Wednesday, November 25, 2015

More help for vets...


IWT Founder/Executive Director Benjamin Patton spoke at the Omega Institute's conference "Veterans, Trauma & Resilience: What's Next" at the Society for Ethicial Culture in NY last weekend.
The conference was attended by several hundred veterans and caregivers. Ben's panel focused on individuals and organizations developing innovative ways to bring frontline veteran care from the clinic to the community. It was moderated by BG (Ret.) Loree Sutton, currently NYC Commissioner of Veterans Affairs. Panel members along with Benjamin Patton were:
Scott Thompson, MS, LMHC (Director of Veterans Outreach, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center at NYU Langone Medical Center)
Eva Usadi, Founder and Exec Director or Trauma and Resilience Resources and director of TRR's Warrior Camp.
Joe Bobrow, PhD: Founder of the Coming Home Project.
Thank you so much to the Omega Institute and everyone who attended for making this important event happen!
Photo (from left to right in photo): Loree Sutton, Scott Thompson, Eva Usadi, Joe Bobrow and Ben Benjamin Patton

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DA's Von Auersperg Art Gallery

As part of my recent visit to campus I was treated to a tour of the current exhibit in the new art gallery. Three students walked us around the exhibit - which was the brainchild of faculty member Tim Trelease. (BIO) Called "Human Impact" the show highlight examples of the interaction between humans and nature and features a central sculpture created by two local artists.

The white sweatered student is the daughter of Jeff Louis '81!

A home in Detroit overrun by nature

A Sarajevo structure with a staged moment with residents and random passersby and wild dogs

Student photographs and student writing line the exterior of the walls of the art gallery.  The writing was created in response to the gallery show and is further evidence of the myriad of ways that classes beyond the arts can use art as a writing prompt or new perspective.

This final image was spectacular and haunting and is not for the faint of heart when remembering 9/11.  The artist needed to escape the NYC environs with his family post 9/11 so he went to Hawaii.  Outside his hotel window were hundreds of vacationers floating in the ocean.  He later removed all but one floating woman in the expanse of ocean and produced this large image.  Is the person floating? Still among the living? (especially in the context of recent immigrant deaths on the shores of Europe).  The artist quickly realized he wasn't escaping his demons at all.  Additionally, see how it gains even further stature as the glass reflects the sculpture in the middle of the room, and even the light entering the gallery window.  The sculpture "skyline" reflection grabbed me and made me take this picture.  To me it was powerful.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


I'm pretty sure Leigh Guyer played in the IHL.  And while it rarely leads to a pro contract, the "love of the game" was definitely an outcome for many.  Fast forward many years and those who have kept their love for the game enough to lace 'em up with regularity, can reap considerable rewards.  Like this FB post from the bearded Leigh Guyer:

"Got to skate today with Leigh Guyer" wink emoticon
-Igor Larionov

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Text-to-Subscribe - SHARE

Text "da1983" to 781.262.3877 and get the blog subscription link.  Share with other classmates u see!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Go Blackhawks!

As Head of School at Fairfield Country Day, John Munro travels to the places that his graduates attend - to bolster the chances for his current charges but also to check up on their preparation and success.  And sometimes he fondly remembers traditions of old like the IHL!  He said howdy to Chris Flagg's daughter (a soph) and met with top officials.  How are his kids doing at DA?  One is the current school President!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Preparation and timing leads to big moment...

From a too modest Mark Beaubien on the record setting recent hurricane and equally record setting flight to collect data. "A story on our flights last week over/into Hurricane Patricia (a.k.a. Hurricane super-bad).  Many firsts, for example, we caught 188 MPH winds in a 60 MPH updraft, there was basically a tornado at her center!"

"Lining the plane up with the storm was “kind of like shooting a bullet with a bullet,” says Mark Beaubien, an engineer who was in the Houston control room during the flights. “It was extremely stressful.” That alignment was key because every 15 seconds, an automated system in the WB-57’s bomb bay dropped a state-of-the-art sensor called a dropsonde, specially designed by Beaubien for high-altitude hurricane flights.

