Thursday, October 30, 2014

DA 1983 - Fall Report

Gents of '83,

Our blog ( is in its fifth year and here are a few highlights:

There have been 426 posts since May of 2009 - averaging about one a week.  Doesn't seem onerous - for those of you who are still not subscribers (see link toward bottom). The posts are delivered in a digest on the days there are new posts, usually between 7-8 pm Eastern.  Again, trying to keep it from being annoying...

Our most viewed post ever was the Twilight Skate of a fac brat posted on 1/10/14 - with 319 views

We have a solid 63 classmates subscribed and would certainly like more.  If you don't see a classmate on the list below - shoot them an email to encourage it.

Of our 185 living members of our class - not all of whom graduated, we have email on file for 135 of us, which is astounding.  Maybe not all are still active - which is why you should forward this to the classmates you are still in touch with.

SUBSCRIBE NOW at: (you'll need to respond to a verification email as well)

Classmates who appear to be receiving the digests - alert me if not correct:

Mr. Whitney B. Armstrong
Mr. Mark C. Beaubien
Mr. Geoffrey S. Bennett
Kevin A. Bresnahan M.D.
Mr. Spencer L. Brown
Mr. Cameron T. Chalmers
Mr. Scott W. Chesney
Mr. Douglas A. Cruikshank
David P. Currey, Ph.D
Mr. Mark E. Czuj
Mr. Christopher R. Davey
Mr. Timothy G. Ehrhart
Mr. John C. Esty II
Mr. Adam J. Feiges
Mr. Robert E. Fitzpatrick
Mr. Charles R. Gagne
Mr. Grant E. Gassman
Mr. Peter C. Geary
Mr. Jonathan A. Gottscho
Mr. Joshua D. Greenberg
Mr. Alexander W. Grosset
Mr. Leigh J. Guyer
Mr. Robert J. Harrington Jr.
Mr. Christopher J. Harris
Mr. Hardie S. Jackson
Colonel Robert W. Keirstead Jr. USAF
Mr. Alexander K. Kerr
Mr. John N. Kikoski
Mr. John G. Knight
Mr. Moss Krivin
Mr. Henry F. LeMieux Jr.
Mr. Christopher J. Lynch
Mr. Douglas A. Mays
Mr. R. Robert McGill Jr.
Mr. David J. McNeil
Dr. Johannes W. Mortier
Mr. John R. Munro Jr.
Mr. D. Sean Nottage
Mr. Benjamin W. Patton
Mr. Eric F. Peterson
Mr. William B. Piersol III
Mr. Scott F. Pryce
Mr. Paul C. Schlickmann
Mr. J. Douglas Schmidt
Mr. David G. Shelton
Mr. Whitney C. Sheppard
Mr. Shawn M. Shiff
Mr. Dean R. Singewald II
Mr. John B. Sory
Mr. Jeffrey S. Spadafora
Mr. Andrew M. Stewart
Mr. Eric S. Suher
Mr. Van K. Sullivan
Mr. Peter R. Townsend
Mr. James L. Wareck
Mr. Taylor Watts
Mr. Bradford F. Weir
Mr. Philip B. Weymouth III
Mr. William J. Wolf
Mr. Dexter E. Wood Jr.
Mr. Eric E. Wright
Mr. Theodore C. Young III
Mr. Samuel Zales

FEEDBACK and photos with captions/backstory always welcome...

John G. Knight

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Playing Dad...

Whit Sheppard acted in a commercial for residential flooring.  Its beautiful... He's the "dad"...who drops his golf clubs...

For more on its making:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Who Knew?

Chris Lotspeich was best man at the wedding of a Campbell and represented his family, the Macdonalds!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fresh Berries

Paul Magee made his annual pilgrimage from Mexico to Whately, MA to sample Nate Nourse's finest berries.

Nate continues his advancements in the science of small fruit plants, with his newest R&D building pictured in the background. He is also wearing his Penn State hat in honor of the recent post on RJ Harrington.

