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Regional Gatherings


An afternoon of high-level conversation and low-tech games brightened a dreary Sunday in early December when more than a dozen Reedies from the classes of 1980 to, arguably, 2021, along with friends and family, convened at the home of Ben Demboski ’02. Hana Levay ’99 and Mark Chen ’95 helped arrange the event.

Mark Chen and Chriss Tarnstrom

Attendance at our monthly Thirsty Third Thursday gatherings has recently doubled as a stream of new faces have joined the regulars. At these relaxed gatherings at local pubs, conversation addresses a range of topics, including life in the language dorms, the marketing of lamprey, African policy and development, and the merits of the American version of The Office versus the British original. The graduation years of attendees often span three decades, and friends and family are always welcome. Contact Chris Fast ’90 at or Jim McGill ’70 at

The “reeding” group meets monthly at the homes of local Reedies. Recent books we’ve discussed are Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and Doris Kearns Goodwins’ Team of Rivals. Newcomers are always welcome. Please contact Peter Greenfield ’67 at


Our solstice party on December 8 was well attended. The summer picnic is scheduled for August 3. The book group continues to meet monthly in members’ homes, and Thirsty Third Thursdays are also continuing with informal gatherings at pubs in different parts of the greater Los Angeles area. For further information, contact Robert Hadley ’53 at or 310/391-1427.


We have a full slate of activities scheduled for spring, including a ski and snowboard day at Mount Hood Meadows in March and a “Beervana” brewery tour with expert lecture in April; see the complete calendar at
. And don’t forget Thirsty Third Thursdays, when we gather at the Barley Mill pub for foaming mugs, strong coffee, and good talk as part of this new/old h(ale) and “stout” tradition. Learn more at



The chapter threw its winter solstice party on the solstice itself, December 21, at the Piedmont home of Konrad Alt ’81 and his wife Maureen. About three dozen alumni of all generations enjoyed an overflowing bar and buffet, and nobody went home hungry or excessively sober. For more information on future chapter activities or to share ideas, contact Paul Anderson ’92 at


Our chapter is looking forward to some terrific events this winter, starting with our seventh-annual Chinese New Year dim sum brunch on February 24, with special guests from the college, Professor Hyong Rhew and Laura Miller ’92 (look for details in the mail). Also, we are thrilled to be hosting Barry Hansen ’63 (a.k.a. Dr. Demento) on March 18 for a Reed on the Road lecture and discussion.

Thirsty Third Thursday is now happening in Chicago. In January we joined in the multi-city bar-gathering alumni tradition at The Map Room, and we’ll be continuing to meet on the third Thursday of each month (location may vary). Stop by sometime for some suds and conversation!

For more information about these and other upcoming events, please check out the Chicago chapter webpage at
, where you can also sign up for our voluntary alumni listserv. New, old, and visiting alumni are always welcome, and we hope to see you in 2008!


You can now register online to attend Reunions 2008, June 3–June 8.

Alumni College, a musician’s workshop, is June 4–6.

Registration and updates available at

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