See photos of:

1. Me with NASA WB-57 pilots after return from flight (who fly up in space suits while I sit on ground pushing buttons)
2. Our Dropsonde exiting at 450 MPH while cruising at 62,000' with light clouds 10 miles below us
3. Me loading dropsondes under WB-57 in 105F heat index day in Houston
... my remote "office" while we chase storms

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Knight added to EC

Following in the footsteps of of previous member (and former President) PB Weymouth, John Knight is pleased to announce that he has been added to the Executive Committee of the Deerfield Alumni Association for a three year term.

The EC consists of up to 26 alumni distributed across the decades who work to engage their brethren with information about DA and excuses to congregate like Day of Service and Choate Day.  Seems like a natural for JK, right? He even sat next to his replacement in the Alumni/Development Office, the terrific current parent Noah Blake who had worked at Canterbury, in order to be as helpful as he could.

The EC has Committees for Regional Clubs, Communications, Young Alumni, Governance and Nominating.  JK currently serves on Nominating since he knows a lot of alumni and works on Communications as well.

Fun to be with other rabid DA supporters from across the years, especially Paula Griffith Edgar '95 and Dave Hagerman '64 (pictured), and Syd Williams '85.

One nice thing about the EC is that it also benefits from the Generative Discussions that the Board of Trustees now make routine as part of their meetings.

We heard from Marjorie Young, Director of Inclusion, about her role in helping all students and faculty create a positive learning atmosphere for everyone.  On the face of it it sounds a little contrived but as we know from the media the definitions of typical roles in society seem to be blurring.  At the end of the day one thing seems clear, if a student is feeling out of place at DA, its important for them to know there is support nearby, either on the corridor or at an office.  I'm pretty sure that was just as important back in our day.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recent Campus Photos

I was on campus on October 31 and took some snaps.  Foliage was almost over but it certainly felt great to drive down Old Main Street again.  

The Memorial Building has transformed into the Hess Center for the Arts, with a fresh palette of colors apparent just beyond the crisp white lobby.  The auditorium now has side balcony seats to accommodate the 638 students now enrolled plus faculty and guests. There is a new concert hall (incredible) and a new art gallery (more next week).

The Library is currently gutted for a complete renovation as a learning commons, with maker and collaborative spaces planned etc.  As these core academic buildings are renovated to rise to current and future educational standards, we will more often get the feeling that "we're not in Kansas anymore" when we go back to reunions etc.

Some may be glad to know that the (reproduction) Audobon books in the case from the library are safe in the basement of the Hess until the renovation is complete.

Men Make Dinner

Just learned that today is "National Men Make Dinner Day".  You could probably get a mulligan for finding out so late and cook tomorrow!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Cuzco calls it quits...

Cuzco is the handle for a professional poker player.  On his best day he made the final table on PokerStars TV and ultimately walked away with $92K and a third place finish.  But that and another $44K payday are the two highs in an otherwise "mundane" career of 24 years.

See his big day described in blog fashion HERE

It also makes for an interesting entry in one's LinkedIn profile:

Professional Poker Player

Self Employed
 –  (24 years 3 months)USA and Peru
Used advanced game theory techniques to earn a living playing poker in a highly competitive environment. Played Texas Hold’em in both casinos and online poker sites. Introduced on PokerStars TV as an accomplished player when one of my final table appearances was broadcast on that internet channel.
Congrats to Frederick Chase on his successful reentry to the marketplace as: 

SIEM Platform Engineer

 – Present (1 year 5 months)Palo Alto, CA
Lest you forget, Fred was our class Math Scholar, won backgammon tournaments as a student at Stanford and was clearly able to survive on number theory as a poker player.  Awesome!

Remembering the Veterans

Ben Patton continues to find ways to serve veterans as his I Was There film workshops are expanding to include work with military families.  From HuffPost:

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Colorado Discovery!

Sometimes things just happen.  Take Paul Graney.  He was living in Groton, MA and his wife was working at Groton School.  He was able to connect with Chris Davey often and even played golf in the Gagne Invitational at Lawrence Academy and got to see Chaz himself.  Then his wife got the Director of Development job at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs....

Fast forward three years and Knight is on the hunt for classmates in Colorado.  But Paul's address in the Deerfield database is still Groton so he flies below the radar (nice Air Force reference for Colorado Springs...) and isn't found until Knight remembers something about his wife's job move to FVS.  It helped that JK's neighbor in Denver has a daughter at FVS to get the wheels turning.  So through his wife, Paul is "found" and lunch is scheduled.

