Mini-Reunion XXIV, Boston, June 10-13, 2010
Mini XXIV at the "New Boston" was an enjoyable and educational experience for some 92 classmates, wives, and associates who gathered there June 10-13. The host committee, which Roger McLean chaired, arranged accommodations at the fine Colonnade Hotel and conducted a program that included tours of the city, meals together at excellent restaurants, visits to museums, and scholarly presentations.
We gathered Thursday afternoon at the headquarters hotel, the Colonnade, near Copley Square. Our speaker following dinner at the hotel that evening was Russian affairs scholar and Wellesley professor emeritus Marshall Goldman, who spoke on the Putin political-economic system.
Friday morning we began our morning-long tour of the city with a comprehensive view of much of the "New" Boston, some of us by "trolley" and some by "duck." The afternoon was largely devoted to two great art museums, the Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Museum of Fine Arts. We went to Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant for dinner that evening and heard a thought-provoking talk on the future relationship of China and the West - and what we should do about it - by Professor Richard Rosecrance of the Harvard Kennedy School. (Much of what Professor Rosecrance said is in his article in the current issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.)
After breakfast at the Colonnade Saturday morning, Dick Kazmaier introduced his good friend Larry Luchino '67, President of the Boston Red Sox, who gave an entertaining presentation on why he and his fellow investors bought the Red Sox and Fenway Park and how they manage the franchise. The talk, which got to the heart of one of baseball's most memorable baseball regimes, was followed by a Q&A period with prizes for questions ranging from autographed baseballs to a Red Sox mascot doll. We then had a fine guided tour of Fenway Park, the oldest major league stadium (and one of the smallest), from the lower stands to the top of the "Green Monster" wall in left field.
Lunch that day was at the famous Union Oyster House, called the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S. That was followed by a visit to the JFK Library, where we relived the past through various exhibits and TV clips on the Cuban missile crisis, the assassination, the activities of Jackie Onassis, and much else that we remember from years ago.
Saturday evening we walked in light rain across the street from the hotel to dinner on the 50th floor of the Prudential Center, where the initial fog that obscured everything except for the floodlights at Fenway Park lifted to reveal views of the city in all directions. Following a brief report by the Class President on major Class activities (relations with '02, the regional luncheon program, and our sponsorship of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network as a Class "enduring mark"), John Moore announced plans for Mini XXV in New York City, April 28-May 1, 2011. John heads the Mini XXV/NYC committee, which is already hard at work making arrangements for '52's next great off-campus gathering. It is anticipated that accommodations will be at the Princeton Club of New York and the nearby Holiday Inn Express, in the heart of what some call the world's most exciting city. Save the dates!
Our final speaker for the Mini was Julia Chapman '09, an outstanding graduate of the Princeton Architecture Department, who gave us a power point presentation and interpretive talk about architecture in the fascinating city that was all around us, by then quite visible where the fog had previously obscured it. She focused especially on exciting recent developments in Boston architecture, especially striking new buildings at MIT. She also analyzed the "Big Dig" - the huge project of putting stretches of the Boston highway system underground and replacing it at the surface with the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Completion of that project was a reason for choosing the date for the mini. The changes to the traffic flow and landscape in the center of the city were very evident as we took in various parts of the program.
The assemblage dispersed Sunday after the farewell brunch at the Colonnade Sunday morning, to digest what they had learned about the "New" great city of Boston - and looking forward to next year in New York.
