobs for my senior Job Bank clients, and all the cooking, cleaning and maintenance here at home. Role reversal�Mr. Mom without the kids to contend with! Son Jim, Dartmouth �98, was home for Thanksgiving. He runs Longview Forest, a land management/logging company not far from Hanover, and will probably be a lifer in the area after he finishes business school at either Harvard or Babson starting in the fall. Son Pete is in Japan teaching English, learning Japanese, martial arts and surfing. He may someday find a career, but why rush things at 28. Daughter Marion is at Duke in a PhD program to become a philosopher/science-ethicist. Clearly a need, but a low demand for ethicists these days. But maybe someday she�ll teach Philosophy at Dartmouth.�


Brad Stein�s son Zack, a Dartmouth �96, is finishing his MBA at Cornell�s Johnson School. Brad and Mary hope to see classmates at either the mini this fall or in San Francisco next year for the 60th Birthday Party. He and Gerry Paul are partners at Flemming Zulack and Williamson in New York City.


Joff Keane has recently been named the American Ambassador to Paraguay.


Parker Smith writes, �Practicing litigation law in Northwest Florida. See Joe Barker from time to time in Nashville. Daughter Keri (age 17) considering Dartmouth; we�ll visit this spring. I�m married to P. Gayle Smith, who runs my law office. The area where we live and practice (Destin) is most attractive, with scrub pines and palm trees off the Gulf. Clear water, white sand. Excellent small boat sailing. We spend a lot of time in our little power boat enjoying the waterways between Pensacola and Apalachicola.� Parker can be reached at pbsmith @


There is a reference in Jane Leavy�s best-selling �Sandy Koufax � A Lefty�s Legacy� to our own George Blumenthal. Turns out George, several years ago, bought one of Koufax� jerseys. On Fridays, George carries it in an old FedEx box to Zabar�s, a famous deli on the west side of Manhattan, where he will allow patrons to wear it and take their picture in return for a donation to the Center for Jewish History. According to Ms. Leavy, �he�s raised over $2 million this way�!! There�s got to be a lesson there for the Dartmouth Fund!


Rich Abraham writes, �We had a Halloween treat! Our first grandchild, Jacob Paul (Jake) Abraham born to our son Jonathan and his wife Melissa. Both parents are high level athletes so, no surprise, Jake is nursing and growing like a champ. Dave Johnston, myself, and six other local fellows (with our men�s group of fifteen years duration) will spend a traditional weekend cross country skiing in Vermont this month�. Rich�s email address is richjudy @


Dean Spatz has agreed to merge his company Osmonics with General Electric Power Systems, in an announcement made on November 4 of last year. The CEO of GE Power stated, �By combining Osmonics� excellent technology and engineering resources with the complimentary capabilities of GE Water, we will create an even broader portfolio of products and services.� Osmonics manufactures water purification and fluid filtration, fluid separation and fluid handling equipment. The merger is subject to certain regulatory approvals and approval by shareholders of Osmonics.


On January 8, NPR interviewed Gus King on his pending six month trip across the US in an RV with wife Mary, daughter Molly, and son Ben. Gus� itinerary, photos of the RV, and progress through the trip can be tracked at ��.



Mini-Reunion Activities


Walt Knoepfel has agreed to chair the 60th Birthday Party in May 2004. He and Al Keiller are currently putting together a West Coast committee to plan the event. Volunteers can contact Al at sienawine @



In Memorium


Dennis Chemberlin of Rockford, MN passed away on March 12, 2002 of unknown causes. He was not listed in the Aegis, so I�m not sure if he graduated with us. Undergrad activities included the marching band. We pass on our condolences to Dennis� mother, Dorothy Chemberlin.



Dartmouth Fund


Bob Spence has gotten Class of 1966 participation and gifts off to a great start. Through December 19, ninety-six classmates had donated a total of $36,299 compared to 27 and $29,690 respectively at the same time in 2001. An additional 81 classmates have pledged $12,696 for a total participation of 26.3%, well on our way to meeting Bob�s goal of 50% class participation. The class dollar goal for 2003 is $200,000.



College News


By far the biggest news of early 2003 was the decision to reinstate the swimming and diving programs at Dartmouth, just six weeks after the College had announced the termination of the programs for 2004 and four weeks after the Dartmouth Alumni Council had called for reinstatement. Copies of the Alumni Council minutes have been distributed to email addresses, as well as comments from the Administration on the reinstatement. I believe the remarks of DAC President Noel Fidel on participation at the opening of the Council meeting, which I believe had a major influence on the decision, were also emailed to classmates.



