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Canal record
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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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St. Petersburg, Fla
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VOL 36

JUNE 2002


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FOR 2001-2002

Ms. Betty LeDoux
(813) 679-8416

Mr. Bill McLaughlin
1st Vice President
(352) 726-8804

Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
2nd Vice President
(727) 442-0457

Mrs. Beth Brandenburg
(813) 672-9840

Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211

Mr. James Parthenais
(727) 892-9994

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Past President
(727) 894-2478

Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Legislative Representative
(813) 633-8916

Mr. Edwin Wardlow
(863) 967-2106

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
(727) 595-0846

Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)

Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 441-3229

Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804

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P resident t's M essage............................................................................... ...........................
Secretary's M essage................................................... ............................................ 2
E editor's C orner.................................. ... ........ ...................................................... 3
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes.................................................3
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings..................... ....... .............. 5
Ebay M em orabilia............................. .. ... .....................................................7
Insurance U pdate................................................................... ............. ..................... 7
L legislative R eport......................................................................... ........................ 8
M military P rid e ........................................................................................ ...................... ... 9
PCSOFL August and October Meeting Announcements...........................................10
B ylaw A m endm ent B allot.............................................................................. .........................13
PCSOFL Septem ber Luncheon....................................................................... ................... 17
Your Reporter Says:
Arkansas...................18 California..............18 FL Central..................19
FL Ocala...................20 FL Pensacola..............21 FL South..................22
FL Space Coast...........23 FL Tallahassee...........25 Georgia.................26
Louisiana..................27 Mississippi...........28 North Carolina........29
NorthWest................29 Panama....................31 South Carolina............32
Texas........................ 32 Virginia..................... 35

C ongratu lations........................................................ .................................... ...........36
W ed d in g s...................................... ....................................................................................3 9
B irths...... ............................. ....................................... .. ............ ......... ...... ... ........... 4 1
L letters to the E ditor.................................................................................... ............................42
W ith D eep Sorrow ........................................................................ ....................... .......... 51
M museum N ew s...................................................................................... ...................................56
A nnouncem ents....................................................... ......................... .................... 60
F or Sale or W anted..................... ...........................................................................................63
U updated E m ail A ddresses.......................................................................... .................... 66
M em bership Application Form ...................................................................... ....................67
FRONT COVER: A very memorable Zonian icon at the Civil Affairs Building in Ancon. It was
a giant stained glass medallion that signified that the Civil Affairs building was once an airport.
The medallion, designed by Colonel Riebe, combines a wing and propeller motif with the flags
of the United States and Panama against a sheaf of flags of all nations of the Pan American Union.
Our guest speaker for this year's Annual Luncheon, Mr. Fred A. Cotton was appointed the fifth
and last Civil Affairs Director. The window was destroyed during Operation Just Cause in 1989.
BACK COVER Photo: A Panama Canal deck hand comes down a Jacob's ladder as others await
their turn to descend into a launch from the deck of a Japanese ship, as the Cargo ship leaves the
Locks system. Painted by Al Sprague, renowned artist from the Canal Zone.

July 3-7
July 27

Aug 3

Sept 6-7

Sept 7

Oct 1

Oct 6

Oct 12

PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Orlando World Center Marriott.
Northwest Picnic, Padden Lake, Bellingham, Wash. Call Jim and
Noralie Shobe (360) 647-0685, e-mail or Pat
and Henry Cruz (360) 714-9391, e-mail
PCSOFL General Meeting, Homer's Buffet in Clearwater in Room
1, starting at 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m, for more info call the office at 1-
866-726-2262 toll free, see pg 10.
Poconos Meeting, Cut-off date for reservations is August 6, Call
Days Inn, Tannersville at 579-629-1667, for more info call Mannie
Quintero (703) 354-2037.
PCSOFL September Luncheon / General Meeting, Forest Lakes
Country Club, 2401 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida, starting at 11:00
a.m, host Tom and Barbara Peterson, deadline for reservations
August 30, 2002, see pg 17.
Ocala Zonians/PC Ditchdiggers Luncheon, 11:30a.m., Ocala, FL, at
Ryan's Family Steak House. Call Bill Muller (352) 854-7902.
Annual Gulf Coast No-host Picnic, at Davis Bayou Campground of
the Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs,
Miss. Starts at 11am, contact Gerda Smith (601) 567-9870 or Patt
Roberson (225) 774-7761.
PCSOFL General Meeting and Space Coast Group Picnic,
11:00a.m. Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near Titusville, Florida. Call
Terry Deakins (321) 631-9209 for more info, see pg 10.

As the saying goes, "Time flies when you are having
fun". This certainly has been the case with me as the past two
years have gone by in a blink of an eye. While we have had
fun, we have also accomplished some good things for the
members of the Society and have steadfastly sought out ways
to improve our organization.
Since my last report to you, Carivalito was held; and
although the crowd that was in attendance had a marvelous
time, it appears as though this is an event that may not take
place in the future. The current board, which is basically the
future board, had decided that we would try Carivalito one
more year to see if we could obtain any better results atten-
dance-wise than in the years in the recent past.
Unfortunately, we were not successful in this endeavor and
will most likely not continue the traditional celebration for
the next few years. As reported last year, while we experi-
enced a financial loss due to poor attendance, the event was
itself a huge success. Sadly, I was not at this year's event due
to some travel commitments that could not be changed but
the reviews I received were nothing less than fantastic from
local members and those who traveled in from Ohio and
Texas. Ed Wardlow and his committee are to be commend-
ed for the effort they put forth in attempting to make this
event a success.
March brought us back to St. Petersburg for the spring
picnic hosted by Elaine (Vestal) Lewis. Approximately 50
members attended the picnic and enjoyed the very relaxing
surroundings in the Veterans Memorial Park. The Executive
Board was on the road again in April traveling to Ormond
Beach to a general membership meeting/luncheon hosted by
Jeanne Hickman and Ginger Young. This was the first time

that we have traveled to the Ormond Beach area which
proved to be a grand location for our meetings with over 60
members in attendance. Ginger and Jeanne were quite gra-
cious and made sure that everyone present felt right at home.
You may recall that our Sarasota Luncheon in September was
cancelled due to 9/11 and a hurricane that was threatening the
coast of Florida at the time. Fortunately, we were able to
reschedule our Sarasota trip; and we will be traveling there
for our May luncheon, which will carry us over until the
Annual Reunion.
If you are planning to attend the reunion and have not
already sent in your reservation for the Annual Luncheon, we
would encourage you to do so. We are quite honored to have
Fred Cotton, former Civil Affairs Director, as our guest
speaker. Our Luncheon this year will be in honor of those
men and women who served as our Police and Fire personnel
in our beloved Canal Zone. We anticipate that this will be a
very special and memorable luncheon and hope that you will
not miss it.
The Panazonian dance also promises to be quite a treat
this year. We are thrilled to have Tito Mouynes back playing
for us at a reunion and just when you thought it couldn't get
any better than that, we add Chipi Azcarraga to the mix and
you have an evening that you will not want to miss.
Frankie Pretto will once again bring the house down on
Saturday night so if you are not registered for the reunion,
please do so now and join us in the fun and good times that
only our Annual Reunions can provide.
Probably the toughest job this Board had to undertake
this year was the reviewing and negotiating of contracts for
the reunions for 2004 and beyond. Our contract with the

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

S(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
0 "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
) 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

/ The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001)
/ is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December

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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.
7985 113" Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: Web Site:
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Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765

