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David Simmons Bentley,
My new novel "Wedding Haircut" (Westbow, 2011) is a fictionalized version of events and persons leading up to 9/11 based upon my real-life encounters with Arabs in Jordan and in San Diego. In interest of full disclosure, I met my first Middle Easterners while volunteering at the U-M International Center. Previously my published academic books researched the peaceful contacts of non-Muslims with Muslims. This novel is about two weddings where the hero undergoes the full body shave for his wedding with his beloved Mexicana beauty. His San Diego roommate practices for a heavenly wedding that will follow his self-sacrifice for his fanatic cause. There's more romance than terror in "Wedding Haircut," subtitled "a prenuptial rite of passage for 9/11," as I mix modern anthropology and theology, which I have pursued since leaving U-M in 1956. For example, the reader is given a glimpse of how the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, interpret the intended martyrdom of the Prophet Abraham's son. Texts as varied as the King James Bible, the Qu'ran, and Ernest Hemingway are sprinkled throughout the book which is available at bookstores and online.

Lillie Guyer,
is the co-author of "Outraged: How Detroit and the Wall Street Car Czars Killed the American Dream" with Tammy Darvish, a Maryland dealer and co-leader of the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights. The book covers the collapse of the domestic auto industry and dire effects of the government restructuring of GM and Chrysler on key stakeholders such as auto dealers and entrepreneurs. It represents the thousands who had their lives shattered and dreams destroyed in the economic upheaval of 2009.

David Simmons Bentley,
Editor: Yesterday, July 30, I wrote a brief review of my latest book, a novel, Wedding Haircut. Perhaps it is in your hands but I might have omitted the second word in the anti-spam image clue word. Could you email a reply indicating that you have received this text? David

Jack Heller,
M.M. (violin) '58, led the Tampa Bay Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in his final concerts as Music Director of the Tampa Bay Symphony in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. After a 25 year tenure with the orchestra, Heller retired and was named Conductor Laureate. He retains his position as professor emeritus at the University of South Florida School of Music, where he plans to spend time on his research interest in language and music cognition research.

Douglas J Raber,
and his wife, Linda Raber, have just published their first novel, "Face of the Earth." A Navajo child dies of smallpox in New Mexico, and secrecy reigns as powerful figures in Washington, D.C., propose a retaliatory attack against Iran. A cross-country race against the clock represents America's only hope of averting a nuclear war. Written by scientists, "Face of the Earth" is fiction firmly grounded in fact. It is frightening because everything in it could happen. Find out more about this book and future releases at the authors' website: www.raberbooks.com

James Patrick Manganello,
James Manganello, ’09, recently collaborated with his brother Paul Manganello, ’11, to found Fratellanza, a creative effort to generate live theater with physical rigor and imagination. The brothers recently teamed with Ypsilanti’s New Theatre Project and fellow alum Josh Berkowitz, ’10, to produce The Mute Quire, which explores the circumstances around the creation of Shakespeare’s First Folio. The show runs June 17-July 1, 2012. Info: www.thenewtheatreproject.org.

Miriam (Hammerman) Goodman,
I recently published my second book on boomers and retirement. This one should really hit home for graduates my age as well as those younger and older. It is called "Too Much Togetherness: Surviving Retirement As A Couple," and deals with those unspoken but important issues we confront in retirement. I have been speaking about this issue around the country and on radio and television. The book is available online and at any bookstore, though you may have to special order it. You can also check out the website toomuchtogetherness.com.

Paul Gogulski,
Paul Gogulski returns to Doha, Qatar to deliver his 4th seminar on the Construcion Claims Process, and introduces a few new thoughts on reducing the enormous cost of litigation in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Peter Ephross,
Peter Ephross' book, "Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words," has just been published by McFarland. A fascinating and entertaining collection of oral histories of 23 Jewish Major Leaguers, the book sheds light on the players' experiences of anti-Semitism, racism, and World War II. Players from 1918 to 2005, including Hank Greenberg, and Al Rosen, recount their stories in the book.

Paul Selvin,
Paul Selvin 89’ has earned the title of Managing Director- Investments at Merrill Lynch in New York City. Paul, a Wealth Management & International Financial Advisor, has been with Merrill Lynch since he graduated from the Ross School of Business in 1989.

