Kings Pointer - Fall 2013

Class News

2013-10-24 06:17:45

1943 Class Agent Needed! Email if interested. 1944 70th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 70TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Melvin Rogow • 323-939-2193 On June 29th, 2013, Allen Thronson, Mel Rogow and Phil Torf met at the grounds of the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The happy occasion was the welcoming of future Academy plebes by the Los Angeles/Long Beach USMMA-AAF chapter. More than a decade ago, Phil Torf actively recruited Tormod Envig '05 to enroll at Kings Point. On April 13, 2013, Phil was honored to attend Tormod's wedding in Los Angeles, CA. In the accompanying photo, Phil is depicted with Tormod and two of Tormod's '05 classmates, Jason Lake and Geoffrey Pool. Tormod's parents, Olaf and Mona Envig, both Norwegian nationals, are active supporters of the USMMA Southern California Parents Club. Now hear this! George Kraemer phoned to remind us that in preparation for your Homecoming at the 70th reunion of the graduating class of 1944, please be on the lookout to receive an advance post card from the Reunion Committee requesting a response re. preliminary, non-committal information. When you receive this postcard, please be sure to answer the few basic questions asked in order that initial planning determinations may be attained. See you there! 1945 By Capt. Wilbur H. Vantine • 956-821-9810 500 East EI Rancho Avenue; Condo Vida Hermosa # 21; McAllen, TX 78503 For some time I have been very concerned about the fate and future of our beloved alumni, Kings Point. Things have been going from very bad to disastrous. I am counting primarily from the time that Admiral Greene, who very favorably impressed us during the 2010 Homecoming, was fired with no public explanation. I have long held the view that the Alumni Association and Foundation was the most effective, by far, of the outside sources of support for Kings Point. Most of us make financial contributions annually with a bump up at the five year anniversaries plus support in other ways. Some of our well-to-do alumni have been extremely generous over the years. I have attended several of our five-year anniversary Homecomings and we alumni were always treated royally by the Academy Staff, the Alumni Association and Foundation and by the current Midshipmen. The present Superintendent, RADM James Helis, USMS, issued a statement that the Alumni Association and Foundation does not "provide direct and necessary services to the Regiment of Midshipmen." He ordered the alumni to vacate its offices at Babson and move off the campus by April 30. This seems a stinging betrayal of all that the alumni have done and continue to do for the Academy and Midshipmen. How can Kings Point have a good future when the Superintendent and the alumni are at war with each other? There are thousands of alumni so they can not be replaced. On the other hand, the Superintendent is just one person and it appears that he is not competent. In my opinion, he needs to be replaced as soon as possible! If he is still around in 2015, I, for one, will not be attending the Homecoming for our Class of 1945. The classes that have their five year anniversaries in 2013 can likely not look forward to a jolly good time if Helis remains in charge. 1946 Class Agent Needed! Email marissa. if interested. 1947 By Rich Valenta •314-821-1551 2249 Centeroyal Drive; St. Louis, MO 63131 No column submitted this quarter. 1948 By Walt Young • 262-567-5780 I had the wonderful experience of visiting the WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA this past summer, and feel obliged to urge any and all of you to see it for yourselves! Wives and kids, even grandkids, visiting along with you, will see and learn a lot about that momentous era through the well done sights, sounds, and displays. They'll all better understand what you're talking about when you make references to whatever you may have been doing at that time. And in New Orleans there are so very many tourist attractions there will be no lost time on the trip for anyone in your party. I note the new, off campus, address for the Alumni Association and Foundation. Don't lose heart. Stand by the Association and Foundation. Our Alma Mater has been going through some rough times the last several years. We had a Superintendent who was almost as great as Admiral McNulty, only to lose him because of GSA technicalities; then a successor who wouldn't accept hanky panky only to be replaced by jealous, ensconced MARAD people. (Who also threw out a successful, alumnus-run GMATS program from onboard the campus.) And now we seem to have an administration less than willing to accept the benefits of us old guys, members of the Alumni Association and Foundation. Of course I'm not there, so I can just repeat what I hear, not attest to it, nor to the political ramifications of it all. So as I see it, we just have to hang tight, continue to support the USMMA-AAF while hoping the political winds shift, and the school survives. Yes, survives! There exist those who would be quite happy to see it disappear. One more thing: Take advantage of any opportunity, such as talking to high school kids, to tell the story of the Merchant Marine, and Kings Point! Finally, keep your eyes open for a book recounting Washington's 67+ years of denial for Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII, with input from Gerry Starnes. 1949 65th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 65TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Hank Johnston • 631-271-9156 83 Lloyd Harbor Road: Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743 Hi Fortyniners. I'm sorry to say that this issues' column will be a bit on the light side. We are still cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy. Some of the gorgeous 80' pines on my property that we left in hope that they would survive have died and now will have to be removed. Also, we spent six weeks with our daughter in Alabama to assist her while she tried to recover from a severe case of Lyme disease, and last but not least in the Saga of Spring at the Johnston's, I had a mild heart attack a couple of days after we returned from the south that necessitated two more stents be installed in my ticker. Now that most of that is in the past, all is well on Long Island. As most of you have already heard, the Alumni Association and Foundation has changed its mailing address to Great Neck. The new mailing address is 14 Bond Street, #1000, Great Neck, NY 11201. At present the AAF is looking for commercial property in Great Neck to set up offices. As noted in past correspondence after almost 60 years, the AAF has been forced off the Academy grounds. The rational for this move by Maritime Administrator Matsuda, Secretary of Transportation LaHood, and the Academy is not clear to me. However I believe this problem will be resolved by the AAF to maintain a good relationship with the Academy and Midshipmen. I personally hope that ultimately it will end with the Alumni moving into the Lerner House as a permanent headquarters. In July, I heard from Bob Keller. We spent several minutes reminiscing and discussing his past career. He had sailed for Lykes Brothers, earned an ME degree from the University of Florida, and worked for Bailey Meter and B&W after leaving the sea. He is still living in Ohio near Cleveland; his phone number is 440- 285-9515. And, for those who would like to contact him by email, his new address is Like all of us he said that he has slowed down a bit but sounds good. As I mentioned in the beginning, during the last few months I heard little about our gang so may I close with a request that during a spare moment in your busy lives you drop an email and let us know what you are doing and how you are doing. I know I find myself busier now than when I was working. Maybe it's because it takes longer to get things done. 1950 By Sigmund Alexander 210-653-5361 Last April, Whitey Odden and Marc Enright visited Viny Grey in New Jersey. I wanted to put a picture of the three of them in the summer issue, but the picture did not arrive in time. I therefore have included the picture in this issue. I received an email from Rene Karkoza. Rene and Tony reside in the SKP Park of the Sierras, just 30 miles south of Yosemite National Park. Up until the year 2000, the Karkoza's lived in Hawaii. In that year, they gave up most of their possessions, bought a motor, and returned to the mainland. They had a calling from God, and became members of the Holy Family Institute. The mission of the Holy Institute is to help children reach their highest levels of achievement through alternate learning environments, career training, and counseling. Toward this endeavor, Tony and Rene traveled throughout California, Arizona, and Utah; where they are addressed pastors, family groups, high school seniors, etc. Tony had a medical operation that was not successful. As a result, Tony now uses a walker to get around. Despite his incapacitation, Tony holds no bitterness towards those who were responsible for his present state. Rene wrote, "Tony prays for those who harmed him." They both remain upbeat, and invite you to visit them. The Karkoza's have two children, a daughter in San Luis Obispo and a son in Hawaii. From Marc Enright: Frank Heidkamp is recovering from a second round of foot surgery. Frank has diabetes and has lost the forward end of a foot. After his release from the hospital, Frank will move to the home of one of his children in New Jersey to recover. His e-mail is: and his cell phone number is 815-600-4529. Following an operation, Bob Hempt is now at home recovering. Bob's new address is 202 Rosemont Ave., New Cumberland, PA 17070. His phone number is: 717- 774-1888, and his e-mail is: Earl Foster fractured his ring finger while visiting his daughter. His class ring was cut off to allow a splint to be applied to his fractured finger. A local jeweler was unable to fix his ring, but he provided Earl with information on obtaining a replacement. Rings may be obtained from the Balfour company; their phone number is: 877-225-3687. Earl paid a little over $200 for his ring. As a belated birthday gift, my son, Peter, gave me a round trip ticket to visit him in Zurich, Switzerland this summer. The scenery is magnificent and the country seems to run like the proverbial Swiss watch. There appears to be no poverty in the country, the roads are in excellent shape, and the crime rate is low. What crime there is, is blamed on the Yugo's (wartime refugees who fled Yugoslavia when the country split apart). Switzerland is very regulated and rules are meant to obeyed. A speeding fine can run as high as $800 or a loss of license. Dropping papers on the ground can result in a verbal reprimand from any citizen. The Swiss are very health conscious, and hikers and bikers abound. They also love dogs and walk them all the time. However there are rules for leashed and unleashed dogs. You are responsible for any poop your dog may create and poop bags and poop disposal cans are readily available everywhere. Some say that the Swiss are not particularly friendly. However, I did not find this to be the case. When I debarked at the Zurich airport, my daughter-in-law was not there to meet me. However, with the assistance of a travel agent, a Swiss railroad employee, and a policeman I was able to reach my daughter-in-law. The policeman even used his phone to contact my daughter-in-law. A country worth visiting, but everything is about as twice as expensive as in the states. My granddaughter, Emily graduated from the University of Washington this summer. Since none of the family resides in Washington any longer, her graduation party was held in July at the La Fonda restaurant in San Antonio. The attached is our family photo at the party. It is difficult for us to have a full family photo as we are scattered from San Antonio, Houston, Philadelphia, and Zurich. Only my son, Peter, in Zurich, and my grandson, Nicholas, who is attending NYU in New York are missing. This is my farewell column as class agent. I would like to wish you all health and happiness in the future, and hope we can soon meet again. New Class Agent: Earl Foster, 11 N 115 Juliet Drive, Elgin, IL 60124; 847-697- 2483; 1951 By Fred Shirley 863-385-4394 Once again I must report the Final Voyages of two of our friends and classmates. 169 of the 306 classmates who graduated in June and December 1951 have now taken their Final Voyages. Howard D. Cradick, familiarly known as Dewey, took his Final Voyage on July 6, 2013 (see page 128). Dewey was a member of the B class, deck, and finished the academy in Section 51B-111. I also note that that Paul J. Esbensen was in the same section. Dewey married Paul's sister, JoAnn Esbensen in 1953 and she predeceased him in 2012. Dewey is survived by sons Alan and Brian and daughters Jackie and Kathy. At the time of his death, Dewey was living with his son, Alan, in Wilmington, NC. Paul J. Olsavsky took his Final Voyage on Monday, July 8, 2013 at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA with his family at his side (see page 128). Paul was born on June 17, 1929 in Filbert, PA. He was a 1947 graduate of Redstone High School and a 1951 graduate of the Academy as a engineering officer. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Hershey Cemetery. Bob Dickson wrote: Hi Gents, Dewey was part of the 51B's so we did a few social things together. He was a solid classmate and great liberty companion. He must have been an OK guy because the late Paul Esbensen let him marry his sister. The B Bunch graduated on the morning of December 13, 1951. My folks were in attendance and took me back to the ol' homestead in New Jersey that evening. I phoned American Export on the morning of the 14th and they offered me the Jr. 3rds job over the phone and they said I had to report aboard on the morning of the 15th because we were sailing for the Med that afternoon. Turned out that Paul Olsavsky was the 3rd Assistant Engineer. We were together for all of 1952 on board the SS Exemplar out of Hudson Terminal in Jersey City. I left for the USN in 1953 and only saw him at a few reunions after that. He never changed; always had a smile for everyone. I was delighted to have him as a shipmate. At KP he was one guy I looked up to, as I recall he was a Varsity Basketball player and a Varsity Football player. I could never understand how he could get it all done. I always had the greatest respect for him including how he conducted himself at KP and as a shipmate. Bob Murray wrote: Thanks for the Final Voyages messages. I remember them well. I played basketball with Paul Olsavsky. He had great humor. Skip Jedlicka wrote: I remember Paul well. Maybe some of our section mates may also remember this one. During our first day in one of our classes, our instructor (I believe it was Elect Eng, with Lt Panuska) asked everyone to introduce themselves. Paul stood and identified himself and that he was from Filbert No 2, PA. When asked where that was, Paul, without hesitation replied, "You can't miss it, it's right across the river from Filbert No 1." On May 29, 2013, I received call from Jim Plessinger, a member of the B class who lives in Rocklin, CA. Jim's wife Dottie died in October 2012. Jim and his wife were married for 61 years. We had a nice long conversation; Jim is not doing well physically. Around the first of June, I was listening to the weather and there was an announcement about some rough weather and a tornado, which had struck over in Sun City, FL. I recalled that we had a classmate who lived in Sun City and with a short search found that Cornelius Gilsenan, a member of the A class lives in Sun City. I called the phone number I had but that was wrong so I sent him an email: Con, I was just watching the news and saw that Sun City was hit pretty hard by today's weather. I called the number I have for you, 613-634-7893, but it was listed as out of service. I hope you are alright, please let me know. Con responded a couple of days later: Hello Fred, sorry you have had difficulty reaching me. I am in New York to see family, and for medical care. Before leaving Florida I had an unfortunate fall. This resulted in a compressive fracture of one of the vertebra in my spine. Surgery was not necessary, and I am wearing a brace. I will let you know how it works out. Thanks, Regards, Con '51 KP. Mark Shafer wrote: Dulce and I flew up to Portland, OR to attend our oldest daughter's youngest boy's high school graduation. (According to my calculations, the Shafer's oldest daughter's youngest son would therefore be their grandson.) I attended a small country school in PA with only 30 but this graduation was almost 400; a big band; a good choir; a good ceremony. Someone said the small school that I attended has combined with at least one other so maybe their graduating classes are 400 now. Bill and Marty Benson have recently moved from their long time home in Largo, FL to Dubuque, IA. Bill wrote: The move was not a lot of fun, but the dust just seems to be settling now. Reason for move? Daughter Betsy has lived here for over 25 years and has been a super aide in getting us settled. Our other choice was Wisconsin. While in the RV, we had spent several summers in Dubuque and are comfortable in the area. Jim and Heidi, 3 grandkids and 2 great grandsons are only an easy four hour drive away. Anyway it's done. Anchors are set and we are settling in. Please pray for us when the snow flies, which it often will. My personal philosophy remains unchanged; anything below 70 degrees is inclement weather. Bill and Marty's new address is: 1331 Oak Park Place, Apt. #361, Dubuque, IA 52002. Phone: 563-585-4988. Their email address is unchanged at: I am very pleased that Louise and I together with Bill and Joann Ryder were able to visit with the Benson's at their home in Largo before they departed for Dubuque. Henry Dana Rotman and his wife Nancy live in Milford, CT; however, they spend most of their summers in their home in New Hampshire. Dana sent me a copy of his monthly newsletter, which detailed their many activities with their many friends in this North Country. A while ago, I received an email from George Silos. George lives in the Bronx, NY and is very active. George sent me a two page detail explaining how we have been living in the Piscean age for the past 2,300 years and as a result we've lived in an era which focused on material matters rather than matters familial and spiritual. According to George we are now entering the Age of Aquarius, which is a masculine sign, and its astrological code is "I know." According to George the Piscean age has provided a learning experience, but it's just about over and we must ready ourselves for the lessons ahead. If you have any questions or comments please go directly to George at: I am writing this column near the end of July. In a few days Louise and I will be flying to San Francisco to take part in mini-reunion 10. Other classmates attending are Russ and Isabel Blair, Jim and Elaine Bradshaw, John and Estelle Canerot, Tom and Marilyn Counsel, Jim DePalma, Charlie and Susan Lowe, Bernie Muszynski and his wife, Julie Weinberger, Bill and Joann Ryder, Mark and Dulce Shafer and Fred and Louise Shirley. Additionally, Jean Kennedy, widow of Walt Kennedy and two of her daughters together with Marjorie Harbst, widow of Don Harbst and her daughter and granddaughter will be there. We will spend Friday and Saturday sightseeing and then on Sunday, July 28 we will board the Jeremiah O'Brien and watch the America's Cup sailing races in San Francisco harbor. On Monday, July 29 most of the group will board the Grand Princess for a 10 day cruise to Alaska. I note that mini-reunion 3 also took place in San Francisco in October 2002 and also under the guidance of Mark Shafer. I have no fears that all of the numerous details will be covered with Mark in charge. I am mentally planning MR11 for next year. I will present tentative plans for this mini-reunion to take place next summer either in Savannah, GA or Charleston, SC. 1952 By John N. Donnellon 303-997-8376 8258 S. Sicily Court; Aurora, CO 80016 By Edward A. Ameika 505-822-5051 7144 Gatling Drive, NE; Albuquerque, NM 87109 Received the following information from our classmate Jim Pilliod, (Section 306). Jim writes that he would appreciate this article and the photo in the "KP52" class notes: The photo was taken on graduation day June 17, 2013. The Pilliod family now have three generations of KP engineers: Jim '52, our son Jim '76 and now our grandson Jim '13. It was a beautiful proud day that we believed was a unique three generation, same name event. The Alumni Association and Foundation leadership and staff were especially outstanding in support of our family's achievement. During our visit, I spent time at the Academy Memorial Arbor and said a prayer for our '52 classmates on final voyage. On the lighter side, you could not have guessed the surprise when I went to my grandson's room in Rogers Hall and found him living in my old room that Charlie Rempe, (Section 306), and I shared 61 years ago. And so we go forward. Grandson Jim has taken work on a new drillship for Noble drilling in the Gulf. Son Jim is retired in Hollywood, FL, and we have been in Trinity, FL for the past 20 years. Keep up the fine class news. It is always good to hear about the doings of our class of '52. Best regards, Jim. Jim was also very concerned about our Co- Class Column editor, Ed Ameika, but have no worry. Ed writes that he and Katherine have had a great vacation at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. With so little rain here in Albuquerque, NM, we really enjoyed the waters of the Pacific Ocean. We wished we could have brought some of it back with us. Also, had an hour long phone call with Charlie Buscka, (Section 100), from our section back at KP. We caught up on our lives and our families. Too bad more of us don't correspond. Time is running. Ed. Your co-editor was pleased to get a note from Charlie Buscka. He sent me a very interesting decade old reprint of an article, entitled, "Antarctica, A trip to the Loneliest Place on Earth." The article was reprinted with permission from the Donnelley Printer, winter 1969-70. The article is in the January/February/March 2013 issue of the LST Scuttlebutt for those who wish to read it. I wish to thank Charlie and Rosemary for their birthday and anniversary greetings. I know, Mignon would have enjoyed reading them. It is with deep sadness that your Co-Class Editor, John Donnellon, (Section 100), reports the passing on 19 June 2013 of his wonderful wife, Mignon: Mignon was a strong supporter of Kings Point since the first day we met at the Academy on 18 February 1949. We had been married 60 short years. Mignon will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Received the following message from Neil Jones, (Section 203). Sorry I missed your phone a couple of days ago. I appreciate that you take the trouble to dredge up stuff for the class column. I always enjoy reading it and its tough when you get nothing from classmates. I don't have much, but here it is: Went to the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Historical society at Toledo in May. Had the pleasure of lunch with George Ryan '57 and his wife, Cornelia. The Society's operation are in the process of moving from the gray stone mansion on Lake Erie shore at Vermillion, OH to the Toledo waterfront and will include the new National Museum of the Great Lakes. Moored at the Museum is the freighter, Colonel James M. Schoonmaker. At the time of her launch in the early 1900s, she was not only the Queen of the Lakes, but also the largest vessel on the Lakes. She has been repainted in her original colors and her interior spaces are being restored. She will be ready to greet the public by next spring. The entire Museum will be stunning and a hot dog at Tony Packo's restaurant, made famous by Klinger on the TV show MASH, is only a short hike down the street. I've given fellow Kings Pointer, Jack Ring a break and assumed his job as Treasurer of the 501c3 entity, "Friends of the American Merchant Marine Museum." Thanks for shouldering the load of Class Correspondent, Neil. Great to hear from you Neil and thanks for the information. Gordon Crossley, (Section 100), writes, John, sorry I missed your call last evening. I'm not sure I have much news of interest. I am doing well here in St. Augustine, health is fine and I keep fairly active; (Note: Mignon and I lived at 11 1/2 Marine Street just across from the famous Saint Augustine Bridge of Lions, while I was stationed at the US Navy facility at Green Cove Springs, FL). I belong to the Jacksonville alumni chapter, an active member that keeps me abreast of the Academy. I certainly don't understand the recent conflicts between the Alumni and the administration. It leaves one wondering. I am involved with the Saint Augustine Maritime Heritage foundation, and one of their projects is building a "Chalupa," a 16th century workboat type. It is actually a 37 foot rowboat. This is all for the celebration of Saint Augustine's 450th anniversary in 2015. We use local materials and try to emulate the building methods and tools of that period. I contribute my time a half day three times a week and it has been good for me to keep involved. Anyone coming to the ancient city, stop by the Fountain of Youth and visit the "Estrero," I'll probably be there. Sorry I don't have news of any of the 52ers. Unfortunately, I have not stayed in touch except at reunion times. For your information, Marine Street is little changed. The Bridge of Lions has been rebuilt, but looks exactly the same and we all enjoy the same traffic backups. You know when Menendez left he said, "don't touch anything until I get back," and we haven't. Acta Non Verba, Gordon. Thanks Gordon for that great input. Mignon and I enjoyed taking to bus and going over the Bridge of Lions to enjoy the Saint Augustine beaches every weekend that I had off from Navy duty. Our co-editor, Ed Ameika received the following news from Harold Donaldson, (Section 203): Hi Ed, don't know if you remember me – We were cadets on the Mormacdove. Sorry to hear about your health problems and I want to thank you for the many years you've spent on the alumni class notes. The other day I began thinking about the most memorable characters I ever met and there have been quite a few, but Axel Finstrom, the Chief Mate of the Dove won hands down. He almost got me killed several times inspecting sealed holds in the dark with only flashlights but I always came out of his escapades laughing. He was accident prone but funny and you couldn't get mad at him. Though I will concede Chief Ericson was no prize either and when the two of them went ashore, I felt sorry for Captain Hunley because you knew there was going to be trouble. Take care of yourself Ed, Harold Donaldson. Ed replied to Harold as follows: Harold, Of course I remember. Do you remember that both Chiefs had obtained a case of Vat 69 that was intended to be shared with the officers at Christmas but they wound up drinking all of it and passing out in the Chiefs' Engineer's room? I should know because one of my jobs was to go to the Chief 's office everyday and transcribe the rough engine room log into a smooth log. I found both chiefs passed out. What an education for me, as a 19 year old to be invited to join the 1st Assistant Engineer and other engineers for a drink and to listen to records on his player every afternoon. Thanks Ed and Harold for those fond memories of your sea year. Your co-editor, John, has sent in an action picture of his grandson Hunter Sherrard, who is an outstanding athlete and a future Kings Pointer. Now that the holiday seasons will be soon upon us, your Co-Class Editors, Ed and John would like to wish you all the very best of health and happiness during these joyful times. Please, if you have a chance, send us, an email or a note on what you and your family are doing. Such information along with your latest email address, telephone number, and or your new address, would be a great way for our classmates to keep in contact with each other. Also, please also know that the new address of the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation is: 14 Bond Street, #1000, Great Neck, NY 11021. 1953 By Ralph Smith • 504-523-4737 4640 Rye Street – Suite 200; Metairie, LA 70006 Dear Classmates: The 60th Reunion of the Class of 1953 is scheduled for September 28, 2013 at the Academy. Plans are being made for a sit down dinner of the Members of the Class at the Holiday Inn. For over 40 years, we have been doing our best to keep in contact with classmates we have been able to track down and follow through various moves. As you can all appreciate, the numbers of surviving classmates are decreasing at an alarming rate, which has limited contributions to the Alumni Association and Foundation. One problem is with the conflict between the Administration and the Alumni Association and Foundation and has been indicated by the article in the Kings Pointer. We encourage all of the parties involved to take a second look at what has been happening at the Academy and to made a sincere effort to either change the way the Alumni Association and Foundation operates, to resolve all of the internal conflicts which are now becoming too well known in the Long Island area and have tendered to raise doubts about the competence of the parties involved. Let's put a lot of the minor items aside and work for the benefit of the Administration of the Academy as well as the operation and well-being and the future of the Midshipmen. We must realize that we are all in the plus 80 year age group, with many of us who have military service prior to entry into the Academy in the 90 year category. Hardly a month goes by that we don't receive notices of final voyages by our former classmates. We will try to get a listing of all of the surviving members of the Class of 1953 into the hands of the Alumni Association and Foundation, and our class notes as well as the general state of their health by the time of the 60th Anniversary Celebration. 1954 60th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 60TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Irving R. Eldridge 770-641-1047 340 Log House Ct; Roswell, GA 30075 Tom Smith retired from the US Navy with more than 5,000 pilot hours and 200 plus carrier landings. After the Navy he taught in a high school in the Phoenix area for 16 years. He taught science and math and was also a Naval Science Instructor (NJROTC Program). Tom for many years traveled the state of Arizona to represent the academy at high school recruitment events and also traveled far and wide across the US to attend Kings Point Representatives Conferences all of this at his own expense. His first wife passed away in 2003. In 2007, he married a long time teaching friend who was also widowed. They live in Anthem, AZ and enjoy long road trips on back roads logging more than 8,000 miles in the summer of 2011. Tom celebrated his 83rd birthday in April 2013. See the nice photo herein of the happy couple Bonnie and Tom. Percy Overman writes that he will try to make it to the 60th class reunion next year. John Carnes comments regarding the story we circulated on the purchase of the Chrysler Estate is amusing and is very much our John. According to John it seems that Mr. Chrysler from his Kings Point Estate enjoyed watching the Chrysler building as it was being built and dominated the New York skyline. However relatively soon thereafter the Empire State Building was built which (as you know) is bigger and happens to be on a line of sight between Mr. C's estate and his building. Visually his building seemed to have been eaten. (Maybe that is why the price of the estate was reduced – you know: location, location, and location.) Charles Trillich reminds Hugh Lazar that Bob DeLand and Mike Pascucci were also classmates at Brooklyn Tech. George Fotis is finally back online; looking forward to some wise pronouncements from George. Harold Essex and his wife Jo celebrated their 59th wedding day this past June. The couple scheduled a summer trip (their fourth) on the Mississippi River, on the American Queen. Next trip Hal's annual reunion of the USS AGAWAM AOG6 in Illinois. In the winter 2012-2013 issue of our class notes, there is a picture posted of c/m in the plebe year provided by Bill May. I mistakenly stated all except one graduated. We recently received the following email from Bob Shvodian class of 1953: Jack Dowd of 1954A class played baseball spring 1950 (led league for a time in hitting), football in 1950 and 1951, and some basketball, came from Kearney, NJ. Bob located the widow of Jack who left KP September 1952 to catch the last year of the Korean War with the US Marine Corps and who later bought the farm in Vietnam August 1969. Recently KP allowed Arbor Memorial Plaques for KP men who finished the sea year but didn't graduate, so Bob sponsored a plaque for Jack. His wife never remarried and raised 6 kids. She is a New Jersey gal and dated Jack while he was still at KP. She was surprised but very pleased that Bob got the plaque on order for this September Homecoming. Bob attended Jack's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in 1969 and Jack is listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC. He was 37 years old, a Lt. Col. He deserves to be remembered at KP. – Bob Shvodian KP 1953B What a nice tribute by a friend of a former Kings Pointer. A delightful email from Virgil Valentine reads I have talked to several 54A classmates in the past few weeks including Hugh Campbell, Donald Raffensperger, Dino Santoro, Bernard Stesney, Bill Smyth and Tom Smith. Except for Dino, each served a tour of duty in the Navy. Dino sailed for American Export Lines for a few years, then went to work for Merrill Lynch Co. and still works there in NYC. George Fotis lives in La Palma, CA about 2.5 miles from old Knox Berry Farms. After graduation, he spent two years active duty in the Navy on an APA. After leaving the Navy in San Diego, he went to work for Bethlehem Steel Co. plant in Southern California where from 1983-1988 he was the General Manager of the plant there. George has one son, two daughters and six grandchildren. Sadly, his wife passed away about two years ago. If you call George, you will not recognize his voice. He has lost the Brooklyn accent. If you receive his emails you will be entertained by the wit and the information they convey. George was born in February 1932 and had just turned 18 before reporting to KP in March. He was one of the younger classmates. However, I believe Clayton Albright was 54A's youngest since he did not become 18 until August 1954. David Rothgaber did not turn 18 until May of 1954. Each of the classmates has had very interesting and successful lives. Each is a delightful person to talk to. Each of you might consider using the class roster of addresses and telephone numbers, graciously prepared by Ralph Ortolano, and call a classmate with whom you had a good friendship at the Academy. The years are passing and we are all in our 80s. I have lost touch with Ross Werner, Norman Albertson and Bob Ripa. Best Wishes. V. Valentine John Cade writes he has a new for seniors computer called WOW (Telikin) with SKYPE video chat capability and is requesting SKYPE addresses. He is planning a September RV trip to Sequoia National Park. John is hoping to be able to attend our 60th reunion event. Carl Miller from his residence in Panama is active in discussions for the formation of a BOMA (building owners management association) International group there. 1955 By Chuck Fullmer • 843-705-7464 This will be another short entry. Not many responses. I did miss the last column as my computer had a problem connecting to the monitor. Since it was still in warranty, I took it back to Best Buy. The problem was the port in the video card. So I have some emails from last time. Joe Kaucher sent something for the first time in a long time. I'm currently on the mend from some health issues. Should be back to full strength soon. We are currently booked for a Caribbean cruise in February and a Rhine River trip next September. Expecting our fifth great grandchild later this year. I still play some golf at Andrews AF Base. They have three great courses. I hope all is well with you and Marilyn. Hey Joe, I can relate to the currently on the mend part. Seems as though my calendar is all doctors' appointments. Denis "Capn Denis" Kelly sent this: Glad to see you are keeping busy. All is pretty well here. The trick is to schedule some fun time in between the various doctor visits. Joan is a volunteer at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. My ongoing task is to dispose of the many boating related items gathered up during 25 or so years of teaching sailing and CG License related courses. Anyone need a sextant? Anyone know what a sextant is? Stay well and thanks again for keeping the class informed. Lou Rossi seems to be keeping active; he sent this: Isn't it amazing that the older we get, the busier we are. This year for Thanksgiving, Kaye and I traveled to Oakland, CA to spend the holiday with her son. While there, we took a side trip to San Pedro to visit the Battleship IOWA that was placed in memorial on July 7, 2012. My reason of going there was to visit my last employment assignment as IOWA's Port Engineer from 1986 to 1991, which included development and management of her de-commissioning. IOWA was in moth ball for a period of 21 years (1991 to 2012). In 2011, the Pacific Battleship Center asked me to develop a set of painting specification for the ship's exterior including the underbody. This required dusting off some old contacts in the painting industry. It took a couple of months but as we say at Kings Point, Acta Non Verba, and the specs were delivered. It was gratifying to learn that at 80 years, I could still deliver the goods. Kaye and I did manage to sneak in a cruise on the Ruby Princess to the western Caribbean in between the holiday events. While on the cruise ship, I did manage to speak with the Chief Electrician (engineering spaces are off limits) that the ship is diesel electric, three 10 K hp engines per shaft that powers a 30 K hp electric motor. Max speed is 22 knots. The Ruby Princess is 113 K tons and 958 ft. long. If you need to gain some weight, then a cruise is strongly recommended. Lou, I saw an appropriate t-shirt last week. It said, "I'm retired, will someone please tell my wife." As you may already know, we received some sad news since the last column. Charles "Poe" Myers made the Last Voyage on January 17, Bob Stone on July 2 and Burnie Douglas on May 18. If you are interested in the details, send me an email and I will respond. I feel blessed to have survived so long. Marilyn and I are just about the same, keeping busy. I am looking forward to another school year starting in two weeks. I have to break in another computer teacher, the fifth in seven years. I think the best way to really learn a subject is to teach it. We are planning another cruise to celebrate our 57th anniversary – probably on Celebrity or Princess. If you have any news pertaining to our class, email me at any time. Acta Non Verba. – Chuck Fullmer 1956 By Jim Lockwood • 610-738-0298 1505 Ulster Way; West Chester, PA 19380 January 2013 – Hi Jim: Just finished reading the class report in the Kings Pointer and decided I have enough to write. To begin; I live in Kailua, HI (Oahu) and have been here for 23 years. I always enjoy getting together with our classmates at reunions and invite anyone visiting this beautiful state to look me up. Given enough time I would love to entertain them in our home. Even if they are too busy for that, I would love to see them and spend some time trading sea stories. That all being said I would have to be home when they visit. Lynn and I travel quite a bit especially having 10 grandchildren stretched from Boston to Brisbane. Early in the year we visited my son and his family in Australia. They have two daughters ranging from 2 to 3 1/2 years. In December we attended the Change of Command for Lynn's younger son, Mark as he departed Groton, CT where he was in Command of the Submarine Support Group and the shipyard in Groton. My older daughter and her family attended as well. Then we went to Duxbury to spend a few days with them. We also visited two of mine in Danville and Concord, CA. Not having seen my youngest and only surviving brother in six years we backtracked to Tampa to visit him. He retired a few years ago as senior Master with SeaLand. Lynn and I then joined her sister and husband for a Caribbean cruise from Barbados to Fort Lauderdale via a few islands and San Juan, Puerto Rico. We took advantage following the cruise to visit a grandson attending college in the Boca Raton area. We arrived home six weeks after we left. Too Long – Aloha, Bob Murray February 2013 – Heard from Rudy Enders on the athletic accomplishments of his son Eddie. This was published this month in my son Eddie Ender's Florida Tech year book. He still plays soccer on his senior State team. I've been fishing a lot lately catching mostly sharks, jacks, ladyfish, and plenty of whiting. It's slow right now and the big trout never showed up this year. Until the past 10 days, the offshore weather has been terrible. Take care, and best to your family. Just to fill you in on Eddie's soccer career at Florida Tech, this lists his achievements. Right now his son, Evan, is more talented in the sport at his age than Eddie was. I've been trying to convince Evan to apply to Kings Point. He is gifted academically with a weighted 4.6 GPA and is being sought after by many Ivy League universities. I still think KP would be a better fit because he is organized and regimented. Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame Profile – Eddie Enders: During his four-year career, Eddie Enders helped Florida Tech win one national championship in 1991, three region championships and three Sunshine State Conference Championships. He will be inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, February 1. Florida Tech will induct four members and one team into the university's Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, February 1 in the Hartley Room at the Denius Student Center on the FIT campus. To honor the Class of 2013, a profile will be posted daily at for five days. Today's profile is former men's soccer player Eddie Enders. After earning a spot on the team as a walk-on, Enders played a key role in the success of Florida Tech's men's soccer team from 1990-93. As a forward, he scored 74 goals in 86 games and contributed 60 assists for 208 career points. Enders helped the Panthers win the program's second NCAA Division II National Championship in 1991. Florida Tech would go on to capture three region championships and three Sunshine State Conference Championships in the four years he played at FIT. During the Panthers' second national title, Enders punched the Panthers' ticket to the national championship game by scoring two late second-half goals in a 2-1 win over Franklin Pierce. His senior season in 1993 was special. Florida Tech went undefeated for the first and only time in school history at 19 wins, zero losses and one tie. Enders left his mark in the NCAA Division II record book. In 1992, he led Division II in assists with 22. He finished second in Division II in goals with 27 and points with 76 in 1992. He currently ranks among the top 20 in Division II in eight statistical categories. He is sixth all-time with 60 career assists and single-season assists at 22. He is seventh all-time with 208 career points. Enders is just one of 19 Division II men's soccer players to achieve 40 goals and 40 assists in a career. When he accomplished the 40-goal, 40-assist feat, he was just the sixth player at the time. In the Panthers' record book, he ranks second with 74 career goals and 208 career points. Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame member Richard Sharpe currently holds both of those records. Enders also ranks third with 60 career assists behind Hall of Famers Chris Payne and Steve Freeman. He finished his career as an All-American, a two-time all-region honoree and first team all-state selection, and three-time All-Sunshine State Conference Team member. In 2003, he was named to the Sunshine State Conference Men's Soccer Silver Anniversary Team as one of the conference's best 24 players in its first 25 years. Enders graduated from Florida Tech in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He is now an advanced products engineer at Harris Corporation. July 2013 – Jaime Bourgeois checked in from Louisiana: Jim, I am back in Louisiana, teaching at the Marine Division of the Fletcher Community College in the town of Houma, where I graduated from high school back in the Stone Age. I tried being retired from the sea for a few months, but couldn't stand doing nothing, and there are no maritime schools in Colorado. So now I'm back in my own country, living on boudin, crawfish, hog's head cheese, shrimp, andouille and other low-calorie Cajun dishes, and listening to Cajun music on the radio every morning as I drive to work. It's a tough life, but some one has to do it. My condolences go out to all my classmates who have to live in other places. Best regards to all, from Jaime. July 2013 – Thomas E. Stratton-Crooke celebrated his 80th birthday the weekend of June 28-June 30 at his Findley Lake NY home. His family gathered at a lovely condo at Peek n Peak. His daughter Karen and wife Suzanne planned a very successful birthday party. Tom received many letters, cards and emails from family and friends all over the country. The family watched a video of Tom's father's 90th birthday that took place in California in the 80s. Everyone enjoyed this very memorable event. Picnics, swimming, miniature golf, etc. made this celebration perfect. Tom was floating for days after from the love and caring he received. Judy and Don Dudziak's Annual Report 2012: We are even later this year in getting out our annual report – last year we aimed for Valentine's Day, but this year we are getting it out after Easter – we hope all of you had a joyful Easter holiday with your families. Our alibi this year is that we didn't return from our cruise up the Amazon river until late January, and have spent the time since catching up on all the great responsibilities of a retired couple. Alibi #2: Easter came too early this year. Besides, our report won't get lost among all your Christmas snail mail and emails from others. We hope all our friends had a Happy Christmas Season and are having a Prosperous New Year, even if it is quite a bit belated. As always, our friends are our greatest treasure. Last year again started out with a quiet month or so at home, with Judy doing volunteer work with the hospital auxiliary and the senior center, and playing recorder weekly with her friends. Don had his usual occasional days at the Lab working on research with Adam, his PhD student, and on the journal for which he is Editor, but otherwise a leisurely life with some Cowboy Action, defensive pistol, and trap matches. He has lots of fun but isn't improving his scores. The people one meets at these events are invariably interesting and friendly. This includes air rifle and pistol at Senior Olympics, where we all have an age handicap. In February we had a short trip to visit with Karin, Mickey, and the grandkids Isabella and Antonio. Both kids were in plays at school, which we got to enjoy during our stay. They are also our contract dog-sitters while we are cruising, and have developed a fondness for Tica, our backup dog. Judy has had a wonderful improvement in her heart after the valve surgery in 2011, and continues to be off of all heart medicines. She now has a membership at a local gym, and has kept in shape for vigorous cruises and excursions. This has included a summer "vacation" at our cabin at the ranch, with Karin and her clan. Come September Don had some fun trips to the cabin, including for the bow hunt by his friends Dick, Earl, and Mike, with Mike bagging a nice bull. In October we had a rifle hunt by his favorite son-in-law, Mickey, and son Matt. Both of them got an elk, thanks largely to the great scouting and guiding of our friend Dennis and his able assistant Ken. This year's hunt may have seemed dull to Mickey compared to the previous year, because we didn't have the 25 cm of snow to slog through! All this time at the cabin entertaining the real hunters provides Don plenty of heart-lung exercise, especially since it is at over 3,000 m above sea level. The rest of the year was relatively dull until our wonderful cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Manaus, about 1,700 km up the Amazon river, with ALL the children, their spouses, and the grandkids. A great ensemble of memories for all of us. We are both thankful for a year of good health, except for a miserable case of the shingles for Judy. We were in the trials for the shingles vaccine in 1998, and Judy got the vaccine while Don got the placebo. So who got the shingles? There ain't no justice in this world! On that note we wish you all good health for the coming year, and hope to hear from you all again soon. 1957 By Bob Carney • 609-607-1011 61 Summerhill Drive; Manahawkin, NJ 08050 Hal Danzis wrote in requesting help to warn some politicians in Washington behind closed doors – not to cut our Social Security benefits. Some Senators want to reduce benefit checks by substituting "chained CPI." When something we buy goes up, we will substitute a lower cost item. This doesn't work on prescription drugs, utilities or health care costs. From Ted Prichard (not tied into the above idea): Joann and I visited Denny & Ann Small in Punta Gorda, FL, in February. They both look great! We so enjoy seeing them every winter. I haven't been sick yet, except for that hangnail on my pinky last winter. But, it was on my left hand. It was a tough week banging it around while I was building a fence, hauling some gravel in the wheelbarrow, and working some forested acreage. JoAnn still wanted to dance with me, so I held my left hand on her waist as much as possible as we did the square dances. The finger was back to normal in a week. More than a couple of nights a week dancing interferes with my getting up early to get some work done. The next reply came from Ron Werner. It was a picture of a golf ball floating on the back of a shark out in the middle of a 100- yard lake. All he said was, "What club should I use?" (Of course you can excuse a 90-day marriage partner. By the way, Ron, congratulations on your wedding.) I got a request from John McCollum: Bob. How about say once or twice a year having an Anything Goes Friday where any classmate can vent anything? You know politics, religion, PC, the weather . . . ANYTHING! Calling all classmates. How about it? After having my letter spread about, Fred Presley said: Venting was never what I thought the Hi grams were all about. I've long appreciated Bob's efforts to maintain a site where KP '57 folks can keep in touch with each other. A desirable enough philosophy one might think. If we start venting, I fear we'll end up screaming at each other. There's a lot of places where we can go to vent. I hope we stick with Bob's approach, but then I'm just an old conservative. And Bob Homan said: Sounds fine to me, Bob. I'd love to get into it over the ongoing political mess we have. From Joe Ryan: Fred, I agree with you fully. The wonderful Hi grams from Bob should not be turned into a venting outlet. I fear it could turn a lot of us off and we would miss the human-interest aspects of our long comradeship as classmates of diverse backgrounds. From Bob Aimone: I agree with Fred. The last thing we want Bob's effort to become is a site for everyone to [complain]. It has been great for 56 years. Let's not change the venue. From Fred Coritz: Hey Fred, I do agree with your remarks. We need to keep the Hi messages as they have been for years. Stay well. From Hal Levy: Just [a] note to express my agreement with the comments of Fred and George. Should any classmate wish to express their views re any matter, they may do so by transmitting them to any or all classmates directly rather than using your class notes as a conduit. We are most grateful for all the work and time you devote to the Class News. From Billy Lyons: We do go outside of Bob's media of communication to all of us. He lets us know what is happening without entering the political arena. We should keep it that way. I have to agree with Fred C, Bob A., Fred P. and others in their comments. I also agree with my old shipmate Levy's suggestion, as this is what we have been and will continue. From Bob Hubenette: I agree with Fred. I get enough political discourse from the TV: I don't need it in our Hi grams. This reminds me of the old saying if it isn't broke don't fix it. From Larry Sturzenberger: Keep it the way it is – no politics, etc. I agree with Presley and Ryan. It's always been positive; we don't need any diversion. From Roger Kauffman: I like it the way it is. We have plenty to talk about with all of our travels, even though many of our trips are to the doctor, pharmacy and hospital. Gene Byrne: This is the first time my class status has been challenged except of course by MAX (?). The sobering truth is I am a legit member of the Class of 57A. Not that I was happy about it but I was a plebe who played more football than studied. The Admiral said, "You will be setback and repeat 6 months." Just about killed me to be a plebe for 18 months but here I am in 57A. P.S. I am in treatment for lung cancer at MD Anderson in Houston. Just keep plugging away. I am also one of those from Brooklyn Tech. Ended up as Professor at Tulane (after my brief career with Lykes) and for 25 years at SMU. Anyway, he has 12 grandkids and he is in Houston at MD Anderson Hospital where he will have a needle biopsy to check on a small growth on his lung. It was 5 years since he was first diagnosed with lung cancer. He has had 2 operations and a round of proton therapy. All the treatments were successful; however the big C keeps rearing its ugly head. But we keep on fighting and praying. Tom Swanson says he's getting his mail. They are heading down to the Caribbean next week for a few days. Ray Harney straightened out his ISP (Comcast). He tells me he was in Section 340 of 57B, but was reset to 58. His sea year was with US Lines on the Pioneer Mail, east coast C-2 tanker on the Far East run and on Mormac SS Brazil to Buenos Aires run. He said, "In later years I was on the T-2 tanker from Aruba to Thule AFB with charted ships crewed for the Navy from various east coast locations." From John Buckle: We're back. We spent 5 weeks touring Australia and New Zealand and cruised in the wake of Capt. James Cook (backwards) to the Cook Islands and Polynesia. We had a taste of paradise, albeit a hot one. The island hopping would probably have been more scenic before the missionaries screwed things up. I'm sorry to hear we lost my friend Ray Basley; we sailed together on Excelsior, our first Sea Year ship. Bob Homan: You were looking for some kind of news so I will try to help. My wife and I have had a house and then condo in RI where I worked at a shipyard after I left Crowley Maritime. We traveled back and forth each year since 2001 and got tired of it. Sold it last month and now live only in St. Augustine in a house we built in 1995. Will travel more to see our sons and their families. Next trip is May 8 to attend our grandson's graduation from Med School. The school is the Georgia College of Medicine in Augusta. Then in June we go to San Antonio to see our daughter take over a unit in a change of command ceremony. Lots more miles on the truck but will get some more golf in. Hope all goes well on your trip to NJ. From Beef Barton: Just got back from a cruise from San Diego down into Mexico, Guatemala, Costa-Rica, Panama Canal, Columbia and then into Ft. Lauderdale. Had a great time. Panama Canal was great trip. We had a guide on board ship that explained everything all across the canal route. Sent you three emails on the 18th. Guess you didn't get them. Going into the hospital tomorrow, March 23, for surgery to improve blood circulation to my right leg. Will be out of commission for two weeks. Just rest and lots of walking. Have a safe trip to NJ. Hope your computer issues are few and far between. From Bob Hubenette: We have not been doing much travel lately. We had a trip to Mexico planned for December but my wife's friend became ill and Sonnie had a appendectomy the end of November, so we cancelled. Interesting note. We seldom purchase travel insurance but had for this trip so we got our plane fare refunded by the insurance company. We are less than 2 weeks from a long trip for the entire month of May. We fly to Columbus to see one of our grandsons graduate from OSU. From there we go to Washington DC for a few days. Then off to Rome for a couple of days. Then to Istanbul for 5 days. Back to Rome for a cruise in the Eastern Med on the Celebrity Revelation with my brother and his wife. Back to Rome for a couple of days and return home on the 29th of May. It's an awful lot of flying but we are looking forward to the trip. I have wanted to visit Istanbul for years. After the May trip we are going to resurrect the Mexico trip and go down to Puerto Vallarta for a week. Late in the summer we will probably take a cruise to Alaska (the only state I haven't visited) on the Grand Princess. Frank and Barbara Bernard sent a Hi from Cancun where they are catching up on our Vitamin D and the sights. They said, "A quick note on Ken Morris' progress, some good days and some not so good. Thanks for keeping in contact since I very often repeat things from the email. He does continue to know who I am and feel blessed by that. I see him each day to feed him at least one meal. We will soon celebrate our 53rd anniversary. How fast the years have flown. From Sturzenberger: All is well. At the end of March we chartered a one-week cruise on a 44-foot catamaran in Saint Maarten with two other couples, cruising to St. Barts and Anquillia. It was good to have a week of sunny warm weather. Boat is currently in Chesapeake VA having some work done – it's a boat, so always something. Leslie was in Shanghai last week and is now in Orlando on business. From there she goes to Calgary Canada and then back to Orlando before coming back to see me. Expected ETA is May 3. From Capt Tom Murphy: It is amazing how quickly the tides change along the Potomac. Several months ago, in the State of the Union message, the maritime industry was praised in terms reminiscent of Ike. Now, this most recent State of the Onion message smells and brings tears to the eyes. Has war been declared on the maritime industry? Reduced operations of locks in the inland waterways, reduced dredging of harbors and rivers, talk of eliminating the Jones Act, reduced funding or support and maintaining the pre-positioning fleet, and now this attack on USMMA through the back door, all warrant the question of WHY? Can't blame all of this on sequestration! Keep up the good work. Will you want to continue the emails, even if the Alumni Association and Foundation folds? George Ryan and Hal Danzis both sent me notices on what was said about the Foundation spaces. I beg you not to ask me about something I know nothing about and refuse to get involved. The best thing I got was from John Mattioni. John said: I'm forwarding a Maxine comic for comic relief. This is probably what the folks in Washington and at Kings Point need to lighten up. George Ryan says it's revenge and he may be correct. Nick Starace's boat is currently on blocks and scheduled to splash down mid-May. Nick survived Sandy unscathed because the marina didn't have enough time to haul it out. Every other boat got swept away when the 12 ft. surge hit. Boats were found high and dry for miles around and on some on railroad tracks. His grandson, Nicky, has a new 6' fishing rod and reel he received for Christmas. He said, "Looking at the plan of KP, I hope I'm wrong but I sense the ultimate plan for the Academy is closure. How else can the dismal administration events of the last 4 years be explained logically?" Letter from Dante Carpenter (Chairman, Democratic Party of Hawaii to C/M Brian White): That is a great message to future prospects, parents and graduates of KP. Be assured that while our alma mater is going through a rough patch, this is not the last politically trying times. Know that a large contingent of KP'ers are working to assure the continuation of the USMMA in future years. Your predecessors agree with you as you alluded to in your own words, "Ultimately, the leadership of the school will not change. We will persevere and become the best mariners we can be!" Brian, and your classmates determination going forward will assure our nation's citizens that smoother waters are indeed dead ahead. In the words of Admiral Farragut, at the Battle of Mobile Bay, Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed ahead, Full speed ahead! Good luck to you all. (Dante has been moved up to the Chair of the Democratic Party in Hawaii.) And from a guy named Bryan White: Hi Dante. I am the proud father of a member of the class of 2013, the author of the forwarded text from the Service Academy forums is yet unidentified . . ." WELL, I've arrived safe and sound in NJ. Max Freedman caught me as I was ready to exit from Florida. Max said: Jim Noble has a national rock climber granddaughter. She is only about 12 years old and about 90 pounds. I watched her perform in Tucson in the semi finals. Spectacular! A whole bunch of the Noble clan came over for the event. Maybe if you sent Jim a note you could prod the whole story out of him. Joe McGavin welcomed us home and hoped we weren't having the downpour that they were having. Betty will call Arline when she gets a chance. Jerry Josephson sent a note. That's what's up in Cary, NC, USA. – Kathy Tamis welcomed us back. The Tamis family has a first Holy Communion this Sunday. Kathy remembered how special that day was for her a hundred years ago. In June, they have a graduation from NYU, a high school graduation, a Junior HS grad and a grammar school graduation. In July they are going up to New Hampshire to visit Dartmouth College and then to Twin Lake Village for a week. Harold Vanderploeg needed us here as you obviously brought needed rain. This morning his rain gage read 1.49 inches in 4 hours, the first notable amount since April 12. April totaled only 1.90. Hilde and I spent 3 weeks with Tina who had her 20 years sailing and retired. She's buying a Florida townhouse to go with her NJ one. George Ryan wrote that Tom Schroeder completed his multi-year effort to contact the last of the extended families of Cadet Midshipmen who died in WWII in order for them to receive Veteran's documents. Cadet Donald Kennedy from Brooklyn died in 1943 within 24 hours after reporting to his first ship in Norfolk when he fell into the cargo hold. Tom reached a cousin living in Thailand to arrange for delivery of the Veteran's Documents. Joe Mahar said that he just talked to Dave Owens and Dave said that the new superintendent of KP was a West Point graduate. Joe thought he was a KP graduate of the class of 78. Then we discussed his not getting my emails. There was no change in his email address, so I sent him one (added to my list). Then I sent him a private email. He got the one from the list but the private one came back to me as undeliverable. I'll keep him on my mailing list. From Bob Hubenette: Just came back from an excellent dinner in Istanbul. We are taking a cruise on the Black Sea tomorrow. Go Maritime! My apologies to Joyce Morris who said: I was carrying Ken as single. They've been married for almost 53 years – have 4 kids and 7 grandkids. Gene Byrne says he hopes Hal Levy is right about the troubles with the Alumni having to move out. He also sent a photo of his 9-year-old grandson. They fished Lake Ray Hubbard in Dallas yesterday and caught about 100 for the day. Not all big but the kid outfished us all. Have another trip scheduled this weekend – different lake but hoping for same results. (Bob Lezette says to ask Joe Mahar if he's still bumming cigarettes or if he buys his own now.) Hal Danzis says we're very proud of their granddaughter. Kinsey is enrolled at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and is in the top 20 for the entire country. Hal informed his son and his daughter-inlaw that he has influenticial studies which concluded this particular intelligence gene always skips a generation and they should be very thankful that for Alberta, him and Deb's parents! Jerry Josephson wants to know if this means that I am up at 3:30 a.m.? He says I really am a wonder. By the way, how is Arline and how are you? All the ailments going away? Are you still in Virginia? I have a son in Haymaket, VA and we will be going there in a week or so. (In answer to Bob Lezette) (Joe Mahar says, "No I'm not bumming cigarettes again. I stopped smoking 20 years ago. However I have COPD.") (I hope you don't have it too bad, Joe.) Beef Barton says you mean to tell me that we still have a smoker in the crowd? Joe Mahar must have lungs of steel or no lungs at all. Don't think I told you that I had surgery to fix low blood flow in my right leg. Still rehabbing and do not lift weighs so the heaviest thing I lift is the Kitty litter bag. Do a lot of walking; Cathy is in Ohio visiting our granddaughter who is still working on chemo treatments. Cancer isn't suppose to attack 8 year old kids but I see a lot of them when I visit the children's hospital. Makes you want to cry. To Jerry Josephson, I'm sorry I must have gave the impression I would be in Haymarket, VA sometime, maybe next week, but I never stopped there. Most I did was maybe fly over it on my way back north. I'm sorry if I mislead you. So thought of getting together with Edie and you, with your son and his wife and the 2 month old will not happen. Sorry. Gene Byrne recently reported a successful trip in Dallas for hybrid stripers. Four days later, he went to my grandson to Lake Texoma for stripers. We limited on 2-7 lb. fish, which is pretty good for lake fishing. He said, "Now is the time for me to get some more radiation for a new lung tumor. I'm keeping up the fight with prayers from friends." (Count on your classmates to join in the prayers.) Mary Mattioni says it will make you want to cry when you experience life on the oncology floor at any children's hospital. Our granddaughter is doing well and has been in remission for 2.5 years for leukemia. Only 2.5 more to go until cured. We hope to open our shore place this weekend. See you soon. (Arline and I drove over to Long Beach Island this weekend to see how they are managing after Sandy storm last spring. They are doing well. Had to put tons of sand on the beach. It seemed the only houses were those old houses that were built down on the sand. All of the later houses seemed to have the wind blow over them. We stopped at your old house. There didn't seem to be any damage at all. They were getting up for the Sunday festival.) Beef Barton agreed with Mary Mattioni's comment about walking the oncology floor in a children's hospital. Cathy's granddaughter has aggressive cancer and is undergoing treatment of radiation, chemo, surgery and more chemo. You don't even want to look at the other kids. How did these little kids get this terrible disease? Bob Homan sent a piece on Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Bob Lezette sent a piece on Benghazi. Bob Aimone sent a piece with instructions on pro-singers on how to sing the proper National Anthem. Sing it straight up, like you learned in Kindergarten. No vocal gymnastics, no physical gyrations. Remember who you are singing to. Regret to inform you of the passing of Leo O'Hearon on May 11, 2013 at the age of 78. He lived in Franklin Square, NY with his wife, Dorothy. Prior to his retirement, Leo had worked for Exxon Mobil as Manager of Fleet Services. George Ryan said in the 40th Reunion Directory there were four children listed: Michael, Donna, Beth and Kevin. George went on to say he was sorry I did not know him better. We lament another crossing the bar. May he rest in peace. Just got a call from Dorothy O'Hearon. Arline answered it. They talked for a while. "Lee" died of prostate cancer. They got married in 1958, had four kids, two boys; five and two grandkids. They were involved in the Boy Scouts. Dorothy was President. With his prostate problem they didn't make the 50th. He spent 32 years with Mobile and retired as Manager of Fleet Services. From Charlie Klehr: I called Dot to express our sympathy. The death from the dreaded "C" was not unexpected. Poor Leo suffered for a long time with the Chemo treatments. The last time I spoke to Leo and Dotty was last year about this time when I was trying to locate Ralph Lehman's widow concerning a plaque in the Memorial Arbors. They both lived in Floral Park, LI. At that time, Leo was not in great shape. Dottie is fortunate in 3 of 4 children living nearby. She appeared to be in fairly good sprits considering her loss. Tom Schroeder writes that Leo helped me on the search for the next of kin for cadet Donald Kennedy. He visited Calvary cemetery in Brooklyn and took photos of Donald's tombstone. It was very helpful. I called him before our 55th reunion but unfortunately he didn't make it. I believe he may have attended our 45 or 59th reunion. From John Gatti: Very sorry to hear about Leo. As a plebe, Leo lived across the hall from me in 5th Company. Believed his roommate was Ed Rapacki, a swimmer from Manhattan who graduated in '58. I arrived at KP from California a few days later than everyone else. Leo took me "under his wing" to quickly bring me up to date on the "regulations." Leo knew every word in the brown Reg's book on each desk. Someone gave him the nickname of "Regs." He was always ready to explain/help our studies to anyone who needed help. In the 1960s we both worked for Mobil Oil. Leo was with Marine Transportation and I was in Marine Sales. At that time, I handled the towing trade. I saw Leo several times at our fuel terminal in Jersey City. Leo had developed/designed the first automated tugboat system and was visiting the Mobil #8 tug that was just automated. Not sure of the year, Leo lived in London and worked in Mobil's Marine Transportation office. Again I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Leo. From Nick Starace: I certainly have fond memories of Leo. In the 60s he was working for Mobil at their head office in the Chrysler Building at 42nd street. I was working for National Bulk Carriers down the road at 40th street. As a new kid on the block, cutting my teeth on "Big Oil," he was very helpful in greasing the ways for me. We would frequently have lunch and occasionally dinner and a night out. I have fond memories of one of the nicest guys I have ever known, who was always a perfect gentleman. He stayed with Mobil and I drifted to Exxon and an oversees assignment. Who knew, 40 years later the companies would merge? I so regret not staying in touch with him and his family who he talked about so often. It was easy to see how proud he was of them. Leo, do save a seat for me at the President's Hut(?). Cathy Tamis was saddened to hear of Leo O'Hearon's death. She didn't know he was ill. She remembers going to Dottie's Bridal Shower. Cathy was pregnant with my daughter Cathy. It was such a fun time in our lives. When the shower was over all the husband and boyfriends were invited back to the house to eat. After they were married, I remember going to dinner at their first house. It was like a little Doll House. She said, "Dottie I will pray for you and him." From John Mitchell: I only got to associate with Leo O'Hearon when he was working for Mobil Oil in NY as part of their engineering department. At the time I was sailing as Guarantee Engineer for Sun Shipbuilding on the SS Mobil Artic and Leo came down to the ship several times during construction of the ship. Aside from Leo's engineering abilities, I understand he was a talented musician, especially as an organist. Although I never heard him play, I was told he even got to play the famous organ at the Wanamaker's (now Macy's) department store in Philadelphia. As I remember, Leo was a nice guy like so many at Kings Point. We'll have him give us recital on heaven's organ when we all get to meet again. Bert Klehr says registration forms for the Golf Classic were mailed out last week. The dates are October 27 thru November 1 at Ocean Isle. Our class always has a good representation. Anyone who needs help, contact Bert. Bert and Bobby are traveling up North this week to visit my sister in NY ad then to our son's house in Millstone, NJ for our granddaughter's graduation from High School. Then it's off to a family reunion at St. Kitts. Haven't seen some of the kids in over 2 years. Andy and Pauline Anderson were sailing on HAL m/s Prinsendam from 15 July for 22 days to latitude 80 after sailing up to the Norwegian coast. Then to Iceland, the Faroes and Scotland and back to Amsterdam so we can return to Seattle. Should be fun as about 80% passengers will be Dutch and this is the smallest ship that Holland America has in its fleet. Nick Starace plans to travel to 3 of his favorite places in the world – London, the fishing village of Crinan, Scotland (near Glasgow) and Hamburg, Germany. He's happy to report his Jersey City Marina is now fully restored. He's got the job of getting his grandson his AB seaman's ticket. He's also finished restoring his 5-foot model of the New Jersey and is putting her in his first show. The model has 21 operating features including three 16" gun turrets that fire black gunpowder. He also won first place in sports car class of the Mercedes Concourse competition with his 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster. He's going to try docking at KP if space is available with the new wharf going in. Sonnie and Bob Hubenette spent the entire month of May traveling – graduations, Italy, Istanbul, and a cruise thru the eastern Med. We really enjoyed Istanbul. It is a beautiful city and people are very friendly. Luckily we missed the "troubles" in Taksim Square by a couple of weeks. In August we are taking a cruise to Alaska. They said, "That will make the 50th state we visited. We find that as we get older it is much more timing to cross a lot of time zones. It is ten time zones for us from Istanbul to San Francisco. It took us almost 9 days to recover from that trip." Billy Lyons sent me a video imploring me to sing but I reserve myself for special occasions like funerals, etc. Bob Lezette sent me Robin Williams' plan to live with. John McConville sent me something about the daily news on West 11th Street and Beeker. Larry Sturz sent me Lesley's address to include her on my emails. She clocked over 30,000 air miles last month flying to Shanghai, Orlando, Calgary Canada and back to Orlando and now to Toronto. They will be shoving off to Maine for the summer, returning to Maryland in September. They booked a river cruise in Europe where they fly into Prague, stay four nights and then pick up a boat in Nuremberg, which takes us to Budapest where we fly back. I heard from Arky Vaughan '56. He mentioned George Washington University law school at the same time as Floyd Levison who had changed his name to Floyd Scheier. Arky retired in January after 50 years practicing maritime law and has been traveling ever since. Also from Ed Orski: He's enjoying a martini with his wife, Marcella, and he was telling her he has not heard from me in a long time. He truly misses my emails. He gave me his email which I had wrong. So I corrected his email and my old roommate, Chuck Brickell who I apologized to. Chuck answered with, "No Problem. I went on vacation for the first time in years. I went to the NC Outer Banks and visited my kids and grandkids at the beach, twenty strong, all together. Had a terrific time. Drove my new (to me) 2005 Airstream Motor Home. It's the Land Yacht model, comes equipped with real Docking Lights (which I sorely need). Smooth sailing, roomy." Joe Nunziato says his daughter is a professor at GWU Law School. They were there over 40 years ago. I wrote to my dear friend George Kelly. He and Annette are doing fine. Still find Houston a great place to live. George had rotator cup surgery about a year ago. It was a tough rehab but he is back playing golf. (I wonder if I can beat him.) Beef Barton says if you want to beat George Kelly in golf get him while he's rehabbing his shoulder. You may even cause him so much pain that he will throw in the towel after one hole. Go for it, baby. Cathy and Beef just returned from 3 weeks in the Southwest. His daughter Linda joined them. Visited Phoenix, Sedona Arizona and the Meteor Crater, the petrified forest, the painted dessert and then Flagstaff before jumping to see Hoover Dam; then on to Vegas and all of its casinos. Back to Sadona for 3 days. 3 days at the Grand Canyon. Sadona was the most beautiful place on the whole trip. Will be heading for Virginia Beach in 3 weeks. Beef added Obama's "Islam has always been apart of America's history" and there followed a joke. David Owen submitted a joke and John McCollum added, "For centuries Hindu women have worn a dot on their foreheads" and then followed funny joke. Tom Doyle has a hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having "In God we trust" on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Roy Corsa sent a old Coca Cola menu with Sundays at 25 cents. Then there was Bob Homan and Billy Lyons. Dennis Small sent me this joke that took two pages. It was good, but two pages. Pauline and Andy Anderson said they stopped at Meteor Crater on a visit to Corpus Christi. They said, "What a place. Where the astronauts trained for the lunar landing. Fantastic." From Bob Mapes (57A): I still live in San Jose, CA and am doing fine. We have been married 56 years. We have two children, girl and boy. My wife and I are blessed with good health. I read all you emails and thank you for what you do. I have a question. My brother Joe was in your class 57B but decided during the sea year not to continue and left at the end of the Sea Year. Does the Navy consider that he was in the Naval Reserve for two years that he was a cadet? Is the cadet time Naval Reserve time or did we become Naval Reserve upon graduation? (I can't say for sure. Probably no. But I ask my classmates to write you and tell you how to find out.) 1958 By Richard C. Palmer • 860-536-2106 P.O. Box 126; Mystic, CT 06355 Notice to all class members concerning the class memorial plaque fund: Al Duddleston gave me a call, on 19 July, to report that the class memorial plaque fund is insolvent. (That is broke – Al had to personally subsidize the fund to pay for part of this year's plaque installations.) Six memorial plaques will be dedicated at homecoming this year. The six plaques are for Ronald Forst, Walter Glass, Robert Kardos, Donald Matteo, Bruce Mealins and Henry Nugent. Several families have indicated that they will attend the plaque dedication ceremony. The alumni office has agreed to continue holding monies for a class fund as one group entity. If the class wants to continue to purchase memorial plaques in the future we will need to get donations from class members. If the class does not want to continue with the plaque program then we need to notify Al Duddleston so he can wrap up his tent and move on. Please contact Al with any comments you my have. If you want to donate to the class fund make your check out to USMMA-AAF, designate the monies to be for the class of 1958 Memorial Plaque Fund and send your check to: USMMA-AAF, 14 Bond Street #1000, Great Neck, New York, 11021. If you do send money to the alumni office, I think it would be wise to notify Al so that he can keep track of the money available to the class. I received a newspaper clipping from the Newburyport (Massachusetts) Current that gave quite an extensive write up about Al Badger. At the age of 12 years, Al was a fisherman working out of Nahant, MA. Al learned how to build wooden boats, salvage automobile engines, from wrecked cars, to power the boats and that his fishing boat captain carried a weapon on the boat for protection from other fishing boats. Al went to Massachusetts Maritime Academy and soon transferred to Kings Point. Following graduation he worked as an engineer on the first nuclear-powered cruiser followed by working for Stone and Webster. Al met his wife Lily in Honduras. They were married for 49 years until his wife passed away. They had two sons. Al and one son raise alpacas for pleasure and profit. Al has been taking writing classes and has dazzled fellow students with his stories of the sea, pirates, ships and strange cargos. In addition to his sending the newspaper clipping about Al Badger, Sandy Carlisle forwarded the following comments: It's hard to believe that 55 years have past since we walked out the gate for the last time as C/Ms with our diplomas, commissions, licenses, and most important of all; a foundation second to none for us to build our lives on. I, as many of my fellow classmates probably have, have had occasion to reflect on particular decisions made, and said that there are some that I would change if I could – not so with attending Kings Point; I would do it all over again. USMMA provided me the ability to go on active naval duty, stay in the reserve for 30 years and retire as a Captain; work for the same company in the food manufacturing business for almost 40 years, and start my own consulting business when I retired. Along the way, I obtained 4 patents; served as President of the Wilmington, MA Rotary Club, as Chairman of the Board of Research and Development Associates of Military Food and Packaging Systems, which played a major roll in the development of MREs, as President of the Massachusetts Bay Council and of Navy League, and as President of the USS CONSTITUTION Chapter of the Surface Navy Association. Now in retirement, Carol and I have been able to travel to all but one continent (Antarctica), I am still active in Rotary after 45 years, volunteer with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), serve on Congressman John Tierney's service academy nomination selection committee, ski, bike, hike, kayak and live on an island in New Hampshire for 6 months of the year. I have a son, a daughter, and 2 grandchildren. Most of this sprung from the knowledge, skills, sense of purpose, ethics, and discipline gained at Kings Point; my best decision so far. I hope to see many of my fellow 58er's in September. John Chislett spent three months working on and painting his Piper Tri Pacer (classic airplane) and when he was finished he wanted to take the plane on a short test flight. However, the weather presented him with record breaking rains (days with 10 inches of wet stuff). His plane is housed in a hangar on a grass strip that turns into a lagoon with heavy rains. When the rain held off for a short while, John made two test flights by avoiding most of the puddles on take off and landing. The plane flew fine but he had to spend three hours cleaning mud off and washing the airplane Steve Driver sent a note that said he had problem breathing. His doctor did some work on Steve and it appears that he has Pulmonary Fibrosis. Steve didn't know much about this illness but is going to find out about it. It is not a life threatening illness at this time but Steve will have to limit his activities. Ed Gras reported that he believes that he was the only class member to attend this years Kings Point graduation. He noted that there was a small plane flyover that brought a smile to many faces in the crowd. During the month of July, Tom Michalski gave me a telephone call and we spoke for a short while. Tom is living in Silicon Valley, near San Francisco, CA. He is retired and enjoying life in general. He has become accustomed to the occasional earthquakes that occur in the area and over the years he has had no major damage to his home. I guess it's like being in the east and living with hurricanes; it's something that you accept as a way of life. Tom has made arrangements to attend the class reunion in the fall and hope to get a chance to chat with all the other class members. Ron Pedersen and his wife Susan left Gibraltar and are sailing to Rota, Spain. They intend to leave their boat at Rota and fly to the United States – they will be home and plan to attend the class reunion number 55. Earl Walker has agreed to stay with Bath Iron Works for another year – he is the ship pilot who takes the navy ships in and out of port, completes sea trials, handles ship launchings, etc. That is the good news. The bad news is the next launching is scheduled for the same weekend as homecoming so Earl will not be able to attend the Kings Point partying. Earl is very impressed with the latest DDG being delivered. He has many months to wait before the ship makes sea trials. Earl and Harry Falcone attended the KP alumni cookout at Cape Elizabeth, ME on June 22, 2013. If you were observant, you would have seen a photo of Earl on page 64 of the spring 2013 issue of Kings Pointer. Harry has obtained a slot on a trip to Italy at the time of the class reunion so he will not be able to make the KP shindig. Barry Wells reported that he has had a stent added to his internal piping system; he is doctoring a bad back and in general getting older. Church bible study and working with model trains keeps him out of trouble. 