New!! New!! New!!
May 2018 Newsletter! Click here.
July 13-14, 2018: The Prouty, a fabulous Upper Valley event that raises funds to support the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and one of our class projects. We're trying to encourage all those computer-literate undergrads into the great outdoors to participate and volunteer. '77's are encouraged to participate! Sign up now for the ride, row, round or walk of your life in the beautiful Hanover area! Click here to register. Be sure to sign up for the Dartmouth Class of 1977 team.
Boston-area mini-reunion, Sept. 8, 2018 “Puppies and Beer” woof! woof!
Classmates and their guests in the Boston/New England area are invited to a mini-reunion/service project on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 2-5pm. Meet at the Ipswich Service Dog Project, 37 Boxford Rd., Ipswich, MA, where Great Dane puppies are raised for service to people with medical needs. We may tour the farm, play with puppies, perform yard work or light construction projects. Then we will enjoy some great craft beer, a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, and delicious food truck offerings at Gary and Jill Rogers’ new craft brewery, True North Ale Company, 116 County Rd. in Ipswich. Children are welcome at both venues, so grab the grandkids for a fun day on the North Shore. Cost for the event will be the beverages, food, and optional donation to the Service Dog Project.
Please note that Hoss's Belgian-Style Pale Ale which debuted at our 40th Reunion, just won a gold medal at the world beer conference in Nashville!
Please contact Ellen Sen if you plan to attend. Ellen_sen@yahoo.com
- Dinner at Carol Mueller and Al Henning's May 4, 2018, Palo Alto, CA
5-18-2018 And the results just in from Carol (photos coming soon...):
Here are photos from our '77 supper in Palo Alto tonight... featuring 11 '77s, 2 '74s and some additional spouses:
Mary McDougal, Kathy Chick, and Don McDougal, looking at the Freshman Book Kathy brought
Edy Ullman and Bruce Gorden
(credit: Bruce Gorden): The Dartmouth crew attending: Guy Matthews, Carol Muller, Rick Woolworth '74, Edy Ullman, Al Henning, Marian Doorley, Mary McDougal, Peter Mills, Jill Shaw Woolworth, Kip Sides, Kathy Chick, and John Storella (Frank Doorley '74 was also there, but somehow skipped out on this photo)
(credit: Don McDougall); Bruce Gorden, Edy Ullman '77, Guy Matthews '77, Emily (Guy's wife, not sure of last name, but Guy is copied and perhaps can confirm!), Rick Woolworth '74, Marian Doorley '77, Al Henning '77, Carol Muller '77, Peter Mills '77, Mary Mills, Jill Shaw Woolworth '77, Kathy Chick '77, Kip Sides '77, Frank Doorley '74, Mary McDougall '77, John Storella '77
Edy and Bruce came from Sebastopol (90 miles);
Kathy Chick had not been to a Dartmouth event since our graduation in 1977 'til coming to this one!
People brought fabulous food and drink -- Kathy's homemade brownies, Marian's homemade cookies (3 kinds) [but of course dessert comes first!], Kip's marinated salmon, Jill's elegant nuts/crackers/cheese platter, Peter's homemade bread, Edy and Bruce's "home-squozen" apple cider, Emily's amazing focaccia, various salads, wine, and sparkling water.... everyone pitched in, so of course we had food for twice our number -- hope to snare a few more next time...
Nothing like discovering a classmate you haven't seen in 41 years who lives in your own small city (Palo Alto)... (Guy Matthews and I TA'd for Phil 10 at the same time many years ago)
- Bird and Brew! organized by Dave Cutler Saturday, May 5, 2018, 3-6 PM, Santa Monica Brew Works, 1920 Colorado Blvd, Santa Monica, CA RSVP to Dave at 310-650-5548 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reconnect with classmates, try out a Bird (or bike if you like) and sample some beer and nibbles at the Westside's only tasting brewery.
Bring a Bird or a Bike.
The Bird is a motorized scooter obtained by locating them on The Bird app (they are lying all around Santa Monica), uploading your credit card and driver’s license info, and then standing on it and taking off. (It costs $1 per ride, plus 15¢ per minute, so a one hour ride costs about $10).
5-17-18 And the results just in from Dave:
“Bird and Brew” mini reunion went great. Took the “mini”concept to the ultimate with just myself and Greg Mefferd. Also joined by my close friends Larry and Julie Blivas alums of San Diego State University.
Thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Greg better as we rode the bike paths of Santa Monica and sampled the craft beers at Santa Monics Brew Works. Discovered we had much in common: speaking French, Rassias idolization, sailing enthusiasts, and married psychotherapists.
We all agreed it was an awesome event. In the words of our late classmate Rick Angulo, we declared it a “tradition,” and look forward to doing it again. Next time we hope to have more classmates.
