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Title:
Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Publisher:
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla

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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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University of Florida
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oclc - 13942509
lccn - sn 86040906
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ocm13942509
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VOL. 32 JUNE 1998 NO. 2


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This emblem is a Registered
Trademark. Any unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by law.
OFFICERS
AND
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
FOR 1997-98

Mrs. Margot Jordan
President
813-963-6998

Mr. Thomas Peterson
1st Vice President
941-371-7731

Mr. Charles Hummer
2nd Vice President
941-421-4758

Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Director
813-544-0214

Mrs. Faith Brundage
Director
813-527-6925

Mrs. Betty Snow
Director
813-799-4769

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Past President
813-894-2478

Mr. Roy Culbreth, Jr.
Legislative Representative
813-960-9593

Mr. Virgil Camby
Sergeant-at-Arms
813-321-8566

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Chaplain
813-,595-0846

Mrs. Barbara Green
Secretary/Treasurer
813-391-4359 (Office)
813-391-0736 (Fax)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor
813-391-4359 (Office)
813-391-0736 (Fax)


CONTENTS

President's Message ...............
From the Secretary ................
Editor's Corner ..................
Legislative Representative .....
Museum Project ............. ...
Amendments to the Bylaws . .
1997 Reunion Audit Report ..........
Local Announcements .. ...........
Nomination for Award ..............
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings
"Where Are You?" ................
Retirements .....................
News Clips .....................
Your Reporter Says ................
Alabama ........... 23 Missis
Arizona ............ 23 North
Arkansas ............. 24 North
Florida ............. 25 Oklah
Georgia ............. 27 Panam
Hawaii ............. 29 South
Louisiana ............ 29 Texas
Congratulations ................. .
W weddings ......................
B irths . . .
With Deep Sorrow ................
Letters to the Editor ..............
Announcements/Class Reunions .........
Looking Back .....................
For Sale or Wanted .. ..........
Application Form .................


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FRONT COVER: Public School, Ancon, Canal Zone. Flag Raising March
1918. Later called Ancon Elementary School. Panama Canal Commission
photo.
BACK COVER: A Panama Canal deckhand comes down a jacob's ladder as
others await their turn to descend into the launch from the deck of a
Japanese ship. Painting by Al Sprague, World renowned artist of the former
Canal Zone.





DATES TO REMEMBER


June 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL 12:00 Noon. BROWN BAG.
June 6 Oklahoma Society Chapter meeting, Oklahoma City Zoo.
June 21 Blanche Shaw Memorial Picnic, Jones Family Center,
Springdale, Arkansas. Bring food, utensils and plate.
July 1 5 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Orlando's World Center
Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL. (See Yellow
Pages)
August 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. St. Petersburg, FL. 12 noon. BROWN BAG.
August 8 1998 Northwest Picnic at Sequim Prairie Grange Grounds,
Sequim, Washington. Host: Marti Lohr, P.O. Box 1145,
Sequim, WA 98382. (360) 683-9612.
September 12 PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon/Meeting, 11 a.m. pay-as-you-go
bar.12 noon Luncheon, See Announcements.
October 3 Gulf Coast no-host Picnic, 11 a.m. Davis Bayou Campground,
Ocean Springs, MS. (See Announcements).
October 3 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, A.L Anderson Park, HWY 19N,
Tarpon Springs, FL 12 noon. See Announcemnts.
October 6 Ocala Zonians Meeting, Maggie's Buffet in Ocala, lunch at
noon (See "Reporter Says" Florida (Ocala) for more info.






SZNe The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.




S (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
S"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" E '
*8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $12.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any
advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property
of the Society and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.

HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
(813) 391-4359 FAX 813-391-0736
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765


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It's hard to believe that a year has passed and
my term of office is drawing to a close. I have
endeavored to do my best to operate and improve
our organization, increase our membership, keep
members informed of actions taken by the Board and
provide interesting activities for our members in an
effort to preserve American ideals and Panama Canal
friendships. I hope that my accomplishments will
demonstrate that I have fulfilled these goals.
If I were to point out one area in which I feel
we have definitely moved forward this year it would
be in the area of automation. The Executive Board
approved an extensive office automation plan which
included the purchase of new computers and software
for both Society and Reunion data files and training
for the office staff. We also brought the Society into
the 21st Century with the addition of Internet and
E-mail capabilities. The two new E-mail addresses for
the Society staff are patbeall@juno.com or
pcsociety@juno.com.
With pride, I would like to recap some of the
other accomplishments and changes to the Society
during my term of office. Four issues of the Canal
Record were reinstated and the membership card is
printed on the back of the Canal Record for the
memberships use. I appointed an Audit and Budget
Committee consisting of Kenny Morris and Louis
Reyes that performed an in-depth examination of all
ledger and account data to assure its accuracy and to
review prior year audit recommendations to
determine whether actions were appropriately taken
by the Board. In order to keep our Society solvent


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while upgrading our office automation, dues were
increased to $30.00 and a registration fee of $5.00
is being charged to all members over 18 years of
age attending the reunion. A committee headed by
Jane Huldquist has been appointed to determine the
need for changes, corrections or additions to the
present Bylaws.
One of the major duties of my presidency has
been the selection of entertainment for the Annual
Luncheon, and I feel that the Reunion will definitely
be a success with the entertainment program that is
being hosted by Linda Weir and which stars many
talented performers. Make your reservations and we
promise you a wonderful afternoon of good
entertainment and an excellent meal.
All of the improvements this year were made by
the Executive Board for the benefit of our members.
As your elected president I could not have been
successful without the dedication of our officers,
Committee Chairpersons, Committee members and
office staff in carrying out the Society functions. Our
Executive Staff was responsible for the business and
decision making actions of the Society and with open
minds they made the decisions that weren't always
popular. Thanks to our committee chairpersons, we
all enjoyed the Christmas Luncheon, Carnavalito, the
Sarasota Luncheon and Annual Picnic. To run these
functions it took dedication on the part of many
individuals who devoted their time and energies to
creating a function that would bring happiness into
all of our lives. To all of you I extend a special
thanks.





To Chuck Hummer, who battled to get the office
automation improvements incorporated, I thank you
for pointing out those improvements that would
enhance our service to our members and make us a
viable organization.
Until you have walked in the shoes of the
Reunion Coordinator, you cannot imagine the
difficulty and responsibility this position holds. Tom
Peterson has carried out his duties as Reunion
Coordinator in a superb manner and he, his wife,
Barbara, and his committee members deserve our
thanks. I know the Reunion will be a success due to
his efforts.
As I come to the end of my term, I would like
to thank Barbara Green and Pat Beall. Unless you
have walked alongside those hard working individuals
you cannot even begin to realize what an asset they
are to everyone on the Executive Board. They are
the people with the historical knowledge that guide
each and every incoming President and staff. The
dedication of these individuals cannot be stressed
enough. It was with their assistance that we were all
able to effectively handle our duties and I thank
them for a job well done.
If you have listened to any of my talks
throughout the year you already know how I feel
about volunteers. Without our volunteers we would
not have any of our luncheons, meetings, Reunion,
etc. Our Society would not exist. Everyone except
our Secretary and Editor are volunteers. Remember
them and thank them for keeping our Society alive.
Lastly, I would like to thank my husband Hubert
who has patiently listened to all my concerns,
supported my decisions and just been there when I
needed him.
In closing, I want to extend my thanks to all our
members who attend our meetings and support our
functions. Your attendance showed your support and
made them successful, My year as president was a
wonderful one and I thank all of you for allowing
me the opportunity to serve you. I will continue to
do so as past president on the Executive Board for
1998-1999.
Margot Jordan
President


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Many of our members failed to pay their dues
on a timely basis, consequently, now when the
Reunion paperwork is coming, dues are coming in at
the same time. I am once again backed up in
updating and posting dues. I'm trying to get caught
up and hope that by the middle of May, we'll be
back on track.


Quite a few March canal record covers were
returned to us with corrected addresses. The Post
Office will not forward them if the address changes.
It is your responsibility to keep your address current.
It surprised me to learn how many of our
members did not know that we had stopped issuing
membership cards with dues year 1996. The executive
board has approved printing membership cards on
the back of the canal records. Only one per issue
but, if you keep your due up and your address
current, you will be able to cut out the one
appearing on the following issue.
Another big surprise was that our members
thought our dues were still $20.00 or $25.00. This
meant a card advising them that they had to send
money. Please read all notices printed in the canal
records. They are usually printed in large, bold
letters to catch your attention. Unfortunately, this
does not always work.
Don't forget your zip plus four the Post Office
is still insisting that we furnish this information.
Hope everyone is doing as great as I am.
Looking forward to the reunion and seeing a lot of
you there. It looks like this is going to be a big
reunion' we are receiving a lot of reservations in
every day and plenty of phone calls asking for
reunion paperwork.
Till next time.
Barbara Green
Secretary/Treasurer
(813) 391-4359





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Editor's


Corner


To begin with, I'd like to welcome our new Area
Reporters. They all do a tremendous job passing on
the news of their area for all to see, and I'm happy
to say that through their news reports, quite a few
friends have been "found" again and our members
find a way to keep in touch. Florida has 3 new
reporters Sharon Smith for Tallahassee, Barbara
Vose for Pensacola, and Bill Muller for Ocala. And
in Panama, for the Atlantic side, Howie Laatz has
taken the reins. It would be nice to have them all
together for a "Reporter photograph" but I know
that's almost impossible, so we gather who we can
at reunions for a lunch of sorts. Anyway, welcome to
you all we are happy that you could join the team,
and hope to hear a lot more from you. All have
already contributed articles, so they are not
altogether "new" to us all.
The mail is among our biggest problems right
now. We know that many do not get their Canal
Record/Annual Directory on time and some not at all.
The matter is being pursued with the Post Office
Inspectors and Customer Public Relations personnel.
Now that we have 2nd Class (Periodical Mail) mail






back, things should get better. Once the books leave
the mailer and go to the Post Office, we have
absolutely NO CONTROL over their delivery. Your
complaints should be directed to your local Post
Office. I didn't get my March issue for over a
month, and I live just across the street from the Post
Office. Another member, coming out of the same
Post Office, didn't get his at all. We hope for a
solutions soon. Please read my IMPORTANT
NOTICE in this issue. That will help your cause a
great deal.
Another problem much of the U.S. is
undergoing Area Code changes in their telephone
numbering. When we call you, and your area code
has been changed, the operator will come on the line
and tell you the area code has been changed but
they don't tell us what it is! We have to make
another call to the Operator to get the new area
code, Then, we call you again. It is frustrating to us
and takes more time to complete a simple call.
Please do us a big favor, and send us your new area
code when you receive a change.


NEW SOCIETY FAX
813-319-8593

To help the telephone situation along, we have
now got two cordless phones in the office and two
other two-line phones, and our FAX number is on
a dedicated line now. It is: 813-319-8593. That has
helped a lot. Our office automation program is
coming along just great. New and bigger computers,
and more and better programming software. All three
computers will be compatible with each other for a
change. Barbara and I look forward to some down-
to-earth training on all this formidable-looking
hardware.
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record



LEGISLATION

1. Recently, the topic of who is
eligible for burial in Arlington
Cemetery and other national
cemeteries has been raised in the
news media, as well as by some
of the members of our society.
SHopefully, the following
information will help clarify this
issue.
The Arlington National Cemetery offers both
groud and columbarium for cremated remains.
Those eligible for ground buriel are:
Members of the armed forces who die on
active duty.
Members retired from active military service.
Members retired from the Reserves who have
reached age 60, draw military retirement pay,
and served a period of active duty (other than
training);
honorably discharged veterans who also have
held high positions in the federal government,


former members of the armed forces who are
not entitled to retired pay and who separated
from active duty for a physical disability of 30
percent or greater and whose day of discharge
was before October 1, 1949;
former members of the armed forces who are
not entitled to retired pay and who separated
from active duty (other than for training),
terminated honorably, and were awarded one
of the following decorations: the Medal of
Honor, the Distinguished Service Medal; the
Silver Star; or the Purple Heart;
spouses and unmarried minor children younger
than 21 (or age 23 if attending college) of
people listed above;
unmarried adult children of an eligible person,
if they are permanently incapable of self-
support because of a mental or physical
disability incurred before age 21; and
surviving spouses (unmarried at death) and
unmarried minor children younger than 21 (or
age 23 if attending college) of people already
buried in Arlington.

Those eligible to be interned in the columbarium are:
members of the armed forces who die on
active duty;
former members of the armed forces who
served on active duty (other than for training),
and whose service ended honorably;
certain reserve and ROTC members who died
on active duty, while training, or on authorized
travel, or while hospitalized as a result of
active duty, training, or authorized travel;
American members of Allied forces whose last
service ended honorably;
certain commissioned officers of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the
Public Health Service (USPHS):
spouses and unmarried minor or dependent
adult children of any of the above, and,
surviving spouses (unmarried at death)
of people already buried in Arlington.

The following individuals are eligible to be buried in
a national cemetery (administered by the Department
of Veterans Affairs):
members of the armed forces who die on
active duty;
former members of the armed forces whose
last period of active service terminated under
conditions other than dishonorable, with certain
exceptions, service after September 7, 1980,
must be for a minimum of 24 months;
Merchant Marines, U.S. Army transport service
and naval transportation service personnel
granted veterans status;
certain officers of the USPHS with wartime
service;
reservists and National Guard members with 20
years of qualifying service who are entitled to
retired pay or would be entitled, if at least age
60.
spouses or surviving spouses of eligible people;
unmarried minor children younger than 21 (or
age 23 if attending college) of eligible people;
and
unmarried adult children of eligible people, if
they are permanently incapable of self-support
due to a mental or physical disability incurred
before age 21.






On the same topic, burial honors are authorized at
the gravesite for active duty personnel, reservists and
National Guard personnel who die in an active
status, recipients of the Medal of Honor, and military
personnel receiving military retired pay. These burial
honors consist of pallbearers, a firing party, a bugler,
a chaplain, and an officer or noncommissioned officer
in charge. However, during the past several years,
with WWII-era veterans dying in greater numbers
and active duty and reserve components downsizing,
it has become increasingly difficult for military
commanders at installations to provide full burial
honors for military retirees.
2. In response to an e-mail received by the Society
from Panama, concerning immediate enrollment by
Veterans Administration (VA) Hospitals prior to
October 1, 1998, otherwise they would "lose all
medical benefits for life." I researched the subject
matter and the following facts should clarify the
issue.
a. While it's true that the Veterans Health Care
Eligibility Reform Act of 1996, which will take effect
on October 1, 1998, had very little news coverage,
the lack of notification by the VA should not be a
case for alarm, for no veteran will lose any benefit
he/she is entitled to from the VA.
b. The new law authorizes for the first time -
to provide eligible veterans "a broad continuum of
care...in the most medically appropriate manner." This
means that once you are accepted into the system,
you are eligible for comprehensive care, and you
might get your care someplace other than a VA-only
facility, including inpatient, outpatient, and
preventative care based on medical necessity. For
some veterans, this represents a significant
enhancement and and a considerable convenience.
c. This sounds great; however, veterans must always
keep in mind that VA health care is not an
entitlement program like Medicare or Medicaid, with
funding driven by the number of eligibles. The new
law does not eliminate budgetary pressures on the
VA, nor does it guarantee that everyone who wants
VA care will get it. The law requires that services be
provided according to a system of priorities (see
attached Table); prohibits VA from trying to treat so
many veterans that the quality and timeliness of care
becomes unacceptable, and, requires VA to maintain
sufficient system-wide capability to meet specialized
needs of the disabled population.
d. Veterans are encouraged to sign on with the
system during the test year (between now and
October 1, 1998). Commencing October 1, 1998,
veterans will need to be enrolled to receive care
unless the veteran is in a mandatory priority group
(see attached Table; read the notations at the end
of the Table). Enrollees will receive a letter from
VA confirming acceptance for care for one year. If
you do not receive a confirmation letter, chances are
you have been "recorded" into the system but
rejected for care.
e. As a non-SC disabled veteran, enrolled in the
TRICARE Health Program and TRICARE Retiree
Dental Program, and satisfied with the health care
received through both of these programs, I do not
need to enroll in the VA Health Care Program for
I fall under priority group 7, which provides the
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same services as the two TRICARE Programs I am
currently enrolled in. If I fail to enroll m the new
VA Health Care Program this year, I do not loose
any medical benefits provided by the VA for I can
apply anytime for enrollment in the program. Having
stated this, if a veteran intends to seek care from
the VA as their primary provider they are
encouraged to apply for enrollment. The Retired
Officers Association for one is urging all veterans to
apply even if they presently are not seeking VA care
so that they have a place-market in the system for
future access. For this latter reason, I will apply for
the enrollment in the program.
f. If you have received care from the VA since
September 30, 1996, you need take no action to get
enrolled. If you have not received care since
September 30, 1996, there are two basic application
pathways to take. You may file a "stand-alone"
application, either in person at any VA medical
facility or regional office or by mail. You can also
file your enrollment application when you present
yourself for care at a VA facility.
Roy Culbreth
Legislative Representative
(813) 960-9593



IMPORTANT NOTICE
Have you had problems GETTING your
Canal Record? How about, ON TIME? If
you have, I suggest that you check your
address, INCLUDING YOUR ZIP +
FOUR, the Post Office's traffic signal to
GO.
The Panama Canal Society pays the
mailer to list all zip + fours onto those
members addresses who don't include
the Plus 4 digits. The BAR CODE will
not go on without it. HOWEVER, the
disks that are used to find your Zip +
four, may be out-dated and may not list
your Zip + four correctly. This is a
common fault with the system. What
should you do? Call your Post Office
and ask for your current ZIP + FOUR
and use it on any and all your
correspondence in the future. It is only
when the Zip + 4 is on your address
that the Post Office (or mailer) can affix
your BAR CODE. This bar code is the
traffic signal that leads your mail to
your address. The Post Offices say they
will, in the near future, require that all
mail be bar coded for delivery. Note
your own incoming mail -note the Bar
Code sticker on it? That's how it got to
your address! It's automation time, folks.
We warned you, (again, and again).

SEND US YOUR

ZIP + FOUR!








MUSEUM PROJECT MOVES AHEAD


At its Executive Board meeting on March 26,
1998 the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
endorsed the planning report for the Panama Canal
Museum prepared by Joe Wood. Joe, the former
Director of the Panama Canal Commission Office of
Executive Administration and a lifetime resident of
Panama until his retirement, is heading the
committee to look into the feasibility of a museum.
The museum would be dedicated to memorializing
the awesome Panama Canal project and the
contributions made by both Americans, Panamanians
to this world-renowned waterway. The planning study
objectives are:
* Collecting significant things related to the
Panama Canal, its construction, operation and
maintenance; the United States' participation in
the enterprise, and, the people who were
involved in all of its aspects.
* Caring for the collection perpetually, and,
* Displaying the items in the collection and using
them for the public good.

In his report, Wood presents a detailed analysis
of the nature of the museum, the ranges of options
for the physical plant, the location and a potential
schedule to realize a museum by the year 2000 when
the Panama Canal is turned back to Panama after 96
years of control by the United States.
By motion the Executive Board endorsed the
project and proposed that formal Society
endorsement be brought to the full membership of
the Society at their Annual meeting in July in
Orlando. Tom Peterson, the First Vice President of
the Society and nominee for the presidency during
1998-1998, stated that the project would be the
centerpiece of his term of office if approved by the
membership.
Adrien "Kibby" Bouche first proposed the project
in the 1980's and had some limited success in having
artifacts from the Panama Canal displayed as
collections in at least two museums. Betty Frassrand
again proposed it during her terms as Society
president but never received the full endorsement of
the Society. As the United States involvement in the
Panama Canal comes to an end, the importance of
preserving that proud history has been raised to new
levels of importance and urgency.
In 1997, Chuck Hummer, Betty Frassrand and
Joe Wood formed a nucleus group to take one more
look at the project. An organizational meeting was
held of interested members of the Society at the
1997 Reunion and a prospectus was prepared.
Through the Internet the project was displayed to
the world and donations to underwrite the
organizational efforts were solicited. To date, over
$1,300 have been donated to a special fund set up
specifically for the museum project. The nucleus
group proceed to have a non-profit educational (tax
free) foundation legally established. In March of
1998, the Foundation was legally incorporated in the
State of Florida as the Panama Canal Society
Foundation.
These funds are available in a separate bank
account set up specifically for donations to the
museum, to underwrite the initial administrative costs,


at no expense to the Society. The premise of the
museum foundation is that it will be self-sufficient
financially, separate organizationally, but an official
sponsored program of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. While the management of the
Foundation will be distinct from the Society, the
Board will consist of members of the Society, with
an objective of selecting active and former officers of
the Society. A formal link between the two
organizations is anticipated to be an Executive Board
Liaison from the Society to monitor and report on
the Foundation activities. The Foundation will also
provide regular status reports to the Executive Board
and seek their comment on pertinent issues. In
return, the Foundation will rely on the exclusive
sponsorship of the Society, the use of the Canal
Record for publicity, and the Society activities (such
as monthly meetings and annual reunion) to promote
the activities of the Foundation.
The Foundation will have its first Annual
Meeting during the annual Society Reunion in July
1998 at which time it will elect directors and officers.
Those who would be interested in serving as a
director to the foundation should send their resumes
to the Panama Canal Foundation, 8050 Seminole
Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
An intensive fund raising effort will be necessary
to proceed with this ambitious project. The
Foundation is a tax-free corporation, therefore
donations to the Foundation are tax-free. Donations
are desperately needed to keep the project moving in
a time-frame that will see a physical museum in
place by the year 2000.
Chuck Hummer, the current Second Vice
President of the Society has been coordinating the
project on the Board of Directors. He is also been
involved in getting the Society involved in the
Internet which has had a significant beneficial impact
on obtaining new members to the Society. Chuck has
withdrawn his nomination to higher office in the
Society to dedicate his time and efforts to the
Museum Project and the office Automation Project
now underway at the Society office.
Those having an interest in the Society, the
Museum project or any other questions may contact
any of the three nucleus group members by writing
the address shown above.
For information:

Charles W. Hummer, Jr.
649 Sweetwater Way
Haines City, Florida 33844-6309
Tel: (941) 421-4758
Fax: (941) 422-1888
E-Mail: chummer@worldnet.att.net

Joe Wood
3002 Sawgrass Circle
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Tel: (850) 668-8936
E-Mail: ioebev@tdo.infi.net

Betty Frassrand
Tel: (352) 567-5594
E-Mail: zonianbk@aol.com






PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE BYLAWS

Date: April 23, 1998
To: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Through: President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From: Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, Chairperson, Bylaws Committee
Subject: Proposed Amendment #11 to Bylaws
Because of the lack of a quorum at the first regular meeting of the calendar year, when nominations from
the floor for the upcoming year's officers are made, as per the current bylaws, and the subsequent delay in
printing the March issue of the Canal Record the Bylaws Committee proposes the following amendment to
eliminate this problem:

PROPOSED AMENDMENT #11

EXISTING: ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
SECTION 4 ELECTION OF OFFICERS
B. Ballots:
2.a Mail-in Ballot Forms shall include the slate of candidates nominated by the Nominating
Committee, candidates nominated from the floor at the first regular meeting of the
calendar year, and a space for "write-in" candidates.
PROPOSED:
SECTION 4 ELECTION OF OFFICERS
B. Ballots:
2.a Mail-in Ballot Forms shall include the slate of candidates nominated by the Nominating
Committee, candidates nominated from the floor at the December regular meeting if a
quorum is present, otherwise candidates nominated from the floor at the first regular
meeting thereafter that a quorum is present, and lastly a space for "write-in" candidates.


EXISTING: ARTICLE V NOMINATIONS
SECTION 1 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
A.1 Selection of the Nominating Committee shall take place within the first three months following
the Annual Business Meeting.
PROPOSED:
SECTION 1 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
A.1 Selection of the Nominating Committee shall take place with the first two months following the
Annual Business Meeting.

EXISTING: ARTICLE V NOMINATIONS
SECTION 2 NOMINATION PROCEDURES
A. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of candidates to the Executive Board at the
Board's November meeting. The Chairperson shall advise the president of the slate as soon as
possible after the meeting held to establish a slate of candidates.
D. The Nominating Committee shall present its proposed slate of officers during the first regularly
scheduled meeting of each calendar year if there is a quorom. Otherwise, at the first business
meeting of the calendar year in which a quorum is present.
PROPOSED:
SECTION 2 NOMINATION PROCEDURES
A. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of candidates to the Executive Board at the
Board's October meeting. The chairperson shall advise the president of the slate as soon as
possible after the meeting held to establish a slate of candidates.
D. The Nominating Committee shall present its proposed slate of candidates during the December
regular meeting if there is a quorum, otherwise, at the first regular meeting thereafter that a
quorum is present.


Respectfully submitted,
(Signed)
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Chairperson, Bylaws Committee




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AMENDMENT BALLOT
As a member (one per household) please vote "Yes" or "No" by marking boxes below.
AMENDMENT #11 YES (In favor) NO (Oppose)
Please fold your ballot, covering your vote, place it in an envelope, and mail it to: Chairperson,
ByLaws Committee, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772- 4712. DEADLINE IS JULY 31, 1998.
fold here
BE SURE TO PLACE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE
OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE, OTHERWISE YOUR VOTE WILL
BE INVALID. YOUR NAME MUST BE VERIFIED AS A DUES
PAID MEMBER. YOUR CONFIDENTIAUTY WILL BE ENSURED.
DO NOT SEND ANY OTHER ITEMS IN THIS ENVELOPE
PLEASE MARK ENVELOPE COVER AS "AMENDMENT'
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DUES ARE: $30 covering the
period from October 1, 1997 to
September 31, 1998. When dues
are paid before March 15, your
name will appear in our Directory


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The

Panama Canal Society

of Florida, Inc.


1997 ANNUAL REUNION AUDIT REPORT
April 20, 1998
Mrs. Margot Jordan
Chairperson, Executive Board
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Dear Mrs. Jordan:
The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its audit of the financial records and
activities of the 1997 Annual Reunion and golf tournament. Our examination consisted of such
tests and verifications as deemed necessary to ascertain that funds were properly accounted
for and accurately reported to the Executive Board.
Based on the results of the committee's review, it is our opinion that the following
statements of receipts, expenditures and fund balances correctly state the financial results for
both the 1997 Annual Reunion and the 1997 Reunion Golf Tournament.
Respectfully submitted,


Signed
Kenneth L. Morris
Co-Chairperson
Budget and Audit Committee

STATEMENT OF


Signed
Louis R. Reyes
Co-Chairperson
Budget and Audit Committee

1997 REUNION GOLF TOURNAMENT
RECEIPTS, EXPENDITURES AND FUND BALANCES


BEGINNING CASH BALANCE/CHECKING ACCOUNT


$ 347.01


RECEIPTS:


Golf Fees (99 Players)
Luncheon Fees (23 Guests)
Miscellaneous


$ 6,633.00
414.00
55.75


EXPENDITURES:


Green Fees (97 Players)
Luncheon (121 Attendees)
Prizes
Miscellaneous


$ 4,365.00
2,178.00
463.37
88.17


ENDING CASH BALANCE JULY 1997


( 7,094.54)

$ 355.22


7,102..75






1997 ANNUAL REUNION
STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES


BEGINNING CASH BALANCE/CHECKING ACCOUNT


$ 3,000.00


RECEIPTS:


Registration Fees
Luncheon
Ball
Panazonian Dance
Disco Dances
Vendors
Miscellaneous


$ 5,500.00
8,226.00
16,068.00
9,888.00
2,305.00
2,450.00
148.79


$44,585.79


EXPENDITURES:


Luncheon
Ball
Panazonian Dance
Disco Dances
Registration
Despedida
President's Reception
General Expenses (not assigned
to specific activity):
Hotel Rooms
Security
Gifts
Travel
Telephone
Supplies
Printing
Postage
Salaries
Miscellaneous


NET PROCEEDS FROM REUNION

TRANSFER OF FUNDS TO SOCIETY


$ 8,371.08
6,976.54
4,881.20
1,154.53
682.52
950.00
798.85


3,161.39
2,528.63
586.26
1,345.53
989.89
238.54
108.28
622.44
1,005.01
1 .47


34.402.16


$10,183.63


ENDING CASH BALANCE/CHECKING ACCOUNT


10,183.63

(10,000.00)

$ 3,183.63


LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


"LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON"
at the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION LUNCHEON

Over the years, the Reunion Luncheon has hosted talks on every aspect of life in the Panama Canal Zone
and of life in Panama. A couple of years ago we were treated to a wonderful journey back through time to
enjoy over twenty years of United Way theater productions. This nostalgic vista was hosted by director/producer
Bruce Quinn and he was joined by many of the performers who originated some of the roles in those United
Way musicals. This year we decided once again have some musical entertainment at the luncheon and our
president, Margot Jordan, has arranged for some of the Canal Zone's own troubadours to provide the afternoon's
delight.






