Jump Around! Jump Up! Jump Up and Get Down! (42 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93 with help from Howard Blecher, Marianne Alves Brogdale, Deb Brown, Ed Gold, Debbie Jaffe, Betty Magome, Kathleen Paralusz, Meesh Joslyn Pierce, Jef Pollock, Bardo Ramirez, and Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro

As I’m going through old photos and papers from our time at Penn, I’m listening to Depeche Mode, one of my favorite bands from high school and college. And as I’m sorting through old emails and documents, I found this list of songs from classmates.

When we were preparing for our 15th reunion in May of 2008, we needed a song that would play as we marched down Locust Walk in the alumni parade and arrived at the viewing stand. By popular vote, House of Pain’s “Jump Around” won. And, after listening to it, how can you not Jump Around?

“Jump Around,” wasn’t the only song that we remembered…here are other suggestions from classmates. It was interesting to read how many of us suggested the same songs or the same bands. Throw these all together on a playlist and you have a ‘mix tape’ soundtrack of the early 90’s at Penn! (A mix tape! What is that???)

Songs suggested multiple times by 1993 Classmates

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

Here are some of the notes and song memories that classmates shared in 2013.

Debbie Jaffe:

“Groove Is in the Heart” by DeeLite reminds me of Penn. Spot on with Indigo Girls and Blues Traveler (especially “Closer I am to Fine” and “But Anyway”).

Ed Gold:

“All I Want” – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Marianne Alves Brogdale:

“Oh what a night,” is the one I always think of – and songs from Murph’s.  I also always think of “Two Princes” because my roommate loved it.

Also, from the Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1993:

  1. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf
  2. I’m Every Woman, Whitney Houston
  3. Whoot, There It Is, 95 South
  4. Fields Of Gold, Sting
  5. Hey Mr. D.J., Zhane

Kathleen Paralusz:

How about “Jump Around”?  I have very fond memories of DKE parties w/ that song playing.

Jef Pollock:

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana

“Life is a Highway” – Tom Cochran

Matthew Sweet – almost anything

Howard Blecher:

“True Faith” – New Order

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

“She Sells Sanctuary” – The Cult

“Boys Don’t Cry” – The Cure

“Just Like Heaven” – The Cure

“In Between Days” – The Cure

“Chains of Love” – Erasure

“The One I Love” – R.E.M.

“Superman” – R.E.M.

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.

“Rub You the Right Way” – Johnny Gill

Bardo Ramirez:

“Wild World” – Cat Stevens

“Don’t Call Me Daughter “– Pearl Jam

“Loser” – Beck

“The Choice is Yours” – Black Sheep

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

Mitchell Kraus:

Well, as far as songs – I looked up the top 100 for 1993, and #2 was – Whoomp! (There It Is) by Tag Team.  I think that would be fun and relevant.

Deb Brown:

“Tennessee” by Arrested Development and two obvious R.E.M. songs: “Shiny Happy People” and “Losing my Religion”. Also “Dyslexic Heart” from the Singles soundtrack.

Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro:

“Jump Around” definitely brings back some senior year memories for me…..

Meesh Pierce and Betty Magome really went all out and sent us lots of songs…but they’re all so good and spot on that I couldn’t cut any of them from this post.

Do you have a favorite song from our time at Penn? Tell us in the comments!

Meesh Joslyn Pierce:

Meesh sent us a play list from her wedding – so many good songs from the 90’s here!

  1. Fight for your right to Party – Beastie Boys
  2. Come on Eileen (Dexys Midnight…)
  3. Freedom ’90 – George Michael
  4. Sweet Child o Mine – Guns n Roses
  5. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  6. Joy and Pain
  7. Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
  8. The Choice is Yours – Black Sheep
  9. Jump Around – House of Pain
  10. Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
  11. Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo
  12. Ladies Night – Kool and the Gang
  13. Mama Said Knock You… – LL Cool J
  14. Walkin with a Deadman – Oingo Boingo
  15. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  16. Orange Crush – REM
  17. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  18. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
  19. New Sensation – INXS
  20. Love Shack – The B-52s
  21. No Rain – Blind Melon
  22. Groove is in the Heart – Deee Lite
  23. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) – Digable Planets
  24. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
  25. Parents Just Don’t Understand – Fresh Prince
  26. Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett
  27. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  28. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  29. Jump – Kris Kross
  30. Down Under – Men at Work
  31. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
  32. To Be With You – Mr. Big
  33. OPP – Naughty by Nature
  34. Funky Cold Medina – Party on
  35. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
  36. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
  37. Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg
  38. Back to Life (However Do you…) – Soul II Soul
  39. Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats
  40. Desire – U2
  41. Rump Shaker (Radio…) – Wreckx-N-Effect

Betty Magome:

Hope it’s not too late:

Here are some great songs from our class (4 years)!

“Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite

“One” – U2

“Killing in the Name of” – Rage Against the Machine (angry, but I listened to it a lot)

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana and any Nirvana song

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Candy Everybody Wants” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Stay” – Lisa Loeb

“Wicked Game” – Chris Isaak

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“Walking in Memphis” – Marc Cohn

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

“Whoop There it Is” – Tag Team

“500 Miles” – The Proclaimers

“Connected” – Stereo MCs

“What’s Up” – 4 Non Blonde’s
“Forever Young” – Alphaville

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

“Doctor Doctor” – Thompson Twins

“Living in Oblivion” – Anything Box

“Russian Radio” – Red Flag

“How Long” – Information Society

“Pure” – Lightning Seeds

“Jump” – Kriss Kross

“Please Don’t Go” – KWS

“Lips Like Sugar” – Echo and the Bunnymen

Pet Shop Boys

“West End Girls”

“Love Comes Easily”

“It’s a Sin”

“What have I done to deserve this”

Depeche Mode

“Personal Jesus”

“Just Can’t get Enough”

“Enjoy the Silence”

“Strangelove”

“People are People”

“Master and Servant”

Erasure

“Oh L’Amour”

“Victim of Love”

“Ship of Fools”

“A Little Respect”

“Take a Chance on Me”

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 21 – 22, 2017, marked 42 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

 

 

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Remembering The Underground Cafe (43 Weeks To Go)

By Ruth McIlhenny Gorme, C’93, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

Looking back at our time at Penn, we are asking classmates to share photos and memories. Little did we know that someone would have a mug that survived from freshman year!

Ruth McIlhenny Gorme sent us this photo of an Underground Cafe mug that she has from our freshman year (the year the cafe opened in High Rise North).

Penn Student Agencies' the Underground Cafe photo by Ruth McIlhenny Gorme

The Underground Cafe mug that Ruth McIlhenny Gorme still has from our freshman year!

Ruth writes:

Since I lived in Harrison House freshman year, I needed to watch Twin Peaks somewhere and this was the place to watch it in the high rises.

That is right – most students did not have a TV in their dorm room, so once it opened, the Underground Cafe became a gathering spot for watching popular television shows.

I worked at Penn Student Agencies which opened the cafe in January, 1990, and I saved this ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian advertising the opening.

Ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian promoting the soon to open the Underground Cafe in High Rise North. Photo by Kiera Reilly.

Ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian promoting the soon to open the Underground Cafe in High Rise North. Photo by Kiera Reilly.

This ad from The DP had the tagline, “Everyone Needs a Reality Shelter.”

Ad for The Underground Cafe appeared in the January 24, 1990, issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Ad for The Underground Cafe appeared in the January 24, 1990, issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Here is the review of the cafe that appeared in The Daily Pennsylvanian on February 2, 1990:

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byline Lee Shepski in the DP, the Daily Pennsylvanian, February 2, 1990

Review of the opening of The Underground Cafe by Lee Shepski from the February 2, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Review of the opening of The Underground Cafe from the February 2, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Did you visit the Underground Cafe? Do you remember watching a favorite TV show or listening to a student band? Let us know in the comments.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 14 – 15, 2017, marked 43 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Penn Alumni Travel’s Summer Scrapbook

As summer comes to an end Penn Alumni Travel and Education looks back on their recent adventures.

“Cruising the Adriatic” with Professor C. Brian Rose
May 8 – 26, 2017

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Penn alumni and friends sailed the Dalmatian Coast with James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology C. Brian Rose. Professor Rose, an archaeologist, and classicist, explored ancient Greek and Roman sites with the group in Greece, Albania, and Croatia, including the well-preserved ancient Roman town in Butrint, Albania. On board the ship, alumni, and friends enjoyed his lectures about excavations in Turkey and his work educating the United States military about the protection and preservation of priceless cultural artifacts.

