Class of 1966 Locomotive Award

Locomotive Award History

Bill "Roller" Leahy wrote (February, 2017): "As one Vice-President, focused upon participation, it appeared to me  that we should honor class members for their 'service' with the new Locomotive Award.  Alumni Day and Reunions are the two dates for class gatherings. I have established a small group of '66ers to assist in considering awardees at each of these events. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished service and/or character. Service which exemplifies the motto:'Princeton in the nation's Service and the service of humanity.' The award may be either for achievements based upon professional or avocational interests. Class officers will be mindful of both professional and geographical diversity. The committee will now focus upon a classmate to be awarded the Locomotive award at Reunions,2017." The award is to widen participation; in our class ...gathering together more classmates.


The awards and citations are listed below, most recent first.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - Lewis MacAdams

Class members and friends gathered at the Kingsley Manor Retirement Community Rooftop in Los Angles (a stone's throw from Route 66) to honor Lewis. On hand:
  • Lewis MacAdams with daughter Natalia and son Torii
  • Lewis' former wives Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna and JoAnne Klabin
  • Various other friends from LA including a HS classmate from Dallas, writer David Ritz (rejected by Princeton!)
  • Barbara and Glenn Goltz, Rich Reinis, Viggo Boserup, Jon Wiener, and Paul Boorstin '65
Address by Glenn Goltz

Good Afternoon. Thanks to each of you for being here to help us, Lewis' Classmates of the Princeton Class of 1966, to join the many voices honoring Lew here in Los Angeles and throughout the country.

My name is Glenn Goltz.  I am one of Lew's Princeton classmates and serve as the Class Secretary.  Today, this award was to be given by our Class President, Kit Mill who, unfortunately, has been unexpectedly hospitalized.

In addition to thanking each of you for being here, I want to especially thank Lewis' son Torii MacAdams and honored classmate, Jon Wiener.  Both helped us find this time and place to present this honor.  Thank you.

The Class of 1966 Locomotive Award

The Class of 1966 Locomotive Award was established by the Class Executive Committee under the leadership of Bill "Roller" Leahy, Vice President for Participation.  It is the highest honor given by the Class.  It is presented from time to time to a "Classmate who has done extraordinary work in his chosen field of endeavor."  It recognizes a classmate who is the embodiment of "'66 in the nation's service and in the service of all humanity".

"Lewis MacAdams has done extraordinary work in his chosen field of endeavor"
"Lewis MacAdams is the embodiment of "'66 in the nation's service and is in the service of all humanity".

Lewis is the fourth recipient of this award, following these distinguished classmates:

John "Jody" Kretzman was a freshman roommate and Princeton friend of Lew's.  Jody, in the course of his career as scholar, policy maker, and activist changed the way we think about and act toward neighborhood and communities.  Not only in America, but worldwide, especially urban and rural communities struggling economically and politically.

Bruce Furie and his wife Barbara worked for over forty years on the science of blood clotting resulting in treatments which have saved millions of stroke victims from irreparable brain damage if they receive "anti-clotting" medicines in time.

Jim Timbie has been the chief architect of internationally acclaimed nuclear arms reduction.  Jim served seven U.S. Presidents as their confidant and as their frequent negotiator.  His work changed the perception of safety and impending doom for millions and millions of ordinary citizens around the world.  We no longer are taught to hide under desks, find air raid shelters, and "duck, dive, and roll" because of Jim.

Lewis at Princeton

Lewis came to us from St. Mark's School of Texas where he was an outstanding scholar and athlete.  Lewis was captain of the basketball team, president of his Senior Class, and editor of the school newspaper.

At Princeton, Lewis majored in English, was news director of the campus radio station, associate editor of the Nassau Lit Magazine, served on the editorial board of the campus newspaper, and made many, many friends.

Lew even then was know for his audacity, ambition and outspokenness.  He organized a well-regarded and well-attended community wide "Poetry Weekend" introducing many of us to "beat poetry" and to the concept of "Cool".

Lew was also very politically active and said about himself in our senior class book, The Nassau Herald, that he "planned a career in Civil Rights or teaching" and that he proclaimed that he was on the "radical left".  We should have known.

