Deval Patrick ’74
Deval won the Massachusetts gubernatorial primary—the first African American to do so—and will face the Republican nominee on November 7, 2006. He mounted a broad-based, grassroots campaign that was 14,000-volunteers strong at election day, bringing together what has been deemed a new coalition of Massachusetts voters.
David Lindsay-Abaire ’88
David wrote the stage book for the musical High Fidelity (music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Amanda Green)—based on the novel by Nick Hornby—which previews in Boston this week, prior to its November opening on Broadway. David has written four plays that have been produced on- and off-Broadway. One, Rabbit Hole, which was nominated for a Tony Award earlier this year, will open at the Huntington Theatre in Boston this October. David is also working on the stage version of Shrek.
Claire Messud ’83
Claire’s recently-released novel,The Emperor’s Children, earned extraordinary praise in a front pageNew York Times Book Reviewfeature, and has been reviewed broadly and positively in journals and blogs throughout the United States and Europe from The Guardian online to The Economist,Slate and numerous literary journals. The New York Times Book Review calls Claire a writer “of near-miraculous perfection,” and “a literary intelligence far surpassing most other writers of her generation.”
Paco Underhill ’70
President and CEO of Envirosell, Paco has “carved a career out of observing shoppers shopping.” Paco’s book on the subject is Why we Buy: The Science of Shopping. Paco and Envirosell were discussed in the New York Times science section, in an article exploring the science of individuals’ interaction and decision-making in stores.