Rally In The Bottom Of The Ninth Inning! We came back in glorious fashion folks; eight letters, two phone calls and real live visit! Not to mention (and believe me I don’t like to) twelve of those %#@& change-of-address cards. All of that and, thank God, no more bad news of fallen comrades to convey; I ought to be the happiest guy on the face of the earth. Only I’m not. Remember those eight-page English 430 papers you’d blow off till the night before? Well, this is two nights after the night before and I’m having to bring back those create/write/edit-while-type talents. One more thing I used to be better at!
A Three-Budweiser 'Business' Dinner. Debby and I went out to dinner with “Boo” Butalla when he was up a Willy for physiological training. After five years of “racing” (read droning) around the Arizona skies in the Warthog, Boo and family are leaving Davis-Monthan for the 4450th TFTng Group at Nellis. At the risk of being a defendant at the next spy trial I’ll admit that Paul told me that he will be joining Mike Gill, Rod Kallman, Mike Steward, Dave Ruddock, and Stan Schoener. Honest, I didn’t ask what they do! Our Southern border remains protected from tank attack by Ollie Lorenz, Karl Gabrys, and Bill Carrothers who are still at DM teaching little Hoglettes how to become real A-10 PIGS! Those of you in the extreme Northwest may also rest easy as Boo said Hoss Erving and J.P. Owens were ready to cut off any Russian tanks at Eielson AFB, AK. Mark Skattum left DM right before Boo and is now flying F-5s at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (don’t grade me on spelling, I almost flunked geography). On the medical front, Paul said he had run into John Stapley who was finishing up an AFIT “hardship” (hospital administration) at U of A and on his way to Brooks fro a job with the AF surgeon general. Boo also related that Bill Weiderman is the OB/GYN at Williams AFB these days.
Returning Past Favors. Since the Donnelly family introduced me to the lady who’s now my wife, I’ll relate the news from Mark’s letter first. And speaking of “families,” Mark and Lucy now have a daughter, Ann, to go with their son, Scott. All went well and they’re mostly settled at HQ MAC where Mark is an operations research analyst. Mark mentioned that he was surprised by theabsence of a few ‘75er names on the major’s list. As a non-player, I’m somewhat in the dark. Mark had these other updates: Jim and Sharon Hamilton are on their way to the Pentagon where Jim will be in Studies and Analysis (can there be this much to analyze)? By the time we read this Mike Heil will be a PhD and, if all goes as planned, will be remaining at Wright-Pat. Steve Watson is just getting started on his PhD work. Pete and Eve Blatchley have also stayed on at Wright-Pat where Pete’s a logistician. Bob Walden is rumored to also be in Dayton. Mark mentioned that the Flyright Club has been known to host numerous ’75 mini-reunions on Friday nights. When Mark wrote he was anxious to meet up with Joe Bryant, Gary Vosburgh, and Jim Fellows, who are all reputed to be in the Scott AFB area. So Mark, where are the mini-reunions going to be held in Southern Illinois?
More Letters. Jim Foreman called and wrote to give me the update from Eglin AFB. Jim, Le Anne, and the two little ones are “bearing up” to beachfront life while Jim works as deputy test director for AFOTEC. Jim says that last he knew, Dave Kovach was at MPC testing the sense of humor of those with a 49XX AFSC [Communications-Computer Systems Officer]. John Janson has a trucking company in the Midwest. And Mike O’Shea is teaching at USAFA. Dave Sprenkle wrote from Santa Fe, NM where he and Janice have lived since early this year. “Mister” Dave is working for an engineering/architectural firm that’s doing work to support Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Major” Dave is still with the 140th CES/Colorado Air National Guard.
More Smart Guys. If you’re ever in Adrian, MI and cut yourself on a broken beer bottle (or something) you’re in luck. Marty Stytz’s wife, Gayl, is an emergency room doctor there. In the meantime Marty is getting a PhD in comp sci at Michigan. He’s due to finish up in ’88 and hopes to go back to USAFA. In lines that are not attributable to this author (his wife said it) Dave Beck is “a man who stands behind his patients.” Dave’s about to finish a fellowship in colorectal surgery! By July Dave will be on General Surgery Staff at Wilford Hall as the chief of colorectal surgery. Dave has twin daughters with another one (?) on the way. Dr. Beck was gracious enough to “hang out his shingle” to any ‘75er with a surgical or colorectal problem.
Delta-Delta-Delta Fraternity. Got letters from Jim Dearien and Bill Rohde who are both Delta Airlines; Jim out of Dallas and Bill in Chicago. Jim’s been busy since leaving the AF in ’81. He got an MBA from SMU, got married, went with Delta, and he and Julie will soon be having a baby (seems life I left something out). Bill made an open invitation to his place in Lake villa, IL and related the following assignments: Charlie Sargent, Jeff Neumann, and Ken Finn – Delta; Mark Isabelle – People’s Express. Dave Pratt wrote to let us know he’s getting married to a Northwest Orient Airlines flight attendant. It’s one of the hazards of the job. Dave’s a DC-10 second officer based in Minneapolis!
The %#@& Cards. Charles Molzon, local move at Plattsburgh AFB. John Sullivan, Kadena AB, Japan to Nellis AFB. Jeff Prater, local move at Mt. Home AFB. Doug Fraser, local move at Bergstrom AFB. Scott and Becky Hammond, local move in Marietta, GA. Pat Ash, Altus AFB to Elmendorf AFB. Collin Flynn, Barksdale AFB to Offutt AFB. Craig Matt, Clark AB to Robins AFB. Randy Mason, local move at Wright-Pat. Raymond Barbera, local move at Keesler AFB. Pete Marcuzzo from Reno, NV to Oakland, CA. Mike Goyden from Naval Grad School (Monterey) to USAFA.
Some Guys Never Learn. We’ve had an absolutely underwhelming response to the call for nominations of class officers. To date it looks like this: Jim Carlson, president; Dave Pratt, president or treasurer; Jim Dearien, president or treasurer. It might be a little embarrassing to get the AOG involved on this scale guys so I’m willing to give the office of choice to the first guy to get to Phoenix to buy me dinner or to the first guy who volunteers to write this article for me next time I’m two days late!
Which Brings Us To The Bottom Lines. Keep those visits, calls, and letters coming. Turns out it doesn’t make it easier, just more enjoyable! And, of course, as Debby just said (it’s 1:15 AM). “Turn that damn computer off…it’s later than you think!”