About This Network

Reasons why the Old Bro Network was created

This "network" was an idea of several people that originally surfaced during a gathering of bro's in February 2010, celebrating the all too short life of one of my pledge bro's, Dave Rufener, who passed away in October 2009.  Many of us who gathered at Jeff Korchek's house that night had not seen one another for twenty or thirty years, and we vowed to stay closer and to keep in touch, despite our busy schedules already filled with work and family obligations.

Then in the fall of 2010 word began to filter out about another of our bro's who was fighting a mighty battle with brain cancer ..... Mike Mullins.  In early October, several of us attended a party in Mike's honor at John Horwitz's home, and Mike was smiling from ear to ear at getting to see us again, despite his condition.  Again we all vowed to stay closer and keep in touch, that it shouldn't take sickness or death to bring us together.

It is in that spirit that I created this "network", which is really nothing more than a directory of contact info.  It is a place for bro's of all eras to keep in contact with one another, to let each other know what's going on in their lives, and to celebrate how awesome it is that a bunch of diverse young knuckleheads managed to survive their college years and, in some cases, even become fine upstanding members of the community.

This "network" was initially focused on bro's with zeta numbers in the 600's, 700's, and 800's, only because when I joined the house, all of the bro's of that time period were 600's, and by the time I left, Lambda Chi was well into the 800's.  But as the "network" has evolved, I've expanded that focus to include ALL EpSig alumni, since we ALL share a common bond of friendship and brotherhood that continues to this day.

My hope is that this "Old Bro Network" grows into something that is participatory, interactive, and sustainable.  I know that some of you are already involved with social networks like Linked In and/or Facebook, and that others would probably prefer a prostate exam by a doctor with cold fingers before you would "friend" or "follow" someone.  That's OK, the "Old Bro Network" is simply about communication between us bro's, and there is NO TRUTH to the rumor that you will receive some of Florida Taylor's "special" chocolate pudding if you don't participate.

I've tried to be as accurate as possible with the info that I have (thanks to Jeff Korchek again for sending me your list).  If you see something incorrectly stated on anyone's contact info, drop me a note and I'll fix it.

If you have contact info for any other bro's who you think should also be included in this group, drop me a note and I'll add them to the "Old Bro Network" as well.  Remember, ALL alumni of EpSig at UCLA are fair candidates for inclusion into this "Old Bro Network".

If you're involved with Linked In and/or Facebook and are connected to other bro's that I am not, let them know about this "Old Bro Network", point them in my direction, and I'll make sure they're included in the group.

If you have any news to share, good or bad, e-mail the group or drop me a note and I'll push the word along.  Likewise if you hear about any out of town bro's who may be passing through your area, let the group know about it -- it's always good to catch up over drinks or a meal if schedules permit.

I have no problem acting as the "gatekeeper" for this group, in this case I honestly believe that one of the inmates SHOULD be running the asylum.  My main hope for this little project is that a whole lot more GOOD news is shared rather than bad ….. now it's up to you Old Bro's to make it work.


Yours In ZAX,
Michael J. Harness
EpSig 700
12/15/10
updated 9/18/11

1 comment:

  1. please add me to the network

    Jim Silvia, EpSig 880

    jimsilvia2000@yahoo.com
    310-497-5054

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