www.KP83.org continues to provide the latest reunion info & registration, along with links to our Facebook page, Class Notes columns for the past 4 years (use them to get updated on classmates!) and past reunion photos. Check list of those I’ve got no email for and ask them to contact me. My 8 year old web design business continues to grow. It serves the entire USA and I’m always seeking more work (hint). I look forward to seeing you in September!
Mickey Cunningham writes:
A large group of folks spent another spring in Myrtle Beach (pretending) to play golf. It’s funny but I started going on this trip 25 years ago with my father, brother and his 60 some buddies from the K of C in Cumberland, MD. Dad turned 80 this spring and continued to play golf each day and constantly
did his best to remind us to act like gentlemen. Global warming didn’t make it to Myrtle Beach as it was freezing in early April.
Del Lewis flew in from warm and beautiful San Diego to deal with the chill and Jim Quern and his posse of buddies made the trek from warm New Orleans. “Board of Director” members Mike Keane, John Rhatigan and Guy Wilson were once again in attendance and we proved we are a friendly bunch by once again allowing our “Deckie” Bob Ross to attend. Business issues kept Jeff Coons from making his presence while Kent Morton and Jim Goulden made it for a day of laughing and refreshments.
Honorary classmates Eliott (one L) Bloom and Jeff (Dude) Starcher were on hand for entertainment. After 20+ years of us telling the same stories that were largely untrue anyway, new and truly funny people were needed. Some of our siblings and buddies from our homes round out the group of 24 to make it an event each year. Rumor is some of our buddies may crash the upcoming reunion to get their honorary diploma. Watch out for “one L”!
I’m looking to seeing all at our reunion this fall ~ Mickey
Del Lewis adds:
At the beginning of April I made my annual pilgrimage to Myrtle Beach, SC for four days of golf, beverages, and laughs. I’m finding that as I get older the golf provides a few more aches and pains, the beverage consumption a little less, and the laughter even more often!
In true Kings Point fashion, even though some of us don’t see each other but once a year, it feels like we saw each other yesterday. A good time was had by all.
Maureen McKeever writes:
I am currently helping to take care of my Dad at home, and have been since being laid off from Dish Network in 2010. It’s tough not having an income but I am glad to help my Mom at home. The garden is starting to bloom and working outside is a nice change from the snow. I hope to see everyone at the Reunion this September!
Scott O’Connor writes:
Classmates, Typically, you should be filling in the third quarter of your calendar date book. The end of that quarter is your 30th HOMECOMING REUNION!! You may say, “I went last time” but this one will be even better. You need to be there, up close and personal. You should have it on your calendar – sign up TODAY (after you get your significant other’s permission..)
I’ve been happy to carry the ’83 number for three years as a member of the AAF Board. It has been a lot of work exerting our alumni point of view, maintaining some sort of productive relationship with the Academy and the regiment of M/N’s (the latter is always easy). Alumni support is very
important. If you don’t think so, find the line item in the MARAD budget request that counts on $1.2 million in Gifts. That is money from you and I, not the federal government. They know your support is important and look for it. Your Alumni Association and Foundation (by right of graduation, every alumnus is a member) is the best sanctioned organization for giving when you consider a gift to support the cadets on campus and to support programs that benefit all alumni.
By now I hope you have been able to take a call from one of our classmates asking for you to consider a donation to the Alumni Foundation. Your gift can be directed to any of the sports teams or extra curricular activities on campus or to the Foundation generally. Unrestricted gifts will be directed where there may be a shortfall in donations and restricted gifts will go entirely to the activity you specify.
Our goal is $83,000 with everyone participating. The tally is of donations through the rest of 2013 if the third quarter is a tough one for you. Our support of midshipmen on campus is vital and they are very grateful. Ask anyone of them when you’re at Homecoming with the rest of us! Look for my gang if you are on campus around the time of graduation. We’ll be “trailered up” down at the Waterfront for Kate’s graduation.
Thanks Scott, and congrats on your daughter joining your son as an alumnus! We received some fine suggestions for entertainment at our reunion dinner. While Jim Goulden came up with the wholesome idea of “beer pong or quarters…”, David Heinbockel suggested “A Beamer impersonator, a Needlenose or Cheapshot dunking booth, a plebe knowledge test with prize.” Nice!
—– Ray Christensen
(L to R) John Rhatigan, Michael Keane, Mickey Cunningham, Jim Quern and John Keane (Mike’s brother) …….. John Rhatigan in his sexy pants and our hero Mike Keane
Scott’s daughter Kate O’Connor ’13E (left), and Erika Lawson ’13E, both Shipyard Management majors
A.J.Murphy on the Krewe of Caesar Mardi Gras float on 2/2/13 with Gretchen’s 2 brothers and her 2 cousins.
Brian Foy (right) at The Final Four in Atlanta with brothers Donald & John and a friend.
Brian Foy’s youngest son and “future Kings Pointer,” Connor, 16, with two members of the Class of 2013 at the Mid-Hudson Alumni Chapter Dinner on March 13.