A Note from Rob Bildner, Class Secretary

A Note from Rob Bildner, Class Secretary

June 10, 2022 in Notes


I am ecstatic that by every account our 50th reunion was an enormous success, beginning with a fabulous turnout of  almost 500 classmates and guests. I had a wonderful time and am particularly proud of our inspiring programming that hit the bullseye. As a classmate expressed, the programming-  from the “moth” talks to the authors salon to the sessions on grandparenting, becoming an environmental advocate and “Bright College Years” – featured learning from each other, not just sitting in a room listening to talking heads and “experts. This set the tone as we chilled out with old friends and made new ones. And who could forget , as some of us whirled around on the dance floor, our classmates’ guest performances with the Regressions from vocalist Craig Mason to violinist Jim Caron? How much fun was that? Bottom line: We came together as a ‘72 community in a joyous, stimulating 50th reunion weekend.

How do we follow up from the reunion? For one, you can share your photos through the Google Photos link set up by Corresponding Secretary Jonas Zdanys. Click on this link  https://photos.app.goo.gl/oyf9hNrpzuPmnhYi8  and you will be able to upload your photos, see your  classmates’ photos and even download the ones you like. Secondly, we recorded the program sessions and Memorial Service (unfortunately we were not able to record the author’s salon) for the almost ⅓ of our class who were not able to attend the reunion and those who attended and want to revisit these superb sessions. Eventually you will be able to access these recordings and we will keep you informed when both are ready for your viewing. Our classmates Ken Barish and Mick Smyer told me they will make some of their handouts and slides from their excellent presentations available through our class website. Finally, keep your eye out during the summer for the Class Book featuring entries from over 500 classmates. Do some bench pressing to get ready for the book – it is over 1,000 pages!

Finally,  I am very grateful that many of you took the time to tell me during the weekend how much you appreciated our hard work to plan this event.  I am thankful as well for the opportunity to continue my service as Class Secretary and give back to the Yale community that so enriched my life and that of my family.

Have a great summer!


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