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DECEMBER 1999 NO.4
Mrs. Faith Brundage
Mr. Steven Nehring
1st Vice President
Mrs. Darleen Hunt
2nd Vice President
Mr. William McLaughlin
Mr. Christian Skeie
Mr. Paul Rozmeski
Mr. Thomas Peterson
Mr. Robert Russell
Mr. Peter Lang
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Ms. Barbara Green
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
President's M message .......................................... 1
From the Secretary ................................................ 2
Editor's Corer ...... ....... ................................... 2
Legislative Representative ................ .......................... 3
Museum News ................. .................. ................ 4
Vital Statistics, effective October 29, 1999 ................................ 5
Environmental Health Survey ................ ....................... 6
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................. 9
Local Announcements ............... ............................ 13
News Clips ........................................................ 16
"Where Are You?" .................................. ............ 19
Your Reporter Says ..................................... ......... 20
Alabam a .................... 20 M idwest ..................... 30
Arizona ..................... 21 M ississippi ................... 31
California ................... 21 North Carolina ................ 31
Florida ..................... 23 Northwest .................... 32
Georgia ..................... 28 Panam a ...................... 33
Hawaii ..................... 28 Pennsylvania ................. 34
Louisiana ................... 29 South Carolina ................ 35
Texas ....................... 36
Congratulations ...................... ................... 37
Weddings ............... ...................................... 42
Births ................... ........................... 46
With Deep Sorrow .................. ............................. 47
Letters to the Editor ................... ............................ 51
Announcements/Class Reunions ................. ................... 62
Looking Back ...................................................... 64
For Sale or Wanted ................................. ... ......... 69
Application Form ................. .. .......................... 75
FRONT COVER: Photo taken by Debbie (Mikez) Conard, while still in the Canal
Zone, now of Richardson, Texas, on or about October 2, 1979 during the time of the
Panama Treaty signing. The view is from the Administration Building, looking down the
Prado, past Goethals Memorial to Sosa Hill, showing the carving of "CZ FOREVER",
cut by machetes through the tall grass by BHS persons unknown the night before.
BACK COVER: Filling the chamber almost wall to wall, this large cargo vessel appears
to be part of the locks. Up forward on the deck, a Canal pilot watches the stabilizing
cables attached to the towing locomotive. Painting by Al Sprague, noted artist from the
DATES TO REMEMBER
December 5 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Road, Laguna Hills,
Ca. Further details: Harold Wickersham, (323) 262-6996.
December 11 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon, Holiday Inn Select, See page 12
of this issue.
January 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500, 16th
St. St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
February 5 Carnavalito, Further information in December issue.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500, 16th
St. St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
Ocala Zonians Semi-annual Meeting at Emeralds' Buffet. Lunch at
noon. Contact Bill Muller (352) 854-7902 for more info.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500, 16th
St. St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
PCSOFL Spring Luncheon, Landry's Seafood House, 7616
Courtney Campbell Causeway. See full page notice in this issue.
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As we look back since the time of our taking office,
the Executive Board has been very busy. I feel very fortunate
in having such an ambitious hard working board and I
appreciate their dedication to their office and duties. We are
all working together to preserve our Society and to uphold the
ideals and principles on which it was founded.
In September we had the Sarasota luncheon and Jay
Cain and her committee did a good job. The luncheon was
well attended and all those attending had a wonderful time.
The October Picnic was chaired by Steve Nehring and there
were 105 in attendance. Steve and his committee did an
outstanding job, the food was excellent and there was a large
variety of dishes to choose from as well as the hot dogs,
hamburgers, corn on the cob and beans that Steve and his
committee cooked. Everything was delicious. Those who
could not attend missed an enjoyable day. There were a
number of children attending and they enjoyed the games, next
year we will have to consider the children when we give out
the prizes. Our next event will be our Christmas luncheon on
December 11th with Muriel Whitman at the helm. She is busy
organizing this and we hope you all are planning to attend.
Chris Skeie and Steve Nehring are working on the
Carnavalito to be held on February 5, 2000. This promises to
be an exciting event. Darleen Hunt is planning our May
luncheon, and more on the luncheon will be in the March
issue of the Canal Record. All of the officers are busy
working on projects to make this an outstanding year for the
Society and our members.
The executive board voted to purchase a new copier
for the office, and a Sharp copier was purchased to replace the
old one. A new program was also purchased to update the
Bob Johnson, the Reunion Coordinator has been
very busy with meetings and keeping a check on the progress
of the hotel. The 2000 Reunion should be another outstanding
Reunion. I am in contact with a speaker but at this time we
have no confirmation, so our guest speaker for the annual
luncheon will appear in the March issue.
Be sure and put your reservations in early for all the
Society's functions. Plan to attend them all so you do not miss
out on sharing a good time with friends.
I spent some time this week helping Pat Beall type
reports for the December Canal Record. Boy!!! was I
surprised at the names I ran across!!! Many, many
ZONIANS who are not members of The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. May I suggest that when you hold
your get together, picnics, family reunions, "just passing
through visits", that you encourage your friends and families
to join the Society. If we hope to keep the Society forging
ahead we must continue to enroll new members.
Membership in the Society is a great birthday, Christmas, or
whatever, gift to give someone you love or want to keep in
touch with. Several of us parents, give our children their
memberships for Christmas presents!! Remember after the
Canal Zone is no longer, and even though we are miles apart,
the Society will still be here to keep us in touch with each
Once again, our members are moving around and not
informing us of a change of address. Through yesterday,
October 19h, we paid the post office $21.50 for torn covers
from the September Canal Records which were not delivered
because of incorrect addresses. PLEASE KEEP US
INFORMED OF YOUR ADDRESS CHANGES. Also,
please send us your extended zip that is your zip plus four.
Contact your post office for your correct extended zip; they
have a system all their own and they keep changing.
A couple of months ago, Marion Greene took the
time to count names in the directory to come up with an idea
of how many members we have. We always report
memberships husband and wife but not individuals. She
said that "mas o menos a few" we have over 7,000 individual
members and over 4,000 memberships. Isn't that great!!
Thanks, Marion, for taking the time. Now it's time for the rest
of us to do our part and see if we can get our number of
members up to 8,000. Wouldn't that be a great way to start
the new millennium?
We've had a good year. I continue to be in good
health, thanks to many of you who have prayed and continue
to pray for me. I, myself, have started my own prayer list and
it keeps growing.
Please remember to support our Society events. We
had a whopping 105 turn out for our October Picnic and hope
to have a great turn out for the Christmas Luncheon. Don't
forget our Carnavalito in February!
I wish everyone a Merry, Blessed Christmas and a
Happy, Healthy Year 2000.
Barbara A. Green
On December 31, 1999, the world will rejoice in
welcoming the millennium the year 2000. However, many of
those who lived in the former Canal Zone will shed a tear in
sadness at that moment. Many of those have returned from
Panama after a "last look" and there is sadness in their eyes.
Many of those familiar places and faces have changed or are
no longer there. The new tenant has far-reaching plans for
"our" former home and we must step aside and let them in.
Our hearts go out to those school kids who have to leave their
"Mother School" and find another, generally without their
life-long friends who will have gone elsewhere. All you guys
and gals will make it, wherever you go. You will find that you
are much more cosmopolitan than those you meet at your new
home and you will carry on as before. The best of luck to you
and keep in touch there's nothing like old friends to soothe
a gnawing ache from time to time. Places may change but
friends stay together.
Our October 18 deadline will be adhered to, and I
know we will be getting a load of photos and news right after
that. It's unbelievable.
We got a lot of complaints from members not getting
their copy of the Canal Record. We found that many of them
have not given us their zip plus four. The Post Office needs
that to give you your bar code for proper delivery. When we
send our mailing list to the mailers and they don't have a zip
plus four, the mailers add a plus four, which was given to
them by the Post Office, maybe as long as six months ago. The
mailers disk is updated every six months. Unfortunately, the
plus four addition they add to your address may have been
changed within that six month period which may be the cause
of you not getting your magazine. We have asked for you to
send us your current zip plus four. If you don't get your
magazine, the first question you must ask is, "did I send the
zip plus four?
May you all have a Merry Christmas and a healthy
Editor, Canal Record
Editor must have by:
January 17, 2000
This is my third report as your legislative representative
and I hope that the items presented are of interest to you. My
sources for the information are: FEDweek, the Federal
Employees News Digest, NARFE Retirement Life and the
NARFE Legislative Hotline (NARFE-Hotline).
RETIREE TOPICS OF INTEREST
1. It now appears that CSRS retirees will get at least a
2.3 percent cost of living increase in January. This figure
may increase as there is still one month remaining in the
computation cycle. FERS retirees will receive only 2 percent
because of a difference in the laws governing the two
2. Premiums under the Federal Employees Health
Benefits Program will rise an average 9.3 percent in January.
This is the third consecutive year in which premiums have
risen. If you are interested in obtaining the 2000 FEHB rates,
visit the following site: http://www.fedweek.com.
3. Open season for the Federal Employees Health
Benefits Program will be from November 8 through
December 13, 1999. During this period, federal employees
and retirees may select a new plan or stay with their current
4. FEDweek's new 2000 Retired Federal Employees
Handbook is now available for $9.95 plus shipping. No
retired federal employee should be without this all-inclusive
handbook. If you want to purchase a book, make a check out
to FEDweek in the amount of $12.95 ($9.95 plus $3.00
shipping) and send it to: FEDweek, Dept. 999B,P.O. Box
71900, Richmond, VA 23255. Allow four weeks for
5. Effective October 1, 1999, the Social Security
Administration (SSA) will begin mailing an annual benefit
estimate to workers who are 25 years and older. The
statements will contain the individual's record of earnings as
reported to SSA and calculations of monthly benefits that
could be paid based on recorded earnings plus estimated
future earnings. Monthly benefits for retirement, disability,
and survivors will be calculated and displayed.
6. As information, the NARFE hotline reports that the
House passed an amended version of H.R.2723, Norwood-
Dingell bill, to expand patients' rights. Most controversial
among these is the right to sue insurance companies in state
courts. The bill was bundled with H.R.2990 (passed earlier)
to create tax breaks to help individuals and small businesses
buy health insurance. This largely Republican supported
"access" component includes substantial widening of the
availability of Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) but does
not include language similar to that passed by the Senate in
July to open the FEHB program to MSAs. NARFE members
who lobbied the House against MSAs should be
congratulated for having protected the FEHBP. The next step
in the legislative process is a House-Senate conference
committee to resolve the many differences between the bills.
When the conference will start is still to be determined.
NARFE advises its members to stay focused on their
own legislative delegation (state representative and senators)
and to continue to lobby against any legislation that would
open the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to
Medical Savings Accounts. Such legislative would add major
costs (estimated to be 1 billion dollars) to the FEHBP with
no indication as to how the additional costs will be funded.
If you should write your legislative representatives, state the
following: "When managed care reform legislation comes to
the floor, I urge you to oppose any legislation that would
open the Federal Employees Health Benefits program to
Medical Savings Accounts. This would add major new
Medical Savings Account costs to the Federal Employees
Health Benefits Program. Where will the estimated 1 billion
in new cost come from?"
7. Also, for your information, there are three toll-free
numbers available to use when calling the Office of
Personnel Management (OPM). They are: 1-888-767-6738,
1-800-409-6528 and 1-800-332-9798.
The first number (1-888-767-6738) can be used for a
variety of purposes, including reporting deaths, requesting
verification of income, change of address, amount of life
insurance, etc. For some requests, you will need your PIN
number. This is a general all-purpose number and is
frequently busy. Therefore, the best time to call is after
working hours (5:30 p.m. EST/DST) and leave a recorded
message. The second number (1-800-409-6528) is used for
changing federal and state income tax withholding. You can
also obtain a copy of the most recent Statement of Annuity
Paid, CSA 1099 R or CSF 1099 R. In order to get this
information, you will need to provide your CSA or CSF
claim number and your social security number. The third
number (1-800-332-9798) is for making FEHBP plan or
option changes or requesting further Open Season
information. This number is usually put into service in late
October of each year.
8. Twelve month returns (September 98 through August
99) on Thrift Savings Plan investments are as follows: G
Fund 5.59%; C Fund 39.72%; and F Fund 0.75%. To get
the most current information, go to the following website:
9. Also, as information for our retired military members,
FEDweek has a new free weekly newsletter for military
members and retirees. To sign up for the newsletter all you
have to do is contact the following website:
http://www.armedforcesnews.com. The weekly newsletter
will cover military pay and benefits news and other key
10. The Dual Compensation Law was repealed by
Congress effective October 1, 1999. As you recall, the law
reduced retired military pay for regular officers and warrant
officers who take civil service jobs. This law has long been
criticized as being unfair to military retirees
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The Panama Canal Society Foundation, Inc.
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T *P Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727)394-2737
j,. Update On What Is Happening At Your Museum
Deadline Approaches for Ordering Silver Medallion
To date the Foundation has sold 563 limited edition numbered medallions. The cut-off date for ordering this
limited edition medallion is December 31, 1999. In October we sent Medallion Order Forms and Donor Cards
to each Society member, along with a Sample Letter that can be used to contact your Congressional Representa-
tives. If you haven't ordered a medallion yet, please do so before the end of December. The sales of this me-
dallion, along with our recent request for donations, are our major fundraisers this year and your support can
help make the museum a reality for now and in the future. Additional information about medallions or dona-
tions may be obtained by writing to the Panama Canal Society Foundation, calling the Foundation's office, or
visiting the Foundation's website.
Office/Mini-Museum Opens in Seminole, FL
The Foundation's office along with a mini-museum opened in Seminole, FL, on November 5, 1999. Opening
ceremonies coincided with the Panama Canal Society of Florida's November meeting and luncheon. Our office/
museum is located in the same building where the Society has its offices. A truckload of artifacts shipped from
Panama to Tallahassee was redirected to our storage facilities in Pinellas Park with the help of many Society
members. Our moving crew and helpers have been: Tallahassee: Joe Wood, Mike Stephenson, and Rick Wil-
liams; Pinellas Park: Chris Skeie and his son, Al Stevens, Paula Boger, Steve Nehring, Rupert Turner, Joan and
Ed Ohman, Paul Glassburn, Dino Barkema, and Melodye Taylor. Stop by for a visit!
Curator Named For Museum
We are extremely fortunate to have Brian Albright as the museum's curator. He was with the Smithsonian for
many years, so he comes to us with a vast working experience of handling museum collections. An added plus
is that Brian is a Gatun boy!
Volunteers are needed to help Brian process artifacts and archival materials and to assist in the office. Please
call the office/museum to volunteer your services for this worthwhile project.
Foundation Contacts in Panama Continue
Chuck Hummer on a recent visit to Panama met with Mr. Joseph Cornelison, Panama Canal Commission Dep-
uty Administrator, and with Interoceanic Canal Museum officials. Chris Skeie has been to Panama twice in the
past few months to collect artifacts from the Panama Canal Commission, DoDDS, USARSO, and private indi-
Save Your Artifacts
The Foundation now has two full storage units in Pinellas Park loaded with artifacts. Another container is to be
shipped soon from Panama. As Brian and his volunteers process and organize all these items, we hope you are
saving your artifacts and archival materials for when we call for them. We will be letting you know when we
are ready to process additional materials.
Effective October 29,1999
In accordance with the Panama Canal Treaty, the
PCC Records Management Branch's Vital Statistics Unit,
which has maintained and issued birth and death certificates
for the former Canal Zone from 1904 through September 30,
1979, will close permanently on October 29, 1999. All
pertinent birth and death records will be transferred to the
United States Department of State in November 1999.
Effective December 1, 1999 these vital records will
be issued by the Department of State. Written requests may
be forwarded to the following address:
1111 19'" Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20522-1705
United States of America
(Telephone number: 011-202-955-0307)
Please include the following in your request: Date,
purpose of request, name at birth/death; date of birth/death,
city and country of birth/death; signature of subject or
guardian, address and telephone. For birth records, also
include: Father's name, date and place (city or state and
country) of birth, mother's name, date and place (city or state
and country) of birth, and any U.S. Passport information.
Kindly indicate the number of documents desired.
The fee for documents is $20.00 for the first copy, $10.00 for
each additional copy requested at the same time. Check or
money order must be signed, dated, and made payable to the
Department of State. Remittance must be payable in U.S.
dollars through a U.S. bank. Do not send cash.
The Department of State anticipates a hiatus of
service of several weeks during the transitory period. All
their efforts, however, are directed to have the records
available to the public starting December 1. 1999. We regret
any delay or inconvenience that may occur during this period
As a reminder, all marriage records were transferred
in June 1998 to the National Archives and Records
Administration in College Park, Maryland. Individuals who
wish to obtain certified copies of marriage certificates from
the Canal Zone District Court records (at a cost of $20.00 per
copy) should write to the following address and include
Accession Number NN3-185-98-009:
National Archives at College Park
Civilian Reference Branch (NWCTC)
Textual Archives Services Div.
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Medical Records are no longer in Panama Canal
Commission custody and have been transferred. Outpatient
and inpatient medical records up to 1982 may be obtained
from the following address:
Federal Records Center (NARA)
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
To obtain medical records after 1982, write to the
following address, making your request under the Freedom
of Information Act.:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
To obtain medical records from either place,
provide enough information to identify requester and medical
charts in question.
All vital records will be transferred before the year
2000. Information for the final destination of these records
will be published and the United States Consulate may also
be contacted for reference.
After July 1999, all former Canal Zone high schools
transcripts and student records may be obtained by writing
Educational Testing Service Dante's Program:
P.O. Box 6605
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6605
Tel: (609) 720-6740
There is no charge for Canal Zone High School
After June 3, 1999, Panama Canal College, copies of
student records may be obtained at no charge by requesting
Fort Benning Schools
DoDEA Records Center
201 Custer Road, Bldg. 2670
Fort Benning, GA 31905
MEDALLION DELIVERY DELAYS
Many museum medallion purchasers have become
concerned that the medallions have not been delivered.
Chuck Hummer, who has been processing the orders reports
that the Liberty Mint had a production line problem that
affected all their orders, including ours. The mint has assured
the museum that they have resolved the problem and are
treating the medallion orders as a high priority. Even the
medallions ordered by the Foundation for presentation to
various officials are caught up in the delayed production.
Please be patient, from those who have already received their
medallions, it was worth the wait.
E-MAIL UPDATE DECEMBER 1999
Our web site address is: http://www.pancanalsociety.org
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Canal Zone Residents' Environment & Health Survey
Responding to former Panama Canal Zone residents' concerns about possible exposure to environmental health hazards,
Epidemiologists from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston (UTSPH), Drs. Deborah del Junco and Anne
Sweeney, are conducting a preliminary survey. A UTSPH graduate student, Kathleen Pitts, BSN, RN, contacted the researchers
on behalf of her concerned relatives who are past residents of the Canal Zone and current members of the Panama Canal Society.
The researchers attended the Society's Reunion in Orlando, Florida this past July to ask members about their health and
any exposures to potentially hazardous environmental agents while living in the Canal Zone. The researchers have since received
additional surveys from Society members who could not attend the Annual Meeting and from former Canal Zone residents. As
of September 15th, over 100 former residents have completed and returned surveys. Tracie J. Gardner, MPH, a UTSPH
graduate research assistant, is computerizing the data for statistical analysis. The results of the preliminary survey will be used
to develop a grant proposal and to request federal funding for a large-scale peer-reviewed study. This funding is needed to ensure
a large, representative sample of former Canal Zone residents, to conduct more in-depth health interviews and to assess the type
of degree of exposure to environmental agents.
If you have not already done so, please complete the survey in this issue of the Canal Record, and return it to Dr. del
Junco at the address provided by January 17th, 2000. Please feel free to copy the survey and pass it on to other family members
and friends who have lived in the Canal Zone. Regardless of health status, the researchers are asking all former and current, short,
or long term Canal Zone residents to complete and return the survey. To be valid, the survey needs a very high level of
participation. The researchers need to hear from those who have no health problems as well as those who do. All survey responses
will be kept anonymous and strictly confidential. The survey has been approved by the Committee for the Protection of Human
Subjects at the UT Health Science Center. The researchers hope to provide preliminary results of the survey in an upcoming issue
of the Canal Record.
Panama Canal Zone Residents
Environment and Health Survey 1999
Epidemiologists at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston are
conducting a health survey of U.S. citizens who have lived in the Panama Canal
Zone. Your completion of this survey is strictly voluntary. Your responses will be
kept anonymous and confidential. Your input is important! Please let us hear from
you. Thank you.
1. Male_ Female 2. Date of Birth 3. Race/Ethnicity_____
4. Education level
5. What years did you live in the Canal Zone?
6. Where did you live while in the Canal Zone?
7. For whom did you work while you lived in the Canal Zone?
8. What was your position/job?
9. How many family members lived with you in the Canal Zone (at least 1 year)?___
Year of Birth Gender Relationship
tIf more than three family members, please continue on back of this form)
10. While living in the Canal Zone, where did you & your family receive your primary
11. How would you rate your general health WHILE living in the Canal Zone?
Excellent Good Fair Poor
12. How do you rate your general health NOW? _Excellent Good Fair Poor
13. Do you have any chronic health problems in the following areas: (Please describe all that apply
Neurological (Nerves/Mental Health)
Cardiovascular (Heart, Stroke)
Respiratory (Emphysema, Pulmcnary Disease)
Endocrine (Thyroid, Diabetes)
Other (Please describe)
14. While living in the Canal Zone, were you exposed to any hazardous environmental
agents? No Yes Don't Know If yes, please describe the
15. Have you experienced any adverse health effects from exposure to environmental
hazards while living in the Canal Zone? No Yes Not Sure
If yes, please describe the health problems)
16. Have you ever worried about your health as a result of exposure to environmental
hazards while living in the Canal Zone?
17. Have you heard of or read about any studies or investigations of environmental
agents/hazards in the Panama Canal Zone? (If yes, please describe)
18. Would you be willing to participate in a more in-depth health interview?
19. Would you be willing to authorize a review of your medical records?
20. Would you be willing to provide a blood sample to test for the presence of
21. Would you be willing to identify additional family members who may also be
interested in participating in this survey?
22. If yes, how may we contact you?
Please feel free to comment below on any of the questions listed or on any of your own
questions or concerns
Return by January 17, 2000 to Dr. Deborah del Junco, (PCZR), UTSPH, PO Box
20186, Houston, TX, 77225.
For questions, email ddeliunco(-utsph.sph.uth.tmc.edu or call (713) 500-9239
The survey results will be available upon request. Thank you for taking the time to
complete this survey.
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
August 6, 1999
Meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m. by
President Faith Brundage at St. Bede's Episcopal Church.
St. Petersburg, Florida.. Dorothy Yocum gave the
Invocation and Tom Peterson led in the Pledge to the Flag.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m. for lunch, and
resumed at 12:30 p.m. Past Presidents attending were
Muriel Whitman, Bob Johnson and Tom Peterson.
Minutes of July 2 meeting stand as read. Financial
statement stands for audit. Correspondence recapped. Only
31 members were present which didn't present a quorum.
The president announced the names of Board
members and Chairpersons for 1999/2000. The executive
board members on the Nominating Committee are Muriel
Whitman and Tom Peterson. Lil Rozmeski and Carolyn
Johnson accepted, as members of the Society to be on the
committee. The 1998 Society and Reunion audits are
completed and are published in the September Canal Record.
The Sarasota Luncheon September 4h" is at the
Forest Lakes Country Club, chaired by Jay Cain. Steve
Nehring is chairperson for the Picnic October 2nd. Food will
be provided, members may bring desserts. Christmas
Luncheon chairperson is Muriel Whitman, to be at Holiday
Inn Select on December 11. The location for the Carnavalito,
on February 5th has not been decided at this date.
The president clarified the reunion problems at the
Marriott and said they were not caused by Society members.
Only complaint was asking to tone down noise on one
occasion. Letters have been written to those involved.
4,050 members have paid their 1999 dues. Barbara
Green mentioned that the winner of the Bowen-Keppie prize
was not a society member and should not have been eligible
for the prize. She again encouraged members to give gift
memberships to their families and eligible friends.
The 2000 reunion will be held at the Tampa
Marriott Waterside, presently under construction. Parking
should not be a problem. Question was raised about a golf
tournament being held this year by a class reunion. This is
being held in Panama and is of no concern to us. Chris Skeie
was appointed Vendor Chairperson and will be a vendor and
as such, he will be required to abide by the same rules as
other vendors. Mr. Beall explained the problems the official
photographer, O.Y. Thomas had at this reunion, which were
Kathy Egolf reported on the status of the museum
and encouraged members to give medallions as a gift for
Christmas. Faith Brundage was presented a letter naming her
an ex-officio member of the museum board. Tom Peterson
was elected as a regular member of the museum board. On
behalf of the museum board, Kathy Egolf expressed their
appreciation for support received from Mr. Peterson, Pat
Beall and Barbara Green. Both Pat and Barbara Green are
There was no old business. Door prizes were
awarded and the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
September 4, 1999:
The meeting/luncheon was called to order at 12:01
p.m. at the Forest Lake Golf Club, Sarasota, Florida, by
Faith Brundage, President. Dorothy Yocum gave the
Invocation, followed by Robert Johnson who led in the
Pledge to the Flag. A moment of silence followed for those
departed. The attending Past Presidents were acknowledged;
Al Pate, Ray Wheeler, Muriel Whitman and Robert
Johnson. The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m. for lunch
and resumed at 1:30 p.m.
Robert Johnson moved that reading of the minutes
of the August meeting be dispensed with. Motion carried.
Financial Statement was read and will stand for audit. The
president reported that the board approved donation of one
Fax machine to the museum; and a lap top computer not
being used by the society is on loan to the museum until such
time as we need it. A committee has been formed to look into
the purchase of a new copier machine. Stella DeMarr was
presented a Certificate of Appreciation for providing music
and entertainment at business meetings and for chauffeuring
members to meetings.
Officers Reports: Steve Nehring reminded all of the
October Picnic to be held at Lake Seminole Park. Robert
Russell reported that the COLA will be at least 2.1% for
1999, due January 1, 2000. Legislative report copies are
available. Barbara Green stated we have over 7,000
individual members, counted by Marion Greene from the
last Directory. We hope to be on the internet next month, and
we have received many calls from TV and newspaper
personnel regarding the turn-over of the Canal. Pat Beall
stated the September issue may be late due to personnel
problems of the printer. They are working overtime at no
charge to us to get back on schedule. Muriel Whitman is to
schedule Bylaws committee meeting upon return of Tom
Peterson. Christmas Luncheon to be held at Holiday Inn
Select on December 11. Robert Johnson, 2000 Reunion
Coordinator stated we will be moving to Tampa next year.
He and several officers visited site of new hotel. Yellow
pages will be in the December issue of the Canal Record.
Charles Hummer, the museum's Executive Vice-President
reported on status of medallions and encouraged all to
support museum by purchasing medallions. An ad will be
published in the Navy League magazine, providing more
selling exposure. A lease has been signed for an office in the
same building of the Society office, and they will be
cataloging items already obtained. Chris Skeie has been in
Panama collecting artifacts for the museum, which is why he
is not at the luncheon.
Nominations from the membership for the
Nominating Committee were Carolyn Johnson, nominated
by Paul Rozmeski, and Olga Disharoon, nominated by
Barbara Green. Both were seconded and motions carried.
Door prizes were awarded. Robert Johnson moved
to adjourn meeting, which was adjourned at 2:17 p.m.
More than eighty people attended the Annual
Sarasota Luncheon on September 4, 1999, at the Fairways
Forest Lakes Country Club. This event has become
something that our members look forward to all year long.
And they were not disappointed. The featured entrees,
Chicken Francaise and Roast Pork, were delicious and the
meal was enjoyed by all.
The social hour before the luncheon was very
enjoyable, as members arrived they were greeted by old
friends, and joined in the laughter and conversations.
A short business meeting was conducted by our
president, Faith Brundage, and officers and chairpersons of
various committees gave their reports. President Brundage
presented Stella Boggs DeMarr with a Certificate of
Appreciation from the Society for her voluntary
entertainment at meetings. Numerous door prizes were drawn
I ne barasota Luncheon Committee with President. L-
R: Rae Donaldson, Jay Cain, Mayno Walker, Sandra
Claflin and Faith Brundage.
We would like to thank Jay Cain and her committee
of Rae Donaldson, Mayno Walker and Sandra Claflin for
their outstanding effort in organizing the luncheon. Everyone
had a good time.
Remember to make your reservations for our
Annual Christmas Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Select, on
December 11, 1999.
October 2, 1999
The meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m. at
Seminole Park, Seminole, Florida., by the president, Faith
Brundage. Muriel Whitman gave the Invocation and Pete
Lang gave the Pledge to the Flag, followed by a minute of
silence for those members departed. A total of 105 members,
guests and children attended. A motion was made to dispense
with the minutes of the last meeting by Muriel Whitman,
seconded by Pete Lang. The Financial Statement will stand
The president reported that a new copying machine
was purchased, and that a new and updated program is being
written to replace the current Reunion program, and that
replaced items are to be donated to the museum.
Muriel Whitman reported on the Christmas
Luncheon and Chris Skeie reported on the
Carnavalito.Everyone was invited to the opening of the
Museum office on November 5th, on the same floor as the
Society office. The meeting was then adjourned at 12:20 p.m.
for lunch and reconvened at 1:28 p.m.
Steve Nehring, Picnic Chairperson, introduced and
presented his committee of Gary O'Connor, Colleen
O'Connor Lau, Penny McKay, Tom Engelke, Jim Hale,
Dave Rankin, Barbara Green with tokens.
