Greeting from Robin Bickel (with Hanukkah cards reminder) [2022 update]

Once again we were very happy to receive a note from Robin Bickel the other day, with some family news and a renewed Hanukkah card invitation, which we would like to share with you.

Quoting:

Hi! Hope all is well over at CIDU land! Hard to believe a year has sped by.

We are all doing well here. Aaron is now officially a married person. For readers of the NY Times, Zak is now in charge of all long range visual planning for both the online and print business sections while his boss is on maternity leave. That means that all feature pieces are designed by him including hiring and art directing the illustrators.

Please let people know that Hanukah cards, designed by Zak, are once more getting ready to be addressed! So if you’ve moved or would like to be added, just let me know.

Happy Holidays!

If you are already on the list, there is nothing you need to do, if your address has not changed. You should email to Robin if your address has changed, or if you would like to newly join. The instructions to get in on this tradition appear below, but by now it would be a big scroll, so here they are:

Email me at robinbickel at gmail. Put CIDU in the subject line so it will be easy for me to quickly find you. And if you’d like you can send me a card at 43 Peace Rd, Randolph NJ 07869 but you are under no obligation to do so. I like sending cards and it would make me happy to be able to send a very small thank you to all of you who have been such good friends over the years. (Please don’t delay only because I have to give Zachary a count of how many cards to print)

[2021 post]

We were very happy to receive a note from Robin Bickel the other day, with some family news and a renewed Hanukkah card invitation, which we would like to share with you.

Cheers,

Mitch and Winter Wallaby

Quoting:

On a personal note, Aaron, our oldest, is finally engaged after being with his girlfriend for 11 years. I am assuming the wedding will take place before another 11 years pass.

Please let everyone at CIDU know that I am so glad that the site is thriving. Bill would be so proud!

And finally, Hanukkah card time again. Let people know if the got a card last year, they are good. If they got one last year and moved since then, let me know the new address. And if you didn’t get a card and now deeply regret it (which obviously you would!), send me your address and join in the fun. As always, cards are designed by the mega talented Zak. (as an aside, if you get the print edition of the NY Times, turn to the front page of the business section on Saturday or Monday. That’s his work. He does other days also and other pages too, but those are more random.)

If you are a new CIDU reader who is missing some context here, you are invited to look at our “Bill Bickel and the history of CIDU” page, also linked in the left menu.

As Robin says above, if you received a card last year, and your address has not changed, there is nothing you need to do to remain on the list and to receive a card this year.. If you would like to join their list, the instructions are for convenience reprinted below, though you can find them, along with additional background and the original invitation message, at the end of last year’s “Hanukah Cards (from Robin Bickel)” post.

Excerpted:

Email me at robinbickel at gmail. Put CIDU in the subject line so it will be easy for me to quickly find you. And if you’d like you can send me a card at 43 Peace Rd, Randolph NJ 07869 but you are under no obligation to do so. I like sending cards and it would make me happy to be able to send a very small thank you to all of you who have been such good friends over the years. (Please don’t delay only because I have to give Zachary a count of how many cards to print)

3 Comments

  1. I love this so much! There’s always random Facebook Memories that pop up either just a share of Bill’s Crimeweek or even the rare interaction with him that brightens my day. Sorry I never actually met him in person

  2. Thanks very much, Robin, Aaron, and Zak!

    This week I received your card, and was so pleased to see the photo of the Young Bickels!

    Best wishes,

    ==mitch

  3. I would like to add my thanks to Robin for the Hanukkah card, which just arrived yesterday.† One very revealing detail was that the handwriting was identical to previous cards. I had always assumed that it was Bill’s script, but it looks like Robin has been addressing (at least some of) the envelopes the whole time.

    P.S. † – The address didn’t say “Germany”, so some helpful soul at the post office inscribed “Foreign” on it in red ink, and sent it on its way again.

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