1959 55th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 55TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Charles W. O'Hara 360-981-2131 P.O. Box 3531; Silverdale, WA 98383 Ahoy, me loyal Classmates, hain't seen much news lately so suspect ye be placing it in empty containers of various libations and tossing them adrift, hopefully to wash up on me beach at high tide. That'll be a cold day as me shores are well swept by tides which scour me banks wi' a swift ebb 'n flow. So on wi' wot I gots! Bob Holden sent a CBS News link, 25 Universities with the worst professors. (And I say, "Sez who? The graduating product can only judge their profs fairly after testing themselves against their competitive peers in whatever field of endeavor they decide to compete and then only after determining how the worth of their education measures up against that of their competition! And this is an exercise that will repeat with any and every career change along the way. C.) Harry Rogers wrote to say that his friend, Bob Sturm '56, is finishing up a book about the SS United States. He is looking for any pictures related to the ship. If you have any such photos, please reach him at Whitney Lewis provided several a couple of interesting links: Take a minute to watch this video to the end before you go to (your local hardware box store.) We still actually make stuff, lots of it, in America! This is one of the coolest things you'll ever see! Eight C-Battery soldiers pulled up on a main street in Toms River, NJ, for an undesignated holiday. They're in a standard issue WWII type Willys Jeep. In the span of about 5 to 6 minutes they completely disassemble the vehicle, reassemble it, and drive off in it fully operable! The idea was to show the genius that went into the making of the jeep and its basic simplicity. What a design! 8mdQwlw&feature=player_embedded Another of Romuald Andraka's grandkids split a $25K Second Place Prize (9th-12th grades) in the 2012-2013 Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge in the State of Maryland! And now for the balance . . . I was hoping to be all upbeat in this issue but I must report two more of our number have set sail on their journeys through the spiritual worlds beyond. Daniel J. Greaves, 75, of Four Seasons in Wall, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune (see summer issue, page 131). Ken Stevens alerted me to the fact that Ray A. Campbell Jr. passed suddenly on Friday, June 14, 2013 at a local Millinocket hospital (see page 130). I promise to give you more news if ye'll just provide the input via mail or the email addresses above. If not, I'll have to set ye marchin' in whatever is left of Barney Square at our reunion in 2014! I might even saddle ye wi' some old heavy Springfields! Best regards and still at yer service, Chuck "Scarlet" O'Hara . . .and now fer some shuteye . . . zzz. 1960 By John P. (JP) Walsh • 407-201-2992 2905 Limpkin Lane; Kissimmee, FL 34746 Nancy and Bob Foster just returned from a river cruise from Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg, Russia. They then extended their vacation to Tallin, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland. This was a great experience to see how the people live in Russia today, and hear how they had to live in the past. The palaces are huge, and very beautiful. Mr. Putin had Catherine I's palace in St. Petersburg, renovated for over 600 million dollars and uses it for vacation and entertaining. It looks about four times bigger than the White House. They had a great time and would recommend the trip to anyone. George Leffler is recovering nicely from his second broken knee and recently played nine holes of golf. He is looking forward to the spring mini-reunion and golf outing. Anyone who is interested and who hasn't made reservations should do so. It is sure to be a great time. Margaret and I are currently in New York in our motor home as we await the sale of our house here and are helping our son move into his new home. We were here for our oldest grandson's high school graduation and our grand daughter's sweet sixteen birthday party. Since we left FL, my internet availability has been sporadic at best but hopefully I will be in touch with all of you soon. 1961 By Bob Safarik 973-706-5605 4 Star Ct; Pequannock, NJ 07440 First of all, hearty congratulations to Maureen and Mike Schneider! At a June 1 Pentagon ceremony, their son Kevin, a 1988 Air Force Academy grad, was promoted to the rank of Air Force Brigadier General. Shortly thereafter, General Schneider departed for Southeast Asia and command of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. What a fine personal and family achievement! Well done, all! Following up on Ian Frew's passing and subsequent burial in Arlington National Cemetery in mid-April, Charlie Dammann was good enough to send several network photos of the full military honors ceremony. The presence of the horses, caisson and troops, color guard and 21-gun salute is just so impressive. What a fine honor! Charlie and Mike Schneider were both in attendance and were most worthy and welcome representatives of the Class of '61. To Lyn Frew and Ian's family, we again express our deepest sympathy. Charlie and Mike – Thanks for being there! Charlie and wife Marilyn reside in Hixon, TN just outside Chattanooga. He retired from the TVA after a long career of managing coal fired power plants and then spent the next 10 years as a consultant with the Synterprise Global Consulting Company. Very busy outside his career as well, he has also achieved the following: President of the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution, President of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place, President of the Chattanooga Chapter of the TVA retirees, President of the John Sevier Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Member of the Board of the Chattanooga Council of the Navy League and a member of the Chattanooga Engineers Club. Talk about community service! In May, I attended the Alumni Central New Jersey Chapter spring meeting/dinner at the Raritan Yacht Club with RADM Helis, Academy Superintendent, serving as guest speaker. Also from '61 were Mike Morrow, Bob Rogaski, Fred Wolke and John Lucs. With the Chairman and President of the Alumni Association and Foundation also in attendance, the fine meal and great location did not conceal a major sense of tension in the room based on the unfortunate ongoing situation at the Academy. We surely hope for a speedy and fair resolution of all the issues in question. Don Yearwood heard from Don Forster in mid-May that John Rogers was undergoing chemo treatments in Tampa for serious medical difficulties. Don followed up with a phone call to John and said that he was in good spirits, and fighting the good fight given the rigors of chemo. Hang in there, John – You're in our thoughts! As Pete Rackett put out on the network, his June visit to Maine to present a chapter charter became somewhat of a minireunion as Bill Shannon, Larry Burr and Dick Davidson also were on the scene – They all look great. Many of you have already read George Varga's "Life on the Rim – 2013" report as recently put out on the network. It reflects his and wife Nancy's experiences as of early July at the north rim of the Grand Canyon, where they work several months each year to assist with tourist safety and operations. While he described a relatively short period of his activity dealing with hiker assistance, it sounded more like Navy SEAL training to me as far as required physical exertion is concerned – Just incredible! The reward however, is just as incredible as it's as beautiful a spot as you can find on the planet with an equally beautiful drive just to get there. Judy and I loved it and feel much envy for the Vargas for their good fortune. I presume that most of us have reveled to one degree or another in the nature and quality of many network photo/music background submissions. They touch heart, mind and soul with their insight into people, animals and the wonders of nature – the word awe comes quickly to mind. While several of you have contributed to this wonderful experience, the name Red Cullen as a major provider pops into mind first as the provider of such spirit lifting material. I think I can speak for the class when I thank Red and the others for such positive and touching uplifts. Take care, guys! 1962 By Captain Douglas A. Hard • 516-726-5884 As reported previously, our 50th Reunion Steering Committee collected much valuable information about our class and classmates during its efforts while organizing our most successful reunion last year. It occurred to the committee that this information might be of value to the academy in its present outcomes assessment project if it was properly organized and formalized in print. So, thanks primarily to the efforts of three members of the committee, Don Liu, Pat Keene and Fritz Klausner, the twenty-page brochure Fifty Years of Living the Mission (LTM) has been published and distributed to the class and the academy community in general. It is an outstanding piece of work (for which Don, Pat and Fritz deserve our sincere thanks and a great deal of credit) and has been very well received; and – at the risk of sounding chauvinistic – we and the academy can be very, very proud of what we, as a group, have accomplished. It says a great deal about the contributions Kings Pointers make to our nation's maritime and defense interests and may prove very helpful to the academy's assessments down the road. Probably due to summer vacations, my mail bag has been empty for several weeks, but I did speak with Bev and Buzz Santini who happened to drive by my house one Saturday in August while I was repairing my garage door. They are well and were back from their vacation home in Rhode Island to attend a family birthday party on Long Island. On a personal note, at the annual graduation awards ceremony in June, I was fortunate again to be voted recipient of the Vice Admiral McLintock Award for Exemplary Leadership. Having served as the admiral's chief of staff back in 1966, receiving that award is always both personally and professionally rewarding. Unfortunately, on a very sobering note, I have learned that both Dan McManus and Dave Griffith are facing challenging health problems; please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. No doubt you have heard about various disagreements between the academy/ government and the Alumni Association/ Foundation. It is very unfortunate, especially since some very hard feelings have developed on both sides, but hopefully time will heal the wounds and lead to better understanding between all parties. In the meantime, we individual alumni must press on and, although there's the possibility of significant differences from past such weekends, there will be a Homecoming this year, so here's hoping to see as many of you at the academy as possible. 'Til then, keep well all. Out Oars! 1963 By Captain Alan J. De Sa • 410-242-3218 By the time this column is published in the Kings Pointer our 50th Class Reunion will be a fond memory of three or four days of reacquainting ourselves with classmates, including some very long lost classmates. A time for happy-hours, great dinners, plenty of catching up and some well deserved awards to incredible classmates. One of the tasks during the reunion was the placing of class plaques for departed classmates, in the Memorial Arbors at the Academy. Memorial plaques were established for Bill Cilley, Ed Dowdell, John Silva, Bob Bryan, John Garber, Pete Maistrellis, Harry Harahap, Jimmy Jatim, Gus Matakupan, Ozzie Sianipar and Moe Zaenuri. Barry Deutsch reports that he had a check drawn from our trust account for $1,650 to pay for the 11 plaques. This leaves $6,119.78 in our trust fund. The class responded that they prefer the plaques to be inscribed with the nicknames of our departed brothers. Six of your classmates attended graduation for the class of 2013. They were Ed Chesto, Jack Colletti, Charlie Glenn, Skip Gracon, Dick Hannan and me (Barry Deutsch). Skip Gracon was accompanied by his wife Marianne and Dick was accompanied by his son Brian. Marianne and Brian took an enormous number of pictures and hopefully they will share those pictures with us via Skip and Dick. Barry recalls: We failed to obtain any real insight into the battle going on between the administration and the Alumni Association and Foundation. My comments will be based upon brief discussions that I had with some graduates, some parents of graduates, and some teachers at the Academy. The number of people that I spoke with clearly was a very small sample of everyone attending graduation ceremonies and yet I feel that personally I have obtained somewhat of a better understanding of the fight. I hope my fellow attendees will provide comments. I am sure each one of us have different perspectives on the day. First the flyover. John Klein's FNF dreams came to fruition yesterday with the flyover. I was told that in 1979 there also had been a flyover at graduation ceremonies with a similar message to that of yesterday's, namely the firing of the then superintendent. I believe his name was Engle. I was seated directly in front of Jim Tobin '77 and Charlie Hill '65 when the first plane started its circling of the graduation ceremony. They were totally surprised by the event and I truly believe the Alumni Association and Foundation did not have any thing to do with the flyover. Similarly I spoke to several graduates and they too expressed surprise by the event. I do not believe that the graduating class had any thing to do with the flyover. My best guess is that some dissatisfied alumnus either singularly or jointly paid for the flight. The first plane circled the field about five times with its message and the second plane circled the field about three times with its message. Everyone at the graduation ceremonies would have clearly seen each of the messages several times. My own belief is that the event will only entrench Helis. While the messages may have expressed the right idea, the flyover was inappropriate for a graduation ceremony. From the comments that I received from several of the graduates, there seems to be an intense dislike among the midshipmen for Helis and his administration. Instead of Battalion officers, each company now has its own officer. These officers were former enlisted men in the military and they do not understand the concept that the midshipmen have classes and they need to study. Shades of the three marines that were brought to the Academy our first-class year. There were other changes that Helis abruptly instituted, "reforms" which removed privileges. While looking from the perspective of '63, these privileges were "I can't believe you have them." I also know that the removal of any privilege, no matter how minor, seems like a major event when it occurs. Travis must be laughing in his grave. The good news: With the resignation of LaHood and Matsuda and new heads for the Department of Transportation and MARAD being brought in, the Association and Foundation hopes it will be able to establish better relationships with the administration. LaHood was at the ceremonies. He wore a seersucker suit and black and white shoes (golf shoes?). I've never been a big fan of the fashion police, but his dress in my opinion was disrespectful of the ceremony and of himself as head of the DOT. The legacy class was assigned to provide pins to the graduates after they received their diplomas and walked from the stage. We also walked – I will not falsely state marched, behind the graduates onto the football field where the ceremonies took place. We appear very quickly in the video that the Alumni Association and Foundation posted. The Association and Foundation hosted an excellent luncheon that was attended by some new graduates. There was a copayment so that the Association and Foundation did not bear the entire cost of the luncheon. There were probably 150 attendees, which included graduates from other classes, family and friends of the graduates and other guests. I spoke extensively with the father of one of the graduates. He spoke effusively about the Academy and the Association and Foundation. He has become very active in the parents association and intends to remain active even though his son is now a graduate. He was lured into activity by the Blue/Gray golf events. He is an example of the benefits that the golf event accomplishes – a long term commitment as a donor to the Association and Foundation and strong supporter of the Academy. I met Barry Rosenberg's nephew. He is a member of the class of '68 and the son of Barry's oldest brother. Needless to say I gave our regards to Madge and asked him to encourage her to attend one of the reunion dinners. Jack, Charlie, and Dick deserve the ultimate kudos for attending the ceremonies as they each are located afar from Great Neck. It was great reminiscing with those three and Ed and Skip. Charlie and Skip learned much about 1st class year. Charlie has been a lurker for some time and Skip is aboard as of today. I believe our legacy to the class of 2013 is the camaraderie we have in the class of 1963. After graduation while I was driving away from the Academy I had an opportunity to reflect on the day and my present role as class gift chair. Very few people like to solicit money. Since my solicitation letter was mailed, I have received several calls from classmates wanting to discuss some particulars of their donation. The calls gave me a personal high as I was reconnecting with a friend of 50 years. The Association and Foundation plays a central role in our ability to stay connected with classmates and personally that is a reason to donate to the class gift. On June 5, 2013 several of the guys on the West Coast had a mini reunion at the San Vicente lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes. It was an LA/ Long Beach chapter BBQ and the setting was amazing. Some of the attendees were Earl Mealins, Sean Torkelson, Dick Cober, Garon Wickenberg and Bob Elders. Bill Millette sailed again, this time out of Fairless Hills, PA on the ship MV Pancaldo during the first week of July. He was back in time for the Reunion. Last year several of our classmates made a cruise to the Baltic under the sponsorship of the Federal Academies Association. The cruise was held in July of 2012 on board the MV Marina operated by Ocean cruises. Among the attendees there were 16 people from the USMMA. These included Mike and Maggie Gallagher, Jim and Jean Gallagher and Dick and Lyssa Haugh. The trip included visits to Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Gdansk, Tallin and Berlin before disembarking for a three day visit to Copenhagen. I am reporting this news late because somehow the letter from Dick was misplaced. My apologies. You would think that after 50 years I would get it right! Finally I would like to mention the visit Gib Bruno and Vicki had with Chuck Loeber and Jeri during the summer. Vicki and Gib stopped over in Albuquerque and accepted Chuck and Jeri's wonderful hospitality. Chuck took them on a very informative tour of the museum where Gib bought a copy of his book. Chuck graciously donated the book to the museum so they collect all the proceeds of sales. I have told Chuck I will be making a donation to the museum as he has a few projects going on there. Anybody else interested in making a donation to the museum in honor of Chuck? Chuck is one of the founders and is a "mover and shaker" in keeping The Nuclear Museum updated and well functioning. 1964 50th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 50TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Tony Unger 203-268-5754 Since our last article on our google site, our reunion, classmates visits and cruises have been hot topics. Google Site – Thanks to Ed O'Donnell for his exhaustive analysis of email traffic over 10 years of its existence. He suggests that it was way too much politics and not enough useful information. He also suggests cutting back on the political posting to create more bandwidth for what's really of interest to all – more pictures of – ? Take one guess and its not feet? Reunion 2014 – Talked to Dick Flegenheimer who is living in Virginia and loving it. He has done some preliminary work but nothing can be finalized until after the 1963 reunion. With the number of changes and the construction on campus, things are moving slowly. Dick said that his previous reunion plans did not come together until January of the reunion year. I know he and his committee will do us right. Moe Omstead was going to Saratoga for the start of the race season. They have been making a long weekend of this venture for about 40 years with friends from KP and others. They usually meet on Thursday night at The Parting Glass for drinks and pub food. On Friday they do golf then have a nice dinner as a group. We do the races on Saturday then do the town on Saturday evening since it is opening weekend and there are lots of bands and entertainment. Marco and Jean Canazarro, Rich Kriz, and Dick Pokorny live in the area and usually join the group for at least one of the venues. Ross de Lipkau from Reno reports that Don and Jackie Moore were in Reno for March madness. Ross says that they left town with buckets of money. Ross and Sally de Lipkau just returned from a cruise around Italy. Gene Churgin (the youngest in our class) reports that he is now 70, so that makes us all old. Who is he kidding – some of us have never grown up? How could we be old? Vic and Brenda Schlisler are trying to make plans for the reunion. He hopes that he can get away from California Maritime. He says the the reunion is on the top of his bucket list. Brenda and Vic recently returned from 2 weeks in Scandinavia. Bill Long had a nice chat with Bill Moran. Bill Moran lives in New Bern, NC. He just renewed his Masters license. It's his 13th issue . . . Tenth Masters. He's not sailing at present but is busy raising bees and selling honey! Tom Obuhanych still lives in Cody, WY . . . near East Entrance of Yellowstone Park. It's crazy with tourists flocking to the Park like moths going into a flame! Most go through Cody to get to the Park. Tom recently completed an African Safari where he hunted in Namibia. He shot 2 Oryx, a Bull Cape Eland, Hartman's Mountain Zebra, "Gold Medal Class" (Best Trophy Size) Red Hartebeest, Impala, a Black Backed Jackal, and Black Mamba Snake. Chuck Poulsen is living on Daufuskie Island in South Carolina and has been very active on the google site. Girt Allerton and his wife Lynn were scheduled for RV camping on Tybee island at Rivers End campground in June in South Carolina. They wanted to have fun in the sun. Sounds like they really like to use their RV. Paul Lange is retired from MT Maritime (international chemical and product tankers) since 1998. Built a house in Mexico in 2006 and spends 8 months there, 2 to 3 months in CT in summer and a month or two in north county San Diego with their 2 sons, their wives, and grandkids. He stays pretty busy and sure haven't missed the stresses of trading ships and going to the office everyday. Paul also has recently seen Ron and Sharon Crandall from Rochester, NY who stopped by their CT cottage for a few days this week. Great seeing them! They are getting past some recent medical issues and are doing quite well. Bruce and Barbara Benn cruised the Mediterranean last August (only our 2nd) which was 12 days on the Carnival Breeze which was making only its third voyage so it was new with most kinks worked out. They traveled with another couple which definitely added to their experience. Airfare from the US to and from the Med was almost as much as the cruise itself. Because of this they decided to spend four days in Barcelona (fabulous city and great fun) at the beginning of the trip and four days in Venice (even more fabulous) at the end of the trip. Looking back, they thought this was the best decision we made on the whole trip. We are trying to make sure that all our classmates are kept up to date on activities and reunion information. If you are one of the following or know one of the following by contact Bill Long at (He is a good guy and will not sell your information.) Bilski, Paul L; Brown, James N; Chadderdon, John H; Crowley, David J; Dillon, John N; Ferrero, Ernest J; Giffen, Robert E; Hansen, James M; Korecki, Louis J; McLaughlin, John J; Mason, Robert W; Murdoch, John C; Palmer, John P; Pouliot, Curtis M; Riggi, Ronald A; Riggi, Vincent T; Schneider, Steven I; Snow, Russell H; Winkler, Henry J. I received an email from Jim Wachtel who has been retired from Hapag Lloyd nee CP Ships nee Lykes Brothers for several years and am doing consulting on international ocean shipping. He said, "While there are a number of Kings Pointers in the area that I am in touch with from time to time, I don't see classmates much." Jim does talk to Gene McCormick in Houston occasionally and he is doing well. It's Jim's intent to make homecoming next year. At this writing Jim is sailing down the Florida coast from Tampa to Venice and Boca Grande with a friend (Kings Pointer – Neil McManus) just for fun. As I write this Doug Torborg is off to Vancouver for a cruise to Alaska with friends and family. May and I just returned from a cruise, Seattle to Alaska. It is the time of the year – every two years that I will be running for Town Council, Monroe, CT this will be my sixth term. No cracks about politicians. 1965 By Larry Paper 386-684-1965 I am writing this column from Colorado. Sue and I are spending a month here before we head out to the Mid reunion in CA. There has been a lot of planning and emails back and forth for this spectacular event. Dean Rassmusen and Dick Kahn have out done themselves in planning all the activities. There will be 43 of us attending plus wives. What a great turn out. Tammo Wilkens and I are planning a special memorial service for our 39 departed classmates cumulating in wreath throwing from the SS Lane Victory. John McDonnell: Many thanks to Gary for keeping a diary during our sea year. I kept one from 1969 to 1973, but I think it was lost in one of our moves about 15 years ago. I really enjoy reading his observations. Right now I am captain aboard the Africa Mercy at the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, Grand Canary. I guess not too many of my classmates are still sailing, and the industry has gone through a lot of changes in the past 50 years. Our globalize economy has made the flags of all industrialized countries nearly disappear. I am on a Malta flag ship with a crew of 30 different nationalities. As a cadet on ships with a crew of 50 I was always the youngest, with an average age of crew about 50, most of them sailed during WWII. Now I am about the oldest in a crew of about 200, most of them medical staff here for a refit of the hospital. Our paperwork, which I thought was adequate 50 years ago, has increased dramatically in the last two decades with the signing of STCW, ISM, and ISPS conventions. License renewal is not easy for people of our age, with a seven page physical exam that is reviewed by the Coast Guard in West Virginia. The medical review people there require me to run on a treadmill with a cardiologist on an annual basis. What once was a one day, at no cost procedure at the Coast Guard is now a three month and expensive undertaking. During inspections and audits by our class society, the port state, and the flag state, I feel more like a plebe on the zero deck during a plebe beat! But I just am not ready to retire. I don't want to wake up in the morning with nothing to do, and since I am working as a volunteer I have the peace that comes with knowing that I am not likely to be fired, and that the owners are happy to have someone with the credentials who is willing to work for free! Here aboard the Africa Mercy we are about to set sail from Las Palmas to Tenerife. In a little over a week, the ship will sail for Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo. Captain Tim Tretheway will come back from vacation and relieve me when we depart Tenerife and I will head out to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to work the Pacific Link, a medical ship out there. These may well be my last seagoing employments of my career; the medical review process is now expensive and demanding for people of our age when it comes to license renewal. John P. Hay, Jr.: Accolades to Captain John McDonnell! A salute to a great guy. Things are seldom as they seem. Plebe year. John, a deckie was pretty quiet and unassuming. No ball of fire from appearances and somewhat slow from observation. The Plebe Beats had to be problematic for John as they were for this John as well, an engineer. Sound Off! Siiiir, Cadeeet, Joohn McDonnnnelll from Holllidayssssbuurg Pennnsylvannnia, Sir. Oh, but what a career this man has had and what an intellect. My hats off to you John. You have done well and I acknowledge and praise your performance! Smooth retirement sailing if you finally choose to do so and my regards long overdue. Gordon Inouye: As with John Hay, we were in the same company plebe year and I fully concur with his comments. I think that all of us have concluded that John has far surpassed any of the expectations while we were at KP. I am proud of what John has done and continues to do. He must be kept in mind for the Daniel Meehan Award when we get to our 50th reunion. John (lunchbox) McDonnell: John and Gordon, I am really touched by your sentiments, and I agree with your observations about my Plebe year. I am volunteering for this work not for my glory, but hope in some way I can help, and glorify God in the process. After retiring from MM&P and taking on normal household chores, I found that I was sitting at home, watching 24 hour news, and worrying about the problems of the world over which I had no control. I was drinking beer and not accomplishing much. When my licensee was up for renewal, I thought about renewing for continuity purposes only, but when I heard about Mercy Ships I decided to take all of the STCW 95 required training and get a "real" license. It was a choice that I will never regret. I have met so many remarkable people here, including a couple of Kings Pointers. About my plebe year in 2nd Company: I remember the Battalion Adjutant, (Foley?) telling me I would not graduate, or even make it to Thanksgiving. I remember the Wedge inspecting Scott Leggat's and my room and asking about the menu (Mullagatony Soup with Crisp Crackers) and the position of the flagpole, and the position of the brace, which I still remember today! "Sir, the fourth classman shall stand up against the bulkhead, heels touching the bulkhead, toes spread to a 45 degree angle," etc. The only thing that kept me from going home to Hollidaysburg was that my parents and friends would think that I was a quitter. But what does not kill you will make you stronger, and by the grace of God and good luck I made it! When my children were younger, I took an early retirement to help at home when my wife was doing a Pediatric residency and needed help at home. During this time I wrote down some of my memories of my career, and put it on the internet. Jerry Havasy: Guys, I will not make LA because I'm in the process of moving (downsizing) to a single level town home, driven in great part to back problems I have had since the mid '80s. As much as I love doing yard and garden work, it's been out of the question for several years. However, as long as I behave myself, I am fine and able to bike, swim, do some walking, and archery. We all get some cross to bear and mine has been a weak back caused by narrowing of the spinal column known as "spinal stenosis." I have been one of the fortunate ones (about 40%) with spinal surgery. I have had three and each one was a miracle surgery in getting me back to normal and out of pain. In the last one in 2008, (our last mini reunion), the neurosurgeon went inside my spinal column with a tool and cut off the "tail wing" (engineer's terminology) of vertebrae 3, 4, 5 in the lumbar region. It relieved the binding and I've been in good shape the past five years. My biggest problem today is standing too long. So I sit more. Without these three surgeries, I would probably have been in a wheelchair several years ago! Most people, who fall into the 60% of un- or minor success, are ones who have waited too long. If the nerves get pinched, they usually don't bounce back. I'll be glad to discuss my experiences, but be aware that the medical technology is continuously changing and there may be better methods today than I experienced. Lance Miller: Our class has had a whole lot of experiences with prostate cancer. I seem to be the newest member of that club. Of the 11 biopsy taken, 3 were positive. On the Gleason scale which measures how aggressive the cancer is, I had 2 that were a 6 (3/3) and 1 that was a 7 (3/4) which is in the moderate range. The 3/3 and the 3/4 are sub measures. I remember several years ago prostate cancer was quite the topic for our class and I know it took Billy Nakos. There are many options out there. It is so confusing. Before I decide on a course of action, I plan to spend the summer in the mountains in AZ, talking to people and doing a lot of reading. If anyone can offer some personal advice, I would appreciate it. I know I can learn a lot from any feedback. Tom McGrath: Originally I was going to send this to Larry Paper in response to the call for stories about Frank (Vosnik), but thought it might be best to route it through you and Judy. No reason I know of to not let others see it but thought the family should be in the loop. As was said by Jack Adzema, the passing of our classmates at our advanced age strikes home in a way we do not anticipate. We always put things off thinking there'll be time for that on another day (or at least I plead guilty). However, the passing of Frank who was my KP roommate during our underclass years and my friend well after that makes clear that that kind social procrastination leaves one with regrets that cannot be put to rest. But I would be even more remiss if I failed to share the memories I have of Frank with you and Judy and if you desire, with the rest of the class. Frank and I were not in communication much in recent years, but Frank was indeed one of a dozen or so people that made it possible for me to survive, grow and graduate from KP. Without his advice and sense of humor this conservative, skinny kid from Ohio might well have bailed before sea year. Frank had many sides to him – one minute he would be clowning around and making fun of the "system" especially the formal military elements of the system e.g. the "uniform of the day." He would go on report and get demerits rather than wear gloves. WHY? Well as he told it, "It wasn't cold enough for gloves." Who would guess he was a member of the drill team let alone the Chief of Regimental Information Service. During plebe year Frank heard that I had some interest in and a modest measure of success in a preliminary bout in intramural boxing. He offered to work with me as the upcoming official scheduled bouts were only weeks away. I agreed . . . Well, long story short, after one practice with Frank I retired from the ring. I never knew one could get hit that hard that often. Frank just smiled although he saved me from a major embarrassment and probably a serious beating as well. He never said a word. Frank was what I would call a casual scholar. He knew how to learn everything he needed to know and then some without being an obvious "bookworm." I never saw him break an academic "sweat." Nor do I recall him every being on probation like his roommate. Frank would always offer to help a friend. Following plebe year, both of us came from homes in western PA (Homestead for him and Latrobe for me). He had a beat-up old VW bug he wanted to take back to KP. So he invited me to join him to save some transportation money. Of course that was appealing. So we piled into the VW to drive back to LI after Xmas leave. As fate would have it, we went right into the teeth of a bitter, sub-freezing, winter snow storm. Halfway across PA the VW lost its "cabin" heating system as only one of those air cooled beetles could do and only God knows how we kept from freezing to death on the turnpike, but through a lack of options and Frank's perseverance, we stuck it out and "weathered the storm." Once were in the warmth of our barracks, we both smiled. On occasion Frank was philosophical. I am not sure when the subatomic particle, the quark, was discovered, but none-the-less Frank had a perspective about the universe that fascinated me and my wife. As I remember it, Frank felt that earth was or could be a subatomic particle in some other universe or galaxy and since we were living creatures on earth, there should be living beings both on quarks and postulating in reverse on other planets as well. Perhaps he has confirmed his hypothesis recently. Frank was not your average clown or average anything and we will all miss him. RIP. Timothy Brown: I don't know how many of our classmates know that I retired as President of the Masters, Mates and Pilots effective January 1, 2013. I enjoyed my 21 years in office and trust that I did some good for the membership. Still living in Maryland, but planning a move to Florida in the near future. I wish everyone well. Tanya James: Thank you each and everyone for your prayers, cards and emails. They have made a tremendous difference. Ralph's health has rebounded, but he is now facing a different challenge. I hope this explains it well enough: This has been a very rough week for Ralph and me. He has made small gains in his health, but the damage to his mental health that was done by the loss of salt back in May and the fact that his previous doctor abruptly withdrew his medication is still to be overcome. I have found his case manager at this Regency Hospital to be very much an obstacle to my learning just how much he is recovering. In fact, I was in the process of hiring a lawyer when she informed me he was being transferred to another facility. The new rules already working under Obama Care have changed so many things that in many ways I found my Medical Power of Attorney has been insufficient to protect Ralph and in his current state of mental health he is not able to help himself. He is being transferred to Millwood Hospital in Arlington, TX tomorrow. I have not met with any of the doctors and they have not conferred with me or Ralph about this transfer. Apparently they have deemed it in his best interest but I am not able to even read any written reports to that effect. He is physically much better than he was, but deeply depressed; that much I know from just observation. His PICC line is out and he has finally been able to stop the IV antibiotics and go to pill form. I hope the new hospital and doctors are much more communicative or I will be spending a lot more money in lawyer fees. I have never before been in a position where neither patient nor family was allowed to know what was being done to, or said about the patient. I am alternating between anger and despair. It has been as if his civil rights were left behind when he checked into the hospital. This Obama Care is not even fully into effect yet – God help us all next year! Apparently all Ralph needed to set this nightmare into motion was bad mental health, i.e., the diagnosis of bipolar which he has had since he was in his 30s. I think a diagnosis of dementia or senility would have also done it, and we are all getting to the age where some doctor may decide we have a touch of that in our makeup. Then, we may have a case manager, someone in the medical profession/someone who is in love with their job description who decides they need to protect us because our spouse is equally as old as we are and therefore by definition as equally unable to take care of us. I have been told that "Ralph will need to go to a nursing home until he gets his joy of living back." This by a young person who obviously hasn't seen many nursing homes. Also, "Well, it was at home where Ralph got ill, obviously home is not a good place for him to live." (Please try to remember to always get ill at Walmart from now on. It will be less complicating.) Our saga continues. I will keep all of you informed as I fight to get him well and to get him back home. This October, the Forsberg's, Howie's and the Paper's will meet up in New Orleans for the Blue Gray golf tournament and the Workboat Show/Conventions. We always have a blast at these events. 