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BOOK SCENE

New books by and about the Boys of Summer

BY ANNE LEVIN

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SETTING THE TABLE

A MONUMENT TO GOLF

BY ILENE DUBE

BY BILL ALDEN

Fine china and sweet-smelling floral arrangements are essential to the menu

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IN THE HOLLOW OF THE BEND IN THE STONY BROOK

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The U.S. Air Force Reserve turns 70

FASHION & DESIGN

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Welcome to the summer issue of Princeton Magazine, with a cover that is sure to make you hungry. The image is from a cookbook in the works featuring recipes by Teresa Azario Momo, the namesake of Princeton’s Teresa Caffé and the mother of local restaurateurs Carlo, Raoul, and Anthony Momo. All of Teresa’s five children are food connoisseurs, and the cookbook is a tribute to their mother. The recipes are of delicious comfort food, influenced by time spent in Italy, French Guiana, and Brazil. We are pleased to share this lovely family story written by Anne Levin. Before cooking your own comfort food for friends and family, please read about setting the table with fresh flowers and elegant china. Ilene Dube interviewed Princeton’s Wendy Kvalheim who is president, CEO, and design director of Mottahedeh, a manufacturer of high-fire porcelain. The company has historic licensing agreements with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Charleston Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mount Vernon, and the National Trust. Also, the National Geographic Society selected Mottahedeh to launch a line of porcelain tableware using their images. In the same article, Ilene shares the best-kept secret for beautiful flower arrangements in the area. Wildflowers is a little shop in Princeton Junction tucked behind a horse farm in a building that was once a cider house. The 34-year-old shop has devoted customers that include not only residents but also local restaurants, a number of Nassau Street churches, and Princeton University. If you are looking for some fun summer activities, check out Taylor Smith’s article on biking, hiking, and rafting the Lehigh Gorge. The Gorge is located in northeastern Pennsylvania and the whitewater rafting is especially exciting during Dam Release weekends. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate Bill Alden’s article about the United State Golf Association Museum in Far Hills. They have rotating exhibits and a library and research center containing 40,000 cataloged items. The museum is housed in an impressive brick mansion designed by architect John Russell Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. If you dream of spending your summers in your own second home at the Jersey Shore or elsewhere, Wendy Greenberg’s article is packed with information about locations, taxes, maintenance, and finding the right realtor, builder, and architect for that second property. Speaking of the Jersey Shore, check out the chic beach products on the page titled Surf’s Up! It has what’s needed to look good and have fun at the beach such as a Missoni-designed beach towel, a drink table that anchors in the sand, and an indigo-mosaic umbrella that won’t get lost in the crowd.

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Some of our readers may not be aware that there is a thriving Air Force base not far from the Jersey Shore. Joint Base McGuireDix-Lakehurst has been chosen to receive 24 Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tankers. Every Air Force base in the country was lobbying for the tankers and our base won. Donald Sanborn’s article celebrates the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and explains the challenges facing the dedicated reservists. Bob Hillier and I would like to thank our readers and advertisers for their continued enthusiastic support of Princeton Magazine, and hope you all have a wonderful summer! Respectfully yours,

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Capturing a Mother’s Love Through Food The Making of the Teresa Caffé Cookbook by Anne Levin

Food photography by Guy Ambrosino Food styling by Paul Grimes


(OPPOSITE) Gnocchi with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Salata. (BELOW LEFT) Risotto with Porcini. (BELOW RIGHT) Risotto alla Milanese.

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henever Raoul Momo or any of his four siblings go to Chile to visit their mother, Teresa, she asks them the same question: “What do you want to eat when you get here?” For Momo, who with brothers Carlo and Anthony run Princeton restaurants Mediterra, Eno Terra, and their mother’s namesake, Teresa Caffé, along with Terra Momo Bread Company, it is probably Risotto Milanese with Ossobuco. “Oh my God,” he says, practically salivating at the thought. “But whatever she makes, it’s delicious. When we were growing up, she was cooking all the time. It was just part of our childhood.” His memories of meals past gave Momo the idea to collect his 77-year-old, Italian-born mother’s recipes — 120 to be exact — in a book. The Teresa Caffé Cookbook: Classic Recipes from Teresa Azario Momo’s Table is currently in the works, with hopes that it can be finished within the next year. “I’ve been messing with the idea for about seven years,” says Momo, sitting at a table at Eno Terra’s wine bar on a recent spring morning. “But we are running a restaurant, and when you’re doing that it can be hard to focus. This is such a different endeavor.”

With well-known author and food columnist Anne de Ravel on board as author, the book is on its way. De Ravel, who lives in France, has been spending time with Teresa in the kitchen, getting to know her cooking and trying to transfer recipes to the page. “She is fascinating to watch,” wrote de Ravel in an email. “She is very focused and detailed.” The real test has been to coax exact measurements and directions out of Teresa, who, like many home cooks, often works without recipes. “Everything is done by feel, look, and smell,” de Ravel wrote. “My biggest challenge was trying to keep up with her and not annoy her too much by stopping with requests of precise measurements or asking too many questions while she was cooking.” Challenges aside, de Ravel has enjoyed learning about food techniques, cultures, and ingredients from her subject. “She is a wealth of knowledge and very opinionated,” she wrote. “She gave me great insights in the simplicity and complexity of Italian cooking. Her background is fascinating to me, and she has been able to mesh all her experiences into her recipes. She is very resourceful and can easily adapt her cooking based on the ingredients she has in front of her — this is a great lesson for any cook.” SUMMER 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Preparing meals was the furthest thing from Teresa’s mind when she married her husband, Raul Momo Marmonti, at age 17. “I was in boarding school and I thought I was going to marry a wealthy man,” she said during a phone conversation from her home in Chile. “But that didn’t happen. My mother used to tell me, ‘Susie (my nickname), come into the kitchen, you’d better learn how to cook.’ But I would say, ‘I’m marrying a wealthy man, I don’t have to cook.’ But I married a poor man. I married for love.” Teresa and her late husband had five children — Raoul (they added the “o” to give him the French/ Italian spelling), Carlo, Anthony, Caroline, and Venanzio. All are in the restaurant business (Caroline and Venanzio in Denver, Colorado). This was not what their mother had in mind. “I wanted at least one of them to be a doctor or a lawyer,” Teresa says. “I cannot believe they are in the food business. I was a little devastated, because it’s so much work. But I’m very, very proud of them — I really am.” The rigors of running a food operation are familiar to Teresa from her own experience. Having moved to the United States in 1960, the family purchased a deli in Nanuet, New York, in the mid-1970s. The name — Esposito’s — was changed to Teresa’s. “It was a bold entrepreneurial move, because she changed the name of this well-known place,” says Raoul Momo. “And she stopped carrying toilet paper.” The Momo siblings worked at the deli through high school and college. “Believe it or not, I loved it. It was the way to have my kids go to college, because I made good money,” Teresa recalls.

She sold the deli when her husband became ill, and in 1990 they moved back to Chile, his home. She has lived there ever since. As the Terra Momo Restaurant Group, the siblings would go on to open Teresa’s Caffé in New Brunswick in 1982. A second location on Princeton’s Palmer Square opened a few years later. Teresa was born in Bergamo, Italy. Her recipes for dishes like Small Potato Gnocchi with Sapore de Mare Sauce, Penne Arrabiata, and Risotto alla Milanese stem clearly from that heritage, but there are other influences from time spent in French Guiana and Brazil. “I always had a love for food, I must say,” she says. “Once I started cooking, I never stopped.” When the family lived in the Bronx, Teresa learned a lot about cooking from an older friend. “She taught me how to make meatballs, and different Italian sauces,” she says. “But I did a lot on my own. I like to invent things, make things up.” Working on a cookbook is a new experience for Teresa, and it has its challenges. While she does write down recipes for baking, other recipes and amounts are mostly in her head. “The cookbook was their idea,” she says of her children. “I told Raoul the other day that this story was going on too long! But she (Anne de Ravel) gave me a nice compliment. She said I was tough, but she liked that. I thought that was good. That was nice to hear.”

