Eli Goodman

Profile Updated: June 21, 2019
Eli Goodman
Residing In: Springfield, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: A few ex's
Occupation: Physician
Children: Laura, born 1979
David, born 1990
Yes! Attending Reunion
Post secondary school education

University Of Pennsylvania (BA)
Tufts University School Of Medicine (MD)
Medical College Of Virginia (Medical Internship)
Hahnemann Medical College (Medical Residency)

What's happened since leaving Central

Multiple worksites, locations, displacements, dissatifactions; but infinite good things as well. Overwhelmingly disappointed with wrong career choice-- the over-riding "story" of my life. Pathologically polyphasic. Phenomenal family and friends.
Many community-based assignments bring the most satisfaction. Springfield, IL, where I have lived since mid 2009 has been very good to and for me.

School Story:

Really wanted to play baseball, but could not do so. Complex story that I can share with any who cares to listen.
Over the years, fellow classmate, Eric Michelson, with whom I actually connected with in college, not during our Central years, have remained the closest of friends. Fellow classmate, the late Steve Bosniak, and I also developed a close lifelong friendship that started during our college years at Penn.
Fellow classmate, Harry Berman, is a prominent member of the Springfield community. He and I are members of the same synagogue. When we stand on the bimah together, I am reminded of the Central years memories that are still vivid.
Several years ago, while in Las Vegas, had a brief "reunion" with
Raymond Teller after one of his wondrous Penn & Teller shows.

Central's influence in my life

Respect for education and teachers-- a lifelong lesson.

50th Reunion Reflections

It was a grand event, indeed. Reconnected with classmates who, with only a few exceptions, I had not seen at all in these past 50 years. All appeared to be in good shape, emotionally and physically; and proud of their personal, familial, and professional achievements.

Just as memorable was to meet the magnificent Central High students who greeted and hosted us. Such maturity, enthusiasm, and intelligence!! Perhaps there is hope for mankind yet, if these terrific young people are representative of future leaders.

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Nov 09, 2019 at 4:35 AM
Sep 27, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Great Eagles /Green Bay win and physically I couldn't be with my peer group.Cheering Dallas sucks after game can be appreciated by those who still smile at Bounty Bowl.Carson playing great and defense with no pass rush looks horrible.At all 3 Super Bowls and can't walk up any steps so feeling my age.Well still feel urge to comment though others do not know what I'm talking about at times and sure it's about them even when it's not.Happy New Year to all you Jews out there and may we only have 2 obituaries this year.

Sep 25, 2019 at 11:47 AM
Sep 24, 2019 at 11:43 AM
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Jun 21, 2019 at 1:48 PM

To all the 224: We recall the May 29th sudden passing of our classmate, Eric Michelson, MD. There will be a memorial gathering to honor Eric the afternoon of Saturday, July 13th, at the Chart House Restaurant near Center City. The family extends an invitation to select close friends of Eric who wish to attend. Please contact me if you would like to attend, and I will let Eric's family know.
If you want to write something for the family, my postal address is below, as well.
Until sooner, Eli

217-242-7490 (cell)

Mailing address:
Eli Goodman, MD
PMB 133
3309 Robbins Rd
Springfield, IL 62704

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Jun 07, 2019 at 12:33 PM

I, myself, did not know Eric during our CHS 224 days. We had a big class and Eric and I never had classes or activities in common. Furthermore, he lived in West Oak Lane and I lived in Wynnfield. But we met up at Penn our freshman year, 1965, when we joined the same fraternity. We were roomates our sophomore year, sharing a campus-based tenement apartment. We became the best of friends, something that we maintained throughout the years. Eric was like a brother to me. He helped me many times. I returned the favor when I could. He was truly a unique soul, a humane genius with complete dedication to medical science, friends, family, and all mankind. He had a personna full of humor and whimsy. He was not one of those aloof, detached geniuses. He was always all there for us. Our last days together were just a few weeks ago, May 17th & 18th, when he and I "schlepped around" together on the Penn campus for our 50th college reunion weekend that we both enjoyed. Amazing how much stuff Eric could recall from 50-plus years ago-- all those adventures and mis-adventures. What a mind! He was full of energy, life, and optimism; despite advancing health challenges. Nothing to indicate that in 11 days he would pass on to the world to come. He leaves behind a lot of memories and inspirations, that's for sure.
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Happy Birthday to a happy guy.

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Posted on: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Yo, Mike: You were an All-Star then, and you are now as well-- in many endeavors. Good for you.

Again, great job you and the 224 colleagues did for the reunion that will forever be an indelible remembrance for all of us who attended.

I recently developed a mental "trick" to help my sense that advancing age is troubling. I would like to share it: I simply pretend that I am once again a14-year old kid-- who thinks about girls (but does not have one, yet), who likes to engage in sports, read, watch TV, hang out with friends, and so on. I can still do all these things that my imaginary 14-year old counterpart can do (except run as fast or jump so high); but guess what, I have even more freedoms to do whatever I want than does he. I have more money; I have a car; I am more experienced to deal with situations, etc. Not a bad way to deal with the vicissitudes and angsts of age, I think.

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Jul 06, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Posted on: Jun 20, 2015 at 4:54 PM

You also invented the concept of the "sixth quintile," now a enduring entity in our lexicon.

Jun 09, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Eli: great story about you and Allen!

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Jun 08, 2015 at 4:33 PM

I did not know Allen really well, but we would chat occasionally. He was the best athlete I knew at the time-- truly extraordinary he was. I remember that there was no room left on his letter sweater that he occasionally wore, noting that he lettered in 4, not "just 3" sports. (I had not thought that that was possible.) But what I really remember about him was his humility. One time I told him: "I wish I could be as good as you in sports," to which he replied: "I wish I could be as good as you at my studies." I have never forgotten that particular exchange of admiration between us.

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Jun 07, 2015 at 7:11 PM

Posted on: Jun 07, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Mike: You and your colleagues have done a wondrously fabulous job to bring us all together, again, after all these years. Thank you. The reunion next weekend should be a grand event, indeed.

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May 03, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Eli... Check out the hullabaloo on the Lee Stanley memorial page. It's really remarkable. Almost 40 responses.