YAM Notes: May/June 2018

By Christopher T. Cory

A slightly rueful joke from Jay Hatch and his wife, Marolyn: Backstage at the Baltimore Symphony, which they attend, insiders refer to concerts that attract more seniors than boomers as “heavy metal”—because of the number of attendees who use walkers. The Hatches’ holiday letter also says that last year they traveled to the Netherlands, Alaska, and Auburn, New York, site of a reunion of people who were in the Peace Corps with Jay in Tanzania. Like others among us with the means to do so, they are “eagerly checking off the places in the world that we hope to see.” Their base is Asbury Methodist Village, a continuing care community outside Washington, DC, where both are “still active in campus leadership as well as keeping a toe in off-campus service activities.”

Tony Brooks wrote family and friends about “another year of over-commitment, all self-inflicted. Beats the Lexington Avenue subway, though!” He put in about 80 days of skiing and went fishing in the Bahamas and all over Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana’s Smith River—a river “now threatened by a mining company. Thanks, Donald!” For 2018, he plans “fishing in Patagonia, Portugal in May with Bohemian Grove campmates,” and time in his Maine cottage. Dave and Cindy Hummel, too, were off again, this time to South Africa and from there up the east coast of Africa to Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, the Maldives, and Zanzibar. We last noted that they were aiming to raise their lifetime total of countries visited to 158; in fact, Cindy reported, when they got to Mozambique, they had visited 162.

Willard Taylor is combining travel with teaching, at NYU law school in the fall and at the University of San Diego law school in January and February, where he rents a place in Coronado, “close to the beach and away from the freeway (and the California car culture).” He teaches “tax—pass-throughs, such as REITs, RICs, and S corporations; and, from time to time, a separate course on payroll taxes.” Now that Tony Giamei is no longer doing space-age metallurgy, he’s smelting news as managing editor of Haddam Now and the Haddam News, online and weekly in print, covering the Connecticut towns of Haddam, Haddam Neck, and Higganum.

Tony Gorry, who contributed a moving memory about D-Day to our website last year, has now published a slightly different version of it in his new memoir, Memory’s Encouragement (Paul Dry Books). One of the first PhDs in computer science from MIT, an emeritus professor of management at Rice University, a member of the National Academy of Medicine and, in his late 60s, a student of ancient Greek, he writes about learning to slow down in order to live well. Alex Garvin, having recently published a book titled What Makes a Great City, taught an eponymous seminar for Yale alumni at the Yale Club on Monday afternoons this spring.

To develop world-shaking (or more likely, genial) plans for future ’62 activities, our class secretary John Stewart convened a meeting of the class council late in April, which we’ll report on in the July/August issue. Though many members participated by phone, you can send ideas and wishes to any of us: Jonathan Ater, Willis Boyer, Tony Brooks, Al Chambers, John Chapman, Doug Charles, Mark Cohan, Tom Cutler, Steve Danetz, Richard Davis, Alex Garvin, Dave Honneus, Dave Hummel, Mike Kane, Steve Lash, Lance Liebman, Larry Lipsher, Jim Litvack, Kirk Macdonald, Phil Moriarty, Bob Oliver, Bill Reilly, Bob Rogers, Bob Rosenkranz, Gary Salenger, Dave Scharff, Peter Sipple, Bill Stork, Steve Susman, Gerry Swirsky, Dick Ward, Jim Wechsler, Bill Weeden, Roman Weil, Murray Wheeler, Tappy Wilder, Clark Winslow, Dan Koenigsberg, Louis Mackall, Steve Buck, Chris Cory, and Ellis Wisner. (And please send me information on what you’re up to.)

We’ve been holding this for a few months as arrangements shifted, but in October Jeff Loria sold the Miami Marlins baseball team (bought for $158.5 million in 2002) for $1.2 billion to a new ownership group led by Derek Jeter. In February, the Miami-Dade Sun-Sentinel reported that Miami-Dade County had sued to recover a share of any profits. The paper quoted Jeff as saying, “I don’t know anything about it, and I have no comment. They can do whatever they want.”

In the last edition of these notes, I triggered a high-stakes modesty war by referring to Mike Kane as our class’s “staunchest” fan of Yale hockey. Though Mike frequently drives to games from the Boston area, he asked for a correction because Larry Lipsher and Bob Oliver outrank him “by years if not decades of seniority.” Oliver, however, a retired Navy captain, ordered that the adjective not be changed, insisting, “The rule is simple. Over 50 miles one way equals credit; less, no. Thus, Ens. Kane, you are granted extra drill credit for all days of documented travel in connection with attendance at games at Ingalls Rink. Additional credit is authorized for attendance at playoff and tournament games at remote stations such as Albany and Pittsburgh for NCAA games. Thus computed, the estimate supports your claim for frequent attendance at games.”

Necrology: We sadly announce the deaths of Bill Sanders, Jim Carthaus, Dave Hovland, Dan Neary, and Robert Tate. Obituaries will be posted on our website in due course. An obituary has been posted for Peter Dzwonkoski.