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Ripin ’57 Writes Witty Book

Alan Ripin ’57, now retired from a career in New York City government, recently published his first book titled “Nuns on a Chain Gang.”

Pawling Public Radio based in Pawling, N.Y., Ripin’s hometown, wrote a review of the humorous book:

‘”Nuns on a Chain Gang,” a collection of “wacko stuff you never ever see” by local resident Alan Ripin is one man’s unusual take on things you don’t really think of or care about. Garlic flavored mouthwash, dyslexic air traffic controllers, a non-violent serial killer, are just a few of quips to be found inside the cover,” the review says.

“Mr. Ripin’s collection of offbeat things he’s wondered about number in the 100’s and many are laugh-out-loud funny. No ethnic group, religion or political party is spared from his acerbic wit. Much of these ponderings must come from his 30 plus years working in New York City government,” the review continues.

Ripin earned his B.A. from Hobart in 1957 and his M.A. from New York University in 1975. At Hobart, he was a member of baseball team, Temple Club, Board of Control, Sigma Chi, Orange Key Society and served as class treasurer. During his career, he worked for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and the New York City Community Development Agency.  

The book costs $14.95 and is available at The College Store, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.