Dark Ages Parties. Feb 21. Around the World. True, the only known DAP outside the CONUS was the Perth, Australia Chapter with a membership of one, but John Venable called DC to say “Things are good here, nice summer day . . . thinking about our GBNF.” So next year will be the 2nd Annual International USAFA 75 Dark Ages Parties. Jim Carlson's DC Report: We had a fantastic turnout at the 9th Annual 75 DAP! Theme was Mardi Gras (with beads and masks on the tables). Apologies if I missed anybody in the list below – 52 attendees (31 classmates, 2 no-shows): Akers, Anderson, Awtrey, Braun, Bready, Burns, Carlson , Charlton, Colley, Cox, Davis, Ellis, Gray , Gunther, Hargrove, Henney, Manthei, Marino, May, McCorry, Miglin, Piotter, Rhoads, Saenger, Schmitt, Smith, Soto, Sullivan, Waters, Webber, Young. (Gallery Below)
Puget Sound: (five classmates and three spouses: Paul Kent, Mike Garrett, Paul and Michelle Lotakis, Chris and Karen Glaeser, Denny and Heidi Mellen) called in (to DC) to co-celebrate, but all they heard were loud, boisterous cheering (75 Best Alive) and some unintelligible shouts (just like last year!). The scribe notes: our event was organized by Chris Glaeser, and Paul Lotakis led us to toast our GBNF. BTW, Lotakis' new Alaska Airlines seniority number: 75. Cool. Jim Burling: The Colorado Springs DAP had a good turnout with great food, drinks, and camaraderie!
Rick Douglas sent a photo postcard in a misbegotten attempt to be recognized as an official class DAP in Hawaii. Jeff Chappell from Salt Lake City: Wayne and Amy Willis, Jeff and Theresa Chappell, and John and Nance Kearns. “We may not compete with the big boys in DC for size, but we had a good time anyway.”
Retirements. Two more USAF 1975 Flag Officers hang up the blue suit. Bill Schuessler and Bob Knauff. Our '75 Generals page is complete. Mike Crider sent in his photo and all is well. Charlie Beadling has outlived the career of the Minuteman III missile at the Academy! He hung up the uniform after a very distinguished career in military.
Classmates. Very sad news from Randy Powell: My son was killed in a single car auto accident. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington Cemetery. Bill Murray: I was in Phoenix and hooked up with my old roommate, Jerry Cooke. He's a Capt for United Airways and has 5 Grandchildren with one on the way. I'm envious. John Sims: should be moving to live with my daughter in Vegas. Peter Blatchley: We've been here in Ramstein since January 07. I'm "back in the Air Force" as a Civilian Employee, and will return to Colorado in January 2012. Scott Smith: Our Class Flag made it to Jerusalem. What an experience. I fulfilled a lifelong dream. Happy to have the Class of '75 along with me.
Jim Eken: This week I received the '75 Guidon here at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. Will work a photo op with a camel or two! Best Alive. Mike Anderson: I signed on with Chugach Alaska Corporation. My last day on Capitol Hill was March 31st. Cars That Fly and Classmates that Fly (Drive) Them. You can check it out at: www.terrafugia.com. Phil Meteer is the test pilot.
Photo Requests and Responses from our Classmates Who Don't Think They Ever Went to the Zoo. To grant you relief from the "Carlson-Classmate-Harassment Program" with regard to photos, here is a note from Jim Burling with his own fervent appeal: I was talking to Mike Anderson the other day, and he said something to the effect that since he was in none of the pictures, it's hard for him to prove he was even there at the zoo at all! My response was, "Mike, these photos are a result of classmates sending them in to Bill Estelle when he called for them a few years ago (before the last reunion). So, if you didn't send in any photos of your smackwad self, of course no one is going to see any indication in this picture collection that you were ever at the Academy!"
Well, now is another chance for those who sluffed off the last call. Pack up those negatives, slides, and pictures and send them to Bill. Especially GBNF. He is putting together the FINAL DVD of our class commemorating our time there at the zoo. It's now or never. Then Gernot Pomrenke chimes in: I have the same comments as Mike Anderson. I do not know why I'm on your email list since there is no photo proof that I was ever at USAFA ... at least according to the class DVD. Carlson responds: Gernot, But since my visit to your office a few years back, at least I know you exist! You must've been one of those "terrain-following-low-profile cadets" LPTFC (like me). Back from Gernot: Actually I was a HIGH-profile cadet – I lived and slept on the TOP floor of the library (6th floor, I believe) when I was not in the gym fencing. Then Gil Braun: Some of us are not avoiding sending in pictures ... we simply don't have them. I doubt there are more than a handful of pictures ever taken of me while I was there at the zoo (other than my officer photo, for which Gen Vandenberg gave me "12 and 8" because my tie was crooked).
Admin and The 35th Reunion Coming Up in Fall 2010. All from Jim Carlson: Our reunion is about one year away. We won't actually even be able to fix the date until the Football schedule comes out (March 2010?). But we can start preparing all the other things that go into making a great reunion. Anyone with the desire, energy, and wherewithal should roger up. Submit your nominations to Dave Herlong, who has graciously accepted my request to tally your votes. Admin: We now have 402 classmates registered on ZoomieNation (Now Defunct). The nearest class in membership is '87 with 112 members. My goal as your class prez is to get 75% classmate profiles up and 75% of you old farts to show up at the 35th reunion. If that happens, the Class of 75 will be remembered for more than its historic and staggering 48% attrition! Dave Clough, CS-36 Pink Panthers POC: Pink Panthers have all 15 graduated classmates on ZoomieNation. Challenge from the scribe: The fifth person to read this column and respond correctly to the scribe: "Who is our oldest graduate?" will receive absolutely nothing material except a verification and a confirmation that somebody actually reads this column. Let me know. I'll get back to you.