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Marriott is up following the 2003 reunion; and we therefore
set out to make arrangements for the 2004/2005/2006
reunions, since contracts for reunions are negotiated and exe-
cuted several years prior to the actual events in order to
secure the needed rooms and space on desired dates at the
most favorable group rates.
Our search extended throughout Florida and also
included the cities of New Orleans and Las Vegas outside of
the State of Florida. While we received some very favorable
responses from properties in these two cities, it was the
board's decision to stay within the State at this point in time.
Our choices were quickly narrowed down to two choices, the
Orlando Marriott World Center and the Caribe Royale.
These two properties could accommodate our space and room
requirements, and their rates were within an acceptable range.
The board met with the Caribe Royale representatives and
viewed their property extensively and after reviewing the
offers of both properties, it was the decision of the majority
of the board to move the reunion to the Caribe Royale for the
2004/05/06 years.
The Caribe Royale is an all-suite property located in
three towers surrounding the swimming pool. Each tower has
six elevators and the towers are connected by a covered walk-
way. There is not currently a walkway between the towers
and the convention center; however, one is scheduled to be
built prior to our arrival and, in the unlikely event that it is
not, they will provide a temporary covering for our group.
Each room/suite consists of a small living room area with
pullout couch, table and chairs, a separate vanity in the hall-
way area and a bedroom, which can be closed off from the
living room area. Each suite has two televisions, small
microwave, refrigerator (or mini bar the contents of which the
hotel will remove upon request) and wet bar. The Caribe
Royale also has two bedroom villas available for our use,
which will be appealing to those members hosting family or
class reunions.
We were especially pleased with the Caribe's willing-
ness to work with us to put together some functions and
events that will be more appealing to our members. This is
due primarily to the Caribe being a privately owned property
as opposed to a chain like the Marriott. For example, they will
work with us in having tastes from home available like
Panama beer, Soberana beer, Ron Cortez, Ron Abuelo, etc.
The convention center of the property can more than
adequately accommodate our needs and probably the best
feature of all is that we will be the only group in the hotel and
it is not likely that we will require any overflow properties.
However, if we do, they have a sister property right next door,
which also features all suite-type guest rooms. The Caribe
Royale is incidentally right down the road from the Marriott
World Center.
It certainly was a very difficult decision for the board to
make after all, leaving the World Center Marriott after so
many years is a sad thought indeed. However, after all things
considered, such as rates, space availability, "owning the
hotel" so to speak without having to compete with another
group in the hotel at the same time which we have had to do
at the Marriott and would have to do at the Marriott for many
years to come, the board concluded that the Caribe was the
best choice for us at this time.

We will make a more detailed presentation of the par-
ticulars at the Annual Meeting at the Reunion. However, if
you have Internet access, you may view the property at Or, please feel free to contact me or
Bill McLaughlin; and we will be happy to answer any ques-
tions you may have. There will, of course, be more informa-
tion in the future issues of the Canal Record.
It is ironic that my last President's Message is being
written just two days after the Memorial Service of long-time
Record Editor Pat Beall. The Executive Board was proud to
pay tribute to his 20 years of service at the Reunion last year
and honored his retirement at the Christmas luncheon he
truly was very dedicated to the publication of the Canal
Record. I note the significance in the timing because my first
involvement with the Society was as an assistant to Pat,
which dates back to 1983-ish. So for me, you could say that
Pat initiated me into the Society workplace and some 20
years later opened the door for me to leave. Pat's memory will
certainly live on through the pages of the Canal Record. It
was especially memorable and heart-warming that Pat was
able to see his picture on the front cover of his beloved Canal
Record just a short time before his passing.
In closing, I would like to say that it has been an honor
and pleasure serving the members of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida for the past 19 years and especially during
my third and fourth terms as president the last two years. I
hope that you are pleased with the improvements we have
tried to make and some of the programs we have put into
place for you. I was very blessed to have a great board to
work with each giving of their personal time to assist me in
making this a better organization for you. I could not have
found a better group of people with whom to work and you as
members are blessed that the same board will pretty much
remain in tact for the ensuing term, as I have every confi-
dence that they will continue to work hard toward the better-
ment of our fine organization and especially toward promot-
ing good fellowship amongst our members. I trust that you
will give them the same support that you have given me, as
they are certainly deserving of it.

Betty LeDoux

From Your


Greetings from the office staff. I must tell you that the
past few months have been busy and challenging times; how-
ever, I am pleased to report that we are making good progress
and can now see some light at the end of the tunnel. We were
of course saddened by the sudden passing of Pat Beall, our
former Editor and co-worker, and are surely going to miss his
assistance and guidance in transitioning to our new Editor
Jacque Vowell. Carol Masino and I continue to provide
assistance in the publication of the Canal Record.
In that connection, I want to apologize to those of you

that I instructed to look on the address labels of the Canal
Record for your membership number. Wouldn't you know
that the firm responsible for mailing the Record failed to
include the number on the labels for the March Record. I can
assure you that this will not happen on future issues. In the
meantime, if you need your membership number, please call
the office at our toll-free number 1-866-726-2262, or 727-
391-4359 for those of you in the local area.
I am pleased to tell you that during the first four months
of this year, 257 new membership applications were received,
processed and approved by the Executive Board, bringing our
total paid membership to 3,753 members as of April 19,
Carol and I are pleased to say that we are over our heads
in reunion registration work, but please keep testing our will
to get it all done as this year's reunion looks like it is shaping
up to be another good one. But do not worry, we will get it all
done, in spite of having to learn and install an updated
reunion computer program. Carol is a Trojan.
Carol and I will again be manning the Secretary's desk
at this year's reunion, so please stop by and see us with any
problems, concerns or suggestions you might have or to pay
your dues. Our role this year has been extended to include the
Information Desk, sadly in Pat's stead, and will have the cus-
tomary Society license plates, decals and directories for sale.
We will also be selling tickets for all of the reunion dances, if
still available, and will be able to assist you with the particu-
lars on class reunions, church services, etc., that are regis-
tered with us. So, stop by and see us, even if it is just to get
Nancy VanSiclen

Editor's Comer

I always thought that Pat Beall
Should be there in the background in
case I run into any problems. Pat
will be terribly missed by one and
all. I am grateful for the time we spent together and for the
guidance he gave to me.
We ran into a problem with the labels on the March
issue, and I hope that everyone finally received their issue. If
you haven't gotten that issue yet, please call the Panama
Canal Society Office and they will mail one to you. I person-
ally didn't receive my issue until 4 weeks after it was mailed!
I am sad to report that Lois D. Bates has resigned as the
Hawaii reporter. She gave the society many, many years of
enjoyable news about members that were living or visiting in
her territory. Her articles will be missed.
We have three new reporters, Trina Clark and
Anna Opel will be reporting news from Panama and Jo-
Anne Fields has taken on Kerrville, Texas. Welcome aboard!
As always, if you have news you would like to share,
please contact your area reporter. They are always looking for
news and pictures to add to their articles.
Jacque Vowell
Editor, Canal Record

JANUARY 26, 2002

All board members were present with the exception of a
Director and the Legislative Representative.

The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
Approved the minutes of the previous Executive Board
meeting, the expenditures of $16,630.35 for the period
December 3, 2001 through January 23, 2002, and the
applications of 70 new members.
Voted favorably to refund partial dues to a "same domi-
cile" member, to include an ad in the Canal Record of
what could be considered a controversial book about
Panama, to provide a complimentary vendor table at the
reunion in return for a donated weekend stay at a resort in
Panama, and to permit the Museum to sell their wares at
the March picnic, Ormond Beach meeting and the
Sarasota luncheon.
SApproved the mailing of postcards announcing the March
picnic to members in the surrounding area; an advance to
purchase items needed for the picnic; the reimbursement
of the Secretary's travel cost to the Ocala membership
meeting, as well as her refund for Carnivalito due to ill-
ness; the payment of a deposit for the dining room to be
used at Carivalito, and the projected costs to be incurred
for Carivalito.
Agreed to upgrade the Internet Service Provider from the
less than adequate service provider we had been using at
a lesser cost.
Approved payment of a quote of last year's printer for
reunion badges and tickets for this year's reunion, pay-
ment of an advance for reunion decorations to take advan-
tage of sale prices currently in effect, and acceptance of a
quote for rental of musical instruments for the two
reunion dances.
Approved that former Record Editor Pat Beall's picture be
used on the cover of the March issue of the Canal Record,
and the payment of area reporter's pay for calendar year
2001 at the established nominal amount of $5.00 per arti-
Tentatively agreed to accept the invitation of the Caribe
Royale hotel in Orlando to host the next board meeting in
order to familiarize the board with the property as a pos-
sible site for the 2004 reunion.
Decided that it was appropriate to postpone a full-fledged
introduction of the Member Services Unit until sufficient
time was available to devote to the project, at which time
it was determined that a few test cases of member assis -
tance should be tried to assess whether the concept was
workable and/or desirable, and whether there was enough
need for it.


The following reports were made:
Bylaws committee recommended proposal to the mem-
bership to amend the bylaws in five major areas:
Membership eligibility to clarify and include atten-
dance in U.S. Government schools in Panama as an
additional qualification.
Increase the Board to include a Treasurer and addi-
tional Director, both to be voting members.
Change the time frame for the selection of the
Nominating Committee to allow sufficient time for
their search.
Transfer certain functions/duties of the Secretary to
the Treasurer.
Change the voting rights of some officers of the
Executive Board to give greater weight to elected

The Board endorsed the proposed Bylaw changes, which
are to be included in the March issue of the Canal Record,
for balloting by the general membership.
Budget and Audit Committee reported on the audit for the
2001 Reunion, which netted $13,206.63, but indicated
that this amount did not reflect any of the costs associat-
ed with the Secretary's or Assistant's work effort for the
reunion. No improprieties noted, but various recommen-
dations were made to improve and tighten internal con-
Planned changes by Internacional de Seguros (current
underwriters of the former Mutual of Omaha life insur-
ance program) will improve communication with them
and allow us to deal directly with the Panama office.
Various reunion committee reports indicated that prepara-
tions for the upcoming event are well underway and pro-
gressing well.
Carnivalito is estimated to experience a loss approximat-
ing $2,000 if more attendees do not come forward, which
caused the board to reiterate its position that this year's
activity would be the deciding factor as to whether we
should continue the event.
The new Quark 4.0 program for compilation and printing
of the Canal Record will result in cost savings and effi-
ciencies for the Society, and it was blessed by the current
printing firm.