Linda Woodruff Weir (BHS'66) has assembled a cast of seven performers to introduce us to "Love in the
Afternoon", a musical journey through the various stages love, loss, and love again. The show features music from
broadway shows, to Burt Bachrach to Cole Porter, to Irving Berlin. Interwoven through the music is the tale
of old love, young love, any kind of love at all!!
Performing with Linda will be Bob Teta and Erin Hatchett, both with ties to the Canal Zone. Bob was
stationed at Ft. Amador when he and Linda met doing musical theater for the United Way and at the Theatre
Guild. Bob performed in "1776", "Fiddler on the Roof", "A Man for All Seasons", "Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolf?" to name a few. Most of us, however, will certainly remember Bob's outstanding performance as King
Arthur in the United Way's production of "Camelot". Bob has continued his acting and singing career in the
U.S. and has appeared in the TV series "Eischied" with Joe Don Baker. Bob currently lives in Vero Beach where
he has been singing in various night clubs along the beach coast.
Erin Hatchett, (BHS'93) is the daughter of Toni and Ken Millard and Mr. Edward Hatchett. Erin performed
in "Guys & Dolls" and "Oklahoma" at BHS and in "Steel Magnolias" at the Ancon Theatre Guild. Erin is a 1997
graduate of the NYU Tisch School of Arts where she was named 1997 Outstanding Actress. Erin has just
completed a role in the independent film "Threat".
Linda Woodruff Weir performed in many of the United Way and Ancon Theatre Guild productions, to
include "Fiddler on the Roof", "Showboat", "Applause", Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", and "The Apple Tree".
For the past two years, Linda has been active in the Pinellas County Florida Community Theatre scene
performing in "Funny Girl", "Gaslight Girl", and most recently as Dr. Gorgeous in "The Sisters Rosensweig" at
the Largo Cultural center. Linda was recently awarded Favorite Actress in a Comedy by the Pinellas County
Theatre Grapevine for her performance as Blanche Bickerson in the recreation of "The Battling Bickersons" for
"The Return to the Golden Age of Radio". Joining the Canal Zone cast of "Love in the Afternoon" will be
Nancy Stauffer, James Grenelle and Brick. Nancy has appeared in "Cabaret" and "Here's Love" on stage and
currently has a duo musical act with her brother Bob, creating sounds of the Big Band era. James is one of
the most talented young performers to grace any stage. He is also a director and choreographer and is a
winner of the Theatre Grapevine Award for Favorite Supporting Actor for his performance in "Funny Girl".
While performing in "The Sisters Rosenweig", Linda had the privilege to work with and get to know a
wonderful comedienne, Brick, who originally came to Florida after doing stand-up comic work in New York.
Brick has also appeared in "Fiddler of the Roof" and as the stripper, Mazeppa, in "Gypsy". Brick is a Theatre
Grapevine award winner as Favorite Supporting Actress for "Jake's Woman".
We hope to have some other special guests and surprises for you and know that you will all enjoy a
delightful afternoon full of music and love. Come join us for "Love in the Afternoon".


E-MAIL UPDATE


Annual Reunion


Bob Askew
Marcia Barrere
Don Boland
Barbara Falk
Pete/Marge Foster
Melody Gaither
John Gladwell jol
Patricia S. Krise
Dr. James R. Morton
"Wally" Jr. Morton
Billy/Ginny Rankin 757
Louis "Sparkie"Seldon
Mark Workman
Bob Medinger
HA. Brandenburg
Hugh Thomas
Kathy Bottin
Mimi/Lucho
Patrick Coffey
Paul M. Menges
Ron McGill
Ron Mills
Richard Stumvoll st
Ted/Jaque Arias
Betsy(Mallory) Duncan
Joeseph W. DuVall
Carolyn A. DuVall
Capt. Don Garrido
Robert F. Dunn
Robert F. Dunn Jr.
Ronald/Linnea Angermuller
Gene Sexton Clary
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rmbarrere@juno.com
dboland@w3.one.net
joanfalk@juno.com
zonianamigos@juno.com
gaitherm@hotmail.com
hn_gladwell@sunshine.net
pattykz@earthlink.net
joanil2@ibm.net
walmor@c-zone.net
54,3323@compuserve.com
lseldon@worldnet.att.net
roach36@aol.com
medinger@southeast.net
haburg@gte.net
hmthomas@sinfo.net
bottincz@hotmail.com
mazcarra@bellsouth.net
thezonian@aol.com
pmenges@clark.net
won234@aol.com
czrem@phoenix.net
umvoll@panama.army.mil
donovan@cybertron.com
betsyd2@juno.com
joeduvall@zonian.com
carolyn@zonian.com
DPGarrido@aol.com
rob-Del@webtv.net
Gambodian@aol.com
ronlin@brinet.com
giftpack@brinet.com


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Award


The Executive Board
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
I would like to recommend Mrs. Barbara Green
for the Distinguished Service Award.
As the Secretary/Treasurer of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida since 1991, she has displayed a
highly gratifying adherence to both major and minor
duties of her job. Her association with all members
of the Society over the telephone and in person has
always been cordial and courteous. She regularly
spends many extra hours in making sure that all
forms, financial and society reports are correct and
ready to meet deadlines. For the last three years she
has taken on the added duties of screening all
reunion application forms and following up on
corrections and missing information thereon, in a
most efficient manner. Her perseverance in her many
duties were creditably noted during her recent
infirmity when she selflessly scheduled her doctor
and medical appointments either before or after
work, or during week-ends so as to continue to give
her full time to the Society. She serves on many
committees throughout the year and her assistance is
always greatly appreciated.
I have observed Mrs. Green as I often visit the
office and can testify without hesitation that Mrs.
Green is, without a doubt, a most dedicated. devoted
and conscientious member/employee.
Respectfully submitted


Thomas
1st Vice President/Reunion


C. Peterson
Coordinator


PCSOFL ANNUAL PICNIC
Chairperson: Stephen Nehring
Chairperson: Stephen Nehring


The Panama Canal
Society of Florida will hold its
Annual Picnic at noon, Saturday
October 3, 1998 at Pavillion #4 of
A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon
Springs, Florida.
Anderson Park is
located 7/10 mile north of
Klosterman Road, or 9/10 mile
South of Tarpon Springs/Keystone
Road, on the East side of
Highway 19.


Pavillion #4 has ample parking space, with rest
rooms nearby.
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered
dish to share and your own soft drinks. The Park
does not allow alcoholic beverages on the premises.
The Society will furnish plastic plates, utensils and
cups.
GAMES AND PRIZES TOO!
A short business meeting will be held after lunch.


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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. September Luncheon/Meeting will be
held in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, September 12, 1998 at the Fairways of Forest
Lakes Country Club, 2401 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida 34232.
A pay-as-you-go bar will be available at 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon/Meeting
scheduled for 12:00 noon.
The menu will consist of your choice of Roast Loin of Pork or Chicken Marsala.
Please specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form.
The cost is $12.50 per person, and gratuities are included. The deadline for
Reservations or Refunds is TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 8, 1998.
Kay Miller and Barbara Peterson will be our co-chairpersons for this favorite
event and they and their committee promises the same wonderful repast as before and
a good time for all. Door prizes will be awarded during the meeting, so let's all head
South, North, East or West to the Fairways Forest Lakes Country Club for some more
of their delicious food as we have our Regular Scheduled Meeting!


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September 12, 1998
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Florida, Inc. Mail to: Panama Canal Society of
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Seminole, Florida 33772-4712. FRUITVIL ROAD
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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings


SUMMARY OF Lori King, and Barbara Green were presented with
tokens of appreciation by the Committee Chairperson
February, April 1998 Meetings. and also thanked for their efforts by President
Margot Jordan.
February 7, 1998:
Meeting was called to order during Carnavalito
at the Santa Madeira Restaurant, Madeira Beach,
Florida at 6:20 p.m. with 158 members and guests
present. '-
Motion was made to dispense with reading of the
minutes of last meeting and passed. Mrs. Jordan
welcomed all and recognized ast Presidents. The
Financial Statement stood for audit. ,
Reunion Coordinator Tom Peterson recommended
early reservations for hotel rooms that are limited.
The USPS issued a stamp on February 3rd honoring
the Panama Canal.
Linda Weir will head up the entertainment at the
Annual Luncheon.
Carnavalito committee members were presented
with tokens of appreciation by James O'Donnell,
committee chairman.
President Jordan explained that nominations from e N
the floor for 1998/1999 Officers could not be held ~
at the January business meeting as there was no
quorum present as prescribed in the Bylaws. She
therefore called for nominations from the floor at
this meeting. None were made, so a motion was
called and made to close nominations. Before motion
was brought up for a vote, Mr. Chris Skeie asked to
be a candidate for Director. President Jordan
accepted the nomination. Motion was again made to
close nominations. Motion passed and nominations
were closed.

CARNAVALITO 1998

It was indeed "a dark and stormy night," but that did
not deter our 158 fun-seekers from attending the
1998 Carnavalito. Our annual gathering was held at Owen Smith, of Smithdale, Mississippi, wins the
the Santa Madeira Restaurant on Madeira Beach. chaquira door prize.
Although the room reserved for us was quite large,
the size seemed to diminish when everyone started
talking and laughing and the band was playing. As
Fats Waller would say, "The joint was jumping." It
was the third largest attended Carnavahlito since its
inception.
Following the Social hour, and abbreviated
business meeting, we got down to the real business -
the food! We had a choice of roast beef or chicken
and the Santa Madeira's reputation for good food
stood in good hands. Many members of BHS Class
of 1943 held their own mini reunion and enjoyed
renewing friendships and talking about the old days.
Puly and his band played for our enjoyment. It
was wonderful hearing and dancing to the kind of
music we grew up with.
At 10:45 p.m. Rick Nelson read the Burial of the
Fish and Stella Boggs DeMarr acted it out, while
those attending participated.
Too soon, the band played the last song, and it
was time to go home. It was a memorable evening
because it was full of the fun and warmth you get
from being among friendly, compatible people. The Carnavalito committee: L-R: Steve Nehring,
The Carnavalito Committee consisting of James Jim O'Donnell, chairperson, Faith Brundage,
O'Donnell, Chairperson, Muriel Whitman, John Barbara Green, Muriel Whitman, John Whitman.
Whitman, Lois Jones, Faith Brundage, Steve Nehring, Missing from photo are Lori King and Lois Jones.
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to Tom Peterson. Bottom L-R: Muriel Whitman,
Lori King, Ernie Yocum, Dorothy Yocum, Betty
Snow.


There was no March meeting.


April 3, 1998:
Meeting was called to order at St. Bede's
Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida at 12:14
p.m. Thirty two members attended. Motion made to
accept minutes of previous meeting, passed. Financial
Statement stands for audit.
President Jordan announced that Lori King had
been hired to assist in the office. A committee of
Tom Peterson, Chuck Hummer and Ken Morris was
formed to study workload in office to see if
additional help is needed. Bylaws are being reviewed
to see if changes are required. Linda Weir and her
group will entertain at the Annual luncheon.
Executive Board approved $150.00 for each of eight
entertainers, with luncheon and Dance tickets.
Mr. Hummer gave a brief report on plans for
the establishment of a Panama Canal Museum. He,
Joe Wood, Betty Frassrand and Adrien Bouche are
involved. Museum is legally set up as a corporation
and is affiliated with the Society. This will be
brought up to membership at Annual Business
Meeting.
Executive Board approved an extensive office
automation plan prepared by Mr. Hummer, to
include training plan, and asked for recognition of
work performed by Editor and Secretary/Treasurer in


Top: President Margot Jordan and Dorothy Yocum
at Invocation time. Center L-R: Gene Clinchard,
Betty Forgeson, Carol Vezina, Ruth Schmidt,
Connie Wright, Olga Disharoon. Bottom: Margot
Jordan in conference with Tom Peterson, Jim
O'Donnell, Barbara Peterson, and hardly visible
Chuck Hummer.


spite of having old equipment.
Dues reminders were sent. 3,681 have paid their
dues. 812 have not. Society will purchase own
telephones and no longer rent from GTE. We now
have a dedicated line for Fax (813-319-8593) and e-
mail.
Mr. Beall reported problems of members not
receiving their magazines is being investigated through
Postal Inspectors.
Hotel has notified us that our golf tournament
will be played at another golf course nearby. Hotel
transportation will be provided.
Suggestion was made for Nellree Berger to sing
"God Bless America" at Annual meeting. She will be
contacted by Reunion Coordinator. Meeting
adjourned at 1:20 p.m.


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WHERE ARE YOU?




BHS CLASS OF 1938
WHERE ARE YOU?

First, we would like to thank all the classmates
and friends of the Class of 1938 who have notified
us of the whereabouts of several of our classmates.
The Reunion is only a few weeks away and we are
still trying to locate the following BHS 1938
classmates:


Emiro Borden
Margaret Mae Brown
Virginia Cabell
Damien Caries
Horace Gordon Cobb
Geneva Beryl Cooke
John Joseph Dalton
Margaret Frances Davidson
John Gaylor de Camp
Edward H. Delvalle
Margaret Clark Douglas
Dorothy E. Esperanza
Neva Sara Henrie
Anita Louise Komp
John Clark McMurray
Marcos


Patricia Margaret Madigan
Kathryn Lillian Marchukitis
Eugene Gregory Mulling
Geoffrey Maurice O'Connell
Tomas Alberto Paredes
Larry Wilber Roberts
Raymond Albert Runyon
Betty Frances Sunderlin
Elsie Sanger
Judith Segard
Vernon Doyle Snyder
Charles Wallace Stewart
Ruth Joanne Udden
Julio Ramon Valdes
Robert Linden Whiteley
R. Zappi


If you know where any of these classmates are, please
let us hear from you so we can advise them (especially if
they are in the Floida area) of the pending 60th CLASS
REUNION in Orlando, Florida on July 3, 1998.
Also please see notice for BHS 1938 under the
Announcements Section in this Canal Record.

Robert "Bob" VanSiclen
BHS Class of 1938,
9816 Lake Seminole Dr. West,
Seminole, FL 33773-4521.
(813) 397-5366.


BHS 1948 MISSING PERSONS


CHS 1948 MISSING CLASSMATES


Archbold, Terry
Crandall, Helen
Gumban, Emilia
Gumban, Maxine
Johnston, Edward


Yohoros, Ben


Rosskopf, James
Russell, Virginia
Serko, David
Tesch, Jean
Thompson, Delores


If you have any information or any leads on how to
locate our missing classmates, please contact:
Edward G. Corbett, 106 Forge Rd., Coventry, CT
06238-1415. Tel: (860) 742-8163. email address is
ecorbett@canrl.cag.uconn.edu



LOST CLASSMATES OF BHS 1949


Alcoa, Mary Sol
Altman, Sylvia
Andrews, Douglas
Austin, Robert L.
Baitol, Mayer
Banton, Marvin
Baumbach, Lois
Bender, Rosemarie
Berry, Martha
Berry, Robert
Calvo, Efigenia
Childress, Jo Ann
Chung, Henry
Clarke, William
Combs, Corrine
Cooper, Elizabeth
Crenshaw, Donald H.
Cruz, Martha
Dawson, Herbert
Edwards, Richard


Entebi, Renee Ponce, Amelia
Fabriga, Emesto Reif, Walter
Fuller, Helen L Perno, Blanca
Gates, Robert Phelan, Fletcher
Gill, Richard Schuler, David C.
Grimaldo, Estela Scott, Nancy
Jackie Hall Serocki, Stanley T.
Halman, Mildred Sierer, Byron W.
Hanson, Jack R. Sogandares, Franklin
Harrison, Robert Underwood, Beny
Hayward, Marjorie VanEvera, Jean
Long, Loran D. Virgil, Dalila G.
Lovejoy, Jim Watson, Mary
Lawton, Martha Willard, Unda L.
Lum, Henry Wilkerson, Jack
Marion, Clanse Wills, Donald E.
Miller, Ceclia Wood, Eugene
Musselman, Donald Wright, Howard
Peters, Patricia Zager, Cecilia
Paredes, Alvaro Zimmerman, William H.


Please advise any of the Committee listed below
of known addresses or telephone numbers of those
missing.

Barbara (Comber) McDougal Tom Peterson
16728 232 Point S.E 6534 Samoa Drive
Monroe, WA 98272-9395 Sarasota, FL 34241-5637
(303) 922-6187 (941) 371-7731
mcdougal@premierl.net tommypete@worldnet.att.net


Don Boland
728 Shadow Mist Lane
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 772-8264
dboland@conterra.com


Bea (Reyes) Gunn
545 Moss
Palo Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-3686


William 0. Alexander
Ruth Appin
Fred Aydlett
James J. Ball
Dorothy Bower
Ben Bums
Homer Min-Jan Chen
Peter M.C. Chen
Maxine Couchman
Michael J. Cody
Clarence Crenshaw
Jose M.G. del Busto
Nellie Del Valle
William P. Edwards
Genoveva Fonseca
Beryl M. Gamas


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Jane M. Hanford
Jean M. Hanford
Dorothy Harrison
Nancy Heffington
Barbara Hentgen
i Robert D. Homer
Fred J.Horton
John E. Johnson III
James A. Jolley
John D. Landers
Lois G.Lee
Carlos Maldonado
Elizabeth L. McNew
Ramona E.Muller
Dorothy E. Nauert
Clifford B. Weaver


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Ana T. Rios
Elaine C. Ruggles
James Russell
David C. Ryan
Darrel B. Seeley
Marilyn S. Sisson
Elvia Suazo
Franklin E. Tillman
Carlos Tong
John L. Toone
Aurora Uribe
Patricia A. Vesser
Audrey M. Wagner
John H. Wallace
Isabel Washbum


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THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY -
WHERE ARE YOU?

THE BIG BHS CLASS OF 1950's 50th
REUNION IN THE YEAR 2000 is in the earnest
planning stage NOW! We are still missing many of
our buddies like Eleanor Buel, Perry Robert "Bob"
Young, Richardson "Dick" Selee, Burt Page, Dr. K.
Kieth Kreth. If you yourself or if you know of ANY
of our classmates who have not attended a reunion
in the past ten years, PLEASE CONTACT US! We
want to be with you again in the new millennium!

Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
BHS Class of 1950 Reunion 9770 S.W. 198th Cir.
RR 13 Box 8600 Dunnellon, FL
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 34431-4148
(409) 564-0620 FAX 409-569-2514 (352) 489-3887
cspreadbury@titan.sfasu.edu






LOOKING FOR CHS CLASS OF '69
Our 30th reunion is coming up sooner than you
think. I need current mailing addresses and e-mail
addresses (if possible) for as many of our fellow
classmates as possible. I even want addresses of those
who did not graduate with us, but left before
graduation. I have the list Maria (Kerley) Hernandez
put together for the last reunion. Some of the
addresses have changed, so send me everything you
have. If you know of someone who may have
information, please call them and get it. The sooner
you can do this, the better. I have a lot of
coordination to do so we can have a wonderful
reunion. Pass the word!
Robert Beall
2816 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 542-0511
rgbeall@pacbell.net




MISSING FROM BHS'78


Lovan Arnett
Debbie Seldon Blackman
Mike Carlin
Linda Densmore
Kim Thomas Vasquez


Amy Robertson Rheberg
Mary Ann Robertson
Sarah Bircher Stromme
Tom Vasquez


Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any of the
above, please notify Diane Sanchez, 1197 Kinsmen,
Auburndale, FL 33823. (941) 967-1899.


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NEWSCLIPS


Panama Canal Public Relations
Director Retires this month
Panama Canal Public Relations Director Willie K.
Friar retired February 13 after more than 28 years
of service. Some 20 years ago, as the cruise industry
began to expand, Friar developed the Canal's cruise
marketing program. This consisted of assisting the
industry in marketing the Canal as a cruise
destination by working closely with travel agents,
travel writers and the marketing directors for cruise
lines and representing the Canal at major conferences
and exhibitions. For the past 18 years, she has
represented the Canal at Travel Trade exhibitions
and is a familiar figure to travel agents throughout
the country. She also initiated the inaugural transit
plaque program for welcoming ships on their first
transit of the waterway. The Panama Canal is one of
the most popular cruise destinations today.














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Panama Canal Public Relations Director Willie K.
Friar looks for space on the wall outside her office
to add yet another plaque to the 38 already there
of plaques that are part of the inaugural transit
plaque exchange program initiated by Friar.
Inaugural transit plaques presented by the
Commission include a slice of the original concrete
laid down in 1913 during construction of the Locks
and removed by core drilling. Friar announced her
retirement this month after completing 28 years of
service with the Panama Canal Commission, the
U.S. Government agency that operates the Panama
Canal.
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Since her appointment 10 years ago as public
relations director, Friar has been responsible for the
Canal's Miraflores Locks Visitor's Center, all Canal
audiovisual and publications production, including the
Canal's newspaper, and all exhibits and media
activities as well as being a well known spokesperson
for the Canal.
In commenting on her career with the Canal
organization, she says, "I have had the good fortune
to be in charge of public relations for a wonder of
the world, the Panama Canal, during one of the
most exciting periods of its history. A reporter once
wrote that 'Willie Friar has a love affair with the
Panama Canal' and that is true. That affair continues
today, and I plan to continue to give speeches at
every opportunity to tell of the Canal's wonders and
those of the fascinating and beautiful country of
Panama. I particularly enjoy explaining the Canal to
cruise passengers, travel agents and travel writers. I
have enjoyed all of the more than 100 Canal transits
that I have made on many types of ships but I can
tell everyone the best way to see the Canal is from
the deck of a cruise ship. No two ships are the
same, each time you board you enter a new world."
Friar still hasn't decided on a place to live in
retirement. She confesses to having spent so much
time enjoying her work that she didn't get around to
thinking of what to do afterwards. As of now, she
says, "All options are open", including staying on in
Panama.
Panama Canal Commission Press Release
February 10, 1998



Hindi Diamond Awarded
Highest Civilian Medal by
Panama Government
For the first time in its history, an American
woman journalist was presented with the Manuel
Amador Guerrero Decoration by order of the
President of Panama, Ernesto Pirez Balladares.
The presentation was made at the closing session
of the First Latin American Journalists' Congress
organized by the Communications' Department of
Florida International University and the Panama
government. Over 400 journalists from 40 Latin
American and other countries attended the
conference in Panama City, Republic of Panama,
held April 1st to 4th.
In making the presentation, Mayin Correa, Mayor
of Panama and a former journalist who worked with
Diamond in Panama, read the Presidential
Proclamation which noted that the government wished
to recognize the outstanding caliber of her
journalistic work during her years as a reporter and
photographer for The Panama American, United Press
and McGraw-Hill Publications. She has demonstrated
sincere affection towards our country and its people
with the high quality and standards of her
professional endeavors. It is fitting that we make this
outstanding award, the first to an American woman
journalist during the closing session of the First Latin
American Journalists' Congress."






EXPOSICION FOTOGRAFICA DE
HINDI DIAMOND
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President Ernesto Perez Balladares and Hindi
Diamond at her Photographic Exposition.
The prestigious medal is named after Panama's
first president.
Heading the FIU official contingent were Charles
Green, Executive Director of the International Media
center; Arthur Heise, Dean of Communications'
Department; and John Virtue, Sub-Director of
Publications of the International Media center.
Entertainment News & Views
April 18 April 24, 1997
At present, Hindi continues her writing for local
and national publications, and in addition, has ghost
written several books, and at present is writing her
autobiography. She asks anyone who has any
anecdotes to relate, to please call her in Miami at
(305) 653-9666. The book is called: How we
ived...WHEN THE CANAL WAS OURS.



'Unsung hero' to receive
Silver Star after 57 years

By Michael Overall
Tulsa World Staff Writer
(Authorized copy)
Robert Norman didn't expect to get up that
morning and find Japanese planes bombing his ship
in Pearl Harbor. He didn't expect to risk his life, to
be set on fire, while saving others.
And he currently didn't expect to receive a
medal for it 57 years later.
But this Tulsan knows better than most that life
is full of surprises.
The latest surprise came a few weeks ago when
the Secretary of the Navy signed a citation to award
Norman a Silver Star, the third highest honor that
the Navy can bestow.
Norman never saw it coming. He hasn't been in
the Navy since 1973, and he has been retired from
Willbros Engineers since 1995.


Now he's a 79-year-old who gets up every
morning at 5:30, plays golf and looks after rental
properties that he owns. And he helps his wife, Fran,
take care of their own home in a historic Tulsa
Neighborhood just south of downtown.
This sudden medal is as big a shock for him as
that earlier surprise back in December 1941 when
Japan launched the sneak attack that pulled the
United States into World war II.


That morning Norman was a petty officer in
charge of turret No. 4 aboard the battleship USS
Nevada. The ship was torpedoed and hit with 10
bombs, and it eventually sank in the shallow harbor
up to its main deck.
While the ship was on fire, sinking, an Ensign
named Joseph Taussig Jr. was stranded up on the
mast, one leg blown off and bleeding badly.
Norman climbed up, his clothes catching fire as
he went, scorching his back. He reached the young
Ensign, strapped him into a stretcher, tied it to the
mast and slowly lowered it down to the deck. Bullets
and bombs were flying around his head the whole
time.
That Ensign, like Norman, survived and had a
long fruitful career in the Navy. Both men rose to
the rank of Captain.
Norman didn't seem to think it was such a big
deal not then and not now.
"I'm not the medal type. I figure you go out and
do your job, do your duty. And if you happen to do
it while bullets are flying, well, that's what you're
trained for."
But the other guy, Taussig, long considered
Norman "an un-sung hero," and in recent years he
has been pressing the Pentagon for a medal.
It wasn't easy. Congress had to grant special
permission to award a medal so long after the event.
The usual military deadline for medals is three years,
expiring in 1944 in Norman's case.






Undeterred, Taussig kept writing recommend-
ations.
"Medals and citations cost very little," he wrote
in one, "But priceless to the recipient and family and
friends."
Indeed, Norman said his new medal will be
"worth more than all the money in the world."
"It;s coming way late in the game, of course. But
it's an honor. I'm proud to receive it. I spent 361/2
years in the Navy, through World War II, Korea and
Vietnam, and I'm proud of all of it.
Norman will put on his uniform and take
possession of the medal April 8 during a ceremony
at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
He will already have one big medal to his jacket,
a Bronze Star with a Combat "V" that he received
in 1996 for "performing heroic achievement against
the enemy during a search and seizure operation
while commanding a destroyer division."
Still, Norman won't claim the title "hero" for
himself. In a Pearl Harbor Day speech given at
Rosehill Cemetery this past December 7, Norman
described himself as just a "disciplined member of
the armed services charged with maintaining the
peace and protection of the United States."
But he doesn't really have to seize the "hero"
mantle for himself. Plenty of others have thrust it
upon him.
Capt. Norman first arrived in the Canal Zone in
1951 when he took command of the USS Recovery,
ARS-42, a ship salvage and rescue vessel. In late
1952 Lt. Norman departed the Zone for college in
Ames, Iowa.
In 1962 Cmdr. Norman reported to the U.S.
SouthCom Unified Command Staff with Headquarters
at Quarry Heights. In 1965 Norman departed for
Long Beach, CA. where he took command of a
Destroyer Division.
In 1969 Capt, Norman returned to the Canal
Zone and took command of the Rodman Naval
Station.
In 1971 Norman became Chief of the navigation
Division of the Canal and in 1972 fleeted up to be
the Marine Director of the Panama Canal.
In 1973 Capt, Norman departed the Canal Zone
for orlando, FL, where he retired after 361/2 years
service.
Capt. Norman and his wife Frances traveled to
Annapolis, MD. U.S. Naval Academy, where on April
8, 1998 the captain was awarded the Silver Star and
the Purple Heart for action during the Japanese
attack on Pearl harbor December 7, 1941. He was at
that time a Boatswain Mate First Class attached to
the USS Nevada.



New towboat honors longest
serving Panama Canal employee

By Teresa Arosemena
Cecil F. Haynes, Inventory Management
Specialist, has been recognized many times during his
70 years of loyal and dedicated service to the
Panama Canal. Last week, however, the Panama
Canal Commission recognized him in a unique way
when the second in a series of six new towboats the
Canal Agency is purchasing to enhance waterway
operations was christened and dedicated in his honor.
The ceremony took place on January 16 at the
Gatun Towboat Landing. Haynes' wife, Margarita,


Cecil F. Haynes, the longest serving employee of
the Canal Zone, at the wheel of the towboat, who
was named in his honor.


