Michael Burke, “Outrageous Good Fortune”

Sigma Alpha Epsilon has seen its fair share of successful alumni, but none may match the achievements of Michael Burke ’39. His book, “Outrageous Good Fortune,” chronicles his life experiences with high-powered companies and his encounters with authoritative people.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a star football player, he went on to work as an intelligence officer in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) and the CIA. From there he went on to become the president of CBS Europe, and was also the president of the New York Yankees, Madison Square Garden and The Ringling Brothers.

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This Brother’s Business Won’t Be Brought Down

In a time period where most luxury purchases are on iPhones, sports cars and gaming systems, Brother Chris Rinaldi ’84 makes a living off of selling pianos. In downtown Philadelphia, there once were 13 stores selling pianos between Sixth and 23rd…now there is just one—Jacobs Music. Brother Rinaldi’s store recently hit some snags, but, as always, Jacobs pulled through just fine.

“Faced in white carrara marble, Jacobs' building was luxurious design. In that respect, Jacobs was following the example set by other high-end piano stores, like the soaring, neoclassical Cunningham Piano building on Chestnut's 1300 block and, of course, New York's famous Steinway Hall on 57th Street.”

About two years ago, the marble pieces starting breaking and falling off, so Brother Rinaldi decided it was time to renovate. The marble was unable to be reused, unfortunately, so an exact replica of the original design was cast in concrete instead. The original brass store sign was reinstated above the door as well.

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What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

College—those were the days! Eighteen and graduating from high school, we thought we knew everything. You know what they say..."A lot of 18-year-olds are like old men. They think they've seen everything." And to an extent, it’s true.

Looking back, however, is there anything you would have done differently? Anything you wanted to do, but never did? 

Tom Robinson ’72 had this to say: "Take life a little more seriously. It was a time of sex, drugs and rock n roll. It was also a time that could have engaged us in politics, environment, equality and other more important issues worthy of more than song lyrics."

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