1966 By Tom Harrelson 703-360-3622 As we go to press, it is the end of July and hopefully the end of the summer heat wave, which has engulfed the East Coast. Mari and I are packing the car for our 8,000 mile road trip to the '66 minireunion being held in Carson City, NV August 8-11. The mini-reunion hosted by Moe and Ro Conway is our excuse to spend 30 days on the road touring the tourist sites and our grandchildren around the nation. Although the event will be past the deadline for the printer, we will try to get a picture of the crew in the next edition. Wayne Britz passed through DC in late Spring and joined John Jochmans, Mari and myself for dinner at the Old Ebbitts Grill across from the White House. Wayne renewed his consulting contract in the mid-east and will be making at least four more trips over the next year. In his spare time he is now President of the NS Savannah organization and is working hard to maintain and upgrade the interior of the ship. He reports: It was a wonderful day Saturday, May 18 aboard the NS Savannah in Baltimore Harbor and on the Pier. All the work paid off. 1,000 came to see the exhibits on the pier and 700 toured through the NS Savannah. Ten former NSS officers were there including the first Chief Engineer, Stan Wheatley. Always the traveler, he has booked a vacation trip to South America, including Peru, in late September. John and wife Peggy continue to enjoy living in DC not far from their daughter's family. We had dinner with them last Spring. Speaking of Peru, Roberto Woll sent pictures of the wedding of his daughter that occurred in July. Looks like a huge party and fun was had by all. It was great to see Roberto looking well. I will try to post some of the pix on our class website. The peripatetic travelers, Dick and Sue Madenburg, spent a month traveling through Romania, Morocco and Portugal. I think they have covered every country on the planet over the past 40 years. I hope to see them in Carson City. Tom Pakula has been working the phone and emails to try to entice some of you to join us at the 19th Annual KP Golf Classic in Ocean Isle, NC. It is a fun week of dinners, shopping, parties and occasional golf every day. Please join us the last week of October. This is a late addendum to our class column. Mari and I have just returned from our 30-day, 8,272 mile drive around the Nation cued by our class mini-reunion near Carson City, NV. Thank goodness Don and Rossane Conway live in that area. They got me a quick appointment with their dentist for a toothache I had developed. I also ended up replacing my car radiator at their local Toyota dealership. We had a fun three days with our classmates who attended. The theme was "Hot August Nights" revolving around the annual antique and hot cars that assemble by the thousands each year in Reno. I saw beautifully restored models of the cars I owned as a teenager such as the 1935 Ford with rumble seat (wish I had kept mine) and the Kaiser "Henry J" and the "Nash Rambler." Jim and Dee Einhart, who live in Pensacola, FL, also were driving on a 33-day tour of the Country also tied to our mini-reunion while visiting some art exhibits and music venues on their trip. John and Laurie Donley flew in from Texas for the week. John continues to chase the shale gas plays for his logistics company. Casey Powell also flew in but in his own plane. Casey still lives in San Diego but keeps his plane in the air traveling to favorite spots. Another pilot, Phil Simon, chose to drive in from his home on the California coast. Phil is now building his second experimental airplane. Bob and Terri Post drove up from their home in the Sacramento area. Bob continues his work part time as a financial advisor between days on the golf course. Bill "Doo-Lang" Langley treated all of us to lunch in Reno, NV, hear his office and condo. He and I teamed up for a winning record at Bocci Ball. Bill Hessman sandbagged us on the golf course. He started slow on the front nine but when "Doo- Lang" said let's play for a buck on the back nine, Hessman suddenly became a "pro" and whacked Langley, Post and myself. Fortunately the game ended in a tie. The greatest hosts in the world are Moe and Ro Conway. They put together a great reunion for all of us including a BBQ, dinner, lunch, pool party, car show, etc. Rossane and I both celebrated birthdays during the reunion. She is so-o-o-o much younger than I am (and better looking also). Our thanks to both of them for all their hard work and the great results. We wish more of you could have attended. While we were partying in the desert, Larry Bock had a wonderful week in the Berkshires sharing time with some of his family including wife Corey, daughters Chelsea and Maegan, son-in-laws Greg and Peter, and 2 (of 9) grandchildren, Rosa and Benjamin. Check out the photos on the Kings Point – Class of 1966 group site on Facebook. Please post your pictures and news but also send me info so I can fill up this column so those of us who are not technologically adept can keep up with our classmates. Hope you and a great summer and an even better Fall. Ciao. 1967 By Bob Carson • 281-320-9629 By Peter Barton • 281-580-7606 The class was well represented at the indoctrination of the incoming class of 2017 by Mike Tatch, Joe Cox, Mike McKinney, John Hill, Walt Kaiser, Brian Starer and Tom Tribble. Rich Keller wrote the following: Bob – I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but I am reluctant to "blow my own horn" relative to my successful and adventure filled port engineering and track and Church and political careers. Lot's of stories – just a very few of many marine oriented ones concern remediation of events such as ships on fire for 7 days in Port Newark, sinkings in Japan, salt ups and boiler melt downs in Brazil, collisions in China, 120 stowaways in Brooklyn, discovering 2 dead bodies in Brooklyn, running the first emergency vessel activation in the Norfolk Reserve fleet, LNG new construction and sea trials in Boston, mid-body installations in Loraine, OH, planning and running over 55 dry dockings worldwide, main engine burnouts in Rotterdam, 530 airline flights in 5 years working out of New Orleans/ Houston, etc. (One example of a typical call at 3 am goes, as Bob Newhart may relate, "Yes Captain, this is Richard. And you say you have just rammed a Chinese destroyer in Shanghai? And you pushed the destroyer to collide with the dock and the shore crane collapsed on top of the destroyer? And the ship astern of you steered hard to port to miss hitting you and is now aground blocking the entire shipping channel? And you have a large hole in the bow of your ship? And oh, the Chinese army just entered your state room carrying machine guns? And you are due to sail in 12 hours?" Well I guess that about explains it; let me make a few calls and get back to you – over and out!) During the first 6 years of my port engineering life, I was also given a free membership at the prestigious New York Athletic Club as I was on their track team competing in and traveling to various events around the country. I won the New York Metropolitan AAU 60 yard dash championship and the National Scottish games 200 meter dash and received a sprint silver medal in the AAU national championships in Oakland, CA as well as competed on their mile relay team. After the running days were over, I stayed on as a paying member until moving to New Orleans for work some years later. The NYAC is a wonderful club and I met some great acquaintances and have fond memories. Used to have beers after working out in the evening with a 12 man group including 2 plastic surgeons, 2 major ad agency execs, 1 psychiatrist, 2 Dr. GPs, the head of Lord & Taylor ads (yes, that is his personal signature on their stores), head of Columbia University M&R, other track mates including Eamon Coghlin who was the indoor mile world's record holder, shook hands with Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, met Al Oerter (4 times Olympic discus champ). It was a great way to spend my bachelor evenings after work. During these years I also married the beautiful Jacqueline and we had two beautiful daughters, April and Laura. Also, I moved from various apartments in New York City and Jersey heights to another town in New Jersey. While there, my neighbor encouraged me to run for public office as councilman and I was elected as the first person from a different political party in that town in 10 years. Needless to say, I was a moving target. The Mayor knew that I traveled a lot and of course appointed me Police Commissioner, which takes full time attention. Fortunately, a job transfer moved me away after only a year or so in office. It was a very interesting experience and I learned a lot about how all sides of politics and town life work. One council man from the other party was seen around town being very cozy with a fire equipment company rep. As head of the fire department committee, he was instrumental in the purchase of a very expensive new fire truck that was so long it did not fit in the firehouse. When I questioned him as to why, he proudly stated that the new truck could reach its ladder up five stores. I reminded him that the tallest structure in our town was two stories. My best advice to all – Never be elected to Pubic Office! After 30 years of Port Engineering for various US flag companies and retiring as Senior Port Engineer at Sea-Land Service, I moved to Sarasota with my wife and daughters. I eventually took a job being paid to work at a local Church. We had 2,100 families and a beautiful 21 acre campus with a great event center. I was on duty full time (14+ hours, many 7-day weeks) as Properties Director and Events Director. I was in charge of all M&R for three buildings totaling 43,000 sq. ft. plus three homes in the neighborhood, housing the religious staff. During my 8 years at that job I put on over 800 outside customer wedding receptions and fundraisers and over 8,000 church-related events and meetings, etc. Also, I was head usher at the main Sunday Mass for 11 years. A very busy life to say the least. My brother is a Princeton English major and retired after many years as a distinguished editor/publisher with Little Brown Publishing in Boston (for instance, he invented Where's Waldo). My wife (38 years and counting) tells me to write up my adventures and work with him on an expose of my true life experiences while playing a key role in many very different types of endeavors. Getting very bored in retirement now and just might take her up on the idea. Bob, you do a great job writing for the KP publications. Keep up the good work. Feel free to use anything I have sent you, if you think it may be useful or for a few laughs, etc. And from another engineer, Lou Stern: After my 1967 graduation from Kings Point, I went with some classmates to Seattle to join American Mail Lines for the Vietnam Sea Lift. We spent a month or so de-mothballing Victory Ships, which had been laid up after WWII. One of these ships, the Bowdoin Victory, was my first ship as a licensed officer. We sailed her to Vietnam, loaded with military supplies and beer. On my first night watch at sea, the main generator caught fire, and I had to trip the plant. After this not-so-promising beginning, we spent the rest of the voyage completing the de-mothballing, and getting most of the machinery working. A hard voyage, and one was enough. (An old salt told me you should always leave your first ship after one voyage – You'll make all your mistakes there, and that's how they will remember you. Start fresh on another ship.) My second ship was a re-conditioned Liberty Ship, The John Weyerhaeuser. This floating museum (Triple-expansion Reciprocating Engine) took us to Vietnam at a stately 8 knots, with stops every 3 days in the middle of the Pacific for main engine repairs. My luck changed after The John Weyerhaeuser; I joined Farrell Lines, where I spent the rest of my sea-going career sailing to Africa and Australia. I had the good luck to sail with Dick Monro, Don Scellato, and many other graduates from Fort Schuyler, Mass Maritime and Maine Maritime Academies. In 1970, I came ashore to join Westinghouse as a Field Engineer. The division I joined had formerly been Hagan Controls, a name I was familiar with from ship's boiler rooms. This began my focus on combustion control and automation. With Westinghouse, I was to start up 13 Navy Destroyer-Escorts and the Centralia Washington Power Plant. In two years, I was back in Pittsburgh with Westinghouse, designing control systems for large power plants. Westinghouse then asked me to move to Orrville, OH, to manage the Systems Engineering group there. Assignments followed as General Foreman and Eastern Area Sales Manager, and finally as Division Engineering Manager. We designed the probe-type O2 Analyzer, a Smokestack Opacity Monitor, and various other stack gas analyzers for combustion control and emissions monitoring. During this time, I was granted 4 US Patents, and had numerous papers published. Westinghouse sold our Division in 1990 to Emerson, along with 4 buildings, 60 machine tools, 6 trucks and me. We were grouped with Rosemount and Fisher Controls in what was to become Emerson's Process Group. I ultimately became VP of Engineering for the Gas Analysis Division, responsible for the 90 engineers in the Engineering Departments at our 4 plants in La Habra, CA, Hanau, Germany, Shannon, Ireland and Orrville, OH. My life was spent on airplanes. In 1997, I left Emerson, looking for more fun and less travel. I joined Draeger, a 100 year-old German company, as Engineering Director for their US operation. We developed gas detectors and breathing apparatuses for industry, first responders and divers. Our products were sold in North America, Europe, then worldwide. I enjoyed my trips to Germany, and working with my German colleagues. This turned out to be the best job of my life; hard work, success and fun. I retired in 2007 after my group completed the design of Draeger's Infrared camera for firefighters. I now live in Plymouth, MA with Jessica, my wife of 42 years. We have two sons, Jeff and Eric. Jeff teaches film at Bentley College in Boston and makes Independent Films. Eric is an attorney who lives in San Francisco and works at the University of California at Berkley. We also have two grandsons, Leo and Alex. Retirement suits me fine, and Jessica enjoys her new Massachusetts home. I am a serious golfer and trout-fisherman, and a fair hand at bridge. We travel, visit our sons, and enjoy life. Mike McKinney wrote: You are right we are all getting older – however my last kid will be a junior (high school) next year (OK, I'm nuts) – so I have to keep up. I think you know that Pat and I have adopted four girls (3 Korean and 1 Chinese) – all were younger than a year old when the adoptions were finalized. So to say that my family comes before a career would be an understatement. However, the government contract finance business has been good to me. The kids range from 29 to 16 – oldest has her grad degree, second is in grad school, third is in dental hygienist school and last as I described above. Pat owns two coffee shops in the Leesburg, VA area, so we are busy all the time. Everyone is well – Thank God. Now, indoc, if I remember right, when we came in we were met by third class "pushers" and one was assigned to each section. In addition, the RC and RA and the BCs and BAs were there for the first two weeks to get us ready for when the regiment returned; then the second class took over and life got a bit tougher, but the transition was far more gradual then what we witnessed last week. The Commandant of Midshipmen (Capt. Kennedy) brought back the entire first class early for this indoc – as well as 5 Army Master Sergeants to guide the Midshipmen in proper indoctrination techniques. Needless to say, it was quite loud on Barney Square (now called "The Grinder") and in the barracks. The first classmen seemed to take the job very seriously (pity the poor "plebe candidates"). We were identified by wearing a pretty large silver medal around our necks, proclaiming we were the 50th legacy class – at least this got us free reign to go anywhere on campus. There were several parents that seemed quite concerned and more than a few tears. We were able to speak with many parents and I feel (and I think the other guys do as well) that I would not have missed this opportunity and felt that we were of some service on that day. So, in summary, I'd like to say I got all misty eyed at the memories, but hell we were glad to "Get out of that place." Fill me in on your activities – Hope all is well. John Hill contributed one of his many Sea Stories: It's been a while since we sat down and chatted. I always welcome the opportunity! It provides a chance for me to relive some of the experiences of the life at sea, and I guess also gives some our younger staff a chance to catch a glimpse of life on the high seas sometimes even before they were a glint in their father's eyes! This is a story hopefully providing a bridge connecting the piracy of today with a similar event befalling one of my ships just two days after I got off. It would please me to no end if some of the younger staff especially would appreciate the luxury of being whisked back 38 years in time and read, in a virtual stream of consciousness, what was going on in our heads "way back" in 1975. On reflection, they will find that little has changed – there are just different villains nowadays. Then it was Charlie, or the Viet Cong, or the dreaded Khmer Rouge. Today, it is the pirates of both African coasts and the terrorists within it and elsewhere. In the '70s, I don't think the word "terrorist" had yet graduated to our lexicons. That came later in the '90s and beyond. But in 1975, we were smarting from 8 years or so in Vietnam. The country was divided – we were told we lost that war although I don't think we lost any battles, and our proud veterans were scoffed at upon their return. Jane Fonda, in the fashion of traitors everywhere, was sitting in N. Vietnamese anti-aircraft batteries in Hanoi, as her countrymen were shot down and tortured, and our current Secretary of State was trashing our country and defiling his uniform in international settings. We had just lost our President in disgrace, and the country was smarting. It was in the late spring of 1975 in the Gulf of Siam. Now it is called the Gulf of Thailand. That is the body of water extending from the South extremity of South Vietnam to the Malacca Straits to the West. If you look at a map, you will see that the nation of Thailand pretty much surrounds that body of water. I think Burma is also up there, and Vietnam and Cambodia occupy some of the far south eastern periphery of it. It is a non-descript little body of water, characterized by very warm surface temperatures reaching into the upper 80sF. Oh, yes, that's warm, as oceans go. The average temperature of our oceans runs about 50F. But the tropical waters of Southeast Asia, like other tropical areas, have water warm enough to bathe in. We sometimes did just jump in from the bridge wings to cool off from the air, which was even warmer. You couldn't relax too long in the water, however, since it was full of creatures you wouldn't want to mess with like 2 ft. diameter jellyfish, sharks, and sea snakes. I know, we'd see them at night with the aid of our cargo lights, which we kept suspended 10 ft. or so above the water to keep the ship secure from Viet Cong "swimmers" Anyway, I digress, so please forgive me. But as I was saying, the point about temperatures in the deep tropics, as some of old salts like Captains Steve, Igor and Sid can relate, is that it stays hot even after sunset. Probably, however, only Captain Huvane and I served over there on non air-conditioned vessels, such that when plotting a position at night in the chart room, the perspiration sometimes smeared the pencil marks! Remember that Steve? Anyway, I could talk about those days when we had wooden ships and iron men, but let's get back to this saga. One of my ships was the SS Mayaguez, which was a fine ship. My employer sold some ships to some folks, including my "permanent" ship, causing me to be reassigned from it to the Mayaguez. I had to step down to Ch. Mate for a couple of months before getting into rotation with her "permanent" Master, Captain Miller. The plan was to go home in May '75, take a couple of months off for the birth of our twins, and then relieve Charlie. So, I got off in Hong Kong. Our ship was based there, and made "runs" to the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand/Singapore. The Thailand/Singapore run was 14 days, and was generally the one most liked by the crew. That was mainly because the 14 days gave time for relaxing, vs. 7 and 6 day runs, respectively and for the unmarried guys, quite frankly, they liked the nightlife those two places afforded. The Philippines was just too dangerous, because the crew would lose control and sometimes overimbibe. It is funny now, looking back, but it wasn't so funny when I had to put a crewman in jail for threatening my life, or when undocking with a couple sailors screwed up. Vietnam, on the other hand wasn't too pleasant, with flares going off all night usually, and the incessant sound of artillery in the sometimes not too distant background! They still went ashore however, so God Bless em! Anyway, the trip when I got off was a 7 day run to Vietnam. We were nervous on that one, because the S. Vietnamese were in the process of being defeated. We were the second to last US ship to leave Vietnam. We could see troops running adjacent to the defoliated Saigon river as we left. I don't know if they were North or South, but when you think of it, anytime you see troops running it is not good. So, we get back to the best port in the world and I get off. Two days later, my ship was captured by the Cambodian Navy. And let me tell you, Marion, the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia was feared by all. Google "The Killing Fields" and you'll get a flavor of them. So I get home, and presto, learn of her capture. I didn't know that engineers could write. Classmates, send your stories. 1968 By David Aldrich 203-330-9597 Hello all: I do not have too much for this edition, but the 45th reunion is fast approaching and last I heard we had 52 rooms booked at the Inn in Great Neck so it is shaping up to be a very good reunion for us. I hope you are attending. If you are reading this column for the first time in the magazine, it is because I do not have a valid email address for you. I am emailing this to all I have at the same time I am sending it to the Kings Pointer's Communications Director. George Stupski, aka Kevin Zahn, thanks all of you who downloaded his eBook, The Bucko Mate: Twenty Years in the Merchant Marine. A special thanks to the classmates who wrote reviews for it. It is selling well for an eBook! From Ron Heimburger: Greetings to all. I hope that those of you that are attending, or attended our 45th Homecoming Activity (depending on when you read this) had a great time sharing old Academy stories, sea stories (fiction and non-fiction) and just enjoying being with fellow classmates that survived the Academy from august 1964 to "out the gate in '68" on 06 June, 1968. As the Christmas Holiday Season again is approaching (with this publication deadline) I ask you again to consider helping our classmate Raymond Byrnes. Raymond remains "off the homeless streets" of LA – thanks to a small number of very dedicated and active LA KP alumni. Please consider sending Raymond a Christmas card, maybe a gift card – McDonalds, Starbucks, 7-eleven. A 2014 personal goal of writing a few letters to Raymond would be great. He really appreciates 1968 classmate-written mail correspondence and he has been very punctual in sending out a written response. Raymond's snail mail address is: Raymond Byrnes, Southpark Hotel #31, 830 1/2 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014-3006. Personally I had the honor and privilege to volunteer during the eight days of the Veteran's Administration Annual Wheelchair Games that were held in Tampa in July. What an inspiring event. I was allowed to coach a power (motorized wheelchair) soccer team through their three games. I also volunteered to work several shifts unloading and loading baggage at the Hotel on the arrival and departure days. Baggage work was really great because of the "face time" with many participants, families and companion dogs. Car loading issues were a lot like dealing with cargo loading issues with our old break-bulk ships. Quick event observations – The participants did not see themselves restricted to "a chair." The camaraderie was absolutely incredible – huge annual "meet up" for many participants. The spouses were very loving, supportive – and roles and responsibilities were much defined. My best memories were the companion and family dogs – so much mutual love. The dogs showed a lot of concern when they were separated from their companions when they were competing. The dogs were almost all worn out after eight days and it was definitely time to go home. Our family is okay. We struggle with medical and medical insurance issues – who doesn't – that are somewhat compounded by the lack of paying consulting work. But we will see it through. 40th wedding anniversary next year – two great loving kids – two great cats – what more could you ask for. High school cross country coaching starts in four weeks – high school girls' soccer starts up again in early October – time to get these legs back in playing shape. Life is good! God Bless You Fellow 1968 Kings Point Classmates. – Ron Heimburger That's all folks. Hope to see you September 26-29. 1969 45th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 45TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Martin Crandall • 313-965-8413 Our 45th Reunion is only 11 months away – and speaking of the Reunion our recently retired shipmate Joe McVicar, who will be assisting Pop Hollis, Jim Williams and I on reunion issues, recently spent an afternoon pondering the details – but before pondering he had to decide which San Diego Beer to have on a sunny Seattle afternoon? Port Brewing Old Viscosity Ale, Ale Smith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, or Ballast Point Victory At Sea Imperial Porter ... in a KP stein, of course. Tough choice! Retired Chief Engineer and expert beer aficionado Fred Bayles suggested a vintage and slightly more economical alternative – Piels, Schaefer, and Rheingold. And speaking of Chiefs – hopefully, another Chief Engineer Rick Davis will bring to the reunion his rebuilt El Camino which he has been working on in Texas during his retirement. Lookin' good Rick! Last, but not least, our Montana Mate (now Arizonian) Al Melvin passes along the following note: I would like our classmates to know about my Exploratory Committee to run for Governor of Arizona. I have attached my press release and a campaign brochure. I request our classmates to check out my website at See, y'all in October 2014! 1970 By Edward A. Waryas, Jr. • 860-384-3741 A while back got an email from Steve Ford: Been a real long time Ed, but have followed your column over the years and enjoyed immensely keeping up with the class. Steve sent in an attachment regarding the 1970 Yacht Club. Also, his contact info is: 503.789.3618 or 1978captain@ My daughter Christina is now Christina Murphy as she married USCG Lt. Gary Murphy. They got married in Charlestown, MA with the reception in Boston. Made the news and NBC local news in Boston as the old car they were running in lost its brakes and went through a red light. The Police gave them a ride to the reception in a police cruiser. You can find the TV segment by googling NBC local news Boston and video. The caption should be "Newlyweds ride in cruiser to reception." As for Ed Waryas, I will probably work for another year. Making it easier to retire is my being elected to the board of a publically traded shipping company. I must also apologize for being a bit lack recently with the articles. All the wedding stuff was stressful to say the least. Appreciate your sending in bits of info for the article. 1971 By Steve Ware • 650-571-5722 By Roy R. Rogers • 703-573-9527 Report from John D. Cameron, Jr., P.E., '71: Classmates, thanks to fellow classmates who responded to my request for class updates. Here you go! Stu Quan reports that he has been consulting on a re-model of the Chevron marine facilities in Richmond, CA for the past two years. He said, "It has been 'eye-opening' as the P.E.'s from Moffatt and Nichol engineering firm certainly keep me on my toes. In other words, (as a deckie), I have grown to appreciate your precision and attention to the details." Stu sent along the "West Coast Report" with appreciation to Bob Johnson and Dave Myles for their help. Southern California: "I appreciate the efforts of Ken Fidyk. Both he and his wife, Diane, are organizing a mid-term Reunion Cruise to the Caribbean for the spring of 2014. This is a terrific idea as many of our classmates have made their deposits for the seven-day adventure. On the 'deckie side of things,' our multifaceted classmate, Steve Schmidt, retired from his career at Chevron Shipping Company. He is leaving behind his role as a lightering master, mooring master, and training officer, but will continue in his role as a full-time grandparent. Northern California: Ron Johnson has been piloting his Na Hodu II on the waters of San Francisco Bay. The craft is shipshape, and Captain Ron even let Stu Quan take the helm for a few minutes. Stu also hosted a class of 1973 visitor to the SF Bay Area. Captain Doug Subcleff and his wife Amy of Edmonds, WA enjoyed the environs of San Rafael. Also in Marin County, our Classmate Dave Myles attends USMMA alumni luncheons aboard the Liberty Ship Jeremiah O'Brien. Steve Ware continues to thrive. He and wife Lindy are poised to move to their new residence in Hillsborough, CA. Oregon: Captain Bob Johnson (Steamboat Bob) is continuing his safe record of ship transits across the Columbia River Bar. In Portland, Rich Monahan is enjoying his transition to a West Coast lifestyle. After many years on the other coast, he likes his life in the Rose City. The long-time Panama Canal pilot, Captain Don Kat has left behind a tremendous career in the Canal Zone, and will plan to spend more time in his home in Oregon. Steve Brown, also of Portland, has been retired from his role as an educator and mathematics professor. Washington: C/E Art Faherty continues his busy professional life as a forensic engineer in Seattle. On occasion, he and Bob Johnson get together for a professional tete-a-tete. Stu adds that, "Undeniably, the offspring of the Class of 1971 have been excelling. In the Miss California 2013 pageant, Ron Johnson's daughter, Juliana, represented Yosemite Valley in June of this year. Steve Brown's son and daughter, Benton and Nena, have found great satisfaction in serving our country in the U.S. Customs / Border Protection (CBP) and the US Air Force. Also, Stu Quan's son, Landon, has a career in the USAF for over 12 years. Not far behind is the son of Marla and Dave Myles. Their son, Ryan, has been an honors student in the schools of San Rafael. Finally, Midshipman Alysia Johnson, daughter of Steamboat Bob, will be entering her second class year at our alma mater, USMMA, as a member of the Class of 2015." Candy and John Sullivan, after receiving visits from Jane and Tom McCabe and Bryan Sinram continued their "I love KP Mariners" year with a cross country RV trip visiting Maggie and Rudy Orona in Alabama, Nancy and Gus Jockers (the "electronics guru") in St. Louis and Candi and Dave Alberi in Montana (whose daughter, Lindsay, just got married!). We're hoping to see them all at our 45th Reunion! Thanks to Larry Kline for the update. Our Southwest Airline Pilot, when he's not flying commercially or spending quality time with his bride, Chris, is active with historic plane flights and the "Adopt-APilot" program. The attached photos are of Larry with a Stearman, a WWII training bi-plane and with one of his students from 91st Psalms Christian School in Phoenix taken at the SWA hanger in Phoenix where they have a class field trip every year as many of the students have never flown or been in a commercial aircraft. They get cockpit tours and learn about aviation, science, geography, math, and setting goals and how to achieve their dreams. Larry's wife, Chris, is a nutritionist so they also added a class on health and nutrition as many of the kids are sedentary and obese. There are over 1,000 Southwest pilots that have participated in the 10-year program. Good work, Larry and Chris! Congratulations to Jim Shellem and his wife, Kim, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on August 18 as well as their granddaughter's 6th birthday! Bill Stoffel reports that he is finally coming off the "injured reserve" list for a couple of health issues, that would not have been possible without the care and support of his loving wife, Julie. Stay well, Bill. Don Kat reports that after a 34-year career spanning three administrations and one invasion by US paratroopers, he has decided to retire from the Panama Canal Authority. His wife, Marsha, a local artist and proud mother of two wonderful daughters will hopefully tolerate having Don around the house a little more. Jane and Tom McCabe having visited Loretta and me over the summer for a beautiful day at the beach did a Yeoman's job in rounding up some of our classmate reporting. He reports that the Secretaries Cup golf match between USMMA and USCGA is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, at the Arlington, VA Army Navy Country Club. Everyone is invited to participate. Typically, they are in need of KP people to play. It's always a fun day, and this year be topped off with a very nice dinner (open bar) in the Sun Room at the new clubhouse. Anyone who might be interested can contact either Tom or Roy Rogers. Tom reports, "In February, Jane and I drove my car back to California from where I had been living in Virginia. Our send-off dinner was with Mary and Joe Angelo, Sharon and Steve Blust and Mary and Roy Rogers. Our trip west started at the Rogers' home in Virginia and included us driving down to Florida to stay with Candy and John Sullivan and then on to New Orleans (Superbowl Weekend) to spend the afternoon with Joanne and Ron Campana." Gary Adams reports that his wife, Clita, has been a real trooper in handling some serious health issues. They shared some recent happy news recently with the wedding of their daughter, Beth. Thanks to Todd Huinker and Ron Campana for all the "RC" Paul Resop updates. Paul has a great