From the Founders II

Portrait of a Journalist



Bob Capazzo

Of all the people we have profiled in the pages of this magazine, none can match the wealth of color, wit and richness of experience as the subject of this month’s feature article “Our Peerless Pundit.” Bernie Yudain is well known as our town historian and perpetually pithy provocateur, whose column in Greenwich Time edifies readers on who and what is good or bad about Greenwich.

Nor could we have found a more ideal writer to plumb the depths of his personality and the breadth of his varied and interesting career than Timothy Dumas, whose declared ambition has been to do just that.

But it was a long time coming. As Tim Dumas states in his article, Bernie had declined many efforts by this magazine to get him to submit to an interview for publication. Perhaps as a journalist, he had developed an innate distrust of all those who wield a pen for profit, or maybe he thought we would be eulogizing him prematurely.

Whatever, Bernie Yudain has been a friend and adviser from the day we acquired the old Greenwich Review and began making plans for its redesign and relaunch. Then came the opportunity to buy the competing Nutmegger Magazine, and Bernie said, “Go for it!” He has since become a permanent fixture on our editorial advisory board, even though he insists we never take his advice. “I come in with all these great story ideas,” he grumbles, “and I might as well take them straight to the waste-basket!” (Not true, Bernie! We know of at least two we published!)

I first met Bernie back when we were both at Time Inc. He ended his career there as the right-hand man of company president Jim Linen and has remained a close friend of the Linen family ever since. Donna and I saw him at various Linen family events, but we got to know him and Jean much better on a wonderful cruise through the Greek Isles on the Argonaut, a ship whose home port, incidentally, had originally been Greenwich and was at one time the world’s largest privately owned yacht. (She was commissioned by a German immigrant who made his fortune in woolen manufacturing. His grandson Ted Forstmann attended Greenwich Country Day and made his in LBOs.)

Bernie Yudain is a master roaster, having honed his skills over fifty years as chief harpooner of the Greenwich Harpoon Club. His most devilish wit surfaces when the object of torment is a friend, as I discovered when I was the Fall Guy in 2000. Quipped Bernie to the assembled audience, “Jack Moffly has this fancy magazine for Greenwich full of nothing but debutantes and weddings — why, he thinks Chickahominy is an Italian breakfast cereal.”

I must be some sort of masochist to have agreed to his being our emcee for the magazine’s fiftieth anniversary event. And then, at a recent event at Richards, where Donna and I were roasted to raise money for SoundWaters, who did they ask to be the chief roaster? You guessed it. “I wondered,” said Bernie, “why they would have chosen this venue for this occasion. Then it dawned on me. Jack would be right at home with all these empty suits!”

Reverence is not in Bernie’s extensive and creative vocabulary, but as Dumas’s article illustrates so well, no one can equal his perception of Greenwich, past and present. And no one better accomplishes the stated mission of the Harpoon Club: “To preserve the sense of humor of the people of Greenwich.” — Jack Moffly

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    FLINN GALLERY Opening Reception 'IN FOCUS' Thursday October 30, 6 - 8pm Seven artists share their visions - Carolyn Conrad,...

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • Harvest Fair and Gift Show

    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

    Event Will Include Hay Mazes, Games, Crafts, Food, Holiday Shopping The community is invited to a Harvest Fair and Gift Show on Saturday, Nov....

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01
     @ Latin Moves Dance Studio

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Lynne Scalo Design Opening

    2014.11.05

    Please join Lynne Scalo, Greenwich Magazine and athome Magazine to celebrate the Greenwich showroom opening of Lynne Scalo Design Cocktails...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

    2014.11.06
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Breast Cancer Alliance to Host Branching Out, Coming Together, Aspiring to a Cure 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show: November 6,...

  • Free Screening of Documentary ' Children of the Inquisition'

    2014.11.06
     @ Bush-Holley House

    Join filmmaker Joseph Lovett as he presents his documentary film and multi-platform project of personal exploration and...

  • P.A.L.S. 2nd Annual Soarin' Soiree~ November 7, 2014

    2014.11.07
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    You are invited to join our State Senator, L. Scott Frantz and our First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei, for an awe-inspiring evening to benefit Patient...

  • John Hardy Event

    2014.11.08
     @ Bloomingdale's

    John Hardy One of a kind. One at a time. Each by hand. Bloomingdale's is inviting YOU to meet the head designer Guy Bedarida as he presents...

  • Olivine Gabbro Opening

    2014.11.08

    Olivine Gabbro invites you to join them for their Opening Party! DJ | Cocktails | H'Orderves | Gift Bags Made to Measure Beautifully...

  • Meet Joshua Safran, Author of "Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid"

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

    Meet the author of this powerful memoir. Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for...

  • Markham Roberts: Decorating the Way I See It

    2014.11.13
     @ Belle Haven Club

    Join us as Interior Designer Markham Roberts shares coveted design insights, key to creating the perfect home. The program will include...


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