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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alabama
1 lives in Alaska
16 live in Arizona
1 lives in Arkansas
59 live in California
15 live in Colorado
10 live in Connecticut
4 live in Delaware
7 live in District Of Columbia
18 live in Florida
9 live in Georgia
7 live in Hawaii
2 live in Idaho
25 live in Illinois
7 live in Indiana
3 live in Iowa
3 live in Kansas
3 live in Kentucky
2 live in Louisiana
13 live in Maine
34 live in Maryland
53 live in Massachusetts
12 live in Michigan
11 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
5 live in Missouri
3 live in Nevada
5 live in New Hampshire
19 live in New Jersey
8 live in New Mexico
62 live in New York
18 live in North Carolina
1 lives in North Dakota
38 live in Ohio
3 live in Oklahoma
21 live in Oregon
41 live in Pennsylvania
2 live in Puerto Rico
3 live in Rhode Island
5 live in South Carolina
2 live in South Dakota
6 live in Tennessee
13 live in Texas
1 lives in Utah
7 live in Vermont
1 lives in Virgin Islands
17 live in Virginia
28 live in Washington
3 live in West Virginia
7 live in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
1 lives in Alberta
4 live in British Columbia
1 lives in Manitoba
2 live in Nova Scotia
5 live in Ontario
2 live in Quebec
3 live in Australia
1 lives in Estonia
1 lives in France
1 lives in Germany
1 lives in Guatemala
1 lives in Italy
1 lives in Jamaica
3 live in Mexico
1 lives in New Caledonia
1 lives in South Africa
1 lives in Spain
3 live in United Kingdom
6 location unknown
74 are deceased

UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Herbert Ziegler  3/1
•   William Getzoff  3/2
•   Douglas Costa  3/8
•   Gregory Wiseman  3/8
•   Bernard Mayer  3/12
•   Kathy Hagg (Fein)  3/13
•   Jonathan Rhys Kesselman  3/17
•   Helen Rogers (Wagner)  3/17
•   Christopher Keys  3/18
•   William Finger  3/19
•   Mary-Helen Binger  3/20
•   Donna Null (LaMarre)  3/21
•   Robert Wolfe  3/23
•   William Maron  3/24
•   Deborah Minifie/Enyeart  3/24
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Outsourcing Discussion

I have just approved a message from Ted Morgan under the Class Chats? tab and Oberlin's Finances topic.  Ted's announcement includes a link to a letter of protest that is circulating among alumni generally.  The discussion of the announcement this week from President Ambar has begun on this site under What's New? and can be continued there and in the Class Chats? section. There is also a picture of a gathering of faculty and students and remarks from political science instructor Chris Howell on the What's New Page.

Here is the link to the letter.  It provides an opportunity to sign on, if you wish to do so.

 

http://bit.ly/3c6S6zg


 

Dan Miller, DVM educates us all again with information and pictures from his trip to Georgia where he assisted farmer's and others.  

 

 

See more of his pictures under the Photo Gallery tab.

Greetings, y’all,

 

I just had an interesting two weeks in a part of the world I’ve never been before, Georgia (the country, not the state.)  I spent two weeks working with a farm that is trying to introduce milking buffalo to Georgia.  These are the ladies who produce milk with a butterfat content and a protein content over twice what you’ll get from cattle that goes into real Mozzarella cheese.

 

The farm just bought 30 buffalo cows from Italy and they will give birth later this spring, so the farm is trying to get ready for the blessed events.  They need to be able to take care of a bunch of calves and be able to milk 30 buffalo cows, meanwhile having a way of processing the milk.  The owner of the farm has a chain of hotels so the products will go towards his own restaurants, but there is a lot to do between alfalfa hay going into a buffalo and cheese and yoghurt going into a paying customer.  

 

The farm also has several thousand hectares of almond trees planted, but it will be a while before they’re big enough to produce almonds.

 

Georgia is a small country between Russia to the north, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan to the south and the Black Sea to the west.  They speak a language, Georgian, that is unrelated to any other language spoken today.  Some linguists think they can detect similarities to Basque, but that isn’t the prevailing opinion.  For those of you who have had Latin and remember fighting with all the different cases (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, and ablative), Georgian has ten cases.  And they have their own alphabet that resembles someone doodling with circles and arrows.  It’s very interesting.  There are people who speak rudimentary English much like Americans can speak rudimentary Spanish, but only a few who are fully bilingual.

 

The political situation is a bit precarious.  You’ll remember that under George W Bush there was an armed invasion of a couple provinces by the Russians who then annexed them.  Russia has continued to mess with their country and to influence their policies.  In response they are asking to be part of NATO and they would like to join the EU.  

