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60th Anniversary Planning Call

Thanks for those folks who attended the 60th Anniversary Planning Call. Attendees included:

Jim Miller ‘78, Benji Goldsmith ‘14, Lefty Lefkowith ‘78, Ted Turk ‘74, Mike Fishback ‘01, John Langfitt ‘81, Michael Murray ‘09, Jon Eliot ‘77, John Bauer ‘74, Jeff Freeman ‘57, Lindsay Elliott ‘04, Elliot Watts ‘09, Dan McDermott ‘76, Tom Bulleit ‘79, Mike Hrycelak ’97… and others who did not identify themselves.

Discussions covered the proposed theme, musical programming, activity ideas, and Jim Miller’s missing rear end. Volunteers were successfully recruited to to help arrange performance, rehearsals, other activities, housing, meals, communications, and swag.

The organizing committees are below:

  • Music
  • Finance
  • Hospitality/Lodging/Space
  • Activities / Panels
  • Swag
  • Communications/Outreach

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 18

  • 12 PM -6 PM: Registration (Rose Alumni House)
  • 3-6 PM: Cohort Rehearsals (various locations TBA)
  • 6 PM-10 PM: Cocktails and Dinner (Mory’s / TBA)
  • 10 PM ~: unscheduled carousing

Saturday, October 19:

  • 8:30-4 PM Registration (Location TBA)
  • 8:30-9:30 AM: Continental Breakfast (Location TBA)
  • 9:30-11 AM: Chorus of the Willing Rehearsal (Location TBA)
  • 11 AM-12:30 PM: Cohort Rehearsals (Location TBA)
  • 12:30-2: Lunch (on your own)
  • 2-4:30 PM (panel discussions, other activities TBA)
  • 5-6:30 PM: Gala Alumni Concert (Location TBA)
  • 7-10 PM: Gala Dinner (Graduate Club / TBA)
  • 10 PM ~: unscheduled carousing

Sunday October 20

  • 10-12 AM: Annual Meeting, Continental Breakfast and Farewell

A detailed agenda and minutes are attached as a PDF for the curious:

Da Doox 60th Reunion Full Agenda

Bay Area Minireunion

First of all, this is a bit of a misnomer — technically speaking, the DMAA did not hold a Bay Area mini-reunion in the fall. However, after the CA mini-reunions were canceled at the last minute, a set of northern California Doox alums decided to meet anyway. (Photos of the event can be found here). The first arrived around 5pm, most left around 10pm, and the last stayed til midnight.

Duke's Men singing, or yawning

All decades but the ’50s were represented as guys shared wine, stories, and discussed why Istanbul got the works. Hint: it’s nobody’s business but the Turks.* Host Ken Goldman’s wife was suitably impressed when the party broke out in spontaneous song, and it was agreed that annual or semi-annual singing dinners lie ahead.

Ken noted that songs sung that night included Alexander’s Ragtime Band, We Meet Again Tonight, You Are Too Beautiful, Lulu’s Back in Town, Mon Coeur Se Recommende a Vous, Little Lamb, Elijah Rock, Istanbul, and maybe even some other songs that required clapping and/or snapping. Also, due to the lack of a pitchpipe, a cello was impressed into service to find starting pitches.

Attendees in chronological order included:

Warren Rothman ’65
Jeff Parish ’66
Bingham “Toby” Kennedy ’66
David Kincaid ’74
Don Hayden ’77 (who remembered that Tom Bulleit told him that he was the reason Tom joined the group)
Ken Goldman ’87/’88/’??
John Gnuse ’92
Jim Casey ’07

* Though “Istanbul” has faded somewhat as the definitive closing song for all sets, its overall importance in American pop culture may actually be on the rise, as evidenced by its entertainment and thematic importance to the “Dream Hoarders” episode of Fox’s “Raising Hope, which first aired on 10/5/2010 and may be viewable here .