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Title:
Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
Physical Description:
v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Publisher:
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
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Frequency:
five issues yearly
quarterly
completely irregular

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Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
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periodical   ( marcgt )

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

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University of Florida
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oclc - 13942509
lccn - sn 86040906
issn - 0528-0001
ocm13942509
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ddc - 972
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AA00010871:00195


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VOL.34


MARCH 2000


NO.1


















OFFICERS
AND
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
FOR 1999-2000

Mrs. Faith Brundage
President
727-527-6925

Mr. Steve Nehring
1st Vice President
727-522-5369

Mrs. Darleen Hunt
2nd Vice President
727-507-0132

Mr. William McLaughlin
Director
352-726-8804

Mr. Christian Skeie
Director
813-973-4814

Mr. Paul Rozmeski
Director
813-961-9230

Mr. Thomas Peterson
Past President
941-371-7731

Mr. Robert Russell
Legislative Representative
813-654-9716

Mr. Peter Lang
Sergeant-at-Arms
727-787-5519

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Chaplain
727-595-0846

Ms. Barbara Green
Secretary/Treasurer
727-391-4359 (Office)
727-319-8593 (Fax)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor
727-391-4359 (Office)
727-319-8593 (Fax)

Mr. William McLaughlin
Web Master
352-726-8804


CONTENTS
President's M message .............................................. 1
From the Secretary ................ ................................ 2
Editor's Corer ................................................. 2
E-Mail Update ...................................................... 3
Ballot for Scholarships from Society ................. .................. 4
Museum News ............................. ...................5/7
Amendments to Bylaws #13, #14 ..................................... 6
Guest Speaker Ernest E. Pierce .................................... 9
Nominations and Ballots for Officers 2000-2001 .......................... 10
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............... ......... ..15
Local Announcements .............. .................. ........ 17
W here Are You? ..................... .............. ............. 19
New s Clips ............... .... ..................................... 20
Your Reporter Says .................................. ............. 26
Alabama .................... 26 Louisiana .................... 36
Arizona ..................... 26 M ississippi ................... 37
Arkansas .................... 27 Northwest .................... 37
California ................... 28 Oklahoma .................... 37
Florida ..................... 30 Panam a ...................... 38
Georgia ..................... 35 Texas ....................... 40
H awaii ..................... 36 V irginia ..................... 42
Congratulations .. .............................................. 43
Weddings ............... ...................................... 47
Births .............. .................................... 49
With Deep Sorrow ................... ............................ 51
Letters to the Editor ................ ............................. 54
Announcements/Class Reunions ................. ................... 61
Looking Back ................ .................................. 65
For Sale or Wanted .............................................. 72
Application Form .............. ................................. 75


FRONT COVER: The American Flag was lowered and folded for the last time at the
Administration Building of the former Canal Zone at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December
30, 1999 on a decision by the U.S. State Department so that the American Flag could be
lowered with the respect and dignity that it deserves. Photo submitted by Lisa P.
Moffitt de Harrill. See accompanying article on page 24. 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 Canal Zone.


DATES TO REMEMBER


April 4

April 7

April 8

April 8

May 6

May 13

June 2

July 5-9

August 6


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.
Mini-reunion, Best Western Fairfax, Club 66, Virginia. 6:00 p.m For
more information, contact Ev Sellers, (703) 361-7176.
Northeast Florida Picnic at NAS JAX Picnic/Lake area, 11:00 a.m.
Bring Panamanian Potluck dish. Kathy Saville, (904) 642-6835.
PCSOFL Spring Luncheon, Landry's Seafood House, 7616
Courtney Campbell Causeway. See full page notice in this issue.
Oklahoma Spring Picnic, Andrews Park, Norman, OK. For more info:
Laura (Burns) Redemann, (918) 745-1337.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St., St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Tampa Marriott Waterside, 405 Ice
Palace Drive. Tampa, FL. (See "Yellow Pages" for complete info.)
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16h
St. St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.





SZONE The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. .. '

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



The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $12.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising
not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property of
the Society and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. assumes no
responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
(727) 391-4359 FAX (727)-319-8593
E-Mail: pcsociety@juno.com
Hours: 8:00-12:00, 1:00-5:00 Monday thru Friday

Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765


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I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your
family a Prosperous New Year, and may the year 2000 bring
each of you Peace, Joy, Happiness and Good Health.

We have had some very nice affairs in 1999 and
have planned more for the year 2000. On may 6th, 2nd Vice
President Darleen Hunt will chair our Spring Luncheon at
Landry's Sea Food Restaurant. You will find a reservation
form for this event in this issue of the Canal Record. It is not
too early to make your reservations now. We hope that many
of you will plan to attend the Society functions as their
success depends on the membership supporting them.
On December 11th we had a very successful
Christmas Luncheon, we enjoyed a delicious meal and many
door prizes were given out as well as some very nice gifts
donated by members and businesses. Everyone attending had
a good time and it was a nice affair, our thanks to Muriel
Whitman and her committee.
A new program was purchased for the Reunion
Committee's computer, which will make it easier to record
reunion information. On January 4'h several of the
chairpersons went to the Marriott Waterside for a look
around the hotel to see where their functions will be held,
and to finalize arrangements so that when you arrive we will
be organized and have everything ready to make this reunion
a success. It takes a lot of work on the part of each
chairperson and we appreciate each volunteer for their
efforts. The hotel is coming along very nicely and will be
ready for their first group to have their event on January 19th.


I think you will all be very pleased with the choice of this
hotel. Our guest speaker for the Annual Luncheon will be
Ernest Pierce, (BHS'43) and a member of the Society. We
are looking forward to another large reunion in 2000. Make
your plans now to attend and do not delay in getting your
reservations in. Carol Masino has been hired to be the
assistant in the office and she is doing a good job. Carol was
our assistant for five years and we are so fortunate to have
her back as she knows our procedures and is experienced in
them.
The Nominating Committee presented their slate of
officers at the December 11"~ meeting. I want to thank Anna
Collins and her committee for their selection, they worked
very hard and met several times before they found a good
slate of people who have served and worked very hard for the
Society who want to serve the membership and the Society.
Each of you will have the opportunity to vote (see the ballot
in this issue) and we hope you will exercise this privilege by
casting your vote.
In closing, I would like to invite you to attend our
meetings, and our activities and get to know your officers
and fellow members. You can visit the Panama Canal
Memorial Foundation Museum which is located down the
hall from our office. They would appreciate your support.
Again to all of you, our best wishes for a wonderful
New Year.
Faith Brundage
President








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I had a very nice holiday with my daughter, her
family and my son, Randy. Roger couldn't be with us but
we all spoke with him by phone on Christmas Day.
Pat Beall, Carol Masino, our assistant, and I spent
some time in the office over the holidays to take care of
reunion and dues mail and typing the March book. Pat was
working on limited time since he was scheduled for surgery
in January and wanted to get as much done as possible.
Some important information. Dues: If you pay your
dues by March 1 of the current dues year (2000), you do not
have to pay the Administrative Fee ($10.00). Membership
Cards are printed on the outside back cover of every issue of
the Canal Record. Membership numbers: are printed
immediately following your name on the address label.
Once again I am appealing to our members to
provide current addresses. The Society paid the Post Office
$41.00 for the return of a portion of the December Canal
Record cover.
With Carol Masino's help, I am able to keep up with
incoming dues. We set a record for voting in 141 new and
rejoining members at the Executive Board meeting on
January 26th. Our membership continues to grow -- more
members are giving gift memberships.
Just a reminder, all reunion paperwork is processed
in the Society office; this includes the hotel. We took special
care to come up with explicit instructions; however, many
members did not read them and we could not process their
requests. Your dues must be paid; you must submit the
Society Registration form ($5.00 per person over 18) and
complete the hotel form including dates of arrival and
departure and credit card number and your signature.
If any of the above is missing, it holds up the paperwork. In
order to expedite these, we call, send notes, and e-mail. Some
members respond and some do not. If you don't get a room
at the main hotel, don't blame us.
In spite of all the rushing around, my health
continues steady. As a matter of fact, my oncologist says that
I'm getting boring since there has not been any change.
"BORING" I can live with.
Till next time.
Barbara A. Green
Secretary/Treasurer


NEXT DEADLINE:
Editor must have by:

April 17, 2000


Editor's


Corner


The Space Coast Zonians had an opportunity to
share their memories of the Canal Zone in the Perspectives
column of the Florida Today newspaper of Melbourne,
Florida, of December 12, 1999. Thanks to Pat Risberg for
sending us a copy. We received their Editor's permission to
reprint those who gave us their OK. See "News Clips."
We wrote to Mr. Cornelison, the former Deputy
Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission on
September 23, 1999 requesting the continuous authorization
to reprint articles from The Panama Canal Spillway as we
had been privileged to do before the takeover. We have not
received an answer to date. We note however, that the
December 30, 1999 issue of the The Panama Canal Spillway.
was called the FINAL ISSUE. and that the Spillway will give
way to a new official publication, and it will in all probability
be printed entirely in Spanish. We feel that it is difficult to
translate Spanish to English in the exact context, so we feel
our communication with the Panama Canal, through news
items from the new Panama Canal Agency will regretfully
come to a close.
We have received several obituaries through e-mail.
They are "two or three liners" which do not state a great deal
about the deceased and which is not what we would like to
say about a fellow Zonian. I think they deserve more than a
"two or three" liner. There is no mention as to which church
he/she attended, where he worked, his hobbies, organizations
he/she belonged to and those surviving. Further, we do not
know the authenticity of the announcement. Was it
something someone heard from someone else? We have been
reprimanded by family members for printing something they
intended to send, and for something they did not want to
send, and we have also received false notices of those passed
away. They "heard it form someone else." We therefore, feel
it is the best interests not to accept obituaries sent through e-
mail. Newspaper clippings with name of newspaper and date
will be accepted, as well as written obituaries by family
members.
The deadline we impose on members sending in
news reports, photos, etc. will have a concrete meaning for
this issue. Your editor, who puts about 85% of each issue
together himself for printing (our part-time assistant does
some of the heavier typing) will be hospitalized right after
the deadline for a short time. Anything that arrives after that
will go in the June issue. The printer has graciously extended
their printing schedule to accommodate this inconvenience
and it looks like the issue will be on the streets only a week
later.
Please be advised: WE CANNOT RECEIVE
ATTACHMENTS THROUGH E-MAIL
Richard (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record







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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Scholarship.


The current Executive Board of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has been
discussing the idea of establishing a scholarship for members and dependents. We
would like to ask the membership to tell us what you think.

Eligibility: The applicant must be a member of The Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. in good standing for the past three years or a dependent (under the age of 18 at the
application deadline date) of a The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. member in
good standing for the past three years.

There will be two $1,000 scholarships awarded each year. One female and one male
candidate will be selected. A committee will be carefully selected to evaluate the
applications submitted. Winners will be announced at the annual Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. reunion each year.

An application has been developed to help determine the best candidates for these
scholarships.

Please send your vote in and support this great new initiative to the Chairperson,
Scholarship Committee, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole
Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.


Vote Yes n


Vote No 1


If you would like more information, please contact Bill McLaughlin, PCSOF Director and I
Chairperson of this initiative. 352-726-8804 or billmac@czimages.com
-Please cut around the dotted line and mail this ballot. Thank you.
Please cut around the dotted line and mail this ballot. Thank you.






Panama Canal Museum
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 306, Seminole, FL 33772-4712
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
Website: http://www.panamacanalmuseum.org


CURATOR ACTIVITIES GET
UNDERWAY

Since the opening of the mini-museum in
Seminole in November, Brian Albright, the
museum curator, has been hard at work
organizing the storage areas, cataloging items we
now have, and adding descriptive labels to the
mini-museum exhibit Two work parties made
up of board members and volunteers have helped
Brian separate, consolidate, and organize the
storage spaces and artifacts. Many more such
events must be held to get the large amount of
material now in storage organized and
catalogued.

BE LOOKING FOR ARTIFACTS AND
ARCHIVES

We hope you are identifying artifacts,
photographs, letters, books, and other items you
plan to donate to the museum. Please hold on to
them until we are able to process them We'll be
doing this as soon as we process the items we
now have.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

Volunteers are the key to speeding up the
organizing and processing of items so that we
will soon be able to accept additional artifacts we
know so many are eager to donate. We also need
volunteers to help provide further information
and history concerning the artifacts we now
have, help input information into the computer
databases, maintain a Wall of Honor, and operate
the office/museum on a regular basis. One of the
museum's most pressing needs is for a volunteer
to be the Volunteer Coordinator. We are
working on some simple descriptions of duties
we feel the volunteers could provide in
supporting the museum operation.

PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES

We must apologize for the failure of the mint to
maintain the promised medallion production


schedule and greatly appreciate the patience our
supporters have shown toward the medallion
project. After experiencing some production
problems, the mint gave us one false promise
after another about when it would resume
production. Many have now received their
medallions and are pleased with them. We
continue to monitor the project and hope all will
soon have the medallions they ordered.

GO, TIGERS! GO, BULLDOGS!

As part of our fundraising appeal, we would like
to list donations both by name of donors) and by
BHS or CHS class affiliation (if applicable) in
the hope that we can get some class/school
competition going in support of the museum. If
you would like your past donation assigned a
class affiliation, please e-mail, call, or send a
short note to us indicating how we should show
your donation.

DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE WITH MT.
RUSHMORE AND SS AMERICAN
VICTORY SHIP OFFICIALS

Officials of the American Victory Mariners
Memorial & Museum Ship in Tampa, FL, and
the Mt Rushmore National Memorial have been
in contact with the museum's board of directors
concerning the possibility of our providing
exhibits at their sites. We should have additional
information on these exhibits in the June issue of
the "Canal Record" In the meantime, if you
have any memorabilia, artifacts, or archives
relating to the Canal or Canal Zone in World
War II or Teddy Roosevelt and the Canal Zone,
please contact us as soon as possible.

ORDERS BEING TAKEN FOR MUSEUM
GIFT SHOP ITEMS

The museum has begun to operate a small gift
shop with several items for sale. If you can't
stop by the museum, please use the gift shop
order form to order items and help the museum
at the same time.


THANK YOU!

The museum board thanks the Panama Canal Society members who responded to the museum's October
mailing Now that the medallion ordering deadline has passed, we become even more reliant on donations.
Although we received over 100 donations from Panama Canal Society members in response to the mailing
there are still over 4000 members who have not yet responded with a donation. Please take a few minutes
to complete our donor information card and send it with your donation to the museum. Make the museum
YOUR museum





PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE BYLAWS

Date: November 24, 1999
To: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Through: President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From: Mrs. Muriel Whitman, Chairperson, Bylaws Committee
Subject: Proposed Amendment #13 and #14 to the Bylaws.

Due to the Panama/Canal Zone Treaty, the current and original Bylaws are no longer conducive to relying on a large
amount of personnel eligible for membership as it has in the past, through retirements of employees, and graduations of age-
eligible students. The Bylaws Committee proposes the following amendments to assist in broadening the criteria whereby more
personnel may become eligible for membership.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT #13
EXISTING: ARTICLE III Membership and Dues
SECTION 2 ELIGIBILITY
A. Any individual 18 years of age or over who worked or who is or was associated with the operation, maintenance,
construction, contract support activity or protection of the Panama Canal, and family members who were or are
dependents of, reside or resided with this individual, or who are descendants of such individual shall be eligible for
active membership in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

PROPOSED:
SECTION 2 ELIGIBILITY
A. Any person 18 years or older, who is, or was an employee of the U.S. Government residing in the former Canal Zone
or Republic of Panama, or who provided contract support to the various U.S. Government agencies located there
or served in the U.S. Armed Forces of the former Canal Zone or Republic of Panama, or who attended U.S.
Government Schools there, shall be eligible for membership in the Society.
B. The Executive Board shall, on an exception basis, be permitted to approve membership to applicants who are other-
wise not eligible, when compelling reasons or extenuating circumstances warrant.
C. Persons who were or are dependants, or who are descendants of any individual that is or was eligible for, or enjoyed
membership in the Society, shall also, in their own right, be eligible for membership in the Society.
D. Applicants for membership shall be of the mind and character to foster, support and put into practice, the objectives,
ideals, and Code of Ethics of the Society.
E. In order for persons who are eligible to become members, a Society Application for Membership must be completed
and submitted to the Society for consideration along with appropriate dues and fees including an optional foreign
mailing fee.
F. All applications must be approved by the Executive Board.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT #14
EXISTING: ARTICLE IV Officers
SECTION 3 ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE
A. To hold office a candidate shall be an active member for at least one (1) year.
B. No change.
C. No change..
D. To be eligible for the office of president, a member shall have served at least one (1) year on the Executive Board.

PROPOSED:
SECTION 3 ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE.
A. To hold office, other than president, a candidate shall be an active participating member (i.e. attend regular meetings,
special functions, and take an active part in all Society activities) for at least one (1) year.
B. No change
C. No change.
D. To be eligible for the office of president, a member shall have served two (2) years on the Executive Board.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed)
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Chairperson, Bylaws Committee






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Ernest E. Pierce

Guest Speaker Annual
Luncheon


Ernest E. Pierce was born in the Panama Canal
Zone in 1925. He attended Canal Zone schools and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1943, in the midst of World War
II. He spent one year at the Canal Zone Junior College then
spent the next two years as a U.S. Merchant Marine (USNR)
Cadet spending 14 months at sea serving as a junior engineer
on oil tankers refueling the fleet in the Pacific. After the war,
he completed his second year at C.Z.J.C. and completed his
formal education with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio in
1950. In September 1950 he was called into the Army for the
Korean war, and started training at Ft, Knox, Kentucky. After
a shortened basic training, and because of his engineering
degree, he was sent, with 200 other graduates, to Redstone
Arsenal where they worked directly under Wernher Von
Braun and other German rocket scientists where they worked
on some highly classified studies. Ernest served as Chief,
Facility and Mobilization Planning, studying for possible
sites in the U.S.A. for underground missile production.
Following his discharge from the Army, he returned to
Dayton, Ohio where he began work for the American
Machine and Foundry with another secret project. He was
given a consultant in General Glen E. Edgerton, former
Governor of the Canal Zone, (1940-1944) who had retired
from the Army Corps of Engineers, a friend of Ernest's
father. After several years at AMF, he was hired as Military
Sales manager for the National Cash Register Company,
where he was later the Manager, Manufacturing Operations.
In 1984 until retirement in September 1986, he introduced


and implemented the concept of Computer Aided
manufacturing (CIM/CAD-CAM) to NCR's computer
manufacturing facilities in both domestic and overseas
operations.
Mr. Pierce has been an active member of the Society
of Manufacturing Engineers, Fellowship in the Institute of
Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Society of Astronautical
and Aeronautical Engineers and the Computer Automated
Systems Association. He has lectured at Ohio State,
University of Dayton and Wright State University, several
high schools and is now serving on the Board of trustees of
the NCR More recently, he has done considerable writing
including editorials, newsletters and several books on early
days in the Panama Canal Zone. He wrote and published the
book, The Lure and Lore of the Jungle, and is currently
working on two historical novels.
Mr. Pierce admits that none of this could have been
possible without the support of his wife Barbara (Shedd)
who he married in September 1950, and who also reared their
three loving and loved children. Ernest and Barbara feel
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REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2000-2001

The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mrs. Anna Collins, Chairperson,
Tom Peterson, Muriel Whitman, Olga Disharoon, and Carolyn Johnson submitted the following Slate of Officers for 2000-
2001 at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting and Luncheon held December 11, 1999 at the Holiday Inn Select, 3535 Ulmerton Road,
Clearwater, Florida.
President Mr. Steve Nehring
1" Vice President Mr. Paul Rozmeski
2nd Vice President Mrs.Darlene Hunt
Director Mr. Chris Skeie
Director Mrs. Elaine Vestal Lewis

Mrs. Betty Frassrand was nominated from the floor for President by Mrs. Stacy DeRaps. Mr. Bill McLaughlin was nominated
from the floor for 1s'.Vice President by Mrs.Jacque Vowell, Mr. Roy Culbreth was nominated from the floor for Director by
Mrs. Margot Jordan, and Mrs. Beth Brandenburg was nominated from the floor for Director by Mr. Gerry Maloney.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING
You can only vote for one candidate for each of the offices of President, 1" Vice President, and 2nd Vice President; for
the offices of Directors, you can vote for two candidates. Please vote by placing an "X" in the block in front of the candidate's
name that you have selected. "Write-in" nominations are permitted for all offices listed, provided the nominee gives his/her
consent in writing to the Nominating Committee not later than ten days prior to the Annual Business Meeting which will be held
on July 7,2000, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. Each active member, or active member and spouse may submit one (1) ballot
per member household. Vote for your selection of officers indicated on the cut-out BALLOT/BALLOT ENVELOPE. Fold the
ballot to the inside of the ballot envelope and fold the envelope over your ballot with the address of the Chairperson, Nominating
on the outside, and seal the envelope with Scotch Tape. Do not detach ballot from the envelope. Place your name and return
address in the upper left hand corner. Affix a 330 stamp and mail before June 23, 2000. Ballot envelopes will be opened at the
Annual Business Meeting on July 7, 2000.


Slate of Officers for 2000-2001

Steve Nehring
I was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and moved to the Canal Zone in 1960. I attended
Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High School in 1970 and from the Canal Zone
Junior College in 1973. I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1976;.
enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Clayton from 1977 through 1979. After my
discharge I relocated to St. Petersburg where I currently reside. I have served as chairperson
for the Society's Annual Picnic and Christmas Tree Burn for three years; served on the
Caravalito Committee for 1998 2000; served on the Annual Reunion Committee for 1998,
1999 and for the 2000 reunions. I am the chairperson for the Registration Committee.. I have
served as a Director on the Executive Board during 1998 and 1999. I currently hold the
position of ist. Vice President. I hope to continue my service with the Society as President so
that the Society can continue to uphold and "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
Friendships," as well as, the traditions and memories of the Panama Canal. I work for the State
of Florida and am married to Lauren (Sadock) Nehring of St.Petersburg.

Betty Frassrand
It has always been an honor for me to serve our Society and I would like to do so again.
I have served our Society in numerous capacities. I first became involved in the early 1980's and
have stayed active in virtually every capacity ever since. I started working as the Assistant to the
Record Editor, served as Legislative Representative, became First Vice President in 1988 and
was elected President in 1989 and 1990. For the past four years I have been the Reunion Lodging
Coordinator. My involvement in the Society is and always has been a labor of love for me. Like
the rest of you, I feel very blessed to call the Canal Zone my home. My philosophy on running
this organization is simple: I will always act in the best interests of the members of the Panama
Canal Society and my desire to preserve our heritage that has made my decision to run for
President. Thank you for considering me for President.
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Paul V. Rozmeski
In 1954, Paul went to work for the Supply Division of the PCC then transferred to the CZ
Police and retired as a Detective in 1980. Paul was awarded the Distinguished Public Service
Award from the Panama Canal Company for 27 years of work with the Little League. He also
received the Outstanding Citizen Award for his community service. The Atlantic Side Chapter
of the BPOE named him Elk of the year. Paul and his wife, the former Lilia Flores, (BHS'52)
have three sons, Joe, Jeff, and Robert. His service to The Panama Canal Society has been
untiring. He has served on the Executive Board from 1995/1996 and again in 1996/1997. He
is currently on the Executive Board as a Director and as the assistant to the Reunion
Coordinator. He is very interested in the establishment of the Canal Society Foundation and
will work toward seeing this accomplished. If elected to serve as 1st Vice President, after
serving through the chairs of the Board, he plans to expand the recruitment of younger
members and provide activities that will encourage them to participate in Society activities.


Bill P. McLaughlin
I was born, raised and completed a 25 year career in the Canal Zone/Republic of Panama. Zone,
I graduated from BHS in 1970. My last job was Special Events Coordinator for US Army
South. I was the coordinator for annual Carnivals, Fairs in Ft. Clayton and Ft. Davis. Also for
the 4th of July parade and activities, Atlantic and Pacific for several years until 1995. I have
received many awards including the "Meritorious Civilian Service Award" and the
"Commanders Award for Civilian Service." With my background and personal wants to
support the Society in any way I can, I will offer and provide the very best for its members. The
main target at this time is to promote and encourage the younger generation to support and
carry on the mission of the Society to insure its future for years to come. After retirement, I
became very active with the World Wide Web; creating web pages and am owner/publisher
of Canal Zone Images-Home of the Panama Canal Cyber Museum web site. I am also the Web
Publisher of the Panama Canal Society and Panama Canal Memorial Museum web sites. Please
consider me as your First Vice President for the year 2001.




Darleen Hunt
My name is Darleen Woodruff Hunt is a third-generation 'Zonian' married to another
third-generation 'Zonian', Joe Hunt. We are related to the Lawyer, Woodruff, Hunt and
Rathgeber clans, I lived in Curundu, Balboa and La Boca and am a 1968 BHS and 1970 CZC
graduate. I have been on the board one year as the 2nd. Vice President and want to run in this
position again, as I feel that one year is not enough time to make a worthwhile contribution. This
past year has been very enlightening and I believe the addition of new faces can only enhance
this Society.










