Dear '66 Classmates,


Sorry for so many emails recently, but there's lots of stuff going on. Masked Men, 55th Reunion book and plans, officer elections, Bruce Ribner's Locomotive Award last week; click here for a video of Bruce's presentation, preceded by a brief memorial for classmates who died in 2020. We don't want you to suffer from email fatigue, and it will slow down.


We mentioned on Friday that the staff at the MMC is under a lot of pressure. Two of us got our second shots, nothing dramatic but the side effects are layered on top of deadlines. The younger staff members are showing symptoms of vaccine envy. We gave one of the MMC a time out and that seemed to help. And this Friday will be something new and different. No hints.


You'll recall that this is black mask week. You'll also recall that three of our Masked Men are from Connecticut. Using the least squares method, Bayesian statistics, and the wet finger in the wind analysis, this is a statistically significant outcome. What it means is another matter. We'd like to hear from a math major (in fact we have one on the MMC, but he's too busy to run the numbers).


On with the unmasking show.


Jim Bartholomew, here with Maggie. From Pennsylvania, Religion/Philosophy major, Elm, Orchestra, Orange Key. Penn Law with many from '66, then four years in the Navy, met Terri in Okinawa. Later got LLM in Tax from Temple. Worked for two law firms over more than 40 years, in employment law, real estate, municipal law, corporate. Was President of the Board of the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, and Chair of the United Way Endowment Committee. He and Terri live in Allentown, one daughter.

Bruce Gates. One of the Connecticut guys, though he left and went to Florida. Aeronautical  and Mechanical Engineering, Tiger Inn, played football and rugby, Campus Fund Drive. Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs University of Pittsburgh. Was one of the founders of the MBA program at Willamette University in Oregon, taught there until he became Emeritus. Divorced, two daughters, lives in Portland.


John Goodrich.  From....Connecticut. Civil Engineering, Elm, Glee Club.  M.R.P. in City and Regional Planning from the Harvard School of Design. Worked in environmental consulting for 20 years, since then has had his own consulting practice in Massachusetts, providing mediation and collaboration services for often contentious public policy debates (small towns, state, federal). He and Linda live in an 1840's village house in Grafton, MA, near Linda's three kids and grandkids.


Mikk Hinnov. Born in Estonia, six years in refugee camps in Germany, to the U.S. 1950. Grew up Ohio and Connecticut. Economics major, Wilson Society, famous for being intercollegiate cycling champion both sophomore and junior years. Army in Vietnam, career in property and casualty insurance, finally as SVP Underwriting at a Workers Compensation division of AIG. He and second wife Suzanne live in Scituate, RI, he has two kids and a grandkid, she has two kids.


This Week's New '66 Geographical Trivia Puzzler. We asked the Puzzle Master to give us a tough one this week with full confidence that we're up to the challenge. Here it is, and it requires some explaining: What incorporated U.S. cities (town, village, etc.) have an apostrophe in the city name? If you search the internet it's not hard to find this purported but incorrect fact: "There are only five place names in the United States with an apostrophe in their names (including Martha's Vineyard)." There are 20 or more incorporated apostrophe cities. In most cases, the city’s web site, the city seal, maps (including Rand McNally and Google maps), and highway signs all include the apostrophe. Here are four cities that perhaps should have an apostrophe, but don’t: Grants Pass, OR; Owls Head, ME; Saint Johns, AZ; and Pauls Valley, OK. One Canadian example is Saint John's, NL. We will acknowledge all correct responses, with the winner being the answer with the most correct cities. There will be an extra point for each city with a '66 connection (someone lives in or comes from that city, for example).


Last Week's '66 Geographical Trivia Puzzler - Still open. Rich Thomas identified Fresno, CA as a large (over 500,000) city with no Interstate within its boundary. But, come on, guys. There's another, an emerging member of the over 500,000 club. Additional hint: It's a satellite of a much larger city.


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