The following items were discussed:
Discussed the revision of the computerized reunion
reporting program and determined that the programming
contractor should make several modifications before the
board would act on final acceptance of the system.
Discussed the need to establish better controls over
reunion activity tickets and assignments were made for
the development and implementation of a new procedure
to be in effect at the upcoming reunion.
Discussed a suggestion by the Record Editor to involve
the membership more in the Canal Record by inviting the
membership to submit art work to be used for the front
cover of future Canal Records, to which the board agreed
on a trial basis.

FEBRUARY 23, 2002

All board members were present with the exception of the
Past President, Secretary and Bylaws Chairman.

The meeting was hosted by the Caribe Royale Hotel in
Orlando, Florida to introduce and expose the Board to the
property as a possible site for the 2004 Reunion.

The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
Approved the minutes of the previous Executive Board
meeting, the expenditures of $17,237.37 for the period
January 24, 2002 through February 22, 2002, and the appli-
cations of 67 new members.
Approved the Reunion Coordinator's recommendation for
the rental of musical instruments and equipment for the two
reunion dances, the sale of tapes after the annual business
meeting by the vocalist who will perform at the meeting with-
out charge and the purchase of a $25.00 modem to hook up to
the router and all other computers.
Approved Direct TV DSL as our new Internet provider
for $40.00 per month the first six months and $50.00 per
month thereafter.

The following Reunion reports were made:
The various reunion committees reported on preparations
and updates for the upcoming reunion, to include controls
over activity tickets, adding an additional security guard for
the dances, the refund of monies to some vendors for a sec-
ond table that was remitted prematurely, the need to charge
the same $80 golf participation fee as last year since the three
year contract already included pricing for the event, and the
desire of a Panamanian firm to donate favors for the reunion
attendees in exchange for a vendor table without charge to
sell his wares.
The Reunion Coordinator reported that the Marriott,
when faced with the prospect that we might contract an out-
side supplier, agreed to knock off $3,500.00 in audiovisual
A summation of projected costs associated with the
Friday night dance indicated that a sizeable savings will like-
ly be achieved over last year's dance, which will hopefully
provide for greater net proceeds from this year's reunion,
especially when coupled with the cost savings by eliminating
the poorly attended disco dance on Thursday night.

Other reports included:
The upgraded reunion computer reports required some
additional tweaking, which will probably result in an addi-
tional $300 fee by the contractor, but it will provide the ben-
efit to be able to deal electronically with the reunion hotel and
to do so in a password-protected mode.
Efforts are still underway to come up with temporary part
time clerical help to assist with the added workload associat-
ed with the Reunion.
SPreviously approved contract work to install the Quick
Books accounting package in the office and to train the per-

sonnel on its use is scheduled to begin shortly.
Carnivalito was reported to be a truly fun event; however,
the event regrettably experienced a fall-off in the quality of
the food and a net loss of $1,669.52 was incurred due to less
than adequate attendance. The Board expressed no enthusi-
asm that this traditional celebration should be continued in
the future due to the apparent lack of interest.
The legislative report indicated that inflation was again on
the rise and moving the COLA toward a positive adjustment.
The Record Editor reported that the March Canal Record
would miss its schedule publication date by two weeks.
The contractor who has been conducing a search for prop-
erties that are either capable of hosting the Society's reunion
and/or who may be interested in doing so in 2004 and
beyond, briefed the board on his findings and work to date,
indicating that two qualifying hotels in New Orleans were
very interested in hosting us, as well as a property outside of
Las Vegas. The two properties that appeared to be most
attractive were the Orlando World Center Marriott and the
Caribe Royale down the street from the Marriott.
After touring the Caribe Royale, the board instructed the
site search contractor to continue negotiating with the
Orlando Marriott and Caribe Royale to seek the best offer.


January 12. 2002

President Betty LeDoux welcomed the 79 members in
attendance at the Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting and called the meeting to order at 11:50 a.m. Bill
Muller, reporter for the Ocala area, gave the invocation and
Sgt-at-Arms Ed Wardlow led the membership in the Pledge
of Allegiance
The president welcomed past president Bill Wheeler,
Bob Van Siclen, Bob Johnson and Faith Brundage.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
December general membership meeting. Chuck Hummer
made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by
Ed Wardlow. Motion carried. The secretary read the
November financial statement, which stands for audit.
The president said that we were happy to be back in Ocala
for our second straight year and thank everyone for coming.
She also welcome Elsie Oakley who just that day joined the
Society. She thanked Tom, Kathie and Chris Wilder for
hosting the event.
Betty LeDoux announced the following schedule of mem-
bership meetings; February 9th will be Carnivalito in Winter
Haven; the Picnic will be on March 9th at the Veterans
Memorial Park in St. Petersburg; April 6th we will be travel-
ing to Ormond Beach, which will be hosted by Jeannie
Hickman and Ginger Young and our May Luncheon will be
in Sarasota and hosted by Barbara and Tom Peterson.
Betty LeDoux also reported on that the Board is planning
to put in place a Business Directory for member owned and
operated businesses to be maintained by the Society and a
Member Services Unit, which would be operated by the

Society to provide various forms of help to our needy mem-
The president also reported that the nominations were
announced at the December meeting and that Roy Culbreth
and his committee are working on some changes in the
bylaws, such as the deletion of Florida from the Society name
since our members are across the country and around the
world and changing the bylaw which would allow the
Nominating Committee to put more than one name up for the
different elected offices.
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Coordinator reported the
dance on Friday night would feature Lucho's friends with
Tito Mouynes, and that the Saturday Ball will again feature
Father Frank Pretto and his group. The Reunion chairper-
sons are as follows: DJ Jacque Vowell; Registration, Beth
Brandenburg; Vendors, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis; Golf,
Kenny Morris; Information and Society, Nancy Van Siclen
and Carol Masino; Security, Tom Wilder; Mini Class
Reunions, Ed Wardlow and Vickie Sizemore; Bingo, Jim
O'Donnell and Margaret McLaughlin will make arrange-
ments for Despedida.
Bill McLaughlin also announced that the office will have
a new email address, which will be published in the March
Canal Record, and the new address is office@pancanalsoci-
Past President Bill Wheeler asked to be recognized and
spoke to the membership about deleting Florida from the
name of the Society and felt that this should have been done
many years ago and hopes the membership agrees with the
Executive Board when it comes time to vote.
Jim Parthenais, Director announced that the computer
networking in the office is approximately 75% complete.
Kenny Morris, Budget and Audit announced that the audit
on the reunion 2001 is 95% complete and the report will be
in the March Canal Record.
Chuck Hummer, President of the Museum said that the
exhibit in the museum is on the postal system and welcomed
the members to come by and visit. At the reunion this year,
there will be an exhibit on the Canal Zone Police and that the
Museum are planning on having a picnic and auction at the
reunion for a fund raiser. He also said that someone is in the
museum on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and to place call
ahead if you would like to tour the museum.
Meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m.

February 9. 2002

1st Vice President Bill McLaughlin greeted and wel-
comed the 82 members in attendance at Carnivalito and
opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. In the absence of Chaplain
Dottie Yocum, Cheryl Russell gave the invocation, followed
by Ed Wardlow, Sgt-at-Arms, who led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance.
The 1st Vice President explained that President LeDoux
was unable to attend due to travel commitments, which could
not be changed and expressed her regrets and hoped that
everybody enjoyed themselves. After Bill McLaughlin wel-
comed Past Presidents Marge and Pete Foster, the meeting
recessed for dinner at 6:40 p.m. and reconvened at 7:30 p.m.

