An email from Pete Putzel '64, Chris Getman '64, and Waldo Johnston '64 regarding the 50th Reunion of the Yale Class of 1964
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Our 50th Reunion: Program Events on Friday

April 29, 2014

Dear Yale 1964 Classmate:

The pictures above show our four prominent Friday afternoon speakers as we knew them fifty years ago. In our first program event, Bob Kaiser, former Managing Editor of the Washington Post, will moderate a panel consisting of two former United States Senators, Joe Lieberman and John Ashcroft. (As you know, John Ashcroft also served as Governor of Missouri and as Attorney General of the United States. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000, narrowly missed being elected to that office by a small but indeterminate number of hanging chads!) We have asked this distinguished panel to discuss the same questions as those addressed during our Thursday program — in simple terms, "How did we get into this mess? And where do we go from here?"

In our second Friday afternoon offering, our speaker will be our classmate Harvard Professor Stephen Greenblatt, author of the best sellers Will in the World and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. As you may know, Professor Greenblatt received both the 2011 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize following publication of The Swerve. He will discuss King Lear and old age in remarks entitled "Age is Unnecessary: Shakespeare and the End-of-Life Story." There can be no better introduction to this topic than his own observation (quoted in Wikipedia): "I am constantly struck by the strangeness of reading works that seem addressed, personally and intimately, to me, and yet were written by people who crumbled to dust long ago".

Following these remarks we will, appropriately, adjourn to Battell Chapel for our Memorial Service in honor of deceased classmates. A particular highlight of this service will be the choral contributions of classmates (and spouses) led by Al Rossiter. All those who would like to participate in this Reunion Chorus should let Al Rossiter know by emailing him at Please also plan to attend a brief rehearsal (at Battell Chapel) from 12:00-12:45pm on Friday.

After the full Friday program, we will then gather for pre-prandial cocktails, followed by our gala Class Dinner to be held at Commons with our honored guests, President Salovey and his wife Marta Moret.

As of this writing, 384 classmates have registered for the reunion. If you are not among this growing group, we hope that the Friday events described above will entice you to register here. You can register for the entire reunion or just for individual days or half days. You can view the full reunion program on our Class website.

We look forward to seeing you a month from today!

Sincerely yours,

Pete Putzel

Chris Getman

Waldo Johnston

Reunion Chairs