Gerald David Newport,
Gerald "Jerry" Newport, LSA 1970, will travel to Germany this fall to defend his title as "World's Most Versatile Calculator", won in June 2010 at the Mental Math World Cup in Magdesburg, Germany. The competition takes place every other year and features activities like factoring five digit numbers, multiplying pairs of eight digit numbers and calculating random calendar dates. To win in 2010, Jerry won four events and was second and third in two other of the ten event program. Jerry lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Mary and a lot of parrots. Both are diagnosed as savants with asperger syndrome and have appeared twice on "Sixty Minutes." Their joint life story has inspired three books and a motion picture, "Mozart and The Whale" which screened in 2006.

joshua walker,
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Jon Wilson and Allen Banez,

A consumer advocacy service called LetterChamp released a new comic strip called "EVIL BOSS" which was created to support the 99% and everyone in the Occupy movement with the belief that nothing can drive a point home better than humor. "The American workers are overworked and unappreciated," says Allen Banez, founder and president of LetterChamp. "This is our way to make people laugh, show our support for the American workers and take a stand against greedy evil bosses."

"We support the movements that are demanding a change for a better way of life in America" says Jon Wilson, co-author of EVIL BOSS. "The cycle of greed must stop and the system of the evil boss and fat cat must die to create a new paradigm."


Sara Jones,

is the President of Heart Graffiti and launched the The École Collection in 2010. The École Collection (www.ecolecollection.com) is a line of sophisticated collegiate jewelry that provides students and alumni with an elegant way to honor their school ties. The Collection has grown to include men's pieces providing them with a sophisticated way to show their pride too. The collection is available for University of Michigan and Michigan State University and will be available at other Big 10 schools starting this spring.


Sarah Kabot,

Sarah Kabot is currently appearing on Bravo network's "Work of Art, the Next Great Artist," a competition show, a la Top Chef, or Project Runway.

Sarah graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan and continued her art education by earning a MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She has had a number of group exhibitions in New York including shows at the Drawing Center, Mixed Greens, and Smack Mellonand. She most recently had a solo show at the Akron Art Museum and is currently an art professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


Eric R. Ball,
Eric Ball (LSA '84) was named as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Finance" by Treasury and Risk Management magazine in its June 2011 issue. He lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife Sheryl and two boys Spencer and Carter, and serves as Treasurer of Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores.

David McFeeters-Krone,

David McFeeters-Krone, principal at Intellectual Assets, Corp, received the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Outstanding Service Award, a national honor for a non- FLC laboratory employee. This highly coveted award recognizes sustained contribution to the FLC and is the only award given to a non-FLC laboratory employee. It has been awarded 11 times since 1999. Mr. McFeeters-Krone is the youngest recipient of this prestigious award and a testimony to the quality of services provided through Intellectual Assets, Corp.


Kenneth L. Scheffel,

Kenneth L. Scheffel died peacefully in his Springfield, Ohio, home on April 5, 2011, after a courageous two-year-long battle with cancer. Born November 24, 1939 in Grand Island, Nebraska, Dr. Scheffel earned his Bachelor of Music Education (1962) and Master of Music (1964) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Doctorate of Musical Arts (1970) from the University of Michigan. His long career as a music educator started in 1961 in Nebraska, progressed through college teaching at the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and culminated with his appointment to the faculty of Wittenberg University in 1976.


Lee Liou,

Dr. Lee Liou, who specializes in General Neurology and neuromuscular disease, joins the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle as an outpatient clinician and hospitalist. Dr. Liou's distinguished career includes receiving the Katherine Carter Award in Scientific Writing, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Scholarship and the Chinese American Faculty Association Scholarship.

Dr. Liou earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 2003. He earned his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California Los Angeles in 1999 at the relatively young age of 22. Dr. Liou's residency was in neurology at the University of Washington. Most recently, Dr. Liou concluded his fellowship in clinical neuromuscular/EMG and translational research at the University of Washington.


