Tim's March 2022 Checkpoints Class News Article

HELLO ’68! Wake me up when this Covid mess is over and hamburger meat is under $5 a pound! I can only watch a finite number of Hallmark movies in one lifetime!!

"68ers at Moody AFB Class of 70-01 UPT Reunion. L-R: Bruce Buono, Tim Ayers, Skip Pardee, Chuck Kavcsak, and John Dunham.”

‘68ERS JOIN CLASSMATES FROM MOODY AFB UPT CLASS OF 70-01 FOR 52-YEAR REUNION: In an email from Bruce Buono, he writes: Our Moody AFB Class of 70-01 got together for our 52-year reunion in Titusville, Florida in October 2021. This was only our second reunion, but it was a resounding success! We had 20 UPT classmates attend. Our events included an airboat ride in the nearby river/swamp, a trip to the Kennedy Space Center, a tour of the Warbirds Museum, and the Orlando Air and Space Show in Sanford, Florida. Performances at the air show included the USAF Thunderbirds, the F-22 and F-18 Demonstration Teams, and a USSOCOM Para-Commando parachute team demonstration. The Para-Commandos joined us later at our Chalet. We plan on holding our third reunion in the fall of 2022.

MORE UPT REUNION NEWS: The Reese AFB Class of 70-01’s 53-Year reunion is scheduled from 27-30 October 2022 at the St. Pete Beach, Florida Hilton Garden Inn. Itinerary includes briefings at USSOCOM, a Memorial Service at the MacDill Chapel, lunch at the MacDill Golf and Country Club, and a Banquet at the hotel. POCs for the event are Charlie Holland and me.

"Steve and Connie Staley in their Summer 2021 Garden."

In harkening back to memories of talented classmates, one that should be on everyone’s list is Steve Staley. When the Cadet Chorale performed on the Ed Sullivan Show with Carol Channing, you will undoubtedly remember Cadet Staley as USAFA’s standout vocalist. Had American Idol been around at that time, Steve could have had an entirely different life as a star in the music entertainment industry. As an Air Force officer, his career included Instructor Pilot duty at USAFA, a year in Southeast Asia, a PhD at the University of Colorado in English Literature, tenure professor at USAFA, Naval War College faculty, and Research Fellow with the United Nations International Peace Academy. Upon retirement from the Air Force in 1992, Steve served on the faculty of the University of Colorado, C-Springs and with wife, Connie, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Kyrgyzstan from 1995-1996 teaching Business Communication, Leadership, and American Literature. While there, he even had his own TV show called “Uchim Angliyskiy s Dyadya Stivom.” or in more translatable terms, “Learning English With Uncle Steve.” Upon his return to the U.S., he joined the faculty of Colorado Technical University where he was Dean of Academic Affairs. With wife, Professor Constance Staley, UCCS, they have published several academic books and videos to include: Communicating in Business and the Professions: The Inside Word; and Focus on College and Career Success.
To Steve and Connie, congratulations on making such a positive impact on the world around you.

"Bill and Arlene Radasky at Bill’s 75th Birthday Celebration."

After 48 years in California, our beloved DoDo Editor, Bill Radasky and wife, Arlene, have departed full time residence in the Golden State for the potato fields of Idaho. Despite the challenges of traveling during the pandemic in 2021, Bill and Arlene managed to visit family in San Diego, California; Pueblo, Colorado; and Boise, Idaho. They were even able to squeeze in a trip to Maui, Hawaii for a little R&R. Following the death of his stepfather in Pueblo, Bill and Arlene decided the time was right to move closer to family in Idaho. Their new address is: 597 S. Hiddenwood Lane, Eagle, ID 83616, which is near Boise. With Bill’s duties as President of Metatech Corporation, he will be traveling to and from his Goleta, California home and his new digs in Eagle as his business dictates.

’68 WEBSITE UPDATE: Please check out our Class website for the latest information about class events and highlights. If you have published a newsletter that you sent out for holiday greetings, please send a copy to Pat Russell so he can include it with holiday letters from other classmates.

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS: We are saddened by the loss of two classmates, Joseph W. “Jay” Barnes on 20 October 2021 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and, Alan D. Dillman on 24 November 2021 in Morrill, Nebraska. Please remember their families and them in your prayers.

THAT'S A WRAP: : Mind the flak; keep ‘em flying, and keep those cards, letters, e-mails, and photos coming in to Pat Russell and me. Ciao for now. Tim

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