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Anne Chorske Stuzin
Atlanta, GA, resident Sam Bayne and wife Katie took their two boys, ages 5 and 9, to see the American Idol show. They were able to meet all the contestants and judges and had “an absolute blast!” Last June, Sam started a Sotheby’s residential brokerage in Atlanta with a group of people. It is going great, despite the slight hiccup in the market. The office, staffed by only 60 agents, has gotten over $450 million in listings. Sam ran into Larry Meltzer at the Super Bowl in February and says, “He had not changed a bit!”
Titus Peterson and his wife welcomed son Aragon on February 22. Says Titus, “He looks a little like Mr. Magoo.” Titus goes coyote hunting in Arapahoe, CO, on 35 acres of open land. He would love to host alumni guests.
Phil Theoharides reports that the family “six-pack” is definitely doing something about their carbon footprint. Despite driving two Suburbans (one is old, and for the nanny) they try to reduce wasted energy everywhere they can and are adding solar panels to their home. He made an attempt to spend Opening Day at “The Mecca” (Yankee Stadium) with his 5- and 6-year-olds, until the game was rained out; die-hard fans, they headed back the next night. Daughter Lyla was born November 27. The family skied 18 days this season, mostly at Gore Mountain, where Phil got many strange looks on the J-bar. He took Lyla in the Bjorn and held Owen, 2, between his legs. Father and son then descended the mountain with Owen on a ski leash screaming to go faster.
The Theoharideses see Clai and Pam Duca Marshall, who have built a beautiful new house with a big barn and several types of animals. Middle child Colton, 9, is “a crazy gymnast” and statewide competitor in Massachusetts.
Liz Cole Bemiss broke her arm over spring break while skiing in Park City, UT. “A cute snowboarder clipped my board, and I did a cartwheel.” She flew home to get surgery and a cast, but the unfortunate event postponed Liz’s training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January. Her four kids are doing fine and playing all kinds of sports.
Jane Zoidis Quinn likes to remind me constantly that she is still living in Tokyo with “the man you set me up with” (my husband Ken’s 1986 Columbia University classmate). Jane is enjoying seeing all of Asia with Kevin and their three kids, but misses the States—especially quick trips to upstate NY and Saratoga. “The temple monks remind me of some of the toga parties at school.”
London resident Steve Cres enjoyed a short holiday in Malta for the Easter break, with nice weather and wonderful scenery. His son enjoyed all the forts and the history of the knights, as well as all the old buses, which have been maintained since 1950.
Diane Bigotte Kendall recently had lunch with Lisa Buxbaum Berliner and says, “It was a blast! We had a great time comparing notes about kids and giggling about old times.” Diane’s family is busy with school, sports, dance recitals, and the like.
After several years of planning and hard work, Michele Helfgott realized her dream of opening a comprehensive-care center for women in Fort Wayne, IN. She also gives lectures and does TV spots on various women’s health-care topics. She says, “I guess all that studying at Skidmore paid off.”
Dan Wolff and wife Heather Aldrich ’87 are doing their best to keep up with kids Matthew, 11, and Zach, 13, plus dogs, work, and fun. They had a great time last spring at Reunion and Dan spent a fun-filled October weekend in Saratoga with Eliot Cabot, Chip Anzola, and Cliff Nelson. He recently visited Cliff and wife Ana Hernandez ’87 at their home in Rye, NY, and drove down to Princeton, NJ, to visit Scott Douglas. Dan is opening a new business in the Boston area called H. R. Pups ’n’ Suds, a facility with self-serve dog-washing, doggie day care, and retail dog products. In his spare time Dan is an active archer with his son, who continues to win trophies (unlike his father). In addition, Dan runs a group called MassDeerService.com to address the needs of suburban landowners who have deer problems.
Donna Vasquez married Edgar Galindez in a “wonderful snowy wedding ceremony” on February 23. Amy Sundback and Christine Herter Warren and her husband, Doug, were in attendance. Karen Kells Corby and husband Steve, and Amy Sullivan ’87 and her husband, Terry Wong, were kept away by the snow. Donna and Edgar honeymooned in Turkey and Greece.
Caroline Ralph Kenlon’s kids, ages 13, 11, 9, and 8, are all playing lacrosse, baseball, soccer, and volleyball while Caroline is involved in the middle-school activities. She is VP of the MS SCA (similar to a PTA), a great experience.
In mid-March Ellen Hermann invited Ron Levene and wife Meg, Beth Demas-Anderson and husband Derrick, her boyfriend Steve, and Stan Francois to a lunch at Conde Nast, hosted and prepared by Gourmet magazine’s executive chef, Sara Moulton. She says, “We had a great time and continued the celebration long after lunch, discovering many new bars and hangouts in the city.” Ron enjoyed a weekend in May in Saratoga catching up with Eve Mulholland and her husband,
Bob Antonez, at Sperry’s. Afterward, the Levene kids, Alexandra, Caitlin, and Charles, and Eve’s son got ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s before hitting Congress Park for playtime. They all had a great time catching up.
My family went to London and Paris in March for spring break and had great fun. A London highlight was sitting in the second row at an English Premier League football match between home team Fulham and visiting Everton. My three soccer players loved it. In Paris I retraced my junior-year-abroad steps, while the kids enjoyed endless pains au chocolat and crêpes. We had dinner with several members of my French family, reinforcing a bond that has endured for well over 20 years. Fellow JYAers from 1984–85 will also love to hear that the Stuzins met Molly Delauney for lunch in the Tuileries. Molly and I enjoyed exchanging updates (happily retired, she and husband Francois do a lot of traveling), and reminiscing about Skidmore in Paris as the six of us strolled around Place de la Concorde and Palais Royale.