Who reads U.S. 1? After 27-plus years we can’t tell you exactly. We can tell exactly how many papers we leave at 4,197 different business locations. And we tell you how many papers get picked up and how many don’t in any given week at a lot of those locations.

But to tell you who exactly picks them up is a tougher challenge, one that probably requires embedded computer chips, smart phones, and some level of privacy invasion to answer in depth.

Instead of stooping to those tactics, let us instead share anecdotal evidence when we receive it. Here’s some data from last week’s cover story, Pat Tanner’s preview of the weekend conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey’s conference at Princeton University. According to the presenters, they had roughly 100 walk-in registrations of people who told them they came because of the U.S. 1 story. Total attendance was 525. So who reads U.S. 1? Maybe it’s people who secretly want to be farmers. Or maybe it’s people who care about what they eat and how it affects their health.

If you read U.S. 1 let us know. And don’t forget to add your own six-word memoir to the collection that will be published soon. What’s a six-word memoir? Read our issue of January 4 online at www.princetoninfo.com (click on archives). E-mail your thoughts to our editor: rein@princetoninfo.com.

#b#A Special Birthday#/b#

Princeton’s beloved couple, Judith and Bill Scheide, invited the community to Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium on January 27 to celebrate Bill’s 98th birthday.

Friday was also Mozart’s 256th birthday and the Wiener KammerOrchester (Vienna Chamber Orchestra), under the expert and innovative direction of Mark Laycock, played the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro.”

A highlight of the evening was the first concert performance of Brahms’ newly rediscovered one-page composition, “Albumblatt in A Minor” by 20-year-old pianist Andrew Sun whose youth, talent, and deft interpretation elicited “bravos” and enthusiastic applause.

Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92” showcased the Wiener KammerOrchester’s virtuosity. Of particular note was the dynamic performance of the engaging concert master, Lily Francis. From my years living in Vienna, I observed that in contrast to many Austrian orchestras, the Wiener KammerOrchester has many female and young members.

Maestro Laycock’s introduction to his special birthday adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” for Bill delighted the audience, and his grand finale arrangement of the masterpiece for the Wiener KammerOrchester rocked the hall, and added frosting to Bill’s birthday cake.

On behalf of the Princeton community, I would like to thank Judith and Bill for their kindness and generosity and for letting us share in this very special birthday.

Linda Sipprelle

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