attitude toward his health challenges. Please keep him in your prayers. On the New York front, Carol and Tim Mockler are busy spending their children's inheritance, traveling around the world on multiple vacations a year. Tim seems to be trying to get enough sea time to upgrade his license. Too bad Tim, it's too late! Donna and Mike Medvec just celebrated the birth of their second granddaughter, Victoria. Donna Sinram was successful in getting Bryan to sell his landing craft (yes, landing craft!). With recent arrivals, Syrus and Meghan, they now have four grandchildren! Also, I ran into Chuck Featherer (after umpteen years!) at the New York Blue and Grey Golf Classic, who is still working down in the Philly shipyards. The love of my life, Loretta, and I are doing well, enjoying grandparenthood to the fullest. No plans for retirement on the horizon for me. The fire in my gut just won't go out! I hope all of you and your loved ones are doing well. If any of you are going through challenges health or otherwise, we will keep you in our prayers. Remember Kings Point in your thoughts and support. I don't know any of us who would be where we are today without "the Zoo." Stay well, God bless! Love you all – John P.S. I hope that by the time you read this article that the issue of the tragic eviction of the USMMA-AAF from the Academy grounds has been resolved. The AAF is our lifeline to Kings Point. Whatever your thoughts are on this issue, may you remember that the future of the Academy depends upon the outspoken and undying support of the Alumni, parents and our elected leaders. Stay strong and resolute in your support! ANV! 1972 By Jim Borell • 703-967-2061 Rick Gabey and son Ryan took a male bonding road trip from their homes in the general vicinity of Chicago in late July, visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park; Washington, DC; and the Borell cabin in southern Maryland. At Gettysburg Rick and Ryan re-enacted Pickett's Charge jogging the first 400 yards across the open field, then walking the next 400 yards, then sitting down guzzling water still about another 400 yards short of Cemetery Ridge. It was a gallant attempt, but I reminded Rick that the last time he was in Gettysburg he was on a football field of only 100 yards in length, and he certainly never had to charge that far. It was great seeing them, other than Rick trying to speak Spanish to a couple of young hostesses at a seafood restaurant on the Chesapeake Bay. They certain didn't understand him. Yo entiendo Español, and I hadn't a clue what he said, and of course Ryan had another bout of eye rolling. Did I mention that Mr. Gabey returned home only to fully retire? Congrats, Rick, and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Intrepid cub reporter John Todd attended the 2013 graduation ceremonies at Kings Point, and submitted the following report: Congratulations to the class of 2013 whose graduation was a joyous event. The air at KP was filled with excitement, enthusiasm and the unbridled feeling of happiness and accomplishment as only a Kings Point graduate can feel. Graduation day for me in 1972 was one of the greatest days of my life as I bounded off the stage, diploma in hand, happy to be alive and in one piece. It was out of the zoo in 72 and on my may to Pensacola being a Navy fighter pilot. Forty-one years after our graduation, my second cousin, Sean Minor, experienced the same thrill of graduation, and was sworn in as a 2nd Lieutenant, US Army by his sister Navy Lieutenant Kelly Minor, recently returned from deployment as a MASH nurse in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She served magnificently in harm's way, and I salute her with the highest respect. Earlier this year, Sean and four other KP swimmers were honored as NCAA All Americans, the first ever for the USMMA. He will soon be off to 61 days of training at the Ranger School in Ft. Benning, GA. John continued: The only blight of this beautiful day was the knucklehead action of a few alumni who chose this sacred event to expose to those in attendance their negative views of the current Superintendent. Two aircraft towing banners circled over Tomb Field at 500 feet for about 30 minutes during the ceremony. Wrong Place! Wrong Time! Distracting, offensive, and inappropriate – yes on all accounts. Acta Non Verba are words that we say with great pride and honor, and I know 2nd Lt. Sean Minor feels the same way. Those Ancient Mariners who were responsible for the planes have forgotten those time honored words. Despite this event, graduation day was electric and exciting and the terrific men and women of the class of 2013 exemplify the continuing flow of outstanding young American leaders who experience the Kings Point adventure. They proudly step out into life heads and shoulders above others. How many have experienced the academic load, finals and license exams after having travelled the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Cape of Good Hope, the Straits of Magellan and the Panama Canal? I remember walking into a bar in Valparaiso, Chile on my first sea tour and seeing a Kings Point athletic jacket being worn by a local patron. That is what bonds us all! Thanks for the report and heart-felt passion, John. I'm pretty sure I remember that same local patron you spoke of at the Yako Bar in Valpo. John experienced another family milestone last December, when his oldest daughter Kendra married Jason Mattera at the Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach. You may remember that Kendra was the season 3 winner of "The Apprentice," and hosted her own real estate show on HGTV. She is the CEO of The Kendra Todd Group, a Seattle based real estate firm. Husband, Jason, is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and radio talk show host in New York City. Congratulation to proud papa Tom Patsch, and to daughter, Kate, who recently received her Master's Degree from Marymount University in Virginia. After graduating with a 4.0 QPA, Tom figures that Kate is about a dozen times more intelligent than him. "Make that a baker's dozen," he said! So what did you guys do on your summer vacation, I asked. Here are some of your responses. Joe Pantalone reports that he and wife Janet Bissinger, spent a week motorcycle touring in the Bershires. They also spent most of their summer vacation money in January touring around New Zealand. Well that certainly counts since January is the middle of summer down there. Their daughter, Giulia, is a newly minted Aerospace Engineer from MIT. He said, "We and 13,000 others sat for five hours in the pouring rain and 58 degree temperatures to witness this event. Giulia is working for Boeing R&D for the summer, then back to MIT for her Master's Degree. We are happy to report that her Master's will be at no cost to Mom and Dad." I bet you are. "Jambo!" Note to classmates: Stu Goldstein is showing off the sum total of his command of the Swahili language by saying hello. "Jackie and I just returned from a photo safari in Kenya and Tanzania. We were in Tanzania at the same time President Obama was there, but our paths didn't cross, his loss. However, we did truck through some pretty remarkable scenery, courtesy of a number of bush flights between Nairobi, the Serengeti, the Ngorngoro Crater, Massa Mara, etc. Among other things, we visited a Masai tribal village (National Geographic, eat your heart out), the Leaky archeological site (still looking for the 2 million yearold man), and came within a short stone's throw of a tremendous variety of birds and animals in the wild, including predators like jackals, hyenas, lions, cheetahs (no there are no tigers in Africa), and a pair of copulating leopards, which we observed for quite a while. Apparently the male mounts the female for about 10 seconds, goes for a brief smoke, and then comes back for another go round. This goes on for three to four days. (He must be from KP '72). I am sending, a separate email, one of the many photos I took of this rare sighting. Hope it's not too x-rated for our current by-the-book Superintendent. It took some time to get back home – Nairobi to London to Philadelphia, but all in all an incredible trip." Sounds like an awesome trip, Stu. The picture of the male leopard taking a smoke break while copulating is NatGeo cover worthy. Unfortunately, it has been culled from this publication by the Academy's new morals officer, Pat Robertson. In response to my request for summer vacation stories, Paco Tirado simply sent a picture of the island of Culebra about half way to St. Thomas from Fajardo, where he has his summer home. Since it is summer year round in Puerto Rico, I'm not sure we can call it a summer home. Just think white sand beaches, blue-green Caribbean waters, and palm trees swaying in the easterly breezes. Jan and John Moran didn't bother with just summer vacation, they just vacationed. "Jan and I did the Canal Zone, aka Panama, over Christmas, Iceland in Feb to see the 'lights,' 14 active volcanoes and to swim the blue lagoon. We also just returned from Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. There were many wet landings; i.e., jumping into the water from a pilot boat and wading to shore. We saw and swam with the sea lions, viewed the giant iguana and tortoises up close and got many good shots of Darwin's famous blue footed boobies. Jan bought me a hat that says I love boobies!" Don't we all, John. John Whiteley is always busy, so I know he has to take some time off during the summer. He said: The summer of 2013 was very interesting. Aside from slaving away at Mountwest Community & Technical College and the Inland Waterways Academy, I took two weeks off for – more work! Actually, it was very enjoyable work. I helped man the US Power Squadron booth at the Boy Scout Jamboree at the new Bechtel Summit Scout Reservation right here in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. In addition to being able to boast that I attended both the last Jamboree that was held at Fort AP Hill in Virginia (which was also the Centennial Jamboree) and the first Jamboree held at its new permanent home, I was able to interact with about 40,000 Scouts and leaders from all over the US, in fact, from all over the world. My primary duties at the US Power Squadron booth were teaching proper life jacket use and coaching the Scouts and leaders in extinguishing fires using the Bullex Fire Simulator. So, let's see, for ten days I got to sit in a tent, with not even a fan, let alone air conditioning, in the midst of the worst heat wave of the summer. The humidity was extremely high all week, and it only got worse when we had afternoon thunderstorms (which happened on each of the last five days of the Jamboree). And the BSA has to do some work on engineering – not only did our exhibit begin to attain an appreciable list as the Jamboree went on, we discovered following the thunderstorms (see above) that all of Action Point, where we were located, drained to our position. It would start raining, and a significant pond would form on the upstream side of our platform, until the water overtopped the dam and started flowing through the display. Ok, so your life jacket training was very useful, John! He continued: We began telling the Scouts that we had a whitewater exhibit just for them! It was great seeing all these Scouts really enjoying themselves. They had zip lines, canopy tours, BMX bicycles, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, and lots of hiking. The site covers 10,600 acres, and it was as far as four miles between venues. I had seven of the boys in my Troop in attendance, and when I would run across them they were always smiling. For donating ten days of my vacation, sweating in the heat and humidity for 10 hours a day, and walking many of those miles I was rewarded with a plaque with my name on it, two polo shirts and a hat. You really need to work on the fun vacation part of your life, John. But, yes, I can understand your enthusiasm for working with young people – good on you! Augie Ortega had no specific plans for summer vacation, just spending some time with their grandchildren at the beach and in the mountains. He takes an occasional side trip to the Cherokee Indian Reservation Casino in Cherokee, NC where he can implement his selfproclaimed short term, high risk, low return investment strategy. This scares me a bit since Augie is a financial advisor in Mount Pleasant, SC. Rich Timoney had an interesting summer vacation trip. He deposited his grandson, Austin Wise at Kings Point for the class of 2017 Indoctrination. I'm not sure if this was Rich's sadistic side raising its ugly head, or a selfless grandfather-grandson bonding opportunity. I'll go with the latter. So for my summer vacation, I took my typical monthly forays to Puerto Rico, which is always a bit dicey during hurricane season. Ok, that's really work; however, I also attended my 45th Balboa High School reunion in Orlando, FL. Canal Zonians gather annually in Orlando to forage, water (usually without water), kibitz, and dance to Panamanian music for 4 seemingly endless days. I did all of those things with varying results. I did see Dave Bell at the reunion whose golf handicap is greatly benefitting from his retirement. One day after our return from the reunion, our 17-month old grandson came for a nine-day visit, while his parents went off to do a bit of vacationing themselves. Note to self: Allowing only 24 hours between the end of the reunion and the beginning of grandson sitting is not an optimal recovery period. Greg Hannigan had reminded me that July 21, 1968, was the 45th anniversary of the beginning of our Kings Point journey. Some of you shared some interesting memories from our Indoctrination. Bob Curt remembers: I was terrified of the Pushers (I wonder if they still use that name today as it is not too PC). It was really hot. I roomed with Bob Draves for two weeks before being transferred to 3rd company where I roomed with Charlie Grant for the rest of the year. Charlie showed me how to light farts, which I did not know was possible. (Note: Certainly a life skill we all have used.) I also remember the poor guy who had to wear balloons on his belt for coming in last during the morning run. Brent Shoemaker added: I seldom (actually never), pipe in, but the mention of indoctrination does stir a lot of memories. As for the poor balloon guy, as I recall, one of them was named Gautier better known as Gaucho at the time from Louisiana. He didn't make it to graduation. As I also recall, being young and, quite insensitive, we were pretty hard on the guy, which had to make it doubly tough for him at KP. Bob Draves remembers how friendly and nice everyone was during reporting day, but when the parents left, the place took on a very different tone. "Does anyone remember the guys crying for their mothers that first night, or the smart one that jumped the walls with his golf clubs?" Really, he actually brought golf clubs? In other notes of interest, Greg Rahner's oldest son, Dave, recently got married. He and his lovely wife honeymooned in Europe – Paris, Rome, and Venice. Greg and his wife honeymooned in the Poconos – Scranton, Harrisburg, and Allentown! I think that stands on its own. John Jurgens and family welcomed new grandson Christopher John CJ Flood into the family on July 8. He weighed in at 8 lbs. and 9 oz. Congratulations, grandpa. Greg Hannigan's daughter Kristen and Craig Jones were married June 15 in Greenwich, CT. The civil ceremony included an ancient Celtic hand-fasting ritual performed by the bride's brother Jeff. Since retirement Bill Gibbs lives vicariously through his children and grandchildren. Son Will and his wife Alice have blessed them with their second grandchild, Jane, on April 20. Dave Spotts was in New York on business and pleasure, so he took his wife to the Academy since she had never seen it before. They arrived just before colors; however, there was no marching around the Oval because of some construction. He notes, "seems to me they are getting away from tradition. We would have figured a way to get together, even if we just circled Barney Square." By the way, Budes, I think it's now called FedEx Barney Square. He continued, "took a long shot and popped into the Admiral's office in Wiley Hall. His door was locked. Came out the back door and walked along the Seawall to the stone steps up to Melville Hall and there he was walking from his quarters. He stopped me because he thought we were lost and needed his help. I said no, I was on my way to his quarters to show my wife where I stood guard to protect Admiral McClintock from a Ft. Schuyler raid. He was pleasant, but clearly off guard and insecure. I told him who I was and that I was concerned about the recent alumni events. He said it will all work out with time. I said I hoped so. I told him we were considering a visit from him with NE Ohio and the Detroit Alumni Chapters during the summer. He seemed distant. I let him go with thanks for his service." Dave Spotts also keeps an eye on what's going on in Congress, and passed along the news that Senator Murphy (DCT) introduced a bill (S. 1361) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veteran's status of an individual who performed service as a coastwise merchant seaman during WWII, and for other purposes. So for our class, I think this would only apply and be of interest to Ray Wrice and Barry Butter. As can be expected with our age group, (since we try to act like twenty-somethings but are hampered by our 60+ year old bodies), there is some health news. Dennis O'Neill's wife Shirley continued her struggle with breast cancer in July. She was showing some positive progress with her treatments, and there is hope that her disease will go into remission. Rich Lockwood had the proverbial shoulder rebuild surgery in April, while his wife Beth had her right hip replaced in late June. Rich can now lift his forefinger to his nose while wearing his class ring, so his surgeon, Dr. Bradley from the Steelers is calling it a success. The hospital had Beth up and walking around three hours after her hip replacement. I believe this type of medical care is known as the Get In, Get Out, Quit Messing About, methodology. Nevertheless, she is doing fine. A small piece in the crime section of the Indianapolis Star newspaper during Indy 500 weekend, reported that, "Two oldish, but distinguished looking mariners, were found asleep arm-in-arm outside a local public house. The police decided not to wake them, because they couldn't determine the source of what appeared to be excessive drool and didn't want to mess up their uniforms." By pure coincidence I am aware that Roger Clark and Mike Kice attended the Indy 500 this year – go figure! 1973 By Daniel J. Zedan • 630-377-2628 By the time you read this, our 40th reunion will be history. I hope to have some pictures to put into the next issue as well as a run-down of the goings on. Since the last issue, and with the exception of various reunion related conversations with Bill Bailey and Thad Miller, I have only heard from three of you guys. In May I heard from Tom Alexander. This is the first time I've heard from Tom. He was trying to get some info on the reunion and wanted to make sure his email address was added to my contact list. Tom has been living in Rhode Island for the last 30 years or so where he owns a Marine Engineering/Technical and Services/Ship Repair firm. He has been blessed with two children; a son in the restaurant/real estate business in Boston and a daughter studying for her PhD at Harvard. While he finds himself slowing down a little, he does not plan on retiring anytime soon; at least not in the next five years or so. In June, John Acomb sent me a brief email regarding his recent job change. On June 4, John started in a new position with Hoegh LNG. His new email address is John noted that, "The LNG business is an exciting, expanding business and Hoegh is involved in some very special projects such as FLNG and Regas. We are starting up with a regas project in Tianjin, which is the port city for Beijing. We will have a regas ship stationed there for minimum 5 years, which will convert Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to pressurised gas similar to propane. This will allow China to begin importing gas. We have four other regas ships under construction in Korea and these will be stationed in Lithuania, Malaysia, and Chile. There are many other projects in the works so I am excited to be part of this." John indicated that he plans to attend the reunion and fill in more of the blanks at that time. Congratulations, John. I also received a very nice email from Doug Hanscom. Doug is doing very well and is really enjoying being a grandfather. He noted that he particularly enjoys watching his granddaughter Allison grow into a "cute little girl." He noted that his family is also doing well. The other reason for his email was to ask that I mention, for those of you not aware of it, that our fellow classmate Bob McDermott has already published two novels and is working on a third. Deadly Straits and Deadly Coast received great reviews and continue to do well sales-wise. The third installment in the trilogy is due out sometime this summer or early fall. Doug wanted to make sure that Bob received the appropriate recognition from our class. Not much else to report. My brother and I will leave in two days on our annual motorcycle trip. Last year we rode the continental divide from Jackson, WY through the Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff and Jasper before touring the Western Canadian provinces. This year, we will take historic Route 66 through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and into New Mexico. Just before arriving in Albuquerque, we will head north through Madrid, Santé Fe and Taos, NM, and then head into Colorado to Durango for a brief visit to the Durango and Silverton RR. From there we will head to Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah and drive through Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon. After a day or so there, we will head back to Utah to go through Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks then over to Moab to visit Arches National Monument. From there we will head into Colorado stopping in Georgetown to visit the railroad there before heading up to Rocky Mountain National Park. After that, we will make a bee-line for Chicago. My brother will then head back to his home in DC. I will then let my wife know that she should pack for a surprise trip to Hawaii to celebrate our anniversary. I have been planning the trip for six months now, and so far she has no inkling. I don't plan to tell her where we're headed until we get to the airport. Well that's about all for now. I hope that you all have a great fall. 1974 40th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 40TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Chris Gallowitz 832-368-2493 By D. Mike Smith • 703-727-3334 My wife Helen and I were welcomed into the home of Bill and Gail Schubert for a Memorial Day barbeque. The list of fellow classmates that were able to attend was limited to just Bill and I. However, we did have some great fun with some other local friends and family. The beer was cold, the food great, and the conversation was very interesting. We talked about the challenges and opportunities facing the Alumni Association and Foundation and Bill's efforts to assist all parties in future plan. He is busy with his business, and stays in contact with the current and future administration. I did hear from Nick Andryuk. Nick did move back to his home in Indiana last year, and is now consulting in Whiting, IN. He is enjoying himself in his new endeavor. He especially likes being close to his 5 grandchildren now, and treasures those moments since he moved from Houston. My wife, Helen and I just came back from a very relaxing vacation in Phoenix, AZ. Bob and Deb Ciavarella: We just spent some time at the Arizona Biltmore, taking advantage of the amenities from this luxury hotel. We spent lots of time hanging around the pool, drinking some cold beer, and enjoying some of the local Phoenix night life. What a wonderful way to relax and enjoy some good friends. I was able to get some good bicycling in as well, as I had fun riding up some of the hills that are severely lacking in the Houston area. We also spent some time discussing the challenges and opportunities of gathering our class together for our 40th reunion next year, so stay tuned for some info coming out in the fall. Bob is doing well, as he tries to keep his business continuously competitive and successful. He will be traveling to India soon, as the international focus of his organization keeps him extremely busy. 1975 By Wayne Stiles • 347-386-6269 87 Hilliard Road; Old Bridge, NJ 08857 The very cool and wet spring has evolved into a very hot and humid summer in New York. Our class has also begun to change seasons, moving from active careers and young families to retirements and young grandchildren. So, as the class of 1975 moves from being new graduates to ancient mariners, there are 38 classes, like our own, that have since ventured beyond Steamboat Road to make their mark in the maritime world. One note recently received was from Bob Baldwin passing on a note from Peter de Chadenedes. Peter writes: Just wanted you to know that I have retired from Kraft Foods after 30 years. Not sure what I am going to do, but turning 60 in 17 days . . . but I have applied to be a substitute teacher. We'll see how that goes. All the best to Peter and congratulations for crossing that 60 year threshold that everyone else will be crossing soon. With summer comes the annual Blue & Gray Golf Outing at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn, NY, a well-attended and vigorously supported alumni event. This year, my foursome included Jim Westervelt and John Lawrence, as well as Joe Benton '00. Also, attending from our class was Frank Atcheson. Another participant I met was Steve Herman '89, brother of Bob Herman. I spoke with Mike Crowley who could not attend the golf outing, but has recently changed jobs from attorney to insurance executive. Although a fathom is now a nautical unit of length equal to six feet, it was once defined by an act of Parliament as "the length of a man's arms around the object of his affections." In those days, most measurements were based on average sizes of parts of the body, such as the hand or foot, or were derived from average length between two points on the body. The word originated from the Old English Faethm, which means "embracing arms." So, when you go home and wrap your arms around the "object of your affections," remember that represents a standard of measure we all relate to and I am sure "the object of your affections" won't mind either. 1976 By Mitch Tublin A definition to consider – A leader knows the way, shows the way, shares the way and walks the way. Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. The combination of these two is how great leaders live, breath, and display their leadership skills and abilities. Hope this helps. Show your leadership and send me some leads in order to share them in this column this would be greatly appreciated. Wives, girlfriends, kids, grandkids, parents are all welcome to join in and share photos, stories, and more about your Class of 1976 graduate of the USMMA. You must place your name and their name in the story line somewhere. You do not have to be mentioned if you wish to be left out just let me know. Email all stories, photos and more to Here are a few of the emails which all had their full and up to date contact information: By email – Mitch, Attached you will find a photo of me and Claire at our daughter Amy's graduation from Notre Dame Law School. It was absolutely fabulous to attend her graduation. I guess we will stay put as she has accepted a position with a New Orleans firm. Claire is now working full time at being retired. I am still at FedEx Express flying the B777 to most corners of the world, with an eye towards retiring myself in a year or two. Best wishes to all. – Bill McIntire Bill, congrats to all! Great photo! This one found it's way to me – Hello, Mitch! Read your recent column in Kings Pointer. Update from me, retired from MARAD in December after nearly 36 years and enjoying myself immensely babysitting my first grandchild, Miss Talia Grace Fludd, born in February. I will send you pictures shortly. – Lennis Fludd Lennis, congrats to you and your family! Please send photos to the email address so they make it in the column! Email recently sent to me by David Thompson: Mitch, I have finally retired from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Michigan and headed to Mesa, AZ for some warm weather this winter. Now that I have some free time I have started to put together a list of our classmates (I show 231 graduates) and hope to get everyone's email address, home address, etc. that I will be able to share with everyone. My email address is If you can ask everyone to send me their email address, etc. to my email address that will help with my project. I hope to have the list done by May this year at the latest. Update – Dave and I will coordinate creating an updated list, which we will share with all you so help us out and get us your details. Send in your updated information as we have only about a 35% response rate so far. In closing out this update, it is not too early to sign up to work on the Homecoming Event for the 40th Reunion of the Class of 1976. Anyone who is interested, email me and include your best phone number. Areas we are looking for help in are: Attendee List and Confirmations, Travel and Hotel Coordinator, Thursday and Friday planning and events, Saturday planning and events, Sunday planning and events. If you want to help out and just not run one of these areas just say it. If you know we need another category let me know. The idea here is to have a leader who will run their day and create their team. Of course one Homecoming Chairman will coordinate all of these days and teams. Once enough responses are in place I will schedule a conference call and we will begin the planning process. Hear that sound – it is the tick tock of the clock. 1977 By Frederick R. Sciulli, Counsel 757-836-5303 Herb Forthuber reported that he has been running into Peter Blake at the KP alumni meetings in San Francisco. Pete is well, spending as much time as he can at his place in Napa. Herb and his wife had a fairly busy winter and spring. Their son Greg '07 is now living at South Lake Tahoe. They took advantage this past winter and spent several weekends skiing with him at Heavenly. The slopes are literally outside his backdoor. Their daughter Chelsea graduated this past May from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville resulting in a big celebration of the last dependent now completed college. Pete O'Neill retired after working for the Devil (Exxon/Mobil) for 33.5 years. His first day of retirement was April 1, and he has really enjoyed relaxing over the last few months. It has not all been relaxation as his wife had surgery for breast cancer in February. She underwent chemotherapy from April through June and in the middle of chemo she fell and broke her shoulder, which she is just starting to be able to move a little and do physical therapy. So a lot of Pete's retirement has been different than he thought as he is performing many more unexpected nurse-maid duties, e.g., cooking, cleaning (that plebe year experience all came back to him), and chauffeuring. Pete's retirement was timely because he had the time to care for her and the house. The grass and gardens never looked better. Most important, the cancer was caught early and the prognosis is that she will have a greater than 90% chance of it not returning. That is a lot higher percentage than Pete had when he went through his colon cancer episode six years ago! It has not been all work, and he has been getting out to the golf course at least once or twice a week. So, Pete is not looking for any sympathy. He recommends retirement for everyone. There are so many things to do without work getting in the way. Peter Blake spoke with Andy Hetz, Chief Mate/Master of Cape Orlando in Alameda, CA. Peter, Charlie Sciullo, and yours truly will join about 20 others on a rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon next spring. Peter met with John Simek and his wife Sharon for dinner in San Francisco. Tom Wesley was nominated as the Vice President of the USMMA National Parents Association. He is the only graduate/parent (John '15) on the board of directors. Tom has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM is a dynamic and innovative association of Massachusetts's employers that supports public policy that encourages economic growth and opportunity. From multinational, "brand name" corporations to sole proprietorships, AIM member companies employ one out of every five workers in Massachusetts and represent almost every sector of the economy. (I am not Tom Wesley but Tom approved this message.) Mike Miller and his three sons, Joe, David and Mark, recently completed a short one week hike on the Appalachian Trail. They hiked about 50 miles in North Carolina. Mike reported, "It was great to be with my sons. But maybe I should have my head examined for strapping 35 pounds to my back and trekking up and down these hills." The enclosed picture is from Wayah Bald close to Franklin, NC. Alan Farrier retired from the Army at the end of July. He has been on leave for 40 days and hasn't really accomplished a lot besides moving home. The future is unclear. His youngest daughter graduated this year from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She is working at Gateway Theater near Bell Port, LI in NY as part of the production crew. His older daughter and her husband are back from Germany and are now at Fort Lee, VA. She is the XO of an Advance Individual Training Company. (Congratulations Alan! Thank you for your long, dedicated service.) 1978 By Frank J. August • 202-297-5432 By John D. Bates • 516-799-0041 Dear class, family and friends: Kings Point Homecoming September 2013 and our 35th anniversary reunion are now a matter of history. We'll pull together a comprehensive, entertaining tale of our 35th for the next edition of the Kings Pointer. On behalf of our entire class, I'd like to thank our classmates who chaired the activities that made our anniversary celebration a huge success: John Bates – Class Gifts, Dave Gilmartin – Class Events, and Jack Noonan – Class Awards. All of us hope that you had a great time meeting with classmates, family, midshipmen, other alumni, faculty and staff while at Kings Point. For those not able to return to KP for homecoming, we did miss you and hope to see you at the 40th. We'd like to recognize our fellow classmates who were nominated for a variety of Alumni Awards: • Nominated for the Daniel E. Meehan Humanitarian Service Award: Steve Palubinski* • Nominated for the Distinguished Service Award: Ivy Barton Suter* • Nominated for the Meritorious Alumni Service Award: Ivy Barton Suter • Nominated for the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award: Bob Becker, Chuck Darrell*, Ron Ehlert, Jack Falvey*, Phil Greene*, Steve Palubinski*, Dick Severs*, and Frank Shukis. Congratulations to all of the above nominees who were considered for an award. For those not nominated, we know that many of you have not stepped forward and have achieved great career and personal successes. Acta Non Verba. To the award recipients listed with an asterisk (*), thank you for representing the class of 1978. Your nomination survived the rigorous selection process across all USMMA classes and you should be proud. In particular, Phil Greene is the very first alumnus to ever be recognized three times for the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award. Additionally Phil was also awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award also known as the "Kings Pointer of the Year Award" in 2011. Now on to more class news: Mike Boyd, my long lost** neighbor here in Fairfax Country, VA, called to tell me that he was moving to Long Island. Mike is planning to join Arizona Beverages at their corporate headquarters in Woodbury, NY, where he'll likely have a chance to taste various iced tea, juice cocktails and energy drinks while attending to more serious business activities. Good luck with the new career Mike! (** Mike and I have been so busy over the last 10 years that we never had a chance to meet up for lunch.) Our tireless Class Events Chairman, Dave Gilmartin, decided to attend the KP Senior Luau in early August. Dave caught up with Mike Boyd at the party, and they took turns telling stories to Mary Cunningham, Kings Point Social Director, about how much tougher regimental life was back in the day . . . when Land Hall and the chapel were the only safe refuge. On the brighter side, Dave and Mike could have shared their sea stories! Jack Noonan had a chance to catch up with a few classmates at the New Jersey shore this summer. Bill Mergenthaler, President of World Fuels Services NJ, is Chembulk's major bunker supplier. Don Carroll, VP Ship Management for MT Maritime, is the technical manager for seven Chembulk tankers including the MT Chembulk Kings Point. And Phil Greene is President of Tote Services. Jack enjoyed the very long days in Oslo, Norway this June while attending the Nor-Shipping Conference, meeting up with another Chembulk business partner and classmate Dan Kelleher, VP of Drew Marine in NJ. Finally, Jack mentioned a few classmates with which he has frequent communications including: Jack Buono, President of SeaRiver Maritime (ExxonMobil); Tom Ciappa, recently retired from ExxonMobil; John Corvino, Shipbroker at Quincannon Associates NY; John Glennon, ExxonMobil attorney and business unit manager; Rick Risley, Shipbroker with Odin Marine; and Kenny Rogers, Managing Director of Aurora Tankers in Singapore. Prior to homecoming weekend, we received an update from Tom Orlando, which he also shared on Facebook. He is doing well, and even though officially retiring last year, Tom has been active at the Indian Point nuclear power plant doing consulting work. Most of that work focuses on license renewal, which will allow the plant to run an additional 20 years. Evidently there are the usual anti- nuclear opponents but the owner Entergy Corp is taking on the task of following the life extension rules in order to keep the plant operating. The end result is that this effort will be tied up in the courts for a couple of years while all of the pro's and con's are heard in the legal system. Tom finds the work interesting and a good fit after working at Indian Point for over 30 years. "I still enjoy being at the plant." And it sounds like the legal process will give Tom plenty of opportunities to enjoy himself. In May 2013, Tom was able to take some midshipmen and Captain Palmer of the Engineering Department on a tour of the Indian Point plant. Tom was impressed with the midshipmen, the questions they asked, and the interest they showed. "It is amazing how it just seems like yesterday when we were in their shoes. Couldn't help but feel like a dinosaur though as we talked about the Academy and some of the old sea stories. It was a great experience for me." Tom did set aside some time to relax a bit. He and Deb spent a month in Hawaii to celebrate the marriage of their son Nick, 26, to his high school sweetheart Sonia Goncalves, on June 28. Nick and Sonia, who is also from Hopewell Junction, NY, are both school teachers and live on the west side of Oahu. Tom and Deb hauled the entire family there, including their other sons Tom, 32, and Joey, 31, who were best men, and their daughter Melanie, 16, who was the maid of honor. Son Joey is married to Jen and they have a daughter Sydney, 18 months, who was the flower girl. All had a chance to enjoy the weather, golf and beaches. One of the highlights was the volcano boat tour they took on the big island of Hawaii where they were very close to where the lava flows into the ocean. Finally, Tom had the opportunity to visit with our '78 classmate Paul Logan. Tom and Paul were third class roommates at Kings Point. Paul lives on the north shore of Oahu in historic Hale'iwa, and made Tom and his family feel very welcome during their visit. He said, "Paul is still the same great, generous, soft spoken gentleman he was back in the day. He never seems to age and is very happy. A true friend is someone who you meet after a 35 year absence and they make it seem like it was yesterday. Next time I travel out there we promised that we would get together to play a round of golf." Unfortunately we'll have to close this issue's column with some very sad news. In a short note from Kevin Mooney, he and Dennis Balsly '74, spent a week this past June on the Jersey Shore as part of the Kings Grant Presbyterian Church mission team; helping two families recover from Sandy. Kevin, Dennis and the group redid almost the entire interior of one house and began major restoration work on another. Two months later, on August 13, Kevin and Susanne lost their daughter Jennifer, 33, to a lengthy battle with melanoma. Jennifer fought for four and a half years during which she amazed her doctors with her tenacity. Kevin noted that "the end was apparently without significant pain and for that we are very grateful." For Kevin, Susanne and family, we are so, so sorry for your loss. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies during this difficult time. Our classmate Dan O'Brien passed on August 9, 2012. He was born on May 14, 1956 and was from Reno, NV. Most recently he lived in Las Vegas, NV. Dan sailed with the Military Sealift Command as Master. He did his internship with Chevron Shipping Company. Dan was a member of the Marlinspike Club, the sailing team and the DeMolay Club and was a pusher with me in third company during indoctrination at the start of our second class year. A plaque for the Memorial Arbors was placed by our class with the following inscription: Dan O'Brien '78, 1956-2012, In Remembrance at our 35th, The Class of 1978. Fair winds and following seas, Captain O'Brien. Furthermore, we heard that Jim Ghegan passed away on July 31, 2013 (see page 131). I just spoke with Jim a few weeks ago; he told me that unfortunately he wasn't planning to attend our 35th. A plaque for the Memorial Arbors was ordered by our class with the following inscription: James D. Ghegan '78, 1955-2013, In Remembrance at our 35th, The Class of 1978. Jim, God steer thee well. 1979 35th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 35TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Frank M. Buck, Jr. • 504-252-9678 Dear Classmates: Cheers to all from the Big Easy! Although it has not been very "Easy" lately. I was a little late stimulating interest in others to contribute to some news for inclusion in this column but sure enough, a quick "ping" yielded some responses. Scott Settje sent the following: Becky and I are living in Rhode Island for the past 4.5 and 9 years near Dallas before that. The oldest daughter is in Boulder and will be married next July. The youngest is in Brooklyn and was married a week ago! In the past year I have seen Rich Rogers, Tom Carpenter, Dave DeFeo, Jim Carney, John Weis, Walt Werther, Warren Redeker, Pat Obrien, Joe Parisi, Alex Smigelski, Tom McWeeney, Greg VanderLaan and Captain Bone. All are doing very well. Actually I did not see Dr. Tom McWeeney this year but I still heard from him; his son started at KP this year. Dick is doing better after a brush with the medical industry. Carp and Alex are up to their eyeballs in awards and donuts. Alex was planning to do a lot of bicycling this year and I hope he stuck with it. DeFeo is living the gentile life in northern Jersey. Carney, Weis, Walt, and Warren are all on the Island. OB has a giant fishing boat and loves fishing. Did I mention OB loves fishing? He made the big trip to Alaska this year and pulled in a lunker. Joey is in Florida and I think has at least one daughter married. Van's son is at West Point and doing well. Captain Bone is doing pretty good but still trying to get his golf game back to shape. We are all giving him strokes now. Cheers. Stan Mocarski was pleased to report that at a recent golf outing, the following classmates were there and a good time was had by all: Alex Smiegelski, Tom Carpenter, Jamie Carbone, Ken Rodin, Bruce Holzberg, John Weiss and Dave Defeo. John Christian hollered back that he is extremely proud and pleased to share that his youngest daughter recently graduated from the University of Hawaii this past May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She will now be working before continuing on with her Master's. The International Work Boat Show is scheduled for October this year rather than December. Therefore, that event will have occurred by the time you are reading this publication. I will definitely have an opportunity to visit with John but hopefully many other classmates will be attending. Our local alumni association usually sponsors a very enjoyable social outing at a place called Lucy's. Mike Goebel responded and I had hoped he would have sent us in some tidbits from his group of our classmates that he talks to regularly. However, I missed the deadline and although my submission was late, I could not hold up and wait for comments and notes about our fellow classmates that he could share with us. This past year has been a good one for the Buck Family. My son graduated from Jesuit High School and will be attending Tulane University. My daughter is on the Executive Board of Student Council at Ursuline Academy as a junior in high school this year. After my daughter graduates, I am hoping my wife takes up more interest in taking care of me but I have always been an extremely wishful dreamer. Our next reunion in 2014 will be our 35th. It does not sound like it is one of those really landmark reunion years but at our age and all things considered, we all should ponder the opportunity. Many of us will be turning 60 in 2017 and I'll plant the seed in this column at this time that we may want to consider that year as an opportunity to celebrate that landmark birthday with others. It's just a thought! When I am doing the column submission at this time of the year with the heavy tunnel of hurricane season, I sometimes wonder whether this will be my last submission. If anyone wants to step up and "mule the load" of this column, as I often say in court: "No objections here!" Smooth sailing to all and cheers. 1980 By Paul J. Murphy • 770-953-2021 1981 By Lorne Thomas • 440-653-5077 Classmates: Greetings everyone. I begin with some sad news about a loss of a classmate. Ed Fiddler passed over the bar on June 7. Ed left behind his wife of 29 years, Terry, and his son Timothy and was residing in Brookfield, CT at the time of his passing. A decade after graduation, Ed earned a Master's in Finance at Fairfield University. Ed was the senior Vice President at Marsh McLennan for 19 years. They are a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in risk, strategy and human capital. I was unable to get any additional details about his recent history before my deadline. If anyone has any additional information, please let me know. Donations may be made in Ed's name to the Amyloidosis Foundation, Inc., 7151 N. Main St., Suite 2, Clarkston, MI 48346. Please keep Ed and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rob Seabrook is still sailing Master for MSC Pacific but he plans to come ashore next February. His family reports that Rob's daughter Jade is tearing things up at the Naval Academy. She will be starting her Second Class year this fall and Rob "objectively" reports she is one of the pillars of the women's soccer team, having been named an All-American last fall. She is the first women's soccer player at Navy to ever get this honor. She was also the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, all league and MVP on the team. More importantly, she scored the goal that beat Army! Apparently, Rob's forte on the rugby field has manifested itself in his daughter! As promised, Mike Connors sent in a report on a few classmate sightings he's had and a recurring golf outing he makes with some old First Battalion buddies. His lengthy report, accompanied by a couple of pictures, follows: Back in April, I made a business trip to the UK and caught up with Gary Aguinaga and his wife Sandie for dinner, along with Chris Flanagan. Oddly enough we all started our careers with Exxon Shipping Company – back in the day! Gary is in his 24th year with Wheelabrator Technologies and now heads up their operations in Europe and Hong Kong. He and Sandie have been living in London for five years and thoroughly enjoy working and traveling throughout the UK, Europe, and Asia. They are celebrating 30 years of marriage and have two sons; Steve graduated from UCF with a finance degree is now a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corp based in Camp LeJeune, NC. Jeff earned his degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami and now works as a chemist in Leominster, MA. Gary has caught up with Don Becker, Jeff Goetz, and Bob Burke while over in London. Chris Flanagan was working in London as a Fleet Manager for Shell Oil and was scheduled to return to the states this summer after several years in London. In May, I joined four of our classmates for our 4th Annual Golf Outing in Orlando, FL – Don Becker, Iver Fundaun, Chuck Campbell, and Dan Voehringer. While waiting in the airport in Atlanta for my flight to Orlando, I ran into Bob Teer, who was returning from RADM Mark Buzby's '79 Change of Command Ceremony/ Retirement in Washington, DC. Bob works for NAVSEA in Panama City Beach, FL for the Naval Surface Warfare Center and is the Head of their Air Cushion Vehicle Branch. Bob served a tour up in the Pentagon from 2005-2006, where he crossed paths with Buz. He is married with no children and has been rescuing Golden Retrievers since the late 90s. Back to the golf outing, over the course of six days, with folks arriving and leaving as their schedules required, nine rounds of golf were enjoyed. Don played host and made all the arrangements, renting a large six- bedroom house in Orlando. He flouted his broad local knowledge on and found some great courses at obnoxiously low greens fees. Likewise, our former RIO was the big winner for the week finding more fairways and green in regulation than the rest of us! Don and his wife Mona of 30 years recently purchased a historic home on the Indian River in Cocoa, FL where Don enjoys spending much of his free time renovating the property. Don is the Operations Manager for Morton Salt's facility in Port Canaveral. Don and Mona have three children Jackie, Jay, and Julie. There are two upcoming weddings in the Becker household, as Jackie and Jay will be marrying their respective fiancées in the upcoming months. Chuck and his wife Loren have been married for 20 years and have three daughters. After stops in PA, VA, and Mexico, they have lived for 14 years in San Antonio, TX. Chuck received his MBA from Penn State and worked for GE for 15 years, Munters, a Swedish company for 10 years, and has been with Friedrich Air Conditioning for three years where he is currently President. After 35 years of diligent practice, Chuck self-describes his golf game as dismal. Dan Voehringer lives in Hoboken, NJ where he has owned and operated his own RE/MAX real estate office for almost 20 years and employs over 50 associates. Katie and Dan have been together for 16 years and enjoy traveling, snow skiing, and visiting their niece in Colorado when they're not working. Dan recently purchased a four-bedroom townhouse in the Catskills (upstate NY) and is looking forward to hosting one of the future golf outings. Dan is especially proud of his company's community involvement including support for the Children's Miracle Network for the past 18 years. Every time they sell a home or rent an apartment, money goes to CMN to help sick children. Additionally, they have been the number one fundraiser for Susan B. Komen for the Cure for all REMAX offices in NJ for the last three years. They also volunteer at a shelter 4-6 times a year as well as feed families in need every year. Over the last three years, they have arranged a full meal for more than 170 families at Thanksgiving. Many of his clients and friends have pitched in to help achieve these worthwhile goals. Iver Fundaun lives in Minneapolis, MN where he works as a lead systems engineer for Thomson Reuters. The company provides an online research product for lawyers (Westlaw). Iver has 3 children, Matt, Sarah, and Becca. Two are currently attending college and his youngest is a junior in high school. Kevin Monahan, who was unable to join the golf outing this year, lives in Harland, WI with his wife Jan of 24 years. They have two daughters; Erin, 21 who will be graduating next year from the U of Wisconsin with a degree in neurobiology, and Kelly, 17, who is a senior in high school. Both girls have become much better sailors than Kevin ever was or will be. Kevin is working as Engineering Manager for Signicast Corp, a commercial investment-casting foundry. Kevin recently discovered bicycle riding, but still finds time for some sailing and golf. As for myself, I married Christine on April 26 of this year. We reside in Chattanooga, TN where I have a corporate role for W.R. Grace, as the global manager for maintenance and reliability of our chemical plants. I have two children, Michael, who graduated from the University of Georgia with a finance degree, works as an insurance underwriter in Atlanta, and Catie who is currently attending Eastern Kentucky University finishing up her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. Mike, thanks for significantly beefing up a what was looking like a short and solemn column. I hope this inspires a few of you to send me something on yourself or other classmates you have crossed paths with over the past few months. It's not hard. I'm sure many of us type emails that are longer than this everyday . . . till next time! 1982 By Rob Wolf • 301-417-9573 As you will see below, our classmates have many new things brewing. First is a note from John O'Mara who has joined forces with fellow retiree Bill Karlson on a new joint business venture: Hello KP Classmates and other Kings Pointers. On May 31, 2013 the Karlson & O'Mara Distilleries LLC was formed. We are building a Craft Distillery for the purposes of producing and selling Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Rum, Vodka and Gin. Our current plan is to locate our Distillery in Manassas, VA. The Distillery will include an area for Bourbon and Rye Whiskey Barrel aging, Distilling, Product Sampling and on-site sale of our products. To study up on Craft Distilling we attended the American Distillers Institute (ADI) Annual Conference in April of this year in Denver, CO and I attended the 5 day Moonshiners University course in Louisville, KY where I graduated Magnum Cum Laude. It is the highest grade I ever received in a class. While I was studying, Bill was conducting product testing and meeting with Master Distillers and Still Manufacturers in Louisville. We selected a 500 gallon copper still by Vendome Copper and Brass Works which we will order in the next few weeks. We are very excited about our new professions and we will keep you all posted as we continue the site selection and begin the Distillery build-out process. We hope to be up and operational in the summer of 2014. Keep an eye out for our new Facebook page where you can follow our progress. We look forward to seeing you all at the Grand Opening next year. Good luck John and Bill; I'm sure that you will have many loyal customers amongst the readers of these pages. Retired Chief Engineer John Daly shared the following news on his new career: After over 28 years at sea accumulating experience, urged by colleagues, I moved into the Marine Surveying field. I now offer my services as a marine surveyor and am working with Arthur Waddington, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. While Arthur and I do not wish problems on anyone; should you find yourself facing a maritime challenge, do call. We would be pleased to help whenever and wherever we can. Congrats John and good luck! Kerry Remp is an engineer for NASA in Ohio by day and an accomplished origami artist by night. Here's a recent note from him on his most recent project: I want to brighten 100 lives by combining my two passions – music and origami. My entire life has been centered on music or engineering and I've recently discovered a new passion – origami. This ancient art form combines the creativity and flow of music with the precision and beauty of engineering into an elegant combination of these two passions for me. I believe all artists have a responsibility to share their gifts with the world, thus the inspiration for this project, Sheet Music Origami for the World. My goal is to share this passion with 100 kindred souls, anywhere in the world. The combination of joy that music evokes and the mesmerizing uniqueness of modular origami is what make these hand-crafted pieces special. Whether they're placed on a piano, hung in a vestibule or adornments for a tree, these pieces are one-of-a-kind treasures. As a lifelong musician, I have all of the sheet music I'll need for this project. As a paper artist, I have about half of the boxes I'll need. Thus the project goal is $50 to purchase the remaining shipping boxes required to share this passion with others. Any additional monies raised will be used for postage/shipping costs and other projects that I can share with the world. I've developed a focused, relaxing methodology for creating the 2,000 modules needed so that I can complete the 100 modular origami pieces within a month of Project funding. I personally cut and fold every module used in my work. Each of the 100 pieces will be numbered, initialed and dated. I want to share this passion with the world – Join me! You can see some of Kerry's incredible work on his website Here are some excerpts from a recent press release which announced the hiring of Jerry Heinlen to served as CEO: OG Specialty Knives and Tools has named Gerald T. (Jerry) Heinlen Chief Executive Officer. The appointment was effective as of December 31, 2012. Heinlen is a consumer products industry veteran whose career includes 25 years driving leading brands in both durables and packaged goods categories. Prior to joining SOG, he served as CEO of Yakima Products, Inc., a market leader in automotive racks and cargo management equipment, from 2006 to 2011. Before that, he served as President and COO of Waterloo Industries, manufacturer of Craftsman and other brands of tool storage, from 2002 to 2006; and as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Waterloo from 1996 to 2002. Before joining Waterloo, he held various leadership roles in brand management, marketing, sales and new product development with marketleading brands including Dremel rotary tools, Skil power tools, and Ore-Ida foods. Heinlen will work in SOG's Lynnwood, WA, corporate headquarters. Heinlen holds a BS from the US Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He serves on the board of SylvanSport LLC and is a member of the World President's Organization (WPO), Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He and his wife, Pat, have two daughters. I've always said that Jerry is such a knife guy. I'm still working at MSC during the day but have a new position at night during the late fall and winter as I was selected to be the head wrestling coach at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, MD. Chip Lagdon and I played golf with Randy Johnson '82 in a fundraiser tournament for Randy's son's high school football team. A week or so later we were over Randy's house for a graduation party for his son Parker who is now a plebe at Kings Point in the class of 2017. Parker will be playing offensive line for the Mariners for the next four years. What kind of article would this be without a small world story? In this case we have two. First from Gary Stewart (with photo included): Hope you are well. Below is yours truly along with Joe Lappin '42! Joe is a volunteer at the Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum located in Toms River, NJ. We met last Saturday when I took my family there to see my old A Cat sailboat, SPY, which we donated and is on display there. I saw Joe's Merchant Marine hat and found a new friend. His first ship was the Santa Elena with Grace Lines. What a small world. And from Tom Gilmore: Hey Rob, FYI. My weekend gig as a dive master in PC Beach, FL put me afloat with fellow dualie Eric Boget '84. I was able to help him finish some oceanographic research project work on the ocean floor here. Eric was good friends and classmates with Wilbur's brother Rob '84. He told me Rob Dahn has a son who also graduated from KP recently. Eric is doing research for the US Navy and the University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab. It was fun being an assistant for his final dive of the day. Please tell our classmates to come dive with me here. Mi casa es su casa! I got an email from Jim McGrath, who is living in Virginia Beach and is the Port Engineer for the USS Cole. In his note Jim wrote: My son Joe graduated UVA Systems Engineering 2013 along with John Kampman '81's daughter Molly. They both studied abroad as exchange students in Brazil during their fall semester of senior year. John owns an engineering firm in Sarasota, FL. All is well here in VB. Congrats to Kevin and Mary Tunstall on the purchase of their new home. Here's a cut and paste of a Facebook post from Kevin: Well – apparently Venus aligned with Mars – and – somebody upstairs must be watching over us! Last night at approximately 7:05, Mary and I closed on our final destination house in West Ashley. We signed a contract on a short sale back in February and after months of anxiety; we are the owners of 1364 N. Edgewater Drive in Charleston, SC. That, coupled with Melissa graduating from BEHS the end of May and getting accepted to Drexel University, watching Christopher and Jeremy make grown-up decisions (well some of the time anyway!), and having Mary Elizabeth Auld Tunstall as my wonderful wife has to make me the luckiest man on the face of the planet. Congrats to David Sloane whose senior tennis team, Short Skirts Long Racquets won their World Team Tennis national qualifier tournament in Boston. Their next stop will be in Indian Wells, CA for National Championships in November. Good luck David! I was emailing with Rich Thorsen '80 a few days ago. Rich is now a manager for the Army Corps of Engineers. He sent me the YouTube link which is an Army produced video about Dredge MacFarland. The Master of the ship and start of the video is none other than our own Karl VanFlorke. Of course Karl can make a tour of this ship funny. This is definitely worth the watching. Here's the YouTube link: Congrats to our newly minted fellow alumni from the Class of 2013. Nobody from our class was asked to speak at your graduation but we did provide a message at this very special occasion. Just like the graduations that we attended in 1979 and 1982, things were looking up. Captain Zombo flies again! Have a great fall and take care, Rob. 1983 By Ray Christensen • 302-633-1482 will display plenty of photos from our 30th Reunion weekend! Comments welcome on our Facebook Group for what you liked, didn't like, or to tell each other how good we still look after all those years! Share your own photos there as well. In honor of our Homecoming, these are our classmates who have children attending or graduated from KP: Jacquie Nielsen, Young and Dave Heinbockle '16, John Cataldi '11, Scott O'Connor (son '10 and daughter '13), Bob Lento '15, Randy Johnson '17, Dan Hicks '17, and Rick Wood '17. Congratulations! (Let me know if I've missed someone). Look for Homecoming recap in next issue. Erin Gantt was scheduled to sing the Anthem at the football game, so maybe we'll have some audio or video. Here's some reasons for several of us who were unlikely to attend our 30th: Matt Bucherati was preparing a presentation to give at a Pepsi Board of Directors meeting. Andy Dywan says, "Cannot attend because I will be working offshore. You folks have a good time." Mark Faller expected to be out of the country. Lynn (Craddock) Melin says she'd "likely be in Kazakhstan." (Now that's pretty far out of the country!) John Prien also had a perfectly acceptable excuse – "I wish we could attend; however with the 4 kids, coordinating activities and travel to NY is difficult. Have a great time!" Paul Zubaly gave the classic Academy reason – "Unfortunately I will be at sea during the reunion." Speaking of those we also missed . . . Visit the "In Memoriam" pages of our site for comments and photos honoring our deceased classmates. Thanks so much to those who've contributed. If you have something to add, or a good photo, or a note from a family member, please email it for inclusion. Thanks to Lisa (Barcus) Fields for coordinating installation of plaques at the Memorial Arbors for Michael Alston, Dennis Gault and Vivan Ragusa. Mike Safina writes: I have a business trip to Europe in September and am disappointed I will miss homecoming. I moved over to OPNAV in February and am Director of the Senior National Representative Office (N84-SNR). We oversee several bilateral and multilateral agreements between the USN and other countries. Our focus is on improving international interoperability. We also oversee and coordinate Navy's participation in the NATO Naval Armaments Group. We're a small office – 3 civilians and 2 contractors, so we're pretty busy. But it's a nice change from acquisition and opportunity to learn about another organization. Thanks to Glenn Gardner for keeping us entertained with the dance videos he posts at our Facebook Page! Mark Smith writes: I was selected to umpire at the Southeast Region Little League Tournament this year. The tournament is 1-9 August in Warner-Robins, GA. This is the next step to umpire in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. There will be 8 volunteer umpires from various states in the region that will be at the tournament. The semi-finals and finals will be televised on ESPN/ESPN2 and I hope to be umpiring in at least one of these games. ( I'll reach back to my brief, but memorable Navy career to send out a big "Bravo Zulu" to our Homecoming sponsors (Check'em out at our site!) and especially my Navy shipmate Brian Foy for coordinating the weekend events! Take care and send me some sea stories or photos for the next KP'er! 1984 30th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 30TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Ken Mathias • 703-868-6232 2262 Cloverfield Blvd; Santa Monica, CA 90405 Hello to everyone and hoping all of you have had a relaxing and enjoyable fall. First off I'd like to reiterate what was said in my earlier articles. The quality and quantity of what gets published in the Kings Pointer is directly driven by your inputs, so please shoot me a message with your email address, where your living/ working, family news and any specifics you'd like to share. It's your article and the quality of its content is driven by you . . . I am just the messager so to speak. Also, I have like 15 emails now and still would like to compile a comprehensive class email list, so at a minimum send me your email and I will shoot everyone a plea for input each quarter a few weeks before I write this article. As for my own news, my wife Anne's job in now located in Santa Monica, CA so I am in the midst of packing up our house, finishing all the "projects" I've neglected over the past 5 years, and getting the house ready for rental. We will be full blown Californians for a couple years by the beginning of September, so come on out and visit . . . I understand they have nice weather out on the West Coast! I will be back and forth so its likely you can catch me in DC on occasion as well. Now for news from some other classmates who have checked in: Bob Romero recently sent me an email. Bob just celebrated 28 years of marriage to his wife and personal dental hygienist Karen who he meet while at Kings Point getting his teeth cleaned. (Bob credits Jon Fugleberg '85 with the introduction and I understand there is much more to the story that is being withheld.) Bob and family live in the Rochester, NY area and have 4 children (Rebecca, 27 – married with his 8 month old granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth; Robert Jr., "Bobby," 24 – married with his 3 year old granddaughter, Savannah; Ruth, 21 – married with 1 year left at college and Rhianna, 18 – off to college this fall in VA). To say the least Bob and Karen have been very busy over the past three decades and soon will be empty nesters of sorts. Bob has been working for the last 28 years at FM Global and is currently working as a field engineer. If you friend Bob on Facebook you will also see he took up running a few years back and is planning to speed around the Marine Corp Marathon course here in DC this upcoming fall! Matt Davis also checked in recently. Matt is living the good life in Miami, FL and sends a shout out to old friends and classmates. He has been in Florida since graduation and has been working various jobs in shipping, marine fuels, chartering and operations. Matt is currently working again in the marine fuels and lubricants field and appears to really be proud and enjoy his work. His company is a physical supplier of industrial, commercial, and marine fuels and lubricants – and is a vetted marine lubricant distributor for both ExxonMobil and Shell Oil. On the personal side, Matt is happy married with two kids in college: Cassidy (daughter) is 23 and Hunter (son) is 19. Both attend the University of Central Florida in Orlando and are on pre-med course tracks. Matt is enjoying the fiscal challenges of two kids in college and I think proudly dreading the ideal of two medical school tuitions in his near future. Matt is also a runner and recently completed a 5K race with his son and is now working on Cassidy to join him in the fall 5K. Matt misses golf as he was playing regularly up until a few years ago, but as he says, I "have a really wonderful wife and we share the ups and downs of life and bring peace and joy and occasional craziness into each other's lives." Nicely put. Fraternally, Matt has crossed paths with many classmates over the years, including: M. Coulter, M. Wigmore, and McKenna. Matt still stays in touch with Robbie McNamee. He spoke some years back over the radio while at sea once to M. Kontyko during ship-to-ship operations somewhere near LOOP. He has played golf with J. Richardson and T-3rd at a recent blue/gray outing. Matt saw Stuart Lilly at an alumni function recently. Stuart is also a Biscayne Bay pilot and so is Bill Reyelt. Matt also reports that Gardiner Nealon also is residing in Florida. After several years at sea and then with Carnival, Gardiner is now a superintendent with Crowley Marine Corporation. Matt concludes that, "all is good in the Sunshine State and he is always up for a BBQ and some ping pong if anyone is down his way." Also, I recently heard from Mark Ceraldi, who has made his home in the deep south (currently in Cornelius which is just north of Charlotte, NC) since graduation. Mark has been working in the nuclear power industry since graduation, first with Duke Energy and now with AREVA, mainly doing steam generator replacements in the US, and a few overseas (Spain and South Korea). Mark has been married since the 80s to his wife Janet and has two children, Beth and Christopher. Mark is proud that his son Christopher has almost achieved Eagle Scout Rank – as an Eagle Scout myself and troop leader, excellent job! Mark travels to DC about once a year and this past spring, saw John Ryan at the RIC (NRC Regulatory Information Conference) held in Bethesda. He also confirmed that Victor Cusumano was at the conference. (Victor has been working at the NRC for the past 5 years and lives in Fairfax, VA.) Mark is also an avid biker and rides the MS 150 Bike Ride (Breakaway Ride to the Beach) regularly. Mark sent a picture of him with his bike and tight biking pants and shirt . . . he looks pretty fit these days but did not appear to have a regulation hair cut so the editors will not print the picture (lol)! Mark's picture took me back to a memory of traveling into Manhattan one weekend with Kevin Cote to help him pickup a pair of tight leather pants for what reason I still am not sure. Now the question is, "Where is Kevin and those pants?" Mark mentioned that he will be attending the 30 year reunion which is just one short year away (time does fly as one gets older), so I mention this as it would be great to have a large showing at the 2014 reunion! Mark your calendars and please make the reunion a priorty for next fall! Enjoy and I'd love to have a few emails from other long lost classmates. Cheers! 1985 By Margaret Mooney Gordon • 732-786-1668 I'll start on a positive, keep on the positive and finish on the positive! I've received a smidge more of news than I usually get. I received some unprompted news from Anne (McKay) Swanson. Anne popped up in email with a quick note just when I need some ink so it's much appreciated. The news revolved around the assignment of her KP roommate Sherri (Wiwczar) Dickinson, who spent the past three years or so in St. Petersburg, FL, responsible for the waters along the west coast of that state, keeping beaches clean from Deepwater Horizon and keeping an eye on guys like our Tampa Bay pilot classmates. Anne wrote, "I wanted to send you a photo from Sherri's Change of Command ceremony on June 12. She will now be transferred to Washington, DC where she will be the Director of Incident Management & Preparedness Policy. I had a great time catching up with Jorge Viso and comparing stories about our kids." As for the Tampa Bay pilot crew, Jorge Viso posted a picture on Facebook entitled "watch change." As I noted to him, it depends who is relieving whom so I know if I should worry or if worry has passed! Some news I failed to report in last issue's column was that John Jacobsen sent a note in March. He said: Got together with Kurt Birkhahn the other night for drinks with Jeff Jones. Jonesie is busy assessing Crowley's deck officers at AMO. Says no one on the bridge understands Rules of the Road anymore. Where's Doug Hard '62 when you need him? Birk is still with Marad out in San Fran. We stayed up past 1 o'clock shooting the breeze! At our age? Haven't done that in a while! I believe we all did do that at the last reunion in the hotel bar but yes, few and far between these days. I received a note from (Kathy Rathgeber) Flury. She and husband Al sold their ranch in Arkansas and bought land in Wyoming to build a new ranch house on. Most people move south for the winter and considering they live in Alaska in the summer months, they too followed that rule albeit the southern move isn't quite as far south as most of us would imagine. I'm wondering how the term "snowbirds" would apply! Kathy can be reached at I received an email reply from Leslie (Custer) Grimm when I sent out a reminder that she got old one day in June. She replied that it was her 40-10 birthday, having spent it in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her daughter just graduated from the University of Idaho and like all graduates, is back to living at home and looking for a job. Her son, works for Boeing but reports he "just got laid off from Boeing. I told him this is the life of a Boeing employee . . . hired, laid-off, hired, go on strike, lay off, hired, etc., but since his dad is a Boeing drone I doubt he will work anywhere else!" Leslie went four-wheeling with Tim Barker and his wife and son. Tim's son Gary indicated he wanted to go to Kings Point but it seems Tim and Leslie feel the latest management decisions there is indicative of certain tendencies that may demonstrate the place will not be here in the long term. Perhaps the next two years of high school for Gary will show more stability in the decisions being made at the Academy and have Tim change his mind on KP's survivability chances. More unsolicited emails arrived, this one from Boston – South Boston and it's the one and only John Laubenstein. It came in under his wife's email so I had to "validate" to ensure it wasn't an email laden with a virus of some sort. Laub reports that he's "still married 11 years. 