Door prizes were awarded to those with lucky
numbers. The next meeting will be November 5'" at 11:30
a.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church. Steve Nehring will
chair the meeting in Mrs. Brundage's absence The meeting
adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
The 1999 PCSOFL Picnic Chairperson with a few of
his staff. L-R: Jimmy Hale, Gary O'Connor, Steve
Nehring, Chairperson and Dave Rankin.
To Volunteer For
1999 PICNIC REPORT
The annual picnic of the Panama Canal Society was
held at Seminole Park, Seminole, Florida on October 2, 1999.
The weather was beautiful and a large crowd of
approximately 105 members and guests attended.
Our President, Faith Brundage, conducted a short
meeting providing the members with news on current society
activities with the help of Muriel Whitman on the
Christmas Luncheon and Chris Skeie on the Canavalito.
Kathy Egolf and Chris Skeie gave a brief up-date on the
Canal Zone Museum. Those present then attacked the food
lines which included hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans,
corn-on-the-cob, arroz con pollo, many salads and numerous
desserts. Many came back for "seconds."
It was nice to see children at the picnic enjoying
themselves, playing ball, roller skating, and watching a small
alligator who had taken up residence in the lake.
Numerous door prizes were given out to those
holding lucky tickets, and many said that it was the best
picnic the Society ever had. Steve Nehring, Picnic
Chairperson and his committee of Gary O'Connor, Dave
Rankin, Colleen O'Connor, Jim Hale, Penny McKay and
Barbara Green did a magnificent job of handling all the
details in preparing such a delightful experience for the
members. An outstanding job, Steve!
1999 Picnic Committee Chairperson.
MEDALLION RECEIVED MANY THANKS
I recently received my commemorative, limited
edition, silver medallion being offered by the Panama Canal
Society Foundation to raise funds for the museum.
I am so moved to have this medallion which is
designed to honor and preserve the American Era in Panama.
This medallion will become a treasured heirloom for my son,
and hopefully for the children of his children as well. This is
one way we can keep our heritage alive, not only in our own
families, but through the Panama Canal Museum that is
becoming a reality with the help from all of us.
The current Canal Record of September 1999, (and
the previous issue of June 1999) has information on how to
order your medallion, or you can mail to: Pres@panamacanal
Now let me tell you how beautiful this medallion is!
I had mine mounted in a Lucite pyramid on a wooden base.
Stunning! It is possible to have your medallion engraved
which will truly make it a personal keepsake for your family.
I really agonized over what to put on mine and ultimately had
the following engraved: Barb O'Neal, CHS64, Zonian
Always. Since I ordered my medallion prior to last
summer's reunion in Orlando, I was able to participate in the
drawing to hopefully get a low number.....and I did! Number
These medallions will only be available until the end
of this year!! I surely hope you will order one now. You
won't be disappointed! The medallion will make a really
thoughtful Christmas gift for your family, and for the
Barbara O'Neal Braun(CHS'64)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA INC. OFFICE
WILL BE CLOSED
FROM DECEMBER 23, 1999 to JANUARY 3, 2000
The Annual Carnavalito Dinner/Dance of the Panama Canal Society of Florida will be held Saturday, February 5, 2000 at the
Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Suite 201, Pinellas Park, Florida. There will be ample parking on the premises. Cost of the
Carnavalito Dinner/Dance will be $25.00 per person, which includes dinner, taxes, gratuities, music, decorations and
There will be a choice of three entrees: Roast Pork with Stuffing, Almond Crusted Salmon; or Sliced Sirloin with
Brandied Peppercorn Sauce. Each entree will include Chef's Salad, Potato, Vegetable, Rolls, Coffee or Iced Tea, and Dessert..
Cash Bar will open at 6:00 p.m. and there will be a short meeting at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dancing
will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Pully Y su Conjunto, the Latin trio that delighted us at our last Carnavalito will again
provide the music for dancing.
Deadline for reservations to the Dinner/Dance is January 31, 2000. CLASS REUNIONS OR MINI-REUNIONS
ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE DURING THIS CARNAVALITO.. For more information, call the chairperson of the
Carnavalito at 813-973-4814.
Hotel accommodations are available at the LA QUINTA INN, 7500 Highway 19 North, Pinellas Park, Florida. (Corner
of Park Blvd. and 34"h Street ( or Highway 19). Rooms are $55.00 to S65.00 depending on size of room and amount of beds or
type, plus 11 percent tax. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel at 1-800-687-6667 or 727-545-5611. A deposit for
the first night's rate, including tax, is required on all reservations. This may be done by check; money order or by credit card.
There is no deadline date for reservations. Airport transportation to the La Quinta and return can be arranged through The
Airport Connection Limo Service by calling 727-572-1111.
HOW TO GET THERE
From 1-275 take exit #15 to Pinellas Park. Go west on
Gandy/Park Blvd. Exit US-19 right-you will have to make
a u-turn to get back to La Quinta.
Banquet Masters is in Cross Bayou Commerce Park on the
South side of Park Blvd., behind Car Wash and next to
Choice Car Sales.
Banquet Masters La Quinta Inn
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8100 Park Blvd. Suite 201
Pinellas Park, FL
Member No. Tel:
Please make Reservations at $25.00 each
Total enclosed $
Select Roast Pork
Names of Guests (Please print):
Make checks out to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-
4712. DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31, 2000
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ANNUAL XMAS TREE BURN
The Annual Christmas Tree burn will be held on
December 26, 1999 at Eckerd College, 4200 54' Ave. S., St.
Petersburg, Florida. The event will be held from 3:00 p.m. to
Take Exit 4 off 1-275 in St. Petersburg and go West
bound on 54t Avenue for 1/4 mile to Eckerd College on your
left. You may also go South on US-19 (34th St.) and turn
right onto 54h. Ave. with Eckerd College on your left.
The Christmas trees, food and entertainment will be
provided. Contact Gary O'Connor at (727) 546-7160 or
Steve Nehring at (727) 522-5369 for further information.
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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will hold its May SPRING LUNCHEON on
Saturday, May 6, 2000 at Landry's Seafood House, 7616 Courtney Campbell Causeway
(Rocky Point Area), Tampa, Florida 33607.
A pay-as-you-go bar will be available at 11:00 A.M. with the Luncheon/Meeting
beginning at 12:00 noon. Your choice of menu is: Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce,
Shrimp Caesar Salad, and Fresh Catch (Tilapia)Pontchartrain. Please specify your choice
of entree on the reservation form.
The cost is $16.00 per person inclusive. The deadline for reservations or refunds
is May 2, 2000. Darleen Hunt and her committee, Linda Weir and Nellie Engelke, will have
plenty of door prizes and they have picked an ideal location that is convenient for you.
So we expect to see a lot of new faces!
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PCSOFL SPRING LUNCHEON
May 6, 2000
Landry's Seafood House
Member Name Membership No._
Please make Reservations at $16.00 each. Total enclosed: $
Entree Selection: Grilled Chicken Shrimp Caesar Salad Fresh Catch (Tilapia)
Names of Guests (Please print)
DEADLINE: May 2, 2000
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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Hydraulic strut arms installed in
Pedro Miguel locks
Project is the result of years of testing
By Teresa Arosemena
As part of an ongoing plan to modernize all
machinery and controls at the Canal locks, the Panama Canal
Agency has just completed the installation of the first of four
hydraulic strut arms on four miter gates in the west lane of
Pedro Miguel locks. This new system of hydraulic operators
and computerized controls will gradually replace the bull
wheel system that has been in use since the Canal began
operations in 1914. (See article on bull wheels on page 74 of
the June issue of the Canal Record.)
A Locks Division team, in collaboration with the
Pennsylvania-based Rexroth Corporation, manufacturer of
the new system, is installing the hydraulic operators. The
replacement program is the result of years of tests and
assessments in search of the best operational system for the
gates. Approximately two years ago, two prototype hydraulic
strut arms were installed in Miraflores Locks, with batteries
of tests following to determine how well they worked.
The tests demonstrated the safety of the hydraulic
design, and most of the modifications to the original design
were made in the electronic controls. Hence, the decision was
made to install a new centralized control system using fiber
optics to replace the copper cabling as the means to operate
the hydraulic strut arms from the control house.
Hydraulic Conversion and Control Systems
administrative engineer Carlos G. Patterson said that what
makes this arrangement effective is that it consists of fiber
optics, a tighter and thinner cable that allows the elimination
of the present copper control cables. "The advantage is that
whenever lightning strikes, the system is unaffected, in
contrast to copper cabling which is. In addition, the new fiber
optics system is more flexible, allowing the cable
configuration to be changed more easily," he added.
Another advantage of the new centralized control
system is that operators will be able to obtain information
about voltage, pressure and temperature, and other factors,
while the original electro mechanical system is limited to
activating the gates to open or close them. An added
advantage of the new system is its capacity to predict fiber
optic damages, as Patterson indicates: "The central control
system allows us to collect information about the
machinery's condition. This helps field personnel predict if
there is an imminent problem."
Locks Division engineers designed the control
system, the Information Management Technical Support
Division designed the configuration of the fiber optics, and
the Engineering Division developed the performance
specifications for the hydraulic operators. Personnel from the
Locks Division Civil Works Unit rehabilitated tunnel areas
to make possible the installation of the arms.
Rexroth designed and built the hydraulic machinery
in compliance with these parameters. It is presently helping
locks personnel train for installation details, particularly
stainless steel welding, so they may perform such tasks
independently. The team working on the installation of the
hydraulic strut arms consists of a crew of electricians, pipe
fitters, welders and machinists. Field Project Coordinator
Adel Burgos said: "We are providing support and at the
same time learning about the entire hydraulic strut arm
installation process, argon welding and pipe bending."
With the units now in place, tests are being
performed and plans to gradually replace all bull wheel
systems with hydraulic units will continue. This state-of-the-
art technology will result in better control, increasing the
reliability and safety of the operation as well as reducing
The Panama Canal Spillway
July 2, 1999
1914 locomotive becomes Gatun
By Teresa Arosemena
General Electric Locomotive 644 served the Panama
Canal for more than 50 years, participating in an estimated
168,000 transits through Gatun Locks. It performed its first
job on April 1, 1914, when it assisted the launch Balboa and
a barge from Gatun Lake to the Atlantic entrance of the
Canal. The maneuver took one hour and 17 minutes.
Since its opening in 1914, the Panama Canal has
relied on locomotives to help ships pass through the locks.
Locomotives are essential for ensuring that lock transits are
safe and expeditious, insofar as they pull, halt, and keep
vessels aligned inside the lock chambers.
The first 40 Canal locomotives were acquired from
the General Electric Company at a cost of $13,000 each.
These locomotives weighed 43 tons and could pull 25,000
Operating the old General Electric locomotives
required great ability. Given that the small locomotives shook
and mainly because they were difficult to operate, they were
nicknamed "mules." Another theory says they are called
mules because long ago in Europe, actual mules were used to
pull ships through small river lock systems.
The next fleet of Canal locomotives were
manufactured by the Mitsubishi corporation of Japan and
purchased in 1956, 1979, 1982, and 1986, to replace the
General Electric ones. The cost of the new locomotives has
varied with time and ranges from $100,000 in 1965, to $1.1
million in 1986. The price difference is explained not only by
inflation over the long period of time they were purchased
but also by improvements in the design that were introduced
with each new purchase.
As the years went by, the size and number of ships
passing through the Canal increased. In the beginning, most
ships transiting the locks were assisted by four locomotives.
Currently, ships require up to eight of the new, more
powerful locomotives to help them transit the locks. The fleet
of Canal locomotives has grown from 40 to 82 units since the
waterway was opened to traffic.
Despite being out of service for more than 35 years,
Locomotive 644 holds a special place in the Gatun Locks.
With the help of Locks Division personnel, Locomotive 644
was relocated and currently rests at the entrance to the locks.
Number 644 is one of three sister locomotives that evoke
bygone days at the Canal.
The Canal is currently advancing a project to
increase the locomotive fleet to 108 by the year 2002, when
the capacity of the Canal will increase significantly with the
completion of the Gaillard Cut widening. Also, in 1995 the
agency began a project to rehabilitate the entire fleet of
existing locomotives. The first eight prototypes of the new
locomotives have already arrived at the Canal and will be
assigned to the Miraflores locks, where they will undergo
testing before officially being placed into operation.
The Panama Canal Spillway
August 17, 1999
In search of the best route for the
By Rolando A. Cochez
Librarian, Technical Resources Center
When early 16th century Spanish explorers
confirmed there was no link or natural passageway between
the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the idea arose to create an
artificial interoceanic passage through the narrowest place
Sailing along the Panamanian coastline in 1502,
Christopher Columbus heard that the land was narrow and
that it was situated between two nearby oceans. Years later
in 1513, Vasco Nuiiez de Balboa discovered the Pacific
Ocean, confirming the existence of another ocean separated
from the Atlantic by a narrow strip of land. The idea of
connecting the two oceans was immediately suggested. In
1527, the course of the Chagres River was explored, and two
years later, Alvaro de Saavedra, under orders of King Charles
V of Spain, drew maps of the region that supported the idea
of creating an interoceanic passage through the Isthmus of
Panama by way of the Chagres and Grande Rivers.
In addition to the Isthmus of Panama and the San
Juan Valley in Nicaragua, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in
Mexico was a promising possibility for an ocean to ocean
route. Earlier research had shown that the landmass narrowed
abruptly at that point, so much so that the distance between
the two oceans was no greater than 130 miles, although the
exact measurements were not determined until much later.
Around 1530, the numerous failed attempts to locate
a natural strip of land persuaded most explorers that the area
could be situated neither in tropical nor temperate regions.
By then, the development of trade had created the need to
transmit from one ocean to the other, and the more advanced
thinkers of the day began to consider the idea of a man-made
Canal. Explorations and plans succeeded each other
incessantly for many years to come, all without success.
Between 1801 AND 1805, the German naturalist
Alexander Von Humbolt traced nine possible routes across
the continent. The first French exploration took place in 1843
under the leadership of Napoleon Garella, who recommended
a canal through Panama by way of the Chagres River, with
34 locks and a tunnel that would perforate the Continental
Divide (Culebra). The most serious studies to find a route for
a canal on the continent possibly took place between 1869
In 1869, U.S. Admiral Daniel Ammen conducted
exhaustive research on the isthmus. A year later, U.S.
surveyors Edward P. Lull and Aniceto Menocal investigated
the Nicaraguan route. In 1873, U.S. Commander Thomas
Oliver Selfridge, chosen to prepare a study for a canal
through Panama, explored a possible route through the
Darien. Subsequently, Lucien Napoleon Bonaparte Wyse,
authorized by the Geographical Society of Paris, explored the
Darien and Atrato (between Panama and Columbia) regions
Ultimately, the Congress of Paris of 1879 gave its
stamp of approval to the Chagres route through Panama,
leading to the beginning of the French Canal construction in
In 1899, U.S. President William McKinley
established a nine member commission of economists and
engineers to study various possible routes through Panama
and Nicaragua. The commission, headed by Admiral John G.
Walker, was named the Walker Commission after him. In
1901, the second Walker Commission conducted surveys in
the Darien and San Blas.
In the end, the routes selected after much dispute
and disagreement were the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in
Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama (especially the Chagres River
route) and Atrato, in Columbia.
The Panama Canal Spillway
August 13, 1999
New locomotives arrived at the
By Teresa Arosemena
Eight new locomotives arrived recently at the
Panama Canal locks. The locomotives are prototypes, and are
among the 26 locomotives the Canal is purchasing to increase
the fleet to 108 units by the year 2002. They are also part of
the modernization and improvement program to increase the
waterway's transit capacity. The locomotives were unloaded
from the vessel Industrial Bayou onto the center wall of
Miraflores Locks, where they will undergo six months of
testing at the locks to verify operational conditions before
receiving final approval.
In 1997, the Panama Canal Commission awarded a
$54.4 million contract to Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation for
the purchase of 26 locks towing locomotives. The multi-year
contract includes the design and the construction of locks
locomotives and accessories, as well as training of Canal
personnel. Referring to the characteristics of the new units,
Abdiel Perez, who is in charge of the Canal Locomotives
Purchasing Project, said, "Primarily, they should reduce
maintenance requirements, which are very arduous for the
existing locomotives. In addition, they offer the operator a
more comfortable environment to work in, and are more
The eight locomotive prototypes were purchased at
a cost of $2.3 million per unit. The remaining 18 will cost
$1.9 million each, and are scheduled to arrive between June
2001 and February 2002. Canal personnel will test them
during one month before final approval.
The locomotives assist ships in their transits through
the Panama Canal locks. They are essential for the safe and
expeditious transit of vessels because they brake and keep
vessels aligned inside the lock chambers. To assist ships,
locomotives move from one end to the other along the tow
tracks located on the locks walls, traveling up steep inclines
and maneuvering on vertical and horizontal curves.
The size of the locomotive fleet has increased from
40 to 82 units since the Canal opened, to give better service
to the increasing number and size of vessels that transit the
Canal. The General Electric Company built the original
locomotives, often called mules.
At the moment, ships require up to eight of the new
and stronger locomotives to perform a transit.
The Panama Canal Spillway
August 27, 1999
Crane "Titan" officially begins
operating at the Canal
The Titan's new job as the floating crane in charge
of the heavy lifting in the Panama Canal officially began last
Sunday, September 19, when it removed and reinstalled lock
gates No. 118 and 119 in the west chamber of the Miraflores
Locks. The crowning moment was preceded by a test transit
on September 14, when the dimensions and maneuverability
of the Titan in the Gaillard Cut and in the lock chambers
With a lifting capacity of 350 metric tons, and 112
meters high, the Titan exceeds the lifting capacity and reach
of the Hercules, recently retired and placed in the Dredging
Division's reserve fleet.
Built in 1941, the Titan worked in the Naval
shipyard of Long Beach, California, since 1946. The Canal
agency obtained it through a transfer when she was retired
from services in the United States Army. The Titan is one of
four floating cranes built by the Germans during World War
II at a cost of $3.5 million each. One of the cranes sank
during the allied bombing of Hamburg, while the other three
were assigned to the three major allies England, the former
United Social Soviet Republics and the United States.
After its construction, the Titan was placed in
operation at the end of 1948 and was a distinguishing mark
of Long Beach for more than 50 years until she was
transferred to Panama.
After some overhaul work, the Titan came to
Panama on May 31, 1996, on board a semi-submersible cargo
vessel that floated it near Taboga Island. The next day, the
crane, with the help of tugboats of the Canal agency, started
on its way to her new home in the Dredging Division, in
Crane Titan begins operations. The giant floating crane
Titan officially began working in the Panama Canal last
Sunday. Photo by Jaime Yau
Last job. The floating crane Hercules transits the
Pedro Miguel Locks carrying an electric crane it
retrieved from the Gatun Locks. In Pedro Miguel, the
Hercules lifted a second crane and then transported
both to Miraflores Locks, where they will be used
during the dry chamber overhaul work.
Photo by Ariyuri H. de Mantovani
To be able to start her ocean passage, and to allow
its passage under the Bridge of the Americas, the Titan's 287
metric-tons boom was lowered to its minimum height of 85
meters. The crane went through the bridge on an ebb tide,
and even though the boom was low as well as the tide, only
eight feet were clear between the highest point of the crane
and the bridge.
Upon its arrival at the Canal, the crane underwent
overhaul work to allow its safe operation in the waterway.
The work included replacing the main cable and rope and
remodeling onboard installations in order to meet the marine
safety regulations and occupational health regulations of the
Canal agency necessary to obtain its operation certificate.
One of the most difficult jobs performed on the
Titan was lifting its boom back into position from its travel
position for transit to Panama. The task was carried out by
the Dredging Division crews, and used the Titan itself to
raise its boom back into normal position. Also involved were
a land crane and two other Canal floating cranes, the Goliath
and the Hercules.
"The Titan will continue to be a unique and special
vessel. However she will not require special arrangements to
transit or work in the lock chambers, Adriano E. Diaz,
manager of the Dredging Division. said. He added, "The way
she fits in the lock chambers indicates that the Titan was built
to fit and work in the Panama Canal lock chambers. Besides,
she has almost twice the capacity of the Hercules to lift
sunken vessels in the Canal."
Placing this gigantic crane back into operation was
possible thanks to the hard work and professionalism of the
personnel from the Dredging Division. Welcome Titan!
The Panama Canal Spillway
September 24, 1999
WHERE ARE YOU?
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
new mailing addresses will be appreciated.
Hubert J. Jordan II Kevin Anderson
Mami Carballeira Donald S. Rogers
MISSING OF CHS 1940
Albritton, Carrie Nitto, Ethel
Badgely, Jean Oswald, Peggy
Bailey, Josephine Randles, Ruth
Brennan, Dorothy Raymond, Jean
Brown, Mary Pat Stroop, Rose Margaret
Casey, Sarah Frances Attia, Isaac
Drenan, Evelyn Caries, Andres
Grabhorn, Jean Crandall, John
Taylor, Mary Alice Coffin, James
House, Helen Fernandez, Robert
Tuthill, Anna Frances White
Please advise either of the committee members listed below
of known addresses or telephone numbers of those above.
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane
6427 Stone Ridge Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
8184 Copenhagen Way
Boca Raton, FL 33434
THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY -
WHERE ARE YOU?
The BIG BHS Class of 1950 50th Reunion in the year 2000
committee has still not been able to contact or account for its
classmates. Below is the latest list of those missing:
Blanca I. Alejandro
Manuel Jose Berrocal
Iva Jean Bolin
Eleanor Jane Buel
Richard E. Burns
Jorge J. Calvo
Elsa Lee Chang
Emma Jean Clement
Joe W. Crawford
Herman R. Davila
Carlos U. deGracia
Fred A. Durling Jr
George Keith Ford.
Irma R. Hernandez
Egbert C. Jones Jr.
Kenneth J. Kadock
Carol Ann Kepford
K. Keith Kreth
Robert Gene Leggit
Barbara A. Woods
Pedro Moreno, Jr.
Dorothy L. Netcel
John E. Nixon
Katherine A. Ward
Ruth T. Warren
Louis Williams Jr
Perry R. Young
Barbara G. Golden
If you know the addresses of the above classmates, or if they
have passed on please let us know. Thanks.
Dr. Wendell N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
BHS Class 1950 Reunion 9770 S.W. 198th Circle
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21-E Dunnellon, FL
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 34431-4149
(409)564-0620 Fax (409)569-2514 (352) 489-3887
Your Reporter Says...
Our Alabamians are on the road again. Edna Kovel
flew to San Francisco and met Dr. Steve Mahaffy and then
on to Washington State and Oregon for a medical convention.
It was a change in weather for her because we have had a dry,
Arlene Abbott drove to Wisconsin to pick up a
long-time friend, Bonnie Roberts, who was to be her
traveling companion. They flew to London and boarded the
ship Norwegian Dream for a 12-day cruise. They stopped in
Germany, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
They returned to London for two days while they attended a
performance of "Beauty and the Beast." When she returned to
the U.S., she stopped in Knoxville, Tenn., to visit her son
Gary and wife, who recently left the Canal Zone and now
reside in Tennessee. Her next venture was a 17-day bus trip
through 14 States where autumn had turned the beautiful
leaves into many colors.
Muriel McGriff's son, Dr. Corbin McGriff, Jr.
invited her to go to Panama this past August. He left there in
1958 after graduating from Balboa High School. She was
reluctant to go because of the different stories regarding the
Canal Zone, but she went and said it was the best time she
ever had. Panama City and its suburbs are something to
marvel. She found it clean and beautiful. The skyline around
the Bay is something to see. It looks like the New York
skyline with all the hotels and high-rises. Old Panama is
cleaned up and the ruins are kept very well. They have a
museum with artifacts they have exhumed from the area
around the ruins.
Most houses that have been taken over are still in
good condition, but they all have grill work on their doors and
windows. Pedro Miguel, Red Tank, Diablo, and some houses
in Balboa are occupied by Panamanians. The Governor's
house is still in good condition, and protected by the Guardia.
She was told that no one lived there. It is used to hold
conferences. While in Panama, they inaugurated a toll 4-lane
highway over the water from in front of the Convention
Center as far as Tocumen, They plan to build in the other
direction to Punta Paitilla.
The Canal Zone area is in very poor condition. It is
sad to see the Balboa Clubhouse boarded up. A few offices
are still there. Most of the towns are empty Ancon, Ancon
Blvd., Balboa Heights, Amador, Cocoli, Rodman, etc, but she
heard plans are for making Panama a first class tourist resort.
However, they closed their eyes and had a wonderful time and
were royally entertained by friends.
(My apologies to my former classmates who were
overlooked in the last Canal Record, and to whom I promised
a re-print of their article, with photos this time.. It just wasn't
my day then, but the effort is real this time, as follows. Editor)
Lou (Rathgeber) Hunt joined five of her classmates
(BHS'40) in May for a week at Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.
Jane Heselton, Lou Hunt, Mary Jane Henderson,
Peggy Brugge, Aggie Anderson, Dot Kennedy, at
the Rusty Rudder Restaurant, Rehobeth Beach, DE.
Their hostess was Jane (Tomkins) Heselton. Jane and her
husband, Les, graciously offered their two beach apartments
for their get-together. Jane has been after them for more than
a year for their high school group (the S.L.O.P.S. they
thought those initials were pretty cool at the time!) to get
together. They had a week of reminiscing, shopping, eating
out and eating in (their kitchen crew was great) and they
shared a lot of sentimental moments that have happened to
them these past 59 years (wow!) They shared a great time and
promised one another they would meet again at their 60th class
reunion next year, if not before.
Those attending were Peggy Brugge, Bel Haven,
VA., Dorothy (Kalar) Kennedy, Englewood, CO., Mary
Jane (Phillips) Henderson, Bloomfield, CO., Agnes
(Atkinson) Anderson, Zephyr hills, FL., Lou Hunt, Dothan,
AL., and Jane Heselton, Annapolis, MD.
After a week at Rehobeth Beach, Aggie Anderson
and Lou Hunt accompanied Peggy Brugge to her lovely home
in Bel Haven. Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas, Brick, NJ., and
Connie (Trowbridge) Bishop, Bethesda, MD. drove from
their homes and joined the others. They all enjoyed a relaxing
good time that week at Peg's.
Fs-Z -%-- -
Norine Lucas, Peggy Brugge, Lou Hunt, Connie
Bishop and Aggie Anderson, at Belle Haven, VA.
Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Julie Werekheiser, and
Dianne (Hutchison) Cox.
Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox from Ocala.
FL., spent five days with Bob and Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis in Foley, AL. At the same time, Julie Werkheiser
was spending a week with Ray and Forest (Wise)
Robberson in Lilian, AL. Julie worked at Quarry Heights
with Diane and Peggy Hutchison, so they all got together for
dinner and a nice long visit. Jack Goodwin, who was visiting
his and Nancy's new grandson in Mississippi, drove over to
spend a few days with Bob and Vicki. He and Bob spent one
day fishing off the gas rigs in Mobile Bay and managed to
catch a few nice sized red snappers.
Darrell and Nancy (Kariger) Eide, their son Lars
Jorstad, and four friends completed a 75-mile canoe trip
around the Bowron Lake chain in British Columbia in July.
This chain of lakes is located about 600 miles north of Seattle.
It is almost rectangular in shape so they started in one corner,
canoed for eight days and ended up back where they started.
They had to pack everything in and everything out. There
were a few portages up to a mile and a half in length, but,
luckily, they had wheels to put on the canoes to push them on
the trails. The scenery was beautiful lots of snowcapped
mountains, trees, and waterfalls. They saw lots of moose,
loons, beavers, and duck, but, fortunately, no bears. The
weather was great, except for one day of rain and the
mosquitoes were not bad.
L-R: Tana K. Schield, Paul Schield, Blanquita
(McNatt) Schield, Jerry Daykin, Ann (Keller) Daykin,
Harold Sorrell, Ann (Wood) Suescom, Guillermo
(G.T.) Suescom, Diane (Staples) Backowski, Paul
Backowski. Diane Backowski and Blanquita Schields
live in Angels Camp. Imagine two BHS graduates in a
town of only 2,754 people! Photo from Blanquita
With her usual enthusiasm and style, Diane
(Staples) Backowski (BHS'56) and her husband, Paul
Backowski, hosted a spirited and stimulating evening at their
open house in the golf community of Greenhorn Creek,
Angels Camp, for approximately 100 friends and family. A
lively and affectionate group of eight ex-Zonians had a
wonderful time. These were, in addition to Diane and Paul,
Ann (Wood) Suescum (BHS'59), Harold Sorrell (BHS'55),
Ann (Keller) Daykin and Jerry Daykin, Guillermo (G.T.)
Suescum, Ann Wood Suescum's son, Blanquita (McNatt)
Schield (BHS'54), husband Paul Schield and daughter Tana
K. Schield. This event took place October 9, 1999.
Blanquita McNatt Schield
Hello from Santa Barbara! We have finally spotted
a few zonians!
Mike Young called from Tennessee where he has
recently relocated from Panama. The Young and Sullivan
families were having their reunion down in San Diego this
summer. We were happy to join them. Lots of people were
there, including TY and Julie who now live in Miami and
Jim (Senior) and Mary Young who live in Washington,
Dean Young and Ellie Young as well.We could take lessons
on their get-togethers. Lots of fun!
The following weekend, Mike flew into Santa
Barbara, courtesy of John McGee of San Diego. It was Fiesta
Weekend here and that means parades, parties and concerts.