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A new Canal towboat, the Cecil F. Haynes,
enhances waterway operations and honors the
longest serving Canal Zone employee, as well as
thousands of other dedicated Canal employees over
the years.
officially christened the Cecil F. Haynes with the
traditional bottle of champagne.
In naming the towboat Cecil F. Haynes, the
Commission also symbolically honored the thousands
of dedicated employees who have served the
waterway during and since construction days. In his
remarks during the christening ceremony,
Administrator Alberto Alemin Zubieta, referring to
Haynes' career, pointed out, "Hayes has been a
teacher for many people at the Canal." He added,
"This tugboat represents the Panama Canal
workforce.
With 70 years of service, Haynes is currently the
U.S. Federal and Canal employee with the most
years of service. Born in Gatun, Col6n province, in
1913, Haynes began working for the Panama Canal
Storehouse Division when he was only 14 years old.
In 1968, at the age of 55, Haynes decoded to
postpone retirement, preferring to keep working, and
he still does.
The Cecil F. Haynes is part of the $33,311,777
contract awarded in fiscal year 1996 to Halter
Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi for the construction
of six towboats, with an option for a seventh, to
increase the Canal fleet to 20. Four of the new
towboats will replace tugs that will soon be reaching
the end of their service life. Referring to the
towboat, Maritime Operations Director Rene Van
Hoorde said, "The Cecil F. Haynes plays a major role






in improving our ability to safely and efficiently
handle the ever-increasing number of large ships that
require specialized transit services."
Currently at work for the northern district where
Haynes was born, the towboat features the latest
technological advances available in the market today,
just like its sister, the Gilberto Guardia F., the first
towboat that arrived in Panama under the multi-year
contract at the end of September. The towboats
state-of-the-art equipment, power and maneuvering
capability will greatly enhance Canal transit service.
Expressing his contentment to be associated with
the Panama Canal, one of the wonders of the world,
Haynes said, "When I began working, I never would
have guessed I would be honored in this way."
Towboat operators assigned to the Cecil F. Haynes
say they feel especially proud to be in charge of the
operation of the tug that honors the admirable and
exemplary Canal worker.

The Panama Canal Spillway
January 30, 1998


Over 45 crews participated
in this year's Cayuco Race

More than 45 cayucos raced through the Panama
Canal last weekend during the 45th Annual Ocean to
Ocean race for Explorer Scouts. Thirty-two of the
dugout canoes, which traditionally hold four, were
paddled by youths ages 15 to 20, competing for
trophies in three categories: male, female and co-ed.
Seventeen other boats participated in the three-day
race just for the "fun" of paddling in the hot sun for
hours on end to receive only a cloth patch as a
reward.
This year, the Rapid Transit was in the spotlight
as it attempted to defend its three-year record of
winning the race, but seven other boats beat its
overall time. Due Process, paddled by Tom Herring,
Bob Huerbsch, Ruben Prieto and Mike Commeau
came out on top with a time of 5 hours 26 minutes
27 seconds.
Only one boat can win in each category, but
somehow the starting line is packed year after year
with kids and adults answering the call of the
addiction called "doing cayuco." John Williford, six-
year veteran and currently a cayuco coach said about
the addiction, "At school, you're left out if you're not
doing it. After the race, you always say you'll never
do it again, but next year you're back."
This year, some of the patch boats participants
were also answering the call of past races, with the
crew of the Bejuco returning after a 32 year absence.
An all-women's team also returned after about 30
years to race for their very first time. (Females were
not included in the competition until some time in
the 1970s.) Connie Zemer Bumgarner, Judy Walton
Davis, Laurel Walton Thrasher and Malena Bremer
Merriam flew in from the United States to paddle in
the Tsunami Davis said, "We were always jealous
that the boys got to race, so we came back to fulfill
the dream."
Another participant, Ted Henter, also returned
after a long absence from Panama to paddle in the
Slave Galley. Henter holds the world title in water-
skiing championships for the blind. His blindness
resulted from a traffic accident that occurred after
he had competed in the cayuco race for two years as
a youngster. By returning to the event this year,


Henter became the first blind person to participate
in the race, and the fourth-place position of the
Slave Galley in the "patch boat" category attests to
the success of his entire crew. Not one to be held
back by the lack of sight, Henter adapts computer
software for use by the blind.
Whatever the attraction, interest in the race
remains high. Participants in this years race were
about 50 percent Panama Canal Commission
employees or dependents, 25 percent military and 25
percent Panama residents or others this year,
according to race coordinator Hugh Thomas, who
works in the Department of Maritime Operations.
Thomas further added that the Canal Agency and
U.S. military provided invaluable logistical and safety
support, publicity and escort boat services, with local
businesses sponsoring individual crews. Officials from
the race committee and the Boy Scouts of America
expressed their appreciation to the Commission and
the other groups that contributed to the success of
the event.
The Panama Canal Spillway
April 9, 1998


Race reunites former
classmates
By Susan Harp
On the first day of the Ocean to Ocean Cayuco
Race for Explorers, Balboa High School students
Fred Garcia, Bob Donley, Bob Iughes and Marshall
Harris caused a sensation when they showed up for
morning classes wearing home-dyed green t-shirts and
gold earrings in their left earlobes. The year was
1966, and their boat, the Bejuco, was the defending
champion for the second year in a row. At the end
of the three-day race, they emerged the winners with
a total time of 6 hours 52 minutes, and earned the
honor of being the first crew to retire the race
trophy because of their three year run.











Ready to paddle Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Former Balboa High School classmates, who came
back to Panama to participate in this year's
Cayuco Race, pose in front of their cayuco the
Snafu. L-R: Marshall Harris, Bob Hughes, Fred
Garcia and Bob Donley.
Reminiscing about the old days might take place
while sitting in lounge chairs on the patio for some,
but the foursome decided to do some more active
reminiscing when they picked up their paddles last
week for the 45th annual race. They challenged
themselves and the competition once again after a
32 year break. The Bejuco no longer in existence,
they commandeered the Snafii to compete in the
patch boat category, the only class open to paddlers
over 21 years of age.
"It was a lot less formal in the 60s," said Donley






as he enjoyed a tropical evening in Cardenas two
days before the race. The group had been attending
pre-race meetings.learning about the safety rules and
observing the head-to-toe color coordinated outfits of
the seriously competitive crews in the trophy
categories, reserved for youths ages 15 to 21. Hughes
added, It was a kid's race then, with no sponsors
and not much parental involvement except through
the Boy Scout organization."
What possessed the four former classmates, now
spread out across Texas, Arkansas, Virginia and
Florida, to return to the Isthmus and subject their
not-so-young-anymore bodies to the grueling race?
"It started as a way to have some fun" says Hughes.
"Since then, we have renewed so many friendships.
People made paddles and T-shirts and found the
boat, trailer and sponsors. It's making more memories
that we ever thought."
It all started two years ago when Fred Garcia,
whose brother, Tony, works in the Panama Canal
Commission Marketing Division, paddled in a cayuco
for fun during a visit to Panama. Enthused about
reliving the good old days, Fred used the Internet
sites set up by former Canal Zone residents who live
off-Isthmus to find his three former team-mates. They
had not seen each other for at least 20 years. As
casual talk turned to serious plans, they were lucky
to receive local support from Diablo resident Jan
Weade, who provided the Snafit, arranged most of
the logistics in Panama and even designed T-shirts
advertising the foursome as "Real (old) Men."
A week before the race, they began practicing
paddling the Snafii, and Fred Garcia claimed, "For
people who hadn't been together for 30 years, it
seemed like it was yesterday." Weade, whose daughter
competed twice in the Snafit in the last few years,
said that because of parental involvement with the
kids and the commitment involved, "The race has
really helped hold the community together."
No matter the outcome of the three days of
competition, it seems the race has also reached far
beyond the community to bring four friends together
again.
The Panama Canal Spillway
April 9, 1998



Vessel offers students unusual
way of spending senior year

By Susan Harp
The Concordia, a tall ship manned by Canadian
high school students, transited the Panama Canal in
February. Built in Poland just five years ago, the
Concordia is owned and operated by West Island
College of Montreal and offers high school students
an unusual way to spend their senior year. The
vessel set sail in August from Copenhagen with more
than 40 students, seven teachers and a professional
crew of five on board. They visited Norway, Scotland,
France, Portugal, Spain, Morocco and the Canary
Islands before crossing the Atlantic to Caribbean
waters.
The kids on board are not the only students
participating in the journey. An Internet site. "Sites
Alive,." tracks the ship's position, displays a biography
of each student and publishes articles written by the
students about their adventures. Available for a fee,
the educational site is tailored for elementary school
students.
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The 188-foot-long Concordia training ship transitting
through Miraflores Locks.
On board ship, the high school students take
four or five classes a semester, selecting from courses
that include chemistry, physics, anthropology, math,
marine biology and economics. Marine biology
students have access to a living laboratory, economics
students learn accounting by running the school store
and all learn how to sail a square-rigged ship during
physical education classes.
Alex A. Eiser, from Montreal, says he spent a
month on board the Concordia as a ninth grader and
always wanted to return for a full year at sea. A
self-proclaimed computer whiz, Eiser keeps the ship's
four student computers sunning. When asked how
such an energetic group has adapted to living
together in a small space, he admits that there was
some friction at first, which was followed by an
adjustment period of learning to work in groups.
Now, he says, close friendships have formed. He adds
that despite their exotic ports of call, the most
popular on-shore destinations always seem to be fast-
ood hamburger joints.
Christine A. MacKechnie of Shawvill, Quebec,
said she joined the ship because she wanted to travel
on her own, but complying with her parents' wishes,
compromised for a supervised journey. Since she
wants to study journalism in college, she sends
accounts of her travels home to the local newspaper.
While in Panama, she had opportunities to write
about visits to the Canal, Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute research stations, historical sites
and even Chiriqui province.
After transiting the Canal, the Concordia headed
south to the Galapagos, the tip of South America
and on to South Africa.

The Panama Canal Spillway
March 13, 1998







Your Reporter Says...


ALABAMA

Spring has arrived and here in Dothan the local
inhabitants are on the move again.
Edna Kovel, Edna O'Donnell, Arlene Abbott,
Muriel McGriff, and Kay Wallace took off on a bus
trip to the Keys. The weather was beautiful and all of
them came back happy and healthy after a long
winter.
However, on February 28, Alice Clark took off
for the frozen North with Shirley Makibbin and
Dona Helmerichs for the Annual Flower Show in
Philadelphia. They did a tour of Philly, including the
Liberty Bell. Real tourists is what they were. They
had a great time just being together.
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ARIZONA

The Arizona Panama Canal Society held their
spring luncheon at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in
Chandler on March 28. Those attending included
Carl and Pat Berg, Darrell and Nancy Eide, Norm
and Donna Gillis. Dan and Miriam Hirschl, Leo
Langland, Warren and Dora Legrys, Mac and Emily
McCullum, Chester and Mary Grace Oaks, Ruth
Senger and son, Robert, and Loring and Evelyn
White.
Norm Gillis gave a very interesting and
informative talk on "Operation Just Cause", as he
and Donna were in Panama at that time.


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On the Philadelphia trolly, March 1998, L-R: Alice
Clark, Shirley Makibbin, Dona Helmerichs.


Dave Kelleher and Woody Woodruff celebrate St.
Patrick's Day, March 17, 1998.
Just this week Muriel McGriff, Kay Wallace and
I returned from Biloxi, Mississippi on a Casino Trip.
Great fun but no profits.
That's it for this issue. Have a great Reunion!
Dolores Cleveland
Reporter
(334) 793-4812


Mac and Emily McCullum with their great-
grandchildren, Angelique Aragon, Casey and Ryan
Gran.
New officers for the next two years are:
President-Darrell Eide, Vice-President-Chester Oakes,
Secretary-Evelyn White, Recording Secretary-Mary
Grace Oakes, Reporter-Nancy Eide, and Treasurer-
Dan Hirsh.
Norm and Donna Gills toured Arizona with
house guests Kathryn Egolf and Elaine Lewis.
Included on the list of many places visited were
Tucson"s Sonora Desert Museum and DeGracia's Art
Studio; also included were Solarium of Bells,
Montezuma's Well, and the towns of Jerome,
Prescott, Sedona, and Scottsdale, each with their own
individualisms. We saved northern and eastern
Arizona for another time
The fall meeting will be held at the home of
Darrell and Nancy Eide and will be a potluck
barbecue.
Thanks,
Nancy Eide
Reporter
(520) 577-7284

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ARKANSAS

The Blanche Shaw picnic will be held at the
Jones Family Center, Springdale, Arkansas on June
21, 1998, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring something to
share with everyone plus utensils to eat off and eat
with.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman motored to
Illinois and visited Willard's relatives. Came back,
rested up, and took a bus tour to Hot Springs -
Oaklawn Park to feed the horses. Went up to the
pay window on the two days they were there but
couldn't hit the big one. Willard has his mower and
tractor ready for grass cutting this summer.
Jack Sanders spent the week with his mother,
Dorothy Sanders, in mid-January. Besides enjoying his
visit, she appreciated his taking care of the 'fix-up"
list and a little help with the computer.
Fern Glass writes that she enjoyed a month-long
trip to Panama to celebrate Christmas with her
daughter, Sylvia Landrum and Mack, in Gamboa.
Panama was beautiful as ever but El Nifio messed up
the weather and there was very little rain in
November, so that it was as dry in mid-January as a
normal end of dry season. Sylvia now reports that
you can see the bottom of the Chagres River under
the Gamboa Bridge. Now, that's dry. Also, it was
much hotter than usual. Santa Clara and El Valle
were still lovely. Archaeologists are excavating in
Panama Viejo and they have a museum set up to
show the artifacts they have found. But the high-rise
buildings and the traffic and the changed streets in
Panama are unbelievable. She enjoyed visiting with
Bob and Dottie White who are still in Gamboa. "It
was also fun to see the old places with Mack's sister,
Priscilla Brusich and two children from Atlanta" she
writes. "I got to go up the old radar dome off the
Gamboa Road and also for a tugboat ride, both of
which were very interesting. So much in Panama has
changed, but it still a nice place to visit, if not to
live. I sat early each morning on the dock
overlooking the Canal and watching the activity on
the Canal and eating a big bowl of luscious papaya"
she continued.
Polly Michaelis had her daughter, June, and
granddaughter Angela here for a visit.
Joe and Gretta Powell report that their daughter
Allison has joined the Peace Corps and will be
leaving in June to go to Micronesia.
Addie Colclasure and her sister, Juanita, drove
down from Kansas to take care of spring chores and
other necessities. They report that son David is back
to work and is fully recovered from his heart attack
late last year.
Michael and Henrietta Horoda spent some time
in Texas while grandson, Blaine Rogers had adenoids
removed, and helped son, Dr. Michael move into a
new home. Daughter, Pam Rogers drove to Ft.
Smith, Arkansas to visit with brother Mark, and then
on up to Rogers for about a week.
Peggy Keller bought herself a computer and it is
keeping her busy.
Joan and Jack Corliss has put travel plans on
hold. Also, Joan baby-sits two days a week.
Alice Nail enjoyed a trip to Hot Springs and
Oakland Race Track with a tour group. Spent two
days and really enjoyed the horse races.
Maxine Reinhold, after several weeks in a re-
hab center, came home for a couple of weeks and
left for New Hampshire to be with son, Mel and


family. She was accompanied by her daughter,
Barbara. She expects to return in time for the
Blanche Shaw Memorial get together on Father's day.
Lynn and Jess Harp are expecting their third
child. The birth should happen by the time this is
printed.
Your reporter is planning a trip to South dakota
to help his brother celebrate his birthday. Also, plans
to attend the 1998 Reunion.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
Reporter
(501) 273-3754


The latter part of March, Joe and Margie Coffin
from York, Pennsylvania, visited Maxine Wrenn in
Springdale.
Todd and Alva Palumbo, Panama, visited Luke
and Betty Palumbo in Fayetteville in March. They
took Luke with them to Excelsior Springs, MO, to
visit his grandson and wife, Dean and Kathy
Palumbo and twin great-grandsons, Bryson and
Adam. On March 28, Judy Palumbo-Gates from
Fairfield, Iowa, came for a visit and took her dad
back to Iowa for a few days' visit with her and Bob
Gates.
Frances Whitlock, Fayetteville, had as visitors for
two weeks prior to Easter, her daughter and grand-
daughter, Andree Lee Collins and Ginger Collins
from St. Louis, MO. They trimmed her forsythia and
rose bushes and purchased and planted petunias,
pansies and begonias in her garden and hanging
assets. After church on Easter Sunday, the extended
family gathered at the home of Judi Daily, daughter
of Minnie Burton, for dinner and a great time
visiting, to round out that holy day.
Gladys and Marie York and children, Frank and
Sarah Perez, of Pembrook Pine, Florida, spent three
days with Keith and Winona York in Fayetteville in
mid-April. Gladys Marie has worked for Southern
Command, now Located in Miami, for about 15
years. On her trip home, she took with her a cherry
four-poster bed and two tables that her dad had
made for her.
During April, Harry and Lee Butz, Springdale,
had visits from several family members. Early on,
Esther and Bill Clair from Georgia arrived. Bill went
on to a conference in Springfield, Missouri and to
visit his family in Quincy, Illinois, but Esther stayed
on for a couple of weeks. On the 11th, Harry Butz
Jr. (Ricky) and his friend, Nikki Denas, from Carson
City, Nevada joined them for a few days over Easter.
From Oklahoma, their other son, Peter, and
grandson, Jason, joined the family gathering and
helped to make it a joyous reunion.
Petie Maedl
Reporter
(501) 442-5033



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FLORIDA


Clearwater

Matthew Mayles, son of Kevin Mayles (BHS'79)
and Jill Dupree (BHS'84) visited his grandparents,
John and Ann Mayles of Homosassa, and his
grandmother Janet Sutherland and uncle Luke
Jennings of Dunedin, for two weeks in March. Matt,
(10) is in the gifted program of his year round
elementary school in Imperial Beach, CA. The
meeting place was the home of Howard and Eleanor
Buehler m New Port Richey. Eleanor is almost fully
recovered from duel-knee replacements.
Luke Jennings, son of Janet Sutherland (BHS'61)
was selected to attend Florida Governor Chiles' Teen
Summit on Tobacco Education. The four-day
conference was held in Haines City, FL. and was
attended by selected middle and high school students
from the state. Luke was an eighth grade honor
student at Coachman Fundamental Middle School in
Clearwater. He has been accepted to attend the
Criminal Justice Academy, magnet high school
program in Pinellas Park High for the fall of 1998.


Luke Jennings and Matthew Mayles


Tim Days (BHS'59) of Dunedin, flew to San
Diego to visit his mother, Iris Days and his sister,
Ann Haskell Veratti (BHS'59). His next stop was Las
Vegas to spend time with sisters Judy Days Swann
(BHS'61 ...who was...ahem!...chosen by Bob Hope to
be Miss BHS!) and her husband Bill, and Marley
Days Campbell and husband Bob. While Tim remains
mute about his alleged winnings in Vegas, he
continues his cycling on the Pinellas Trail looking
more than smug!
Mildred Harper is now happily settled into an
assisted living apartment in Windsor Woods in
Hudson, Florida. Since Flora Madison also lives
there, they both enjoy visiting each other.
For the seventh time, the BHS Class of 1943
gathered for a reunion held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Carnavalito. Seventy seven
classmates, spouses and friends attended the class
reunion held during 6-8 February at Holiday Inn,
Madeira Beach, Florida. Attenders enjoyed the
Hospitality room where drinks, snacks and lots of
conversation was available.
A Luncheon was held at noon on Saturday,


February 7, Honored guests were Jim O'Donnell,
Carnavalito Chairman, and his wife Gemma; Pat
Beall, Editor, Canal Record; and Linda Woodruff
Weir and her theatrical group of five actors who
performed a delightful radio skit. Kudos to Larry
Jones, Bill Diez and Woody Woodruff for running the
Hospitality room; Owen Smith our "official"
photographer; and Isabelle Zemer Lively, Iris
Remington Gabryelewicz and Betty Snow for the
luncheon and program.
"Canal Zone Brats" attending colleges in Florida
attended the Mardi Gras festivities in Ybor City,
Florida on March 21. Those attending were Sean and
Katie Williams, (children of Pat and Cheryl (Allen)
Williams), Brian Mills, son of Robert and Pat Mills,
and Maggie Cedefio's niece, Ellie Robbins.
After Eleanor Buehler's knee surgery, her
daughter, Beverly Grassy came to help Eleanor
during convalescence. After three weeks, Beverly
returned home to Evansville, IN., as her sister, Judy
Williamson of St. Cloud, MN. came to take over for
two weeks. Son Paul Buehler, Kansas City, KS. then
appeared for a weekend. Eleanor is now up and
around with only a cane to help her.
On February 7, and International Costume Show
was presented by one of the residents of Freedom
Square in Seminole, Florida. Helen Ledgerwood
arranged to have two of her friends model costumes
from Panama. Liz Beall wore a nagua (Guaymi
Indian dress), and Betty Snow modeled her San Bias
costume. After 20 different countries' costumes were
modeled, refreshments were served and the audience
had the opportunity to look at all the costumes at
close range.

Betty Chan Snow
Reporter
(813) 799-4769


Ocala

The last meeting of the Ocala Zonians, April 7,
had 62 present representing some 10 Florida counties
and four other states. Many that were originally
present at the October 29, 1974 meeting were
present.
Wes Townsend is recovering well after breaking
his hip at home. He and Virginia are presently
staying at The Inn at Surrey Place, Room 302, 4100
SW 33rd. Ave, Ocala, FL 34474. Drop them a card
and wish him a speedy recovery.
The Bejuco crew of Bob Hughes, Fred Garcia,
Marshall Harris and Bob Donley returned to Panama
to participate in the Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race
after a 32-year lay-off. They came within eight
minutes of their original time. Congrats to all.
The Goodrichs' of Apollo Beach brought guests
Frank and Debbie Lee, and Ed and Gloria Malin to
our luncheon. The Lees have a new home under
construction north of Dunnellon.
Jerry and Dianne Cox were visited by "Sis"
(Crooks) (BHS'61) and Rocco Fione, just off a
Princess cruise. Bob and Vicky Boukalis, arrived from
Panama the day before, yet attended the luncheon.
They will soon settle in the new home in Foley,
Alabama. Vicky spoke about the lack of water in
Gatun Lake but on the positive side, said the new
four-lane highway to Capira was beautiful and there
is a new toll road to the airport takes 8 minutes
and 75e.






We were honored by a visit from the 1st. VP of
the Society, Tom Peterson and his wife Barbara. He
is also this year's Reunion Coordinator and is
encouraged by efforts to establish a Panama Canal
Museum, and passed on news about a special
Panama Canal stamp and the automation project of
the Society office. Tom answered questions regarding
having reunions once again in Tampa. Tampa is
building larger hotels but completion is several years
down the road.


Mike Greene was honored with a dinner party
given by his wife, Marion at their home to celebrate
is 89th birthday. Mike's many friends and relatives
from Pensacola and Louisiana shared in the
festivities. There was an invasion of over 50 pink
Florida Flamingo's on the front lawn to give his 40
guests a real "Florida Treat" as they arrived to help
Mike celebrate his day.


Bill Muller introduces Tom Peterson, 1st Vice
President of the Panama Canal Society, and 1998
Reunion Cordinator to the Ocala Zonians.

Edna Cooley recently "toured" Panama. Dick and
Juanita McConaughey reported their son, Bob had
his acting debut in a non-speaking role, and was a
"prisoner in another film.
Locals enjoying visiting were Joan Arndt, Jerry
and Marci Fox, Richard and Carmen Baltozer, Leo
and Grace Shadeck, Bud and Lila Stroop, Bill and
Jean Muller, Virginia Booth, Roland Lees and Ted
Norris.
William "Bill" Muller
Reporter
(352) 854-7902


Sarasota

Debbie Mann arrived for a two-week visit with
her mother, Donna (Humphry) Mann and her
grandmother, Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey. Debbie is
employed by GTE and was transferred to Texas last
year. A special occasion was all she needed to head
home and what better reason than her sister's college
graduation. Family gatherings included a visit with
Donald Humphrey and his family of Malabar,
Florida, a family reunion with her brothers, Donald
and Doug Mann and their families.
Billie Kemper Galloway and her sister, Maxine
Kemper Hitchcock, residents of Kensington Park,
Florida, since their retirement from the C.Z. have
recently moved. They are residing at the beautiful
Heartland Health Care and Rehab Center at 5401
Sawyer Road, Sarasota, FL 34233. Billie's daughter,
Anna Catherine (Galloway) Daniel of Houston, TX.,
and Maxine's son, William Hitchcock have recently
returned to their respective homes after a nice visit
and also assisting the mothers' move to their new
residence. All are "content, happy and well" and
would appreciate visitors and cards. They say "Thank
You."
26


Miker Greene celebrates Florida
nephews L-R: Ronald Fowler, (Mike),
Fowler.


Style! With
and Richard


Ramona "Tinsie" (Bliss) Barnes enjoyed as her
houseguests, her niece Manola "Nola" (Bliss) Cully
and husband Ken Cully from san Jose, CA. for a
weeks visit with Sarasota family members. While
here, they especially enjoyed the Canal Zone #1
Birthday Club luncheon hosted by Tinsie with Jay
Cain, as her "birthday girl." Others invited to join the
members included Nola's cousins and Tinsie's nieces,
Carole (Walker) Miller from Tampa and Donna
(Humphrey) Mann of Sarasota.
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker entertained
with a family dinner for the Culleys before they
departed for the Florida East Coast to visit other
relatives Curtis and Emily Bliss of Rockledge;
Martin and Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald and family in
New Smyrna Beach; and Donald Humphrey and
family in Malabar. Ken and Nola also visited with
Cully relatives in Georgia. After a wonderful visit
with family and friends, the "Happy Wanderers"
returned to their home in San Jose.
Blanche (Walker) Hartman had visitors on two
different occasions. First, her niece Babel (Chatburn)
Powell and her husband David Powell stopped for a
few days visit on their return trip from an extended
visit in Panama where they visited family members
and were joined by Mae's mother, Dora (Walker)
Chatburn from Ecuador. This was David's first visit
to Sarasota and they enjoyed our beaches, sight-
seeing and a visit with George and Mayno Walker,
before they left to return to their home in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada. The Powell's visit was followed by
a visit to Casa Hartman, by Blanche's granddaughter






Vicki (McIntire) Healy, her husband Jim and
children Elizabeth and Bryan of Tulsa, OK. The
kids enjoyed Blanche's pool and visits to the beaches
for the sun, sand and surf. After they had headed
back home, Blanche enjoyed a few days of solitude
but looks forward to April birthday with her son,
Leo Mclntire.
Luke Palumbo and his wife, Alba, stopped off in
Sarasota for a visit with Gladys Humphrey and
Donna Humphrey Mann. Luke and Donna graduated
from CHS in 1956 and enjoyed reliving and
rehashing the "good old days." Earlier in March,
Luke and Alba visited his dad, Coach Luke Palumbo
in Arkansas, then sent on to Kansas to visit Luke's
son, Dean. The next leg of their trip took them to
Florida to visit Donald Humphrey for several days in
Malabar. Donald, his daughter Dellrie and Luke went
to Melbourne to a Florida Institute of Technology
(FIT) baseball game to watch Leo Wheeler, a BHS
graduate, majoring in International Business.
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed a visit with their
daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Don Schiewe
and granddaughter Mindy Kay. After a busy and
enjoyable stay, the Schiewes returned home to
Monument, Colorado.
Jeanne Walker Wagner of Eagle River, Alaska,
spent two weeks with her parents, George and Mayno
Walker of Sarasota. She also shared visits with her
sisters, Mickey Fitzgerald and Carole Miller and with
their brother, Fred Walker, during his courageous but
losing battle with cancer. It was great having the
family together at such a special time. Jeannie
returned to Alaska with delicious fruit and other
Florida goodies. As she departed, she said, "I'll be
back." She plans to attend the Cocoli get-together at
the Panama Canal Reunion in July. See you there!
Gladys B. Humphrey
Reporter
(941) 955-1900


Tallahassee

The Battle of the Birds continues! Recall, in my
last report, SOMEONE mounted a clandestine
operation to plant two decoy geese in the yard
between the Woods and the Meads. Burt especially
dislikes the geese, because they "spoil" his grass.
Well, the other morning, the Smiths went out to get
their paper and....lo, and behold....two pink flamingos
"graced" THEIR yard! We thanked the Woods and
the Meads profusely and promptly hid them in the
garage (waiting to turn up in the yards of some
Tallahasseans who yearn for a touch of South
Florida, perhaps?)
Another update comes from John Schmidt (last
report told of his miraculous recovery from a fall
that left him with a broken neck, among other
injuries). John tells us that he is continuing to heal,
"but it takes longer when you are getting older at
the same time." Nevertheless, John did take a trip to
Texas to visit with the following members of his
family: brother Doug, his wife, Sharon and their
daughter's new husband, Kenny Fritz; his sister
Jackie, her husband Dale Bishop, and children Mark
and Jeannie. In May, John will be flying to Colorado
to participate in the US Air Force Academy
graduation of one of his former students/cadets in
the Junior ROTC program. Next, on to visit with his
daughter Kathleen and family in Colorado Springs.


