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January 2013

 

 

Jerry Gill said that his sweet, strong, and beautiful Dorothy died on Christmas day after 50_ years as a loving wife and mother. After 27 years, the breast cancer finally won. Dorothy Swann Gill, 72, of Roswell, GA passed away on Christmas Day 2012. She was born on Valentine's Day in 1940 to Adolph and Ruby Waller Swann in Roanoke, AL and grew up in Birmingham. After graduating from Auburn University in 1962, she traveled the world for 26 years as an Air Force wife then settled in Roswell. She was active in the Roswell UMC choir family for 23 years. She is survived by her devoted husband of 50 years, Col. Jerry Gill, 3 daughters and their families - Susan & Clay Saunders; Leigh Ann & Jim Kane and Beth & Andy Wren; 8 grandchildren - Hillary, Meredith, Olivia, Trevor, Max, Wesley, Drew, Sarah; and sister - Nancy & her husband, Tom Brechin.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org in her honor. Neal Westbrook, Mike Rawlins, Jimmy Poole, Johnny Caughman, and Sam Barazzone attended Dorothy’s services.

Our class is quite proud of Mark Anderson’s recognition by the AOG as a Distinguished Graduate. Congratulations from all of us, Mark. It was well deserved! Mark will receive his 2013 DGA at the Founders' Day Dinner scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2013.  It would a wonderful tribute to Mark and his family for as many of his classmates as possible to attend.  Please watch for the appropriate AOG e-mails announcing the time and place of the presentation or simply go to www.usafa.org and register yourself and a spouse/guest for this special event.

Terry Storm’s Chairman’s Journal in this issue of Checkpoints is his last, since his term on the AOG Board of Directors is ending.  He greatly appreciates all of the support of our classmates in his efforts to enhance the effectiveness and cost-efficiencies of the AOG. We all thank you for your many efforts on behalf of our AOG and Academy, Terry.

Hector Negroni reports that the Class of 1961 DC Bunch held their November Luncheon at the Springfield Country Club, Springfield, VA.   Once again, through the courtesy of Charley Dixon, they were treated royally at his Country Club.   After a beautiful prayer by their Chaplain (Twy Williams), they had a status of the DC Bunch report by Lowell Jones and a report by Bill Foster on the activities during the most recent Air Force-Army game.   Bill was not able to give them a total description of the tanks that rolled over Air Force during the game, but he said that the Air Force cadets did not know what hit them.   During the meal, they discussed the normal litany of ailments and medical problems by our class members.  While they seem to be aging gracefully, their visits to the doctors are more frequent.   Charley Dixon gave them a scalpel-by scalpel account of his recent eye surgery.   He claims that his vision is 20/20, but his hearing has not improved.   They took turns yelling into his good ear.  For a bunch of 70-year-olds, they are doing pretty well.

Mark Anderson said that Jim Ulm, Bob Wagner, and he are starting to work on a reunion of their Reese pilot training class: 63B.  They have never held a reunion and decided if they don't get moving, it will be a small group!  Tentative plans are late spring, early summer of 2014 in San Antonio.  More info will be forthcoming to those involved.

John Boesch is 3 weeks into the "hip replacement flight."  All is well so far.  John is also currently serving as "tech advisor" to Frank Kiszley, who is soon to join that flight.  John has been sworn in as 1st VP for the local MOAA Chapter, and serves on the Board with (past President) Jerry Lefton.

Stu and Marnie Boyd are struggling with an addiction and need your help.  They are addicted to Les Miz.  Six stage performances and the movies of course—and they just got the original movie made in 1934, which runs for close to five hours and is in French (subtitles, thankfully). If one of you knows of a good program, let them know. 

Because people continue to inquire, Bob Brickey provided a very short update on their granddaughter, MiaBella Brickey.  Mia is doing beautifully in every regard.  She is enjoying school, ballet lessons, and her Soo Bahk Do martial arts in which she is not allowed to do the sparring.  She must always stay away from people who are ill, due to her immunosuppressed body, which keeps her new heart healthy. They are still ever grateful to so many who have expressed concern, prayers, and aid for Mia.

