Thank you to Eric Berger ’87 for participating in this Q&A in anticipation of his 25th graduation reunion.

Why did you join SAE as an undergraduate? Rob Schmeltzer ’86 and I worked together at Dinning Service and he recruited me.

What is the funniest memory from your SAE days? When I was a junior, we drove a group of pledges to Bryn Mawr to drop them off with a quarter and instructions to find their way back to Penn. The pledges were in the back seat in their underwear and blindfolded. We were pulled over by a Bryn Mawr cop and asked to explain why we had four guys in underwear and blind folds in the back seat!! He told us to get out of his town, and if we ever came back he would lock us up!!!

What is the single fondest memory you have shared/will share with your children and grandchildren? Fondest memories and children don’t always mix – maybe when they’re a lot older!? I have told them the Bryn Mawr story and about running the Art Museum stairs buck naked already though!

How do you stay connected with your brothers as an alumnus? Harry Fisher ‘89 and I touch base from time to time, and he catches me up on the comings and goings.

Have you visited Penn since graduation? Why or why not? I have visited Penn numerous times, and the House a few times. For many years we went to a football game or a basketball game every year with my kids. However, my kids are Pre-Academy soccer players which involves a lot of travel, so we haven’t been able to visit campus the last couple of years.

What about your membership in SAE makes you the most proud? The feeling of brotherhood that comes with membership in this fine fraternity.

How would your life be different today if you had never joined SAE? I am not sure if my life would be different, but SAE definitely enriched my life.

If you could go back and relive one moment from your SAE years, what would it be and why? I would relive the week when I lived at the House and I dated 7 girls in 7 days.

Where has life taken you since graduation? What's new in your life today? I am in the landlord business. I buy buildings, renovate them and rent them out. I live walking distance from my office, and really enjoy my work. My hours are very reasonable and I have a lot of family time. My wife just got her doctorate in health policy and teaches at Rutgers. My sons, Reiss and Jake are 15 and 12 respectively and will hopefully go to Penn in a few years and carry on the SAE tradition!!

Who do you stay connected with in your alumni years? Are there any brothers you've lost touch with whom you'd like to reconnect? Would be great to reconnect with Rob Schmeltzer, I haven’t seen him in 20 years.

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