Annual House Plan Reunion


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The 2012 reunion was a big success. As I noted on that page, we decided not to let another 50 years go by before we did it again. In fact, we have been doing it annually. (That statement was written right after the 2015 reunion. It remains to be seen how long we will continue, but I'll keep adding to this page.) The annual reunion corresponds to Norm's roughly annual visit to his son, who lives in NY city.


2013

The 2013 event was at Via Emilia, a small Italian restaurant just north of 14th Street. And it was a small group: four House Plan members plus Lenore Raphael and Norm's son Benjie.


A not-so traditional welcoming on a typical New York sidewalk.

 

When we arrived, we were the only ones there. Impressive, modern decor.

 

The gang. Seated: Joel and Lenore Raphael, Norm Sider. Standing: Bob Diskin, me, Norm's son Benjie.


2014

2014 took us back to our original site, St. Andrews in midtown.

 

Bob Diskin's significant other, Branya, has joined our merry band.

 

So has Harvey Shapiro's wife, Marilyn.

 

Marsha Cohen, Norm Sider, and Alan Cohen. Marsha is Alan's sister. She grew up with the Mosholu Parkway segment of the group, and was also a friend of my sister Ruth in high school.


2015

2015 saw us back in St. Andrews. We looked at possible alternatives, but kept coming back to (a) they take reservations for groups as large as ours, (b) they don't push us out when we're done eating, and of course (c) good food. The "don't push us out" turned out to matter this year. When I looked at my watch to see how much time I had before I must leave to catch the 3pm bus, it was already 3:20. And indeed, nobody was watching us or urging us to leave. Good place for a group like ours.

Howie Parness managed to join us this time. He lives in Dallas, but was planning a visit to his daughter in NJ. When he heard about the reunion, he planned his trip to coincide with it.

The three women turned out to have high school connections to some of the men. Lenore never knew that Robert Hanna went to Music and Art for music, just as she did. In fact, they both had piano as an instrument. And both Marsha and Branya are Bronx Science grads, as are Joel, Howie, Alan, and me. (We knew that Marsha was, but didn't know about Branya.)

 

Joel, Norm, and Marsha

 

Harvey and Howie were neighbors and best friends back in college. Here they are with Norm and Alan.

 

Robert, Howie, and Lenore.

 

Branya and Bob.
 

Bob, Robert, and Howie


Robert showed up with his right arm in an all-encompassing sling. Seems he tore up his shoulder and hand in a fall, and is recuperating and rehabbing.

 

Lenore, Branya, and Joel.



2016

This was the sixth day of a NY City heat wave, but it didn't seem as bad as it might have been. (I hate hot weather, so if I can say that...) Joel and Lenore were in their NC home and Howie was back in Dallas, but most of the rest of us were there.

St. Andrews was still the venue, but it was less satisfactory than usual. Because of the hot weather (and no air condidioning upstairs), they hid us in a dark corner downstairs. Noisy, very hard to hear what people were saying. It got better later in the afternoon, when most of the lunch-hour barflies were gone and the ambient noise was less.

 

Marsha, Robert, Norm, with Harvey in the background.

 

Harvey and his wife Marilyn, and Alan.


Judy (Bob's girlfriend) and Bob

 

Marsha and Robert in a deep discussion
 

Harvey and Marilyn