A great big round of applause and much appreciation goes to Dave Dansky, pledge class of ’56, for writing this post and for being able to remember all the names and faces of the chavers who attended this reunion.
Bittersweet is how I would characterize the reunion of Kappa Nu fraternity brothers at the hoary LaVal’s Pizza on Euclid last Saturday. Clearly a positive experience for all who attended, the reunion gave the old chavers a chance to catch up on how life has been treating them. Russ Anders did a fine job getting this meeting accomplished. We first gathered in the LaVal’s courtyard and hugged and chatted. Happily Russ had name tags available because some of us have actually changed physically over the last 60 years. We all wrote our names in large font in deference to aging eyesight. Most of the Kappa Nu’s were from the middle 1950’s to early 1960’s with a few older members.
The Big Kahuna, Darrel Sevilla, was missed at this reunion. He had been the glue that held us all together after graduation. Nice to see some others step up to keep the flame alive.
Big Louie Haas and Art Twain remembered the lyrics to all the old songs we loved to sing. Bob “Home Run” Horowitz provided a lot of the vocal accompaniment with many others singing along. I know it is dangerous to start mentioning names as I will clearly leave someone out I should mention. But here are some observations after flying down from WA State to attend. (If I screw up spelling a name, forgive an old man):
- Myron Moskovitz seemed to me to have changed the least in appearance.
- Ron Yank looked to be in the best shape with abs fit for six pack commercial.
- Hank Shain will always have that smile.
- Art Twain is another 3-point specialist who keeps trim and upbeat; when he played with Louie Haas it made me think of the Axe Review performances that were so professional.
- The very successful playwright, and relatively recently married Morrie Bobrow was there…if you have not seen his current play in San Francisco, Foodies, do so…Morrie at his best.
- My “old mentor” Marv Ellenberg was there and we got to share some good time memories.
- Howie Rose still looks as if he could play a mean shortstop once he recovers from a leg injury. We chatted a lot and I came away impressed by his upbeat attitude towards all of life.
- Bob Sikora still looks as if he could go three hard rounds in the boxing ring. He has traveled the world and has just published what looks like a fascinating book on an aspect Indian culture and art (look him up on Amazon and buy a copy!). I was very jealous of his long ponytail. My bald head has a permanent perfect part.
- Sonny Davis, our other accomplished pugilist, also looked fit and trim. Sonny is doing yeoman work keeping the KN website going.
- We could have had a California Bar Association meeting with all the retired or semi-retired lawyers present…Ron Laurie and Brian Landsberg (another chaver who has not seemed to change very much).
- Ed Tanovitz is enjoying life living on the waterfront in Emeryville and exudes a positive attitude about life.
- “Wags,” Larry Wagner has kept his jovial outlook as well.
- Cy Silver was an “old timer” who attended and seemed very fit indeed; he remembered my cousin Nate Sabsay who was also an early KN.
Again, forgive me if I left you out of the conversation; it is not out of malice but of a mind that can no longer memorize a chapter before a blue book exam! I am deliberately not going to mention all the chavers that are no longer with us. Let’s keep them in our memories and remember the special fraternity we had: a real brotherhood that knew how to party, had each other’s backs at all times, and was consistently #1 in academics and athletics.
By the way, I can remember how Sonny Davis would thumb through his tough math and engineering texts before exams, just going “a hum, a hum” clearly absorbing all he read and then acing the final or midterm exam! It may be hard to get a quorum in another 10 years, but we might try again in 5. Father Time is inexorable, but we have many among us who are determined to give him a run for his money.
If you are reading this and did not attend, please consider coming to the next one. it was worth the long trip for me. I set off the TSA alarm and had to be patted down by a lovely (female) security agent. What we must do to protect our nation. I was up to the task.
(Photos by Stew Weinberg)