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hen it seems so much is wrong in the world, and the onslaught of daily news makes you want to shut it all down, it just might be the perfect time to throw a dinner party! In preparation you might listen to podcasts of The Dinner Party Download, NPR’s “fast and funny hour of culture, food, and conversation: In every episode you’ll learn a joke; bone-up on an odd bit of history, and then wash it down with a themed cocktail recipe…” Hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, in their new book, Brunch is Hell, tell “How to Save the World by Having a Dinner Party.” Be sure to invite guests who will bring good spirits, prepare a menu of your favorite indulgences, and set out the flowers and fine china. Princeton’s Wendy Kvalheim is a strong advocate of using china, not locking it away in cabinets for some ever-elusive special occasion. Even small children are welcome at her table — children who eat off fine china are more likely to learn to treat it with respect than children who eat off of plastic and disposables. On a recent weekend, at her home just a shot from the fifth fairway at Jasna Polana, Kvalheim was expecting a crowd that would include 15 youngsters ranging in age from 3 to 16. Kvalheim has three dishwashers, and yes, she puts the fine china in the dishwasher. Kvalheim is president/CEO and design

director of Mottahedeh, world-renowned as one of the finest manufacturers of high-fire porcelain. Creating fine museum reproductions, Mottahedeh has historic licensing agreements with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Charleston Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Mount Vernon, and the National Trust. The National Geographic Society selected Mottahedeh to launch a line of unique porcelain tableware and gifts showcasing National Geographic’s image archives, and Nancy and Ronald Reagan collected Mottahedeh — their carp tureen sold for more than $6,000 at auction. The company has been commissioned by the White House, the U.S. State Department, and the Diplomatic Corps to produce collections used in official state capacity. Last year, Kvalheim, who has headed Mottahedeh for more than 25 years (the company has been in business for more than 90), was honored as a creative icon by Pratt Institute, her alma mater. The Suffern, N.Y., native met her husband, Grant, after earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from Mount Holyoke. The couple is very active in the Bahá’í Faith, and frequently holds assemblies and meals in their home. Through her faith, Kvalheim had known Mildred Mottahedeh since childhood. As collectors of Persian pottery, brass, and antiques, Rafi and Mildred Mottahedeh

founded the company to make fine things accessible to all. Knowing of Kvalheim’s talents as an artist — she had done bronze casting at Mount Holyoke, although her family didn’t consider a career in the arts practical — Mildred contacted the Metropolitan Museum to get Kvalheim a job interview in product development. “My experience was not sufficient, but it made me aware of the possibilities,” says Kvalheim. After she married, Kvalheim’s inlaws funded her second bachelor’s degree in sculpture. Mildred Mottahedeh gave Kvalheim special projects to work on, such as making a mold for a candlestick or drawing a design for a garden seat. After moving to Princeton, Kvalheim apprenticed in modeling and enlarging at the Johnson Atelier in Hamilton. Her Princeton home displays some of the figures she made using the lost wax method; others are in her Maine home. In 1992, when Mottahedeh was looking for a new owner, Kvalheim and her husband bought the company, along with another couple who held five percent. Mildred, then 83, stayed on for five years to help Kvalheim learn how to run a business. “It was not easy,” admits Kvalheim. The corporate office and warehouse for Mottahedeh is in Cranbury, with a showroom at 41 Madison Avenue in New York City. Although Mottahedeh specializes in reproductions, Kvalheim points out that what SUMMER 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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they do is not copying but re-interpretation — many details are changed. “We are telling a story and honoring the people who have gone before. We choose the best there is from antique reproductions — these classics have stood the test of time,” she says. “Good design is recognizable in any age.” She shows the stamp on the back of a plate: “Reproduced from a plate produced in 1735 for the Emperor of China.” The backstamp also includes the place where it was manufactured. Mottahedeh manufactures its wares in England, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, and China. The choice “has to fit with the firing cycle of a particular factory,” she says, “and who can understand what we want and do the best job for the best price.” The ceramics are not thrown by a potter, she explains, but made on a production line with the decoration applied by hand. A single plate may have as many as 25 colors and require three or four firings. The rolled edge that bends around the plate is hand painted. The tobacco leaf design, with blues, yellows, pinks, orange, and green, is Mottahedeh’s best-selling design. Usually dinner plates have white in the center, “so

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you can find your food,” Kvalheim says, but the tobacco leaf ’s bold design covers the entire plate. Originally a Chinese decoration, it was highly prized in the 18th century. A small phoenix bird perches on the leaves of the flowering Nicotiana (tobacco) plant. Mottahedeh’s reproduction comes from the Metropolitan Museum. “Twenty-seven colors and 22 karat gold make this pattern one of the most technically difficult to reproduce and one of the most lavish,” Kvalheim writes in her book, Mottahedeh: From Drawing Board to Dinner Table (Mottahedeh Company/ Publishers, 2003). Another popular design, Merian, derives from 17th-century botanical illustrator and scientist Maria Sibylla Merian, whom Kvalheim describes as a Renaissance woman. A self-styled entomologist, Merian took home flowers and plants and drew the changes she noticed in the insects living on the plants. Her botanical illustrations were full of bugs and a leaf or flower with a chewed-off part. Her book of illustrations and the scientific information it contained traveled to China where it was used as inspiration for porcelain design. Kvalheim’s first design project at

Mottahedeh was to develop this into a dinner pattern, with tulip, thistle, petunia, iris, rose, lily, and carnation, eliminating the caterpillar but keeping the butterflies. Mottahedeh develops its products to withstand dishwasher and oven use without fading. “You can have an elegant or a casual meal as long as no one is intimidated by what you’re serving it on,” says Kvalheim. “Mrs. Mottahedeh would say, ‘there’s eating and then there’s dining. Dining elevates the experience and includes good conversation and bonds with family.’” Because of her love for plants, birds, and butterflies, and to make those available to future generations — Kvalheim has two grandchildren — she serves as a board member for D&R Greenway Land Trust. “The extreme deer population shows how our ecology is out of balance,” she says. FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS ALSO BRING NATURE TO THE TABLE

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dining establishments, as well as Princeton University graduations and Sunday services at congregations up and down Nassau Street. Until recently, Wildflowers did the floral arrangements for the Peacock Inn, both inside and outside. At Forrestal Village, back in the 1990s, Wildflowers decorated and lit the Christmas tree as well as holiday decorations for corporations along the U.S. 1 corridor. Main Street restaurant was once a customer, and its former owner, Sue Simpkins, now in Florida, is still a customer. “She opened Main Street a year before we opened, and we did her flower arrangements,” says Piccioni. “She was the Martha Stewart of Princeton.” Tucked into a little shop behind a horse farm, the 34-year-old business, jokes Piccioni, is the best-kept secret in the area. Upon entering, a visitor experiences an olfactory high — there are orchids and hydrangeas, gladiolas and yellow roses, and white and pink and lilac everywhere. Dried flowers suspend from the rafters of this old farm building, once a cider house. Piccioni was recovering from Mother’s Day, his busiest day of the year — 300 arrangements delivered and 60 pickups — by giving his staff the day off. “Your florist knows everything about you,” he says — if you’re in love, if you’re expecting a baby, if

you’re mourning or divorced, if you’re having an affair — all by whom you send flowers to, and what you say in the card. A recent customer requested flowers be sent to his favorite bartender.” Having grown up working for his family’s flower businesses in Pennsylvania, Piccioni earned a degree in horticulture from Penn State. He used to grow his own flowers, but now gets them from various sources in New York, South America, and locally. One of his staff members grows dahlias and other cut flowers in fields nearby. A large, dark, stone refrigerated room in the back of the shop keeps everything fresh. “The flower industry is changing dramatically,” Piccioni says. “We’re among a handful of mom-and-pop stores left.” Piccioni’s partner, Ed Getty, works with him, as well as a small staff. After the team creates the arrangements, they are loaded into the van and delivered. “With Costco and ShopRite doing weddings and McCaffrey’s doing proms, it’s harder for a mom-and-pop to survive,” Piccioni says. But Wildflowers has loyal customers who have ordered steadily over the years. “We come to people’s homes. We provide more choices, and offer one-on-one service.” And those loyal customers offer another generation of customers: Piccioni often does

the baby showers and proms of the children whose parents once used him for their wedding. Because of the boom-and-bust cycle of holidays throughout the year, not to mention fluctuations in the economy that impact a customer’s ability to send flowers, it is hard to maintain a staff that is large enough to handle occasional weddings. “I have a network of friends and family members I can call, but I’d rather do smaller weddings,” says Piccioni. “I prefer to do quality work.” In the early days of the business, Wildflowers would deliver flowers to 25 other stores. And then Getty, who worked for CVS, arranged to have Wildflowers sell Valentine’s and Mother’s Day bouquets to 100 CVS stores in New Jersey. They were kept busy. With a second home in Cape Cod (Piccioni and Getty live in a house on the farm), the couple is now doing weddings up and down the East Coast. “A lot of the people around here spend time on Cape Cod and ask us to do their weddings there.” Although Wildflowers keeps up with the usual digital marketing methods, much of the business comes from word-of-mouth. There’s little let-up in the flow of customers, some have been known to show up at midnight. “We like it here,” says Getty. “People find us and they come.”

