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YAM Notes: November/December 2022

By Gregory A. Weiss

Our ‘66 Live Discussions on Zoom continue to shoot the lights out! Thanks again to Michael Dalby and Jesse Lovejoy for all their time and effort in making them happen. The September session featured Yale professor Penny Goldberg, former Chief Economist of the World Bank. In October Classmate Chris Quigg, one of the world’s top particle physicists, brought us up to date on some of the mysteries of the universe. Rick Levin, former Yale President, discussed his thoughts on higher education on November 1. All three were fascinating. If you missed any one of them you can find a high quality video recording on the Class website, Yale66.org. Please contact me at gweiss@stblaw.com if you are not receiving notices of these sessions. The next round will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

Thanks to Ben Liptzin. who has enthusiastically accepted appointment for a second term as our Class YAA representative. We look forward to Ben’s report on the annual Yale alumni conclave in November.

Fingers crossed, it is looking like our Class Winterfest will actually happen in 2023. After two years of Covid-related postponements, organizer Ned Snyder is seeing all sorts of enthusiasm for the February 27 – March 3 event to be held in Crested Butte, Colorado. It’s not too late to sign up. Skiing is not required! Contact Ned with any questions (nedsnyderiii@aol.com).

With sadness we note the passing of Randy Fleming. After Yale, Randy joined the Navy and became a platoon commander in the Navy Seals, and then went to Harvard Business School. He and his wife Bonnie had six children and lived in Central and South America, Africa, and, finally, the Philippines, while Randy pursued a career in agribusiness and international development.

Another sad note: Chris Ogden died August 27 in Honolulu, resulting from a fall near his home in Kaui. Chris was an international correspondent, first for UPI in London and the USSR, followed by a decades-long career with TIME Magazine where he was the chief diplomatic correspondent and columnist and bureau chief in Chicago and London. He was the author of biographies of Margaret Thatcher and Walter Annenberg as well as the best-selling biography of Pamela Harriman, Life of the Party.