Director Beth Brandenburg read the minutes from the
January general membership meeting. Chuck Hummer
made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by
Ed Wardlow. Motion carried. Director Jim Parthenais read
the December financial statement, and Bill McLaughlin stat-
ed that the financial statement stands for audit. The 1st Vice
President reported that the computer programming contractor
was installing and implementing our new computer program
for reunion activities. Bill stated that the program is designed
to interface with our membership database and should make
things easier for staff and reunion chairpersons. With this new
program, special reports can be requested and printed as
needed. Bill mentioned that it is a new process for us and to
please bear with us if hotel confirmations are out a little later
than normal.
Bill talked briefly about the Member Business Directory
initiative that the board was working on and asked that mem-
bers who care to register their businesses or members who
would like to use the registered businesses please contact the
Society office. Bill asked everyone to take the time to vote for
the 2002-2003 nominees to show the candidates that you, the
members, support them.
Bill mentioned the bylaw changes and asked the mem-
bers to please be sure to read them and to VOTE! He thanked
Roy Culbreth, Mike Perry and the by-laws committee for
the long hours spent in making the recommended changes.
Bill further stated that the Executive Board supported the pro-
posed changes.
Bill recognized Mike Perry, who flew in from Ohio, and
Steve Gilbert who flew in from San Antonio, indicating it
was great to have members travel so far in support of our
functions. Bill then announced the upcoming schedule of
Bill asked everyone if they liked the new Registration
form and yellow pages in the Canal Record, and the response
was a very positive YES from all attending. The members
were also pleased with the new format on the web site. Bob
Russell, Legislative Representative, gave the legislative
report. He asked everyone to keep Rolo Winberg and family
in their prayers.
The Panama Canal Museum had a table set up and Chuck
Hummer, President of the Museum, announced that the
Museum was accepting memberships at $24.00 a year. He
reported that John Disharoon and his 4th grade class pre-
sented the Museum with a school project that they did on the
Panama Canal. Bill thanked Chuck for coming out and sup-
porting Carnivalito as a vendor.
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

March 9. 2002

President Betty LeDoux welcomed the 41 members in
attendance at the Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting held in conjunction with the Annual Picnic, and
called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon. The president wel-
comed past presidents Bob Van Siclen and Faith Brundage.
Chaplain, Dottie Yocum, gave the invocation in her custom-
ary eloquent fashion. Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the
minutes of the February general membership meeting. Bill

McLaughlin made a motion to approve the minutes as read,
seconded by Pete Lang. Motion carried. The secretary read
the January financial statement, which stands for audit.
The president announced that the Annual Luncheon at the
reunion would honor the Police and Fire Departments of the
Canal Zone and that Fred Cotton, former Civil Affairs
Director, will be the luncheon speaker. She also mentioned
that planning was underway for a few special touches to coin-
cide with the luncheon.
President LeDoux also announced that final touches are
being made to the Reunion Data Base program and that when
accomplished the Society would enjoy the many benefits of a
computerized data collection and reporting system for well
into future reunions.
The president also reminded the membership about the
Members Business Directory for member-owned and operat-
ed businesses to be maintained by the Society and encour-
aged all members to use the service. She also touched on the
Members Services Unit which is under consideration and
which would be operated by the Society to provide various
forms of help to our needy members, asking any members
who would have an interest in the formulation of the unit, or
wanting to serve as a volunteer, to please call the Society
Bill McLaughlin, 1st Vice President and Reunion
Coordinator reminded everyone that the reunion is July 3 7
and that all Society functions will be at the base of the esca-
lator this year. Bill displayed a diagram of the various rooms
in which our functions will be held. Bill also reported that all
committees are working hard on having another successful
reunion and hopes everyone has mailed the registration forms
to the Society office. Bill stated that the committees need vol-
unteers and if anyone would like to volunteer, please let the
chairperson know.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, 2nd Vice President and
Chairperson of the picnic, welcomed everyone and thanked
one and all for all the wonderful food and hoped everyone
enjoys the day. Bob Russell, Legislative Representative,
announced that OPM is sending out material and suggested
that everyone should ask for the information to see what they
are offering.
Kathy Egolf, Vice President of the Museum, reported
that the exhibit at the reunion this year will feature the Canal
Zone Police and that they are planning an auction on
Saturday afternoon after the Annual Luncheon, and that she
hopes members will stop by the Museum office during their
hours of operation.
Betty LeDoux announced that the March Canal Record
will have the Slate of Officers for the coming year and Bylaw
changes. She hopes the members will make the time to look
over the Slate and new Bylaw changes and to vote.
Meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.


When I discovered Ebay three years ago, the first thing I
did was to search for items that contained the word 'Panama'
in the title. Within a few seconds I received the response that
over 800 matches had been found. I almost passed out. As I
sifted though non Canal items found (purses, panama stamps
and coins, flags, etc.) I found hundreds of Panama Canal col-
lectibles. There were books from the construction era, maps,
post cards, toys, games, souvenirs, and on and on. I then
looked up 'Canal Zone' and found hundreds more items
including stamps, Boy Scout badges, and official documents.
It was a miracle I had finally found collecting nirvana!
The true wonder of Ebay is the ability to search for cate-
gories of things. I have been collecting Canal memorabilia
for years and have literally searched thousands of antique
stores (my wife used to be an antique dealer) for collectibles.
It was a very rare day that I found anything relating to
I went a little crazy at first buying many things I didn't
need or really want just because I could actually buy them.
My wife worried about my sanity and our budget. I found
some unbelievable cool things a Mindi Dairy Milk Bottle,
old commissary ice cream boxes, Panama Line drinking
glasses, a map of old and new Cristobal it was unbelievable!

11.10 Siterescope Card,
from 1915
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Tok1o Ba\ No\ 1945
Canal Construiction Era
Sterling 7 piece tea set
1964 Siler 5ith iAnnuersar-N
Commemorative Medal
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Without a doubt, the best thing I found on or rather
through Ebay wasn't even tangible merchandise, it was an old
Margarita Elementary School classmate who I hadn't seen or
spoken with since college 30 years ago. One day after win-
ning a pamphlet published in 1942 for servicemen stationed
in Panama I received an email with the title 'Is this the Ewald
from Margarita? It was from Barb O'Neal and yes, it was the
Ewald from Margarita. Since then I have reconnected with
Nancy Hopkins, Bill Acheson and Mr. Bock everyone's
favorite Atlantic side math teacher. I have been added to the

CHS class of '64 as an honorary graduate (I transferred to
Balboa after my junior year).
Anyway, in future articles, I will attempt to give ideas on
how to search for that long lost item and even bidding tips,
but mostly I will report on what I have seen for sale and what
it actually sold for in the past few months. The prices vary
greatly with many items getting no bids and not selling while
other items get many bids and actually sell for large amounts.
But there is not need to wait for me to report, if you've got
a computer check it out yourself at:

submitted by Ewald Wiberg


Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current
underwriter of the former Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance
Program, has recently implemented a number of changes that
are designed to improve their ability to handle business in
English and to expedite the process of issuing new certifi-
cates to policyholders, updating beneficiary designations, and
adjudicating death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is current-
ly encouraging policyholders to do their business directly
with the Panama office, but will gladly continue to accept and
handle all business of those policyholders who choose to act
and process through the Panama Canal Society office. Beth
Brandenburg will continue to be the Society's point of con-
tact and may be reached on Wednesday afternoons at the
Society's toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for assistance or
to obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS office
in Panama, the point of contact is Mr. Ricauter Rodriguez;
and he can be reached as follows:

Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Ricauter Rodriguez
Apartado 0833-0084
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama

Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Fax: 011-507-210-1605

Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the
Panama office should advise the Society office of the partic-
ulars if they would like for the Society to monitor CIS
progress and intercede with CIS on their behalf. Likewise,
policyholders and claimants should notify the Society office
when their business has been satisfactorily concluded with
CIS so that the Society can drop the policyholder or claimant
from its list of pending cases to be pursued.

Panama Canal Society Email Address:


As another means of providing service to the member-
ship, the Executive Board recently approved that the Society
compile and maintain a voluntary register of businesses
owned and operated by Society members. This action is
being taken in order to assist both member businesses as
providers and the general membership as users, and is intend-
ed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement amongst Society
Placement on the list is strictly voluntary on the part of
the member business, and the Society's involvement will be
strictly limited to maintaining the register and to providing
names and contact information only. The Society will not
offer any endorsements, nor will it in any way be responsible
for the services or products rendered, nor the conduct or
actions of any member who has chosen to use the Register.
The Society will however reserve the right to remove any
member business from the list, at the direction of the
Executive Board, for repeated user complaints against the
business, which will not in and of itself in any way mean that
the Society has rendered a judgment on, or evaluated, the
services provided.
Members interested in registering their businesses
should provide, in writing, the Society office with a one-line
description of the service or products offered by the business;
a brief synopsis of the business, to include its legal status,
accreditation and official recognition, length of time in exis-
tence, location data and areas of service; and any other infor-
mation that might be helpful for member-users seeking a sup-
There will be no charge by the Society for this service,
and it will remain in effect until such time that the Board of
Directors determines that it is no longer a worthwhile and
beneficial service to the Society and/or its membership.
Society members who would like to use the services or
products being offered are encouraged to call the Society
office to determine whether such services are available from
a member-operated business and to obtain the contact infor-
mation. If space becomes available and it is determined fea-
sible to do so, a listing of the member-owned and operated
businesses registered with the Society will be published peri-
odically in the Canal Record along with their contact infor-


