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| ’65 | Steve Hatzai recently retired from the Allentown School District after 35 years of teaching chemistry and, later, theatre. He developed the award-winning Allen High theatre program and was one of the founders of the Allentown Academy of the Arts, where he served as director until his retirement. He helped to establish the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s first outreach touring production and is currently working as an actor in the Philadelphia area. Along with voice over and commercial work, he has appeared onstage at Peoples Light and Theatre Company, Hedgerow, InterAct and Iron Age Theatres. He returned to Muhlenberg’s stage last summer as “Old” Joe in “Damn Yankees” – a long journey from the Muhlenberg Experimental Theatre’s performances in the all-purpose Science Auditorium during the early ’60s! Donald S. Heintzelman recently published two new books: “All-Weather Hawk Watcher’s Field Journal,” published by the J. L. Darling Corporation, and “A Field Guide to North American Swans,” published by Friends of Animals. In April, Kim Eric Williams was elected the senior deputy governor of the Swedish Colonial Society. He continues to work on translations of handwritten 18th century documents for the Society and Gloria Dei, Old Swedes Church in Philadelphia, and teaches Swedish at the University of Pennsylvania. This fall, his biography of the first Lutheran pastor ordained in America will be published by American Lutheran Publicity Bureau in cooperation with the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia. Titled “The Journey of Justus Falckner,” it will include a full-color reproduction of the Falckner window from the Egner Memorial Chapel.
| ’67 | Gary Packin has been elected secretary-treasurer of the medical staff board of the Kennedy Health System. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and specializes in gynecologic endocrinology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Packin earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
| ’69 | Jeff Allyn sends the following update: “As for many of my classmates, retirement has come, but not free time. I’ve taken over as the president of the Northwest Bergen Mutual Aid Association, which coordinates extra resources to the 17-member fire departments in Bergen County, N.J. Billy, age 11, continues to need a soccer coach for his club team, Midland Park needs a deputy emergency management coordinator, my old place of employment needs a truant officer (part time) and a ’70 Corvette convertible is in need of restoration. How did we find time to work?”
| ’73 | Joe Paul’s son Ben recently concluded his first high school basketball season, where he was the starting varsity point guard as a freshman for the Osceola Warriors. Joe is an assistant coach. He credits former Mule cagers’ coach Ken Moyer with being his role model for coaching success, providing him with life lessons he has remembered and applied for over 30 years, and which he continues to impart to his son and the teams he coaches. Joe, his wife, Marianne, and Ben live in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Joe is controller of St. Petersburg General Hospital. In June 2002, Gail (Whitaker) Wright was approved for ordination in the United Church of Christ. “I am now in the process of searching for a church congregation who will call me to a pastoral position,” she writes.
Eric Shafer ’72, director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Department for Communication, sometimes gets to play at work. In fact, he’s working on bringing a childhood favorite – “Davey and Goliath” – back to life.
The stop-motion animation for children first aired on broadcast television in 1960. Created by Art and Ruth Clokey, well-known animators of Gumby and Pokey, the show focused on Davey Hanson and Goliath, his talking dog, who acts as Davey’s conscience.
The Lutheran Church in America, now known as the ELCA, produced 65 fifteen-minute episodes, which were broadcast on weekend mornings for 20 years, and six half-hour specials. Much to the delight of many loyal Davey fans – including, perhaps, you – the ELCA is bringing the old episodes back on DVD and video and producing new episodes and specials. The first new production is a documentary for ABC television airing across the country this fall. A new one-hour holiday special is in production for 2004.
“We hope to introduce a new generation to ‘Davey’ and bring quality children’s programming to television and video, programming with a moral center and a Christian theme,” says Shafer. “The important messages that ’Davey and Goliath’ episodes promote – messages about tolerance, responsibility, friendship, family and God’s love – have potential for powerful public witness.”
For more information or to support the Davey revival, visit www.daveyandgoliath.org.
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