YAM Notes: September/October 2018

By Rich Banbury

A substantial regiment of 31 classmates invaded the Windy City on May 15. A friendly invasion. One of the Chicago defenders was leading with a bunch of Cubs. At the first dinner, Theo Epstein and our classmate Leslie Epstein were duo presenters on the world of baseball, with a discussion after dinner. Les describes it as vaudeville in Chicago. Theo was general manager of the Boston Red Sox when the team won the World Series in 2004, the first time for the Red Sox since 1918. The St. Louis Cardinals were the opponent. Theo then moved to the National League and led the Chicago Cubs to win the 2016 World Series, the Cubs’ first championship win since 1908. Les teaches creative writing for Boston University, and has enjoyed his own exceptional success in writing fiction.

The Chicago excursion offered lots more for our guys through May 18, including a cruise on the Chicago River, the city’s extraordinary architecture, and a visit to Millennium Park and its dynamic sculptures. This wonderful reunion was arranged by Jim Taylor.

Having noticed the library for class authors in the May issue of these notes, Howie Richards has contributed to the list with his new Following Foucault: The Trail of the Fox, a substantial treatise exploring Michel Foucault, a famous French philosopher. Howie’s career motto is “once a philosopher, always a philosopher.” Howie and Caroline now reside in Limache, Chile, from where Howie lectures at the University of South Africa. The Trail of the Fox can be accessed through Kindle e-book.

Another addition to the 1960 authors’ library is Change in Psychotherapy: A Unifying Paradigm (2010), which examines developmental researchers and psychoanalysts to investigate how change occurs with psychodynamic therapies. It is published by the Boston Change Process Study Group, of which Jeremy Nahum is a member. The group publishes papers, gives workshops, and conducts symposia. Jeremy has 53 years of experience in the fields of both neurology and psychology, and practices therapy and psychoanalysis in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also is affiliated with the attachment research lab at the Cambridge Hospital and teaches at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society Institute.

Jeremy Nahum and Katherine have spent time with Sue and Neil Glazer, who has retired from his law practice. Sue and Jeremy are first cousins. They also sometimes see Dan Horowitz and Helen in the Cambridge area, when Dan isn’t teaching exceptional scholars in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dan’s latest book is titled Happier? The History of a Cultural Movement That Aspired to Transform America (Oxford University Press, available through Amazon or Kindle), which explores the development of positive psychology. Dan has recently seen Ted Stebbins, who was a professor for Katherine Nahum when she was studying for her PhD in art history many years ago.

Our Whiffs gathered earlier in the year in Richmond, Virginia, with performances at the country club and other venues, as reported by Stew Cole. Other classmates singing were Dave Elliot, Bill Finn, Norm Klopp, Rob Northrup, Hawley Rogers, Barney Stewart, Bill Weber, and Peter Wells, along with Peter Sipple ’62, who nicely pitched in.

Don’t forget our class website, yale60.org.