Congress has returned from its Easter Break and is once
again busy with the nation's business. Interest remains high
on homeland security, the war against terror and the well
being of the economy.
In this edition of the Canal Record I will provide an
update on most of the items that were reported in the last edi-
tion and will use the same reporting format. Also, as in the
past, the sources for my report are FEDweek, the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees Hotline and the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees publica-
tion, Retirement Life.
COLA (2003): The Consumer Price Index for Urban
Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 0.6
percent in March 2002 to 174.7 according to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics (BLS). The index is 0.3 percent above the
2001 third quarter average base index of 174.1. The March
2002 increase is the first monthly CPI report that moves the
index into positive territory for the purpose of setting the next
cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for federal retirement pro-
grams. In other words, as of this report, CSRS annuitants
have banked 0.3 percent towards the next COLA increase.
Six months remain in the measurement period.
FECA: Persons receiving benefits under the Federal
Employees Compensation Act (FECA) for job-related
injuries or illnesses use a calendar year measure. The March
2002 index of 174.7 is 1 percent higher than the December
2001 index of 172.9. This means, as of this report, that FECA
recipients have banked 1 percent towards their next adjust-
ment. Nine months remain in the measurement period.
LTC Insurance: The Office of Personnel Management
(OPM) has announced an early enrollment period for long
term insurance (LTC) for those who do not want to wait for
the open season to begin. The early enrollment period began
on March 25 and will end on May 15. The regular open sea-
son will begin on July 1 and will go through December 31.
The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) is
sponsored by OPM and is insured by Long Term Care
Partners, LLC. Long Term Care Partners is a joint venture of
MetLife and John Hancock.
There will be some differences for early enrollees. For
example, those joining the program during the early enroll-
ment period will not be able to have premiums withheld from
their pay or annuities, as those who enroll during the regular
the open season. Also, early participants will not have the
option of choosing lifetime coverage but coverage for a spe-
cific period of time. However, during the open season, such
enrollees will be able to switch to withholding or select ben-
efits not available during the early enrollment period.
OPM does not advise anyone who is not familiar with
this insurance product to enroll in the early program. The
early period is most appropriate for those individuals who are
better informed about long-term care insurance. OPM urges
those who are not familiar with this insurance product to wait
and use the education period to decide which, if any, long-
term care insurance fits their needs.
Individuals interested in enrolling in the early period
will have to find their own information. They can do this by

going to the following web sites: or or by calling 1-800-582-3337 for an early
enrollment kit. For those individuals who want to wait for the
regular season, educational information will be provided to
them prior to July 1. This information will be provided by
Long Term Care Partners who are responsible for conducting
an education campaign prior to the open season.
Frequent Flier Benefits: As a follow up to the legisla-
tion that allows federal employees to keep frequent flier and
similar benefits earned through official travel for their per-
sonal use, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued
guidance on the tax status of such benefits. The IRS has stat-
ed that for now it is not treating "in-kind" type benefits as
Thrift Savings Plan: As information, members of the
uniformed services, including members of the Ready
Reserve, are eligible to sign up for the TSP. Eligibility began
on October 9, 2001 and contributions began in January 2002.
If you are in the Ready Reserve and elect to contribute to the
TSP from reserve pay, your uniformed services payroll office
will establish a second TSP account for you. For more infor-
mation on this subject, go to Also, the next
Open Season will begin on May 15, 2002.
Premium Conversion: Efforts by NARFE are making
progress in the area of premium conversion legislation, H.R.
2125 and S. 1022, that would allow civilian and military
retirees to pay certain health care premiums with pre-tax dol-
lars. As of this report, H.R. 2125 and S. 1022 have 191
cosponsors and 16 cosponsors, respectively.
Government Pension Offset (GPO): As of this report,
the number of cosponsors of H.R. 664, legislation to reform
the social security government pension offset, has grown to
289. The Senate companion bill, S. 611, has 28 cosponsors.
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP): There are
several pieces of legislation concerning this issue. H.R.
1073, which seeks to modify the WEP, now has 219 cospon-
sors in the House and H.R. 848, which repeals the WEP, has
130 cosponsors. Companion bills to entirely repeal both the
GPO and the WEP, S. 1523 and H.R. 2638, have 4 cospon-
sors in the Senate and 106 in the House.
Cosponsor Update On Other Pending Bills: The fol-
lowing is the status of the number of cosponsors of other
NARFE-supported bills in Congress: S. 627 (Tax Deduction
for Qualified Long Term Care Insurance) 23 cosponsors;
H.R. 2462 (Tax Parity for Public Pensions) 14 cosponsors;
H.R. 1307 (FEHBP Premium Share Shift) 79 cosponsors;
H.R. 1177 (Penalty Limit for late Medicare Enrollment) 50
cosponsors; H.R. 831 (Tax Treatment for LTC Insurance
Premiums) 169 cosponsors; and H.R. 572 (Off Budget) 84
This concludes my report for this edition of the Canal
Record. I recognize that as a result of Canal Record deadline
dates that some of this information will be dated when you
read it. Take care and I hope to see you in Orlando. GO

Robert T. Russell, Jr.
Legislative Representative
(813) 633-8916

Military Pride

In keeping with the tradition of his grandfather, CMSgt.
John E. Schmidt, Jr., USAF Retired, Airman First Class
Jonathan Ryan Schmidt, son of Captain John C. Schmidt,
Leon County Sheriff's Office, Tallahassee, Fla., is stationed
in Kyrgyzstan serving with the USAF Security Forces in sup-
port of Operation Enduring Freedom.
This is Ryan's third deployment in support of the war in
Afghanistan as well as Operation Southern Watch (Iraq). He
has previously served two deployments at El Jabar Air Base,
Kuwait. He is serving as the "fire team leader" with the
USAF Security Forces.

Mike Hernadez, son of Marie (Kerley) and Michael
Hernadez (both CHS'69) has recently graduated from
Satellite Technology school at Ft. Gordon, Georgia.

Mike Hernandez and Stephanie Demsey at Fort Benning,
Georgia last September when Mike graduated from Basic


The proposed amendment to Article X is just a name
change to the heading of the article.



Amendment #24 is included a second time in this
issue because of an error caused by a computer glitch.
Because of this glitch, Amendment #24 was not included
on the actual ballot. Therefore, we are reprinting it for the
membership consideration and vote. Deadline for receiving
this ballot (see page 13 and page 15) is July 29, 2002.

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Please plan to be at the August 3, 2002 mem-
bership meeting at Homer's Buffet in Clearwater.
This will be our first meeting for the 2002 2003
Board and would like to have all of you come and
have a good time. We need to kick off the new
board year with a good turn out at this meeting.
Homer's is a buffet style restaurant and you
will pay at the door. It is a serve yourself and all
you can eat restaurant. Senior discount is avail-
able. Questions...please call the office at 1-866-
726-2262 toll free. See ya there....

Regular Meeting and Picnic
October 12, 2002

The PCSOFL Membership meeting will
be held on October 12, 2002 in conjunction with
The Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Stratham Park,
on the river side of U.S. 1, adjacent to the Space
Center Executive Center. The picnic will start at
11:00 a.m. and our meeting will start at 12:30 p.m.
Bring your own picnic lunch and something
to drink. If you need more information, give Terry
Deakins a call at 321-631-9209 or Randy Deakins
at 321-632-4057.

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The Panama Canal Society Executive Board is honored
to recommend a very special member for an Honorary
Membership. Our recommendation is for a member who has
truly lived up to the principles and purpose of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida she has a great respect for the
United States of America and has preserved many friendships
during her many years of involvement with the Society.
Olga Disharoon has served in many positions over the
years in our organization; volunteering her time not only at
the Reunion but all year long always serving our members
with a smile and kind word. Most recently, Olga served as
Hospitality Chairperson and during her tenure in that position
not one member entered the meeting hall without a warm
greeting, friendly smile and a feeling that they were very wel-
come at our meeting. Olga exemplifies the word Hospitality
and what our organization is based on the perpetuating of
lasting friendships. Olga has been a friend to many presidents
and has served them well but more importantly she has been
a friend to every member who has crossed her path. She is a
perfect example of what our organization stands for and for
that we thank her.
The Executive Board strongly recommends Olga
Disharoon for an Honorary Membership to the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.