101 Classmates, Wives, Associates and Friends
Have Signed Up for the Boston Mini as of April 28, 2010
George & Ellen Aman
Ray & Eleanor Baldwin
Arnold & Sally Barnes
Donavin & Mickey Baumgartner
Jock & Susie Bickert
Joe & Tink Bolster
Hale & Dorothy Bradt
Jerry & Dorothy Canter
Chuck & Sally Carpenter
Bob & Connie Eby
Dick & Betsy Flynn
Joe & Sue Handelman
Frank & Robbin Harvey
Herb & Joan Hedick
Chuck & Janet Hemminger
Bob & Nancy Jiranek
Dick & Patti Kazmaier
Paul & Suzie Koontz
Hoby & Sally Kreitler
Barry & Jean Loper
John & Sally Lowry
Quincey & Helene Lumsden
Don & Carol Malehorn
Phil & Gloria May
Warren McCabe & Priscilla Hildum
Roger & Latie McLean
Olan & Norma Mills
Paul & Jane Mueller
Bill & Mary Murdoch
Geoff & Clare Nunes
Marshall & Millie Osborn
Steve & Kent Rogers
Pat & Nan Russell
Ben & Joyce Saler
Hal & Carol Saunders
Charlie & Jean Shriver
Al & Chantal Sloan
David & Lois Smith
Leigh & Jean Smith
Dunc Stephens & Eileen Denver
Sandi Tatnall & Christian Thompson
Lefty & Tootsie Thomas
John & Sally Weber
Allen West & Diane Kessler
Lucius & Adela Wilmerding
Arnold Barnes, Hale Bradt, William Jannen, Bruce Johnson, Richard Kazmaier, Robert Linderman, Latie McLean, Roger McLean, Clare Nunes, Geoffrey Nunes, Kirk Parrish, Benson Saler, Allan Sloan, Jean Smith, Leigh Smith, Dorothea Thomas, Roger Thomas, Allen West
Members of the Class of 1952:
We will welcome you in June to the "New Boston," with an opportunity to meet with other classmates, renew old friendships, and make new ones in a congenial setting. The response to our early inquiry was overwhelming, and we know you will have a good time.
We will introduce you to the committee's selections of the Best in Boston. The city's crown jewels are the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and, here, the Red Sox are everybody's favorite. The Union Oyster House and the JFK Library and Museum will draw you into the Fitzgerald and Kennedy orbit. The latest expression of this is the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway cutting like a green ribbon through the heart of Boston.
Our daily schedule has been arranged for persons our age. There are options available on Friday and Saturday to suit the needs of explorers, shoppers and all of those who wish to ride in comfort. We have included events and lectures organized especially with our Class in mind.
We have made every effort to keep costs down in an expensive city. Much to our chagrin, the city and state have chosen to impose new taxes and fees on the backs of visitors from out of town.
Seventy-two rooms have been reserved at the luxurious Colonnade Hotel in the Back Bay at a special reunion rate of $219 (plus taxes) per night. Rooms can be reserved for three days before and after at this same rate. A half-price overnight parking rate of $15 has been obtained in the hotel garage.
Room reservations may be obtained by calling 617-424-7000 and mentioning the special reunion rate for the Princeton Class of 1952.
Roger McLean, for the Boston Committee
Princeton 1952 Mini Reunion XXIV Schedule
Thursday, June 10, 2010
3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Registration/Information Desk Open
6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception and Dinner at The Colonnade Hotel
Friday, June 11, 2010
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Pre-Paid Continental Breakfast at The Colonnade Hotel
9:00 a.m. Introduction to Boston: Boston Duck Tour and Old Town
Trolley tours leave from the front of The Colonnade
10:30 a.m. Approximate return to The Colonnade
11 :00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Group 1 Box Lunch and Museum Tour
12:00 p.m. Bus departs for Museum Tour
4:30 p.m. Bus returns to The Colonnade
12:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Group 2 Box Lunch and Museum Tour
1:15 p.m. Bus departs for Museum Tour
5:30 p.m. Bus returns to The Colonnade
6:30 p.m. Busses depart for Dinner
7:00p.m. Reception and Dinner at Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant
9:35 p.m. Approximate return to The Colonnade Hotel
Saturday, June 12, 2010
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Pre-Paid Continental Breakfast at The Colonnade Hotel
9:00 a.m. Talk by Red Sox President Larry Lucchino '67 with an
introduction by Dick Kazmaier ’52 at The Colonnade
10:00 a,m. Busses depart for Tour of Fenway Park
10:30 a.m. Tour of Fenway Park
12:00 p.m. Approximate return to The Colonnade Hotel
12:15 p.m. Busses depart for Union Oyster House and JFK Library Tour
4:30 p.m. Approximate return to The Colonnade Hotel
6:15 p.m. Depart on foot for .the Prudential Skywalk
6:30p.m. Cocktail Reception at the Skywalk
7:15 p.m. Class Dinner at the Skywalk
8:30 p.m. "The Changing Face of Boston" by Julia Chapman '09
9:30 p.m. Approximate return to The Colonnade Hotel
Sunday, June 13, 2010
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Farewell Brunch at The Colonnade
Registration for Mini XXIV at Boston, Massachusetts, June 10-13, 2010
Alumnus/Associate Information Guest Information
Badge Name________________________________ Badge Name -
Other Guest(s) with badge names:______________________________________________________ _
City:______________________________________ State:_______________________ Zip_________________
Hotel Colonnade___________________ Other accommodations __________________________
(Please make your reservation directly with the Hotel)
Basic Registration Fee:______ people at $ 100 per person = $_______________
I/we will participate in the following Mini Reunion Activities:
Thursday: 6:30 pm Reception and Dinner with classmates at Colonnade Hotel
_________people each at $ 130 per person = $_____________
Friday: 7:00 am-8:30 am Pre-paid Continental Breakfast at Colonnade Hotel Morning
Option 1: 9:00 am Boston Duck Tour _____ people each at $ 60 per person = $_________
Option 2: 9:00 am Old Town Trolley Tour___people each at $ 60 per person = $______
Option 3: Free time
Afternoon: 11:00 am & 12:15 pm Box Lunch sessions at Colonnade Hotel as
part of MFA and Gardner Museum ToursOption 1: Guided tours of Museum of Fine Arts and
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Two groups)
_______ people each at $ 180 per person = $_________________
Option 2: Free Time
Evening: 6:30 pm Reception and Dinner at Anthony's Pier 4
______ people each at $ 150 per person = $___________________
Saturday: 7:30 am-8:45 am Pre-paid Continental Breakfast at Colonnade Hotel Morning
9:00 am Talk by Red Sox President Larry Lucchino '67, introduced by
his friend Dick Kazmaier '52
Option 1: 10:00 am Guided Tour of Updated Fenway Park
________people each at $ 25 per person = $__________________
Option 2: Free time
Afternoon: 12:15 pm Lunch at Union Oyster House and trip to
JFK Library (including 17-minute film and self-guided tour)
____________people each at $ 140 per person = $__________________
Evening:6:40 pm Reception and Class Dinner at Prudential Skywalk
____________people each at $ 200 per person = $___________________
Sunday: 8:30 am-l0:00 am Farewell Brunch at Colonnade Hotel
_________people each at $ 60 per person = $ ___________________
Total Registration and Activities: $ ____________________
Less Early Registration Discount of $25.00 PER PERSON Deadline March 5, 2010
Grand Total Due: $___________________
Please make check payable to: Princeton '52 Mini Reunion XXIV and mail Registration Form and Check to: Roger D. McLean, 10 Blue Heron Way, Acton, MA 01720 (978-635-0852)
Princeton 1952 Mini Reunion XXIV Events
Boston Duck Tour: A guided open air trip, with a wink, through the history of Boston. Experience an entertaining presentation of the sights and stories of Boston aboard a World War II amphibious landing craft that travels through city streets and splashes down into the Charles River for a IS-minute cruise. A favorite with visitors to Boston.
