Pictures at end of column
155th Column for Nov-Dec 06 Assembly. 4 Aug, starting early (due late Aug). Want to toot the class horn first. The starting point is Annual Reunions: mini reunions which have grown well beyond the
“mini” name. Of course we have the every-five-year
Roll Calls. A feature of our mini reunions since
Mini. More poop about
Other opportunities. We have myriad other opportunities to gather
with classmates. These are less heavily
attended than our annual reunions. Let
me call these specialized events such as the annual service at VN Memorial to honor our classmates whose names
are engraved on the Wall followed by brunch at Army-Navy CC. Kudos to ’56 from whom we got this super idea. And now ’59 is following
suit. Our first service at the
Wall was in May 1989. Our 18th
annual service will be
Other luncheons in the DC area with different schemes or themes. Remember the 2d Friday of even months made
famous by Jae Stanton? For some years, our Yearlings from ’57 have invited
us to join them at Ft Myer O Club annually in Mar. They allow us to fall-out! We have an annual lunch/election of new
member to Exec Cmte in Apr (Tony Smith was elected to replace John Herren, retired after six years on EC). We have a joint lunch with
Skiing. Since Mar-Apr 1997 the class skiers have
annually attacked the slopes in protest to summer 1994 Winter Park Mini (36th). Skiers are often supported by classmates and
wives who do not ski but love partying when the sun goes down. Next will be the 11th 58Ski, 24
Golf. Not sure when the
Cruises. Virtually an annual event. We have cruised before the 40th
and after the 45th (Betty Puscheck); to
Civil War Staff Rides. Jack Downing & Herb Puscheck organize these annual battlefield jaunts each summer, often in conjunction with Army historians from Ft Belvoir.
Horse racing. George & Mary Jane Lawton are leading us down this primrose path to perdition. Their plan is that big winnings will finance retirement. Most recent was trotters at Rosemont in June. Contact George for future events and betting advice on the ponies.
Club Turnover. In Aug each
year the FCC is turned over to the new First Class. Bob
Pointer initiated this annual event in Aug 94 when the FCC passed from ’94
to Firsties in ’95.
Bob has continued the FCC Turnover each year since then, just completed
for ’07 on 17 Aug. Inspired by the ’58 renovation
of FCC as a sports bar based on the theme “every cadet an athlete,” the Class
of ’94 asked its members to make an allotment of $10 per month for five years
to establish its AOG memorial fund in time for their fifth reunion (took us
until our 35th to raise about the same amount of money). ’95 followed suit and even asked the Supe if they could begin with allotments as First
Classmen. The Supe
declined. As far as I know each
graduating class since has continued the “allotment tradition” begun by ’94! This fund raising began
with the First Class Club presented to ’94 at our 35th
Awards honoring classmates. Walker Award for two top cadet debaters (details check with Tom Carpenter). Ramsden Award for top cadet in Chemistry (details Jack Downing). Capelle Award to top cadet candidate company at USMAPS (details Bill Serchak and Hugh Trumbull). Malone Award to top ROTC cadet at Georgetown Univ (details John Herren). Further details of 2006 presentations are included later in Column.
Info from Dale Hruby’s recent newsletter. Scribe has removed from Dale’s info events summarized above. These are a few of the “extras” that pop up on ’58 social calendar.
WW II Battle of the Bulge Program. Feb 8: Bob Rhodes presented an inspirational
talk and video account at our
Cadet Glee Club Concerts in DC. March 10 & 11: The Glee Club performed
a concert at the
History Project and 50 Year Book. “SIR! There are less than 22 months (18 when you read this in Nov) until our 50th reunion! The Uniform is White Hats and Dark Blazers…” The History Project committee is working hard to produce a Howitzer-quality 50-year reunion book, but THEY NEED YOUR HELP. The goal is to have every classmate included with both a write-up and pictures. At this point we are a long, long way from achieving that. If you have not already done so, PLEASE go the web site (http://www.west-point.org/virtual/usma1958-reunionbook/ and provide your input. Anyone needing help on getting into the site should e-mail Glenn Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org). For those who have not yet joined the 21st century, snail-mail a postcard or letter to Alan Salisbury, 2605 Geneva Hill Court, Oakton, VA 22124-1534. Or, if you can figure it out, e-mail him (AlanBS58@aol.com). Alan will send you the outline for manual submission of your information. You don't want to be left out or, worse yet, have a classmate write your entry on the basis of the sketchy and cryptic info from the Register or our 10th and 30th Reunion Books. Thanks to Dale for this reminder!
Affirmation Oath ’08. News since Dale’s letter: Alan Salisbury & Palmer McGrew represented ’58 at this 13 Aug ceremony. Alan gave thoughtful remarks and Tac Officers & NCOs passed out the coins with ’08 crest on one side and ’58 crest on the other.
Grandson Cadets. Everyone should know we have three grandsons in the Corps: Mike Hill (Paul Bons), Charles Maliska (Tom) and Tommy Moentmann (see photo of Bud and three generations!)
Scribe’s Final thought. Know your enemy! USA Today sports on 21 Aug said Navy has 18 starters returning from its 8-4 season last year, expects to win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy (already three in a row) and go to Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte (already agreed), if bowl eligible. They won Poinsettia Bowl in Dec 05. They have won four in a row over Army. Scribe says it’s time for a change. When you read this it will be close to Army-Navy game. BEAT NAVY! And, Merry Christmas. 25 Aug: photos and finished!
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