In executing its duties to the Society, the Executive
Board frequently observes outstanding service and dedication
by those committed to perpetuating and furthering the inter-
ests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Indeed, we are
proud of, and grateful for, the many long hours of hard work
that are donated by our officers, committee members, and
members at large.
Less frequently, a leader emerges amongst us, who
demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to our organiza-
tion, worthy of special recognition and reward. Such an indi-
vidual is Mr. Ken Morris, the Society's current Chairperson
of Budget and Audit.
Mr. Morris, a long-term member of the Society, became
actively involved in Society leadership in 1997 when he was
asked to Chair the Budget and Audit Committee. His meticu-
lous, thorough manner and his ability to interface effectively
with others were aptly demonstrated and quickly recognized.
As a result, his continued service to the Society was solicited
as a key member of the Bylaws Committee, where he spent
countless hours pouring over our organizational structure in
pursuit of improvements and enhancements. That very diffi-
cult two-year task (1997-1998) presented many obstacles and
challenges that would discourage most. Although the com-
mittee's recommendations were not ultimately adopted by the
membership, the effort was monumental and Mr. Morris's
participation was exemplary.
Undeterred, Mr. Morris continued service to our Society
as a Director (2000-2001) where his organizational skills

have benefited us all. He redesigned the Reunion Registration
Form making it easier to follow, with everything on a single
form, and submitted to a single location. He also developed
the Reunion Data Base Program that saves time and money
by permitting electronic processing of reunion data. The
hours spent in implementing and perfecting this system
required persistence, tact, and persuasion in dealing with the
Board, Committee Chairpersons and the computer program-
mer. The results speak for themselves and we have all wit-
nessed and benefited from the improvements he orchestrated.
His management skills, ingenuity, and practicality have
also been effectively applied to the reunion golf tournament,
where his new format offers diversity, speeds up play, and has
been widely acclaimed by our golf community.
Mr. Morris has consistently given of himself to our
organization over the years and he continues to do so today.
He willingly accepts Society responsibilities and sees them
through in a highly competent, capable, and very meticulous
manner. He deserves our gratitude and our respect.
Accordingly, your Executive Board is pleased to nomi-
nate Mr. Kenneth L. Morris, Sr., for Honorary Membership
into the Panama Canal Society of Florida, in recognition of
his selfless devotion and many contributions to our organiza-



The United Fruit Historical Society has requested the
Society's assistance in gathering information, photographs
and any other paraphernalia that could be used in a docu-
mentary film that they are co-sponsoring concerning the con-
flicts between the Guatemalan government of Jacobo
Arbenz and the United Fruit Company in the mid-1950's.
Interested persons who have information or photo-
graphs that they care to share in this endeavor may do so by
contacting Marcelo Bucheli (United Fruit Company) via
email at


As a result of an inquiry to the Passport Services,
Washington D.C. in regards to birthplace of American citi-
zens born in the former Canal Zone, the United States
Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Foreign
Entry Requirements states as follows:
PANAMA Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship and
photo ID, tourist card or visa, and onward/return ticket
required. Visa and tourist card valid 30 days. Visa issued at
Embassy of Panama or one of the consulates. Tourist card
available from airline serving Panama for $5. fee. Stay can be
extended up to 60 days, apply at the main office of
Immigration and Naturalization in Panama. Visa requires 1
application form and 1 photo. Allow one working day for
processing. Departure tax $20 is paid at airport. For longer
stays and additional information regarding travel other than
via a commercial airline, contact the Embassy of Panama,
2862 McGill Terrace, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008
(202/483-1407 or the nearest consulate: CA: (415/391-4268,
FL (305/371-7031 or 813/831-6685), LA (504/525-3458),
NY (212/840-2450), PA (215/574-2994) or TX (713/622-
Your renewed U.S. passport will indicate that you were
born in Panama if you were born in the Canal Zone. A legal
document from the State department states as an accommo-
dation for persons born (in the C.Z.) before October 1, 1979,
Passport Services will gladly rewrite their passport, at no
extra charge, to show Canal Zone as place of birth. This will
not effect a person shown being bor in the Canal Zone from
obtaining a cedula from the Republic of Panama.


Marriage records have been forwarded to the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA), therefore
you should submit your request for your marriage records to:

Civilian Records (NWCTC)
Textual Archives Services Division
8601 Adelphi Road
National Archives
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Do not send money with your request. If any fees are
required, you will be contacted by NARA. Be sure to include
the following information with your request: The names of
both parties of the marriage; the date and place of the mar-
riage; your relationship to the parties; your address and tele-
phone number.

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 contri-
bution 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.

at the Panama Canal on or about August 15 every year to pay
tribute to the United States citizens in the building of the
All direct descendants of the Roosevelt Medal recipi-
ents are eligible to apply for membership in ROOSEVELT

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


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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. September Luncheon / Meeting will be held in Sarasota, Florida on
Saturday, September 7, 2002 at C J's Restaurant, (former Fairways Restaurant), Forest Lakes Country Club, 2401 Beneva
Road, Sarasota, Florida.
A pay-as-you go bar will be available at 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon Meeting scheduled for 12:00 noon.
The menu will consist of your choice of Roast Pork or Almond Crusted Red Snapper. Please specify your choice of
entr6e on the reservation form. Payment must be made prior to the luncheon at the time of reservation form submission.
The cost is $15.00 per person, and gratuities are included. The deadline for reservations or refunds is Friday, August 30,
Tom and Barbara Peterson will be our co-chairpersons for this favorite event once again and they promise an even bet-
ter time than in the past. Hopefully, no hurricanes in the Gulf this year! Great door prizes will be awarded during the meet-
ing. Let us all come to Sarasota in September at CJ's Restaurant at the Forest Lakes Country Club for a great time, good food
and hear the latest from the Panama Canal Society Board as they conduct the September monthly meeting. Your support at
this meeting is very important. Please make plans to be there.

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This will be my last report from this area. I will endeav-
or to find someone to take my place.
On January 20, family and friends gathered at the home
of Luke and Betty Palumbo in Fayetteville to help Luke cel-
ebrate his 90th birthday. Among family members who were
there were his two daughters and their husbands, Judy and
Robert Palumbo-Gates from Sequim, Wash., and Sara and
Donald Palumbo-Stephens of Fayetteville and their two
sons, Gabriel and Steve.

Among the friends who were present were Carl and
Alfhild (Petie) Maedl of Butterfield Trail Village,
Fayetteville. The Maedls and Palumbos were cross-the-hall
neighbors in Coco Solo for many years. They also worked
together at Cristobal Junior-Senior High School.
Luke remains physically active and particularly enjoys
working in his yard.

Luke Palumbo, Judy Palumbo-Gates,

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Back (L-R): Robert and Judy Palumbo-Gates, Sara
Palumbo-Stephens with son Gabriel, husband Donald and
son Steve. Front: Betty and Luke Palumbo.

This turned out to be a beautiful and festive day. Luke,
who is fondly remembered as "Coach" during his Canal Zone
days, had, by last count, received 110 cards congratulating
him. The beautifully decorated cake included as a special fea-
ture a portrait of Luke.

Carl Maedl, Judy and Robert Palumbo-Gates, and Petie

Sara Palumho-

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


The Panama Canal Society of Southern California held
its Spring Luncheon on April 7, 2002, at the Holiday Inn,
Laguna Hills. Ronald B. Wanke, BHS'43, was our master of
ceremonies. The theme for the meeting was "Memories and
Memorabilia". Members brought their collectibles photos,
books, Leroy Lewis' Panama music album, a tray using wood
of Panama's native trees, etc. Ruth (Bauman) Yeilding,
BHS'37, wore her red, white and blue emblem shirt. Several
in attendance were members of Henry Grieser's red, white
and blue troop. The stories shared were nostalgic and humor-
ous, and brought back wonderful memories to all.
The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, Tustin, CA, pre-
sented the colors. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bob
Wolfenstein, CHS'47. Ivan Jenkins presented the red, white
and blue candle ceremony, and gave the invocation.
There were several raffle prizes donated by Ivan
Jenkins; Catsy (Taylor) Schafer; Mary (Cryan) Lade,
BHS'39; Cynthia (Evarts) Totty, BHS'52; Kathryn (Argo)

