Shipmate: March/April 2015 27 January 2015Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.
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by Mark Hubbard
I am writing this from Maryland in between business trips. I’ve spent every week in January traveling for NASA racking up the air miles. Starting the first week in January I started my travels in Albuquerque, New Mexico, then to Berkley, California, then San Antonio, Texas and finally, next week at Vandenberg AFB in California for the launch of SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive). I was a member of the Goddard Team that built the Radiometer for SMAP. Scheduled to launch on Thursday, 29 JAN, the goal of the SMAP mission is to establish a satellite observatory in a near-polar, sun-synchronous Earth orbit in order to produce global maps of soil moisture, which will help improve our understanding of Earth’s water and carbon cycles and our ability to manage water resources. Okay, enough of today’s science lesson – let’s get on to the news.
While returning from our trip to California in December, Barb & I had the honor to fly home to Baltimore with the last surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Lt. Col. Bob Friend. He was very gracious and eager to have his picture taken with me.
My wife, Barb, and I made a personal trip in December to be present in San Diego for the exciting Poinsettia Bowl, which Navy held on to win 17-16 over San Diego State University. There were several Classmates present at the game and the tailgater including: Tim Traaen; Emory Chenoweth and his sons, Matt and Kevin; Sharon & Phil Poirer; Jan & Pat Nevitt; Bev & Stu Hinrichs and their daughter, Jamie; A.B. & Dennis Dilucente, Mark Schweer and his friend, Ken; Dan O’Brien; Cindy & Mark Costello and Mark’s Mom. Tommy Gardner was late to the game and missed the tailgater. Randy Large helped to arrange the Tailgater as well, but was unable to attend the game because his Mom passed away that week. (Randy – you have our deepest sympathies; we are so sorry for your loss.). Many thanks go out to A.B. & Dennis Dilucente, Tim Traaen and Randy Large for coordinating and setting up the tremendous tailgater! Also, thank you Kevin Stone for helping coordinate the tailgate from a far as well as re-acquainting our Class with the USS Higgins (DDG-76). As Dennis Dilucente so poignantly stated, “We took a step, albeit a small step, towards once again sponsoring Leadership Awards for DDG-76 and welcomed the opportunity to party with the wardrooms JOs.” The Class donated roughly 100 tickets to the USS Higgins so a large contingent of crew members could attend the game. BRAVO ZULU!
The day following the game, Barb & I drove to Hermosa Beach, CA, to spend Christmas with Barb’s daughter, Jane Marie. While there I had an opportunity to stop by for a short visit with MaryLou & Phil Kumpis. They look great and are doing well.
There was a great turnout at the Army-Navy tailgater in Baltimore prior to the 13th victory in a row over Army. Many of the Class rendezvoused at the Raven’s Roost parking lot a couple of blocks from the stadium. There was more delicious food and drink than could possibly be consumed, but we all fun trying! Nothing like getting primed for battle against our arch rivals.
Tim Farrell won a bet because of the outcome of the game:
I work for Mo Gillen USMA ’86, at the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Coatesville, PA. Our bet on the Army-Navy game was the loser would wear the winner’s spirit gear at work all day Monday following the game, winner to provide clean spirit gear. I brought something for Mo to wear but when I arrived at work I saw she was already wearing a Navy shirt she’d gotten when she served with John Holden ’79.
Bill Kneller has some distressing news about Steve Topscher:
We have Steve Topscher, a 14th Co. classmate who is at the Perryville, MD, VA Medical Center with advanced stages of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). We had a 14th Co. get together for the GA Southern game and split up groups so half of us could visit on Saturday and the rest on Sunday.
On a final note, I received the sad news that Steve Rohrssen (30th Company) passed away unexpectedly on December 22nd. A close friend and co worker of Steve’s, Jim Noonan ’74 provided a fitting tribute to Steve stating that, “He was a good man, a dedicated family man, a spirited supporter of the Navy and Naval Academy, a highly skilled manager and leader at IBM, and a great friend to many. He will be deeply missed.” Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Steve’s wife, Jo Ann, and his children, Michael and Erika, as well as the rest of Steve’s extended family.
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Shipmate: January/February 2015 30 November 2014Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.
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by Mark Hubbard
I reported in the last issue of Shipmate that John Lovasz (27th Co) was courageously battling a serious illness. It is with great sadness that I report that John lost his valiant battle with cancer on 11 October at his home in Round Hill, VA. Several of our Classmates attended the funeral at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Purcellville, VA, on Wednesday, 15 October, as well as the interment later that day at the Culpepper National Cemetery. 27th Company was well represented with the following in attendance: Tim Farrell, Dan Galik, Jim Grayson, Bob Miller, John Stamos and Jerry Willett. Also there were Rick Hepburn, Mike Seifert, and Kevin Stone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s wife, Stephanie, as well as son, James, daughters Barbara and Christina, and his siblings Margaret Johnson, Linda Barragry, Craig Lovasz, and Tracy Sator.
