A handful of ‘75ers recently participated in the Class of 2015’s acceptance parade. As their Legacy Class, we were invited to present the top ten basics with awards during their acceptance parade. Larry Fariss did a great job representing our class with his speech to the new Fourth Classmen. (More in the Extras below)
On to bigger and better things: Al Peck retired as Air University Commander 1 Oct. Welcome to the ORB world and best wishes in your second career, Al! (More in the Extras and Album below)
Mark "Scotty" Scott: On a 14 day trip with Rick Odegard...we went to Omaha Beach, Normandy, The Burj Towers in Dubai, Anchorage, etc....in Paris right now getting ready for an ocean crossing to Newark, then back to Paris, then Memphis...long trip, but it makes it easy when you are with a 40 year buddy...75 Best Alive...oh, FedEx by the way...28 of our '75 brothers are here.
(Who has the most classmates at their company? Delta and AA have quite a few, as do some defense contractors...any other nominees?)
Foster Bitton: I didn't retire, get married, run for office or join the Foreign Legion. I did go scuba diving with my oldest son, Luke, on the north shore of Oahu. During the dive we ran across a critter that was initially afraid of becoming part of a seafood salad, so he inked all of the surrounding area about four times. Once he determined we weren't going to eat him he decided to pose for some pictures with me. "Inky" is the one with the extra appendages and suction cups. I'm the other life form.
Dave Clough: No exploits to brag about, just toiling in the trenches of orthopedic/hand surgery waiting for everything to go to hell with ObamaCare…if you like health care in the UK or in Canada, you will love ObamaCare. Everyone will experience government-run/regulated health care with the compassion of the IRS and the efficiency of the Postal Service. Rapidly approaching the big 60, remaining hair rapidly fading to grey…of three sons, one (27 yo Mech. Eng.) has been married for 5 years. Oldest (31 yo mechanic) and youngest (22 yo Management Info. Systems/Bus. Admin. student graduating 2012 from U. of Nebraska) are both getting married next year, one in May, the other in August. Any suggestions for father of the grooms? Obvious answer: Keep working or buy lottery tickets, as prospects for retirement are fading faster than remaining hair.
Heavy stuff from Dr Gernot Pomrenke, who serves as Program Manager for Optoelectronics, THz and Nanotechnology in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (OSR): We are advocating and establishing a multi-project wafer service for silicon photonics. OpSIS (Optoelectronic Systems Integration in Silicon) is a multi-project wafer service for silicon photonics. The goal at OpSIS is to make the processes for making optoelectronic integrated circuits available to the community at large, at modest cost, by sharing the cost of processing across many users of a single mask set. This model, called a "shuttle," can reduce costs of building new silicon photonics devices by more than 100x. The OpSIS program will help advance the field by bringing prototyping capability within reach of startups and academic research groups. Glad there are smart people doing amazing things to make life better!
TJ Young: Football teammates reunited 8 Oct at Notre Dame stadium 37 years after our last game together. Irish team was very talented and well coached, just as when we played them. We can play even with them at home next year. I was proud of their competitive spirit when we won the fourth quarter. This team has courage and determination.
More Football: Dave and Jan Wallace, Ted and Nancy Thompson, and YHS connected at the Boise State game. We beat the point spread, so should do even better next year at home! Ted runs the Embry-Riddle program at Mountain Home AFB while Dave followed Jan to Boise, making his commute to Baltimore even longer.
Spies Among Us: John Kambourian retired from the CIA after 30 years; I even had my cover lifted so I don't have to pretend I worked for some other agency. I had 10 field assignments, the last six as a Chief of Station. It was a terrific ride and I can't believe they paid me for doing work that I loved. I'm now working for a government contractor; I do miss my troops and the mission but I cry all the way to the bank! Feels strange being a civilian again: Last civilian job I held was as a lifeguard during the summer in high school.
GBNF, USAFA Junior College: Chip Kerby related the news of Tony DeRegnaucourt’s passing on 18 Oct. He was hanging out with a friend at some gambling joint, said he felt tired, and laid down to take a nap. Never woke up. He was having a blast, so at least he went out doing something he enjoyed. He was one of the best friends I ever had, or will have. I spoke to him two weeks ago after the Navy game and we caught up a bit, so at least I don’t feel like I missed him entirely. And I’m glad he got to make the reunion trip last year. Things Tony invented but never got credit for: Talk like a pirate day, Shock and Awe (his approach to dating), and the phrase “I’m twice the man I used to be” (and he was). We lost a good man, who had the enormous capacity to make me laugh every time he opened his mouth. I’m going to miss him.
More JuCo: Bill Murray recently visited his best friend from the Academy, Paul "Ollie" Hansen Jr, of 1st Squadron, in La Pine, Oregon. He left after our sophomore year and completed at the University of Oregon, had a very successful football coaching career, raised cattle, and is now a businessman.
A Lump of Coal in Your Stocking: Lockheed Martin laid off 370 people, including Bill Murray...out-the-door date is 25 Dec. “I have an interview with American Airlines to teach aircraft systems. I have surgery scheduled on my hammer toe for 21 Oct. After having my prostate removed four years ago, my PSA has been increasing very slowly. Radiation directed at the fossa, the cavity where the prostate gland used to be, has an 80% chance of driving the PSA back down to zero. If it doesn't work, you move on to hormone therapy, since you can be radiated only once. The great thing about prostate cancer is that you have many ways of combating the disease. I just need to exercise that faith I'm always talking about.”
Thanks, Dr Bill–it’s nice to know there’s something good about The Big C!
Closing thought from Dave Beeman: Just got back from my 40-year high school reunion. So many passed away you'd think they were ALL cadets...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Best Alive!