ALUMNI NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2011 Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Real Estate Networking Breakfast
Friday, November 18, 8:00-9:30am
Midtown location.  See RSVP below for details.
Many alumni have asked us to build a professional networking platform through A-S. We’re going to start with the real estate community.
ASAC President Simon Wasserberger ’85 (Managing Director at L&L Holding Company) will host a breakfast on November 18. The topic will be the state of the New York real estate market, with a discussion led by representatives of commercial and residential real estate, capital markets, and architecture. This event is for professionals in the field, as well as interested alumni.
Questions: contact Monique Lowitt, 212-933-5240 or
SAVE THE DATE: ALLEN-STEVENSON and Prep For Prep Alumni Celebration
Tuesday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the School
Contact Monique Lowitt at or Christopher Persley ’88 at, with comments or questions.
Prep for Prep and Allen-Stevenson have had a wonderful 30+ year relationship.  A-S was one of the first independent schools to partner with the program.  Over 100 boys have been in Prep and attended Allen-Stevenson.  It's time to celebrate.

As I see it...

Dear Alumni,
Charles Socarides, class of 1992, visited the School last week in anticipation of his speaking at Founder’s Day on October 7th. Charles had not been back to 78th Street since the grand redo of the Schoolhouse in 2005, and as we toured the building, he experienced the disorientation that many of you have felt as he struggled to measure out his old school in spaces that have been entirely reshaped, his old fifth grade classroom now under the windows of the new library, the tunnel that led boys to art and music classes--gone, the parquet floor of the tiny old gym where twenty years before Charles had been Orlando in As You Like It, now somewhere beneath the Dining Room. I usually take a moment like this to assure alumni that although the School looks very different and is technologically and pedagogically up to date, it is still very much their School, still driven by the same spirit, the same boisterous exuberance of boys learning. Boys still boarding busses for Randall’s Island, and the lively conversations in the classroom go on; there are still teachers who love to teach and. . .well, you know the list. What I forgot to tell Charles is that now the boys are dancing. Dancing like crazy and loving it and that’s new. Teacher/dance master/choreographer Kristina King started "Dance Crew" in 2009 with boys in grades 5-9 and the program has grown to 35 boys. The School’s first full-scale dance concert—with elements of jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical---will take place in May. Yesterday at Nightingale the wondrous Miss King was leading the elephants, all boys, through their paces at a rehearsal of a musical version of The Jungle Book. Everyone there, the Nightingale girls, the other directors, the other boys, all of us, stopped, stunned. I’d never seen anything like it—eleven-year old boys, elephants, dancing, over and over again until they got it right.
David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969 
March 9-10, 2012 Alumni Reunion Weekend
The following classes are celebrating a milestone reunion next March. Please contact Monique Lowitt at if you would like to be involved in the planning, and can come to the October 25 meeting.
1932 1937 1942 1947 1952 1957 1962 1967
1972 1977 1982 1987 1992 1997 2002 2007
Calling All Alumni in Food, Drink, Sustainable Food, Farming and the like: please contact Monique Lowitt - - about some delicious activities we are planning.

Recipe of the Month

As part of our celebration of alumni in food & drink this year, we will feature a recipe of the month. This chicken recipe is a favorite of the boys currently at school. It is easy to prepare, and represents the healthy ingredients and cooking style, and tasty results, for which the kitchen has become known.
Sergio’s Oven Baked Crispy Chicken
(from the Allen-Stevenson kitchen)
For 6-8 people
2 whole chickens (FreeBird is the brand used at school). Cut into 16 pieces.
In a baking dish:
Coat chicken with 1/4 cup of canola oil
In a small bowl, blend: 1/2 tbsp. salt, and 1 tsp. each pepper, granulated garlic, ground cumin, paprika, thyme and oregano. 
Rub chicken with seasoning and let sit for at least 1 hour (up to 24 hours) in refrigerator.
Set oven to 350 degrees.
Use 2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs. Coat chicken lightly with breadcrumbs (preservative-free Panko used at school).  Use a pastry brush to dab or spray chicken with canola oil for oven frying effect.
Place on a baking sheet (preferably with a wire rack) and bake for about 45 minutes until chicken is golden brown.

