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YAM Notes: May/June 2017

By Gregory A. Weiss

If you loved—or missed—Naked Lunch: The Musical at the 50th, you have another chance to see it. Thanks to the efforts of Bill Hannay, Damon Baker, and Jim Munson, the show will be presented in Chicago on June 1–3. Discussions are under way to feature it in a Class of 1966 theater/dinner event. Tickets to the show are available through Brownpapertickets.com, and more information can be found through nakedlunchthemusical@aol.com.

Speaking of class events, the 19th annual class Winterfest was a smash hit! Organized by John and Maggie Valiante, it was held January 25–29 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Over 35 classmates, spouses, and other friends attended. In addition to tackling JH’s challenging (to say the least) slopes, the group enjoyed a wonderful dinner hosted by John and Maggie at their home and two other dinners in local restaurants, all of which featured our special 1966 wines produced by skiers Josh Jensen and Ted Elliott. The non-skiers in the group were able to take some fascinating tours featuring the local wildlife. Next year’s Winterfest is scheduled for January 24–28, 2018, in Beaver Creek, Colorado, to be hosted by Tim and Cindy Wollaeger and yours truly, Greg Weiss. Don’t miss it!

One other class event that you should not have missed—but which will have taken place prior to publication of this issue—is the annual class dinner in NYC. Organizers Fred Berg and Tom Opladen have planned “an evening of wine, dinner, and fun” for April 24 at the Yale Club of New York City. A recap will follow in the next issue.

One additional upcoming event: Ben and Sharon Liptzin will be hosting a Yale ’66 brunch at their home near Tanglewood prior to the 2:30 p.m. concert on Sunday July 16. Anne-Sophie Mutter will be playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and the BSO is playing Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique. If you are interested, please contact Ben at bliptzin@aol.com.

I am sorry to say that my Outlook and iPhone have been letting me down. When I sat down (in late March) to write these notes, I was shocked to find that my “class notes” folder was empty. I am afraid that there are some e-mails sent to me by classmates over the past three or four months which have been lost. Any of you who sent me class notes information during that period, please resend it. Meanwhile, I will try to solve my folder problem.