MILLENNIAL GREETINGS TO ALL !!
Various matters led to my neglecting my computer for many many weeks, I am afraid. Jacob Skopicki very kindly sent me equipment for up-grading what he had supplied a few years ago, and the result is that I can now send and receive Eldon_Smith@whittingehame.fsnet.co.uk e-mail, and also explore, very tentatively, the Internet, using one finger at a time. Louis Mandel's masterpiece, at http://www.whittingehame.com , can occupy me for hours, as I am sure many of you have discovered for yourselves. He seems to add to it every day, because so many contribute treasured photographs. Julius Maslovat recently transferred the 1957 and 1960 panoramics . There are only a few faces to which I cannot put names, I am proud to say. And I don't grimace at any !!
"Jacob's Legacy" the history of our school by Eric Shanes, is now being printed, and copies will be despatched in the near future. It really represents a remarkable achievement on the part of Eric, whose work will be avidly read by you all. Those who have still neglected to order should contact Fule Attar at 44 (0)20 7823 2235 (Fax 9648) Cheques for £35 should be made out to Whittingehame College Book Account. Eric, by the way, is busy preparing the catalogue for an international exhibition of works by Turner at the Royal Academy in the autumn - I'm sure he'll give you special attention if you want to avoid the queues
You will remember my reporting several times on the very poor health of Ramon Glass ( 1961-67) in Brighton. I am sorry to have to report that he died a few weeks ago.
I am sure we all wish to extend our sympathy to Joseph Safra on the sudden and tragic death of his brother Edmund, whose contact with Whittingehame began when Joseph joined us in 1952 and continued until Jacques left in 1964. Our sympathy goes out to all members of the family.
EILAT RE-UNION OCTOBER 1999
Once again everybody agreed that we had a wonderful time, and it was great to hear Sasha Tesler invite us to come again in 2000 ! Over a hundred guests attended the gala dinner, and enjoyed a banquet which even surpassed that of 1998. In attendance were Whitniks from every single decade, and those from the 30s were as spruce as the youngsters of 1967 vintage. It really was a delight to see everybody in such good form - even those who were with us for the very first time. The entertainment included a good number of party-style dances, (Israeli and European) and I found myself being propelled around the tables in a conga-type hectic shuffle which I last indulged in twenty years earlier. As always there was great fun at the pool and in the sea, for the Princess can provide such a variety of activities that the oldest of crocks (I mean Ella and myself, of course) were totally exhausted by bed-time, though we were always around for late breakfasts in the company of delightful Whitniks and families. Those of you who have not yet experienced the multifarious pleasures of a residential Whittingehame re-union must really reserve the time to be at Eilat next October. ARRIVIDERLA
A plea from Fule
Attar, our treasurer:
Carmarthen August 1999
This is (almost certainly) the last circular of the Second Millennium, so be sure to keep it safely as in a thousand years it may (MAY) become quite valuable.
THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
"JAKE'S LEGACY" This is your last chance to order a subscription copy (£100) or a pre-publication-priced normal edition (£35) Please make out cheques to The Whittingehame Club Book Account and send to RAPHAEL ATTAR AT 15 HERBERT CRESCENT, KNIGHTSBRIDGE LONDON SW1X 0HB. John Murry, Barry Roach, several Whitniks and I have all read the draft and are terribly impressed. By the time 100 illustrations and a few appendices are added it will certainly be a splendid venture. If you want Eric to use the picture of you being awarded the Victor Ludorum Prize, or winning a particular race, please let somebody know !! Seriously, though, Eric has done a wonderful job, and if you have an interesting reminiscence please let him have it for the last chapter -- THIS IS ANOTHER LAST CHANCE. REMEMBER - THE NAMES OF subscribers will be listed in this wonderful publication, which will be sent out by the printers early in the new year.