WHEW, glad to know a broken neck doesn't keep
you down, John!
Speaking of Texas, that fearsome foursome made
up of James Hunt, Sharon Shaw, Joe Norton and
Mike Smith met in College Station, Texas for the
7th Annual Hunt Classic. And, although the
competitive fires still burn brightly, the golf prowess
may have waned somewhat (boy, am I being
generous!). But a good time was had by all; lots of
laughs and libation ruled the day. Thanks to Sharon
and Ruth Shaw for hosting this year's classic. We
hear Sharon made a bet with his colleagues to jump
out of a perfectly good airplane (guess they call it
skydiving) after everyone headed home. Was that an
incentive to leave?! Actually, Sharon loved the
company and is, indeed, a man of his word. He did
it! Jumped, in tandem with his skydiver instructor,
from 12,000 feet! You go, boy!!
Your former reporter, Bev Rowley, sends the
following about her and Skip's endeavors: They are
busier than ever with barbershop groups. For the
first time, Bev;s Sweet Adeline Chapter, Southern
Bland, will be competing statewide. This State of
Florida District competition will be held in Orlando
on May 8th and 9th. Although they are scared, Skip
says, 'Not to worry." He saw them perform before a
large audience at the North Florida Fair grounds and
said they were super, even got a standing ovation!
Meanwhile, Skip's barbershop group, the Capital
Chordsmen, are also getting ready for a performance:
their annual Tallahassee Show that will have an Irish
theme and feature Skip as a soloist, singing "Danny
Boy." Skip's group is ranked 6th in the state and
hopes to improve upon that in October, when they
compete in Jacksonville.
Skip and Bev are so busy with their respective
barbershop groups, neither one will be available to
watch the other's upcoming shows/competitions! Skip,
however, has found time to renew a long lost
friendship with Henry Mizrachi.(Henry and Sunny
moved to Tally in October 1997). Skip predicts that
when Henry gets his new motorcycle, and Skip gets
his new Yamaha Wave Runner, they will hear the
call of the road. Watch out Tallahassee's newest
Hells Angels take to the highways!
See you at the Reunion!
Sharon Smith
Reporter
850-668-4121
e-mail: ssmith3882@aol.com



GEORGIA

Lori Stevenson Snow and husband Virgil, flew to
Zurich, Switzerland in February for a week of
traveling throughout parts of Switzerland and
Germany. After spending a night in a beautiful hotel
they caught a train to Bern, the capitol, staying two
nights in another wonderful hotel. Then they took a
train to Heidelberg, Germany, where Dorothy
(Rowley) and Jim Gerhart met them and spent the
following day showing off the city to Lori and Virgil.
They also took them by car to Nuremberg and
Munich to see historical sights and the beautiful
Bavarian Alps. They saw museums, castles, shops and
the beauty of the countryside. They said the weather
was ideal, in the 50's, and the Gerharts were
wonderful hosts. All in all, a great trip.




























Lori Stevenson Snow and husband
Heidelberg, Germany, February 1998.


Virgil in


Al Graham of Macon, GA. said his youngest
daughter finally got a horse for Christmas a retired
racehorse whose ancestry includes "Native Dancer."
His eldest daughter, Anna Maria, was married in
Scotland on his birthday (April 4). She married a
man with his mother's maiden name, Luby.


Al Graham's youngest daughter with her horse
"Native Dancer" that she got for Christmas.
Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn had her annual get
together at her home in Stockbridge, GA. starting
April 9 for a week of fun. Those attending were
George and Arlene (McKeown) Tochterman of
Seminole, FL; Bill and Babe (Flynn) Kessler of
Dothan, AL; Annette (Godby) Stocking and husband
Bill of Sun City, Georgetown, TX; Annette's mother
Clara and husband Jack Brayton; Pat (Walker) Flynn
of Panama; Larry and Mary Ellen (Stacy) Horine of
Boone, NC; Joe and Joanne (Sprague) Kilgallon of
Potomac, MD; Al and Mariette Graham; Frances
(Dwyer) Elmendorf of Princeton, IL; Judy and Jay
Troop of Myrtle Beach, SC, and June and Davis
Stevenson. While visiting, they all celebrated a special
birthday for Annette at the Blue Willow Inn in


Social Circle, GA, and George Tochterman made his
famous and delicious Johnny Mazetti dinner for
everyone.












Mini-reunion at Marilyn "Sissy" Flynns home in
Stockbridge, GA.: L-R: June Stevenson, "Sissy"
Flynn, Annnnette Stocking, Joanne Kilgallon, Pat
Flynn, Arlene Tochterman, Mary Ellen Horine,
Back L-R: Joe Kilgallon, Larry Horine, George
Tochterman, and Davis Stevenson.
Sissy was thrilled because she received her first
copies of the Phonological Awareness Shuffle Kit, her
first publication by LinguiSystems. First royalty check
to follow.
Mariella (Meggars) McNally will be hosting a get
together at her home again in Lilburn, GA. in April
and we look forward to seeing more of the Canal
Zone group again. We always had a good time there.
Vicki and Bob Boukalis, and Richard Phillips
stopped by to say "hello" in April. Vicki retired from
the Marine Bureau in January and were on their way
to their new home in Lillian, AL. Richard and Vicki
are cousins and he lives close by in Conyers, GA. I
was happy to see them for those few hours. Wish we
could have visited longer but now that Vicki and
Bob are living in the USA, we will see more of
them.
1-I-


Richard Phillips, Vicki (Hutchison) and Bob
Boukalis, Lawrenceville, Georgia. April 1998.

My husband and I returned to Panama once
again for our annual dry season trip and has another
wonderful time. The weather was lovely but the
country is having a long dry season. Gatun Lake was
the lowest I had ever seen.
Well, guess I've covered all the news from this
end. Till next time, looking forward to seeing all of
you once again at the Reunion.

June A. Stevenson
Reporter
(770) 995-7537







HAWAII

The Panama visit was a good one for Margaret
(Sullivan) McMillan and her daughter Kathy and
husband, staying with Margaret's nephew, David
Young, viewing the eclipse at Darien, where
accommodations for several days were a bit primitive,
but there were no bothersome bugs on the beach.
The president of Panama also came. It was good to
visit some beloved haunts Gorgona, Coronado, El
Valle, and to have a partial Canal trip.
A call to my friend Elaine (Bohan) Hooper
intensified grief over the schoolyard shooting tragedy
in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where she has lived for
many years. Hank and Virginia Dolim visited their
Hawaii home for two weeks and returned to their
alternate home in Air Force Village East, at
Riverside, CA. While they were in Honolulu, we
enjoyed meeting at the Elks Club, which has
reopened with spiritss, good food, and with music
four nights a week. Hank and Virginia and I plan to
attend the reunion in Orlando (after a three year
absence).
Back in Honolulu town in March were my
cousins, Jacque (Worsley} and Rush Williams from
Monrovia, CA. She may be remembered as the
nimble little doll dancing and acrobatting all over the
Canal Zone. It is estimated that she performed in
3,000 USO shows, on piers, portable stages, aircraft,
and even Taboga Island. (sometimes three shows a
day). Her husband, Rush, was an actor in Hollywood
for years, performing in 45 feature movies and about
-100 TV shows (and "that was enough!". My daughter
Katya De La Mater was also visiting here from Big
Island then, so we had some jolly get-togethers, along
with my son Paul Bates and his wife, Rebecca.
The Miss Universe Pageant on May 12 will be
held in the Stan Sheriff Center because the big,
beautiful, glassy and classy new Honolulu Convention
Center cannot accommodate some of the equipment.
Recommended for Oahu visitors: Best show:
Society of Seven (too costly for me): Dessert: Purple
Sweet Potato/Haupia pie (ono-licious): Beach: Kailua.

Lois DeLaMater Bates
Reporter
(808) 923-2766



LOUISIANA

Patty Austerfield and her husband, David
Williams, gave up apartment living and have moved
to a new house at 11701 Royal Ascot Ave., Baton
Rouge, LA 70816. Patty graduated from BHS in 1975
and went to a year at C.Z. College before coming to
the States with her family when her father, George,
retired from the Air Force at Howard. She works at
La. Health Care Review, a firm she helped establish.
She and David were married in October 1996.
Patty's parents, George and Chizuko Austerfield,
make their home in Shreveport and enjoy tracing
their genealogy by computer. They discovered
relatives in England who will make their first trip to
the States for a visit in September. Patty's sister,
Sherry (BHS'76) lives in Virginia and works as a
physician's assistant.


Sue Barfield Greer of
Monroe sent us a
charming picture of her
grandson, Mychal Chelette,
8, who is active in
baseball, school and
church. Both her sons,
| Eddie and David, are with
the U.S. Coast Guard.
J Eddie is stationed in New
SOrleans and David in
Gulfport, Miss. Daughter
Doriane is planning a
S June wedding.
f Alice Benthall Saltzman
Mychal Chelette of Thibodaux says, even
Age 8 though 50 years had
passed since three former
Christobal High School students were together, they
had no trouble recognizing each other at the Dallas-
Fort Worth International Airport. Marjorie Hupp
Paine of Colorado Springs, Colo., Beverly Reeves
McLaughlin of Irving Texas, and Alice got together
in March for a five-day visit at Beverly's. Besides
sightseeing, they talked into the wee hours renewing
their friendship, sharing thoughts and memories,
looking at old photographs from the Zone and
reading the 1945-47 "Tradewinds."

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L-R: Marjorie Hupp Paine, Beverly Reeves,
MacLaughlin, Alice Benthall Saltzman, tour the
Dallas Arboretum.
Patt Foster Roberson
Reporter
(504) 774-7761


MISSISSIPPI



Penny Catron Lotterhos of Clinton writes about
their busy spring. Daughter Karen moved back to
Mississippi to work for Englehard, using her chemical
degree. Joe and Penny went to England for a week
in February and took in Stonehenge, Bath, Salisbury,
Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Windsor, three
plays, Churchill's War Room, high tea at Fortum and
Mason and Portobello Road on a Saturday morning.
That didn't leave much time for Harrod's and
Selfridge's, but somehow Penny managed. In
November Joe and Penny will celebrate their 30th
wedding anniversary and are getting an early start.
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Penny and Joe Lotterhos in Bath, England.

After seeing the Boswell daughters' picture in the
March issue, Everette "Itsy" White of Fort Lauderdale
phoned wanting to get in touch with them. The two
families lived near each other on Barnaby Street in
Balboa. Later, Lynn Boswell Turner BHS' 63 of
Hattiesburg was happy to let us know contact was
made. Lynn is looking for the CD "Life on Mango
Street, Part 1." Can anyone help? Lynn works in her
husband's optometrist office. Their sons, William, 20,
attends a junior college, and David, 18, just
graduated from high school. Lynn's brother and his
wife, the former Helen George, are in Huntsville,
Ala. Sister Jeannie Boswell Green and husband, who
were in Tokyo, have been transferred to Geneva,
Switzerland, where he works for the British-American
Tobacco Co. Sister Deanna Boswell Barry is currently
in Madison, Miss. Lynn stays in touch with Phyllis
Chase who lived in Vicksburg but recently moved to
St. Petersburg. Lynn's parents, John and Catherine
Boswell, are enjoying their retirement home in Hot
Springs Village, Ark.
Patt Foster Roberson
Reporter
(504) 774-7761



NORTH CAROLINA

Greeting from Western North Carolina. Bill and
Betty Dunning spent three weeks in Germany (again)
during April, visiting their daughter and son-in-law
Cheryl and Mark Lowery. As usual they had a great
time sightseeing and enjoying the superb German
beer and french fries. They arrived home just a wee
bit too late to welcome newest granddaughter into
the family. Cheryl Rene Harp was born to Lynn and
Jess on April 19, 1998. Congratulations to the
happy parents and siblings Samantha and young Jess.
Jim and Diane Bradley also vacationed in
Germany for a couple of weeks, visiting daughter
Eileen and her husband Per. This has been a
traveling year so far for the Bradleys as they spent
about three about weeks in Panama in February and


March. I was hoping for a big cooler full of corvina
and micha bread but alas, no such luck. Mike and
Kim Bradley were here with their children for a few
days before Jim and Diane left for Germany.
Your reporter, Pat Hunt has had several visitors
this spring. Mary and Paul Schulte stopped by on
their way back to Minnesota after visiting friends and
relatives in the "warm country." I believe they arrived
in Alexandria just in time for another 6-0 inches of
snow. They are busy preparing for daughter
Stephanie's wedding. Obie and Capt. Ted Faas also
visited for a short time. They had left rain and cold
in Wickford, Rhode Island for rain and cold in
Hendersonville, but we had a good visit anyway.
Seems like everyone had rain this year, everywhere.
Richard and Sheila (Curling) Heath came for a
short but wonderful visit at the end of March. Pat
and Sheila grew up together in the great town of
Pedro Miguel, and it has been several years since
they have seen each other. Sheila and Richard ( or
Glen, as some of you may know him) were returning
to their home in Colorado, after spending the winter
in Florida. They visited with daughter Cheryl and her
family in Douglasville, Georgia and with son Glenn
and family in Alabama on their way west. Pat spent
a week with daughter Laurie Trinca and husband
Sam and grandchildren Zach and Justin in April.
The Trincas were moving into a beautiful new home,
not far from where they were living, outside of
Durham. The move was uneventful, if you don't
count the monsoon rains, tornado warnings, floods
and giant hail they had on the weekend they moved.
Pat stayed through Palm Sunday and then returned
home for a couple of days before going with
daughter Lisa Johnson to spend Easter with daughter
Terri and grandchildren Michael and Jennifer
Watkins in Atlanta.
The other "locals" had no earth shattering news
this time but all seemed to be doing well. I would
love to hear from anyone living anywhere in North
Carolina with news of interest for this column. My
address is in the Directory and my phone is listed
below. Please note the new area code. Until next
time, take care.
Pat Hunt
Reporter
(828) 696-3995




NORTHWEST

Received a call from Frances Farrell Viglielmo
(BHS'49) from Honolulu, HI., where she now calls
home. Frances is planning to arrive in Seattle on
May 25, 1998 and plans to visit with Jim Shobe and
family in Bellingham, Wa. She said she is also
planning to get together with Bea (Reyes) Gunn) to
work on a BHS class of "49 reunion.
Bob Geddes, formerly a "Zonie" from the Atlantic
side, and I finally got in touch after a few hits and
misses. He wanted to let everyone know that he left
Panama in 1996 and now makes his home in
Anacortes, Wa., where he is currently working on
one of Washington's well known ferry systems, the
Elwah which travels to our beautiful San Juan
Islands. He said he tried other places, including Ft.
Jones in Northern California, but is much happier in
Anacortes.






Barbara (Comber) McDougal (BHS '49) dropped
by in March. She is also working on her class
reunion and we tried to locate some of the "lost"
classmates. Barbara has called since to say that she
had managed to locate two more classmates in
Washington State: Howard Hanners in Bainbridge Is.,
and George Boynton in Kent.

Henry Cruz
Reporter
(425) 774-8947



OKLAHOMA

Jean Burns, along with his wife, Doris, daughter
Laura Redemann and her family, son Scott and over
100 others celebrated his 70th birthday March 6th.
Mike and Sharon Bates came from Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas. They shared a duplex with the
Burns family in the Fish Bowl in the canal Zone
before leaving in June, 1981.
Captain Robert "Bob" J. Norman, who now lives
in Tulsa, was recently awarded the Silver Star and
Purple Heart on April 8, 1998 at Annapolis. (See
Congratulations Section)
Jimmie Wickham of McAlister, Oklahoma, spent
her spring break in Germany visiting with friends
Betty and Ed Spragg. Betty and Jimmie taught
together at Balboa High School. Ed is a U.S. Army
Chaplain and is originally from Panama. They spent
hany hours reminiscing about the good old days
while seeing as much of Germany as the short stay
permitted.
The High points were the trips to Heidelberg
and to Strasbourg, France via Baden, Germany. This
was the last chance to visit since betty and Ed will
rotate back to the States this summer.

Renee Collins
Reporter
(918) 357-1601



PANAMA

Atlantic Side

Club News: The Tri-Club (Club Nautico, Tarpon
Club, PC [Cristobal] Yacht Club) fishing tourney
awards dinner was held at PCYC January 24th. Elks
1542 Exalted Ruler Maz Mazerolle reports bartenders
Bennett and Steele are still serving, and, in April,
after Maz's 18 years at the helm, Regis Monahan
will become Exalted Ruler. From new Gatun Yacht
Club Commodore Bill DeWitt: As of January 28, the
club was up and running for cruise ship activities on
Thursday under PCC sponsorship. Thanks to Kirk
Kunkel for his extended and re-extended term as
GYC Commodore. PCYC Commodore Al Jova says
the club sent a letter to PCC to try to discourage
the proposed $1,500 small boat minimum toll and the
Garote annex is doing well.
Weather has been both blustery and calm, hot
days cool evenings. Fishing was good to bad, no
major catches. Lake levels have plummeted: Gatun
was 82.4' on 1/23 and 79.4' on 4/08, while Madden


went from 228.9 to 197.6. Gatun Lake stumps are
making a big show.
Seen on the Atlantic side (not mentioned
elsewhere herein): Ed Stanford, Lew and Sue
(Lessiack) Stabler and boys Tito, Tim and Robbie;
in January Sue looked up Lorna Engleman in San
Antonio, TX., who said she and Dodge (he works as
an HMO) are enjoying it there.
January: Joan and Roy Newall were off to
Manchester, England for the birth of their second
grandchild, Hannah, the first for Susan and Michael
Astbury. Donnie and Surse Pierpoint had a great
time in Vail, CO., at their annual family ski jaunt.
Dr. James Denham opened a medical clinic at Bldg.
213, Gatun, a very welcome addition to our town.
Bonnie (Willis) Seeley and Penny (Wilder) Cafiamas
kayaked down the old French Canal on the west
bank, while Wayne and Vince snooked at the north
end. It is truly spiritual to kayak the Lake or down
the Chagres as dawn while otters, birds, caiman and
iguanas start their day.


Talipot palm trees in bloom, by Gatun train station,
March 1998.
February: Kayakers Gayle (Fettler) Rankin, Mary
(Coffey) Blennerhassett, Linda (Malone) Mazerolle
and Howie (Adams) Laatz did the French Canal; put
a real scare into a caiman with at least a 15 inch
head; another day they paddled about a half mile up
the "Congo" River, a Chagres tributary exquisite.
Two talipot palm trees by the Gatun train station
and six by the former Margarita Women's Club are
in bloom with 25-foot tall blossoms quite a sight,
but this means the trees will die in a year to 18
months; their normal life span is 75 years. Sid Coffin
and Gerry Laatz went to the Miami Boat Show; they
said it was great! Gerry and brother Charles later
met up with Fernando (Chico), Stella, Linette, and
Dominic Calvo from Tallulah, LA., in Jackson, MI.,
and Gerry's son J who drove up from Grand Isle,
LA.; later in Daytona, Gerry joined former CZers
Pat and Carol (Brown) Manning (Silver Spring, MD)
for the races; Carol visited with her father Oscar
and sister Barbara and family. While in Daytona
Gerry talked to former CZer Helen Purdy (Richard
Keith's mother). Dave and Kindra (Rankin) Younce,
sons Justin (11/2) and Robby (1), had a great visit
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with her parents Robert and Gayle Rankin. Bob and
Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, the Laatzes, Charlie
Leves and Ruth King spent a weekend at the Rincon
Vallero, a charming new hotel in El Valle; saw the
petroglyphs El Nispero Zoo and gardens (Very
impressive), and the Sunday morning market; stopped
off to see Jeff and Olga (Chanis) Ferrara; ran into
Jenny Gau and her husband at the market; Bonnie
(Bishop) Steiner and Ed Beasley and friends came to
the hotel for snacks; saw Bill Brunner and Ed Nance
at the restaurant. George and Luz (Diaz) Patton are
building a big, beautiful mountaintop home on the
southern edge. Congratulations to Sandi (Rankin)
and Autie McClanahan, on the birth of their first
child, Seth, who is Billy and Ginny (Kleefkins)
Rankins first grandchild. The Lake is so low,
launching boats is tricky. Cody Hollowell sunk his
"Yellow Submarine" for the second time, launching at
the Gamboa public ramp; managed to salvage it but
the motor and his truck suffered some costly pains.
March: Phil Sanders showed up at GYC Steak
Night the 3rd; had sent his 31' Bertram down from
Texas to sail down to and berth at the tropic Star
Lodge in Pifias Bay. Phil says his wife Debbie
(Boswell) and daughters, Marla 16), Shelley (15) and
Caitlin (11) are all into horseback riding and doing
fine. We hardly ever see Mike and Terry Andrews
and young son Zane; the Lodge must keep them
busy. Darlene Pierpoint brought Surse III (6),
Mallory (9) and Emelie (3) to the Girls' Thursday
Fun in the Sun do at Ft. Sherman. John Husum was
promoted to head up safety training on the Pacific
side. He, wife Lorena (Moreno) and kids Rebekah,
Catherine, Jason, Javier, and Patricia will soon be
moving from Gatun. For now, James Staymes will
take John's place as Industrial Division Specialist.
There was a nice write-up about Lori (Kent) Gibson,
her local art collection, and artistic guidance to local
artisans in the Panama News. Donnie Pierpoint took
off for a birding trip to Hungary and Spain.
Mary Blennerhassett
.joined the ranks of the
retired (from Corozal Vet
Clinic) on the 31st, while
Ned keeps to the
'4 grindstone at Associated
Steamships.
The only constant is
change: Margarita: House
8175-B, Margarita Ave.,
has a Mexican Restaurant
in the basement; House
8553, Cocos Street, has a
tipico restaurant in the
former carport; the
elementary school is now
La Salle School; the
Women's Club is the
Caribe International
School with an addition of
a 3-story building to the
west; a new Arabe Union
Club with Caesar's Park
Restaurant and an Arabe
school are off to the
north of Gulick Road just
west of the Margarita
Nate, age 2, Kathy School grounds; the
Blennerhassett's son Clubhouse/Bowling Alley is
First grandchild of a Universidad de Santa
Mary and Ned Maria La Antigua annex;
Blennerhassett the V.F.W. is gone; a lot


of ground work and fence building to the south of
Gulick Road along Bolivar Highway; on the corner
of Bolivar and Gulick is a new building, probably for
property sales. Coco Solo: Behind what is Cristobal
Jr.-Sr. High School is a new world class container
port facility, Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT)
with 6 large cranes, handling an average of about
1,200 containers per day impressive. Richard Wainio
now works there; MIT recently bought the CHS
Jr/Sr. High School; several factories are in the large
buildings on Molton Ave. and Maile St. Mt. Hope:
The old bakery/ice cream plant is a jail.
Cristobal/Colon: The YMCA has a few ground floor
stores; several new stores are going up on Bolivar;
some magnificent dwellings have been built on the
sea side; an effort has begun to fill and build on the
northeast shore area; sorry to say the French Bazaar
is gone; the area behind the PC Yacht Club is now
full of containers. Gatun: a new convenience store
building on the Locks road, south, near the corner
of Jadwin Road; the American Legion and Chinese
garden are no more; Maintenance Division is now in
a new complex in Gatun.





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Michelle (Shelley) Boggs and Jason Rosenberg
at their wedding in Baltimore, Maryland.
What's hot!: Homemade ahi chombo pepper-jelly
- lots of viers for first place in the taste and
consistency departments, including Mary (Morland)
Coffey and her friend Sandy who bring in raves and
dollars at bazaars, Penny Cafiamas, Bonnie Steiner,
and Bonnie (Willis) Seeley.

Howie A. Laatz
Reporter
011-507-443-5652



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Pacific Side

The 25th annual Pacific Church Softball League
season closed with St. Mary's church winning for the
second year in a row, both the championship and
single elimination tournament. This is the second
time in the church's history that St.Mary's has
defended both titles in back-to-back years. The team
consists of Ramon Reyes, Bill Will, Bill Fahy, John
Husum, John Hager, Fred bales, Russ Stromberg,
John Stroup, Ernie Hollad Jr., Jim Young, Eric
Holland and Ken Anderson. For the first time in 25
years, all MVP trophies were won by the same team
members. St. Mary's made a clean sweep with Russ
Stromberg winning the MVP for the tournament, Jim
Young for the All Star game, Eric Holland for the
championship game, and Bill Fahy for the St. Mary's
team. Fahy broke the league record for the most
runs scored during the season with 32 runs, breaking
Bob Best's 1988 record of 30 runs. Fahy also broke
the record for RBI's this season with 36.
Richard and Diana (Huff) Grimison are
expecting their second baby in December! Richard
and sister, Liz (Grimison) Fahy enjoyed a visit from
their sister, Christina (Grimison) Volonnino.
Christina, a veteran of the Situation Hopeless, came
to Panama looking forward to the cayuco race. She
also enjoyed spending time with family at the beach.
Christina and the Fahy's (Bill and Liz with children,
Erin, Colleen, and Shannon) came up to Palmar
beach for the day to visit Ken, and daughter Eva
Anderson, Evan Rodaniche, Fred Bales and his
children Caleb and Joshua, and Linda and Rick
Dahlstrom who were all enjoying Easter week at
William Rogers's house. Other visitors during the
week included Michelle and Kirby Kaufman and
David and Mayra (Linares) Setiz with children
Katherine, Melanie, Stephanie and Sarah.
Melanie Bales made a surprise visit during Easter
week to Conway, Arkansas to visit her mother,
Dorothy (Trim) and husband, Jim Riley, sister Dotty
Trim Turney and her 14 month and 3 month baby
boys. Her sister, Phyllis Rachal and husband with
two sons also came to visit over Easter.
The Bohio Boys Band, Fred Bales, David Seitz,
Michael Erhart, Jim Hashman and Andrew
Rodaniche rocked Barro Colorado Island (a first for
any band) for a goodbye party for a scientist who
worked on the Island for many years. The band
played on the old Las Cruces boat while docked
there and continued playing back to the Dredging
Division dock in Gamboa later that night. Mayra
Seitz, Rebecca Highly and her children joined the
party. The Seitz's and Highley's along with the
Reyes' also enjoyed games of ultimate frisbee with
Smithsonian and Naos employees every Friday and
Sunday in Gamboa.
Andrew Efthimiadis moved from Boca Raton,
Florida back to Panama where he has accepted the
Pilot-in-Training position with the PCC. Andrew now
resides in Amador near his parents Byron and Pitsa
and sisters Clea and Maria.
John Underhill, Veronica Lanterman and Sandy
Gordon spent a week in Panama visiting Jaime and
Kitty Claus and children, They all enjoyed spending
time with them in their home in Gamboa, Rio Mar
Beach, Taboga and the Yacht Club.
The 45th annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race
was held the first week in April under the
coordination of Hugh Thomas and with the help of
many members of the community. 49 cayucos raced


overall, 32 paddling for a trophy and 17 for a patch.
The Due Process, with a crew of Tom Herring,
Bobby Huerbsch, Ruben Prieto and Mike Commeau
won first with an overall time of 5:26:27. They were
followed by the Defiance, Misconception, and Rio
Senales. Finishing fifth overall, first place for girls
Went to the Almost with Annemarie Fisher, Jackie
Barnash, Megan Higgins and Natalie Martinez with
an overall time of 6:08:09. In the female category
they were followed by the Deception, Jungle Crews
and Short Cut. For the patch category, first place
went to the High Anxiety with a crew of Brig.Gen
Robert Wagner, his daughter Annie, and son Van,
and the General's aide, lstLt. Sam Fiol. Following
them in the patch category were the Red Ed,
Predator, and Slave Galley.


Bejuco's back! Snafu is L-R: Fred Garcia, Marshall
Harris, Bob Hughes, Bob Donley.


3rd Place girl's crew, L-R: Hillary Underwood, Joy
DeBow, Jillian Heddaeus, Penny Perez. Jillian
Heddaeus, daughter of Katherine (Simons) and
Mark Heddaeus, paddled for the first time in the
cayuco race in the Jungle Crews. They came in
3rd place for girls and 9th overall. Katherine's
sister, Jeannette (Simons) came down to support
her niece in the race and stayed through Easter.
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The day before the race began, Class of '67/68
members who returned to Panama to paddle
gathered at the Balboa Yacht Club. Teddy Henter,
the world champion water skier who is visually
impaired, paddled in the Slave Galley. The Snafu
crew were also there, they paddled in 1966 and '67,
winning the race both years in the Bejuco. Now the
same crew, Fred Garcia, Bob Delaney, Bob Hughes,
and Marshall Harris, after one week's practice raced
together again. (See Newsclips).
Eva Anderson
Reporter
(507) 276-6706




SOUTH CAROLINA

It's amazing how seldom we see our
members between meetings. Our March 27th
luncheon at EJ.'s restaurant in Aiken was attended
by Betty Barr, Fina and Frank Balinski, Blanche
Browne and her guest Doris Leeser, Trudi Clontz,
Charles Green, Olga Holmes, Howard Hilborn, Arlene
Hopkins, Peggy Hutchison, Beverly and Oscar Lord,
Mark Schwindt, Lorna Shore, Scottie and John
Steele, Josie Tilley, Jack Woodzell and Sis and Bill
York.
In January the cruise to Nassau on the "Fantasy"
was almost too short for Peggy Hutchison and
Trudi Clontz to check out the whole ship. The
morning arrival in Nassau was wet, but they managed
an abbreviated shopping tour in the afternoon and a
glass bottom boat trip. The return to Cape Canaveral
was on one of the coldest and windiest mornings in
January.
Blanche Brown spent three weeks in Panama at
the Christmas holidays the first time in several
years the whole family was together. When she had
ack surgery in February, her daughter, Ellen Major
came for several weeks and when Ellen left. Doris
Leeser of Dothan came. After the surgery Blanche
spent a week at Sapphire Lake with a friend -and
they drove to Hendersonville and had lunch with
Jean (Coleman) Dombrowsky. Blanche's son Grover
Matheny spent a week with her, and was able to
attend the Master's Tournament while there.


