Seasons Greetings! Whatever season it happens to be when you read this. As I write this it is “Open Season” on class scribes who never get their article in on time; am currently five days late so this will be quick and to the point. Good/bad news is that you’ve made it a challenge what with the Christmas cards, e-mail and all.
Scribe’s Rights. As a long-time Scribe I will assume the privilege of discoursing on what’s happening with me and my family here in sunny Arizona first (before I lull you to sleep). Have emotionally and financially survived Tiffany’s first semester of college at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff campus is actually at an elevation higher than the Cadet Area)! She did great and has gone “active” with Delta-Delta-Delta Sorority (many similarities to a cadet squadron). American Express just celebrated Deb’s 10th anniversary there; all parties looking forward to continuing the relationship, She’s now a business partner (aka program manager) in Corporate Card Operations. From my vantage point as program manager for inter-divisional work done in Mesa for other components, I can tell you that the change from McDonnell-Douglas to Boeing hasn’t been much of a change at all; and that’s good cause I’m enjoying the job. On the Reserves front, I’m still at Ogden Air Logistics Center (F-16 SPO “West”) and got Air War College completed just before the Holidays.
Close Encounters Of The CWDS-09 Kind. On our way to the Las Vegas Bowl (had a wonderful time except for the game) we happened to bump into Dave Haugen at the Phoenix airport. He was just coming off work (flying 737s with America West) and looking to hop back home to Colorado Springs. Dave’s still in the Reserve C-130 unit at Peterson AFB. Amazingly l believe the Hacketts were the only ‘75ers at the game.
This Year’s “Grinch” Award Goes To: Dale Meyerrose who sent a lovely card (picture of the three girls in front of what I’m guessing is the quarters at Langley AFB) with “Peace on Earth" and signature at bottom and no other words/news. I’m guessing my former roommate will respond to the shame of this reward and get us some greater insights prior to the next article.
Greetings From USAF And Commercial Cockpits. Got a card from Mark and Lucy Donnelly. They also included great shots of the kids (FYI please remember the magazine has a general restriction on publishing pictures that do not include a grad’s ugly mug) and a letter. Think we already shared most of the news on Mark already (Air Force One #1); Scott and Ann are both in middle school and active in sports, Lucy is active with volunteering at school and her own sports endeavors.
Under that smooth appearance you see in the picture of the Turner family lies the heart of a Road Warrior. Was not all that surprised to hear that Jon has replaced flying C-130s in the Reserves (retired this summer) with driving his new Harley around the Pike’s Peak area. Still teaches / flies with United. Diane is in 10th year as preschool director. Jill is in sophomore year at CSU but will study at Keele University (two hours north of London) this semester. Ric was one of the varsity football captains at Air Academy high school this year playing linebacker and tight end and was in National Honor Society too.
Wayne and Amy Willis passed along "Feliz Navidad " from Albuquerque. More active kids: David returned from mission in Brazil and is now at Ricks College in Idaho (“totally immersed in football with a little academics on the side”), Scott and Brian are in high school, active in football and track. Lisa’s in eighth grade and was New Mexico state gymnastics champion in her division. Wayne’s now with Delta Airlines (737) out of Orlando and Amy “continues to be out anchor and keep us on an even keel.”
Brian Barnes expects to move to the captain’s seat with Alaska Airlines in '98. He and Terri had a busy ‘97 as she moved from real estate to become a distributor for some Japanese (high tech) health-care products. A few short trips and a big one to India for Brian consumed other “free” moments.
Two Sides Of the World – Two Christmas Letters. One side of the paper included in the Rayburn’s Christmas card had a letter from Bentley penned in his tent at Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia; he’s settled in (if that’s possible in that tense environment) as commander of the 4404th Wing and offered some interesting insights on the first half of his tour of duty. Other side of the paper had Debbi’s letter from Utah; she and the kids have certainly been active before and since Bentley’s departure. Spent much of the summer in Colorado and St. Louis with family. Twins are home-schooling this year. Moriah is in her senior year, co-captain of cheerleaders and preparing to go to Wheaton College next year. Micah is “super busy” with school, soccer, basketball and skiing (not necessarily in that order).
In the interest of reinforcing appropriate behaviors I’ll give credit to Chuck and Roxanne Holland and Dennis and Leslie Brooks for their Christmas cards although I think we covered all the highlights in previous articles.
Electronic Updates. Got a number of e-mails over the past several months. First came from Tim O’Connell with a short report on the USAFA-San Jose State football game; a sad game I guess but “we won the fan contest, however. I think there were more grads and their families than San Jose fans in the stadium.” His only classmate sighting was of Bill Murray who also sent an e-mail. You’ll recall that Bill and his crew were recently reassigned to McClellan AFB where he is chief, Space & C3I Management Division for the Air Logistics Center. In the interests of time and space I’ll also mimic his "Highlights" intro to electronic Christmas letter: “Move to Sacramento, CA continuing with the Air Force; promotion to colonel, Christmas in Hawaii, selected for Senior Acquisition School next fall, Rozi moves into a condo as a sophomore at Baylor, Evie is a sophomore at Capital Christian, and Judy begins substitute teaching in California!”
Greg Schmitt sent a note from Annapolis, MD where he is network administrator for the Joint Spectrum Center (DOD). In the way of updates Greg noted, “I’ve been out since ‘82. Met my wife, Carol, on at flight into Eglin AFB, FL She was the weather observer on duty when I was filing my flight plan. She told me the weather was too had to fly so I asked her where we were going to dinner. The rest is history which includes two sons, Eric and Kirk."
Our class homepage master Jim Carlson passed along (excerpts from?) a note he got from Chris Budinsky which said, “retired USAF 1 Sep 95…hired by FedEx 1 Nov 95 as 727 first officer…living outside Memphis (Melvis) with wife, Penny, and six children: Jason, Sean, Jessica, Rebecca, Rachel and Joseph.” Six kids – I’d say it’s a good thing he got a nighttime job!
Rini Bosma’s address update to Jim was barely more than a change-of-address card! All I can reliably tell you is that he and Ginny are in Tipp City, OH where he is VP of Engineering/Operations for a machine and tool company that bears his surname.
Final email came in just this week from Ollie Lorenz. He and Cathy had just ("sort of”) finished moving into a house in Tucson. “A hectic few weeks, especially with the holidays, moving, retiring, and having relatives visit, all at the same time. But, we managed and are getting along just fine."
AHHH…The Oxymoron! So I leave you with my traditional reminder that “it’s later than you think!" Which seems like a funny thing to say as the sun is coming up! (No, I didn’t stay up all night, just got up early to finish this).