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YAM Notes: September/October 2019

By Gregory A. Weiss

An update on Ted Shen’s latest musical, which will be co-produced by Transport Group and The Public Theater this fall, and for which he wrote the music and some of the lyrics.  The production is still scheduled for a four-week run at The Duke Theater in NYC, Oct. 25-Nov. 23, but its title has been changed to Broadbend, Arkansas.  The story takes place in Arkansas and explores the effects of a 1961 racially-profiled police killing on an African-American family.

We are in the early stages of planning a Class event in connection with one of the performances of Ted’s musical. The target is the 3 PM matinee on Sunday, November 17 (the day after the football game with Princeton) so save that date! More details will follow.

Day Patterson has let us know about the passing of Ross Sherman, Jr. on April 13. Ross received an MBA from the Wharton Business School in 1970. Drafted into the Army during graduate school, he served in Vietnam, earning several medals and awards. Returning from service, Ross earned his CPA in 1972 and spent the bulk of his career at Sunoco, Inc., retiring in 2006 after 33 years of service as General Auditor and Secretary to the Audit Committee.

Day, who was for many years a regular member of the Winterfest crowd, further reports that “My wife has prevailed upon me to put the boards away. She’s persuaded me that I no longer bounce as lightly as I once did!” Despite missing Day (and we are still working on getting him to come, like several others, in a non-downhill-skiing capacity) our Winterfest group continues to grow.  Think seriously about reuning with at least 30 Classmates, wives and friends in beautiful Vail, CO for four days in late January 2020. Any questions should be directed to Tim Roble’s wife Beverly (our leader) at beverly@mbr1.com.

Lee Hassig, continuing to develop the skills he used during his days at the Yale Daily News, is proud to announce a June/July solo exhibit of some of his photographs at the Art League of Alexandria, VA. “I’ve been juried into many group shows in the past ten years or so, but this is the first time that any of my photographs have had their own exhibition space. Late bloomer, what?”

In other news, he and his wife Gerry are “in fine shape” and, as of this writing in early July, are about to become first-time grandparents and to move to a new house in Richmond.

Howie Mallory is spending a lot of time in France. “I arrived here at the end of May after 10 days of sailing and skiing off the west coast of Svalbard, Norway. Arctic spring skiing at its best. Back in Aspen in early August.”

We lost another good one when Tony Fitzgerald died on June 4 from brain cancer. Tony, a graduate of Columbia Law School, was a prominent Connecticut trial attorney who practiced law in that state for almost 50 years until he retired in 2018. Elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers, Tony’s civil litigation practice concentrated on business disputes and the representation of lawyers and law firms. At 6‘8“ “Fitz“, with his trademark bow tie and courtly manner, cut a distinctive figure in the courtroom with a dominant presence. He was a gifted raconteur known for his quick wit and sense of humor. Among his survivors is his wife of 50 years, Anne.