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Memories and Observations

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Can we move our country to a better place?

I have been meaning to write this for some time. I read with interest the post about the class of 1968, and how their reunion seemed to be backwardly focused, with a major reunion event being a panel with George Bush.All eyes need to be forward l...

Hiking the Dolomites in 2018

Using the listserv, Wayne Willis has directed us to this page, which I had not really visited before. Since the listserve reaches only 120 whereas this post will reach 730 of my classmates, I thought I would try posting something that may be of inter...

Captain Grace Hopper's Lessons

[caption id="attachment_16870" align="alignright" width="432"] Captain Grace Hopper, U.S. Naval Reserve, computer pioneer.[/caption]When Yale decided to rename one of its residential colleges, my college, from Calhoun to Grace Hopper, I was annoy...

I'm Seeking Names Of Some Draft Resisters

Classmates, do any of you remember or have information about a small anti-draft demonstration on Beinecke Plaza one wintry morning in early 1968, our junior year? Three seniors handed their draft cards to Bill Coffin in an act of civil-disobedience, ...

A Misbegotten Candidacy for the Yale Corporation

This time, character matters as much as ideology.I'm very sorry to have to open up a controversy on our class website, but some classmates’ obviously well-intentioned support for Jamie Kirchick's write-in candidacy to become a trustee of Yale deser...

Woodward Report at 50: Free Speech At Yale

Like many alums, I was mortified by the 2015 screamfest involving Nicholas Christakis, a respected professor at Yale, as memorialized on YouTube.  Professor Christakis was forced to defend the public expression of an opinion by his spouse, herse...

1947: Where Now Begins

For most of us 1947 is a very important year.  After all we were born during those 12 months.  (For those of you born a year or two before or after, this is still relevant.)  The approximately 70 years of life we are currently reflecting on starte...

Review: Adam Van Doren’s The Stones of Yale

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A Memory of William Sloan Coffin

Note From ClassBook Editor Carney Mimms:  My good friend, Nick Levitin, wrote this lovely tribute about Reverend Coffin.  It doesn’t really fit in the ClassBook, but it’s so heartfelt that I wanted to share it.A Memory of William Sloan Coff...

Brewster And Coffin

About The Author:Andrew Popper (ES ‘69) "recovering photojournalist/photo editor" (US News & World Report, Business Week)In going through my photo archive for the ClassBook entry, I came across these two pictures, which I took while an undergra...
 

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[1] The inaugural post in this section — Jim Sleeper’s profile of Tom Wolfe (Yale Ph.D, American Studies, ’57) — falls in that latter category; it’s not exactly connected to our Yale, although many of us loved many of Wolfe’s books.