Cleveland OH Mini Reunion – Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Dear ’58 Classmates and Friends,

We encourage you to REGISTER NOW for our 6th mini-reunion on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio from September 29 to October 2, 2022. Your Yale planning committee has been hard at work putting together an exciting and informative weekend highlighting the cultural, medical and historical gems of this dynamic city.

Highlights of the weekend include:

• Cocktails and Dinner on the stage of Connor Palace Theater at Playhouse Square where fellow classmate David Ehrlich will tickle the ivories as we sing along to Bright College Years.

• Welcome and Presentation by Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, and Bill Peacock, Chief of Operations; followed by top doctors in their fields to host a panel discussion on immunology, the future of brain studies and our healthcare system today and in the future.

• Private tour conducted by Heather Lemonedes Brown, Chief Curator of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

• And much, much more!

To register for the Cleveland Mini Reunion, visit: https://qrco.de/1958ClevelandMini by Friday, September 9.

The mini reunion fee of $450.00 per person covers all expenses except for your travel to/from Cleveland, hotel, breakfasts, and transportation to/from the airport. All meals, snacks, in-town transportation, and activities will be covered. It is recommended that all registrants be fully vaccinated, including boosters, for Covid-19 for the health and safety of all attendees.

If you have questions or issues registering online, please reply to this email or contact Stephanie Hartnett via email at stephanie.hartnett@yale.edu or call (203) 432-2110.

In addition to registering for the Cleveland Mini Reunion, you should make your hotel reservations at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland, 1260 Euclid Avenue ($149.00 per night) by calling 1-800-2-CROWNE and mentioning the Yale Class of 1958 Mini Reunion or you can reserve your room online. Rooms must be reserved by Friday, September 2 and are filling up!


For more information, or questions regarding the weekend in Cleveland, please contact event planners Stephanie Eisele at weisele5@gmail.com or Laura Pinnick at fultonpinnick@gmail.com.

Boola Boola,
Oliver “Pudge” Henkel, Tim Hogen, Bob Morgan, and Steve Riker

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.

Our August 8th ’58 Zoom

’58 Zoom, August 8, 2022. Top row L to R: Bibb Latané, Bob Morgan, Alan Davidson, Carl Lindskog, Peter Witt, George Roth. 2nd row: Jonathan Barnett, John Fiske, Jon Jaspan, David Ehrlich, Malcolm McDonald, Don Frank, Tom Schoenemann. 3rd row: Gil Shelton, Tom Swidler, Scott Sullivan, Ron Levin, Roland Paul, Bill Becklean. 4th row: Gordon Gerson, Steve Feinstein, Casey Bensinger, David Schiff, Peter Pool, Larry Bensky. 5th row: Steve Riker, Ron Sohigian, Jon Turner, Basil Carmody.

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

May/June 2022 Class Notes, by Scott Sullivan. Kyiv. Mariupol. Mindless slaughter. The actual possibility of nuclear holocaust. We, who lived blessed lives of peace and prosperity, are bowing out in a maelstrom of global pandemic, insane internal politics, random gun violence, and now the threat of the end of the Earth. If there’s a silver lining, it may be the vibrancy of our… (continues in Class News & Notes) READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE