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YAM Notes: January/February 2021

By Gregory A. Weiss

Yes, there will be a 55th reunion! Everything being fluid in this Covid world, we’re not sure exactly when it will be (sometime next June) or whether it will be in person or virtual, but make sure you put it in your mental calendar. We will keep you posted as details develop. As much as we would all love to have a traditional reunion in New Haven, there would be some real benefits to holding it virtually: it would be much less expensive for everyone, and lots of people who might be unable to make it to NH would be able to attend. No matter what, it will be a traditional ’66 not-to-missed grand show!

More power to Classmates who are still writing books. From Jon Lieff: “Harvard Business Review, Publisher’s weekly, and others have favorably reviewed my recently published book, The Secret Language of Cells.” It sounds fascinating: “while cells are commonly considered the building block of living things, it is actually the communication between cells that brings us to life, controlling our bodies and brains, determining whether we are healthy or sick, and directly influencing how we think, feel, and behave. In The Secret Language of Cells, doctor and neuroscientist Jon Lieff lets us listen in on these conversations, and reveals their significance for everything from mental health to cancer. He explains the surprising science of how very different cells all speak the same language.”

Speaking of fascinating, consider the following from Tad Tuleja: “I’ve just published a new book, Different Drummers: Military Culture and Its Discontents (Utah State UP, 2020).The twelve essays, by scholars from a variety of disciplines, explore disjunctions between unit cohesion and individual pushback, showing how members of the armed forces sometimes express conflicted attitudes about their service as they strive to reconcile personal inclinations with the imperatives of a “total institution.” Interested classmates can find the book, and my introduction, “The Myth of the Robot Soldier,” on my Amazon web page.”

Some sad news. Bob Bartlett passed away in his home of a sudden cardiac arrest on August 3rd. Son of a NYC policeman, Bob was a standout athlete, playing both baseball and football for the Bulldogs. He was the first baseman and captain of our ‘66 baseball team. After receiving a JD degree from George Washington in 1969, he served four years on active duty in the Army JAG Corps. In 1973, Bob moved with his wife, Kerry, to Atlanta, where he maintained an active practice of corporate law with several prominent firms right up until his passing. But baseball was always his passion. Playing for years in the senior leagues, he threw at age 73 the last of several career no-hitters.