David McFeeters-Krone,

David McFeeters-Krone, principal at Intellectual Assets, Corp, received the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Outstanding Service Award, a national honor for a non-FLC laboratory employee. This highly coveted award recognizes sustained contribution to the FLC and is the only award given to a non-FLC laboratory employee. It has been awarded 11 times since 1999. Mr. McFeeters-Krone is the youngest recipient of this prestigious award and a testimony to the quality of services provided through Intellectual Assets, Corp.


Kenneth L. Scheffel,

Kenneth L. Scheffel, A.Mus.D 1970, died peacefully in his Springfield, Ohio home at 1:12 a.m. on April 5, 2011 after a courageous two-year-long battle with cancer. Born November 24, 1939 in Grand Island, Nebraska, he was the son of Rose Bergholz and Lewis G. Scheffel. Dr. Scheffel earned his Bachelor of Music Education (1962) and Master of Music (1964) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Doctorate of Musical Arts (1970) from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Harold Haugh. His long career as a music educator started in 1961 in Nebraska, progressed through college teaching at the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and culminated with his appointment to the faculty of Wittenberg University in 1976.

A lyric tenor, Dr. Scheffel was not only a respected teacher, but throughout his active career he was also known as a fine recitalist and soloist in opera and oratorio performances. In addition, he was a church musician, serving locally as the director of the chancel choir at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church for 14 years and as the cantor for the High Holy Days at Temple Sholom for nearly three decades.

Dr. Scheffel is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gwendolyn, M.Mus.,1970; his son, Thaddeus, of Springfield; his daughter, Jocelyn (Thomas) Ballantine, of Alexandria, VA; his granddaughters, Lillian Rose and Harriet Daisy; and his sister, Ruth Hemming, of Spring, TX.


Quentin Holmes,

On April 30th author, entrepreneur, and brand creator Quentin Holmes will release "Art of Authenticity," the second book in the Real Street Kidz Multicultural Children's Book Series at the 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

About "Real Street Kidz: Art of Authenticity": The Real Street Kidz are back! Still Chasing Action, still beating the odds! Last time they saved the neighborhood center, but this time they may need to save themselves! The "Art of Authenticity" begins right where the exciting "Chasing Action" ended, with Chase competing against his archrival and former best friend Junior. Soon after the competition, however, the boys find themselves neck deep in a competition of a completely different kind. They come to the aid of a local designer named Art whose business is about to be taken over by a ruthless designer named Shyne O.C. The boys might be able to save Art, but it could mean losing their pride and integrity to do it! This adventure is so big each of the boys has to take a turn telling the story! They even enlist the aid of the fiery Jazz and her crew! How far will they go to try to "outshine Shyne" and to win the Long Beach Fashion Expo? Will they copy Shyne’s ruthless success or stick to their own authenticity and learn that true victory comes by working together and being true to themselves?

Quentin Holmes continues to demonstrate a steadfast passion for bringing kids together on a global level using this great series. "Through the series, I hope that children from all cultures will realize that it is not about your race, but it is your character that really counts. If this happens, then children will begin seeing themselves integrated and will have a greater ability to create meaningful experiences with people from all walks of life," says Holmes.


Richard Galbraith,

is co-founder of Power Nuts, based in Lake Orion Michigan, and formed in 2008 for the purpose of creating and marketing new and innovative products.

Castachio Nuts are a combination whole cashews and shelled pistachios, roasted and lightly salted to create a delightful flavor sensation. The taste-tempting treat comes in three outstanding flavors (Original, Cajun Chili and Zesty Salt and Pepper).

Castachio Nuts was accepted by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant chain for inclusion in their national "Road Trip" promotion, and they are now available at grocery chains in Michigan, including 136 Kroger Stores, all Hollywood Markets, Busch’s, Hiller’s and more.


Bob Litwin,

Bob Litwin, 1970, was inducted into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame on April 29th.

Although he did not play on the UM team, he began playing senior tournaments when he turned 35. At age 40 Litwin won his first United States National Championship. Since then he has won 14 National titles, the World Championships and was the #1 ranked player in the World for 55 and over. Additionally he has been an 8 time member of the United states Senior Davis Cup teams. The Hall of Fame roster includes, among others, Arthur Ashe, John MacEnroe, Vitas Gerulaitis, Peter Fleming and Althea Gibson, all former Grand Slam Champions. Litwin, a former tennis coach, is a business performance coach specializing in hedge funds.


