Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:00 AM

DP Alumni summer get-togethers underway

The first-ever summer of coast-to-coast DP Alumni get-togethers across the country is now well underway, with gatherings having taken place in four cities during the last two weeks of June. The events aim to bring together alumni from different generations, as well as current DP staff members doing internships, in each city. While the turnout in some cities has been on the small side, "it's a start," says DPAA President David Burruck, "and hopefully something we can build on in future years."

The first two get-togethers took place on June 20 in Boston and San Francisco. Los Angeles followed the next day, and Washington, DC closed out the events for the month on June 26. Two additional cities will hold get-togethers in the weeks ahead: Philadelphia on July 18 and New York on July 24.

Here are brief reports from the events which have taken place:

Boston, June 20

A dozen Boston-area DP alums battled Red Sox fans and record heat to gather at McGreevy's sports bar, with strong showings from news, sports, and 34th Street. There were four working journalists, counting Jason Schwartz '07, Eric Moskowitz '01, Peter Canellos '84 and Steve Stecklow '76 -- about to decamp for a new job in London -- and a few former journalists, like consultant Brian Hindo '01. And it wouldn't be Boston without a software connection (Jeremy Selwyn '92, and Bruce Rosenblum '81). But to provide a little variety, our group included a budding music historian, Matt Mugmon '03, and an urban planner, Beth Falkof '03.  Stecklow, Larry Field '76, Ed Wiest '76, and Jim Schaffer '73 had ancient DP home Sergeant Hall in common. We played DP trivia to win the DP goodies -- with questions about famous alumni like Addams Family creator Charles Addams -- which proved the perfect warm-up for the bar's trivia contest. Unexpected entrants, we led most of the way but fell to second place by not betting enough on a sports question in the final round. Too bad they didn't ask about Penn-Princeton at the Palestra.

-- Larry Field

San Francisco, June 20

The DPAA's Bay Area Bureau gathered at Otis Lounge in the Financial District for Happy Hour on Wednesday, June 20th, with former staff from the classes of 1999 through 2012, along with one future alum. Editorial was well-represented with former editors from News (Evan Goldin '07 & Laura Sullivan '06), Opinion (Goldin), Sports (Cal Silcox '12), Design (Goldin again) and 34th Street (Oliver Benn '02 and current 34th Street Online Managing Editor Adrian Franco), as well as a photographer, Elizabeth Lim '07, and and Executive Editor, Michael Mugmon '99. As we left the bar around 7:30 on the West Coast, we wondered whether Eric Jacobs was still at his desk in the Pink Palace. [Ed. note: Jacobs reports he was unchained from his desk and shooting sunset photos in Monument Valley, Arizona at that time.]

-- Cal Silcox

Los Angeles, June 21

On June 21, 2012, DP alumni from Los Angeles met for happy hour at a sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The alumni, who worked on the business, writing and photographic sides of the paper, enjoyed discussing their time at the DP and how the changes in technology through the years impacted their experiences. As they ate sushi and edamame, old friendships were rekindled and new ones formed. They all look forward to the next Los Angeles happy hour.

-- Jessica Boar

Washington, D.C., June 26

About two dozen Daily Pennsylvanian alums and current staffers gathered at Off the Record, one of Washington's most venerable haunts, which has long been a favorite meeting spot for D.C. pols and the press who cover them. The outing brought together DP alumni going back four decades, and representing a wide array of occupations -- from tech executives to health care consultants to lawyers to government staffers. There was no shortage of working journalists, who were dishing the latest political gossip -- off the record, of course -- to old friends, as well as job tips to several DP editors interning in Wsahington this summer. Among them were Washington City Paper editor Mike Madden '98, New York Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum '01, AP criminal justice reporter Eric Tucker '01, Politico reporter Emily Schultheis '11, US News editor Rachel Pomerance '97 and freelance photographer Evelyn Hockstein '97.

-- Eric Dash

Alumni in Philadelphia and New York are encouraged to check out the details about the upcoming events in your cities, and to RSVP online if you're thinking of attending, by visiting the DPAA Upcoming Events page. Meanwhile, to see more photos from the recent get-togethers, view the album on the DPAA Facebook page.

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