Category: Class Stories

The Yellowed Envelope

The yellowed envelope is postmarked Denver, Colorado, January 30, 1947, the address simply to “Jim Carter, Hampton, Iowa” in my mother’s hand–the start of it all.  I carefully open it and unfold the fragile paper, typed single-spaced.  She writes about her life at Denver University and moving to a new place.  She closes with, “Hey,…

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My Life in 3s

Since my memory fails after 3, here is what I recall about my life so far: I secured 3 degrees (HS, BA, MBA); pursued 3 careers (corporate grunt, startup CEO, venture capitalist); ran 3 medical companies (Geron, HCORP, Rinat Neuroscience); lived in 3 locations (NY/NJ, Singapore, CA); and with my wonderful wife Pat, have 3…

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La Forza del Destino

Exactly 40 years ago today, (August 15th, 1979) I arrived in Florence, Italy for what was supposed to be my European experience of a year or two. Little did I imagine I would still be here in 2019! I had auditioned for and won the assistant principal viola position in Florence’s orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, while…

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