Alumni Apathy


Some more opinions on why the College has seen a 20 point drop in the percentage of alumni contributing to the Dartmouth Fund, paying their dues, and voting in Alumni Trustee elections. Chris Meyer offered the following:


            Dear Bob,


I would guess that most alums have only modest direct contact with their colleges, so what there is should be positive. My only direct contact with Dartmouth (not counting reunions which are super, but which are us, not the College) has been as an alumni interviewer, which I just stopped after about 25 years. I never got the feeling that Admissions paid much attention to our work, and they rarely accepted the many excellent candidates we wrote about, so all in all that was at best a wash as far as my feelings about Dartmouth. Never got a �thank you� either.


Then the traditions. We had bonfires. Now they have one. I had the Tabard. Now what? We had an Indian at games, now they have cheerleaders who don�t exactly stir the crowd.


I always have followed college football and hockey, and combined with the University of Michigan (MBA long ago), generally have good teams to follow. Of course Michigan is a fine school, but all I see usually is a football team and a hockey team that strive to be national champions every year. They invariably are excellent. That leaves a positive taste in the mouth. Dartmouth? Well, Marie and I go to a football game or two in the fall, but we never count on seeing a victory. Hockey seems to be improving, but they have a long way to go.


The truth is that nothing remains the same, so for alums to feel close, at least a semblance of the past can be maintained by keeping up traditional things. Michigan does that with athletics; Dartmouth traditions are long gone.


Anyway, that�s my take on it. Cheers!


                                                                        Chris Meyer



John Harbaugh, like Chris, also offers up criticism of the Admissions Department:



            Dear �66 Classmates,


Upon reading Steve Smith�s informative letter in the December Newsletter, I must say that I have been disappointed in the Dartmouth attitude, which I describe as insensitive and arrogant. I�ve noticed that attitude in the Admissions Office on two occasions with my own daughter�s application. First, when I inquired if her great grandmother�s being a Cherokee Indian would influence admission to Dartmouth, I was told �No!� What is the policy about Native Americans and Dartmouth acceptance? Secondly, Brooke was put on a waiting list and then rejected. If an all-A student, with 1340 SAT�s and superlative recommendations and a legacy is rejected, what does it take to be accepted? When I inquired of President Wright, I received a form letter from him and the Dean of Admissions. I�m very disappointed.


                                                                        John Harbaugh



Robin Carpenter looks at the overall student selection process as part of the problem:


            Hi Bob,


On the subject of alumni engagement and participation, one of the swim team members was quoted in the �Valley News� as saying she now may transfer to some other school because of the swim team cut. Well, she�s entitled to do that, and I�m sure Dartmouth will be OK without her.

But I think this kind of attitude is telling us something about the nature of her relationship here. I spent a lot of time wrestling here and would have been sharply disappointed if wrestling had been cut in the midst of my participation.


Nevertheless, if Dartmouth had suspended wrestling in the middle of our time here, I can�t imagine I would have decided to skip out. Indeed, if wrestling had been such a central issue, I never would have come to Dartmouth! The difference, I think, is that the transferring swimmer is simply not engaged with the College in the kind of way that I was (or that any of us were, I think). If less engaged or committed as a student, I presume that she will continue to be less engaged if and when she becomes an alumna.


So the participation problem does not seem to arise from lack of �inclusive� alumni activities, nor related to procedural kinks and flaws in the Association of Alumni. It�s certainly not treatable with better �alumni communications� from the administration. The problem is that they�ve changed the undergraduate process in some fundamental ways. I believe they�ve also changed the selection and admissions process. When you change the input, and change the process, you necessarily change the output. I�ll spare my litany of all the ways the processes are different�you know them as well as I�but the basic problem is that Dartmouth has transformed itself into an ordinary excellent university and an ordinary excellent university is destined to turn out ordinary excellent alumni.


                                                                        Robin Carpenter


Certain facts support Robin�s contention; participation levels for Dartmouth classes that graduated in the nineties is a woeful 20%!!


Bill Dowling (a Professor of English at Rutgers) offers a different perspective in a letter and article (which I�ll edit, but is available in its entirety on the �Daily Dartmouth� website for October 4, 2002):


Dear Robert,


Just read Steve Smith�s note on why Dartmouth is losing alumni loyalty.


