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CL AS S NO TE S CREATIVE THOUGHT In the halls of power R

ichard Bamberger ’92 starts work at 4 a.m., reading newspapers as the ink dries so he

knows what they’re saying about his boss. You can’t be overinformed when you’re the director of communications for New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a fiscal crisis. And after dinner, he faces his most challenging audience: his three kids in the bathtub. “It’s what I do to decompress,” he says. “By day I read legis-

vation Ltd., just celebrated the comple- tion of its first decade caring for paint- ings, murals, prints and drawings, and painted objects. HEATHER SANTMIRE DENKMIRE 36 NOTT STREET, #101 SACO, ME 04072 HEATHER@GRANTWINNERS.NET

lation; by night I read Dr. Seuss. I have to know everything the reporters know for the job, but I also know The Very Cranky Bear by heart for my children.” His current post is a career coup, but the New

York City native was already a successful TV news editor, who proved his mettle as an indefatigable leader in the newsroom in 2001, directing live cov- erage of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center for CBS in Manhattan. He had been at CBS only 24 hours when the airplanes hit the towers. He and his wife, Kristin—also a TV journalist—vir- tually lived in the office for weeks afterward. “I had a job to do,” he says. “The shock came later.” In 2008 Bamberger joined the staff of Andrew

Cuomo, then serving as state attorney general. “I loved my work in TV and wouldn’t have left for just anything,” he says, “but I think Gov. Cuomo will do good things.” At Skidmore, Bamberger majored in English,

played soccer, and edited the Skidmore News. He also “drove around for hours, photographing fires and car accidents” as an AP stringer and an in - tern for WRGB-TV in Schenectady. “Kudos to Skidmore for sending me into the

world with real-life experience and interpersonal skills as well as book learning,” he says. “That's what sets a Skidmore grad apart.” —Helen S. Edelman ’74

Jill Richardson and husband Tom O’Brien ’89 recently moved from their home in Ridgewood, NJ, to North Marshfield, MA, for Tom’s job with Quad Graphics. Jill reports that while she misses her Ridgewood friends (including Mich - elle Miller Anderson and Jeff Anderson ’93), she enjoys being back in the Boston area and is teaching Nate, 6, and twins Sam and Julia, 3, the proper use of the word “wicked.” Jill is especially happy to be closer to pals Leigh DuPuy Carlisle and Amy O’Leary, both in Boston. In fact, after dinner with Jill and Leigh one night in November, Amy and I ran into Bob Bartlett and Leigh Ballen in Beacon Hill. Leigh had just arrived from Chicago, and he and Bob were heading to a Pa - triots game the next morning to meet up with Joe Gorin ’93. It was a great surprise to see them! Lincoln Kaiser lives in Westwood, MA, with wife Julie and children Cole, 7, and Mackenzie, 4. Lincoln practices law south of Boston, focusing on general litigation, probate, landlord/tenant, real estate, and land-use cases. He sees Mark Chaffee and Nancy Williams Chaffee ’93 regularly; they live in Barrington, RI, with children Tyler, 11, and Emma, 8. Lincoln also keeps in touch with Tony Galano, who lives in NYC and practices law. Kevin Callahan, an associate professor of history and director of general educa- tion at Saint Joseph College, has authored Demonstration Culture: European Socialism and the Second International, 1889–1914 (Troubador Publishing Ltd.). The book explores the mass demonstrations by in - ternational socialist groups leading up to World War I. Kevin has a doctorate in modern European history from Indiana University.


Richard Bamberger is director of com- munications for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. He previously worked as managing editor for WCBS-TV in NYC and the show Inside Edition. For more, see story at left. Ursina Amsler teaches art and serves as VP of the teacher’s association at Mascon - omet Regional School in Topsfield, MA. She led a group of seniors in a class service project at an orphanage near Lima, Peru.


Last year Ursina created and mar keted her seventh original art calendar. She is also active in local theater and played Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, opposite husband Erik’s por trayal of Mc - Murphy. She and Erik also played the leads in a production of Willy Wonka, in which son Grif fen, 7, made his stage debut as an Oompa Loompa! JANET MACAULAY REARDON 2829 EAGLE STREET SAN DIEGO, CA 92103-5421 JANETREARDON@HOTMAIL.COM

Fran Kirmser is co-producer for the new Broadway play Lombardi, about the late Green Bay Packers coach, starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light. The principal in Manhattan-based Fran Kirm - ser Productions, she has earned praise for her work as a producer, promoter, and fundraiser for dance and theater. Her pro- duction of the revival of the rock musical Hair won a Tony and is currently on a national tour. Fran is the former owner of Made to Move Inc., a nonprofit pro- moting public awareness of dance and theater, and earlier she was involved in promotion and fundraising for Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Musical Thea - ter Works, and other organizations. She is the mother of daughter Pia, 6. Darcy Rice Baker adopted son Sammy, age 2. She reports, “He is amazing and we feel lucky to have him. Life is good.” JENNY HERDMAN LANDO 45-05 30TH AVENUE ASTORIA, NY 11103 SKIDMORE93@AOL.COM


Don Jones and wife Jessica wel- comed son Donald on October 22; Don says all are “healthy and doing well.” Charlotte Riggs lives in Washington, DC. She attended the wedding of Didi Linburn Alley ’93 along with Amy Tib - betts Chapman ’93, Katie Lord Naples ’93, John Naples ’93, Jenny Goldstock Wright ’93, and Michael Wright ’93. Emily Sellergren, husband Pete Burhop, and their sons Max, 6, and Henry, 3, live in Boulder, CO, where they spend lots of time playing outdoors. Emily, a therapist at a middle school in Boulder, loves to ski, practice yoga, hike, and dance. Andre Cook is head coach of the men’s basketball team at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. He and wife Stacy are the parents of Emily, 7, and Colin, 2. VICKI TISCH 330 WEST 56TH STREET, #2B NEW YORK, NY 10019 VICKITISCH@YAHOO.COM




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