Chris Skeie
Born in the Canal Zone, I attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High
School with the class of 1963. Upon graduation from high school I attended Oklahoma State
Tech, after which I returned to the Canal Zone and began working with a Plumber Contractor
renovating housing in Balboa. Subsequently I joined the U.S. Navy and became a SeaBee
assigned to Viet Nam. Upon my discharge from the Navy I moved to Florida and am now
settled in Wesley Chapel, near Tampa. I have a son, Chris S. III, and have served on the
Executive Board and several committees in support of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
I wish to contribute more as a Director in helping to keep the Society actively engaged in
fostering new and more members for the future, in a user-friendly Society.


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Elaine V. Lewis


Born in Colon and raised in the Canal Zone, I graduated from Balboa High School, then
received a B.A. degree from the University of Houston and a M.A. from the University of
Alabama. I then returned to the Canal Zone and became a professional educator where I served
at the Curundu Jr. High, a counselor at Panama Canal College and as Assistant Principal at
Balboa High School. Taking advantage of an early retirement I came to Clearwater, Florida and
became active in the Panama Canal Society by working in the Society office. After working
there for almost a year I feel I have a good understanding of the role and function of the
Executive Board. I believe the Society has to seek a new direction in order to maintain a viable
and energetic organization. I also envision the Society being more creative and progressive in
its efforts to attract and maintain new members. I feel it would be an honor to serve on the
Executive Board. I strongly believe in the traditions of the Society and I am dedicated to
keeping our fond memories of the Canal Zone and Panama alive!

Roy Culbreth
Roy was born in Ancon, raised on the Pacific side and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1958. Upon graduation from BHS, Roy was inducted into the U.S. Army, serving 28
years as an officer. His varied assignments include serving on the Joint Staff in Korea, the Army
Staff in the Pentagon, three tours in the U.S. Embassy in Spain and three tours in Panama the
latest as the Commander of the Signal Unit providing strategic communications during Operation
Just Cause. Since retirement from the military in 1994, Roy has worked as a Latin America
Marketing Manager for Harris Corporation which has taken him back to Panama on numerous
occasions. He has also been involved with the Society, serving as Legislative Officer during
1997-1998 and Chairman of the Bylaws Committee during 1998-1999. Roy is married to
Evigdalia (Espino) and they have three daughters.

Beth Brandenburg
I was born in Brunswick, Georgia and moved with my parents, Bill and Elizabeth Lewis
and sisters to the Atlantic side in 1951. I attended Canal Zone schools from Kindergarten through
12th grade and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1968. I returned to Panama with my
husband, Hap (CHS'69) and three sons, Bryan, Todd and Gabe in 1981 and lived there for 9 i
years on the Pacific side. While in Panama, I worked as secretary for the Rates and Analysis
Branch and in the Editorial Department of the U.S. Army Tropic Test Center. We returned to
Florida in 1990 when Hap took a job as a harbor pilot and we now reside in the Tampa area. I
have volunteered at the Reunions, working in Registration for the past several years and am
interested in becoming more involved with the Society. I believe I can bring exuberance and
innovative ideas in the future while continuing the traditions of The Panama Canal Society of
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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings


November 5, 1999
Meeting was called to order at 11:18 a.m. at St.
Bede's Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Steve
Nehring, acting President, welcomed everyone and
explained that the President, Faith Brundage, Muriel
Whitman, Peter Lang and Olga Disharoon were on a
cruise. 51 members attended. Mr. Tom Peterson led in the
Pledge to the Flag, and Mrs. Barbara Peterson gave the
Invocation. The meeting adjourned at 11:43 a.m. for lunch,
and resumed at 12:35 p.m.
Chris Skeie moved to accept October minutes,
seconded by Tom Peterson. Financial statement stands for
audit. Correspondence was read, Lee Kariger brought
greetings from Mike and Marion Greene in Sarasota.
Barbara Green informed on death of Steve
Boswell and announced upcoming picnics, Financial
statements, Christmas Luncheon, Carnavalito and May
Luncheon forms are on tables.
Richard Beall reported December Canal Record
ahead of schedule. He wrote to Mr. Cornelison, Deputy
Administrator, PCC, requesting if current status with the
Society and the Canal Record will remain the same, to copy
articles with proper credits and obtaining current graphics. A
subsequent Panama Canal Spillway reported that the name
will be changed and that it would be printed in Spanish only.
He reported that the "yellow pages" for the 2000 Reunion
were in the December issue of the Canal Record.. Steve
Nehring added that those wanting to stay at the Tampa
Marriott Waterside should get reservations in early.
Mrs. Anna Collins reported that nominations for
2000/2001 officers will be announced at the Christmas
Luncheon and nominations will be accepted from the floor.
Steve Nehring reported October Picnic was a great
success. 105 members and guests attended. Christmas
Luncheon will be on December 11 at the Holiday Inn Select,
meal cost is $16.00 and deadline is November 29. All
information, map and reservation form for Carnavalito is in
the December issue, to be held at Banquet Masters, February
5, from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. He thanked Paul and Lil
Rozmeski for hosting the luncheon with Panamanian dishes.
Assistants were Dottie Pate, Bob and Carolyn Johnson,
Darleen Hunt and Barbara Green. Tokens of appreciation
were presented
The May Luncheon will be held at Landry Seafood
House on May 2. Cost is $16.00 for choice of Chicken,
Shrimp Salad or Fish. Darleen Hunt is Chairperson and
Nelly Wood Engelke is making table decorations. The
directions and map will be in the March issue.
Robert Johnson reported we have contracted for
700 rooms at the Marriott and 300 at the Hyatt, within
walking distance to the Marriott. Any volunteers please
contact Reunion Chairpersons.
Mr. Nehring introduced Mr. Joe Wood, President
of the Panama Canal Society Foundation who introduced the
board members present. Mr. Charles Hummer reported on
the status of the museum, and all were invited to the Opening


of the Foundation Office following this meeting. Tom
Peterson presented a check to the foundation on behalf of
the BHS Class of 1949. Darleen Hunt presented a quilt that
was auctioned off at the reunion and given to her to present
to the museum. Linda Weir donated a printed program of
the 85th Anniversary of the Panama Canal to the museum.
Mr. Hummer explained about problems found in engraving
the medallions, and the last of the orders to be shipped
shortly. He explained that the money received from the
medallions was used to open the office and more money will
be needed to maintain it.
Birthdays were recognized and door prizes
presented, donated by Lil and Paul Rozmeski, Chris Skeie,
Darleen Hunt, Society and Barbara Green. The meeting
was adjourned at 1:35 p.m.

December 11, 1999
Meeting was called to order at 12:00 noon. Mrs.
Yocum gave the Invocation and Pete Lang led in the Pledge
to the Flag followed by a moment of silence for those
departed.
President Brundage welcomed all and Past
Presidents Al Pate, Anna Collins, Muriel Whitman, Betty
Frassrand, Jane Huldtquist, Robert Johnson, Margot
Jordan and Tom Peterson. The meeting was then
adjourned at 12:05 p.m. for lunch and reconvened at 1:15
p.m. A move to dispense with reading of the minutes was
seconded and the Financial Statement will stand for audit.
An explanation was given regarding lack of
information on reunion activity locations in yellow pages.
Mr. Nehring informed all of Christmas Tree Bur on
December 26. Mrs. Hunt announced May Luncheon will be
held at Landry's Seafood House on May 6 starting at 11:00
a,m,
Deadline for reservations is May 2. President Brundage
thanked Mr. Nehring for chairing November business
meeting during her absence. Carnavalito will be held at
Banquet Masters on February 5. La Quinta Inn has rooms at
special rates for Society members. Reservations forms are in
December Canal Record.
Secretary Barbara Green reminded all that dues are
due January 1 She encouraged all to give gift memberships.
Editor Pat Beall reported on results of complaint by a
member to Postal Authorities on non-receipt of his Canal
Record, and urged all to do the same., and reminded all those
nominated from the floor to send bios and photo for March
issue. Anna Collins asked members to pray for members
who are ill and to send cards.
Bob Johnson stated the Marriott should be ready
for a March opening. All necessary information such as room
numbers or names for reunion activities should be in the
March book. Pully will play for the PZ Dance and Fr. Pretto
for the Annual Ball. The golf tournament will be at the
Northside Golf Club.
Charles Hummer gave brief status of museum.
Official opening was November 5 and planning a Grand






Opening in March. Volunteers needed to man the office. He
cautioned all who wanted to order medallions to do so before
December 31.
Nominating Committee Chairperson Anna Collins,
and committee of Olga Disharoon, Carolyn Johnson,
Thomas Peterson and Muriel Whitman presented slate of
officers for 2000-2001. For President Steve Nehring; 1s'
Vice President Paul Rozmeski, 2nd Vice President -
Darleen Hunt; Directors Chris Skeie and Elaine Lewis.
Nominations were called from the floor by the president.
Stacy Parker nominated Betty Frassrand for president.
Kenny Morris seconded. Nominations were closed after
twice asking for additional nominations. There were none.
Jacqui Vowell nominated William McLaughlin for 1st Vice
President, seconded by Jim Slover. Nominations were
closed after twice asking for additional nominations. There
were none. Margot Jordan nominated Roy Culbreth for
Director, seconded by Hubert Jordan; Gerry Maloney
nominated Beth Brandenburg for director. No further
nominations made and nominations were closed.
The president introduced Mr, Donald O'Neal,
President of Business Travelworld and Mrs. Suzanne
Jacobs, Reunion Travel Specialist. Business Travelworld is
the official travel agency for the Society. Mr. O'Neal gave a
background briefing of their company and what they will do
for the Society and members.
Muriel Whitman presented Luncheon committee
of Olga Disharoon, Barbara Peterson, Kathy Egolf,
Linda Weir, Margaret McLaughlin, John Whitman, Bob
and Carolyn Johnson, Faith Brundage, and Darleen
Hunt. who all received tokens of appreciation. Linda Weir
led members in singing Christmas carols, Kathy Egolf
accompanied on the keyboard, and Darleen Hunt read a
Christmas poem. An enjoyable program.
Door prizes followed. Anna Collins won two R./T
COPA tickets to Panama; Weekend in Orlando donated by
Business Travelworld won by Bill Stock; Business Travel
World also donated a large fruit basket with wine, cheese and
goodies which was won by Donna Smith. Sunday Brunch at
Holiday Inn Select won by Jim Slover.
Charles Hummer moved to adjourn meeting and
was adjourned at 2:23 p.m.



CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

On Saturday, December 11th, one hundred and three
members and guests attended the Christmas Luncheon held
at the Holiday Inn Select in Clearwater. The room was
decorated with the Christmas theme and colors. Each table
was done in red and green and the center displayed a
Christmas figure that was later given as a table prize.
After President Faith Brundage welcomed
everyone and conducted a brief meeting, lunch was served.
After lunch we had a large number of door prizes, and we
almost had a gift for everyone. I would like to thank all the
generous folks that donated gifts. We took a break giving
door prizes and had some entertainment. Linda Weir and
Kathy Egolf provided Christmas songs and led us all in a
sing-along. Darleen Hunt recited a poem about Christmas in
the Canal Zone and then more prizes were awarded. Anna


Collins won two round trip tickets to Panama, donated by
COPA; a large fruit basket with wine, cheese and goodies,
donated by Don O'Neal, owner of Business Travelworld was
won by Donna Smith; Business Travel World also donated
a weekend in Orlando, which was won by Bill Stock, and a
breakfast brunch donated by the Holiday Inn Select was won
by the Slovers. Everyone enjoyed their prizes.
President Brundage introduced Mr. Don O'Neal,
owner of Business Travelworld, our travel agent for the
reunion, who spoke about his company located in the Tampa
Bay area.
I would like to thank again all those who helped to
make this luncheon such a gala affair. All those attending had
an enjoyable time.
Muriel Whitman
Chairperson



ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE BURN

The Annual Christmas Tree Burn was held on
December 26, 1999, at Eckerd College campus, St.
Petersburg, Florida. The weather was cold and windy and
just right for a tree burn.
Approximately 70 members and guests attended and
we had 140 Christmas trees to burn. There was plenty of
food and music and everyone had a good time.
A special thanks to committee members Gary
O'Connor, Dave Rankin, Jim Hale, Penny McCabe,
Steve Nehring and our friends from Mr. Bill's Bar and Grill.

Steve Nehring
Committee Chairperson


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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.
Telephone 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)
1. 5.
2. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
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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DIRECTIONS TO LANDRY'S SEAFOOD HOUSE: Access to Landry's Seafood House may be had
through two routes. One is by crossing Courtney Campbell Parkway (for Northern Pinellas members) or by
crossing Howard Frankland Bridge (for Southern Pinellas members). For the Courtney Campbell route,
proceed east until you reach Rocky Point area where you will find two stoplights close to one another. After
the second stoplight, proceed approximately 100 feet and the entrance to the Sea food house will be on your
right. For the Southern Pinellas route, cross Howard Frankland Bridge and turn left onto Memorial Highway
and proceed until you see a sign pointing to Clearwater or Route 60 and turn left. Proceed on route 60 and
you will come to a safety wall on your left (just after passing the Red Lobster restaurant on your right- see
map insert). Right where the safety wall ends there is a left turn cut-off. Turn left there and it will lead you
into the entrance of the Landry's Seafood House. If you miss that turn, stop at the first stop light (Rocky
Point) and make a U-turn, then proceed approximately 100 feet to entrance to Landry's Sea Food House.
To exit the Sea Food house, all members must turn right onto Route 60. Those members returning
via the Campbell Courtney Parkway must make a U-turn after passing the safety wall in front of the Red
Lobster Restaurant, then proceed onto Route 60 westward. Those members returning via the Howard
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FLORIDA TODA NEWSPAPER
PRINTS ZONIANS MEMORIES

The Space Coast Zonians had an opportunity to
share their memories of the Canal Zone in the Perspectives
Column of the Florida Today newspaper of Melbourne,
Florida, dated December 12, 1999. Under the title of
"Leaving the Panama Canal Zone, 'Zonians' share memories
of a special place, a special time," a whole page was devoted
to those who took the opportunity to write in. The Canal
Record has received the authority to reprint those articles,
provided the author approves. Frank Mayo says, "I will
always be a Zonian." Robert Wallace asked: "Why are we
leaving this national asset?" Jack Shea said: "Panama no
longer 'Isthmus of Paradox'" Samuel Cordell spoke of
"Remembrance of a paradise past." and Patricia Pearson
said: "Locks, Canal were awe-inspiring." Those who
authorized the reprinting of their articles follows:

"We played in rainforests, oceans" My mother, aged 2
went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1914 with her parents and
three siblings. Her father had been hired as a carpenter with
the Panama Canal Company. Subsequently my mother
married, settled in Ancon, and my brother and I were born in
Gorgas Hospital, named after Dr. William Gorgas, who
found the cause of and cure for malaria in the tropics.
We Canal Zone brats didn't think our life in the
tropics was much different from our American relatives, with
the exception that we played in the rainforests and the oceans
- both the Atlantic and Pacific, since they are only about 54
miles apart. Many of us had pets such as boa constrictors,
coati mundis (we called them honey bears), iguanas, exotic
birds and monkeys. Some of our homes were built in the
middle of these jungles and we learned early how to climb
trees, swing on vines and build tree forts from palm fronds
and vines. Tarzan was our idol.
Our schools hired the best instructors money could
buy and everything was centered around our community
activities. The adults had their own social life such as
cotillions, Masonic organizations, baseball teams, target


shoots at the local gun club, horse stables, bowling leagues
and, of course, the yacht clubs where we would go for dinner
and a boat ride.
Church was predominant in each community, and
we would all attend on Sunday mornings. I might add that we
never locked the doors of our homes or cars. Crime was
virtually unheard of among the Americans because your
whole family could be shipped out if there were any criminal
or personal indiscretions.
Many of us loved to shop in Colon or Panama City
for perfumes, exotic clothing and unusual artwork. And
vacations at the beautiful beaches and resort areas in the
interior of Panama were always a treat.
It was a wonderful life, but like everything else,
progress has a way of razing the simple and good things.
But, the upkeep and smooth running of the Panama
Canal was the main focus for all employees of the Panama
Canal Company. Now it's up to the Panamanians to keep the
maintenance of the Panama Canal up to the high standards
expected by the international maritime world.

Sandra Hughes Claflin
Merritt Island, Florida.


"Each person put ships through Canal" I lived in the
Canal Zone for 40 years from 1941 to 1981. I grew up there
and raised my children there.
When I think back as to what I consider an
important aspect of our life during those years, I recall the
safe life we enjoyed. Our children were free to walk or bike
to and from school, the movies, the swimming pool, the gym,
and their friends' houses. Each townsite had a policeman in
a patrol car who kept tabs on what was going on and was
known to report to parents if their children were even
remotely where they shouldn't be. Most kids had the town
limits as their boundaries and had to come home when the
street lights were on. It made life so easy to parent with so
few rules.
Each year in July a Reunion of Zonians is held. As
you meet and greet each old friend, you realize you either





went to school with them, lived next door to them, your kids
played Little League or were in Scouts together, or you
worked with them at some time during your years there.
The Panama Canal is described as a "World
Utility". Each person who lived and worked there played
some role in the team effort to put those ships through the
Canal.
After living next to the Canal for all those years, we
chose the Space Coast as our new home because we felt we
wanted to live in an area that would make us feel as if we
were part of another American endeavor of worldwide
importance.

Pat Risberg
Titusville, FL

(Thanks Pat, for sending us the newspaper copy)




"We were like one family" As a missionary's daughter who
married a Canal waterway employee, I thought I had arrived
in paradise.
Our children Rick, Tim and Tom were fourth-
generation Zonians. Their great-grandparents came to
Panama shortly after the Canal opened. We lived overlooking
the Canal in Gamboa.
How fortunate we were to raise our sons in this
wonderful place. Fishing, camping, swimming, nightly visits
with neighbors--who were always helping each other--and no
TV! We were like one big family.
Now our "hometown" no longer exists, but our
memories and friends will stay forever. This extended family
of Zonians is planning a New Year's Eve party to celebrate
the millennium and to mourn the passing of the Canal Zone.


Joella Deakins
Rockledge, Florida



"Zonians are a dying breed" When I tell people that I
grew up in Panama, they always say, "You don't look like
a Panamanian." With pride I reply, "That's because I'm a
Zonian!"
What does that mean? I could go on and on about
specific things, like being surrounded by the plush, rain
forest environment, eating mangoes right off the tree in the
back yard, anxiously awaiting the raspado and paleta men
for our daily treats, watching the ships enter and exit their
Canal transits underneath the Bridge of the Americas where
the Canal meets the Pacific Ocean, dancing to the Latin beat
that is so popular now, playing community ring-a-leevio and
kick the can, hanging out on the causeway, weekend trips to
the beaches...I can go on and on.
I know as you read this you are trying to understand
my fond memories of the place where I grew up, a place with
a strong sense of community, a place, to steal from the
"Cheers" theme song, where everybody knows your name.
But no matter how hard you try, you can't
understand.
To steal from another song written by fellow
Zonians, Shorty and Slim, "If you knew what I know, you
would understand, I'm a Zonian!"
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So, although my home was given away, and now
Zonians are a dying breed, they can't give away my
memories of life in the Panama Canal Zone.

By Melinda Grimison Niemeyer
Merritt Island




Panama Canal Agency presents
Honorary Public Service Awards

By Myrna A. Iglesias
The 29th annual Panama Canal Honorary Public
Service Awards Ceremony was held last October 1 in the
rotunda of the Panama Canal Commission Administration
Building. The award recognizes employees and organizations
for their voluntary services or acts in benefit of the
Commission or the community.
Established in 1970, the Public Service award
consists of a certificate accompanied by a bronze, silver or
gold medallion, depending on the extent and impact of the
recipients contributions.
The bronze medallions were presented by Executive
Administration Director James E. Ferrara to John Husum,
who for the last 15 years has been involved in a variety of
sport and religious activities and the Security, Safety and
Environmental Council; and to Mario Him, who has
personally assisted with the promotion and organization of
the agency's support to the "Fundaci6n Pro Nifios del
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AWARD RECIPIENTS: The recipients of the Panama
Canal Honorary Public Service Awards pose with
Canal Administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta and
Deputy Administrator Joseph Cornelison after the
ceremony. 1st row, L-R: Leslie D. deLedezma,
representing the Friends of Children with Leukemia
and Cancer Foundation; Aleman Zubieta, Arthur
Kerr, Ramon and Laura Reyes and Cornelison. 2nd
row: Pablo Prieto III, Anita Oberholtzer, and the Rev.
William Wilbur. 3rd row: Luis Rodriguez, Marta de
Cambefort representing the Friends of Children with
Leukemia and Cancer Foundation, John Husum,
Enrique Sanchez, and Sislen Thomas, representing
"The Dedicators" and Mario Him.




The silver medallions were presented by Deputy
Administrator Joseph W. Cornelison to Anita Oberholtzer,
for her work with the Girl Scouts, the Sweet Adelines
chorus, the Theatre Guild and the St. Mary's Church in
Balboa; to the organization The Dedicators," for the support
offered to Panamanian students for the continuation of their
college education; and to Pablo Prieto III, who for the last
25 years has been involved in sport and youth activities in the
Canal area. Likewise, the silver medallion was presented to
Luis Rodriguez, for his work with the Boy Scouts of
America; to Reverend William Wilbur, pastor of the
Gamboa Union Church for the last 23 years, and to the
"Fundacion Amigos del Nifo con Leucemia y Cancer.",
which provides financial assistance to help children who
suffer from these illnesses to receive medical treatment.
The gold medallions were presented by Canal
Administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta to Arthur Kerr,
for his voluntary work with the Balboa Lions Club, and to
Ramon and Laura Reyes, for their work on behalf of the
Special Olympics and the programs of St. Mary's Church.

The Panama Canal Spillway
October 8, 1999



Famous battleship New Jersey
transits the Canal

By Myrna A. Iglesias
The USS New Jersey, one of the four battleships of
the Iowa class, the largest, fastest, most powerful, and last
battleships of this type built by the U.S. Navy, transited the
Panama Canal earlier this week in a journey that is taking it
from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington
in the U.S. West Coast, to Philadelphia, on the east Coast.
During the 60-day travel, the New Jersey is being towed by
the Sea Victory. The vessels began the trip on September 12
and are expected in Philadelphia by November 5,
Along with its sister vessels, the USS Iowa, USS
Missouri, and USS Wisconsin, the New Jersey, with a 108-
foot beam, holds the record as the widest vessel that has
transited the Panama Canal. Besides its imposing size and
physical characteristics, the New Jersey has an unmatched
record of service to its country. The battleship earned the
Navy Unit Commendation for Vietnam service. It also
received nine battle stars for World War II, four for the
Korean conflict, and two for Vietnam.
The New Jersey was officially launched on
December 7, 1942, from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard,
and commissioned at Philadelphia on May 23, 1943. The
famous battleship transited the Panama Canal for the first
time on January 7, 1944, en route to Funafuti, Ellice Islands,
where it joined the U.S. Navy fleet for the assault on the
Marshall Islands during World War II. The battleship was
very active during the Pacific War with Japan and was
directly engaged on the assault on Iwo Jima and the conquest
of Okinawa.
Five years later, on June 30, 1948, the vessel was
decommissioned, being recommissioned on November 21,


1950, during the Korean conflict. On August 21, 1957, the
vessel was once again sent to the mothball fleet and between
1967 and 1968, it was reactivated and modernized at the
Philadelphia Shipyard. Again, on April 6, 1968, the
battleship was recommissioned for service in the Vietnam
War and later retired on December 7, 1969. One more time,
the battleship was reactivated and modernized at the Long
Beach Naval Shipyard between 1981 and 1982, and later
recommissioned on December 28, 1982. The battleship was
finally sent to the mothball fleet on February 8, 1991. The
USS New Jersey last transited the Panama Canal for the last
time on September 12, 1983.


FAMOUS BATTLESHIP. Assisted by a Canal tugboat,
the USS New Jersey moves through Miraflores Locks
during its northbound transit, which was completed
between Monday and Wednesday of this week. On
board the USS New Jersey were the Governor of the
State of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman, the
U.S. Navy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research
Development and Acquisition Paul Schneider and
numerous groups of veterans of war, who served on
board the vessel, as well as some special guests. The
battleship is being towed to Philadelphia. Photo by
Armando De Gracia.
In 1975, a group of enthusiasts founded the
Battleship New Jersey Historical Museum Society, a non-
profit organization whose purpose is to take the ship to a
place of honored retirement in her name state, where it can be
enshrined as a museum and public attraction. Later, in 1980,
the USS New Jersey battleship Commission was created
under New Jersey law to provide for the preservation of the
vessel as a historical monument and museum, once obtained
from the U.S. Navy.
During its journey, the New Jersey is being towed
by the Sea Victory, the same tug that a year ago towed the
Missouri to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The tug is property of
Crowley Marine Services, a company that was hired by the
State of New Jersey to tow the battleship to Philadelphia,
where it will stay, waiting for the U.S. Navy final decision on
its official destination in New jersey.
Once it enters New Jersey waters, the battleship,
one of the most decorated warships in U.S. Naval history,
will receive a historical landmark status.

