Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Break?

If you had one, what did you do? I set out to prepify Arizona with my pink and blue wrangler and shirt and unseen orange sailcloth belt from Nantucket! I was a hit with the hired hands!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Oxford and Tanzania

Two of the places Deerfield students are traveling to during March break.  For more updates go to

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fwd: Moment with Peterson

From: D. Sean Nottage
Date: Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM
Subject: Moment with Peterson
(With thanks to Sean for this email post - JK)

"Sean Nottage grabbed a catch-up moment with Eric Peterson before his quarterly board meeting as a member of the Lyford Cay International School Board at Lyford Cay Club, Nassau, Bahamas today (3/10/14).  Sean was formerly on the same board with Sean Farrington '87; and Eric is now on the board with Sean's brother James '87.  Strong DA guidance at the school."

Must be a great school!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

83 Effort

Really appreciate the classmates who made the effort to meet me in Austin, TX for #sxsw. Brian drove up from San Antonio and Hank flew over from Houston where he was visiting from his home in SF. Thanks boys!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Jim Wareck at the Improv last weekend.  I kid you not. Bravest man I know...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Olympics FYI

DA grad Molly Schaus '06 will once again play in goal for Team USA in the Olympics, so keep an eye out for her.

Brett West's ('84) son Tucker is the youngest ever to make the men's luge team, so look for him as well.

Here' a pic of Tucker with his proud parents...

Bahamian actor to be interviewed on radio show

Stolen right from Facebook so you wouldnt miss it... ArtOvation with TaDa is a weekly one-hour radio show of one-on-one interviews with the brightest personalities in arts, entertainment and innovation!

Tune in to ArtOvation on Star 106.5 FM Saturdays at 8am EST (in Bahamas) or online via This week's guest is actor, D. Sean Nottage.


see him in the trailer for his latest film: WindJammers.  We need to get Wareck and Weir writing for this guy!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Victory for 83 and the Bruins

Big win for Bruins 3-1 over the hapless Canucks. Bigger win for DA with Charlie Van dusen, Bob FItz and his brother John '81. Great to also see Mike Mullane (PG '82) and his two boys that were attending their first bruins game. Lots of great IHL stories!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Thanks to Hardie Jackson and his family, five stranded Atlanta drivers were able to sleep in his house last night after the traffic debacle cause by three inches of snow.

Chris Davey will undergo hip replacement surgery tomorrow,  We wish him well.

Relief for many...

Friday, January 24, 2014

Shout outs

So many classmates made our B&B evening memorable!  Ben Patton, Chris Flagg, Nelse Clark and Peter Geary were able join Doug Schmidt and John Knight in person and we even had a surprise guest! (more later).

We also got calls, emails and texts from Dean Singewald, Eric Suher, Jim Wareck, Dave Venman, Jon Gottscho and Hank Lemieux.  We were especially sad that Hank had moved back to San Fran only days before and that our date change didn't work out for others like Wolf, Cruikshank and Spence Brown.

Ben wins the "first responder award" but Nelse Clark showed his brass cahones when he pulled out opened bottles of his Privateer Rum to show his sincerely interested classmates.  Bartender tensions were dissipated after Nelse flashed his signature smile and let them take a whiff too...

Ben is ramping up his I Was There Film Workshops for PTSD surviving veterans, Nelse is marketing Privateer far and wide, Chris is in NYC real estate and Peter is in advertising.  Schmidt makes it all happen, no matter what "it" is!

And the special guest?  Phil Toub '84 (but did not graduate for disciplinary reasons).  Schmidt had been in a meeting when the dots started to connect so Phil got the invite...

Hope to catch some more classmates next time and to hear that our west coast branch makes an effort to establish meet-ups out there.  Might have to be Sushi & Perrier instead of Beer & Burger?

Friday, January 17, 2014

NYC Beer and Burger - now on JAN 23

Join us for Beer and Burgers at PJ Clarkes on Thursday, January 23rd in the 5:30 pm-8:30 pm range...Bring another alum with you and receive a free beverage!

915 Third Avenue, at 55th Street
New York, NY 10022

Schmidt cell: 917.449.4645, Knight cell: 413.522.2555

Now it's parents!

DA Reception in Greenwich last night yielded this impromptu pic of Tom '53 and Terry Flagg - parents of our very own Chris Flagg.  It was a great event with the Head of School, four faculty and 14 student singers.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bad Timing

Here's what happened on Dr. Adam Weinberg's Facebook page when he announced he had just  joined twitter.

Knight was chillin' (literally) at home with his 8 year old and Steward was showing restraint in his Houston hotel Good Times!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Fwd: Guess who I saw just now on subway!

Kudos to Doug Schmidt for this gem of a find!!!

From: "Douglas Schmidt" <<>>
To: "Knight, John" <<>>
Subject: Guess who I saw just now on subway!


