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CONTENTS
December 2, 2016

FEATURES

Rick LightAll The Light You Might Be Glad to See More Of Rick Light's sculpture.


WallsIs Our World Welcoming Walls? Watch Out for Groundswells


YikesA Caution for Trump Bill Reilly comments on cabinet appointments.


Reunion
Reune in June? Hear This Tune A plea for action.

Fred Appell
"Women Then and Now" Fred Appell opines on changes.


Walls
Sprinting Toward the Finn-ish Jon Saari and heritage.

Finkle
Finkle Finds his Accent Chakra David Finkle tackles the AYA Assembly.

RemembranceNecrology
Bagley, Hedlund, Kertess


Notice about Memorial and Funeral Services

 




Reminder: The dates for our 55th reunion in 2017 are June 1-4. Start making air and hotel reservations.

 

Intelligence Squared Debates
Fall '16

~ Upcoming debates ~

Call a Convention to Amend the Constitution
Dec. 7, 2016

~ Past debates ~

 


PREVIOUS ISSUES

NOV. 16, 2016
Thoughts for a Monday: Let's Care for Each Other and the Planet.

NOV. 3, 2016
Did Salovey get it right?

AUG. 17, 2016
Reilly: Trump?
Rosenkranz: Debates?

JULY 27, 2016
"DARK" CONTINENT "NOIR" L.A., AND THE CHIPPER CONSERVATISM WE NEED

APR. 12, 2016
REMEMBERING BILL HAMILTON AND DENNY PHIPPS

DEC. 2, 2015
CAMPUS TURMOIL, BOSTON TEMPTATIONS, AND PARISIAN RESILIENCE
Boyer, Buck, Ravenscroft, Stott and Finkle on the recent events in New Haven, Paris and beyond.


NOV. 10, 2015
Travel issue: AUSTRALIA, THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, INDIA, AND THE PENUMBRA
Proctor, Jackson, Hummel, Ravenscroft, Weil, Appell, van der Merwe

OCT. 16, 2015
TRUMP, REUNIOSNAPS, JURIES, CUBA Bent, Mini Reunions updates, Susman, Mestre, Culver, Newberger

JULY 21, 2015
A VIDEO ISSUE Tuba (Newberger), Cuba (Ater) and Weeden


For previous issues you can search by author's name and key content words here, or head over to the issue archives.

Yale62.org
December 2, 2016.
VOL. XVIII NO. 4


"Light" (the Sculptor)
and Much Veritas


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ART

All The Light
You Might Be Glad to See More Of


Wit, too.

Rick Light adds the insights of his sculptures (below, and click for more) to public spaces, museums and private collections. His work is in National Gallery of Art in Washington and collections from Paris to Kalamazoo, including those of Presidents Carter, Clinton and Reagan. He is now at work on a portrait of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish businessman and humanitarian who saved thousands of Jews in Hungary during World War II.

Click on each image here to enlarge it and read more. Then use the Return to Yale '62 link to come back. As one critic wrote about his Women of Industry series, "the combination of solidity and sensitivity... is terrific."



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POLITICS
Is Our World Welcoming Walls?
Watch Out for Groundswells


Here's the famous, or infamous, separation barrier that Israel built to wall off the West Bank. Is it a model for more border barriers between the US and Mexico? And for the hedges that increasingly immure the mansions that used to be visible from the streets in my town of East Hampton, NY? Welcome to our neighborhoods. Next: back to moats and portcullises? Or to acknowledging Robert Frost: "Something there is that doesn't love a wall,/ That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it...."?

(These photos were taken by Dave Hummel's wife, Cindy, on the couple's most recent tour. Of the 195 sovereign countries in the UN, they've now hit 151, or 77 percent. This fall it was Andorra, Cypress, Luxembourg and Israel.)



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GOVERNMENT
A Caution for Trump

In a November 20 New York Times article on Donald Trump's potential for "putting the brakes on climate programs"...

William K. Reilly, a Republican who was E.P.A. administrator under President George Bush, said Mr. Trump needed to be careful about whom he picked for the top jobs in each department.

He cited the Reagan administration's experience with Anne Gorsuch, who incurred the wrath of politicians of both parties when, as administrator of the E.P.A., she cut the agency's budget by more than 20 percent, gutting research and regulatory enforcement. She resigned under fire in 1983 in the midst of accusations that she had mismanaged a hazardous waste cleanup program.

"The administration got badly burned by discounting the sensitivities and public support for what the E.P.A. protects us from," Mr. Reilly said. "It's a public health agency above all."

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NETWORKING
Reune in June?
Hear This Tune


We have "more yesterdays than tomorrows," as Bill Clinton once said about himself. That gives us every reason to celebrate our "now," and to enjoy and reflect on both our pasts and our futures, ideally with companions whom we know in advance are smart and thoughtful.