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In the Hollow of the Bend in the Stony Brook

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by Donald Gilpin n 1675 — before Princeton University, before the American Revolution and Princeton’s famous battlefield, before Nassau Street and Palmer Square — a Quaker missionary from England named William Edmundson passed through the land that is now Princeton and described it as “wilderness.” Edmundson said that in a whole day of traveling in this area, he had seen “no tame creature.”


Deed conveying land from Benjamin Clarke (1670-1747) to his son Benjamin Clarke (1698-1742), 1721. ( Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Princeton. Gift of Martin Noble Benham.) (Previous Page) Stony Brook Friends’ School House. ( Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Princeton. (Gift of Walter Hart Olden, Jr., Charles Smith Olden and Alice Olden Wright.)

New Jersey at the time was owned by Lord John Berkeley and Sir George Carteret Jersey, with its less authoritarian rules of government. In 1681, Willliam Penn and 11 other prominent Quakers purchased Carteret’s on a grant from King Charles II to his brother James, Duke of York. James had turned over these lands to Berkeley, who owned the province of West Jersey, and Carteret, who East Jersey holdings. Soon afterwards, however, Penn abandoned his original plan to create a Quaker colony in East and West Jersey and focused his attention on what owned East Jersey. The future Princeton remained a last frontier of the Jerseys as settlements on is now Pennsylvania. Over the next 20 years through a series of purchases, the Hudson River spread toward the south and west and surveys, and deeds, most of what is now Princeton those on the Delaware River to the north and east. The land between the two rivers remained wilderness until the end of came into the possession of six men: Richard Stockton (the grandfather of the signer of the Declaration of the 17th century. Geography had impeded establishment of Independence), Benjamin Clarke, William Olden, Joseph a settlement, and uncertainty over the dividing line between Worth, John Horner, and Benjamin FitzRandolph. East and West Jersey had discouraged property ownership and Although these and other settlers arriving soon blocked distribution of titles to land. afterwards were related through marriage, religion, or Later that same year of 1675, however, Berkeley sold geography, they were not all Quakers, though the historical West Jersey to a group of Quakers, who in 1677 issued a document, “Concessions and Agreements of the Proprietors, discussion over their religious backgrounds continues. The early settlement between Stony Brook and the Millstone Freeholders, and Inhabitants of West New Jersey in America,” River was a heterogeneous society with a variety of providing a framework of government for the area. Reflecting religions and customs brought from other colonies. traditional Quaker values, the “concessions and agreements” included trial by jury, election of local government, freedom Stony Brook Meeting House, 1897. (WilliamA. Cooper, photographer. of religion, and equal treatment of Native Americans. A QUAKER SETTLEMENT Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Princeton. Gift of Walter Quakers or Friends, formally known as members of the Hart Olden, Jr., Charles Smith Olden and Alice Olden Wright). Religious Society of Friends, believe that there is God in everyone and that each human The hollow in the bend of Stony Brook, the stream that runs along what is now has the ability to access “the light within.” Emphasizing direct experience of God Quaker Road, however, did provide the opportunity for those who were Quakers to rather than ritual and ceremony, they believe that rituals and priests are unnecessary. form a close-knit Quaker community free from outside interference. There was also Rejecting a central church under the authority of the crown, the Quakers, along with the opportunity for interaction with Quaker brethren at Chesterfield Meeting as well other religious groups, were persecuted in England in the 17th century, and they were as Burlington and Philadelphia. attracted to the freedom of conscience and a degree of religious freedom offered in New In 1709, Benjamin Clarke gave 9.6 acres, now home to Princeton Monthly SUMMER 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Stony Brook Meeting House. (Photo by Chrissie Knight)

Horse Barn. (Photo by Chrissie Knight)

Stony Brook Friends’ Schoolmaster’s House. (Photo by Chrissie Knight)

Meeting and Princeton Friends School (PFS), for the construction of a Quaker meeting house and cemetery. No building took place for several years, but the property was used as a burial ground and Quakers began holding meetings in members’ homes. A palisade fence, made of stakes and tree trunks, was built around the burial ground to keep out the free-roaming livestock of the community. Between 1712 and 1715 the first industry came to Stony Brook when Thomas Potts, a Pennsylvania miller, bought land from Joseph Worth to build two grist mills and a bolting or sifting mill. Grain could thus be ground locally, and these mills, which soon reverted back to the Worth family, remained in operation until early in the 20th century. A general store was also built at the site of the grist mill, and a road, now known as Quaker Road, ran from the grist mill and store, past what is now the meeting house and then 13 miles east to the Crosswicks Meeting. “It is convenient that a meeting house for the use of Friends be erected near Stony Brook,” the Chesterfield Meeting wrote in 1724, and they appointed a building committee consisting of Joseph Worth, Benjamin Clarke, Abraham Farrington, John Tantum, and Thomas Lambert, who recommended that the building be stone, that it measure 30 by 34 feet, and that it be built for a sum not to exceed 150 pounds. The original meeting house, however, was a timber frame building erected on the present site in 1724. It became the center of community life for the Stony Brook Quakers, functioning not only as the spiritual center of the area, but also its welfare department, civil court, and social center. At this time the land along Nassau Street between Bayard Lane and Witherspoon Street was named Princeton, and the area north of Stony Brook was settled by Presbyterians. The Presbyterian College of New Jersey moved from Newark to Princeton in 1756, taking residence in the newly constructed Nassau Hall. A number of Quaker settlers donated land to the College of New Jersey, which later became known as Princeton University. Princeton at this time was a thriving agricultural and educational community. In 1760-61 the Quaker meeting house, structurally unsound and severely damaged by fire, was rebuilt in stone on its original foundations. In 1777, during the American Revolution, the meeting house, next door to the battlefield, was used as a temporary field hospital by both American and British forces after the Battle of Princeton. Its benches

and floor still show the dark stains reputed to be the blood of the wounded soldiers.

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SCHOOLMASTER’S HOUSE In 1781 the Quakers built a schoolmaster’s house, a major investment in education, at the base of the property. In addition to the part of the building that was a residence for a schoolmaster, classes were held in this building for nearly 20 years. Students came from the surrounding community, local Quakers as well as the children of slaves and Native Americans. “My children shall have good learning and be brought up in a Christian like manner,” stated Benjamin Clarke in his will, and commitment to education for all has always been an essential element of Quaker belief. Recently renovated, the schoolmaster’s house is one of only two surviving Quaker schoolmaster houses in New Jersey, and the only one still in use by a school. PFS property manager Don Stryker, who is also a local historian who gives walking tours under the auspices of the Historical Society of Princeton, pointed out the precarious status of the Stony Brook Quakers in 1781 as pacifists mistrusted by both sides in the American Revolution and victims of widespread looting. “The Quakers suffered, and they suffered because they were Quakers,” he said. “But they had enough faith in the future to build a schoolmaster’s house. They were willing to invest in the future of their children.” DECLINE AND REVIVAL In 1800 a one-room schoolhouse was erected in what is now the parking lot near the meeting house, and classes were held there for several decades. By 1875, however, Quakers had become outnumbered in the Princeton community. Most local development had taken place near the college, and most Quaker activity was centered in West Jersey and Pennsylvania. Attendance at the Princeton Meeting had dwindled to such an extent that the meeting was finally “laid down.” The property was given in trusteeship to Crosswicks Meeting, and remaining Friends in the area attended meetings in Trenton or Crosswicks. The Stony Brook property gradually fell into disrepair. The original


Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Princeton. Gift of Walter Hart Olden, Jr., Charles Smith Olden and Alice Olden Wright.)

schoolhouse was torn down in 1901. Not until 1912, with the support of Elizabeth Clarke, a descendant of Benjamin Clarke, was repair work begun on the Stony Brook property as part of a plan to reopen the Princeton Meeting. Meetings for worship began again during the summer months of 1941, and the Society of Friends was formally reestablished in Princeton with meetings at the YWCA and at Princeton University. In 1949 Crosswicks Meeting deeded the property back to the Princeton Monthly Meeting. The first day school was built in 1959, and a second small building was added in 1965, with weekly meetings resuming at the meeting house and the burial ground remaining active. Then in 1987 a group of educators founded PFS on the Stony Brook site “with the aim of bringing Friends education with a progressive bent to the greater Princeton area.” In describing its mission, PFS stated, “Intertwined and completely consistent with these Quaker underpinnings are the tenets of progressive education to which the founders adhered — an experiential, constructivist, collaborative, and sociallyengaged pedagogy that encourages each student to reach full potential intellectually, socially, and ethically.” PFS has flourished and expanded over the past 30 years, with its own additional buildings and an enrollment of about 125 children from kindergarten to eighth grade. Renovations are almost complete for the 1781 schoolmaster’s house, now an administration building, and an adjacent 1840 horse barn that will be used to support the maintenance department, grounds crew, and the school’s gardening education program. “Though Princeton Friends School has been here for only three decades, this schoolmaster’s house renovation gives us the opportunity to hold up and celebrate the long history of Quaker education on this site, a legacy that dates back three centuries,” said PFS founder and head Jane Fremon. “It’s both thrilling and humbling to know that we are carrying forward, in our time and place, a radical vision of education first set forth by William Penn in ‘the city of brotherly love.’ Just as Penn aimed to create a more diverse, inclusive, democratic society in Philadelphia in the late 1600s, so is this our work at Princeton Friends School today.”

