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Celebration of 50 Years of Brown Rugby

Kent M. Sig at the dedication of the plaque in memory of Dave Zucconi

I recently attended Brown University’s (my alma mater) commemoration of the 50th anniversary of rugby at Brown, where I played for three years.   Attendees included players from the Brown rugby team over the past half century, and we were 216 in all.
The 50th anniversary weekend included a plaque unveiling to commemorate the 2004 Rugby Field Dedication in memory of Dave Zucconi – Class of ‘55, and the honoring  of some lead donors of the Brown Rugby field project, which included myself and several others.  Dave was a good friend of mine and that of Brown Rugby, as he was the founder of rugby at Brown.  It was so nice to see that Dave’s many contributions to Brown have now been formally acknowledged.
At the Gala dinner that followed the day’s rugby games, greetings from Brown’s Athletic Director, Michael Goldberger, were followed by speakers from the past and current coaches who bestowed honors to the past games, the players and those who are now deceased.

Dave Waldron, Kent Swig and Robert Kent reunited at their alma mater.

Dave Waldron, Kent Swig and Robert Kent

Kent Swig and Robert Kent at Havens Brothers Diner

A room at the Gala was set up with various memorabilia from the past 50 years including touring jerseys, season schedules, videos, and photos. To see all 50 years of rugby history displayed in one room was so wonderful and very touching.  A very special thank you goes out to Coach Jay Fluck for putting this together!!
After the Gala, about 60 rugby players made their way to a bar to continue our celebration. We all toasted one another with a few pints of Guinness, in honor of Coach Jay Fluck and  the evenings master of ceremonies, George Hook, former Brown Rugby coach and currently the most listened to talk show host in Ireland on Irish International Rugby matches.

Finally, about 20 of us made the “pilgrimage” to Haven Brothers, a mobile diner that serves food to the “needy” late night revelers from Brown University and other Providence residents and visitors.It was great to be back in my old stomping grounds with my close rugby friends, and so wonderful to see and catch up with those that I have not seen in so may years!

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Kent Swig enjoying a Guinness after a Brown Rugby game

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October 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Golden Monopoly Set at the Museum of American Finance

Sydney Mobell and Kent M Swig with the Golden Monopoly set

I had such a wonderful surprise visit at lunch the other day with the great jewelry designer Sidney Mobell, who originally made his business debut in a jewelry store located in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, which my family owned and operated for more than 5 decades.

Coincidentally, Sydney was visiting New York City to unveil the 18-karat gold, jewel encrusted Monopoly set that he created and designed and which is now being exhibited at the Museum of American Finance, located in over 35,000 square feet at 48 Wall Street, a 324,000 square foot office building that Swig Equities leases and manages and owns in association with MacDonald & Cie.  This spectacular Monopoly set is on loan to the Museum of American Finance from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, of which The Museum at 48 Wall Street is an affiliate member.

It was so nice to see Sidney as it has been almost 20 years since I last saw him and the Executive Director of the Museum of American Finance, David Cowen, who set up the lunch as a surprise for Sidney.  Needless to say, Sidney was so pleased and surprised to see me and we had a wonderful lunch and caught up with one another and reminisced about all the “old” stories of the past.

Then, after lunch, I was fortunate to be given a private showing of this most spectacular piece of art.  Well done and congratulations to Sidney!!Sydney Mobell, Kent Swig ,David Cowen and John Herzog

Kent Swig with the Golden Monopoly set

Left to Right: John Hersog, Founder of the Museum, Syndey Mobell, David Cowen, President of the Museum, Kent Swig

Kent swig viewing the golden monopoly set

John Hersog, Syndey Mobell, David Cowen, and Kent Swig viewing the Golden Monopoly set

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October 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

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Skyscraper Museum: “Whither Wall Street” Panel

On October 13th, I will be participating on a panel at the Museum of American Finance at 48 Wall Street for an event organized by The Skyscraper Museum. Other real estate colleagues and I will be discussing the FiDi (Financial District) market place in Lower Manhattan and specifically the area along Wall Street, which is rich in American history. FiDi has seen many changes over the last decade, not to mention the redevelopment of The World Trade Center, which is now fully under construction with new office buildings, new transportation hubs, and the September 11th Museum. The event will bring to the table important issues about the future of Wall Street’s development and the affect on residents, businesses and tourists. I plan to bring forth some interesting perspectives that I have accumulated in my experience in the FiDi area. With properties on Wall Street and elsewhere in the FiDi, I have watched the neighborhood transform itself into one of the most vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods in America.

The event will take place at 48 Wall Street, a building owned by Swig Equities, LLC in association with MacDonald & Cie, which was dedicated as a public landmark by The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2002. Celebrating the history and preserving the integrity of such a rich area is a topic that has always interested me. I look forward to hearing what the other panelist contribute.

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October 10, 2010 at 10:35 am