Fradley Garner MA’70: freelance writer, distance runner, bass player, Denmark
Fifty years ago, I resigned as a PR manager of Pfizer in Manhattan and gave up my Greenwich Village pad to move to Denmark.
Why leave a secure job to scuffle for a living abroad? I was 34 and newly married. My Danish wife, Bodil, and I were happy living in the Village. My dream was to open a jazz club in Copenhagen. When that didn’t work out, I became a foreign correspondent specializing in medicine and science — later expanding to many fields, including books for Walt Disney publishers in Scandinavia.
After our first son arrived in 1964, I came to appreciate Denmark’s national health care system, and wrote articles about it. Reader’s Digest international editions sent me to Greenland to write about Denmark’s Dogsled Patrol Sirius. I wrote for SAS Airlines’ inflight magazine, Scanorama. Ecology Today and the Washington, D.C.-based monthly Environment took me on as international editor and columnist.
I’ve enjoyed a side career as a voiceover narrator of slideshows, films, and videos for Danish firms: Kellogg’s, Pepsi, Stimorol; movie ads for Four Roses Bourbon; a video for Volvo — all told, some 500 “speaks,” as the Danes call them.
Bodil and I parted in 1979. I’d met Hanne Ingerslev, and we’ve shared life for 32 rich years. I’m now international editor of Jersey Jazz, and a columnist for AllAboutJazz.com. Latest project: editing and translating Harlem Jazz Adventures: A European Baron’s Memoir, 1934–1969.
I love New York and still fly over for recharges, but Denmark is my home.
The spirit of alumni sporting their Colgate gear is seen here, there, and everywhere around the globe. Where was your latest spotting? On a Machu Picchu trek? At a mini-reunion in Pocatello? An election polling site in Houston? We’re collecting photos of Colgate sightings around the world. Send them to email@example.com.
Alison Fraser Heisler ’89 and children Amelia, Thomas, Honor, and William at the Grand Canyon on a family road trip out West. “Our Suburban will never be the same!” Heisler said.
Julie Puchkoff ’87 is triumphant in maroon after completing the 71 km (with 3,553 meters of elevation gain) Queen Charlotte single-track mountain bike ride through Marlborough Sound, New Zealand.
in San Diego
Born and raised in San Diego, Chris Schweighart ’97 served as the president of the Colgate alumni club there for 10 years, stepping down at the end of 2010.
Surf & Sand… San Diego is famous for its beach culture. Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are the two most popular in the county, and centrally located. A local favorite is La Jolla Shores, and Coronado State Beach is consistently rated one of the top beaches in the country.
Sights… Visit Cabrillo National Monument, where Spanish explorers first landed in San Diego in 1542 (and where you’ll have the best view of the city); Balboa Park, with its many museums and Spanish influence (be sure to eat at The Prado); and Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first California mission built by Spanish settlers.
Fore!… The city’s public golf courses are second to none. Torrey Pines became famous after hosting the 2008 U.S. Open. The South Course is the most challenging, but also the most picturesque. Close to downtown is Balboa Park Golf Course, offering views of the skyline and the Pacific Ocean. A hidden gem in the hills to the east of the city is Mt. Woodson.
Take a hike… Cowles Mountain is the tallest point in the city limits. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has a number of hilly trails, some leading down to the beach. And Seaport Village is a fun collection of shops, restaurants, and entertainers right on the bay downtown.
Nightlife… The Gaslamp Quarter is the place to go at night. My favorite bars are Altitude and Top of the Hyatt. My favorite burgers ever are at Bare Back Grill. I also recommend dinner on the rooftop patio of Mr. A’s. Similar classy, high-end restaurants are Island Prime and Peohe’s; both are right on the bay.
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Wellness wardrobe: From “Colgate Runs on Wellness” to “Why Not?” to “What’s in Your Tank?” The three iterations of T-shirts for Colgate’s Wellness Initiative encourage healthy, purposeful, and balanced lifestyles.
My Colgate Datebooks
When I cracked the spine of my new Colgate Datebook, volume XII, this year, I reminisced how these little calendars have helped me organize my life. Each year since 1999, I’ve ordered a new one from the university bookstore.
The daily glimpse of the Colgate seal reminds me of those fond years, and a quick glance reveals what’s on tap for my day, the following week, or the next month. As a visual thinker, the ability to see Sunday–Saturday on the page offers me clarity.
I occasionally glance back at 10 years of my life: first dates, wedding planning, birthday gatherings, client meetings, tae kwon do tournaments, family vacations … all documented in these little books. Each winter, I count the number of ski/telemark/snowboarding days I enjoyed (record: 32 in 2001–2003). Come tax season, when I’m calculating my travel mileage, the process takes less than 30 minutes as I flip through my datebook, reminded about fun engagement sessions and compelling conferences. Tax stress melts away. Take that, Microsoft Outlook!
I’ve considered digital calendars; however, the process of writing it down forces me to remember it. Batteries don’t die, operating systems don’t crash, and I can still read and plan my time after the flight attendant says, “Please turn off all portable electronic devices.”
Thank you, Colgate Datebook, for making my life easier!
— R.J. Kern ’00, a wedding photographer, dedicated a longer version of this post on his blog, kern-photo.com, to his grandfather Jim Quigley ’48, who he said “continues to inspire my entrepreneurial spirit.”
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