I received an input from a fellow NASA/GSFC engineer, Leroy Sparr:
I spent two weeks in Rome last winter during Christmas and two days in Naples. I was on a shoestring budget, but had a great time; certainly better than the last time I was in Italy as a Lt. on PARGO. The barber did not speak a word of English but I figured how bad could it be. I highly recommend Rome to any grad; well worth the trip. History has become more relevant to me as I get older.
I recently returned from a ‘staff ride’ to Saratoga Springs with an intersting group of people from around the country. Four USNA grads from classes in the 50’s, 60’s and 76, a number of other pilots from the USAFA and USMA plus some others with real different backgrounds. A lot of Vietnam vets. I also was able to find the shack I lived in when I attended nuke prototype up there in ‘77 so my brain is still working.
I also stopped up to visit Marty & Mark Clements up in Glyndon this summer. We cooked out on the grill and had a great time. I caught up with Valerie & Payne Kilbourne at his parents’ house this summer for his 60th birthday; J.J. Janosek and his lovely wife was there to celebrate the occasion as well. Great to see them and I will try to do it again soon. I met up with John Stamos in D.C. where we attended the SAAC conference this past summer. We spent time catching up and considering our futures. God willing, I have miles to go before I sleep and I am trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I also met with Ray Putt in Annapolis Mall after work this summer for a beer. I talk to Mike Prendergast every couple of months. He let my kids and me stay in his condo in the everglades two winters ago. I was able to attend some football games as usual this year, not every home game but enough to see all the regulars.
My last good idea of the day that I talked to Kevin (Stone) about was the idea the Class of ’76 (whoever might be so inclined) pull our resources and rent a large chalet in the south of France (or Spain) near the Med for 4 to 6 weeks. We could split it up in 2-week increments and hold a European reunion of sorts. I cannot think of many better to vacation with than many of my classmates. Sort of like the Rook House in Sardinia in days gone by. Anyone else think this idea has merit besides me?
Mark Haas took his family to the Nationals Park in D.C. for Game 2 of the NL Divisional Series against the San Francisco Giants. The game lasted longer than your standard 9 innings:
Here is Phyllis, Chris and me around 3pm at the Nationals Sat 4 OCT playoff game versus the Giants. We arrived at 3PM for a 5:37PM game time so we could watch batting practice and enjoy the atmosphere. Little did we know we would be at the stadium for over NINE HOURS (until shortly after midnight). The Nationals lost a heartbreaker, 2-1, when Brandon Belt crushed a solo home run off Tanner Roark in the 18th inning to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the series! But it was still a cool experience seeing the longest playoff game in MLB history!
Barbara and Mark Hubbard are pleased to announce the addition of another grandchild. Madeline Belle McCain was born 10 October to Barb’s daughter, Sara, and her husband, John.
Bruce Hinkley writes about his recent opportunity to go back to elementary school:
Picture is a little fuzzy but I was very proud to be invited by my grandchildren Campbell and Evan Cato and my daughter Heather Cato, to be the guest speaker at the Clayton Elementary Veterans Day celebration. Also pictured are my wife Christi and daughter Heather Cato who is a teacher at Clayton Elementary. During Q&A, the inevitable question came up: How do you go to the bathroom on a submarine? Had a great time with my family and enjoyed all the children’s questions!
Martha & Mark Nesselrode and Barbara & Kevin Stone of “Club 34″ got together recently for a weekend and visited Winterthur, the former DuPont home in Delaware. It is a rather unique home devoted to early American architecture and furnishings set on a site of 1,000 acres of natural gardens and countryside. The museum had an exhibit of “Downton Abbey” costumes from the BBC TV series, which was a real hoot. Yes, the guys enjoyed it as much as the ladies. Here’s a shot of the happy couples in front of Downton Abbey (or so they’d like you to think…)
Jim Stavridis announced the engagement of his daughter, Ensign Julia Stavridis, to LT Scott Wallace ’08. Julia received her commission through the NROTC program at Georgetown University in 2013 and is a Navy nurse. After graduating from USNA, Scott attended UVA medical school and is now in the Navy Medical Corps and neurosurgeon. They met while working at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Kevin Stone has important news to pass on to the Class:
Warning Orders: Well the 2014 football season is behind us and it’s time to actually start thinking of two future events: first, the purchase of 2015 season tickets which opens in January and, secondly, the 40th Reunion in 2016.
