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I first met Liv/Viva back in 2006, when Morty S. came to Portland for an alumni event. She was there with her brother and I was there with my wife and we shared a table and laughed a lot through the entire dinner. Even back then, she mentioned that she had been playing around with the idea of writing her memoirs, a piece of information I tucked away in the recesses of my mind. She also came to our annual summer drinks party at our house, and was just as charming with the neighbors as she was with her fellow Ephs.
Last fall, I ran into her again at a book reading that her publisher had put together, and she confirmed that her memoirs were in the rewriting stage and set to come out in the fall of 09. I told her that, when they were ready, I had a new biography show I was producing, and I’d love to have her on. I can also say now that she was definitely a lot less bubbly than she had been in previous meetings, a darkness I now know was tied directly into her fight against breast cancer, which at that time, wasn’t public knowledge.
I’ve never seen Liv perform as either Viva Las Vegas or as Coco Cobra, not due to any prudery on my part (Liv gave me a promotional button after the interview which features “the 8th wonder of the world”; you’ll have to listen to find out what that is), but more due to the fact that our schedules are diametrically opposed. Still, since I have interviewed her about the book, I do kind of feel odd I have never seen her perform, so I will try to stay up late one night this fall and catch one of her sets.
Liv knows that my nickname for her is “that nice Lutheran girl from Minnesota”, a handle I gave her because when we get together, we tend to talk about pretty mundane topics, like gardening or literature. This interview was the first time we spoke in depth about her job. I will leave it to her to talk about whether she was able to get Morty and the Alumni Board to come watch her set at Mary’s after that 2006 dinner at the City Grill ;)
As one last aside, I wish I could be in studio with every guest. Face to face interviews are much more fun than doing them over the phone. The interview runs 22 minutes:
Who can open a live news feed and freestyle rap for 10 minutes or more on whatever comes up? Comedic genius Seth Brown ’01 of risingpun.com, that’s who. To listen to or subscribe to his immaculate flow of current events, check out http://risingpun.podomatic.com/ Seriously, it’s amazingly good, and since it comes out near the end of each week you can make it part of your Friday “drive at five.”
And in the final episode of this series, I speak with Howie Abbott and we discuss just how big Williamstown actually is, why being on Disciplinary Probation does not lead to potato peeling, and what it meant to “get lucky” in Williamstown every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night.
This is the end of this series, and I certainly hope you’ve had as much fun listening to the interviews as I’ve had conducting them. I hope both the classes of 1958 and 1988 have a great time next week at the reunion and I am very sorry I won’t be able to attend.
In this final episode in the class of 1988 reunion series and penultimate episode in this project, I speak with Tom Smith, who is currently Associate Professor of Chemistry at Williams. Learn about stair diving in Hubbell House, why non-Ephs don’t understand why we will start up a conversation with anyone wearing Williams gear, regardless of age or location, and the heartwarming story of a young man from Vermont who went to Williams even though his early memories of the place would drive most right thinking football fans away forever.
The last episode of the project is set to be recorded next week, as I have run into a scheduling issue with the guest, so don’t be saddened if there is no show immediately following this one.
In this penultimate episode of the Class of 1988 series, I speak with my other JA, Lisa Mandl. Find out about the cultural and meteorological differences between Williamstown and Vancouver, BC, how she met her husband (though we are getting only her side of the story) and Lisa clears up one of the little mysteries of my Freshman year. Also, both she and Jody Abzug mentioned the infamous Brews and Screws party at Tyler (which had to change it’s name due to administration policy) Does this party still occur?
And yes, Lisa, your ability to ask penetrating questions is still functioning admirably, as I and my wife have been chewing over your observation (not included in the podcast) that my JA’s were from Kansas City and Vancouver, and I married a woman from Kansas City and honeymooned in Vancouver. Thanks loads. ;)
In this episode of Eph Interviews, I speak with Phil Wilcox about moving from Denver in the 50’s to Williamstown and driving the backroads of New England. Whit Stoddard and Lane Faisal make their first appearance on the show.
In this episode, I speak with Jody Abzug and learn about life as an Art History major, the irony of her rugby nickname, and the incidental parts of Williams life that she misses.
This is interview 15 out of 20, and in this episode, I speak with Lou Lustenburger and learn about the Dragon Wagon, why going swimming in Lasell is much nicer than being interrogated by the President of Amherst, and the benefits of keeping a portrait of Winston Churchill in your law office.
In this episode, I speak with Carter Zinn, the CC President from 1987-88, about the efforts to address race relations during his time at Williams, and, on a less serious note, why a 2 gallon tub of low cal Italian salad dressing can be a very dangerous thing for a Freshman to have.
In this episode of Eph Interviews, I speak with Chet Lasell about Professor Bob Waite, the press hoopla over his fraternity’s decision to admit African-Americans and the joys of sportswriting for The Berkshire Eagle in 1957, a magical autumn for the Williams football team.
Ah, the class of 1988. They graduated my senior year, and in this installment of the show, I speak with Scott Berman, who helped throw a rather infamous party in the Infirmary, a party I remember attending. Human sexuality classes, the hour of power and wandering in the outback, it’s all here.
