Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2011’

Steve Levitt and the Beatles Ensemble perform for Chicago Marathon runners


I Saw Her Standing There/Back In The USSR In the never ending pursuit of the Beatles Ensemble to bring the music of the Beatles to the masses, this Old Town School of Folk Music ensemble performs at the 2011 Chicago Marathon. On this perfect autumn day the music inspired the runners and entertained the spectators. Oct. 9, 2011. Steve Levitt …

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Update from Steve Meyer

Steve was disappointed that he couldn’t make it to the reunion this year, and sends this report: It was so nice of Betsy, Rick, and Scott to keep me in the loop and allow me to experience the reunion vicariously. I have now reconnected with Scott Seidner, a very close friend from our Parker days. In fact, this Sunday we …

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Reunion 2011: Recap


On a September weekend in 2011, the class of ’71 gathered in Chicago. Going in, we had no idea it would be such a moving experience. 33 of us took part and another 4 were last-minute scratches (see list below). As far as we know, it’s the most ever for a Parker 40th reunion. 4 hours Friday night, 3 hour workshop …

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Principal Dan Frank on our Media Program workshop

Here’s what Parker principal Dan Frank wrote to the Parker faculty after attending our Media Program workshop with Bill Idol, part of Reunion 2011: Dear Faculty Colleagues: Here is a great story. A story about something that happened at the Parker Alumni Reunion this weekend. I would have preferred to tell you in person but we don’t have an opportunity …

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The Wisdom of the Non-Rational: Revisiting Parker’s ‘Media Program’ 44 Years Later

It was Mr. Idol back then. In the 1967-68 school year, the Class of ’71 – as 9th graders – took part in Parker’s “Media Program,” which was a multimedia curriculum spearheaded by Bill Idol and taught by Bill and several other faculty members. In September of 2011, we gathered at the school with Bill (via Skype from New Zealand) to hear …

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Edie’s Story

These images tell the story of Edie Pattou Emery’s experience with books from childhood, through being a teenage at F. W. Parker School in Chicago, to adulthood and being an author of children’s literature. View the slideshow with larger images here. [set_id=72157627802247632]

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Gardy Stern on Bill Idol’s “Propaganda” Class

As Gardy was unable to attend Reunion 2011, James Marienthal read this for him at the workshop held Saturday, September 24th, 2011, “The Wisdom of the Non-Rational: Revisiting Parker’s ‘Media Program’ 40 Years Later.” I was honored when asked to record a few of my recollections about the “media curriculum” program. I remember it as if it were yesterday; if …

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