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You will not want to miss Homecoming 2018! Our 35th reunion plans are underway, so mark your calendar to hit KP the weekend of Sept 21-23. See our fun-filled agenda at www.KP83.org and please keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates. Email me asap if you haven’t been receiving my quarterly emails begging for news or if you would even remotely consider being an official “sponsor” for Homecoming weekend activities (such as pay for food at Friday evening social). Info is on our site along with contact info for reunion committee members Chris Cioni, Brian Foy, Lisa Fields and Al Reeves.
Jim Storey updates his recovery:
Back at work full time for the last month. All biopsies have been negative for organ rejection. Has the DRs scratching their heads since almost everyone shows some degree of rejection. Won’t make the reunion because they won’t release me to fly until NOV. Almost back to full strength and doing normal stuff again which is a relief. It’s hell getting old!!
Mark Smith shouts:
My big news is that I have been selected as an umpire for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA – 16-26 August. Look for me on ESPN and hopefully ABC.
Each year, sixteen umpires from around the world are invited to umpire in Williamsport, after having been recommended by the Regional Director and previously had their performance graded and recommended at a Regional tournament. This is the highest honor a volunteer Little League umpire can achieve. I have been waiting for five years for the appointment to the World Series.
Gary Graham writes:
Ray thanks for the contact info from an old friend back in flight school. I am still employed at the Washington Navy Yard working for PMS-407 where I am the Senior Aviation Manager for F-35B integration on our big deck amphibs. I speak regularly to Rudy Lupton who is now down in Norfolk working for MSC. Getting close to hanging it up for good a spending some time at home.
Doug Ullman notes:
Barbara and I moved to the Milwaukee area in July of 2016 and really love it there. We became grandparents 1/30/2017 and celebrated George Thomas Ullman’s 1st birthday recently.
I’m working as a Planning, Scheduling and Program Controls consultant, currently supporting Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson.
A.J. Murphy shares:
My older brother ’73 ran into Greg Guarisco at the Boat Show in New Orleans.
Saw Jim Quern two weeks ago in New Orleans. Always good to catch up on what the families and now grandkids are doing. With Jim retired in early 2017, and now Anne as well near the end of the year, they have a bit more time to have fun and enjoy life. Jim is still out swatting the tennis balls and running up a storm. We went out and about in the French Quarter since it was such a nice day and were able to sweet talk our way into a “backstage tour” of the St Louis Cathedral. Even got to hike up the bell tower to see the old bells and view the old time construction from the inside. Lots of steps and a bit dark, but we made it and enjoyed seeing the bones of a church that is about 300 years old!
Just back from a quick trip at the beginning of FEB, to the NYC area. Was able to connect up with Jim Proce for dinner. Had not seen each other since the reunion 10 years ago. Lots of fun and enjoyed grabbing some Italian food. Sent along a photo. Also got to hang out with Thomas Gallagher ’88, and braved the really cold weather in the city to finally get down and see the Merchant Marine Memorial at Battery Park. Also saw the Freedom Tower and memorials up close. Would suggest going there if you get the chance and go down below the tower to see the concourse and “the oculus” from the inside. Very impressive. We were able to get a picture featuring the new tower.
Headed to New Orleans this week to enjoy the parades and have fun at Mardi Gras!
John Carbone writes:
Here are some shots from our son’s wedding from the United States Naval Academy in August – Kings Pointers Class of ’83 were well represented in Annapolis that weekend and include John Carbone, Jim Goulden, Michael Keane, Mickey Cunningham, John Rhatigan, and Jim Quern & James Carbone ’79. The youngsters in the second pic are Class of ’83 Vivan Ragusa’s children Vivan Jr., Sky and Aiden.
Additionally, the third pic is from our annual Couples party down in Tequesta, Florida – again John Carbone, Jim Goulden, Michael Keane, Mickey Cunningham, Jim Quern & John Rhatigan with Class of ’79 James Carbone were in attendance! Can’t wait for the reunion with this crew!!
Rod Knecht mentions:
Thought I would share a pic of my family with you, taken last summer on my boat. My life since KP has been uneventfully pleasant… It has been fair winds and following seas since 83… I look forward to seeing you and my other classmates at the 35th reunion.
Al Reeves notes:
Enjoying retirement with my daughters and the dreaded boyfriend. Yes, I steamed the crabs! Listen up B-Splits and FAC members – we need to support the 35th year homecoming this year!!! We already have an all star commitment from the likes of Heberle, Surratt, Brennan, Morton, Brueggeman, and a cast of thousands. There is a team of people tracking down Jorgensen, McCauley, Nixon, Konstantinos and others. I have also been in contact with Jeff Coons and Joe Bishop over the years and will reach out again. How can we not have a reunion without the likes of Ed Napoli, Hector Olague and a few other 3rd Co. stalwarts? Find these guys! Finally, how awesome are Brian Foy and Ray Christensen for representing us over these years. I never knew these two all that well at KP, but I can tell you I am proud they are my friends and classmates now. God Bless Dan Russell.
Thanks Al, and to so many for providing content for all of our classmates to enjoy! We’re going to make our reunion too good to resist coming. Let us know sooner the better if you’re in. Reserving 50 rooms for our class at the same Marriott (Uniondale) as 5 years ago – for Friday and Saturday nights. We’ve reserved Land Hall for both Friday late afternoon gathering spot and for most of Saturday for welcome and tailgating. Saturday dinner at Marriott or in that vicinity. See www.KP83.org for latest details, links for reservations and payments, tons of photos from our 30th, and to check out our classmates who are defraying some of your costs as sponsors!
See you in September!