As of late 1998, pictures are no longer grouped together but instead adorn
the relevant articles and news items--Stefan
- August 4, 1998:
Antonio and Cathalijne's wedding in Bologna continued the tradition
of a Bologna wedding for SAIS couples, and many SAIS alumni continued
the tradition of using the opportunity to regroup. A
huge group attended the formalities, including 3 married SAIS couples,
for a grand total of 4 in this picture. There is at least 1 more All-SAIS
marriage on the way, of course. Two New
Yorkers and two Milanesi get together here; and in this garden
shot there is even room for a non-SAISer--Cary, a New York fixture.
- July 19, 1998:
Martin Buhr went to Italy to see Gioia and Sebastian get
married, and sent in this pictorial: In no particular order,
some of the visitors, a view of the
balcony, when the deed was done, at
the stairs, and finally, posing for
- Nov 30: Caption
contest: This picture might
look like John Uppington and Rebecca Patterson are posing in
Tompkins Square Park during a New York autumn, but that would be merely
boring. Please submit a much better
caption--winners will receive a free subscription to Sighs.
and Rebecca Patterson were in New York so we decided to shoot a roll
of film in the Far East Village. Here are some of the results.
John on a swing
John and Rebecca on a bench
And finally, Rebecca and John
and Julia and Zach on Astor Place.
wedding announcement in the
Nov 16 edition of the New York Times.
- Oct 27: Tricia
Turner sent in a few more gems from the summer marriage season:
In Turkey, Markus and Serra's wedding provided these photo-ops:
On a sun-kissed terrace overlooking
the Bosphorus, and later, rather not
knowing where to look, at the party. At Veronique and Reyer's
wedding, the bride and Zach Messitte pose
for a picture that looks even better in sepia tones.
- Oct 21: Sophia
Verykios and Jansci Strohmayer got married on a beautiful early
September day in Greece. Innumerable SAISers
were present. The bride was radiant, by
all accounts. As with all recent weddings, the occasion was an excuse
for SAISers to get together, including some not recently in the spotlight
posing with Rosa Emila Moreno (whose pictures these are) [Thanos
Kafopoulos] and [Mike Delucia].
Julia Aledort was there among
friends (note Jansci's waistcoat), as well as Maria
Teresa Roque and Netta Korin.
- Sep 23: Markus
Jelitto (a.k.a. Hannibal Lecter)
sent in these pictures of his and Serra's
wedding party in Istanbul this summer, which came replete with bodacious
dancers, slinky dresses (Markus wants
to know why these two are in almost every single shot on this page,
but then sends me this picture) and a lot of SAIS
people. This is what a Tricia Sandwich
looks like; and here is a before and
after shot of Markus with friends drinking
Markus also sent
in this picture from Veronique and Reyer's wedding, in which there
are many things that made us go hmmm...
- Sep 22: Pictures
of Gioia and Sebastian's wedding
in Bologna earlier this year are beginning to filter through to the
site, and based on the photographic evidence alone it seems that there
was a lot of eating perpetrated by the SAIS contingent: Not just at
the wedding feast, but also on the Piazza
Maggiore, in restaurants and at
a picnic in the fields outside the
city (strange facial expressions were left unexplained). And then there
Also, some early
(and weird) shots from Veronique and Reyer's wedding: 1) A
(large) group shot that looks like
it was taken in the 20s; 2) Unintended art,
showing part of the lovely garden where the reception was held; 3)
Intended art, taken late at night when
the bride threw her bouquet; 4) Another reason why the wedding was
reminiscent of the Great Gatsby; and
5) some SAIS guests at the reception
nostalgia in the form of photos from a DC SAIS party with a definite
Turkish and Greek tilt. It was well
attended, if at times a bit rowdy.
- Sep 10: Some more
memorable SAIS DC moments etched on film from the archives of Martin
Buhr: A 29 Palms group photo, a graduation-day
photo-op, and a one-man Australian monetary
wake-up call for all-too many of us, surrounded by some fawning
- Jly 15: Joachim
Alpen was on a visit to the US from Moscow, with these pictures in tow:
Tom "Freddie Mercury" Jacobs struts the latest in Kirgiz
male fashion while on a visit to Moscow; John "Eurof" Uppington
came to visit as well but has to contend with his namesake, Uppington.
- Jun 1: Washington
DC lives on after graduation, often in shocking
pink and pearls.
Tom, John, Rob
and Uta before they dispersed to New York and Germany, behaving just
like they were old friends.
and Serra lived happily ever after in Swiss bliss they were part of
the DC chattering classes, seen casually
brunching on N. Carolina beaches, or often engaging
in lucid banter.
Martina tend to be terribly popular at Halloween. Here
is why in 1995.
But not all the
action is in DC: Ayse, Tonje and Stefan get happily
stuffed at a NY eatery.
- Apr 26: See Craig
marriage proposal in the South Pacific. (You can read all about
it in last year's news somewhere)
- Apr 9: What makes
everyone smile at SAIS parties? Julia Holman's pictures of New Year's
eve in New York illustrate this point. Could the promise
of a random snog have elicited these silly grins? Or perhaps it's
the male bonding thing? Maybe its
because we're all just good friends
(and family, actually--that's my sister in the middle). Send in more
evidence if you have it.
- Mar 27: Martin
Buhr's extensive archive of SAIS misadventures is being declassified.
In his particular case Europe played a pivotal role in his 1st-year
education: Bologna offered social-ist
drinkers, not so close shaves with the Sicilian
Mafia, fancier dress balls,
and the early, early signs of the current wedding shockwave: can
you spot the successful proto-couple on their way to Vienna?
It was not all
just fun and games. The Sighs Pantomime took a lot of effort, close
coordination and teamwork.
Often, dinner conversation was
serious. And if all these activities did not offer sufficient windows
of romantic opportunity, the end-of-the-year reception on the roof
was for many a bittersweet moment of last longing
glances and "what if?" scenarios.
The next installment
will cover DC: Life got more serious
- Mar 10, 1997:
Ayse Ilkorur (a.k.a. Morticia)
was responsible for some gruesome pictures
of halloween '96 in Washington, DC. Soon after, a picture of Osten
during his visit to New York inadvertently chronicled the last
hours of Stefan's hair. And with the current spate of marriages,
this Bologna flash-back is once again
- Oct 22: Visits
this summer are grossly underdocumented, but here is a start: Joachim
Alpen and myself, visibly fuzzy from an unspecified hangover, in
the East Village, courtesy of Elise Galaty. All models are wearing real
hair. A rarer SAIS foursome in Atlanta--read
all about the trip to Atlanta by Jame and myself in this month's newsroom.
- SAIS parties: Of
many parties held during the year at SAIS, two were notable for SAISers
outing their alter egos. At Carrie, Beth, Ainoa, Arend et al, 70's
guys and 70's babes frolicked to
groovy tunes, making love not war.
A halloween party saw such sights as Amazons
and biker chicks, but it were the the hosts
that were not to be outdone in their prescient personification of their
- Bologna chronicle:
The fabled Bologna experience encompassed both the peaks of artistic
triumph and the depths of nihilistic
pining; the ravages of alcoholic excess at Bambi
bar and the civilized conversational intricacies of Lady
Violet; the icons of Americana
and the bastions of old-world charm.