We went to the Blues Festival at the County Bowl which
headlined BB King and Taj Mahal. Mike and Bill were able
to visit with Taj Mahal backstage as Mike had met him before
through, who else but Third Pattison. Mark Conover
(BHS'78) and Tara Wykowski (BHS'80) called a couple of
days before the concert wondering if we would like a lift to
the show in a limo. Well, why not? We had 12 people in the
limo (see photo). Lots of fun!
L-R Mark Conover, Tara Wykowski, Ken and Karyn
(Dumas) Fish, Mikey Young, Cookie Newlon and Bill
Hurney. Photo from Cookie Newlon
Mark reports that they received an email from Jill
Dupree (BHS'82) and husband Kevin Mayles (BHS'79)
who are settling into their new home, in the Bahamas! Bill
and I received a call from Rick Gritt who is married to Lynn
Budreau Gritt. They live in Pately Bridge, England and Rick
was here in California for training. He came up from Costa
Mesa and visited with us for the weekend. Sure was nice to
see him and show him the sites of Santa Barbara. Hopefully,
Lynn can come next time.
My nephew Russell Rendon, son of Gene and
Diane Newlon Rendon, spent three weeks in Japan this
summer. He was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los
Angeles of which his grandfather, Rick Rendon, is a
member. Russell stayed with several different families while
there and enjoyed learning about their culture. Bill and I are
headed for Jamaica at the end of October to help Karyn
Dumas Fish celebrate her birthday. We won't say which one.
Guess that's it for now. Please let us know if you
have any news for this area or if you happen to pass our way.
Have a great holiday season and a Happy Y2K!
Janice Cookie Newlon
1312 Colina Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
The Sullivan/Young family reunion was celebrated
in San Diego, CA from July 30 to August 2. The clan enjoyed
San Diego Wild Animal Park, Tijuana, Old Town, Sea World,
Del Mar Race Track in addition to festivities at the Town and
The Sullivan/Young family reunion in San Diego.
Photo sent by Nancy Schorsch.
Members of the "older generation" who attended
were Margaret Sullivan McMillan with daughter Kitty,
Eleanor S. Wainstein with daughter Anne, Margy S. and
Jim Young with daughter, Ellie and Al Henon, sons Tom
(TY) and Julie, Mike and Frank, Nancy S and Carl
Schorsch, Jim and Carol Sullivan and son Torrey. The
children of Tom and Virginia Naylor Sullivan, Helen,
Jamie and Mark were there as were the children of Alice
Sullivan and Earle Roby, Joann and Marvin Kelsch and
Grandchildren were Katie, Tom and Ginny
Sullivan and Jamey, Anna and Natalie Kelsch.
Canal Zone friends who attended or dropped by
during the weekend were cousin, Dean Young, Edie and
Lloyd Van Kirk and daughter, Sue, Cookie and Bill
Newlon, John McGee, Helen Brooks, Ted and Beth
Sundquist, and Janice and Dick Wanke.
Nancy T. Schorsch
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May Olson of Panama and La Jolla and her son,
Ricardo Lopez, were guests at Catsy's table for the
Winky Richard Helgeson (BHS'64), Susan Taylor
Pitney (BHS'58) and Ann Haskell Veratti (BHS'59) at
the Panama Canal Southern California West Coast
Reunion, September 18, at the Bay View Restaurant,
San Diego, Ca.
Iris Haskell Days, Catsy Taylor Schafer and Eunice
Olive Richard. Eunice was a reporter for the Panama
American for many years in Cristobal before working
for the PCC at Balboa Heights.
Northeast Florida held the 2nd semi-annual Picnic
on Oct 9th at NAS Jacksonville. The picnic area was next to
the river with plenty of shade and space. Fellow Zonians
came from Tampa, Ocala, De Land, New Smyrna, Ormond
Beach, Gainesville, and many other towns up in Northeast
Florida totaling 87 Zonians. The crowd gathered around
noon and brought Panamanian dishes. The potluck was a
success with empanadas, ropa vieja, ceviche, arroz con
pollo, sopa borracha, etc. Bruce Bateman provided the
latino music during the afternoon. The next picnic is
scheduled for Saturday, April 8'h, at the same time, place
The Dowell families are in the process of
renovating their home in Santa Rita, Panama. It overlooks
Gatun and the Atlantic Ocean with four bedrooms and
swimming pool. In the near future, their home will be
available for renting when traveling to Panama; maid
service included. (Many Atlantic siders might remember the
Santa Rita parties.)
Bud and Etta Engel had Etta's parents, Mr. &
Mrs. Ray Miller, visiting from Panama for a couple of
weeks. They especially enjoyed spending time with
granddaughter Jackie Engel Johnson and great-
grandchildren Brenden and Caitlan Johnson.
In August, the Hicks family gathered together in
Callahan to celebrate Mack's 78th birthday. Mack was
joined by his wife Dottie Hicks, their children Kenneth,
Pam, Richard and Judy Rhea with their families, three
grandchildren and great-grandson. On their annual vacation
trip to Tennessee Pam Hicks and grandson, TJ Walker,
visited with the Tom Holmberg family in Knoxville. Tom
joined the Army after graduating from BHS and had not
been seen or heard from in over 30 years. Pam and Tom
reconnected via e-mail thanks to Bob Askew who
maintains the Class of '66 address database. Kenneth and
Kim (McCune) Hicks joined us at the picnic with their
daughters, Michelle and Jacque. They recently announced
Michelle's engagement to Scott Mosley of Jacksonville and
wedding plans for March 18, 2000.
A beautiful shot of the Banyan trees and the
Administration Building. Photo by Ardis Bow.
Cindy Toda's classmate, Kelly Snook (BHS '82),
is planning a big New Year's party in a big country house
on 80 acres of land in Houston., and inviting Zonians to join
the fun. If you need more info, her e-mail address is
NE Florida Reporter
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers 25'h
anniversary celebration luncheon and meeting at the
Emerald's Buffet & Dinner Club was enjoyed by all present.
We were especially honored by the presence of PCSOFL
President, Faith Brundage and Secretary Barbara Green.
Past President Tom Peterson and wife Barbara attended
from Sarasota with Kay Miller. Faith reported on her first
meeting as president. A new travel agency, "Partners in
Travel" has been approved note their ad in the yellow pages.
Barbara reported on the financial status of the Society and
signed up several new members. Next year's Annual Reunion
will be held at the new 700 room Tampa Marriott Waterside.
Members were advised to send in their reservation forms
ASAP. Tom mentioned that new membership had increased
during his term of office.
Kathy Egolf, Vice President and Chris Skeie,
Director, Buildings and facilities, represented the Panama
Canal Society Foundation and the Museum. Tom Peterson is
an Ex-Officio Director. Kathy updated everyone on the
Museums progress. She and Chris attended the BHS'99
graduation ceremony and activities and met principal Tom
Price who cooperated in donating many items for the
museum. Kathy mentioned that Brian Albright, formerly of
Gatun, will be the museum curator. Chris reported on the sale
of medallions and took several orders.
Bill Muller presented "Certificates of Appreciation"
designed by Jean Muller, to Wesley "Red" and Virginia
Townsend and to Virginia Pearl from the Ocala Zonians "as
a token of their esteem and sincere appreciation for keeping
alive the memories and friendships of our Canal Zone days."
Wes is our senior statesman at age 97. Virginia Pearl reported
the first meeting of the group in 1974 a picnic at Lake
Wesley "Red" and Virginia Townsend were honored
at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Ocala
Zonians with their daughter, Sydney Corbett a
recently retired BHS teacher.
Harry and Virginia Pearl received a Certificate of
Appreciation as Founders of the Ocala Zonians at the
25h Anniversary celebration as Ron Corbett looks on.
Sydney Corbett, the Townsends' daughter and
teacher at BHS for some 30 years reported on the final BHS
graduation this year and the many hundreds of former grads
who returned to bid farewell to their alma mater. At the
conclusion of the ceremonies, she stated that "there was not
a dry eye to be found in the assembly." CHS was also
represented by former students as well. Principal Tom Price
was amazed by the turnout which Sydney had predicted. She
expressed her sympathy to the Junior Class who lacked one
year of being BHS graduates. Some of them are now attending
classes at the Balboa Academy in Ft. Clayton. Sydney
attended with her husband Ron Corbett.
A lottery was held and thanks to prizes donated by
Faith and Barbara, Chris and Kathy, the Pearls, the Mullers
and for two beautiful floral centerpieces from Leo and Grace
Shadeck. No one left without a prize. Kathy returned to
Pinellas Park with a trio of silver 25th anniversary balloons.
She wrote: "It was heartwarming being with so many Zonian
friends, friends of friends, and friends of relatives."
Newcomers were Winifred, Charles and Carol Ann
Johnston, Bob and Betty Foxworthy, Bud and Lilia Stroop,
Bruce Ruiz (CHS), Elaine Austin, Jerry and Marcy Fox,
Carol (Showalter) Dlouhy, (BHS'46/CZJC'47) Ron and
Marty Wallace, Edgar and Hazel Dagget, Sonny Rivet,
Carolyn (Hackett) Coffey, Lucky Summers, and Larry
Didier with his new bride Edna (Curles) Didier. Regulars
attending were the Arndts, Parkers, Tewinkels,Elaine
Conover, Richard Lopp, Virginia Booth, John Muller,
Woody Foster, McConaugheys, Cullens, Lees, Crawfords,
Betty Blanchette, Ted Norris, and John Balschun.
Bill and Jean Muller recently had a full page writeup
about the Panama Canal "Zonies" in the Ocala Star Banner,
Neighborhood Section. It mentioned Jack and Margaret
Muller's construction days and the family time in the Canal
Zone. The Mullers attended their granddaughter's wedding in
Copperas Cove, Texas and the NorthEast Florida Picnic in
Jacksonville, FL., and had an enjoyable visit with Ed and
Gloria Malin and daughter Kathy Saville.
Barbara (Curles) Aycock took her mother Marie
to Ft. Lauderdale to visit Barbara's sister, Catherine. After
returning to Dunnellon, Marie had laser surgery on her eyes
and is doing fine. Barbara has a trip planned to Dallas to visit
her first great-grandson, Zachary DeWitt and her mother,
Bob Foxworthy was stationed at Ft. DeLesseps from
'43 to '46 and was a member of the choir at Christ Church by
the Sea, next to the Hotel Washington and is now a retired
ordained minister in Ocala.
William "Bill" Muller
Hola from Pensacola. I had a great visit over the
Columbus Day Holiday (Oct 8-12) from Donnie Bruce
(CHS '60) (Mt. Holly, NJ). We toured the Naval Museum
where they had on display a replica of the ship Donnie was
on while in the Navy and also celebrated my son Bob's
birthday with a Hibachi dinner at Yamato's Japanese
Restaurant. We all really enjoyed his visit and were sorry
to see him go back to New Jersey.
My grandson, Jonathan will be baptized on
November 27, 1999 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic
Church in Pensacola. His godparents will be Dawn (Berg)
Vose (his aunt) and Kevin Vose (BHS '84) (his uncle).
Cappadocia, Aksaray, Antalya, Ephesus (saw the Virgin
Mary's Chapel), Canakkale, Bursa (the silk factory,
nothing but silk items), the Carpet Factory and took a
cruise on the Borboros. They also visited with a family in
their quite spacious cave home. Money exchange was
3,900,000 Lira to one American dollar lots of good
bargains. The food was delicious, lots of fresh and dried
fruits and desserts dripping with honey. It was a lovely trip
(total of 2,265 miles) in such a beautiful country so
Yamato Japanese Restaurant, Pensacola, October 9,
1999. Donnie Bruce and Barbara (Hall) Vose.
Yamato Japanese Restaurant. Bob Vose's birthday
dinner, L-R: Bob Vose, Dawn Vose, Kevin Vose.
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Outside covered Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, (May '99)
Janet Martin Slaughter.
In May 1999, Janet (Martin) Slaughter
(Pensacola) and her sister Yvonne (Martin) Stegman
(Seattle, WA) took a 17-day tour of the western part of
Turkey. They started in Istanbul, visiting the St. Sophia,
the Treasures of the Topkapi Palace, the Harem, the Spice
Market (the covered market with 3,300 individual shops),
Ankara, the Hittite Sites, the Fairey Chimneys in
The Lion Gate, Turkey, Janet Martin Slaughter and
Yvonne Martin Stegman.
Please call or send me any news you may have.
Barbara (Hall) Vose
Beverly and Fred Ebdon and Kay Miller left
August 26"t to drive to Monument, CO to house sit and take
care of Kay's granddaughter Mindy, while her daughter and
son-in-law, Marge & Don Scheiwe went on a 10-day trip to
Ireland. Marge called Fred, Bev and Kay the "Three Nannies
on Wheels". While they were in Colorado, Buckeye
Swearingen from Ft. Collins, CO visited for a day. Fred, Bev,
Kay and the Scheiwes enjoyed going to Pueblo and
Breckenridge, CO. Also, Fred and Bev's son, Paul and his
wife, Connie, from Dalles, OR arrived in their motor home
and stayed overnight. Paul and Connie traveled in their motor
home and Fred, Bev, Kay and Marge drove to Branson, MO
where they all stayed for a week, seeing the shows which were
very enjoyable. It was very exciting for Kay because it was her
first time in Branson. While there Fred, Bev, Paul and Connie
visited with another family member, Bill Ebdon's daughter,
Dosie. On their way back to Sarasota, the Florida trio dropped
Marge off in Little Rock to fly back to Colorado while they
drove back home.
Hilda (Dixon) Harrold has returned to her home in
Safety Harbor, FL, after a visit with her brother and sister-in-
law, Bill and Maxine Dixon. Hilda is a frequent visitor to
Sarasota so she can help with the care of Maxine during her
Mayno Walker and her daughter, Carole Miller of
Tampa, FL spent Labor Day weekend visiting family
members, Mickey (Walker) and Martin Fitzgerald in New
Smyrna Beach. It was a farewell gathering for the young
Fitzgeralds. Patrick and Lisa and their two children are
transferring to Anchorage, AK.
Mayno also enjoyed a visit from Scott, Miriam and
Nina Walker of Zephyrhills. Scott is the son of the late Fred
Walker formerly of Balboa, CZ. Also joining in the Walker
gathering was Scott's mom, Kay, and Walker sisters Carole
Miller and Mickey Fitzgerald. Lots of reminiscing was
enjoyed by all and squeezed into the all too short a visit.
We're happy to welcome William and Virginia
Hitchcock and their seven year old daughter, Sara, to
Sarasota. They are recently retired and formerly lived in
Bethesda, MD. They now make their home at 1639 Peregrine
Point Court, The Landings, Sarasota, FL. 34231.
Bill is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of
1959. He is the son of Maxine (Kemper) Hitchcock, a
resident of Heartland Health Care Center at 5401 Sawyer
Road, Sarasota, FL 34233. Maxine recently celebrated her 97"
birthday with Bill, Virginia and Sara there to help her blow
out the candles.
The Hitchcocks have had many friends visit them,
including the Bliss sisters, Tinsie Barnes, Gladys Humphrey
and Mayno Walker. We wish them many happy years in
beautiful sunny Sarasota.
Myrtle (Pearson) Hughes departed Sarasota in
October to make her home in Texas. Myrtle has been a
resident of Sarasota since she came from the Panama Canal
Zone with her husband, the late William (Bill) Hughes
following his retirement from the Canal Zone Police. Myrtle
was Time and Leave Supervisor on both the Atlantic and
Pacific sides of the Isthmus. She retired from the Port
Captain's Office in Balboa in 1968. Myrtle's children, son
Tom and his wife Lorna Hughes of Deer Park, TX and
daughter, Sandra Claflin of Merritt Island, FL have made
frequent visits to Sarasota helping their Mom get ready for
Sarasota's loss is Texas' gain!!! We wish Myrtle
much happiness in her new home, she will be missed by her
many friends not only in Sarasota but all around Florida.
Blanche (Walker McIntire) Hartman enjoyed a
month long visit from her sister, Dora (Walker) Chatburn
of Salinas, Ecuador. Blanche's son, Leo McIntire and his
young daughter Tari of Tulsa, OK came for a weekend visit
with his mother and Aunt Dora.
During Dora's stay, she and Blanche traveled to
Fort Valley, GA with Rick Nelson and Stella (Boggs)
DeMarr of Bradenton, FL, for a family reunion at the home
of Albert and Anita (Boggs) Collins. Also joining in the
festivities was Zona (Boggs) Dowell of Jacksonville, FL.
The 29 family members spanning over five generations
enjoyed lots of good food, laughter, and stories that made a
Gladys B. Humphrey
It's football season, and that's a BIG deal in
Tallahassee. Lots of Zonians come together for tailgating
parties before each FSU home game. That's after they have
partied at the "Downtown Getdowns" the Friday night
before the game. At one "Downtown Getdown", Mike and
Elaine Stephenson won an elegantly prepared pheasant
dinner for two and proceeded to dine in style, right there
under the stars. The "hardcore" group of Burt and Carol
Mead, Keith and Cindy Mead, Mike and Mary Gordon
(who have season tickets and come from Port Orange for
every game), Joe (who does NOT do the Seminole Chop)
and Bev Wood and Lloyd and Margaret Spradlin attract
other far away game goers to their parties. Ed and Bonnie
Dolan from Sanford are occasional visitors and, for the
FSU-Miami game, Jack and Gloria Corrigan (who were
sad that the Hurricanes lost) and Jim and Marie Morris
came all the way from Clearwater to join in the fun.
Speaking of those wonderful Woods and Meads,
Michael and I and Henry and Sunny Mizrachi spent a
most fun-filled four days with them at their Marriot time-
share (this time in Palm Beach). The golf courses were a
little soggy, but that didn't stop Burt, Joe and Michael
from hitting the links (we women hit the malls of course).
We feasted on every seafood delicacy, then savored the
finest steaks at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. If you get a
chance to dine at one of their restaurants, don't pass it up -
just bring lots of money.
June Stevenson and Marguerite Zumbado
representing BHS Class of 1954, present to P.C.
Society Foundation President Joe Wood Exec. Vice
Pres. Chuck Hummer a donation to the Museum fund
on behalf of their class. Skip Rowley also presented
a donation to the Museum Fund on behalf of the
The members of the Board of Directors of the
Panama Canal Museum Foundation met in Tallahassee for
a Brainstorming Workshop on September 8th and 9th. The
two-day session was held at the Killearn Country Club and
Inn and allowed the members to solidify plans for the
office/museum opening in November and for generating
more funds to sustain operations.
In this regard, Skip Rowley had a terrific idea to
charge just a little bit more at Zonian functions and donate
the extra funds to the museum. Skip had collected about
$100 in excess funds from previous Zonian picnics in
Tally (bless his heart, he always puts up his own money to
reserve the park, buy supplies, etc.), so rather than use that
money to pay for upfront costs in the future, he presented
a check to Joe Wood on behalf of Tallahassee.
Bob and Marguerite Zumbado donate one of their
famous hand-made Chivas to P.C. Society Foundation
Vise President Kathy Egolf, who presents a check
several times the cost of the chiva to Pres. Joe Wood
for the Museum Fund.
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Members of the PC Society Foundation and invited
guests gather after the Board's two-day brainstorming
workshop at the Killearn Country Club and Inn in
Tallahassee.. Standing L-R: Davis Stevenson,
Marguerite and Bob Zumbado, Chuck Hummer,
Paul Glassburn, Dorn Thomas, Chris Skeie, Dick
Morgan, Beth Brandenburg, Bev and Joe Wood and
Skip Rowley. Seated: Lesley Hendricks, June
Stevenson, Kathy Egolf, Joan Ohman and Bev
If the museum is to become a reality, we really
must find ways to support it. Please see Joe Wood's article
on this subject. Also, check out Skip's Letter to the Editor
about his and Bev's glorious trip to Europe and John
Schmidt's trip back to Panama with former military
personnel that had been stationed there.
Louis Bradley, N.J. spent a week visiting his sister,
Margaret Martin. While in Clearwater, he visited with three
of Margaret's children, their families, and several of his high
school friends. After his visit with her, he stopped in Fort
Lauderdale on his wav home.
Mickey Cunningham, Ann Gilley, Ray Kulig, Celia
Cronan, Nancy Murancy, Lauray Will Old friends at
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Back, L-R: Shirley Boswell, Donald Johnson, Peggy
Currier, Robert Harrington, Robert Johnson. Front
L-R: Ruth Harrington, John Johnson, Marje and
Wanda (Harrington) Johnson of Apple Valley, CA
always wished that her sisters and brother would gather in
California to meet and get to know their nieces and nephews
and their families. Wanda's wish came true sadly when she
passed away suddenly on September 22, 1999 (see obit) and
her sisters, Marje Foster and husband Pete; Shirley Boswell,
Peggy Currier and brother Robert Harrington and wife
Ruth traveled to California to attend her memorial service.
Wanda had requested that her family and friends should
celebrate with a party in her memory. Her husband John's
two brothers, Robert and Donald joined in the gathering of
over 100 friends and family at the home of her son John and
wife Linda who planned and prepared the beautiful tribute to
their mother. Unfortunately, her mother, Jennie Harrington
was unable to attend but she expressed her happiness that
Wanda's wish was finally fulfilled.
After the Reunion, David Kelleher Jr. and his
friends, Luke Givens, Louis Sullivan, and Richard
McArthur stayed with his parents, David and Betty Watts
Kelleher. Arriving earlier were Mary, Steve Tochterman
and daughters Andrea, Lauren and Kerry. Mary prepared a
delicious 4th of July dinner of sancocho and Johnny Mazetti
which was enjoyed by all. Also in attendance at the dinner
was Maurice "Bud" Kelleher.
(A correction requested by the above reporter is in order to
September's Canal Record, Tampa Column, top of page 52.
It should read: His daughter (not niece) and husband Amy
and Ron De Groot; and the caption under the photo should
read: Julia and husband Alex not Alan. I'm sorry for the
errors, I just write them as they are sent,.and it's sometimes
difficult to read handwriting..Editor)
While at the Reunion in July, we had a photo taken
of all the cousins of the Stevenson/Rowley/Gerhart clan. It
is not often that we all get together, so we decided to take
advantage of this opportunity. There were a few missing, so
maybe next year at the reunion in Tampa, we can get everyone
In August, my
nephews, Kenneth and
Brian Gerhart, went to
Aberdeen, MD, and had
their photo taken at the
Army Ordnance Center.
Their photo was taken
next to the Earthquake
Bomb which is one of
two that were carried
aloft in a B-36 bomber.
The bomb was designed
to pierce 10 meters (33
feet) of reinforced
concrete which covered
U-Boat pens in occupied
France. It is patterned
after a 22,000-pound
S British bomb called
the Panama Canal Society
Foundation Board met in
Brian and Kenneth Tallahassee, and my
Gerhart and "Earthquake husband Davis and I
Bomb", at Army Ord. drove down for it. We
Center, Aberdeen MD. stayed with my brother
Skip Rowley and his
wife Beverly, and while Davis and the other Board members
spent two days going over the Museum Agenda, I had my
brother take me on a tour of the Tallahassee area. The area
had more to offer than I had originally thought, and I had a
All Cousins 1999 Panama Canal Reunion. Standing,
rear L-R: Suzanne Gerhart, Adriabe Rowley, Allie
Snow, Lori Snow, Renee Friedel Ken Gerhart. Front
L-R: Miranda and Matthew Friedel, Sara Snow, Brian
We had someone take a photo at the dinner meeting
of the Panama Canal Society Foundation, Inc. Board and their
spouses or guests. Those members present were: Davis
Stevenson, Bob Zumbado, Chuck Hummer, Paul
Glassburn, Dorn Thomas, Chris Skeie, Dick Morgan, Joe
Wood, Leslie Hendricks, Kathy Egolf, and Joan Ohman.
Spouses and guests were: Marguerite Zumbado, Bev
Wood, Skip and Bev Rowley, Beth Brandenburg and me.
Prior to the dinner, Joe and Bev Wood invited all the
members and their guests to a get-together cocktail party at
their lovely home.
June A. Stevenson
On this Discoverers' Day there is not much news
to report but plenty of action here, with 30,000 dentists
attending their convention the first large event to be held
in Honolulu's new and handsome convention center. Aloha
Week also brought throngs of visitors enjoying the
ho'olaule'as (varied street entertainment), parades and much
kaukau (food). It is the only state-wide multicultural
celebration in the United States.
Through the historic voyage of the Holule'a, the
Polynesian voyaging canoe has finally reached Rapa Nui
(Easter Island), using the ancient-style sailing boat and
techniques. This epic trip began June 15, 1999 on the Big
Island of Hawaii and reached Rapa Nui about October 9.
An interesting article by Paul Rehob in October 8
Pacific Business News mentions the inauguration of the
first-ever wahine (woman) President of the Republic of
Panama (Sra. Mireya Moscoso) and the plan to establish
educational exchange programs between Panama and the
University of Hawaii. On this matter Bill Brophy of
Honolulu has been working closely with Jenny Samaan,
Director of UH Office of International Affairs. Among the
Panamanian officials contacted, Jose Miguel Aleman,
Minister of Foreign Relations, indicated a strong interest in
supporting business opportunities between Panama and
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Dr. Jose Miguel Aleman, Minister of Foreign Relations
of Panama and Bill Brophy at a Hawaiian-theme party
in Coronado, Panama
Recommended for Oahu visitors: Newly rebuilt
Willows Restaurant (that precious, Polynesian place long
closed); elegant Academy of Arts; House Without a Key
(Halejulani Hotel); Duke's Waikiki, and Warriors Lounge
of Hale Koa Hotel (especially Thursday nights, for Shari
Lynn and Fascinatin' Rhythm); and for an ono (yummy)
confection: Chocolate haupia cream pie at Allen Wong's
new Pineapple Room (Liberty House).
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Pauline Fulop of Port Barre writes that daughter
Allison, who attended CZ schools through the eighth grade,
is now a senior at Northwestern State University,
Natchitoches, La., majoring in hospitality management and
tourism with an emphasis in travel and tourism. This summer
she interned at the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission.
Daughter Caryn is a freshman at the University of Louisiana
at Lafayette. Daughter Lisa is now a senior at Port Barre High
School. Caryn and Lisa attended elementary school in Los
Rios before Pauline and Doug retired. Their granddaughter,
Lauren, 2, lives with them. Doug graduated from BHS in
1960 and retired from Rates and Analysis Branch, Office of
the Comptroller, PCC, in 1989. Pauline retired from the
Office of Inspector General, PCC, in 1991. They'll be in
Florida this fall to visit Doug's family.
Capt. Dean Bruch, center, with Capt. Daniel Hall,
right, assistant supervisor-inspector personnel, and on
left, Lt. Cmdr. David Kireta, supervisor inspector
Capt. Dean Bruch of River Ridge earned the llth
issue of his Master's License in August. With this renewal by
2004 he will have been a licensed active master for 55 years.
His last shipboard assignment was taking two newly-
constructed chemical carriers on trial trips for Alabama
Shipyard at Mobile in 1998. He is a graduate of the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.
While reluctant to admit he may be slowing down,
John Gough Sr. of Marrero is feeling some family pressure
to move closer to relatives in St. Petersburg. Once there he
plans to catalog his Panama Canal collection of books, papers,
stamps, coins and other artifacts, and decide on their ultimate
disposition. His grandson Sgt. 1st Class John Gough III,
has been transferred from Fort Carson, Colo., to the Army's
National Training Center in California where he will be a
field instructor. John III was born at Gorgas and attended
CHS. He, wife Bridgitte, and sons Justin, 9, and Andrew,
5, were in town recently visiting relatives.
The Gough men, L-R: Andrew (5), Justin (9), their
father John III and grandfather John, Sr.
Mary Ann Hallett of Shreveport is chapter
president of NARFE and recently attended the Louisiana
Federation Convention in Shreveport at which Region VI
Vice President Leland Dupont spoke on his recent trip to
Panama. Six chapters have been formed and he saw more than
1,000 retirees at meetings on both sides of the Isthmus. With
federation and chapter officers, he visited the Housing
Authority, Consul, Embassy, Retiree Service Center, Civilian
Personnel Office, spoke with Panama City's assistant mayor
and Rodman retirees. He tried to firm up arrangements with
Panama so military and civilian retirees who stay will have
office space and a meeting place. The Federal Government
has not been helpful. The Embassy will distribute retirement
checks. Direct deposit is not available.
Bud Hallett plans to attend a reunion at Greenbriar
Military School, Lewisburg, W.Va., this fall. Three times a
week he works out at a fitness center. With failing eyesight,
he's been enjoying audio books from state and local libraries.
A tape recorder is supplied and postage is paid. If anyone is
interested, this service is available at most libraries.
the States in 1981. He's a boat captain and worked for Weber
Marine in Burnside, but Florida is his home state.
"Giving Voice: Oral Historians and the Shaping of
Narrative" was the theme of the Oral History Association
conference in Anchorage in October. This reporter attended
representing the PC Museum and networked with personal
historians, museum and university historians. Workshops,
panels and roundtables covered equipment, techniques, ethics
and formats such as living history, audio, video, film, exhibits
and computer applications. All will be helpful as our museum
Cynthia "Thea" Thomas of Mandeville reports that
their older son Chad (BHS'86) returned to Panama for the
last BHS graduation in May with two of his high school
friends. Chad left in 1991 but was astounded by all the
construction, especially at Punta Paitilla where the family
lived for eight years. He enjoyed visits to old haunts including
the Napoli Restaurant and site of the Balboa Yacht Club.
