We are indebted to alumni attendees and supporters of the 2016 KLOOT Award luncheon:
Gary Clarke ’59, Charlie Hoyt ’59, Jack Newsham ’14, Rob Schlaff ‘99, Len Stokes ’66, Mim VanderKloot, and Don Watson ‘59
The 2nd Annual KLOOT Award Luncheon was held at Mory’s on Saturday April 16, as spring sprung in New Haven. The event was a smashing success, or at least smashing, as you may divine from the attached pictures, with a full room of Yale Record graduating seniors and alumni supporters. Many of the students had never been to Mory’s before. Many of the alums had never been to Mory’s when the sun was up.
The 2nd Annual Kloot Award, administered by the Yale Record Corporation, honors the memory of Frederic J. VanderKloot ’59, a member of the Record board 1956-1959 and Business Manager 1958-1959. Fred’s business acumen, imagination, and levity were a major contributor to the success of the Record, the oldest and almost continuously published college humor magazine in the U.S.
The 2016 Kloot Award was presented to Mitchell Harris, ’16 with a citation that reads:
…with gratitude for strengthening The Record’s standing in the Yale community… Having served as The Yale Record Business Manager, in which role he showed an innovative mind and tireless spirit; and having written many pieces for The Yale Record magazine and website, and having been a consistent presence and enthusiastic participant at Record meetings, quick to show support for his fellow owls with a distinctive laugh and sagacious advice.
The John Morrison Memorial Award is an annual award administered by Yale University. It provides the award and stipend “for the best art contribution in the Yale Record during the Year.” The Award was established in 1920 by the family of John Morrison 1917S, a Record artist and recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross and Croix de Guerre with palm, killed in action in WWI.
The John Morrison Memorial Award for 2016 was presented to Annelisa Leinbach, ’16 with a citation that reads:
…with gratitude for upholding the Record’s rich artistic tradition and with hopes and blessings for a bright future….Having served as The Yale Record Art Director, in which role she recruited artists to join The Record, solicited art for the magazine, and curated submissions; and having created numerous covers for The Record, and having promoted the role of hand drawn art in the Record at a time when too few humor artists can be found at Yale.
Adrian Bonenberger ‘02, U.S. Army Captain (Ret.), and author of the acclaimed Afghan Post, gave a brief talk “Pratfalls and Parachutes: A history of war satire.” Adrian described examples of war satire as it hit its peak in WWI and WWII, and posed critical questions he is currently researching including contemporary examples and their absence. Adrian was presented with The Certificate of Election to the Parliament of Owles, (a conclave so remote that no one, not even Google, knows anything about it) with a citation that reads, “for distinguished words, wisdom, and wit in the grandest traditions of the Yale Record, whatever they are and wherever they may roost.”
Alumni supporters attending included Gerald “Gary” Clarke ’59, who regaled with anecdotes of the lives of literati. Gary is author of Capote: A Biography (and basis of the movie). Gary’s biography of Judy Garland Get Happy is optioned for a movie with Anne Hathaway as Judy. Len Stokes ’66 shared a bit about his current series of Donald Trump satirical graphics, actually funnier than his subject. Don Watson ’59 cautioned of the power of the Mory’s Cup, retelling his UGrad adventures of assisting a Volkswagen onto the sidewalk in front of Mory’s after a Green Cup ceremony in 1959. A Campus Cop appeared, complimented the feat and then required the rowdies to simply put it back. Jack Newsham ’14 ably (well almost ably) demonstrated the ritual required of the last one to finish the cup. Mim Vanderkloot graced the event, adding reflections about the late great Fred VanderKloot, in whose memory the award is presented. Mim let us know that, “Fred would have really loved this!”
Your contributions to the Yale Record Kloot Award Endowment Fund help support this serious fun and may be sent to The Yale Record Corporation, P.O. Box 209051, New Haven, CT06520.