The Panama Canal Spillway
October 22, 1999
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OUR FLAG LOWERED FOR THE LAST TIME AT THE CANAL

On Thursday, December 30" 1999, the U.S. State Department decided that the U.S. flag, flown over the Panama Canal
Commission Administration Building would be lowered for the last time. The decision was made so that the U.S. flag could be
lowered with respect and dignity that it deserves. Apparently they felt that the potential for disrespect was too high if it were
lowered during the transfer on the 31st.
My husband, David Harrill, our best friend, Andrew Tomlet and I only found out about the ceremony a couple of
hours before, as we sat at the Administration Building trying to see if we common folk might be able to get one of the 2400 tickets
for "Invitados Especiales." (Note: there was only seating for 1800). We were really only interested in seeing the U.S. flag
lowered, as we had seen as children on September 30, 1979 on the final day of the Canal Zone. The tip was given about the
ceremony changed to 5:00 while we were there. Arriving at 4:30, we came through the fence by the old softball field, now a
parking lot, behind the former Balboa Elementary School. We climbed the stairs and saw the Honor Guard waiting to bring the
flag down. We were told to get behind the ropes, blocking the rest of us from the dignitaries. We pulled out our little American
flags, and stood right in front. The reporters, who apparently also got the unannounced change of the private ceremony, began
snapping shots of us with our flags. The Secretary of the Army saw us and came over to give us a "thumbs up" because of our
American pride. His video cameraman was a former SCN employee and he proudly wore his SCN polo shirt. Billy Ford. the
appointed Panamanian Ambassador to the United States. came next and had a nice conversation with us and then the Panamanian
press.
When President Mireya Moscoso arrived, the ceremony began. Everything was very still and quiet. No speeches were
made. No radical Panamanian students were cheering in the background. It was just the sound of the flag, flapping in the cool,
late afternoon air for the last time. The Honor Guard lowered and folded the flag. It was done with pride and excellence. When
the flag was presented to President Moscoso, she held it to her chest, graciously. Then her entourage of cars came past the large
rock from The Cut, she got in and the ceremony was over. The dignitaries went back in the Building. The small group that was
watching began to disperse. And we just stood there, beginning to ingest the implications of what just happened. Our children
will never know what it was like here except when we recount stories from our memories. I wish they would be able to live in
such a community as we had.
Respectfully Submitted

Lisa P. Moffitt de Harrill






































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Your Reporter Says...


ALABAMA
June 3, 2000 will be the 50th anniversary of Father
Francis Lynch's ordination into the priesthood. Of the 50
years, 28 were spent in Panama. He served in Gatun, upper
and lower quarters, and was chaplain at the Cristobal
Hospital. He also served in St. Joseph's Church in Colon.
Another assignment was in the Town of Pedro Miguel and
Paraiso. On two different occasions he was assigned to
Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon for a total of 20 years. During
those years he was chaplain at Gorgas Hospital.
In 1982 Father was appointed pastor of St. Vincent
de Paul Church in Tallassee, Alabama, where he still is
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2nd row: Mildred Gilbert Patton, Louise Rathgeber
Hunt, Catherine Whelan Filo, Maggi Whelan
Janssen. 3rd row: Lorraine Ugan Dugan, Margaret
Moore Hern, Marjorie Palmer, Mary Gilbert Urey.
Back row: Gloria Burgoon, Sheila Gilbert Bolke,
Suzanne Urey Kleefkens, Michele Urey Perez and
Tricia Dugan Margeson. Not pictured: Ida Dugas.
Dolores Cleveland
Reporter
(334)793-4812


Father Francis Lynch, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul
Church, 620 Gilmer Ave., P.O. Box 780487, Tallassee,
Alabama 36078
On Sunday, June 4th, Father will celebrate a Mass of
Thanksgiving at St. Colman's Church in Ardmore, PA.
Following the 12:30 Mass, there will be a reception at the
home of his nephew and family. Friends wishing to
participate in the celebration are asked to please notify Mr.
& Mrs. Jack Coyle, 865 Hunt Road, Newtown Square, PA
19073, telephone (610) 353-0566. Cathy and Jack Coyle
need to make preparations with a caterer and request that you
please drop a note or call as soon as possible.
Mary (Gilbert) Urey celebrated her birthday (she
is not telling which one) with family and friends at the
Garland House in Dothan. A good time was had by all.
Mary will be leaving shortly to spend some time in
Del Rio, Texas with her daughter, Michele, and her husband,
Mike Perez, and two grandsons, Ryan and John.
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ARIZONA

The Fall meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Arizona was held in the home of Darrell and Nancy Eide in
Tucson. It was a pot luck meal with Eide's furnishing
barbequed ribs,
There were many lottery drawings with prizes that
were bought at the reunion in Orlando. We also enjoyed
reading the list of "You know you're a Zonian if'......
Those attending were Darrell and Nancy Eide,
Loring and Evelyn White, Leo and Emily Langland,
Warren and Doris LeGrys, Pam and Carlton Horine,
Mary Grace and Chester Oaks, Norm and Donna Gillis,
Miriam Hirschl, Linda, Gertrude and Carl Bridges, and
Pat and Carl Berg.
A good time was had by all.

Nancy Edie
Reporter
(520) 577-7284







ARKANSAS

Lenore and Harry Butz, Springdale, send "Happy
New Year" greetings to all their Canal Zone friends and
report having had a wonderful Christmas get-together with
their family. This included their daughter, Esther and son-in-
law, Bill Clair, from Lawrenceville, GA., their son, Peter
Butz, Sr., and wife, Janice, from Sapulpa, OK, and
grandson, George Butz and wife, Melissa, from Tulsa, OK.
The family filled a church pew on Sunday, December 26th.
Jan and Peter returned to Sapulpa on Sunday, but their
grandson, Peter, Jr, and wife, April, and their three
children, Petey III, Elizabeth, and Mickey, arrived on
Monday. Esther and Bill, complete with budgie, Biskit, and
dog, Gypsy, left for home on Thursday. The Butzes' house
was very quiet now but their hearts were full of joy for the
happy time they had enjoyed with their family.
Judy Palumbo-Gates from Fairfield, IA, joined
Luke and Betty Palumbo in Fayetteville over Christmas and
also visited her sister, Sara Stephens. Judy enjoys teaching
and is currently teaching "English as a Second Language".
Every year Luke receives a Christmas card with a family
picture from Kaiser Bazan with a note addressed to
"Coach". Kaiser had been a star football player on the CHS
team in Cristobal. He is now the Second Vice President of
Panama. Luke and Betty remain active and deliver "Meals on
Wheels" once a week.
Mary Condon drove to Mackinac Island, MI, with
two friends in October to attend a week's Elderhostel
program conducted by Central Michigan University. Upon
her return to Fayetteville, she was visited by Virginia
Wilcox, formerly from Balboa but now living in New
Mexico. Later she had a visit from the Rev. Arthur Meyer
and his wife, Jan, from Virginia Beach, VA. Rev. Meyer had
been pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Balboa from
1959 to 1965.
Fronie Fender, from Bradenton, FL, visited
Maxine Wrenn in Springdale for 10 days early in
December. Mrs. Fender worked as a nurse in the Canal Zone
for a number of years.
Bob and Mary McGimsey (Pan Canal 1955-1957)
spent three weeks in June and July on an interesting and
educational three week trip to Hawaii. The first two weeks,
under Elderhostel auspices, were spent on the islands of
Oahu and Kauai with many excellent tours and lectures. The
last week they went on their own to the Big Island and
viewed the Volcanoes. Shortly after their return, they spent
five weeks in their RV visiting grandchildren in Colorado
and attending a McGimsey family reunion there. Then they
drove through North Dakota and Minnesota to Wisconsin
where they attended a reunion of the Elderhostel group with
whom they had explored Australia and New Zealand two
years ago. Their entire family was together at Christmas for
the first time in years.
Frances Whitlock, Fayettteville, is in the hospital
recovering from a fractured hip.
In September, Carl and Petie Maedl drove to
Minneapolis, MN, to visit their daughter and son-in-law, Pat
and Jim Krough, three grandchildren and their spouses and
three great-grandchildren and other family members. They
also paid a visit to Jim and Grace Pfau and Ted and
Marian Franklin at Covenant Manor in Golden Valley,
MN. Later, 10 members of their family attended a Heritage
Foundation luncheon at Gustavus Adolphus College in St.
Peter, MN. In May, 1998, the town and the college had been
struck by a devastating tornado, but by this time, the


buildings on campus and the grounds had been beautifully
restored. Petie had graduated from Gustavus in 1935 and
her father had been a professor there for over 40 years.
Petie Maedl
Reporter
(501) 442-5033

Mike and Henrietta Horoda drove to Coppell, TX,
for Christmas with their daughter Pam Rogers and her
husband and son, Robb and Blaine. Their son, Dr. Michael
J. Horoda, came from Grapevine, TX, to join them. It is
their family's custom to select food from a different country
each year for their Christmas dinner (which they consume on
Christmas Eve), and for dinner '99, the choice was France.
Another tradition was observed by the Horodas last summer
when they spent a long weekend at McCormick State Park
near Spencer, IN, for a reunion with friends who meet every
two years. And another shorter trip took them up the road a
piece to Branson, MO, to see some of the excellent
entertainment there. Some of Mike's time this year will be
occupied by his duties as president of the local chapter of
NARFE.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman's holiday season
was made very jolly by the presence of three children and
one grandson. Confirmed plans for spring months include: in
February, a trip to Tunica, MS, for a spot of gambling at the
casinos; in March, to Oaklawn Race Track in Little Rock,
AR, to feed the horses; in April, after attending
granddaughter Heather's wedding in Port Townsend, WA,
they are off on a fifteen-day cruise to Hawaii to celebrate
their 50'" wedding anniversary.
Harold and Jerry Harp will soon have some new
neighbors--son Jess Harp, his wife Lynn, and their three
children. Harold, with the help of Jess and some good ol'
boys, is building the home for them. Lynn's parents, Bill and
Betty Dunning are currently (January) visiting them and
helping care for the littlest Harps while their parents are
busy.
Larry and Monica Milam have been content to
stay home in Bella Vista, AR, and enjoy a pleasant, laid-back
life. They are very pleased with the home they built and like
the area.
Peggy Keller doesn't let a couple artificial knees
keep her home. She left on Halloween, accompanied by
cousin Kathleen Steiner Bennett and sister Susie Allen, for
a seven-day Caribbean cruise with stops at Grand Cayman
and Cancun. Peggy was enjoying the facilities on the ship too
much to get off.
Jack and Joan Corliss cruised the Caribbean for a
week in December. Also on board were Dave and Betty
Kelleher, Bill Carlin, and Shirley Whitlock. Stops were
made and shopping done in Nassau, San Juan, and St.
Thomas. In October, the Corlisses went to San Antonio to
attend a mini-reunion of Joan's high school class.
News from Texas: Polly Michaelis departed
Houston on January 3", accompanied by a granddaughter to
spend a few weeks in Panama visiting family members and
friends.
News from Alabama: Ralph and Marie Shuey
thought they were being invited by son Ralph, Jr. and his
wife, Basye, to dine out. Surprise the little dinner was a
fabulous bash attended by their granddaughters from out of
state and friends old and new, all of whom gathered to help
Ralph and Marie celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
Alice Nail
Reporter
(501) 636-8489






CALIFORNIA

The Panama Canal Society of Southern California
held its annual Christmas Luncheon meeting at the Holiday
Inn hotel in Laguna Hills, CA. on December 5, 1999. There
were 82 attendees including new members Dick and Cheryl
Holt, Scott and Doris Smith, Robert and Norma Thrush
and their daughter Terri Thrush. Estrella de la Pefia was
honored for her services over the years. Ivan Jenkins recited
a very moving poem dedicated to Old Glory. Bill Monsanto
gave a short speech on the current events in Panama and the
Canal turnover. Dick Holt talked about a recent cruise
through the Panama Canal.
Christmas decorations were made and donated by
Blanca Wolfenstein. Raffle prizes were won by Esther
(Krziza) Condry, Dale Flowers (husband of Vivian Corn
Flowers), Joseph Grills, Joan deGrummond, Dr. John
Hanson, Dick Holt, Jolie Seeley, Margot Sullivan, Bob
and Blanca Wolfenstein. The entertainment was provided by
the notorious "Dalton Gang."
The future West Coast Reunion will be held in
September 2000 in San Diego. Contact Norma Horine at
(619) 472-6693 for details. The next PCSSC luncheon
meeting will be held on the first Sunday in May or June.
Details to follow.

Harold Wickersham
Southern California Reporter
(323) 262-6996


Better late than never. You missed a wonderful
West Coast Reunion in September 1999. The weather, as
usual, was beautiful and everyone was in their finery. Some
new faces this year, plus some we haven't seen in a while.
MCRD catering did their usual wonderful job with the food
and the music was heavenly. We have some wonderful
dancers among us.
Kenny and Celine Stone were there, and it was
such a pleasure since we haven't seen them in a while. Tom
Jenkins was a new face. Catsy Taylor Schafer had a whole
table of her friends, including Iras Days and Winki
Helgson. Lee and Marion Kariger of Sarasota, Florida
came to visit with their friend Joyce Green, and this brought
daughter Nancy and husband Darrell Eide from Arizona.
Roger and Rochelle put on a beautiful brunch at
their condo on Sail Bay on Sunday morning with more
chatter and catching up. This has become a popular addition
to our reunions.
Soooo September 23, 2000 is the next reunion and
we expect to see you there. We will be welcoming BHS'40
and '45. Join us won't you? This gives you plenty of time to
plan ahead.
Katherine Taylor
San Diego, CA

Lots of news from members at Christmastime.
Virginia (Ridge BHS'38) who was a reporter for PCSSC
for many years, and husband, Hank Dolim, started their
Millennium Celebration with a 7-day "Around the Hawaii
Islands Cruise" a first Dolim-Ridge family reunion.
Thanksgiving Day, Hank's birthday was made extra special
with the surprise announcement of the engagement of their
granddaughter, Tracy Johnson to Robert Cota. Tracy is a
free-lance journalist living in Redondo Beach, CA. Rob


owns "Jet Tech Printer Repair Services in Redondo Beach.
Paul (BHS'41) and Judy Ridge of San Mateo, CA, and their
family joined in the celebration.
Helen Gercich of Laguna Hills continues to
volunteer at a nursing facility, bringing comfort to patients;
she feels lucky to have her sister and daughter living close
by.
Leo Krziza of Oceanside and his sister, Esther
Condry of Carlsbad are doing nicely. Leo was colorfully
outfitted to resemble Santa Claus for our December 5th
luncheon.
Walt "Babe" and Bess (Stapleton) Morton are
enjoying life in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Margie and family
live nearby and sons, Wally and Jim and families live in
Redding, CA. Walt and Bess are very involved in Lions
Club, attending conventions, meetings, etc.; they attended the
International Convention in San Diego last summer. Margie
is secretary of the London Bridge Lions Club, Walt is past
president and Bess, Chairman of the Eyeglass Committee.
They are also involved with the Visually Handicapped in
Havasu.
Eileen Petersen, BHS'49, past secretary, PCSSC,
moved to Columbus, OH in May 1998 and is enjoying her
new life there. Sister Mary Loretta Petersen (BHS'45), de
Sales Convent, lives just two blocks from Eileen. They've
enjoyed their travel vacations together.
Mildred (Crawford) Provost of Carlsbad, CA,
formerly a nurse at Gorgas Hospital, travels with her sister-
in-law, Lolita Provost Packard (BHS'40) of Westminster,
CA, from time to time. Lolita keeps busy with clowning and
teaching the art to the 4-H Program, works with the mission,
the Christmas toy program and volunteers at Westminster's
Police Department weekly. She made two exciting trips in
'99 to Nova Scotia-Prince Edward Island-Newfoundland,
and an Elderhostel trip to Missouri Mark Twin's Territory-
Botanical Garden and rode the Arch in St. Louis.
Kathy (Argo) Taylor moved in August from San
Diego to Leisure World, Laguna Woods. Evelyn (Belanger)
and Warren Wood, Lancaster, CA came down to attend our
PCSSC luncheon on December 5th. We joined Kathy for
dinner one evening. Before the luncheon, the San Diego
West Coast Reunion Committee drove up early for breakfast,
hosted by Kathy in her new home. Attending were David
Hollowell and his sister Victoria "Pete" Allen of
Thermopolic, WY; Jean (O'Brien) Pence, Louise
(O'Brien) and Bill Roberts, Norma Horine, Ted and Beth
Sundquist and David Lane.
It was wonderful to see Vivian (Corn) and Dale
Flowers at our holiday luncheon. They moved recently from
Wawona, CA, just south of Yosemite National Park, to North
San Diego County to be near her sister.
Mary (Cryan) Lade (BHS'39) of Tustin, CA, is
busy helping her sister, Eileen (BHS'40) and husband, Bill
Finken, who have been quite ill during the past year. Mary
has been a big help in selling raffle tickets, and Warren
Wood in selling lottery tickets at our luncheons. Evelyn
keeps track of the prize winners.
Holiday greetings were most welcome from Regina
(Rau) and Warren "Bud" Stroop, who live near their
children in Santa Maria, CA.
Edward (BHS'38) & Julia Sullivan are thrilled
with their new ranch home in Manson, WA. They travel
often to Irvine, CA, to visit his sister, Elaine (Sullivan)
Larken, BHS/CHS'44, and his aunt Alice (Cody) Seavey of
San Juan Capistrano.
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construction-day employee. Willard Scott of NBC's TODAY
show announced Ann's special birthday.
Kenneth and Jo Booth of Mission Viejo, CA,are
now great grandparents of Catherine, daughter of Cheryl
(Schmidt) and granddaughter of Douglas and Sharon
(Booth) Schmidt of Kerrville, TX.
Martha "Button" (Gerhart) and Tom Swyney,
Westlake Village, CA, are doing well. Martha is still totally
consumed in teaching third grade children and managing
their parents. Her school was selected as a National Blue
Ribbon School quite an honor. Martha was also selected as
lead teacher at her school.
Ruth (Taylor) Conlan's brother, Nevy Taylor,
lives in a New Hampshire retirement community and, at age
87, is doing okay. Irene (Taylor) and Jack Kromer, Silver
Spring, MD, moved into a retirement community last year.
Jack fell recently and was having quite a time of it. We hope
for a speedy recovery!
Bill (BHS'48) and Carrie (Miller) Edwards,
Northridge, CA, enjoyed the holidays and hope to attend the
Panama Canal Society reunion in Tampa, FL in July.
Virginia (Tam) Leon-Guerrero, El Sobrante, CA,
enjoys dancing as her principal social and exercise activity.
Her children and their families are doing well. Terry and
family are moving from Vacaville to Dixon; They spent the
holidays with Virginia. Ephie and Robyn do a lot of EPA-
related traveling.
Bill (BHS'42) and Jean Quinn, Oakley, CA, have
been busy as security officers at a building development in
Brentwood. Bill is doing beautifully after having been
diagnosed in June with prostate cancer. Success followed
many treatments great news, Bill!! In October Bill went out
to Byron Airport to a soaring club and rode in a GROB
sailplane (2 seater). Amazing thing about this was that the
owner was a handicapped man with no legs.
Bob (CHS'47) and Blanca Wolfenstein of Buena
Park, CA, wrote at Christmastime to wish me a wonderful
holiday season and thank me, Harold Wickersham,Bill
Monsanto, Ron Wanke, Mary Cryan Lade, Warren and
Evelyn (Belanger) Wood and Kathy (Argo) Taylor for
making our 1999 Christmas Luncheon a great success. Our
thanks go out to Bob who has been at the helm for the past
few years.
Bill Monsanto BHS'40 of Santa Ana, CA, after
prostate surgery in 1998 followed by successful treatments
in 1999, has recovered extremely well. Bill has been active
in presenting updated, well-received talks on the Panama
Canal activities to several organizations in Orange County.
Grace (McCaslin) Laurie, BHS'40 of Palo Alto,
CA, spent the holidays with her son, Jon and family in Simi
Valley, CZ. Her daughter, Margaret, lives near Grace so
they visit often.
Ed and Letty Moore, BHS'40 of El Segundo, CA,
toured Japan in August. They're the good looking couple in
front of the Great Buddha at Kamakura near Tokyo.
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond spent time during the
holidays with family members. On son Steve Cartotto's
birthday, December 19th, wife Tina (Johann), 9-month old
son, Evan Gregory Cartotto, Tina (Cartotto) and Michael
Ressa, Nancy (Ridge), Jay and 4-year old Natalie Williams
all celebrated both Steve and Joan's birthdays at Italian
Restaurant in Laguna Hills.
Joan de Grummond
Laguna Hills, CA


FLORIDA
Northeast

Northeast Florida is enjoying the Jacksonville
Jaguars' winning season and the FSU Seminoles' Football
National Championship.
The next picnic is scheduled for Saturday, April 8,
11:00 am, at the same location as the picnic in October. It is
located at a picnic area on the river and near the marina on
NAS Jacksonville. Everyone bring a Panamanian-style
potluck dish. Horseshoes and other entertainment will be
available. You are welcome to bring any wares, especially
Panamanian.
Gloria Malin flew to San Francisco in early
December to see her fifth grandchild who was born on
December 5 to Donna (Malin) and Adam Meyerson.
Benjamin joins his older brother Sam--2 years old. Donna
is planning to bring the family to her 20th BHS reunion this
July in Tampa. I flew out later in December to welcome Ben
and to support my sister.
I welcome information and news from former
Zonians around Northeast Florida. Please contact me. To be
put on our distribution list, please send me your e-mail
address.

Kathy Malin Saville
Reporter
(904) 642-6835
ssaville @ worldnet.alt.net


FIRST GOLF/ECO-TOURISM TRIP
TO PANAMA

A group of 16 people 8 golfers and 8 non-golfers
ventured on their first Golf/Eco- Tourism trip to Panama on
December 1 8, 1999.


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Seated L-R: Yvonne Azcarraga Brin (Panama) and
Mary Lee Azcarraga Christensen, Washington, Back:
Shirley Barlow Bernat (Palm Coast, FL) and June
Barlow Riesz (Palm Coast, FL). The two sets of sisters
had not gotten together for over 40 years.


L-R: Gayle Haseman Tolbert, Diane Ross Eisert,
Clay Edwards and Karene Edwards.

It was a wonderful trip and memorable memories for
a few of the ex-Zonians who went along and added to the
colorful stories and past experiences of having grown up in
the Canal Zone. One picture was taken at a local store at the
entrance to Coronado Beach and Golf Resort.

June Barlow Riesz
Tour Coordinator


Ocala

The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers will
be holding their next semi-annual noon luncheon/meeting at
the Emeralds buffet and dinner club (Maggie's) in Ocala, FL
(717 NE 36'h Ave.), Tuesday, April 4, 2000. Doors open at
11:30 a.m. Our 25th anniversary meeting was a huge success
and we look forward to another good time.


We mourn the loss of Emily (McGahhey)
Crawford who passed away last November. She had moved
from Panama to Dunnellon, FL(Rainbow Lakes Estates) with
her husband, Wally, in 1995. She was a BHS'46 graduate.
Please see "With Deep Sorrow" for further information.
Edgar and Hazel Daggett of Bronson, FL attended
our last meeting. They lived in the Canal Zone from the '30s
to the 60's. Wally Crawford reports that his stepfather,
Eddie, is at present in a hospital in Williston, FL and
showing improvement as he entertains the nurses with his
Irish Tenor voice at age 90.
A recent story in a local newspaper reported that a
retired musician had lost his violin that he had left in the back
of his truck. He regularly entertained other retirees in nursing
homes in the area and was overcome by the loss. Joe
Maravilla, our retired Panama Canal Safety Director now
living in Ocala, came to the rescue. Joe and another
gentleman noticed the violin case in the road and stopped to
pick it up. Luckily the violin was not damaged by traffic. Joe
saw the article in the newspaper about the lost violin and
contacted the owner who is once again entertaining people
with his musical melodies.
Dianne and Jerry Cox did some extensive
travelling during the holidays. They were off to Conyers, GA
for a Thanksgiving visit with Richard and Olga Phillips
along with Uncle "Buddy" and Dottie. Others present were:
Kathleen Phillips and Tracey Grimberg with her two sons,
Mike and Greg. Then they were off to Lillian, AL for a
Christmas and New Year's visit with Dianne's sister, Vicki
Boukalis and her husband, Bob. Mom (Peggy Hutchison)
was also there.
Bill and Jean Muller attended the PCSofFL regular
meeting in January at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in St.
Petersburg, Fl. While in the area they visited the Society
office in Seminole, FL and then Kathy Egolf, VP of the
Panama Canal Society Foundation, took them on a tour of the
museum which is just down the hall. Chris Skeie,
Foundation Director, said they are looking for larger facilities
to properly display all the donated items. Brian Albright
(Gatun) has volunteered as museum curator. The museum
will need your continued support and donations to continue
to grow.
Other visitors were my good friend Bucky Millet's
sister, Rosemary (Millet) Gilead and her friend, Mary
Ellen O'Brien who were down from Arlington, VA and
stopped to visit the museum before returning home.
Panama may now have "our" canal but they can
never take away the memories we have of our forefathers
who built it!!
William "Bill" Muller
Reporter
(352) 854-7902


Pensacola

I was so excited when I got a call in December '99
from a Pensacola News Journal reporter asking to have an
interview with me regarding my life in the Canal
Zone/Panama. He got my name off the Internet and could not
believe how many Zonians were living here in Pensacola and
surrounding areas on the Gulf Coast. He was writing an
article on the Zone because of the upcoming ceremonies in
Panama scheduled for the end of December. I got the
Drummonds and my son Kevin to speak with him also. I





felt like a celebrity when I realized the article made the front
page and my picture was in it too. Everyone I know here
called me and saved me their copy I was overwhelmed with
newspapers!
Had a wonderful visit in November from Shirley
Bruce, Donna and Windy Sasso. They were spending a few
days at their time-share in Destin and took a side trip to visit
me. My whole family came over to see them and I prepared
a typical Zonian feast of Johnny Mazetti and all the
trimmings. We reminisced a lot and it was good to see them
again. I hope to visit them in Tampa soon.
I got a surprise before the holidays when I was
called by Mary (VanLoon/Jenkins) Murphy, a lifelong
friend from the Zone. I hadn't heard from her since she left
the Isthmus 15-20 years ago. She is re-married and living in
Las Vegas. I hope to visit her soon.
Roberta "Ti Ti" (Cole) Diaz retired recently from
PCC and has moved with her family to Niceville, Florida.
We spoke on the phone for about an hour and spoke of the
"good days" back home. She will visit me soon and we are
going "shopping,"
Cornelia (Ramsey) Bordenkircher, who lives in
Navarre lived in the Canal Zone from 1942-1944. Her father
was sent to the Zone to help build the third set of locks. He
was a camera buff and while there took 35mm film of the old
Canal Zone. Cornelia wants to have all the film preserved
because some of it is beginning to fade. She asked me what
she should do with them and I told her we have a Panama
Canal Museum and they would appreciate them. So she has
generously offered to donate all the film to the Museum. I
think all who get to see them will enjoy them.
Janet (Martin) Slaughter went on a one-week
cruise on the Enchanted Isle liner out of New Orleans with
a singles group from Pensacola They traveled to Cozumel
and Grant Cayman Islands.