Bob and Dianne Winford display the flag on every
holiday at Lake Bowen, South Carolina, including
during Marcia and Bill Winford's visit from
Panama.

Easter weekend was a busy time at Peggy
Hutchison's as newly retired Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis, husband Bob, and Jerry and Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox arrived from Ocala. After much
conversation some barking (the Boukalis and Cox
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pooches were also present) and the excitement of the
final putt at the Masters everyone (including Trudi
Clontz and Howard Hilborn) sat down to a delicious
dinner. Bob huffed and puffed as he tried to blow
out the special candles on his birthday cake as the
rest of them sang (?) "Happy Birthday".
The following day Diane and Jeffrey headed back
to Ocala via Charleston, and Tuesday Vicki and Bob
drove to Conyers, Georgia to visit Olga and Richie
Phillips.
Mr. Arthur V. Marohe Sr. and Mrs. Cherri Lynn
Maxey (Schwindt), formerly of Curundu Heights,
Canal Zone, announce the marriage of their son,
Arthur Vincent Marohe, Jr. to Katherine Elizabeth
Hansen on April 18, 1998 at Our Lady of the Pines
Church in Pioneer, California.
Trudi Clontz
Reporter
(803) 649-2758



TEXAS
Kerrville

In March, Dale and Jackie Bishop spent two
weeks in Gulfport, Mississippi with four other
couples. While the men golfed, the ladies went sight-
seeing and shopping. The men played five different
courses in the area. The ten friends rented a three-
story home on the Gulf and had a great time
together. Later in the month, Jackie's brother, John
Schmidt from Tallahassee came for a visit with her
and brother Doug Schmidt. John looks great and has
recovered from his fall last year and is back to
traveling again.
Marion Wells joined her son, Dr. Fred E. Wells
and granddaughter Jacqui, from Perth, Australia, in
Miami on January 11 for a return visit to Panama.
They enjoyed seeing the places that were "home" for
such a long time. Fred's BHS Class of 1964 was
having a mini-reunion and he enjoyed getting to see
former classmates. Fred spent a lot of time on the
beaches that were, in part, responsible for his
becoming a Marine Biologist. Jacqui particularly
enjoyed an overnight trip to the San Bias Islands.
Fred and Jacqui had been to Hong Kong, London,
Paris and New Jersey before going to Panama. They
are now safely back at home.
Sue Follet has just returned from a two-month
visit to Panama. It was wonderful, she said.
Rita Washabaugh was recently here visiting sister
Sue and Bill Graham. Sue had a Canasta-dessert
party while Rita was here and we were all able to
visit with Rita, play canasta and enjoy Sue's
hospitality.
Pappy (Grier) is recovering from a bone graft on
his hip. His recovery is slow and he is out of the
hospital and back in the nursing home. We wish him
a speedy recovery.
Melida Beebe, wife of Bill Beebe, has been in a
San Antonio hospital. We wish her a full recovery
also.
Lois Byrd as also hospitalized for a couple of
days. Glad she is at home now and hope she will be
able to enjoy this beautiful Spring weather.
Anna Young is driving to Oklahoma to visit her
daughter and family and to meet her first great-
granddaughter. Congratulations, Anna. Come home
with lots of pictures.





Congratulations are also in order for Iris Hogan
on the arrival of her first great-grandchild. Son
Ralph Richmond is the proud grandfather.
Also we extend our congratulations to Wallace
Teal and to Les and Muriel Johnston on the birth
of Wallace's grandson and Les and Muriel's great-
grandson, born to Wallace's and the late Janet
Johnston Teal, daughter Dawn in Prescott, Arizona.
He was born on March 25th, nine months to the day


since the passing of his grandmother, Janet Johnston
Teal.
We have lost another member of the Canal
Zone group in Kerrville. We offer our condolences
to the family of Ursula Workman who passed away
on March 23, 1998.
Bea Rhyne
Reporter
(830) 896-8643


Congratulations


CHELETTE BERRY

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond (Sue) Greer of Monroe,
Louisiana and Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Chelette
announce the engagement and approaching marriage
of their daughter, Doriane Mari Chelette to Will R.
Berry, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Ray Berry Sr.,of
Monroe, Louisiana.
Doriane works at State Farm Insurance and Will
at Coco Cola. Both are graduates of Northeast
Louisiana University, Monroe.


Will R. Berry, Jr. and Doriane Mari Chelette
Doriane is the granddaughter of LeRoy Barfield,
Clermont, Florida and the late Doris L. Barfield, and
the niece of Sarah Cohen and Lionel Barfield. The
wedding is planned for June 27, 1998 at the First
Methodist Church, Monroe. Doriane is currently a
resident of Batesville, Arkansas but will be
transferred in May to the regional office in Monroe.
The couple will reside in Monroe.


75th BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

On November 8, 1997, a Surprise 75th Birthday
Party was held at the Dothan Elks Club for Louise
R. Hunt and Woody Woodruff. The party was hosted
by both families.
Dinner and dancing provided by a disc jockey
plus a Karaoke was enjoyed by 58 guests. Lou's
three sisters and spouses from Chicago, New Jersey
and Houston were an additional surprise.


Supprise birthday party for Woody Woodruff and
Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt in Dothan, Alabama.

Pictures of both Woody and Lou, covering a
span of 75 years were "blown up" by some special
process and were placed on tables in the room. Only
by the grace of God were we able to pull it off. It
was a great party and a once in a lifetime
experience for all.



WAGES SMITH ENGAGEMENT

Michael D. and Glenda S. (Scanlon) Mecca of
Corpus Christi, Texas, and Clinton B. Smith of
St.Petersburg, Florida, announce the engagement of
their son, Charles Patrick Smith to Debbie E. Wages,
daughter of Elaine and Richard Hood of Hansville,
Washington.
Charles works for the U.S. Postal Service and
Debbie works for the State of Washington. Charles
is the grandson of Gila (Sally) Smith and the late
Charles S. Smith, and Kenneth P. Scanlon and the
late Kathryn E. Scanlon.
The wedding is planned for September 28, 1998,
and after a week-long Caribbean cruise, the couple
will reside in their home in Poulsbo, Washington.






RIOS HANNIGAN

Terry Rios and Dave Hannigan (BHS'78/'78) and
their three children announced their engagement on
November 28, 1997.
Terry is the daughter of Barbara Green of
Pinellas Park, Florida, and Roger and Joan Rios of
Lutz, Florida. Dave is the son of Tom and Rita
Hannigan of West Hartford, Connecticut.

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Terry Rios and Dave Hannagan
The couple is planning a July 1 wedding in
Orlando. The couple and their three children,
Allyson, 12, Brye, 9, and Chase, 7, will reside in
West Palm Beach, Florida.


80th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Beverly Carruthers DesLondes, celebrating her
80th birthday is accompanied by her family, son Dan
and his wife Mary, and son Jim and his wife Linda,
as they enjoyed a Caribbean cruise aboard the
Holland American line MS Statendam.


L-R: Dan, Mary, Beverly, Linda and Jim
DesLondes.
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"PARATROOPER" ROB ROY

Rob Roy, of Corpus Christi, Texas, (previously
residing in Clearwater, Florida and Past President of
the Society) decided to treat himself for his 88th
birthday, to something he has always wanted to do -
jump from 10,000 feet and free-fall to 4,000 feet.
So he and his wife Jane (Madison) Roy, Paul
Kramer and his lady friend, and his wife's cousin,
Patt (Kerr) Spiars drove to Beeville, a town about
50 miles from Corpus, and he completed his life-
long fantasy.


Rob Roy, Past President of the Society (1977-78)
and 88 years of age, jumps out of a perfectly
good airplane at 10,000 feet and made a free fall
to 4,000 feet to complete a life-long fantasy!
(shown with his instructor.)
He says it was as thrilling as he thought it would
be, and he will do it again on his 89th birthday!
He didn't know in advance what a good looking
jump instructor he would have (see picture) she's
a doll. Also, the local TV channel aired it on the
10:00 o'clock news.
Jane Roy
Corpus Christi


ESHLEMAN YOUNG ENGAGEMENT


Babara Eshleman


Fauntleroy in Seattle,


Barbara Eshleman, of
Corporation Street, Holly
Hill, Florida, announces
the engagement of her
daughter Gael Eshleman
to William D. Young II.
The bride-elect is a
flight attendant for United
Air Lines. Her fiance is
the son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Young, of John
Anderson Drive, Ormond
Beach, Florida. He is a
self-employed securities
and investments broker.
The wedding is
planned for April 19,
1998, at The Hall at
Washington.







PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
ORLANDO'S WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
1998 Reunion



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS



Wednesday, July 1, 1998

REGISTRATION: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM. MARRIOTT CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION/HOSPITALITY 6:00 PM 9:00 PM CONVENTION CENTER, LOWER LEVEL
VENDORS SET UP: 4:30 7:30 PM NO MERCHANDISE SOLD CONVENTION CENTER, CRYSTAL
BALLROOM "A" thru "F".

Thursday, July 2, 1998

CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. CHECK IN: 7:30 A.M., MARRIOTT GOLF COURSE.
GOLF LUNCHEON: 1:30 P.M. GRAND BALLROOM 3-6.
REGISTRATION: 9:00-11:00 AM; 3:00-7:00 PM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION: 9:00-11:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM; 7:00-9:00 PM, CONVENTION CENTER LOWER LEVEL.
VENDORS: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM; 3:00-9:00 PM.- CONVENTION CENTER, CRYSTAL BALLROOM "A" thru "F".

Friday, July 3, 1998

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: 10:00 AM (Members only).GRAND BALLROOM SECTION 2-6.
VENDORS: 1:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. CONVENTION CENTER, CRYSTAL BALLROOM "A" "F".
REGISTRATION: 1:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION: 1:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. CONVENTION CENTER, LOWER LEVEL.
BINGO: 2:00 4:00 P.M. GRAND BALLROOM 5-6.
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 8:30 PM-1:30 AM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
DJ DANCE: 11:00 P.M. 4:00 A.M. CANARY BALLROOM.
Saturday, July 4, 1998

REGISTRATION: 9:00-11:00 AM; 2:30-4:00 PM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION 9:00-11:00 AM; 2:30-4:00 PM. CONVENTION CENTER, LOWER LEVEL.
VENDORS: 9:00-11:00 AM; Noon-7:00 PM. CONVENTION CENTER, CRYSTAL BALLROOM "A" thru "F"
ANNUAL LUNCHEON: DOORS OPEN 11:30 AM, LUNCH 12:00 NOON. CANARY BALLROOM.
ANNUAL BALL: 8:30 PM 1:30 AM. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
DJ DANCE: 11:00 PM 4:00 AM CANARY BALLROOM.
Sunday, July 5, 1998

VENDORS: 9:00 AM 12:00 AM. CONVENTION CENTER, CRYSTAL BALLROOM "A" thru "F".
DESPEDIDA: ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS INVITED FAREWELL TO FRIENDS 9:00-11:00 A.M.
CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
CHECK-OUT TIME: 11:00 AM.



Reunion Coordinator (941) 371-7731






Region Coornats Notebook
Thomas Peterson, 1998 Reunion Coordinator
Tel: (941) 371-7731. FAX: (941) 371-7731


Members will find that the following "Yellow" Pages" have been adjusted, refashioned or revised so that
members may become clearer about what is expected of them and are made simpler to follow.
The Registration Fee of $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age is being charged to offset Reunion
expenses, which includes all mailing charges, telephone and mileage charges, audio set-up at dances, rental of
equipment, signs and miscellaneous material used during the Reunion, etc.
The volunteer Chairpersons for the 1998 Reunion are listed for your information:


Society Registration:
Hotel Reservations:
Information
Golf Tournament:
Security:
Vendors:
Transportation:


Faith Brundage
Betty Frassrand
Pat Beall
Jane Huldtquist
Jim Slover
Bob Johnson
Muriel Whitman
Peter Foster


Dances
DJ Dance
Equipment Storage
Despedida
Annual Luncheon
Finance
Mini-Reunions
Bingo


Charles Hummer
Steve Nehring
Pat Beall
Virgil & Shirley Camby
Betty Malone
Jeanne Wheeler
Pat Beall
Betty Snow


PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
FOR 1998 REUNION FUNCTIONS


FUNCTION


PAYMENT MADE TO:


MEMBERSHIP DUES


REGISTRATION FEE
TICKETS: ALL DANCES
TICKETS: LUNCHEON


Panama Canal Society of Fla.


1998 Reunion Coordinator


Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712


Reunion Coordinator
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712


NOTE: One check can be made out to cover Registration Fee, Dance & Luncheon Tickets.

CHAGRES INVITATIONAL Jane Huldtquist Jane Huldtquist
GOLF TOURNAMENT 9200 Park Blvd. #205
LUNCHEON: Seminole, FL 33777
HOTEL REGISTRATION Orlando World Center Marriott Reunion Coordinator
8050 Seminole mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

1. Lodging is contracted 2 years in advance so it is crucial that members reserve rooms
early, giving us a chance to ask for more rooms if needed. We CANNOT get more
rooms or fill cancellations after the hotel's deadline.

2. Make one (1) night's deposit by check or money order on a U.S. bank or use a major
credit card and include card number with expiration date and signature on Application
Form.


3. Hotel Reservations must be made through the Society
HOTEL, and any changes/cancellations must be made
Chairperson, BETTY FRASSRAND, (352) 567-5594.


Lodging Chairperson, NOT THE
directly with the Society Lodging


** IMPORTANT: To participate in the above functions you must have paid your 1998
membership dues and the $5.00 Reunion Registration fee (See Page "C").


MAIL TO:





YOU MUST REGISTER!
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE 1998 REUNION
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SOCIETY REGISTRATION FORM
Chairperson: Faith Brundage (813) 527-6925
Office Use Only Date/Post Dues Paid Check Amount Reg. Fee Lunch Ball PZonian DJ ance
Please register yourself, family and/or guests.
Please print or type: LIST NAME AS YOU WANT IT ON YOUR NAME BADGE:
SMember: Tel.No.
Address:
City: State Zip
List the name of each person in member's group and include $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age. LIST
NAME AS YOU WANT IT ON THE NAME BADGES.
NAME AGE AGE
2. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
5. __ 9.
1. A NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE OF $5.00 PER MEMBER AND
DEPENDENT OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE IS BEING CHARGED TO
OFFSET REUNION EXPENSES.
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A. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE AND MAIL TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050
SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712
B. THOSE MEMBERS RESIDING IN THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA AND
ABROAD, PLEASE USE CHECKS ON U.S. BANKS OR MONEY ORDERS OR
DRAFTS PAYABLE BY U.S. INSTITUTIONS.
C. REMINDER: TO RESERVE HOTEL ROOMS AND TO BUY
DANCE AND LUNCHEON TICKETS, YOU MUST HAVE
PAID YOUR 1998 DUES AND $5.00 REUNION
REGISTRATION FEE.







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IMPORTANT NOTICES

1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1998 Reunion, you should submit
an application for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712, before the June 25, 1998 Executive Board meeting.
2. UNDERAGE DRINKING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED OR PERMITTED AT THE REUNION. HOTEL
SECURITY MAY REQUEST PROOF OF AGE. ANYONE OBSERVED SUPPLYING INTOXICATING
DRINKS TO UNDER-AGE INDIVIDUALS WILL BE DEALT WITH AS DEEMED NECESSARY.
3. STATE LAW FORBIDS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, NOT PURCHASED AT HOTEL BARS TO BE
CONSUMED OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF THE GUEST'S ROOM.
4. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place schedules, notices,
pictures, etc. on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotel. Any schedules or reasonable information
concerning your event may be displayed at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall or Tom Peterson
at the reunion.
5. CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED INTO THE PANAZONIAN
DANCE OR THE ANNUAL BALL, AND UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE AT THE DJ DANCES.
6. DRINKS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE DANCE FLOOR AND SMOKING WILL NOT BE
PERMITTED IN THE BALLROOMS OF BOTH DANCES.
7. REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR REGISTRATION FORM WITH THE NON-REFUNDABLE
REGISTRATION FEE, AND PLEASE LIST ALL YOUR GUESTS, WITH NAMES THEY WANT
PRINTED ON THEIR NAME BADGES SO THAT WE MAY PREPARE NAME BADGES FOR
THEM TO HELP US TO OBTAIN A TRUE HEAD COUNT ON HOW MANY WE CAN EXPECT
TO ATTEND AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY!
8. THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA HAS ENJOYED THE REPUTATION OF BEING A FUN-
LOVING, AND CONGENIAL GROUP AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE THIS REPUTATION.
DISRESPECTFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE ACTS WHILE ATTENDING THE 1998 REUNION IS BEHAVIOR
UNBECOMING A SOCIETY MEMBER AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. SOCIETY MEMBERS OR
THEIR GUESTS WHO PERFORM THESE ACTS WILL BE DEALT WITH TO THE FULLEST EXTENT.
VANDALISM OF HOTEL PROPERTY COULD RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF MEMBERSHIP. LET'S
ALL HAVE A GOOD TIME AND ENJOY FRIENDS!






Make Reservations Early!
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS MAY 15, 1998
Society Lodging Chairperson: Betty Frassrand (352) 567-5594
e-mail: ZONIANBK@AOL.COM
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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
I.7_ O ando fod do Cener 1998 Reunion July 1 5, 1998
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ARRIVAL: TIME:
For Revisions or Cancellations Please call Requests must be received by: May 15, 1998 Month/Date
Society Lodging Chairperson
at (352) 567-5594 CHECK-IN TIME 4:00 PM. CHECK-OUT TIME 11:00 AM. DEPARTURE: oniaTIME:
Month/Date
NAME OF PERSON REQUESTING ROOMS FOR HOTEL
I I I I I I I _i T_ I 1 1 I i _I USE ONLY
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA. INC. Name(s) of additional person(s) sharing room

1 1 1 i t t t I I I I I I I I I I i I 1 1
treetaddress or P.O. box number Last Name 1 -t Name

City State Zip Code Las Name First ame
A 1Fax Number [1 i 1 1 1 1Na 1 Ii t 1 1 1 1 1
Area Code PIone Number Fax Number Last Name First Name


Number of People in Each Room
Yo. of Rates Method of Payment To Be Used at Checkout:


Sooms ACCMM IONS Sinle-oule American Express VisaeMaster Card
No Preference +American Eress V aster Card
One Kin Bed $ 94.00 + tax
Two l Beds, $ 94.00 + tax Diner's Club Discover
Two &r&cls $ 94.00 + tax
Accessible Room One Mang Bed Only $ 94.00 + tax their
Non-Smoking Room $ 94.00 + tax -
Sute ee below) Credit|
For Suite information contact Society Lodging Chairperson at (352) 567-5594 Card #
One Bedroom Suites Expiration Date
Two Bedroom Suites
Two Bedroom Suites Expiration Date
Hospitality Suites (non-bedded)
Sales Tax 10% FOR ALL RESERVATIONS
III understand that I am liable for one night's room and tax which will be
SPECIAL REQUESTS: deducted from my deposit or billed through my credit card in the event I do
not check in on my scheduled arrival date or cancel my reservation 72 hours
prior to arrival.

sionature

1. Members with PHYSICAL DISABILITIES and members needing roll away beds and refrigerators will be
assigned on a first come, available basis.
2. SUITES: Members must contact the SOCIETY LODGING CHAIRPERSON for prices, availability and
approval and then submit their request on the Hotel Registration Form.
3. FAILURE TO CANCEL reservations 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival, or FAILURE TO CHECK INTO
HOTEL on the first night will forfeit your first nights deposit and your reservation will be cancelled.
4. A Sales and Resort Tax will be added to your final bill.
5. The State of Florida allows only five (5) people to occupy one hotel room.

SEND HOTEL RESERVATION FORM AND CHECK TO: SOCIETY LODGING
CHAIRPERSON, 8050 SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712.


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INFORMATION & HOSPITALITY
Marriott Convention Center, Lower Level
Chairpersons: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359
Hospitality was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a little
more pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and
surroundings. The Society Information and Hospitality Desk is open to any member during the published working
hours. Our staff is experienced and have volunteered to serve.
We can: 1. Provide information regarding activities within and outside the Reunion.
2. The center for "Lost and Found" articles.
3. Sell Society license plates, decals, available Annual Directories and Canal Records.
4. Sell Annaul Ball, Panazonian Dance, and Disco Dance tickets.
5 Place your message on our bulletin board for friends and/or guests.
6. Guide members to proper channels regarding hotel complaints..
7. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
8. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
9. Advise members of local transportation available for outside Reunion confines.
10. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when what where.
11. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.

We are at your service.






REUNION DANCES
Dances Chairperson: Charles "Chuck" Hummer (941) 421-4758
DJ Dance Chairperson: Steve Nehring (813) 522-5369
1. Ticket orders will be accepted only from, members who have paid their 1998 dues and have paid the $5.00
Registration fee. (See page "C"). Tickets will not be refunded after June 15, 1998 and will not be resold
at the Reunion.
2. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. PREPAID TICKETS WILL BE AT THE REUNION REGISTRATION
TABLES ON THE LOWER LEVEL.
3. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted entrance to the dances.

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TICKET RESERVATION FORM

MEMBER'S NAME:

ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM

Music by Frankie Pretto Saturday, July 4, 1998 Music by Leroy Lewis Friday, July 3, 1998
8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8
$12.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member $8.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member.
No. of Tickets Total $ No. of Tickets Total $
Special Request: Special Request:

IDress: Semi Formal, NO SHORTS OR JEANS. Dress: Informal or Panamanian attire.

DJ DANCE DR. DUCK
Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, 1998
11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
CHILDREN UNDER 15 NOT PERMITTED INTO DJ DANCES


MEMBER'S NAME:
i
jJuly 3rd: $5.00/Ticket
jNo.of Tickets:
jSpecial Requests:


Age


Total $


July 4th: $5.00/Ticket
No.of Tickets:
Special Requests:


Total $


MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO AND MAIL TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE MALL,
SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712.





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11902 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
(813) 868-3669


THOMAS
& ASSOCIATES


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PHOTOS ON LOCATION!

SOCIALS FAMILY REUNIONS
HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
DANCES TOWN REUNIONS
FAMILY & PERSONAL PORTRAITS
MEETINGS FRATERNITIES

CONTACT US TO RESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER
FOR YOUR GROUP ACTIVITIES.

SAME DAY/NEXT DAY DELIVERY OF PHOTOS -


MINI-REUNION
Chairperson: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359
The Mini-Reunion Chairperson will aid and assist all Coordinators for high school, and ancillary reunions
held during the 1998 Reunion. Coordinators planning a mini-reunion at Marnott's World Center must receive
advance approval from the Mini-Reunion Chairperson prior to making arrangements. He will assist and advise
as much as possible while conforming with the Society's schedules. Those planning their mini-reunion will be
responsible to obtain the necessary Society membership application and ticket forms for those in their group from
the Mini-Reunion Chairperson. They will also be responsible for making their arrangements with the hotel for
their function. Upon completion of their arrangements, they must notify the Mini-Reunion Chairperson, at The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712.

FRIDAY, JULY 3, 1998
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Grand Ballroom
President Margot Jordan (813) 963-6998
This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the membership
- be there for the election of Officers and Committee Reports.
1. Grand Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM. THERE WILL BE NO SMOKING AT THE BUSINESS
MEETING.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting.
3. Only paid-up members will be admitted.
4. There will be several drawings for prizes donated by Vendors and other contributors. You will be given a
lottery ticket as you enter the Ballroom for the meeting.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER AND YOU MUST ATTEND THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO RECEIVE
YOUR LOTTERY TICKET FOR DOOR PRIZES.
DOOR PRIZES WILL ONLY BE AWARDED TO THOSE MEMBERS PRESENT AT THE TIME
OF THE LOTTERY DRAWING.
GRAND PRIZE WILL BE TWO (2) ROUND TRIP TICKETS TO PANAMA VIA C.O.P.A.
COME TO THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING!





CHAGRES INVITATIONAL AMATEUR
GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Chairpersons Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover

ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THIS REUNION FUNCTION AND
THEIR GUESTS MUST PAY THE $5.00 REGISTRATION FEE.
PLEASE SEE PAGE "C".

Make Reservations Early!
Entry Deadline: June 13, 1998
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GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM JULY 2, 1998
The Nineteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at t1- Id
Center Marriott's Golf Course, 1 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida on July 2, 1909
The field is limited to 136 players. Check-in time will be 7:30 a.m. followed- m
NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. es ft
Entry fee will be $68.00 per golfer, which includes green fe'- es.
Luncheon will be served promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the O ,ne( guest
per player will be allowed at $18.00. I.D. guests *- aI uiroom. No "Gate
SCrashing" will be allowed at the luncheo- C
After reviewing suggestions m--' 9 continue he the format used in the
past of flighting by age gro- golfers do not have established handicaps,
making it impossit-,- -,,. You may play with whomever you designate on
your regist-" n.S tne Committee.
l 3 golfers should wear "SOFT SPIKES", to preserve the course,
I e l same information concerning your golf clubs being brought to the
i ", V/:00 a.m. on July 2, 1998 is still in effect. There is a one-time $5.00 fee for
O ..- at the Reunion. The $45.00 green fee and cart rate is in effect during the Reunion.
-.-one prize will be available again this year consisting of $1,000 Golf Shop Credit, along with
wo at JW's Steakhouse, a week-end for two includingg golf) at the hotel, and a free Video of your
--m-one. Pairings will be on display in the Registration area after 4:00 p.m. on July 1, 1998.

NAME (Print) MEMBER NO.
ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP_
TELEPHONE NO. Age (7/2/98) (Males only)
Atlantic Sider Pacific sider Professional Amateur
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A HANDICAP, LIST YOUR AVERAGE SCORE FOR 18 HOLES
GOLF AND AWARDS LUNCHEON: $ NON GOLFING LUNCH GUEST: $
# GOLFERS
S# LUNCHEON GUESTS TOTAL AMOUNT SUBMITTED $
LUNCHEON GUESTS NAME:
(NECESSARY FOR NAME TAG IDENTIFICATION)
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE AND MAIL FORM TO JANE HULDTQUIST, 9200 PARK
IBLVD. #205, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33777. TEL: (813) 397-5846.
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FRIDAY, JULY 3rd, 1998, 2:00 4:00 P.M.

BINGO
Chairperson Betty Snow (813) 799-4769
Grand Ballroom, Rooms 5-6

Bingo will be called on Friday, July 4th, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in the Grand Ballroom, rooms 5-6.
Those interested, look us up on Friday, July 4th. You'll love the prizes!







TRANSPORTATION
Peter Foster Transportation Chairman (813) 785-8555
*** WIN A FREE ROUND TRIP TICKET BETWEEN YOUR AIR GATEWAY CITY ***
**** WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. AND ORLANDO OR TAMPA****
MAKE YOUR REUNION TRAVEL RESERVATIONS THROUGH THE SOCIETY'S *
*** OFFICIAL REUNION TRAVEL AGENT BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL ***
** DELTA OFFERS REUNION DISCOUNT OF 5% **
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has appointed BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL
of Clearwater, Florida the OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT for the Society's 1998 Reunion.
The primary purpose of appointing an Official Travel Agent is to provide the Society members the lowest fares
available when making their travel arrangements to the Reunion. Also, the Travel Agent will provide the Reunion
Committee with arrival/departure data of reunion attenders. This data may be utilized to coordinate Reunion
Registration hours, airport/hotel ground transportation and Hotel Registration Desk Staffing.
The membership travel data will also be used to determine feasibility in establishing Charter Flights at those
locations where a significant amount of members originate. Chartering Flights would provide a considerable
reduction in Reunion travel for our members.
Members may make their air travel reservations with BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL, or Delta Air Lines. With
Delta you must use the Delta File number indicated in the Bowen-Keppie Ad located in the Reunion yellow pages.
The advantage in utilizing BOWEN-KEPPIE is that in addition to providing a complete travel profile, advanced
seat assignments, boarding passes and free ticket delivery BOWEN-KEPPIE will ticket the lowest rates available
on any Air Carrier and monitor reservations for significant fare reductions in order to provide refunds to members
when applicable.
BOWEN-KEPPIE has arranged with DELTA to offer the discounted convention fares from June 28th through
July 9, 1998. Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1998 Reunion are asked to support your
Reunion Committee's efforts. Please take advantage of the Reunion Transportation program by completing and
mailing the Preliminary CONTEST/TRAVEL Form in BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL'S AD. The form is non-binding
to you, but it will also provide advance information for the Reunion support functions.
This year, BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL AIR DISCOUNT INCLUDES REUNION TRAVEL TO or FROM
TAMPA or ORLANDO. One leg of air travel must be to or from either Tampa or Orlando and the other leg of
air travel can be from any other Florida Air Gateway City.
To make your travel reservations, follow the information provided in the BOWEN-KEPPIE AD and if you
should call after hours, leave your name, phone number and request that the Panama Canal Society Specialist return
your call.
E-Mail: bowkep@gte.net Web: http//www.bowenkeppie.com







DESPEDIDA
Chairperson: Virgil and Shirley Camby (813) 321-8566
Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Convention
Center at the Marriott's Orlando World Center on July 5, 1998. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. when the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will furnish free coffee and the hotel will have sweet rolls for sale.
Again the Ballet Folklorico of Orlando will perform for your entertainment and pleasure starting at 10:00 A.M.
This dance group will be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of
Panama!
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ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Chairperson Betty Malone (813) 896-5459
1. Location: Canary Room Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 10 tickets per member.
3. Seating will be at tables of 10 persons.
4. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. THEY MAY BE PICKED UP AT THE REUNION REGISTRATION
TABLES AT THE LOWER LEVEL.
5. MENU: Fresh Baked Luncheon Rolls, Butter/Margarine; Country Salad with Garden Greens, Hericot Verts,
Tomatoes, Shredded Carrots w/Peppercream at table; Chicken Alexander, sauteed Chicken Breast, with
Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives/Tomatoes served with seasonal vegetables and Yellow Rice. Bread Pudding.
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LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Saturday, July 4, 1998
S$18.00 per ticket 10 tickets per member. No. of Tickets Total $
1. 6.
S2. 7.
S3. 8.
4. 9.
5. 10.

Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of June 5, 1998 and will not be resold at the Reunion.

Luncheon Program: "Love in the Afternoon" A Musical Variety Show with Linda
Woodruff Weir, Erin Hatchett, Bob Teta, Nancy Stauffer, James Grenelle and Brick, and
other guest performers.
TO TAKE PART IN THESE FUNCTIONS YOU MUST HAVE PAID YOUR 1998 DUES
AND REGISTRATION FEE OF $5.00. (SEE PAGE "C").

TO ORDER LUNCHEON TICKETS OR TO APPLY FOR A VENDORS TABLE, MAKE
YOUR CHECK OUT AND MAIL TO REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE
MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL. 33772-4712.

VENDORS
Chairperson: Muriel Whitman (813) 544-0214
1. Only paid-up members of the Society who have paid their $5.00 Registration Fee will be authorized to sell.
2. Vendors MUST submit an application for the 1998 Reunion, which may be obtained from the Vendor
Chairperson, Muriel Whitman. Applications will not be published in the Canal Record. The deadline for
receiving Vendors applications and for REFUNDS is June 1, 1998.
3. Approval of the application will be based on whether items for sale are related or compatible to Panama
memorabilia. Authorization will be assigned in order of receipt of Vendors application and fee of $100.00.
Instructions and Restrictions are completely defined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read the
instructions carefully. The Marriott's World Center have certain restrictions which must be complied with such
as attaching anything to walls, etc.
4. Space is available for 25 vendors. Crystal Ballroom "A" thru "F" will provide vendors with a large single room
area. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Chairperson.
5. Vendors hours for selling will begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. PLEASE NOTE AMENDED HOURS
FOR SALES IN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.
6. MAKE CHECK OUT TO, AND MAIL CHECK AND APPLICATION TO: REUNION COORDINATOR,
8050 SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4712.










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RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS


CHILDCARE

1% LOLLIPOP LOUNGE
Our own excellent daycare facility! This supervised program is for ages 4-12 and operates daily
from 8 AM 11 PM. A wide variety of activities is offered, from Arts and Crafts to movies and
Free-Play Time! All staff are certified and licensed by H.R.S. (Health and Rehabilitative Services
of Florida License #488-21.)
*Lollipop Lounge can also be booked by convention groups through advance reservations.
FEE: $6.00 per child per hour
$4.00 each additional child
Please dial extension 8950 or outside hotel (407) 238-8950 for additional information.

INFANT AND TODDLER DAYCARE

Marriott's Orlando World Center can arrange to provide infant and toddler daycare for your
group. This is a special program which takes some planning, so advance notice is required.
Please dial (407) 238-8950 for complete details.
BABYSITTING SERVICES

Information on in-room babysitting services is available through the Concierge, located in the
main lobby. Please dial (407) 238-8897 for details and assistance.
PIZZA PARTY AND VIDEO GAMES

Let us host the best party ever, at our Palm's Restaurant. Pizza Hut pizza and soft drinks are the
featured menu items! Then it's off to Stachio's Video Arcade for more FUN. Kids will receive a
Marriott logo squeeze bottle filled with ten tokens to play video games! Combine this party with
another fun activity to create a truly special event!






CHAGRES INVITATIONAL AMATEUR
GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Chairperson Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover
ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THIS REUNION FUNCTION AND
THEIR GUESTS MUST PAY THE $5.00 REGISTRATION FEE.
PLEASE SEE PAGE "C"

MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY!
Entry Deadline: June 13. 1998

GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION July 2, 1998
The Nineteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held on
July 2, 1998 at the INTERNATIONAL GOLF CLUB, 6351 International Golf Club Road
(International Drive), Orlando, FL. just 8 minutes away from the Orlando World center
Resort (See map inset). The reason for this change is due to a new 21-story addition to the
hotel, that will encompass two holes of the
to the course, commencing at 7:00 a.m. on
7/2/98, at no additional expense.
Entry fee will be $68.00 per golfer which
includes green fees, cart, luncheon, awards,
M 'favors, and door prizes. Luncheon will be
Served at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballrooms 3-
Sm SAND LAKE ROAD 6 of the Convention Center. One guest per
U player at $18.00 will be allowed and an I.D.
badge will be given to guests at the Ballroom
entrance. No gate crashing will be allowed,
nor children under 12 years of age.
BEE LINE EXPWY TOThe format will be the same as last year,
BEE LINEEXPWYi.e. medal play in age group flights, with a
few minor changes. You may play with players
0BR. of your choice, otherwise you will be paired
Lby the Committee. Further information will be
SENTRAL FLORIDA PKWY provided on the day of the tournament.
-e o Pairings will be posted in the Registration
Area of the Convention center after 4:00 p.m.
o I on July 1, 1998. Metal spikes will be allowed
on the course. Your clubs should be brought
to the Pro Shop by 6:00 p.m., properly
tagged, on July 1, 1998, so they may be
transported to the course in the morning and
-., placed on your golf cart. There will be no
charge for overnight storage. The International
Golf Club has invited our players at a
reduced rate of $35.00 plus tax to play the course through Sunday, when you identify yourself
as being with the Panama Canal Reunion.

Continue to use the Registration Form on Page "I" of the Yellow Pages.






PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
1998 ORLANDO REUNION
Announces the Appointment of


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** DELTA discounted Air Fares are available from June 27, 1998 through July 8, 1998 for REUNION TRAVEL
to or from TAMPA, SARASOTA or ORLANDO.
JOIN THE 1998 REUNION TRAVEL CONTEST
Send in a completed CONTEST/TRAVEL FORM below. The Contest Drawing will be held during the Annual Reunion
Business Meeting. The winner will be reimbursed the cost of one roundtrip ticket (not to exceed a maximum value of
$400.00 and purchased through the Reunion's Official Travel Agent) between the winner's continental U.S. major Air
Gateway City and Orlando, Florida.
As a service you may phone DELTA at 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservations under FILE No. 107445A.
Regrettably, this method does NOT permit BOWEN-KEPPIE to monitor your reservations and fare reductions.
Limo transfers to/from Airport Hotel discounted for Society members and their guests
with Reunion Air Reservations.
Call Bowen-Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Bowen-Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you
to and from Orlando. Bowen-Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation and automatically reduce your travel costs
should air fares go down significantly before you depart.
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TED CENTER: A "60 MINUTE"
CELEBRITY

Ted Henter (BHS'69) was a guest on the CBS
Sunday presentation of SIXTY MINUTES on March
29. Ted was included in a segment of the program
entitled "The Mother of Invention."
The theme of the segment was to demolish
stereotypes and what better example could there be
that our own C.Z. kid, Ted!


Ted Henter and CBS 60 Minute interviewer, Lesley
Stahl, March 29, 1998.

Ted was blinded in an auto accident twenty years
ago. He was a motorcycle racer at the time, but as
he related to the CBS interviewer, Lesley Stahl, "I
had to think up new dreams. I had ten minutes of
despair."
Stahl questioned Ted about his ten minutes of
despair, and he replied, "There've been blind people
around for centuries and I knew what happened to
me was for my own good. I knew something good
was going to come out of it."
Ted began studying computers and set out to
develop a software program that reads computer text
and turns it into speech! This invention, JAWS (Job
Access With Speech) not only enables the blind to
be employed, but assists the sighted with reading
impairments and dyslexia.
Ted's company, Henter-Joyce, Inc. includes
twenty-one blind employees. His invention has
revolutionized the work force for the blind which at
one time was at a 70% unemployment rate. Even
with the challenge of Windows, Ted has overcome
the computer improvements for the sighted to enable
the blind to profit as well. This involves changing
software constantly!
When asked to choose a word to describe what
his work does for the blind or what would be his
goal, Ted responded, "Equality!"
Ted's partner in work and life is his wife, Mel
(BHS'69). Norman Little, Mel's brother, is Production
Manager! Ted and Mel live in St.Petersburg, Florida,
with their three lovely daughters, Emley (17),
Elizabeth (15) and Amber (6).
Theodore (Ted) and Emley Henter of
St.Petersburg are the proud parents of this
sensational man!
(Ted wasn't available for comment he was in
Panama participating in the Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco
race!)
Janet Sutherland
Dunedin, Florida


EMBAJADA DE PANAMA
WASHINGTON. D. C. 20008
NG-98-135
March 5, 1998
Julius Grigore, Jr.
Captain, USN, Retired
Founding Member Panama Canal Historical Society
Member, Nom. Comm., Nat. Aviation Hall of Fame
425 Harbor Drive, South
Venice, Florida 34285

Dear Julius:
I have received the bound copy of your book
and catalog. (Stocks and Bonds Issued by the
Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique de
Panama 1880-1889) It is an excellent source of
information about our Canal.
I have made the book and your catalog available
to all our Embassy personnel, which I am sure will
be very useful reference material.
I thank you and remain,
Sincerely,

Eloy Alfaro de Alba
Ambassador


THE MENGES' CELEBRATE 50th

Mr. and Mrs. Melvil Menges of Aiken, South
Carolina (formerly of Margarita, C.Z.) celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on February 18, 1998.
They were honored at a dinner hosted by their four
children, Paul and his wife, Stefanie (Lawson), Evelyn
(Menges) and her husband Tom Sellers, Judy
(Menges) and her husband Larry Sigmon, and Bob
and his wife Patty.

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Mr. ana Mrs. Melvin Menges

Also in attendance were the couple's 10
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In
addition to friends from the Aiken area, they were
joined by Felix, Snoopy and Chase. A great time was
had by all.






OLIVER DRABYK ENGAGEMENT
(Correction to March issue)
Harvey M. and Violet E. "Vickie" van't Veld
Johnson of Sun City Center, Florida, announce the
engagement of their niece, Roberta Lynne Oliver
(van't Veld) of McLean, VA., to Michael Roman
Drabyk of Bethpage, NY. Roberta is the daughter of
the late Eugene and Ethel J. (van't veld) Oliver and
Michael is the son of Michael Drabyk and the late
Sonia Drabyk.



DEANNINE MANN GRADUATES

Deannine Lynne Mann of Sarasota, Florida, was
awarded as Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal
Studies from Keiser College at graduation ceremonies
held on January 16, 1998 in Sarasota. Deannine
attended the Sarasota campus where she was involved
in many student activities and working with the
student government officers. She was Editor of the
Keiser College yearbook; was on the Dean's List and
now takes an active role on the Alumni Committee.


Catsy Taylor Schafer shows Volume II Heraldry
which she edited for the National Society Colonial
Dames, 17th Century and painted 48 Coats of
Arms for the lineages.


Deannine Lynne Mann, graduate from Keiser
College.

Deannine has been accepted by the University of
South Florida where she will continue her education,
majoring in Criminology. She is employed at Keiser
College working for the Director of Admissions. She
is also a research assistant for J. Michael Stevens of
Premier Appraisals Inc.
Among the many friends and family on hand to
help Deannine mark this special occasion was her
older sister, Deborah Mann of Arlington, Texas.
Deannine is the daughter of Donna (Humphrey)
Mann and the granddaughter of Gladys (Bliss)
Humphrey of Sarasota.


Standing L-R: Susan, Mark, Anthony and Mary.
Seated L-R: Tom with Christopher, Silvana with
Stephen.













KING KLINKENBERG

Susan Andrea King, daughter of Frank and Lori
King of Largo, Florida, was married to Jeffrey
Joseph Klinkenberg, son of Bea O'Donnell
Klinkenberg of St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 7,
1998 at Anona United Methodist Church, Largo,
Florida.
Lindsey King, maid of honor, sang the opening
song "When I fall in Love." Dr. Roy Peter Clark of
the Poynter Institute was best man. A reception
followed at the Treasure island Yacht Club.

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Susan A. King and Jeffry J. Klinkenberg

Susan is a graduate of Eckerd College and is
employed by the St. Petersburg Times as Retail
Category Advertising Manager of Major Accounts.
Jeff graduated from the University of Florida at
Gainesville and is a Columnist at the St Petersburg
Times.
Following a honeymoon in Key West, the couple
will reside in Largo, Florida.





COON SHERRY

Michelle Suzanne Coon, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Donald Coon of Stuart, Florida and Mr. and
Mrs. Marshall Dennison of Jacksonville, Florida was
married to Mark Steven Sherry, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles (Art) Sherry of Curundu, Panama on
December 27, 1997 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in
Stuart, Florida.
Maid of honor was Lori Evans, and best man
was Arthur Sherry, brother of the groom.
Bridesmaids were Tamara (Matheney) Sherry, Melissa
Altom, Alison Bailey, Jerrita Endler and Donella
Roberts. Groomsmen were Carlon Darbyshire, Shawn
O'Brien, Richard Scott, Chad Sipperley and Scott
Sipperley.
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Michelle and Mark Steven Sherry


A reception was held at Indian River Plantation
Marriott Resort in Stuart, Florida following the
ceremony.
The bride graduated from Martin County High
School, Stuart and the University of South Florida in
Tampa, Florida. The groom is a graduate of Balboa
High School, Balboa, Panama (BHS'88) and the
University of South Florida, Tampa.
The out of town guests included the groom's
sisters, aunts, and friends of the couple. Following a
honeymoon to Antigua, the couple will reside in
Tampa, Florida.



RODGERS SWISHER

Janice Lynn Rodgers and Garrick Charles
Swisher were married in a garden ceremony in
Arlington, Texas on August 15, 1997.
The bride is the daughter of John T. and Janice
Rodgers of Grand Prairie, Texas. The groom is the
son of Arden Cooke O'Daniel (BHS'52) of Southport,
North Carolina and the late Charles M. Swisher
(BHS'51) and the grandson of the late Mabel and
TAC Cooke of Hampton, VA.



















L-R: Nicole Cooke Forrest, Lisa Swisher Avey,
Keeley Honea, Louanne Swisher Honea, Janice
Rogers Swisher, Garrick Charles Swisher,
Danielle Avey, Arden Cooke O'Daniel and Captain
John W. O'Daniel Front: Taylor Marie Avey and
"Ike" Avey.
The bride's son served as best man. Garrick's
two sisters, Luanne Swisher IIonea (BHS'76) of Gulf
Breeze, FL. and Lisa Swisher Avey (BHS'78) of
Panama City Beach, FL. and their children were
included in the wedding party.
Capt. John W. O'Daniel, Sheila Gilbert Bolke of
Irving, TX. and Charlie and Patty (Soukup) of Ft.
Worth, TX; Janie's parents, brothers, wives and
children; Nicole Cooke Forrest, granddaughter of the
late Mabel and TAC Cooke and Dottie and Riggs
Forrest enjoyed the outdoor reception.
The Swishers reside in Grand Prairie, Texas.


BIRTHS


Matthew Kyle Furlong
Ralph E.Furlong III and wife Brenda L. Furlong,
are proud to announce the birth of a son, Matthew
Kyle Furlong, born on December 3, 1997. Matthew
weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces at birth.












Ralph and Brenda Furlong with son, Matthew.
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Ralph and Brenda Furlong with son, Matthew.


The Furlongs reside in Tampa, Florida.


STOCKWELL MURPHY


Catherine Stockwell (BHS'85) and Eric Murphy
were married on August 16, 1997, in Charlotte,
North Carolina, in an "at home" wedding of her
parents, Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Stockwell. Catherine
and Eric now reside in Lisbon, Portugal, where both
are professional musicians with symphony orchestras.









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L-R: Dr. Michael Hart (husband of Liz), Liz
Stockwell, (BHS'84), Dr. Henry Stockwell,
Catherine Stockwell, Eric Murphy and Hanna
Stockwell.

A special guest for the August 16, 1997 wedding
of Catherine and Eric Murphy was family friend and
long time Gorgas Hospital colleague, Dr. Carol F.
Meyer who now lives in Augusta, Georgia.


Dagon Teal Fruge
Wallace Teal and Les and Muriel Johnston
proudly announce the birth of their first grandson
and great-grandson, Dagon Teal Frug6.
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Dagon Teal Frug6 and mother, Dawn Teal Frug6.

Dagon's mother, Dawn Teal Fruge holds Dagon
for the accompanying picture. Dagon was born March
25, 1998 in Prescott, Arizona.





Grace Elizabeth Kelleher
Walter and Cristy Kelleher of Quincy, Florida
announce the birth of their second child, a daughter,
Grace Elizabeth, born on November 26, 1997.







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Christy and Walt Kelleher with daughter Grace
Elizabeth Kelleher.
Maternal grandparents are Dorene Fussell,
Englewood, Colorado and Guy McMechen, Merritt
Island, Florida. Paternal grandparents are David I.
and Betty (Watts) Kelleher of Dothan, Alabama.


Seth James McClanahan
Autie and Sandi (Rankin) McClanahan of
Tacoma, Washington, proudly announce the birth of
their first child, a son, named Seth James, who was
born on February 18, 1998 at St. Clair Hospital.

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Autie and Sandi (Rankin) McClanahan with first
born Seth James.
Maternal grandparents are Billy and Ginny
Rankin, also of Tacoma, and formerly of Gatun,
Canal Zone.


Ryan Michael Bell

Warren and Alexandra Bell of San Bernadino,
California are proud to announce the birth of their
first child, a son, Ryan Michael Bell on December
22, 1997. He weighed 9.4 pounds and was 20V2
inches long.


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Warren and Alexandra Bell with baby Ryan
Michael.
Proud grandparents are Carol (Beall) Fritz of
Peachtree City, GA., and Michael Bell of St.
Augustine, FL.; Ron Dellemonache of San Clemente,
California and Susanne Martin of San Bernadino.
Great-grandparents are Elizabeth A. Beall of Largo,
FL, and Richard (Pat) Beall of Clearwater; Paul and
Gloria Martin of San Bernadino.



NCTICE

Effective since the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
will not be accepted
unless they are shown
with their parents. Please
see "Editor's Comer" 9/92.




NEXT DEADLINE:
Editor must have by:

August 7, 1998







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"Eterenalrest give to them, 0 Lord;
andlet perpetuaffigit shine upon them"


Bellamy (Priest,Laatz) Abbott, 84, passed away on
March 22, 1998 in a nursing home in Memphis
Tennessee after as long illness. She was born in
Yuma, Arizona, was an honor student in grade and
high schools and earned her Bachelors degree from
Arizona State U. at Tempe. She became a teacher
in Yuma where she met and married Robert G.
Laatz. They came to the Canal Zone in 1941 and
spent a few years in Gamboa, Pedro Miguel Diablo
and Balboa, where she made a career of teaching at
Balboa Elementary. Her husband died in 1970 and
she retired in 1972 and moved to St. Petersburg, FL
where she met and married Elmer G. Abbott, retired
Panama Canal Port Captain. He passed away in 1991
and Bellamy moved to Memphis, TN. and was an
accomplished pianist, artist, and art collector. She was
a charter member of the National League of
American Penwomen, and spent much of her time
traveling around the world and the Western
Hemisphere.
She is survived by two sons, Gerry (Panama) and
Charles Laatz (MS); their wives Helen (Howie)
Adams and Leslie Gibbard); five grandchildren; a
sister, Raymona and husband Wilson Vorbeck and
their two sons and stepson Richard and wife Barbara
(Shaw) Abbott and their three children.


William (Bill) Arthur died at his home in
Placidas, New Mexico on March 6, 1998. He had
been in declining health for some time. Born in
1924, he taught in Germany for the U.S. Army
before moving to the Canal Zone. He retired in
1980 after teaching at several schools including Ft.
Kobbe School.



Edna Mina Mueller Brancone, 81, of Hillsdale,
New Jersey, died January 4, 1998 in St. Joseph's
Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. She was born in
Staten Island, NY, and was a 45-year resident of
Hillsdale and was a former secretary at Lederle
Laboratories in Pearl River. She was a member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida; a graduate of
Cristobal High School Class of 1934; Big Wheels of
Pascack Valley Hospital Handicapped Association;
Friends of Animals, and the Sings 'N Strings music
group.
She is survived by her husband, Louis M.; three
daughters, Annsusan Sadowski of Alta Loma, CA,
Kathy Laurel Branscone of Old bridge, NJ, and
Laurie VanderWyden of Hackensack, NJ; and a
granddaughter.



Walter Guy Brown, 83, of Merritt Island, Florida,
died February 23, 1998 at home. He was born in
Ancon and left the Canal Zone in 1970 when he
retired from the Industrial Bureau of the Panama


Canal Co. after 37 years of service. He was a
member of Isthmian Lodge F&AM; Merritt Island
Lodge 353 F&AM; the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and the Diablo Heights Spinning Club of
Panama. He enjoyed fishing and boating.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Pearl
Brown of Merritt Island; a son, Walter Jr. of
Columbus, Ohio; sisters Mattielee White of Falls
Church, VA., and Minnie Burton and Frances
Whitlock, both of Fayetteville, AR., and a
granddaughter.


Charles Joseph Collins, 75, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died February 15, 1998 at home. Born in
Akron, Ohio, he came to St. Petersburg in 1971
from Jacksonville, where he retired as a Commander
after 31 years in the Navy. He had distinguished
service aboard many Naval vessels and was stationed
in Iceland, Illinois, Ohio, Washington, D.C. and the
Panama Canal Zone where he met his future wife.
Locally he was vice president of Security Federal
Savings & Loan, and was a member of St.Paul's
Catholic Church, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Disabled
Veterans, Retired Officers Club and of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, in which he shared a
Distinguished Service Award with his wife, Anna. He
was also a life member and volunteer for St.
Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary, past president of the
West Side Optimist and a lieutenant governor of
Optimist International.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Anna;
three daughters, Jennifer Thomas, Franklin, TN, Lucy
Graham, Papillion, NE, and Bernadette Glasco,
Bradenton, FL; three sons, Charles J. Jr., Gulf
Breeze, FL, Gregory M., Jackson, MS, and Timothy
L., St. Petersburg; a sister, Frances Morris, Akron;
and 11 grandchildren.



Joseph F. Dolan, 78, of Austin, Texas, died
February 28, 1998. He was born in Portsmouth, VA.
He was a graduate of Florida State University and
in 1942 he was hired as a firefighter in the Canal
Zone and was stationed in Cristobal and Balboa. He
transferred to Customs and Immigration Division in
1958 where he remained until the Panama Canal
Treaty went into effect, becoming the last Chief of
Customs and Immigration.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years Anna M.
(Chase) Dolan; three sons, Joseph F. II and Paul K.
of Austin, Michael A. of Houston: five daughters,
Katherine J. Dolan Mazur of Alvin, TX.,Eileen M.
Powell of Balboa, Panama, Virginia A. Perkins of
Hollywood, FL., E. Bridget Donovan and Suzanne M.
Gill of Austin; a sister, Martha L. Collins of White
Plains, NY, and 7 grandchildren



Vincent R. Dudzinski, of Sacramento, California
died December 26, 1997 at home after a year-long
battle with cancer. He retired from the U.S. Army in
1964, then worked for the Air Force, then retired in
1984. He enjoyed his tour of duty in the Canal Zone
and was able to coach the Black Knights football
team, which was his pride and joy.
He is survived by his wife Shirley (Weltz) and
son, Vincent R. Jr.






Howard S. Favorite, 48, of Ocoee, Florida, died
November 7, 1997 after a two month battle with lung
and brain cancer. He was born in Panama City
Hospital on January 9, 1949 and lived most of his
life on the Atlantic side. He married Deanna Flora
of Margarita in 1968, and was a member of BPOElks
#1542. He was employed by the Panama Canal Co.
and worked for the last 22 years at Disney World as
a specialist on the Palm Golf Course. He was an
avid fisherman and golfer and liked to work in his
yard. He attended The New Life Spiritual Church in
Orlando.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Deanna
(Flora); sons, Howard Jr. and Bryan of Orlando, Fl.,
Wayne of Bradenton, FL.; grandchildren Ryan (7)
and Savanna (2) of Bradenton, and Shea (5) of
Orlando; a sister, Ginny of Missouri; brothers,
Benjamin of Chesapeake, VA., Russell of Dayton,
OH., and George of the Panama Canal.



Gilbert Charles Foster, 86, died February 15,
1998 in Tucker, Georgia. From 1940-1970 he worked
with the Panama Canal Maintenance Division and
lived in Diablo and The Ridge in Gamboa. He sang
bass in the St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ancon
and with the PanCan Alley Four barbershop quartet.
He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle
Association and an expert skeet shooter. During 40
years as a Ham operator he earned certificates for
communicating with 100 countries in Morse code, all
U.S. states, Quarter Century Wireless Association and
Old Timers Club. His call letters on the Zone were
KZ5GF; in Georgia, WB4TUY. He sang in the choir
at the Church of the Good Shepherd m Covington,
Georgia, and made his retirement home in Oxford,
Georgia.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred;
daughters Betsy Astin of Decatur, GA., and Patt
Roberson of Baton Rouge, LA.


Elizabeth Mae Gibson, 82, of Sugar Land, Texas,
died February 15, 1998. She came to the Canal Zone
in 1939 with her husband, Thomas Fielding Gibson
who served in the US Navy. They resided m Gatun
and Margarita and she became a member of the
Eastern Star and served on the Gatun Civic Council.
She was employed by the US Army in Ft. Gulick as
Director of the Ft. Gulick Kindergarten for 20 years
and she was also a member of the Soroptomist Club
and the Gatun Union Church. Her husband retired
from the Gatun Locks in 1965 and they moved to
Sugar Land, Texas where she was active in the Spirit
of Freedom Republican Woman's Club. She was
preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Gibson
Callero Jackson and husband of Sugar Land; a son,
Thomas F, Gibson of Houston; three grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren.



Agnes E. (McDade) Hannigan, 91, of Brockton,
Massachusetts, died February 15, 1998. She was born
in Camden, NJ, and was raised in the Canal Zone,
graduating from BHS as valedictorian. She worked in
various division of the Panama Canal Company and
ended her career as secretary to the Chief of Surgery


at Gorgas Hospital. In the mid 1960s she was
selected "OPen Woman of the Year." She played the
organ at the Immaculate Conception Church in
Gatun, St.Mary's in Balboa and Sacred Heart in
Ancon.
She is survived by four daughters, Mary Ann
Modoono of Chelmsford, MA., Alice J. O'Regan of
Franklin, MA., A. Diane Moran of Brockton, and
Patricia C. Hannigan of Wilmington, DE; a son,
Joseph C. of Safety Harbor, FL.; a sister, Annie
F.McDade of Wayne, PA.; 19 grandchildren and 14
great-grandchildren. She was stepmother to the late
Dorothy Hannigan and sister of the late Mary
E.Hughes.



Evelyn F. Harrington, 92, of DeBary, Florida,
died March 18, 1998. She was born in Roxbury,
Massachusetts and worked at the State house of MA.
as a purchasing agent. She and her husband moved
to the Canal Zone in 1934 where he was employed
as a Canal Pilot. Evelyn became active in the
Women's Corps during WWII and was an avid golfer
and learned Arts and Crafts from Muriel DeYoung.
Her husband retired in 1961 and they moved to
Florida where they both played golf and were active
with the Round and Square Dancers. After the
captain's death in 1970, Evelyn traveled extensively
and enjoyed retired life.
She is survived by two sons, Basil and Lee
Harrington.


Mildred M. Higgins, 84, of Fayetteville, Arkansas,
died January 30, 1998 at home. She was born in
Cookstown, New Jersey to Capt. Henry S. (Panama
Canal pilot) and Cora B. Makibbin. She attended
Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1932.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Edwin;
three sons, three daughters, a brother; 21
grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.



Evelyn Boiling Hixon, a native of Mobile,
Alabama, died at a local hospital on January 26,
1997. She was a resident of the Panama Canal Zone
for twenty-six years.
She is survived by a son, Gib, of Point Clear,
AL.; a daughter, Louise H. Hixon of New Orleans,
LA.; two granddaughters of Point Clear; a grandson
of Point Clear; a sister, Catherine Williams of
Chatanooga. TN; nieces, nephews and other relatives.