 

Their main product is red wine.  There are wine shops everywhere and when you get your visa in the airport, they hand you a small bottle of wine. They have more different kinds than France does as each farmer makes his own, and some private people buy grapes to make their own wine for their own consumption.  I found it interesting that the mash left over from wine making is fermented for a couple weeks and then distilled for vodka.  They drive on the right, but a lot of the cars are imported right hand drive from Japan that are cheaper than imported left hand drive cars.  Pedestrians are given consideration as long as they are in the crosswalks, but jaywalk at your own risk.

 

I wasn’t there long enough to get a feel for their social attitudes.  They have their own branch of the Orthodox Church, but there are also many other branches of Christianity represented there - Catholicism, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox - but I saw no evidence of evangelicals.  There are some Jews and some Moslems, but not any great numbers.  They have their own cultural artifacts that do well with tourists.  Drinking horns from cow and sheep horns are big.  Wine of course is a tourist attraction as are some of the traditional designs for table cloths and rugs.  They do a lot of enamel jewelry and ceramic tea cups.  I was surprised at the number of tourists I met and apparently it's a big deal.

 

Georgia was part of the USSR and is the home of Stalin.  The buildings are to a large extent from that era with upgrades, but they also have early Christian era churches everywhere.   A lot of the country is mountainous, but as far as humidity goes it ranges from good rains along the Black Sea to arid desert in the east.  A lot of the rural land belongs to the government, and livestock owners who have no land use it to graze their cattle, sheep and goats.  Buffalo have actually been there for a very long time, since the 1800’s if not before, but they were mostly used for work, not for milk.  You see a few buffalo in the cattle herds wandering around the countryside.  They have their own breed of guard dog for the sheep herds that looks a lot like the ones that are used in Mongolia.  They are about the size of a big St. Bernard with more hair.

 

There are pictures attached to show what the country east of Tbilisi the capitol city, looks like, along with pictures of all the items mentioned in this account.  I enjoyed the experience and I hope that I’m able to return sometime.  

 

Until next time, keep on trucking,

--

Daniel K. Miller
milldaniel@gmail.com

 

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it. - Neil Tyson

 

It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. -Moliere

 

It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste. -Evelyn Waugh

David Pengilly and Paul Sturm biked through China together last summer.

 

A few photos of them wtih dramatic background appear in the Photo Gallery.

 

Here is an article that appeared in Around the Square this week.

http://bit.ly/38nT8En

http://bit.ly/38nT8En

Members of the Classes of 1967 and 1969 are joining this site in order to have a single site for discussion of concerns around the Gibson's lawsuit.

Since our classes will all rejoin  for the next cluster reunion, this anticipates that.  We hope to be able to combine the current Class of 1968 and 1969 sites and make it a central portal for all three classes, once we solve  some technical issues.  Class members from '68 and '69 may also chime in on whether that's a good move before we do so.

Paul Safyan


 

The One Oberlin Report:

President Ambar and other Oberlin Faculty have planned a speaking tour to inform alumni about this report and the progress towards implementation.

The Report WAS adopted by the General Faculty by a nearly unanimous vote in May.

Links within the article pictured below are not active from this page.

The link to the articles referenced is:

https://www.oberlin.edu/about-oberlin/leadership-and-administration/aapr


 

Classmates:

Since most of the chatter on the site recently has been about the financial state of the College, I'm going to try to  improve the structure by asking you to post on that topic here instead.  Let's see if that helps the flow.

You will notice that you can Reply to Others or start a new topic.

You can choose whether you receive all updates or not.

Pictures and documents can be posted here, too

  • Click on Class Chats on the Left Navigation Column
  • Click on the Link Oberlin Finance New Topic on that screen
  • Read, Reply, or Start a New Topic (Thread)

 

PREVIOUS POSTS WILL REMAIN ON THE "WHAT'S NEW" TAB UNLESS YOU LET ME KNOW THAT YOU WANT YOURS COPIED TO THIS NEW LOCATION.  YOU CAN PLACE IT THERE AGAIN YOURSELF, TOO.


 

HI, Everyone:

Thanks to Aaron Levin, we now have a recording of the Class Memorial Service, held during the Reunion. Effectively edited, it is about 26 minutes long.  You can listen to it by clicking below. Whatever software you use for listening to audio should start up when you click the link.

 

Click Here to listen to a recording of the Class of 1968 Memorial Service in Clonick Hall

 If for some reason that doesn't work for you, let me know.  I can email a file that is small enough for most emails to handle.

Thanks.