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04/24/23 07:00 PM #1112    


Mike Floyd

I'm posting the below message and link for Dick Laster.  Fun to watch and fun to remember back in the day.

Long but lots of fun! Beatles ruled the 60s followed by Elvis and many one-hit wonders.


04/25/23 12:29 PM #1113    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

I want to thank all of my Classmates who reached out with their heartfelt condolences on the loss of my Dear Husband, Joel.  It has been a pretty shaky month but we are doing ok now, and Joel is At Peace, at last.         We are all still in shock, but with the help of our two Daughters, my Granddaughter, and  good friends like ALL of you, we take one step forward each day. 

Joel LOVED attending ALL of the Tee Jay 1962 Reunions, and he always told me & our kids that he thought all my Classmates were ""Really Nice People!"  Thank you for helping him feel so much "at home."  




04/26/23 11:25 AM #1114    


Melvin Katz


I echo my friend Russell's comments. Surely your loss is felt by all within our class who came to know Joel. I have such fond memories at our reunions in which I was able to converse with Joel. Thinking of you at this very difficult time in your life.


04/26/23 04:19 PM #1115    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Thanks so much, Russell & Melvin.  It helps to know that

you both had the chance to get to know Joel! 

05/04/23 05:01 PM #1116    


Mike Floyd

Many of us that attended the Class Luncheon at Padow's in March and saw Dan and Kay Grinnan know that Dan was to undergo back surgery.  I'm glad to report that the surgery and recovery are going well.  I ask Kay how Dan was doing and this is her report.  

I’m happy to report that Dan’s surgery went really well.  He’s beginning the third week of recovery.  He’s able to walk short distances indoors and outdoors with a walker.  PT and OT come twice a week to work on strength, endurance, and posture.  We’re hoping to make it to the river in June. 

Hope all is well your way and hope to see you soon.

05/05/23 04:59 PM #1117    


Carolyn (Kay) Grinnan (Drinard)

Thank you Mike and Russell for your good wishes!
Dan's s surgeon was Dr. Brian Cameron at VCU. 
Highly recommend him. ๐Ÿ˜Š                



05/06/23 10:52 AM #1118    


Melvin Katz

Kay and Dan: Let me add my best wishes to you both in Dan's recovery. In today's day and time is so impressive what can be done regarding the surgery and other advancements in medicine. Continued improvement Dan. We are all pulling for you to have the recovery that is well on ts way.

05/06/23 06:46 PM #1119    


Bob Bayliss

Kay, ask Dan if the surgery will continue to allow him to be TJ's all time best 3 point shooter!

05/07/23 01:14 AM #1120    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Wow, Kay!  I'm so happy to hear that Dan is doing well!!

Best wishes for his continued Recuperation!


05/08/23 07:22 PM #1121    


Mike Floyd

Richard Laster

Professor of Environmental Law & Policy

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Professor Laster taught a unique course this past semester. I am sure many of you would like to see what he does at the Hebrew University.  I know that I found it fascinating. Below is a link to a short promo of the course with English subtitles and a short description of the course.

Eilat is located in the Gulf of Aqaba, one of the most popular diving destinations in the world. The coral reefs along Eilat's coast remain relatively pristine and the area is recognized as one of the prime diving locations in the world. 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem               ื”ืื•ื ื™ื‘ืจืกื™ื˜ื” ื”ืขื‘ืจื™ืช ื‘ื™ืจื•ืฉืœื™ื             

Faculty of Law, Mt. Scopus                              ื”ืคืงื•ืœื˜ื” ืœืžืฉืคื˜ื™ื, ื”ืจ ื”ืฆื•ืคื™ื

Jerusalem 91905 Israel                                    ื™ืจื•ืฉืœื™ื  91905                                   


From the Desk of Richard Laster*

Professor of Environmental Law & Policy                            March 2023

In 2021, I received an email from fourth-year Hebrew University law student Inbar Druyan. I did not know her, nor did I fully realize, at the time, what repercussions were to follow.

Inbar was enamored with Eilat and its environs, especially its coral reserve.  She asked me to teach a course on environmental law—in Eilat, on Eilat. Something that had never been done, and I wasn’t even sure how to go about it. But I never refuse a student initiative, although I knew this was an unusual and expensive proposition for the University.

Money was found and the Faculty of Law and the Inter-University Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat agreed to host the course. As I wracked my brain for ideas, I recalled my experiences working for Ralph Nader in the late 60s as a “raider,” investigating the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

In our first meeting with Ralph, he explained his “research interview” method. Every day, each “raider” interviewed two FTC employees; we typed up the interviews in eight copies, which were distributed among the team. By the end of three weeks, we knew more about the FTC than its employees. At the end of the summer, each “raider” wrote a chapter for a book, which was published as The Closed Enterprise System (ed. Mark Green). I decided to use the same approach in Eilat. I would convert the students into investigators, investigating Eilat’s claim to be a “green city.”