Taylor and Grace (Argo) Allen and Blanca Wolfenstein.
New members attending were Frank Howard, CHS'47,
Cypress; Andrew "Andy" K. Jacobson, BHS'65, Idyllwild,
and Claude Anderson, Lake Forest. Claude and his wife are
new residents at the lovely Freedom Village, and are now
enjoying the company of former Canal zonian, Noble
"Buddy" Phillips, BHS'33, and his wife, Dottie.
Selling raffle tickets were Andy Jacobson and visitor,
Margaret (Ridge) Coffey, BHS-CHS '52. Winners were Dr.
John Hanson, BHS'45; Hank Dolim, Bob Wolfenstein,
Doris Smith, Ivan Jenkins, Margaret Coffey, Joan de
Grummond, Dixie (Stoudnor) Jeavons, Margaret
(Atwood) Sullivan and Bill Evarts. Edward S. Moore,
BHS'40, won the door prize, an official Panama Canal photo
dated September 2, 1909, of West Indian laborers arriving
aboard the S.S. Ancon at Cristobal.
Others attending were Libby Cooper, BHS'49;
Virginia (Ridge) BHS'38 and Hank Dolim, who are spend-
ing a few months in Air Force Village, Riverside, CA; Joe
and Annabelle (Lee) Grills; Tom (BHS'41) and Helen
McGuinness; Ed and Letty Moore; Susan (Taylor) Pitney;
Ester Regalado; Ed and Rosalind Rice; Jolie (Kilbey)
Seeley, BHS'48; T. Scott and Doris Smith; Louise (Evarts)
Sowa; George "Dick" and Janice (Cooper) Wanke and Ron
and Peggy Wanke.
Robert ("Bob") French, Newport Beach, called me
after reading the March issue, Canal Record. He asked about
some of the students pictured in Ilona (Rathbone) Sears'
Cotillion Class, 1939-40. Photo appeared on page 77.
I received a call from Jenny (Gau) Stone, BHS'55, of
Santa Monica, CA. She and her husband, "Chico", are in the
screen-writing business in Los Angeles, and spend six
months each year at their home in Panama. She told me that
Father Paul Fitzpatrick, pastor at Santa Monica Church,
suggested that she call me for information about our society's
luncheons. Paul is the son of Francis E. Fitzpatrick,
BHS'34, of Westlake Village, CA.
My sister, Margaret Coffey, New Orleans, spent March
and April with me. We enjoyed visiting family and touring
the area. On one family visit, we celebrated Evan Gregory
Cartotto's third birthday at a beautiful park and at the home
of his parents, Tina and Steve Cartotto, BHS'70, in
Valencia, CA. Attending were his grandma Joan de
Grummond, Uncle Mike and Aunt Tina (Cartotto) Ressa,
BHS'68; cousins, Jaycee and Nancy (Ridge) Williams,
CHS'73, and their seven-year-old daughter, Natalie.
Our holiday luncheon will be held on Sunday,
December 8, at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills. We hope to
see our California friends and visitors there!

Joan (Ridge) de Grummond
Zone Joan(

Southern California

Edward Robison (BHS'79), Mark Conover (BHS'78)
and Peter Glynn (BHS'79) got together recently to see "The
Buena Vista Social Club" at the Arlington Theatre in Santa
Barbara. Mark's wife Marisa Umnuss Conover (BHS'82)
and Edward's wife Rhonda enjoyed the evening as well.
It was a great show and the Zonians enjoyed empanadas
and drinks at a Cafe across the street from the show. Edward
lives in Lake Arrowhead and is owner of Billboards, etc.
They do websites and outdoor advertising. Mark works with
Agile in Santa Barbara, he and Marisa live in Buellton. Peter
lives with his family in Santa Barbara where he is VP at
Sharon Dumas Hoffman (CHS'79) was recently here
to visit her sister Karyn Dumas Fish (CHS'77). Sharon lives
in Gainesville, Fla., and had come out to the West coast for a
trade show in Vegas. While Sharon was visiting, they toured
Santa Barbara and enjoyed many of the local sights.

(L-R): Edward Robison, Mark Conover and Peter Glynn.

If you have any news for this area, please call. Have a
great summer!

Janice Cookie Newlon
(805) 965-8160


Central Florida

Camivalito was held in Winter Haven, Florida on
February 9. A crowd of close to ninety people attended the
festivities. Music was provided by Tito Mouynes and a great
time was had by all. Ed Wardlow did an outstanding job of
organizing the event. Out of state attendees included Mike
Perry from Ohio, Helen Braswell from North Carolina and
Steve Gilbert from Texas.

Laurie (McBride) and Dave Hazelip report that their
son James has joined the US Army and will be graduating
from boot camp at Ft. Benning, Georgia on May 10th. He will
then be attending Advanced Training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia.
Dave and Laurie will be traveling to Georgia to attend the
graduation. Laurie has recently been named the Activities
Director at The Grand Court in Winter Haven.
Our very own Record Editor Jacque Crowell Vowell
celebrated her 50th birthday in April with friends Vicki
Sizemore and Ed Wardlow at Hawks Landing at the Marriot
World Center and then at a dinner attended by sisters Pam
Crowell, Bonnie Morrison, and Dawn Gressang, where she
received a beautiful "diamond" tiara accented with the num-
ber 50. A truly fitting gift for our very own "disco queen"!
Vicki Sizemore reports that she and husband Ed
Wardlow enjoyed a seven day cruise to the western Caribbean
on the Norwegian Sun during spring break. They swam with
the sting rays in Grand Cayman, went diving in Cozumel,
Mexico, toured Roatan Island near Honduras and visited
Mayan ruins in Lamanai near Belize City. Their favorite stop
was Roatan which Ed reports is a mixture of Taboga and
Joe and Sue (Waters) Eytalis have sold their home and
moved to their "retirement castle" near beautiful Lake
Julianna in Aubumdale.
Janet Stuart reports that her son David Willingham
will be getting married in Alabama this coming June. Janet
and daughter Lindsey will be traveling to Alabama to attend
the wedding.
VIcki Sizemore reminds all members of BHS'70 that a
birthday bash will be held at the upcoming Reunion to cele-
brate their collective 50th birthday. Contact her or Jacque for
more details.
If you live in the Central Florida area please give me a.
call so I can report your goings and your comings.

Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
(863) 967-2106


The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers' 56th
semi-annual luncheon meeting was enjoyed by 51 regu-
lars and friends at Ryan's Family Steak House in Ocala
on April 2nd. Next meeting is planned for Tuesday,
October 1st at Ryan's. All present were introduced and
newcomers (Gilbert Freund, Capt. Albert Wilder, and
Anne Lo Franco) were particularly acknowledged.
Gainesville was well represented by an entourage
consisting of Richard Lopp, Bruce Ruiz, Maurice
Tewinkel, Charles and Veira Soukop, and Sylvia de
Virginia Pearl has been attending since the group
originated in 1974. She was accompanied by her daugh-
ter, Linda (Pearl) Dagkstrom. Other "old-timers" to be
recognized were: Dick and Juanita McConaughey, John

Muller, and George Fitzgerald.
The Panama Canal Museum's Chuck Hummer and
Kathy Egolf brought an assortment of items available in
the museum's gift shop for display and perusing. Chuck
explained several of the goals and activities of the muse-
um. The 2002 calendar was very popular with its' pho-
tos of the CZ post-offices.
George Tochterman was praised for his work on the
2003 calendar with its' depictions of the CZ police sta-
tions. Chuck noted the membership in the PCM was
about 500 with a goal set for 2,000 which should cover
expenses for the ensuing years. Several fund-raising pro-
posals are forthcoming. Centennial medallions will be
available at the July reunion along with Christmas orna-
ments relating to the Canal Zone.
The museum has donated five boxes of Reviews in
Spanish to the University of Central Florida for their use
in their Language and History Departments to acknowl-
edge the U.S. role in the building of the Panama Canal.
Other copies have been presented to Largo High School.
Chuck mentioned that Time magazine is running a series
of articles on proposed canal improvements.
Virginia and Patsy Booth will be in the Vendor's
room in Orlando, so be sure to drop by and check out
their usual wares plus some new items. George Fitzgerald
recalled some of the old traditions at BHS. The "treat-
ing" of the Junior High School graduates (next year's
Freshmen) to a new haircut and a trip to "Joe the
Barber" to complete the job. Hazing was later outlawed.
Kathy Egolf donated several items from the muse-
um for door prizes. Lucky winners were: Chuck Soukop
(2002 post office calendar); Dianne Cox and Betty
Blanchette (t-shirts w/scenes of the Canal Zone). In
return, Betty later passed around an Easter basket filled
with candy for those not counting calories.
Grace and Leo Shadeck donated a Gorgas coffee cup
wrapped up in an old issue of The Spillway to Rick
Mahoney for coming over from Homosassa for the gath-
Bill Muller recognized Bruce Ruiz, who recently
retired as an anesthetist. Bill noted Bruce has a terrific
web site: Check it out some-
time and see if you don't agree. It will "wake you up"
for sure.
Tom Wilder's next stop was Ormond Beach for the
April Business Meeting of the PCSOFL. He is the nom-
inee for 2nd vice-president having already served on the
Board of Directors. Tom said to be sure to check your
March Canal Record for proposed By-law changes and
vote on them. Also, vote on the slate of officers. Show
your support!
Bill McLaughlin sent me an e-mail about repeating
my slide-show presentation at last year's reunion in
Orlando. It will be scheduled for Friday, July 5th at 3:00
P.M.. Check the schedules for the room location.
Jerry and Carolyn Coffey set off on another month's
trip to Panama. Others planning trips to Panama were
Gilbert Freund and Anne Lo Franco. Tom Strider recent-
ly relocated to Bonita Springs.
Margaret May Davidson was off to Fayetteville,

