CLASS OF ’77
 

A Room with a Stellar View



Architect Wendy Evans Joseph’s youngest client—her 16-year-old stepson, Ethan Ravetch—has a budding interest in astronomy. At her husband’s suggestion, Joseph C’77 built him an observatory, which she describes as “a marriage of sculptural form with practical science.”

The observatory “is designed as a garden pavilion—both a sculptural object in the landscape and a window that frames the view to the mountains beyond,” writes Joseph, whose work has been featured in the Gazette (“Tweaked, Not Trendy,” November/ December 2000).

“Unlike many historical precedents which are solid masonry structures, the building feels light and ephemeral. Encased by a lattice that is activated by sunlight and shadow, it floats in the hay fields.” Yet the telescope itself, a 16-inch diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain, is bolted to a two-foot concrete pier that rests directly on bedrock, ensuring vibration-free viewing.


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CLASS OF ’91 Celebrating Cities Nathaniel Popkin C’91 GCP’95 strides purposefully down 8th Street in the Bella Vista section of South Philadelphia on a sweaty September afternoon, extolling the arrival of both Mexicans and their eateries to the neighborhood. When a brand-new fa┴ade catches his eye, he does a double-take. Continued...

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CLASS OF ’65 Making History in Harrisburg Buoyed by his hometown popularity and a $40 million campaign, the Hon. Ed Rendell C’65 Hon’00 in November became the first Philadelphian to be elected Pennsylvania’s governor in 88 years. The former, two-term city mayor, a Democrat, won 53 percent of the vote in his contest against Republican Mike Fisher. Continued...

CLASS OF ’01 And For Your Homework Assignment … Led Zeppelin For Paul Green C’01 rock ‘n’ roll isn’t kid stuff. But don’t tell that to the more than 100 students, ranging in age from seven to 18, who attend the burgeoning Philadelphia-based school of rock music that bears his name. Continued...

CLASS OF ’85 A Gift for Close-Knit Couples Panicked gift-buyers are occasionally spotted at jewelry shops and department stores on the eve of an anniversary or in the morning hours of a beloved’s birthday. However, online shoppers can relax and choose a present that is far more interactive than neckties or necklaces: Smittens. Continued...

CLASS OF ’61 Fugitive Convicted for Ex-Girlfriend’s Murder Ira Einhorn C’61, a counterculture guru who fled the country two decades ago while awaiting trial for killing his ex-girlfriend, will spend the rest of his life in prison. On October 17, after deliberating two and a half hours, a Philadelphia jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. Judge William J. Mazzola called the 62-year-old Einhorn “an intellectual dilettante who preyed on the uninitiated, uninformed, unsuspecting, and inexperienced people.” Continued...


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CLASSES OF ’79 AND ’85
 



Earth, Wind & Fire:
Upstate New York artist Sarah McCoubrey C’79 GFA’81 paints landscapes that are neither developed nor purely natural, with a precise intensity that turns her subjects—such as Snooks Pond Estates II (2002), featured in a recent exhibit at Philadelphia’s Locks Gallery—into almost mystical scenes. Tremain Smith C’85, of West Philadelphia, represents the spirit world, working with layers of beeswax and rich earth colors, and burning heated metal objects into the wax and wood. Mystery 2000 resides in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.