“Yale Football managed to span the many differences and lifted us to our better senses during the turmoil of the late ’60s,” an attendee at yesterday’s Zoom session with Brian Dowling and Calvin Hill wrote. “So too did yesterday’s conversation transport us away from our worries and concerns of the current era.” That reaction was …
“In sports, it’s all about how you get up when you get knocked down,” said Brian in our original planning call. “Dealing with adversity is the coin of the realm.”
Well, after getting knocked down by technical issues in December, the dynamic duo will reconvene and try again on February 23rd at 3:00 PM EST. The Yale Boom Steering Committee is calling this a “Feb Club” event, thereby joining with later generations in fighting off the Winter blahs with a lighthearted, fun party celebrating the “friendships formed at Yale.” Be sure to Register Now! and get it on your calendar!
Note: Welcome Classes of 1967 to 1973 to the Yale Boom group! Our Yale Boom Steering Committee persuaded the Class of ’69 to use an event it already had planned as the inaugural event offered to our six classes. Check it out, and come if you can.
On October 28th at 1:30 pm ET, we are hosting Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar, a noted constitutional scholar who will talk about the Executive branch and the US Constitution. This is the Wednesday before the election. Do you think the Constitution will be in the news and of interest? 😉
After its 50th Reunion, the Class of ‘69, in the hopes of drawing in a wider assortment of its highly diverse members, created a new, larger class council. And one of the first ideas generated was to stage a series of talks by, and subsequent discussion with, some of our more ‘illustrious classmates.’ Titled ‘Class …
- We are an ad hoc group of class leaders (see below) of the Yale Classes of 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1973.
- Each class organizes events, but here, “on the back nine” of life, we recognize that our numbers are dwindling, sometimes below the threshold for a successful event. Inviting Yalies of “our generation” creates a viable audience, especially for specialized subjects,
- Friendships often span class-year boundaries: It’s common to be friends with people a year or two ahead … or behind … your graduating class. And, the generational glue that binds all of us who came of age in “the Sixties” makes sharing our events even more sensible.
So, “Yale Boom” is born, a group defined as Yalies who came of age during the counter-culture and the reactions to it; during psychedelia and the Nixon prohibition; during The Beatles; during racial unrest and anti-war fervor and Kent State and so on. This generation of Yalies was different from the Brooks-Brothers-buttoned-down group that preceded us and the “proto-professionals” who succeeded us.
Although the people who rewrite history have been busily rewriting that period of time known as ‘The Sixties’ (in actuality primarily the years between 1965 and 1973), those of us who came of age back then know that, whereas politics and protests were a part of it, in the end they were only, at best, …