Milne Alumni May Newsletter
May 15, 2008

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

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Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Class-Reunion Plans
* "Happy" the Bear (Milne Mascot)
* "Hall of Fame"
* Sad News
* Email-Link Reminder


According to Peter Bulger, the Class of 1973 is holding a 35th reunion September 12th and 13th. On Friday, September 12th, there will be an afternoon golf tournament, followed by an "all year" open gathering at Jillian's on Pearl Street in Albany. On Saturday, September 13th, the class will meet for a dinner at the Hudson Harbor restaurant on Broadway in Albany. Contact Peter for further information.

Barbara WOLMAN Currier, '55, has announced that a combined 1954-1955 reunion is scheduled for June 19 and 20, 2009.

"HAPPY" THE BEAR (Milne Mascot)

When I asked Doris MARKOWITZ Greenberg, '57 (the Milne School mascot when I started my Milne "career") whether she remembers the name of the Milne mascot, she replied that it was "Happy."

Doris remembers the following: "I became the bear when I was in the 8th grade...being the shortest kid in the school, I was able to be the mascot until senior year when Judi Safranko (finally shorter than I) took over. Mr. Cowley made the head, and the body was sewed by someone--it was darned hot, and I always had to go out at half times to take off the head and let the steam rise in the cold air. While all the cheerleaders looked cute and perky as they got on the team bus, I had the large head, the suitcase with the costume in tow...and looked rather unglamorous. I enjoyed being able to do my own thing...and it compensated for never making the cheerleader line...."

So, fellow alumni:

Was there a mascot when you attended Milne?

Was the mascot's name always "Happy"?

Who wore the bear costume when you were at Milne?

Do you have any stories to share regarding "Happy"?

Respond to Judy.


If you know of a Milne attendee or graduate whom you believe deserves special recognition, please let me know.


The following Milne alumni, attendees, or family members passed away between mid-April and mid-May. Please note that I rely upon the Albany Times Union and input from other alumni for this information, so if you become aware of someone who has passed away, please let me know. If a name is underlined, it represents a link to the obituary. The Times Union links are available free for 365 days after the initial posting. Other newspapers may have different timetables.

Ms. Elizabeth PETERS Campion, Milne Class of 1933, passed away on April 20, 2008 - Times Union.

Ms. Vivian Klepak, mother of Charles Klepak, Class of 1963, passed away on April 21, 2008 - Times Union.

Ms. Helen MURPHY MacGregor, Milne Class of 1948, passed away on April 30, 2008 - Times Union.

Mr. Edgar Blumberg, father of Dr. Bruce Blumberg, Class of 1966, and Sandra Blumberg Gross, Class of 1969, passed away on April 30, 2008 - Times Union.

Mr. Thomas Dyer, Milne Class of 1944, passed away on May 3, 2008 - Times Union.


If you would like your name in the Milne Alumni website directories made into an email link, please let me know.

Thanks to all of you for your interest in Milne Alumni activities.

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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