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Chrystie Yodice writes, “My husband Eric and I are excited to share the news of the birth of our daughter Emily Charlotte Malec. Born shortly after Reunions June 13, she joins big brothers Ethan (7) and Emmett (5). She is such a delight and our boys can’t wait to show her off at our 20th reunion!”
Daniel Sattizahn reports, “511 Laughlin and 32 Spelman had a mini reunion as Marquis Parker and I met up in May to catch up, relive the Student Center/Cafe days, and eat some great Texas BBQ! Marquis is continuing his conquering of the world from Chicago, while I’m teaching AP economics and AP government at a high school in Irving, Texas (the most diverse zip code in the nation), and doing my best to prepare the seniors for college — wish me luck with that! I definitely took the roundabout way, but I finally found my calling in teaching. I absolutely love it, and can’t imagine doing anything else! My wife Sarah (back to school and on schedule to be University of North Texas ’20), and our children Kylie, Cayden, Kenzie, and Kolbie Leia enjoyed the night and the laughs as well.”
Brian Benway wrote in with an excellent tale of work-life balance: “I’m in Los Angeles, three years and change into my new gig as associate professor of urology and director of the Comprehensive Kidney Stone Program at Cedars-Sinai, where I also help direct the live kidney donor program for the Transplant Center. I was recently inducted as a Magician Member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. In my spare time, I remain active on the competitive pinball circuit, and am steadily growing my private collection of pinball machines.”
Abigail Cromwell filled us in on the birth of her second daughter, Gwendolyn Summer Cromwell, born June 26, 2017. Older sister Madison is very happy about the baby’s arrival!
Hope everyone had a fantastic summer! It’s been great to receive photos of mini-reunions — keep them coming as we head towards our 20th!
Amelia Robertson Brown checks in from Brisbane, Australia, to announce the British publication of her first book, Corinth in Late Antiquity: A Greek, Roman and Christian City.The book is based on her Ph.D. thesis of 2008, from UC Berkeley, but with much revision over the past 10 years.
Amelia is currently senior lecturer in Greek history and language at the U. of Queensland in Brisbane. Her daughter, Amy Summer (5), just started school, while son Mark is now 3. Her husband, Graham Elliott ’01, continues to work as a project director for Energy World, and they have lived in Australia for nine years.
Sam Lubner reports that a small posse of ’99ers reunited at the Princeton Club of Chicago’s annual meeting. Mandy Terc,Brian Johnson, Sam, and Lisa Mullaney had a chance to get together and share some Tiger cheer. “We all marveled at how incredibly youthful we all still were.” Totally. Sam works at the U. of Wisconsin as an oncologist.
A little rain (and thunder and lightning) may have cancelled the P-rade for the first time in 50 years, but it did not deter a small group of ’99ers from goin’ back to Old Nassau! Much thanks to the great Class of 1998 for hosting us at “20,000 Ivy Leagues Under the Sea.”
Over beers and cider I chatted with Len Teti, Kate O’Connell Scavello, Sue Dodge,Father Joe Thomas, and Amy Zakar (all pictured, with me in the middle). I also caught up with Mike McDonnell, George Trumbull, Thomas Scriven, Sep Kamvar, Gary Pai, and Laura Godfrey. From afar I spotted Ari Weinberg, Chrystie Yodice, and Simone Zamore Curbelo. My spies spotted Krista Haley and Kassie Helm but sadly I missed catching up with those ladies!
Less than a year until we party like it’s 1999 at our own 20th … start making your travel plans!
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Tiger trio alert! Brian Johnson checks in from Chicago, where he is the CEO of Equality Illinois, the LGBTQ civil-rights organization of Illinois. Brian was on the panel for the Princeton in Chicago’s Service event, where a few local alumni spoke about the impact Princeton had on their social-justice careers. Brian was so pleased to have fellow ’99ers Kirsten (Ekdahl) Hull and Lisa Mullaney in the audience.
Next time you find yourself with a trio of Tigers, snap a pic and send it to me!
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Ilya Shapiro checks in to report that Charles Alexander (“Charlie”) was born Feb. 16. Big brother Jacob, who just turned two, is thrilled with “my baby.” Mama Kristin Shapiro is glad that Charlie one-upped his bro by only causing 15 hours of labor rather than 21. Ilya has already enjoyed watching Olympic hockey with his sons — though, given his incredible neck strength, Charlie may be looking to medal in skeleton. All are doing well, and a version of this birth notice appeared in DC’s paper of record, Politico’s Playbook.
Meanwhile, Debbie Kuan sends the news that Eugenie Jun Kuan-McLean was born in October 2015, two days after Debbie’s birthday and one day before her husband’s. Debbie has begun the Princeton indoctrination early, as shown with this photo in the two of them last year sitting on Nixon’s nose. Debbie has been busy — she also published a second collection of poetry, Lunch Portraits, which came out with Brooklyn Arts Press at the end of 2015. She and her husband live in Brooklyn.
Farayi Christian Wiley writes that she had a great time hosting Jackie Bruce for Thanksgiving in the Bay Area. They enjoyed plenty of ham and fried turkey, attended a Warriors game at Oracle Arena, explored Napa Valley with a tasting at Ceja Vineyards, and enjoyed Pacific coast oysters including the famed Kumamoto variety at Hogg Island Oyster Co. at The Oxbow Market. They are happy to report that they were not kicked off of the Napa Wine Train and were pleased to witness very little damage from the wildfires.