Arnold W. Jackson died December 20, 1997 at
Aiken Regional Medical Center. A native of North
Carolina, he was a tank sergeant in the U.S. Army
and fought in North Africa during World War II. He
retired from the Locks Division as Control House
Operator after 23 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Inez
Hudson Jackson. He is survived by his wife, Azilee
New Jackson; three sons, James R. and Stephen G.
of Williston, Raymond A. of Aiken, SC; two sisters
and five grandchildren.





Beulah I. (Bea Simons) Jones, 67, of Vineland,
New Jersey, died at her home on September 10,
1997 after an extended illness. She was born in
Colon Hospital, Panama, and was a Cristobal High
School graduate, class of 1949.
Surviving are her husband, Robert; three sons,
Frank Kollman of Baltimore, MD., Ronald Kollman
of Somers Point, NJ., and Raymond Kollman of
Pomona, NJ; a stepson, Gary Jones of Millville, NJ;
three brothers, Neville and Raymond Simons of
Panama, and Carl of Pembroke Pines, FL., and a
sister, Merle Harrington of Newark, DE., and
thirteen grandchildren.


Francis Louis "Frank" Martin, 67, of Gulfport,
Mississippi died January 23, 1998 in New Orleans.
He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in
Gulfport. He received bachelor's, master's and
doctorate degrees from the University of Southern
Mississippi, and was a Navy veteran of the Korean
War. He joined the Canal Zone Schools Division in
1968, teaching earth and biological sciences at Balboa
High School, Curundu Junior High School and the
Panama Canal College. He retired in 1989 and
returned to his hometown of Gulfport in 1993. While
in Panama he was a member of the Albrook VFW,
Elks Lodge and Ham Radio Club. He was proud to
regain his KZ5FM call letters here in the States.
He is survived by his wife, Bess Martin; mother,
Alice Lyons Martin, both of Gulfport; and a brother,
James Lyons Martin of Biloxi.



John A. Michaelis, 81, of Rogers, Arkansas, died
March 8, 1998 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rogers. Born
in Brooklyn, N.Y. he was an Army veteran, serving
in the field artillery in the Panama Canal Zone. He
became the clerk in Magistrate Court, Balboa, where
he retired in 1973 with over 34 years of service and
moved to the Rogers area in 1982 from Kerrville,
TX., and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul
Catholic Church in Rogers. He was preceded in
death by two brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Polymnia (Polly)
Typaldos Michaelis, two sons and a daughter-in-law,
Gregory Stephen and Charmain of Houston, TX, and
Zachary Phillip of Alta Loma, CA; a daughter, Irene
Marie Hunter of Houston; a sister, Marion Mooney
of San Leandro, CA; five granddaughters, and two
great-granddaughters.




Alice 0. Milburn, 89, of Pasadena, California,
passed away March 20, 1998 in Huntington Hospital,
Pasadena after a brief illness. She was born in Los
Angeles and resided in the Canal Zone from 1941 to
1951, where her husband, Philip B. Milburn, worked
for the Commissary Division at Mount Hope. She
was an active member of the Royal Palm Chapter
#2 of OES in Cristobal and later with the West
Covina Chapter #202 in California. She was also a
member of Mokattam Temple #12 of Daughters of
the Nile and of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1951.
She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie
Johnson (CHS'54) of Redondo Beach, CA. and her
brother, Albert Vincent of Monterey, CA.


Arthur Stephen Miller, 88, passed away February
19, 1998 in Auburn, California. He was formerly a
butcher in Balboa Commissary.
He is survived by his wife, Elenore D. Miller; a
son, Ronald Westerman; a sister, Jean Green; Eric
Westerman, grandson, Lisa Burns and Sara Tetzel,
Granddaughters, and nine great-grandchildren.


Evva M. Reed, 87, of Houston, Texas, died
January 19, 1998 after a brief illness. She was a
long-time resident of the Canal Zone having lived in
Gamboa, Margarita and Gatun. She was employed by
the Clubhouse Division from 1942 to 1956 and was
a life-time member of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her daughter, Joan (Reed)
Dabek, Houston; four grandchildren and three great-
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her
husband, J. Milton Reed, and son, Richard (Dick)
Reed.


Walter C. Reinhardt, Jr., 82, a retired Land
Surveyor, died March 15, 1998 at home. He was
born in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Cocoa in
1956 from the Panama Canal Zone. He was a
decorated P-38 fighter pilot in the South Pacific
during WWII.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marguerite
Reinhardt of Christmas, Florida; daughters, Elizabeth
Libby of Christmas and Virginia (Jinjer) Jeffries of
Suntree, Florida; six grandchildren and 11 great-
grandchildren.



Janet B. Richardson, 66, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died April 18, 1998 at home. She left the
Canal Zone in 1954. She was a secretary with the St.
Petersburg Times for 20 years and worked for the city
of Pinellas Park until her retirement in 1995. She
was and Episcopalian and was a member of the
Bethlehem Order of the Eastern Star chapter.
Survivors include three sons, Ken, John, and
Michael, all of St. Petersburg and two grandchildren.


George E. Iiklt, 76, of Springville, California,
died July 30, 1997. He retired from the Panama
Canal Marine Bureau where he was employed as
Dock Foreman. After retirement from Panama at age
44, he and his wife Wilma moved to Springville
where he retired again in 1965. He was an avid
golfer in Panama, winning many local golf
tournaments and was the Panama Amateur Golf
Champion in 1962 and 1963.
He is survived by two brothers; Pete of Baton
Rouge, LA. and Jim of Conway, AR.; four nephews,
Jim Jr. of Orlando, FL., Jeffrey of Naples, FL., Tom
of Baton Rouge, LA., and Edward of College
Station, TX.; and six nieces, all living in California.



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The Rev, John D. Rutledge, 76, of St.Mary's
Parish, Balboa, Rep. of Panama, passed away on
March 23, 1998 after suffering a serious heart attack
on March 18, at Paitilla Hospital, Panama. He was
born in Buffalo, New York on September 22, 1921,
but he always considered the year of his ordination,
1951, as his birthday. Those who knew him felt truly
blessed to have such a down to earth, caring, almost
their own personal Priest, "Good Shepheard" to
minister to their own personal and spiritual needs
throughout the years. Two funeral services for Father
Rutledge were held, one at the Sacred Heart Chapel
in Ancon and a funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church
in Balboa. Over 700 people attended those two
services. He had always prayed that he would get to
die in his beloved Panama, where he cared deeply
for the young and less fortunate. The 1998 Ocean-
to-Ocean Cayuco Race was dedicated to Father John,
Frank Robinson and Bobby Joe Williford, and was
suspected that they paddled a cayuco named "In God
We Trust" in the great Cayuco Race in the Sky.


Wanda Marie Weed Seeley, 72, of Dothan,
Alabama, died February 17, 1998 at home after an
extended illness. She was born in Titusville,
Pennsylvania and lived there in the early years of her
life. She married her husband in Titusville and
returned with her husband to Panama in 1950 where
they resided until he retired in 1980 from the Motor
Transportation Division with 31 years of service.
She is preceded in death by her husband,
Vernon, of almost 50 years, in 1993. Survivors
include three sons, Wayne of Panama, Steve of Las
Vegas, NV., and Roger of Dothan; two daughters,
Joyce Parker of Gainesville, FL., and Donna Haisten
of Dothan; five grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren.


James Nevin Sener, 74, of Dothan, Alabama,
died March 6, 1998 at Flowers Hospital after a brief
illness. He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and
was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific. After
his tour of duty he completed his education and
moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for the
Defense Mapping Agency, In 1957 he moved to the
Canal Zone where he worked for IAGS until his
retirement in 1979. He then moved to Dothan where
he received his associate degree at George C.
Wallace Community College. He was active in many
volunteer organizations, including the Red Cross,
Barbershoppers and NARFE. He was a member of
First Presbyterian Church of Dothan.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Sener of
Dothan; a son, Ken of Appleton, WI., three
daughters, Marjorie Sener of Los Angeles, CA.,
Beverly Driscoll of Dallas, TX, and Virginia Webb of
Raleigh, NC; eight grandchildren; a brother, Roland
Jesse Sener of Rockville, MD; and 18 nieces and
nephews.



Slaughter H. Sharpensteen, 86, of Rogers,
Arkansas, died March 9, 1998 at his home. He was
born in Munfordville, Kentucky and was a veteran of
the U.S. Navy serving from 1926 to 1946, fighting in
the Nicaraguan conflict and World War II. He was
a past master of the Masonic Lodge in the Canal


Zone and retired from the Panama Canal in 1966.
Survivors include a son, Leon N. of Rogers; a
daughter, Carrie May Little of Ringgold, GA.; four
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Sally Jo Studley, 62, and David Studley, 83, of
Dunnellon, Florida, died April 4, 1998. Both were
born in Bradford, Pennsylvania and moved to
Dunnellon in 1989. They lived in Curundu and
Ft.Kobbe, Canal Zone where David was ann
Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Dept. of Defense.
Survivors include daughters Linda Sullivan (born
in Gorgas) BHS'81 of Greenbelt, MD., and Susan
Mauss, BHS'79 of West Palm Beach, FL.; and two
grandchildren.



Jerrye G. Stumpf, 74, of Ventura, California,
passed away March 9, 1998 at home. Born in Seattle,
WA., she was a retired self-employed registered
nurse. She was a graduate of Cristobal High School
in 1941 and attended Sacred Heart School of
Nursing in Pennsylvania in 1945. She worked at
Gorgas Hospital until 1947 when she married. In
1949 she obtained a California Board Nurse
Examiners Certificate. She was a member of the
Ventura Emblem Club; the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, and spent many hours volunteering her time
to various organizations in the Ventura County area,
including Ventura County Courthouse, Rescue
Mission, and Meals on Wheels.
She is survived by her husband, Alfred J. Stumpf
of Ventura; sons Myron G., and wife Jenny of Santa
Barbara, and Stephen J. and wife Maggie of Ventura;
daughter Lisa A. Stumpf of Folson, CA; two
grandchildren, and aunts Margaret Wood of
Pennsylvania and Arlene George of Arizona.





Cecil Vockrodt, of Victoria, British Columbia,
Canada, passed away September 12, 1997. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Verona "Ronnie"
Vockrodt on May 28, 1995. No further details are
available.



Frederick R. Walker, 54, of Riverview, Florida,
left us on February 25, 1998, after a long bout with
cancer. He was born in Los Angeles, California but
called the Canal Zone his home. He graduated from
Balboa High School in 1961 and entered the Panama
Canal Co. apprenticeship program. He retired from
the Communications Branch in January 1997 with
over 35 years of service. He was an avid bowler was
involved in motorcross racing, through his two sons,
and helped construct a race track m Cocoli and a
dirt track in Cardenas.
He is survived by his wife, Kay (daughter of Bud
and Eve Mills); two sons, Scott and Shane; a
grandchild; parents, George and Maybelle "Mayno";
three sisters, Mickey Fitzgerald and Carol Miller of
Florida and Jeanne Wagner of Alaska. He was the
grandson of the late Gerald D. Bliss, former
Postmaster of Culebra and Cristobal, C.Z.






Carl "Whitey" Warner, 86, passed away in Kansas
in April 1998. He worked for the Panama Railroad
as a Track Foreman ("Gandy Dancer"). No other
information available.


Joseph (Joe) A. Wertz, 84, of Fruitland Park,
Florida, entered into eternal rest on April 9, 1998.
Born in Milton, Pennsylvania, he moved to Panama
in 1945 with his wife Peggy. He retired in 1971 as a
General Engineer for the U.S. Air Force, Southern
Command after working for the Panama Canal
Company and the Corps of Engineers. He was a Life
Member of BPOElks 1414 and a Past President of
the Balboa Lions Club.
Survivors are his wife, Emma (Peggy) of 57
years; a daughter, Virginia (Ginger) Zornes and son-
in-law Richard S. Zornes; two grandsons, Lt. Jeffrey
S. Zornes, USAF and Joseph R. Zornes; and several
nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania, Texas and
Colorado.


Ursula D. Workman, 73, of Kerrville, Texas, died
March 23, 1998 at home. She was born in Colon,
Panama. Before moving to Kerrvile, she and her
husband lived in San Marcos for several years. Her
husband, Fred L. Workman, who arranged and
managed funerals for Coco Solo Hospital.
She is survived by a daughter, Dita Mitchell of
Austin, TX.; two sons, Martk of San Diego and
Chris of Kerrville; two sisters, Andria Nye of
Massachusetts and Inga Ilies of Colon, Panama; and
five grandchildren.



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Letters to the Editor

"OWEN GIRLS" VISIT PANAMA
Jean (Owen) Young and her sister Rend (Owen)
Seaton spent a fantastic week in Panama visiting old
friends and the "old stompin' grounds." Reng's
^ husband, Jim, had the distinct pleasure of
: accompanying them on his first trip to Panama. They
Stayed with their cousin, Roy Newall, and his wife
Joan in their lovely home in Santa Rita. The
accommodations, the company, and the weather were
--- spectacular. Their week was full of activities, starting
off with a reunion of old friends at the Newall's
house. They spent time sightseeing on the Atlantic
.'- and Pacific sides, transited the Canal, attended
festivities at the refurbished Gatun Yacht Club for
one of Fernie's passenger ships, took a helicopter
S'- ride, and even attempted deep sea fishing.


Before the 1958 Cristobal High School ROTC
Parade. Windy Sasso (left) and James Brooks.
Photo by Maestro James Brooks Bruzzese,
Symphony of the Americas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


L-R: Joan Newall, Roy Newall, Jean (Owen)
Young, Jim Seaton.






GOLF BUDDIES


L-R: Collin Corrigan, Elaine (Asbury) Stevenson,
Rene (Owen) Seaton, Vincent Caniamas, Pat
(Ernst) Holmes, and Bill Huff.
The fishing trip turned out very differently then
expected. After bouncing around on the Pacific
Ocean for several hours, Jean became quite seasick
and was losing consciousness. They went to
Contadora looking for help, but Roy ended up
calling his office to arrange a doctor and a chartered
flight to pick her up. Rend and Roy's son, Stuart,
flew back to Panama City with her. By the time they
landed, Jean was feeling better (the doctor had given
her a shot of something) and Rend was now out of
it!! An ambulance was w.,it;ng for them and they
were whisked off to a clinic where Rene was treated
with IV fluids while Jean had Gatorade. What a pair
they made!! Needless to say, deep-sea fishing in now
off their list of vacation tll'ril



DECEMBER 13th BIRTHDAY

On December 13th, 1997, there was a birthday
celebration in Tampa. Many Zonians attended and
fun was had by all.



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Arthur B. Egger and President Clinton at St.
Thomas this past January 1998. Art resides in St.
Thomas with his wife, Diana, and two children
Kayla and Chase. (Submitted by a very proud
mother, Sheila L. Egger.)


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Jim DesLondes, Arthur Egger and Dan
Deslondes at a really fun hole at Mahogany Run,
in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands


The guests included, Rich and Karen Goldsberry,
Donna (Date) and Mike Smith, Tommy Nickisher,
Walter Crouch, Chad Crouch, Jimmy Groom,
Kristine (Stromberg) and Alan Eckel, Vanessa
LaSack, Connie (Nickisher) and Mark Mirrop and
their daughters Stevie Lynn, Harry and Patti
(Revello) Bilgray, John Hern, Robert Nieves,
Ismael Rios, Jane Halibur, Gary Clinghan,Gladys
Hattabough, Dana Elliott, Patrick Lincoln, Dana
Fussle, Willy Benninghoff, Misty Renfroe, Ingrid
Diaz, Marina Zamaora, Patrick Smith and, the
birthday girl, Nancy Smith.


MINI REUNION CLASS OF '42

After 56 years of no contact since high school
graduation, Frank Lamb and Jerry Graham had a
two-man" reunion at Jesse's Seafood House in
Dunedin, Florida.
They really enjoyed recalling the past and old
friends, Jerry lives in Palm Harbor, Florida and
Frank lives in Ridge, New York and Tarpon Springs,
Florida.


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CLONE THE ZONE BACK HOME
IN INDIANA

Dear Editor:
Here is a copy of our song that was written
during the "changing times of the Canal Zone about
1978-1980.
Since everyone is claiming now that they can
clone sheep, horses, pigs and even human beings, I
want to say that I had the idea first, of just cloning
a Place! My mother, Elizabeth Beveridge had just
moved from Florida to Indiana, and I started to long
for a place to go, hence Cloning.


"The Panama Hatties", members of the Crossroads
Chapter, Sweet Adelines International. L-R: Janet
Winford, Judy Peterson, Anne Beers, Bette
Blanchette.
This was sung barbershop style by our quartet
"The Panama Hatties". Once on the stage of the
Balboa Theater for a Panama Canal Zone Fund
raiser, and for several other groups. I even came
back from the U.S. to sing for the Teacher's Union,
two days after my mother remarried. Our quartet was
made up by Ann Beers, Speech therapist, CZ
Schools; Judy Peterson, wife of Air Force Morale
Officer; Betty Blanchette, Health Bureau; and Janet
Winford, ex-Police wife. We were members of the
Cross Roads Chapter, Sweet Adelines International.

Words by Janet Winford,
(Expired Poetic License) and
Sue Carwithen

I want to clone the Zone in Indiana;
Resurrect the Clubhouse too.
How I did adore, causeway Amador,
Kobbe Beach and Summit Zoo.
The new mown hay would smell of ginger,
Sosa Hill would burn again.
When I dream about the moonlight on the Chagres,
Then I'll clone the Zone in my Indiana home.

The Star & Herald would Review the Spillway,
The railroad train would run on time.
Cristobal Schoo-oo-ool would be bused and coo-oo-
ool'd,


And school would start on time.
They'd send an ambulance from Coco Solo
And I'd never more complain!
For the 'copter and the doctor might not get there;
I'd be left out there lying in the rain.

I'd make a warehouse a shoestore once more;
Section B, the Com'ny store,
There'd be Democracy, bureaucracy;
Pan Canal would know the score.
I'd not be cruel, I'd take the mules -
They would miss my loving care.
And the ships would lock and dock without a hassle,
In my cloned, zoned, and Indiana Home!

The Hotel Tivoli a little termitee;
Lucho played there New Years Eve.

(Interlude)

"Panamefio, Panameho, Panamefo vida mia"
"You're in the Army now; you're not behind the
plow."
God Bless America."
"Yo quiero que tu me toque, un tambor de alegria."

And good ol' Teddy's be rough and ready
To defend us with his stick.
I am retired, shifted, drafted, RIFted, fired,
So I think I'll clone the Zone.
I'll clone the Zone again,
I'll clone the Zone in my Indiana home.

Sung to the tune of "Back home again, in Indiana"
"Panameio", "God Bless America", & "You're in the
Army now."



HAVE YOU READ THE
IMPORTANT NOTICE ON
PAGE 4 OF THIS ISSUE?



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Chuck Abernathy with a Cobalt Jack at Cape
Mala, Panama. Fishing plugs used made by Al
Sprague. Photo sent by Barbara Bonanno.






GAS HOUSE GOLF REPORT

The golf Gods smiled on us and we had great
weather for our Gas House Gang Golf Tournament
last October. We were due to have good weather
after the bad weather for the past two get-togethers.
There were 86 golfers and 178 for the Banquet.
Some first time visitors whom we hadn't seen since
the 40's were here. Joe Nitto from Mississippi,
Georgiana Carnwright Mau, California, and Eddie
Wheeler from New York. Please come back, it was
great seeing you all and it was a fun time.
Jim Coman did his usual excellent job as our
MC. Ron Smith and M.B. "Woody" Woodruff once
again outdid themselves getting door prize donations.
Bill Wheeler brought a bag of goodies and Eddie
Wheeler brought some wonderful apples from New
York.
Space won't permit us to list all the winners but
our Mixed Foursomes for Tuesday were: 1st. Place -
Jim Snyder, Ray Lucas, Wilma Nowotny. 2nd Place -
Ron Smith, John Hern, Eddie Wheeler and Ed
Malin. 3rd Place Willy Nowotny, Nellie Lucas, Bill
Powell and Fran Hern. Wednesday winners were: 1st
Place Dude Simpson, Bob Friar, Ed Goodrich and
Bill Wheeler. 2nd Place Jack Smith, Gary
Anderson, Jim Coman and Bill Carlin. 3rd Place -
Willy Nowotny, Jack Ruoff, Brian DeRaps and Eddie
Wheeler. All of the women participating won a prize.
We are finalizing our package for this coming
October. The dates will be Sunday, October 4th.
through check-out on Thursday, October 8. Joe Bates
said he should be able to give us the same package
we had last year. Hope you are planning on coming.
Pass the word around, we had a wonderful time.
Individual mailings will go out later and we will
have more information in the September Canal
Record Hope the young people come again. It was
great having them.
Lois and Bud Thomas, Abie Anderson, Jim Coman,
Committee


HAVE YOU READ THE
IMPORTANT NOTICE ON
PAGE 4 OF THIS ISSUE?


Thanksgiving '97 at the Brandenbergs in Riverview,
Florida. L-R: Todd Brandenburg, Craig Fishbough,
Tyler Quinn, Gabe and Bryan Brandenburg.


MALONEY-HOOKER MEET
I had a very nice visit over the Christmas
Holidays with Jana Hooker McCormack, her husband
and their two little boys, Tucker and Buck in
Memphis, Tennessee.
I not only got to celebrate Christmas with them,
I was their first guest at their new home in
Germantown.
It was fun watching the kids opening their
presents and just kicking back for a week with good
friends.
Yours truly,
Jerry 'Tiger" Maloney


Jana Hooker McCormack and Jerry "Tiger"
Maloney. Christmas '97, Memphis, Tennessee.


PERRY VISITS HORTER
Mike Perry (BHS'70) stopped in Fort Worth,
Texas, over the March 27 weekend to visit his old
friend, Ernie Horter (BHS'69), wife Mary Ann
(French) Horter and beautiful eight-year-old daughter,
Kelsey. Mike and Ernie had not seen each other in
12 years, thus there was a lot of catching up to do.
Both Ernie and Mary work for Lockheed-Martin
as engineers. Mary Ann is a deputy director for the
F-22 project. Touring the plant was indeed a unique
experience, especially since you could see the F-16
being built. Mike kept after Ernie to get him a
"flight" in the F-16 simulator, but was put on an
indefinite hold.
Mike spent a good portion of his visit trying to
convince old Ern to attend his first Panama Canal
Reunion, and may have made some inroads. Vamos
& ver. Nevertheless a superb time was had by all
with Mike looking forward to the next time for one
of the Horter's famous camping trips.



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and in now living in San Antonio, Texas. He was in
Lima to help start a DeMolay Chapter. He and
Lydia looked great, and love being retired.
We flew out of Lima on November 22 for
Buenos Aires, Argentina where we did some
sightseeing, shopping and saw a wonderful Tango
Show. This was a first class show, and one I highly
recommend to anyone who visits Buenos Aires. It is
called "Mi Tango". We then flew to Trelew,
Argentina, in Patagonia, and that was the fun part of
our trip. On our first full day there we went whale
watching, and saw lots of whales. Later that
afternoon we went to a beach that was full of young
seals just laying around. On our second day we went
to a Penguin Colony where we walked among the
penguins. They were the one and a half feet tall
Magellanic Penguins. They had just given birth to
their new "pups and were busy getting them fed and
watching their nests, which were dug into the ground
all around us.
On our third and last day in Patagonia, we went
to a 15 million year-old fossil bed, which was very
interesting. This was on a private estancia, and the
only way to get there was by 4-wheel drive. It was
quite a trip. While there, we also saw a large colony
of seals and sea lions.
While in Patagonia, we stayed at a lovely, small
hotel in the town of Puerto Madlyn, and were
surprised at how nice the accommodations were. We
also found some mola print T-shirts with penguins
and whales on them. I bought several.
We flew out of Patagonia on November 28th,
spent the night in Buenos Aires and flew home on
the 29th, tired but happy. My husband and I had
such a good time, that we are planning to return in
October 1998, and then continuing further south into
Tierra del Fuego. If anyone is interested in joining
us, let us know.
June and Davis Stevenson
Lawrenceville, GA


Al Sprague and Bob Hummer casting a Sprague
sculpture at Al's home. Top: Before, Middle: During,
Bottom: After, during the summer of 1997. Photos
sent by Barbara Bonanno.


SOUTH AMERICA
NOVEMBER 1997

On November 16th, my husband, Davis and I,
along with Vicki and Bob Boukalis flew to Lima,
Peru, where we spent the rest of the week
sightseeing, not only in Lima, but also in Cusco,
Peru and Machu Pichu. Our weather was great and
we. were fascinated with the Inca Ruins. This was
Bob's first time in Peru, and he really seemed to
enjoy everything he saw. Back in Lima, we ran into
Don and Lydia Garrido in our hotel lobby. Don is
a past potentate of Abou Shrine Temple in Panama,


FOR ALL THOSE BORN
PRIOR TO 1940

WE ARE THE SURVIVORS. Consider the changes
we have witnessed:
We were before television, before penicillin,
before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact
lenses, Frisbees and the pill.
We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms,
laser beams, ball point pens; before pantyhose,
dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air
conditioners, drip-dry clothes, and before man walked
on the moon.
We got married first, then lived together. How
quaint can you be?
In our time, closets were for clothes, not for
"coming out of". Bunnies were small rabbits and
rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designer jeans were
scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne, and having a
meaningful relationship meant getting along with our
cousins.
We thought fast food was what you ate during
Lent, and Outer Space was the back of the Riviera
Theater.
We were before house-husbands, gay rights,
computer dating, dual careers and commuter
marriages. We were before day care centers, group
therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM





radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts,
word processors, yogurt, and guys wearing earrings.
For us, time-sharing meant togetherness not
computers or condominiums; a chip meant a piece of
wood, hardware meant hardware and software wasn't
even a word.
In 1940, Made in Japan meant junk and the
term "making out" referred to how you did on an
exam. Pizzas, "McDonald" and instant coffee were
unheard of.
We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10q
stores where you bought things for five or 10 cents.
Sanders and Wilson sold ice cream cones for a
nickel or a dime. For a nickel you could ride a
street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough
stamps to mail one letter and two post cards. You
could buy a new Chewy Coupe for $600, but who


could afford one? A pity too, because gas was only
1 a gallon.
In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable.
Grass was mowed, Coke was a cold drink and pot
was something you cooked in. Folk Music was a
Grandma's lullaby and Aids were helpers in the
Principal's office.
We were certainly not before the difference
between the sexes was discovered but we were surely
before the sex change; we made do with what we
had. And we were the last generation that was so
dumb as to think you needed to have a husband to
have a baby.
No wonder we are so confused and there is such
a generation gap today!
But we survived. What better reason to
celebrate?


SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENTS


BHS CLASS OF 1938
PLANNING ITS 60TH
ANNIVERSARY CLASS REUNION

When we placed the first announcement in the
September 1996 Canal Record about planning a 60th
Anniversary Class Reunion, which was almost two
years ahead, we had no idea how many of our class
would respond.
Since the Reunion is only a few weeks away, and
several of our classmates will be in Orlando, (during
the Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion), we
are hoping to hear from others who would like to
attend.
A dinner is planned for Friday night, July 3rd at
the Orlando World Center Marriott, and if you can
attend, please call me and I can give you more
information.
SEE YOU IN ORLANDO THE WEEKEND OF
JULY 4th, 1998.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
BHS Class of 1938,
9816 Lake Seminole Drive West,
Seminole, Florida 33773-4521.
(813) 397-5366.


ORLANDO ALERT!
BHS'48 IS COMING
ARE YOU READY?
Montuno hats will be the order of the day for
BHS'48ers at their big 50th Reunion next month.
Classmate Raymond Harari is providing authentic,
custom-designed montuno hats for all attending this
very festive class gathering. The colorful hats should
make it easy to spot each other in case 50 years
have made a few changes in those youthful faces
from the 1948 Zonian. A crowd of about 100 is
expected at the class dinner on Saturday, July 4th,
while the hospitality suite will provide an on-going
location for old friends to meet, reminisce, and catch
up on each others' news. Final arrangements are
complete, the reunion yearbook is ready for
distribution, and BHS'48 is standing tall for its big
FIVE-OH. Questions? Call Class Reunion Chairman
Russ Drew at (703) 430-3038.
Barbara Fritz Reyle
10518 Providence Way
Fairfax, VA 22030-3106
(703) 272-2654


C.H.S. CLASS OF 1949
50th Reunion Plans for 1999


CHS 1948

Charlie Harrison, Bill McGinn and I are planning
to have our 50th Cristobal High School (CHS) reunion
in conjunction with that of the Annual Panama Canal
Societys' Reunion. I spoke to Barbara Fritz Reyes and
Russ Drew who are way ahead of us for BHS and are
planning to do the same. We are very receptive to any
suggestions that you guys might have. I know that
Pete Foster's class had an excellent reunion. Dr.
Edward G. Corbett, 106 Forge Road, Coventry, CT
06238-1415. (860) 742-8163.