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School at the University of Pennsylvania. He expanded the media empire, launching Seventeen magazine and TV Guide, which became the nation’s largest selling weekly magazine. In 1969, he was appointed ambassador to the United Kingdom. During his entire adult life, Annenberg remained deeply involved with Peddie. He made numerous generous gifts and often visited the campus. Headmaster Peter Quinn, who was director of admission at the time of the gift, said Annenberg believed his gift could make a difference to the school he loved. “Ambassador Annenberg had always been generous, but the $100 million gift to our endowment was unlike anything he had ever done before both in size and purpose,” Quinn said. “The gift was precisely what we needed to fulfill our mission, and everyone knew it. This was the best gift he could have given us, and it was very much a forward-looking gift.” Quinn said the gift continues to generate income for financial aid, faculty support, and program development. “Peddie is a school for the future: a student body united by excitement, curiosity, and character; an excellent teaching faculty distinguished by dedication, humor, and patience; an innovative program focused on personal growth and intellectual discovery,” he said. Sangu Delle, co-founder of a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurial ventures in Africa, is grateful for the full scholarship he received from Peddie in 2002. “The experience changed my life, and I am grateful to Ambassador Annenberg for playing a role in that,” said Delle, who Forbes magazine named one of Africa’s Top 30 Under 30. Anne Seltzer, the school’s former director of development who is credited with shepherding the gift at the time, said she was assigned the task of researching what other schools had done with large gifts. A colleague at a college who had previously received a historic gift told her “you know, 25 years later it hasn’t made that much difference.” But Seltzer knew that Annenberg’s philanthropy could change Peddie and change lives. “We began to think differently about Walter’s proposal, and we decided to ask the ambassador to restrict the gift for financial aid. It seemed to us that promising broader access to a Peddie education through financial assistance would fit the mission of the school and, in the long run, would be transformative,” Seltzer said. “It was the smartest thing we ever did.” SUMMER 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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“McGuire is a fantastic example of what the “McGuire is a fantastic example of Air Force Reserve can, and should, be,” asserts what the AirDunham, Force aReserve and Col. Robert graduatecan, of Princeton University. “McGuire is Col. an associate should, be,” asserts Robertunit, meaning that reservists share the same Dunham, graduate of Princeton hardware a with their active-duty counterparts. University. “McGuire an associate That is a model that hasis worked very well.” unit, meaning that reservists share the Now retired, Dunham is a former ops group same hardware with their active-duty commander at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (MDL), anThat Air Force in Burlington counterparts. is a base model that has County, N.J. In 2009 the McGuire Air Force worked very well.” Base was renamed after being consolidated with adjacent Army and Navy facilities, but it remains under the jurisdiction of the Air Now retired, Dunham is a former ops Mobility Command. In addition to the Air Force group commander at Joint Base and the Air Force Reserve, the base is host to the Air National Guard. It also a Marine McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, anhosts Air Force Forces Reserve contingent, as well as the Naval base in Burlington County, N.J. In Air Reserve’s Fleet Logistics Squadron VR-64.

COL. ROBERT DUNHAM, RIGHT, TAKES THE GUIDON FROM COL. UNDERKOFLER, ASSUMING COMMAND THE OPERATIONS GROUP. DUNHAM WAS PREVIOUSLY THECOMMAND DIRECTOR COL. ROBERT OF DUNHAM TAKES THE GUIDON FROM COL. UNDERKOFLER, ASSUMING OFOF THE THE AIR FORCE CENTER AT THE PENTAGON, ARLINGTON, VA. (PHOTO BYAT OPERATIONS GROUP.OPERATIONS DUNHAM WAS PREVIOUSLY THE DIRECTOR OF THE AIR FORCE OPERATIONS CENTER TH CHRISTIAN DELUCA, 514TH AIR MOBILITY WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS) THE PENTAGON, ARLINGTON, VA. (PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN DELUCA, 514 AIR MOBILITY WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS)

HISTORY OF THE JOINT BASE

HISTORY OF THE JOINT BASE

“The roots of the Joint Base go back to World War I, whenroots Camp DixJoint wasBase established,” aviation “The of the go back tosays World historian Dr.Camp Richard Porcelli, author says of Floyd War I, when Dix was established,” Bennett historian Field andDr.Naval Air Porcelli, Station Atlantic aviation Richard author ofCity. “Starting in 1917, it was major point Floyd Bennett Field and the Naval Airmobilization Station for forces headed for the European war. After the Atlantic City. “Starting in 1917, it was the majorwar, Camp Dix became a training base, and in the 1920s a mobilization point for forces headed for the primitive airfield was created on the site. European war. After the war, Camp Dix became a “In the 1930s, using federal funds, airport training base, and in the 1920s a primitive airfield infrastructure was added including concrete runways. was site. Rudd Field in honor of Guy The created airport on wasthe named In the 1930s, using federal funds, airportIn 1939 it K. Rudd, a fallen aviator from Newark. infrastructure was added including concrete became Fort Dix Army Air Field. In 1940 it became runways. airport named Rudd FieldSquadron, in the homeThe base of thewas 119th Observation honor of Guy K. Rudd, a fallen aviator from antecedents of today’s New Jersey Air National Newark. In 1939 it became Fort Dix Army Air Guard’s 119th Fighter Squadron.” Field. In 1940 it became the home base of “During WWII it was used mainly asthe a base for 119th Observation Squadron, antecedents of anti-submarine patrols, as well as a stopping point for aircraft flying Air to National and fromGuard’s Europe,” Porcelli today’s New Jersey 119th continues. “At the end of the war, it was the receiving Fighter Squadron.” airfi eld forWWII returning warused wounded. 1946 “During it was mainly But as a in base for the base was closed, as partasofwell the post-war [reduction anti-submarine patrols, as a stopping point in] forces. Its closure was short-lived, with reactivation

2009 the McGuire Air Force Base was “The Air Force created as a with renamed afterReserve being was consolidated separate component on April 14, 1948, when adjacent and Navywas facilities, but the ArmyArmy Air Corps Reserve transferred it remains under notes the jurisdiction of the to the Air Force,” Lt. Col. Kimberly Lalley, the chief of public affairs for the 514th Air Mobility Command. In addition to Air Mobility Wing. “The Air Force Reserve the Air Force andover the 100 Air years Force lineage dates back to when Reserve Airpower was in Air the Reserve, the base is established host to the National Defense Act of 1916. Today nearly National Guard. It also hosts a Marine 70,000 Reserve citizen airmen are stationed Forces contingent, asthe well as locally Reserve in communities throughout United States andAir overseas and serving for the Naval Reserve’s Fleetglobally Logistics every Combatant Command in air, space, and Squadron VR-64. cyberspace.”

in 1948 by the newly formed U.S. Air Force.’’ base was tonamed for Europe,” New Jersey’s Medal for The aircraft flying and from Porcelli of Honor recipient and second continues. “At the end of the war, leading it was theAmerican fireceiving ghter ace,airfield Ridgewood-born McGuire, for returningThomas war wounded. But Jr. (1920-1945). “His first combat assignment in 1946 the base was closed, as part of the was in Alaska flying P-39s in] with the 54th Fighter Group,” post-war [reduction forces. Its closure was says Porcelli. “He returned to the U.S. in December short-lived, with reactivation in 1948 by the newly 1942 andU.S. married Marilynn Geisler, whom he called formed Air Force.’’ ‘Pudgy.’ He named his assigned P-38 Pudgy, The base was named for New Jersey’s Medalinofher honor. A reproduction of Pudgy can be seen on the Honor recipient and second leading American base.” fighter ace, Ridgewood-born Thomas McGuire, Jr. “In February 1943 he reported to Orange County (1920-1945). “His first combat assignment was in Airport to learn how to fly the Lockheed P-38 Alaska flying P-39s with 54thwas Fighter Group,” Lightning,” Porcelli says.the“He posted to the says Porcelli. “He returned to the U.S. in South Pacific in March 1943 with the 49th Fighter December 5th 1942 and married Squadron, Fighter Group.Marilynn Then he Geisler, was assigned whom he called ‘Pudgy.’ He named his assigned to the 431st Fighter Squadron.” McGuire was killed P-38 Pudgy, in Lightning her honor. A reproduction of Pudgy when his P-38 crashed on Negros Island canthebePhilippines; seen on the base.” in he had been attempting to assist February 1943a he reported to Orange form of his “In wingman during dogfi ght, a close-range County Airport to learn how to fly the Lockheed aerial combat. “The Air ForcePorcelli became an independent P-38 Lightning,” continues. “He wasmilitary service, separated from the U.S. Army,1943 on September posted to the South Pacific in March with the 18, Porcelli. AirGroup. ServiceThen triedheto 49th1947,” Fightersays Squadron, 5th“The Fighter gain independence as early as 1920, but was denied.

McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base Air Show (OPPOSITE). Many aircraft were accessible for close inspection. Photo by Alan Budman/Shutterstock.com

It did not happen until after the Second World War, partially after the War Department (later Department was assigned to 431st Fighter Squadron.” McGuire ofwas Defense) recognized theLightning role of air poweron in the killed when his P-38 crashed winning the war.” Negros of Island in the Philippines; he had been The Air Force hashistwo reserveduring components: the attempting to assist wingman a Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National dogfight, a close-range form of aerial combat. Guard. “The of the an 514th Air Mobility Wing “The Air mission Force became independent military is to recruit and sustain combat-ready Reserve citizen service, separated from the US Army, on airmen to fly, fight, and win, while enhancing our September 18, 1947,” says Porcelli. “The Air nation’s air mobility capability,” says Lalley. Service tried to gain independence as early as 1920, but was denied. It did notAhappen until after A “TYPICAL DAY” FOR RESERVIST the Second World War, partially after the War Department (later Department of Defense) “No day is typical,” asserts Lt. Col. Tamara Johnson, recognized the role of air power in the 1998, winning who has been in the Air Force since andofat the war.” Joint Base MDL since 2009. Formerly a KC-10 pilot, Force has twooffi reserve components: the she The nowAir is an executive cer. Her duties include Air Force Reserve National“I drafting awards and Command decorationsand forthe theAir squadron. Guard. “The mission the 514th Air Mobility get to interact with ourofimpressive airmen and learn about things on Reserve a daily basis. Wingthe is toamazing recruit and trainthey Air do Force While they believe their jobs,’ Citizen Airmen forthey’re active‘just dutydoing and enhance our I’m innation’s a position to recognize them forstates constantly going air mobility capability,” a fact sheet above and beyond.” provided by McGuire’s Office of Public Affairs. Col. Michael DeSantis, the operations group commander for the 514th Air Mobility Wing, attends SUMMER 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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PHOTO COURTESY OF DEFENSE VISUAL INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SERVICE (DVIDS) F-22 Raptor performs a single-ship demonstration at the 2018 Power in the Pines Open House and Air Show rehearsal held May 4, 2018 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Hecht.

“a lot of meetings. I’ll come in and prepare for a maintenance operation meeting, where we review the day prior’s flying. Thursday I’ll be flying all day in a C-17, refueling. A big part of my job is training other pilots how to fly; that’s probably about 10 percent of my job. The rest of it is being a commander. With a group of almost 600 people, it’s a big job for me.” A Princeton resident, Major Sasha Heath is a KC10 pilot with the 76th Air Refueling Squadron. “A typical day for me depends on what I have scheduled for that particular duty day,” Heath says. “When I come in to fly, for example, the day revolves around the mission. From preparing for the flight, completing the flight, and conducting any necessary debriefs or paperwork, it’s quite a process.” “Your primary job in the Reserve is to be ready,” says Dunham. “I was the operations group commander. A wing has three different groups. There’s an operations group, consisting of the people who directly do operations; a maintenance group that works with operations to keep all the airplanes up in the air; and a mission support group.” Col. Adrian Byers, the vice commander for the 514th Air Mobility Wing, agrees with Dunham that “We all have the same requirements of maintaining our readiness. We’re pilots, but we’re officers first. I assist the wing commander in running day-to-day operations. When he’s not here, I run the wing in his stead. One of the pilots in the squadron may come down and be flying a mission the next day. So they’ll plan for that mission.”

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A “THREE-LEGGED STOOL” For a reservist, juggling military duty with civilian life can be “very challenging,” says Johnson. “You just have to be organized, and you have to be efficient with your time.” Heath agrees: “Juggling a full-time civilian job with being a reservist is definitely a challenge. I normally work my Reserve days into days off from my civilian job. As a pilot for the Reserves, one must make time for not just flying, but other duties required of all reservists. I make sure to set aside at least several days a month in order to keep up.” “Reserve duty entails one weekend a month, with 14 or 15 days of active duty training per year,” says DeSantis. “But it is challenging for the families, a huge sacrifice. We constantly refer to that at retirement or award ceremonies. We have their families stand up, because we recognize what a sacrifice it is for them to work, raise a family, stay current and qualified in that reserve job, and pursue higher education — probably on weekends or during evening hours. We try to build a lot of family time activity when we can. During the holidays we’ll open up an airplane.” Byers acknowledges the impact that military duty can have on a reservist’s employer. “Sometimes that can be a little challenging, because it always depends on how the employee and employer interact. I fly for American Airlines. There’s a requirement that any reservist must let their employer know that they’re going to do military duty. By law they have to allow you go; they understand and accept that. But what we don’t want to do is abuse that trust. Towards the

end of the fiscal year, we typically do an employer appreciation flight. We bring the employers out, so they can see what their employees have been doing throughout the whole year.” “For a pilot who works at the airlines it tends to be a little bit easier, as opposed to a small business owner,” adds Dunham. “It is the ‘three-legged stool.’ You’ve got your ‘military’ leg, you’ve got your ‘civilian career’ leg, and you’ve got your ‘family’ leg. If you take too much away from any one of those legs, the stool gets out of balance. As long as everyone’s talking it can work very well. When I say ‘everyone,’ it’s the reservist who’s in the middle; he’s got to talk to everyone. Usually when the reservist is open about expectations, he can make things work.” KC-46 PEGASUS TANKERS Joint Base MDL has been chosen to receive 24 Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tankers. “This is incredible news for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the state of New Jersey, and the future of national security in the United States,” U.S. Rep. Tom McArthur tells David Levinsky of the Burlington County Times. “Over 42,000 New Jersey residents in my district who are employed at the base and…rely on its survival can breathe easy, knowing the joint base will remain our nation’s premier air mobility installation.” “Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Travis AFB were chosen as the next two active-duty-led KC-46A bases because they meet all operational mission requirements at the best value for the Air Force and the American taxpayer and support our


PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEFENSE VISUAL INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SERVICE (DVIDS) Audience members of the 2018 Power in the Pines Air Show observe an air assault demonstration at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. May 5, 2018. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Stanley Moy.

