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ACT Gala Reception

Kent Swig at the ACT Gala Reception

On May 18, 2014, I attended a wonderful evening in San Francisco at a gala reception supporting the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) held at the Regency Ballroom.  The gala dinner posthumously honored the three founders of ACT; Mortimer Fleishhacker Jr., Cyril Magnin and my father, Mel Swig who founded ACT in 1967.  The evening was dubbed “Fleishhacker, Magnin, Swig: ACT’s Mad Mad Men” to celebrate the award winning theater and world class actor training conservatory that also offers an MFA program.

The history of the founding of ACT was played out in a musical staring conservatory students that was brilliantly written by Dan Rubin and directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, which re-imagined the fateful Summer of Love when co-founders Bill Baer and Bill Ball met up with the old school San Francisco civic leaders Flieshhacker, Magnin and Swig.

Kent Swig, Ben Quinn (ACT student and actor playing Mel Swig), Steve Swig

Kent Swig, Ben Quinn (ACT student and actor playing Mel Swig), Steve Swig

Actor/student Ben Quinn expertly played my father, Mel Swig, except Ben has a gifted singing voice, something that my father certainly did not possess, although he loved to sing anyway!

The evening was a great success for ACT and all those who attended; and it was a particularly wonderful gift for me and my brother Steve (who serves on the board of directors of ACT) to partake in an evening where our father was honored some 21 years after he passed away.

 

 

Steve Swig with his brother Kent Swig

Steve Swig with his brother Kent Swig

Photos of the honorees: Mortimer  Fleishhacker Jr., Cyril Magnin, Mel Swig

Photos of the honorees: Mortimer Fleishhacker Jr., Cyril Magnin, Mel Swig

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May 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

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San Francisco Giants baseball game at AT&T Park

On May 18th, I attended the San Francisco Giants baseball game at AT&T Park while visiting San Francisco to see my brother on his birthday and to attend a gala dinner for ACT (American Contemporary Theater) where my father was honored ‘posthumously.’The Giants won the game 4-1 on a sunny and beautiful day.

Giants baseball game at At & T, San Francisco

Giants baseball game at AT&T Park with view of the Bay Bridge in the background

At & T Park, San Francisco

Kent Swig in front of statue of Willie Mays at the entrance to AT&T Park, San Francisco

View of the field at ATT Par

View of the field at AT&T Park

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May 25, 2014 at 9:31 am

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Tour at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Kent Swig in front of Trident Steel Beams

Kent Swig in front of Trident Steel Beams

On May 16th, I was honored and privileged to be invited to tour the new National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center prior to its official opening on May 21st. The emotional impact of the Museum is so very powerful.

From the moment I  entered the Museum, I was overwhelmed with the vast cubic volume of the space which symbolizes the immense significance of what occurred on September 11, 2001. The entire Museum, itself, is an artifact that has been built into and extends down to  the bedrock of the World Trade Center…..its very foundation reflects the tragedy and loss of life  that has resulted from the single largest foreign  attack on American soil.

Kent Swig in front of Reflecting Absence pool

Kent Swig in front of Reflecting Absence pool

The story is told through the artifacts that have escaped destruction and serve as the memory of all  those who perished  that day. Among the many artifacts that penetrated my soul, down to the core, was seeing the several watches and clocks that eerily just “stopped” at certain times on 911, just as so many lives also just “stopped” throughout that day….all evoking a deep sadness within me as tears welled up in my eyes.

Quote from Virgil in the book The Odyssey surrounded by 2983 pieces of blue tinted paper

Quote from Virgil’s book, The Odyssey, surrounded by 2983 pieces of blue tinted paper

Then there is a chilling sentence displayed on a large wall, written by Vrigil from his book the Odyssey, that reads:

“No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory Of Time”.

This quote is surrounded by 2,983 blue pieces of paper symbolizing the crystal blue sky that was present on September 11, 2001, with each paper being a different shade of blue representing the unique and individual lives of those who died on that day. The sheer size of this wall and the many pieces of paper/lives on that wall is emotionally overwhelming and heartbreaking.

The Museum is clearly a success and achieves what it needed to do: provide a living memory to those who perished on 911 and to insure that we as a City, a Nation and a World, never forget what occurred on 911 at this very spot. And, the Museum also inspires us by showing New York’s and America’s resilience and our ability to overcome the depths of tragedy and express our humanness to live on and prosper.

Inside the 911 Museum

Inside the 911 Museum

Mangled antenna from atop World Trade Center # 1

Mangled antenna from atop World Trade Center # 1

Mangled Fire Truck

Mangled Fire Truck

Last beam to be removed from  the debris of the destruction of the the Twin Towers

Last beam to be removed from the debris of the destruction of the the Twin Towers

The walls of the 911 Museum

The exterior glass walls of the 911 Museum

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May 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

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Reception for Hadassah Hospital

On May 15th, I attended a reception for Hadassah Hospital held at the United Nations in the Members Dining Room. The evening was terrific and Ambassador Ron Prosor spoke, so eloquently as usual.
On another note, it was nice to be back in the United Nations headquarters building since the major renovation has been completed. I have not been in the building since my days of serving on the board of directors of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNS•USA), a wonderful organization of which I so enjoyed being a part.
It was encouraging to see all of the excellent work that Hadassah is doing and I wish them great success!
Kent Swig at the United Nations for Hadassah Hospital

Kent Swig at the United Nations for Hadassah Hospital

Kent Swig with portrait of former Secretary General Kofi Anan

Kent Swig with portrait of former Secretary General Kofi Anan

Invitation to the Hadassah Reception

Invitation to the Hadassah Reception

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May 19, 2014 at 8:24 am

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Subway Series

On May 14th, I was invited to attend the Subway Series between the NY Yankees and the NY Mets at Citi Field. It is always such a treat to be able to attend this series!! 

From left to right: John Franco, former NY Mets, Kent Swig, Daryl Strawberry, former NY Mets

From left to right: John Franco, former NY Mets, Kent Swig, Daryl Strawberry, former NY Mets

NY Yankees Tanaka on the mount pitching

NY Yankees Tanaka on the mount pitching

NY Yankees Jeter at bat

NY Yankees Jeter at bat

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May 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

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The start of the softball league for the Halstead Homers

Spring is in the air and, as with the arrival of each Spring season, so does the start of the softball league for the Halstead Homers. We have already played several games and our season is off to a great start including a victory in our last game.  It is wonderful to get out onto the field with our terrific staff at Halstead and for this year, it is extra special as we have a very talented team!

The Halstead Homers

The Halstead Homers

Kent Swig

Kent Swig

Kent Swig with the Halstead Homers players

Kent Swig with the Halstead Homers players

Kent Swig and some of the members of the Halstead Homers

Kent Swig and some of the members of the Halstead Homers

 

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May 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm

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