“What a wonderful lecturer. What an amiable fellow traveler. He was the best of some very excellent lecturers.”- Michael Horn, GAR’66

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“Celtic Lands” with Professor Jonathan Moreno and Special Lecturer D. David Eisenhower II
May 16
25, 2017

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Penn alumni and friends explored the “Celtic Lands”-Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany-aboard the beautiful 200-passenger M.S. Le Boreal. The tour began in Scotland with visits to the Isles of Skye, Iona, and Mull. Penn alumni then spent time in Dublin, Ireland, and Wales before sailing to Normandy and the D-Day beaches. There, special lecturer and Director of Penn’s Institute for Public Service, D. David Eisenhower II, spoke to travelers about the historic WWII landing and his remembrances of his grandfather General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Penn Alumni Travel will further explore the Scottish Isles in 2018.

“We were very moved by David’s guidance at Normandy and especially at the American Cemetery and the laying of the wreath which included the many Veterans on board”- Carolyn Hoyler

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“Norwegian Splendor” with Professor Paul M. Cobb
June 22-July 7, 2017 

Penn alumni and friends traveled with Professor Paul. M. Cobb on a tour of Denmark and Norway. The group began in Copenhagen, Denmark before crossing the sea to Oslo, Norway. The group enjoyed cosmopolitan cities, charming small towns, and stunning Scandinavian landscapes. A highlight was time spent cruising the legendary Norwegian fjords.

“This was my first Penn Alumni Travel experience and it was an amazing experience! The group was terrific, just the right size, and the camaraderie was great. The travel, the tour guides, the hotels, and the visits were all first rate and done extremely well. I can’t wait to make another trip!”- Peter Gilligan, CE’78

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“Eastern Europe” with Professor Larry Silver
July 4-20, 2017 

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Art History Professor Larry Silver joined Penn alumni and friends on a voyage across eastern Europe. The tour began in Warsaw, Poland before visiting Krakow and its famous Wieliczka Salt Mines. The group also enjoyed sight-seeing in Budapest and Bratislava and classical music performances in Vienna. The tour ended in enchanting Prague with tours of the Old Town and castle. Throughout the tour, Professor Silver lectured on local art and culture and treated several alumni to private tours of some of his favorite museums. Penn Alumni Travel will return to Eastern Europe on a Danube River cruise in fall 2018.

“There were a number of high points [and] a number of eye-openers (Auschwitz, of course, as well as the Gay Museum and the Jewish Museum in Berlin), … and above all, happily, the pleasure of finding the group overall so very congenial and so well-equipped to travel together.”- Ray Warman, L’73”

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“Glacier, Waterton, and Banff National Parks” with Penn Museum Curator Lucy Fowler Williams
July 8 – 16, 2017

Penn alumni and friends traveled through spectacular North American National Parks, including Glacier, Waterton, and Banff, with Penn Museum Curator Lucy Fowler Williams. In addition to the spectacular scenery and animal sightings, travelers were able to learn about Native American history and culture from Lucy, who studies their material culture and representation.

“Lucy was terrific – incredibly knowledgeable, personable, friendly and funny!”- Elaine Markezin, WG’77

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For more information about Penn Alumni Travel and their upcoming 2018 travel schedule, please click here.

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’68 Penn Heavyweight Crew

By Phil McKinley Captain ’68 Penn Heavyweight Crew & Nick LaMotte ’68 Penn Heavyweight Crew

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Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Champions – 1967 University heavyweight varsity crew. Left to right: John Ferris, C’69, Bill Purdy, C’68, Stephen Cook, C’68, Austin Godfrey, C’68, Howard Greenberg, ME’67, L’73, Phil McKinley, C’68, Captain Nicholas Paumgarten, C’67, kneeling, Arthur Sculley, W’67. Click here to read the entire story from The Daily Pennsylvanian, 13 September 1967.

 

There are few superstars in a University eight oared shell. Some oarsmen may be better in some ways than others but all have to pull together in great precision to win a race let alone a national championship. In the fall of 1967 the Pennsylvania Heavyweight Crew came from the previous season with great optimism having won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships the previous summer on Lake Onondaga only losing the JV race due to a freak storm that came up during the race.

