Tuesday, March 20, 2018

COATS OF ARMS | Talk to OUS London on Monday, April 16


Coats of Arms of the Oxford Colleges
John Tepper Marlin
Monday 16th April 2018
The Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall
Dear OUS-London member,   
JT Marlin’s fascination with coats of arms started when he was sent to Ampleforth College and took his meals in a Yorkshire castle dining room surrounded by marvellous stained-glass windows featuring these curious shields with stylized symbols and fantastical creatures. It has remained a life-long interest.
John has been in the business of writing since a student at Harvard, where in 1961 he wrote and edited the first edition of The Let's Go Guide to Europe. He read PPE at Trinity, Oxford, and whilst earning a Ph.D. in economics in the US, he served as a Federal Government economist in Washington, D.C. and then was appointed Chief Economist for the New York City Comptroller. Heading the Council on Municipal Performance for 20 years, he wrote eight books comparing U.S. and international cities. He is now a full-time writer on historical subjects.
In 2015, John wrote an article on coats of arms for the alumni publication Oxford Today which attracted valuable comment and insight from readers. Based on the feedback and further research, he commenced work on a new book investigating, explaining and illustrating college coats of arms. 
This evening John will delve into the coats of arms of our Oxford colleges, drawing comparisons between paired coats of arms, highlighting examples of shared heritage, some interesting curiosities and the key to understanding their symbolism and conventions.  
We very much hope that you will be able to join us in the suitably august and stately surrounds of the Oxford and Cambridge Club. Following the talk, drinks and canapés will be served providing the customary OUS-London opportunity to meet with fellow alumni and guests. Your non-Oxonian friends and family are welcome.
Coats of Arms of the Oxford Colleges
Monday 16th April 2018
Tickets : £35      6:30pm : Arrival  7:00pm : Talk followed by Reception  Dress : Lounge Suit

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

NEWARK BOYS CHORUS | Will Sing on April 5

Newark Boys Chorus, 2018
The Newark Boys Chorus (NBC) will sing at the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race Dinner in New York City on April 5.

Here is a YouTube sample of their singing back in 2009. The Chorus is trained at its School (NBCS).

The tradition of starting a Boat Race Dinner with the American and British national anthems was begun at the Washington, D.C. dinner (the only one that competes in size with that of the New York City dinner), and is now a fixture. 

The NBC team will sing one other song besides the two anthems.

More details on the dinner, including a link to registration, are here.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

BIRTHDAYS | Oxonians, March 2018

85th New York City Boat Race Dinner, April 5, 2018.

01 John Tepper Marlin (Trinity), 1942 😉
02 Dr Seuss (Lincoln), 1904
11 Rupert Murdoch, 1931
14 Stephen Hawking (Univ), death, 2018 (born in April)
24 William Morris (Exeter), 1834
26 Robert Frost, 1926
26 A. E. Housman, 1859
31 Rachel Maddow (Lincoln), 1973

Other Months: February . January
Year's worth of birthdays (in process of being compiled)
To add a name, write to the compiler – jtmarlin@post.harvard.edu.

BIRTHDAYS | Oxonians, April 2018

03 Jane Goodall, 1934
05 NYC Boat Race Dinner, University Club
13 Frederick Lord North (Trinity), 1732
13 Christopher Hitchens, 1949
14 Michael Maclagan (Ch.Ch. and Trinity), 1914
April 23. St George's
15 Emma Watson, 1990
15 Joseph Lister, 1827
19 Dudley Moore, 1935
23 St George's Day
28 Harper Lee, 1926
28 Elena Kagan, 1960

March .  February . January
Year's Worth of Birthdays
To add a name, write to the compiler – jtmarlin@post.harvard.edu.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

OXFORD-CAMBRIDGE DINNER | New York City's 85th, April 5

The late Stephen Hawking as an Oxford
undergraduate, coxing the Univ 2nd Eight.
The 2018 Boat Race will be on March 24. 