Sam A. Foreman Jr., son of Germaine
(Cherry)(Martin) York, nephew of Janet Slaughter and
grandson of Norma (Siu) Martin was recently transferred
to Pensacola from Jupiter as the new branch manager of
Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter. He now lives in Pensacola with
his wife Anna. Congratulations, Sam!.
A 89" birthday celebration for Norma (Siu) Martin
was held in Gulf Breeze at the home of her daughter
Germaine York in Gulf Breeze. It was celebrated with a few
close friends and a typical Panama Rum Cake.
Congratulations, Norma!


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L-R: Germaine (Cherry Martin) York, Norma (Siu)
Martin and Janet (Martin) Slaughter at Norma's
89th birthday party, opening presents.
We had a quiet Christmas and New Years. It seems
like no one this year had the "spirit" of the meaning of the
holidays too commercialized. I spoke to Bill Drummond,
Jr. and he agreed and had the same "down" feeling,
especially with New Year. It was so "built up", but was a real
"let down," I only put up a tree for Christmas and my sons
decorated the outside of the house and I did my normal
baking. I sent homemade goodies to friends instead of gifts -
I think they preferred that!.
Please call or send any news you may have. Hasta


Luego!


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Janet (Martin) Slaughter aboard the Encnanted Isle
heading for Cozumel and Grand Cayman Island on
January 4, 2000.
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Barbara (Hall) Vose
Reporter
(850) 474-6341


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South Florida

Despite unseasonal cold and problems with ice, the
South Florida Chapter of Northern Panamaniacs held their 3r
Annual Christmas Picnic and Bacchanal on December 4th at
C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Hosted by
Mimi and Manual "Lucho" Azcarraga. Since their
departure from Panama in September 1997, attendance has
been growing steadily every year. This year we added live
music provided by the Patacon Pisado Percussion Ensemble
and fried wontons, yuca frits and patacones courtesy of the
"Other side Clubhouse catering and Fry-Fry Company, S.A.
owned and operated by Scott Parker and D. la Porta. The
day was spent catching up on the latest and contributing to
the bands rhythm section. In addition to the local gang, Art
Mokray, Michelle Kaufman and Maria Claus made the
trip from Panama; Paul Parks drove from Port St. Lucie and
Jay Foster drove from Englewood, Florida. Another F.O.Z.
(friends of Zonians), author Randy Wayne White and his
friend Renee, blew in from Pine Island, Florida for the all
day festivities. His recent book, "Mangrove Coast" starts in
Florida and ends in Gamboa. Randy spared no expense to
gain firsthand knowledge of the Zone, ending in endless
sunsets. Bob Dollar and his partner, Dave Wiatt paid us a
visit in early December traveling from Annapolis and Mt.
Vernon respectively. Dave was on his first leg of his long
anticipated Caribbean sailing adventure aboard Promise, a 35
foot Southern Cross he's been rebuilding for the past 7 or 8
years. They launched on the 15'h of December for Bimini and
I was able to join them in the Bahamas for five days of great
fun, conch and rum. Bob and I left Dave at the poop deck in
Nassau on the 22nd and headed back to Ft, Lauderdale. Next
stop for Promise Exhuma and beyond for four months of
cruising.


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L-R: Dave Wiatt, Tom Pattison, Bob Dollar
enjoying cold Kaliks at Flo's Conch Cafe, Bahamas.


On December 30th, Bob Dollar returned and brought
his lovely wife Mindy with him. Other out-of-towners
joining us for TB2K were Bill and Geri Foster, visiting from
Shuey's Trailer Haven, Paul and Pirris Pivirotto, Destin,
FL., and Doug "Mudd" Salsbury from K.C., Tom Carey,
Lafayette, LA., his sister Maureen and her daughter Renee,
Brandon, FL. Tom and Julie Young from Miami were lucky
enough to get a tourist card allowing them to travel past the
Dade County line for a day. While Lou Domench, Brenda
Hall, Mark and Polk Parker, Tom Frensley, and Betty and
Ed Frensley and Cheryl rounded out the local gang. Thanks
to Mimi, Mindy and Piv and Pirris for helping them clean
and decorate Ranch Pajaro for the event, and Lucho for
helping me prepare the comida, and to the "A Team" of
Alex, Adam and Andre Azcarraga for providing the late
night pyrotechnic entertainment.


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Lucho and Bobby. TB2K Magic Moment

As usual everything that made noise (bottles, cans,
pans, etc.) was beaten mercilessly as we rang in the New
Year Panazonian style (someone even found one of my old
Lucho records) We actually managed to set the pool on fire.
It seems that one of the floating candles drifted into the
skimmer and started a small spontaneous combustion with
the plastic liner. Thankfully both the fire and my guests were
out by morning.
In closing, I'm looking forward to being your
reporter for the new millennium (CZ2k) compliant) and
invite those of you in South Florida to contact me with any
information that you'd like me to include. My e-mail is
curundu@bellsouth.net. Hey Cookie, how did I do?

Tom Pattison (T-Bird)
(954) 894-1247






Tallahassee

The Christmas holidays brought many visitors to
Tally. Those whom I saw or whose friends or relatives called
to tell me about their visit include Bev and Joe Wood. They
hosted a large family reunion that required the help of Carol
and Burt Mead to handle the overflow. Bev's mother
Audrey Bowman was thrilled to have all her "kids" together
for the first time in many, many years. Craig Wood, Brian





Wood, Joe Wood, Bob Bowman, Michael Bowman,
Natalie Bowman, Kristan Bowman, Heather Gormly
(Craig's fiancee), Jill Bowman, Bev Wood, and Ron
Bowman were some of the kids. Christmas day was truly a
blast, with this group (and many more of us) joining in the
fun and festivities.
There were numerous Zonian parties over the
holidays, where we all had a chance to bid farewell to the
Canal, toast the good times spent on the Isthmus, and focus
on future good times to come in the States. I was particularly
struck by the resilience shown by Zonian kids such as those
who attended Woody and Armenia Chase's party. The
Chase's daughter Stephanie and Jillian Heddaeus tried out,
and made, the girl's soccer team at their high school. Doug
and Zoraida Larrabee's son is also a newcomer to Lincoln
High School and must have been proud when Lincoln won
the state football championship. My son Tim Kirkby and
daughter Kristin Kirkby also attended Lincoln High School.
Kristin, now a vet student at the University of Florida, but
always a Lincoln cheerleader, was ecstatic watching her
former high school team win in "the Swamp" (the name
given to U.F.'s football stadium, where the championship
game against a team from Miami was played). Other Zonians
who have adopted Tally as their home are David Chase, who
is following his brother Michael's footsteps by attending
Florida State University (Michael graduated this past year).
Zonians who first called California home before
moving to Tally this past year, Lloyd and Margaret
Spradlin, hosted a really fun party where we all had to bring
a Christmas ornament to exchange. Kari McIlvaine and I
seemed to covet the same angel ornament (neither of us
ended up with it), but the hit of the night was the FSU
football ornament. Burt Mead and Angie Linton battled for
it, but you can guess who won--Burt Mead. Burt, Carol, and
Mike and Mary Gordon were lucky enough to get tickets to
the Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans. Carol says that they
did not sit down for one minute--it was tomahawk chop all
night. For those of you who were visiting Mars when that
game was played and don't know the outcome--Florida State
won and is once again the National champs.
Speaking of the Meads--Rick and Maria Mead had
a really fun open house on Christmas Eve, where Santa was
truly a cool guy. Maria's dad Sal Bellamo, an actor in New
York, played Santa and even his two-year-old granddaugther
Brianna was fooled. Bev Wood had the clever idea of giving
Santa presents to distribute for the "big" kids too. We were
in hysterics laughing when Joe Wood, Brian Wood, Ryan
Spradlin, Burt Mead, and Henry Mizrachi were called up
to sit on Santa's lap. Brianna and her cousins, Chase Mead
(Keith and Cindy's son) and Gilly and Andrew Corrigan
(Gil and Share's two sons) may have been upstaged by the
grownups.
Elaine Stephenson and Kathy Stromberg were
delighted to have their mom Lena Asbury visit them from
New Mexico. Mike and Elaine drove to New Mexico to pick
her up and enjoyed a glorious visit with family members in
that beautiful part of the country. Russ and Kathy
Stromberg were also thrilled to have a visit from their son
John, his wife Asusana, and grandson Justir who were
visiting from Korea. Only problem is that Asusana brought
the Asian flu with her, and Elaine and Mike got really, really
sick. Russ and Kathy were also thrilled by the recent birth of
a new grandson--Kristina and Alan Eckle are the proud
parents.
Other doting grandparents who enjoyed recent visits
with their kids and grandkids include Sunny and Henry
Mizrachi. Although her hubby was not able to make it,


Karen (Mizrachi) Atkins brought son Connor and daughter
Mia for a Tally visit. And Michael and I were delighted to
see our precious granddaughter Rylie, age fifteen months,
and her proud parents, Paul and Kerrie (Hill) Smith.
I understand that a highlight of the holiday season
for Ed, Kari, Nathan, and Sarah McIlvaine, and Rick and
RyanWilliams was a ski trip in North Carolina. I won't say
who was the best skier, but it wasn't Ed.
Here goes the request again. There are over 100
Zonian families living in Tally. I could not possibly call all
of you for news. So, please, if you want me to share your
stories, give me a call or e-mail me (be sure to check the
editor's deadline for material posted in each issue of the
Record). Happy new millennium!

Sharon Smith
Reporter
(850) 668-4121
e-mail: ssmith3882@aol.com



Tampa

With all the luggage packed in the car, Ana Boyer
added her three daughters and two granddaughters to drive to
Miami. They then spent the night with her sister-in-law,
Meredith Boyer Broussard, husband Carlos and their
family. The next day, Ana and all her girls flew to Panama to
spend the holidays with husband, Capt. Robert Boyer, from
mid-December until January 10.
Betty Boyer reports that Barbara Kelly and
Dennis Barton tied the knot recently then spent their
honeymoon in New England. They are now at home in
Dunnellon, Florida.
The Senior games were held in October 1999 at the
Omer Lightfoot Recreation Center in Temple Terrace,
Florida.
Ted Kaufer Sr. participated in several events that
were scheduled. He won a gold medal for Putt-Putt golf in
his age division. Wife Anita Kaufer just happened to make
a hole-in-one in her attempt at Putt-Putt golf. She has since
retired from that game. Watch out seniors!
In mid-January, Gene Clinchard was admitted to
I.C.U. at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Those
concerned and caring have been sending get-well cards
which he eniovs.


Nichole Grey, "Junior" Buccaneer Cheerleader.




Nichole Grey, daughter of Lisa ( Bonk) Grey of
Tampa and granddaughter of Jo-Ann Bonk, Tampa, and
Phillip Bonk, Panama, cheered with the Tampa Bay
Buccaneer cheerleaders as a "Junior" Bucs cheerleader in
October. The Buc's were playing the Chicago Bears at
Raymond.James Stadium and Nichole performed during the
half-time show.
A local golf group of retired Zonian men met at
Crabby Bills in St. Petersburg Beach for lunch on January
13. Those attending will be Bill Carlin, Dave Kelleher, Joe
and Gil Smith, Eddie Doran, and hopefully George
Chevalier and Vic Melant will come from Orlando. Vic has
been recovering from triple by-pass surgery. Tommy
Marine, a member of this group, informed them that he and
his wife, Shirley won't come to the condo they own in St.
Petersburg until February. He is always glad to join the
golfing group.
Anita and Ted Kaufer had a very happy pre-
Christmas holiday when daughter Norine Crnich and her
daughter Mary Kelley, "La Reina", came from California for
a visit from 12th to 20th December. Norine brought a friend,
Gina, to help with 19 mos. old Mary Kelly and to do some
sightseeing. Several family dinners included Ted Jr., and
Norine and Gina enjoyed shopping and a trip to Disney
World.
Betty Snow
Reporter
(727) 799-4769



GEORGIA

Over the Christmas Holidays, Margaret Knapp
contacted many of the Zonians living here in the Atlanta area
and invited us to a Christmas get-together on December 4th
at the Red Snapper Restaurant in Atlanta. There were 27 of
us who gathered for a wonderful evening of friendship,
Christmas cheer and good food. Those attending were: Pat
and Peggy McCarragher, who had come to Atlanta from
their home in San Diego, CA; Olga and Richard Phillips;
Tony and Virginia Womble; Ann Richardson from
Columbia, SC; Sandy Wallace from Alabama; Charlie
Womack; Barbara and Joe Trower; Jim and Jeannie
Selby; Margaret Knapp; Billy and Carole Arnold; Camille
and Larry Harrington; Davis and June Stevenson; Ray
and Patty Burda; Rob and June (Scigliane) Lane; Bill and
Mary (Scigliane) Leach and Mrs. Scigliane. It was a fun
evening and I hope we can get together again this coming
Christmas Holiday.










Margaret Knapp outside Rutherford Winery in Napa,
California, November 1999.


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Richard and Olga Phillips at Red Snapper Restaurant
in Atlanta. Dec. 1999.


Davis and June (Rowley) Stevenson; Patty and Ray
Burda at the Red Snapper Restaurant in Atlanta, GA.
Dec. 9, 1999.


Virgil and Lori (Stevenson) Snow with Nick, Sara
and Allie, Christmas day, 1999.






Margaret Knapp sent me a photo of her standing
outside the Rutherford Winery in Napa, CA. She took an 11-
day vacation over Thanksgiving and stayed with Ann and
Jerry Daykin of Walnut Creek, CA. During her stay she
visited with Ann Suescum and Harold Sorrell in
Sacramento and friends in Napa and San Francisco. Margaret
tells us that Northern California reminds her a lot of Panama
and the ties to that area are drawing her closer and closer.
Two days before Christmas, my daughter Lori
(Stevenson) Snow and her two daughters, Allie and Sara,
plus Steve and I, drove up to see the Biltmore Estate in
Ashville, NC while it was still decorated in all its Christmas
finery; it was worth the trip. The day turned out to be
beautiful. Since it was a weekday, the Biltmore Estate did not
have a large crowd to contend with. Christmas was a good
one for my family and I sincerely hope it was a good holiday
for each and everyone of you.
My next article just might have a photo or two of
my first time ever skiing trip to Steamboat, CO, with my
daughter and her family. Hopefully, none of us will have
broken bones.
If anyone has any news they want to pass on for the
Canal Record, please call or send me an email.

June A. Stevenson
Reporter
Email: condor@mindspring.com
(770) 995-7537





HAWAII

Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan described her
month-long cruise/visit trip from Hong Kong to Bali, with
stopovers at Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore. It was great,
except for a fall in getting off the ferry in Macao, resulting in
abrasions and a bandage-decorated face. Aboard this
Princess Liner were a group of about a dozen Spanish-
speaking ladies, some of whom said they were BHS Class of
49 graduates.
Hank and Virginia (Ridge, BHS'38) Dolim hosted
their children (Diane and Art Young, Hank Jr. and
Charlene Dolim) and all five of their grandchildren and
wives for the "Seven-day-Around-the Hawaiian-Islands
Cruise" during Thanksgiving week. Paul (BHS'41) and
Judy (McDonnell) Ridge and three of their children (Jody
and John McAllister, Paul Jr and Anne Ridge, Dr Mike
and Trica Ridge) and two of their grandchildren also joined
the cruise. It became known as the Dolim/Ridge Great
Reunion with 28 relatives and friends on board.
As the SS Independence docked at a different port
each day, everyone was on his own for activities. The
younger generation returned with glowing tales of hiking the
Napali Coast of Kauai, snorkeling with green sea turtles off
Maui, seeing the steamy active Halemaumau Crater while
taking the Crater Rim Drive at the top of Kilauea on Big
Island. That evening the ship passed by the area where you
could see the active lava flow into the ocean.
The two-day Maui stop was special. On the way up
to the Haleakala Crater, as a group, they stopped at Keahua,
the former sugar plantation village where Hank Dolim was
born. After that photo stop, the group continued to the top
(10,000 ft.) Of Haleakala. It was a clear day for
photographing the scene you must see it to believe it.
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Evenings, as the ship sailed away, the group had
dinner together at four large tables in the Orchid Dining
Room. Cousins who had never met before are now good
friends. In the end the Surfrider Bar was renamed the Dolim
Bar.
The big surprise of the trip was when Diane and Art
Young announced the engagement of Diane's daughter,
Tracy Johnson, to Robert "Rob" Cota. Tracy is a free-
lance journalist living in Redondo Beach. Rob owns Jet Tech
Repair Services in Redondo Beach. Wedding is to be
October 14, 2000.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Reporter
(808) 923-2766




LOUISIANA

As deadline for this issue approaches, this reporter
finds herself in Panama with an Elderhostel study-cruise
group, going places she has never been, including Darien,
Portobello and Perlas. This is the first time Elderhostal has
been to Panama. Among the 60 participants from across the
country is at least one former Zonian, Mary Turner Strang
(BHS'62) of Phoenix, Arizona, and her son, Christopher,
30, of Clemson, S.C. Mary lived with her family in a cottage
at Sibert Street and Walker Avenue.
John Gough of Marrero has decided to stay in
Marrero indefinitely, rather than move to Florida. His fianc6
lives nearby.
Beverly Phillips Gross and her husband Henry
have moved to Niceville, Florida and are happy to announce
daughter Phyllis and her husband Jeff are expecting the
family's first grandchild in February. Henry is chief, area
audit office, Eglin AFB. Beverly has opted to stay home,
enjoying Bible study, genealogy and a quilting bee.


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Family of John and Gunda Halvorson, from left: Clara
Amundson, 87; Helen Munson, 89, and Frank
Halvorson, 83.

Helen Munson has made a generous donation to
ANCON in Panama. ANCON is equivalent to our Nature
Conservancy and deeply interested in preserving the rain
forests in Panama.

Patt Foster Roberson
Reporter
(225) 774-7761


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MISSISSIPPI

Virginia Selby Entrekin of Hattiesburg reports she
and Rod spent Christmas Eve with son David, his wife Jan
and two daughters, Selby and Lillie. Daughters Gayle and
Meade were there then joined the Entrekins for a quiet
Christmas day. Virginia is hosting large gatherings at home -
36 for Thanksgiving dinner and 40 for a church luncheon.
Virginia plays handbells with the choir.
The BHS reunion in San Antonio was a major
success and folks are still complimenting the organizers.
Gerda Smith of Smithdale reports that a pavillion
with fireplace and bathrooms has been reserved for the
October 7. Gulf Coast Picnic. Do plan to join us.

Patt Foster Roberson
Reporter
(225) 774-7761




NORTHWEST

Greetings to all from the great Northwest. This has
been a traveling season for many of us. Gayle (Fettler) and
Robert Rankin of Sequim flew east to visit daughter and
family, Kindra, Dave, Justin, and Robby Younce before
the holidays, then to see daughter Jennifer and husband
John for Christmas and were joined by Gayle's mom, Vera
Fettler and friend Jim France and Gayle's sister. For New
Years, Gayle, Robert, Vera and Jim all drove to South
Carolina to see all Gayle's brothers, and sister. Marti Lohr
of Sequim returned home in early January after almost 4
months back east visiting family and granddaughter, Caitlin.
Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young of Camano Island flew to
California to spend Christmas with their daughter Ellie, and
to visit Mary's brother, Jim Sullivan and wife Carol, in El
Cerrito, them Amtracked to Ventura to see Mary's sister,
Nancy (Sullivan) Schorsch, and while there went to visit
Marie Collins. In the fall, the Youngs went east to visit son
Mike in Memphis, son Jim, wife Mary and family in
Georgia, and Tom and wife Julie in Miami. Gerry and
Howie (Adams) Laatz flew to San Diego to visit son Ray,
and his fiance, Emese Radvanzsky for the holidays and
while there were treated to a delicious home-cooked lunch by
Catsy Schafer in her and Vern's lovely apartment and were
joined by Sue (Taylor) Pitney.
Bremerton Elks Club was the NW site for the
Annual early December PC group to get together. Over 100
attended, and the food and camaraderie couldn't be beat.
We hear from Vicki (Harrell) Ahlemann that she
and spouse, Larry plan to move back to Oregon from
Albuquerque in late January. Jim Hannigan and wife
recently moved to Rockport. Ann and Bobby Best report all
is well with them. Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring and
family are loving it in Silverdale. The older kids are attending
public schools and the younger a parochial school for which
Tim drives a school bus. Theresa's mom and dad Lee and
Cathy Snider, live close by. Guy and Mary Fealey are
keeping busy with work and keeping up with their teenagers
Guy Ethan and Jamie Lorraine. There have been some
great get-togethers in the Sequim area with Marty and Bev
Hoffman, the Robert and Gayle Rankins, John Carey and
Janet Rigby, Wallace Teal, and Tim and Theresa Herring.


Henry and Pat Cruz and Jim and Noralie Schobe had a
great time at their high school reunion last fall in San
Antonio, Texas. (Sorry, photos did not arrive in time. Ed).

Howie Laatz
Reporter
(360) 293-0923




OKLAHOMA

The Oklahoma Chapter held its Fall business
meeting and picnic on October 2, 1999, at La Fortune Park
in Tulsa. Those attending were Doris Burns, Scott Burns,
Tomas, Aymee (Lugo) and Michael Diaz, Eli and Lydia
Lugo, John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler, Laura
(Burns), Elizabeth and Cheyenne Redemann Jimmie
Wickman, Manuelita O'Sullivan, Bruce Orvis and wife
Janice (Specht), Bruce's brother, Richard and their mother,
Margaret Orvis. The weather was great and a good time
was had by all.
Jean, Doris and Scott Burns and Cathy
(Williams) White (of Plantation, FL.) flew to Bermuda for
a week in early November 1999. The group of four enjoyed
such highlights as touring the island on local buses and
mopeds, seeing the island's caves, enjoying the pink and
sand beaches, going on a ferry ride, visiting the Bermuda
Underwater Exploration Institute and visiting the Bermuda
Triangle Brewery. They stayed at the Grotto Bay Beach
Resort. The weather was great and the fresh fish was
wonderful.
December was filled with wonderful events for
Renee Carter Collins and family. Renee enjoyed a trip to
Maryland to watch son Chris graduate from his advanced
Army training. The two of them then flew home together for
a month's vacation. This was followed by a trip out West for
some early skiing and relaxation in mid-December. Daughter
Beth returned home for the holidays from college in Utah to
stay a couple of weeks also. Last Summer daughter Michelle
enjoyed a 22 day trip to Europe; the trip covered close to a
dozen countries. Chris also enjoyed a ten-day trip to
Germany in March.
In late December, Scott Burns and Cathy
(Williams) White went to San Francisco for almost a week.
They visited Cathy's brother Roger Williams, wife Kathy
and children Kelly, Nick, Jillian, and Jeffrey. Scott and
Cathy enjoyed the shopping, riding the cable cars, and
visiting wineries in Livermore, CA.
In early January 2000, Jean and Doris Burns
enjoyed a three-day visit from Wally Matthews (formerly of
the Canal Zone, now of Chase City, VA,)
Our upcoming Spring picnic and business meeting
will be on Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Andrews Park,
Norman, OK. Anyone in the area or just driving through the
area are welcome to attend.

