Tim's December 2009 Checkpoints Class News Article
For those still slipping the "surly bonds of earth" you might want to
consider practicing your "touch and goes" near Dave and Jeanne Allen's
beautiful home located on an air park north of Colorado Springs. In addition to
the more traditional offerings of a kitchen, living room, etc., Dave's property
features a fully operational hangar, a taxiway, and a runway. To keep themselves
busy, Jeanne and Dave have restored a 1934 vintage, open cockpit, WACO biplane
and are in the process of restoring two more. They are very active in the antique
aircraft community and love to share their passion by taking thrill-seeking passengers
on rides. On August 1st, they hosted a get together for interested aviators, where
all assembled had an opportunity to feel the wind in their face as they soared
over the Colorado countryside. The photo and associated smiles tell you all you
need to know about the day's adventures. To quote Carl Janssen, "It
"Come Fly With Me!" L-R: Front Row: Carl Janssen, Tina Dudley, Jeanne and Dave Allen, and Garry Dudley; Back Row: Bill Wood, Doug Wilson, Al Burchett, and Bill Eckert. Not Pictured: Craig Baer, Bob Marks, Vince Rusinak, Roger Moseley, and Howie Towt.
BASIC SUMMER ROOMMATE
GOLF COURSE SIGHTINGS: While it's been about 45 years since Brother Dave Mann
and I shared the same living quarters, he has definitely been seen out and about
on the links. The first sighting in 2008 was reported by Steve Mish who
noted that Dave had run into Steve's brother at the USGA Senior Amateur in Fort
Worth. Then in early 2009, while Steve was cheering on the USAFA men's team during
a competition at his home course at the University of Texas Golf Club, the cadet
team saw Steve on the 13th green and then met Dave, who was working as a USGA
official, on the 16th green. They told Dave about meeting Steve on the 13th green,
but by the time Dave got to 13, Steve had departed. To ensure a more successful
rendezvous, Dave shot an e-mail to Steve and they were able to link up at the
UT Men's Regional in the spring. So, the story is over, right?! No, not exactly.
In August, my daughter, Melissa's father-in-law, was attending the US Amateur
Golf Tournament in Tulsa and was wearing a USAFA golf shirt. A US Amateur official
asked him if he went to the Air Force Academy and he responded that his son and
daughter-in-law were grads. My daughter's father-in-law then asked the official
if he had attended the Academy and the official answered, "Yes, in the Class
of 1968." Well, when Melissa's father-in-law asked whether the official knew
me, Dave just flashed a big smile and said "I believe I do. We were roommates!"
This, my fellow classmates, goes into what I would call the "small world"
"41st Anniversary Reunion in Arlington, Texas." Attendees: Ken and Kakai Bowers, Frank and Brenda Moore, Doug and Lucy Batchelor, Dave and MarcheAnn Mann, and Scott and Sue Bohner.
"USAFA - USNA Tailgate": L-R: Bruce Gerrity, Charlie Coolidge, Bill Bowman, Dave Prevost, and Denny McLain
USAFA PREP SCHOOL EXEMPLAR: Our classmate, Larry Funk, is a 1964 graduate
of the USAFA Prep School. In 2002, he was in the first contingent of Prep School
alumni to be inducted into the Prep School Heritage Hall of Fame. The rationale
for Hall of Fame honors is determined by different categories of achievement.
Larry was selected within the military performance category as an F-105G Wild
Weasel aircrew member where he was awarded 7 DFC's and 8 Air Medals for exceptional
and heroic service performed during aerial combat in Vietnam. At the 2002 inauguration
for the Heritage Hall of Fame, the Prep School also began an Exemplar program
for each Prep School class. Exemplar candidates can be anyone, but are typically
chosen from the Hall of Fame inductees. In 2008, Larry was chosen as Exemplar
for the Class of 2009. This distinct honor involves one primary duty which is
to deliver the graduation commencement address. Larry did so on 18 May at the
Prep School graduation ceremony held in Arnold Hall. The Prep School Class of
2009, at over 200 strong, was the largest Prep School graduating class to date.
As a side note, the new USAFA Superintendent, Lt Gen Mike Gould, is a former Exemplar.
A copy of Larry's speech
is on our '68 Class Website. Congratulations, Larry, on this very special recognition.
"Larry Funk, Class of 2009 Exemplar USAFA Prep School."
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. Please go to the Class Website to see photos included in this column in color and in full size. Ciao for now. Tim