Photo from Honeymoon Suite Carlyle Hotel 1982
San Remo Towers Across the Park
Photo from Excelsior Hotel 2016
Looking for an apartment
Found one next to those San Remo Towers
Moved to New York in 1980 West 76th ~ Met Gary 1981 Greenwich Avenue
Moved back to West 74th 2016 ~ Full Circle
Carlyle Hotel under that Balloon from our window Thanksgiving 2017
EAST SIDE WEDDING
June 20, 1982
4pm Sunday Father’s Day
122 East 76th
With Joey & Joe
With Dad & Mom
Joe & Carole
With Gary’s Dad & Mom
Ellis & Betsey
(yes she did)
Gary with his new family
Gary’s cousin Marilyn with Aunt Vera
Grandma Birdie Strahl (Betsey’s mom) charming Uncle Billy Russell
Grandpa Phil Levine (Ellis’ dad)
Carol’s colleagues from Republic Bank
Danny Betsy&John Annette Hope Rouby Deborah
Friends of Gary
Jane&Willie Cindy&Howie Andy&Vi Stanley&Susan Peter&Joy
Matchmaker Jane Levy
Family partied after Wedding Eve dinner
Grotta Azzura Little Italy
Deb Joey Uncle Billy Marty Williams Uncle Don Cathy Cindy Auntie Vera Mom Dad Dennis
Then cross-country honeymoon road trip ~ To move to San Francisco 1982-1994
Then to Northampton 1994-2016 ~ Still visited New York City often
Celebrated with Gary Nancy Lucy Lydia
Cathy&Dennis Joey&Alison Deb&Craig
Cindy&Bob Eileen&Bob Anne&Peter Mike&Kim
San Remo towers in the background
Who knew it’d become our new backyard
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Proudest and a most dear memory.
On stage at the Javits Center stands Ben with 3 other honored undergrads behind faculty illuminati during NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences graduation. 1,800 classmates cheer him on from the floor as he is introduced recipient of the Borgman-Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Most Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis:
‘Functional Data Analysis of Economic Bubbles: Creating a Coherent Shape of Inflationary Phenomena’.
As Ben crosses the stage with his diploma in Economics (highest honors) and Journalism (magna cum laude), President John Sexton reaches for a heartfelt hug. Ben says, ‘Thank you, John’. John replies, ‘Thank you, Ben’. Kleenex please.
OGILVY & MATHER
The Chocolate Factory
As a freshman at NYU, Ben took an honors seminar. Carla Hendra came to talk to the students about her work as an Executive at Ogilvy & Mather. After that, Ben became interested in advertising as a potential career. As soon as he graduated, he applied to get into the extremely competitive Associates program at Ogilvy. And he did.
Selected a “Young Lion” in 2014.
At Cannes Lions in France with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
During the Mad Men television era, even before his meteoric rise at Ogilvy I dubbed him mAd Ben. He began the Associates program in September 2011 and by 2017 he was an Account Director & on the Executive Leadership Team.
2007 – 2014
Lots of weekends at Hotel Giraffe
Ben at NYU & beyond
2014 – 2016
CENTRAL PARK WEST
Our new home