Both men's and women's boat races will be held that day.

A festive dinner to celebrate the event will be held at the University Club in New York on Thursday, April 5. It will be the 85th consecutive uninterrupted boat race dinner in New York City. As usual, the dress code for men is black tie or boat club blazer.

The Newark Boys Chorus will sing the American and British national anthems and their own song.

For further details and to reserve a place or two, go to the Cambridge University website.

Information on the 2017 NYC Boat Race Dinner and the 83 previous boat race dinners in New York may be found here. The outcome of the Boat Race in 2017 may be found here.

More information on the 2018 Boat Race may be found on the Oxford-Cambridge NYC Boat Race Dinner site or on the official boat race site.

A brief history of the boat race says that the boats use "much the same equipment as in 1829." Well, yes, if you don't consider significant the improving outrigger of the earliest years, the move from a wherry to a flat shell, the offset oarlocks, and above all the sliding seats starting in 1869 and the composite shells in the 20th century. See my review of boat innovations for more details.

On April 16, I will be giving a presentation on the Oxford colleges' coats of arms to the Oxford University Society in London (at the Oxford-Cambridge Club).  I will be posting details shortly here.

The next evening, I will be talking to the Oxford-Cambridge Club membership about the coats of arms of the Oxford and Cambridge colleges. This event is nearly sold out, one month in advance.

STEPHEN HAWKING, R.I.P. | Selected Obituaries, Links

Stephen Hawking (Univ, Oxon), 1942-2018
Stephen W. Hawking (Univ, Oxon) was born on January 8, 1942 and died on March 14, 2018.

Prof. Neil Comins, an astronomer at the  University of Maine is a cousin of my wife Alice (her mother was born Grace Comins).

Neil remembers presenting a paper to Hawking and others. With his permission, I quote his recollection:

I first met Stephen in the late 1970s. I was working on my Ph.D. thesis in Cardiff, Wales. I shared some results with my thesis advisor, Bernard F. Schutz [now director of the Max Planck Institute at Cambridge]. The next day Bernard came to see me, saying, "I've arranged for you to present your results to Stephen Hawking and his group at Cambridge." It would be the first talk I ever gave about my research.
A few weeks later, I took the train to Cambridge and presented my work. Stephen was smiling through the talk. There was some debate about the results, but he ended it by saying that he believed they were correct. He was right and five years later, S. Chandrasekhar cited that work in his 1983 Nobel prize lecture. 
Back then, Stephen was able to control his motorized wheel chair and he zoomed around Cambridge. Everyone just had to get out of his way! I had dinner that evening with Hawking and his family. I have a vague recollection that someone said the home they lived in was also where Isaac Newton once lived. 
My nephew Chris Oakley earned his BA-MA and DPhil in Physics from Oxford and took the Physics Tripos at Cambridge. He remembers seeing Hawking in Cambridge and at a seminar in Oxford. Chris says (I quote by permission): 
Hawking only really got into his stride at Cambridge. I used to see him in his wheelchair in the street in Cambridge when I was there in 1980-1981, but the first time I went to a seminar of his was about a year later at the Rutherford-Appleton laboratory near Oxford. He still had his voice then, but it was near-incomprehensible and a graduate student was translating for us.
-New York Times Obituary
-BBC Obituary
-Why did his family move from London to Oxford just before he was born?

Hawking as coxswain for University College's Second Eight.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

OXFORD UNIVERSITY | Heraldry Society

Oxonian Michael
Maclagan, Richmond Herald.
I just discovered that the Oxford University Heraldry Society was founded in 1835. The story is sketchily put together on the website of the Cambridge University Heraldry Society.

That the record is incomplete is admitted by the author of the article.

I can add a little bit to the story. Although the O.U. Heraldry Society may have been inactive at some times in the second half of the 20th century, Michael Maclagan, history tutor at Trinity College, Oxford was active through the 1980s as Richmond Herald.