Pat and Marilyn Buckley continue to enjoy their endless summer in Satellite Beach, FL. Pat’s hip joint resurfacing is healing well, and he is approaching 3 miles at 6 mph on the elliptical strider as well as enjoying dips in the Atlantic Ocean for some swim exercise. Pat and Marilyn attended an alumni group television session to watch the Air Force/Army game. They had a good time, except the score! Being an optimist, Pat organized a Space Coast Alumni session to watch the Air Force/Rice Armed Forces Bowl game at the local Beef O’Brady’s. They and the 30 grads had a good time, except for the score, again! Otherwise, they have had relaxed time at home, except for all the doctor’s appointments. Pat and Marilyn will be going to the UK, Italy, and Spain in February and March. They will be at their Spanish home on the Costa del Sol (Velez-Malaga) from 26 Feb to mid March with two empty bedrooms (maybe) if anyone is in southern Spain and wants to visit.

Doug and Dee Cairns report that they are still in Montgomery, AL, enjoying full, uncomplicated retirement. Last year they enjoyed watching their eldest grandson, Chris, graduate, take a real job, get married, and move his bride from Wetumpka, AL, to the big city of San Francisco. That those two kids seem to enjoy living in the strange land of Congresswoman Pelosi is of concern to most of the Cairns family who are retaining their Southern roots. Cathy, Chris’s mom, is a nurse who directs a crew of cardiologists in town and maintains a watchful eye on Doug and Dee. Chris’s and Jordan’s wedding was cause for the other two grandkids to come for a month’s visit from their home in Italy. Nathan and Katye are teenagers and attend the DoD Naples American High School. This then became a grand “re-Americanizing” month for the kids since they have been over there for 8+ years, and counting. Rob seems to have become the indispensible man on the staff of CINCNAVEUR, so they may never come home.  Doug enjoys monthly golf with Steve Ho, Jimmy Poole, and Ron Jones.

Michele Cowan, AOG Customer Service Supervisor, realized that Trel and Dick Coppock had lost their complete collection of AOG Christmas ornaments in the 26 June wildfire.  She sought out a benefactor willing to purchase all she could find in her limited stock of past ornaments and sent them along to the Coppocks.  She found a generous spirit who, wishing to remain anonymous, purchased some 10 ornaments, including the Class of 1961 "jewel," and asked that they be sent to Dick and Trel with a simple Merry Christmas.  They arrived just as the Coppocks were decorating their tree in the (Saint) Nick of time.   The "usual suspects" prevail, and they are so very grateful to both Michele and their very own Santa.  The true Christmas spirit was indeed evident to Dick and Trel, and they are touched by such generosity.  They wish all classmates and their families all the blessings of the New Year.

   In June 2012 Randy Cubero was selected to run another charitable foundation called Parents Challenge, a 501C3, in Colorado Springs.  This charity provides low income families with financial assistance in the form of scholarships and grants to move their children to a better performing school or to enhance their child's academic performance in their current school with supplemental materials and programs, like tutoring and purchasing a computer.  Parents Challenge is part of the National School Choice Movement, which believes strongly that parents need to be more engaged and empowered in their child's education and that they alone should make the educational choices that will give their child the best chances for success. Randy indicated that it has been a real eye-opener to understand what has happened to our K-12 public education system, especially after so many years of running the Falcon Foundation and dealing with only top tiered academically performing students trying to enter the Air Force Academy.

Dick Davis enjoyed the hospitality of Carl Granberry and his new wife, Lura, a high school chum. Carl has a well-fed herd of horses on his Winona, TX, property.  And Heather, Dick’s horse, is joining that herd as a guest. They spent the day together, and Carl showed Dick his family’s metal-bending plant where they make rings for brooms and mops. He also showed Dick the improvements he has designed into his metal-bending operation.  They are formidable accomplishments, demonstrating applications of his education in mechanical engineering and Double E. Very impressive.

Bob Dean said he is into doing a lot of exercises.  To exercise his legs, he walks back and forth from the kitchen to the computer room 30 times a day. His bending exercises include bending over 5-6 times a day picking up Golden Retriever puppy poop. To exercise his arms, at 4:30 p.m. every afternoon he lifts a heavy glass of vodka with an olive in it 30-40 times. For some reason, he can't remember what he does after 5:30 p.m.

Tom and Anne Eller spent a couple of weeks starting with Thanksgiving in the UK with son Rob Eller and family (USAFA '96), then hosted their other children and grandchildren in Colorado for Christmas. Tom and Anne plan to spend several weeks in Kauai this winter before going to Atlanta and back to the UK at the end of May to celebrate their 50th with all of their children.

