Checkpoints          March 2011              Jeff Chappell

35th Reunion, Part Deux. Things have been pretty quiet this past quarter, so here are some leftovers from the reunion.

John Loucks: “Of course all the CS 24 Phantom Streaker regular reunion groupies were present. But the highlight for Susie and I had to be seeing Dr. Dennis Carter and his wife Suzanne, whom we had not seen since our wedding 35 years ago...we had a great dinner and reminisced about all the guys who were not there.”

CS-30 post-game rally: Picture includes JO Magoffin (non-grad), Rick Layman, Stan Collins, Scott Smith, Randy Davis, Randy Barrett, Jim Kochevar, Bob Shappell, and Stan Siefke. Bruce Linster, Joe May, and Russ Trinter were at the reunion, but unable to join us that evening.

Ray Marden, USAFA Junior College: Leaving the Academy mid-way of junior year left many friendships. Even had to cancel the order for my Corvette. Material items have come and gone, but my wonder of what happened to so many have lingered. My wife, who communicated during my years at Academy, had never been to Colorado and wondered if many of my stories were true. Our interaction with squadron and football teammates brought back credibility: Meeting Gary Vosburgh, the skiing marvel (made the paper as being the Most Average Cadet, I’ve got the article); Mark Beesley, the quarterback who needed a good hit; John Fouts who still couldn’t pay the IOU from those Academy gambling games; remembering those in the Chapel, thinking of all the knowledge lost. But then the bright spot, where was my doolie roommate Mike Biedermann? Found out he was the Chaplain at the memorial, wish I’d known then. So many others I would have liked to have seen, just didn’t have time. Did see my non-grad classmate Fred Basin, remembered the engine from Kevin Cheek’s Corvette being brought to life in squadron supply closet by Fred (Scribe would love The Rest of the Story on that one; nobody could make this stuff up!). Sitting by classmate Tom McKee, I discovered he had rented a house in my community from my Delta pilot friend. This friend was a graduate of VMI, I’ve made sure he knew of his ignorance.

Rich Chanick: If there are no pictures, I deny doing it! 

From Hugo Gray: For a retired guy, Charlie Wintermeyer sure gets around: He is a State Department Foreign Service Officer assigned to our Embassy in Lima, Peru. The picture shows him with the banner at Antarctica recently; check ZoomieNation [now defunct] for another shot of him in mufti with the Afghans in '06. (Photo HERE)

75 Best Alive: The Next Generation. Dave Ehrhart’s son Brian is an OSI agent serving in Iraq, deployed from Nellis. Your Humble Scribe (YHS) had the honor of commissioning youngest son Adam in the Army, upon his graduation from Aggieland. Adam will train in Light Armor at Fort Know – watch out, Osama! Jim Carlson says his new twin daughters were so excited after the reunion that they showed up 6 weeks early (26 Oct). After some of the struggles typical of preemies, Annika and Julianna are doing well. The girls are being taught that they each have over 750 “uncles” spread all over the world, each of whom their dad trusts implicitly and respects greatly. Note the custom onesies.

Alert reader Bill Murray sent a piece about the passing of Lt Gen Walter T. Galligan, USAFA Commandant our first two years. No matter which of his lists you were on, you have to be impressed with his accomplishments: West Point Class of 1945, barely catching the end of WWII, through the Berlin Airlift, flying many historic aircraft and holding several staff and command positions. To the Commandant: Hear, Hear!

Paul Martin, Curator of Collections at USAFA, inquired about the origins of our “Nuke ‘Em” mug, with the nuclear cloud and “shapely” handle. They have one in their collection, but no background on it. Anyone who can help with its origins, history, etc, email paul.martin@usafa.af.mil. I also mentioned the infamous Bud Man sweatshirt as another unique class item. If any of you have one semi-intact that you might be willing to donate, contact him also.