Laura (Burns) Redemann
Reporter
(918) 745-1337

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PANAMA
Pacific Side
Christmas in Panama means an annual reunion of
visiting friends and family. This year was no different.
Lorraine Dugan enjoyed the visit of daughter Tricia
(BHS'87) and her husband and children; and son Brian with
wife Katie (Goodwin) Dugan (BHS'92), Brian and Katie
spent New Year's reunited with friends Eileen Jenkins and
Chris Cook at the Causeway, where Ruben Blades
performed in concert. Other visiting Zonians included HB,
and sister Kara Twohy, Alex Sosa, Vlad Herrera, brothers
Ralph and Robert Smith, Stephanie Helin, Amanda
Gabrielson, Jane (Gabriel) Huff and her daughter, Allison
(Huff) and husband Cecil MacPherson, and and Dennis
Huff. All enjoyed a New Year's party organized by Richard
and Diana Grimison, alongside the Canal at Diablo
Spinning Club. The party was a great success with DJ
Pamela Clark, and a magnificent display of fireworks by
Richard Grimison (who came well prepared with gloves,
earmuffs and a PCC hardhat!!)






















Where are you? This photo was taken standing just
behind the third t-box at the old Amador Golf Club.


New changes: The General's house is barely visible
behind the mango tree. Gazebo on the right with old
road, and new road to causeway at left.


Old Amador Officer's Club with new road running
behind it to the causeway.


Can you guess where this is?? This photo was taken
from the t-box of the first hole at the old Amador Golf
Club.


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Rainy day at Administration Building for the December
31st trunover Ceremony. L-R: Andrew Tomlet, Eva
Anderson, Evan Rodaniche, Matthew Grimison,
David Harrill, Lisa (Moffit) Harrill.

Kurt and Ann Muse and their children Eric and
Kimberly returned to Panama for a visit. Ann enjoyed
visiting former colleagues and friends at the new Balboa
Academy school in the former Ft. Clayton and reports that
"the DoDD schools are still alive and well in Panama!" The
Muse's saw many old friends at midnight mass at St. Mary's
Church on Christmas Eve, and also enjoyed spending time
with Kurt's father at his home on Taboga Island.





PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE
2000 Reunion

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, July 5, 2000

REGISTRATION: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Ballroom A, B, C, D.
INFORMATION/HOSPITALITY 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Meeting Room 11
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., Northdale Golf Club
GOLF LUNCHEON: 1:30 P.M. Northdale Golf Club
REGISTRATION: 1:00 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 9:00 p.m. Ballroom A, B. C. D.
INFORMATION: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 1:00-5:00 p.m.; 7:00-9:00 p.m. Meeting Room 11
VENDORS: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; 3:00-9:00 p.m.- Meeting Room 8, 9, 10.
BHS/CHS ALUMNI AND FRIENDS DISCO, (NO CHARGE), 8:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m. Florida Ballroom


Friday, July 7, 2000

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Grand Salon A. B. C. D. E.
REPORTERS LUNCHEON, 12:30 p.m. Information available at later date.
VENDORS: 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Meeting Room 8, 9, 10.
REGISTRATION: 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Ballroom A. B. C. D.
INFORMATION, 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Meeting Room 11.
BINGO: 2:00 4:00 p.m. Florida Salon IV NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 8:30 PM-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
DISCO DANCE: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Florida Ballroom

Saturday, July 8, 2000

BREAKFAST FOR VOLUNTEERS, 8:30 a.m. Information available at a later date.
REGISTRATION: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 2:30-4:00 p.m. Ballroom A. B. C. D.
INFORMATION 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 2:30-4:00 p.m. Meeting Room 11
VENDORS: 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. Meeting Rooms 8, 9, 10.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 NOON. Florida Ballroom
BINGO: 2:00 4:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom G, H. I. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
ANNUAL BALL: 8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
DISCO DANCE: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Florida Ballroom

Sunday, July 9, 2000

VENDORS: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 NOON, Meeting Rooms 8, 9, 10.
DESPEDIDA: ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS INVITED FAREWELL TO FRIENDS 9:30-11:00 a.m..
Grand Salons A. B. C. D. E.


REUNION COORDINATOR : (727) 789-4858







Reunion Coordinator's Notebook
Robert Johnson, 2000 Reunion Coordinator
Tel: 727-789-4858

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

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
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 Luncheor 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
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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:
Member: Tel.No._
Address:
City: State Zip__
List the name of each person in member's group and include $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age. LIST NAME AS YOU
WANT IT ON THE NAME BADGES.
NAME AGE AGE
2. 6
3. 7.
4. 8.
15. 9.
1. A NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE OF $5.00 PER MEMBER AND DEPENDENT OVER 18 YEARS
OF AGE IS BEING CHARGED TO OFFSET REUNION EXPENSES.
2. IF YOU ARRIVE AT HOTEL AFTER REGISTRATION HOURS ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY, YOU CAN PICK
UP YOUR DANCE TICKETS AT THE BALLROOM DOOR.
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A. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE AND MAIL TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050
SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712
B. THOSE MEMBERS RESIDING IN THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA AND ABROAD, PLEASE USE
CHECKS ON U.S. BANKS OR MONEY ORDERS OR DRAFTS PAYABLE BY U.S. INSTITUTIONS.

C. REMINDER: TO RESERVE HOTEL ROOMS AND TO BUY DANCE AND
LUNCHEON TICKETS, YOU MUST HAVE PAID YOUR 2000 DUES
AND $5.00 REGISTRATION FEE.


DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE PAID

BEFORE MARCH 31, 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
cancelled.
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
form.
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.


BINGO
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 Florida Salon IV. 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!






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HOTEL REGISTRATION FORM
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
S2000 Reunion July 5 9, 2000

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

Please type or print:

MEMBER: Tel. No.

Address:

City: State: Zip:

Arrival Date: Departure Date:
Check in time: 3:00 PM Check out time: 12 Noon

HOTEL CHOICE Type of room requested

King Bed
Tampa Hyatt ($90/night) 2 Double Beds
Rates do not include 11.75% tax Smoking Room
Non-Smoking
Accessible

Names of all room
occupants:



SPECIAL REQUESTS:




GUARANTEE RESERVATION WITH ONE NIGHT DEPOSIT

Check Enclosed $ (PAYABLE TO HOTEL OF CHOICE)

AMEX VISA MC DISCOVERY OTHER

CARD NUMBER EXP> DATE

MEMBER'S SIGNATURE
(Signature required for credit card deposit)
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DESPEDIDA
Chairperson: Darleen Hunt (727)-507-0132

Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida which will be held in the Grand Salon A. B. C. D. E. July 9, 2000. The
doors will open at 9:00 a.m. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on sale to
members.
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!



































































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LODGING REPORT FOR THE 2000 REUNION
BETTY FRASSRAND
(352) 567-5594
ZONIANBK@AOL.COM

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
Society member.
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: zonianbk@aol.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
memorable one..






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 Northdale Golf Club
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 dARTS: 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 $

# GOLFERS

# _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.
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REUNION DANCES
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
EXCEPTIONS.
4. TICKET SALES TO BOTH DANCES WILL BE LIMITED TO 1300. RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE NOW!

-----------------------------------TICKET RESERVATION FORM
TICKET RESERVATION FORM


MEMBER'S NAME:

ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM

Music by Frankie Pretto Saturday, July 8, 2(
8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Grand ballro

$12.00/Ticket 6 tickets per member

No. of Tickets Total $_

Special Request


Dress: Semi Formal, NO SHORTS OR JEANS


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PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM

Music by Puly y su Conjunto Friday, July 7, 2000
8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Grand ballroom

$8.00/Ticket 6 tickets per member.

No. of Tickets Total $

Special Request


Dress: Informal or Panamanian attire.


DISCO DANCE
Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, 2000
11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
Florida Ballroom
CHILDREN UNDER 15 NOT PERMITTED INTO DISCO DANCES


MEMBER'S NAME:

July 7th: $5.00/Ticket

No. of Tickets: Total $

Special Requests:


Age

July 8th: $5.00/Ticket

No. of Tickets: Total $

Special Requests:





TRANSPORTATION
Albert Pate (727)-544-2353/John Whitman (727)-544-0214
Transportation Co-Chairpersons

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
dollars annually.
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.


MINI-REUNION
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.


ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Chairperson Muriel Whitman (727) 544-0214

1. Location: Florida Ballroom 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
Grand Ballroom Foyers A, B. C. D.
5. MENU: Choice of entree of Roast Turkey with Dressing, or Roast Pork, both with Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Asparagus
spears on top of a bed of Spaghetti Squash, Pastry Cup filled with Chocolate Mousse and Mixed Seasonal Berries,
Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Herbal Tea, Ice Tea..
6. NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AND NO REFUNDS MADE AFTER JUNE 10, 2000. TICKETS WILL
NOT BE SOLD AT THE LUNCHEON.. Be sure to list who you want to sit with.





TRAVELWORLD
THE OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENCY
For
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
JULY 5-9, 2000 REUNION
At The New
TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE (Downtown)

a Airfare for less for Panama Canal Society Members only
a Two FREE domestic Continental airline tickets will be given
away at the Annual Reunion Business Meeting...Certain
restrictions apply.
YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!!!

MAKE YOUR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS EARLY... FOR THE BEST FLIGHTS
AND LOWEST PRICES, CALL BUSINESS TRAVELWORLD TODAY.!!

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Passenger Name(s):
Address:
Phone:
Frequent Flyer Numbers:
Departure City: Departure Date:
Return City: Return Date:
Additional Requests:
Credit Card Number: Exp. Date:
Signature:

Have your credit card ready and call us today!!!!!
Make sure to ask for Mary Meltzer, your Reunion Travel Specialist
TRAVELWORLD
1951 W. Lumsden Road
Brandon, FL 33511
TOLL FREE 800 231 3013 / LOCAL 813 684 5005
FAX 813 689 5699
E-MAIL business@travelworldl.com

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FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2000
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Grand Salon A, B, C, D, E.
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. Grand Salon A, B, C, D, E. 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!

IMPORTANT NOTICES


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
Second Annual
MEGA CLASS REUNION
BETTY FRASSRAND AND JACQUI VOWELL CHAIPERSONS

ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND ANNUAL MEGA CLASS REUNION DJ
DANCE TO BE HELD THURSDAY NIGHT FROM 8:00 PM TO 1:00 AM IN
THE
FLORIDA BALLROOM
COME SUPPORT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL IN AN EVENING GUARANTEE TO BE FESTIVE FOR ALL.

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 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 YOUNG'UNS HOW THE EARLY
CLASSES COULD REALLY CUT A RUG.

THIS MEGA CLASS REUNION/DJ DANCE 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 A VERY SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR
WHICH WILL ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF ANOTHER FESTIVE EVENING AT OUR REUNION.










THOMAS
& ASSOCIATES

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PHOTOS ON LOCATION!

SOCIALS FAMILY REUNIONS
HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
DANCES TOWN REUNIONS
FAMILY & PERSONAL PORTRAITS
MEETINGS FRATERNITIES
CONTACT US TO RESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER
FOR YOUR GROUP ACTIVITIES.
SAME DAY/NEXT DAY DELIVERY OF PHOTOS -

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.








GOLF


COURSE


Northdale Golf Club
4417 Northdale Blvd
Tampa, FL. 33627
(813) 796-042.8


First traffic light
after Ehrlich Rd.
and Bearss


Ehrlich Rd.


Ashley to 1-275
1-275 to Dale Mabry
Dale Mabry to Northdale
Approx 14 miles
Travel: 30 min..


NOT TO SCALE


Blvd.


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Happy 3rd Birthday Brittany Allison Egger! with
parents Jeanette and Rory Egger (front, right).

The last Eggers to reside in the former Canal Zone,
Rory, his wife Jeanette (Fernandez) Egger, and their
daughter Brittany enjoyed many visitors as well. Rory's
sister Marjorie and mother, Sheila (Leach) Egger arrived in
Panama on December 22"d on the Holland America's
Amsterdam which docked at Cristobal. There to greet them
were Sheila's youngest grandchild, Brittany, with parents
Rory and Jeanette and Sheila's oldest grandchild Andrew A
Whitlock III who was visiting from Dallas-Ft Worth.
Andrew (son of Andrew Whitlock, II and Maureen Egger
Whitlock) also spent time with his uncle, Jack Whitlock,
who is currently running the Panama Native T-shirts. During
their stay in Panama the Egger clan visited the Atlantic side,
driving by their old residence in Margarita, visiting Coco
Solo, and spending two days at Isla Grande where they stayed
at Skip "EJ" Berger's place in La Guira, aka "cartoonland".


The Ultimate Frisbee game at Cardenas Civic Center.

On the Pacific side, the group enjoyed shopping at the
Sunday market at El Valle. Andrew also braved the Canopy
Tour, dangling by a cable above the tree line for a tree-top
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view of El Valle. Joining them in El Valle were Roberta
(Sanchez) Baumgart, former resident of Coco Solo, now of
New Jersey, and Patty and Asa "Skip" Harris, formerly of
Gatun with their two children Christian and Lauren. Sheila
Egger remained in Panama long enough to participate in the
annual Cardenas Christmas tree burn on January 8th. Jeanette
(Fernandez) Egger's parents Sonia and Juan Fernandez
attended, as well as, Jeanette's aunt and uncle, Dr. Oscar and
Angela Quintana (visiting from Nicaragua) there to witness
their first tree bur they were very impressed!! Look
forward to a photo and story on the tree bur in the next
Canal Record.
Another Zonian tradition still holding on is the Junior
Football League and its annual 10-week season with the
Jamboree and Shrine Bowl games at BHS Stadium. This
year's Shrine Bowl took place on December 18 and featured
two games, the Junior All-Star game with the White Team
(coached by Jose Luis Ibarra) victorious over the Blue
Team (coached by Rory Egger) 18-0; and the Senior All-star
game with White (coached by Rogelio Castrellon) defeating
Blue (coached by Gary Dalton) 8-0. Each team had MVP
players; the Junion MVPs were Anthony Ferrera and Jose
Vilanova and the Senior MVPs were Tito Stabler and
Brian Huerbsch. All proceeds from ticket sales were
donated to the transportation fund of Abou Saad's Bur and
Crippled Children. Every player and cheerleader received a
trophy, and John Bates' family donated trophies for
outstanding team players. Also to recognize are: Pablo
Prieto Jr Football League President; Arthur Kerr, Abou
Saad Potentate and Dennis Allen, Chief Rabban. The games
were well attended and the season successful, however, it
seems as if ARI has plans to demolish the field, so this may
very well have been the last season at BHS Stadium.
Eva Anderson
Reporter
(507) 315-0806




TEXAS

Dallas

Bob and Angie Bloemer planned their 14-day
cruise aboard the Holland American Line Ryndam to be in
Panama waters on December 31" when the Panama Canal
transfer was to be finalized. They did not transit the canal
until January 2nd but PC Pilot Bloemer, retired, and family
were invited to make the nostalgic transit from the Captain's
bridge. The Bloemers celebrated the arrival of the
millennium in a lavish celebration aboard ship with
cruisemates Col Paul and Harriet Coroneos, formerly
assigned to the U.S. Embassy, Panama and Donald Bloemer
(BHS'79).
Kenny Morris, Tarpon Springs, FL, was in Piano,
TX, to celebrate graduation of daughter-in-law, Paige
(Maisano) Morris from Texas Woman's College, Denton,
TX. Granddad Kenny, had a chance to visit with grand kids,
Kenneth and Hanna John and Bliss (Morris) Connerton
enjoyed an old-fashioned Christmas with Jack (retired NY
Judge) and Jean Connerton, Sr., visiting from Binghamton,
NY. A traditional feast of roast beef was prepared by
Grandmom Jean and welcomed by guests: Bob and Linda
Morris and Carlton, Shannon, and 18-month old Gabriella
Morris, visiting from Chicago.





Bob and Carolyn Ciepiela, barely recovered from
the November wedding of daughter Marie to Patrick
Gaughan in San Francisco, spent Christmas Holidays with
daughter, Celia in her new townhouse in Arlington, VA.
Sister Kathy from Amherst, MA, joined the family for
Christmas.
Bob and Linda Morris greeted the new millennium
in Panama visiting Charlie and Julietta Morris. We went
from Balboa to Portobello and were amazed at the many
changes. Met former neighbors and friends at of all places
the Sunday market in El Valle: the Jose Jaen family, Bruce
Quinn with house guests Nita (Jones) Girand (BHS'55)
and husband, Jim, and Margaret Leigh. Lunch at the Napoli
with Sonia Valley confirmed any uncertainty we might have
had about Napoli's unique pizza being the best. They are
GREAATT!!! We joined the multitudes on January 4th to
celebrate Billy DeLa Mater's 75th birthday at his home in
Pacific Hills. Former Governor Walter Leber, invited by the
Panamanian Government for the Canal Transfer Ceremony,
was the Guest of Honor. Billy "D" was serenaded by
Mariachi's who sang "Happy Birthday", "Feliz Cumpleanos"
and "Las Mananitas"; he and Thelma enjoyed it all. We also
spent time at the Morris' beach house in Gorgona. The
beautiful, tranquil gardens were restful and the typical food
outstanding. All the Morris "kids", Mercedes, Melissa,
Melanie and Charlie Pat with spouses and young'uns were
there too. "A good time was had by all". Remember Cheepie
Azcarraga?? ...he came for dinner one evening. Upon our
return from Panama, we were notified that Bob's last living
aunt (Moe's sister) had died the night before. We joined
cousins from throughout the U.S., gathering in North
Carolina to say our goodbyes. Everyone should have an
Aunt Laura. We learned simple things from her the joy of
watermelon chilled in a pail of ice and eaten at a picnic table,
the delicate flavor of homemade peach ice cream and the
correct way to make creamed corn.
I haven't heard from many of you YOUR news
is OUR news.
Linda Reiman Morris
Reporter
(972) 398-3400



Kerrville

The 20th Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas
Party was a huge success; biggest group yet -- 177 who came
from as far away as Vancouver, BC; New Mexico, Corpus
Christi, San Angelo, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston,
New Braunfels and El Paso. Lionel Johnston, Dallas, sang
"Jimmy Gave It Back", he wrote it in 1987. Very good song!
Next Christmas party will be held on December 9, same time,
same place.
Honey Fealey hosted her Annual Christmas
Canasta/Bridge party. The ladies met at the Inn of The Hills
for a delicious lunch and exchange of gifts. Card players then
went to Honey's home for an afternoon of bridge, canasta
and scrumptious desserts. Honey's home was beautifully
decorated filled us with the Christmas Spirit.
Barbara and Ed Stanford had several friends visit
them in their new home in Kerrville. Sid Coffin, Gatun, was
here during Thanksgkiving. Lenny and Rene Wirtz, FL,
stopped by while in the area visiting Lenny's mother in San
Antonio. Larry Stanford and his daughter Jill, Coppell, TX,
and Eddie Stanford, Tallahassee, FL; John Leon,


Kissimmee, FL; Billy and Dee Dee Hanna stopped by while
house hunting in the San Antonio area. Glenn and Sonia
Rhyne came from their home in Vancouver, BC, in time for
our Christmas Party. Sharon O'Brien, San Diego, and her
sister, Mellanie, San Antonio, spent two days with us.
Camille (Rhyne) Eastham arrived with her two cats in tow
on December 23" made my Christmas. After 84 years and
four generations, last of the Monsantos have left Panama!!!
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Back gate of Albrook, going towards Curundu. Leo
Eastham future owner of Ft. Clayton???
Anna Calvit spent Christmas in Miami with her
son, Timmy, and daughter, Helen.
Les and Muriel Johnston spent Thanksgiving in
Colorado with their son, Gary, and family.
Kathi Lessiack visited her brother, Roger Adams,
and wife, Katey, in California.
Bob and Jackie Fearon have been busy visiting
family and friends around the country since arriving in
Kerrville. In October, they visited Jackie's brother and
family, Bob and Priscilla Dunn and Llori and Jay Gibson
in Hoseshoe, NC. While in North Carolina they were visited
by Llori's parents, Lloyd and Jo Kent, from Boca Raton,
FL, one of her sisters, Carrie Young, husband, Dwaine, and
one of their daughters, Reanne, from Orlando, FL. Also
visiting Llori and Jay were Faye and John Thompson from
Thibodaux, LA. Mary Blennerhassett stopped by on her
way back to Panama to join the reunion. On their way back
to Texas, Bob and Jackie spent time with their son, Korbin,
and family in Tampa and friends, Larry and Sue Corrigan,
in Tallahassee. In Tallahassee, Sue and Jackie visited
Katherine Heddeaus and daughter in their new home.
Mark was still working for PCC in Panama. They stopped in
New Orleans for a visit with son, Keith, and family. Their
daughter-in-law, Cindy, and granddaughter, Kristen, came
to Kerrville for Thanksgiving. Keith was not able to join
them as he was still on assignment in Argentina. Their son,
Kenny, and grandsons, Quinten and Nicholas, San Antonio,
and Jackie's parents, Bob and Delle Dunn, joined them for
Thanksgiving. Tony and David Nelson, Floresville, TX, also
joined the family. Tony was a nurse in Panama and David
was a friend and neighbor from Gamboa who worked in the
Dredging Division before he retired.
Bea Rhyne
Area Reporter
(830) 896-8643






VIRGINIA

Hola and Happy New Year from the beautiful
COLD state of Virginia! Rae Donaldson (BHS'69) shown
below on her daily walk, continued to visit national parks
during 1999 and last May moved into a new apartment in
Alexandria, VA. She's close to good restaurants, sightseeing
and shopping and invites her friends to visit if in the area.





























Rae Donaldson (BHS'68) on her daily walk to the
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on Roosevelt Island in
Washington, D.C.


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L-R: ?, Rosemary Gilead (BHS'41) Rae Donaldson
(BHS'68).
Late last year we were fortunate to have visits from
my Uncle Dave Robles and Aunt Sylvia (Berkowitz)
Robles who reside in Panama. Dave and Sylvia were in the
MD/VA area where he was receiving medical care from
Johns Hopkins University Hospital and we are thankful he is
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now recovered and doing well. Below is a picture of Sylvia
relaxing after a long day. Also shown is picture of a
gathering held in their honor in my cousin's home in
Alexandria, VA.


The elegant Sylvia (Berkowitz) Robles of Panama,
relaxing after a hectic day of antique shopping with
family and friends in Alexandria, Virginia,


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Colonel and Mrs. Wayne Worthington of
Springfield, VA were visited during the holidays by their
daughter, Major Brenda Worthington. Brenda and her
brother, Douglas, who was also home for the holidays,
attended Balboa Elementary School during their assigned
time in the Zone.
My brother and wife, Paul and Stefanie (Lawson)
Menges have relocated from Hanover, MD to Columbia, SC,
where Paul transferred to a DOD Institute at Ft. Jackson, SC.
They are enjoying their new location and are awaiting the
completion of their new home currently under construction.






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L-R: Tom Sellers, Ev Sellers, Stephanie Menges,
Paul Menges, David Robles, Thelma McGuire and
Sylvia Robles.


Congratulations

FOSTERS CELEBRATE GOLDEN

Woody and Ruth (Rose) Foster, (BHS'48) pedaled
through life together reaching the "half century mark" on
December 31, 1999 when they begin their Golden Years.
Married in Panama City, Rep. of Panama, they lived
their first four years in Chicago, then returned to the Canal
Zone, staying for 26 years. Woody retired as Police
Lieutenant with the Canal Zone's "finest" in 1980 and they
moved on to Dunnellon, Florida.
They have two sons, William and Scott, and three
grandsons, William II, Daniel Scott, and Eric Lee.


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Chuck Concannon (BHS'59) with Charles
Concannon, Sr.


L-R: Tim Schoeb (BHS'81), Manin Erikson-Stanford
(BHS'75), Micky Thoreson (BHS'81).
Late last year another "reunion was held at the Fair
Oaks Holiday Inn shown are some pictures of some
Zonians who attended the event. We are planning on having
another Reunion on Saturday, April 8, 2000, 6:00 p.m., at me
Best Western Fairfax, Club 66. Please pass this information
to all Zonians in the metro area so we can have a good turn
out.
Ev (Menges) Sellers
CHS'68
Home phone: (703) 361-7176
Work phone: (703) 614-9810





M/Sgt JAMES HUFFMAN RETIRING

Master Sergeant James Huffman is retiring from
the U.S. Air Force on February 1, 2000. He enlisted on
December 28, 1979 and has had assignments at George AFB,
California; RAF Upper Heyford, England; Dyess AFB,
Texas; Osan AFB, Korea; Tyndall AFB, Florida; Misawa
AB, Japan; Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina; and
Lackland AFB, Texas, and has worked on the following
aircraft during that time: F-4, F-11, B-52, B-l, OV-10, RF-
4. F-15. and F-16.


STEPHANIE McBRIDE GRADUATE

Stephanie Ross McBride is a 1999 graduate from
John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, North
Carolina..


Stephanie Ross McBride


Joan Huffman, AMS(AW)USN, and James
Huffman, M/Sgt, USAF

He has earned several decorations which include
the Meritorious Service Medal, Four A.F. Commendation
Medals, three A.F.Achievement Medals, four A .F.
Outstanding Unit Awards, and six A.F. Good Conduct
Medals.
Sergeant Huffman plans to stay in the San Antonio
area after retirement. He is the son of Willard and Kathleen
Huffman of Rogers, Arkansas.



RICHARD BEALL JR. HONORED

Richard Beall Jr, on behalf of the Friends of
Brorein Committee, at the Third Annual Fall Fest at Camp
Brorein, on November 13, 1999, has added Richard's name
to the Eagles Nest sculpture located at Camp Owen J.
Brorein in Odessa, Florida. This was to commemorate his
having attained the rank of Eagle Scout in April, 1974 with
Troop 233 of Tampa, Florida, and which was presented to
him by the late Senator Lawton Chiles.
The addition of his name to the sculpture was done
thanks to the donation of James M. Jones of Tampa, who
saw fit to honor Richard's accomplishments.