Richard Fairlamb has been Flight Captain of the Order of Daedalians Flight #23/DFW since mid-year 2011.   This flight has the same number as the F-4 squadron Richard commanded at Spangdahlem AB, Germany in the late 1970s—23rd Tactical Fighter Squadron.   Flight 23 is one of the largest of the 70+ flights in the international Order of Daedalians at 209 members—holding steady over the past few years.   The flight hosted the National Convention in October 2011 and has supported two academic university-level scholarships, a CAP cadet solo program, and CFIP high school AFJROTC cadet solo program annually during recent years.   Flight 23, under Richard’s leadership, was awarded the “2012 Jimmy Doolittle Award” by Daedalian National HQ.   This is the second time Flight 23 has received the Doolittle Award, the last time being in 1997.   Just to keep out of trouble, and out of local watering holes, Richard continues to generate some revenue as a Business Continuity and Recovery consultant and teacher, and finds a little time to keep VFR and IFR current in his 1957 Cessna 182.

Paul Hinton ran a Half-Marathon at Disneyland with his oldest granddaughter. The thing started at 0500, and they had to be in place at 0430. When he got up, he thought,  "Exactly what the devil is it that made you agree to this?" Save for the hour, however, it was a delight. It was grand but what a comment on time.

Highlights from Henry and Peggy Howe are the memories they have of their five-week trip down under last fall. They spent four days aboard the Coral Princess II on the Great Barrier Reef snorkeling some of the loveliest waters they had ever seen. They explored the Daintree National Park by four-wheel tour bus and encountered the salt-water crocodiles and flightless emus. Then they went to Darwin and lived in Karnda National Park with the kangaroos, wallabies, and more crocodiles. They spent a week driving (yes - on the wrong side of the road) through the outback around Alice Springs, Ularu (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon, and Kata Tjuta. They topped off the Australian adventure with a week in Sydney seeing the local sights and the Blue Mountains. They visited only the North Island in New Zealand, where they spent another week climbing the trails around Mt Ruapehu and rafting on the Tarangi River, then lounging in the hot thermal pools. Their underground adventure took them into the glow-worm caves.

Sometimes Don McCarter feels his and Johnnie’s daily activities have become so routine that making a change is a real challenge. They have been blessed to have their kids living close by. They get to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with everyone in attendance with no long distance travel. It is also convenient for them to participate in grandchildren’s activities. Each summer they travel to Hendersonville, NC, for a reunion with Don’s brothers and sister and their families. The group size increases every year. Johnnie and Don love the North Carolina mountains. They especially enjoy the trails in the national parks where the trails are blazed to prevent them from getting lost. Don’t laugh. A lot of people take the wrong turn in those hills. Walking, tennis, and workouts at the YMCA help to keep the body upright and mobile. John and Kathy Dates and Jim and Judy Tulis visit Florida occasionally, and Don and Johnnie really enjoy the time with them. Don took a master gardening course at the Florida Extension service and has been certified as a Florida Master Gardener. He spends a lot of time coordinating the activities of the community garden sponsored by their church, and he volunteers about seventy hours a year at the Orange County plant clinic. Gardening in Florida is an eye opening and mind-boggling experience.

In January, Sam Barazzone, plus Gwen, and Charlie Neel and Dean Jones wowed the cold-weather skiers and brought Breckenridge slopes to their knees. Lynda Neel and Jo Jones remained grounded.

As is their custom, Hector and Joan Negroni will be spending the winter (Jan-May 2013) at their Bonita Springs, Florida, home.

Al and Becky Nunn said that their daughter, Ashley, was married last October. Her husband, Charlie King, is the father of two children, Sophie, age 10, and Henry, age 7. They were married at "The Quack Shack" in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Becky and Al rented the "shack" for a week for her wedding party and "30 of their closest fiends" to stay during the preliminaries to the festivities. While there, Al was treated to an unexpected and unplanned ride in the Rescue Squad van and admitted to the local hospital after experiencing a period of disassociation. Diagnosis was Transient Global Amnesia, a condition which shows symptoms similar to those of a stroke, but is temporary in nature, with no after-affects, and occurs to perhaps one in 300,000 persons. He was the one this time and was released the next day, following the diagnosis. Wedding went off without a hitch. Ashley lives with her husband and his children in Falls Church, VA, so that's close enough for frequent phone calls and occasional visits. Al’s recently resigned from the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross there.  Becky continues her activities with theater, having directed four plays for the local theater group, The Lancaster Players. She is currently in rehearsal as director for "How the Other Half Loves," opening March 8.