Chad lives in Tampa now.
Patt Foster Roberson
With the jet-skis in deep hibernation for the winter
I find myself with lots of extra time on my hands for the
home improvement list my wife has compiled since moving
into our new home in Naperville, IL. Visitors to the area,
please look us up!
Adriana (Ateek) Berky, (BHS'81), of Cincinnati,
OH, called to report the recent visit of good childhood
friend, Virginia Ann Suescom, (BHS'82) of Virginia. Both
ladies has a blast reminiscing about the good times they
shared in Panama, shopping, dining at trendy Cincinnati
cafes, and spoiling Max, Adriana's newest addition to the
Bob Wertz and his Cessna 172
Shreveporter Kay Lee, her husband Jack and their
daughter USAF Major Patricia Pirowski attended the 85th
anniversary festivities in Panama, directed by Kay's cousin,
Bruce Quinn. Kay's grandfather, Dr. John Paul Corrigan,
was a Roosevelt Medal holder and worked to help identify the
cause of yellow fever and malaria. A ceremony was held at
Gaillard Cut followed by tossing red roses into the canal.
Jake Lewis (BHS'76) lived in Gonzalez briefly and
recently moved to Seminole. After high school he joined the
Air Force and was stationed at Howard AFB. He returned to
Virginia Suescom and Adriana (Ateek) Berkey in a
recent photo taken in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Carlton Morris Jr. and friend chase riding his jet ski on
a recent trip to the Wisconsin Dells,
John Morris, (BHS'79) will soon call the Chicago
area home! He reports a late November move from his home
in Tampa, FL. Welcome to the land of two seasons, Winter
and Winter's Coming!
Mark Powell, (BHS'79) is in the final week of
training for the Chicago Marathon and I will report on his
race next issue. I will include a picture from MILE 20!
After the race, Mark and wife Lori plan a week long
vacation to Hawaii. Mark plans to look up former
classmates Ken and Diane (Baker) Pierce who live on the
island of Maui.
In a recent conversation with Paul Bierman,
(BHS'77) he let me know that he recently changed jobs that
requires some travel. On a recent business trip to the Tampa
area, he had an opportunity to meet Jimmy and Kelly
Parthenais for dinner.
My wife Shannon and I just returned from a week
in London, England. In addition to playing tourist for a
week, we were guests of the band Deep Purple for their
shows at the Royal Albert Hall. The band performed with
The London Symphony Orchestra and several special
guests, including Ronnie James Dio.
John Boswell of Hot Springs, Ark.
Lynn Turner of Hattiesburg sent us a charming
picture of her dad, John Boswell. John and Catherine
have sold their home and moved into a smaller one at 8
Madrid Way, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909. They were a
terrific support team for this reporter while she was a
graduate student at USM.
Patt Foster Roberson
Hurricane Georges canceled the 1998 Gulf Coast
picnic, but area Zonians roared back with a jolly good time
this year. Among those enjoying perfect weather, great food
and fellowship were Peter Baas, Paula and Pete Benford,
Audrey Benoit Bowman, Linda Calhoun, Polly and Jim
Calhoun, Roland Casanova, Carolyn and Richard
Dillon, Bill Epperson Sr., Susan Epperson, Libby and
Aldon Fulcher, Zan Green, Deano Marrero, Ed Parker,
Anne Patterson, Martha and Bud Richardson, Patt
Roberson, Lois and Charlie Salyer, Donna and Don
Seitz, Gerda Smith, Jean and Lee Wade, Irene and
Greetings from North Carolina. There has been a lot
happening here in the mountains. We have had several
visitors since late summer. Jim and Diane Bradley have
entertained several of them. Richard and Olga Phillips came
for a few days from Conyers, Ga. Bob and Fran Morrissey
also visited the Bradleys. I think they were hiding from one of
those hurricanes that hit the Florida coast. We only had a
great deal of wind from those storms, just enough to blow all
Wayne Wenner, Rosanne and Mickey Williford. Bring
your camping gear and join us the first weekend in October
Jimmy McKeown writes that he and wife Alice
have left LaPlace for the greens of Diamondhead, MS, and
the marina and the Gulf Coast. This places them right in the
middle of their grandchildren, the latest born in August to
daughter Lori in Ocean Springs. Riley is in New Orleans
and Anslee in The Springs. Jimmy is trying to persuade golf
buddy Bill Hatchett to move to Diamondhead.
the acorns off the trees. I had at least a million of them in my
front yard alone. Ray and Bird (Angermuller) Bost were in
the area for a few days also. I believe they live in the
Wilmington area, which also felt the effects of the hurricanes.
In between company, Jim and Diane found time to drive to
Florida to visit son Jim and wife Sherri (Anderson) and
greet their newest granddaughter Lauren. She arrived in
August to join sister Candace in the Bradley household.
While they were in Florida, Jim and Diane visited with
Robert and Denise Will and also Lenny and Rene (Nellis)
Wertz. Willy and Wilma Nowotny also had a few
houseguests in the early fall. Henry Twohy and Gladys
Saarinen were here the first weekend in October. While they
were here, the Nowotnys hosted a cocktail party in their honor
which was attended by the local Canal Zone gang: Jean and
Malcolm Stone, Pat and Sherri Fraser, Bill and Betty
Dunning, Jim and Diane Bradley, and Bob and Fran
Morrissey. Janie (Holgerson) and husband Milt Thompson
were there also. Henry and Gladys and the Nowotnys had
dinner with Janie and Milt at their home in Saluda, which is
about 30 minutes from Hendersonville. I was not there that
weekend and was so sorry to have missed both the Morrisseys
and Henry and Gladys. We could have reminisced about the
"old days" at Sacred Heart. As luck would have it, Rev.
Francis Lynch visited the following week and he and Henry
would have enjoyed seeing each other. Father Lynch is still
stationed in Tallassee, Ala., and is doing well. He played golf
with my brother Bill Dunning and Jim Bradley and Ron
Angermuller. I understand the match was a dead heat. It was
wonderful to see him.
Ralph and Joyce (Cookson) Malcolm from
Lewistown, Mont., visited their son Chris and wife Eileen
and their two beautiful granddaughters in High Point, N.C. I
was able to visit with Joyce and Chris and family for a couple
of hours on my way to see my daughter Lisa and her new
grand piano!! It is gorgeous.
I had a rather interesting experience in late August.
I drove to Yellowstone National Park with a friend to work
for a month in the Hamilton Stores. My friend, who has been
there three times, told me how much "fun" it was. You get to
work in a nice gift shop, get to see the area, etc., meet lots of
nice people. Well, I did get to meet a lot of nice people, I did
see some of the area, but I did not get to work in a nice little
gift shop. She worked in the nice little gift shop and I got to
work in the restaurant. I haven't worked so hard since I was
in Nurses training, 40 years ago!! I do have to say though that
the scenery out there in the West is absolutely awesome. I
worked in the Old Faithful area and never realized there were
so many other geysers besides Old Faithful. I was able to go
to some of the other areas in the park and did some traveling
outside the park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. You just
cannot adequately describe how beautiful it is out there.
However, my next trip will be strictly as a tourist. I am not
thinking about changing careers into food service any time
Malcolm and Jean Stone, Marty and Steve Tanner
and Norma and Sam Irvin all went to Chicago for the
wedding of Norma and Sam's son Tom to Kathleen Berry.
The wedding was lovely and a good time was had by all.
Betty Quintero also attended her nephew's nuptials.
It is a good thing Malcolm Stone went to Chicago
before he went to Myrtle Beach for "Clown school" as he
slipped and fell and broke three bones in his ankle. He has
been hobbling around ever since and has Jean waiting on him
hand and foot, or is that ankle. We wish him a swift recovery.
Guess that is all news for now; if I have left anything
out, I apologize and will catch you next time.
Hello to all! The Northwest is doing just fine. The
PanCanal pre-picnic, no-host dinner and picnic were held in
early August in Ridgefield, Wash., and had a great turnout.
Weather started rainy but cleared up nicely. Murray and
Candy Falk arranged the event and did a bang-up job. Wish
everyone who went could be listed, but space does not permit.
A good showing of campers and trailers stayed in the nearby
RV park. Some of those were Floyd and Bev Baker, Marti
Lohr, Neil Lohr and his gal Sandra Eaglette and her
daughter Amy, Dan and Pat (Rudge) Nellis, several Shobes,
Henry and Pat Cruz, Billy and Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin
and Ginny's mother Jibby Kleefkens, Robert and Gayle
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Row 1, L-R: Inez Duffus Plucker, Debbie Rowley
Shobe, Hanna Rowley Byrd, Jim Byrd, Clover
Shobe Duffus, Noralee Roche Shobe, Louisa
Duffus, Jim Duffus. Row 2, L-R" Mike Plucker, Steve
Shobe, Tina Duffus, Jim Duffus, Jim Shobe.
We have some newcomers to the area. Tim and
Theresa (Snyder) Herring and their kids moved up this
summer to Silverdale, Wash. Billy and DeeDee Hanna have
moved to Brookings, Ore. John Carey and Janet Rigby now
live in Port Townsend, Wash.
Ed and Kathy Praxel had the Spurlocks for a visit
in August. Mellie (Turner) Kennedy had a great visit with
relatives earlier this year. Bob Geddes is in the Anacortes
area working as Chief Engineer on the ferry between
Anacortes and Sidney, BC.
Jim and Noralie Shobe and Henry and Pat Cruz
went to the BHS classes of 51 and 52 reunion in San Antonio
in early October where they had a great time with many of
their classmates. The Shobes, Jean and Lee Wade, and the
Dan Nellises took a trip up into British Columbia and the
Yukon in August and had a great time camping and fishing.
Sandi (Woodruff) Weigle paid an all-too-brief visit to
Washington this summer. Karen (Rankin) Blennerhassett
and daughter Ryann traveled up from San Diego to visit her
parents Billy and Ginny Rankin, grandmom Jibby, and her
sister Sandi (Rankin) McClanahan and Sandi's son Seth
this summer. Kinda (Rankin) Younce and her boys Justin
and Robby also came from Virginia to see her parents,
Robert and Gayle Rankin, this summer. They had a great
reunion over at Diamond Point where Gayle and Robert live,
which is also where Marti and Bev Hoffman have a lovely
home. Donna and Randy Grubbs also have a home in
Diamond Point, but are now stationed in Okinawa.
Rankin girls with their kids at Diamond Beach,
Washington, August 1999. L-R: Justin, Kindra, and
Robby Younce; Sandi and Seth McClannahan; and
Ryann and Karen Blennerhassett. Photo by H. Laatz
f A group of ex-CZ motorbikers trekked from
Anacortes to Mt. Baker and went as far as they could until the
road disappeared under a snow bank.
The Potato Head Motorbike rally was held in late
July. Ex-CZers who participated in the ride which covered
1,100 miles through Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington
were Guy Fealey, Bill Weigle, Richard Casey, John and
Michelle (Green) Bundy and Gerry Laatz.
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The end of the trail at Mt. Baker, Washington in July
1999. L-R: Guy Fealey, Joe Wallace, Ed Kennedy,
Bill Weigle, Jim Fealey, and Gerry Laatz.
Photo by H. Laatz
We've heard from several folks on e-mail including
Sunny (Morland) and Henry Mizrachi in Tallahassee, Fla.,
John Hawthorne in Hawaii, Bonnie (Willis) and Wayne
Seeley in Japan.
Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org for any of
you who care to send a note on your doings for the next issue.
H. A. Laatz
The Panama Canal Commission presented an 85'"
Anniversary Gala on August 13, 14 and 15 at Goethals
Memorial to commemorate the anniversary of the Canal. The
event was produced and directed by none other than The
Honorable Bruce Quinn. The musical program included
national and international artists. Highlights included an
appearance by international artist, Sarah Knapp, reared in the
former Canal Zone. Sarah's second song of the evening,
"Always Summer", written by her husband and her mother,
brought a tear to many an eye. Sarah wore a dress which was
a replica of the dress Mrs. Roosevelt wore when she was
photographed in the Tivoli Hotel. Another highlight was the
vintage footage shown on the movie screens on either side of
the stage, particularly a 1950's piece showing "life in the
Zone" footage, including Zonians skating on long boards
through Balboa. Closing the gala event, on the night of the
15'", was Ruben Blades, with "Patria". After every evening's
performance there was a fantastic display of fire works. The
event was made possible with the work of many people, only
some of whom include: Dino Nugent, Musical Director; Gale
Cellucci, Assistant Producer; Tilly McTaggart, Coordinator;
Bruce's sister, Pat Quinn, MC/Interational Artist; The
Honorable Cynthia Brown Franklin, International Artist; A.
Grover Matheney, Event Photographer and Visual Effects;
and Rita Sosa, House.
On September 9, the Balboa Academy, a new school
made up of mostly retired DoDDS teachers, opened its doors
for the first time. The school is located in Fort Clayton,
occupying the building which used to be Clayton Elementary
School, and is part of Panama's plan for creating "The City of
Knowledge". Approximately 270 students are enrolled, about
half of which are from the Zone. Some of the teachers and
staff include: Principal Jean Lamb, Vanessa DeGracia, Joy
and Larry Quinn, Rachel Jovanne-Flynn, Melanie Clare,
Tamara (Matheney) Sherry, Rocio Fernandez, Melissa
Jimenez, Marcella Vallarino, Celia Fredrick, Ray Durbin,
Ella Faulkner, Gloria Ducreax, Robert Ames, Rebecca
(Wilbur) Tomlet, Eva Anderson, Mary Salerno, Luis
Branch, Gail O'Masta, Chris Homa, Karla Trius,
Stephanie Hayes, Alex Hepburn, Vilma Royo, Lorena
Amado, Warland DeJanon, Ivonne Machado, Angelica
Vaccaro, Marcela Wilson, Miriam Borras, Sonia Webly,
Carolina Caballero and Xiomara Guillett.
On October 1, the 29'h Annual Panama Canal
Honorary Public Service Award Ceremony was held at the
Administration Building. The award, established in 1970,
recognizes employees and organizations for their voluntary
services or acts in benefit of the Commission or the
community. Bronze medallions were presented to John
Husum and Mario Him. Silver medallions were presented to
Anita Oberholtzer, Pablo Prieto III, Luis Rodriguez and
Reverend William Wilbur. The gold medallions were
presented to Arthur Kerr and Ramon and Laura Reyes.
Congratulations to all!
Zonians in Germany. Back row: Patricia Sechrest,
Rolando Linares, David Seitz, Sarah Seitz, Emily
McGann, Billy McGann, Laura McGann, Front:
Mayra Seitz, Stephanie, Melanie and Catherine
On October 23, the Panama Little League Football
program opened with the' 1999 Annual Jamboree.
Approximately 150 children are involved, forming four teams,
Falcons, Huskies, Tigers and last year's defending champs,
the Raiders. The League is a consolidated group of children
from both the Zone and Panama. Thanks to those who make
it possible: Pablo Prieto, President of the league; Lew
Stabler, Treasuer and wife Sue Stabler; Jim Salterio,
Secretary; Wally Waller, Raiders' coach; Gary Dalton,
Tigers' coach; and former coach of Kiwanis Little League
players, now coaching the Falcons, Abelardo Sucre, and the
Huskies' coach, Rogelio Castrellon. On December 18, the
League will hold its Shrine Bowl at Balboa Stadium. Stay
tuned for further updates!
Like the annual return of Capistrano's swallows,
fifty of us ex-Zonians gathered together at the Best Western
in Tannersville, the Poconos. September 10h for a fun filled
weekend. Besos and abrazos were shared by one and all, so
happy to be back together asgain..
The largest contingent was the class of '44 going up
to Joe Coffin's son ('73) and back to Billy Michaelson's
group of three from the class of '32 (including Wilma
Rudolph and Jean Kalar McAndrews).
The Bill Marchs of N.J. and Bob Whitam and his
lovely wife Pat came from Ohio one night ahead of us as did
Blanche (Adler) Browne and Doris Leeser who spent the
previous night with Shirley Erickson in Carlisle, Pa. so they
could visit Blanche's cousin in "T-ville."
After dinner Friday night Marge Halliday asked
that all those interested in Line Dancing be ready to learn
some new steps the next morning so they could perform for
those who had no choice but to watch and applause. Husband
Tom provided the music. We gathered together the next
morning and Marge put us through our paces. Our Billy, as
always, danced his own version of the Electric Slide and
made his own steps to the Chicken Dance (we loved it).
Unlike Floyd, working in the southeast, our weather
was perfect. For the less athletic, there was leaf admiring,
and some thought about skiing (Wendell Allen) checking out
lodges and trails, lastly some of us did the Wilma Flintstone
thing and CHARGED! By five we all returned to don our
costumes for the evening, Country Western was the theme.
Something about "playing dress-up" brings out the child in
all of us. We even had a wildly dressed clown who
maintained her identity until the end of the evening, so it was
Iola Louda who won first prize. There was much picture
taking during the evening with cries of "more!, more!, and
Before the entertainment began, Bob Whitam, our
Prez, announced that due to his poor health he was resigning
and Manny Quintero would take his place. Bill March will
continue as second banana, a job he has done so well.
Later, Vince Ridge and his merry band composed
of assorted (home grown) instruments came on to "play" for
us. They were appreciated by those in the audience but I
think the players had even more fun. Gwen Logsden (our
birthday girl) had to be reminded when the gig was over.
Later on in her exuberant attempt to blow out all her candles
(there weren't that many) knocked herself completely off her
feet no injury done.
Part of the Poconos group attending (and in the photo):
Len Krause,Norma Martin, Shirley Erickson, Billy
Michaelson, Marge Halliday, Joan deGrummond,
Olive Krause, Pat Whitam, Photo by Tom Halliday
Following the musicians our entire group gave its all
to the bellowing of "Panamefa, Panamefia" and "Sly
Mongoose." Neil Branstetter wouldn't have been
particularly proud of us, but we loved it.
Next came our version of the Southern Rockettes.
What we lacked in dance expertise we made up for in
enthusiasm and our own enjoyment, taking bows to the
applause as thought we thought they meant it.
L-R: Blanche Browne, Dottie Ridge, Manny
Quintero, Joan deGrummond, Shirley Erickson at
the 1999 Poconos. Photo by Tom Halliday
Best Costume lola Louda
Photo by Tom Halliday
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Manny Quintero and Bill March figuring out next
years Pocono reunion. Photo by Tom Halliday
Sunday morning awoke us to the sad fact that our
year long anticipated weekend was over. We met for
breakfast in the old dining car attached to the motel. I
couldn't help thinking how fast time passes and how often
we are forced to say a final "goodbye" to one of our extended
Over the years, more than it's difficult for us to
realize, we do know how fortunate we've been to have had
such a wonderful childhood being brought up in the Zone, or
in Panama (as I was) and to have held on to our friends and
our memories. We may live miles apart, but we remain very
close. Aren't we lucky? Hasta Manora!
At our September luncheon at the Red Lobster, we
were surprised and delighted that Bill and Sis York were
brought by their daughter Norma Holder (York) from
Martinez, GA. We had not seen them for about a year.
Others who attended were Blanche Browne,
Beverly Lard, Scottie and Jack Steele, Olga Holmes,
Lorna Shore, Diane LeBlanc (Shore), Charles Green,
Peggy Hutchison, Jerry and Diane (Hutchison) Cox,
Doris Leeser, Arline Hopkins, Josey Tilley, W.O. Hall,
Fina Balinski and Trudi Clontz.
In August Peggy Hutchison flew to Prince Edward
Island to visit relatives and the end of September she and
Trudy Clontz took off on a bus tour through New England
to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island with a group of
South Carolinians. We rode up to the Shenandoah and
Hudson Valleys visited the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park -
sailed from Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia toured
Yarmouth and Halifax visited Peggy's Cove Baddeck -
Cape Breton Island the Alexander Graham Bell Museum
and crossed to Prince Edward Island where we went to the
Anne of Green Gables house. Returning to the United
States, we saw the remains of a light snowfall in Maine. We
toured the Breakers Vanderbilt Mansion in Newport and
then headed to New York City, where Trudi, who lived
there over thirty years, finally got to visit the Statue of
Liberty as a "tourist" when we went to Liberty and Ellis
During Blanche Brown's stay in New Hampshire
this summer she had several guests Marion Lucas
Mallory from her summer place in Minnesota, and they
drove to Marion, MA, to see Blanche's daughter and
husband, Ellen and Landis Major in their new home. They
also visited Betty McKenzie and Paul Bragg in Brewster,
MA, and were impressed with the quaint old homes in that
area. Other family members visited New Hampshire in
August. When Blanche returned to Columbia she learned
the realtor had a buyer for the New Hampshire property, so
she took off again with Doris Leeser of Dothan to clean out
After all this activity, Blanche managed to attend
the Panama Canal Reunion at Mt. Pocono.
Ed Napoleon (BHS'56) and his wife Marcy
(Wood) live in Bradenton, FL, when the Texas Rangers are
off season. During the playing season, Ed (Nappy)
Napoleon is first-base and outfield coach extra'ordinare
according to a recent full sport page Ranger Extra in the
Dallas Morning News (August 18, 1999).
Ed Napoleon's baseball career began in 1956 with
Dothan, AL, of the Class D Alabama-Florida League. He
played 15 years in the minors and spent most off-seasons in
a winter league.
Playing Background: Ed played first and third base
and outfield during 15-year minor league career. He made
eight all-star teams.
Coaching Background: Managed and coached in
minors with Pittsburg (1970-73), New York Yankees (1974-
82), Kansas City (1986) and Baltimore (1991 and 1994). In
the majors, he was first base and outfield coach with
Cleveland (1983-85), outfield coach with Kansas City
(1987-88), outfield coach with Houston (1989-90), bench
and outfield coach with New York Yankees (1992-93),
outfield and first-base coach with Rangers (1995-present).
"I've been fortunate to work with people who
wanted to learn," Napoleon said. "It makes you want to
teach. When you see those guys have success, you feel that
maybe you did something small to help. That's a reward."
Bill and Babe (Flynn) Kessler (Dothan) were in
Dallas area visiting daughter Tammy and eleven-year-old
grandson Tyler in Keller, TX. Tammy works for Southwest
Airlines and made a promotional move from Arkansas.
Bob and Linda Morris, Piano, spent three weeks
in October in Costa Rica visiting family and friends.
Linda Reimann Morris
We have had several visitors in our beautiful Hill
Country lately. Dr. Denny Weldon and his wife, Sheila, El
Volcan, R.P. visited Sheila's brother and wife, Bobbie and
Jackie Fearon. David Ellis, Houston, was our overnight
visitor. While in Kerrville, David renewed his friendship with
Doug Schmidt whom he had not seen since BHS. They were
classmates. Leo and Camille Eastham, Panama, were here as
were Harvey G. Rhyne, Jr. and wife, Sonia. Eddie
Stanford and Wendy Winkler, Tallahassee, FL, also visited
along with Larry and Nancy (Basham) Stanford, Coppell,
TX, Nancy Largent-Wilson and Larry Wilson, Vancouver,
B.C. Allan Wells, Atlanta, visited his parents Fred and
Marion Wells and accompanied his father to Midland, TX,
to see the Confederate Air Force Show.
Dale Bishop is recovering well from his most recent
surgery. A full recovery is expected soon.
Bob and Lois Byrd went to Mexico on a bus tour
Marilyn Carter attended her high school's 50' class
reunion in Galveston, TX.
Anna Lee Young joined her family at the Reunion
in July. Jackie and Bobbie Fearon also attended the Reunion.
Iris Hogan visited her brother and wife, Louie and
Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux in their home in Pensacola, Fl.
From there, she went to visit family in Mississippi.
Kathi Lessiack and Iris Hogan went on a bus tour
to Las Vegas for four days and enjoyed all of the shows.
Plans are going well for the 20" Annual Hill Country
Zonians Christmas Party. Notices have been mailed and we
are looking forward to seeing lots of friends enjoying the
We offer our condolences to Jo-Ann Fields and her
sister, Janet Fields, on the loss of their mother, Annette
Fields. Annette had been a resident of Kerrville for over 20
years, when she and her late husband, J.B. Fields, retired
here. She was a very active part of our community and we
will miss her.
I have just learned that Renata Schaeffer de
Arboleda, MD passed away in Panama sometime ago. She
was the Director of the Canal Zone Mental Health Center,
Corozal, Canal Zone from the early 60s until the early 80s.
We offer our belated condolences to her husband, Carlos
Arboleda and daughter, Sandy Schaeffer.
This has been a hard year for many of us. We have
our memories to sustain us and family and friends to support
us. Happy New Year and may God bless us all.
For those trying to get in touch with Lester Largent,
his address is: 511 S Harrison Street, West, TX 76691-1706.
STOCKS CELEBRATE 50th
A surprise 50'" Wedding Anniversary Celebration
was held for Bill and Fran Stock on August 27, 1999. Their
son, Marc, arrived from Seattle as a part of the "surprise"
celebration. Marc, daughter Cindy, and Beverly Shirley
(former Gorgas nurse) organized a dinner party at Bern's in
Tampa for a small group of friends and family. Party guests
gathered at Bill and Fran's prior to dinner to toast the special
Cynthia and Bill Stock on their 50th.
Bill arrived in Panama in 1947 in the Marine Corps
and Fran arrived in 1948 to work as a nurse at Gorgas
Hospital. They met in 1948 and were married on August 27,
1949 at the 15th Naval District, Amador, Canal Zone. Bill
went to work for the Department of the Army after leaving
the Marine Corps. He worked for Small Arms and Artillery
Shop in Corozal and retired in 1976 as Armament Division
Chief. Fran worked as a OB/GYN Nurse at Gorgas Hospital
(helping to deliver lots of Canal Zone brats) and retired in
1979. They, along with their St. Bernard and parrot, spent the
next two years traveling around the U.S. visiting family and
friends before settling down in St. Petersburg.
Besides their two children, Bill and Fran have five
THE TROOPS CELEBRATE 50th
On August 20th, 1999, Regina and Warren Stroop
celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with their
family in Santa Maria, California.
They were married in St. Luke's Episcopal Church
in Ancon, Canal Zone where they attended school and
resided at the time. Since then, they have made their home in
Regina and Warren (Bud) Stroop in 1949 and 1999
Their fifty years together have been enriched by
having two sons and a daughter, as well as three
A CANAL ZONE STAMP FINALLY
1998 Non-Commercial First Day Cover to Jeanne Stough.
Our stamp has garnered more acclaim, the best in 1998, in world-wide judging. It is time to put our stamp
on the cover of the Canal Record.
A bit of history: In 1988, hoping to leave the Canal with more than a whimper, we launched a letter-writing
campaign to the United States Postal Service hoping to get a United States stamp for the 75th Anniversary of the
Panama Canal. (The last stamp was in 1939, sixty years ago. The United States Postal Service gets approximately
65,000 different requests a year.)
The answer was "NO", they only issue anniversary stamps in 100-year increments. We tried again for the
801998 Anniversary to no avail. By "we" I on-Commean member Firs of the Panama Canale Soiety, the Canal Zone Stamp Study
Our stamp has garnered more acclaim, the best in 1998, in world-wide judging. It is time to put our stamp
on the cover of the Roosevelt Medal Descendants, the builders of the Canal. That's a lot of letters, brewing a long, longRecord.
time about ten years to be exact.
A bit of history: In 1988, hoping to leave the Canal with mores in than a whimper, we launCentury" series, the 84ting
Anniversary of the United States Postal. When they were queried a United States stlly made on the 84 anniversary of the
replied, "We got a lot of letters."
PanamaSo you see, we last. The stamp as in 1939, sixty appeared on the covUnited States Postal Service gets approximately
65,000 different requests a year.)
1998. The stampnswer will soon be withdrawn. Our famissue anniverd star is rapidly fadin 100-year inrements. We tried again forfetime we will
n ot see this national recognition again from the United States Panama Canal Sc iety, the Canal Zone Stamp Study
Group, and the Roosevelt Medal Descendants, the coverbuilders of the Canal. That's a lot of letters, brewing a long, longRecord.
Jeanne Flynn Stough
Santime about ten years to be exact.Texas
(Ed: Sorry Jeanne, youth Panama Canalt aott #3183f) appears elebratory event. Hope this full page will suffice. As a
Annimember who alsary of the Panama Canal. When the stampwere question, I'm as to happy as you are that they finally gave in a little
replied, "We got a lot of letters."
So you see, we earned it. The stamp has also appeared on the cover of the new Linn's Stamp Year Book for
1998. The stamp will soon be withdrawn. Our fame and star is rapidly fading in the west, and in our lifetime we will
not see this national recognition again from the United States Postal Service.
It should be on the cover of the Canal Record.
Jeanne Flynn Stough
San Antonio, Texas
(Ed: Sorry Jeanne, you got pre-empted by another equally celebratory event. Hope this full page will suffice. As a
member who also wrote the USPS on the stamp question, I'm as happy as you are that they finally gave in a little
late, but better late than never.)
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, July 5, 2000
REGISTRATION: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
INFORMATION/HOSPITALITY 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
VENDORS SET UP: 2:00 7:30 p.m. NO MERCHANDISE SOLD -
Thursday, July 6, 2000
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m.,
GOLF LUNCHEON: 1:30 P.M.
REGISTRATION: 1:00 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 9:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 1:00-5:00 p.m.; 7:00-9:00 p.m.
VENDORS: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; 3:00-9:00 p.m.-
BHS/CHS ALUMNI AND FRIENDS DISCO, (NO CHARGE), 8:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m.
