Members of the
Emeriti Association are welcome and encouraged to submit a paragraph of
their recent activities and interests, to keep their EA colleagues up
to date. Send your "Class Notes" paragraph to EMERITUS@HARTFORD.EDU
September 2014 Notes:
Bill (Mahlon) Barnes (A&S) There was a memorial service on Friday, October 1, at 3 p.m. in Mali I lecture hall.
David Komisar (A&S) David resides in an assisted living facilty in Silver Springs, Maryland, near his son Jack. He recently celebrated his 93rd birthday, and enjoys
socializing with the other residents.
Watson Morrison (Hartt) On Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Watson Morrison will be performing a piano recital in Lincoln Theater
The program consists of music by the three Giant Romantic Period composers: Chopin, Schumann and Liszt, in observance of the 200th anniversary of
their respective births - Chopin and Schumann (2010) and Liszt (2011). Admission is free.
On Friday evening, March 25, 2011 Watson Morrison will be performing J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto in D. Minor with the Nutmeg Connecticut
Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marshal Brown at the Trinity Eiscopal Church in Torrington, Connecticut at 8:00 P.M.
Bea Isaacs (CETA) It's hard to believe that it's almost six years since I left Hartford. We live in Foster City, a pretty, but boring town adjacent to San Mateo, and
about 20 miles south of San Francisco. In spite of where I live, I'm a citygirl and get into San Francisco as frequently as possible. Somewhere in the process of
retiring and moving west, I turned into Martha Stewart. I've been doing upholstery, have gotten very involved with the local chapter of The Embroiderers' Guild
of America, and actually cook dinner almost every night. Having someone to cook for makes it more enjoyable, but I'll never be Julia Child.
One day a month I drive for an organization called FISH, which takes elderly people to medical appointments. I keep wondering when I'll become a FISH client,
rather than a driver, but so far I've been lucky and spend a lot more time at the gym than at doctor's offices. I've been getting to New York to visit friends almost
every year, but so far haven't gotten north of the city. One of these days.
exciting thing I've done
recently was a trip to Tunisia this past January. It's a
country, and just beginning to develop its tourism industry, so it's
not overrun with tourists yet. Tunis, the capital, is a modern,
bustling city. It feels European, with little exotic
being awakened by the call to prayer every morning. My reaction
was "I could live here." As you go south though, it's like
into National Geographic. People dress differently, houses are
different (although even the most primitive-looking houses have
satellite dishes) and donkey carts are a common form of
spent a night in a tent in the Sahara, and went on a camel ride, my
first since I was about five at the Bronx Zoo. As a retired
transportation engineer, I have to say that camel is probably THE
uncomfortable mode of transportation I've ever been on. It was
interesting being in a country that's officially Muslim, but not
fundamentalist. The hotels all have bars, and you can buy liquor
stores. When we asked the guide if all this was bootleg, he told
that the Koran prohibits the use of alcohol, but the government does
not. We met an Imam who was a soft-spoken, gentle man, except
got agitated talking about Dubai,
which he considers a monument to greed and excess and an affront to everything Islam stands for. If anyone's interested in a trip that slightly off the beaten path, I'd highly recommend Tunisia. The tour company I went with is Overseas Adventure Travel, and they do a great job.
who prefer less exotic travel
and are planning a trip to the Bay Area, do give a holler. It
fun to get together with colleagues. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see some of you. Go Mets!!!
Wally Banzhaf (CETA) My latest publishing venture (Understanding Basic Electronics) is a quasi-textbook for high school students and adults who want to learn
about the world of electronics in which we live. It uses just enough math to allow the reader to appreciate the subject, but not more math than a new learner needs. This is
my third book; the other two were about using computers to analyze electronic circuits after they are designed, but before they are built. Both are based on
SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis), the first on mainframe computers, the second on PCs. Any one of the three books will put the
average reader quickly to sleep.
My wife and I visited the Galapagos Islands, Machu PIcchu, and Japan (to see our son) last year. This summer it looks like Argentina will be our destination. Seems
like all our recent travel involves really long plane trips and thoughts of DVT (deep vein thrombosis). We are both looking forward to the Emeriti Association trip on June 8
to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
(Hartt) will be presenting
an All-Chopin recital in
observance of the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth on Sunday, November 15 in Lincoln
Theater. The recital begins at 3:00
and there is no admission charge.
