Update: Dates for our Cleveland Mini-Reunion have been scheduled! Mark your calendars for September 29 through October 2, 2022

Class of ’58 Musical Memories

I have 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)

’58 Zoom, Dec. 2, 2021. Top row L to R: John Jones, Bob Morgan, Irving Lerner, Colin Radford, Jon Turner. 2nd row: Mort Downey, Ron Levin, Ron Sohigian, George Roth, Alan Davidson. 3rd row: Carl Lindskog, Scott Sullivan, Bill Becklean, David Ehrlich, Tim Hogen. 4th row: Jon Barnett, Tom Schoenemann, Don Frank, Steve Feinstein, Basil Carmody, Victor Kovner. 5th row: Tom Kwei, Dave Waterbury, Mike Schoettle, Georges St. Laurent, Tom Swidler, Malcolm McDonald.

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.

Back Issues – Listen again to these Good Old Medleys

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

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

Class Notes

November/December 2021 Class Notes, by Scott Sullivan. A miserable spring. COVID’s Delta nephew on the rampage as 80 million troglodytes refuse free vaccine. Stockmarket in the doldrums. Afghanistan down the toilet. Hurricane Iva, inebriated on climate change, dumps 18 inches of foul water in your correspondent’s basement and douses the lights for a week. Worst of all, our Class loses ten beloveds — a record for a two-month period — including some of our best, brightest and most colorful.

Apologies in advance for the short shrift the departed will receive; there’s just not enough space to do minimal justice. Happily though, full-scale notices are available on our web page, along with ever more… (continues in Class News & Notes) READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE