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Squires photoDon Squires, BA '75. I retired in the fall of 2011, after a nearly 30 year career as a CPA specializing in corporate taxation, and now find myself in the happy position of being able to spend much more time on my avocation, ancient numismatics. Among the projects I have been involved in was assisting Richard Grossman (Yale ‘01), formerly a curator at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, in researching some of the Greek coins selected for the museum’s new gallery dedicated to showcasing its five hundred best ancient coins. I have also become friends with Bill Metcalf, who was kind enough to wrangle me an invitation last December to gala reopening of the Yale Art Gallery. (The new gallery is magnificent and by itself justifies a trip to New Haven.) Finally while in New Haven in December I was able to see one of my favorite Yale profs, Victor Bers. It was very gracious of Victor to see me and I especially enjoyed our discussion of how technology has revolutionized the study of Classics in ways that I for one wouldn’t have imagined possible back in the mid 1970s. Would that I could be a student again.


Stokes photo W. Royal Stokes, PhD '65. I have many fond memories of the two years (1960–62) it took to satisfy my course requirements and commence on my dissertation. I was among about a dozen new candidates for the doctorate and we were a congenial bunch who spent our days, and some evenings, in Phelps Hall studying for our courses with Bernard Knox, C. Bradford Welles, Ann Perkins, Ralph Ward, Alfred Bellinger, and other eminent classicists. One amusing recollection is of a bogus classical journal series that many of us contributed to. We titled it Hysteria and frequently added pages to its large loose-leaf binder. It contained our attempts — in all good humor and with due respect — to satirize and parody the field of study that we all dearly loved. I wonder if that binder is still there on a shelf in the Phelps Hall Classics Library. A 1965 Yale Classics Ph.D, I taught Greek and Latin languages and literature and ancient history for the decade of the 1960s at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Colorado, Tufts University, and Brock University (Ontario) before departing the academic life in 1969 and becoming an author, editor, journalist, and broadcaster in the field of jazz and popular music, which I had been closely observing since the early 1940s. I was editor of Jazz Notes (the quarterly journal of the Jazz Journalists Association) from 1992 to 2001, the Washington Post's jazz critic for a decade beginning in the late 1970s, editor of JazzTimes for several years in the 1980s, and hosted my weekly shows “I thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say ....” and Since Minton’s on public radio in the 1970s and ’80s. I am the author of The Jazz Scene: An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990 (Oxford University Press, 1991), Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson (Temple University Press, 1994), Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians about Their Careers in Jazz (Oxford, 2000), and Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers (Oxford 2005). My trilogy of novels Backwards Over will see publication in 2013 and I am currently at work on a memoir and A W. Royal Stokes Jazz, Blues & Beyond Reader. A full account of why I changed career paths in mid-life can be found here.

Rondholz photoAnke (Rondholz) Tietz, PhD 2011, has recently founded a travel outfit, the Via Antiqua Travel GmbH. She writes: “Francesca Spiegel is my partner in crime. We organize educational trips in Europe with a focus on history, archeology and history of art. Our programs not only feature out-of-the-ordinary sites but also shed new light on top destinations every traveler must see. Each trip is dedicated to one aspect of historic importance to the region visited: we provide a red thread, if you will, to draw the line connecting past to present. This makes our trips a real in-depth experience, because ‘the more you know, the more you see’. The travelers are accompanied by a trip manager to provide for their well-being and comfort, and by an expert with a PhD in a related field to give after-dinner talks, introduce the theme, and present the sites in cooperation with local guides. From 2015 on, our trips will be sold through the travel programs run by various Alumni Associations, such as Yale Educational Travel. Before we officially start, I’m offering two trips for 2014 as some sort of test run: ‘A Game of Thrones. Balancing the Powers in Post-Medieval Baden-Württemberg’, an 11 days trip in Southwest Germany; and ‘Rome’s Etruscan Heritage’, 11 days in and around Rome. Now I’m looking for travelers to go on at least one of the trips for a really special price, and, in return, to share their opinion and help me improve the programs! Here is the website:

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