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May 6, 2014

Some Pi Lams are doing great things, while others...

Mark LevinMark Levin '86 – Making sure NFL players can feed their families
If you’re like us, the financial well being of your favorite NFL player keeps you up at night. But don’t worry, Mark Levin is on the case (pictured here with Bob Hoch '87 and Tom Monaco '86). As Director of Salary Cap and Agent Administration for NFL Players Association, Mark ensures that players can feed their families… and fuel their Bentleys. How does he do it? Find out in this enlightening Q&A session with an organization you’ve never heard of. Better yet, read his interview by this food blogger.

Dr. Stephen Gordon '66 - Pi Lam was a clinical trial for behavior issues
A clinical psychologist at Behavior Therapy Associates, and co-author of, “The Behavior Problems Resource Kit,” Dr. Gordon probably should have received college credit for his time at Pi Lam. Reportedly, he is considered an expert in the field of college antics disorders, and admits, “four years at Temple and Pi Lam and I grew up to be a clinical psychologist listening to parents complain about their kids doing what I did way back when.”

Morrie WienerMorrie Wiener '64 – Job hopper
Here’s a story of hope for jobless brothers who, after receiving their coveted Temple degree, are still living with mom and dad. Morrie Wiener received his masters degree from Temple and retired from not one, but five prolific careers: Assistant professor, Temple University; 767 Captain, United Airlines; Firefighter, Cherry Hill Fire Department; Special Investigator, US Government; and Teacher, Woodbury NJ School District.

George “Reds” Gillman '54 – From gridiron to scrap iron
An all-time letterman in varsity football from 1951-53, Gillman carried his gridiron mettle to a career in scrap metal and surplus materials, serving as CEO and President of Temple Enterprises, Inc. in Philadelphia. Reds sends his best to brothers while questioning their lucidity saying, “good wishes to my brothers and friends who may remember me.”

fact bookRick Hahn '94 – Just the facts, man
"Rocky the flying squirrel."
"Party animal trapped in a dork's body."
"10 ounce cups? I'm going inactive."

...and the universal dig for brothers who only showed up at parties, "who?"

Getting your fact book filled with "facts" like these was a rite of passage as a pledge, and a way learn more about the twisted lot you so badly wanted to join. But Rick Hahn, nails their real purpose, "the fact books were a great way for brothers to haze each other. Bring them back!"

Dirk Reitsma '70 – Cliff notes
Dirk would like to see a room in the house named in honor of classmate and close friend, Jim Cliff ’70, who passed into the Chapter Eternal in 2004. Reitsma recalled, “Rumor has it that brother Cliff died in the saddle about 10 years ago. The time of death was something like 3:26 AM, and the incident was called in by his go go dancer girlfriend.” What a way to go go.

Jeffrey Ayd '61 – Tag, he’s it
After being on our missing list since the Reagan era, we recently found brother Ayd living in Union, New Jersey. And he’d like to catch up on lost time saying, “would enjoy hearing from other alumni from '61-'65.” He is currently the President and CEO of Princeton ID Solutions, which sounds like a sophisticated fake ID operation for Ivy League undergrads, but is actually a manufacturer of labels and price tags. 

Stephen Breslin '04 – Where he’s going, they don’t need roads
Breslin - GPAXStephen “Bres” Breslin is a freelance cinematographer, shooting national TV shows for Discovery, Animal Planet, Bravo and VH1. On the home front, Bres recently got engaged and bought a house in Fishtown, pretty much confirming that he is a closet hipster. But his real passion is driving his truck on trails even more dangerous than Philly’s pothole-pocked roads, “I run a very successful non-profit off-road club in the tri-state area, called GPAX (Greater Philadelphia Area Xterras).”

Ryan “Turf” Overturf  '07 – Involved in a Pi Lam hostile takeover
Turf recently accepted a job as Service Operations Manager at Agilent Technologies in Boston. He still hates the Red Sox, but likes the way Bostonians say, “I just faaahted.” According to Turf, he is part of a Pi Lam takeover of the company, joining brothers Eamon Evans ‘06 and John Williams ‘09. That sound you hear is panicked brothers calling their stockbrokers to unload their Agilent stock.

Coach Hardin and Joe KleckoDean Sizemore'77 – Taking tailgating to another level... and another state
Dean Sizemore and his classmates fondly recall the era of Coach Wayne Hardin, who led Temple to 8 out of 10 winning seasons in the 70s with teams that included NFL standouts Joe Klecko and brother Randy Grossman '76. The 70s guys still tailgate at every home game. Props to Dean and crew for mastering the art of low expectations during what Wikpedia calls the era of "decline" from 1989 - 2005, by drowning their sorrows with liquid refreshments in stadium parking lots. Encouraged by Temple’s second bowl win since 1979, they are taking the bandwagon on the road. At the Kovner Banquet, Dean shared his plan to plant the Pi Lam Temple flag in New Orleans for the December 6 game vs. Tulane.

Lost Brothers

The following brothers are lost. Not "lost" in a spiritual sense as you might expect, but when we send them mail, postal workers angrily send it back to us. If you know what happened to them, please let us know. We need the dues.

Leonard London 1953
Leonard Galane 1959
Robert Lyon 1963
Terry Bitman 1969
Jeffery Servin 1969
John Giletto 1972
Joel Lewis 1973
Henry Hynoski 1975
Greg Halvorsen 1990
Angelo Zarra 1991
Thomas Flannery 1994
Rich Maston 1995
Domenick Cutri 1998
Vincent Gibilante 2001
Joshua Nichols 2001
Matthew Johnson 2004

Over 200 brothers are on our missing list. Help us find other missing brothers!

Chapter Eternal - Family Sentiments

The impact of Pi Lam on our lives is not lost on family members. Here are a few recent communications from family members of brothers who passed into the Chapter Eternal.

Wendy Cole – Daughter of Erwin Cole ‘46
“My father died on August 3, 2007 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Despite his brief affiliation with the fraternity he often talked about it with great pride and fun, warm memories. Strange he had so many fraternity photos including one he had framed with his fellow brothers. My Dad was in a suit, although that attire was the norm back then, raising a cocktail in a toast. Under it was the caption, ‘always the life of the party.’ I know he shared a room for a while with a guy named Abraham Goodman (a.k.a. Abby Mann) an Emmy/Oscar award winning screenwriter.”

Marc Mappen – Cousin of Alfred Kovner ‘42
“For some time I have been interested in learning more about my cousin, Alfred Kovner. I was born three months after his death, and I was given his name as my middle name. I learned a great deal about Alfred after visiting your web page dedicated to his memory. I am sharing this with members of my family. Koko was quite a guy, and I feel honored to be related to him.”

Velda Levitsky – Widow of David Levitsky ‘45
"I would like to let you know that he (David) lived the example he learned when he shared life with Koko at Pi Lam. Those few years were the most cherished and spoken of during his lifetime. In fact, our son, Mark K. Levitsky, MD, was named in memory of Kovner."

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