In other words, at our 55th class reunion June 1-4 in New Haven. Some classmates will arrive trailing quiet, private achievements; others, louder public ones. Disappointments, too. Still, our early days together will have created a reassuring basis for mutual trust. We can build on that to have fun, enjoy old memories, stir new reflections, and if we want, tap new vibes from the lively present-day Yale campus.

Hotel rush. The theme is "Reconnect, Reflect, and Renew." We'll be headquartered in Jonathan Edwards. Our reunion "tri-chairs," as they call themselves, tell us:
  1. Respond, if you haven't, to the thoughtful, recently emailed survey of your views on reunion activities.(click the link). Please reply even though you are not sure you can attend. (Many already have.) The committee already has bagged distinguished speakers including our maven on Shakespeare for moderns, Peter Saccio, but many options remain. Speak up! And if you can, get the survey back by December 7, because the committee's next meeting is the 8th.


  2. Reply, too, to the letter requesting class dues, which help hold down the reunion price for all of us. It will be followed by a " kick-off" letter encouraging you to come, of course, and sketching some of the activities already scheduled. It also will ask for an early indication of interest. This is not a formal registration - that comes later - but will help in planning.


  3. Book hotel rooms now even if you might wait to decide about attending. An early rush has currently sold out all rooms in reunion hotel blocks nearby. However, the AYA says calling the hotels in late April or May might turn up rooms as others cancel reservations. You may also secure a room at another area facility by going to www.visitnewhaven.com/accommodations. Campus housing will be plentiful and available when you register in March.
Perhaps the best news is that our tri-chairs are "charged up and optimistic about a good turnout and a positive experience for all." More updates will be forthcoming, and you can expect a midwinter call about attending from a group headed by Peter Clark. Attendance is a key to good times for all of us.

Think about it: the odds are that in this group, as opposed to everyday life, each additional person will add something worthwhile. Mellow yesterdays and good tomorrows are not a bad promise. Do give it some thought.

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TIME AND SEX
"Women Then and Now"



Fred Appell mused in October on sex, nude sculpture, and illusion during a recent trip to Spain:

This photo was taken from a rubber-neck bus tour of Barcelona. The age of the sculptural figures is unknown to me, but my guess is pre-war, the Great War, that is. I lament that we have somehow as a culture forgotten to celebrate that the creation of humans includes the joyful gift of sexuality which is fundamental to our beings, and much, much more than what is now known as recreational sex.

Who knows for how much longer the Beaux Arts tradition in the arts will survive. Certainly, figurative sculpture is dead in the US and existing examples are "politically incorrect."

I've noticed the politically safe replacements for public sculpture seem to be boulders (sometimes wrapped in steel rods or cables so we know they are art).

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HOSPITALITY
Sprinting Toward the Finn-ish

Immigrants, and a thousand blue and white chairs

Heated by aircraft engines in a tent, "the world's largest sauna" was offered in 1996 at that year's annual Finnish-American gathering, or "Finn Fest." Hundreds of the 6500 registrants sat on benches soaking in the heat, and the local fire department provided the requisite cooling shower from the top of a ladder!

The experiences of the thousands of Finns who emigrated to the United States after 1880 and their descendants are an "illuminating foil" for current immigrants and our apparently-declining confidence that we can absorb and assimilate them, says Jon Saari, a third-generation Finnish American.



His ideas are worth knowing in 2017, the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence from Russia. You can find short excerpts from Jon's recent essay on Finnish-Americans here, including the role played by over a thousand chairs painted the blue and white colors of the Finnish flag. Click here.



STATE OF THE CAMPUS
Finkle Finds his Accent Chakra
On Momentarily-Despondent Campus


By David Finkle

Ed note: David, our class representative to the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), seemed stimulated by today's campus, as seen through his participation in the annual AYA Assembly. Here's his report:



Not unlike AYA Assembly LXXV, which unspooled on a campus nervously quiet after severe racial protests, AYA Assembly LXXVI unfolded on a campus still nervously quiet, yet autumnally beautiful, after an election that had clearly rocked the community.

As returning alumni roamed around, identity badges drooping from their necks on blue lanyards, they passed multiple outside bulletin boards covered with signs declaring "You Matter," "Stronger Together," "You Are Loved." On the pavements leading across the Sterling Memorial Library green, more admonitions had been scrawled in pastel chalks. They exhorted, "Keep Breathing," "You Matter," "Be Resilient," "Keep Fighting," "We Are Significant" and more in the frightened, defiant mode....

Click here for the accent chakra, other recent developments, and the arts.



NECROLOGY

We report with sorrow the deaths of Don Bagley, Gus Hedlund and Klaus Kertess. Obituaries will be posted on this site in due course.



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, Co-Corresponding Secretary, at johnhargerstewart@gmail.com, 845-789-1407. We will not send out information unless someone makes this request.


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