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Illustration by Josef GastCLASS OF '68   
For the third time, will you stop nagging?
It comes as no surprise to parenting expert Virginia Kurtz Stowe, GNu'68, that nagging and yelling are the topics of her most popular workshops. After all, she says, even though parents and children typically have the same end goal -- the child's eventual independence -- they often have different ideas of how to get there. But it is possible, she promises, to curtail the nagging and make the process more enjoyable for all parties. Stowe, founder and director of the Parenting Resource Center in New York City, shared some of her tools during a lunchtime workshop held at Penn's School of Nursing to promote her new book: Tired of Nagging?: 30 Days to Positive Parenting (Bantam). Continued... Jeremy Kraus

 

CLASS OF '98
Punts and Pints

While the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons faced off, 22-year-old entrepreneur Jeremy Kraus, W'98, scored the equivalent of a touchdown in the business world with an ad aired during the Super Bowl. And he didn't have to spend a dime of his burgeoning ice cream company's money for the $1.6 million time-slot. Continued...

 

CLASS OF '71
Sleuthing a Silent Virus
Though it doesn't command the research dollars that AIDS does, the epidemic of hepatitis C has quietly infected nearly four million Americans. The blood-borne virus, for which there exists no vaccine, often incubates for decades before symptoms of chronic (and potentially fatal) liver disease appear. Battling those obstacles, Dr. Miriam Alter, Nu'71, has been at the forefront of trying to control its spread. Alter is chief of the epidemiology section of the Hepatitis Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has also served as a consultant for the World Health Organization on the control of viral hepatitis. Continued...

 

CLASS OF '83
Digging for Clues in Jefferson's Other Backyard
While the media have been digging into Thomas Jefferson's sexual history based on recent DNA analysis, a Penn alumna has been busy uncovering real dirt on our nation's third president -- the dirt from his lawn, that is. The soil in question is not located at Monticello, but a lesser-known home, some 90 miles to the south, which reveals a more private side of the author of The Declaration of Independence. It was Poplar Forest, a 4,800-acre plantation outside Lynchburg, Va., where Jefferson designed and built his own retirement villa retreat -- a place where he could enjoy what he called "the solitude of a hermit." Continued...

 

Illustration by Josef GastPOST-GRADUATION
Census and Sensibility
Last spring Penn began asking alumni what they've been up to in the decade since the previous University-wide census, and they responded by the thousands. In addition to being an updated source of addresses and telephone numbers, the 1998 census provides a window into Quakers' diverse post-graduation lives. Continued...

Frank Dolson


 

CLASS OF '54
The Yankee's Secret Weapon
Almost every day during the New York Yankees' magical 1998 season, the same scene played itself out in the office of team manager Joe Torre. Around 3 P.M., Torre would sit in his clubhouse nook for an hour and talk baseball, from players to situations to strategies, with a few of his advisers: his brother, Frank, a former major league first baseman; Don Zimmer, the rumple-faced coach spending his 50th year in professional baseball; and Frank Dolson, C '54. Continued...


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CLASS OF '87

Ignorance
is Bliss

"We never knew enough to know what it was we weren't supposed to do. We just went ahead and did it." That's how David Glickman, W'87, explained the success of his international telecommunications company, Justice Technology Corp., to Inc. magazine after it was ranked as the fastest-growing private company in the United States on the 1998 Inc. 500 list. According to Inc., Justice has brought in revenues of $55 million just five years after takeoff. In addition to the risk-taking style of Glickman, its founder, chair, and president, another ingredient in the L.A.-based company's rapid growth has been diversity: employees come from 40 different countries and speak 22 languages.