Nelson and Teri O’Rear had a wonderful Christmas season, starting with spending several days over Christmas with their daughter and her family in Michigan. Then, they enjoyed several days when their younger son’s family visited them in Granger, IN, along with their older son’s family, who also live in Granger. They also celebrated their sons and daughters-in-law anniversaries with a special evening at a very nice local restaurant. Wrapping it up, on New Year’s Eve, their oldest granddaughter and her boyfriend flew from Virginia to spend a couple of days with Nelson and Teri in Granger and Chicago.

Thanks for all who contributed. We hope to hear from you others next time.

 

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November 2012

The Class of 1961 DC Bunch held their November Luncheon at the exclusive Springfield Country Club, Springfield VA.   Once again, through the courtesy of   Charley Dixon we were treated royally at his Country Club.   After a beautiful prayer by our Chaplain (Reverend Williams) we had a status of the DC Bunch report by Lowell Jones and a report by Bill Foster on the activities during the most recent Air Force-Army game.   Bill was not able to give us a total description of the tanks that rolled over Air Force during the game but he said that the Air Force cadets did not know what hit them.   During the meal we had the normal litany of ailments and medical problems by the class members.   While we seem to be aging gracefully, our visits to the doctors are more frequent.   Charley Dixon gave us a scalpel-by scalpel account of his recent eye surgery.   He claims that his vision is 20-20 but his hearing has not improved.   We took turns yelling into his good ear.      Hey, for a bunch of 70 year olds we don't look too bad.

 

Jack McDonough, Bill Sanzenbacher, "Reverend" Twy Williams, Hector Negroni, Cathy Muller, Bill Foster, Lowell Jones, and Charley Dixon.

 

 

 

United States Air Force Academy Class of 1961 Luncheon at the Commodore Room of the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.

 

For the last 20 years, members of the Air Force Academy Class of 1961 have been holding monthly luncheons in the Washington DC area.  There is a large group of class members in the Northern Neck area of Virginia and they decided to host one of the monthly luncheons and thus save themselves of the 6 hour round trip to the Nation's capital.  They hosted the luncheon at the Commodore Room of the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club and invited spouses as well as class friends from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Also attending was the son of one the deceased class members.  The luncheon was organized by Spike Nunn (member of the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club), Twy Williams and Bill Stackhouse.  Those attending are seen below and included"

Tony Blackstone (West Point Class of 1960) and his wife Joan, Charlie Dixon, Lowell and Sandy Jones, John and Joan Kohout, Jack and Diane McDonough, Hector and Joan Negroni, Spike and Rebecca Nunn, Wayne Ploger (West Point class of 1961) and his wife Judie, Bill Sanzenbacher, Bill and Rhoda Stackhouse, Twy and Nancy Williams, and Jeffrey Whitaker (son of deceased class member Karl Whitaker). 

We learned that the site of the present clubhouse was the former residence of Rebecca Nunn's grandparents.  It was a special "homecoming" for Rebecca because the present Commodore Room was the dining room for home of Rebecca's grandparents

After the superb  luncheon the group adjourned to the home of Bill and Rhoda Stackhouse at Wicomico Church for some "special refreshments."

We offer special thanks to the management and staff of the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club for making our visit a memorable and enjoyable one.

The food was excellent and the service was extraordinary.

 

 

 

The Class of 1961 DC Bunch held their annual Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at the fashionable Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Virginia.

Those attending are picture below. From left to right: Joan Kohout, John Kohout, Charley Dixon, Bill Sanzenbacher, Sandy Jones, Lowell Jones, Cathy Hosrovian-Muller, Bill Foster, Diane McDonough, Terry Norris, Joan Negroni, Jack McDonough, and Hector Negroni.

Lowell read the names of our departed classmates with their DOD and we toasted to them. The names included James Dickson (03/13/89), Norm Campbell (11/18/96), Karl Kellerman (03/29/00), Darrell Koerner (03/27/02), Dick Milnes (04/09/03), Karl Whitaker (01/08/07), Ron Muller (05/21/10), Roger Woodbury (11/08/10), and also a past DC member and frequent visitor, Charlie Thomas (11/02/11).

Bill Foster discussed the forthcoming Military Bowl Game between Air Force and Toledo to be played at RFK Stadium in Washingnton DC. A large group of us plan to attend and we will wait to see what is organized by the AOG and the local AOG chapters.

Special thanks to Charley Dixon for arranging the luncheon at his country club.

