Bright College Years … Reunion Books

Interestingly, the Yale class of 1870 compiled their own biographical account. It is in the public domain, and a reproduction is available on Amazon where it is described as follows:

“This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.”

The class of 1970 has ventured into the arena of book publishing at least four times. In 1995 Gregory H. Bonenberger and Edward J Forand, Jr. co-edited a handsome, cloth-bound volume.

Curiously, the first essay is titled Life in the Real World (The Secret of Manolo) by Timothy F. Bannon. It reads, in its entirety:

Note: Timothy Bannon wrote a satire dealing with Watergate and the Nixon administration which was to have appeared in this space, but which the Yale General Counsel’s office will not allow us to publish. The General Counsel’s office is concerned about what it believes to be the potentially libelous nature of the material and the University’s recent experience with litigation involving reunion directories. Tim Bannon dedicates his essay and the obstruction of its publication to his friend, Glenn E. deChabert.

Yup, that’s our class.

On the occasion of their 35th reunion in 2005, the class of 1970, compiled their own account of their New Haven experiences.

Designed by John Boak, published by The Public Press under the direction of Stephen Morris, edited by fifteen chapter editors, with contributions from more than 125 classmates, the book is a breezy and always engaging account of our four years on campus.

Five years later, in a project coordinated by Tom Weil, a similar cast of characters revisited the same turf, with similar results. The book’s content was anchored by a comprehensive survey developed and compiled by James Conroy.

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