by Larry Benjamin RC'66, Class Correspondent

It all started with this invitation to a list of classmates' email addresses from
Hal Shill, our class historian: "While discussions of a class history are only in the early stages, it seems appropriate that we capture some of our memories of JFK's assassination, which was arguably the most riveting single event during our undergraduate years." What followed were detailed recollections of what it was like on campus on that day in November 1963 and the days that followed. Steve Frakt even tracked down a copy of the one-page special edition published by the Daily Targum that evening.

 The response inspired Hal to invite additional discussion of our RU experience: freshman orientation and freshman year in general, English Composition and Western Civilization classes, courses that made an impact, campus concerts, the civil rights movement, the teach-ins, among others. The advice of Dean of Men Cornelius Boocock and Engineering Dean Elmer Easton was recalled in fascinating stories about our first year on campus.

Reading the recollections from so many classmates prompted
Michael Perlin to note "the multiple parallel universes that co-existed at that time," whether preparing to major in the humanities or the sciences, engineering or agriculture; living in a College Avenue campus dorm or in the Heights or commuting; involved in sports or ROTC, music or the media. Class president Ted Hardies said the ongoing email exchange has united the class as never before.

Among contributors to these email threads, besides Hal, Michael, Steve and myself:
John Bravo, Fred Cassaday, Bill Castle, Lou Chazen, Jack Greene, Paul Hetzel, Ken Johnson, Ray Kaden, Larry Klein, Al Lemberger, Tom Mannion, Len Olsen, Walt Orth, Charles Repka, Leo Ribuffo, Dave Rizza. Ted Robb, Bill Roberts, Frank Shephard, Alan Slater, Mick andRick Weisz, John Whalen, John Whelihan and Frank Zaremba. Tom Sitzmann attached a copy of the class poem written by the late Marty Worman.

Classmates are encouraged to join the conversation and suggest topics that reflect our days on campus by contacting Hal. We hope to include them in a book about our Rutgers years for presentation to the university at our 50th Reunion at the Alumni Weekend in May 2016, only two years away.