I agree with Steve that Jim Wright�s excursion into a mindless political correctness is part of the problem. I think he fails to see that the Wah Hoo Wah mentality is the other part. One would ideally want a Dartmouth without either.


For what it�s worth, here�s an op-ed I wrote for the Daily D a month or so ago. You may reprint it in the class Newsletter if you�d like.


                                                                        Best regards,





Ivy League Set Asides


Last August, alumni went to their mailboxes to find an issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine featuring an interview with Dick Jaeger �59, retiring after thirteen years as athletic director. To anyone aware of the controversy about Ivy athletics since the release of Shulman�s and Bowen�s �The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values�, the Jaeger interview had an unreal quality.


The point of the book is that the Ivies haven�t been acting much differently than Nebraska or UNLV. Where UNLV might lure blue-chip athletes with gold chains and SUV�s, the Ivies do it by offering a slot in an Ivy League school. These �set-asides� have been running as high as 21-24 percent of Princeton�s entering class. Mr. Jaeger believes that Dartmouth�s problems could be solved with one extra wildcard with admissions. I wrote Mr. Jaeger the following:



            Dear Mr. Jaeger,


The idea that one extra wildcard for coaches would be your single wish for Dartmouth shows that a mentality that has already done serious damage to the Ivy League is more stubbornly entrenched at Dartmouth than one knew. Your thinking about the issue is wrong�Dartmouth would benefit from a reduction of set-asides compared to the Big Three. It would mean thirty fewer players available to Harvard, Yale and Princeton, all of whom would be likely to choose Dartmouth over the other Ivies.


If I remember my own freshman Green Book at Dartmouth correctly, something like 55% of my entire class had been Captains of at least one varsity team in high school. This was before the professionalization of Ivy sports had set in, but I think the forces drawing such students to Hanover � our reputation as an outdoor school, etc. � remain in play.


Dartmouth is in a bad way. With a focus on �one extra wildcard for coaches� and the utter failure of Jim Wright�s attempt to abolish frats, we are going downhill at an accelerated rate.


The only thing that will save Dartmouth is a thorough housecleaning: a new President, one with the energy and vision to move the College upwards in the Ivy League as Yale is moving down; dismantling the Greek system and thus dissuading the mediocre applicants the frats so overwhelmingly attract to Dartmouth; an athletic director who will work for the complete elimination of athletic set-asides; abolition of the bizarre Dartmouth Plan and institution of the two semester system that has always worked successfully at Harvard and the other Ivies; and a person-by-person elimination of the �old� Dartmouth mentality from the higher administration.


                                                            Sincerely yours,


                                                            William C. Dowling


Any other opinions or positions on this issue are more than welcome.




On a Lighter Note


Jon Colby offered a couple of perspectives on �aging�. The first�


            Last fall�s college freshmen were born in 1985

            They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up

            Their lifetime has always included AIDS

            Soft drink bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic

            The CD was introduced a year before they were born

            They have always had an answering machine

            They have always had cable

            They cannot fathom not having a remote control

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws

They can�t imagine what hard contact lenses are

They don�t know who Mork was or where he was from

They�ve never heard:

            -Where�s the Beef?

            -I�d Walk a Mile for a Camel

            �-de plane, boss, de plane

They don�t care who shot JR � or who he even was

McDonald�s never came in Styrofoam containers

They don�t have a clue how to use a typewriter




And more recently�the �Older than Dirt� Quiz


            Count all the ones you remember, not the ones you were told about:


1.     Black Jack Chewing Gum

2.     Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water

3.     Candy cigarettes

4.     Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

5.     Cafes/diners with table-side juke boxes

6.     Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard toppers

7.     Telephone party lines

8.     Newsreels before the movie

9.     P.F. Flyers

10.  Butch wax

11.  Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Pennsylvania 6-3000)

12.  Peashooters

13.  Howdy Doody

14.  45 RPM records

15.  S&H Green Stamps

16.  Hi-fi�s

17.  Metal ice trays with a lever

18.  Mimeograph paper

19.  Blue flashbulbs

20.  Beanie and Cecil

21.  Roller skate keys

22.  Cork popguns

23.  Drive-ins

24.  Studebakers

25.  Wash-tub wringers


If you remember 0-5: you�re still young

If you remember 6-10: you�re getting older

If you remember 11-15: don�t tell your age

If you remember 16-25: you�re older than dirt!


Mini-Reunion Photo Gallery



(L to R) Robin Carpenter, Margo and Paul Doscher, Marcy and Frank Blod, Abigail and Teresa Carpenter