To do this we needed smart and motivated law students, so we marketed the course. Inbar was relentless. During the summer of 2022, she posted flyers and scheduled a lecture for me to introduce the course to students. There was room for only 19 students in the course. When 34 showed up for the lecture and 54 applied, I knew the chosen cohort would be willing to work hard.

This became evident as we held two full-day lectures before the semester even began. For the “official” opening, we invited the mayor to explain his vision for Eilat. That vision became the basis for the students’ investigations. They chose subjects of environmental concern, such as the legal regime protecting the corals, renewable energy, and Eilat’s planning and building code.

On December 5, 2022, we arrived in Eilat for five days. From 8 am-8 pm, we heard scientific lectures, met with experts on local environmental problems, interviewed the mayor and his staff, and met with some of Eilat’s polluting companies. The site visits solidified the students’ impressions, the lectures helped them better understand scientific data, and free time provided camaraderie and opportunities to exchange data or just loosen up.

On the fourth and fifth days, the students delivered their oral presentations and three weeks later, their written reports. These will be produced as a book and presented to the mayor. The students had fully grasped the challenges while developing tools to improve the city’s environment. I felt an immense sense of pride, seeing their transformation into Israeli “raiders” and know these skills will serve them in their future careers.

The Eilat course is one more step towards establishing a Sustainability and Environmental Justice Clinical Legal Education Center, similar to the existing clinics through which law students advocate for marginalized populations, youth at risk, diversity, and more.

My life’s mission has been creating, teaching, and advocating for environmental law, and I’m thankful and proud to be passing on the torch to Hebrew University students, even if it requires a five-day detour to Eilat.

05/08/23 10:54 PM #1122    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Wow, Dickie (or shall I call you "Reuven?") - So you were a "Nader Raider!" What a GREAT Lesson was THAT?   And now you are a Mentor for "The Next Generation!"  Congratulations on your newest achievement! You are  really making an impact in Israel!  Eilat will never be the same now!  It will have "A Support System" for many years in the future!

PS - I wish I knew the people you mentioned, working on the problem of "Youth-at-Risk!"  They have a program here now called "Youth at Hope!"  It was started by a Student at Arizona State University!




05/10/23 05:36 PM #1123    


Mike Floyd

Fun luncheon at Padow's today.  Good to see Sidney without the collar and nice seeing Robin Adair and Robert Wilson.  Would like to see them more often.  We enjoyed each other's company so much I don't think anyone took photographs.  Mary Douglas Stanley dropped by and she looks great.  Charles Krumbein stopped in to pick up lunch for his wife.  Russell still isn't willing to age like the rest of us and Melvin is finally in his new home.  No more driving back and forth from Nags Head.  Everyone asked about Dan Grinnan's back surgery and were happy that he is doing so well.

Good food, good friends, good times. 

Hope to see you all at the next get-together.


05/27/23 10:13 AM #1124    


Russell Flammia

One of my former soccer players I coached at TJ who is now a Captain in the Coast Guard shared a heart breaking story with me earlier this week. While on patrol in the fall of 2022 his vessel intercepted a 90 foot boat with 300+ persons onboard guarded by a group of armed human traffickers.  I'm not sure what happened to the 'passengers' but the Federal District Attorney declined to press human trafficking charges against the traffickers. I can only hope that the passengers are in a safer place, but have to wonder why the District Attorney did not place charges against the traffickers.    

                                      Memorial Day because Freedom Isn't Free


05/28/23 09:27 AM #1125    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)


Russell, did your Former Student tell you the name of the Home Country of the passengers being smuggled?   If they were from a War-Torn Country, they might have been considered for Asylum.   Also, depending on the State in which the immigrants landed, each individual State might have different ways of "following" Federal Law.



05/28/23 02:38 PM #1126    


Russell Flammia

     Hi Marilyn,  the main issue was that these refegees were going to be essentially slaves once they got to the US. The refugees were from Cuba and Haiti.  The 'guards' were part of a human smuggling group whose other gang members would control them once they got to the US. 

05/29/23 10:55 AM #1127    


Mike Floyd

We are older than we think.  A few years ago Harriette and I rented a home in Highlands, North Carolina for Christmas with our daughter and son-in-law.  Highlands is in the mountains of North Carolina near the South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee borders and about 10 hours from our home in Urbanna, VA.  The home was in a gated community and on arriving we asked the gate guard for the key and directions to the house.  She explained that this was her first day on the job and would have to call her supervisor.  We both her speaking to her supervisor on the telephone “I have an elderly couple here”.  I told Harriette that is what a 10-hour drive will do to you.  Funny I don't feel elderly and I don't think Harriette and I look elderly, but apparently we have become elderly.

05/29/23 03:47 PM #1128    

William Anderson

Russell, reference your experience in Highlands.  My Father who made it to almost 98 always warned me that "Getting Old is Hard Work".  I think I speak for all of us in that none of us have put in that hard work YET!