2014 Tailgate finances: We had anywhere from 62 to 123 persons come to our tailgates on any given weekend this year. We ended up netting a small profit (including the mini-reunion reception) of around $400, which stays in the overall class fund.
2015 Season tickets: If you plan on buying season tickets for the first time, change the number of your existing tickets up or down or want to move to be nearer your Plebe year roommate then please drop me a line. I’ll open up negotiations with the NAAA in April and try to accommodate everyone.
2016 40th Reunion: We are all set for Labor Day weekend in 2016 (9/2 through 9/5). Our HQ hotel is the Westin (same as last time). We arranged for a good rate, by Annapolis standards), of $259/night. Reservations are available now by calling the hotel and asking for the Class of 1976 rate.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who made the 2014 Tailgate Season a resounding success. First and foremost Lisa Alberg, the better half of Chris Alberg, did an outstanding job of working with the caterer and arranging for great spreads each and every weekend. Steak, salmon, crab dip, Bourbon pecan tarts … hmmm! Another shout out goes to those classmates who signed up for “tailgate watch” and helped setup and breakdown the tailgate: JD & Craven Engels, Lynn and Randy Goff, Pat and Laura Jacobs, Mark & Sally Moore, and Doug and Linda Schaus. A hearty BZ goes to Mike Herb, our class “tent master”. Mike has been setting up and taking down the tent for several years now but needs to step down due to he and Martha (that’s Rear Admiral Martha) moving to DC for her assignment to head up the Inter-American Defense College. We need someone to step and take command of the class tent and sledge hammer and keep us shaded and dry! Any takers? Finally, a warm and heartfelt “thank you” to my wife Barbara whose loving support makes all of this possible.
Well, as I write this column, Navy has two more football games: Army on 13 DEC and, after defeating South Alabama, 42-40 on 28 NOV, they are now bowl eligible and will be playing at the Poinsettia Bowl on 23 DEC – Hope to see you there!
GO NAVY!!! BEAT ARMY!!!
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Shipmate: November/December 2014 11 October 2014Posted by USNA Class of 1976 in Shipmate.
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by Mark Hubbard
As I write this column, Navy’s football team just suffered a loss to Air Force in Colorado Springs and with that loss, the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is in jeopardy. We need to root for Army to beat the Falcons and then Navy beat Army in December to maintain possession. Although Navy has struggled through the first half of the season, there is still a chance that we can make it to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on December 23rd by winning at least 4 of the last 6 games. Speaking of the Air Force game, my wife, Barb, and I travelled to Colorado Springs to visit with friends and family as well as to attend the exciting but disappointing game at Falcon Stadium. We stayed at the beautiful home in Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pike’s Peak of my former NASA coworker, Dick Kubicko. Dick and his wife, Betty, hosted us and Susan and John Hubbard ’71. We celebrated Susan’s birthday on Saturday at the tailgater where John’s niece, Becky, and her husband, Kenny Due, who is an Army Infantry soldier stationed at Fort Carson, joined us. Also joining us for the game were Robin and Mark Jarosz, with whom I have worked with on several Hubble Servicing Missions at Goddard. Dick turned out to be a fantastic tour guide during our stay in Colorado taking us to the Garden of the Gods, the Glen Eyrie Castle, and to Pike’s Peak. We all had a wonderful time!
Kevin Stone writes:
Kevin & Barbara Stone report that they swung by Tenley and Larry Raithel’s “new” home in historic Yorktown, Virginia. It is a mid 19th century home with a view of the York River right in the historic area. As of early September they were still in the throes of a complete renovation; the home promises to be spectacular when done. Larry has “retired” from defense contracting but somehow or the other being offered a position to help run the construction contractor that is renovating his home. I guess if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Meanwhile Tenley is busy with resuming her teaching career with teaching a kindergarten class in York County public schools.
Well, here I sit on an Indian summer day in late September pondering what to say for a chilly November/December class column. By the time you read this the football season will be wrapping up and Thanksgiving & Christmas will be around the corner. At this point I don’t know how the rest of the games will shake out but I do know that the tailgates will have been a huge success. We have the following persons to thank for the great times had at each and every home game: First and foremost, BZ to Lisa Alberg (Chris Alberg’s better half…) who plans the outstanding menus for each game with our caterer, Graul’s Market. We are shaded and dry because our tent-meister, Mike Herb, diligently sets the tent up and takes it down for every game with occasional assistance from Gary Hentz, John Wilckens and Dave Papak. Each week a classmate or two and clean up and breakdown the tailgate in the dark and show up early before the following game to make sure all is ready. This year’s helpers so far have been JD Engels & Mark Moore and Linda & Doug Schaus. Coming up on the watchbill are Laura & Pat Jacobs and Susan & Greg Vaughn. Ralph Scherini counts the proceeds and deposits the funds in our account at the Alumni House after each game. And last, but certainly not least, my wife Barbara is my wingman for all things tailgate. I could not do this without her. Thanks to all of you help. Your class is indebted to you.