Grandparents, Hank and Martha Ross, formerly of
Margarita, Canal Zone, are very proud of her achievements,
as reflected in her membership in the following Academic
Honor Societies: Beta Club, Honors English, National Honor
Society; North Carolina Scholar; Presidential Scholar, and
Cultural Arts. Stephanie is presently a student at North
Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.


CATHY BONK, GRADUATE

Cathy Bonk, wife of Peter Bonk, (BHS'84), of
Tampa, Florida, graduated from Stetson University,
College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida on December
11,. 1999.

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She graduated #10 with a Juris Doctorate in Law.
Cathy is working as a Prosecutor with Pinellas County.






JOANN BRINK B.S. IN NURSING

Joann (Vogel) Brink, daughter of Lillian Vogel-
Suter and the late John E. Vogel of Jacksonville, Florida,
recently graduated from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa,
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
Vice President Al Gore gave the commencement
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The records show that Rob retired in 1970 from the
Electrical Division of the Panama Canal Company. He also
worked in the Dredging Division and the Locks Division
during his term of service in the Canal Zone. He had jumped
previously on his 88'" birthday in 1997, and he said the
furrows on his brow are not because he was worried but
dropping at over 100 miles an hour tends to do this to your
skin. Sticking your head out of the window of your car doing
over 100 can do the same thing. (But at least you are on the
ground, Rob.)


- and Rob Roy on the way down.


Joann (Vogel) Brink, R.N. B.S.N.
Joann was born in the Canal Zone and grew up in
Cardenas and La Boca. She came to the States when her
parents retired in 1978 and then she graduated from Terry
Parker High in Jacksonville. Joann has been a Registered
Nurse in Charleston, South Carolina since 1988, and is
presently employed in the Emergency Department of Roper
Hospital, Charleston.


ROB ROY JUMPS AGAIN AT 90!

Rob Roy, former president of the Panama Canal
Society during 1977-1978, jumped out of another perfectly
good airplane again to commemorate his 90' birthday at San
Marcos, Texas.


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OWENS CELEBRATE THEIR 60th

Ron and Florence Owen celebrated their 60'h
wedding anniversary on November 8th in Scituate,
Massachusetts. They lived on the Atlantic side of the Canal
for nearly 40 years. Ron worked for C. Fernie and Company
shipping agency in Cristobal until he retired in 1976. They
have four children Jean Young of Scituate, MA. David
Owen of Longhope, England, Phil Owen of Aldergrove,
British Columbia and Rene Seaton of Lake Oswego,
Oregon. They have six grandchildren and one great-
grandchild due in April 2000.
They celebrated their 85'" birthdays and their 60th
wedding anniversary in August of 1999, with all of their
family in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Their four children would like to say "Thank you
for a job well done.".

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MARIA MANNING TO AUBURN U.

Mari Manning, daughter of Brenda (Yerxa) and
Gary Manning has been accepted to Auburn University,
Auburn, Alabama, and plans to major in accounting.


Mari Manning
She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is a member of
the national Honor Society, Who's Who Among American
High School Students, Diamond Darlings, ZigZag, Anchor
Club, Junior Arts, Main Street Gazette and editor of the
school paper "Perspectives".


W. R. DRUMMOND, JR. ACCEPTED
INTO SPECIAL PROGRAM

William (Bill) R. Drummond Jr., son of William
and Nevia Drummond was accepted into the Material
Science and Engineering graduate program at the University
of Florida, beginning spring 2000. Material science and
engineering is an interdisciplinary area of science that
involves physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer
science, metallurgy and bioengineering to develop new and
novel materials and technologies to enhance human life. The
Material Science and Engineering Department at the
University of Florida is ranked in the top ten programs of its
kind in the United States and is considered one of the best
programs in the world.
He resides in Pensacola with his wife Shannan and
is employed with Pall (Membrane Technology Center) as a
Research and Development Project leader. Congratulations,
Bill!


FORMER CURUNDU BOY
BECOMES A "HERO"

Last summer, while visiting his parents, Bill and
Fran, Marc Stock (BHS'69) became a hero. During his visit
from Seattle, Marc and his four children, Christina, Matt,
Trey, and Maggie, were swimming at Fort De Soto Park one
morning when he noticed an elderly woman slip beneath the
water. Marc couldn't tell if she was really in trouble and
thinking to himself, "I'm going to look like a real idiot when
I get there," but he headed toward her anyway.
Authorities say he saved the woman from drowning.


They suspect she was suffering from some kind of medical
problem and began to have trouble swimming. The elderly
woman was in about five feet of water, about 100 feet from
shore when Marc spotted her. She was under for 20 to 30
seconds before he could get to her.
Marc sent his children to find a lifeguard, while he
began to pump water out of her. Paramedics took her to the
hospital, where she was listed in serious but stable condition
that night and released a couple of days later.
Marc lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife,
Jenny and their four children. He works for UPS and also
coaches swimming and Diving at Kennedy High School.


THE UMNUSS 25th CELEBRATION

Chuck and Selma Umnuss celebrated their 25th
wedding anniversary with a cruise to Alaska; shown here
with Chuck's daughters Maria and Monique Umnuss and
Pilar Albert, son-in-law, Terry Albert, and granddaughter,
Pilar, as they prepare to board the Norwegian Dynasty for
their trip.


Chuck and Selma Umnuss with daughters Maria and
Monique Umnuss, and Pilar Albert, son-in-law Terry
Albert and granddaughter Pilar.


HORINE WINS JAVELIN TITLE

Larry Horine, CHS'49, of Boone, North Carolina,
won the title for men over 65 in the javelin throw at the
Masters Track and Field Championships at Disney World of
Sports in Orlando, Florida. He won.with a throw of 120 feet,
six inches. He also placed third in the shot put with a toss of
41-1, and sixth in the discus with a throw of 134-8.
Meet officials stated that the men in this age group
were the strongest seen since the National Masters Track and
Field Championships started in 1968. Two years ago Horine
won the national title in the shot put with a throw less than
his toss last week when he finished in third place.
The distances thrown in these three events qualify
Horine for All American status for these events.
Horine, a retired professor from Appalachian State
has competed in eight Masters and Senior Olympics U.S.
National Track and Field Championships, and one World
Track and Field Championship in the last nine years.
Before concentrating on throwing events, Horine
competed in long distance running events for many years.
After developing knee problems he switched to swimming
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CANNON DOWNEY

Leslie Ann Cannon and Jeffrey Paul Downey
were married on 22 May, 1999 at St. Augustine Roman
Catholic Church, Gainesville, Florida. The reception was
held at the Gainesville Woman's Club. Family and friends
attended from New Jersey, Panama, California, and other far
off places.


Lisa P. Mofft and David Harrell
Lisa P. Moffitt and David Harrell


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L-R: Viki Cannon, Leslie Cannon, Jeff Downey,
Sarita and Leo Cannon.
Leslie is the daughter of Leo J. and Sarita (Boyd)
Cannon of Gainesville, Florida. Jeff is the son of Paul and
Sandy Downey of Naples, Florida. The couple plans to
reside in Jupiter, Florida.


MOFFITT HARRILL

Lisa P. Moffitt (Diablo, Panama) and David
Harrill (Los Rios, Panama) were united in marriage July 10,
1999 at Crossroads Bible Church, Panama. The bride is the
daughter of Marva (Bunny) Frensley of Tacoma
Washington (formerly of Diablo) and coach David C.
Moffitt of Seattle, Washington (Formerly of Diablo). The
groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Harrill Jr. of Los
Rios, Panama.
Former Zonians included in the wedding party were
the maid of honor, Angela K. Moffitt (BHS'91), best men
were John and James Harrill (formerly of Los Rios),
bridesmaid was Jeri Ruth Wheeler Hsu (BHS'69).
Groomsmen were Andrew J. Tomlet (formerly of Gatun and
Cardenas), and candle lighters were Cresta Ganser
(BHS'98) and Carol E. Burger (BHS'99). Many honored
guests from and formerly from Panama attended the
ceremony.


The reception was held at the Plaza Paitilla Inn. The
couple reside in Cardenas, Panama where David is the
Director of the Crossroads Christian Academy and Lisa is the
Panama Community Director for Young Life.

WILSON ENGEBRETSEH

Sarah Wilson and David Engebretseh were
married on September 4, 1999 in Upland, California.
Sarah is the daughter of Al and Christine Wilson
of Alta Loma, California. David is the son of Tom Trotter
(BHS'76) and Michelle (Capwell) (BHS'77) Trotter of
Rancho Cucamonga, California.


Sarah and David Engebresteh


David is a buyer for Nordstrom and Sarah will be
teaching elementary school next fall. They reside in Fontana,
California.


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McISAAC WAGNER


Stacey A. Mclsaac and Karl F. Wagner were
married on April 17, 1999, at Saint Jude Catholic Church in
Tequesta, Florida followed by a reception at the Embassy
Suites Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.


Stacey Mclsaac and Karl Wagner


The bride is the daughter of John T. and Irene
Mclsaac of Juno Beach, Florida and the groom is the son of
Dale M. and Marcela (Arosemena) Wagner of Wellington,
Florida.
After a honeymoon cruise through the Caribbean on
the Grand Princess, the newlyweds are residing in West
Palm Beach, Florida.




GLEASON BJORNEBY

Michelle (Mindy) L. Gleason and Marc R.
Bjorneby (CHS'86) were married on July 17, 1999 in Maple
Valley, Washington. Mindy is the daughter of Bill and Sue
Gleason of Covington, and Marc is the son of Dick and Pat
(Leach) (CHS'56) Bjorneby.
The bride's sister, Shannon Gleason was matron of
honor and Marc's brother, Dr. John (Buzz) Bjorneby
(CHS'77) was best man. Other out-of-town guests included
Marion (Leach) Papson (CHS'60) and her son, Jake; Jan
(Bjorneby) Gerlach (CHS'71), her husband Ron and son
Nathan. Many former Zonian friends attended the wedding,
including Bev and Floyd Baker, Lee and Kathy Snider,
Teresa, Monique and the newest Herring. The couple
reside in Kent, Washington.
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Michelle Gleason and Marc Bjorneby




BERRY IRVIN

Tom Irvin, son of Sam and Norma Irvin, formerly
of Los Rios, Panama, and Kathleen Berry of Cleveland,
Ohio, were united in marriage on August 7, 1999, in
Chicago, Illinois. Tom's brothers, Sam III and John served
as groomsmen.


Tom Irvin and Kathleen Berry


Elizabeth (Betty) Quintero, and Marty and Steve
Tanner, aunt and uncles of the groom attended as well as
several other relatives and friends. The couple will make
their home in Asheville, North Carolina.





LAUFER PETROSKY

Lt. Robert L. Petrosky Jr., (BHS'89) and Valerie
L. Laufer were united in marriage January 30, 1999 at St.
Mathew's Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Rob is the son of Robert and Karen (Bullinger)
Petrosky, formerly of Los Rios, Canal Zone. Mr. Raymond
Samuels (BHS'89) served as best man.


Valerie L. Laufer and Lt. Robert L. Petrosky Jr.

After a honeymoon trip to Panama, the happy
couple returned to make their home in Ft. Benning, Georgia.


David Jansen Black, Carissa
Rebekah Black & Jonathen
Everett Black


L-R, Back row: Parents Desiree and William V.
Black, grandparents Sara and William G. Black.
Front row: three triplets, David Jansen, Carissa
Rebekah and Jonathan Everett.
William G. and Sara Black are enjoying their
newborn triplet grandchildren. Parents of the triplets, David
Jansen, Carissa Rebekah and Jonathan Everett are
William V. and Desiree Black of San Jose, California, and
they were born on June 16, 1999.


Robert Cole Finkelstein

Joe and LuAnn Finkelstein of Marietta, Georgia,
proudly announce the birth of their second son, Robert Cole,
on August 21, 1999, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces.


CICERO, the Roman statesman and philosopher,
wrote the following some 2,000 years ago:

THE SIX MISTAKES OF MAN

1. The delusion that personal gain is made by crushing
others.
2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be
changed or corrected.
3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we
cannot accomplish it.
4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind,
and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying.
6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as
we do.


Joe Holding Patrick, Sarah (Grandmother) holding
baby Cole and Uncle Matt.
Patrick Morris (3 years old) welcomed his new
brother, Cole. His paternal grandparent is Sarah and the late
Morris Finkelstein, of the Isle of Palms, South Carolina and
maternal grandparents are Barbara and Robert Lee of
Charleston, South Carolina.





David Francis Ross


David Francis Ross was born August 9, 1999. This
photo proudly shows his parents after the christening
ceremony.


Marc and Fran Ross celebrate their son's christening
October 31, 1999.
A celebration was held in their new home with
family and friends. However, Don and Betty Ross didn't get
to meet their new grandson until Marc and family traveled to
their home in Austin, Texas, for Thanksgiving.


Payton Jennifer Paterson

Lynn, Bob, and the rest of the Paterson family are
happy to announce the addition of our newest daughter,
Payton Jennifer on November 29, 1999 in Gainesville,
Florida. At birth, she was a respectable 9 lbs. 7 ounces and
14.25 inches long.


The Paterson family, L-R: Paige, new born Payton,
Pamela and Patrick Paterson. November. 29, 1999

Both mother and daughter are doing fine and
enjoying the attentions of their enthusiastic caregivers, Paige
Olivia (3 years old), Pamela Esther (5 years old) and
Patrick Bryan (8 years old). Thank you for all your prayers
and well wishes.
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Thomas Parkhurst Hoyne

Thomas Parkhurst Hoyne was born October 5,
1999. Only a few hours before, his father Larry, a 1993
graduate of California Maritime Academy was issued his
Unlimited Ocean Master license.


Larry and Christy Hoyne with Thomas Parkhurst
Hoyne
The proud grandparents are Capt. Mike and
Barbara Hoyne, formerly of Gatun, who now reside in
Boise, Idaho. Also in Boise is Thomas' uncle, John Hoyne.

Caitlin Mae Armistead

Steven and Karen (Ocheltree) Armistead
announce the birth of their second child, Caitlin Mae, on
July 21, 1999 in Houston, Texas. She weighed 5 pounds six
ounces.


Steven and Karen (Ocheltree) Armistead with baby
Caitlin Mae and her sister Erin Claire.

Paternal grandmother Barbara Armistead of San
Andreas, California was in Houston for the arrival, and to
spoil older sister Erin Claire





Jessica Anne McCullough

Julie (Smith) and Drew McCullough of
Jacksonville, Florida, are happy to announce the birth of their
third child, Jessica Anne, born October 15, 1999. Jessica
joins her sister Amanda ( 4 /2 years old) and brother, Drew
(2 V2 years old), to complete the family.
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Julie (Smith) McCullough with one day- old Jessie,
and siblings Drew and Amanda.
Proud grandparents are Gil and Sue (Pincus) Smith
of Clearwater, Florida, and Thad and Gayle McCullough of
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Also celebrating Jessie's
arrival are great-grandmothers Alice (Stinson) Pincus of
Clearwater. FL., and Emily Padgett of Sullivan's Island, SC.





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Obituaries, sent by e-mail to be printed, will
not be accepted unless the senders identify
themselves as family members


Wallace Baldwin, 76, of Sarasota, Florida, died
October 31, 1999. He was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
and left the Canal Zone 18 years ago. He was Assistant
Attorney General for the Panama Canal Zone for 13 years
prior to leaving in the late 70's. He retired after 44 years also
as an attorney in Michigan and Florida. He was an Air Force
veteran of World War II and was a member of the Bahai
faith.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; a daughter,
Aileen Karstofsky of Huntington Woods, Michigan; a
brother, James B. of East Lansing, Michigan; and three
grandchildren.


Harold Wilbert Barkema, 83, of Chitr6, Panama,
died of complications due to Hyperthyroidism at Villareal
Clinic on September 6, 1999. He was born near Alexander,
Iowa and went to a one-room country school until the eighth
grade. He was a farmer until 1940 when he joined the Army
Air Corps and became stationed at Fort Sherman, Canal Zone
and served at radar sites in Panama from the Darien to the
Azuero Peninsula from 1940-1945. He later worked for the
Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, and returned to the Canal Zone
in 1951 working for the Army, then transferring to the FAA
in 1955 and retired in 1972. He was predeceased by his first
wife, Celestina; brothers Edward and Lyle; sons Carlos and
companion Justina Urena.
Survivors include his second wife, Margarita, sons
Dino, Larry, Franklin and Harold; daughters Jenny Evers,
Celina Vargas, Jeanette Giron; and sisters Eva Larsen, Lois
Pals, and Maurine VerHelst




Ruth E. Bozeman, 100, of Panama, RP., passed
away December 20, 1999 in San Fernando Clinic/Hospital.
She was born in Aberiswith, Wales, and came to Panama in
1917. She met and married Lt. Teddie I. Bozeman in 1918,
who later retired from the Canal Zone in 1951 and died in
1961 at age 72. She retired as a Spanish teacher at Cristobal
Junior High School. Her son graduated from CHS and
Georgia Tech., retired as Senior Scientist for Howard
Hughes and died in 1992. Her daughter, Madeline graduated
from CHS in 1941 and died a month later.
She is survived by her daughter Ruth M. Schroeder
(Babe Bozeman), a 1944 CHS graduate; her granddaughter,
Kathy Schroeder Bolles (BHS'66) and husband Tom Bolles
and great grandson Derek Bolles. Ruth will be buried in
Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband and
daughter Madeline.


Emily Elizabeth (McGahhey) Crawford, 71, of
Rainbow Lakes Estates, Dunnellon, Florida, died November
4, 1999 at Ocala Regional Medical Center after a short
illness. She was born in Colon Hospital and attended Canal
Zone schools, graduating from Balboa High School in 1946.
She married Wally Crawford in 1949 and they owned and
operated Agencias Crawford, S.A. on "J" Street and
Walemcra S.A. Dairy Queen on 4th. of July Ave. before
moving to Florida in 1995. They had recently celebrated their
Golden Wedding Anniversary. She was a member of the
Woman's Auxiliary of the American Legion and of Henry
Greiser's Red White and Blue Troupe at age five when she
was selected to present a bouquet of roses to President
Franklin D. Roosevelt during his visit to the Canal Zone in
the 1930's. She was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery.
Survivors include her husband, Wally; two sons,
Wally Jr. of Belleview, Florida and Bryan of Ocala, Florida.;
a grandson Michael and a great-granddaughter, Savannah
Rose.


Frances A. Dillon, 62, of Hamilton, New Jersey,
passed away December 19, 1999. She was born in Boston,
MA and lived in the Canal Zone before moving to the
Trenton area over 40 years ago. Upon graduation from
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Balboa High School in 1955 she worked for the 15th Naval
District until 1959. She was runner-up "Most Athletic" in her
class. The Zonian described her as "..athletic, friendly, and
kind, another like her you'll never find."
She is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law,
Richard and Carolyn (Rowley) Dillon of Grove Hill, AL.,
and James Quincy of Massachusetts, two sisters and brother-
in-law, Mary Agnes and John Connard of Altamonte Springs,
FL., and Helen and Daniel McDonald of East Weymouth,
MA. and nieces and nephews.


Bea French, 78, of Rutland, Vermont, passed away
on December 13, 1999. She was born in Colon Hospital as
the daughter or Ernest and Ida Mae Cotton. She graduated
from Cristobal High School and attended Canal Zone Junior
College. She worked for many years with the Canal Zone
Credit Union and finished her career in the Canal Zone with
the PCC Accounting Division.
She is survived by her husband, Worden E. French
of the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Rutland; sons
Charlie of Rutland, Worden Earl (Woody) of Toms River,
NJ, and Lewis of Austin, TX.; seven grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren..



Lillian Echevarra, 81, of Gulfport, Florida, died
December 22, 1999 at the Health and Rehabilitation Centre
at Dolphin's View. She was born in the Canal Zone and
moved to Gulfport in 1973 from Queens, New York. She was
a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Elena Allen of
Gulfport, and Yvonne Spring of St. Peterburg, FL; three
sons, Robert Alvarez, Lindenhurst, N.Y. John Manieri,
Germany and Paul Echevarra, Michigan; seven grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren.




Martha Furey, 100, died December 14, 1999 in
Escondido, California. She was born in Fordsville, Kentucky
and lived in North County for seven years. She was
previously a stenographer for the Panama Canal Co. and had
over 15 years of civil service. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Gilbert Furey in 1973.
She is survived by a son, James Gilbert Furey of
Sun City, CA; and daughters Ellen Catherine Freeman of San
Marcos, CA., and Mary Theresa Randall of Sun City, CA.
and numerous grandchildren.



Marion Neely. Greene, 87, of Sarasota, Florida,
passed away December 19, 1999. She was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and came to Sarasota 35 years
ago upon the retirement of her husband from the Customs
Division of the Panama Canal Company in the Canal Zone.
She was also an administrative assistant for the U.S. Navy
there. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star,
where she was past matron and past president of the
Cristobal Women's Club in the Canal Zone. She was a
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member of Church of the Palms Presbyterian Church in
Sarasota, and a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc.
Survivors include her husband, Michael F. Greene
of Sarasota. Florida.


Ewart Harvey, 78, of Bremerton, Washington, died
March 20, 1999 at Harrison Hospital. He was born in
Brookland, Virginia and came to the Canal Zone when he
was 16 years of age with his parents. He graduated from
Balboa High School in 1939, and served in the U.S. Navy
from 1944 to 1946. He worked in Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard, Bremerton from 1952 until retiring in 1973 as a
machinist progress man. He was a member of Darien
Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, Valley of Balboa, and
Abou Saad Shrine Temple, all of the Canal Zone; Eagles
Lodge 192 of Bremerton, and N.A.R.F.E.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian E. (Searle), and
a brother, Robert of Cleveland, Ohio.


John Joseph Haywood 77, of Severn, Maryland,
died suddenly of heart failure November 18, 1999 at home.
Born in Alabama, he and his family went to the Canal Zone
in 1934, and was a Cristobal High School graduate in 1943.
He was an outstanding sportsman and participated in sports
all his life. He joined the Navy at Balboa, C.Z. and was
honorably discharged in 1946. He was employed by the U.S.
Navy at Coco Solo until 1950 at which time he and his wife
moved to Maryland where he continued his government
employment at Fort George G. Meade until he retired in
1981. Over the past six years he had participated in State and
National Senior Olympics winning 2nd and 3rd place medals
in National competition in several events.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Veach
Haywood; a son, John Joseph Jr. of Glen Burnie, MD, four
daughters, Pamela Schneider of Gambrills, MD, Rebecca
Weber of Pasadena, MD, Joanna Weitershausen of Leesburg,
VA, and Elena McNeill of Glen Burnie, MD; two brothers,
Robert of Brandon, FL, and William K. of Americas, GA;
two sisters, Elizabeth Duncan of Bradenton, FL, Katherine
Wakeman of Sidney, NY. and 10 grandchildren.


Maxine K. Hitchcock, 97, of Sarasota, Florida,
died November 3, 1999. She was born in Enterprise,
Mississippi and left the Canal Zone 38 years ago from
Curundu Heights. She worked as a clerk in the Quarantine
Office in Cristobal, and was a member of the Allapattah
Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American
Revolution, and the Church of the Nativity. She was
predeceased by her husband, Bill Hitchcock who worked on
the Cristobal Piers for the Army Transportation Unit.
Survivors include a son, William C. of Sarasota;
three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Robert S. Keenan, 72, of Poison, Montana, died of
heart failure, November 5, 1999 at Deaconess Medical
Center in Spokane,WA. He was born in Riverside, NJ.,
attended schools in the Canal Zone and graduated from high
school there. He later attended the University of Montana





and graduated with a degree in Forestry. He married
Elizabeth "Betty" Stackenwalt in 1951 in Pitman, NJ. He
worked in the Canal Zone from 1951 to 1960 with the Inter-
American Geodetic Survey, after which they moved to
Florida in 1960and worked for the U.S. Air Force until
moving to Cheyenne, WY. in 1965, continuing to work for
the civil service in defense mapping and retired in 1980. He
and his wife then moved to Poison. He volunteered as a tutor
at Cherry Valley Elementary School in Poison and was
devoted to service to his deity. His deity and family were
everything to him.
He is survived by his wife Betty of Polson;
daughters Linda Grout of Cheyenne, Debbie Webb of
Herndon, VA, Jan Maxwell of Richardson, TX, and Allison
Keenan of Polson; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.


of World war II. Following his tour of duty he came to the
Canal Zone and was employed with the Panama Air Depot as
a foreman. In 1951 he moved to Vandalia, Ohio with General
Motors at AeroProducts as an engineer until his retirement in
1974. He was a member of of the Elks Club of Plainfield,
Indiana and a member of St. Columbia Catholic Church in
Dothan.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two sons and
daughters-in-law, John and Linda Palancia, Apple Valley,
MN, and William and Kate Palancia of Charlotte, NC.; a
daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Thomas Zbokowski,
Plainfield, IN.; six grandchildren, a sister, Helen Kimock,
Allentown, PA., and three sisters-in-law.