THE EILAT RE-UNION OCTOBER 8-12 OCTOBER 1999
Time has flown by since the
Whittingehame Club was inaugurated with a sumptuous banquet at
the Diplomat Hotel, Jerusalem, in September 1979 ---twenty years
ago !! Dubi Shiff was our host on that lavish occasion, helped
(if my failing memory is right) by Henry Gehl, Shlomo Tessone,
Ziggy Gonczarowsky, Eddy Edelsburg,, Nissky Boury and other
brilliant pioneers. Here we are, two decades older and wiser,
getting ready for the next twenty years by
enjoying another great occasion at Eilat, hosted in his usual
splendid fashion by Sasha Tesler and his superb Princess Hotel
staff. PLEASE RESERVE your places immediately, for the hotel
needs to know !! Communicate with either (1) Tesdi Tours
Touristik Ziegelhuttenweg 43, 60598 Frankfurt, Germany, Tel 4969
9636 4957, Fax 4969 9636 4922 or (2) Eilat Princess Hotel, POB
2323 Eilat 8800 Israel Tel 9727 636 5572 Fax 9727 636 5570 You
may remember the special discount price for a double room is US$
162-180 per night.
FLIGHT DETAILS UK Whitniks will be interested to know that Longwood Travel, Woodford Green IG6 8HD (Tel 0181 551 4494 -contact David) have a flight leaving Heathrow on Thursday October 7th, and returning from Eilat on October 11th or October 14th. Flights depart from Heathrow at 08.25 (arr. 14.30), and from Ovda at 17.30 (arr. Heathrow at 22.00) . The normal price of the flight is £279 per person, but re-union participants will be charged £249 inclusive of Airport Charges and Passenger Taxes (approx £33 p.p.) The price of £249 does not include transfer to the Princess Hotel (£10) or insurance.
THE DATA-BASE. Our next Directory will certainly be on a web-site, so if you have any doubts about it, please let me know. The idea was mooted some time ago, but so far only two Whitniks have let me know that they want restricted entries You are NOT one of these So please be in touch one way or the other.
THE WEB-SITE. PLEASE NOTE THE ADDRESS WILL SHORTLY CHANGE TO http://www.whittingehame.com Louis Mandel's web-site is well established and popular at http://www.netaxis.ca/people/whittingehame , and everybody marvels at its professional standard. SEE FOR YOURSELF. Once you have done so you will realise that www is the way for Whitt-life to go on. There are already about 500 pictures and very much good-quality written (if that is the word) information. Everybody acquainted with the process appreciates that scanning is not the major problem, but administering, identification and editing. For the time being Louis has provided all the labour and finance at his end, but clearly we can't continue indefinitely in this way, and various suggestions have been made. One proposal is the opening of a "Sponsors' Page" restricted to Whittingehamians &/or their businesses, containing small banners, each costing $50 or $100. The banners could be business cards or logos, messages or similar material. There would surely be enough of these to establish a basis for continuity. I think there is no reason why we should not start this straight away, even if some other long-term plan is decided on. SO PLEASE RESPOND STRAIGHT AWAY IF YOU AGREE You will find Louis' address in the Directory, and his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org If you have appropriate material you will probably need to consult his FAQ section on the web-site for advice on the best way to send it.
THE MYSTERY . It bas been solved. Joseph Pinto owned up ! Joseph has resesevsd for Eilat, but unfortunately I have not been able to contact him (or any others of our Turkish Whitniks) since the August 17th earthquake. PS I got a fax through to him 21/8/99, but have not yet received a reply
IMPORTANT OFFICIALS Those of you who listened (more or less surreptitiouly at times) to Thursday Night "Top of the Pops" radio programmes in the 50s and 60s will be delighted to know that Eddie Clein (1942-50) will be Lord Mayor of Liverpool in Millennium Year. That means that Whitniks who are still Beatles fans will be able to visit their city without fear of being put on detention. Additionally, it is important to know that Lawrence Grant ( 56-60) has been made a judge !
A few months ago Isaac Mizrachi attended a prestigious conference and festive dinner at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem,in honour of the World President of FIABCI, who made the keynote address . He is Anthony Grant , Isaac's Whitnik contemporary.
PROPOSALS (1) Ronnie Levene (55-61) wants WHIT-GOLF. (2) Mo Nathan (43-51) will spend the winter preparing his catamaran for crossing the Atlantic in 2000. See Directory.