Harold A. Langstaff,

Lieutenant Colonel Harold A. Langstaff, USMC (Ret.) made his last takeoff on Friday, April 8, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Ruthie, his loving wife of 64 years; son Gary and his wife Claudia of Fresno, CA; son Gordon of Davis, CA; daughter Nancy and husband Jake Krakauer of Pleasanton, CA; and four grandchildren survive him.

LtCol Hap Langstaff joined the Marine Corps in June 1941 and was designated a naval aviator on July 23, 1942. He flew F4F's and F4U's in support of the Guadalcanal Campaign. He flew 113 combat missions from April 1943-April 1944, and was credited with shooting down three Japanese Zeros in the Solomons. Hap was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and eight Air Medals for his heroic actions. Following a tour back in the States, he took part in the Japanese Occupation from August 1945-February 1946.

During six years ashore following WWII, he attended both the University of Michigan and Stanford University and earned a Master's degree.

At U-M, Hap's roommate and best friend was Bob Ufer - they grew up together and attended school together in Mt. Lebanon, PA. They would ride around town in Bob's 1929 Ford coupe with a rumble seat in back and painted blue and gold. One day they drove somewhere north of Pittsburgh, and on their return, couldn't get the car to go forward, so they backed up about 14 miles to get back to Bob's home.

After his schooling, Hap returned to combat in Korea. He flew 75 combat missions.

LtCol Hapstaff served as the Director of Aviation Technical Training in the Division of Aviation, Headquarters, USMC from '59-'62, and retired from active duty in June 1962.

Hap was an aggressive and skilled fighter pilot who led by example. He flew over 6400 accident-free hours in an era when this accomplishment was a rare exception, and included combat operations in two wars.

We have lost another of our honored heroes of WWII, and one who saw combat in Korea, as well. He will be missed.


Jeff Burnstein,
Jeff Burnstein is President of Robotic Industries Association, the North American trade group reprsenting some 275 companies involved in robotics. He recently appeared on CNBC to discuss how Robots Can Save and Create Jobs in America, which was the subject of a guest editorial he wrote for Bloomberg Business Week.

Tom Cohen,
1992 LS&A Grad Tom Cohen is the Executive Producer of Cash Cab and Cash Cab Chicago on Discovery Channel. For his work he's won three-3 Daytime Emmy Awards, which now sit on the top shelf of a bookcase that houses some of his old U-M textbooks. Talk about a visual representation of achievement.

Alan C. Wilde,
is now a lifetime member of the Cambridge Who's Who, and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the Planetary Society, the National Space Society, the National Air and Space Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and also Strathmore's Who's Who, for which he received a plaque. He published 17 papers during his career, of which 14 were reviewed by math reviews. As co-chair of the Committee to Aid Disabled Students, Mr. Wilde spoke to Ann Arbor city council to call for curb cuts instead of bike paths, and as a member of the Homeless Action Committee he spoke against the Kline's parking structure.

Karen Rae (Forsyth) Mehaffey,
After 20 years in academic libraries, including 14 as a Director, Karen joined Cengage Learning, a global publisher out of Farmington Hills, MI. Cengage purchased Gale Publishing, a well known reference publisher that had offices in the Penobscot Building in Detroit for many years. Karen started at Gale right out of graduate school at U of M, worked as the Research Coordinator for several series. She returned to Cengage Learning in 2008 as a Library Consultant, and is now the Manager of the Name Authority Team, which handles Name Taxonomies for Cengage products. Karen has also published three books and numerous articles on Victorian American women and culture, and is working on a biography of Emily V. Mason, Confederate nurse and sister of Michigan governor, Stevens Mason.

Alisea Williams McLeod,
I have developed a new website on the little discussed topic of America's Civil War contraband camps. Records concerning the camps hold key genealogical information for perhaps millions of African American families. On the site, visitors can learn about The Freedpeople's Transcription Project, which is an effort to make camp records, called registers, freely available to the public. Visit the site at www.lastroadtofreedom.com.

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