Sent from my iPhone +1.917.449.4645

Thursday, January 2, 2014

City Time

No trip to NYC feels complete without some time with Doug "Super Doug" Schmidt.  We're aiming to get the '83 gang together in the city soon...Does Tuesday night, January 28th work for anyone?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Why Eric hates living near me

So I'm at the grocery store and there's our entertainment mogul in the checkout lane next to me.  It was all I could do to get the iPhone out and take this picture before he hustled out of the store.

Turns out Eric had three sold out shows Saturday night (not a bad thing) and he tasked himself with the responsibility of outfitting the performer green rooms.

There are few of us that would ever claim he doesn't earn his money.

BTW, it is ok if you take a Deerfield related photo and send to me to publish.  I'm just a quick draw with the camera but you have permission to do the same!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

DC and Boston...and the IHL

'83 turning out at Deerfield Receptions!

Top: Welcome to DC to Scott Pryce and family!  A brief stay in Brazil after his days in Spain didn't quite pan out for the family so they are in Washington now.  America's got new talent!

Below: Charlie van Dusen attended the Boston event last night and enjoyed reminiscing about the IHL Champion Maple Leafs and his elegant (i.e. disputed) goal in the final game over Bob Fitz and the Canadiens.

Additional: Not only does the Stanley Can live in my office, I have copies of season stats from 1979-1990. In our senior year the Leafs and the Bruins finished the regular season at 7-3-1, the Canadiens at 4-7 and the Blackhawks at 3-8. In the playoff semi-finals, the Canadiens stunned the Bruins 2-1 and the Leafs handled the Hawks 4-2.  In the final the Leafs won 2-1.  Charlie's goal was his only of the season (unverified).

Top scorers in the IHL that year:
First Line: D. Smith (8), Ehmann and Esty (7),  Jackson, Pauley and Piersol (6)
Second Line: Wolf (8), S Brown (7)
Third line: Rigsby (9)

Monday, November 18, 2013

M Jackson had his silver glove

but Hardie Jackson has a Gold Glove (or photo of same).  Looks like team EvoShield gets to go to all the best parties now!
Hardie (r) is pictured with EvoShield VP of Business Development, Justin Niefer.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

6 million eyeballs

In honor of Veteran's Day, CBS This Morning aired a nice piece on Ben Patton and his work. An estimated 3 million people watched it.

the link is here if the embed doesn't show:

Nice work, Ben.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Choate Day redux, in pictures

Jay Morsman '55 P89 H13
matt fox '85
somber opening for the pep rally

Jarred '13 flew in from Shanghai for the weekend
 Class of '66 represents

Webcast worked! Nothing like adding a tv production to an already busy day...

Adam Sichol '94
Rob Hale '84
Ryan FitzSimon '92
Rob McDowell '81
Great Day - Thanks to Van Sullivan '83 for attending from our class as well!
See you in Walingford next year

Any favorite cheers from our day we should teach to the school?  send to

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

He's back!

Wills Elliman's response to my recent outreach...

"Thanks for reaching out. Having a heart attack, being in a coma for 10 days, 14 days in ICU and 3 weeks at Bryn Mawr Rehab in not a great way to spend your spring. However all is good now....back at work and back to good health. I HIGHLY recommend that all public spaces have multiple AED units on hand."

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Paul Schlickmann was finally able to forward a picture of
Mackenna Grace, his daughter born this past July 25.  Congrats to Paul and Kristin!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Good luck!

So a few of us from the class are at a dinner in NYC but not all at the same table.  One classmate says, "Hey John, I'd like to meet that new Dean of Admission, Pam Safford." So after dinner I introduce my classmate, who reminds us that he has a child applying to DA this year.  Another classmate notices that the new Dean of Admission is only occupied by two classmates and introduces himself, and reminds her that he has a child in the applicant pool this year.  Finally the fourth member of our tribe notices all the attention being paid to the new Dean of Admission by our class and comes over to mention...he has a child in the applicant pool this year as well.

Pam was a good sport to pose for the photo and she brings that balance to her work.  My fingers are crossed for all the great sons and daughters of alumni who will apply this year.  They do tend to fare better in the process, like 3 times better than a non-legacy candidate, but in the final accounting fewer than 50% in that category are offered admission.

This was the dinner where Rob Hale '84 and his wife Karen announced their $25MM gift for financial aid to DA, the single largest gift ever made to the Academy.  It was a terrific event and Deerfield will thrive because of all of our philanthropy combined, not just Rob's.  Please remember the annual fund when an email or letter comes your way or go to

Friday, September 27, 2013

Old Friends

Chris Flagg was on campus today and saved time for a sumptuous Academy dining experience (downstairs) and regaled us with tales of the old Dining Committee and its many important contributions to our era.

Mr. Michael Cary (then of Phil/Rel department and now back at the Academy teaching English) then bounded over to greet Chris and pose for this shot. How food brings us together...

Hours later, (after Chris had already departed) there was a Bill Tyler sighting (formerly Admission Office and swim coach)!

Banner Day for DA.

P.S.  #beatchoate

just sayin'

Saturday, August 17, 2013