Dear Friends and Family
The year's Holiday letter finds the Hanson-Kleine
family on the verge of a significant event -
Jared's marriage to Seema Srivastava. The big event takes place in Gwalior, India on December 27th.
The USA contingent flies out on December 20th and at this moment we are in the midst of last
minute preparations. We will get back to you all after our return to the USA on January 5th with
pictures on our website.
Rich still enjoys his position as Director of Site Operations, for Charming Interactive/
Charming Shoppes, Inc. His group launched a second successful e-commerce site and gift card operations
this past year. As part of his interest in the acoustic music scene in the NYC area, he is now doing
websites for a couple of emerging singers. He and Susan still attend concerts and plays regularly.
Susan continues to work at her museum consulting practice, History Behind the Scenes,
full time. She led a team of consultants on a research trip to Ireland last February, where
they did field research in western Ireland and library research in Dublin to generate a Master
Plan for a proposed living history museum that will interpret a rural village in 1860s Ireland.
Currently, she is working on preservation and program planning for Howell Living History Farm,
a 1900 site, in New Jersey. Susan and her nephew, Tim Davis, are in the midst of organizing the
extensive family archives from her mother's estate. The World War II era materials are of special
interest to both.
All three members of the younger generation moved into new residences in 2003. After 8 years
on the waiting list, Andrea and Jill moved into a large 1 bedroom apartment, with balcony,
in Manhattan Plaza, an apartment complex for performing artists and senior citizens, in midtown
Manhattan. They are now in the same building where Susan's sister, Deborah, has lived for 25 years.
Andrea and Jill still pursue their performance, film and writing interests.
left New York and returned to Richmond, VA, to accept a policy analyst position at the
headquarters office of United Network of Organ Sharing [UNOS]. She works as a liaison to
UNOS' Pediatric Committee, a group of physicians who develop policy on organ transplants
for children. Her new boyfriend, Josh, will travel to India with the USA contingent.
and Seema moved out of their tiny studio apartment, and into a one-bedroom apartment in the
Gramercy Park section of Manhattan's East Side. Jared is in the 2nd year of a 4-year program
to become a naturopathic physician at the University of Bridgeport. Seema is writing her doctoral
dissertation in art history at NYU. They traveled to France this summer, where Seema did dissertation
The parental generation appreciates these new residential situations, easily accessible by elevator
or on lower floors, and happily abandoned the climbs to 4th and 5th floor walk-ups.
We wish you and yours all the very best for 2004.