Paul is scheming a move back to the NYC area but is looking for a couch to crash on in the meantime.

Thanks to Mark Beaubien for the pic!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

In the foothills

As I continue my exploration of Colorado (i.e. my harassment of classmates) I travelled west to Evergreen and caught the men of the Spadafora family splitting the winter's firewood.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lunch with Lefty

Drove up to Boulder to take RJ Harrington to lunch yesterday, and this was his condition upon arrival...His work as Executive Director of Clean Energy Action is mostly keyboard and computer based, so its a hindrance for sure.  He had shoulder surgery about 2 weeks ago after a nasty fall off his bike.

His spirit was undeterred as we strolled confidently to lunch.  We caught up on his time in Boulder (most of the years since graduating from DA, minus a stint at Penn State with Nate Nourse) and his family (wife and two kids). His health is otherwise excellent and he is grateful. From him I learned the geological term flatiron and why it was invented in Boulder.

He asked about '83 in general and in CO specifically.  He looks forward to getting the DA83 - CO division together sometime.  He was sad to miss the Hindman - Spadafora - Watts beers last year - especially since they bumped into Terry Bradshaw - RJ's childhood favorite on his hometown Steelers!  He won't miss the next one...

Keep connecting with each other and then send the photo please...


Read it

When it makes it to your mailbox, set aside some time to read it.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


This pic is preserved in a thick lucite block and now adorns my new man-cave bar in Denver. Miss you guys!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

RJ Marched

Inspired by the picture of Jay Esty at the march in NYC, RJ Harrington wanted the class to know that he marched in Boulder's Climate March with his kids Maeve and Conall.

Check out RJ's bio at Clean Energy Action where he's Executive Director!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Making time to learn

Jeff Spadafora invited me to attend an event hosted by the Halftime Institute and it was great to listen to him speak and even meet his mom!

Jeff is Director of Global Coaching at Halftime, an org that guides those who are looking for more joy in the second half of their life. His talk was compelling and I appreciated the opportunity to meet so many new people.

Notice the green and white shirt to honor the occasion...

Thursday, September 11, 2014


might be 5th reunion? earlier?

LtoR: Patton, Schiff, Cruikshank, Geary

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Last day!? 
Hiked to the rock this morning on a beautiful summer day to get a little perspective on ending my ten year latest run at DA. Lots of great people at the school working hard to offer the finest education possible.  Worth supporting if you haven't yet this fiscal year, which ends on Monday.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

From DA FB important message...

What’s the GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL? Our goal is 3,900 donors to the Annual Fund by June 30th. You’re already part of the team. Be a part of the win! Photo: What’s the GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL? Our goal is 3,900 donors to the Annual Fund by June 30th. You’re already part of the team. Be a part of the win!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


 The cake from John Knight's going away party at DA.  His wife has a new job in Denver and his family moves in July.  Bittersweet for him to leave Deerfield but Hindman, Harrington and Spadafora promise to welcome him appropriately in August...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Adam Feiges was in Portland and caught up with Leigh Guyer for their own Beer & Burger night. Way to go!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Another Saturday Night

At work for Eric Suher. I asked him why performers are always so happy around him. He answered, " Because I sign the checks!"

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fwd: Guess who I just saw!

Another great DA family find by Doug Schmidt, this time in SF. Bob Hambrecht '84.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It's happening again, sort of

Also on Mixlr as Pocumtuck Valley Radio

You may have noticed on my facebook page that I was in Chicago on Wednesday. While on the train from the city to Winnetka for the Deerfield reception, I noticed a Deerfield Academy facebook post that Pocumtuck Valley Radio was broadcasting the DA vs Choate baseball game. I immediately tuned in and listening to the student play by play and the birds in the trees behind him, and then got nostalgic about the boys in '82 and '83 that created WGAJ 30+ years ago.

Beaubien was the mad engineer, Suher was the advertising machine and there were many more...

History does repeat itself, even with new circumstances and students.

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

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.