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Robert Shaps
Superintendent of Schools Married 4 Quaker Ridge

After living for many years on the farm in New Hampshire and  Massachusetts, I have relocated to Westchester County to work as a Superintendent of Schools in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

My youngest son is an actor so being close to NYC has been great.   I recently became a grandfather and have a grandson who is already large enough to play for the New England Patriots.

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Nancy Wiener
Married 1 Quaker Ridge
Okay, here's my life in a nutshell.  I taught at The Dalton School for twenty years.  I left to go to Columbia University to help start an elementary school there with my former headmaster.  I stayed there for two years.  I got married, moved to Bedford, NY, had a baby, and left teaching, for the moment.  Right now I'm a mommy of a beautiful girl.  So, as Barbara Hoffman aptly pointed out, Robert Shaps is a grandfather and I'm chasing after a four year old! The irony of life.  
  I love reading everybody's comments and can't wait for the reunion.
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Julie Kuehndorf
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film publicist Single Again 2 Greenacres
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Jon Ungar
finance Married 2 Edgewood
Well my life has really come full circle.
After 20 years out west I'm back in Scarsdale.  I'm married to Nicky Moretti, who I reconnected with at our 20th reunion.
We have 4 year old twins.
Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
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Michael Mattis
Married 3

I just wrote a lengthy reflection for my 25th college reunion... might as well recycle it for SHS 30th... here goes!

Looking back at my younger self 25 years ago, I am struck by how certain I was at the time about how my life would unfold. How surprised I would have been to peer into the future and see a picture of my life today! I received both my AB and AM in physics at Harvard, married my high school and college sweetheart Judy Hochberg ’82, transferred to Stanford for my doctorate in theoretical particle physics, was an Enrico Fermi Fellow in physics at the University of Chicago, then a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where I joined the permanent scientific staff in 1992. In broad strokes, starting with my thesis work, my research program involved the development of topological theories of elementary particles, starting with protons and neutrons, and culminating in a variety of intricate consistency tests for superstrings theory.

 

But the year 2000 marked a turning point in my life. Los Alamos was in the midst of a year of perpetual crisis, starting with the Wen Ho Lee Chinese spy scandal, and culminating in the forest fire – set by the National Park Service – that burned down part of the town. For a mathematical physicist, turning 40 is like a female gymnast turning 20: it’s time to think about hanging up the spandex. Indeed, what passes for scientific career advancement – becoming a department head or a division director, and spending most of one’s time allocating office space, or flying to Washington to beg for grant money – didn’t seem like much of a “promotion” from actually doing cutting-edge science. Plus, I felt that superstrings theory was going nowhere – and will probably go down in scientific history as an enormous waste of intellectual capital. And Judy, a computational linguist at Los Alamos, whose own life’s arc is recounted elsewhere in this book, was being recruited by a dot-com (remember those?) located in NYC’s “Silicon Alley.”

 

It was time for a mid-life change! In a moment out of American Beauty, at the height of my scientific career, I resigned from the Lab, “retired” from physics, and followed Judy and our three admittedly skeptical children to New York, where we settled in our original home town of Scarsdale. I decided to turn my already serious avocation into a vocation: collecting and investing in fine-art photography. This was specifically motivated by the unique historical opportunity to purchase the estate of the official photographer of the Kremlin, Dmitri Baltermants (which purchase was featured in Forbes magazine). Since then I have approached the collecting of vintage photography in an almost scientific way: tracking down heirs of photographers and purchasing their estates, organizing traveling museum shows, working with auction houses and retail galleries to create a market, putting out publications, and so forth. The show that Judy and I are proudest of, Edward Weston: Life Work, is currently winding up a 5-year museum tour.

 

Another such project involved reconstituting the life’s work of a most unusual photographer: the self-taught studio portraitist and town curmudgeon named Mike Disfarmer, who plied his trade during the Depression years in tiny Heber Springs, Arkansas, and whose legendary oeuvre had since disappeared. I hired and trained a team of seven locals to go down every dirt road within 50 miles of Disfarmer’s original studio and ring every doorbell in search of vintage originals, which resided in people’s family photo albums, or in shoeboxes in the attic. This two-year reclamation project (likened to raising the Titanic!) was featured on both the front page and the editorial page of the New York Times. The resulting book, Disfarmer: The Vintage Prints, was excerpted in American Photo magazine; see our website www.disfarmer.org for links.