05/29/23 05:17 PM #1129    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Russell: Unfortunately, that is pretty common in the U.S.A. these days!  A friend of our extended family met two teenagers who were adopted from a country in the Far East, & their "Adoptive Parents" treated them like slaves instead of kids.  The two kids went back to the Adoption Agency & requested new parents.  By some stroke of luck, our Friend adopted the young lady & one of my Cousins adopted her brother. Both of them have since grown up, married, and have children of their own, who are now teenagers or adults. They all have good jobs, and the ending for this story is a happy one.  Otherwise, they would have been sent back to their home country!  Arizona Legislators have been talking about passing a Law against "Human Smuggling," but maybe they should Amend it to say children who are Adopted or put to work in the U.S.A. should not be made into Slaves!  Stories about this have appeared on the News from time to time!




05/29/23 06:29 PM #1130    


Russell Flammia

Marilyn, I'm glad your story had a happy ending. Thank you for sharing.

05/30/23 04:44 PM #1131    


Mike Floyd

Yesterday I share a story about being referred to as elderly.  Today Bobby Bayliss shared the message below.

Interesting read for our kids - and grandchildren too!


We were born in the 30-40-50-60s.  We grew up in the 50-60-70's.  We studied in the 60-70-80's.  We were dating in the 70-80-90's.  We got married and discovered the world in the 70-80-90's.  We venture into the 80-90.  We stabilize in the 2000s.  We got wiser in the 2010s.  And we are going firmly through and beyond 2020.

Turns out we've lived through EIGHT different decades...  TWO different centuries...  TWO different millennia...

We have gone from the telephone with an operator for long-distance calls to video calls to anywhere in the world.  We have gone from slides to YouTube, from vinyl records to online music, from handwritten letters to email and Whats App."  From live matches on the radio to black and white TV, and then to HD TV.  We went to the Video store and now we watch Netflix.  We got to know the first computers, punch cards, and diskettes and now we have gigabytes and megabytes in hand on our cell phones or IPad.

We wore shorts throughout our childhood and then long pants, oxfords, Bermuda shorts, etc.  We dodged infantile paralysis, meningitis, H1N1 flu, and Now COVID-19.  We rode skates, tricycles, invented cars, bicycles, mopeds, gasoline or diesel cars and now we ride hybrids or 100% electric.  Yes, we've been through a lot but what a great life we've had! 

They could describe us as “exennials”;  people who were born in that world of the fifties, who had an analog childhood and digital adulthood.  We're kind of “Yaseen-It-All”!  Our generation has literally lived through and witnessed more than any other in every dimension of life.  It is our generation that has literally adapted to “CHANGE”.

A big round of applause to all the members of a very special generation, which will be UNIQUE.

A precious and very true message that I received from a friend…


Life is a task that we brought ourselves to do at home.

When you's already six in the afternoon;  when you's already Friday;  when one looks...the month is over, when one looks...the year is over;  when one looks...50, 60, and 70 years have passed!  When you look...we no longer know where our friends are.  When you look...we lost the love of our life and now, it's too late to go back.


Do not stop doing something you like due to lack of time.  Do not stop having someone by your side. Your children will soon not be yours and you will have to do something with that remaining time, where the only thing that we are going to miss will be the space that can only be enjoyed with the usual friends.

The time which, unfortunately, never returns...

*The day is today!*


Hopefully, you have time to read and then share this message...or else leave it for *Later* and you will see that you will never share it!

Always together.  Always united.  Always Brothers and Sisters. Always friends.

Pass it on to your best friends.  Don’t leave it for later.

05/30/23 07:24 PM #1132    


Sally Kincannon (von Rumohr)

Thank you Mike and Bobby for sharing this extraordinary reflection on "aging."  There is no denying that this "era" in our lives is nostalgic, challenging and even frightening.  It helps to have each other to share the memories, the insights and the wisdom gained.  Once again I say "thank you" for having had each of you in my life at such important times.


05/30/23 08:51 PM #1133    


Robert Wilson

Mike, thinking about being called "elderly", I had a similar experience about 15 years ago. Two friends and I were on the way to a football game one Saturday when we stopped at a Hardees for breakfast. I ordered a sausage biscuit and a coffee. When the employee asked for an amount I thought was too little and I questioned the bill, she advanced the paper tape so she could read it. Then she said outloud, "Sausage biscuit and SENIOR coffee, $1.76. It my first experience with senior pricing. At the time I was a little upset that she never asked to see my driver's license.






05/31/23 10:23 AM #1134    


Linda Fiske (Wehrle)

Words to live by . Thank you for sharing. Am still trying new things and enjoying๐Ÿง๐Ÿค—

05/31/23 11:13 AM #1135    


Melvin Katz

Bobby's message reminds me that once after my returement from Pfizer Inc. in 2007 after a 40 year career, I was selected to be a Pfizer Ambassador. One of my friends related that "there are some older people in this Ambassador Program". I told him to look at his drivers license as he was 83 at the time.

05/31/23 01:19 PM #1136    


Carlin Hudgins (Hanzas)


Mike I loved your comments and Bobby's lovely piece on aging. His words are so true!!

Carlin Hanzas

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