Magazine article Nieman Reports

Class of 1987 Celebrates Their 20th Reunion at Lippmann House

Magazine article Nieman Reports

Class of 1987 Celebrates Their 20th Reunion at Lippmann House

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The Nieman class of 1987, or almost half of it, assembled on the steps of Lippmann House one day this summer, 20 years after the group posed with then Curator Howard Simons, NF '59. This time a passing student was enlisted to snap the picture. The nine fellows and an equal number of their spouses and children lined up a few feet from Simons's memorial, a well-anchored sculpted hawk that was recently restored after the original was stolen. One could only imagine the wisecracks Simons would have made about his graying brood and disappearing bird.

With the generous support of Curator Bob Giles, NF '66, and the Nieman Foundation staff, the group had the run of the place for a long weekend June 29-July 1. No seminars were staged and self-improvement was discouraged. Instead, it was the moveable feast the group specialized in two decades ago. (This class rented a villa in Jamaica for winter break.)

The '87 class has kept the Nieman spirit, staging reunions every two years on alternating coasts, usually within reach of a beach or golf course. The peak attendance has been about 25, including family. Organizing the reunions has largely been the work of ringleader Linda Wilson, now retired from journalism near Longview, Washington. With attendance slumping slightly in recent reunions, the idea was hatched to go back to Cambridge for the 20th, a nostalgia play that worked.

Giles readily agreed to Wilson's request to borrow Lippmann House when she ran the idea by him at a meeting of Nieman alumni in Portland, Oregon, in January 2006. In July, Wilson polled by e-mail as many in the class as she could reach, which was all but a few. …

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