The members of the University of Pennsylvania Class of ’68 who were members of the Penn Heavyweight Crew returning in the fall of 1967 were David W. Carroll, W’68, Stephen A. Cook, C’68, Austin E. Godfrey, C’68, Francis H. Gehman III, W’68, Michael M. Howard, C’68, Nicholas H. LaMotte, C’68, WG’72, Henry H. Livingston III, C’68, Philip H. McKinley, C’68, and William K. Purdy, C’68. The Penn returning seniors and underclassmen were considered the favorites to repeat a national championship and perhaps represent the United States in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Penn had always had a long and venerable rowing tradition. For years now college oarsmen from any class may be in the varsity or JV boat whereas in 1968 we had a separate freshman boat that competed against other freshmen teams. In 1967 Penn had a superb freshman coach Ted Nash, who had won the gold in the four without coxswain in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and then bronze in the four with coxswain at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ted had begun his coaching career the year the ’68 oarsmen were freshmen and thus spent a year coaching sequentially the ’69, ’70, and ’71 oarsmen who made up the ’68 crew. Ted was a very enthusiastic coach firing up our imaginations and often reminding all of us that this was an Olympic year and we should chase that Olympic sweatshirt all the way to Mexico City.

 

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Joe Burk

Our varsity coach Joe Burk, with whom the seniors, juniors and sophomores spent countless hours on the Schuylkill averaging about 100 miles each week, was the Sullivan Award winner for the best amateur athlete in the U. S., Diamond Scull winner at the Henley Royal Regatta and a World War II PT boat hero who had won the Navy Cross. He rowed for Penn and was Varsity captain. He was a man of few words, kept himself in great shape, always in control, and tough as a titanium rigger. When he asked us to row 24 miles in practice, as we did on Saturday mornings, We never doubted that at 55 he was perfectly capable of doing so in a single perhaps even at a faster pace and certainly at a higher stroke rate than we could. By the calculations of Reed Kinderman, class of ‘67 who is Joe’s unofficial biographer, the ’68 Varsity crew rowed over four thousand miles on the Schuylkill in practice during the fall of ’67 and the spring of ’68.

Our race lineups were based on a demonic random system of employing playing cards with each rower’s or coxswain’s name on a different card. The cards would be shuffled and dealt making up 3 practice boats. Points earned in inter-squad races during practice determined the intercollegiate race boat lineups. Oarsmen had the opportunity to move up if they were in boats that won practice races or down if they lost. Therefore theoretically any member of the crew could be in the JV’s or Varsity at any race. This separated the racers from the rowers and identified those oarsmen who were improving, or not, more readily.

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Heavyweight crew practice-rows on Schuylkill River. The crew later won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta.
Click here to read the entire story from The Daily Pennsylvania, 25 August 1967.

In 1968 the freshman crew swept away all adversaries. The JV crew who had lost to Harvard in a dual meet came back to beat them in the Eastern Sprints and the Varsity lost only to Harvard. In June 1968 the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships again took place on Lake Onondaga. This year it was a 2000 meter race, the Olympic distance, instead of the 3 mile race the previous year. Penn was ready. Again the freshmen triumphed, and this year, without a storm to stop the JVs, they almost coasted to their victory. It was the Varsity’s turn. Coming off the start at 44 strokes per minute we were well ahead but fell back. Slowly over the next 1500 meters we steadily pulled up on the lead boats and passed them winning by a half-length of open water over the second place Washington University Huskies.

Since Harvard and Yale had their special race on the same weekend as the Intercollegiate Rowing Championships the question was raised as to who should represent the United States in the 8 oared shell competition in the Olympics in Mexico City. An Olympic Trials was arranged between Penn and Harvard in Long Beach California later in the summer. The lineup in the Penn boat was changed hopefully to increase its speed by displacing myself and another senior oarsman, Nick LaMotte, who had been drafted the day of the national championship IRAs but thanks to the efforts of Joe Burk was able to return under the Army sports program. We were replaced with two underclassmen, Luther Jones and Gardner Cadwalader. The Olympic Trials Race was held under perfect conditions with both boats bow to bow rowing hard down the course. The only way of telling who won was the photo taken at the finish. After some deliberation it was declared that Harvard won with less than a 4/100s second lead over Penn, the length of the bowball.

After the loss in the eights, several of the members of the Penn crew decided to continue training and try out for the small boat Olympic Trials several weeks later. After training in a 4 with coxswain a group of our own  Penn superstars, Luther Jones ’71, Bill Purdy ’68, Tony Martin ’69, Gardner Cadwalader ’70,  and coxswain John Hartigan, an alumnus coxswain (Penn ’63), won the Olympic small boat trials. They represented Penn extremely well in the ’68 Mexico City Olympics making the finals but coming up short of a medal. Indeed 1968 had been an extremely good year for Penn Heavyweight Rowing.

