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Bay Area
Reed on the Road hit the Bay Area in March, when Professor Dan Reisberg gave a talk to local alumni on eyewitness testimony and the fallibility of memory. In April Bay Area Reedies hiked Sweeney Ridge and toured the Scharffen Berger chocolate factory in Berkeley. Planned for early May was a burrito and drink event in the Mission district. The chapter is looking for a few good people to join the steering committee. Duties are light, a few hours three or four times a year, and the prestige is enormous, heads of state bowing before you. Email Drew McCormick at
This winter we’ve gone skiing at Mt. Snow in Vermont, seen the Celtics take on the Blazers, and screened some John Waters videos. In the summer, we’re hoping to work with the New York alumni chapter and organize a huge joint trip to Tanglewood. Anyone interested should email Greg Lam at
In February local Reedies and their families celebrated the Chinese New Year with a dim sum brunch in Chicago’s Chinatown. The chapter also watched Caligula, by Camus, at TinFish Theatre; Alison Birkmeyer Aske ’93 designed the costumes and did some choreography. Several Chicago-area alumni are involved in Reed’s centennial oral history project, and folklorist Janet Gilmore ’71 will be training Reedies from Chicago, Madison,and Minnesota. To receive email news about the chapter and events announcements, email Chantal Sudbrack at
New York
We had a great time at our first annual NYC chapter Bowl-o-Rama in March. Coming up for the spring and summer: Grand Central behind-the-scenes tour, Cyclones game at Coney Island, Reed on the Road, Long Island vineyard trip, a career event, and a training for the Reed oral history project. Anyone is welcome to come, eat pizza, and contribute to events planning for the chapter at steering committee meetings. Email reedalumnyc@ for more information, and check out We need people who can help set up the oral history training day, coordinate interviews, and learn oral history techniques. Please email Will Swarts at wswarts if you are interested in participating.

We’re inviting the whole Reed community to our monthly brew pub gatherings, on the third Thursday of each month, at Bridgeport Brewing at 1313 NW Marshall at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to a Westwind reunion on the Oregon coast this fall; please note that the date published in the last issue was incorrect, and the actual date is October 18–20. For more information see alumni, or call the alumni office. For the second year the chapter organized alumni to help Renn Fayre by volunteering during the weekend. Chapter chair Johanna Colgrove is back in action after a couple months of maternity leave.

Seattle-area alumni joined James Tupper ’81 in preparing a meal for needy people at a church in April. Marta Smith Franzen ’77 helped coordinate Reed participation. The monthly reeding group and brew pub gatherings continue, and they both welcome new participants. In the planning stages are a possible garden tour, the annual chapter meeting in early summer, an outing to a Mariners game, and the annual summer picnic. For more information, check http://eephus. com/rainierchapter. You may also call or write to Barbara Carter Radin ’75 at 206/523-2484,, for information or to suggest ideas for activities. To subscribe to our email announcement list, send email to with “subscribe rainier-announce” in the body of the message (no quotes).

Southern California
The chapter has in the works a possible event at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, near Pasadena; we’ll know more after we meet with former president Steven Koblik. The date for the annual picnic is Sunday, September 15, noon to 4 p.m. The book group meets monthly, usually in the afternoon or evening of the second Sunday; Joseph Ellis’s Founding Brothers is planned for June. Alumni visiting from out of the area are invited to call ahead for particulars, read the book, and join the discussion. For information, call Robert Hadley ’53 at 310/391-1427 or send email to

Washington, D.C.
The recently elected steering committee will be working this year to develop several interesting activities for alumni in the metropolitan D.C area. We anticipate a Reed on the Road event this spring and the annual picnic in the summer or early fall. Please call Leslie Overstreet ’71, day 202/357-3161 or evening 703/765-7059, or send email to overstreetlk, if you’d like to help or offer suggestions.

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