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Ben Olken in the Bicycle Exchange

Ben Olken in the Bicycle Exchange
Photo courtesy of Hugh Blackmer '65

Half-Marathon Before our 50th Reunion

Our classmate Jeff Race writes to point out the "Boston Run to Remember". It's a five-mile run or a half marathon, both on Sunday the 24th of May, the day that we check in for our reunion. Jeff will be running the half-marathon with his daughter Jasmine and one of her college classmates. If you are interested, you can find more information or register online at

You can contact Jeff at with any questions or to confirm your sign-up. The event has been oversubscribed in previous years so if you plan to join register now.

Free Book About 1964's US Eights Crew

Classmate Bobby Whitney has kindly offered to send a free copy of his book Rude at Rowing: 1964's US8S to any class member who requests one. The forthcoming book covers the first of many national champion crews coached by Harry Parker, who was Harvard's coach for 51 years. The book, which incorporates the the context of 1964, the greatest year for U. S. Rowing, also covers the experience of his first Harvard varsity crew during the trials for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

If you would like a copy of the book, please send an email with you name and address to The email must be in by 03/15/2015.

Class outing to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals 167

Gene Skowronski tells me that he still has a few tickets for the outing to the Hasty Pudding on Saturday, 2/28/2015 at 4:00 PM. You can find full details on the class Website, If you'd like to attend, contact Gene at or 203-734-3315. This theater/dinner event promises to be an enjoyable evening of theater and conversation and we hope you will be able to join us.

Display of Classmates' Work at our 50th

There will be an opportunity to display books and other creative works at our 50th reunion. Space will be limited so the display will probably be limited to one item per classmate!  Details will be coming soon. In the meantime you can be thinking about what you might like to display. Your Webmaster intends to include a photograph but we know that many, many of you have a whole variety of talents, so show us your ceramics, paintings, CDs, or work from your professional life.

Class Dinner Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:00 PM

Our annual classmates-only dinner will be held on April 15th. Full details including instructions for registration will be forthcoming shortly.

An Illustrated History of Harvard in the Twentieth Century

Harvard transformed itself during the twentieth century. In 1898 wealthy students still lived in the "Gold Coast", the houses had not yet been thought of, Helen Keller wouldn't enroll for some years, the Stadium had not been built, and the largest building on campus was Memorial Hall. Harvard Observed is a profusely-illustrated, well-considered account of what went on during those years.

John Finley as the judge in Toad of Toad Hall John H. Finley Jr. as the judge in Toad of Toad Hall

Of our own period of the early sixties Bethell writes: "Many who were there at the time would remember early 1960s Harvard as Eden---a truly collegial place where the life of the mind was valued and everything needful was at hand." My memory is also of a peaceful place. The Pogo riots of the fifties were over and the unrest inspired by the Vietnam war was yet to come.

This book is profusely illustrated and the photographs alone are worth the price. If you are interested in how the rather sleepy Harvard of 1898 became the powerhouse of 2000, this is a good place to start.

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