A Look Back

From Guardian to Guide By Francine Eppelsheimer When I started at University School in 1990, the Middle School library was all about books. The internet was not commonly used, and we still had the old card catalog. Things changed rapidly from that time forward. I remember in 1993 when Kip Jacobs ’74, who was an 8th-grade science teacher at the time, wanted his students to … Continue reading A Look Back

What is it like… To Run the World’s Largest Music Festival?

Vic Thomas ’74 is the associate entertainment director at Summerfest, where he started working in 1974 to earn money for college. Today, he’s responsible for booking acts, negotiating contracts, and coordinating entertainment staff. The annual music festival attracts roughly 800,000 people each year, with more than 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 12 stages. During the 11 days of Summerfest, I typically wake up between … Continue reading What is it like… To Run the World’s Largest Music Festival?

What is it Like… To Co-write a Bestselling Novel with Stephen King?

Peter Straub MCDS’61 is the author of 17 bestselling novels, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won numerous awards and has co-authored two books with close friend Stephen King. Straub also taught English at USM in the late 1960s. He is married to Susie (Bitker) Straub MUS’62 and they live in Brooklyn, New York. By the mid-1970s, I had published … Continue reading What is it Like… To Co-write a Bestselling Novel with Stephen King?

What is it Like… To Live in Perpetual Movement?

Helen (Holly) Lovejoy ’68 is a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in the Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Chicago, and hopes to follow it with a doctorate in Turkic linguistics. In 1967, during the summer between my junior and senior years at … Continue reading What is it Like… To Live in Perpetual Movement?

What is it Like… To Lead in the Face of Adversity?

On Sept. 11, 2001, Jonathan McBride ’88 was 31 and running a start-up media company in New York City. Since then, he’s worked under former President Barack Obama as assistant to the president and director of presidential personnel and, currently, as managing director and global head of inclusion and diversity at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. In the mid-1990s, I was living in New … Continue reading What is it Like… To Lead in the Face of Adversity?

What is it Like… To Save a Life?

Graham Baldwin ’95 graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 and served as a commissioned officer until 2007. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2008. Currently, he is the director of asset management and operations for Invenergy, a clean-energy company based in Chicago. As a naval flight officer, I served as the weapons systems officer and navigator … Continue reading What is it Like… To Save a Life?