Today, Lew's close Princeton friends Jon Wiener and Paul Boorstin will read a tribute from another close Princeton friend, Jim Seymour.

Remarks by Jon Wiener

The only award greater than the Class of '66 Locomotive Award is the World Heavyweight Poetry Championship, and Lewis is the two-time winner of that.  He's also been a championship fundraiser for the LA River - first the Army Corps of Engineers approved a $19 million restoration plan for the river, and then last year the California state legislature approved $100 million for river restoration - which makes Lewis the most successful fundraiser in the class.  20 years ago he called restoration of the LA river "a 40-year art project."  I asked him recently how it was going, and he answered, "right on schedule."

Testimonial by Jon Seymour Read by Paul Boorstin '65

Lew, I wish I could be there this weekend for you, but prior engagements impinge - and travel even under the best circumstances has become more difficult at our age. The invitation itself, however, has cast my mind- what's left of it- back and back and back into the antediluvian when we first met. I can't remember that exact occasion, but I still remember well the first time I read one of your poems. One of its lines has stuck with me all these years: "Prayer wheels sparkle like many different colors cards-" The poem, if memory serves, was set at the Texas state fair, and it was a jolt. Muscular, direct, vivid- I knew at once that I - one of the few at Princeton in that era with aspirations to the literary life - could not match its power. A small seed of jealousy was planted-but it was a weak weed that emerged. We were still friends, and that was what mattered. Party time! We had a blast.

Our lives diverged after graduation. Though we seldom - make that never - saw each other over the years, I made inquiries. I tried to keep up with you through the gossip of mutual friends, the occasional newspaper clipping, publications, etc-and I bought your books, not out of duty but for pleasure. Then some years ago I heard of your work with the L.A. River. A strange engagement it seemed, to leave your wizardry of the wordsmithery for marriage to a stream that was barely more than a trickle. Yet the alchemy you brought to your poetry found a new course and now comes full flood, a transformation that brooks no return, an unleashing of the waters that will rush like a mighty stream, a transfiguration to heal an entire community. My envy long ago eroded, first under the wash of your words and then of your work, leaving only a profound respect for what you have done and admiration for the courageous man you are. How many can say they have left such a mark on the world and on their time? Few, few indeed. One of the few is Lew. Congratulations, my old friend, for the long overdue honors now being heaped upon your head, balding though it may be. A locomotive for Lew! Sis! Sis! Sis! Boom! Boom! Boom! Bah! LewMacAdams! LewMacAdams! LewMacAdams! Now let's go have a beer.
Further Remarks by Glenn: Recognizing Lewis's Accomplishments.

I will not remind you of what each of you so fully know about Lewis' accomplishments in the present.

I will not remind you of his books, poems and recordings.

I will not remind you about Lewis "with whiskey and wire cutters in hand cutting a hole in the surrounding fence" or about the Daub Monument and the recently dedicated Lewis MacAadams River Park.

No

I will not remind you that Lewis is the co-founder of the Friends of the Los Angeles River and of the hundred of thousands of volunteer man hours and of the hundreds of millions of dollars that are now changing not only the Los Angeles River, but also changing the Los Angeles Basin.

But, what I will say is to echo the words of those who watch all the rivers of America,

These leaders say what we at Princeton knew from day one.

We knew then what they say now.  They say:

"Lew MacAdams is the real thing", and we need more Lew MacAdams. The world needs more Lew MacAdams.

Please stand with me and join  Classmates Viggo Bossrup and Rich Reinis in a loud " Princeton locomotive cheer for Lewis".

Leader: A Princeton Locomotive for Lewis MacAdams

HIP, HIP, HIP

Crowd:
 (start slowly with Rah, then pick up speed)

'RAH! 'RAH! 'RAH!

TIGER! TIGER! TIGER!

SIS! SIS! SIS!

BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

BAHHHHHHHH.

LEWIS MACADAMS,  LEWIS MACADAMS, LEWIS MACADAMS.

