JAZZ CLARINETIST AND SAXOPHONIST
I first came across Bob Wilber’s name in some research I was doing on Scarsdale in World War II. As a teenager, Wilber and the rest of his Scarsdale High School
band, the Wildcats, visited hospitals in New York to entertain soldiers injured during the war. He was excellent even then, taking the train to Harlem so he could learn from jazz great Sidney Bechet. From those distant days in the 1940’s until today Wilber has fought the good fight to keep jazz alive.
HISTORIAN, RHODES SCHOLAR’ PROFESSOR AT MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY AND BATES COLLEGE
I taught David Scobey his senior year in high school. He earned a 5 on the AP exam and 800 on his achievement exam in American History.. My colleagues congratulated me on not giving David enough misinformation in the course of the year to mess him up. After Scarsdale High came Yale University and then Oxford University where David studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
DOCUMENTARIAN, AUTHOR, TEACHER, PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL
After graduation from Scarsdale High School, Rushkoff earned his BA at Princeton University magna cum laude and then a masters in fine arts in Directing from the California Institute for the Arts. Today he teaches at the N.Y.U. Interactive Telecommunications Program. He also has taught online for the MaybeLogic Academy. He has written eleven books including How the World Became a Corporation and how to take it Back.
EPISCOPAL MINISTER, MUSICIAN, DANCER, TEACHER, WRITER
After graduating from Scarsdale High School, Roth attended Oberlin College where she earned a B.A, .in Music. In 1977 she enrolled in the General Theological Seminary and received a Masters Degree in Divinity in 1981 with honors. That December she was ordained to the Episcopal Priesthood. While living in Scarsdale, Roth taught a generation of students the joys of dance and music. And once back in her beloved Oberlin, she turned to her pen and her love of learning to get ever more people involved in spirituality.
“I only took the regular course” said the Mock Turtle, “Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with. Then see the different branches of Arithmetic—Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision.” Elisabeth, “Libby” Rosenthal found writing at Scarsdale High School a delight (see above or at least see one of her most challenging At Harvard College she did exceptionally well in a variety of subjects including the humanities and the sciences, going to Harvard Medical School
and then working in the emergency room In the end, she questioned the logic of having two fulltime jobs and a family and resigned from the hospital in 1994.
ADVOCATE FOR THE ELDERLY, CEO HEBREW HOME FOR AGED
“Man is the only animal in the world that eats when he is not hungry, drinks when he is not thirsty, and makes love all the time.” Daniel Reingold’s quote in the 1972 Bandersnatch gives only a hint of his future endeavors. Reingold received a bachelor’s degree from Hobart College, a masters degree in social work from Columbia University and a law degree from Cardozo Law School. Reingold’s education and his considerable charm armed him to be America’s preeminent figure in the care of the elderly. Let me count the ways.
WRITER, POET, PROFESSOR
Victoria Redel is a woman of courage. See her Bandy quotation: “Oh why don’t you work like other men do? “How the hell can I work when the sky is so blue?”
Or see her decision to go to Dartmouth College so soon after it went co-ed. Redel also earned a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University.
LEADER IN WOMEN’S SPORTS
When Deborah Larkin attacks a problem, she attacks it from a hundred directions at once. So when she was concerned about the treatment and accomplishments of women in sports, she climbed high and founded the White House Project. Of course that organization did not limit itself to sports. Its goal was to advance women’s leadership in all aspects of American life including the presidency.
PHYSICIAN AND DRAMATIST
David Feldshuh left Scarsdale High School at full sprint first at Dartmouth College and later at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. That was only the beginning. Feldshuh then joined the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis as a actor and later as a director touring with Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Nicole Eisenman’s senior quote in Bandersnatch doesn’t exactly promise a life of quietude. “Oh my lord there’s so much to do tomorrow. I think I’ll pour a pitcher of water down a mail chute! Eloise.”