 

 

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14 June 11

The Washington DC Bunch held their monthly luncheon at the exclusive Springfield Country Club on Tuesday 14Jun11. We were honored to have an out of town guest, Jimmy Rogers, who regaled us with tales of life in wonderful Naples, Florida. Jim and Linda were visiting Northern Virginia in order to attend the US Open Golf Tournament where they will be acting as Marshalls. Jimmy also showed us his beautiful full body sun tan. Bill Foster and Jack McDonough briefed us the results of the Class of 1961 Mini-Reunion held at USAFA in May and during which our class presented 2nd Lt bars to the graduates of the Class of 2011. Lowell and Sandy Jones have been studying for their "acceptance mental tests" at the Falcons Landing Retirement Community. Lowell seemed very alert and was confident of passing the test. Here is the luncheon bunch looking super healthy:

From left to right, Charley Dixon, Jack McDonough, Hector Negroni, Bill Foster, Lowell Jones, and Jimmy Rogers.

 

 

Naples, Florida, 22Feb11:

Jim and Linda Rogers, Hector and Joan Negroni, and Tom and Mimi Skilling held a Summit Meeting in Naples, Florida to discuss the State of the Class of 1961. After a long discussion lasting two minutes we decided to socialize, drink and eat while enjoying the palatial surroundings of the new Rogers Mansion at the Lely Golf Club and Preserve. We polished off a delicious lasagna and a great salad while topping the meal with several sinful cannolis. We also had a teleconference with Art Kerr and cheered him up. As you can see by the enclosed photo, we are aging gracefully.

 

 

 

 

Report on the 2010 AF v. Army Football Game

 

From: Hector Andres Negroni

Date: Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Subject: Air Force-Army Game Report

To: O'Rear Nelson <enoandtjo@gmail.com>

 

Date: 13 November 2010

Subject: Post Deployment Report—61st Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) (Mythical)

Reunion, 4-7 November 2010

 

The 61st TFS (M) again deployed to West Point and its environs for the Army-Air Force football game. These reunions have occurred every two years since the A-AF Games at the Military Academy began. I can testify, and have photographic evidence, that these gatherings have been in full swing since 1984 when Betty and I were first invited to attend.

By way of background, the 61st TFS (M) was organized in the vineyards of Sonoma in the late 1980s when Brice’ classmates, and pilot/pinot buddies would gather at Sonoma Cutrer Winery to attend the Annual World Croquet Championships and then the following day run the Bay to Breakers. At first we reserved tables using the 61st moniker. In 1991 the designation became official when we appeared in a Wine Spectator ad for Clos du Bois—the caption was: 30th Reunion of the 61st Tactical Fighter Squadron. Attendance at Squadron activities is open to all members of the AFA Class of 1961 and any other social misfits with a flight, military, or a viticulture background. I trace my involvement and duties as Squadron Adjutant to my previous association with Brice Jones, as a classmate in Anchorage HS and member of the Elmendorf AFB Air Scout Wing. In addition Betty’s brother, Bob Strauss (USMA 1961) commissioned AF and attended flight school with Brice, Brick, and other 61ers in Big Spring, Texas. Squadron membership is on the rise since individuals previously on active duty and working on their careers are no longer sensitive to the possible downside of being associated with us.

This year’s reunion began on Thursday night (4 November) in the Big Apple. It was necessary for certain squadron members to attend remedial classes in social behavior and decorum conducted by Brice Jones at the Harvard Club. Officially the biannual gathering of eagles and turkeys began with a Friday evening catered dinner and wine consumption at the Upper Saddle River, NJ residence of Kathleen Kennedy and our now deceased Squadron Colonel, Randy. Since 2004 Kathleen’s husband, Mike Magro, has graciously shared in the hosting of these soirees. In the past wine selections included Brice’s Shooter Cooter Chardonnay and now his screw top Fighter Pilot Red. Fortunately, our selection has of late been supplemented by Louis Foppiano’s extraordinary wines.

Responding to deployment orders were the following Class of 61 members/associates (aka “usual suspects”) and their significant others: Anderson, Boesch (ex-61), Boyington (60), Buckley, Cairns, Cubero, Eller, Jones (Brice and Dean), Lane, McConnell, Neel, Dennis Parks (78), Saunders, and Wagner (Bob and Rees). USMA was represented by Burke Mucho (61) and Bill Kosco (62). More distinguished attendees were: Bob Norman, Mike Spivey, Gerry Dawes (Squadron Limerick Laureate), Kay Balun, Louis and Helene Foppiano, our hosts Kathleen and Mike Magro, Gene and Doe Stringer, Jim Wiltjer, and the entire Fred Westerberg family. The evening’s food and wine, friendship, and salutations were excellent and for a second reunion in a row without objection. However, new to the routine was Carol McConnell (a first time attendee) who turned her ankle leaving the festivities (claiming she slipped on leaves) and spent the rest of the weekend either crawling or in a wheel chair. Carol earned our wounded warrior and trooper award for gutting it out to the end.