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More - From the Classmates in the News page

Lewis McAdams is profiled in this Los Angeles Times article, Legacy Projects Take Shape Honoring Lewis MacAdams, Poet and Crusader for Transforming Los Angeles River. The article covers Lewis' "years spent crusading to return the concrete-lined Los Angeles River to a more natural state" and work writing his memoirs with the assistance of historian Michael Block. In addition, "sculptor Eugene Daub is finishing a 7-foot-tall monument featuring MacAdams in stark relief over river flora and fauna including frogs, herons and fish. It was unveiled in November at the Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park (formerly Marsh Park - Lewis appears in a video at the top of this page) in Elysian Valley." "The monument depicts MacAdams, his eyes fixed on a distant horizon. Just beneath the visage is one of his favorite phrases: 'If it's not impossible, I'm not interested.'" Hint: It's still "Marsh Park" in Google Maps and Apple Maps. It's located northeast of the I-5 - SR2 intersection at 2801-2999 Rosanna St.


February 24, 2018 (Alumni Day)

The "'66 Locomotive Award" was graciously accepted  by JIM TIMBIE who was wholeheartedly praised for his internationally acclaimed work in nuclear arms reduction.

June 3, 2017 (51st Reunion)

Bruce Furie and his wife,Barbara, a PhD, have been working in the Boston area for 40 years. They have a world respected laboratory focused upon hemostasis, the division of hematology which looks at "clots"...how and why they form in natural and disease states. Their laboratory and research work has been noted by international hematology academies with multiple honors. Their work evaluates the anatomy, biochemistry and kinetics of clotting.

Both Bruce and Barbara are on the Harvard medical staff, and at Deaconess Medical center where they do research h,teach and are involved in patient care.During their careers they have worked with over 100 doctoral or post-doctoral students.

Many pre-med students at Princeton might remember Barbara as a teaching assistant to Dr.Wallis, the feared and respected professor of organic chemistry.

February 25, 2017 (Alumni Day)

Jody Kretzmann was the first classmate selected for this new award, which was presented at prior to our class dinner.

Lanny Jones read the award citation which he authored and also presented the award which included an actual Lionel locomotive circa ?

A few words about Jody Kretzmann and why he is so deserving of the first '66 Locomotive Award.

To put it in a single sentence, in the course of his career Jody has changed the way scholars, policy makers, and activists think about neighborhoods and communities, not only in America but worldwide, especially urban and rural communities which are struggling economically and politically.

With his longtime colleague, John McKnight, Jody founded the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University. Since 1980, the ABCD Institute has worked with community leaders around the world to conduct research, produce materials, and otherwise support local residents and their allies to build stronger and healthier communities.

Jody and John McKnight wrote a book called Building Communities from the Inside Out; A Path Toward Discovering and Mobilizing a Communities Assets that has become the indispensable guide for community builders. To date it has sold more than 120,000 copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.

Before defining the asset-based strategies, Jody gained valuable community organizing experience registering voters in the American South and 
Chicago's West Side. These community organizing efforts led also to a range of electoral political work, including at the local level, with extensive policy contributions to the campaigns and administration of Harold Washington, Chicago's first African American mayor; to the Illinois gubernatorial campaign of Dawn Clark Netsch; to the policy efforts of Barack Obama's campaigns for President (2008, 2012).

Along with his civic, community, and political work, Jody has remained consistently committed to teaching. He founded and led, for some 20 years, a groundbreaking Urban Studies program for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Through this program hundreds of undergraduates spent a semester living and working in a Chicago neighborhood, experiencing, as Jody puts it, "the city as teacher".

This program has been widely recognized as one of the earliest and most innovative "experience-based" experiments in higher education. One of Jody's closest colleagues in the Urban Studies Program was John Fish, '55, who went on to found with Jody's assistance, Princeton Project 55, today known as Alumni Corps.

At Northwestern, Jody was twice selected to receive its "Teacher of the Year" award. He is married to (and often works with) Ingrid Christiansen, and together they have two children, Katie and Marcus.

I would be remiss if I did not say, with pride, that he introduced me to my wife, Sarah.

It is a great honor for our class and our classmates to present the First '66 Locomotive Award to Jody Kretzmann


L-R: Jody Kretzmann, T,R. Reid, Jim Merritt, Lanny Jones