Note from the editor: As with many student-run organizations, the Postcrypt has a long and undocumented history. As the unofficial Postcrypt historian, I have tried my best to be accurate, but please correct me as necessary! This page will always be a work in progress.
--Andy Stevens, 5/16/02, email@example.com
The Postcrypt was founded at Columbia University in 1964 by Rev. John Cannon, then a campus chaplain. He enlisted Dotty Sutherland (now Dotty Janke) to help clean out and redecorate a dusty storage room in the basement of the chapel. They purchased some tables and chairs on the Bowery, and built a small stage for performers. Dotty designed and made a mosaic bar to serve coffee and refreshments.
John chose the name for the new hangout from an important work of one of his favorite philosophers, Soren Kierkegaard. Starting with the title Concluding Unscientific Postscript, John abbreviated the first two words as "C.U." (also a common abbreviation for Columbia University), and changed the spelling of the third word to Postcrypt (to reflect the location of the coffeehouse in the "crypt" of the church). C.U. Postcrypt opened its doors in February, 1964.
Upon visiting the Postcrypt, most alumni comment on how little it has changed over the years. The original stage survives to this day (though at some point, somebody nailed an extra layer of plywood to the top). The mosaic bar is also original, as are many of the tables and chairs. There is still a strange wooden box above one of the doors with "Postcrypt" in handlettered gothic print (origin unknown).
1968-69: David Rabin
1969-70: Ed Reisner
1973-75: Pete Shawhan. See the photos that Pete sent us!
1977-79: Dave Sudolsky. See the posters that Dave sent us!
1979-80: Larry Scoones
1980-81: Francine Steinenger
1983-86: Ted Kesler
1986-88: Ted Kesler, Robin Levey
1989-91: Beverly Greenfield
1991-92: Scott Feldman, Zoe Titus
1992-94: Scott Feldman, Andy Stevens
1994-95: Andy Stevens
1995-96: Maarten Broekman, Margarita Suarez
1996-98: Jennifer Feather
1998-2001: Matt Winters
2001-03: Bec Josephson, Adrienne Baranowicz
2003-05: Fabian Brügger
2005-06: Amy Glick
2007: Emily Jordan
2007-: Ellen Kessel, Brett Benowitz