Michael Mann ’65: Location, Location, Location

Summer 2009

Filmmaker Michael Mann ’65 says he chose to shoot his movie Public Enemies in the Badger state because, “There is no place else in America I can think of where [the] 1930s or ’20s or ’40s is as vivid as it is in Wisconsin. I’d forgotten how beautiful the state is.”

Jacquie Berg ’05: Soul Survivor

Spring 2009

Jacquie Berg ’05 doesn’t just conquer challenges; she welcomes them. The California resident recently competed as a contestant on the CBS reality show Survivor: Gabon, where her daily life included meals of termites and ferns, and a less-than-ideal survival wardrobe.

John Ruf JD’93: The Man Who Loves Sailing

Spring 2009

Nothing has ever stopped John Ruf JD’93 from sailing — not the operations or radiation he underwent as a child to treat a tumor on his spine, nor the paralyzing injury he suffered after a car accident in 1998, when his mode of transportation became a wheelchair.

Dena Grushkin Florczyk ’80: Making a Difference in Nigeria

Winter 2009

“I have become somewhat of a voice for the voiceless,” says public school teacher Dena Grushkin Florczyk ’80, who founded The Nigerian School Project to provide much-needed resources to teachers and students in Nigeria.

Everett Potter ’76: Where Does a Travel Writer Go on Vacation?

Winter 2009

Travel writer Everett Potter ’76 has the kind of job that most people only dream of — getting paid to travel the world, sample the best hotels, or ski at the finest mountain resorts.

Shane Welch ’01: Heady Accomplishments

Fall 2009

Shane Welch ’01 founded Sixpoint Craft Ales in the basement of his former Vilas Avenue apartment. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, Welch distributes exclusively in New York City to more than five hundred bars and restaurants.

Eric Kleefeld ’04: Pioneering Journalism’s New Frontier

Spring 2010

The blog called Talking Points Memo (TPM) is forging new pathways in online journalism, and Eric Kleefeld ’04 is part of the revolution.

Robert Stone ’80: Remembering Earth Day

Spring 2010

Filmmaker Robert Stone ’80 remembers crushing cans in his suburban New Jersey hometown during the very first Earth Day forty years ago.