A C-17 Globemaster III flies over a C-5 Super Galaxy during the 2018 Power in the Pines Open House and Air Show May 6, 2018 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Katherine Spessa.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEFENSE VISUAL INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SERVICE (DVIDS) The Trojan Thunder T-28 team performs aerial stunts during the 2018 Power in the Pines Open House and Air Show at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. U.S. Air Force photo by Brad Camara.

tanker recapitalization strategy,” former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says in a statement. “The need for a new tanker is strong, and it is the reason that the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is one of the Air Force’s highest priorities,” says Porcelli. “It was contracted as a KC-135 replacement, but it will also eventually replace the KC-10 as well. The choice of McGuire for the basing of the KC-46 Pegasus assures the future viability of the air base and all the employment and financial benefits it provides.” “The huge thing is that we maintain a capability of force extension that the Air Force needs,” adds Byers. “As we start to have new fighter aircraft coming along, like the F-35, they need to have more capable tankers [such as] the KC-46. So as I take the KC-10 out of the picture, and replace it with the KC46, McGuire gains a whole other capability to support the commanders down the road.” “I’ve heard we’re going to start divesting the KC10 next year, probably in September,” says DeSantis. “The first KC-46 is slated to arrive in 2021. We’ll start losing the KC-10 in September 2019.” Last March, however, current Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson stated that the Air Force probably will need to keep the KC-10 in service longer than anticipated. According to Joe Gould and Valerie Insinna of Defense News, the KC-46 tanker program has been beset by delays, partially due to deficiencies in the high frequency radio, and the refueling boom. Wilson has expressed concern that Boeing is

prioritizing commercial projects over the tankers. In a statement, the manufacturer responded that “There is no greater priority…than the delivery of the KC-46. Boeing has continued to demonstrate its commitment to deliver the tankers as soon as possible and believes in our partnership with the U.S. Air Force.” Wilson has replied that “Boeing has been overly optimistic in all of their schedule reports,” adding, “My focus right now is to get the aircraft from Boeing and get them up there flying so we can modernize the fleet.” FUTURE GOALS “I would love to go back to the Pentagon,” says Byers. “I’ve had two tours there, but I would love to go to headquarters and continue to serve in that capacity when my time at McGuire is done. Especially if that would lead me to a job that would positively affect the lives of airmen.” Heath says, “As challenging as it is at times to keep up with reserve duties, I enjoy that I can continue to serve, and want to complete my 20 years. The Reserve presents a unique opportunity for citizens to give their experience and commitment to the military while still pursuing a full-time civilian career.” “I enjoy being in the operation side of things, as opposed to a staff job at the headquarters,” says DeSantis. “Any time I’m in an operations command job, I feel like I’m doing the most good I can for my country. That’s tremendously rewarding. My

aspiration would be to become a wing commander. A wing consists of two to three thousand people, so every time you move up an echelon, it’s an exponential change in responsibility. But that’s not an unusual advancement for a group commander. Johnson, who has a new baby, plans to retire next year. “Until then I want to do the best I can to make sure the great people I work with are acknowledged for their continued commitment to excellence.” “When I entered Princeton, my father, a Princeton grad of ’53, told me to get to know as many of my classmates as possible, as I’d never again be surrounded by as great a group,” remembers Dunham. “My dad was wrong, the greatest people I’ve ever been involved with are the reservists I’ve trained with, deployed with, and fought with. The honor of my life was serving with these great Americans.” On May 5-6, Joint Base MDL presented the 2018 Power in the Pines air show. The event included the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, the Canadian Forces CF-18 Team, and a U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights. “It gets a lot of young folks interested in the military,” enthuses Byers. “You’re sparking an interest in someone at an early age, who later could be one of those guys who we could have here at McGuire, flying C-17s or KC-10s. Every two years we get air shows. We put it on, and we look for community support. Once the community gets involved, then the sky’s the limit — literally!”

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Unlike most broadcast booth sidekicks, Hernandez is a guy on a first-name basis with the world whose 15-year-old Bengal cat Hadji is the star of a twitter feed that tracks his loving owner’s movements through the day. As he says in his preface, Hernandez finds most books about baseball players boring, comparing them to paint-by-number exercises, and though he doesn’t say it, the by-numbers business is usually being done by a ghost writer. This book is all his, in contrast to Pure Baseball and Shea Goodbye, which were written with the help of professional writers. Echoing Sinatra, he says, “I want to write this my way.” He begins with an anecdote from his San Francisco childhood about how his father would bring home fresh-from-thebakery sourdough bread, “still warm, soft on the inside with a crust that made your teeth work just the right amount. I want to make this book something like that. Something that you set your teeth into and say, ‘Keith, that’s pretty good. More, please.’” Keith is also the only player I know of who can compare his approach to writing about and playing baseball with appearing on Seinfeld. In fact, his title comes from a to-kiss-or-not-to-kiss episode with Julia Louis-Dreyfus where she’s wondering “Who is this guy?” and he’s thinking “I’m Keith Hernandez!” When they were filming the scene, Keith found that the script was “really just a starting place” and that everything could change “once the ensemble’s creative juices were flowing.” It’s the “inventiveness and spontaneity” that reminds him of baseball, “where you’re forced to improvise almost constantly.” @keithpurrnandez

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he freshest, most appealing baseball books of the summer look to be I’m Keith Hernandez (Little Brown $28) and The Comic Book Story of Baseball (Ten Speed Press $18.99), with words by Alex Irvine, and graphics by Marvel artists Tomm Coker and C.P. Smith. I grew up in post-war southern Indiana loving baseball. The nearest major league team was the Cincinnati Reds. About 250 miles to the north were Chicago and the Cubs and White Sox. St. Louis and the Cardinals were about the same distance to the west. I still remember Cubs broadcaster Bert Wilson exulting, “It’s a beau-t-iful day for a ballgame!” But I was never a Cubs fan, nor did the Reds ever mean much to me. The Cardinals have always been my team. Along with the poetry I instinctively responded to in the name St. Louis, there was the visual poetry of the two cardinals sitting on the slanted branch of a golden bat. I didn’t think of it as “poetry” then but what else can you call a name and an image that retain the same primal appeal for me today that they did when I was 6? Add to these essentials the fact that Stan Musial, one of the most charismatic players of all time, played for the Cardinals, and here I am, looking forward to Keith Hernandez’s new book because it promises to tell the story of the all-star first baseman’s days in the Cardinal organization. While I’m Keith Hernandez will have a special appeal in the New York area because he played for the 1986 World Champion Mets and has been a fixture in the Mets broadcast booth with Gary Cohen and Ron Darling, he’s still a hero in St. Louis, where he had a Most Valuable Player season in 1979 and was a key member of the 1982 World Champions.


BASEBALL COMICS The graphics in The Comic Book Story of Baseball, subtitled The Heroes, Hustlers, and History-Making Swings (and Misses) of America’s National Pastime, evokes a kind of baseball innocence I associate with the childhood days of comic books and sports magazines. I don’t remember which newspaper it was, but I used to see cartoons of great baseball moments like Ty Cobb sliding into second base spikes high or Babe Ruth pointing to the spot where he hit a homerun, illustrated in the book as one of the myths of baseball (“Babe’s Called Shot”). Library Journal makes note of Marvel comics veterans Coker and Smith’s “powerful graphics, tinted lightly with color for a marvelous vintage effect.” Former major-leaguer Dirk Hayhurst, author of The Bullpen Gospel and commentator for ESPN and TBS, says “baseball history should always be presented in comic book form” and considers The Comic Book Story of Baseball “probably the most accessible history of the game I’ve ever held in my hands.” SCRAPBOOK DAYS The cover photos on I’m Keith Hernandez and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz’s memoir Papi: My Story (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $28) remind me of growing up as a subscriber to SPORT magazine, which I treasured for the full-page color portraits of the players that I would clip out and paste into scrapbooks right above my carefully printed leaky ballpoint career batting or pitching stats. As devoted as I was to the Cardinals (for them I made separate scrapbooks), I valued all the players in both leagues, and reveled in the glory of the numbers. It still amazes me that someone who was a total loss when it came to math could be so smitten with the numerical beauty of RBIs, home runs, and batting averages. And of course the most romantic number of them all was Babe Ruth’s immortal 60. It’s amusing to read in Glenn Stout’s The Selling of the Babe (St. Martin’s Press

$27.99) of the era when “the home run was viewed with suspicion, such an irregularity that it was considered pure folly to hope for one”; it was “the baseball equivalent of a Hail Mary pass in football today; a wonderful surprise when it happens, but hardly worth counting on.” So it was that the Red Sox traded a 20-game-winning pitcher with a gift for the occasional “wonderful surprise” to the Yankees and were doomed to live under the Curse of the Bambino until the 2004 team finally brought a World Championship to Boston, a feat lived and recounted by David Ortiz in Papi, which was written with Michael Holley, and according to the Washington Post offers “the unpolished reflections of one of the few ballplayers to redefine a club.” CURSES The tale of the team that outdid the Red Sox for World-Series deprivation is told in Rich Cohen’s The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse (Farrar Straus and Giroux $26), which, speaking of curses, includes Cubs manager Lee Elia’s famous soliloquy on the f-word. Player/manager Lou Piniella, another baseball great with a gift for expletives, has a new book out: Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball (Harper $27.99), with Bill Madden, “a Hall of Fame book about a baseball life, nicely framing four great decades of the national pastime” says Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy. Finally, my title gives me an excuse to mention Roger Kahn’s 1972 classic about the Brooklyn Dodgers, The Boys of Summer. It’s too soon to know whether I’m Keith Hernandez will attain the status of a classic, but early reviews seem close to what he was hoping for when he cited the fresh-baked sourdough bread of his boyhood: ‘”Keith, that’s pretty good. More, please.” Gay Talese says “Even when he is writing about his slumps, his book is a hit.” George F. Will calls him “the thinking person’s ballplayer,” and Sports Illustrated finds his book “Poignant and unexpectedly literary.”