Donald Mathews Luke, 78, of Las Vegas, Nevada,
died suddenly on August 14, 1999 from a heart attack. He
was born in Pennsylvania, and went to the Canal Zone in
1941 as a Junior Accounting Clerk in the former
Comptroller's office and advanced steadily to positions of
increasing responsibility in the accounting system. He
became the Chief Accountant and head of the division in
1978, responsible for maintaining the accounts of the Panama
Canal Company and Canal Zone Government. He retired in
October 1982 with over 41 years of service. He was known
for his sense of humor, honor, and kindness.
He is survived by his grieving sweetheart, Jean A.
Libby, of California.


Dorothy Budd Matters, 67, of Clearwater, Florida,
died January 22, 2000 at Integrated Health Services of
Clearwater under care of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
She was born in Colon, Panama and came here in 1986 from
the Panama Canal Zone. She was a BHS'51 graduate and she
worked for the Panama Canal Company, NASA and the U.S.
Space Agency.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Francis;
three stepsons, Robert of Lusby, Md., Bradley of Seabrook,
Md., and Timothy, of Sweetwater. Tn.; stepdaughter, Marie
Cartwright of Clayton, De.; eight grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren.


Frances B. Orvis, 90, of Sarasota, Florida, died
December 8, 1999. She was born In Kansas City, Missouri
and came to Sarasota from the Panama Canal Zone 39 years
ago. She was a homemaker and a clerk typist for the Panama
Canal. She was a member of Coral Palms Chapter of the
Eastern Star, Sarasota; 1 Court Ladies Oriental Shrine of
North America, and The Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She was a member of St. Andrew's United Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, James E. Orvis of Temple
Terrace, Florida, and Robert G. Orvis of Naples, Florida;
seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.



Peter Palancia, 80, of Dothan, Alabama, died
December 9, 1999 at Flowers Hospital following a brief
illness. He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and lived
there during his early years of his life there. He was a veteran


Captain Jack W. Revell, 78, of Lady Lake, Florida,
died November 29, 1999 under the care of his family and
Hospice. He earned his Master of Oceans license and
captained many vessels in all parts of the world. He became
a Panama Canal pilot in 1974 and retired from the Panama
Canal Commission in 1984, and moved to Fredericksburg,
Texas then settled in Sebastian Inlet where he remained
active in the maritime industry and maintained his private
pilot's license. He attended the Shilo Church and was a
Protestant. He was preceded in death by his son, Samuel; his
parents, his brothers Russell and Raymond, and sisters Elda
Mae Roberts and Edna J. Nelson.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, June Grice
Revell; three sons, Rev. David M. of Auburndale, FL.,
Daniel R. of Plant City, FL and Jack W. Jr. of Aiken, SC.,
two daughters Sarah Revell Mayor of Burnet, TX., Dena
Revell Tarkington of Crystal River, FL.; 11 grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren


Kenneth Pat Scanlon, Sr., 75, of Interlachen,
Florida died from lung cancer on December 23, 1999. He
retired from the Locks Division in 1976 as a machinist with
over 31 years of service. He was a Mason, a Lifetime
Member of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers, and a Lifetime Member of the American
Legion, member of the National Rifle Association and a
Lifetime Member of the VFW, having served in W W11 and
received the Purple Heart when his ship, the USS Long was
blown up and sank. His hobbies were traveling fishing and
reading. He was predeceased by his wife Katherine.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Papin of El
Paso, TX., Theresa Rossman of Las Cruces, NM., and
Glenda Mecca of Poulsbo, WA.; and a son, Kenneth Pat
Scanlon Jr. of Bangor, ME.


Mary Gloria Towery (Sr. Mary Manuela) 71,
passed away October 9, 1999 after a short illness. She was
born in Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1946. She excelled in the girls
sports, Glee Club and was voted to be the "Most Athletic"
girl of her class by her classmates. She entered the convent
and took her final vows with the Sisters of Notre Dame on
August 16,. 1951. She served in Ohio for a year and then in
different schools in Southern California, and finally, for the
last 17 years in the Community Services of Notre Dame
Center, Thousand Oaks, California.





She is survived by a brother, Louis Towery (Cito)
of Las Vegas, Nevada. and sister-in-law Winifred Robinson
Towery of Vancouver, Washington..


Fullerton, CA., Chris Warner of Oceanside and Michael
Warner of Carlsbad, CA., a daughter, Natalie Webb of
Oceanside; daughter-in-law Laura Warner of San Marcos,
CA., brothers Roberto and Sidney Reid of Panama; sister
Silvia Reid of New York City, NY., and three grandchildren.


Johnny Vaucher, 78, of Dothan, Alabama, died
December 23, 1999 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born in Banes, Cuba, and traveled extensively
throughout Central and South America with his family as a
child. He was educated and resided in California, where
during WWII he served as an aircraft armament inspector on
bomber and fighter planes at Norton AFB in San Bernardino,
California. He began his employment with the Panama Canal
Company in 1947 and retired in 1983 from the Systems
Division with over 39 years of service. He then settled in
Dothan. He was active in the Explorer Scouts, the NRA in
the junior target shooting program, and a ham operator. He
was also a FAA designated pilot examiner. In Dothan he was
active in the local Gideon Chapter, traveled across the United
States and continued with his varied interests, including the
Coachman's Peanut Ramblers Camping Group.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley J. Vaucher; three
sons and daughters-in-law, John R. and Lanee Vaucher,
Plantation, Florida and Gary L. and Daisy Vaucher, Rep. of
Panama., Russell J. and Cindy Vaucher, Gig Harbor, WA.,
seven grandchildren..


Margarita Warner, 49, died November 25, 1999
in San Diego, California. She was born in Panama City, R.P.
and lived in Oceanside, California for the past 11 years.
She is survived by her sons, Frederico Warner of


William Stebbins Wigg, 81, of Titusville, Florida,
died January 7, 2000 He was born in Springfield,
Massachusetts, and moved to Central Florida in 1976. He
retired from the Administrative Services of the Panama Canal
Company in 1976 as an executive secretary with over 36
years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; and a daughter,
Carol Hines of Sunderland, Massachusetts



George E. Wollmers. of Sun City Center, Florida,
died April 8, 1999 at South Bay Hospital. George was
married to Harriet Keenan Serger Wollmers, formerly of
Gatun, Canal Zone. Although George never worked in the
Canal Zone, he felt like a Zonian from meeting so many
wonderful people at the reunions. He also got to know the
Canal Zone and Panama from helping Harriett sort her may
photo slides.
Survivors include his stepchildren, Carol Serger
Pickersgill of Brooksville, FL., Steve Serger of Tampa; Carl
(Andy) Serger of Great Falls, VA., and his two daughters,
Mary Ellen Hallett and Roberta Harkey; seven grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren of Jacksonville, Florida.


Letters to the Editor


PICNIC IN THE PARK ENJOYED

The Florida Symphony Orchestra played for the
Picnic in the Park on October 9th, 1999. Three thousand
people from the St. Petersburg area attended.
Music and fireworks were enjoyed by Roy
Culbreth, Jane Huldtquist, Jim O'Donnell, Ken Morris
and Gemma O'Donnel


Roy Culbreth, Jane Huldtquist, Jim O'Donnell,
Kenny Morris and Gemma O'Donnell.
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SURPRISE 25th BIRTHDAY
COSTUME PARTY

Louise Rathgeber Hunt, Woody and Elsie
Woodruff surprised their granddaughter Joanne Hunt at her
25th birthday costume party held in October at Joe and
Darleen Hunt's house in Clearwater, Florida.


Louise Rathgeber Hunt, granddaughter Joanne
Hunt, Woody and Elsie Woodruff.





BUCCANEER MIKE ALSTOTT
DOES A PROMOTION JOB

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott recently did a
promotion job with Warren Gibbs, who works for a Tampa
Bay Radio Station. Pictured also is Russell Stromberg,
another afficianado.


THE SMITHS AT DISNEY WORLD

Thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jared and his
family spent six days of non-stop exhausting fun at Disney
World. They stayed in Orlando at "Give Kids the World", a
special place for families with critically ill children. Each
morning different Disney characters came to the complex to
eat breakfast with the children, and every night, there were
special gifts waiting for them when they returned.
Jared was treated like a VIP during his entire stay at
Disney. He was given a special button which allowed the
family to skip ahead of everyone in line. They went to MGM
Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Sea World, Animal
Kingdom, EPCOT, and the magic Kingdom. It was a
wonderful experience for the entire family and one they will
always remember. The Make-A-Wish Foundation certainly
did help Jared to forget some of his worries and unpleasant
experiences by making one of his dreams come true.
Owl AFI


Warren Gibbs, Mike Alstott, Russell Stromberg.


McLAUGHLINS AND SYKES
VISIT RAILROAD MUSEUM

The McLaughlins and the Sykes family visited the
Eureka Springs Arkansas Railroad Museum during the
summer of 1999. Locomotive 201 is a sister to Old 2999 and
was used during the construction of the Panama Canal.
It is still operational, and rides were provided the
two families, and others, as shown.


L-R: Larry, Stephan, Jared (between Minnie and
Mickey), Sandy and Kayleigh.
Please continue to pray for Jared who has recently
completed his treatment program for Neuroblastoma Cancer.
He will be re-tested around the middle of January to
determine the effectiveness of the treatment. and God
willing, the test results will bring the good news we are all
waiting for.
The Smith family


L-R: Margaret and Allison McLaughlin, Debbie,
Eddie, Lindsey, Brittany Sykes, Bill McLaughlin.


WHAT IS A ZONIAN?

"What is the definition of a Zonian?" That question
probably has many answers as there are people who feel like
a Zonian....Perhaps a combination of things make up a person
a Zonian; truly a Zonian. Definitely being born down there
and growing up down there makes a person a Zonian IF that
person WANTS to be a Zonian and IF that person FEELS
like a Zonian. "IF" is the hitch. I do not think a person is a
Zonian who does not feel like one or who does not really
relate to Panama/CZ anymore; meaning a person who has
attachments elsewhere. A person who, for whatever reason,
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has begun to live and relate to an entirely New environment
and who has left his/her former life, thoughts, feelings,
attitude about THAT environment behind and moved on and
away from it (the Canal Zone), I feel is no longer a Zonian.
Now that does not mean that person cannot return to being a
Zonian again; move back to his/her former home
encompassing all those feelings and attitudes about that home
(Panama/CZ)
On the other hand. I think a person is a Zonian who
may have only spent a year or so down there, but who still
feels like a Zonian, still keeps the canal Zone and Panama
alive in his/her heart and being.
Perhaps a true Zonian is a person who misses what
we once had; the smells we once experienced, the sights and
sounds of the past, the feel of a Panamanian rain and the
warmth of the air....The person who would love to bring it
allll back to savor again and again. So by talking to others
about our missed life we DO relive; we share; we bring it
back. The scents are smelled again, the warmth of the air and
the feel of the Panama rain is renewed in our spirit again, we
hear the sounds of the cicadas, the frogs, and the honking
horns of Panama/Colon city again. Our life as a Zonian
becomes alive again; we stay a Zonian. We want to
remember it alllllll and never forget a second of that life; yes,
it is in our being, it is in our spirit, it is in our mind.......it is
us!!!! We are Zonians because that is what we want to stay!

Sharon Glassburn
Clearwater, FL


Top: Jerry Daugherty is in the center, and bottom:
Jerry is second from the left. Who are the others,
please?


MALONEY VISITS McCORMACKS


Patricia Zemer, (5 years old) and Phillipa Zemer, (8
years old) of Oslo, Norway, taken at Disney's EPCOT
Center while visiting their grandmother, Terry Zemer,
September 1998.
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Jerry "Tiger" Maloney spent a most enjoyable
Christmas with the McCormacks and their two little
Apaches, Buck (6) and Tucker (7).


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MACDONNELLS VISIT THEIR
SCOTTISH ROOTS

Rod Macdonnell and I, accompanied by our
daughter, Laurie Sanchez, and our son, Robert, returned to
Scotland in September and October, 1999, to revisit our roots
on remote Knoydart, accessible only by boat or hiking. Of
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nuu ivIamuunifnel, nuuort IVl;uuiin1fe, Laiune oiiuLner
and Virginia Macdonnell.
We found ancestors' graves in Kilchoan Cemetery
near Inverie on Knoydart. We stayed again at the Glengarry
Castle Hotel, the nearby castle ruins being the ancient home
of the Chiefs of Glengarry and Knoydart. We visited from
northernmost Skye and the Clan Donald Research Center to
London by plane, train, auto and boat.
We had a wonderful time giving our children a look
at their history. We are photographed at the British Museum
in London winding up the trip. Also included is a photo of
me with a Highlander in full regalia while we were in
Inverness.


EMILIE VISITS ROSS FAMILY

Don and Betty Ross, formerly of La Boca/Balboa,
enjoyed Emilie Daniel's two-week visit from Panama.
During Emilie's stay at their house in Austin, Texas,
Don held a surprise birthday party for Betty. Spike and
Wendy Baldwin from San Antonio, Texas, and Brickie,
Red and Kat Pattison (not pictured) from Round Rock,
Texas also joined in the good music and activities.


THE YOUNG ASTRONAUTS. Mickey Cunningham
with his grandchildren preparing for their maiden flight
aboard a Piper aircraft. L-R: Taylor Jason, Rachel
Cunningham, grandpa Dr. Rick Jason, Brittany
Jason, Grandpa Mickey Cunningham



OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE OPENS
IN PANAMA

The first Outback Steakhouse in Panama opened in
early December 1999. Panama Canal Society members John
and Jackie (Evans) Carlson, Dennis and Peggy (Hale)
Huff, Robert and Jeannie (Chance) Rupp, and John and
Lorena Husum are among a group of investors and
prominent Panamanian businessmen who brought the popular
restaurant to the area.








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Pictured on opening night are L-R: John Husum,
Dennis Huff, Lorena Husum, Peggy Huff, John
Carlson.
According to John Carlson, president of Caribbean
Tucker, the investment corporation, eleven additional
restaurants are planned for the Caribbean basin. Pat Gordon,
who was raised in the former Canal Zone, brought his
Outback expertise to Panama and is operating partner for
future sites in Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican
Republic.





TOO YOUNG TO RETIRE

Thirty years in the U.S. Navy, 1944 to 1974; three
years, 1974-1977, Master aboard a container ship and sea-
going tugs; fifteen years, 1977 to 1992, Panama Canal Pilot;
from 1992 to present time, Captain aboard passenger
carrying boats in Baltimore Harbor.
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Captain David T. Younce in Baltimore Harbor on water
taxi boat with examples of his difficult and interesting
hobby, nautical knot boards.
The majority of my time is spent with my hobby,
which is making nautical knot boards (macrame).
At age 73 I find it hard to retire, So, I guess I'll keep
doing the above.
Capt. David T. Younce
Baltimore, Maryland


Old friends New friends!


ZONIAN FSU FANS!

November 13, 1999 was the date of the FSU vs
Maryland football game in Tallahassee, Florida. Lots of
former Zonians met at the "Palace Saloon" for a mini-
reunion before and after the game. Everyone had a fantastic
time!


MATTHEWS ENJOY GUESTS

Tom and Carmen Mathews of Puyallup,
Washington, enjoyed several guests from Florida over the
Labor Day holiday. Jack and Fran Hern, Jackie Wagner,
and Carl Slattery all arrived for a 10-day visit to the
beautiful Pacific Northwest.


Tom and Carmen Matthews and visitors.

During the visit the group traveled north to British
Columbia, Canada, to spend four days on a houseboat on
scenic Lake Shuchwap. The lake has eight hundred miles of
shoreline and is set in a provincial park in the Canadian
Rockies. From the houseboat, the group then traveled to
Vancouver, British Columbia and spent several days
exploring the wonders of this beautiful West Coast city.


Zonian FSU Fans meet in Tallahassee.
The group included Ed Malin and stepson, Jody;
Billy Kessler and son Blair; Bill Kessler; Steve, Mary,
Andrea and Lauren Tochterman, Jennifer Marsalona,
Davey and Jessica Kelleher; Betty and Dave Kelleher,
John and Luke Givens and George and David Nuiiez.




LANG FAMILY CRUISE THE
CARIBBEAN

On December 4, 1999, Bill Lang (BHS'50) and
Mary Jo (Cole) Lang (BHS'51) treated the families of their
sons Walt and Tom, and their daughter Cathy Alexander,
on a seven-day Caribbean cruise from Ft, Lauderdale, Florida
aboard the Holiday Line MS Westerdam. There were a total
of 15 family members on the trip including spouses, six
grandchildren and a newborn who the Alexander family had
never seen.





Their other son, Chris Lang, as Associate Professor
of mathematics at Indiana University was unable to take
advantage of the trip.


Top row L-R: Cathy and Tom Alexander, Tom and
Kathy Lang. Middle row: Anne Lang, Hannah Lang
(5 months), Walt Lang, Bill and Mary Jo Lang. Front
L-R: Nathan Lang (4), Simon Lang (8) Andrew Lang
(12) Emma Alexander (11), twins Natalie and
Chelsea Alexander. (9).
The Langs and Alexanders visited Nassau in the
Bahamas on the first day where they toured the city, visited
the straw market and a nearby beach. Here, the children ate
raw coconut and savored its delicious juice. The ship then
sailed to San Juan, Puerto Rico. That evening, the family
enjoyed the formal traditional Captain's Dinner. In San Juan,
the family visited Moro Castle, the tropical garden of Casa
Blanca and wandered around town visiting many fine shops.
The clan next visited St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where they
did a little shopping and took a spectacular ride by bus over
the mountain for a swim at Megan Beach (rated in the top ten
beaches by National Graphic.) There was another formal
dinner with "baked Alaska" while the ship journeyed to Half
Moon Cay, the cruise line's privately owned island, for a day
of sailing, scuba diving, swimming and picnicking. The
family had a wonderful time enjoying gourmet dining, first
class evenings onboard movies and entertainment,
sightseeing, shopping swimming and just being together as
a family.


DOUG SHOWS IN-LAWS WHERE
WIVES WERE BORN

On November 6, 1999, Doug Schmidt,
accompanied by his son-in-law Kenny Fritz, as well as
David Sheets, son-in-law of Dale and Jackie Bishop,
departed for Panama on a week's trip. The main purpose was
to show these two men the former Canal Zone where their
wives were born, as well as the beauty of Panama prior to the
transfer of the waterway on December 31, 1999 at twelve
o'clock noon. Neither Kenny or David had ever visited
Panama, therefore everyone in the family wanted them to see
first hand whet we had been telling them for several years.
They stayed in Commission housing on Barneby
Street which was very nice and convenient. While there, they
traveled to El Valle to see the market place, golden frogs, and
square trees. Later that day, they went to the Hotel Coronado
and spent the night. Before returning to the city, they spent


Kenny Fritz, Doug Schmidt, Dave Sheets aboard
Martha Majesty (805x106) 10 November 1999.
an hour or so swimming the Pacific. The next few days were
devoted entirely to the Canal itself, and it was truly an
experience of a lifetime for the husbands of Cheryl
(Schmidt) Fritz and Jeanne (Bishop) Sheets. The highlight
was a complete southbound transit aboard a PANAMAX
ship. They also toured Marine Traffic Control, the Ship
Simulator, and Miraflores Control House. Before departing
for Texas, the three flew to the San Bias Islands for an all-
day tour. The next day, all went fishing for Peacock Bass in
Gatun Lake, where they caught 47 nice fish. The entire trip
went like clockwork thanks to many weeks of advance
planning and the tremendous assistance provided by friends
and former co-workers. The magnitude of the Canal and the
sheer beauty of Panama will be remembered and appreciated
forever.
Doug Schmidt
Kerrville, Texas


Rosemary Millet Gilead and Joan Ridge
deGrummond at the last Poconos Reunion. Since
neither have ever been seen in the Canal Record
before, this shot should be good for about 12 more
months.






THE RANKINGS ENTERTAIN

The Rankins of Tacoma, Washington, had-their
Thanksgiving gathering again this year. Billy and Ginny
hosted the family dinner and were joined by Billy's brother,
Robert, and his wife, Gayle (Fettler). The gang from
Oregon came. Ginny's brother, Walter Kleefkins, and wife,
Suzanne (Urey), daughters, Jennifer Bunsch and Kathy
Robinson, and all the grandkids. Sandi (Rankin)
McClanahan, who lives in Tacoma also, was there with her
husband, Autie and son, Seth. And of course, Jibby
Kleeflkins, who lives with Billy and Ginny.









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Thanksgiving, 1999. Front L-R: Autie, Sandi, and Seth
McClanahan, Jibby Kleefkins holding Parker
Bansch, Whitney Bansch. 2nd row: Billy Rankin,
Mason Bansch, Kathy Robinson, Jaime Robinson.
3rd row: Jim Bansch, Jennifer Bansch, Suzanne
Kleefkins, Back row: Gayle and Robert Rankin,
Walter Kleefkins. Photographer: Ginny Rankin.


uecemoer 19 9, L-H; Nancy Ivory, Jibby Kleetkins,
Sandi McClanahan, Ginny Rankin.
Missing this year were John and Karen (Rankin)
Blennerhassett and daughter, Ryann of San Diego.
Then in December, their oldest daughter, Nancy, flew
in from England to spend a week with them.

Ginny Rankin
Tacoma, WA.


U.S. AMBASSADOR
PARTICIPATES IN 46th ANNUAL
OCEAN TO OCEAN CAYUCO
RACE

The Honorable Simon Ferro, United States
Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, participated in the
final Boy Scouts of America sponsored ocean-to-ocean
cayuco race, held 26-28 March 1999.
Ambassador Ferro paddled with the crew of the
Slave Galley, whose crew members are pictured left to right:


L-R: Scott Loizeaux, Robert Rupp, Diana (Huff)
Grimison, Dennis Huff, Nico Degreef, Bob
Medinger, Richard Grimison, Roberto Bruno,
Ambassador Ferro, Brian Keeney, and Andrew
Efthiamiades.

T'WAS A PANAMA CHRISTMAS

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the Zone
No noses were frozen, no snow fluttered home,
No children in flannels were tucked into bed,
They all wore shorty p.j.'s instead,

We bought our Christmas trees hot off the ship,
Dry, weather beaten, showing a rough trip,
Even tho' they looked sad, skinny, limbless and bad,
There was always Diablo Point and the bonfire to be had.

The houses were trimmed with colored lights all around,
Boats in the driveways, and palm trees in the ground,
We all took a trip down Santa Lane,
Stopped at every house, and had a rum & coke with Mac Lane.

The sleeping kiddies were dreaming in glee,
Hoping to find waterskis under the tree.
They all knew that Santa was well on his way,
Driving a Chiva bus instead of a sleigh.

The adults were thinking that within a week,
They'd be at the Tivoli having a drink,
With friends and hugs and music by Lucho,
There was nothing better and we liked it much.

And soon he arrived and started to work,
He hadn't a second to linger or shirk,
He whizzed past Old Panama, Las Cruces, Far Fan,
To bring gifts to children in this paradise land.

The tropical moon gave Balboa a glow,
And lighted the way for old Santa below.
As he jumped from the Chiva he gave a big smile,
He was dressed in Bermudas and flip flops, Oh, what a style!

There weren't any chimneys, what a big bore,
For Santa came in through the patio door.
He stopped at each house, stayed only a minute,
Emptying his sack of stuff that was in it.

Before he departed, he treated himself
To a Cuba Libre we left on the shelf.
He turned with a jerk and bounced off to the bus
Remembering he still had to go without fuss.

He shifted the gears and stepped on the gas,
Across the Canal he went like a flash.
And I heard him exclaim as he went on his way,
"MERRY CHRISTMAS PANAMA, I WISH WE COULD STAY!"






Class and Group Reunions


CELEBRATE AT THE 2000

PANAMA CANAL ZONE

WEST COAST REUNION

Saturday night Dinner/Dance

Saturday, September 23, 2000
Bay View Restaurant & Lounge

Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego.CA
Conveniently located near downtown San Diego
Overlooking a beautiful marina on an inlet of San Diego Bay


Schedule:
Saturday: 5:00- 7:00PM
7:00 PM
8:00-10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00-12:00 AM


Open Bar
Dinner
Dancing-Live Music
Brunch at Roger & Rochelle Thompson's in Pacific Beach.


Mail reservations for meals (including name & address of each individual attending)
and Your phone number and e-mail acct, is available, with a check for 537.00 per
person, payable to Reunion Account.
Mail to: Kathiyn Tavior 507B Ave Sevilla. Laguna Woods, CA 92653-3874


Name


Address


e-mail


Amount enclosed persons @ $37.00 = $
Your phone number with area code
Mini-reunions: Kathryn Taylor 949-951-4801
General Info: Bill & Nana Roberts 619-440-3071
Ted & Beth Sundquist 619-669-1127
David Hollowell 619-424-5704


Jean Pence 858-566-1831
Norma Horine 619-472-6693


Where to stay: please make motel reservations directly with the motel. The following
motels are suggested only. They are one street over from MCRD.


Days Inn Suites Rosecrans St 619-224-9800
Howard Johnson Rosecrans St 619-224-8266 or 1-800-742-4627
Both have discounts so please ask.
We are pleased to welcome BHS classes of '40 and '45, this year. Welcome.