On Saturday morning at 0700, after a fair amount of grousing, we departed for The Academy; attending the parade and then the AFA AOG tailgate at the Officers’ Club. The Corps, upon taking the Plain, rousted a large flock of geese that took flight and passed right over our heads in perfect formation. After the tailgate shuttles took us up to Michie Stadium for a display of Army precision sky diving and a 1200 kickoff. It was a beautiful day for a game and Air Force made the best of it winning 42-22 and again securing the Commander’s Trophy. In good spirits we took shuttles to West Point’s South Dock and boarded the Pride of the Hudson to further consume our Class VI supplies and enjoy the magnificent weekend weather and scenery. As the sun set we disembarked and boarded our coach for Restaurant X in Congers, N.Y. where we were treated to a most memorable dinner organized by Gerry Dawes. We left for our Upper Saddle River lodging at 1100 after our driver, Mr. James Alexander, passed word to our maitre de that he was close to his maximum permissible cockpit time.

On Sunday morning, November 7th, we reported back to Reunion Headquarters and enjoyed a light breakfast and a dose of Brice’s Fighter Pilot Chili. After recounting the excitement of the previous day (and subjecting each other with photos of the grandkids) we bid our adieus and it was wheels up for either HOR or NYC. Thirty of us attended a Sunday matinee at the Nederlander Theatre. We saw Million Dollar Quartet featuring the circa 1956 music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins. This has to be Broadway’s finest production and was the ultimate in live entertainment. After the play it was off to dinner.

The only casualties of the weekend were Carol’s ankle and the 9 cases of wine and champagne that will not be going home. The 2012 Army-AF will be played at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 1959 requiring us to look at how to adjust, but the 61st will deploy. We will take the opportunity to again gather with old friends.

I will end with a special thanks to the Magros, Brice, and Louis..

 

 

 Springfield Country Club

January 11, 2011

 

 

The Washington DC Bunch held their latest lunch on Tuesday, 26 Jan11 at the exclusive Springfield Country Club, where Charley Dixon is a member now but may be asked to resign after our lunch.

Those attending were (from left to right): Twy Williams, John Kohout, Bill Foster, Charley Dixon, Jack McDonough, Bill Stackhouse, Hector Negroni and Bill Sanzenbacher. Lowell Jones visited with us but had to leave before the photo was taken. Unfortunately, John Sullivan kept his perfect non-attendance record intact.

The most important thing to report is that EVERYONE LOOKED HEALTHY!

Among the many items on the agenda we discussed how to "convince" our renegade classmates to make a donation to the Class Gift Fund.

 

 

 

 Springfield Country Club

Veterans Day, 2010

Attendees for the luncheon at Springfield Country Club on Thursday, November11, 2010 (Veterans Day) -

l to r: Twy Williams, Lowell Jones, Hector Negroni, Pat Buckley, Bill Stackhouse, Charley Dixon (Host) and Spike Nunn.

The attached picture proves we all can still stand up.

Sadly, Joan Kohout's sister passed away, so John missed theluncheon because they were in New York at that time. Bill Foster is still recovering from his latest bout with the pacemaker, so he was also a rare absentee. Bill Sanzenbacher also had a good excuse - family membersvisiting him from the west coast. Hector looked very good from his bout with a new knee and a tough hernia operation - he can still tell goodstories. He gave a good update on the class 50th gift. Pat Buckley (both he and Marilyn all the way from Florida) told us about his new vacation digsin Spain on the Med, and also updated us on the activities and classmates that attended the Army game.

Both Hector and Pat made the 6-hour round tripon Saturday, November 13, to attend the memorial for our departed classmate Roger Woodbury - we drank a USAFA toast to the memory of Roger at the luncheon.

Jack McDonough is scheduled for an MRI next week for a bumshoulder. Hoping all goes well and no cutting is required.