Old Town Trolley Tour: A guided tour through city streets featuring MIT, the old homes of Charles Street and Beacon Hill and historical sites frequented by Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty. Takes in Boston Harbor, Charlestown and a view of "Old Ironsides." Returns to the hotel passing by Boston Common, the towers of Back Bay and Copley Square.
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA):Visit this grand museum with its encyclopedic collection containing 4S0,000 objects. Our pre-arranged guided "masterpieces" tour will touch on ancient Egyptian through Classical, Asian, Medieval and European treasures and will include a visit to the Sargent Gallery with its selection of American works.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Visit this unique palace inspired by a lSth century Venetian palazzo filled with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Degas, Whistler and Sargent. The gallery surrounds an interior courtyard with seasonal garden displays and provides the oldest museum musical program in the nation.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA):Guides on our coaches will point out features of this visionary glass box designed by Princeton Professor Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio & Renfro that cantilevers over the Boston waterfront. This architectural masterpiece won the city's Parker Medal in 2007 for "most beautiful structure in Boston."
Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant: Founded in 1963, this famous restaurant packs them in, and its popularity has been a factor in rebuilding Boston's waterfront. Known for excellent sea food and a remarkable wine cellar, Anthony's has one of the best views of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and the sweep of Boston Harbor.
Red Sox Welcome: Red Sox President Larry Lucchino '67 came with new ownership in 2002, and they delivered a World Championship in 2004 after a hiatus of 86 years. Responding to public sentiment, Larry retained Fenway Park's location, dimensions and character while spearheading a complete overhaul of the interior. Larry will be introduced by his friend Dick Kazmaier '52:
Fenway Park Tour: Continuously soldout since 2003, the oldest ballpark in America retains its Green Monster left field wall and the vintage hand operated scoreboard. The tour covers the many new architectural improvements and celebrates the pitching of Babe Ruth, the six batting championships of Ted Williams and the 2004 and 2007 World Series triumphs.
Union Oyster House: America's oldest restaurant, since 1826, this National Historic Landmark on the Freedom Trail continues to be a major Boston attraction. It was a favorite of Mayor John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald and was frequented by his grandson Senator John F. Kennedy and his coterie of political advisers.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway: Guides on our coaches will point out features as we travel the length of the Greenway heading for the next destination. The Big Dig tore down the John F. Fitzgerald overhead expressway and replaced it with an underground highway. The surface was replaced with a mile-long grass ribbon separating the buildings near the harbor.
JFK Library and Museum: Considered by 1. M. Pei as his best design, this favorite of the South Boston waterfront celebrates President Kennedy and his career. Our visit begins with a 17-minute film recapping what we all remember as his early political career and election in 1960 to the White House. A self-guided tour takes us through more than twenty exhibits of President Kennedy's thousand days in film and television footage, historic documents, and treasures from the White House.
Skywalk Cocktails and Dinner: Ascending to the top of the Prudential Tower, we have an opportunity on the 50th floor to explore breathtaking views of the turreted rooflines of the Back Bay, the green Esplanade, the Charles River, Fenway Park, and other Boston landmarks. Our Class Dinner ('52 jackets requested) will be followed by a lecture we have commissioned from Julia Chapman '09.
"The Changing Face of Boston": Bostonian Julia Chapman '09 will brief us on what she has seen and learned about physical changes taking place in a city busy remaking itself. She is an impressive High Honors graduate and senior thesis prize winner from Princeton's School of Architecture.
Mini Reunion Headquarters: The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116. To reserve a room, call 1-800-962-3030 or 617-424-7000. Mention the special reunion rate for the Princeton Class of 1952.
Parking: Overnight parking for guests staying at the hotel will be available there at the rate of$15.00 per night (normally $38.00). Arrangements can be made for others with day parking at the same rate.
Dress: Reunion jackets, blue blazers, or suits at the Saturday evening Class Dinner; sport jackets at other occasions; corresponding attire for women.
Questions?: Address them to Roger or Latie McLean, 978-635-0852, RogerLatie@comcast.net