The 77th Day of the Year has come and gone!
Go to the Class Facebook page (Dartmouth Class of 1977) to check out the news and photos. Feel free to upload a photo— it’s never too late. It could be the 177th or 277th day of the year or even 7/7. We want to hear from you!
Classmates in the News:
Check out Bernie Lambek's debut legal mystery,"Uncivil Liberties," at https://dartmouthalumnimagazine.com/articles/alumni-books-27 .
Be sure to attend Gary and Jill Rogers' Boston-area mini-reunion, "Puppies and Beer." (Details above) Hoss just won a gold medal at the world beer conference in Nashville for his Belgian-Style Pale Ale, which you may have tried in its debut at our 40th Reunion beer tasting.
Reunion 2017 web page has Reunion Video and Photos!!!
Can you see the link page in the mast head? It's in the green bar at the top of the page.
Click on it and go to Reunion Video and Photos to relive the excitement!
The '77 Aegis is now on-line!
To steal a line from Steve Martin in "The Jerk", "You're somebody!"
Just click the 77 Info link above and start browsing...
'77's in the Alumni Mag
Phil Hanlon's column
Maxwell L. Anderson's new book mentioned
The Freshman Book is now on-line!
You asked for it. You got it! The Freshman Book is now on-line!
To steal a line from Steve Martin in "The Jerk", "You're somebody!"
Just click the 77 Info link above and start browsing...
Take a Virtual Tour of Dartmouth!
WOW! Check this out! It is a virtual tour of the College --- all of it! Meant for candidates for admission, you will find it an outstanding vehicle for you to better understand what the College has to offer today. You will walk the campus, enter buildings, see classrooms and locker rooms. Haven't been back tocampus in a few years? You can go back now! Just click one of the links below to take a tour of the campus or to better understand Dartmouth athletics on a sport by sport basis.
Take a Virtual tour of the College
Take a Virtual tour of Dartmouth Athletics
A Public Service Announcement
Be the face of Dartmouth in your home town! As Dartmouth's popularity continues to grow, including a record-setting number of early decision applicants, Admissions needs your help more than ever to interview the Class of 2020 and give them a personal experience with the application process. Please sign up to become an Admissions Ambassador and interview, recruit and yield prospective students. To learn more or to register now, please visit https://www.dartmouth.edu/~interviewers/. Questions can be directed to Theodosia Cook, the coordinator of the admissions ambassador program, at Theodosia.S.Cook@dartmouth.edu.
It Ain’t Over Till its Over…the ’77 Poetry Throwdown is Still On!!!
Jackson Hole is in the rear view and our Reunion is over, but our 65th birthday is yet to come. Get creative!
Click here to read the poems already submitted.
My Fellow albeit predominantly Fallow 77 Poets, We hope you enjoy these several brilliant works by your more timely classmates. For the 95% of you who conveniently “forgot” to fulfill your mission, fixate a moment on that frightening feeling of FOMO fomenting in the pit of your psyche, and channel it into your own poem! We will keep the floodgates open, spanning our 60th year, right up through our 40th reunion in 2017, all the way up to our 65th birthday. Yep, that gives you up to 36 more months to procrastinate and then produce in a frenzy…or you could cough up a poem earlier, and bask with your fellow poets in glory and relaxation, footloose and fancy free of the anxiety of creation.
Please send any offering along with suitable bribes, to your Great Class of ’77 Official Poet Laureate, AP Duffy email@example.com, and your poem will be admired, awarded and eventually posted on the class website, along with all MacArthur Award-inspiring creations of your fellow classmate-poets. Don’t punt on this assignment…it is one noxious monkey you will not regret displacing from your back!!
Yours in iambic pentameter foreva, APD ‘77
Alumni Ski Club Patches
Ski season has arrived and Bruce Sherman `53 has kindly offered to mail a Dartmouth Alumni Ski Club patch to anyone who would like one. The patch is intended to be worn on ski clothing so that alumni will recognize fellow alumni on ski slopes around the world (and at the Jackson Hole Resort, of course!). If you would like a patch, simply email Bruce at Ski.Patch@Dartmouth.edu and provide your home mailing address.
June 15-18, 2017: Our 40th Reunion, clustered with the classes of '76 and '78. Hope you were there! Check out videos and photos. Click on Reunion 2017 above.
July 8-9, 2017: The Prouty, a fabulous Upper Valley event that raises funds to support the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The '77 team was recruiting participants. Get ready for next year! July 13-14, 2018
60th BIRTHDAY BASH in JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING,
AUGUST 20-23, 2015!!