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Penn’s Olympic Oarsmen (left to right: Luther Jones, W’71, Bill Purdy, C’67, Tony Martin, ’69, Gardner Cadwalader, C’70, GAR’75 – not pictured: cox John Hartigan, C’63, WG’65). Ready to shove off for a practice session on the Schuylkill.

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50th Reunion Memoir –

by Colin Hanna, C’68, PAR’96

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Colin Hanna, C’68, PAR’96

This half-century of remembrance is especially poignant to me, because it’s also the celebration of the golden anniversary of my marriage to Pricie Hemphill.  She was in the class of ’69 but graduated in ’68 at the end of the first summer session, so she can claim membership in our class as well as the one behind us!

My years at Penn were both a lot of fun and instrumental in setting me on my life’s course in communications.  One of my main non-academic interests upon arriving at Penn was broadcasting, so I became an announcer and talk show host on WXPN, which was entirely student-run at the time.  My father had been a director in radio, television and the theatre, and that may have been what whetted my appetite.  Some may remember a TV commercial I did for Wildroot while at Penn.  It earned me enough money to marry Pricie in December of our senior year!

At Penn I entered the NROTC program, and when commissioned an officer in the Navy, I was assigned to the office of the Chief of Information in the Pentagon.  There I did a daily radio news feature on the Navy’s activities in Vietnam and announced a couple of Navy training films. Upon leaving the Navy, I landed a job with CBS Radio in New York.  I wanted to be on the air with WCBS Newsradio, but took a job in sales instead, thinking that once I was in the company, I’d make the move to an on-air job – a move that never happened because I found sales so rewarding. When we were in New York, Pricie joined Citibank and quickly rose to become one of its first woman officers.  CBS then transferred me to a sales management job back in Philadelphia, where Pricie and I became season ticket holders for Penn football. She joined Scott Paper and soon became Assistant Treasurer and eventually the company’s first woman Vice President.  I did a few more TV commercials along the way, and after about 7 years with CBS, I became President of a small advertising agency. We moved to West Chester and had two children, Jeannie (Penn 1996) and Colin (Wheaton 2003).  I sold the advertising agency and began twenty years or so of entrepreneurial ventures, the common thread of which was communication. I also became politically active, joining the Republican Committee of Chester County as a precinct Committeeman.  In 1995, I was elected Chester County Commissioner, where I served for eight years, four as Chairman.

After leaving office at the end of my second term, I founded a conservative public policy organization called Let Freedom Ring, which I continue to lead on a full-time basis. I have appeared around fifty times on TV, mostly on the cable news channels like Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, and hundreds of radio talk shows around the country. I created and hosted a weekly radio talk show on WNTP in Philadelphia called Conservative Solutions and appeared for several years as a regular on Monday Morning Match-Up on Chris Stigall’s show on WPHT. I’m also a regular commentator on American Radio Journal, syndicated on over 200 small radio stations in 45 states.

I’ve now embarked on what is undoubtedly the most ambitious project of my life: a full-length dramatic film of the life of Frederick Douglass, intended for theatrical release. My team includes one of most-respected biographers of Douglass, Dr. C. James Trotman, the great-great granddaughter and great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, a former Hollywood studio CEO and a 1968 Penn classmate: John Altman.  2018 will be the bicentennial of Douglass’ birth, and we hope that the attendant publicity will make the film especially timely.  That’s to say nothing of how much 21st-century America needs to learn from the story of this great 19th-century American hero.  If the project stays on track, it’ll be something to talk about during our reunion film conversation.

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Women’s Basketball – 1968

by Carolyn Marcus Jacobs, CW ‘68

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Row one: K. Merritt, E. Morrow,  Co-captain. Barbara Linnehan (Ellis), Co-captain, N. Ball Row two: F. Bardman, Coach, J. Miller, P. Whatley, P. Gardner, J. Sanders, B. Stocking, Carolyn Marcus (Jacobs), CW’68. Row three: A. Garvine, A. Williams, F. Martin, T. McMullin, E. Sommerfeld.

Over the winter of 1967-1968, the women’s basketball team completed an undefeated season.

Before we get all excited about that, let me describe the climate of women’s sports at Penn.

Remember, it was the late ‘60s and Title IX which mandated that equal money be spent on sports for men and women was still several years away.