Budding Broadway musical writer Steve Duresky wrote a tribute to all of us, but due to space limitations I could not fit it in here, so look for it on ZoomieNation. I can hardly wait to see the live skit!

YHS flew a trip with Gene Holley, returning a planeload of War Eagles and Ducks fans from the NCAA football championship in Phoenix the day after the game. I also ran into Rich Takacs in the ATL crew room...we didn’t get time to talk, but it’s always fun running into you guys!

My goal as Scribe during my sentence/reign is to make famous as many of you as possible in the 20 (plus or minus) articles I’ll have written by the time someone more talented volunteers for the job. By my count, in the first year/four articles, about 180 of our members have been included in this esteemed publication – about a quarter of you, not a bad start. Some classmates are more prolific in their correspondence than others, meaning that they would, in a purely democratic environment, get more frequent mention. However, this being a non-democratic process, I solicit your experiences, thoughts, travelogues, musings, and just plain “howdys!” so I can actually put some meat in here with your names. Vote early and often!


Checkpoints Extra


From Jim Carlson: My email application crashed right before Thanksgiving. I was offline anyway due to the baby birth thing, but when I checked emails around Christmas time, my Inbox was trashed. I've been reconstructing it as best I could, but it is a slow and tedious affair. It's simply a single huge ASCII text file that will take me until our 50th reunion to get through . . . (I've recovered some emails though, which I will answer shortly). So, if you sent me emails from late October and I never replied, I wasn't being rude, just oblivious. If you could re-send, I'll try to get back into your good graces as a friend and classmate. Please accept my sincere apologies.

Post-Reunion items:

A. Merchandise – We have quite a few left over, and I'll forward a list of them for you guys to pick over.

B. Class Legacy Giving – Our classmate (and my CS-33 squadron-mate) RC Park has come up with a slick way for us to set and achieve a substantive goal for our next reunion in a fairly painless and clever way which I think you'll like. Details to follow.

C. Thank You Notes – If those of you who attended the reunion wish to point out any outstanding work done by AOG staff, hotel staff, other staff, and classmates, please let me know and the Reunion Committee will draft an appropriate letter of appreciation from the class.

D. Class DVD – I don't know if this is already OBE'd (I need to check in with Bill Estelle who may be fully engaged in AF active duty commitments), but I made a call out to the squadrons to see how many additional DVDs they want to order for classmates who didn't attend the reunion (or as gifts to family and friends), and only got 10 responses. Please, I also need "Nays" so that I can say we got the field covered.

Lastly, Sarah and I are deeply touched by how many of you texted, called, emailed (before the crash), and wrote to give us their best wishes for a safe delivery. The girls, being preemies, were in NICU (Annika for 10 days, Julianna for 21) but have been home for several weeks now. Julianna is off the heart and apnea monitor (she has learned not to forget to breathe during deep sleep) but still has the gastric reflux thing going.

Both girls are being reminded by Sarah that they each have over 750 uncles (beginning with Uncle Joe Kahiapo and Uncle Rick Douglas at our wedding) spread all over the world, each of whom their dad trusts implicitly and respects greatly.

Your Classmate, Jim

PS: In the attached photo (Above & Below), since Annika was "Baby A" in utero, she wears the "Alive" onesie, while Julianna ("Baby B") wears the onesie that says "Best". Enjoy. :-)


March Album

     

 

1. Al Morrison & family. (January 2011)

2. Mark Masters in the office. (January 2011)

3. Julius Hargrove. (January 2011)

4. Steve Blackburn (Center, yellow trunks) white water rafting with his son in Costa Rica. (January 2011)

 

5. The Carlson twins. (January 2011)

6. Steve Morris, family & staff. (February 2011)  

7-8. Ric & Alice Lewallen in Hawaii. (March 2011)

   
 

9. Dink Yurko. (March 2011)

10. Dink Yurko & daughter Jenny at West Virgina University. (Jenny Yurko, March 2011)


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