Friday, July 7, 2000
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: 10:00 a.m. (Members only)
REPORTER'S LUNCHEON, 12:30 p.m.
VENDORS: 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION: 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
INFORMATION: 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
BINGO: 2:00 4:00 p.m.
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 8:30 PM-1:30 a.m.
DISCO DANCE: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
BREAKFAST FOR VOLUNTEERS, 9:30 a.m.
REGISTRATION: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 2:30-4:00
INFORMATION 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 2:30-4:00 p.m.
VENDORS: 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m.
BINGO: 2:00 4:00 p.m.
ANNUAL BALL: 8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m.
DISCO DANCE: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. -
By Invitation Only
LUNCH 12:00 NOON.
NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
Sunday, July 9, 2000
VENDORS: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 NOON,
DESPEDIDA: ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS INVITED FAREWELL TO FRIENDS 9:30-11:00 a.m..
REUNION COORDINATOR : (727) 789-4858
Saturday, July 8, 2000
Reunion Coordinator's Notebook
Robert Johnson, 2000 Reunion Coordinator
Due to the Tampa Marriott Waterside still being under construction, reservations will be accepted but assignment of
rooms will not be made until the hotel is completed. We are unable at this time to assign rooms or locations for Registration,
Information, Vendors and other scheduled events. Members will find that the "Yellow Pages" have been revised so that
instructions are clearer and simpler to follow.
Registration Fee of $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age is being charged to offset Reunion expenses, which
include all mailing expenses, telephone, mileage charges, audio set-up at dances, rental of equipment, signs, and miscellaneous
material used during the Reunion.
Volunteer Chairpersons for the 2000 Reunion are listed for your information:
Society Registration Steve Nehring Dances Bill McLaughlin
Hotel Reservations Betty Frassrand BHS/CHS Alumni Disco Jacque Vowell
Information Pat Beall Betty Frassrand
Security Paul Rozmeski Golf Tournament Pete Lang
Louis Reyes Despedida Darleen Hunt
Vendors Chris Skeie Annual Luncheon Muriel Whitman
Transportation John Whitman, Al Pate Mini-Reunions Tom Peterson
Finance Jeanne Wheeler Bingo James O'Donnell
DJ Dances Mike Smith Equipment Storage Pat Beall
Reunion Secretary Barbara Green
FOR 2000 REUNION FUNCTIONS
FUNCTION PAYMENT MADE TO: MAIL TO:
MEMBERSHIP DUES Panama Canal Society of Florida Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(Do not include with 8050 Seminole mall, Suite 334
any Reunion Payment) Seminole, FL 33772-4712
REGISTRATION FEE 2000 Reunion Coordinator Reunion Coordinator
TICKETS: ALL DANCES 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
TICKETS: LUNCHEON Seminole, FL 33772-4712
NOTE: One check can be made out to cover Registration Fee, Dance and Luncheon tickets. DO NOT INCLUDE DUES.
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL Pete Lang Pete Lang
GOLF TOURNAMENT AND 2766 Brattle Lane
LUNCHEON Clearwater, FL 33761
HOTEL RESERVATION Tampa Marriott Waterside Reunion Coordinator
(Do not include dues or 8050 Seminole mall, Suite 334
Ticket requests) Seminole, FL 33772-4712
1. Lodging is contracted 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 sent to the Society Lodging Chairperson through the Society. NOT THE HOTEL. Any
changes/cancellations may be made directly with the Lodging Chairperson, Betty Frassrand, (352) 567-5594.
4. Mail everything in one envelope to Society office.
IMPORTANT: To participate in the above functions you must have paid your 2000 membership dues and the $5.00 Reunion
Registration Fee (See Page "C").
YOU MUST REGISTER!
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE 2000 REUNION
SOCIETY REGISTRATION FORM
Chairperson: Steve Nehring (727)-522-5369
Office Use Only Date/Post Dues Paid Check Amount Reg. Fee Lunch Ball PZonian DJ Dance
Please register yourself, family and/or guests.
Please print or type: LIST NAME AS YOU WANT IT ON YOUR NAME BADGE:
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
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.
2. IF YOU ARRIVE AT HOTEL AFTER REGISTRATION HOURS ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY, YOU CAN PICK
UP YOUR DANCE TICKETS AT THE BALLROOM DOOR.
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 2000 DUES
AND $5.00 REGISTRATION FEE.
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE PAID
BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
HOTEL RESERVATION INSTRUCTIONS
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS MAY 15, 2000
OR UNTIL ROOM BLOCKS ARE FULL
Society Lodging Chairperson: Betty Frassrand
(352) 567-5594 E-Mail: Zonianbk@aol.com
1. Hotel reservations may be made upon receipt of this issue of the Canal Record.
2. Hotel reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 2000 dues and
all reservations will be made through the Society Lodging Chairperson, Betty Frassrand.
3. Rooms are assigned by the hotel.
4. Only ONE ROOM reservation PER MEMBERSHIP at reunion rates.
5. Cut-off date for Hotel Reservations is May 15, 2000, or until room blocks are full.
6. Hotel reservations must be made on the Reservation Form printed in the Canal Record. Please
print or type and fill out completely.
7. Mail your hotel reservation form and one (1) night's deposit to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772. If securing your room through a credit card, the hotel form must be
signed. (Please note: your reservation form will not be processed unless your membership is
current and the Society Registration fee is paid. See instructions on Page "B" of the yellow pages.)
8. It is recommended that a credit card be provided as the means for the first night deposit. This will
eliminate the necessity of transferring checks from one hotel to the other, should the hotel you
select not be available at the time your reservation is received.
9. To ensure a reservation in the hotel of your choice, submit the reservation form as soon as possible.
10. If you cannot attend, you may cancel your reservation 72 hours in advance without penalty.
11. FAILURE TO CANCEL reservations 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival, or FAILURE TO CHECK
INTO THE HOTEL on the first night will forfeit your first night deposit and your reservation will be
12. All reservations, changes or cancellations must be made through the Society Lodging Chairperson.
13. Members with PHYSICAL DISABILITIES and members needing roll-away beds and refrigerators
will be assigned on a first come, available basis.
14. A sales tax of 11.75% will be added to your final bill.
15. Special requests for accessible rooms, low floors or special medical needs should be included in
the Special Requests section of the Hotel Reservation form. These special requests will be
considered to have priority.
16. Special requests for room assignments/placements near a family member, etc., will be handled on
a first come available basis only. The Society Lodging Chairperson and the Hotel will do their best
to accommodate every request.
17. SUITES. Members must contact Society Lodging Chairperson, Betty Frassrand for prices and
availability of suites. If available, the suite request should be placed on the Hotel Reservation
18. Please note that the Society Lodging Chairperson, Betty Frassrand, may be reached via e-mail or
by telephone. The number provided is a home telephone number where members may leave a
message during the day or call in the evening after 7:00 p.m. All messages will be answered via
return phone call as soon as possible during the evenings and on Saturdays.
FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2000, 2:00 4:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2000, 2:00 4:00 P.M.
Chairperson James O'Donnell (727) 894-2478
Bingo will be called on Friday, July 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., and on Saturday, July 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in
the THERE IS NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE ON EITHER DAY!
Those interested, look us up on Friday, July 7th and Saturday July 8th. You'll love the prizes!
HOTEL REGISTRATION FORM
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
2000 Reunion July 4 9, 2000
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS MAY 15, 2000
OR UNTIL ROOM BLOCKS ARE FULL
Society Lodging Chairperson: Betty Frassrand (352) 567-5594
Please type or print:
MEMBER: Tel. No.
City: State: Zip:_
Arrival Date: Departure Date:_
Check in time: 3:00 PM Check out time: 12 Noon
HOTEL CHOICE (1) (2) Type of room requested
Tampa Marriott Waterside ($95/night) King Bed
Tampa Hyatt ($90/night) 2 Double Beds
Rates do not include 11.75% tax Smoking Room
Names of all room
GUARANTEE RESERVATION WITH ONE NIGHT DEPOSIT
Check Enclosed $ (PAYABLE TO HOTEL OF CHOICE)
AMEX VISA MC DISCOVERY OTHER
CARD NUMBER EXP> DATE
(Signature required for credit card deposit)
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Chairperson: Darleen Hunt (727)-507-0132
Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida which will be held in the July
9, 2000. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will furnish free coffee
The Folklorico Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure starting at 9:30 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!
LODGING REPORT FOR THE 2000 REUNION
The Hotel Reservation form is in this issue of the Canal Record. Please read the instructions
carefully and complete the form as directed, I would urge anyone who is even considering attending the
reunion to submit their reservation form. It is anticipated that the attendance at this reunion will be quite
significant. Reservations can be canceled 72 hours prior to your arrival without penalty. However, we ask
that if you must cancel, please contact me as soon as possible so that your room may be utilized by another
We have room blocks at two properties this year. The Tampa Marriott Waterside is the host hotel
and we have 700 of their 724 rooms. The Tampa Hyatt Downtown is our overflow hotel. This is the same
Hyatt where we have had our reunions in the past. The room at the Marriott will be assigned on a first come,
first serve basis. If you are not swift in submitting your hotel reservation form and the room block at the
Marriott is full, your reservation will be automatically submitted to the Hyatt unless you specifically state
on your form that you do not want a room reserved on your behalf at the Tampa Hyatt in which case
you will be notified.
Suites are available at both properties. To obtain suite rates, and reserve a suite at either property,
please contact me and I will advise you of the types of suites and the rates for each.
There has been some questions and complaints about Special Requests. Please note that I do my
absolute best to accommodate every special request that I receive. Medical needs are, of course,
considered to have priority and are handled as a priority. I work with the Hotel to accommodate every other
special request (room assignments, etc.) as best we can.
Class Reunion coordinators who would like to have their classmates housed in the same vicinity of
the hotel should contact me regarding such a request. It will be necessary that a list of classmates attending
the reunion be provided me before that request can be accommodated.
Inasmuch as this is a new property, I am sure there will be many questions. Please feel free to
contact me. I work during the day but am home every evening and on the weekends. I have an answering
service that will receive your calls during the day. I will answer ALL calls as soon as possible. I am also
available via e-mail: email@example.com. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail. I will be happy to answer
all your questions and assist you in making your hotel reservations and your time at the 2000 Reunion a
21st CHAGRES INVITATIONAL AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT
AND LUNCHEON THURSDAY JULY 6, 2000
Chairperson Pete Lang (727) 787-5519
ALL PLAYERS AND GUESTS MUST PAY THE $5.00 REGISTRATION FEE
TO THE SOCIETY OFFICE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE
Make Reservations Early!
Entry Deadline: June 14, 2000
PAYMENT ADDRESS: Send Golf Registration form, and make check payable to: Pete Lang, 2766 Brattle Lane, Clearwater,
Florida 33761.. Do not send to Society Office..
TOURNAMENT LOCATION: Northdale Golf Course, Tampa. Please see map on page "O"
TIME: Check in at 7:30 a.m.. Shotgun tee off at 8::00 a.m.
ENTRY FEE: $50.00 Includes Green Fees, Golf Carts, Luncheon, Awards, Favors, and Door Prizes. ** Unless advised by the
Committee, consider yourself registered, no confirmation will be sent.
AWARDS LUNCHEON: 1:00 p.m. at
GUESTS: Cost: $18.00 each. Only one Luncheon guest per player. No children under 12 will be permitted.
COMPETITION: Prizes will be based on Special Events and Point System within Flights set up by age for men. Age is not
required for the Women's Flight. You may play with players of your choice, but you will compete within your own age
group. If you do not select anyone to play with, we will place you in a foursome based on your age or your handicap as
indicated on the Registration Form.
GOLF CARTS: Golf carts are allowed in the parking lot.
COOLERS: No coolers are allowed on the course. Beverage carts will be available on the course.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: Posted in the Registration area of the Tampa Marriott Waterside on Wednesday after-
noon, July 5th..
All Panama Canal Society members can play prior to or after the Tournament for a fee of $25.00 plus tax. You must make
your own tee times. SEE YELLOW PAGES "O" FOR DIRECTIONS TO GOLF CLUB.
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GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
NAME (Print) MEMBER NO.
ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP
TELEPHONE NO. Age (7/1/00) (Males only)
Atlantic Sider Pacific Sider Professional Amateur
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP_
NAME AGE HANDICAP_
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A HANDICAP, LIST YOUR AVERAGE SCORE FOR 18 HOLES_
GOLF AND AWARDS LUNCHEON:$ NON GOLFING LUNCH GUEST $
# LUNCHEON GUESTS TOTAL AMOUNT SUBMITTED $_
LUNCHEON GUEST'S NAMES_
Send Golf Registration Form, and make check payable to: Pete Lang, 2766 Brattle Lane, Clearwater, FL 33761.
Tel: (727) 787-5519. Do not send to Society Office.
Dances Chairperson: Bill McLaughlin (352) 726-8804
1. Ticket orders will be accepted only from members who have paid their 2000 dues and have paid their $5.00 Registration Fee.
(See Page "C"). Tickets will not be refunded after June 15, 2000, 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. NO
TICKET RESERVATION FORM
ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM
PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM
Music by Frankie Pretto
8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 8, 2000
Music by Puly y su Conjunto
8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m.
Friday, July 7, 2000
$12.00/Ticket 6 tickets per member
$8.00/Ticket 6 tickets per member.
No. of Tickets Total $_
No. of Tickets
Dress: Semi Formal, NO SHORTS OR JEANS
Dress: Informal or Panamanian attire.
Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, 2000
11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
CHILDREN UNDER 15 NOT PERMITTED INTO DISCO DANCES
July 7th: $5.00/Ticket
July 8th: $5.00/Ticket
No. of Tickets: Total $_
No. of Tickets: Total $
Chairperson: Chris Skeie (813) 973-4814
1. Only paid-up members of the Society and who have paid their $5.00 Registration Fee will be authorized to sell.
2. Vendors MUST submit an application for the 2000 Reunion, which may be obtained from the Vendor Chairperson, Chris
Skeie. Applications will not be published in the Canal Record. The deadline for receiving Vendors Applications and for
REFUNDS is June 1, 2000.
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 Vendor's Application, and a fee of $100.00. Instructions and restrictions
are clearly defined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read the instructions carefully. The
may have certain restrictions which must be complied with such as attaching anything to walls, etc.
4. Space is available for vendors will provide vendors with a large single room
area. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without approval of the Chairperson.
5. Vendors hours for selling will begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
6. MAKE CHECK OUT TO, AND MAIL CHECK AND APPLICATION TO REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE
MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4712.
Albert Pate (727)-544-2353/John Whitman (727)-544-0214
The Executive Board of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., after careful consideration of all proposals
submitted, has appointed BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD as the OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT for the 2000 Reunion.
BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD has merged with several travel agencies, one of which is TAMPA BAY PARTNERS
IN TRAVEL. The latter has been in business over 20 years and is located in Brandon, Florida. All of the management team
boasts experience ranging between 10 and 30 years in the travel field. They have three offices in the Tampa area. BUSINESS
TRAVELWORLD is one of the largest independent travel companies in the entire Bay area with revenue of over 12 million
BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD is committed to providing members of the Society with the lowest air fares possible.
Since they are not restricted to one airline, this can prove to be beneficial to Society members. The Society will provide
BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD with necessary information to contact our members.
As an added incentive, BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD will provide two round trip tickets for travel within the
continental United States to be awarded at the Annual Reunion Business Meeting. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Members are encouraged to support the Reunion Transportation Program by making your travel arrangements with the
Official Travel Agency BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD. Reservations can be made by contacting Suzanne (Klipper) Jacobs,
Reunion Travel Specialist at 800-231-3013, 813-684-5005 or you can fax her at 813-662-0641.
Chairperson: Tom Peterson, (941) 371-7731
The Mini-Reunion Coordinator will aid and assist all Coordinators for high school, and ancillary reunions held during
the 2000 Reunion. Coordinators planning a mini-reunion at the Tampa Marriott Waterside 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 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, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
Chairperson Muriel Whitman (727) 544-0214
1. Location: 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
6. NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AND NO REFUNDS MADE AFTER 2000. TICKETS WILL
NOT BE SOLD AT THE LUNCHEON.. Be sure to list who you want to sit with.
LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Saturday, July 8, 2000
$ .00 per ticket 10 tickets per member. No. of Tickets Total $
Please check your choice: or
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THE OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENCY
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
JULY 5-9, 2000 REUNION
At The New
TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE (Downtown)
o Airfares for less for Panama Canal Society Members only
a Two FREE domestic Continental airline tickets will be given
away at the Annual Reunion Busines Meeting...Certain
YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!!!
MAKE YOUR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS EARLY.... FOR THE BEST FIGHTS
AND LOWEST PRICES, CALL BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD TODAY.!!
Frequent Flyer Numbers:
Credit Card Number:
Have your credit card ready and call us today!!!!!
Make sure to ask for Suzanne (Klipper) Jacobs, your Reunion Travel Specialist
P.O. BOX 291098
TAMPA, FLORIDA 33687-1098
TOLL FREE 800 231 3013 / LOCAL 813 684 5005
FAX 813 662 0641
AIRLINE RESERVATION FORM
FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2000
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
President Faith A. Brundage (727)-527-6925
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. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM. NO SMOKING PERMITTED 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 ticket as you
enter for the meeting.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER AND YOU MUST ATTEND THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO RECEIVE
YOUR TICKET FOR DOOR PRIZES.
DOOR PRIZES WILL ONLY BE AWARDED TO THOSE MEMBERS PRESENT AT THE TIME
OF THE TICKET DRAWING.
GRAND PRIZE WILL BE TWO (2) ROUND TRIP TICKETS TO PANAMA VIA C.O.P.A.
COME TO THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING!
1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 2000 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 17, 2000 Executive Board meeting.
2. 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 at the reunion.
3. 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.
4. DRINKS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE DANCE FLOOR AND SMOKING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN
THE BALLROOMS OF BOTH DANCES.
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. STATE LAW FORBIDS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES NOT PURCHASED AT HOTEL BARS TO BE
CONSUMED OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF THE GUEST'S ROOM.
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 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!
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE PAID
BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
MEGA CLASS REUNION
BETTY FRASSRAND AND JACQUE VOWELL CHAIRPERSONS
All MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND ANNUAL MEGA CLASS REUNION DJ DANCE TO BE
HELD THURSDAY NIGHT FROM 8:00 PM TO 1:00 A.M. IN GRAND BALLROOM.
COME SUPPORT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL IN AN EVENING GUARANTEED TO BE FESTIVE FOR
CLASS REUNIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE THIS DANCE A PART OF YOUR REUNION
FESTIVITIES. THOSE NOT ATTENDING A CLASS REUNION SHOULD STOP BY TO SEE IF
ANY OF YOUR CLASSMATES ARE JUST HANGING AROUND WAITING TO RUN INTO YOU.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DID NOT GRADUATE FROM CHS OR BHS, PLEASE STOP BY TO
SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL AND JOIN IN THE FESTIVITIES.
EVENING WILL INCLUDE DANCE CONTESTS FROM ALL OF THE DANCE ERAS FROM THE
1920'S TO THE 1990'S. DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE YOUNGIN'S HOW
THE EARLY CLASSES COULD REALLY CUT A RUG.
THIS MEGA CLASS REUNION IS BEING BROUGHT TO YOU FREE OF CHARGE. CASH BARS
WILL BE AVAILABLE BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE DANCE.
WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL ATTEND WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER VERY SUCCESSFUL
YEAR WHICH WILL ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF ANOTHER FESTIVE EVENING AT
/WE Ae Brack
PHOTOS ON LOCATION!
SOCIALS HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS FAMILY REUNIONS
HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
DANCES TOWN REUNIONS
FAMILY & PERSONAL PORTRAITS
CONTACT US TO RESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER
FOR YOUR GROUP ACTIVITIES.
SAME DAY/NEXT DAY DELIVERY OF PHOTOS -
INFORMATION & HOSPITALITY
Tampa Marriott Waterside
Chairperson: 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 Annual 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.
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE
PAID BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
Northdale Golf Club
4417 Northdale Blvd
Tampa, FL. 33627
First traffic light
after Ehrlich Rd.
Ashley to 1-275
1-275 to Dale Mabry
Dale Mabry to Northdale Blvd.
Approx 14 miles
Travel: 30 min..
NOT TO SCALE
1-21 5 Sout
* Barranquilla Bogota Buenos Aires Cali Caracas Cartagena Guatemala
Guayaquil Kingston Havana Lima Managua Medellin Mexico
* Miami Montego Bay Panama Port -Au Prince Quito San Jose San Juan
* San Pedro Sula San Salvador Santiago de Chile Santo Domingo Sao Paulo
Afiliada a Continental Airlines
For more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Copa Airlines at Panama (505) 227-COPA(2672) and from the USA 1-800-FLY COPA www.copaair.com
BERNARD KELLEHER GRAD
Bernard R. Kelleher (BHS'80) recently was
conferred Doctor of Business Administration (Sigma Beta
Delta) from Nova Southeastern University, School of
Business, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Bernard R. Kelleher, Nova Southeastern University
graduate and children, Caroline and Bernard.
Following the June graduation Mr. Kelleher and his
wife, Julie, and two children (Caroline and Bernard)
attended a family reunion in the Republic of Panama.
GAS HOUSE GANG GOLF TOURNAMENT
For over 20 years some very nice people in
Dothan, Alabama, have freely given their time and
efforts to put on the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament.
This event held in October was eagerly looked forward to
as an event not to miss; not just for the golf but for the
opportunity to meet old friends and make new friends.
We have spent many happy days at the Spa talking over
Old Times with our friends.
But this has come to pass. Like the loss of the
Canal Zone, and the impending loss of the Canal itself,
the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament will no longer be
there for us to enjoy. It has been a wonderful experience
to play golf with friends, then enjoy the dinners and
those fabulous Bajan jokes told by the Head Rass himself
and others. All we can say is, Tha*tlc' Yow Al/ Very
M ach For the Memorties
Ed and Ginny Blount
ERNIE and DOTTIE YOCUM
REPEAT 61st WEDDING VOWS
Ernie and Dottie Yocum repeated their 61s" wedding
vows on June 12. 1999.
Ernie and Dotty Yocum on their 61st anniversary.
A reception was held at the Indian Rocks Baptist
Church in Largo, Florida, and their many friends honored
them with a dinner at a local restaurant
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BHS VALEDICTORIAN GRADUATE ..
Steven M. Bowman, son of John and Melva M. l
Bowman, of Balboa, Panama, graduated as Co-Valedictorian
of the last graduating Class of Balboa High School, on May
Steven is attending the University of Virginia in
Phil and Judy Breunle in Hawaii.
TAMARA NORTON RECEIVES HER
\4 ASTERS DEGREE
Tamara Ann Norton graduated from Balboa High
SSchool in 1988, the same year her parents retired from
teaching in the Canal Zone schools and were repatriated back
to California. She received her bachelor of Science in
Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara
in 1993, and her masters degree in Hospital Management
from John Hopkins this last May 26th.
Graduate of last BHS Class! Co-Valedictorian,
Steven M. Bowman
BREUNLES OBSERVE 35th
Judy and Phil Breunle of Aurora, Colorado,
celebrated their 35'h wedding anniversary on May 30'h. They
celebrated with a trip to San Francisco followed by a
"honeymoon" to Oahu where they took in the sights and
experienced all the fabulous exotics of Hawaiian culture.
They have four children; two sons, Shawn of
Atlanta, GA. and Kris, Aurora, CO.; two daughters, Melissa
of Aurora and Kara, Oviedo, FL; and three grandchildren.
Phil served five years (1972-77) in the former Canal
Zone as Military Assistant to two governors and four Health
Directors of the Panama Canal Commission/Canal Zone
Government. In 1980 he received a Doctorate of Public
Health from Tulane University, He retired from the U.S. Tamara Norton
Army Medical Service Corps in 1990 with 30 years of
service. He is currently with Porter Hospital, Denver, CO., as Tammy was active in the local Ancon Theater and
manager in an Independent/Assisted Living Retirement at Curundu Junior and Balboa High Schools as a dancer,
Center. piano player and actress, especially in musical productions.
SCOT SLIMON AWARDED
Scot A. Slimon, ( CHS'80), son of Captain
Hamilton and Yolanda Slimon, formerly of Margarita,
Canal Zone was awarded a doctorate degree in Mechanical
Engineering on May 17, 1999, from the University of
Scot graduated No. 1 from Kings Point with a B.S.
degree in Marine Engineering, and received his Masters
degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselear
Yvette Morgan, daughter of Richard and Sofia
Burgoon of Miami, Florida, with four contestants of the
"Miss Universe Pageant.
McGUINNESSES CELEBRATE 50th
Bob and Hilda McGuinness recently celebrated
their 50 wedding anniversary in Panama with their children.
Bob is a retired Pan Canal employee of the Motor
Transportation Division with over 37 years of service. Hilda
retired from a Panama newspaper.
Dr. Scott Slimon
He resides in Connecticut with his wife Kathleen
and daughter Kelley, and is working for the Electric Boat
Company in Groton, Conn. as Principal Engineer.
YVETTE MORGAN, DELEGATE
SUPERVISOR IN "MISS UNIVERSE
Yvette Morgan, daughter of Richard and Sofia
Burgoon of Miami, Florida acted as Delegate Supervisor at
the "Miss Universe Pageant" held this past May in Port of
Spain, Trinidad/Tobago. Delegate supervisors have the
responsibility for ensuring that the contestants under their
charge meet the three-week scheduling requirements of the
pageant, including interviews, photo sessions, social events,
rehearsals and final performances. Yvette was the Delegate
Supervisor, for the four contestants shown, including "Miss
Panama", Yamani Saied.
The previous year Yvette served in the same
capacity at the "Miss Universe Pageant" held in Hawaii.
Next year, the pageant is to be held in Cyprus.
Bob and Hilda McGuinness celebrate 50th. with their
children, L-R: John, Sam (behind Hilda), Robert and
They were married on July, 1949 in Panama City.
Of their children, Sam, is also retired and lives in Puerto
Rico; Robert is still at the Locks, while Jeannette and John
live in Virginia. They have 13 grandchildren and one great-
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HEATHER (SLIMON) KTENIDIS
In a special ceremony at Hanscom Air Force Base,
Massachusetts, the rank of Lieutenant Colonel was awarded
to Heather Slimon) Ktenidis (CHS'78). Dimitrios,
Heather's husband, assisted in the pinning.
Heather is the daughter of Capt, Hamilton (Don)
Slimon and Yolanda Slimon, formerly of Margarita, Canal
Heather graduated from Florida State University
with a BS, then obtained her first Master's from Golden Gate
University in Health Service Administration and her second
Master's from the University of Arizona in Dietetics.
Way to go, Heather!
Heather (Slimon) Ktenidis assisted by her husband in
being pinned with Lieutenant Colonel Silver Oakleafs.
Elisa Karen Malo (BHS'82) and Nigel Cyril
Vaughn-Williams were united in marriage May 2, 1999 at
Merrill Road Community Church, Jacksonville, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. Temistocles Malo
of Ancon, Panama, Jewell (Curry) Kross of Frederick,
Maryland, and Lynn (Egger) Skaggs of Port St. John,
Florida. She is a graduate of Florida State University,
Tallahassee Community College and the Panama Canal
College. She is employed by the Mental Health Center of
Jacksonville in the Duval County Pre-Trial Detention Facility
as a Mental Health Court Liaison.
The groom is the son of Cyril and Mary Vaughn-
Williams of Jacksonville, Florida. He is a graduate of the
Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training Center and
attends the University of North Florida. He is employed as an
officer with the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office.
After a honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica, the couple
is now residing in Jacksonville, Florida. Their email listing
is malol @bellsouth.net.
Omitted in the September issue: Sisters of the bride,
Elizabeth Fahy and Christina Volonnino; sister-in-law of
the bride.....served as bridesmaids.
Kim Frances Gutierrez (BHS'87) and Bryan
Andrew Williams were married on September 25, 1999 in St.
David Catholic Church, in Davie, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Senovio (Sam) and
Martha Gutierrez, formerly of Gamboa and Corozal, now
residing in Hialeah, Florida. The groom is the son of Donald
and Icy Williams of Jamaica. Immediately following the
ceremony, a reception was held in the garden of the newlyweds
Kim and Bryan, are both engineers, who work for Se-
Ace Innovations, where Bryan is a partner. They will be
residing in Ft. Lauderdale, and can be contacted by email at:
Kim F. Gutierrez and Bryan A. Williams with
parents Martha M. and Senovio V. Gutierrez.
HUFF Mac PERSON
Allison Jane Huff and Cecil R. Mac Pherson
celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony July 31, 1999 at
Church of Our Saviour in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The bride
is the daughter of Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff of
Cardenas, Panama and Merritt Island, Florida. The groom
is the son of Cesar and Carmen Mac Pherson of
The matron of honor was Brandy (Huff) Cofer,
sister of the bride, Her attendants were Karyn (Gabriel)
Gonzalez, cousin of the bride, daughter of Skip and Kathy
(Scheibe) Gabriel, Angie (Hernandez Cotto-Perez,
Natalie Watkins and Jan Giuliano. Flower girls were
Emma Rhiane Huff, niece of the bride and Brittany Mac
Pherson, sister of the groom.
Best man was Bryant Mac Pherson, brother of
the groom. Groomsmen were Giancarlo Mac Pherson,
brother of the groom, William Huff, brother of the bride
and Scott Duston Many other members of the family took
part in the marriage ceremony.