Click here to see Who came. (70 classmates and guests! If you missed the bucking broncos, majestic Tetons and poetry performances, don't make the same mistake twice! We'll see you at the next DAR7MOU7H mini-reunion. )
See photos by clicking here! Many more can be found at the ' '77 Facebook Group .
President Hanlon's Address to the Class of ’77
at the Birthday Bash – August 22 2015
In thinking about what to say today, I came to realize that we should all know more about the number 77. So I found out what I could learn about 77 from the numerology sections of various astrology and mysticism websites. (Let me tell you there is some amazing [xxxx] on those sites!)
I learned that 77 is one of a few “Master Numbers”, which means that 77’s operate a higher spiritual plane. I discovered that 77’s exhibit all the vibrations and energies of 7’s, but doubled and amplified.
Seventy-sevens have exceptional inner strength and tenacity, which also makes them highly charged people that can be, at times, difficult to deal with.
Financially, 77’s are a hit with big paychecks … unless the number 9 lies in their life path or birth date, in which case I guess they are totally screwed.
But over and over, what I saw on these websites is that 77’s have an adventurous spirit. And I believe that to be true based on the way we have all embraced this fantastic Jackson Hole setting. I credit the organizing committee for recognizing that essential part of the 77’s spirit and ask that we all thank them once again, including especially Nancy Vespoli, for their efforts in together such an amazing weekend.
I’m certain that you all remember that John Kemeny was President during our years on campus. And some of you may remember that President Kemeny spoke to us at Convocation that fall. But how many of you remember what Kemeny said to us that day? Let me remind you.
It was September of 1973 – we convened for the Convocation ceremony in Webster Hall (now the Rauner Library). In his remarks that day, President Kemeny told us about a science fiction story he had just read in which, at some future time, medicine had advanced so far that every body part was replaced as it wore out. Some of you, maybe, can relate. And just to be clear, this was not just knees and hips, it was every body part (brains, toes, …).
Kemeny went on to explain that the point of the book was to answer the question “What remains of a person after their physical body has been completely replaced? What is a person’s essence?”
Kemeny then made a pivot to the College. Students, he noted, are replaced every 4 years. Faculty, staff, alumni, buildings can last a bit longer. But given that Dartmouth was, at that time, over 200 years old, even the most persistent faculty, alumni and buildings had been refreshed.
And so, Kemeny mused, what remains of the original College? What is the soul of Dartmouth – those elements that have remained constant throughout the first two centuries of the institution’s life? On that September day in 1973, he ventured that there were two:
- First, the place. The Hanover setting, nestled deep in the North Woods. And he quoted President Martin Hopkins who said “Any man who ... never experiences the repose to be found on lakes and river, has not stood enthralled upon the top of Moosilauke … has not thrilled at the whiteness of the snow-clad countryside in winter or at the flaming forest colors of the fall – I would insist that this man has not reached … some of the most worth-while educational values accessible to him at Dartmouth.”
- Second, the close relationship between faculty and students based, at its core, on genuine intellectual exchange. In speaking to us that afternoon, President Kemeny said “I would insist that the man or woman who spends four years at Dartmouth, who attends classes but does not experience the thrill of great ideas expounded by great teachers, who is not enthralled by the beauty that man has created, who has not engaged in debate on the great issues facing mankind, who has not been awed by coming up against the frontiers of human knowledge – I would insist that this man or woman has missed the best that Dartmouth can offer!”
In President Kemeny’s telling, some 42 years ago, place and fellowship constitute the heart of Dartmouth – the enduring core of our beloved institution.
This is an important question, because make no mistake, Dartmouth does renew. As we begin our 246th year, Dartmouth is on the move - as vital and forward-looking as it was at its founding. We have launched exciting new academic initiatives that will advance our education and research as interconnected entities. We are recruiting great faculty minds, planning new buildings …
And in about three weeks, I will welcome a fresh new class of first-year students to campus, just as John Kemeny welcomed us in Webster Hall all those years ago. The Class of 2019 will enjoy a Dartmouth education deeply rooted in the liberal arts, but delivered in ways that are quite different from what we experienced, infused with technology and experiential learning and the chance to work with faculty who are focused on today’s great challenges and opportunities.
But despite all this change, when all is said and done Kemeny had it right. What will draw the class of 2019 together in Jackson Hole in August of 2057 are the timeless elements of Dartmouth that draw us here this weekend – memories of great Dartmouth faculty who ignited our imaginations … and the magic of the place - early morning treks across the misty Green, the quiet of the Connecticut River. These are the heart and soul of Dartmouth, the foundation of the kinship that we celebrate this weekend.
Happy birthday, Class of 1977!
Our intrepid Class President Nancy Vespoli checking out event venues with a local expert (that’s a moose!) for our 60th Birthday in the Tetons bash!