Our host, Charley Dixon, complained about the women's tennis group that had a noisy table next to us - the high decibels from that table disturbed his hearing aid. Bill Stackhouse and Spike Nunn drove the 3-hour (one way) trip for this luncheon on Tuesday, only two days early - we usually meet on Tuesdays but thought Veterans Day would be a good day to meet. Bill made the return trip on Thursday, but Spike had a commitment and couldn't make the trip again.

Here's the true story from Spike: "Since I won't be there to tell the true story, I rely on Billy's sense of truth, fairness, and the American Way to explain why he got me outta bed to travel up there Tuesday on a fool's quest. Nevertheless, on the return route, I managed to inveigle him off Interstate 95 to visit the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico. He acted bored, but I suspect he was in a state of awe throughout. He purchased no souvenirs, misidentified a couple of single-engine WW II fighter-type A/C, had an opportunity to chat up a couple of Army ladies (mother-daughter team) at the Tun Tavern Bar, mooched a meal & a beer, and still had me back in Kilmarnock for my 1600 hrs appointment. Whatta guy!" To his credit, Bill not only came back on Thursday, he also performed with his barber-shop group on Wednesday - proudly singing "Mary-Ann Burns" solo and a-cappella to everyone's enjoyment. Bill should join the 61 USAFA barber-shop group at the 50th (as they did at the 45th). He's good! Twy Williams was the smart one and didn't join Spike and Bill on the trip from the Northern Neck. He drove with Nancy (on Thursday) and they stayed with Nancy's family that night in Vienna, VA. I am happy to say that I have survived my liver scare and just need to get another 15 pounds back.

Next luncheon will probably be after the New Year.

Cheers to all!

                                Lowell

 

 

 

Class of 1961 DC Lunch Bunch, 27Apr10

The Class of 1961 DC Lunch Bunch, April 27 luncheon was at the Springfield Country Club in Virginia, with Charley Dixon as host.  They had a good group in attendance - Charley Dixon, Bill Foster, Lowell Jones, John Kohout, Jack McDonough, Hector Negroni, and Bill Stackhouse.  The picture (thanks to Hector) below proves it.  They had great service (thanks to Antonio) and food and may return again for a future luncheon.  Hector reminded them about the Class gift for our 50th next year.  Other than the normal Air Force subjects, their main discussion item was a proposed get-together (with spouses/significant others) in the Virginia Northern Neck.  Bill Stackhouse briefed them on the options available, which spiked favorable interest in making it work - despite the distance involved for the classmates living in the immediate DC area (a bit over 2 hours travel time).  Twy Williams and Spike Nunn also live in that area and will be assisting Bill with the planning.  The decision was made to make it a one-day luncheon on a Friday for all, and those who would like to stay around longer will be assisted in making over-night arrangements.  The next step is determining the date, which Bill will be coordinating.  Cheers to all!

 

 

 

The Blizzard of 2010 

Photos of Negroni's deck

This is a photo of a round table in our deck, I took the photo and then measured 30"..

 

 

 

August 26 luncheon at the Westwood Country Club:

 

San Antonio Grey Tags              

November 08              

l to r:  Jim Wild, Larry Freeman, Jack Bright, Mark Anderson, Jim Ulm, Richard Smith

 

DC Group Luncheon          

Westwood Country Club        

19 Nov 08       

l to r:  Charlie Dixon, Twy Williams, Hector Negroni, Jim Rogers, Bill Foster, John Kohout, Ron Muller

Roger Woodbury, Lowel Jones

 

 

Here is the photo of our Feb08 Luncheon, arranged by Lowell Jones at Jim Rogers' Westwood Country Club, Vienna VA!

 

From left to right: Lowell Jones, Bill Foster, John Kohout, Bill Stackhouse, Hector Negroni, Bill Sanzenbacher, and Jim Rogers.  Those not attending had an assortment of puny excuses.  Lowell will report on the business decision made because, frankly, I don't remember. All I can recall is that Herr Muller is now in charge of insuring that future luncheons start "on time" and that John Sullivan was elected to insure every one attends.  We voted to allow Lowell Jones to purchase a new "envelope" to carry the Washington DC Lunch Bunch Funds. 