Plans are being made for a 50th C.H.S. Class
Reunion to be held during the 1999 Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando. Please contact one of
the Planning Committee members listed below for
more information or ideas on the type of event that
should be planned.
Jean (Dough) Judge J.E. Dorn Thomas
(813) 577-4976 Brian Albright (804) 745-1754
(813)-530-5691
Jackie Whitlock Werbrouck John (Buddy) Thomas
(219) 255-8279 (850) 235-3519


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BHS CLASS OF 1949


Plans are being made to hold a BHS Class of
1949 50th Anniversry Reunion in 1999. It's never too
early to start planning. We would like to hear from
classmates who have any suggestions or advice on
the reunion. We would like to hear whether to have
the Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion or to arrange a trip to Panama
(probably in the spring of 1999). The year 1999 is
not only our 50th anniversary but it is the last year
of Balboa High School and the U.S. involvement
with the Panama Canal. Volunteers interested in
assisting in arrangements for the reunion may
contact:


Bea (Reyes) Dunn
545 Moss
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-3686


Tom Peterson
6534 Samoa Drive
Sarasota, FL 34241-7731
(941) 371-7731


We would appreciate receiving current addresses
of all classmates. The last mailing sent, many letters
were returned marked "undeliverable". If you know
addresses of classmates who are not members of the
Society, please include those as well.



THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY
Balboa High School, Canal Zone
The Year 2000...50th Reunion

Plans are underway for a NIFTY CLASS OF
FIFTY reunion (our 50th Year!) in the year 2000.
We have received some response from the notices
that appeared in the March Canal Record but we still
have at least 69 classmates with whom we have had
no contact. Our committee will be meeting at the
orlando Reunion this summer. Please also see the
notice in the "Where Are You" section in this issue
of the Canal Record or contact:


BHS/CHS 1953 REUNION


Go Fourth and Enjoy!
Enjoy the camaraderie of old friends at your 45th
high school reunion on July 3 and 4, 1998.
On Friday: 3-5 p.m. meet under the balloons
near the vendor's entrance.
On Saturday, 3-5 p.m., Party at Hubert and
Margot Jordan suite. $15/couple; $8/stag. RSVP,
please. Clip and send the form below.

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BHS/CHS 1953 REUNION


Please make reservations for people.
Couples Stags
Make checks payable and mail to either:

Hubert Jordan (BHS) Edna Musso (BHS)
16409 Lake Byrd Dr. 23 Gatehouse Dr.
Tampa, FL 33618 Holland, PA 18966
(813) 963-6998 (215) 322-7691
essse@aol.com
Nancy Eide (CHS)
3548 E. Nugget Canyon PI.
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 577-7284
eidedj@juno.com
Name:
Address

Phone:
E-Mail


ATTENTION BHS/CHS'63


Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury
(409) 564-0620
R 13 Box 8600
Nacogdoches, TX
75961-9599
cspreadbury@titan.sfasu.edu


Joan (Powell) Arndt
(352) 489-3887
9770 S.W. 198th Cir.
Dunnellon, FL
34431-4148


The 36th ANNUAL
C.Z. POCONOS REUNION

The 1998 Canal Zone Poconos Reunion is
scheduled for Friday afternoon, September 11, 1998,
to Sunday, September 13, 1998, at the Hill Motor
Lodge (Best Western), Tannersville, PA. The Motor
Lodge is located at Exit 45 on 1-80 in Tannersville.
The cost is still $70 per person double occupancy
and includes dinner on Friday and Saturday night.
Telephone reservations may be made after
January 1998 by calling (717) 629-1667. This is an
ideal time and place m which to hold Mini-Class
Reunions and a great place to relax and enjoy the
company of fellow Zonians. Golf is also available. If
additional information is needed, call Bob Whitam at
(330) 725-5087 or Bill March at (609) 772-9458.


The combined classes of BHS/CHS of 1963 will
have a 35 year reunion in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion.
For more information please contact Peggy
Mattey (BHS'63) Tel: (716)( 426-1696 or Bev
Dockery Vaughn (CHS'63) Tel: (770) 942-1032.


BHS'66 GOLDEN BIRTHDAY
CELEBRATION CRUISE

BHS Class of 1996 invites classmates as well as
BHS classes of 1965 and 1967 to join us on a cruise
immediately before (June 30 to July 2, 1998) the
Panama Canal Society Reunion.
"Take the Boat" to the '98 Reunion and join in
our "Turning Fifty" celebration. Please join us for a
4 night 3 day Carnival Lines cruise out of (and
back) to Port Canaveral, Florida. Lots of fun,
dancing and activities. Now everyone can "Take the
Boat" to the States (i.e., the Reunion). Group rates.
A classmate is a travel agent and is making
arrangements. Special events planned Call Bob
Askew, (208) 788-2253 or write to P.O.Box 2511,
Hailey, ID 83333. E-mail: etaskew@micron.net.






BHS CLASS OF 1968
30th Reunion Summer of 1998

The Class of 1968 will hold its 30th Class
Reunion with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in Florida during 1-5 July, 1998. Bob
Hughes and Marshall Harris, still nursing their
twisted arms, need to hear from you soon to plan
this spectacular event you have come to expect.
CHS'ers are encouraged to write as well our last
joint reunion was a great success. Let us hear your
ideas and plan to attend. Contact Darlene Hunt,
1050 Starkey Road #305. Largo, FL 33771. (813)
584-3192 or those listed below:
Bob Hughes Marshall Harris
5209 Nanticoke Ct. 16640 Cypress Road
Centreville, VA 20120 Summerland Key, FL 33042
(703) 830-3522 (305) 745-2908
sharris@web2000.net


BHS CLASS OF 1978
20th Anniversary Reunion

Plans are underway for our 20th Year Reunion
get-together in Orlando during July 1-5, summer of
1998 weekend, with a dinner tentatively scheduled for
Saturday, July 4, before the Society's Annual Ball.
We'd also like to organize an El Panama Casino
Night. Virginia (Vargas) Gasta has been in Las
Vegas since graduation and will lend a hand to help
make Casino Night a hit.
Diane (Lester) Sanchez and others have been
helping coordinate names, addresses, phone numbers
and e-mail's of our BHS'78 classmates. Drop us a
line, pass the news around and let us know who
you've been in touch with so we can get the word
out to everyone! Diane Lester Sanchez, 1197
Kinsmen, Auburndale, FL 33823. (941) 967-1899.
Office: (941) 597-0220, ext 220. FAX 941-597-3026.


CHS CLASS OF 1978


CHS CLASS OF '68
30th REUNION Summer '98

The '68 Tigers of CHS will hold their 30th Class
Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society's Annual Reunion in Florida, July 1-5, 1998.
Mark your calendars now! We know the where
and when, but the exact "what" is to be determined.
But, if previous reunions are any indication, it will be
fun. Previous CHS'ers and BHS'ers are welcome. Let
us hear your ideas and if you have any "lost Tigers'
addresses, call or write: Renee (Ballou) Krimminger,
5917 Cherrycrest Lane, Charlotte, NC 28217. Tel:
(H)-704-527-5745. (W)-704-376-3006 (ext) 100. e-mail:
catballou@juno.com.


BHS Class of '69-30th REUNION!!

Plans are underway for summer 1999, and we
want YOUR ideas; Stateside or Panama? Daytime or
evening (or both)? Putting together a database and
mailer. Call or e-mail suggestions, etc. ASAP to:


Mel Henter
813) 821-8181
813) 803-8000
melh@hj.com


Steve Bristol
(818) 386-6888
(0)


Betsy Vosburgh
(407) 779-3017
voz@ju.net


ATTENTION: It is beginning to be that time
again. Betty K and I are looking to start collecting
addresses for our 20 year reunion. Look for more
information to be posted in future Canal Records.
Look forward to seeing you in 1998. Ciao for now!
Please send addresses to:
Stacy (Parker) DeRaps Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand
17312 Hialiah Drive P.O. Box 243
Odessa, FL 33556 Dade City, FL 33526-0243
(813) 920-5787
E-mail address: sderaps@coml.med.usf.edu



BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF '88 REUNION

July 4, 1998 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
During the Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Prices will be announced on the official website cf
the Class of '88
www.directorylink.net/bhs88
Sign on, check out the pictures of the week, and get
the latest information for the reunion. OR: Contact
Renie (Rowley) Friedel at (407) 858-0677. Address;
2632 Heron Landing Court, Orlando, FL 32837.
e-mail: friedel@bellsouth.net
CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU!


BHS CLASS OF 1989
10 Year Anniversary Reunion


CHS CLASS OF 1973

Our 25th High School Reunion will take place at
the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando in 1998. Contact:


Jerry Coffin
145 72nd Street #F-12
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-0695
56


Brian DeRaps
P.O. Box 272764
Tampa, FL 33688
(813) 920-5787


Plans are underway for the 10 Year Reunion to
be held in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando during
Saturday, July 3 to Tuesday July 6, 1999. Mark your
calendars now! More information will follow. Please
call or e-mail current addresses for the Classs of '89
database.
Stephanie Mitchell Robert Thrift
(501) 905-5501 (407) 839-0433
stephanie.mitchell@alltel.com teeman357@aol.com






COCOLI WEST BANK REUNION
Saturday, July 4, 1998
(during the Annual PCSofFL Reunion)
Renew friendships and enjoy happy memories.
Friday, July 3, join the Cocoli Tables at the
Panazonian Dance. Saturday afternoon, July 4, try
the Cocoli Trivia Quiz, get a Cocoli map, and have
fun with karoke. $5.00 registration fee per family. It
won't be complete without hearing from you. Call,
write or e-mail as soon as possible.
Carl Berg Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald
5925 South Lakeshore Dr. 1381 Scarlett Trail
Tempe, AZ 85283 New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(602) 345-1810 (904) 428-2791 (evenings)
e-maill c/o Franz/Chris Berg) mickeyftz@aol.com
atl.bergs@mindspring.com
Bruce & Diane Bateman
314 Wesley Road
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
(904) 282-7650
BandDBateman@worldnet.att.net


GULF COAST PICNIC

The annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
will be held starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 3,
1998 at the Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf
Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean
Springs, Mississippi. For overnight camping details,
contact the Assistant Superintendent, Gulf Islands
National Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs,
MS 39564. For additional picnic details, contact
Gerda or Owen Smith (601) 567-9870.



YEARBOOKS and UPDATES

Old yearbooks and the yearbook updates often
distributed at class reunions in Florida are being
collected in the interests of future historical research
and preservation. They will end up in the Pan Canal
Museum. So, if you have any old yearbooks or if your
class prepared an update for your class reunion, please
send them to: Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court,
Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank you!


EYEGLASSES
Collection is well under way for 1998 and glasses
are arriving weekly. Please look around the house,
gather up your old eyeglasses and send them to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
Over the past five years PCS members have
donated 869 pairs of glasses to those less fortunate
in Latin America. You can make a difference -
please do your part today!




NEXT DEADLINE:
Editor must have by:

August 7, 1998



SOME

Some members keep their organization strong
While others join to belong.
Some volunteer to do their share,
While others lie back and dcn't care.
Some always pay their dues ahead,
Some get behind for months, instead.
Some do their best; some build; some make,
Some never do, just sit and take.
Some lag behind, some let things go,
And never help their club to grow.
Some drag; some pull; some don't, some do,
Considerer, which of these are YOU?

Author Unknown


MASONS and OES LUNCHEON

There will be a Panama Canal Masons and
Eastern Star luncheon on Friday, July 3, 1998 at the
Orlando World Center Marriott in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:00 Noon
immediately following the Society's Annual Business
Meeting. The cost of the luncheon is shown below.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars,
spouses and friends of the Fraternity are invited.
Dress for the occasion will be semi-formal.

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MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821-6358
Friday Luncheon: 12:00 Noon
July 3, 1998 Cost: (See below)
(A) Chicken Alexander $20.50
(B) Grilled Top Sirloin Steak 23.50
Please make reservations and meal selection of
(A) or (B) below:
Total enclosed: $_
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to
Robert Russell and mail to 3023 Bent Creek Drive,
Valrico, FL 33594.
List names of persons attending (and meal selection)
for name tags:





Deadline for reservations is June 24, 1998
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Celebrate at the 1998

WEST COAST REUNION

Saturday Night Dinner/Dance

Saturday, September 26, 1998

Bay View Restaurant & Lounge*
Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego
Conveniently located near downtown San Diego,
overlooking a beautiful Marina on an inlet of San Diego Bay
Schedule:
5:00 7:00 Open bar 7:00 p.m. Dinner 8:00 11:45 p.m.
Dancing (Details for an informal breakfast will be given at the Dinner/Dance)
Mail reservations for meals (including name and address of each individual
attending and your phone number) with check payable to REUNION ACCOUNT
and sent to Norma Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA 91902.
Name and Address of Each Person:

Dinner/Dance: $30/person
(NO RESERVATIONS WILL
BE ACCEPTED AFTER 9-10-98
Total Enclosed:
Your Phone Number with Area Code:
Information Resources: (All phone numbers are in (619) area code unless otherwise noted.
For Directions to the Bay View Restaurant & Lounge, call one of the numbers listed below:
Mini-Reunions: Kathy Taylor 277-5000
General Information: Jack & Kathy Taylor 277-5000
David Hollowell: 424-5704 Bill & Nana Roberts: 440-3071
Norma Horine: 472-6693 Jean Pence: 566-1831
Ted & Beth Sundquist: 669-1127 Ken & Celine Stone: (818) 361-1964
WHERE TO STAY: Please make hotel room reservations directly with hotel. The
following are suggestions only. No special arrangements have been made.
SHERATON (Harbor Island Dr. by airport & bay: (619) 291-2900. HOLIDAY
INN BAYSIDE: (619) 224-3521. RAMADA HARBOR VIEW: (619) 225-9461,
VALUE INNS: (619) 224-3166. DAYS INNS: (619) 224-9800. *MILITARY:
Don't forget to look into Military Lodging.













1908 Request by U.S. Navy
Led to Design Change

The Panama Canal locks were originally
envisioned to be just 100 feet wide and not 110 feet
wide as they were ultimately constructed. The
documents that are reprinted on this page were
published in the February 19, 1908, issue of the
Canal Record to present the arguments used in the
decision to build wider locks. The January 22, 1908,
Canal Record had already reported U.S. President
Theodore Roosevelt's approval of the plan for 110-
foot-wide by 1,000-foot-long lock dimensions, which
was relayed to Lt. Col. George W. Goethals,
chairman and chief engineer of the Isthmian Canal
Commission, by cable dispatch.
January 11, 1908.
The Hon. Wm. H. Taft,
Secretary of War,
Washington, D.C.
Sir: The following is an extract from the minutes
of the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Meeting of
the Isthmian Canal Commission, held at Culebra,
Canal Zone, December 7, 1907:
"As the law requires that the locks of the
Isthmian Canal shall be of such size 'as will afford
convenient passage of ships of the greatest tonnage
and draft now in use and such as may be reasonably
anticipated,' and
"As it is the opinion expressed by the General
Board of the Navy, stated in a Memorandum to the
Secretary of the Navy dated Washington, Oct. 29,
1907, 'that the width of the locks as now fixed,
namely -- 100 feet -- is insufficient for probable ships
of future construction, and the sound policy would
dictate an increase to a clear width of 110 feet.'
"Upon motion it was
"Resolved, That the width of the locks be increased
from 100 feet in the clear to 110 feet in the clear,
in order to meet requirements of the Navy that can
be reasonably be expected in the near future."
As the action of the Commission outlined in the
foregoing resolution makes change in the project
already approved, I have the honor to recommend
that the approval of the resolution be formally given,
so as to enable to Commission to proceed with the
work necessary to accomplish the increased width of
the locks.
Respectfully, GEO. W. GOETHALS
Chairman and Chief Engineer

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF
WAR: An increase in the width of the locks of the
Panama Canal will increase the cost, increase the
time of filling and emptying the locks, thereby
reducing the capacity of the Canal, and affect the
sufficiency of the water supply.
The cost of all the locks 100 feet wide in the
clear is estimated at $52,580,011. This cost is
increased approximately 10 percent, for an additional
width of 10 feet; 15 percent, for an additional width
of 15 feet; 20 percent for an additional width of 20
feet; and 25 percent for an additional width of 25


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feet. Assuming that the resolution of the Commission
be adopted fixing the width of the locks at 110 feet
in accordance with the wishes expressed by the
General Board of the Navy, the cost will be
$57,690,850, a difference too small to be considered,
assuming the necessity for the increased width be as
stated by the Navy.
The increased time of filling and emptying
reduces by just so much the number of lockages per
day and to that extent reduces the capacity of the
Canal. Increased width of locks necessitates larger
gates and heavier machinery for their operation,
thereby reducing the facility of operation.
The Board of Consulting Engineers fixed the
maximum elevation of the lake level at plus 86 and
the minimum at the end of the dry season at 82,
giving a storage of practically 4 feet in the lake for
lockages. With locks 100 feet wide and allowing 250
cubic feet per second as necessary for operating the
power plant, it is found that for the year of
minimum discharge, 1903, 22 lockages in 24 hours
will be the maximum number permissible. During the
year of average discharge, the maximum number of
lockages will be 31. Under these circumstances, the
depth of the water at the end of the dry season in
the Culebra Cut will be 42 feet. There is no reason
why the maximum level in the lake should not be
maintained at 87 feet and if the lake be drawn off
7 feet, reducing the level in the Culebra Cut to 40
feet, which will be ample depth for any battleship
built or contemplated, there will be sufficient water
for 39 lockages per day, the number fixed on as the
maximum by the Board of Consulting Engineers. If
it be desired to obtain this number of lockages for
every year, then additional storage capacity will have
to be provided by a dam at Alhajuela, or the
operating plant will have to be moved to that
locality, and a dam constructed necessary to give
sufficient head for generating the power required.
The latter method is the more economical and by an
additional expenditure of $2,000,000 will give a water
supply ample for locks of 125 feet in width.
It is the opinion of the Commission that the
present width of locks, 100 feet, is ample for all
commercial vessels that are now building, or that
may be contemplated; and that the locks are
sufficient in size for any battleship now constructed,
building, or at present projected. As however, the
Navy General Board desire a width of 110 feet and
state that "the width of locks as now fixed is not
sufficient for probable ships of future construction
and that sound policy would dictate a clear width of
110 feet," the Commission felt that it should be
guided by the wishes of the Navy and adopted the
resolution fixing the size of the locks at 1,000 feet in
length and 110 feet in width.

GEO. W. GOETHALS
Chairman and Chief Engineer
From: The Panama Canal Spillway
September 6, 1996





































J.B. Jeffries, D2M; J.S. Simmons, Asst. D2M; A.S. Boyd, Storekeeper; T.B. Quimby, Carpenter Foreman;
William Winter, Carpenter; W.L. Chauncey, Carpenter; W.J. Bishop, Wheelwright; R.R. Van Horn,
Blacksmith; W. Drake, Tinsmith; C.L. Lambert, Plumber; R. Peters, Mattress Maker; W.W. John, Painter;
Max Hirsch, Clerk; Gomez, Typewritier repairman; Fowler, Foreman Storehouse; Barth, Clerk; W.
Wardermain, Clerk; George H. Turner, Corral master; L.C. Turner, General Foreman. This photo was found
in an old trunk. 19 people, 19 names, but in what order? D2M means District Quartermaster.


"Wishing you a Merry Christmas 1919, Balboa Canal Zone'. J.F. Warner, (far right) founded the Panama
Canal Society of Florida 13 years later. Others in photo are unknown.



































Miraflores Diesel Station Employees, Electrical Division, Miraflores, Canal Zone, September 18, 1951. L-R:
Willard Percy, John Skinner, Benny, John Voss, Cranfield, Pat Cocoli, Smith, Harland Howard, Burt
Hall.


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The LINDBERG DISPLAY at the Balboa Commissary during January 1928. The placard under the top wing,
center, reads: "Designed and Built by Harry Durant, Pvt. 1st Class, Air Mechanic 2nd Class, 63rd Service
Squadron, France Field, C.Z." That may have been the person sitting in the cockpit. Photo submitted by
Macel (Goulet) Thomson, Memphis Tennessee, whose father was General Manager of the Commissary
Division at the time.






































1954-1955 Fifth Grade Class, St, Mary's Parochial School; Front L-R: Frances Lindh, Diane Wallace,
Margaret Gangle. 2nd row: Mary Ridge, Barbara Coy, Priscilla Koperski. Row 3:
Karen Schmidt, Mary Herring. Row 4: Brenda Barthouse, Reba Kirk, Sandra Husted, hFelaR~eniiyni,
Mary Lee Kincaid. Row 5. Susan Fletcher, Carolyn Davis, Mary Barrett, Karen Nadeau, Mary Jo Plaia.
Row 6: Shirley Murphy, Maria Burrillo, Sister Judith, Irene Ocana, Mary Vaccaro, Cecilia Marclaq.
Photo submitted by Karen Price, College Station, Texas.


Construction era American Employees of the District Quartermaster, Culebra, Canal Zone. Star is under
William W. John.
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Eisenhower visits
Canal Zone

Pre-Dawn Crowds Line Prexies'
Parade Route

Before sunrise the crowd was gathering. By 7:30
a.m. the parade route was lined with spectators.
Uniformed school-kids were gathering to look at
presidents and help direct traffic.
Some of the official guests for the signing of the
Declaration of Panama were already seated in
chartreuse colored chairs in the patio of San
Augustin School.
Crowds were orderly but so eager to take part
in mapping plans for a better hemisphere that they
broke pohce lines to cheer and applaud passing
presidents. Several convoys had to halt. This, coupled
with shifts in order of arrival created such traffic
congestion that the first president did not get
through until 10:50 five minutes after the
ceremonies were to start.
Awaiting President Pedro A. Aramburu, President
Ricardo Arias stood on a temporary platform built
along the seawall at the outer edge of the large tiled
patio enclosed by wings of the building vacated a few
years ago by the Colegio de La Salle. The platform
immediately adjoining the newly restored Salon
Bolivar is on the edge of the seawall in the wing
nearest the Union Club.
Under the tree which usually shades the
entrance, a green and white canopy had been hung
to protect the presidents and the visiting OAS
ambassadors. They needed it. Before the ceremonies
ended in the late afternoon those fortunate enough
to be present for the actual signing of the document
had been pelted with rain and burned by the sun.
Chairs of Spanish design had been provided for
the presidents and presidents-elect. For President
Eisenhower, because of his illness, there was a
comfortable leather-backed office chair with arms and
casters.
As each president arrived, he was welcomed and
conducted into the Salon, later taking his place on
the platform. Spectators noted that certain presidents
known to be at loggerheads, managed to avoid
confronting each other on the platform.
By special arrangement, President Eisenhower
arrived last. As his car moved through the parade
route, the crowds began to run alongside, screaming
and cheering. Standing in his bubble-topped car, he
waved and smiled, "at everybody" as one ecstatic old
gardener put it. Several times the emotions of the
crowds was so great that they blocked Eisenhower's
route. Secret Service agents and police had to clear
the way before the North American President could
proceed.
As he reached Bolivar Plaza, Eisenhower saw a
young group of boys in uniform. Turning to Secretary
of State John Foster Dulles, he observed, "Look, Boy
Scouts!" Then Eisenhower drew to attention and gave
the young Panamanian lads a smart military salute.
Ceremonies actually started at 12:52 p.m. By then
several of the OAS ambassadors were pink-faced
from the sun.
Presently their wives and the various secretariats
seated in the open patio were scuttling to cover
under the school cloisters. Photographers struggled to
protect thousands of dollars worth of equipment. The


shower soon passed. Some of the remaining
spectators dried off their chairs and sat down again.
Most of them remained under the cloisters, at some
distance from the speakers. Public address and radio
hook-ups worked well.
But when the "Six minute" speeches started, it
soon became evident that the program was thrown
out of gear. President Jose Figueres spoke for 27
minutes. Several times during the early part of
President Jose Velasco Ibarra's speech the crowd
broke in to applaud. But the edge came off their
interest long before he stopped at the end of 41
minutes.
By that time, diplomats and distinguished guests
were reduced to eating refrescos off pushcarts and
sipping tinned fruit juices out of cans. One enter-
prising peddler brought in a few cases of bottled
soda.
Presidencia Secretary Olmedo Fabrega and
Panama protocol men saw that something would have
to be done for the dehydrated presidents. A hurry
call was sent out to raid iceboxes at the Presidencia.
Hotel Central storerooms were invaded. Because of
the tightly packed crowds it looked impossible to
haul ice and beverages to the school.
Members of the Presidencia and national Guards
formed a line "like ammunition passers in a war
or a bucket brigade at a fire," one man called it.
Meanwhile Presidents' "orders" had been taken.
One called for apricot juice, one wanted tomato
juice. Ambassadors too, had a cooling drink of
whatever they preferred.
When President Eisenhower spoke, the crowd
inside the patio had thinned. Chief Executives who
followed him had few live listeners except
photographers, newsmen and security police. The
afternoon was gone before the last speaker finished.
President Eisenhower seemed to stand the long
sessions as well as the others. His ten-minute speech
- delivered in a strong voice stirred the yawning
crowd briefly to life. Originally clocked for six
minutes, he delivered it somewhat more slowly than
in rehearsals. Also he added several sentences to
state that he would name his brother, Milton
Eisenhower to the commission on human problems
he wants to see organized.

The Panama American
July 23, 1956


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CHS Spanish Club Costume Party 1941. L-R: Niel
Magner, Edith Stapf,Fannie marie Eldridge, Tod
Lawson, Bobbie Styles, Bruce Styles.






























President Roosevelt, accompanied by his Naval
Aide, Capt. D.J. Callaghan, steps off the Cruiser
Tuscaloosa at Balboa's Pier 18, in February 1940,
for a brief inspection of Canal defenses and the
new construction program being prosecuted by the
Department Engineers.


Tivoli Hotel patio tree still there. Photo by Jeanne
Stough.


THANKSGIVING PLAY, Ancon Kindergarten 1924.
L-R: Mary Nell Brugge, "Sister" Johnson, Jack
Fitzpatrick, Dorothy Laurie, Mary Jane Comley.
Photo submitted by Mary Ellen Johnson.


"Old Ironsides" in Gatun Locks, transiting the
Panama Canal in December 1932 enroute to the
West Coast ports for exhibition.







Unsung heros of Canal history

include machines as well as men


By Yira A. Flores
The many heros of the Panama Canal
construction effort include those who conceived of
and gave the approval to begin the work; the
engineers, architects, doctors and other professionals
who supervised it; and the thousands of workers who
came to the Isthmus from distant lands to provide
the necessary labor. The muscle needed for the job,
however, was beyond the realm of mere flesh and
blood, and part of the credit belongs to the colossal
machines that enabled the workers to complete the
task especially the 101 steam shovels that were
used to excavate the Canal channel.
When the United States took over construction
of the waterway in 1904, the excavators that had
been left by the French were found to be too frail
for the endeavor, so new equipment was shipped in
from the United States as rapidly as possible. The
first steam shovels to be purchased weighed 95 tons,
the largest procurable at the time and the first one
was put to work on November 11, 1904. By June 16,
1905, all the French excavators had been taken out
of service.
None of the equipment used in the U.S.
construction effort captivated the attention and
respect of those involved in the undertaking as much
as the steam shovels. To engineers and laborers, the
shovels became much more than mere machines.
They acquired personality and gender (usually
feminine even though they were perfectly capable
of removing thousands of cubic yards of rock and
earth every workday).


Steam shovel digging out a recent slide
P.C.Co. Photo

The steam shovels were considered mechanical
marvels, generating awe among many who saw their
20-feet steel arms scoop up boulders weighing several
tons after a simple flick of a lever was made by a
man seated comfortably in a control chair.-Easy and
thrilling as it might have seemed, however, the job
of the shovel operators was exceedingly stressful,
especially because they had to be careful not to
empty the fully loaded scoops onto the heads of the
many laborers who were also working in the area.
Every yard of material dug by the steam shovels
was recorded, and the Canal Record published weekly
on their progress. As excavation records was set in
March 1909 when 68 shovels, the largest number
ever used at one time in Culebra (now Gaillard) Cut


removed more than 2,000,000 cubic yards of material
- ten times the volume achieved by the French in
their best month. In March 1910, a record was set
by a single shovel when it excavated 70,000 cubic
yards of material during a 26 day period.
Almost 98 million cubic yards of material were
removed during the U.S. construction from Culebra
Cut alone, so even allowing for replacements, the
average shovel there dug out some 1,000,000 cubic
yards, despite the worst kind of punishment year
after year.


The French effort in digging, which failed.
P.C.Co. Photo


Culebra Cut shifting well drills by means of flat
cars P.C.Co. Photo


On August 27, 1913, the Canal Record reported
that all the steam shovel operations in the cut would
be permanently suspended on September 15 to allow
the waters of the Chagres River to fill the channel
there. The last steam shovel stopped working in the
cut on September 10, but the shovels continued
excavations at other points along the Canal route.
By July 1914, the month before the inauguration
of the waterway, steam shovels had removed almost
250 million cubic yards of material, overcoming
landslides, floods, and many other difficulties. No
machines had ever been put through such a test, and
their outstanding performance was definitely a tribute
to the people who designed and built them.

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