Owen Curtis in this week's Princeton Alumni Weekly
Classmate Owen Curtis tells everyone what it was really like to be a member of the great Class of '72 here. Make sure you have speakers on or headphones ready to go when you use the link.
Celebrate the Women of '72
The pioneering women of our class, who helped bring coeducation to Princeton, are now featured in a new Women of '72
section of our website inspired by events at our 45th Reunion. Women's pages editor Daryl English notes this section is a work in progress. An announcement will be mailed in November to all 63 women classmates inviting them to visit the new pages and contribute their personal stories and remembrances.
Our 45th Reunion - June 1-4 2017
Total registrations: Classmates 211, Total 405
The Class of 72's 45th Reunion is over. Congrats to all who participated. Special thanks to Reunion Chairs, Robby and Fritz.
A sneak peek. What happens when 67 year olds don't act their age. Read about the Class of '72 45th Reunion Crew Classic here.
And waves of enthusiastic applause and cheers for the Women of '72 here. An excerpt from a essay by Chris Loomis describing their march:
You see, prior to when we entered, there were no women at Princeton. Carrying a banner identified us as the first of group of women who led the way for those who followed us. The overwhelming cheers were deafening and emotional. The women along the parade route realized that we had blazed a trail and that they had benefited from our trials and tribulations. It wasn’t until we heard the thunderous exuberance that I realized the impact we had made. There was an incredible connection which had been created and it brought many of us to tears. We then realized how important our leadership had been in paving the way for those women who followed in our footsteps.
Read the entire posting here.
The 45th Reunion Schedule and key contacts is list available here. A full schedule of open events appears here.
A list of attendees is here. Photos of our Reunion are here.
Reunion Recovering 72ers - The 45th Reunion is in the history books now, and by all reports a good time was had by all. We thank everyone who took the time to travel to the campus to see all the changes and also to catch up with old friends. We haven't got the final totals, but our best guess is that roughly 225-235 Classmates showed up at some point during the weekend, with a total attendance of 425-450. For those who missed it, we will see you at the 50th!!! (or the 46th, 47th, 48th, or 49th). Reunions are becoming a life force of their own- 27,000 people were back on campus this year according to early reports.
Reunion Followup - For those of you who are awaiting to receive the belts or shirts with the correct sizes because we ran out, we will get them out to you as soon as we get a final accounting. We need to be sure we can pay for them. If anyone else would like to buy another belt or shirt, please let me know. I will be ordering them in the next few weeks. Shirts are $35 (that includes shipping) and belts are $40 with shipping. For those who didn't attend, the belts had nine of Ed Strauss's tiger logos from some of our class trips. They were the envy of other reuning classes. If you order anything, please send the check in the appropriate amount made out to the Class of 1972 and mail it to Fritz Cammerzell 32 Chambers Street Princeton NJ 08542. As an aside, the belts run small and only come in even sizes. A good rule of thumb is to order a belt 1-2 inches bigger than your waist size.
Class Trips - as always, there was a lot of buzz about upcoming Class trips around the Reunion site. Our next trip is with Princeton Journeys on the Columbia River recreating the last section of Lewis and Clark's journey to the Pacific Sept 30- Oct 7. It is filled. Our first trip in 2018 will be the long awaited trip to Prague and the Czech Republic with Classmate Helena Novakova May 2-14. The details are on the web site. There will be a formal sign up for the trip as soon as Helena determines how many people can be comfortably accommodated. I know that many people have indicated interest to her, but there will be a formal process as there is on every trip. As soon as we know the capacity, I will send out an email to the class to which anyone interested can respond . If and when we are oversubscribed, we will have the customary wait list which historically we have always gone to. My hope is that we will be able to accommodate everyone who signs up.
Our second trip in 2018 will be to New Orleans Nov 7-Nov 11. I am working on the details, but there will not be an official notice sent out until later this year or early 2018. For now, just put the dates on your calendar. We are working on ideas for 2019, and will keep everyone posted as they take form.
Annual Giving - the campaign ends June 30, so please get your donation in if you haven’t already done so. Tom Hoster and his team will be going to the mattresses to make the final push with phone calls and emails, and you can make their time much more productive if you give now and get your name off the list. This is a Major Reunion year for us, so the stakes are higher. Let’s keep '72's stellar AG record intact!!
Final Thoughts -
I hope everyone has a relaxing summer. Bob Wright will be handing over the Presidential reins to Skip Rankin on June 30, and we all owe Bob a big debt of thanks for a job well done over the past 5 years. We have built on past legacies, and created new ones, such as the Community Service Initiative. He leaves the Class in great shape as we move toward our 50th.
Our first on campus Class event in the fall will be the Yale football game, Saturday November 11. Alumni Day will be February 24, 2018 (not official but most likely date), and Reunions are May 31-June 3 2018. Come back to all of them if you can!!
A locomotive for the Great Class of 1972!!!
Prague Trip May 2-14, 2018
Note from Helena Novakova:
I am sending this message to all who signed up for the Cz trip that last night in Charleston. The bus will hold no more than 35-36 people plus baggage so if everyone who signed up originally goes we are already a bit over the capacity and I need to look for alternatives.
As suggested by Robbie the date is set for spring, May 2-14, 2018.
I am now working on the overall cost and should be able to give you that soon; I will need to start making reservations as the May season is quite popular.
Cheers to you all and will see you at the Reunions.
A description of the trip is here.
Columbia and Snake River Class Trip - 9/30-10/7 2017
In our continuing efforts to provide our Class with unique travel experiences, we have partnered with the great Class of 1976 to secure all the cabins on the 44-cabin S.S. Legacy for a trip down the Columbia and Snake Rivers. What a great segue to the 45thin June!! The dates are September 30 - October 7, 2017. The trip will be multi-faceted, as noted in the itinerary below. History, culture, fine dining and wine tasting are all part of the package, but the real draw is the opportunity to spend time with Classmates!! We will also be bonding with '76, which could provide a template for future adventures. The trip will be orchestrated by Princeton Journeys, as noted in the brochure attached here. We are working on getting an appropriate Princeton Faculty Study leader as well. You can see the diagrams and costs of the various cabins in the first two pages of the brochure. You can also see that pretty much everything we will be doing is covered in the fee. We get $300 off per person as noted. We will be getting 22 cabins, as will '76. We are also splitting the classes of cabins down the middle, so everyone has a fair chance to sign up for the type of accommodations that they want. In the unlikely event we don't fill the boat. Princeton Journeys will fill the remaining cabins beginning at a date we will negotiate with them.
As always, space will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. While you ultimately be dealing directly with Princeton Journeys, please relay your interest to me first so I can control the process with the folks in '76. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My cell is 917-502-9114.
The itinerary can be viewed here.
Class Trip - Charleston - Jan 25-29, 2017
On Wednesday afternoon January 25 we gathered, eighty-strong, classmates, spouses, and significant others, at Charleston's comfortable French Quarter Inn, from as far away as Seattle and Palo Alto, Peoria and Boston, Houston, Idaho, and Miami. Read the full story here.