We were honored during the lunch by a long distance phone call from Albania by our peripatetic Pat Buckley.  By the time Pat called we could not remember where he was and some of us kept say Rumania, Estonia, Lithuania, etc…
 

 

 

 

Alabama--Georgia Gathering

9 May 2007

 

Thanks to Mike  - Sam - Jerry we had our first Ala -Ga gathering of 61 Graytags on May 9th at Sprayberry's BBQ at exit 47 on I-85N. All came properly dressed except for Sam. Great fun together and then George-Doug-Jimmy P played the Robert Trent Jones course in Prattville, AL on Thursday - ask George about his skills in tree destruction. Doug played very well on his new knees. Steve-Ron-John P are Alabama folks who were not there. Johnny C is in recovery from heart surgery and doc would not let him drive. Info to Jimmy H as he goes everywhere anytime and maybe can join us next time. See attached picture - Jimmy Poole

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reunion--Class of 1961

Classmates and Guests on the Greytag Network,

            We had a number of committee members on vacation this time of year so there were a few less members in attendance for our July Meeting.  We received a summary of our reunion registrations and the numbers are lower than our hotel registrations and so my first suggestion would be to please don’t wait too long to register as some of the fees and rates go up after the first week in AugustAgain, you can register by going to the AOG Homepage at: www.usafa.org  and clicking on “Reunions” and then going to “Class of 1961 (45th)”.  Merchandise sales have also been slow with Polo Shirts coming in first in popularity and our 14 oz glasses and the bucket hat both coming in second as the top selling class items for the reunion so far. 

The first half of the meeting concluded with explaining our options with regard to the photo gallery website for the Class.  There are two basic modes of operation: one as a spectator and second as an editor to your own personal additions to the gallery.  Additions can be made in three ways; creating your personal picture albums (as many as you like), creating your personal diary/blogs (as many as you like) and participating in forum discussions with website-registered classmates and other guest registrants on our Greytag Network online.  As a way to help me encourage others to participate I would first like to have as many classmates as possible get on line and visit our gallery website.  In addition to roaming around the albums that have already been posted by me you will also be able to use the forum function.  In a forum we will be able to "group speak" and, hopefully, I or David Hughes, our webmaster, will be able to answer any of your questions and prepare you for the next stage of participation that of being an editor of your own pictures and items.  In this later editor stage I am seeking around 5-10 "pioneer" classmate volunteers before our 45th Reunion to be the first to register and share their pictures in the photo gallery and their thoughts and reflections in their diaries/reflections for other members of the GTN to ponder and respond back, if requested.  Please, use the following URL, user name and password to become spectators and forum users only and to become familiar with the workings of this most impressive website. 

The URL is: http://afalumni.giph.com, the user name is: greytag and the password is: usafa1961. 

Please respond directly to me at rcubero@adelphia.net after you have reviewed the class gallery website and wish to go to the next level as editor.  In becoming an editor, I would also suggest that you begin by creating two personal albums: One of your current family and another by posting pictures of those classmates who are gone but not forgotten.  By the way, after reviewing the website please make any comments or provide feedback using the "forum" function. 

The second half of the meeting was taken up with a more detailed discussion of the Chaney King Bike Ride Run which will be an optional reunion activity for Saturday, September 9th, for those classmates and guests who wish to participate in this unique event.  Chaney King was a young female cadet who died in a car accident on January 18, 2003 in her sophomore year.  She was a Falcon Scholar who attended Northwestern Preparatory School in Crestline, CA, before being admitted to the Academy.  After being admitted to the Academy the following year, she proved to be a highly motivated and involved cadet and thanks in part to her family and the Falcon Foundation an annual Bike Ride/Run is conducted in her memory at the Air Force Academy.  September 9th, 2006 will be the Third Annual Chaney King Bike Ride Run sponsored by the Falcon Foundation and approved by the Senior Staff to be conducted at the Academy.  I call your attention to our most recent edition of "Checkpoints-June 2006."  On page 50 you can find an article explaining the purpose and activities associated with the upcoming Chaney King Bike Ride Run in September.  For our class if you would like to register for the event all you need to do is contact me via e-mail and let me know your wishes.  You can rent a bike and helmet (charges are in addition to the registration fee) for the ride or you can bring your running/walking gear and participate in only the run/walk portion of the event.  For a special Reunion member registration fee of $25.00 per person you can participate.  Your registration fee will allow you to have lunch and, if you so indicate to me, enjoy the company of a cadet for the awarding of door prizes and the viewing of the tot-bike races which occur during and after lunch.  If you have an interest please contact me at: rcubero@adelphia.net.

After we adjourned the meeting, Terry Storm presented his edited version of the video presentation Expect Great Things” that will be shown at Friday night’s dinner.  Terry did an absolutely outstanding job in shortening the presentation from one hour to 25 minutes in what all of us agree was a seamless edit of the material. 

Warm regards, Randy

Randy Cubero

 

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