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

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • 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...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • 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...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

    Meet Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese & Take Home a Signed Copy of His New Book! Kevin is a holistic health practitioner,...

  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Verismo - Opera Arias and Ensembles

    2014.09.26
     @ Round Hill Community Church

    Music from the Heart at Round Hill  “Verismo – Arias and Ensembles,” an opera concert, will bring drama and passion...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards

  • Curiosity Concerts Season Opening: SONIC ESCAPE

    2014.09.27
     @ Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium

    The Greenwich Arts Council's Curiosity Concerts opens its second season of free classical music concerts for families on Saturday, Sept. 27,...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Bistro Versailles Wine Dinner

    2014.09.29
     @ Bistro Versailles

    Wine dinners at Bistro Versailles are entertaining social events held on a regular basis. Socialize with friends and mingle with other...

  • Joie Special Shopping Event

    2014.09.30
     @ Joie

    Joie invites you to a special shopping event! Enjoy wine & hor d'oeuvres while shopping 20% off your purchase Enter to win a...

  • 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...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance's Go For Pink Shopping Event

    2014.10.02
     @ Greenwich Avenue area

    Breast Cancer Alliance announced that it is partnering with Greenwich merchants for a special day of events and shopping on Thursday, October 2nd...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun Walk

    2014.10.05
     @ Camp Simmons

    Are you ready for some MUDDY fun? Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is proud to host the 3rd annual Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun...


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