All good wishes
THE HISTORY OF WHITTINGEHAME
Eric Shanes has advanced to the final draft of ".Jake's Progress", and those of us who have read the earlier drafts are delighted - it will be both interesting and worthy. It is thought the MSS will be ready for despatch to the printer in the early summer. A picture-selection meeting decided on the hundred illustrations which reflect various periods and activities, and there will be several appendices, one of which will list all known Whitnik names
I am sure you all remember that "Subscription" copies cost £100 each (some have ordered several copies) and normal copies £35 each. The names of subscribers will be listed in the book so that they will be honoured by Posterity !! Please make drafts or cheques payable to The Whittingehame Book Club Account and send to our Treasurer Raphael (Fule) Attar at 15 Herbert Crescent, Knightsbridge London SW1 X OHB
THANK YOU for ordering your subscription copy /copies
Fule is trying to solve a mystery As far back as October 1997 some Whitnik transferred money through the Discount Bank, Geneva. Was it you? Somebody suggested that hundreds of people from all over the world will admit responsibility for this error, but will probably point out that it was meant only as a loan, and should now be returned, (with moderate interest),
THE EILAT RE-UNION. OCTOBER 8-12TH 1999
The last Eilat Re-union, three years ago, was a resounding success, and the excellence of the facilities at the Princess Hotel needs no further emphasis, You will see from the enclosed information that all prices have been held to the 1996 level, and we expect attendance, as we approach the year 2000, to be millennial, I am sure there will be immediate family discussions followed by urgent form-filling,. We will have a wonderful time, as occurred in 1996. Those present on that occasion will remember that all sorts of projects were undertaken Leslie Brown got to Petra, but made up for that by being within metres of the latest Chamonix avalanches, He will probably be glad of Princess comforts in October.
MATTERS ARISING from the last news-letter:
(a) I declared that the Glynne Brothers were the winners in the ENDURANCE STAKES. But I gave the wrong dates, and must make an important correction, In fact Martin arrived at Surrenden Road in 1946, to be followed by Anthony and then Maurice (Mo) who survived until 1965 !! WHEW!!
(b) I pointed out that a number of Whitniks who had declared their intention to attend the Cumberland Re-union were prevented from keeping their promises, thereby depriving the Club of a total of £1000. Various excuses reasons were given but not believed. However I am glad to be able to tell you that Robert Brande (1956-63), who was not one of the miscreants, sent us a cheque to make up the deficit, so Fule is a happier man. His happiness would be further increased if the good example of Robert were followed
WEB - SITES Louis Mandel is getting plenty of calls to his picture gallery, and many of those with the necessary equipment tell me it's very very interesting and will undoubtedly continue and expand. if you have photographs (especially of the pre-1960 period) please get in touch with him by e-mail; his address is in the Directory, Or consult the FAQ page on his website. The address is: http://www.netaxis.ca/people/whittingehame
We will have to consider how this wonderful venture is to be financed. For the time being Louis is meeting the costs, so he deserves thanks as well as congratulations, I can take this chance to remind you of the address of Poldi Kuia's "notice-board" site, which is http://www.hello-israel.com/whittingehame
DIRECTORY AMENDMENTS (please note: details have been withheld on the website)
FINAL APPEAL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Eric Shanes has now completed the main part of the book, which is about 60,000 words in length. However, he is still seeking contributions from you.
At the end of the main text, which is devoted to the academic social and cultural life of the school and its main participants, there is a lengthy, informal section entitled " I remember ." This is devoted solely to recollections of life at Whittingehame College by its Staff, Old Boys and (a few) Old Girls. Although this section is already substantial, Eric Shanes would dearly like to include many more anecdotes from ex-Whittingehamians. These can be stories of any kind: treasured memories of Jake or other members of staff, student pranks, memories of life in Hove, Brighton, Dan-y-Allt, Edwinsford or Handcross, or even complaints about some aspects of the school. Please get off your bottoms and either jot something down on a piece of paper or phone Eric Shanes in order to boost this section of the book further.
Eric Shanes can be contacted at 7 Cumberland
Road, Acton, London W3 6EX.