 

Most recently, with other like-minded collectors, I’ve co-founded an organization, art2art Circulating Exhibitions (www.art2art.org), dedicated to renting out high-quality art shows to regional and university museums at highly subsidized, affordable, prices.

 

I can’t wait to see what the next 25 years will bring! [make that 30 years for SHS'78 readers]

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Judith Hochberg
Married 3

Here, in a nutshell, is my "life's arc," copied from my 25th college reunion volume:
In many ways, my life has come full circle in the last twenty-five years. Before I came to Harvard, I lived in Scarsdale, New York, where I was a serious Spanish and French student at Scarsdale High School, the president of the Spanish Club, and had a serious boyfriend, Michael Mattis. Today, Michael and I are approaching our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. We live in Scarsdale, where I am teaching Spanish and French at Scarsdale High School and am the faculty advisor of the Spanish Club. Plus ça change. . . .

Between then and now, however, the only constant in my life has been Michael. Rather than staying put on the East Coast, we have lived in the West, Midwest, and Southwest. Rather than remaining professionally true to my first love of Spanish, I have been an academic linguist and a computational linguistics researcher working in a government lab and in industry. I have been blessed with three wonderful children but have lost a sister (Carol Hochberg, M.B.A. ’86), my mother (Audrey Golden Hochberg ’55), and all four of my grandparents. I am now watching my oldest child take her first giant steps into adulthood as a recent college graduate and medical school applicant.

Like most women in my generation, I have struggled to find a balance between family and career concerns. I was lucky to have found my true love so young, to have been able to afford childcare, and to have been in a career path where I could work part-time for the first nine months after each child was born. But it was still hard to be the mother that I wanted to be and also put in a full day’s work. If I could do it all over again, I would hire a housekeeper.

The biggest recent change in my life was my decision to become a teacher. I have a Ph.D. in linguistics and had been working for fifteen years in the field of computational linguistics, “teaching” computers how to engage online shoppers in dialogues, identify a document’s language and topic, and other difficult tasks. As I contemplated the next twenty years of my life, however, I realized that I was fundamentally more interested in languages than in computers, and that some of my most satisfying experiences along the way had involved teaching. Fortunately New York state has an accelerated certification process for career changers in subjects where there are teacher shortages, including foreign languages. I started education classes in January of 2004, began teaching that September, and have never looked back.

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Michael Sinsheimer
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Ah, the marvels of science.  It looks like Mr. Mattis got out prematurely based on the remarkable improvements showcased in Mr. Weisburger and Mr. Chatzky's profiles.  I don't know about you, but my anxiety of attending reunion has increased dramatically given the aesthetic enhancements of the aforementioned folks.

I was less lucky than the two of them - I thought that through my partnering with many physician inventors, I could put together the perfect composite, but all I got was this younger looking result.  Oh well, there's always risk involved in these endeavors.  All this his led to retroactive sensory change resulting in Peter Frampton, Queen, Steely Dan, the Doobies, Stones, Who, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Hall & Oates, Loggins & Messina, Pure Prarie League, Lynyrd Skynrd, Marshall Tucker, the Allmans, the Dead, to go pulsing through my head as well as Peter Chatzky's poems that used to prepare us for soccer games.  Oh, the pain...Talk about an experimental procedure backfiring.

It's great to see Jeff Perry moving across the Post Road and his comment about living on both sides of the road as I remember scraping him off that central artery.

All is well down in Charlotte.  If you ever come to visit the Queen City, you'll note some things you don't see in the Dale - the first road you hit from the airport is Billy Graham Highway.  We also have the Billy Graham Library and a church on every corner as well as being the home of NASCAR which presents an interesting juxtaposition with the City also being the #2 financial center in the Country.  We're the opposite of most places, a great place to live and not a fun place to visit.  But if you ever do vist, make sure to bring a real deli sandwich with you.

Looking forward to connecting with everyone.  Also, glad to see all of us have matured with these postings except for Mr. Mattis who seems to see some humor in this exercise...

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Tom Marshall
EPA lawyer (wildlife and env'tal impact statement issues) Married 1
Sorry to miss everybody.  A shout-out to Jon Ungar and Charlie Bell for sublime life-long friendship; to Manard Holliday for consistently being Earth's most interesting dinner guest; to David Cagan, for his spiritual savvy; to Prof. Bill Buzbee -- I'll sorely miss talking shop; to Eric Alterman, for his tireless, stylish, essential writing; and to Judy Osborn, for keeping up the good first-love karma.   Rubs, don't you still owe me $109?  Hey, Sal.

Everybody have a blast.
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Michael Weisburger
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