The Great Class of 1965

Hank's Letter / October 2002

Class President's Letter

Dear 1965 Classmates:

As I write this, I have just returned from Hong Kong and the wonderful min-reunion organized by classmate Sing Chiu and attended by Sing and his wife, Patricia, Steve and Linda Waterhouse, Bruce and Betsy Wagner, Carl Boe, Roger and Nancy Hanson and my wife, Karen, and me.

Sing put together a marvelous, non-stop program for our group. Roger and Nancy were first to arrive and were treated on October 1 (Chinas National Day) to horse racing at the Sha-Tin Race Course and then a grand display of fireworks over Hong Kong harbor in the evening. The rest of the "out-of-towners" arrived on October 2 and enjoyed over the course of 4 days a ride on the Peak Tram, a Hong Kong Island tour, Stanley Market, a tram ride around old Hong Kong on a tram specially organized by Sing for the occasion, the Hong Kong Museum of History, Macau and, of course, ample time for shopping, including Hollywood Road.

And then there was the unparalleled Chinese food! Most of us enjoyed a lunch at the Hong Kong Country Club (among the Mah-Jong ladies!), a dim-sum lunch on Kowloon side, a superb dinner at Sing and Patricias house, a trip by boat through Hong Kong harbor to nearby Lamma Island for a wonderful seafood dinner and a dinner at the China Club.

Te highlight of the trip was, however, a dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Friday, October 4, with the Dartmouth Club of Hong Kong and President Jim Wright, his wife Susan and other representatives of the College. President Wright had stopped in Hong Kong on his way to Beijing to receive an honorary Professionship at Beijing Normal University, an institution that has long ties to Dartmouth College. During the dinner, Steve Waterhouse presided over the receipt by Sing of the Dartmouth Alumni Award. Sing is the first Dartmouth alumnus outside of North America to receive this prestigious award and the fifth member of the Class of 65 to be accorded this honor. Steve read a citation which detailed Sings impressive career. After Dartmouth, Juilliard and Thunderbird, Sing spent nine years at Chase Manhattan Bank before departing to run family businesses in Asia and other parts of the world. Sings passion for the violin (he was the only music major at Dartmouth during his last two years at the College!) and his founding and leadership of an orchestral group in Hong Kong were also noted. More on Sings citation in a subsequent newsletter.

Hving lived in Asia myself back in the early 80s, it was a special treat to be back in Hong Kong. We were all tremendously impressed with how Hong Kong has transitioned from British rule to a special administrative region of China. To hear Sing and Patricia talk of what is happening in China today makes one acutely aware of the tremendous economic potential of this country (and that this potential is rapidly being realized - a sobering thought).

I hope to see many of you in Hanover in early November for Homecoming weekend and to celebrate our 25th consecutive Hanover mini-reunion. You will have received information from Mike Bettmann regarding this mini. Please do plan to come and enjoy the Friday parade, Saturday pre-game tailgate party, post-game joint cocktail party at the Hanover Inn with the Classes of 1964 and 1966 and the Saturday dinner at Pierces, with musical entertainment as well as a talk by Professor William Cook. If you are not staying at Pierces Inn, please make sure to let the innkeepers know that you will join us for the Saturday dinner.

See you in Hanover in early November!
Hank Amon

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