Welcome, Yale Class of '58!

Lots more photos from our terrific Cleveland reunion will be posted very soon – stay tuned!


Our September 8th ’58 Zoom


’58 Zoom, September 8, 2022. Top row L to R: Bob Morgan, Alan Davidson, Ron Sohigian, Jonathan Barnett, Carl Lindskog. 2nd row: Bibb Latané, Tom Kwei, Casey Bensinger, Art & Nancy Bober, Cal Heminway. 3rd row: Basil Carmody, Bill Becklean, Pudge Henkel, Don Frank, Tom Schoenemann. 4th row: George Roth, Ron Levin, John Fiske, Pete & Margot Spelman, Dave Waterbury. 5th row: David Ehrlich, Victor Kovner, Mike Schoettle, Tom Swidler, David Schiff.


You Wanna Hear Banjos? Check out Summer Musical Memories below!

Class of ’58 Summer Musical Memories

Joel Schiavone

Medley #9 Joel Schiavone
The Man with the Banjo

Listen to this medley of his historic recordings with The Yale Banjo Band (YBB) at Woolsey Hall, playing old-time music at his night clubs cleverly called Your Father’s Mustache (YFM) including their performance at the White House, plus strumming and singing with the Galvanized Jazz Band (GJB). He’s Plucking Wonderful!

Down the Field – YBBThe World is Waiting for the Sunrise – YBBDown Yonder – YFMNobody’s Sweetheart Now – GJBRadio (Joel Vocal) – GJBApril Showers – GJBPut on Your Old Grey Bonnet – YFMTiger Rag – YFM at the White HouseMy Gal Sal – YFMHeart of My Heart – YFMIn the Good Old Summertime – YFMChina Town – GJBShine – GJB


BONUS: CLICK on the image below to see and hear Joel with his many-banjos band, Your Father’s Mustache, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show of January 29, 1967.


Even More Class of ’58 Musical Memories

Back Issues – Listen again to these Good Old Medleys

And more good old music will be coming! Don’t miss it!

Medley #8 From 2nd Term of Freshman Year
Your Hit Parade
of Winter/Spring 1955

We Listened To These Top Of The Charts Hit Songs On Our Radios While We Studied, Moaned and Looked For Love and Adventure From January to June.

McGuire SistersSincerelyLes BaxterUnchained MelodyPerez PradoCherry Pink And Apple Blossom WhiteAmes BrothersNaughty Lady of Shady LaneJoan WeberLet Me Go LoverFontane SistersHearts Of StoneFour AcesMelody Of LovePenguinsEarth AngelAmes BrothersMelodie d’AmourNat ColeDarling Je Vous AimeGeorgia GibbsTweedle DeeEddie FisherHeart


Just after our graduation, ’58 Classmate Peter Duchin joined the Army and won a talent contest playing piano that led to a national Ed Sullivan TV appearance on which Peter played a tribute to his famous father, pianist Eddy Duchin. (Click here to see NY Times review.) This led to a contract to record for Decca Records and many years of bringing music to glittering social events all over the world.

Peter Duchin

Medley #7 Peter Duchin
The Birth of a Music Career

Piano performance live on The Ed Sullivan Show August 31, 1959
To Love Again (based on Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat) • Summertime
From the LP “His Piano & Orchestra at the St. Regis” December 1962
I Left My Heart In San FranciscoThis Could Be The Start Of SomethingA Fine RomanceI Concentrate On YouWhisperingSomething’s Gotta GiveIt Had To Be YouThe Way You Look TonightWhat Kind Of Fool Am IFrom This Moment On


Chris Porterfield

I had been hoping to add ’58 Classmate Chris Porterfield’s modern jazz music to our website. He phoned me last summer to tell me that some tapes from our college days had been found in the back of a closet, that his son Kevin was digitizing them, and that he would send me a copy. Sadly, Chris died on October 22, 2021. I reached out to Kevin who sent me several recordings. Here is a very special one. – Bob M

Return with us now to November 30, 1957!
It’s Thanksgiving Weekend
It’s Midnight at CARNEGIE HALL

And we’re about to hear
A Thanksgiving College Jazz Concert Starring
James Christopher Porterfield
Medley #6 The Chris Porterfield Big Band
Our ’58 Classmate Chris Porterfield is leading
a 13 Man Band playing modern Jazz from those years

1. Loose Walk (Sonny Stitt)
Roz Rudd ’58 & Hank Bredenberg trombone soloists
2. Walkin’ Shoes (Gerry Mulligan)
3. What’s New (Bob Haggart)
Bob Morgan ‘58 on vibes
4. A Happy One (Chris Porterfield)

Arrangements and sax solos by Chris Porterfield
MC: Eddie Condon


Linus TraversMusic Medley #5 is a Tribute to our much beloved and extra special ’58 Classmate Linus Travers, who passed away in November 2020. Here are recordings of songs that were among his favorites as he sang with The Duke’s Men, The Whiffenpoofs and The Yale Glee Club throughout our Yale years. Thanks to his singing partners from those golden days, Fritz Kinzel, Ben Eppes, and Jeff Freeman, for suggesting these 10 song titles to salute him. Linus was known for his good taste, rich bass voice and his poker-faced sense of humor (hence his nickname “Poke”), which always served him well, especially here on “Johnny One Note,” “Istanbul” and “Robinson Crusoe.”