WARNING ORDER: The 40th Reunion is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, 2016. That is one of only two weekends in 2016 with games currently scheduled. (The shift to playing conference games in 2015 has changed how far in advance we schedule games. Simply put, we don’t so the pickings are slim.) The Class of ‘66 has seniority and has taken the N★ room for Homecoming that year so we took the opening game in order to secure that room for the Tailgate. We learned at the 30th to never schedule a tailgate for 700 persons outside (we had a tropical storm destroy the tent the night before…) so we jumped on the remaining date. Our HQ hotel is the Westin where we have negotiated a good rate ($259 per room), which is about 20% below what other classes are now paying. It’s still not cheap but hey, how many times do you come to Annapolis for your 40th reunion? Watch for more info in the coming year.
The mini-reunion dinner and tailgater went extremely well during the weekend of the Rutgers game. There was a good showing of Classmates and wives at the Yellow Fin in Edgewater, MD, on Friday night. The tailgater on Saturday included live entertainment by “20 After” (Jim Doherty, Barbara & Mark Hubbard), a great spread courtesy of Graul’s Market, and several ALS Ice Bucket Challenges! Challenge participants were Kevin Stone, John McEwan, Scott Moore, Bruce Petit and Doug Guther. Bruce’s son was the water boy. We challenge the class to go to alsa.org and make a donation!
From Mark Metcalf:
Just a brief note to say that Terry & I are still enjoying life in Earlysville, VA; 20 minutes north of Charlottesville. While we had to sacrifice FiOS and infrequently encounter power outages, we definitely haven’t regretted the move from northern Virginia about 18 months ago. Fortunately, when we made the move I was asked to continue to provide the same sort of analytic support that I’ve been doing since 2008 from a nearby Government facility. So I set up Greybeard Analytics LLC to facilitate things. While that work is now winding down, since late August I’ve been teaching a couple of undergraduate Chinese literature courses at the University of Virginia: a survey of traditional Chinese literature and Sunzi’s Art of War. While course preparations have been unbelievably time-consuming, the students are top notch, and I’m having the time of my life teaching. Just like in real estate, getting hired as an adjunct was all about “location, location, location” (and a couple of graduate degrees in Chinese studies, of course). Not sure if it will continue beyond this semester or if I’ll *really* have to retire when the Navy retirement checks start arriving in mid-2015. Besides work, Terry enjoys the spectacular hiking that the region has to offer and we both enjoy singing in a great choir at an Episcopal church in Charlottesville. And I’ve actually been involved in local Alumni Association activities, playing in the past three Army-Navy golf tournaments. Thank goodness for “captain’s choice” play.
We’ve also been thankful that our kids take the opportunity to visit every now and then. Amy and John live in New York City where she works in stewardship at Columbia and he’s chemistry post-doc at Sloan-Kettering. We see them (and their Boston terrier, Rhett) several times a year. Ben is starting is 7th year in Taiwan where he is starting his fourth year as an assistant coach for a Taiwanese professional team and, during the off-season, the Chinese Taipei national team. The pro team just won their third consecutive SBL league championship in April 2014 and, while he usually spends a couple of weeks with us each summer, he has no plans to permanently return to the States anytime soon.
If you’re in the area, don’t hesitate to touch base: 434-964-0141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Several Classmates recently visited John Lovasz at his house where he is fighting off a serious illness. Those who went to show their concern and support were Tim Hagen, Scott Jenkins, Mike Seifert, Kevin Stone, and Tim Farrell.
Mark Haas provided the following update:
Pictured are my son, Chris (age 16 & a HS Junior) and myself wearing our Loudoun County (Leesburg, VA) Church Softball League CHAMPIONSHIP jerseys! It is pretty fun when a father and son get to play together on the same ball team! Maybe someday we’ll play together on a men’s BASEBALL team (though I have not played men’s organized baseball since age 55!). We won both the regular season and post-season tournament crowns. Perhaps I could leave it at that and impress you and some of our classmates…but the truth of the matter is that there were only a total of 4 teams in our league/division! Still – lots of fun.
Chris will be playing Varsity Football for Loudoun County HS this year…hoping to get some playing time at cornerback…or even possibly some outside linebacker (in light of how big he has gotten). I look forward to again writing up articles for the school website for all of their games (regardless of how much playing time Chris gets!).
That’s all I have except don’t forget to BEAT ARMY!