1 son just graduated Northeastern. I'm working for the same company since 1985 and I'm having the time of my life as you would expect – really am happy as lark – my job location is 0.7 mi. from the house living right on the beach looking at the Kennedy Library – anytime you're in town give a call." Finally, on July 26 we attended a great party for Susan Winfree turning 50. Brad Winfree did a great job underselling the day to her emotions, keeping his unsuspecting wife unsuspecting until surprise was yelled. Several Kings Pointers showed up, representing the classes of '85 (four), '78 (one), '13 (one), three from class of '14 (including daughter Allie) and one from '15. I had lots of fun hanging out with the youngins from KP. Of course they were corrupting me in the beverage department! Steve Dear showed up, fresh from a very busy week/year working for Transas. He's home about the same as his life at sea, traveling quite a bit to clients all over the world. As reported in an earlier column, Tim Park recruited Steve ashore to Transas. He continues to use Marlton, NJ as his preferred residence during his non-travel days. Other than that, there are regular snippets of news on Facebook from classmates. Avid posters include Scott Lambright (loving the fishing on the North Carolina coast), Bob Golden who seems to be having a lot of fun with family and friends, Jay St. Clair who always has a friendly fun comment even if it is about my current state of eyewear, and Lars Easterson writing poetry for hot wing Wednesday at a local establishment. All good stuff! Thanks guys! That's it for now. Keep the news coming and the postings fun! Enjoy fall! 1986 By Connie Dato English 434-975-3037 By Geoff Pletcher 321-223-6252 Well, although this will be published many months from now, our Florida summer is wrapping up, and I am not sure if I was more eager for the kids to get off of school for the summer, or if I will be happier that they are going back to school in a few weeks. In any case, I am abiding by my favorite Kings Point quote "that if God were a Kings Pointer, he would've slept for 6 days, pulled an all-nighter, and have the world created on the 7th" as I am plucking the computer keys at the last possible moment for deadline submission. This summer, I took some time off from my busy airline travel schedule to well . . . travel. Matt Jutte made fun of my summer itinerary saying I was taking vacations from destination to destination and visiting Kings Pointers at each stop. Well, I guess he's right. We had the dream vacation of a lifetime as we visited Jed Comerford in Hawaii on the island of Oahu early in the summer. He has 3 boys, Mason (10th grade), Hayden (8th grade), and Preston (K). Jed, and his bride, Tracy have been in Hawaii long enough to have qualified as a local, and he and his family have certainly embraced the Hawaiian culture. He treated our family to a "locals only," 2 week tour of the island and we hit all the significant highlights: North Shore, Diamondhead, Pearl Harbor, seeing Jack Johnson on the beach, hanging at the prestigious Outrigger canoe club, and hanging in Makaha with the surf legends and big wave lifeguard heroes. Jed had been working for a military contractor as a post Naval career job, but just recently accepted a position in the Operations Department of an inter island tug company overseeing operations of several of their vessels. He is happily back in the industry. I would be remiss if I did not mention the killer surf that Jed brought us to. Seeing the ex- Maniac transition from snow skier to big wave surfer has been remarkable. He was charging the big south swell that came in during our stay there. Waves of my life, and that covers a few years (decades). At the end of July, I road tripped down to Key West to visit my favorite fighter pilot. Matt Jutte is still flying F-5s as a Naval Reservist on his days off from United Air Lines. He had just completed 767 training for the 4th time due to numerous furloughs, and we competed for time with Matt from the Navy. Once they found out he was in town, they wanted him to come teach the boys from the fleet how to fly fighters. It was an adventure by all counts. The kids were happy to pull some lobsters into the boat, and I will gloss over the "alleged" running aground and/or safety equipment violations that I'll never admit to observing in a publication of alumni from the premier maritime institution in the world. I have been in touch with Bob Laubengayer quite a bit, and just got the great news that he is recently engaged. The lucky lady is nick-named DJ, and she's from "back home" in Kansas. Yet, further testimony to the fact that you can take the boy out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of the boy! When we had lunch in Norfolk recently, Bob reluctantly admitted he was working less, and had turned back the sweat pumps. Congrats Bob Lob! Sadly, I was unable to go to the annual Jeff King summer cottage trip on Lake Winni in New Hampshire. However, Joe Moran was in full attendance, and Jeff reported the usual grilling, swilling, tubing, jet skiing, and fishing. A great week of Kings Point camaraderie for sure. Eric Alber and Tom Delaney have recently visited our humble Space Coast shores as well. Both were either coming or going on cruises, as Port Canaveral has become quite a cruise capitol, and since Rich Grimison is a pilot for the port, he is staying busy. Eric continues residence in New Orleans; however, his parents live in Cocoa Beach so we get a chance to see them frequently. This summer, at the conclusion of his cruise we logged some beach hours catching up on some old times, and chilled with his lovely wife, Lizette, and two college kids, William and Isabella. Tom Delaney provided this recent update about his last few years: After graduation, I did work various jobs for a year including working for a beer/liquor delivery company. In the summer of 1987, Jack Mylott helped me get a job with Hanjin in NJ. He and I lived in Brooklyn for a year (with regular visits from one Shawn Burke, who somehow skipped out on the rent payments for a while; until he moved in full time when I moved out). I left Hanjin and went to SeaLand in my home port of Boston. Got married and changed jobs and went to work for Columbia Coastal in Boston and then transferred with them to NJ. I stayed with Columbia Coastal for 15 years, leaving in 2005 to take some time off. In 2006, I went to work for my current employer APM Terminals in Elizabeth, NJ. I have two children, Michael-21 and Katie-19, both currently in college. I handle sales for APMT and get to see many classmates as I travel a fair amount. I see Shawn Burke all the time; he now runs Interport in Newark, NJ. Steve Reilly lives in RI and is VP of Global Business for Lamor Corp. Doug Jones is in CT and sells Viagra for Pfizer and is his own biggest customer. Jim Dailey is an attorney in Mobile, AL whom I see quite often, usually in Callahan's Irish Pub. The last time I was there, I watched him ride off on his Vespa scooter in the pouring rain in a three-piece suit (after both of us having a few cold ones and telling the same stories to one another for hours). As you know Jeff King is an attorney in MA and he also has a place in NH, not too far from a small place I have there. Jeff and I keep trying to get together in NH but keep missing one another. Jack Mylott owns/runs Flagship Management in FL doing executive recruitment/placement. Dan McCarthy is in Houston with Shell Oil and has a son that is a M/N at KP. Rod Slim Pickens is in Baltimore running a marine terminal; just was with him at a golf tourney last month. John JB Burton is captaining ferries and tugboats out of New London, CT and has 10 children. Really, I told him to buy a TV. Thanks for the update, Tom, and just a reminder that if you are in the Space Coast going on a cruise or otherwise, Rich and I would love to get together. Also received a long email from Mark Craven about his news from South Jersey. It had to edited somewhat since the Kings Pointer has strict guidelines about pictures and stories with reference to alcohol usage. Hi, Mark Craven here . . . Thanks Mark. Have a great summer/fall. Please drop a line with some of your exciting updates. 1987 By John J. Murphy • 207-767-3975 19 Olde Fort Road; Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 The fall deadline is fast approaching, as summer is in full swing and we get ready to turn the calendar to August tomorrow. I need to get this in. The following email is from Bob Wagner: A few Kings Pointers got together in June for a huge celebration of Coach Barrett's 70th birthday. While the event was sponsored by his Monsignor Farrell friends and alum, it was well attended by Kings Pointers. I'm sure to miss someone, but the following were in attendance: Tom Tiefenthaler '88, Tom Delaney '86, Doug Jones '86, Steve Martino '88, Joe Martino '86, Lou Major '89, Steve Reilly '86, Mike Hussey, Sean Dalton '88, Rich Sommese, Marc Bromante '89, Don Dombrowsky '86, Sam Leski '90, Brett Hopkins '89, Coach Ed Argast, and Coach Charlie Pravata. It was a truly special and emotional event for an amazing man who had a positive impact on so many people! There were few dry eyes in the house during the speeches! Pam and I tested our piloting skills this spring flying to the Bahamas. We made Treasure Cay our home base but explored other islands with day trips to Exumas, Staniel Cay, Marsh Harbor, and Long Island. Anyway, great time. We also visited the historic city of Boston over the 4th of July to spend time with an old friend, Mike Hussey. Mike is doing well, living just outside of Boston with four kids and keeping active with community efforts and coaching his kids sports teams. I also heard from Rick Cunningham via email: Enjoying a fast pace summer and just stopped off in Maryland for work/ travel spent a great summer afternoon with Margaret and Ralph Smith. I also stopped in on Andy Cairns in Philly this summer and he is doing great. His leadership and dedication to the continued excellence of the DDG 51 HM&E efforts that he manages at SSES is awesome. My family is doing great and we will drop our oldest child off to college this year. I am working on multiple business fronts including a small company called THOR Solutions and will have my own LLC in place in August. I also traded emails with John Zucal this summer. His oldest son JP graduated high school in June and will start as a freshmen at the University of Cincinnati in September. John and his brother Jeff's commercial sweeping company (Sky Sweeping) is doing very well. From Bren Wade: Crowley Maritime Corporation celebrated the final session of Fleetwide Navigation Assessments at STAR Center in Dania, FL. Over the course of the 20-month program, 600 Crowley Deck officers were assessed at three facilities: STAR Center in FL, MITAGS in Baltimore, and PMI in Seattle. These simulator-based navigation skills assessments are just one part of a companywide bridge resource management skills initiative which encompasses both simulator and underway assessments. Keep in touch, send me an email to let me and others know what is new with you and your family. I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving and I'll talk with you again in 2014. Later, Murph. 1988 By Thomas C. Murphy • 917-887-6323 Well it's finally here. By the strange workings of the space-time continuum, by the time you read this in the Kings Pointer, we will have been to our 25th anniversary reunion. My thanks in advance to event organizer Jeff Kaufmann, as I have every confidence that we all had a fine time (cue the Twilight Zone music). My advance compliments to class gift guru Jim Forde – no doubt his tireless efforts yielded a sum sufficient to merit at least a new Class of 1988 floor buffer for Palmer Hall. In news other than class reunions, I am pleased to report hearing of three new job positions. First, the aforementioned Mr. Kaufmann has left Mosaic Insurance and is now Managing Director of Underwriting for ANV Global Services, Inc. in New York. No one could ever accuse Jeff of letting moss grow underneath him. Also, after nearly 25 years specializing in air superiority and air-to-ground activities, our own Capt. Dave Lobdell has retired from the Navy, and has taken a position with BP in Houston. Bravo Zulu, Beaker. And finally my esteemed predecessor on this detail, Steve Fitzgerald, has also landed. Details to follow when I get them. Rumor has it Steve was in New York playing golf recently. Excellent news on all counts. Other than that, thanks to Steve Hudenko and Darrin Huck for checking in recently, from Rockford, MI and Houston, respectively. Well that's it for now. Looking forward to seeing many of you in September, and maybe while we were there I talked one of you into taking over this column for me . . . Meantime, best to all – Murph 1989 25th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 25TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Manny Silva 401-943-6719 Dear Class of 1989 Classmates: Hope this edition finds you and your families doing well. Last quarter was rather quiet but thanks to some prodding and a little guilt, I managed to receive some updates from a few of you. From Tod Doane: I guess I will throw in this time. I'm just finishing up my second tour as Master aboard MT Pennsylvania. We have been hauling Crude Oil in the GOM since the ship was delivered to Crowley Petroleum Services a year ago. I'm looking forward to returning to Virginia this week where my wife Leandra and I have a nice sized piece of property just off the Chesapeake. The house is still full with two teenage girls and a 3 1/2 year old boy who is convinced that Daddy is going to drive a ship into the creek any day now. I hope that everyone is doing well and thanks for organizing these submissions for so many years! Here's a note from Rob Pento: There is nothing really new here. Kids and family are doing fine. Kids are growing up too fast. My wife's health is back after her bout with cancer. She's planning on going back to work now. I started working with my dog (Buster) as a Therapy Dog with Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy. He works with autistic children, and goes to schools and other facilities. He'll do reading programs with children at local libraries (they read to the dog to build confidence in reading). We're going to be in hospitals and nursing homes soon. And I'm trying to work with him on some service dog skills I can incorporate into the therapy sessions (e.g., Directed retrieval: "Go get the medicine," or "Go get the newspaper," etc). I spoke to Tom Lyons – he's coming back to the US after working in the UK for a while. He's doing well too. I could go on a political rant over the IL state pension liability, but I'll spare you and everyone else that diatribe. And a note from Marshall Parsons: I am working at EB in Groton, CT, supporting availabilities on operational submarines as an engineering specialist. I am overseeing a Sea Scout program in CT and organizing regional activities. My older son Conner (15) has been shipping out on a 41 boat handling barges and ship store replenishments for merchant ships. In addition to my oldest son, I have a daughter and twin boys with my wife Paige. I am still in the Reserves as Commander for the fun of it. Lastly, I thought I would provide an update on myself. My oldest has graduated high school and she'll be attending American University in the fall. Why anyone from RI would want to go to DC I'll never know. Anyhow, we visited American back in June for student/parent orientation, which gave me the opportunity to meet with American's VP of Facilities, our very own Vin Harkins! Somewhere on this page should be a photo of Vin and I. Vin is doing well. He's a real master builder as American is in the process of adding about a million square feet of buildings to its campus. His oldest daughter has also graduated from high school and will be attending Syracuse University. Take care everyone and keep in touch. 1990 By Oscar E. Prada • 954-494-2884 No column submitted this quarter. 1991 By Michael Rosenblatt 504-858-8218 Upon review of my records, it appears I have become a bit lax in preparing quarterly reports for those of you who still receive this magazine and those that have the technological ability to view it online. So consider this a mid-year resolution to start being more timely with submissions. Over the 4th of July weekend, my girlfriend, Jennifer, and I travelled to Houston and spent the weekend with James "Buddy" Holly and his wife Carla. As I reported in the last submission, Buddy got hitched just under a year ago. Marriage seems to agree with him. He and the missus are in the process of planning the construction of a new house, which, by the plans, appears to be very swank. In the meantime, Buddy and Carla keep busy raising their children. When they aren't doing that, they spend their time, in true Kings Point fashion, drinking their way around an expansive beer list at a local Houston Institution. Apparently this is an official thing with honorary plaques and everything. If any of you give Buddy a visit, I am sure he will show you. He's quite proud of his plaques. Anyways, we had a great time with Buddy and Carla who, as of the moment I am writing this, are celebrating their one year anniversary in Cabo, San Lucas. I also rendezvoused with a bunch of classmates and other distinguished alumni towards the end of July in the Southern end of Delaware. Our good friend Scott "Zero" Landry has a summer home in Lewes, DE that he opened up to a few of us. Joe Morrisey is also in the area and we invaded his house as well. In attendance were Krista Magnifico and her husband Joe McCollum; Dean and Julia Erck and their daughter Suzie; Mike and Katie Brandon and their son Jacob and daughter Mary; Joe and Anne Morrisey and daughter Erin, son Decklin and son Keiren; Kevin and Vanessa Humphries, daughter Elizabeth and son Connor; our lovely hosts Scott and Maria Landry, daughters Zoe and Tess and dog Bosun; Scott Winfield and his new girl, Liz; Mark Bromante '89, Andy Busk '92, and Jack Handley '89; and myself, my girlfriend Jennifer Rogers and our dog, Murphy. Scott aka Zero is doing great and just installed an industrial heater for his pool at the aforementioned summer shack. We spent a considerable amount of time in the pool but didn't really need the heat as it was 95 degrees the whole weekend.(Note: I thought I was getting away from the New Orleans heat. Little did I know it would be hotter in Delaware. Thanks, Big Guy.) Nevertheless, Zero, like all good Kings Pointers, had to impress us with his fancy pool heater. He also revealed his big plan to have a pool party in February for the Super Bowl. Now that may be legit or it may have been delirium from the heat or it may have been the ten or twelve beers he downed that evening. Only time will tell. Kevin Humphries and his family looked great and are currently living in Falls Church, VA. Kevin is in sales for Wartsilla, which is good for me because it means I get to go to the annual House of Blues party Wartsilla throws every year here in New Orleans. Kevin also gets props for being one of the few guys to stay in shape after all of the years. However, to hear Vanessa tell it, he fell out of shape, started the insanity program, lost the weight, developed a man crush on the guy that sells the Insanity workout and then became severely depressed when he learned that guy got married to another guy. Don't worry, Kev, you still have Vanessa. Mike Brandon is holding down the Assistant Principal position at a local middle school in Gulf Breeze, FL and Katie has just taken on a new position with Herf Jones, the company which handles high school graduation activities. Katie also impressed us with her Beer Pong skills over the weekend, winning a tourney between myself, Jennifer, Dean, Maria, Zero and Katie. What was most impressive was the way Katie carried Zero across the finish line. However, the win has an asterisk, as Zero cheated endlessly forcing his lovely wife and I to bow out in protest despite being in the lead. Krista and Joe live in Eastern PA, just across the Maryland border, where Krista runs a veterinary practice when she isn't renovating an old farmhouse. So, in typical Kings Pointer fashion, Scott got free exams for his various pets – which was good because after his cat viciously attacked me, I was concerned about the future of my right leg. Krista was not so concerned and I may have to sue Zero. Dean and Julia are almost down to one child and when he isn't dealing with the kids, he is either giving swimming lessons or rebuilding a water vessel of some sort for use on the lake they live by. Dean and Julia also purchased a condo in, of all places, my hometown, Indialantic, FL. Apparently it is never too early to become a snowbird. Julia really impressed the crowd with her Mojito making skills. Kudos, Mrs. Erck! Joe looked great and impressed us with kayaking skills, enormous party tent and ability to do everything better than Zero. The family is great and we had a little pizza party at casa Morrissey. Joe topped off the evening hosting a dance party and it almost looked like he was ready to hit the bars that night, but at the last moment he bailed, giving the flimsy excuse of having to take care of kids. Joe's wife Anne completely threw him under the bus on that one (Good Job, Anne) but Joe didn't give in. Joe, Jennifer was very disappointed by your no-show that evening. Scott Winfield is working for Krista's husband Joe at Wartsilla and seems to be doing well. It was nice seeing Scott after all the years and hopefully we'll see him again soon. We were supposed to have John Morganti in attendance but work issues interfered with those plans and he couldn't make it. John is still living in North Houston and has big things on the horizon. Hopefully there will more news in the future. The Baby Gator, Rob McManus was also supposed to attend, but like his mentor, he also had work issues. I am still waiting for a visit from Mr. McManus and am surprised he hasn't passed through New Orleans since we last spoke. Rob, your room is waiting. Stacey Reese happily informed me he was leaving Jacksonville and headed to Mobile, AL. So while he'll have to deal with the idiots and roll tide, he will be closer to me, which makes me happy. I last reported Mr. Reese was expecting and last January, his girl Holly, gave birth to Stacey's first child (that we know of), Barrett Reese. Congrats, dude and we look forward to meeting the little guy. Facebook has proudly informed me that Achille and Juanita Broennimann are living in Maryland with their two children. Achille is proudly serving as Scoutmaster for his kid's troop (though with plenty of support from his wife) and, along with Juanita, is packing their eldest son off for college at Iowa State. Go Cyclones. Also sending a child to college is Sean Ritchie, who just delivered his daughter to the Coast Guard Academy. Congrats, Sean and don't let that stupid bear give you a hard time at the annual rivalry game. Don Kopecky also checked in and, if I recall correctly, is presently living in Montana doing some kind of facility plant management. Sorry if I can't recall all the details, Don, but I am getting old. I will try and update in the next issue. Sal Vela always keeps me informed of his whereabouts, down to what bar he may be in at any given moment. Sal is sailing CHENG for Tyco Marine and works with Scott Winfield, who oversees operations and essentially supervises Sal. (Good luck with that, Scott). Sal recently got together for some golf in College Station, TX with Buddy and Rob Sasso. I was invited to attend but had a nasty trial to deal with here so I had to pass. Maybe next time, guys. Others I have heard from but don't have much to report are Chris Barcomb, Merwyn Oliveria, Kris Livermoore, Rob Smith, and Dave Fontana who apparently was too good to hang out with us. Boo Fontana. That wraps this edition up. As always, if anyone wants to check in and let me know what they are doing, shoot me a message on Facebook or send an email to If anyone is in New Orleans, drop me a line, cell number is 504-858-8218. 1992 By Rob Smith • 202-372-1410 No column submitted this quarter. 1993 By Rob Tracy • 281-820-8806 Depending on when this is published, we will either have just had Homecoming or it is just a short time away. Either way, the next issue of Class Notes should be packed with information, stories, etc. so be sure to look for the issue if you aren't/ weren't able to attend Homecoming. I do know that George Masing is/was not able to attend our 20th Reunion, but George had a good excuse. He and his wife are expecting their second child (a boy) at the end of September or early October. Congrats. I recently changed jobs at ExxonMobil, going from the joint venture Marine Well Containment Company back to regular ExxonMobil supporting our production company. Needless to say I have been pretty busy with the transition, so this may be a shorter issue. I recently heard from Jason Siemer. He recently enjoyed a great fishing trip off Montauk, NY with Ron Hart and Tom Kvanvig on his boat Scallywag. Jason reports that Tom now resides in Costa Rica where he is working at Intel (see summer 2013 issue for a pic of his cool van) and Ron continues training nuclear engineers at Knowlls Atomic Power lab up near Albany, NY. Jason is on his 15th year at SPI Marine, formerly Sound Tanker Chartering where he is a ship broker specializing in the chemical tanker trade. Jason had this to say: We were planning to enter the Montauk Marine Basin shark tournament, but the weather did not cooperate so we changed gears and fished inshore and had a great time despite the lousy weather. The fog, rain and small craft advisories issued for the weekend would have been sufficient cause for most guys to cancel, but not this crew! The result was an awesome weekend, catching up with great friends. Hard to believe 20 years has passed since graduation. While we may not be the youthful 20 something's of 1993, I'm glad to report our stamina, enthusiasm, and spirit are as strong as ever. We sampled many beverages from most of the local bars, had a ton of laughs, and still managed to get up at the crack of dawn 2 days in a row to catch some nice fish, in some very sporty seas! Hope you to see you at Homecoming this fall! Finally, Phil and Monica (McIntyre) Malone put their son Jimmy on a plane in August for the New Mexico Military Institute. If you don't know, NMMI is a prep school that many Kings Pointers have attended prior to heading to KP. So maybe another Kings Pointer in the family some day? Scot Smith and his wife Dawne sent their two older daughters, Kori and Megan, off to college this summer. They also celebrated their 20th anniversary this past summer. Hard to believe some our classmates are sending kids off to college (I'm not ready for high school.) . . . while others are still having babies. I guess it's the modern times we live in. Thanks for the continued response to my call for updates on Facebook. It is definitely helping us stay connected. So let's keep the updates coming in. Post something on our Facebook page (KP 93) or drop me a line at Until next time . . . Fair Winds and Following Seas. 1994 20th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 20TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Blake Miller • 619-840-3572 Greetings fellow Queenies! I hope everyone has been well. I first start off by apologizing for the last set of submissions not making the magazine. This year has been really busy and it just got past me. Speaking of which . . . I, Blake Miller, had baby #2 back in June to add to the mix. Landon Cruz Miller was born on June 6 (see page 60). Linnea and I couldn't be happier and everything has been going well. He's seven weeks old as I write this and doing well. For me, business has been absolutely booming and I'm glad companies are finally getting out and spending again. Everyone has woken up from the 3-4 year break and realized they better crap or get off the pot in regards to their design, marketing, websites and social media! Interestingly enough, those who kept up their game during the recession are finding themselves still on top – go figure. Since the last issue was skipped, the 11th annual (I think it's been 11) "Sausage Fest" continued the tradition as I joined James MacRitchie and Chuck Eaton for our annual ski trip. We chose Breckenridge this year. And Matt Hannuksela joined us for the first half this year. It was a blast as usual and Breck proved much nicer and better than we were expecting. There were a few previous entries that were skipped so I'm listing these in reverse, chronological order ranging from March through July. Great past few months for the Chris "Wolf " Wohlfeld clan – got the kitchen pass a few months ago to fly to San Diego and observe the farewell ceremony for Dennis Jacko '94.5, as he relinquished command of USS New Orleans (LPD-18). I was sure that he would thank Capt. Force for his KP mentorship long ago, but I got stuck with official videographer duties and probably missed that part. Rest assured, American taxpayers – Jacko did not misappropriate funds for his allhands party with (reasonably-priced) San Diego DJs! **cough cough – Pro Motion Services** Come to think of it, Jacko was a great host so I was happy to be there with good friends. I don't think he's on the KPS 94 Facebook group (some paranoid excuse regarding Chinese spies). If anyone is in the DC area (Arlington Ridge), feel free to look me up for babysitting duties, cold beers, national security policy advice, and stuff. Hugs, etc. Tim Cole said, "came back to Maine a year after graduation. For the last 14 years, I have been working at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This year, I have introduced my 5 year old daughter Evelyn to the world of ice fishing; she is hooked on the sport right now. I also took her skiing for the first time. She wants to go again so I know that was a successful trip. The end of March looks like I will be taking my 2 1/2 year old son Mason onto the ice to see his reaction to a fish coming up through the ice. Should be a lot of fun." Matt Ross reported in that he was heading off to Machu Pichu in Peru around May timeframe. I saw a few pictures on Facebook and it looked awesome! Tim Tran said, "recently got married to a beautiful pharmacist, Tiffany. The love of food, travel and exercise brought us together. We're always exploring new adventures. On the business front, the commercial real estate market is picking up steam and we're busy helping clients close deals. Hope everyone is doing well. Have a great summer!" If you follow Tim on Facebook, you'd have to agree with the beauty thing and the love for food. Derek Paschal and his wife had a baby girl on April 30, Claire Nicole (see page 60). Congrats Derek! Michelle (Wysocki) Patti said, "left PSEG Nuclear, and have taken a new position with Arizona Public Service. I will still be working for a Nuclear Power Plant; I am now at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations. I was not happy at PSEG, as the Security Programs Manager in a Highly regulated industry. It was extremely stressful and I was not able to spend the quality time I wanted with my kids. So I did a little soul searching to figure out what I wanted to do and started interviewing. I'm very happy at Palo Verde; I'm a Nuclear Assurance Audit Team Leader, and I get to interact with all of the departments on site and help to ensure that they are meeting the regulatory requirements. I now have a great work life balance and can do the things I love with my girls. My oldest daughter was not so happy with the move from NJ to AZ, but it was better to move now (she was in 6th grade) than to wait any longer. She is coming around." Congrats Michelle! Good luck in AZ and remember, it's just a "dry heat." Kevin Mershon dropped a quick note and said, "The kids have been spending much of the summer swimming and we are beating the LA (Lower Alabama) heat that way." And in the nick of time, Hans Rittinger dropped me a picture with Shawn Murphy (and Hans's son) while at Electric Boat in Groton, CT. That's it for now. Thanks again for the submissions! Don't forget to find us on Facebook too – our group name is "Kings Point Class of 1994" ( I emailed that out earlier with the Group changes in Facebook late last year. We had to pretty much start over with members so ensure you find us and request to join again. Don't forget to check my MIA list for missing email addresses on our website, ( Till next round – Blake 1995 By Shawn Kucharski 201-334-6120 By Brian Dudley "I happen to know everything there is to know about maple syrup! I love maple syrup. I love maple syrup on pancakes. I love it on pizza. And I take maple syrup and put a little bit in my hair when I've had a rough week. What do you think holds it up, slick?" Okay, I am going to write off the last three months and lack of submissions to passing of marijuana legalization in several states. I have tracked down more of you on LinkedIn and will continue to do so. Let us get on with it. We start this time with our long, lost mariners. Doug Edenfield ( has returned to us. It has been an interesting 18 years for Doug E. Fresh. After spending seven years as a SWO (that is Seabound Warrant Ostrich for you non- Navy), Doug went to the University of Florida and became a lawyer. He moved all around Florida with his girlfriend/ wife and worked with Robert Whittel of Jersey Shore fame before settling down in Gainesville. Doug spent a year at home, caring for their first born daughter, Emma, who had health issues, but is now doing great. It was great hearing from Doug and I hope to see regular contributions from him. Speaking of blonde hair southerners, James Pickney Dobbins is doing great. Yimmy is leaving Vanderbilt after 18 years of teaching and studying to work at Ingram Barge Company as their lead data architect. Jimmy's son Ryan just turned two and now they are expecting a new daughter come February – congratulations. Alex Mironov ( is back in the motherland. The mad Russian and his family are doing well and his teenage, yes we are all old now, daughter is brushing up on her language skills. Alex's shipping company, Acta Shipping, is doing great and the family will be returning to Annapolis around September. Side note, Sal Capek ( opened another location in Hollywood baby. Sal's operation is getting so big the name is being changed to REALLY FAT SAL'S. Okay, so that is it this time around. I am finding more of you on LinkedIn and do not forget we have the KPS95 group there. Keep in touch, your classmates do want to hear from you. All of you! Maybe not John Shaw, but definitely the rest of you. As always, a prayer for our brothers in arms. God bless and see you in a few months. – Ski 1996 By Todd Vorenkamp 707-845-TODD 121 Henry Street, Apartment IR; Brooklyn, NY 11201 Hello shipmates! Are we already a quarterof-a-year older and wiser? Well, definitely the former. Definitely not the latter. Yes, time again for you to sit down in your favorite reading chair and find out what the friends you no longer talk to are doing before you flush. Roberto Valetta says hello, on Facebook, from Florida where he is running the maritime school and expecting a baby boy around Thanksgiving. He and Darlene are having trouble coming up with a name for the child. "Todd Valetta" has a nice ring to it, do not you think? Also, I can say, from experience that the initials "TV" are awesome to have – especially when Dan Cahill patrols the bars on my behalf looking for single girls who want to be "on TV." In hindsight, that was pretty creepy. It has been a while since you have seen this name in the column . . . Sandra (Clark) Ashworth writes via Facebook to say hello. She is working at TMMG in Chesapeake, VA and has her inland unlimited tonnage and Great Lakes master's license. Sandra is married with two beautiful twin girls who just started kindergarten. Sandra loved accounting so much at KP that she is working on a Master's Degree in the field. Congrats to Captain Clark on the marriage and family and welcome back! Mike Louy says hello as he often does. He and Susan have just finished and installed John's headstone. He also sent photos of gatherings with Dave Berault who is piloting ships into and out of sharkinfested Mobile Bay and Ty Bachman who is piloting the F-23 for the Marine Corps. Barbara Malcarne writes and sends photos as well. The Malcarne's had an East-Coast memorial for Jimmy on Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, I was at sea and missed the ceremony. In joining the Malcarne family from KP were Mark Munster, Dan Shanley, Rick Seppa, Dan Sell, Dave Fillis, Sten Levin, Mark Munster and Billy Campbell '97. The Malcarne's are doing well and spending the summer in Maine. Pete Didato says "beep beep" from New Jersey. I'll admit to deleting a lot of Alumni Association and Foundation email traffic after a casual glance. The email about KP Athletic Hall of Fame inductees failed to catch my eye and it headed for the trash bin. Later in the day, I got an email from the athletic Jon Hoffman drawing my attention to the fact that our favorite swimmer and escape artist, Michelle (May) Porter was inducted into the USMMA Athletic Hall of Fame. So, on behalf of the class, Michelle, a huge congratulations on the honor! Speaking of Jon, I should see him next week in LA where he has graciously said that I can buy lunch for him. Jeremy Schierer writes from home in Australia while on break from the YMAM Medical Ship in Papua New Guinea. In September he and Lori will celebrate her 30th birthday, their 5th anniversary, and the 2nd birthday of their son. JJ Parker updated his contact information. Awesome. More of you should follow his example. Now. Sten Levin updated his contact information. Another stand-up classmate. He is the Emissions Business Manager at Milton CAT Power Systems. He attended Jimmy's memorial and caught up with some of us. He and Danika have a little guy who has shown a penchant for seasickness at a young age. I hope to rendezvous with he and Mark Munster on the high seas this summer at some point on our sailboats. Rick Carnicky writes from Qatar and the Air Force Air Operations Center. Post-deployment he will be back in Point Mugu. Andy Corea checked in to update he and Irene's (Bielic) address. Robert Dziegielewski, checks in with a photo of his girlfriend (bold move, me thinks). He is living large as the safety manager/designated person ashore for Maersk Line. Susan Gardner checks in to say hello and tell me that I am funny. Tara (Osburn) Krauss writes from Colorado. She and Sven are doing well and have been doing a lot of camping in the Rockies and Montana. Todd and Felicia (Rydzewski) Raybon swung by the Krauss mansion on their way to Virginia. Tara included a photo with her latest update showing her youngest enjoying this column in the Kings Pointer. Awesome stuff! My fan club welcomes readers of all ages! The president, Tony Odak, checks in from Louisiana. As per usual, I cannot paraphrase his eloquent remarks and I must use the cut-and-paste feature of MS Word. He said, "A brief update, I'm here in New Orleans, trying to keep the fuel flowing at Stone Oil. I've spoken to a few of our classmates. Bobby Valletta and wife Dar, are expecting (or will have had their first baby) by print time. Bobby is running the Florida Maritime Academy. I have yet to see him sporting Rear Admiral stars but, I feel running a maritime academy warrants the class president bestowing Commodore title on him. Business is good enough, he may actually have to do some work. John Shanahan has been busy with Cat in Peoria. Through his wife's Facebook page I see that the family is doing well, and he has plenty of opportunity to contemplate hairstyles between needed cuts. Aaron Tompkins is back from running a pirate ship on the high seas. Apparently he is assisting cadets with their sea year projects both engine and deck. Of course with absolutely no knowledge of the deck, he only charges them 3/4 of the engine rate. I spoke to Eddie Escobedo the other day, who is still busy in Staten Island keeping the boats running at McAllister. Dawn and the kids look great. Now if I could only get him to work out a brother-inlaw deal for a boat and a barge, we'd have something. Finally, I had a great evening with Billy Foster. He's been coming into NOLA quite a bit and we finally got to catch up. After a few drinks, and dinner and some time with a mutually disagreeable associate, we both made it home without getting arrested. Bill and wife (Bobby Postman) and family are living it up in Jeffersonville. I am envious of their rural lifestyle. I keep saying I'm a farmer at heart, and every time I see a new tractor, pigs or cornstalks, I want to dawn some coveralls and straw hat and sip a cool glass of lemonade." Thanks, Tony! Long-time listener, seldom caller Jeremy White checks in for the first time since I mentioned him at the 2001 homecoming. He got married sometime around then and he and Kerry just celebrated their 12- year anniversary and had their third child. The White kids, for those keeping score at home, are: Cassidy Grace (-1), Kylie (7) and Brady (4). Jeremy has been working for a Höegh Autoliners (a RoRo carrier) as an IT Manager and they just left Long Island for Jacksonville area as part of a company relocation. See you in 2025, Jeremy! Matt Salkeld checks in from New Orleans, home of the president! Matt started his own survey/consulting firm in 2011 and is doing well. His wife just gave them a baby boy, Ryan, after refusing to provide a male heir to the Birdman Empire. Daughters Lucy (6) and Stella (5) should be added to your score cards. Matt worked a ship in June with Aaron Tompkins in Savannah and bonded after 17 years of not bonding. Joe Kemp is still doing the Navy thing and hanging in Little Creek, VA. Tom Hall checks in to say hello. Stan Scofield just finished school and send some graduation images sans choker white uniform and a cleanly-shaven face. Congrats to him. He now has a Master's of Science in Intermodal Transportation. Mark Snoozy writes to tell me about yet another tri-state gathering that I was not invited to. Nice. The Snoozy family attended a soirée at the NJ palace of Al Conjour with Pete Didato, Dave Fillis and Ed Christie. Then Mark told me that there was, yes, one more gathering where no one wanted to invite the roving reporter for the Kings Pointer. Apparently Eddie Escobedo's 40th was off the hook and I was not there. Bitter, party of one? I'll get over it when I see everyone at Homecoming and get criticized for not bringing a band, tent and food. No, seriously. I am not upset . . . just taking it out on my keyboard. OK, back to the updates. Marci (Girard) Emerson and I exchanged some good emails. She is a good friend unlike those NY/NJ residents that don't invite me to their parties. Kidding! Marci's kid is about a year-and-a-half now and they are talking about meeting Dave Berault in Pensacola for a visit. Anyway, thank you, Marci for your words and I would ask that the whole class keeps Marci in your thoughts as her mother is battling lung cancer. Rick Marriner checks in with a report of a Heikki Laukennan sighting on a floating tube in a river in Texas. Jeff Brown, Doctor Jeff Brown, has finished his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is back in Denver with Nikki and kids. Joe Schwartzstein and Jason Stancil got together on the bridge of the Maersk Illinois where Jason sails as master. Joe piloted him into Baltimore harbor and they had a romantic dinner together. And, on that note, I close this chapter of the news. I am writing this from some girl's small apartment in Brooklyn while in between ships. Actually, I am working on finding shore-side work while doing a "summer job" of teaching sailing on the Hudson River and picking up some freelance writing assignments for aviation and maritime rags. If I get an invite, maybe I will see you at the next social tristate gathering! Thanks for reading! 