Class Correspondent

Burt Kaufman and Martin Quitt were roommates for three years at Brandeis and have remained friends. Both became academic historians and administrators. In the fall of their 50th Reunion year, they each published a book. Burt wrote “The Post-Presidency From Washington to Clinton,” and Martin wrote “Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum Democracy.” They jokingly compare the ups and downs of their respective Amazon rankings. Margo Howard has composed her last syndicated advice column. She signed off in May: “I have been giving advice for 15 years — first as Dear Prudence and then under my own name,” she wrote. “I have been writing for newspapers for 45 years. The time feels right to retire from deadline journalism. I plan to write long-form pieces as the spirit moves me. I am not leaving to spend more time with my family, but rather to spend more time with my inner child, the one who has lunch with girlfriends, shops, sleeps late and plows through decades of files (kind of a jumped-up version of straightening up your sock drawer).” Margo comes from a prominent family of advice columnists. Her mother was Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer, P’62), and her aunt was Abigail Van Buren (Pauline Phillips), who wrote Dear Abby.

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