Peter Paine spent a day in Philadelphia in January with Marian and Arthur Imperatore, Michelle and Tom Dewey, Sloan and Elliott (Sparkman) Walker, and Karl Kusserow. “We had a nice brunch and then visited the Museum of the American Revolution,” notes Peter. “The museum was made all the more enjoyable by Karl’s deep expertise in American art. In a less erudite vein, Arthur has opened a new gym in Northern New Jersey called Iron Culture, dedicated to hardcore weight training.” Peter also alerted me to an opinion piece in The New York Times regarding Blueprint, a new book by Nicholas Christakis, husband of Erika Christakis, following their well-publicized confrontation by Yale students who objected to Erika’s response to the university’s guidelines for Halloween costumes. The author of the article wrote, “I asked [Nicholas] if its dedication (“The world is better the closer you are to Erika”) was especially important to him given what had happened at Yale. His eyes filled with tears. He said he was telling the world: ‘You guys have no idea who she is. You have no idea what an extraordinary person she is – just astonishing, full of grace and goodness.’” We know, Nick. We’ve always known.
Ed Marchese shares this update: “Currently still doing the art dealer/real estate thing in N.Y.C., but as I fell in love with Charleston, S.C., a few years back, I try to get down there as often as I can. Check it out if you can; beautiful and great food. Eat at Husk, if you go. The world’s best cornbread. Also writing on wine for a wine webzine, Grape Collective. I got to spend this past holiday season/New Year with my cousin, Pr. Marie of Romania, in Transylvania, at her eldest sister’s estate, Savarsin Castle. It is a beautiful country. I spent time with Kate Deane this past spring in Rochester, N.Y., and she is as awesome as ever. While many may dislike it, I am having fun keeping up with SPS friends on Facebook. Still hear frequently from Rhonda Roberts and Marnix Koumans as well. Heading to the Turquoise Coast this July, and staying at Oludeniz. If there are any Paulies in the area, let’s catch up.”
Allison Icy Frantz
Charles Jakosa shares: “I left my Syria-focused position in Turkey last winter, and I am now leading a USAID Access to Justice project in Bangladesh. All is good as this is a beyond-interesting place, and I feel like I am living in a Graham Greene novel as I commute to work in a rickshaw. If anyone makes it to Dhaka, let me know.”
An update from Eva Jenisch: “I am living in Basel, Switzerland, with my husband, Lionel, and sons Oscar (20) and Arthur (18). After more than 20 years in the life sciences industry, I am now working as an independent consultant, specializing in strategy and lean methodology. I also have become close friends with Elizabeth (Beth) Nolan ’84. We regularly meet with the Literary Ladies here in Basel to speak about interesting books. Most recently, we celebrated the XIX Society Seated Meal together.”
A note from Jack Corsello: “Recently met up with classmates Keith Pattison, Niki von der Schulenburg ’84, and Morris Barrett in Park City, Utah. Wonderful to catch up with these gents for a few days on the slopes.”
Cam Sanders writes: “Last year was a rough year, slogging it out with chemo and surgery to treat aggressive bladder cancer, but I had the extraordinary good fortune to enjoy the company of super-supporters dear Julie Won and Sandy Hurlimann Herz. They tag-teamed my post-surgery weeks with visits from afar to help out and bring good cheer, plus lots of support from many other extra-special SPS friends and family. It was a beautiful reminder of how valuable those SPS bonds are, from what seems like so long ago. All is well now for the time being, and I am recovering nicely eight months later. I’m back at work as an L.A. school-photographer-around-town, while still finding much joy in longtime church choir music-making, tap-dance class jumping-around, and even doing some theater stuff again. Good times.”
In March, Emily Hartshorne’s husband, Dobbs, played all six of J.S. Bach’s cello suites (on the double bass, no less) at Town Hall, and Richard Barth, Garry Channing, David Stubbs, Don Sung, Amanda Washburn, Rob Garrett, Holly Schade ’87, and I were there to see it. Afterwards: Irish bar, pints, adult language.
Aleen Keshishian visited SPS roommate Amy Sullivan in Salt Lake City during the Sundance Film Festival. They caught up over pasta and brownies (for old time’s sake).
Harold Bost sends this message: “Greetings from North Carolina. Life continues to be good for the Bost family in N.C. My youngest graduates from high school this year and our spring break travels took us out west, where I got to spend some time with Lent Howard in San Francisco.”
Laura Schleussner Forne checks in: “Still living in Berlin, Germany, and it is still a great place. In February, I had a Seated Meal dinner with two truly amazing women, Audrey Chen ’94 and Anne Koch ’99. We have a little guest apartment in our house, and we love having visitors. Anyone else turning 50 this year? OMG, how did that happen?”
Jocelyn (Jolly) Stamat and Terry Rossio welcomed Elowyn Guinevere St. Rossio on August 1, 2018. Big brothers Julian (4) and Paul (4) are delighted to have a baby sister.
Laura Lepler Munro