1997 By Ryan Gilsenan 1001 Cochran Street; Daniel Island, SC 29492 Dear Friends: Greetings from South Carolina, where the heat of August oppresses and reminds us of a summer exactly 20 years ago with Rusty Edwards. If Mike Kiehl were here, he would run out for an ice cream. No doubt about it. It's that kind of hot. Not unsurprisingly, an entertaining missive arrived from plebe year roommate Chris Vick. Chris works on the chartering desk for Chevron in Houston. In the past three years since they invented the Internet, the quality of Vick's emails has never, ever disappointed. Accordingly, as we had occasion to review several charter parties a few weeks ago at work, it seemed time to poke the bear. "Vick," we wrote, "When you get under way with the family on road trips, do you advise the wife that you will prosecute the voyage with utmost dispatch?" He responded instantly, "Used to." However, "in these tough times, I prefer to travel at economical speed. That being said, my crew is growing more experienced so we make up for the slower speed with faster turnaround in port calls and fewer overall ports being called." There, Mr. Vick could have rested, but he continued! "Beautiful. Dispatch – that is why it is always good to get the charter party speed in the recap! Owners like to go econ speed these days without advertising it to save fuel to help boost voyage econs in this dismal freight market." In case you wondered, we also recommend stipulating to minimum discharge pressure at the rail. Then, he advised that he is wrestling. Like Andre the Giant. Kind of. "By the way, check out the pic – last weekend I competed in the 30-40 age (140-150 lb. weight) bracket at NAGA (North American Grappling Association) tournament here in Houston. Only had one match, which was disappointing, but took first place and beat a more experienced grappler. My son competed as well and took second in the Kid's Division. I posted the videos on Facebook, but I do not believe you have succumbed to the Facebook tractor beam yet. Perhaps one day." No one writes about grappling and tractor beams in the same thought, which is in part why he was such a unique roommate and a treasure of a writer. Anyway, your correspondent would have substituted his own son in that wrestling match. We see the 150 pound weight class only when it is whipping by in a bar-code blur of numbers on the morning scale as the dial screams at least 2 pi radians** beyond until hovering, whimpering under the red needle. Congratulations mon frere. (**Bowen Jones: this is a unit of angular measurement on a dial. Also, the dial is critically damped, thank God, or the whole thing would explode.) Lastly, he has reportedly reproduced! Dylan Vick, 11, took second place in the tournament, and daughter Lyssa, 6, cheered them on with Mrs. Vick. We await the family photo. Next issue? Stephen Frangos checked in from the White House. He is the Performance and Assessment Officer in the Commandant's office at the Academy and signed his email V/R. Perhaps we should assess the location of the Alumni Association and Foundation office? Steve was recently promoted to the rank of Commander in the Navy reserves. "I am in the Strategic Sealift Officer program (SSO), formerly called the MMIRRG. I also just finished up a 4 month tour over at Fort Schuyler with the Navy in January and am heading to Singapore in September for a couple of weeks," he said. Ahh, Singapore. Alas, I doubt Mike Wyant will be there to guide. It just won't be the same. At the very least, may we recommend the excellent book Salvage: A Personal Odyssey by Capt. Ian Tew? It's a great yarn, case by case, about shipwrecks and disasters in which the writer worked as a salvage master on the Lloyd's Open Form (no cure, no pay), based out of Singapore. The book is available on Amazon and is truly superb reading. Stephen and his wife Arline have a son, Hunter, 4, and twin girls, Emily and Samantha who will turn one in a few days' time. Matt Plato also replied to our solicitation for updates and news. "I'll make something up," he said. Yet he hasn't! Not a word! I will make something up. Next issue. It needs time to percolate. Know this: the story will be outrageous, totally untrue, and altogether convincing. Send your suggestions to The ever-reliable Asian Eye James Choi sends the excellent news that, "the Chois are expecting [their] third in December! Keeping the sex a surprise. Choi clan is enjoying being back in NYC. Bill Armstrong is expecting his second child later this year, too." That is wonderful. The Eyes were in Rock Hill, SC (suburb of Charlotte, NC, but in any event nowhere on the map that was the famous cover of the New Yorker magazine that showed Manhattan, the Hudson River, and then China and Russia in the distance). They moved back. James took over his parents' liquor store on the Upper East Side when his father passed away and there they are. James, it will be recalled, was raised in Manhattan and learned how to drive only in our First Class year when Sayun Sukduang (finally) put him behind the wheel. Perhaps Sy will emerge some years hence to teach the Choi children? Tradition still counts for something. As reported in the 15-year reunion issue, Matt Sullivan lives in Philadelphia and is piloting ships on the Delaware River. He writes now of their firstborn. "Gil, we had a baby girl on Jan 29, 2013. Ava Paige Sullivan – 5 pounds, 5 ounces, born in Philadelphia. Mom (Susan) and baby are doing great. Other than that, all is well on the Delaware River. If I'm not piloting, I'm golfing. Peace, Sully." Someone has it figured out. One should close with something pithy. Better turn to Chris Vick: "Planning any trips to Houston? We are headed to New York next week to see my wife's family out on Long Island, grab a slice of pizza, maybe a bagel – fuggedaboutit." That is all. Carry On. Check. Check. M-O-D Out. 1998 By Rick Chabot No column submitted this quarter. 1999 15th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 15TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Tiffany Torrey • 518-373-2153 Hello everyone! I hope all is well with my fellow classmates. This is going to be a light update since I only heard from . . . well, actually, I didn't hear from anyone. Hmmm . . . what to write, what to write. Oh! I have been involved in a lengthy Facebook thread with Don Hughes, Rob Eastman, Bryan Grube, Barry Torrey, Jennifer Bechtel, Chad Moore, and Garrett Johnson. It started off as a simple discussion about Sleep-Power . . . I mean Maritime History, aka Sea Power, with Professor Donovon, and evolved into a conversation about who failed what class . . . okay, who failed what classes, who was drinking at the park before GMDSS class (ah hem, Barry and Rob) and someone's underage date to June Ball – that one will remain anonymous. Very funny and is definitely making me look forward to Homecoming 2014. Barry and I are doing well. Barry is a few weeks into his new job as the Senior Port Captain for Staten Island Ferry. If anyone is in the New York City/Staten Island area be sure to look Barry up. Unless I really missed something big that is it for now. Feel free at anytime to send me info for the Kings Pointer. Until next time, take care and God Bless! – Tiffany 2000 By Gaylyn Reynolds Wheaton 757-366-8640 By Kellie Redcay • 202-781-0861 I am having a great summer with my family in Tampa, FL. We are enjoying plenty of pool time, swim lessons (even for my 15 month old) and checking out the many sites in the area. I also kept my 5 year old busy with my own summer camp at home activities and made sure he is fully prepared for kindergarten! It was great to hear from so many classmates this season! My family got together with Sarah (Garcia) Winstead's family at Disney's Hollywood Studios in April and our boys had so much fun being together. The highlight for the boys was seeing Lightning McQueen and Mater! If you have an update and pictures you would like in the next Kings Pointer, please e-mail them to me at Willie Pack wrote that he is currently working on completing a 32 foot catamaran. He's planning on sailing to the Bahamas and working on starting a boat building business. I suggest you get those orders in now before there is a long wait list! He is pictured with his work in progress and two children. Willie also caught up with Captain Joe Benton; he is doing well and enjoying his son, Joe Jr. (aka the admiral). Frank Axiak writes with his first update since graduation! He is serving active duty in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer at Carrier Strike Group 2, and is currently embarked on the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). He is the Tomahawk Officer at the Strike Group and has been stationed in the Hampton Roads area since 2008. He got a chance to attend the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter Norfolk Tides baseball game where he caught up with Kevin Cronau. Randy Roth '00 is living outside of Chicago with his wife and three children (ages 6, 4, and 1) which keeps him and his wife very busy. He also recently changed departments within CH Robinson to the Over Dimensional Freight Forwarding group. He loves that he can put his 5 years of Third Mate experience to great use getting back in the global realm again. He especially likes the challenges of moving the large cargo that others don't want to touch. Every day is a new adventure with different cargo and it keeps his job interesting. To keep in touch with Randy, his email is Erin (Fitzgerald) Weber writes that after 12 years of working in the Maritime Environmental field she is now a Contract Specialist for the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. She lives in Havre de Grace, MD with her husband, Rob and their seven year old daughter, Katherine. Tom Stevens writes that his beautiful wife, Sandra, gave birth to their third child, Natalie Maria Stevens, on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013. She weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz., and measured 20.5" long. The doctors called it precipitous birth; Sandra had about 15 minutes of labor and Tom delivered Natalie in the emergency room parking lot! Natalie couldn't wait the 7 minute drive at 4 am! WOW! Sandra and Natalie are doing great. Tom's family, including daughter Elizabeth and son Tommy are ecstatic about their new addition. Lance Murray writes that his summer wedding went off without a hitch on July 13, 2013 at St. Mary's Church in Annapolis, MD. He married his beautiful bride, Marivic Magno, and had 10 fellow Kings Pointers as witnesses. Chris Nigon '99 served as one of Lance's Sword Bearers. Also in attendance were his uncle, Bruce Murray '70, Jason Cook, Jeremy Riddle, Dave Pulis, Ed Schwarz, Tom Stevens, Mike Albritton '01, Tom Gough '99, and Sharon Thorpe McIlnay '99. Many Kings Point Park beverages were consumed by all and Lance wishes he could have invited more Kings Pointers, but the budget was tight! 2001 By Kathleen DiPietropolo 2002 By Jim Trynosky 908-429-4257 By Alison Guadiano Buckler Hello again – I hope everyone had a great summer. I'm sneaking this update in way past the deadline, so thanks to Marissa Bholan, the AAF's Communications Director for putting up with my delay. Our first set of updates comes from a dynamic duo from Third Company, watching these guys call each other names and trade barbs on Facebook makes me glad social media was invented. Bob Andrea finished up his tour at Seventh Fleet strong and managed to get selected for Full Time Support, which is essentially active reserve. In doing that, he gets to upgrade the aircraft that he flies. He just finished training for the C40A, which is the Navy's version of the Boeing 737 retrofitted for cargo ops. He'll be at VR- 58 in Jacksonville, FL for the next 3 years and possibly longer if he decides to go fly for the airlines as a side job and transition to SELRES. As an added bonus, he gets to hang with Timothy Porter for a little bit while he takes another crack at the exam for Fort Lauderdale Pilots Association. Tim Porter wrote in from beautiful Gaeta, Italy where he is spending the next couple months as Chief Mate, Officer in Charge of MSC personnel aboard the USS Mount Whitney. The arduous duty does have its perks! The unique mission of the hybrid crew ship allows for neat port visits such as Théoule sur Mer, France for a summer festival and plenty of port time in Gaeta. He hopes to get a good tan this year! Bob Andrea recently moved nearby in Jacksonville. It'll be great to have him close by for the first time in 11 years. Jeff Greco and his wife Abby are proud to announce the birth of Celia Dorothy on May 28, 2013. Big sister, Lola, was born November 4, 2011 and happy to welcome the new addition to the family! Matt Hume and his wife Cora also welcomed a son, Arleigh Thomas Hume. Mike Gillespie reports that his company, Sustainable Waste Power Systems is doing well and has signed their first customer Tuhilltown Spirits. The system is scheduled to be installed at the end of the year and will convert 3 tons of grain waste slurry from the stills into 2MMBH of clean heat for use by the distilling operations. Check it out at! That's all for now. I hope everyone has a great fall and I hope we have some more updates for the winter issue. Until next time – Jim 2003 By Sang Yi By Shannon DiPietropolo Muller No column submitted this quarter. 2004 10th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 10TH Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Audrey Meyers Hammond Happy Fall, everybody! Can you all believe it's been nine years since we graduated? Nine!? It's crazy to think about how fast the time has flown. Sooner or later, next year will roll around and the 10-year reunion will be upon us. It's all way to crazy for me. Thanks for all the updates. I really do enjoy getting them and seeing what everyone is up to. If you haven't joined, please join the KP Alumni 2004 Facebook page. I'll post the notes up there when I'm finished and you can also write in your updates there if you want. However, I will have to warn all of you, I'm not too FB group savvy; it's not as much fun as I thought it would be. We have lots of exciting happenings going on. Zach McWaters is engaged May 24, 2013 to Jen Stumpf (see page 60)! They've been together for over a year. Jen is originally from Seattle, but will call San Diego home. Zach is still working at NASSCO and is enjoying the beach life. Kim Palmer Fondren left BP in Houston about 8 months ago to work at Dockwise, also in H-town. She's glad she made the move since she's loving her new job! Chad Fondren is still working for Phillips 66 and finished his second Ironman in Couer d'Alene, ID last month. He'll be doing his third in Louisville, KY on August 25. Afterwards, Chad will calm down the Ironman training, and he and Kim will be preparing themselves for the arrival of their second baby girl. Due date is November 6! I sure do love the month of November – weddings and babies! Baby Fondren isn't the only baby due in early November. Jeremy Moseley and his wife are expecting their second child, a baby boy, November 3. Jeremy has retired from sailing and took over his family's jewelry business in Columbia, SC. He is so excited to report that his company has just finished custom making their 200th Kings Point engagement ring. He also expecting in November is Erik Corcoran! His wife, Kay, is expecting their second child in mid-November. Erik recently got promoted to Major in the US Army on August 2. Congratulations! Speaking of promotions, congrats to all of the newly LCDR's in the SSO program! I saw the list on Facebook the other week. Also in the US Army, Joey Sawruk has been in Israel the last few months where he says things are going well. The media tends to make it seem like it's all coming unhinged, when it's rather calm and a fun place to be. Since Joey's last update, he has become promotable to Major in the US Army, and will be in Israel until next June (2014). From there, he'll be headed to Fort Leavenworth, KS, for Army schooling for just short of a year. If anyone stops in Israel, be sure to look Joey up. Well, that's it for all the updates this quarter. Thanks again for writing in! I'm so excited to hear all about the new babies in the next update! 2005 By Justin Mitchell 972-880-3596 No column submitted this quarter. 2006 By Kelsey (Newell) Barrion Aloha kakou! Fall is in the air and brings news from several cities, starting with Megan and Mark Levis, who are living in Belmar, NJ and expecting a new addition to the family soon! Mark says he's working as a Port Engineer for Weeks Marine in Jersey City, along with Shaun O'Brien. And Ross Coviello writes in from Florida to brag about his not-so-little brother Alex '13, whose graduation in June brought Craig Bonvino, Adam Vanden Boogaard, Brian Kelly '03 and Lindsay Conte '05 back to school to celebrate. Ross says, "A GREAT time was had by all" and adds that Craig is a Chief Mate with Crowley, Adam is still a Navy NFO, now training on the new Growler aircraft, and he (Ross) just recently upgraded to his Master Mariner License. Brad Griffin has the update on the Houston scene, where he is working shore-side for Phillips 66 as Clean Product Chartering Specialist. Brad says he spent four weeks in Bahrain last August with the Navy, setting up the first full-time Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping Unit (NCAGS) since WWII that is still operating with reservists and mad the move to Phillips 66 in December, where he works with Bill Briggs '96 and many other Kings Pointers. Also in December, Brad got engaged to Miss Afton Baily! They are planning a Vegas wedding in September with James Lipset as the best man. James will be visiting Brad in Houston in August; he and his wife Nicki are enjoying life in Napa, CA and are competing in triathlons. James is still moving up the ladder with NCLA on the Pride of America. Houston is a good place to find many of our classmates, and Brad says he sees Will Sanders, Matt Leiz, Holly Cummings, Jen Johnson, Nik Dandapani, Craig Bonvino and many others around town at industry events and all seem to be doing well. Brad adds to the news about Craig, who is apparently expecting a little one with his wife Emily. Last but not least, Todd Ginavan recently got engaged to Miss Victoria Lentz and is doing well and working at ABS. Okay, now time for the public service announcements. Did you know that you have a profile (similar to Facebook or LinkedIn) on the Alumni Association and Foundation website? Every graduate does, but unless you've already modified it, there isn't much information on it. To change that, maybe even add a resume, go to and click on the link for logging in in the upper-right corner of the page. Follow the directions for first-time use. Once you're in, update your information as desired, add a photo and then edit your profile's appearance. Information entered, particularly resume data, is searchable by other graduates, so if you're looking to boost your employment opportunities, this is a good way to do it. We also have a class group page that you're automatically a member of; photos that get sent to me and the class notes are all posted there. That's it for now. A hui hou! 2007 By Tyler A. Stutin • 626-487-0758 Last month, for the first time since graduation, I had the opportunity to visit our alma mater with classmate Peter Garofalo. Although there are many important issues that the Academy is facing at the moment, our attention was drawn to a very personal matter: the Class of 2007 bench. Our bench has been standing watch at the gates of Kings Point for 6 years now. And it is falling apart. Our bench is the only place to sit at Vickery Gate, and is used every day by midshipmen, parents, and guests. Fixing our bench is a way to show our continued support of the Academy and to maintain the legacy of the Class of 2007. I propose that we look to fund a more suitable replacement, constructed of black metal, and adorned with a new bronze plaque. I have received approval from the Alumni Association and Foundation to move forward with fundraising, as well as its promise to help coordinate the replacement. This effort will not work without your support. Please consider donating. To do so, simply visit and select "Giving" at the top. Restrict your gift to "2007 Bench Replacement." My own summer was spent on the banks of the Thames River with the Coast Guard Academy Staff Judge Advocate office. While at CGA, I met many of the professors on staff. One organizational behavior and leadership professor described how her husband, father, and sister all work on oil rigs. Turns out her husband is Adam Dunn! Adam and his wife/CGA professor, Alanna, were married last February. Adam sails First Engineer on the Development Driller 2, which is managed by TransOcean and working for BP on the Atlantis Project. Fortunately, Adam was between hitches during much of July. Adam and Alanna have a beautiful home near the water in Niantic, CT and I thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with Adam, reminiscing about our shared stint as aides to the deputy sup, and eating a few fantastic meals. The chance to catch up with Adam was the highlight of my summer. More than anything, it was a reminder of the strength of the shared bonds and enduring sense of family created during our time at KP. Here are a few more updates from our brothers and sisters: Eugene Chung proposed to his girlfriend Yooyoung in Seattle this Fourth of July. The couple will be married in May 2014. Jason Rooney is recently engaged and will marry Amanda Griffin in September 2014 in San Diego. Jason is currently sailing as First Engineer on the USNS Bridge. Adam Franco is still in the Marine Corps and is stationed in Las Vegas. Adam and wife Lisa just welcomed their second son, Joseph, on the Fourth of July. According to Adam, "that means I have two sons – one born September 11 and one on July 4 pretty much making us the most patriotic family out there." Bryan Vagts has had a very productive summer. After his May 26 wedding to wife Kristen, he spent one week on his honeymoon and two weeks in training to take command of the USNS Victorious. Fair winds and following seas to Captain Vagts! Dave Taliaferro just finished his second 4-month tour as 3/M aboard the coastwise tanker USNS Lawrence H Gianella. Dave is still with the New York Army National Guard and it looks like he'll have another deployment to Afghanistan coming up in spring 2014. Until then, Dave will be in and out of Manhattan for various Army schools and training. Fionna Boyle is currently on a Navy Individual Augmentee deployment as a US Navy Port Security/Harbor Defense Officer conducting USCENTCOM vulnerability assessments in the AOR. According to Fionna, "I have had the pleasure of running into two Kings Pointers along my travels: Dustin Wallace '06 and Brandon Scott '08. They are both doing well." Fionna's deployment is for one year, ending February 2014. Paul Wolfinger was working at General Dynamics Electric Boat after school. In July of 2012, he and his wife, Megan, decided to move from Gales Ferry, CT back home to Reading, PA. Paul now works at RPA Engineering, an engineering consulting firm on the private side. "Recently getting my Professional Engineers (PE) license, I work at RPA as a mechanical engineer in the power and utility, pharmaceutical, and industrial markets. My wife and I also built a house, and any classmates in the area are welcome to drop by." Lastly, Morgan (Evans) Kelly has transferred from Coast Guard Activities Europe to Kings Point and is serving as the school's Coast Guard liaison officer! Many thanks to those who wrote in this quarter. Best wishes to you and yours, and please don't forget about our bench! Fraternally – Tyler 2008 By Cathryn Seger By Saeah Wood By Warren Forde Hi everyone – our five year reunion is almost here! I look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks! Andy Zimmerman and his wife Dina and moved from DC to Ohio to be closer to family. He is changing careers and taking classes to be a high school history teacher. He also has a WWII book that is available for purchase. The book is titled We Got Each Other Home: The Story of WWII's Legendary LST. The book can be ordered through Amazon or if people want a signed copy, they can contact Andy directly and he'll sell and ship one to them. Ben Garlock is currently working as the Emergency Diesel Generator nuclear fleet engineer at Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC overseeing the diesels at six nuclear sites. He got married to his wife Kelsey over Memorial Day weekend and a pack of Kings Pointers that were able to make the event up in Buffalo, NY. Aaron Thompson, Christopher Barber, Chip Sellers, Josh Quaye, Shamus O'Shea, Chris Alexander, Will Sprouse, David Poulnot, and honorable mentions Duncan Gills and Garrett Thomas were all present. Tyson Walsh is currently deployed Eastern Afghanistan advising the ANSF on Operations. He said that it's a blast so far and not as tame as he had feared it would be. Sarah Jones has completed the P-8A Posiden training syllabus and has begun typical homecycle routine in squadron. She has become an active member of the local running community and has competed in several 5Ks. Her mom and her are signed up for the Disney Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon in November. Sarah is still living in Jacksonville and will be there until she deploys again in July 2014 Tommy Shannon graduated P-3 Weapons and Tactics Instructor School in Jacksonville, FL this past spring. He said: I'm still based out of Kaneohe Bay, HI flying in P-3s as a mission commander naval flight officer. Got to hang with Brittany Rossi while her ship, USNS Guadalupe, was temporarily based in Hawaii for the past 6 months. Also recently met Amy Bennett-Eck '00 while running/volunteering at her Xterra Trail Run that she sponsors each year, Freedom Fest Hawaii. In the 2008 KP Alumni Fantasy Sport Federation News, Bob Charter upset World Ranking Leader Cameron Amigo in a bitter matchup for the 2013 Fantasy Basketball championship. James Mirance took 3rd with a commissioner decision in the consolation round by commissioner Joe Marino. Fantasy Baseball Playoffs are in full swing with heavily favored Preston Morgan and Sean Bent at the top of their divisions. Nick Brissey and his wife Kristen plan to move to Jacksonville, FL following his long stint of active duty so that Kristen can continue working in the field of Biology while Nick sails and upgrade his license. He also plans to sit for his 1st A/E exam on August 23. Chris Cunningham is still working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a nuclear shift refueling engineer. He recently moved from Virginia Beach to neighboring Chesapeake, VA where he and his wife, Monica, bought a house. They have been married for over a year now, and Monica is pregnant with a baby girl. She is due early October and they are very excited! JB Zorn and his wife Rachel has a newborn son, Henry Burkhardt Zorn, born on June 7, 2013 at 8 pounds, 14 ounces. They are now living in the Washington, DC area. On July 27, Per Rychecky got married to Dawn Darling at the Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle, WA. Brennen Halbach was his best man. Per is still in the Navy and am looking to be deployed on September 30. September 27 was a big day for KP weddings in Seattle as Caitlin Lundy married Ben Christian '07 at Fall City Farms. A lot of our classmates attended, including John McGurk, Tyler Dunagan, Amanda McNanley, Morgan Daniels, Josh Quaye, John Jacob Jordan, Sara Devlin, Ally Cedeno, Saeah Wood, and Chris Stuckey. Will Ansell '07, Brett Daniels '09, Shari Lee '06, and Anne Kim '05 were also in attendance. Thank you to Alexandra Knight Photography for providing us with a 2008 picture at Caitlin's wedding. As for me, after almost five years in DC, I'll be moving to Busan, Korea for a one year active duty assignment with MSCO Korea in late October. If you find yourself in the area over the next year, please get in touch! 2009 5th REUNION OCTOBER 11, 2014 Why a 5th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's (AAF's) financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The AAF makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 will count toward your final class gift total. By Christine MacMillan • 516-423-1966 By Rocco Musumeci Greetings to all from the Pacific. I got a chance to sit still for a minute to catch up with a few classmates and this is what I learned. Ben Crom was married in Charleston on August 2. LT Herman was in the wedding. Also, Ben has been mobilized by the Navy and will be deploying to Djibouti for a year as the key leadership engagement officer; the billet states that Ben will be the primary enabler of US foreign policy objectives and reaching out to leadership in the area. Good luck Ben, and be safe. Ben Arnett also sent a short message saying he's on the USS Kearsarge flying helicopters for the Navy until November. Matthew Decatur married his Ring Dance date/ fiancé on our graduation anniversary in Galveston, TX! In attendance were David Grove, Pete McCann, Dylan Levine, John Dunaway '07, LJ Fiorvanti, Adam Shannahan '08 and Rob Smith '92. David Grove is still at Fort Hood flying Apaches with the 1st Air Cav. He is getting ready to go back to Afghanistan for a second deployment in a couple months. He says, "Still a lowly O-2 along with the rest of us '09ers in the Army. Hoping to pin O-3 soon." Jonathan Dufault and his wife (and their two Chihuahuas) just finished a PCS move to Baltimore, MD where he is working at the Legacy Sustainment Support Unit within the CG Yard. His unit is responsible for the oversight of the Mission Effectiveness Project for the 270' WMEC fleet, which involves upgrading the older cutters to keep them operational. Danny Kirk finally made the move to Miami Beach and loves it. He says to "Tell any Kings Pointers to drop me a message if they're ever in Miami!" James Clinton Billings was recently selected to be an Olmsted Scholar. He finished up his tour in Japan and is in DC for the next year learning how to speak Mandarin. He will then head off to Shanghai for two years to get a graduate degree. Congrats James! Jeremy Cunningham wrote in and is still working on the Washington Express. His baby, Caveren, is already three years old. Matt Faulks has been working offshore with ENSCO and will be deploying with his Army National Guard Unit – he says he should be in Afghanistan November 10. Vincent Montoro grew tired of the sea life so he is now working as an ABS Surveyor at the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in Geoje, Korea. Jonathon Eric Wellman has been working for Transocean in the Gulf since December 2012 – Nick Shephard is on the same rig. Jonathon is living in Hawaii, and bought a house back in April. Erik Henden married Grace on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth. Erik is still flying around the globe in the C-17. He wrote from Thailand actually and is pictured here hanging out with an elephant. Patrick Showell has been globetrotting as well and Brant Walz and he recently climbed Mount Rainer. While on the west coast he ran into a few of our section mates, Alex Shushunov and Pete Mann. Patrick also visited Kalyn Badger for her birthday before she is deployed with her Wing this fall. I ran into Karen Taylor while at Anchorage 9 in San Francisco. We took a launch ashore and had a great time catching up. I've recently returned from an Asian backpacking adventure and look to spend this fall at home in South Florida. If you are in the area, send me a message, I enjoy hearing from you. To all those near and far, stay safe and stay in touch. 2010 By Marie Ebers and Rebekah Schuppel Hello 2010! It is Marie Ebers. I so enjoyed catching up with everyone. As I am writing this quarter's Class Notes column, I think of how strong the bonds we have made are. Every time I hear about all the wonderful things going on in our lives, there are always other Kings Pointers there to share it with them. That is the strength of the KP family that we are a part of, and it is something to be cherished! In an effort to reach out to even more of our classmates, Rebekah and I are looking for guest writers. If you would like to pick up a column every once in a while based on the flexibility of your schedule, please let us know. We are really excited about welcoming our guest writers and expanding our reach! You can always contact either one of us at Now for the updates. Jeff Schwind is still in the Coast Guard and has transferred from Sector Long Island Sound in Conneticut to the Maritime Security Response Team in Chesapeake, VA. We are so excited for Jeff who got engaged to long time girlfriend, Jill Cottiers, on May 11 (see page 60). Congratulations to Matt Rigby and his wife Amanda Rigby (formerly D'Agostino) who were married Saturday, July 20 (see page 60). In attendance were Jeff Schwind, John Snider, Don Occhipinti, Rich Curry, Keegan Boyle, Travis Christenson, John Murphy, and Joe Martinet. The happy couple will be honeymooning in Amalfi, Italy and then return back to their home in Belmar, NJ. Ryan Homire got engaged to Elle Rogers '11 in July (see page 60)! We are so happy for them! Ryan got winged and will be reporting to New River, NC later this year to learn how to fly the MV-22 Osprey. Alex Osigian has been living the dream in Miami, FL for the past three years. Alex just recently started working for MAN Diesel and Turbo as a Superintendent Engineer. His brother, Raul Osigian '13, just graduated and moved in with Alex in Miami and works as a Service Engineer for RPG Marine. In Miami, there is a pretty nice KP community that includes Jeff Lum '07, Enrique Melendez '05, Erasmo Perez, Neftali Rodriguez '12, Luiz Corzo '00, Landon McCollum '11, Rolando Santos, and Michael Sohengen, amongst others. While at his brother's graduation, Alex stayed with best friend Matt Frazier. Matt is working for BP in the gulf on the Mad Dog platform and living on Long Island. They both met up with Kyle O'Connor, Daniel Gordon, Joe Muller, Joe Martinet, myself, John Murphy, Brendan Meyers and other 2010 Kings Pointers. Kyle O'Connor heads back to work in August as second mate on Crowley's ATB Legend. He went to Houston for his reserve ADT with the MARAD Cape Texas class Ro-Ro's. Buddy Finnie '09 was there as well. They worked with the port engineer, Mark Richards '88. Taylor Junco lives in the area and they were able to hang out quite a bit. Taylor is still doing chartering and brokering. The weekend Kyle was there, Taylor and him drove up to Austin to visit Travis Christensen. Travis was in the process of moving to Colorado for a change of scenery. Travis also works for Crowley on another of their boats out of Jacksonville. As for Kyle's sister Kate O'Connor '13, she joined AMO and caught a Sea Star ship, the El Morro, running from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico and Fort Lauderdale. Her first job as third engineer four days after graduation! Scott Rattigan came up to Kyle O'Connor's house in Jacksonville for a BBQ in July. Scott is doing his law school internship in Orlando. Brendan Meyers got back to the US in June after a six month deployment overseas in Japan. He was able to go to Australia and Korea for some Navy exercises and saw how impressive the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera house are in person! Brendan ran into Matt Goggin in Okinawa and had some good times at the Kadena O-Club. Matt is currently deployed to Okinawa with the Marine Corps. I feel bittersweet as I report that Rebekah Schuppel has left the DC metropolitan area. I will miss seeing her at work every day but am happy she got this amazing new opportunity! She is still with Sayres but is now in Maine supporting the construction of DDG 1000 class destroyers at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Shipyard. She began her new waterfront position at the beginning of July. She's enjoyed the summer New England weather thus far especially with the many opportunities to go to the beaches and lakes of Maine. Rebekah is looking forward to the fall as the weather leaves change colors and it's less humid. Pete McCann '09 and Chris Stuckey '09 are also there onsite at the shipyard. Tyler Hathecote left the Air Force in January and is currently working in the oil fields for Freedom Marine Services. He works with Will Bowers '11. Tyler has graciously volunteered to be a guest writer for the first quarter 2014 column, following John Whitehouse who has agreed to write the fourth quarter 2013 column. Thank you Tyler and John! We can't wait to read your columns! 2011 By Ted Coppa No column submitted this quarter. 2012 By Hunter Karass By James O'Connor By Shawn Antonelli By this time all of us have finished our first ADT. I did mine in June and had a great time with our many classmates in attendance. From what I have heard everyone has had that same enjoyable experience. Some of the most interesting news I had heard while in attendance is that Brandon Rush has been doing some pro-wrestling in his off time. In loosely related news Andy Martin is playing professional baseball in the Freedom Pro League in Arizona. You can find him on the Prescott Federals Team. Mathew Roque reports that he is a staff surveyor with the National Cargo Bureau and will be moving to Chicago. He'll be switching to SELRES after his move. Billy-Bruce Carrol and Jeff Ludwig are sharing an apartment in Houston. Renee Hogan and Casey Desiderio are now in Key West, FL after Renee transferred to the USCGC Thetis as a student Engineer. The pair are now engaged. Eric Heinemann reports he is an OIC for Army J-LOTS operations in Pohang, Korea; Virginia Beach, VA. He is currently appointed in LOD investigator for CID (you can ask him what those last two acronyms are, because I'm not sure). He has been hanging out with Amos London and Matthew Bozich. The latter pair have also gone to the beach together. Dan Liberty is slowly rehabilitating from KP. He wanted to me to make note of the fact that he is currently almost a fully functioning member of society and something about getting kicked off of go karts before completing even half a lap. Christian Nate appears to have also been involved with this debauchery. Since I could not phase it any better Josh Reicks says, "While I'm not sailing the seven seas and impregnating various women on an international scale, I live the life of a drifter constantly sleeping on different couches, sidewalks, and the beds of ladies with low self esteem." Kevin Young wrote in that he, Preston Nicholl, Will Walls, and Tom McKeon are all living in Corpus Christi, TX for primary flight training on the T-34 (I also apologize for spelling Preston's name wrong in the last issue). In my recent wanderings I have ran into the people I normally see. Shawn Antonelli is still living the good life in Tampa. Paul Harley has been having all sorts of fun in New Jersey when he hasn't been sailing for OSG. Gary DeGraff has been getting into trouble in Washington, DC. It has already (only) been a year since graduation. Keep in touch and let me know what has been going on. I look forward to hearing from everyone. 2013 By Matthew Finlayson By Dustin Downing No column submitted this quarter. 2014 By Ryan Raffo The Class of 2014 is very excited to have finally come together for our senior year. It has been a long road for all of us, and never easy, but we have persevered to this point with the help of our classmates. Each of us is excited to take and pass license (the first time around!) and finally join the illustrious Kings Point Alumni community. Our Ring Dance ceremony was a success. It was held at Capitale in lower Manhattan. The Class celebrated 300 nights on September 12 at the Studio Square Beer Garden in Long Island City. In addition, we are still in the planning stages for a 200 nights event, 100 nights event, and a senior cruise. We would like to close by reiterating how excited we are to be on track to graduate from this institution and join the ranks of alumni who have come before us. We enjoyed seeing you all over Alumni Weekend!

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