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BHS CLASS of 1940
60th 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. For reunion reservation form call Fernando Tapia,
23029 No. 94'" St., Scottsdale, AZ 85255, or phone (480)
585-4951, or e-mail FTapia@aol.com



CLASS OF CHS 1940

The CHS Class of 1940 is having an informal
reunion at the Marriott Hotel in Tampa on Friday, July 7,
2000, at 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. All members of CHS
Classes 1939 and 1941 are also welcome. For further
information, and if you wish to attend, please contact:

Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane Rose (Stroop) Carmody
6427 Stone Ridge Rd. 2737 Jay Place
Santa Rosa, CA 95409 Sarasota, FL 34235-9015
(707) 537-1924 (941)365-3361
jkcpan@aol.com rosie7777@juno.com




THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
The Year 2000 .....50th Reunion

Plans will soon be solidified for our great BHS '50/50th
Reunion. If you have NOT yet sent your $50 registration to
Joan please do so immediately. Contact either of us
mentioned below for details. If you e-mail to Wendell please
include your snail mail address AND telephone number in
order that the necessary forms can be sent to you quickly. Do
you have a BHS Class group graduation photo or other
photos that we can put on our Picture Board? Members of
BHS Class of '49 and '51 are also cordially invited to attend.
Please read our notice under "Where Are You."

Dr. Wendell N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21 E 9770 S.W. 108' Circle
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 Dunnellon, FL 34431-4148
(409) 564-0620 FAX 569-2514 (352) 489-388
Cspreadbury@titan.sfasu.edu


BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1970

The BHS/CHS Class of 1970 will be holding their
30"' 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.
Contact:


Vicki Sizemore
1213 Valencia Lane
Auburndale, FL 33823.
(941) 967-2106
Wardlow @ ibm.net


Jacque Crowell
21 La Palma
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
(904) 441-3229
Vowellja@aol.com


Bill McLaughlin
9090 S. Waterview Drive
Floral City, FL 34436
billmac@citrus.infi.net


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
email: zoniejoanie@rsvi.net:


CHS CLASS OF 1975
25th YEAR REUNION

Plans are underway to hold the CHS Class of 1975
25"' 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. cherie.d.lee@worldnet.att.net


SWEET ADELINE REUNION


BHS 1956 & 1957

SENIOR SKIP DAY YEAR 2000 REUNION
CELEBRATION FOR CLASSES OF BHS'56 AND '57
(Hospitality Suite open to Classmates, Cheerleaders and
teammates. For more information contact: Daniel G.
Winklosky, 1362 Brookwood Drive, High Point, NC 27262
Tel: (336) 882-8579. Email: winwinwin@mindspring.com


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:
plrozz@aol.com.





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
member 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


Carl Orvis
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
Yvonne Fishbough
2003 Northside Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
Yfish72@hotmail.com


VIRGINIA/DC/MARYLAND
CANAL ZONE MINI-REUNION

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2000 6:00 p.m.
Location: Best Western Fairfax Lounge Club 66

Pay as you go have a drink, stay for dinner, or just
socialize with old and new friends from the Zone.
I need some kind of head count so please let me
know if you plan to attend. Home: 703-361-7176 Work
703-614-9810.

Address/Directions: 3534 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.
From 495, take Rt 66 West From Rt. 66 take Exit #60
which is Route 123 South (Chain Bridge Rd). Turn left on
first traffic light (Corner of 1-66 and Route 123).

ATTENTION FORMER CHS JR/SR
HIGH CHEERLEADERS

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:
j anegraver @ hotmail.com.

EYEGLASSES

It's time for you to honor that New Years's Resolution
to recycle your old eyeglasses and help a visually impaired
person in a Third World Country. If you are like me, your
old eyeglasses are stuck in the back corer of a drawer, of no
use to anyone. Every single pair counts. Do your part. Make
a difference. Send yours to Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen
Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. An annual progress report
will be made in the December issue.


AN AL 5PRAGUE ART COLLECTION ON DISPLAY AT THE 2000 REUNION

The Sprague Family proudly announces a plan to honor Al Sprague and his 45+-year career in art with a special
showing of his original work at the 2000 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Tampa.

Marsha Sprague, Al's wife, and Kassie Sprague Taylor, Al's daughter and owner of Sprague Editions, will sponsor
a retrospective show of Sprague's Panama work spanning from 1959 to 2000. All work will be on loan from
collectors.

The show will open on Thursday, July 6th with an invitational reception for lenders and special guests of the family.
The work will be on display during Reunion hours on Friday and Saturday for all attendees to enjoy.

In conjunction with the show, Sprague Editions will donate a percentage of print sales of Sprague's newest canal
print, "Transit 2000" to the Panama Canal Society to foster the continuation of its mission.

Anyone who is planning to attend Reunion 2000 and is interested in loaning an original oil, watercolor, drawing, or
sculpture to this show is urged to contact Marsha at SpragueArt@aol.com, or (757) 898-1704 or Kassie at
sprague@aeneas.net, or 1-800-549-2483.





THE ANNUAL POCONO C.Z.
REUNION 38 YEARS OLD
(and still going strong)

And it is set to run from Friday, September 8, 2000
until Sunday, September 10, 2000. As usual, it will be held
at the Hill Motor Lodge in Tannersville, PA. Our theme this
coming year is PANAMA so come dressed in montuno and
pollera and participate in the "first-ever" Pocono bash after
the demise of the Canal.
The lodge is just off Interstate 80 at exit 45. Costs
are $100 for single occupancy and $160 for doubles. Price
includes dinners on Friday and Saturday nights with the
menu to be Chicken cordon-bleu on one night and a "buffet"
on the other. Make your reservations after January 2000 by
calling Mrs. Patel at 570-629-1667, and make reference to
the Panama Canal group rates.
As a Jewish mother would say. "try it, you'll like
it!" For further info, if needed, call Mannie (ie not y)
Quintero at 703-354-2037 or Bill March at 609-772-9458
or either of our e-mail addresses from the Annual Directory.



MASONS and OES LUNCHEON

There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern Star
luncheon on Friday, July 7, 2000 at the Tampa Marriott
Waterside Hotel in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. immediately
following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The cost
of the luncheon is $19.00 /meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses
and friends of the Fraternity are invited. Dress for the
occasion will be semi-formal.
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SMASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Tampa, Florida
[Friday Luncheon: 12:30 p.m.
[July 7, 2000 Cost: $19.00/meal
(A) Tarpon Springs Chicken
(B) Grilled Center-cut Pork Loin
Please make __ reservations and meal selection of (A) or
1(B) below:
Total enclosed: $_
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IMake U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to[
iRobert Russell and mail to 3023 Bent Creek Drive,
IValrico, FL 33594.

[List names of persons attending (and meal selection) for
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Roosevelt Medal Descendants

Roosevelt Medal Descendants, legally constituted
in Panama as a not-for-profit civic organization, exists for the
following primary purposes:
a. To preserve the memory of American citizens
who were engaged in the construction of the Panama Canal
and who, for their noble effort were awarded the Roosevelt
Medal by the President of the United States.
b. To establish an association of descendants of
Roosevelt Medal recipients to promote civic and cultural
activities designed to honor the contribution of their
forebears in the Construction of the Panama Canal.
c. To encourage research and investigation related
to the role of Roosevelt Medal recipients in the creation of
the Panama Canal.
d. To disseminate information and to conduct
public ceremonies to ensure that the historic achievement of
Roosevelt Medal recipients are not forgotten.

ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDANTS assemble at
the Panama Canal on or about August 15 every year to pay
tribute to the United States citizens in the building of the
Canal.
All direct descendants of the Roosevelt Medal
recipients are eligible to apply for membership in
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDANTS.

Marc Quinn
P.O. Box 3344 Balboa-Ancon
Rep. of Panama
Tel/Fax 011-507-264-8954

ST. MARY'S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
TEACHER/ALUMNI REUNION

A reunion of the St. Mary's Parochial School
alumni, Sisters, Priests and lay teachers is scheduled for
Saturday, July 8th, 2000, in downtown Tampa. For more
information or to register, 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, katbrat@juno.com, or 2214 Stacy Ct., Palm
Harbor, FL 34683.


TWI-LIGHT LEAGUE BASEBALL
REUNION

Those interested in a reunion of the Atlantic side
Twi-Light League and the Pacific side Twi-Light League
Baseball players, wives and fans, please telephone the
following with any suggestions:

Richard "Buckeye" Swearingen John "Bucky" Hall
(970) 226-1400 (941) 377-3731





ORAL HISTORIES

One facet of your museum committee is to gather
and preserve historical information by recording interviews
with former participants in 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. Handwritten or typed life
stories from your CZ days are equally valuable to the
archives. If you are writing your life story for the
grandchildren, please send us a copy too. A self-interview
guide has been developed for your use.


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.


SUBMARINES IN PANAMA
1942- 1999

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
following at:

Edward H. Browder R.Adm. M.H. Rindskopf, USN Ret.
877 Morgan Ave. mrindskopf@earthlink.net
Niskayuna, NY 12309
(518) 393-4869 Gerald R. Menefee, EdD
edthebrow@aol.com 1134 South Shasta Drive
West Covina, CA 91791
(626) 919-0911
Lt. Charlie Maher USN fax 626-919-5455
CO.MSCO.Panama@smtpgw.msc.navy.mil



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Governor Fleming's Driver served
Six Presidents

As a small boy in Panama, Alfonso Smith was the
most popular boy on the block when he rumbled up and
down the street giving rides to the neighborhood kids in the
wooden wagon he had made from orange crates and odd
wheels.
He was even more popular when at 13 he had a job
as office boy and allowed his friends to hop on the back of
the bicycle as he made his deliveries. In his boyhood dreams
he often thought how wonderful it would be to drive an
automobile. But never did he dream he would someday be
driving a sleek limousine and have as a passenger a real
queen, or be a driver for six Presidents of Panama and many
other heads of State visiting the Isthmus; or be what he is
today driver for Canal Zone Governor Robert J. Fleming
Jr.
"Smitty", as he is affectionately called, was born in
Panama in 1923. His father, A U.S. soldier stationed at Ft.
Clayton, was killed in a fall from a horse eight days before


Smitty was born. His Colombian mother had to go to work
first in a dress factory and later in a shoe factory to rear her
son. To earn a few cents each day, Smitty, at the age of
seven, served as altar boy at the early masses in Santa Ana
and San Jose churches before going to school in the morning.
He worked at odd jobs to help his mother and at 13 he had
his first steady employment.
Smitty began his working career in the Canal Zone
in 1940 when he worked from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. at 180 per
hour as a helper in the storehouse of the Municipal Engineers
in Pedro Miguel. A few months later, he transferred to work
on the Miraflores Bridge, also as a helper. Smitty was a
cement checker in 1941 and then a driver for the Department
of Engineers (Army) at Corozal.
He joined the U.S. Army at 18 and was stationed at
Fort Amador and Quarry Heights. In 1947, with the rank of
Sergeant, he left the Army and returned to Corozal as a driver
until 1949. (Smitty remained in the Army Reserves until
1954).
It was Hector (Rey) Valdes, Panama official and
present director of DENI, Panama's Department of National
Investigation, who recommended Smitty as driver for
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Panama President Alcibiades Arosemena, the first of six
presidents he served. Jos6 Antonio Rem6n was the next
president Smitty drove for and it was during that time that he
chauffeured Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip
who were official guests of Panama. Driving the Queen
remains as the highlight of his career in Panama. His duties
with President Rem6n often included other chores. One task
he recalls vividly was feeding cartons of ice cream every
evening to each of the president's seven dogs.
President Jose Ram6n Guizado was number three
on the list of Panama presidents for which he drove. Then
came Ricardo Arias Espinosa, whose administration hosted
the 1956 Hemisphere President's Meeting. Smitty recalls that
he spent most of his time going back and forth to Tocumen
airport to receive the presidents. And it was Smitty who
drove the presidents back to the airport on their departure
from Panama. He remembers that a special jeep was outfitted
for President Eisenhower to play golf at the Panama Golf
Club but the president was kept so busy during the week-long
meeting that he was never able to use it.
Smitty recalls that all the presidents were more than
obliging when they were asked for their autographs.
President Anastasio Somoza gladly signed everything put
before him, but the signatures disappeared a few minutes
later, leaving not a trace. Apparently, the Nicaraguan
President was not too keen on having his signature dispersed
so he used a special pen for autograph signing.
Smitty drove for President Ernesto de la Guardia,
Jr. and Roberto F. Chiari was the last of the Panama
Presidents he chauffeured.
In 1964, Smitty became driver for Governor
Fleming. He worked five days a week and anytime the
Governor needed him. Smitty says his own name is the first
on the list of persons pleased that Governor Fleming's tour
on the Isthmus has been extended.
Smitty is also known as "Gringo" since he became
a U.S. citizen a year ago. When asked if he minded being
called "Gringo", Smitty said, "Of course not, I'm proud of
it." As for a pastime when he is not busy driving Gov.
Fleming, he may take his family for a drive, or putter
around his home in Villa Guadalupe, near the Transisthmian
Highway, where he lives with his wife, Francisca, his four
children, Ernesto, Maria Felicidad, Marisol and Carmen
Maria and his mother. He is also an avid reader, especially
following reports from Vietnam.

Panama Canal Review
November 1966

Alfonso "Smitty" Smith, former official driver of
Canal Zone Governors and Administrator, passed away July
30, 1999. Services were held August 4 at 1:00 p.m. at Cristo
del Hombre Church located in Villa Guadalupe, Panama.

Commonly used conversion factors
From English Multiply by To Metric
system system

Inches 25.4 Millimeters
Feet 0.3048 Meters
Gallons 3.785 Liters
Pounds 0.4536 Kilograms
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obtain 30.48.


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Tourist Attraction. A tourist prepares to photograph
historical General Electric Locomotive 644, which
stands proudly at the entrance of Gatun Locks.
Locomotives have helped vessels transit the locks
since the beginning of the Canal. Photo by Jaime Yau.





TILLY McCONAGHY of the Well Baby Clinic

"Tilly" (Heckman) McConaghy came to the Canal
Zone from Mahonoy City, Pennsylvania, and worked at
Gorgas Hospital from February 1, 1939 to 1972. She was the
Public Health Nurse at the Well-Baby Clinic and was so
good with the children when they needed their baby shots
and check-ups.
She was married to John J. McConaghy of Balboa,
Canal Zone in 1941. He retired in 1975, and they made their
home in Clearwater.


Leaving on Panama Line, August 1953, L-R: Jim
Jones, Blanquita McNatt, Gary Lowande, Kay
Cross, Joe Oliver, Jerry Fox, Marilyn Bevington.
Photo submitted by Kay Cross Carson


June, 1952. "Tilly" (Heckman) McConaghy, Public
Health Nurse at the Well-Baby Clinic, Gorgas Hospital,
with Christine (21 months) and Stephen (six months),
children of Gregory and Joan (Ridge) Cartotto.





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Gatun Junior Baseball League, 1947-48. Front L-R:
Dorn Thomas, Richard Sassara, James Gracie,
Keith Moumblow, James Roddy, Howard Munroe.
Back L-R: Geo. Egolf, Robert Karriger, Larry Horine,
Buddy Thomas, Fred Templin, Robert Stern, Coach
H.M. Woods.


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Autographed picture of Terry Moore, (right pants leg)
center fielder and Captain during the 1942 World
Series. He played baseball in Panama with the Colon
league































BHS Class of "59", 40th Class Reunion, 1999, Panama Canal Society Reunion: Back row: John Morris, Art
O'Leary, Tommy Ashton, Lane (Taylor) Ashton, unknown, Joe Garcia, unknown, Jim Bradley, Brian McNamee,
Bill Brunner, Middle row L-R: Mo Schock, Dan DesLondes, Stan Wilson, Sarita (Watson) Quackenbush, Kay
Davis, Gloria (Ely) Corrigan, Judy Beeby, Susie McGee, Charles Concannon, Sharon (DeVore) Glassburn,
Janice Malone, Skip Rowley, Jon Snodgrass, Jack Hern, Herb Spector, Front row L-R: Gloria Sigl, Martha
(Miller) Young, Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald, unknown, NOT SHOWN: Pete Corrigan, Kathleen Cox, Melissa
Downing, John Engelke, Terry Fuqua, Lem Kirkland, Charlie Leves, Frank Leves, Virginia (Mauldin) Womble,
Tony Womble, Bim Maxwell, Gerard McKenna, Edith McNeil, Peggy Morgan, Lane Thompson, Diane (Vestal)
Morris, Bob Wallace. Photo by Skip Rowley


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Canal Zone Junior College 1934. Front row L-R: Charlotte Wahl, Ruth Westman, unknown, Taylor, unknown, Mildred
Makibbin, Dorothy Erickson, Lillian Monsanto, unknown, Wilma Reynolds, Ruth Alexander, June Tilley, Ruth
Walston, Marion Dupree, Antoniette Baker, Harriet Kalar. Numbered: 1) unknown 2) Bruce Crooks, 3) Wallace
Crawford, 4) Bill DeVore, 5) unknown, 6) Fred Mead, 7) Sasso, 8) unknown, 9) unknown, 10)Ed Gormley, 11)
Jack Dombrowsky, 12) unknown 13) Charles Arroyo. 3rd Row L-R: 14) Jose Sosa, 15) Fred Banan, 16) Harvey
Smith, 17) Harvey Smith, 18) Harry Egolf, 19) Joe Shirley, 20) Pembroke Barton, 21) Joe Ebdon, 22) unknown,
23) Howard Walling, 24) Bill Daniels, 25) Dick Novey, 26) Howard Daniels, 27) Bill Halvosa, 28) Grassy Rankin.

































C.Z.J.C. 1948 VOLLEYBALL ALL-STARS: Kneeling L-R: Alice Sullivan, Barbara Hatchett, Marion Schjeveland,
, Pat Leach, Janer Williams. Standing L-R: Joan Horter, Ruth Schjeveland, Peg Sylvertre, Capt. Joann Flynn,
Mrs. O'Connell, Shirley Weltz, Alice Castro, Barbara Fritz.


GAMBOA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM "D" LEAGUE: L-R: D. Ryter, G. Figel, J. Driscoll, M. Metcalf, W. Hope, J.
Powell, L. Henderson, S. Herring, J. Magee, K. Morris, C. Seise.





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Top, L-R: Robert C. Speers, James M. Purdy, Jesse H. McMann, George N. Villines, Louie E. Rocher, Richard
G. Weigle, John E. Schmidt, Charles M. Wilson, Thomas Williamson, Jr, Lloyd W. Peterson, Jack D. Reeve,
Victor V. Trine, Richard C. Welsh, Harry V. Parker. 2nd row, L-R: Marvin R. Pitt, Raymond F. Wasden, Joseph
A. Mills, Virgil C. Reed, James E. Mengers, Charles K. McNiel, Jess Montgomery, Charles W. Morgan, Frank
T. Larrabee, Douglas A. Schutz, Bernard J. Wilson. 3rd row, L-R: Frank M. Wills, Eubert W. McLeod, Theodore
R. Wilcox, Michael A. Shaw, Harlie L. Webb, Arent S. Larsen, Alexander Watt, James F. Sherer, Richard W.
Tomlinson, Raymond H. Wiles, Tadeusz Witek, Frank W. LaRue, Alfred G. Townsend, Howard O. Spears, Arno
Zeese. 4th row, L-R: Fred B. Read, James N. Slade, Richard D. Welty, Frederick W. Trew, John E. Marsh, Essex
Marsh, Frederick N. Morrow, George J. Martinez, John F. LaRue, Jr., Andrew W. Richardson, Noble A.
Phillips, Edward W. MacKenzie, Robert T. Toone, Robert J. Sabin, Charles A. Purgason, 5th row, L-R: Jack C.
Randall, Clifford G. Randall, James R. O'Brien, Earl T. Reed, Will R. Williams, Robert L. Thompson, Sidney
J. White, Herbert F. Paddock, 339 Elect, Asst. Registrar, Jerome F. Prager, 332 Registrar, Isaac A. Price,
James M. Laurent, Forest C. Powell, Bruce Wallace, Purvey E. Taylor, Arthur P. Jones, Jr.








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Top, L-R: Paul H. Garner, Alton P. Bunch, Earl L. Cline, Lionel LeRoy Barfield, Lincoln W. John, Eloy Alfaro,
John C. DeYoung, Leroy F. Ericsson, Henry S. Johnson, Frank J. Dalton, Estill E. Ezell, Edwin P. higgins,
George D. Gunn, Caswell J. Gibson, Elmer T. Gibbs. 2nd row, L-R: Carl W. Drebing, William H. DeVore, Albert
B. Crooks, Paul Bidstrup, Earl H. Gillespie, Sydney Douglas, Melvin T. Collier, Clarence A. Greene, Virgil T.
Griffith, Ralph O. Dimbat, Emmett W. Argo, Lloyd L. Blickenstaff, Wesley W. Billings, Delbert Hooker,
Salomon Wassner, 32, 3rd row, L-R: Denzil J. Darr, DeWright M. Kersh, Ralph A. Gomes, Robert L. Bauer,
Walter L. Goodman, Merritt L. Anderson, Clyde W. Hensley, Russell T. Harris, Joseph W. Casey, Willie J.
Hatchett, Harrison L. Baer, Harmon W. Brown, Harry Q. Handshaw, Louis J. I. Fletcher, James B. Gill, Howard
B. Campbell. 4th row, L-R: Ernest B. Campbell, George M. Bennett, Paul J. Hedtke, Arwid, D. Boggs, William
H. Allen, Leslie B. Clarke, William K. Chambers, Estus E. Caldwell, Edward W. Gifford, Robert Holliday, Jr.,
Leslie W. Croft, James E. Dorrough, Mallie C. Adams. 5th row, L-R: John W. Whittredge, Roger C. Wright,
Francis S. Key, Prentiss C. Combs, Wayne J. Bennett, Burton Kelsay, Lawrence W. Ellis, Alexander Bullock,
Jr., John L. King, Joseph S. Christopher, Don C. Grammar, Marion J. Goodin, Lamar J. Fuller, Jeremiah J.
Gorin, Albert A. Dell.



































Ancon Hospital. General view of poultry yard below Ward #15. 1910


The Balboa Post Office, one of the two main post offices in the Canal Zone, is located on Stevens Circle The circle
is named after the Canal's second Chief Engineer, John F. Stevens, who created a living and working environment
that made construction of the Canal possible.







NEXT DEADLINE:
Editor must have by:

April 17, 2000




FOR SALE

OR WANTED





COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING
RATES

The Commercial rates have been approved at the August 26,
1999 Board Meeting. These rates are for those who are not
members of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, and who
wish to advertise Panama Canal Related Objects or
Services in the Society's Canal Record. All ads submitted
must be camera ready. The rates established are as follows:

Half Page: 7 wide x 5" high OR
3 /2 wide x 10" high $125.00
1/4 Page: 3 V2" wide x 5" high OR
7" wide x 2 /2 high $60.00

1/5 Page: 7" wide x 2" high $50.00
1/10 Page: 3 /2 wide x 2" high
(Business card size) $25.00
1/20 Page 3 2 wide x 1" high.
(Half Business card size) $15.00

All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record
will not compose, design or size any commercial ads
submitted.


Food for Thought:


Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

There was an important job to be done and Everybody
was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was
everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody
realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when
Nobody did what ANYBODY COULD HAVE DONE!

Author Unknown


ADVERTISING RATES
1" x 31" x 31/2 (1/20th Page) $8.00
1/10th page (Bus. Card) $15.00
1/5th page $30.00
1/4th page $40.00
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. ALL ADVERTISING SUBMITTED MUST BE
CAMERA READY. THE EDITOR CANNOT
COMPOSE ANY ADS SUBMITTED.




Handbook/cookbook TROPICAL FOODS of PANAMA
by Gladys Graham (1947) Foreword by W. R. Lindsay
Illustrations of fruits, vegetables & "edible, animals
Reciaes for using them (if desired) and
Delightful commentary through-out with recipes
Reprinted with permission. Order from:
Jean (Mrs. G.W) Fears, 627 Wimbledon Dr
Dothan, AL 38305 E-mail: fffB27@aol.com
$15.00 (includes mailing costs)


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SHORTY & SLIM CD's

The Shorty & Slim Music Collection

















Shorty & Slim is a pleasing blend of Calypso, Reggae and Carribean sounds with a touch of Rock-n-Roll. It is written all about Panama and
the Canal Zone by Zonians, and it's the only musical production of its kind to truly capture the sights, sounds and experiences of living or
visiting this beautiful Paradise. It's feel-good music that will make you laugh, cry and remember the days, and it is a must for all Ages.
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3. Write us: David Seitz in Germany (czshorty@hotmail.com) and Alex Reyes in Panama (czslim@hotmail.com)


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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.
GON OR Condominium Rentals *
COND R 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
A (800) 783-8847 (770) 995-7537 FAX: (770) 995-8017
e-mail: condor@mindspring.com Website: www.condortravel.com



CONDOR P0w4-.. 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!
SDue to the turnover of the canal, this may be your last chance
TRAVEL to be a part of a Panama adventure.


This 10 day tour includes the following:


* Round Trip Airfare Miami/Panama
(U.S. Exit Fees)
* Tourist Card
* All Meals While in Panama
(Except One)
* Tips & Baggage Handling


* Hotels
* Transportation on Air-Conditioned
Busses
* Dinner/Show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
* Farewell Dinner


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
www.condortravel.com Email: condor@mindspring.com








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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.)
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