Allison Jane Huff and Cecil R. McPherson
A reception was held at the Holiday Inn following
the ceremony. Guests included many of the groom's family
from Canada and Florida, the bride's family from all over
the U.S. and many former Canal Zone friends.
Cecil is a Captain in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft.
Benning, Ga. Allison works for American Club Systems as
an account executive assistant.
Robert Benson Vose (BHS'88) of Pensacola, FL.,
and Dawn Elizabeth Berg of New York were married on
August 14, 1999 at Nativity of our Lady Catholic Church,
Pensacola. The groom is the son of Barbara (Hall) Vose
(CHS'61) of Pensacola, (formerly of Corozal, Panama) and the
late Donald G. Vose. The bride is the daughter of Richard and
Sandra Berg of Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Dawn was given in marriage by her father. The matron
of honor was Bonnie Scorzelli, sister of the bride and best man
was Kevin Vose, brother of the groom. Bridesmaids were
Darla (Vose) Creek (BHS'85), Theresa Berg, Kristen Clark
and Maria Sendra. Ring bearers were Shane Vose-Mora and
Shane Scorzelli; ushers were Brett Berg, brother of the bride,
Ron Scorzelli, Jeff Creek and Brian Miller.
Robert Benson Vose and Dawn Elizabeth Berg
The reception was held at the Scenic Hills Country
Club in Pensacola. The bridal bouquet was caught by Barbara
(Hall) Vose and the bride's garter by Chris Reimer. Out of
town guests included the bride's family and friends and many
Zonian freinds of the groom, who is a Major Crimes Detective
with the Santa Rosa Sheriffs Dept. and the bride is a legal
assistant for a Pensacola Law firm. The couple honeymooned
in Jamaica and now reside in Pensacola.
On July 15, 1998, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Balboa, Panama, Lorena Moreno and John Husum were
married. Best man was Jason Husum, John's son, and maid
of honor, Lorena sister, was Mitzi Almanza. Lorena was
given away by her uncle, Dr. Alvaro Moreno.
Lorena is the daughter of Mrs. Otilia Cedefio de
Moreno, of Guarar6, Panama, and the late Rodrigo Moreno.
John is the son of Ellen Foley Husum of Tallahassee, Florida
and the late Edward J. Husum Jr. Paternal grand-parents are
Mrs. Edna Stanford, of Fredericksburg, TX. and the late
Edward J. Husum of Chicago, Ill. Maternal grandparents are
the late Thomas Foley, Roosevelt Medal holder and C.Z.
Police Captain and Mary Denn.
Many family and friends helped them celebrate
including their children, Rebekah, Catherine, Jason,
Patricia and Javier. The reception was held at the home of
Lorena's sister Brenda Lopez, and many friends of the
former Canal Zone also attended.
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Christie Dear and Steeven Knight
Many Zonian friends attended the beautiful outdoor
ceremony. Christie is a Special Education teacher in Lee
County and Steeven owns a pool company, Certified Pool
Mechanics, and the International Rockscape Company,
The couple reside in Cape Coral, Florida.
Marie Ciepiela was married to Patrick Gaughan in
San Francisco on November 6, 1999. The wedding took place
at the Ft. Mason Officers Club overlooking San Francisco
The Husum Moreno wedding. Back row,L-R:
Catherine, John, Lorena, Jason. Front L-R:
Rebekah, Javier, Patricia.
Christie Dear (BHS'88) and Steeven Knight were
united in marriage on August 7, 1998 in Fort Myers, Florida,
on the beach at Sanibel Harbor Resort.
Christie is the daughter of David Dear of Los Rios,
Panama and Carla Conrad of St. Lucia, West Indies.
Steeven is the son of Jim Knight of St. Augustine, Florida
and Eloise Knight of Manasquan, New Jersey.
Patrick Gaughan and Marie Ciepiela
Patrick is a native of San Francisco, where Marie has
lived for several years, and they plan to live in their new home
in the Bernal Heights section of the city. Marie's sisters,
Cathy and Celia were bridesmaids and the maid of honor
was Kerri Mazzone, a long time friend of Marie's from their
Nancy Morrison Brown (BHS'70) and Ted
McGann (BHS'69) were married on July 31, 1999, in
Hawaii at the beachfront home of Dena and Dennis Cowles
William James French and Trish Ann French
Ted and Nancy McGann
Nancy is the daughter of Robert Morrison of
Ormond Beach, Florida (formerly of Balboa, C.Z.) and the
late Teddy Morrison. Ted is the son of Ted and Alice
McGann, of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Rodman, C.Z.
Nancy lives in Virginia and Ted will join her at the end of
September upon completing his temporary duty in Hawaii
with the U.S. Army.
Trish Ann Peters and William James French
were married during a candlelight ceremony on June 6, 1999
at the Immanuel Reformed Christian Church, Fort Collins,
Colorado. The bride is the daughter of Lee and Jessie Peters
of Heston, Kansas. The groom is the son of Jay and Diane
French of Fort Collins, Colorado, and the grandson of the
late Dr. Willard and Marjorie French and Myrtle Sparks
of St. Augustine, Florida and the late Lee R. Sparks.
A dinner and dance reception were held at the Ft.
Collins Center overlooking the mountains. The grooms
brothers and sisters, Michael of Denver, CO, Frank of
Tyndall AFB, FL, John of Colorado Springs, CO, and Linda
of Escondido, CA, were in attendance. A rehearsal dinner
was hosted by the grooms parents at Lindens in Ft. Collins
Trisha is a graduate of Colorado State University
and William is attending the same school. Both are employed
by Center Partners in Fort Collins.
Shannon Griffin and Daren Rice were married
June 12, 1999 at Timaguana Country Club in Lake Worth,
Florida. Parents of the bride are Lauray Will Griffin of
Jacksonville and Robert L. Griffin of Crescent City,
Florida. The Groom's parents are Sharon and Jeff Rice of
Pomona Park. Florida.
Shannon Griffin and Daren Rice
Daren is the Regional Manager of a Coca Cola
Minute Maid Plant. Shannon has returned to college to
pursue another degree.
The couple honeymooned in Grand Cayman Island
and now live in Waco Texas.
Jonathan Thomas Creek
Darla S. Vose (BHS'85) and Jeffrey S. Creek of
Pensacola, Florida, proudly announce the birth of their son,
Jonathan Thomas, on July 16, 1999, weighing 6 pounds, 7
3/4 ounces and 18 /2 inches long. He was welcomed by his
brother, Shane Michael, who is eleven years old.
Darla (Vose) Creek and Jonathan Thomas
Maternal grandparents are Barbara M. (Hall)
CHS'61) Vose and the late Donald G. Vose. Paternal
grandparents are Maryann Creek of Decatur Illinois and the
late Thomas Creek. Maternal great-grandparents are Lucille
M. Lyew (CHS'36) Hall of Riviera Beach, Florida and the
late Julian B. Hall.
Max Robert Berky
Adriana (Ateek) and husband Craig Berky of
Cincinnati, Ohio are proud to announce the birth of their
son, Max, born March 9, 1999.
Kyle Anthony Pritchett
Great-grandmother Rita Kotalik Washabaugh
(CHS'37) holding Kyle Anthony Pritchett, flanked by
grandmother Theresa Harvey (CHS'62) and mother, Kathy
Timothy William Cofer
Rick and Brandy (Huff) Cofer announce the birth
of their second child, Timothy William Cofer. He was born
August 24, 1999 at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach,
Florida, and weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. He has a very proud sister,
Emma Rhiane who adores him.
Rick and Brandy (Huff) Cofer with baby Timothy
William and his sister Emma Rhiane
His maternal grandparents are Bill and Jane
(Gabriel) Huff of Panama and Merritt Island, FL. Paternal
grandparents are Donna (Voet) Follese of Coral Springs, FL
, and Bill and Anna (Thompson) Cofer of New Port Richey,
Valerie Marie Husum
John and Lorena Husum announce the birth of their
daughter, Valerie Marie, born August 10, 1999 at San
Fernando Clinic, Panama City, Panama.
The Husums, Back row L-R: Jason, John. Front L-R:
Javier, Valerie, Lorena, Patricia.
She weighed 5 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 19 inches
long. Valerie joins her sisters Rebekah and Catherine, ages
17; Patricia, age 8, and brothers Jason, age 15, and Javier,
age 7, at home in Cardenas, Panama.
Steven Craig Boswell, 41, of New Port Richey,
Florida, died of an apparent heart attack on October 29, 1999
at home. He was born in Akron, Ohio in 1958 and came to the
Canal Zone when he was five years of age. He was studying
computer programming at St. Petersburg Junior College and
was to get his degree in two months. Steven was predeceased
by his father, Jerry Boswell formerly with the Engineering
Division, DOD in May, 1996
Steven is survived by his wife, Carmel; sons, Steven
Jr., and Nicholas, and a daughter, Jennifer; his mother, Shirley
Harrington Boswell, all of New Port Richey; a sister,
Deborah Sanders of Friendswood, Texas; and a brother,
Michael Boswell of Houston, Texas..
Leonard E. Caisse, 87. passed away at his home in
Lakeland, Florida after a lengthy illness on August 20, 1999.
He was born in Spenser, Massachusetts and went to work for
the Panama Canal in 1940 and retired in July, 1974 from the
Dredging Division in Gamboa with over 31 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Olga S. Caisse of
Maria (O'Donnell) Clothier, 86, of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, died September 24, 1999. Maria went to the
Canal Zone in 1928 and attended Canal Zone schools. She
was predeceased by her husband, Raymond J. Clothier.
She is survived by her two sons, Raymond J. of
Philadelphia and Robert J. of Coral Springs, Fl.; four
brothers, Dan O'Donnell of Peru, II, Bob O'Donnell of San
Francisco, Ca., Jim O'Donnell of St. Petersburg, Fl., and Tom
O'Donnell of Carlsbad, Ca.; nine grandchildren and three
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Robert "Bud" Balcer of Bentonville, Arkansas died
July 3, 1999 after a short illness, in a hospital in Bosier City,
Louisiana, where he was visiting his step-son, Paul Rhodes..
Upon his retirement on March 29, 1975 from the Panama
Canal Postal Division, with over 34 years of service, he and
his wife Betty moved to Bentonville where he worked for a
while with WalMart. He was active in the Kiwanis's
charitable programs and the activities of the local group of
Canal Zone retirees. He was preceded in death by his wife
Betty McCue Balcer in 1991.
In addition to Paul Rhodes, he is survived by a
brother, Professor Charles Balcer, a step-daughter, Susan
Rhodes Pederson Burdette and three grandchildren. His ashes
were to be scattered in Scotland where he and his wife had
family and friends.
William T. Clute, 85 of Santa Rosa, California,
passed away at home on June 26, 1999. A former Panama
Canal Pilot, he was born in Elmhurst, New York. He retired
in 1971 after 30 years of service. He was a Mason and was
involved with the Sea Scouts. He was preceded in death by
his first wife, Natalie B. Clute.
Survivors include daughters Ellen Clute Starkey of
Santa Rosa; Janet Clute Riggs of Beaufort, North Carolina;
Grandchildren Nina Riggs and Charlie Riggs of Beaufort;
and his second wife Lorene Clute of Santa Rosa, CA.
James E. Cole, 87, passed away July 3,rd, 1999 in
Portland, Oregon. He was born in New Orleans and moved
with his parents to Ancon in 1929, graduating from Balboa
High School in 1930. He worked for a year on the
construction of Madden Dam, then attended the Colorado
School of Mines, graduating in 1935 and with a commission
in the U.S. Army. He returned to the Canal Zone and worked
for the Dredging Division until 1953. He then worked for the
Orinoco Mining Company, U.S. Steel until 1960, after which
he became the Facilities Planner for the Bureau of Naval
Personnel in Washington, DC, retiring in 1975. He moved to
Belleville, Illinois and after the death of his wife, Catherine
(Gallivan) in 1996, and moved to Portland to live with his
daughter. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Society
of Engineers, American Legion and the Rotary.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Jo Lang of
Portland; two sons, James E. Jr. of Houston and Joseph of
Vienna, VA.; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and
1 great-great granddaughter.
1999. He was retired in 1969 from the Locks Division as a
Locks locomotive operator for the Panama Canal, with over
34 years of service. A native of Vest, Kentucky, he was the
son of the late John and Ellen Gayheart Hays and a U.S. Army
Survivors include two sons, William Gardner Hayes,
Lexington, KY, and John D. Hayes, of San Antonio, TX., and
three grandchildren, Janet Hayes of Boston, MA, Joel Hayes
of Bucharest, Romania, and John Hayes of San Antonio, TX.
Preceding him in death was a sister, Lula M. Hays.
Pauline L. Downs, 86, of Bradenton, Florida, died
August 23, 1999 in Integrated Health Services of Bradenton.
She was born in Newark, New Jersey and left the Panama
Canal with her husband upon his retirement from the
Electrical Division in 1969 with 26 years of service, and
settled in Manatee County, Florida.
She is survived by her husband, Philip A. Downs of
Madeline S. Eberenz, 92, of Sterling, Virginia,
passed away August 16, 1999. She was born in Stuttgart,
Arkansas and went to the Canal Zone in 1936 to work as a
registered nurse at Gorgas Hospital. In 1938 she married Leo
J. Eberenz (D). Madeline left the Canal Zone in 1965 upon
She is survived by daughters, Marie Lindsay of
Vienna, VA., Mable Holiman of Jacksonville, FL., and
Josephine Sharp of Sterling, VA.; sons, Alexander of
Sterling, VA., and John of La Boca, Panama; a sister,
Claudia Davies of New Orleans, LA., sixteen grandchildren
and eleven great-grandchildren.
John Hannaman, 83, of Balboa, Panama, died June
25, 1999 in Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital in San
Antonio, Texas of Pulmonary embolism and non-Hodgkins
lymphoma. He was born in Walla Walla, Washington, earned
a Civil Engineering degree, majoring in Structures from Utah
State Agricultural College, and in 1940 went to work as a
Highway Engineer. Two years later he worked for the Corps
of Engineers assigned to Panama, joined the Army Air Corps
and after 20 months of duty he returned to his previous job
in Panama. In 1954 he became Chief of the Technical Staff,
USARSO Engineer Office, covering the local and the
Antilles Command. He served as Chief of the Engineering
Division and five years as Chief, Operations Division. He
retired on January 31, 1998 after almost sixty years of
Federal service. He had a love of the sea and was a world
class fisherman, happiest at the helm of his boat the Nautilus.
He is survived by his wife Rose; two nephews, Ray
and Frank Query of Washington state, four sisters-in-law,
Domenica, Romano, Mary Rotramel, Vincie Burnham and
Leanore Failla of California and thirteen nieces and nephews.
Annette F. Fields, 90, of Kerrville, Texas, died
September 11, 1999 in a local care facility. She was born in
Telluride, Colorado to Lee Linwood and Estella Painter
Fillius, and was a graduate of the University of Missouri. She
was married to John B. Fields in 1939 in Brownsville, Texas,
who preceded her in death in 1990. She was a member of St.
Peter's Episcopal Church in Kerrville.
She is survived by two daughters, Jo-Anne Fields of
Kerrville, and Janet Field Himes of Delair, NJ; a brother,
George Painter Fillius of Seminole, FL; two granddaughters,
and three great-grandchildren.
Rachel Emily Fraser, 42, of Dunedin, Florida, died
October 11, 1999 at home. She was born in Panama and left
the Canal Zone in 1961. She worked as a clerk at a
Montgomery Wards store. She was a Catholic.
Survivors include her mother, Alice, of Dunedin,
Florida, and aunts and uncles.
Gardner Hayes, 91, husband of Bertha Nykanen
Hayes, of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away September 4,
Julius Frederick "Fred" Hatchett, 94, of
Sacramento, California, died August 22, 1999 at home. He
was born in Crawford County, Georgia and came to Panama
while serving in the Navy aboard Submarine S-46. While at
Coco Solo, he met and married Mary Heim of Cristobal.
After leaving the Navy, he began working for the Locks
Division and was later assigned to Miraflores Locks. They
then moved to Pedro Miguel where they lived for many
years, later moving to Cocoli and Diablo before retiring as
Lockmaster in 1960. He was the founding member of the
Pedro Miguel Yacht Club. participating in building the
clubhouse and served as Commodore. He was a well known
outboard motorboat racer and loved hunting and fishing,
taking advantage to the abundant fish and game in Panama..
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary.
He is survived by daughters Patricia Clark of
Sacramento, CA., and Barbara Jackson of Roseburg, Oregon,
and his son, George Hatchett of Incline Village, Nevada.
Linda Antoinette "Toni" Huff, 52, of San Diego,
California died September 8, 1999 at home following a liver
transplant in August 1996 and recent liver failures due to
Hepatitis "C". She was born in Ancon and was a BHS'66
graduate. Following her graduation from Parsons College,
she studied broadcasting in Philadelphia before working for
a local radio station in Ocean City, NJ. After moving to
Scranton, PA and Milwaukee, WI, she opened her own
recruitment advertising business, Huff & Associates, in San
Diego and after seven years she acquired her illness and
could no longer run the business. She was preceded in death
by her father, Maenner B. Huff, and mother, Antoinette
Baker Huff. She was a member of the Eastern Star,
Descendants of Roosevelt Medalists; Daughters of the
American Revolution and the First Unitarian Universalist
Church of San Diego.
Survivors include her brother, Donald B. Huff of
New Baltimore, MI; sisters Christine H. Fewell of Hastings-
on-Hudson, NY and Edith H. Willoughby of Merritt Island,
FL; aunt Edith Baker Hampel of Philadelphia PA, and two
Curtis B. Jeffries, 63, formerly of Rockledge,
Florida and the Panama Canal Zone, died September 3, 1999
in Newman, Georgia. He retired as a civil servant with the
U.S. Navy, Rodman Naval Station, Canal Zone in 1984 and
later was employed with Lockheed at Kennedy Space Center.
He formerly worked in the Refrigeration and Air
Conditioning Branch of the Panama Canal in the 1970's. He
was a member of the elite Five Star Club of top 100 athletes,
served in the U.S. Army and was an Elk and a Mason.
Survivors include his wife, Jinjer, of Melbourne,
Florida; sons Clay of Merritt Island, Florida and Chris of
Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughters, Jennifer Fisher of
Newman, and Kelly of Melbourne; nine grandchildren; and
a brother, Roy W. of Marana, Arizona.
and served as a munitions inspector at Oldsmobile during
WWII. Following the war, she joined her husband, Earl, in the
Canal Zone, devoting her time to home and family. In 1977
she and her husband returned to the U.S. and enjoyed many
years traveling the country by Airstream.
She is survived by her husband Earl of Mission;
Texas; a son, Brian, of Los Rios, Panama; son Robert and
daughter-in-law, Candy, of Los Rios, Panama; a daughter
Janet and son-in-law Robert Marr of Calumet, MI; and a
brother, Robert Tainter of Grand Rapids, MI.
Maria Rosario "Chayito" Meriwether, 77, of La
Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica, died December 4, 1998, and
Dale Robert Meriwether, 82, of the same address
died July 16, 1999. Maria was born in San Jose, Costa Rica,
and Dale was born in Los Angeles, California. Longtime
Ancon residents, they moved to Costa Rica in 1974 after Dale
retired from the C.Z. Customs and Immigration. Dale came to
the C.Z. on a sailing schooner in the late 1930s from
California. He met Maria while both worked at former
International airport in Albrook/Balboa. He was a philatelist
and orchid collector; former president of the C.Z. Orchid
Society and member of the Balboa Gun Club. Maria was
active in the Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of
America. Both were founding members of the Sacred Heart
Chapel in Ancon.
Both are survived by their children, Jeanette Butler
of Greenwood, SC; Patricia Sprague of Miami, FL; Cecilia
Giglio of Montgomery, AL; Gerald Meriwether of Gold
Beach, OR., and Michael Meriwether of Tampa, FL.
Wanda (Harrington) Johnson passed away
suddenly on September 22, 1999 in Apple Valley, California.
Wanda was born in Akron, Ohio and moved with her parents
and siblings to the Panama Canal Zone in December 1941.
Wanda attended Cristobal High School and met her husband
John at an annual Christmas Tree Burn. After their marriage,
they lived in New Cristobal until they moved to Akron, Ohio
where John attended Kent State. They moved to California in
1953 and raised four children in West Covina. Their only
daughter, Linda, predeceased Wanda in 1996.
Survivors include her husband John of Apple
Valley; her sons and daughter-in-laws John and Linda of
Apple Valley; Kevin and Mary of Hawaii; and Daniel of
Riverside, CA: her mother, Jennie Harrington of Akron;
sisters Marje Foster of Palm Harbor, FL. Shirley Boswell of
New Port Richey, FL, and Peggy Currier of Murfreesboro,
TN, ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and
brothers-in-law and wives Robert and Carolyn Johnson of
Oldsmar, FL, and Don and Barbara Johnson of Cape Coral,
FL, and many nieces and nephews.
Ida L. Keeney, 83, died September 25, 1999 at
Briarcliff Nursing Home, Mission, Texas. She was born and
grew up in Boyne City, Michigan, later working with the
Michigan State Police and Department of Health in Lansing
Virginia E. Nessler, 86, of Greenville, South
Carolina, passed away September 14, 1999. She was born in
Milwaukee, WI., and moved to the canal Zone with her two
children in 1953. She was a Radiologic Technician at Gorgas
Hospital for 23 years. In the Canal Zone, she was active in
sports and won many awards in bowling, sports car events,
boat racing, etc. She was the owner of the only orange
Corvette in Panama. After retiring from Gorgas, she moved
in 1978 to Keystone Heights, FL., where she resided until
1997, when she moved to Greenville to be closer to her
She is survived by her two sons, Ronald (Ron) of
Greenvillle, a recently retired Panama Canal pilot, and Dr.
Laurence (Lary) Maskel, a faculty member of Duke
University, Durham, NC; four grandchildren, Rhonda and
Veronica Nessler and Alexis and Morgan Maskel.
Randolph Emanuel Perry, 84, of Birmingham,
Alabama, died September 28, 1999. Born in Watsonville,
Ca., he joined the Navy in 1940 and his ship was torpedoed
off Bali and was later transferred to South America because
of his language and communications skills. After his
discharge from the Navy in 1945, he became an officer in
IT&T World Communications, later stationed in the Canal
Zone and Guantanamo Bay He retired in 1976 and moved to
Winter Park, Fl and moved to Birmingham a year ago. He
was a member of the Ham Radio Operator's Club, Rotary,
Navy League, Toastmasters and Masons.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Luiza Perry, a
daughter, Patricia Perry Hood (BHS'69), son-in-law Jack B.
Hood; granddaughters Sara and Laura Hood, all of
Birmingham; a cousin Laurine P. Boissonou of Corvalis, Or.;
and a niece, Patsy M. Dias of Concord, Ca.
Joyce V. Kulig y Pescod, 78, passed away August
26, 1999. She was born in Cable Heights, Ancon, Canal
Zone to Henry and Agripina Pescod. She attended Sisters
School in Colon; Jr. High School in Cristobal; high school in
Costa Rica and finished her schooling in Colon. She worked
for various businesses in Colon and Cristobal, including
Wilford & McKay Shipping Co. Joyce left Panama in 1964
and worked for 19 years for Chevron in California. She lived
the past 15 years of her retirement in Jacksonville, Florida.
She is survived by her son, Keith Kulig; two
grandsons, Gordon and Brent Kulig; her sister Lucy Whaley
of England, and her brothers, Hugh, Fred, George and Jack
Harvey Glenn Rhyne, 86, of Kerrville, Texas,
passed away September 23, 1999 at home. Born in Teague,
Texas, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1936, served in
Panama and joined the C.Z. Police force in 1940 and worked
his way to lieutenant in the Detective Department. In 1963 he
was transferred to the U.S. District Court of the C.Z. as first
Chief of Probation and Parole. He retired in 1975 with 43
years of government service. He married Beatrice M. Mendes
Monsanto in 1944.
He is survived by his wife, Bea; a son, H.G. Rhyne,
Jr. and wife, Sonia; daughters Barbara Stanford and husband,
Ed., and Camille Eastham and husband, Leo; a sister, Elsie
Deiterman; four grandchildren, Edward and Cheryl Stanford,
Erick and Taffy Rhyne; a niece, Nancy Largeant-Wilson and
several other nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Jo Lottie
Rhyne; and brothers-in-law, Sam Largeant and Bill
Frank Riser, 74, of Hudson, Florida, died
September 28, 1999 at home. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he
came to Florida from the Panama Canal Zone, where he was
a lockmaster, retiring in January 1987 with over 22 years of
service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII
and was a Methodist.
Survivors include his wife, Erlinda M.; a daughter,
Maria Jose Riser, Hudson; two brothers, Bill, Ohio, and
Theodore, Hudson; and a sister, Dorothy Spaun, New Port
William Harold Tuttle "Tut", 72, of San Antonio,
Texas, died suddenly and unexpectedly on July 23, 1999.
Born in Winslow, Arizona, he and his family went to Panama
in 1941. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1945,
excelling in sports as a star football and basketball player and
was elected "Most Athletic" by his class. He then joined the
Navy, serving 13 months in the C.Z. and then attended
CZJC. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma as a
petroleum engineer and worked for various companies in
Venezuela, Indonesia and Kuwait, where he and his wife
were fortunate to be evacuated with only the clothes on their
back when Iraq invaded.
He is survived by his wife Myrna, whom he met in
Venezuela, and three children; Valerie Lorimer of London,
England, William H. Tuttle Jr. of Sugarland, TX., Elizabeth
Toth of Anchorage, AK; and sister Elaine (Tuttle) Mount
(BHS'47) of Incline Village, NV.
Cecilia E. Waldorf, 93, of Seminole, Florida, died
September 28, 1999 at St. Anthony's Hospital, St.
Petersburg. Born in Winnebago, Minn., she came to Florida
from the Canal Zone, where she retired after 30 years as a
registered nurse. She graduated from Good Counsel
Academy in Minnesota. She was a member of Blessed
Sacrament Catholic Church and the church's Ave Maria
Guild, the Knights of Columbus Ladies Society and the Bay
Ridge Estates Society, all of Seminole.
Survivors include a niece, Sister Marilyn McCue,
Waverly, Minn.; and two nephews, Paul Amboy, Minn., and
Mark McCue, Delavan, Minn.
Mary Virginia Dubbs Tully, 80, died August 5,
1999 at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken, South Carolina.
She was the widow of George Tully and a member of First
Presbyterian Church. She was born in Muncie, IN. She came
to Panama in 1946 and lived in New Cristobal, moving to the
Pacific side in 1951 and married Charles Dubbs, Principal of
Diablo Elementary. She taught kindergarten at Balboa
Elementary, fifth grade at Diablo Elementary and Los Rios
Elementary. Upon her retirement in 1973 she and her
husband settled in Aiken, SC. Her husband died in 1982 and
she then married George Tully, a retired police officer from
Cristobal in 1983.
Survivors include a son, Michael Dubbs of West
Lafayette, IN; a daughter, Marcia Winford of Wesley Chapel,
FL; four grandchildren, Michael Dubbs of Panama, R.P.,
Miriam Cummins of West Lafayette, Bill Winford of Wesley
Chapel and Melissa Winford of Orlando, FL.
Harriett W. Widell, 92, of Tampa, Florida, died
September 3, 1999. Harriett and her husband Carl lived in the
Canal Zone from 1951 to 1966. Carl was with the Personnel
Bureau of the PCC and later served as Magistrate Judge in
both Balboa and Cristobal. Harriett was employed by the
Office of the Army Judge Advocate General in Ft. Amador.
She and her husband were active in the Abou Saad Shrine,
the CZ Camera Club and Balboa Union Church. Harriett was
an officer in the OES and served as Regent of the Panama
Canal Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution from
1964-1966. They were also members of the Panama Canal
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Hopkins of
Tampa; two sons, Carl Jr. (BHS'53) of Brownsville, OR. and
Bob (BHS'62) and wife Janet Hine (BHS'62) of Auburn;
AL; eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Letters to the Editor
DOTTIE AND AL PATE
CELEBRATE 53rd IN EUROPE
We celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary in
Europe with our daughter Debbie and her husband, Jack
Forrest. We finally got our son!
We had two fabulous weeks in Southern Ireland. It
is a beautiful country, very friendly people, delicious food and
enjoyable music. We know now why it is called the Emerald
We went to Paris, France on the Euro Star through
the Channel. The sightseeing boat on the River Seine. We
walked the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. We saw
people on the top and thought we might join them, but 180
steps was a little too much. We had a fantastic and amazing
We returned to San Diego and enjoyed many
occasions with the family. Our daughter and son-in-law had
spent a year in Europe, so we were fortunate to have them as
our own tour guides. It was a terrific anniversary gift.
Dottie and Al Pate
St. Petersburg, FL
THIRD ANNUAL ZONIAN
The Third Annual Martinez-Payne Memorial Surf
Session was held on Thursday, July 1, 1999 at Typhoon
Lagoon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. This event is
held each year in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion weekend. The surf session is held in memory of
Zonian surfers Greg Martinez (BHS'78) and David Payne
(BHS'83). Greg and David served as inspirations in their
lives and in their fight against cancer.
Participants in this year's event were Elliot
Carlson, Sam Castleton, David Cohen, Daryl Date, Dylan
Dempsey, Andrew Efthimiadis, Richard, Pat, Eric and
Matt Grimison, Carlos Hattabaugh, Kerry Leggett, John
Magee, Teresa Martinez, Francisco Medal, Will Rogers,
Rocky Salazar, Rudy Waller and Mike Young.