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A Monument to Golf THE USGA MUSEUM AND ARNOLD PALMER CENTER FOR GOLF HISTORY BY

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The Hall of Champions in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History at the USGA Museum (© USGA/John Mummert). The recent acquisitions case of the USGA Museum (bottom) featuring Annika Sorrenstam’s hat from the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open, and a pair of shoe worn by Paula Creamer (© USGA/John Mummert).

The famed architect John Russell Pope designed some of the iconic structures in Washington, D.C., including the Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives, and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

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To help accomplish that mission, the museum underwent a major renovation from 2005-2008, which added a 16,000-square-foot wing named the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History. It essentially doubled the size of the facility. “We just wanted to expand, we value being the golf history epicenter of the U.S. and being the center point for people coming to learn golf history,” says Lagle, noting that the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and draws around 8,000 visitors a year. “The future of the game is obviously important, but we are very proud of our collections.” The new section features the Hall of Champions with all of the original trophies from USGA events and plaques with names of the event winners. There is also a chronological timeline of golf featuring galleries starting with the “Dawn of American Golf” and going to the “Golden Age,” the “Depression and World War II,” the “Comeback Age,” the “Age of Superpowers,” and ending with the “Global Game.” Those exhibits include display cases and multimedia presentations mixed with some of the treasured artifacts of the game. “We have some very famous clubs, we


The Superpowers Gallery in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History at the USGA Museum. (© USGA/John Mummert).

The Jack Nicklaus Room in the USGA Museum in Far Hills (© USGA/Jonathan Kolbe).

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The Mickey Wright Room as seen in the USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History at the USGA headquarters in Far Hills (© USGA/Jonathan Kolbe).

have Francis Ouimet’s club when he won the 1913 U.S. Open,” says Lagle, noting that visitors can try out replicas of late 19th and early 20th century clubs and balls by testing their skills on the 9-hole Pynes Putting Course adjacent to the museum. “We have the ‘moon’ club, the club that they used on the Apollo mission,” continues Lagle. “We have the Calamity Jane putter used by Bobby Jones. We have Arnold Palmer’s visor that he wore during his 1960 U.S. Open win.” In addition to the permanent collection, which includes more than 70,000 artifacts, the museum features special displays. “We do rotating exhibits, we do one quarterly and one monthly; we try to tie that into topical events,” says Lagle, pointing out that there was a display on Amelia Earhart’s golf connection in May in conjunction with a focus on women in golf history stemming from the addition of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open as the USGA’s 14th championship event. Materials from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club were on display in June as it hosted the U.S. Open. For those interested in digging deeper into golf lore, the new wing also includes a library and research center containing 40,000 cataloged items, including books, journals, scorecards, and championship records. The collection also includes more than 500,000 photographic images, and more than 9,000 hours of historic film and video footage. “The library and research center is amazing,” asserts Lagle, noting that the center recently added the Colonel P. Otto Probst Library from the PGA, which includes 800 rare books and 1,400 periodicals with some documents dating back to the 1500s. “It gets used pretty often. We do have a lot of independent researchers come in, and some college students. Some people come in just for their general research and some people are writing books.” Mirroring the changes in the game which have seen upgrades in clubs, balls, technology, and training, the museum is constantly broadening its portfolio. “We are hoping to do more offsite exhibits at other golf courses and expand other exhibits,” says Lagle. “We try to pair our exhibits and artifacts to what we have going on as a whole at the USGA.” And spending a few hours taking in the sights augmenting Pope’s grand structure will certainly expand one’s understanding and appreciation of golf. Tiger Woods Learning Center scholars tour the USGA Museum (© USGA/John Mummert).

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ive times larger than New York’s Central Park, Lehigh Gorge State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania is a 4,548acre wilderness just 90 minutes from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City. The region is home to the Northeast’s most accessible and convenient whitewater rafting, family style rafting, hiking, and rail trail biking. This summer, encourage your kids to put down their screens and instead experience an action-packed Whitewater Dam Release weekend, biking, or hiking in the great outdoors.

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Surrounded by state park-protected woodlands and mountains, visitors will enjoy 12 miles and four to five hours of active class III whitewater and breathtaking scenery. This type of trip is suitable for ages 8 and up. While paddling over rapids, you’ll have an active, unforgettable day outdoors. Although no experience is necessary, feeling comfortable in the water is a must. Highlights include over 17 sets of rapids and beautiful scenery in the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Natural whitewater flow occurs from April 2 through mid-June, with Dam Release weekends

scheduled from May through October. This year’s Dam Release dates offer an extra “boost” on those class III whitewater rapids that will really get your heart pounding. Dam Release Dates: July: 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29 August: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 September: 1, 2 October: Daily, plus a mega Dam Release on October 6 and 7.

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Trail (1-1.5 hours on the trail) and Full Trail (22.5 hours on the trail) are available. Another great biking source is Pocono Biking (poconobiking.com). They offer trail maps and the chance to test your endurance skills by biking the Upper or Lower Gorge at 10 or 15 miles, the Lehigh Gap Trail at 23 miles, the Full Lehigh Gorge at 25 miles, or the Full Monty at 36 miles. Dam Release trips have limited availability, so reservations are strongly recommended. Visitors can book as soon as possible at poconowhitewater.com or whitewaterchallengers.com. TRAIL BIKING IN LEHIGH GORGE STATE PARK The Lehigh Gorge Bike Trail is one of the most scenic trail rides in the United States. Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, it winds through old growth forests overlooking the dramatic rapids of the Lehigh River in Lehigh Gorge State Park. Bikers will enjoy spectacular views of whitewater crests, slanting cliff faces, unmarked woodlands, and waterfalls. Whitewater Challengers (whitewaterchallengers. com) offers bikes for rent and shuttle services. Half

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HIKING TRAILS IN AND AROUND THE LEHIGH GORGE Lehigh Gorge State Park is nestled between the historic town of Jim Thorpe, Pa., and the Francis E. Walter Dam in the Pocono Mountains. Rich in natural history and views, the park will keep you busy with hiking activities if you are looking for a day or weekend spent outside. A system of extravagant locks and canals were built in the 1830s to support the logging and coal industries, which were once widespread across the region. The river was used as primary transportation for this material. A severe storm swept through in 1862 destroying the canal system, and it was never rebuilt to its original capacity. Visitors can see

remnants of the olds locks and dams as they hike and bike along the Lehigh Gorge Trail. Eventually, new railroad technology replaced the canal system, and hikers will observe frequent passing trains. Many of these trains are now used for commercial transportation, as well as a scenic train ride for tourists visiting Jim Thorpe. RUN & RAFT ON JULY 7 Have you heard the news? This year Whitewater Challengers is offering a Raft & Run event on July 7, which includes a 7.5-mile jog along the scenic Lehigh Gorge Trail before transitioning into a three-hour whitewater adventure along the Lehigh River. On the morning of the event, participants are scheduled to meet at the Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center, located at 288 North Stagecoach Road in Weatherly, Pa. Racers will receive a commemorative Run & Raft T-shirt along with lunch on the river. Runners will enjoy the stretch of mostly gravel trail surrounded by lush foliage, shade, and pristine landscapes. Whitewater Challengers will have shuttle buses on hand at the finish line to provide runners and rafters with a short ride back to the rafting center. To register, visit whitewaterchallengers.com/run.