The program consists of: 4 Ballades, Funeral March Sonata, 2 Mazurkas and the Polonaise in A-Flat Major.
Bernard Friedlander (A&S) ("BZ"), U of H Psychology Department 1970-1995, is amused to report that he's getting amost as much pleasure from one of his current projects as he ever gained from his work at
U H teaching developmental psychology and conducting research projects on language acquisition with young children, physical skills for the developmentally challenged, violence on television, and gerontology.
By a peculiar chain of circumstances, he is serviing as a consultant for the top management of the public television authority in one of the Mid-West states, helping to develop an alternative model of fund
raising designed to replace the weary old national phenomenon of Pledge week. Bernard says that nothing would please him more than to go down in history as the man who shot Pledge Week through the heart
and replaced it with pledge breaks that public TV viewers find entertaining, informative - and effective at raising money in dark times.
It's too early to tell if this innovation will suit the doubters, cut the mustard, and do the job - but it seems well worth trying. Early action seems hopeful.
Mal Stevens (A&S) My latest publishing venture is a novel. Entitled Evan’s War, the story concerns a young Welsh coalminer who enlists in the army at the onset of the First World War and is sent to fight
the Turks at Gallipoli, where he becomes immersed in the culture of the enemy as he takes refuge in a village populated by Turks and Armenians. A web site provides more information.
(www.xlibris.com/EvansWar.html) This is my fifth book, the others being two in chemistry and two in history coauthored with my wife, Marcia. Marcia and I visited Argentina last year, but health concerns
have put the brakes on our annual foreign travel.
Linda Solow Blotner (Hartt) has been recognized for her distinguished service to music librarianship by the Music Library Association at their annual meeting in February, 2009. The citation she
was awarded praises her lifetime achievements as an author, editor, reviewer and indexer. Her contributions locally, nationally and internationally, both her own and for encouraging others in the profession
"to innovate, to experiment, and to work at the highest levels of professionalism" were the basis for this honor. Linda remains active in the MLA and the Interrnational Association of Music Libraries, Archives
and Documentation Centres, chairing and serving on their committees. She recently compiled the index to Jane Gottlieb Music Library and Research Skills, (Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009).
A UNotes article about this award may be found here.
Virginia Hale (A&S) has finished her biography of Beatrice Fox Auerbach, a Hartford "Woman in Business" who was a great benefactor of the University of Hartford. On October 2, Virginia made a
presentation at the Emeriti Association Fall Meeting. She still teaches courses in the All-University Program and in A&S, and is Co-Chair of the Emeriti Association.
To learn more about the book, click the link below:
Ed Sullivan (A&S) reports that he is deeply involved with the Centerville Historical Society as a volunteer curator and archivist. Never thought I'd be using my
professional skills again. I recently installed an exhibit called "Hellbent for the White House"; excellent local coverage all over the
Capein the "C.C. Times" and radio
stations. I am also similarly involved with the Academy for LIfe Long Learning, an over-60 program for senior retirees. The
Capeis loaded with retired professionals
of all sorts and we are all volunteers in ALL. The variety and quality of courses offered is incredible: literature, history, engineering (e.g. building of the Cape Cod Canal
and the bridges), geology, history etc, etc., Whatever one wants to teach is free to do so. Very exciting and of considerably high quality. I will be teaching a course
next spring based upon one of my books. Great fun. Update: In February, 2009 Ed will be speaking on Lincoln at the Federal Hall National Memorial in
Z"), U of H Psychology Department 1970-1995, reports
that he is
rather startled to discover that he is still called upon occasionally
professional assignments. He has recently been appointed Visiting
Research Professor of Psychology in a graduate program jointly
Antioch University-Seattle and the
College of Engineering, Technology, &
Architecture ’77-‘06, is hoping that he can be rehired as a professor
get some rest. Now Executive Secretary, Treasurer and “webmaster” of
Emeriti Association, he is also treasurer of his volunteer fire
contract to write a book on basic electronics, and doing web design for
University. In late November 2007 he expects to become, for the first
grandfather, a title for which he is not
ready because “grandpas are old
people”. He and spouse Mattie just came back from a month in