Dottie and Al Pate sightseeing on the Seine
passing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Then on to London for a week. We didn't miss a
thing. Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, Tower of
London, House of Parliament and St. Paul's Cathedral, We
saw "Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre; "Les
Miserables" at the Palace Theatre, concerts at the Royal
Albert Hall, and a visit to the British Museum. We even saw
the eclipse outside of Harrods where we spent time shopping.
We went sightseeing by boat on the Thames River.
We experienced every mode of transportation, from
sightseeing buses, black cabs, the "Tube" and by air.
Third Annual Zonian Surfers Gather in Orlando, FL.
Stand out surfers for the session were Matt
Grimison and Rudy Waller. Best Wipe-out of the day went
to John Magee. Wave-of-the-day went to Teresa Martinez. A
group of spectators came over from the Reunion to enjoy the
surfing. Next year's event will still be held during the
Reunion weekend even though the reunion is moving to the
Tampa area. For more information about next year's surf
session, contact Pat Grimison at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(407) 277- 0355
33d INFANTRY VETS RETURN
I went on a "return to Panama" trip with the
members of the 33rd Infantry Regimental Combat Team
Association. Recently, I was invited to join this group as an
Honorary Member due to my knowledge and association with
that organization while stationed in the Canal Zone during
I thought it would be interesting to visit Panama
with a group of former military personnel that had been
stationed there many years ago. In almost all cases, they had
not been back to Panama since the war or immediately after.
One veteran came to the Canal Zone in 1929 and had not
been back since. He was 92 and everyone was thrilled to hear
of his "adventures there during the early 30's. He never
faltered on our tour and was very involved. Dave Stevenson
and his wife June and their daughter Lori and son along
with great "guides" from the local Travel Services, Yenia,
Connie and Ana made the five day visit memorable.
We stayed at the "El Panama" and for me that was
special as I spent my honeymoon there in 1953, and of
course, that brought about many inner smiles while there.
We had Great!! food and accommodations and the service
We toured Fort Clayton and Fort Kobbe and the
U.S. Army gave us a very informative briefing on the phasing
down of the military presence and the time-lines associated
with the turn-over of the Canal. We lunched on corvina at the
Tarpon Club (old Elks Club) and had a ride on La Chiva
Parrandera around Panama City, visited Miraflores Locks
and I was able to get assistance from the folks at the Marine
Bureau to take me to Pedro Miguel Locks so I could visit the
"west chamber" where my mother and father's ashes were
scattered in 1988 after my sister Jackie and brother Douglas
lost our parents. It was also a special time and day as it was
my father's birthday. I had photographs that were taken on
the day that Douglas scattered the ashes so I was able to
know exactly where to scatter the roses that I brought with
me. More than anything else, this return to my "home" meant
We visited the Atlantic side, touring Fort Gulick and
Fort Davis; the Hotel Washington (great memories of days
gone by) and then out to Porto Bello with a stop at La
Cafiones restaurant for lunch. We were all excited about the
partial transit the next morning as we boarded the M.V.
Islamorada, skippered by Jason Critides who provided an
exciting tour for us all. It was sad to see the condition of Pier
18 and the surrounding areas. I thought I was back on the
Saigon River in Vietnam!.
We next boarded our buses to visit Old Panama,
lunch at the El Trapiche restaurant and ended the day with a
great dinner show at the Las Tinajas restaurant. The next day
we went to the beaches and the market at El Valle still the
same only larger, since my visit in the 70's. We drove to Rio
Hato so the folks could see where they participated in
maneuvers, and had a wonderful lunch at Coronado Resort
before returning to Panama.
Next day I left early for my return to the States.
John Schmidt and Davis Stevenson at Los Cafones
Restaurant in Puerto Bello, Rep. de Panama, June 4,
1999. Photo by John Schmidt.
Mr. James Sauer, oldest member of the 33rd. Infantry
(age 92) and Col. Bernardo Negrete at a briefing at
Fort Clayton, June 3, 1999. Photo by John Schmidt
When I was asked by a local reporter for the U.S. Army what
I thought about the visit, I could only say, "It is always nice
to come home." But I left with the sadness of seeing so
much of the former Canal Zone in such a state of repair and
in a very unclean and trashy condition. However I'm glad I
made the trip, regardless of what is taking place in the
turning over the Canal....My memories will always be of a
great place to grow up, raise children and know that I (we)
had a part to play in this place we call the "Canal Zone."
John (Bill) Schmidt (BHS'50)
DESCENDANTS CELEBRATE IN
The 85th Birthday Celebration of the Panama Canal
was sensational. Descendants of the builders came from
Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Texas, California, New York,
Florida and Georgia, to celebrate in Panama. Eighty-five ex-
Zonians filled two launches and sailed to Gailliard Cut to say
a prayer for those great men who built the Panama Canal.
Marc Quinn, our leader in Panama, has his hands full. Seeing
old friends and reminiscing, the tears alone must have raised
the water level. Regina Quinn (BHS'37) did not come back
but her three beautiful daughters did, from Spain.
Another event was the Gala-85 show for three nights,
directed by Bruce Quinn and sponsored by the Panama Canal
Commission. A huge stage was erected at the Goethals
Memorial and an audience of thousands, including the
presidents of Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, filled the
field (chairs on a wooden platform) and up the stairs to the
Administration Building. Both Canal Zone and Rep. of
Panama stars returned from the U.S. to perform, and a huge
TV screen to the side afforded enlarged viewing. Some of the
performers were Ruben Blades, Pat Quinn, Luis Arteaga,
Sara Knapp, Lissette Condassin, Romulo Castro, Cynthia
Brown Franklin, Jacqueline Orillac, Gaby Gnazzo, Juliete
Roy, the Compania Nacional de Danzas Folkloricas and the
Steps Dancers. The first-rate talent that little country
produced was overwhelming and for three nights the Gods
smiled and it did not rain. Canal Zone star Sarah Knapp
(BHS'76) is the daughter of Herbert and Mary Knapp who
wrote and had published the book, Red, White and Blue
Paradise, and she sang "It was always summer there." By the
time she got through, tears were rolling down the cheeks of all
the Zonians in the audience.
Harry Harrison The birthday of the Panama Canal used to be
a special occasion every year on August 15 and a flood of
cachet envelopes appeared from everywhere. This year, I was
the only one seeking "last day" postal cancellations.
We hope to keep alive the memory of those American
citizens who built the Panama Canal and we gather every
August 15. All descendants of these builders please write
Marc Quinn, P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Rep. of Panama
or Tel/Fax 011-507-264-8954.
Toni McKeever, Ruth Yeilding, Kelly Bauman in life
jackets on board launch, Aug. 1999.
Betty Jane Kenealy, friend, and Marilyn Flynn, all
aboard launch, Aug. 1999.
I was wined and dined and interviewed on Panama
TV largely because I wore Grandpa Roberts Roosevelt Medal
It is exciting and inspiring what is happening in Panama today
with new lady President Moscoso, new highways, new third
set of locks!
I wandered the streets of Fort Clayton, Howard-
Kobbe, all of my old Canal Zone homes knocked on every
door, but no one came. All the old buildings are empty, except
for the last two U.S. Post Offices, Ft. Clayton and Fort Kobbe,
APO's 34004 and 34001, manned by Ronnie Mead and
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Jeanne Stough, Ruth Yeilding, Bernhard
Everson,with painting of George W. Goethals. Note
Regina Quinn's daughters, Kathleen, Pat and
Alexandra at Miraflores landing, Aug. 1999.
Those attending were: Pat and Caleb Quinn, Elaine
(Lombard) and Ross Newland, Guy and Valerie Newland
and children, Chris and Ann Newland with children, Kit
(Newland) and Paul Botkins and children, Scott and Patricia
Newland and children, Jeanne (Newland) and Steve Owens
and children, Jane Crume Valtin and sons, Jeanne Crume
and Jim McClellen, Susan McClellen, Jim and Andrea
McClellen and baby, Jeanne Flynn Stough and Marilyn
"Sissie" Flynn, Betty Jane Kenealy Geerer, Mary
Lerchen and daughter, Lesley Hendricks, Bernard and
Phyllis Everson and children, Ruth Bauman Yeilding and
Kelly Bauman Adams, Tom and Nancy Grimison, David
Hollowell, From Brazil: Fred Sill. From Colombia: Patrick
Eder and Charlie Eder, From Spain: Kathleen (Enjunto)
and Nando Herencia and son, Patricia Enjunto Quinn and
children, Alexandra (Enjunto) and Alvaro de Larramendi
and twins, Patrick Enjunto. From Panama: Marc Quinn,
Richard and Diana Grimison, Cody Hollowell, Nina
Brown Kosik, Frank Raymond, Louis Caldwell.
Jeanne Flynn Stough
San Antonio, Texas
BEV & SKIP ROWLEY
CELEBRATE 31st IN EUROPE
This past April, Bev and Skip Rowley spent their
31"s anniversary in Europe with Skips sister and brother-in-law
Dorothy and Jim Gerhart from Heidelberg, Germany. We
visited five countries while on our two week trip. Jim met us
at Frankfurt.and went to their home in Heidelberg, from where
we visited Nuremburg, Dachau Prison Camp, and Munich. It
was snowing in Munich so Bev and I had our first snowball
fight in 31 years. Then on to Austria where we went to the
Sarovski Crystal Factory, but couldn't get in, so across the
Alps to Oberammergau, where the Passion Play will be held
in 2000, to view the magnificent sights. Next day we drove to
see the various Castles of King Ludwick II. The
Neuschwanstein Castle was a dream castle. Then back to
Munich and to get warm.
We returned to Heidelberg for a few days before
going to Ramsden AFB (PX run) and then a beautiful drive up
the Rhein River to Bonn. From there we went to the Tulip
Festival in Keukenhof, Holland. We never realized there
were so many different tulips. While there, we took a short
jaunt to the beach where I waded into the North Sea just so I
could watch my feet turn blue. It was COLD! After touring
Amsterdam, we found a 400 year old operating windmill in
Southern Holland and took a tour of it. It was all original and
fascinating how it still works perfectly. Then we drove
through Belgium to Bastogne and to Paris in a beautiful day
in Spring. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, you could see
forever. From there we went to the Louvre and Notre Dame.
and took the "tube" back to our parked car. Jim drove us all
over Paris to see the usual attractions, making several turns
around the Arch de Triumph with both of us hanging out of
the car taking photos. We even went to see the memorial for
Princess Diana. We stayed in Reims while there, an old place
Bev and Skip Rowley, with Dorothy and Jim Gerhart
in Paris France, on a bridge over the River Seine .The
Eiffel Tower is in the background.
with a lot of history. On the way back to Heidelberg we
visited the WW1 battle field in Verdun. My brother-in-law is
a walking history book, besides being a perfect host. He made
our tour so much nicer and interesting. It's nice to know what
you are looking at when you can't read the signs.
Jim let me do some of the driving on the Autobahns
in each country. It was scary at first but it was thrilling. No
speed limits! Over a hundred miles an hour and no tickets!
Every American should have to drive on the Autobahn
system. It will make you a better driver. It was truly a trip we
will never forget.
HANNIGANS MOVE TO
Gerry and Jim Hannigan departed Panama on
October 6th, headed up to Newhalem, Washington. Jim has
been hired to be manager of Seattle City Light's Skagit
Hydroelectric Project. What an adjustment they will be
facing. From Panama's tropical climate they will be living in
an area that has about 80 inches of precipitation a year. Gerry
did not say whether it was in the form of rain or snow. You
can find a great deal of info about the area on the internet at
Gerry said that they have not been assigned a home
as yet but they will be living in company housing sounds
like the Canal Zone. Jim and Gerry's address is 502
Newhalem Street, Rockport, Wa. 98283 Phone (206) 386-
4446. Since the little village of Newhalem does not have a
zip code, all mail must go to Rockport, Wa. which is about
30 miles down river. Jim and Gerry are looking forward to
having lots of company during the summer months and ask
that you stop by to visit them when in the area..
PANAMA CANAL ZONE x
Abandoned then ceded by its
Revered and commemorated by its
Builders, operators, residents and defenders
We were a special people in a special place at a special time. The
time was the emergence of nations with free democratic govern-
ments unfettered by monarchies stagnant from the middle ages.
The place was where North and South America shake hands. Yet
destiny demanded that that grip be loosened so world commerce
could pass from ocean to ocean for the betterment of all nations
and all mankind. And opened it was, by the imagination tenacity and
shear grit of the men and women who bravely pioneered the tropical
hostility and pestilence to construct the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The creation by these special people was the Panama Canal a feat
of patriotic pride for the United States of America and all the world
to acclaim. How proud we were to have been a part of the most
significant creation of mankind until man landed on the moon. We only
left footprints on the moon, but the Canal, our Canal, as originally
built, still serves the commerce of all nations today.
May our pride live in perpetuity.
The Golden Parrot
Balboa High School graduates Alumni reunion at the
Continental Hotel, Panama, May 15, 1999. L-R: Iris
Dedeaux Hogan, Blanche Adler Browne, Betty
Comley Forgeson, Beverly Comley Dilfer, Katherine
Adams Lessiack, Lucille Tarflinger Robinson.
PEG AND BOB TRAVEL WEST
On the road again.....Peg (Sylvestre) and Bob
McCarrick--both BHS'47--went traveling out west this
summer. We drove 6,897 miles--mostly up and down and
around and around mountains.
We visited two of Peg's children in Colorado,
traveled to Salt Lake City, and then drove to Incline Village,
Nevada, where we visited George and Elaine (Tuttle
Mount) Hatchett--both also BHS'47. While in Nevada
George's sisters, Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson and Pat
(Hatchett) Clark and husband Don Clark, drove up from
California to Incline Village to spend the day. There was
After leaving Nevada we drove to Ennis, Montana,
where we visited Bill Evans--also BHS'47--and Sherry
McDonald. Spent lots of "porch time" at Bill's house
overlooking the beautiful valley, the Madison River and the
awesome mountains. Such fun being retired!
L-R: Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson, Peggy (Sylvestre)
Simpson, George Hatchett, Elaine (Tuttle)(Mount)
Hatchett, Pat Hatchett Clark, Don Clark, Bob
McCarrick at Incline Village, Nevada.
L-R: Bill Evans, Sherry McDonald, Peg (Sylvestre)
Simpson, Bob McCarrick at Ennis, Montana.
CANAL ZONE GET TOGETHER!
Place: "Gambino's" (Restaurant), Date: Thursday,
August 5, 1999, Guest of Honor: Tom Pierce from Houston,
L-R: Ray Robberson, Tom Pierce, Forest (Wise)
Robberson, Odie (Winberg) Soper, Vicki
(Hutchison) Boukalis, Bob Boukalis.
Zonians attending were: Bob and Vicki
(Hutchison) Boukalis, Ray and Forest (Wise) Robberson,
Clyde and Odie (Winberg) Soper, Tom's wife, Sarah
(Mollick) Pierce was back in the Republic of Panama at this
A great time was had by all. Good food, great
friends, and all the latest "scuttle-but" from Panama. Thank
A VISIT TO ST. PETERSBURG
In July, John Davis' daughter, Annette, and her
four children spent two weeks in Georgia with him and his
wife, Faye. After Annette and her son went back to
Missouri, John took his granddaughters, Crystal, Danielle
and Nocolette, to St. Petersburg to visit his sister Betty
Cappa and her family.
Betty Cappa, Crystal, Danielle and Nicolette
Nicolette, Danielle and Crystal
The girls have always enjoyed visiting Florida
because of the beaches and spent most of their time there.
Their uncle John Cappa, Betty's husband, took them out on
his boat. Coming from Missouri, they couldn't get enough of
being in and around water. John is hoping to take his
granddaughters to the Reunion in Tampa next year.
ROSE CARMODY AND FAMILY
Rose (Stroop) Carmody was a guest at the Youth
for Christ/Valiants singing group reunion held at the Grace
Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida on July 16-18. The group
originated 33 years ago. Rose's daughter, Denise (Russell)
Privette and husband Malcolm and their children
participated with instruments and beautiful voices.
One of Rose's sons, Donald, is working as
Contracts Administrator in Saudi Arabia for his company for
a year, with the possibility of going to another plant overseas,
this time with his wife Chaque, who plans and sets up his
R&R's every four months to see Europe. They first went to
Switzerland and now plan to see Scotland. Donald was one
of the original Valiants singers, along with cousin Shayne
Maureen (Stroop) Fite, Ed Stroop's oldest daughter, who
was not able to attend. Don and Chaque have two daughters,;
Shannon, married to Richard McTaggart, and Shawn, who
will graduate from the University of Florida this December,
with a physical therapist degree.
Douglas, Rose's youngest son, lives in Waynesville,
NC and is general manager at an automobile dealership in
Hickory, NC. He and wife Jan and three redheaded
daughters, Whitney, Haleigh and Kelsey Rose were not able
to attend but were there in spirit. Rose has 15 grandchildren,
including Allison, who is married to the oldest grandson,
Robert (Dee's oldest), and Richard, married to Shannon
(Donnie's oldest). Michael, Dee's next to oldest, is engaged
to a young lady, Lee Anne, a year from December. Then
there is Paul, who will be attending college in the Fall;
Christopher, Polly, Sally Rose and the heartbreaker of the
group, Joshua, make up the balance of Dee's family.
Katherine, "Katie", Dee's youngest, is Home with the Lord,
but she is Rose's little guardian angel. Needless to say, Rose
is pretty proud of her family.
BALBOA HIGH GRADUATES
A group of Balboa High graduates pose during a
quiet moment, when all attended the wedding of Candace
Date, daughter of Daryl Date and Carol (Serger)
Pickersgill to Lance DeGennaro on June 26, 1999 in
L-R: Daryl Date, Ron Secrest, Mike Smith, Steve
ZONIANS ATTEND VINTAGE
BIKE RIDE AND RALLY
Each year for the past seventeen years, the Velocette
Club of North America has a week-long Vintage Bike Ride
and Rally. This year's event was held the last week in July
and dubbed "The Potato Head Rally." The members started
arriving at Torrey's Burnt Creek Inn located in Clayton,
Idaho on Sunday afternoon where everyone is greeted and
old friends begin socializing before Monday morning's 8:00
a.m. riders meetincr
Six of us Zonians attended the Potato Head Rally and
we are pictured in front of our cabin at Torrey's Burnt
Creek in Clayton, Idaho. L-R: John Bundy, Michelle
Bundy, Guy Fealey, Bill Weigle, Dick Casey and
The thousand-mile ride took us through the
beautiful Northwest of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and
Montana. There were forty-one Velocettes and about fifteen
other makes including Triumphs, BSA's and Nortons.
A Reunion get-together, Front, L-R: Jim Riley Jr., Ray
Bierbaum, Chela Guilliams, Back L-R: John Riley,
Paul Riley, Jim Riley Sr., Margot Jordan, Maritza,
Riley, Huey Sigur, Hubert Jordan.
SEVENTH ANNUAL PICNIC IN
A group of former residents of Panama and the
Canal Zone living in Northern California gathered on August
15, 1999 at Rincon Valley Park in Santa Rosa for our seventh
annual mini-reunion picnic.
As usual, we enjoyed talking about our lives in
Panama, the activities and the acquaintances we had shared,
and of course, the turning over of the Panama Canal to
Panama at the end of the year.
We enjoyed several Panamanian dishes such as
Sancocho, ceviche, mangoes, empanadas, as well as various
salads and desserts. Coca-cola with Carta Vieja rum was one
of the popular drinks.
The Santa Rosa, California mini-reunion picnic group
on August 15, 1999.
Those attending were Helen Aanstoos, Frank and
Marcy Borselino, Norine Kaufer), Mary Kelley and Bob
Crnich, Bobbie (Styles) Field, Lorraine Juvet, John
Koslowski, Beni Landorf, Gloria James, Nancy (Kaufer)
Lanfranco, Keith and Phillip Olsen, Tom Slice, Jane
(Kaufer), Jim and Steve Cochrane, Joan (Ridge) and Jim
Smith, Rebecca Tabert, Brian West, Mike Young, Helen
Braswell, Mary (Sherry) and Don Ford, Lilia Freed,
Connie (Zemer) Bumgarner and Maria G. Villareal.
IT AIN'T EASY ANYMORE, LOLA
Received a notice in January that I had to renew my
license when I was 91 9/10 years old.. I decided to wait until
I had a new permanent wave, so I would look better for the
new picture. I tried to make an appointment by phone well,
you know the "press one, press two" routine, then someone
comes on a recording and says all the lines are busy, but
wait. So I start over press one, press two, etc, etc. and
finally I go down to the DMV and tried to make an
appointment. It was raining a little and after I found a parking
place quite far away, I decided to go for it and take the test.
The line was quite long it looked like the pictures
of people during the Depression of 1932 all ages, all
nationalities not dressed for a good picture funny hair and
I finally got to the window for them to see that I had
an application all filled out, then the next window to pay
$15.00. I thought I had put twenty dollars in my purse, but it
was only a ten, so I had to write her a check. Next, the eye
test. Stand back of a line and read the chart then go to a box
that looked like it was for a glaucoma test. Put your chin
here, and look at the checkered board. I could only do it to
No. 5 but I passed!. That was a big relief. Every place was
a line and I really did need to go to the bathroom. It was
almost noon and I left the house at 8:30 but I didn't want to
lose my place in line, so on to take the written test. I flunked
- I missed seven So I went home to study the book for a
couple of days.
Then I went right back to the test place again. There
was not a line so I passed I missed three. Then I went to
Window 37 a short line for the thumb print and the mug
shot. By that time I didn't care how I looked just wanted to
get it over with.
I doubt if I will ever take another test if I can still
drive when I'm 96 I'll just do it without a license.
(Ed:) I didn't note where you lived, Lola, so the smokies
wouldn't know where to find you when you are 96.
DAWN PARKERS TRAVELS
I have recently returned from a wonderful whirlwind
trip to Europe with my long time friend, Jackie Mort ( we
graduated from An May School of Nursing in New Jersey in
1959 together). We went to London, Amsterdam, Germany,
Switzerland, Venice, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Rome, Austria
and Paris. What a fantastic trip!
Dawn Parker (BHS'55) and friend, Jackie Mort in a
hovercraft crossing the English Channel.
Dawn Parker (BHS'55) and Dan Gressang (BHS'54)
in El Volcin, Panama.
Also, Dan Gressang (BHS'54) and I went on
Stevenson's Dry Season Tour of Panama in March, 1999. We
had a wonderful time on that trip too!
Also, Dan and I went on a car trip up the east Coast
in June, 1999. We stopped at many museums, Luray Caverns,
Natural Bridge, Gettysburg, Valley Forge and Niagara Falls.
Also stopped at West Point and Annapolis and the South
Street Seaport in New York City among other places. On that
trip, we visited Dan's son and family in Maryland and
attended my younger son's wedding, and my other son's 15th
wedding anniversary party in New Jersey.
As you can see, I've been very busy since my
retirement at the end of May.
Dan and I also went to the Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando and attended Dan's 45'h Class Reunion.
Was great seeing old friends!
Also, for all the "Causeway" people from the inter
net, I'm one of the Crowell "sistah's" and proud of it!
Dawn (Crowell) Parker (BHS'55)
Ormond Beach, FL
ROBINSONS VISIT PANAMA
Fred Robinson retired on the 30th of June after 37
years with the federal government. He and his wife Claudia,
left the following morning for a two-week vacation, the first
week in San Jos6, Costa Rica visiting with Claudia's family.
They then flew down to Panama for one last visit before "D-
Day" (Death to the Canal Zone) on December 31st at 12
noon, when the few remaining parts of the Canal Zone will
be turned over to Panama.
While visiting Panama, they were welcomed guests
at the home of Gene and Denise Smith, who were living in
one of the few remaining houses in Los Rios, near the
Corozal Animal Clinic. Gene and Denise had less than one
month before their household goods were packed for their
return to the good old USA. That fact did not dampen the
sightseeing on both sides of the Isthmus of Panama. They
visited the different town sites on the Pacific side, dining in
some of the many restaurants; most of the fare consisted in
corvina, prepared in many different ways. Wow! sure do miss
all that good fresh fish. They even went to the Napoli Pizza
Parlor for some really good Italian pizza and "Panama" beer.
Gene enjoyed the "Soberana" beer more than the "Panama''
beer. but he said it took him a lone time to set Dast the name.
Denise Smith and Claudia Robinson
On the Atlantic side, they visited some of Fred's
old stamping grounds, eating a hamburger at the Tarpon Club
(somehow it was not as good as he remembered) before
driving out to Ft. Sherman. They enjoyed their visit with the
Smiths and seeing all the changes that have taken place in
what used to be the Canal Zone, and the changes in Panama.
Denise and Claudia are shown in a photo taken inside
Denise's home prior to Fred and Claudia's return to their
home in Kernersville, NC.
PLANE TRIPS NOT ALWAYS
I went to Panama to get my cedula and passport.
Thanks to Al White, my mission not only was accomplished,
but it happened quickly and efficiently.
Getting there, however, was the trip from Hades.
Actually the events started 2 days before I left when a car hit
me in my Z3 on my way home from the hospital. Then on
Sunday it took five hours to get to Miami from Tampa and
seven hours from Miami to Panama. We were in storms; the
plane fell 200 feet and everyone aboard screamed. Our plane
had to land in Naples because of lack of fuel to stay in the air
before Miami reopened. We remained in Naples for 2 hours
which meant my COPA flight left before I reached Miami.
So in Miami I was flightless until American Airlines got me
on the 7 p.m. flight which left an hour late. Needless to say,
my bag did NOT arrive, and I had to buy clothes to wear,
first thing the next morning. I was without my bag for 3 days,
but I consider myself lucky that it arrived the night BEFORE
the drug bust at American Airlines in Miami. I know that
finding my bag would have been zero priority after that.
Sharon Glassburn at Goethals Memorial, with newly
I spent my last two days in Panama in bed sick with
the worse cold I have ever had and went home feeling
slightly less better. And would you believe that on my return
flight to Tampa, that my bag did not make it on MY flight?
American Airlines got it to me at 11 p.m., four hours after I
got home. But I consider my trip totally successful and a
whole lot of fun. I saw and did much more than I had
planned, and again, thanks to Al White. I saw a lot of friends
and made h thrip to Panama %erN specLal.
S. Glassburns panoramic view of a ship exiting locks.
FITZGERALDS TO ALASKA
The Wagners, Jack and Jeanne (Walker), Gayle,
Jeannine, Bo, Dawn, Minday and Megan, welcomed
Patrick and Lisa Fitzgerald and children Stephanie and
Michael, to Eagle River, AK, in September. Patrick
transferred to Alaska with the Corp of Engineers, and drove
from Florida with the dogs while Lisa and the children
stayed with Patrick's parents, Martin and Mickey
(Walker) Fitzgerald, in New Smyrna Beach, FL, for two
weeks. Mickey then flew with them to Alaska and had a
glorious week with all the family. Jeanne and Jack have
moved into their new home high up the mountain with a
gorgeous view all around of valleys and mountain peaks.
Jeanne planned a pizza party the night of their arrival, and
we went to one of Mindy's hockey games at 6:00 AM!, had
fresh salmon dinner, soaked in the hot tub under the stars
late at night, saw Jack, Bo and Shaun off on their annual
moose hunting trip, had a fascinating and fun afternoon at
the Imaginarium in Anchorage (anyone visiting young
grandchildren in the area, be sure to do this the kids loved
it!). Jeannine will graduate in May as a Dental Assistant and
loves her program. Gayle is working with FAA. Mayno
(Bliss) Walker, Mother, Grandma and Great grandma of
the family, and Carole (Walker) Miller, Mickey and her
son Frank are planning a trip to visit all the Alaskans in
THE COLON BWOYS
Taken after the first day of the July Lobster Mini-
season. Standing left to right: John Frank, Neil Patton,
Jack Sanders, Angel Vazquez, Phil Sanders. In front left
to right: Aaron Vazquez, Raymond Will and Robert Will.
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Standing, L-R: John Frank, Neil Patton, Jack
Sanders, Angel Vasquez, Phil Sanders. Front, L-R:
Aaron Vasquez, Raymond Will, Robert Will.
There were a total of 10 divers and after 2-1/2
hours we reached the limit of 120 lobsters. That evening we
cooked the lobsters at Snapper's house in Parkland, FL.
Angel "Snapper" Vazquez
L-R: Mickey Fitzgerald, Jeannine and Jeanne
Wagner, Lisa and Stephi Fitzgerald, Gayle, Mindy,
and Megan Wagner, Patrick and Michael Fitzgerald
at Pizza Man, Eagle River, Alaska.
rtasons rteetingq to EU
from the officers of the
Banama Canal &otietp of jtoriba, Inc.
Descendants of medal holders interested
in learning more about
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDENTS
Panama Canal (1904-1914)
are urged to write to
Marc Quinn, Roosevelt Medal Descendants
P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Panama
BHS CLASS OF 1940
60h ANNIVERSARY REUNION
The Balboa High School Class of 1940 will have its
60th Anniversary Reunion at the Best Western Shore Inn,
Exmore, Virginia, on May 22, 23, and 24, 2000. For
reservations, call 1-888-768-8313. Family and friends
invited. More information will be available in the March
Canal Record. For answers, call Fernando Tapia, 23029
No. 94th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85255. or phone (480) 585-4951
or email FTapiaL@aol.com.
BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1970
The BHS/CHS Class of 1970 will be holding their
30th class reunion in July 2000 in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Reunion. Please send us your current
address/e-mail to ensure you receive further information.