Medley #5 Linus Travers… Singing At Yale

The Whiffenpoofs – Strike Up The BandJohnny One NoteEduard Mon Amour (Eddie My Love) • The Duke’s Men – Sunnyside Of The Street • The Yale Glee Club – BandolerosRide The Chariot • The Duke’s Men – Istanbul • The Whiffenpoofs – Miss Otis Regrets • The Duke’s Men – Robinson Crusoe • The Whiffenpoofs – The Whiffenpoof Song


Medley #4 Hit Records of Fall 1954
Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around the Clock • Crew Cuts – Sh-Boom • Chordettes – Mr. Sandman • Four Aces – Three Coins In The Fountain • Perry Como – Wanted • Rosemary Clooney – Hey There • Kitty Kallen – Little Things Mean A Lot • Nat King Cole – Answer Me, My Love • Archie Bleyer – Hernando’s Hideaway • Four Knights – I Get So Lonely • Doris Day – Secret Love • Dean Martin – That’s Amore • Bill Haley & His Comets – Shake, Rattle And Roll

Medley #3 A College Weekend Romance, A Cappella
Whiffenpoofs – My Cutie’s Due • Bachelors – Long Ago and Far Away • Duke’s Men – Tea for Two • Alley Cats – Dreams • Orpheus and Bacchus – Passing By • Spizzwinks (?) – I Don’t Know Why / I May Be Wrong • Augmented Seven – That’s All • Spizzwinks (?) – Polka Dots and Moonbeams • Baker’s Dozen – Mean to Me • Whiffenpoofs – We’re Saving Ourselves for Yale

Medley #2 Bright College Years
Harkness Chimes – Bright College Years • Bachelors – Halls of Ivy • Yale Glee Club – A Song for Old Yale • Whiffenpoofs – Aj Lucka Lucka • Augmented Seven – Man, Man • Yale Banjo Band – Down the Field • Alley Cats – Evaline • Eli’s Chosen Six – Basin Street Blues • Whiffenpoofs – Scarlet Ribbons • Yale Glee Club – Bright College Years

Medley #1 Music of Our Time at Yale
Duke’s Men – Jeepers Creepers / Istanbul • Yale Banjo Band in Woolsey Hall – Yale Songs Medley • Spizzwinks (?) – Blue Skies / Imagination • Eli’s Chosen Six – Bulldog Medley • Whiffenpoofs – Eduard “Mon Amour” (Eddie My Love) / Whiffenpoof Song


From our East Coast & West Coast ’58 Classmates Joint Zoom of September 15, 2021…

See & Hear our ’58 Classmate BILL BECKLEAN speak about “My Life With Rickover,” with tales of 8 years working for Admiral Hyman Rickover on the development of the atomic submarine and nuclear power.


Our combined East Coast & West Coast Zoom Meeting to hear
Bill Becklean: September 15, 2021

’58 Zoom, Sept. 15, 2021. Top row L to R: David Ehrlich, Anson Beard, Bill Fitgerald, Jon Jaspan, Bob Morgan, Gil Shelton. 2nd row: Lee Ault, Richard Collins, Gordon Gerson, Dave Waterbury, Steve Riker, Bibb Latané. 3rd row: Tom Schoenemann, Alan Davidson, Tom Kwei, Tim Hogen, Linden Blue, Art Bober. 4th row: Ron Sohigian, Ken McAdams, Don Frank, Steve Feinstein, Basil Carmody, Pete Spelman, Georg Roth. 5th row: Jon Turner, Mike Schoettle, Joe Gastwirth, Bill Becklean, Casey Bensinger, Jean McKillop, John Jones. 6th row: Jonathan Barnett, John Fiske, Al Ferguson, Bob Ellis, Woody Bracey, Malcolm McDonald, Ed Silberstein.


Class Notes

September/October 2022 Class Notes, by Scott Sullivan. OSummer doldrums and not a lot of news. Not bad, in a way, as we have only one obituary — of a fellow with a rather tenuous connection to the class — rather than the six-seven-eight of recent issues. … (continues in Class News & Notes) READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE