YAM Notes: November/December 2013

By Rich Banbury

The team of Harry Mazadoorian and Al Puryear are planning the 55th Reunion. So start thinking about your trip to New Haven in late May or early June of 2015. Harry has undertaken the job of defining and casting panel presentations, and would very much appreciate your ideas and suggestions concerning the Reunion itself, and specifically the classmate panels. You can reach Harry at hmazadoorian@comcast.net and Al at anpuryear@aol.com.

The underwriting of state and municipal bonds, and restructuring public debt, is appropriately considered a challenging and complex niche within the legal profession. Among the top rank of attorneys in that high-end practice is Dick Sigal, who has recently joined the international firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge. In addition to representing clients in the area of public financing, Dick has also been instrumental in drafting legislation in this field for several states, including New York and Connecticut. A resident of Manhattan, Dick will be working out of McKenna’s Park Avenue office. With a history of respectable runs in the New York Marathon, perhaps our former halfback will have further opportunities to finish that grueling hike from Staten Island, across the Verrazano Bridge and finally concluding in Central Park outside the Tavern on the Green. The by-products include dehydration, rubber legs and a well-deserved sense of mastery.

John Vrolyk, a Yale graduate who was a John Heinz scholar, has been accepted into Officer Candidate School and is on track to become a Marine Officer. In a communication to Rob Hanke, John expressed his appreciation for having the opportunity to experience a Heinz fellowship and Rob’s advice and encouragement since that time.

The Yale experience comes back in many ways, through memories, collected memorabilia, local Yale clubs, and of course Reunions. For some of us, the undergraduate voyage reverberates in our dreams. The most common of these nocturnal adventures is the late semester panic dream. The essence of the dilemma is that a term paper or final exam is on the near horizon for a course in which you haven’t attended classes or done the reading. The power of this recurring dream is not necessarily reflective of any actual academic crisis but merely the lingering fear of such a possibility. Let me know if you have experienced this syndrome. It seems that all of our dreams are narrated in the first person singular. Have you recalled dreams where the protagonist is other than yourself? Somewhat related, there are conflicting theories as to whether or not, within a dream, we can read a book. Although perhaps stop signs and other bold messages may appear, it seems that dreaming does not accommodate the wakeful everyday experience of reading. If you have theories or experiences relating to the odd and poorly understood world of dreams which you would like to share with classmates, I will be happy to pass them along. I think of dreaming as a foggy and at times incoherent theatre which engages our brain while the rest of us sleeps.