1213 Valencia Lane
Auburndale, FL 33823.
Wardlow @ ibm.net
21 La Palma
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
CLASS OF CHS 1940
We are thinking of having a 60th reunion in the year
2000 in Florida and we need the addresses or information on
the list of classmates printed in the "Where Are You" section
of this issue. Please give us your ideas a 60th reunion
happens only once in a lifetime let's make the most of it.
You may contact either of the following:
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane
6427 Stone Ridge Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
8184 Copenhagen Way
Boca Raton., FL 33434
THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
The Year 2000 ...50th Reunion
Please read our notice under "Where Are You?" in
this issue of the Canal Record to find out who of our
classmates are still missing. We had a planning session
meeting at the '99 C. Z. reunion, Friday, July 2, in the
lower lobby of the Marriott which was headed by Joan
(Powell) Arndt. We are well under way for the year 2000
50'" BHS Reunion. Members of BHS Classes of '49 and '51
are cordially invited to attend. Please contact us about the
2000/50th BHS Reunion and we will send you the necessary
Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21 E 9770 S.W. 198' Circle
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 Dunnellon, FL
9090 S. Waterview Drive
Floral City, FL 34436
CALLING ALL BHS'75 GRADS!
Let's celebrate our 25th in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society's reunion at the Tampa Marriott
Waterside during July 5-9, 2000! I need help in planning for
this special occasion. I have many email addresses (thanks to
Ron and Julie, but we have many classmates out there who
have yet to be found. After September 15 I hope to have a
web site about our reunion plans at
www.paradisegraphix.com/joanie. Please contact me as
soon as possible if you would like to help me plan our
reunion, or if you want to share ideas.
Joanie Ridge-Smith, 1417 Michael Way, Roseville, CA
95661. Telephone (916) 780-1417. Fax:(916)780-1400
CHS CLASS OF 1975
25th YEAR REUNION
Plans are underway to hold the CHS Class of 1975
25th Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's
Annual Reunion during July 5 to 9, 2000 in Tampa, Florida.
Please contact me with your current address/telephone/and
e-mail, and also those of any other classmates you may know
of, to ensure that everyone receives our reunion information.
Cherie Danielsen Lee, 5515 Cactus Forest Dr., Houston,
TX 77088. (281) 999-8368. email@example.com
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BHS CLASS OF 1980
The Twentieth Reunion for BHS Class of 1980 will
be held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of
Florida Annual Reunion in Tampa, July 5 to 9, 2000. Class
members may contact the following reunion committee
members for more information.
Margaret Bivin Coffin Richard Grimison
2533 Wrencrest Circle PAC 733 Box 37301
Valrico, FL 33594 Washington, D.C. 20013-7301
MARKCU2 @ aol.com grimison @ sinfo.net
Sue Kelleher White
1824 Woodcut Drive
Lutz, FL 33549
6409 Hunt Road
Port St. John, FL 32927
BHS CLASS OF 1990
10 Year Reunion
Plans are being made for our 10 year Reunion to be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in Tampa, from July 5 to 9, 2000. Check out our
web site for further information. www.revstudios.com/bhs/
or contact us by phone, mail or email address.
Leann McConaughey Teresa Monson-Strnad
4053 Crossroads Place 4854 Chalfont Drive
Casselberry, FL 32707 Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 696-6722 (407) 859-2939
Leannmac2 @ aol.com Diztown@aol.com
2003 Northside Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
One facet of your museum committee is to gather
and preserve historical information by recording interviews
with former participants during the American era in Panama.
If you would like to contribute a story or two of your Canal
Zone days work, school, play all are important, contact
Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253
for details on how to proceed. A self-interview guide has
been developed for your use.
SWEET ADELINE REUNION
Plans are being made for a Sweet Adeline Reunion
to be held during the July 5-9, 2000 Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Tampa. Please contact the following if you are
interested and if you have any information or ideas to help
make this event possible. Lil Rozmeski. 17770-A Lake
Carlton Drive, Tampa, FL 33549. (813) 961-9230. e-mail:
SUBMARINES IN PANAMA
Two submarine colleagues of mine, together with a
Naval Historian, are co-authoring a history book to be
entitled "Submarines in Panama: 1942-1999" and published
by the Naval Institute Press. They intend to chronicle the era
of Rodman Naval Station which seems to have been
overlooked in history. Any information you have or contacts
that might have information that would be useful to include
in the book would be appreciated. Please contact me or the
Edward H. Browder R.Adm. M.H. Rindskopf, USN Ret.
877 Morgan Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org
Niskayuna, NY 12309
(518) 393-4869 Gerald R. Menefee, EdD
email@example.com 1134 South Shasta Drive
West Covina, CA 91791
Lt. Charlie Maher USN fax
ST. MARY'S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
There are tentative plans for a reunion of St. Mary's
Parochial School alumni. Sisters, Priests and lay-teachers
planned for a 2000 stateside most likely in conjunction with
the Society reunion. If you are interested in further
information and/or attending please send the following
information: NAME (including maiden, adopted if you
attended under another name) FULL ADDRESS,
HM/WK/FAX Numbers, E-MAIL Address. Years attended
and year graduated from St. Marys to Kathleen Welch at:
((727)797-7139, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 2214 Stacy Ct., Palm
Harbor, FL 34683.
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!
As for the yearbooks that some of you want, unless there
are duplicates, those I'm collecting are dedicated to the
Museum. However, if you reimburse the cost of
photocopying and postage, you can still get the book,
provided I have the right year. Please include a SASE with
your query. Thanks.
FIRST PANAMA GOLF VENTURE
BHS/CHS ZONIANS (and guests): Mark your calendars...DECEMBER 1-8, 1999!!!. Plans are in place for our
First Panama Golf venture. We will be playing four (4) rounds of golf at the following golf clubs Horoko Golf Club, Club
de Golf de Panama, and Coronado Golf Club. Also included are many excursions and sightseeing adventures for golfers and non-
Since our Class of 1957 excursion was such a success, I have decided to organize the above for those who couldn't make
it before. This will be a "biggie" since the Canal will be transferred to Panama at the end of the year. Let's remember those
special days and join in the fun for the first "annual Panamanian Golf trip" for all golfers from the Panama Canal Zone. Departure
is from Miami.
For further information, contact: June Barlow Riesz, 8 Crossway Court-West, Palm Coast, FL 32137. Our phone is:
(904) 445-2839. email: JohnRiesz@aol.com.
ATTENTION FORMER CHS JR/SR
Plans are being made to have a reunion of all former
Cristobal Tiger Cheerleaders. If you were on either the Junior
or Senior High squad, plan on attending the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion in Tampa, next year during July
5-9. If you know the addresses or phone numbers of former
cheerleaders, please contact Jane Graver, 684 Canyon View
Drive, Goliad, Texas 77963. (361) 645-3189, or e-mail:
A Forgotten Panama Canal Pioneer
By Gus A. Melander, BHS'52, CZJC'57
As we all know, the United States has been turning
over its interests and properties tp Panama for some twenty
years., That process ends on December 31, 1999. It is painful
But those Americans who built the canal from 1904
to 1914 and those who operated that engineering marvel for
eighty five years have a proud and successful heritage. One
all of us should celebrate.
How did it all happen? What were those early days
like for those early pioneers? It is natural that we, the latter
day pioneers would have an interest, an abiding curiosity
about those early 20" century days. I do. (After all, I attended
Ancon Elementary School, Balboa High School, then worked
in the Mount Hope machine shops. Later I worked at the
Payroll Branch in Diablo Heights before I began attending
the old Canal Zone Junior College on a part time basis.)
What happened during the canal building era always
has and always will fascinate me. How come the Americans
succeeded while the French failed just a few years before?
After opening 26 boxes, bags and padded envelopes of
glasses from all over the country, Canada and APO, year-end
total comes to 157 pairs of glasses. PCS members deserve a
big pat on the back for having sent in a grand total of 1,313
pairs since collection began in 1992. That's a lot of people
who have better vision thanks to you. Let's make 2000 the
best year ever. Keep those eyeglasses, lenses, frames and
glass cases coming. Send to:Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen
Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
We all know of Gorgas, Goethals, Stevens, and Gaillard to
name a few. But who facilitated the way for all of these and
for all canal workers to succeed? Who set up the bread and
butter administrative details of the massive Canal Zone
operation? Who helped establish the successful canal
operation from scratch?
Also, beyond the Canal Zone, what of early U.S. -
Panamanian relations? Who helped create the tone, the
modus operandi that would develop into the working
relationship that bound countries so closely for so long?
There were many, of course. One of them was
Charles Edward Magoon of Nebraska.. He was an affable,
young lawyer. Years later as provisional governor of Cuba,
during the second United States intervention of 1906-1909,
Magoon became a well-known and somewhat controversial
person. Most people who have heard of him associate him
Before going to Cuba, Magoon had filled two key
positions on the Isthmus of Panama. These were his first jobs
outside the United States, his first contacts with Latin
Americans, and the first time he gained international
definite presence helped insure violence-free successful
elections. He set a tone that lasted for decades.
My wife, Nelly, and I have co-authored a book
about Magoon, called Charles Edward Magoon: The
Panama Years.. We relied heavily on primary sources. From
those rich and diverse fountains of information, we painted
a lively portrait of Magoon's service in Panama. (See our ad
on page 88 of September issue of the Canal Record.)
Gustavo A. Mellander, Ph.D., D.H.L.
Professor and Dean Emeritus
Graduate School of Education
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
January 1 1"41
Hon. Charles E. Magoon
Prior to 1904, Magoon held a number of positions
in Washington dealing with colonial obligations that had
emanated from the Spanish American War. He wrote the
definitive manual on the administration of overseas
possessions which was implemented in Cuba, Puerto Rico
and the Philippines all 1898 war prizes. It brought him to
the attention of Secretary of War Elihu Root.
In 1904 he was appointed general counsel of the
First Isthmian Canal Commission. Within a year he would be
sent to Panama to serve as both Governor of the Canal Zone
as well as United States Minister to the Republic of Panama.
And he held both jobs concurrently!
He was the only person ever to occupy both
positions. Yet, nothing has been written or published on this
period of his life. Even the general histories dealing with the
early canal construction era scarcely mention Magoon. He is
truly the forgotten Isthmian.
Much of what people recall as being the Canal Zone
grew out of the precedents Magoon established: healthy
sanitary conditions, superior salary and living
accommodations for the canal workers, reasonably priced
daily necessities, a public school system, and a civilian
government among others. These necessary realities and
amenities simply had to be implemented to build the canal.
As Minister to Panama, Magoon's contributions
were as impressive and long lasting. He helped smooth
ruffled feathers, helped establish the Taft Memorandum.
That key document established the parameters and a modus
operandi between the United States and Panama that lasted
over fifty years.
He was also present at the very first elections ever
held in the republic. His careful hands-off, but never-the-less
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Jim Doyle, Richard Phillips. Third row: Carol (Morland) Mead, Larry Chance, Barbara (Boyer) Slover, Unknown, Grace
Welch. Fourth row: ?, ?, Bud Risberg and Maureen Risberg, Fifth row: Kristin (Craig) Risberg (standing), Gerry Risberg,
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by Kathleen M. Cox (BHS'59)
Wasn't it Teddy Roosevelt who said he wanted to
create an "American Utopia" out of the Canal Zone? I'm not
sure all Zonians agreed with Teddy's dream, considering the
oppressive humidity, the ubiquitous roaches and other
crawley critters, and its remoteness to their families in the
States. I do know, however, that it was the best place to be if
you were a kid during the forties and fifties. Especially
Cristobal where I spent my early years.
Christmas in Cristobal
One particularly fond Atlantic side memory was
known as the Christmas Tableau. The second floor of the
front of Cristobal High School had three large arched
openings. Every year about the middle of December,
workmen would build platforms inside those openings for the
tableau. There were always the same scenes; the one on the
left was for the Wise Men, the one on the right was for the
Angels and the one in the center was for the Holy Family.
Each scene had its own appropriate backdrop on fabric.
It was quite an honor to be chosen for the tableau.
I don't think it meant that you were holier than anyone else.
Just that you had the right look (angelic, shepherdly, wise)
and could stand still for more than 30 seconds.
The night of the Christmas concert all the parents
and friends gathered on the front lawn of the high school.
The band played, the orchestra played, the chorus sand, the
Glee Club sang. Toward the end of the program, those of us
who were in the tableau quietly climbed up onto the
platforms in pitch dark and froze in our designated places.
Then, when the orchestra played "We Three Kings"
the wise men scene lit up. Three motionless Magi were seen
holding the traditional gifts against a back drop overlooking
Bethlehem. Then, "Angels We Have Heard on High" and the
lights illuminated three angels frozen in various heavenly
poses against a backdrop of blue sky and fluffy white clouds.
One had her arms stretched upward, one was playing a long
trumpet and a third was holding a harp.
Finally, when the orchestra played "Away in a
Manger" the center tableau lit up the holy family. And there
were Mary and Joseph gazing adoringly at the manger with
young shepherds garbed in burlap robes clustered around
them. Of course, the crown would "ooh" and "aah" as each
scene was illuminated For the Grand Finale, the entire
tableau was lit as everyone sang "Joy to the World." Then,
we all went home feeling good.
It was always the same every year. the scenery, the
costumes, the number of kids in the scenes, the music. And
yet, it was always exciting Oddly enough, no one ever fell
off the platforms into the audience, and no one ever called
the ACLU about the Christmas pageant in the public high
A Summer Diversion
Another great activity designed to keep us out of
trouble was the summer recreation program. Every year, the
coaches put together the most wonderful selection of things
kids could do from early morning to late afternoon Monday
through Friday to keep from driving their mothers crazy.
When school ended, every kid in town received a
mimeographed schedule of the program's activities. It was a
smorgasbord of exciting and interesting things to do. Should
we hone our archery skills or learn to operate a jig saw and
make yet another wooden hot pad cut in the shape of Bambi
or Thumper to add to our mothers' collections? I can still
remember the heady smell of the crafts building the varnish,
the sawdust, the glue.
We swam in the Hotel Washington pool, played
every sport imaginable, including golf; pummeled each other
in wicked games of battle ball, swung on gymnastic rings;
and had a big cook out at the end of summer. Even though
we always looked forward to our trips to the States,
sometimes I think we should have preferred staying home for
the summer recreation program.
Looking back, I can see why we were all referred to
(lovingly, of course) as Canal Zone Brats. There were about
a gazillion kids on Third Street, where we lived. Almost
every house had at least two and some had as many as five
(my family) or six. Multiply that many times maybe 30
houses and you had some pretty good kick-in-the-can and
ring-a-levio games after dinner. But our favorite was hide-
When the parents went to the Stranger's Club on
Saturday night, all the neighborhood kids would come in the
house and we would actually let them hide behind my mom's
formal dresses in the closet in her bedroom, or in the wicker
hamper in the hallway with our dirty clothes, or behind the
claw-footed bathtub with the roaches.
My brother Brian played the cello in the school
orchestra. The cello, in its brown corduroy cover, leaned in
a corner in the living room. Before the game began, Brian
would hide the cello in his bedroom. Then he would have me
put the cello cover over him and he would lean into the
corner, like the cello. It was his favorite hiding place, even
over the wringer washer. Eventually, everyone would tire of
the game and go outside to squirt each other with African
Tulip squirter things, leaving Brian sweating profusely in the
cello cover in the hot, humid living room. Eventually, I
would scream, "Brian!" and run back into the house to rescue
One night, our parents came home earlier than
expected and found most of the neighborhood kids hiding in
the back of the huge console radio with all the exposed wires
and tubes we were not to touch under the penalty of death, or
tangled up in my mom's formals, or making holes in the
wicker hamper with their feet. They were shocked! They
thought we were so well behaved. A lecture followed, and
when they went out again, we had the gang in until we all
outgrew the game.
Living on the Edge
We also did things that would later prove to be
hazardous, although the dangers were unknown to us at that
time. Like when the DDT truck rolled into town. Before you
could see it, you could hear it coming, usually after dinner.
We would all run out in the street, hollering "The DDT truck,
the DDT truck," and jump around in the smoke, breathing it
in. And then there was the x-ray machine in the commissary
shoe department that you stuck your foot into to see if your
new shoes fit. Sticking your feet into that thing was a big
activity, even if you weren't buying shoes. And who could
forget swimming in Limon Bay with the raw sewage and
barracuda and sharks. The list of goofy things we did when
we were Canal Zone Brats goes on and on. But, somehow we
survived all of it.
During my college years and even after I took up
permanent residency in the States, there were moments when
adjusting was difficult. Sometimes I felt like a foreigner.
However, I was neither American or Panamanian. I was a
unique entity I was a Canal Zonian. And all the good
memories of growing up in what was truly an "American
Utopia" will always be with me.
Srea onin rtctingq' to ALl
S.tar & Urrali
VOl 1. "PRESS ONWARD," NO. I.
PANAMA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1849.
Will be published Weekly, in the City of
J. B. BIDLEMAN & CO.,
at one real per copy.
Advertisements not making more.than one
square, inserted at the rate of $2 00for the
first insertion and $1 50 for each subsequent
.JOB TORK neatly executed at thigs Ofilc4
on reasonable terms.
tE' Printed by S. KC Henarie & ,J F.
To our American Friends in Panama,
In order to relieve the tedium of our, perhaps pro-
tracted stay in this, to us strange -land, surrounded
by the people, institutions and language so dis.-imilar
to our own-a few Americans have undertaken this
publication. Having embarked in a common object,
the emigration to what seems to promise to be the El
Dorado of the World, our interests are identical:-
and we believe that whatever of news, inforni.tion to
future emigrants, or local matters we may find to place
in our columns, must be alike interesting to those
who are already here, to those who may hereafter ar-
rive, and to those especially whom we h.ive left be-
hind, anxiously expecting news of our pos tion, com-
fort and welfare.
We therefore embark in our agreeable undertaking,
confident in your support, and desirous to afford to all,
the means ol temporary relief from the munotomy of
our situation-and for this purpose we shall be glad to
receive any hints or information that may be considered
of suticient interest to either of the classes of persons
named above, to warrant publication here.
We congratulate our American Fellow Citizens on
their safe progress thus far on their way to the pro.
missed land," and we trust that much of happiness and
prosperity may be the lot of all, and as large a share
of the good things of this world as may be desirable
for them to possess consistently with a due sense of the
value of wealth, as a means oif good, rather than the
mere gratification of the appetite or proponsnies of
With these remarks we present ourselves to our
friends, asking only that a far allowance be made for
the peculiarity of our position here, an excuse for any
omission that may occur in our first number.
The barque Philadelphia left on the 7th iost, with
about one hundred and thirty passengers for San
Many of the passengers by the steamer Isthmus
were among the number.
SEi We give below a translation of a Proclamation
issued here by Gen. Smith, prior to his sailing for
Califrnia. It created some considerable discussion
at the time
publish it without comment:
[Translated from the Panamelo, feb. 11. I
Win. Nelson, Esq., Consul of the United States, at
The laws of the United States impose numerous
and severe penalties upon those who unlawfully oc-
cupy the public lands. As nothing can be more un
just'and unmeasurable than for persons not citizens
of the United States to direct their companies in pur-
suit and to dig the gold found in California, or lands
belongiiig to the American government, and as such
conduct is in direct violation of the laws, it will he
my duty immediately upon arrival heie, to put these
laws in force to prevent any infection thtreof, and in
future to punish those who violate them with the full
penalties prescribed therein.
As the existence ol these laws is probably unknown
to many who contemplate proceeding to California, I
have deemed improper to promulgate, a kindness there-
of, and of my intention to enforce them against all
those who do not hold citizenship in the" United
Your position as Consul here, and conmuunicati.n
with our Consuls on the Coasts of South America,
render'you the most suitable organ to disseminate th:i
information, and I therefore request your services for
the promotion of this object.
With sincere respect
I am your obedient servant,
PERSIFER F. SMITH,
Major Gen. U. S. A., Comd'g
Pacific Military Division.
Steamers Falcon and Crescent City with two Brigs
and a Barque from New York, one Brig from Phila-
delphia, and two from New Orleans, with about one
thousand passengers in all, have arrived at Chagres
within the last few days. It is supposed there are
about fifteen hundred persons nowv on the Isthmus
waiting for vessels.
The California.-The Steamer California left
here on the 31st of January, with about four hundred
passengers for Sau Francisco.
Caution to Emigrants.-Most of the preserved
meats bought by the emigrants in New York are en-
tirely spoiled and unfit for use.
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1/10th page (Bus. Card) $15.00
1/5th page $30.00
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1/2 page $75.00
Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Send all ads and
make all checks to the Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole FL. 33772-
4712. Ads accepted from members only.
License Plate and Cap both $20.00
"Canal Zone 1903-99- No More"
Caps Cristobal w/Tiger and Balboa Bulldog
Blue or Red $10.00 ea. or any 2/4 $18.00
Silver Balboas 1st 1931, 2nd 1934, 3rd 1947
3 each $28.00
Cincuentenario Balboa (Uncirculated) $30.00
BOB ROSANIA, 103 Mounds, Longwood, FL
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Collector looking for all types and years of
Canal Zone license plates, especially "N"
prefix plates and anything dated 1945 or
1947. Also Panama "Z" plates. Will buy or
swap. Contact Kevin Burke, 101 Walden
St., Cambridge, MA 02140. (617) 876-8430.
BHS-CZJC GRADUATE GUS MELLANDER'S LATEST
How did it really begin?
A look at the 1904-06 Panama years.
Many Americans played a key role in building the Canal.
Others worked hard to establish working relationships with the
new Republic of Panama. We recognize many of their names,
but one early canal pioneer has been forgotten.
Charles E. Magoon was both Governor of the Canal Zone and
Minister to Panama and at the same time! His contributions
affected the Canal Zone and Panama for nearly 100 years.
"Scholarly, insightful and well-written --- A must read!"
Thomas J. Dodd, U. S. Ambassador to Costa Rica
Charles Edward Magoon: The Panama Years
by Gus and Nelly Mellander
Editorial Plaza Mayor, P. O. Box 3148, Guaynabo, P.R. 00970-3148
WANTED: I would like to buy a Balboa High School
Yearbook for 1935, mine has been lost. Roderick N.
(Red) Macdonell, 1011 Wonder World Drive,
Apartment. 605, San Marcos, Texas 78666, Telephone:
Fine Panamanian jewelry in solid 14kt gold
Rings Wide selection of Huacas Earrings
Necklaces and frog designs available. pins
Custom orders welcome *Diamond Jewelry* 18kt. solid gold available.
*We can transform your current plated Jewelry to solid gold
Preserve your treasured pieces now, and your Investment will last for generations to come.
Groot Industries International, Inc. Email: Diidiamonds@ibm.net
Ronald J. deGroot
SAimee Van Siclen deGroot
Tel: (561) 883-7931
Fax: (561 883-0067
P.O. Box 97058
t2 'Boca Raton, FL 3,
BATEMAN ORIGINAL OAK CUT-OUTS
Tanama Canal Zon
No. Desc Price "
1 Toucans w/Stand, 11" $20
2 T-Shift, white, w/blue
lo o $15
S3 Toucanw/Stnd, 11" S20
4 Dancers w/Stand, 11" 25
6 5 T Shirt, black, w/white
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Bruce Bateman 6 Wall Mounted CZ otton, Super-
314 Wesley Rd. Structures (Store and ilze add $2.00
Green Cove Dispense Plastic S&H add $5.00
Springs, FL Shopping Bags) Send US check
32043-9572 6A Goethals, 15" $25 or money order.
6B Control Tower, 16" $25 Questions call
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UNION CHURCH CALENDARS- YEAR
Point of contact: Billie Hultin,4781 Marshfield Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34235-5661. Calendars for year 2000
are priced at $5 each plus postage; 1999 calendars
are also available at $5 each plus postage. Checks
to be made payable to Women's Auxiliary, Balboa
Union Church. Postage: for 1 $1.20,for 2 $1.85,
for 3 $3.00, for 4-6 $3.20.
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14" x 18", $95
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17" x 23.5", $120
Specializing in Panama Art by Al Sprague
P.O. Box 164, Milan, Tennessee 38358
1-800-549-2483 Fax: (901) 723-3871
Pleased to Accept American Express. Mastercard, and Visa
online sales at
Call to receive free color brochure
"Gold Hill Passage"
Open Edition Print,
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Pictured on playing cards in 1908 by Panama Railroad News Agency
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Smaller than actual size
The original boxed deck of these cards was given to Ruth M. Westman (nee Brugge) by her father, William
J. Brugge, both of whom were Roosevelt medal holders. This limited collector's item is a 16 page binder
with reproductions of color photographs of the entire deck of cards. May be purchased for $45.00 (inc S&H)
Send check or money order to Margaret F. Brugge, 14136 Dogwood Lane, Belle Haven, VA 23306-1620
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3882 Paddrick Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Mobile (850) 980-0296 Fax 850-894-8030
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Dear Fellow Panama Canal Society Members,
As the American presence in Panama comes
to a close, you may be thinking about where to
put down permanent roots. Let me suggest a
place many former Zonians have discovered:
Tallahassee will remind you of Panama: rolling hills, lush vegetation, a
sportsman's paradise, and friendly southern hospitality!
Write, call, or e-mail me for information about this wonderful town. I'd love to
call you neighbor!
Condor Travel Offers
Panama Canal Society Members...
Wine Sampling Tour to Uruguay *
Visit Uruguay's wine-growing regions to sample world class wines and sample
some "old-world" hospitality during your stay.
Guided Whale-Watching Tours *
Patagonia, Argentina *
View whales up close in their natural setting, so close you can almost touch them.
Set among some of the most unspoiled areas on earth, these and other natural
wonders will amaze you on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to southern Argentina.
G 0D0o Condominium Rentals o
lCONDOR Throughout the United States. Reasonable rates.
*Special prices for Panama Canal Society members.
For More Information Contact:
Davis Stevenson 1730 Omie Way Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(800) 783-8847 (770) 995-7537 FAX: (770) 995-8017
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.condortravel.com
Anytime You Want
SPahPersnal Car ad Dri
To Card Holding Zonians
Low Airfare Rates
A 15% Discount On STANDARD Tour Packages
Plus a $10 Donation to the Panama Canal Society for ANY Zonian Booked
CallToll Free for details 1-888- PANAMA-1 (1 -888-726-2621),S www
2000 PANAMA CANAL TOUR
njoy a coast-to-coast/border-to-border tour of Panama,
conducted by knowledgeable, bilingual guides who are
specialists in Panama and the Canal Zone. BOOK EARLY!
Due to the turnover of the canal, this may be your last chance
to be a part of a Panama adventure.
This 10 day tour includes the following:
* Round Trip Airfare Miami/Panama Hotels
(U.S. Exit Fees) Transportation on Air-Conditioned
* Tourist Card Busses
* All Meals While in Panama Dinner/Show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
(Except One) Farewell Dinner
* Tips & Baggage Handling
We have added some great tours for 2000.
Davis Stevenson 1730 Omie Way Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(800) 783-8847 (770) 995-7537 FAX: (770) 995-8017
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Fraunhoer would make a fantastic movie"
Fraunhofer would make a fantastic movie!!!"
j* Published by Professional Press, Chapel Hill,
N.C., 563 pgs., 1997.
C Listed with Amazon.com, 1998.
* Participant in the Don Imus Book Awards, 1998.
Selected for review in the Northwest Authors Governors
Award Program, 1998..
3* Selected for Leaders in American Science,Vol. IV, 1961-63.
Holder of ten Scholar/Fellowships, including Oak Ridge
* Inst., Harvard and Yale Universities, 56-80.
* Resided 36 years in C.Z. (schools, civilian and military intel
positions), graduate of Air War College, 1978.
SWith wife Fran, awarded P.C.C. Honorary Gold Medal,
for public service, 1997.
* Member Emeritus American Assoc. for the Adv. of Science.
j* With wife, Fran nominated for Washington State
Jefferson Award, for public service, 1999.
j* Selected for Marquis Who's Who in America 2000.
To order send check or money order for $25.00 postpaid to:
A. Banasick P.O. Box 21 Greenbank, WA 98253 360.678.4416 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlos Ledson Miller's novel, PANAMA, captures the sweep of this country's tumultuous history. Moving
between past and present -- from the pivotal events in Panama's past to the American withdrawal at the
dawn of the New Millennium -- this is the fast-paced story of a man and a nation searching for their identities.
CARLOS LEDSON MILLER
Barnes & Noble
A Canal Zonian reader said:
+ A love story between a man and his country.
+ Captures the beauty of Panama, as well as the fear
Took me home again, to a place that no longer exists.
A Panamanian reader said:
Remarkable presentation of the many factors that
divide my country.
+ I visualized the action as if it were playing at a movie.
+ I loved the ending.
Hardcover $25 ISBN: 0-7388-0714-1
Softcover $18 ($14.40 from Xlibris) ISBN: 0-7388-0715-X
...a spell binding weave of fiction and
non-fiction, set in the pre and post treaty
of the Canal Zone and Panama.
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BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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age. (A portion of this amount is for the subscription to the Canal Record for one year. I f you
have already paid, dues will be applied to the following year.)
DUES NOTICES ARE PLACED IN THE CANAL RECORD.
SNEW MEMBERSHIPS: $30.00 Annually per family including children under 18 years of age,
plus a $10.00 administration Fee for new members and individuals who have not renewed their
membership prior to March 31 ot the current year shall be considered a new member and, as such,
must pay the Administrative Fee. Total: $40.00.
Amount enclosed: $ Check M.O. Cash
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