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This year’s summer series presents films inspired by the relationship between literature and art, explored in the exhibition Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking. All films begin at sundown. In the event of rain, films will be shown at 8 pm in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Vacation homes are a boon to New Jersey’s economy and beyond by Wendy Greenberg Second homes represent a lifestyle change, an investment, and sometimes several years of exploring myriad locations. But often, the second home becomes as beloved as the first home, and many times the homeowners don’t want to go home. They ARE home. 76 |

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Spring Lake realtor Cindy Napp says, “Life is short. Buy the beach house.” Napp, a Jersey Shore expert with Diane Turton Realtors in Spring Lake, credits the convenience of I-195 — stretching from Mercer County to Monmouth County — for the Jersey Shore’s everincreasing popularity as a second home location. It is also convenient to reach from northern New Jersey. “People coming here want to get here Thursday night, and get to work on Monday morning,”’ says Napp. “They want to be able to set up a situation that for the future will be a ‘grandchildren magnet.’ Beach homes are a permanent lure for the whole extended family, toddlers to teens and beyond,” says Napp, who specializes in Monmouth County shore properties. “A place in the suburbs, no matter how attractive, doesn’t tempt older children like a spot near the beach. Shore places quickly become multi-generational gathering spots.” Why? “Well, there is only one Atlantic Ocean,” she says. “It’s a great quality of life, and the ride is easy.” For the areas from around Long Branch down to Point Pleasant, the area is “completely built out,” according to Napp. There is little new construction,

and it is mostly older homes. Many follow the pattern of starting with a small cottage, and remodeling to accommodate a larger family. And renting — for example in July when youngsters are in camps — can generate income. Aside from the ocean as a draw, other factors influence a decision on whether to consider a second home, says Jeffrey Haines, owner of the interior design firm Butler’s of Far Hills, in Far Hills, N.J. “It’s good to have a destination spot for family and friends to come to other than their primary home,” says the nationally-recognized designer. “I find that people tend to extend invitations to their second home that are maybe different from their primary home — extended family, acquaintances, old friends from earlier phases of life — they like to share their special spot.” TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH Joan and Tim Reil‘s “first” home is in Princeton Junction and their second is in Spring Lake. When deciding on a location for their second home, they took a trip down the Eastern Seaboard, through the Carolinas and down to Florida. They settled on Spring Lake because their grown sons live in New York City, and it’s easier for the family to get together when they are geographically closer.

“We experimented with different towns,” says Joan Reil. “It is important that the off-season be attractive to you, too.” The empty nesters have one less bedroom in their second home than in their four-bedroom Princeton-area home. They built a swimming pool at their new home and remodeled the late 1970s ranch house to achieve an open look. The kitchen, dining room, and living rooms create a large space, and furniture can easily be rearranged there. A downstairs bedroom can transition to a study. “It’s still in progress, it’s taken a good year,” says Joan Reil, a teacher in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. For others considering a second home, she suggests first renting in the community they are most interested in. “Take the leap of faith — you never know,” she says. “Key is having a patient and personal realtor, and talking to a financial person. There are lots of ways to finance.” STATE OF THE STATE The second home or vacation home market in New Jersey “has been and continues to be an important part of the very important tourism industry,” says Peter S. Reinhart, an attorney who is director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University. The Institute SUMMER 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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is a research center and database on real estate and economic development for the region. There are challenges within the state, says Reinhart, who is Monmouth University’s NJAR/Greenbaum/ Ferguson Professor of Real Estate Policy. “Following Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the vacation home market took some time to recover as the repairs and rebuilding worked through the permitting process and financial recovery,” he says. “Production of new homes was severely hit during and following the economic recession.” Although new home building has gradually increased since 2011, much as been in the state’s urban areas. “The Jersey Shore however will continue to be a major tourism and vacation destination,” says Reinhart. The traditional shore areas, he says, have gradually picked up. And as baby boomers age, “a number of them are buying second homes in more urban areas rather than beach homes.” One of the biggest concerns will be how changes in the federal tax laws adopted in late 2017 will impact the housing market in New Jersey, he points out, explaining that recent tax law changes lowered the amount of a mortgage deduction from $1 million to $750,000 for new mortgages for both primary and second homes. “The biggest concern is the $10,000 limit on state and local property and income taxes (SALT) that can be deducted. This will effectively increase the cost of owning second homes. New Jersey has also been in competition with southern states like Florida and the Carolinas for second homes, where taxes are lower,” he notes. “As with all real estate markets, the one constant is change,” says Reinhart. “Sellers, buyers, and renters will

adapt their behavior to these changing market conditions. One important constant is the wonderful vacations at the Jersey Shore. There will continue to be generations of families who create memories of their Jersey Shore vacations, no matter the type of dwelling.” But those thinking about second homes are not limiting themselves to New Jersey, says Haines. The firm’s clients interested in second homes are attracted to Nantucket, Mass.; the East and West Coasts of Florida; and the Carolinas, particularly Charleston, N.C., or Palmetto Bluffs, S.C. “Each of these places embodies such a unique character,” he explains. “Most recently I worked with a client on their new secondary home, which is an Upper West Side getaway apartment — so it isn’t always about the beach or warm locations. Sometimes it’s about having a place that gives them access to their cultural interests, city living, and extended circles of friends.” Zillow, the online real estate database, in its May research, reported that Ocean City, N.J. has the largest share of second homes — half of all homes (more than other East Coast areas) are used for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. On the East Coast, the other areas with the most second or seasonal homes are Cape Cod, Mass.; Morehead City, N.C.; Salisbury, Md.; Naples, Fla.; Key West, Fla.; Fort Myers, Fla.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C. All make the top 10 list for most vacation homes. WHAT TO THINK ABOUT For those lucky enough to find a lot or a house, architect Kevin Wilkes of Princeton Design Guild has some ideas for building or remodeling.

Wilkes, AIA, an award-winning Princeton architect, founded Princeton Design Guild in 1985 with the mission of connecting the architect and general contractor for an integrated design and build team approach. With homeowners choosing between waterside or mountain ski retreats, “we see more oceanfront, for watersport vacations,” he notes. “The shoreline offers multiple price points, from high end to medium affordable.” “In a town with a lot of available real estate, building a new home is feasible,” says Wilkes. “But in builtup towns, there are few available empty lots, so we look for existing structures. We always try to see if we can salvage some element because there are cost and SUMMER 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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permitting benefits to remodeling rather than building a brand-new building.” Remodeling can make approvals easier. “You can capture the latent value of an existing building. Water and electrical utilities could already be run to an existing basement, so you have $10,000 of improvements in place,” he points out. A vacation home needs storage — for sports equipment, a kayak, camping gear, tennis rackets, bikes, and so on. The storage should be at ground level so one doesn’t have to keep carrying equipment upstairs. Think about your personal storage. “You may not need enormous walk-in closets because perhaps you are only taking weekend clothes,” says Wilkes. “You might be able to trim personal storage areas.” Bedrooms may not be as large. “Can the kids double up? They may not need desks for homework during the times you will be at the vacation house.” Kitchens usually are the primary focus. “That doesn’t really change,” says Wilkes. “They can open out to the landscape for engaged outdoor entertaining or they can take advantage of dynamic views. For oceanfront clients, sometimes we invert tradition and move the main family living level, which includes the kitchen, to the top floor. If you raise your eye level from 10 to 30 feet, you can see an additional 2.7 miles out to sea. With options such as elevators and garbage chutes, top-floor living can be made convenient.” “One thing we consider with clients,” he notes, “is the potential for renting out a vacation home to

help defray the costs of maintaining them. Many rent out their Jersey Shore homes for part of the summer, so it helps to make provisions to store their personal possessions and to have special storage for towels and linens for renters.” Codes have become stricter for good reason. For example, windows have to be able to survive wind impacts of flying objects; flood zone requirements are pushing homes higher up in elevation. “At the end of the day, the architect is primarily responsible for compliance,” Wilkes says. “More and more people and agents come to us early during a real estate purchase process,” Wilkes says. “Approvals for land use are more difficult these days, and builders/architects are experts. There are more environmental and energy regulations, since the 1970s, when the building code was a modest paperback. Now, I have two three-foot-long bookshelves packed with code books.” For interior design, dwellers in second homes, notes Haines, “want easy maintenance. They won’t be there all the time and they don’t want to think too much about its care. So this is considered in the material selections, finish selections, and fabric selections. I find the style is often the same or similar to the primary home, however maybe the color palette is different — more calming or maybe more bold — or the accessories and artwork are more specific to the locale. The décor often centers around the time of the year that they plan to use the home — geared towards a certain season. For example,

we wouldn’t want to use heavy fabric in hot or humid climates, the same with colors. “For a secondary home, we can design more for a season rather than year-round, however, we have to remember than many clients will use their secondary homes for holiday celebrations so it has to also be comfortable year-round. “ In general, offers Haines, “be ready for spontaneous guests — sleeping, eating, entertaining.” THE VACATION HOME AS HOME When choosing a realtor, choose one who knows the community, suggests Napp. “You want someone who brings you into the community, someone local. We can all fall in love with a house, but you have to fall in love with a community, too. And renters turn into buyers.” “Don’t forget costs such as homeowner’s association dues, cable TV and internet, and travel costs,” she says. “And some lender fine print prohibits rentals. Local real estate agents know the nuances of local regulations and costs.” What the Reils like, says Joan, is that their town is not a one-season town. “There is something going on all year, an active community with a convenient train station — that was a real draw.” “When we get there, we instantly feel like we are on vacation,” she says. “We feel like that IS our home.”

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