Fun fact.  Paul was a college hockey referee for Division 3 men's and women's games when he lived back near Beantown. That career ended when a falling players' skate severed all the tendons on the back of his left hand.  Five surgeries later, his hand closes but not very tightly.  Silver lining: his golf got better because of his lighter grip!

Great to see another friendly face and find a new golfing buddy!!! That makes nine of us in Colorado, I think.  And number ten is moving here in Spring 2016!  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NFL Films: November 20, 1965

This, my friends, is 14 minutes of DA vs NMH football gold.  The greatest sports photo of the year in 1965 was taken on this day and is profiled by the NFL.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

That time of year

It's the run up to the Super Bowl and time for another Doritos commercial submission from Sean Nottage and friends!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


It's complex, bitter yet almost sweet, warming yet abrasive, with a twist of acidity.  Chris Flagg's personality?  NO, the delicious beverage known as the Flagg Day* at  Porchlight Bar in NYC. (271 Eleventh Avenue - at the corner of 28th Street). Porchlight is housed in an 1890s warehouse containing 1.2 million square feet of space (consuming an entire city block) that Chris's company has owned for 25 years.  It used to just be a warehouse, but a rejuvenation in this lower west side area is making it an attractive place to live and work.

Always great to see a friendly face when traveling!

*FLAGG DAYRittenhouse Rye, Cardamaro and Homemade Orange Liqueur

We look like a tycoon and book editor don't we?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Congratulations Scott!

Congratulations to Scott Chesney on his recent marriage to Chris Lang!

Looks like it took place at the fantastic Hotel Del Coronado near San Diego.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oct. 15 will be Flagg Day in NYC!

Knight is headed to NYC for a long weekend.  He'd like to start it off with the class signature cocktail, the Flagg Day*, served only at Porchlight Bar in NYC. (271 Eleventh Avenue - at the corner of 28th Street).  It's namesake has agreed to appear as well but we would love to get as many 83ers together as possible!

Shoot for 6 pm next Thursday - at Porchlight.  As long as Flagg is present, Knight will buy you the signature cocktail or a beverage of your choice!!!

FLAGG DAYRittenhouse Rye, Cardamaro and Homemade Orange Liqueur

Stylish Traditionalist

Chris Flagg knows how to dress and how to spot a piece of history! He was up visiting his daughter who is now a sophomore and was just passing through the trophy room. I guess DA figures nobody would want to steal it...(That's the Stanley Can of the IHL for those who do not remember)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Positive energy

Leigh Guyer has always had a little something special in his personality.  Well, he'll get to use it some more even though he just had a heart attack and 5 stents put in (instead of open heart bypass surgery).  Congrats on a successful procedure and here's to many more days of smiles!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Just passing through...

The pope leaves traffic and undelivered packages in his wake, but Denison University President Adam Weinberg leaves only smiles!  Fairfield Country Day School Headmaster John Munro can attest to that...

Both are well read on education and both write on the topic.  Be sure to visit their websites to read more, or even Huffington Post to read more of Adam's musings.  Both are scholarship with character personified!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

When you stay in touch....

you stay connected....

Harrington and Gottscho visited recently.

More on this story in a future post.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The epitome...

of a great family photo.  Stolen with pride from the FB feed of Chris Lotspeich.

Monday, September 7, 2015

It all counts...

Adam Feiges, currently of Iowa, wanted to remind us that peaks can be fun and more personal, especially with the family involved.

Not a peak but a workout nonetheless.
Horsethief Overlook, Fruita, Co.  Elevation unknown.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chris Lynch rises to the occasion...literally!

Here he is last week:

Grand Teton (13,770)
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

What do these summit pictures say about our class?  
Do we like to hike? Are we into the natural world?
Do we see success where others see obstacle?
Will we do anything to to compete and achieve?
Is real life kinda boring otherwise?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I can take it...

Jeff Spadafora and son were not to be left out of the competition brewing on this blog. Another Coloradan, Jeff took his son for a walk and a little fishing before taking him to college. 14ers are all the rage in CO (for some) and Jeff and Neal topped out at a respectable 14, 036!

(Cue Julie Andrews singing "Climb every mountain...") As we listen to Julie sing - I wanted to remind all of you that this blog is about us - and any contributions by you, no matter how small, contribute to this community of classmates.  That said, if sending great pics on peaks much higher than mine makes you active, then keep it coming...I can take it!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Piling On

Dexter Wood went with his son's Scout Troop on a little jaunt this summer too...

