Bring Your Past Into the Future – Columbia Fencing Alumni Meet

BY Kathy Zucker • Monday, October 27th, 2014

Exactly 19 years ago, my husband and I met in the fencing room at our college, Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York. I was wearing black bike shorts and looked up at him with a smile, saying, “Hi, Noah.” I had heard so much about him that it felt like we already knew each other.

Fast forward 19 years, and I am sitting here in our Hoboken, NJ apartment, with our sleeping baby steps away and the two older kids in peaceful slumber in other rooms. We have survived two hurricanes, eight job changes, three career transitions, and three startups. So it seemed appropriate to go full circle and return to the place where it all began. Yesterday, Sunday, October 26th, 2014, my family of five attended the Columbia Fencing Alumni Meet, where veteran fencers face off against current team members.

Here are some pics of the Zucker family adventure into the past.

Racing across campus so we aren’t late – this looks strangely familiar.


Welcome to the Columbia University Athletics fencing meet!


Warming up.


All two year olds can lunge, right?

Finding Daddy on the Wall of Fame.


Coach Michael Aufrichtig announces the lineup.


3 fencers make the cut – they will be taking on the entire roster of 44 lions.

A video posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on

Hands in for #TeamAlum – CC 1973 Greg Gall, CC 1998 Noah Zucker and CC 2010 Jeff Spear.


Foil takes the piste first.


Épée is second.


The clock isn’t running – what do you think this is, the Olympics?

Brothers face off in saber.


But first, an injury break when a blade whips around and smacks Jeff Spear on the back of the head. And breaks.


Powering through injury, #TeamAlum wins! Final score 45-43.


Yes, we have a ringer – 2012 Olympic team member Jeff Spear anchored this victory.


Tiny people get in on the fighting.


The future never looked so bright.


Thank you for a wonderful walk down memory lane.


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slider_kathyKathy Zucker is an international social media Shorty Award winner, mother of three and a startup founder at companies including the Metro Moms Network. Follow Kathy on Twitter: @KathyZucker.



Kathy Zucker

Author: Kathy Zucker

Mom of 3. Accidental entrepreneur. Fencer. New York Life Shorty Award #KeepGoodGoing winner & judge. Helping parents & kids get to work since 2010 as Metro Moms Network CEO.

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