I was at the Prep school until March of 1971 with this crazy bunch, and I had a great time there. I STILL brag today, that the academy was the single most amazing and positive institution I have ever been affiliated with (I know ... "with which I ..."). Bruce Hancock called me a couple of weeks ago, out of the blue. What a surprise! I hadn't spoken with anyone from the academy since I left. No email back then, and letters weren't my thing. Mom and girlfriend were all I could handle I guess. I do regret that. I recently had been thinking about some of the guys – and then the call. Weird!
I am saddened to see the names of those who have left us. Bill Ellingsworth (GBNF) and Jed Vanden Dries (GBNF) and I were friends, although not really close. Both were such nice guys, and we laughed a lot together. Gus Mirich (GBNF) and I ran the various trails together quite a bit, but we weren't close socially. Jed seemed a little more serious, or distant maybe. I had asked Bruce if he knew what had happened with each of those listed, and he referred me to the "Gone But Not Forgotten" link from the class website. There is no information about Bill or Gus there . . . It just seems strange to know they're gone, and it leaves me with the nagging questions of why and when, etc. I have to smile when I think of Larry Ridge. He and I were buds, and played football together. I got the biggest hit of my football career on him one day at practice. He was dazed for a while, but we laughed about it after. He felt slighted that the coach had cheered, "YES! Now THAT'S the way I want you guys to hit!" He disagreed with the coach, and we ALL cracked up. (Shortly after that, I pulled my groin, was out for 2 weeks, then pulled it again REALLY badly – and the flight surgeon told me I was done for that year.) Boy, I hate thinking of these guys having passed on.