All School Picnic

On Monday, September 12, under beautiful sunny skies, over 150 Allen-Stevenson parents, children, faculty, staff and alumni gathered for the All School Picnic to celebrate the beginning of the year. Parents were seen meeting new families and catching up with old friends. Children enjoyed the many activities organized by members of the Allen-Stevenson Athletics Department, which included a large, entertaining game of tag. Alumni parents met each other and reconnected with friends from the past. And, of course, the Unicorn made an appearance, thanks to a mystery eighth grader.

Can You Name These Boys?

John Pariseau is labeling photos in the archives and needs your help identifying some of the people.  Please email John at if you know the name of any of these boys.

Annual Fund

The Benefits of Giving Early
The school year is off and running. 419 boys are in our classrooms, labs, theater, practice rooms, library and gym. By giving now, your gift will go to work for the boys immediately.
Please consider giving today. Your gift will have an immediate impact.

The Allen-Stevenson School-Official Group is our new and official Facebook page for all members of our school community. Alumni, faculty and parent news, event information and other noteworthy items will be posted there. If you're already on FB, please click on the image above and LIKE the page. All other A-S FB pages will be archived shortly.

Alumni Events

For a printable list, please click here.
Friday, October 7,
Founders Day - Charles Socarides '92 is the speaker.
Tuesday, October 25
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Reunion Planning Meeting
Friday, November 18,
8:00am - 9:30am
Real Estate Breakfast, West 57th Street.  Please register for details.
Tuesday, November 22, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Young Alumni Day,
2005-2012 Classes
(Please note this event will be on Tuesday afternoon instead of Wednesday morning during Thanksgiving week.)
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30pm
Alumni Hockey Game at Chelsea Piers
Tuesday, February 7,
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Allen-Stevenson and Prep for Prep Alumni Celebration
March 9 & 10, 2012
Alumni Reunion Weekend:
Classes ending in "2" and "7"
Alumni Basketball Game and Pizza Lunch on Saturday, March 10, 11:00am
Thursday, May 24, 6:00pm
Alumni Dodgeball Game

Monday, June 11, 6:00pm
Off to College Party for the Class of 2009

Alumni News

Charles Flood ’44 ( has a new book out this month called Grant's Final Victory about Ulysses Grant. His last book about Lincoln was very well received.
Dewey Wigod ’77 ( restored footage for the documentary “The Lost Kennedy Home Movies,” which premiered on History Channel in July and was replayed in September. “I restored from original 16mm film taken over the 25 years leading up to Camelot; I worked with a reel of film that Joe Kennedy had collected for his son Jack’s 1952 Senate campaign. The footage was intended for use in commercials to support that effort, but the production never happened and the can remained in an attic for half a century. The film was shot by friends and family and had to be re-mastered to current technology standards.”
John Goldstone ’84 popped in from LA to say hello to us on East 78th Street.

Alexander Nelson '92
(, a producer with CNN Financial News, married Winnie Dunbar, a CNN producer at the Piers Morgan show, last year.
Charles Socarides ’92 ( is performing in the New York premiere of Stephen Karam’s work “Sons of the Prophet” off Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre this fall.
This summer, Steve Cohen, Assistant Head of the Upper School, stopped into JP Morgan Chase in Westchester for some financial advice, and was pleasantly surprised to find Andre Swanston ’96 ( sitting across the desk to help him. Andre and his wife, Michelle, just had a baby boy, Adrian Clay Swanston, born on July 27; he joins sister Mikayla, who will be three in December. They live in Danbury, CT.
Alexander Shipper ’02 ( writes: “I am happy to say that I have moved out of my parent's place on the Upper East Side and have moved to Midtown with a few of my college friends. I started working at Turner Broadcasting in the Ad Sales department in early March. I am very excited about starting my career at such a great company!”
Jesse Adler ’03 ( is selling sports equipment for major manufacturers such as Adidas to high schools, colleges, and travel teams from Westchester to Philadelphia. He visited the school recently to visit his former hockey coach Phil Amplo.
Jeremy Cohen (JJ) ’04 ( graduated from Colgate University in May and has moved to San Francisco to work for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in their analyst training program. He'd love to hear from other alums in the area.

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