To Mount Baldy summit - 12,441'…."And we hiked almost 4,000 of it!"

Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico.

Anything you can do...

Kudos to Don Hindman - our class outdoor enthusiast.  After seeing the Knight pic at 12,002 feet, Don tossed me this charmer at 14,433!  That's how we do it in Colorado!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summer escapades?

Hiked* to 12,002 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park.  What have u been up to?

* the car got me to 11,900 btw...

Monday, August 24, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Nash on his recent marriage to Aimee Brown.  The locations was beautiful too - Rainbow Bridge at Donner Pass.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August is National Make A Will Month

Apologies if this topic is annoying or if its repetition as a post seems overkill.  I spoke with another peer without an estate plan yesterday...I'll move on to colonoscopy messaging soon...

Legal Zoom reminded me that August is National Make A Will Month.  Figuring they were selling me something I went to find info from a source designed for people my age...AARP.

So August is National Make-a-Will Month. Who knew?Last Will and Testament
Getting a will isn’t the most pleasant of tasks, and consequently, too few people do it. A recent survey of more than 2,000 people by the online legal service Rocket Lawyer found that 64 percent don’t have wills. The biggest reason cited by folks: They just never got around to it. Some said they didn’t want to think about death.
You might believe that only wealthier families need a will. You’d be wrong.
“Having a will is important for every family, regardless of how much money they have,” says Elisa Shevlin Rizzo, managing director and trust counsel at Fiduciary Trust Company International in New York, an investment management firm. “It provides some peace and certainty about how things will be handled after an individual has died.”
If you die without a will, the state could get involved in the costly job of trying to determine who in your family gets what. “It may not be what the individual intended and it becomes much more complicated,” Rizzo says.
It’s never too late to put your financial affairs in order. Here are a few tips to get you started, courtesy of Sally Hurme, a project adviser at AARP and author of The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs: A Guide to Family History, Financial Plans and Final Wishes:
  • Make an inventory of your assets (bank accounts, investments, properties, jewelry, art collections and other personal items).

  • Review whom you’ve named as beneficiaries of your life insurance, retirement funds or investment accounts. (An ex-spouse, for example, may inherit if these forms haven’t been updated.)

  • If you’ve already drafted a plan, look it over every few years to make sure the executors are still the people you trust and are up to the task.

Reach out to a lawyer in your state of domicile if you want to create a will.
Another link - with a Checklist:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The price you pay when the kids exceed expectations ....

Keep an eye on Encinitas Little League again this year folks!  Clearly Charlie Gagne has lost none of his youthful demeanor....Good luck coach!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Today is the day...

June 30 doesn't mean much to most, but to your favorite deserving nonprofit organizations, its typically the last day of the fiscal year.

Be counted this year by going online to the quick form for DA at:

Or postmark today (July 1 doesn't cut it usually) and mail to PO Box 306, Deerfield, MA 01342.

Our class participation is below 30%, so any little bit helps!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DEERFIELD magazine: Spring 2015

Another tremendous issue from DA.  Many retirements amongst the faculty (the shortest tenure of the group is 23 years) many of whom you will remember, TEDx and eradicating parasites in children are some of the additional topics discussed.  The Common Room (aka classnotes) is awesome, not just because the Class of 1983 crushes it once again with THREE full pages!  See why taking pictures is so important when you visit with classmates?

Read it online here:

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

East One Still Rules!

Co-proctors on Plunkett East One in the infamous year of 1982-83 were reunited in Denver this week.  Sony Entertainment executive, Andrew Stewart, was in town with his family briefly but he made time for lunch with old hallmate, JK.

Andy runs a group that specializes in films for the "horror" and "african-american" audiences and he admits that the slow death of the DVD is impacting the movie business and its ability to generate lasting revenue from a film.  Now it seems that blockbusters are the only option and that's tricky for his group...

Regardless, we traded chuckles about classmates we had seen lately and many we had not seen in far too long.  Does anybody know how to get Rob Gulick on the radar?

Always great to see an old friend, and former co-proctor.  Any other proctor pairs, or teammates or hallmates keeping in touch these days?  Send photos!