This episode of the series is with Ed Hughes, in which we learn about putting ringers in touch football games on the Freshman Quad and what happens when you have to feed your entire fraternity on a Sunday.
In today’s episode of Eph Interviews, I speak with Katie Kent, class of 1988 and currently Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Williams. Learn about her memorable first day in Williamstown and what it’s like to be a faculty member at the college you attended.
In this episode, I speak with Jack Kent and learn about the location of the now vanished Williamstown train station, the lectures of Philosophy Professor Bill Miller and a lost opportunity to go trout fishing with Frankie Todd.
If you like these shows, get ready for one a day for a while. I’ve got a lot of interviews scheduled. For instance, tomorrow, I’ll be talking with Jack’s daughter, Katie Kent ’88, who teaches English at Williams.
I’ve been talking about the feed for a while, but it has taken me a while to get around to it. If you want to subscribe, the URL is http://www.heronandcrane.com/Eph_Interviews.xml
Hopefully, a link will appear on the sidebar of Ephblog, so once this post is off the front page, people will still be able to access it.
Update: Ronit asked if I would create a Feedburner account for this feed. Your wish, as they say…
The new feed is feed://feeds.feedburner.com/EphInterviews. This will allow me to get some stats, as well as make it easier to integrate into Ephblog.
Two in a row? Yes, and in this installment of the class of 58 reunion series, I speak with Jim Murphy. Learn about sheep shearing, the “Fiji Fun House”, motorcycles and how a man’s fortune can turn on a rainy day.
As I work my way through the class of 1958, I had a chat with Jim Conlan about how different the campus was on weekends when women were around, as well as how to prepare for a pop quiz in Art History.
I do have another interview that I will be posting tomorrow. I’ve been buried with publisher work, as well as doing my May episode of The Invisible Hand. Of course, the April episode engendered no controversy here on Ephblog, so I may post the May one as well ;)
This interview is with Bruno Quinson, Class of 1958, in which we learn about the seductive power of Red Sox baseball games, Wall Ball and acting in French.
Bruno was also extremely helpful in suggesting Ephs to contact. I have to complete interviews with 10 members of the class of 1958 by the reunion, and May is going to be a tricky month for me, with a bit of travel. Will I be able to do it?
For my money, one of the best things about both Ephblog and these podcasts is getting to know the men I like to call the “Eisenhower Ephs”, those members of classes from the 50’s. Here on Ephblog, we have the Shirley Temple like sunniness of Frank Uible and the dry wit of Dick Swart (Hope you were able to stay warm last weekend, Dick. That’s an Oregon inside joke) The podcast has already featured David H.T. Kane and in this episode, I speak with Joe Young, the current class secretary for 1958.
For any high school seniors who sweated out the Williams application and kept vigil all winter, please note that not everyone had the experience that Joe had getting into Williams, but it does reinforce the power of fortuna, as the Romans would say, in daily affairs;)
The latest in the 1988 Podcast series is with Nicole Melcher, College Council VP in 1987-88, fellow Kansan, and one my J.A.’s (I will hopefully be interviewing my other J.A., Lisa Mandl, quite soon) Talking to your J.A. for the first time in about 20 years is an intensely nostalgic experience, and what you are hearing is about 10 minutes of what was an hour long conversation. Thank you Dave, for helping me get back in touch with Nicole and Lisa.
Yet another alum podcast, this one with Katie Kessler Chatas. Learn about the weather, bad haircuts at The Clip Shop (Wow, it’s been a while since that business crossed my mind) and the tacky 70’s party at Mission Park. Do they still have that one?
The first interview in the class of 1958 reunion is with David H.T. Kane. It runs 12:57. Hmm, David Kane. Where have I heard that name before?
As Dave has mentioned, I am putting together some interviews for the class of 1988’s 20th reunion, and hopefully some for the class of 1958’s 50th reunion. First on deck is Dave himself, not only answering the questions he provided you yesterday, but also talking about Ephblog itself. The interview runs a shade under 17 minutes.
For those interested, here are the questions that Chris Gondek ’90 will be using for the alumni podcast interviews. Background here.
In celebration of the upcoming reunion and in order to drum up interest, I have arranged for Chris Gondek ’90 to interview 10 members of both the classes of 1958 and 1988 for podcasts. Chris does this professionally at The Invisible Hand and has contributed links at EphBlog on occasion.
Basic idea is that Chris will interview 10 classmates using more-or-less the same set of questions for each, all focussed on their time at Williams. Interviews are meant to be brief, so the final result will be about 20 minutes. What is your fondest memory? What is the biggest mistake you made? What professor had the largest impact on you? And so on. Some questions might be the same for one class but not the other. For example, members of the class of 1958 should all be asked for a funny fraternity story and for their memories of how they felt in 1962 when fraternities were eliminated.
Chris will then post the intreviews on-line and we can link to them from the reunion webpage. We will probably post 1-2 a week in the time leading up to reunion.
Chris and I will probably do/post an example interview in the first week of April to give folks an example. The purpose of this post is to let people know about this project and to solicit suggestions for questions. With luck, we will do similar interviews for many years to come.
Of course, the College itself should do this project but, with luck, our friends in the Alumni Office will take it over once they see how successful it is.
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