On a deserted island

On a Deserted Island

Illustration by Michael Gelen, JD '88

The question may be unanswerable (and hopefully never an option), but we asked it anyway of a group of faculty, alumni and students. If stranded on a deserted island for an undetermined period, what book, CD and movie/DVD would you like to have available for those long lonely hours? The responses were rich and varied, a lot like the wider UB community they represent. One faculty member even created her own CD, a special “island mix” of the Beatles, Duke Ellington, Debussy and others. Where can we get copies?

Andrea Markelz

Assistant Professor of Physics

Ira Flatow, BS ’71

NPR Science Correspondent

Lauren Fix, BS ’86

Car coach and host of Talk 2 DIY Automotive on the DIY network
  • BOOK - “A survival guide to get me through the reality of it all”
  • CD - “’80s alternative music, because it never gets old”
  • DVD - “Photos and movies of my family and friends who have made me so grateful and have hope of [my] being rescued”

John B. Simpson


Judith Adams-Volpe

Director of University and External Relations, University Libraries

Nancy Smyth

Dean, School of Social Work

Abbe Raven, BA ’74

President & CEO, A&E Television Networks

Roseanne C. Berger

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Book - A Book - of short stories by William Trevor
  • CD - “Island CD - Mix”—Moxie Früvous: “King of Spain”; Beatles: “Norwegian Wood”, “Let It Be”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”; Bob Dylan: “Tangled Up in Blue”; John Fogarty: “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”; Indigo Girls: “Galileo”; Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 19 in F, K. 459; Vivaldi: “Four Seasons”; Granados: “Spanish Dance no. 5” for guitar; Debussy: “Rêverie”; Arthur Johnston: “Cocktails for Two” (saxophone); Sonny Rollins: “St. Thomas” (saxophone); Duke Ellington: “Isfahan”
  • DVD - Seinfeld episodes

Carl Dennis

Artist in residence and winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Thomas B. Burrows Jr.

Director, Center for the Arts

Marguerite Walker

JD/MBA student
  • Book - 1984 by George Orwell
  • CD - Disc two of the Led Zeppelin big box set released in 1990
  • DVD - Steel Magnolias

Warde Manuel

Director of Athletics
  • Book - Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • CD - Any Wynton Marsalis jazz CD
  • DVD - Shrek (first one)

Kimberly Butcher

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Major

David Felder

Composer and Professor of Music

W. David Penniman

Dean, School of Informatics
  • Book - “Now that is hard because I might want to take a whole library and could do so if you let it be on CD -ROM ... ever hear of digital libraries? In the spirit of the question, though, I will give you one Book: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  • CD - Cat Stevens’ Tea for the Tillerman (“I know, I know, he is out of favor in the U.S. now.”)
  • DVD - Harold and Maude (“See a pattern here? Sound track by Cat”)