We often had to drag a bag of practice balls from campus to 30th Street Station to take the train to Swarthmore or Bryn Mawr. This was, of course, the cheapest way to get us to the Main Line and back.  We had no training staff and when one of us was injured (and I had notoriously weak ankles), our coach, Faye Bardman, went to the men’s trainer to ask how she should be taping ankles.  Women, as you know, could not be expected to run the full length of the court, so we played a game with six team members … two permanent forwards, two permanent guards and two rovers, the only ones permitted to cross the center line. Defense was almost always a zone … a box, a diamond or a triangle with a one-on-one if we needed to stop the other team’s star player. Oh, and we had to wear little dresses with bloomers underneath. (Let me not disparage the basketball uniforms. They at least existed, unlike the softball team whose members wore whatever we had with a Penn logo. Check out the team picture in our yearbook and note that one of our players was even wearing a Yale sweatshirt)

We played an 8-game schedule and, if we played a team from a school with a top-flight phys ed program like Temple or West Chester, we likely played their third string team since the varsity or JV would have run roughshod over us.

Nevertheless, we persisted.

Wbball2In our freshman year, we also had an unblemished record, one unblemished by a win. Our indomitable coach, Faye Bardman, stuck by us, worked us hard, taught us to dribble without looking at the ball, to play relentless defense, to shoot and shoot and shoot. She never gave up on us. In successive years, thanks to an influx of both height and talent, we won two games, then four games and finally, all eight.

Our ’67 – ’68 team was led by co-captains Barbara Linnehan, and Ellen Morrow, both dead-eye shooters and hard-nosed defenders who played the rover positions. Our offense was ably supported by underclassmen Barbara Stocking and Joan Sanders. For me, Kate Merritt and Jan Miller who “stuck it out” for four years, that season was the reward for all of the hours and hours of practice in Weightman Hall, all the late nights getting home from away games and missed meals in the dorm cafeterias.

The personal highlight for me was the final game of the season against Immaculata which, if you recall, went on to win the first national championship in 1972. Math tells me that not a single one of the national championship players in 1972 would have been playing in 1968. Whew! I recall being the high scorer in that game and sinking some crucial foul shots which (in my maybe-distorted memory) were instrumental in our final victory. It was the game that gave us an 8-0 record and was the capstone to four years of devotion to this team.

Next time you are in the Palestra, look (hard) for the display cabinet dedicated to women’s sports at Penn and you will see a picture of a women’s basketball team from that era in our navy blue jumpers. Erroneously (and sadly), that picture is of the ’66-’67 team, but nonetheless it honors a very special time for those of us who proudly wore the Red and Blue.

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CUPID Be Still My Heart (44 Weeks To Go)

By Howard Levene, ENG’93, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

We asked classmates to send us photos of their Penn t-shirts from when we were students. And Howard Levene sent t-shirts and many seemed to be from CUPID, so we asked, did he work for CUPID? You surely all remember CUPID – the Center for University of Pennsylvania Identification. It was in the Hutch (Hutchison Gym, adjacent to the Palestra) every year as school started. Here is what Howard shared about CUPID.

CUPID 1990 t-shirt, front view, from Howard Levene, ENG'93, from University of Pennsylvania

CUPID 1990 shirt, front view, from Howard Levene, ENG’93

CUPID 1990 t-shirt, back view, from Howard Levene, ENG'93, from University of Pennsylvania

CUPID 1990 t-shirt, back view, from Howard Levene, ENG’93

Oh, I didn’t just work at CUPID, I was the Assistant Coordinator from March to December 1992.

Sophomore (Fall 90) and Junior year (Fall 91) I was a CUPID worker and got promoted. I’m pretty sure I still have a Spring Fling Security Orange Jacket in the trunk of my car as a side-effect from that.

CUPID was great – you got paid and you could move in a week early and avoid the rush to move into the dorms.  For a person like me who lived locally (Parents in South Jersey) it wasn’t hard to do the move (no shipping, just loading a car trunk), and it was great to avoid the crush of traffic.

It also made so much sense – put all the orientation in one area (Gym membership, Library sign-up, Bike Registration, etc) so students could just walk around in the Palestra.

I may even have a recording of PARIS somewhere in my ancient files….

What do you have in your attic? Share it with us by emailing upenn1993@gmail.com.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 7 – 8 2017, marked 44 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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