ALUMNI CLASS NOTES 11-06
We had 53 (27 classmates, 24 wives and 2 widows) attend our '53 mini-reunion
in Gettysburg, PA from September 11th to 15th. The results of our follow-up
critique with the attendees were: 86% of the attendees agreed the pace of the
min-reunion was "just right" and 81% thought the amount of free time was "just
right". The guided tour of the Battlefield and National Cemetery and the
presentation "A. Lincoln Speaks" were judged the best activities. The Dobbin
House Restaurant and the Hickory Bridge Farm restaurant's meals were considered,
by far, the best.
Our "webmaster", Kirk Greiner, with encouragement and support from Bill
Bruinsma and Roger Bascom, has done an outstanding job of developing and
upgrading the features on our Class '53 website (www.cga53.org).
Check it out.
Misc. Bits, Pieces, and Trivia about our classmates (listed in alphabetical
www.usv-a.org.In October, Walt and Elma Matherly visited Bob West and Gene and Barbara
Trainor while in New England from Michigan.
Ed Nelson reports that Joyce is doing very well following her back surgery.
He is keeping busy with his Astoria Hospital board and MOAA activities.
On October 12th, Bill and Margie Russell (2613 Woodfern Court, Woodbridge, VA
22192) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He is continuing to make
encouraging progress from the abdominal aneurysm that he suffered about a year
ago and a more recent bout with a colon problem.
Wade Smith's new e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Nat Spadafora (7203 193rd Place SW, Lynwood, WA 98036, Tel. 425-771-5634) is
continuing to battle his lung cancer. He spent a few days in the hospital in
October to have fluid drained from his lungs. As we submitted these notes in
early November, Nat had started some new chemotherapy treatments and was on
oxygen 24 hours/day. Meanwhile, Dimpy is doing well after having the cartilage
in her left knee repaired.
Gene Trainor (14 Wellesley Rd., Scituate, MA 02066, Tel. 781-545-7942) is
doing well recovering from having surgery to insert a shunt to relieve the fluid
pressure on his brain.
In early November Glenn Young reported that Australia had declined to grant
him a waiver on the "no further stay" condition of his one year visa, so he had
to leave the country temporarily. He expects to return to Australia during the
first week of February. In the interim, he's making an around-the-world trip to
visit his stateside family and his children and grandchildren in Austria and
Japan. During a brief visit to Honolulu, Glenn had a good visit with Ed Farmer.
Glenn said Ed looks hale and hearty, and conscientiously continues his exercise
and fitness program. Glenn plans to continue using his e-mail address
His "snail-mail" address will be c/o Susan Bowler, 2/75 Hillcrest Road, Tolman's
Hill 7007, Tasmania, Australia.
- Bill Bruinsma visited Bud Grader in Marblehead, MA for a week in early
- Sandy Crouch was grateful and relieved when her grandson, Ian,
returned home safely in November after completing a year-long tour in Iraq.
- Ed and Becky Daniels made a leisurely trip to Gulfport, MS in November
with Ed's brother, Cecil, and his wife. Ed and Cecil wanted to see if any of
the places they remembered from their boyhood days, including their home, are
- Wendell and Yvonne Driggers are doing fine. In late January they are
planning to take the Joint Academy Travel trip to the Caribbean and the Panama
- Bud Grader spent a week on the Mexican border in October as a volunteer with
- In February Kirk and Jackie Greiner will spend a week at their time-share on
the big island of Hawaii with a few days beforehand at the Military R&R camp
near the volcano there.
- Bob Lynch has been appointed a "Lieutenant Colonel" in the United States
Volunteers and Commanding Officer of the First Arizona Brigade. The mission of
the United States Volunteers is "to provide trained and proficient Honors Teams
to present Final Military Honors for America's Veterans". More information about
the USV is available at