Tim's December 2010 Checkpoints Class News Article
HELLO '68!!It's "Slash 'em with a beak" time again! As I write this column, our Falcons have posted impressive victories over BYU, CSU, Wyoming, and the Squids and were ranked as high as 23 of the top 25 football teams in both the AP and Coaches Polls. Could life get any better than a gorgeous fall day, a cool beverage, and winning Falcon football? How sweet it is!!
SCOTTSDALE REUNION: In April 2010, as Marty and Claudia Cole were making one of their storied trips around the US, they stopped in at Chez Langley in Scottsdale, AZ to visit Mike and Evelyn and to link up with John Roulston, who lives in the area, and Bruce Gerrity, who was visiting from Arlington, VA. Mike retired from Southwest Airlines about four years ago and Evelyn said he gets in sets of tennis when not underfoot at home. The Langley's informed me that John Roulston was having a rough time with health issues lately and asked classmates and friends to keep John in their thoughts and prayers. I told them we would do just that.
BLACK SERVICE ACADEMY GRADUATES SUPER REUNION: Thanks
to a timely telephone call from Tony Marshall, I was able to link up with
Maurice and Antonia Ecung and Tony the night before the kickoff of the
Inaugural Black Service Academy Graduates Super Reunion at the Gaylord National
Harbor Hotel, DC from 26-28 August. The event was principally organized by members
of USAFA and USMA to provide networking opportunities for Black service academy
graduates and to honor the legacy of the first Black graduates from the respective
institutions. So, history buffs, here is the list of the first Black graduates
from each of the academies: USMA: Henry O. Flipper, Class of 1877; USMMA: Joseph
B. Williams, Class of 1944; USNA: William A. Brown, Class of 1949; USAFA: Charles
V. Bush, Isaac Sanders, Roger B. Sims, Class of 1963; and USCGA: Merle J. Smith,
Class of 1966. Maurice is putting a video diary of the event together to use as
a recruiting tool for future cadets and midshipmen. Many thanks to Tony and Maurice
for including me in this important inaugural event!
MINI-REUNION AT 2010 AFA AIR & SPACE CONFERENCE:
The Air Force Association put on another great conference this year at the Gaylord
National Harbor Hotel in DC from 13-15 September. This year's event featured presentations
from all of the major commands and a series of featured presentations by luminaries
such as Charles Krauthammer on American foreign policy in the Middle East. As
this conference tends to draw in a few of our clan from time-to-time, I had my
camera at the ready and captured a photo with Charlie Coolidge, Jim Neu,
Bill Begert, and me as we joined up with Women's Air Service World War
II Pilot Elaine S. Harmon and Amy Goodpaster Strebe at a book-signing of Amy's
new book Flying For Her Country. Our classmate Bill Drennan was
also at the conference and participated as one of the special lecturers on North
Korea. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Mrs. Harmon and listening to what the
world was like back in her day.
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 full size by clicking on Scribe's Page. In addition, please see the feature on our website under "Bulletins" about the new Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion sponsored by the Class of 1970 that includes a plaque from our class. If you are visiting USAFA, it is really worth a few moments of your time for thought and reflection. Ciao for now. Tim