Arkansas visiting her grandchildren. Her dad, Maurice
Tewinkel, recently donated four large photos of the
Panama Canal Locks to the museum. He said that his
daughter is better known as "Dee Dee" to her CZ class-
mates and as "Peggy" to her family and friends in
Florida. He also wanted to say, "Thanks for a good meet-
ing -- good fellowship; good food; and, a good program."
Our "snowbirds" from Arkansas, Jerry and Bee
Williams, have returned to their "other home" to plan an
Alaskan cruise (leave Vancouver May 27th). They kept
busy in Florida with visits by Stan and Audrey Perkins
(MN/TX) in January and a Holland-America 8-day cruise
from Fort Lauderdale. March visitors were: Joe and Ella
Norton (CA) and Sharon and Ruth Shaw (TX). Stan, Joe
and Ella were all teachers in the CZ schools. Sharon was
a teacher at the college and worked for the DOD
Administration. Audrey was with the Air Force Budget
Office. Their final comment was: "Ruth was one ('terrif-
ic') tennis player!"
Roy and Charlene Trullinger celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary aboard the new Carnival Pride in
February on a 7-day cruise to Mexico. Highlight for Roy
was a stop at the Key West Naval Base where he was
stationed in 1947. Other "ports-of-call" were Belize City,
Belize, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Progresso,
Barbara (Curles) Aycock found her way back to
Rainbow Springs, FL after a 3-week trip to Australia
with her daughter, Kathleen, and her husband's sister,
Mary Jo. While there they were introduced to the
Tasmania "monster" at a wildlife park. True to stories the
creature turned red when upset. David Aycock decided to
wait for the 11-day cruise that followed with a trip of
the Caribbean on a Mediterranean Cruise Liner.
Elaine Conover and her fiance, Roy Florenz missed
our luncheon trying to complete the addition to her house
before their wedding in Sanford, FL on April 10th. Alice
Conover and her daughter, Maxine McDonald, were their
attendants. Roy is a native of Long Island and retired
from Fed Ex (Air Operations Division). Elaine explained
the need for the new "family room" since they have
become the parents and stepparents of 12 children and
14 grandchildren. They may need to add "another room"
as they have plans for a busy summer of travel and
guests. It's a good thing that Elaine has had lots of expe-
rience with "tailgate parties". Our sincerest congratulations
and best wishes for a great future together.
Nice to end on a happy note!

William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
(352) 854-7902


Pensacola has a new "Zonian" on the block Diana
Sheppard, widow of Ralph Sheppard who passed away
February 2001. In Largo, Fla., where Diana and Ralph lived,
they were active in masonic and duplicate bridge activities.

They were both ACBL Life Masters and certified bridge
directors. Diana's daughter Marilyn (Sheppard) (BHS'70)
(who used to bowl in the same league with me) and son-in-
law Vince Harmon built an addition to their home to provide
for a sitting room, bedroom, bath and walk-in closet so Diana
can live as part of their family. Diana's son Larry (BHS'81),
his wife Vielka, and their two-year-old son Michael of
Valrico, Fla., visited for the Thanksgiving holidays last year.
Diana would like very much to hear from old friends.
Welcome to Pensacola, Diana we're happy to have you here
in our beautiful city.
In February, my brother Butch (CHS'58) and Joe
Lorenzo (CHS'59) attended Carnivalito 2002 in Winter
Haven they had a fabulous time. They best expressed it like
this good food, great music and exceptional people. Ed
Wardlow did a great job again. Hopefully, Keith and I will
be able to attend next year for Carnivalito 2003.
My goddaughter Yvonne (Fishbough) (BHS'90) and
her husband Mike Mouser had their first baby, Reyna Adele,
on March 1, 2002. I hear from Grandma Rosa that she is
beautiful. I was promised all the particulars and a photo for
the next issue.
Pensacola just had the grand opening last month of the
largest Super Walmart in Florida (within walking distance of
my house) what a store large aisles, no crowding and fab-
ulous low prices. We in Pensacola are all so ecstatic they
decided to build it here.
My grandson Shane (14 in July) graduates from 8th
grade in June and is hopefully planning to enter Culinary
High School in August here in Pensacola. He hopes to some-
day become a great pastry chef (following in his grammy's

(L-R): Joe Lorenzo, Butch Hall, and Frank Leves at
Carnivalito 2002

While browsing in an antique shop in Prattville, Ala.
(where he and Edie live), Allen Cotton found and purchased
a 1939 issue of the Star and Herald commemorating the 25th
anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. It is very old
and fragile. He and Edie will present it to the Panama Canal
Museum, as a gift, this summer at the reunion in Orlando.
Keith and I are in the primary stages of planning our
wedding what a lot of details to think about. But with the
help of God and our families and close friends, we hope to

come through without too many bruises.
By the time this article comes out, we will have had our
4th Annual Northwest Florida Panazonian Mini-Reunion at
Coconuts here in Pensacola. All the particulars and photos
will definitely be in the next issue hopefully we'll have a
great crowd as in the past three years.
Keith and I are looking forward to seeing all our friends
at the Reunion in Orlando. I'll be driving from here again
with Louie and Barb Dedeaux we always have a great trip.
If you have any news, no matter how small, please call
me or mail it to me (photos too). I welcome any news.

Barbara (Hall) Vose
(850) 474-6341

South Florida

Saludos a todos desde South Florida. Almost didn't
have a report, as I've been very busy and therefore unable to
attend my requisite 6 functions a month. Luckily, some of my
Zonian ex-patriate neighbors have picked up the slack.
In news from the "other side".., the annual February trip
to Panama was made by D. LaPorta, Scott Parker, Rod
Synder and the Dowells (Zona, Winship, Clay, Connie and
Kyle). Once there, the gang met up with Panama resident
Richie Dowell and family and Dr. and Mrs. Wallace Snyder.
The trip included the usual sites and watering holes: Pizza at
the Napoli, sasperilla at the Elks Club and cruising the
Causeway. Some off road adventures included white water
rafting in Rod's Jeep, when we got stuck in a river near
Portobello along with more 4-wheeling around Gatun Lake
and Escobal. Home base was at Santa Rita Mt. which some of
you may remember from the Dowell's parties back in high
school. Great fun was had by all as usual and everybody's
looking forward to next year.
In late February the Azcarragas, Mimi (Martinez),
Manuel "Lucho" and the A Team of Alex, Adam and
Andre, were visited by Mary Azearraga and granddaughter
Samylleth Vargas from Indio, California. As always, all had
too much fun. Starting with a trip to Long Key, near
Marathon Key, Florida. They stayed a few days at a beach
bungalow, enjoying the smells of incoming tides and fresh
salt air and beautiful sunsets and pesky pelicans. The gang
adventured to Long Key State Park to find a handful of peo-
ple and a couple of campers where they cruised in a Boston
Whaler (just like the one from Gamboa days) around the reefs
and fished, if you call catching seaweed and one hat (the one
that blew off Mimi's head) a good day's catch. The boys also
snorkeled on a near-by reef, spotting baby rays, garfish,
puffer fish, crabs and finally, after not ten minutes in the
water, a 5-ft nurse shark. At that point, the snorkeling ended
abruptly! They also visited the Dolphin Research Center to
see the site and swim with the dolphins. What an experience
for those of you thinking about doing it. It is incredible.
Swimming with Merina (mom) and Calusa (baby of 10
months) was an experience of a lifetime. A must see in the

Carnival/Mardi Gras was not missed down here for
those unable to make it to Panama or New Orleans. For one
weekend every February, Hollywood explodes in a wild burst
of beads, music and food. Fiesta Tropicale keeps getting big-
ger and better year after year. We gathered our local krewe of
misfits and miscreants together and braved the bitter cold, 650
weather. A couple of us had listened to the weatherman and
brought our Levis jackets but most were dressed for an
evening. The rest suffered and shivered, hoping to catch
enough beads to make a mock turtle neck. Just back from the
Keys, Mimi, Lucho, the A Team, Mary and Samylleth made
it out along with Ann Hoag's sister Mary and husband
George Reid, who were attending a YMCA conference in Ft
Lauderdale that same weekend. Perfect timing for the parade
and Ann's surprise birthday party! Mimi and Lucho's kids
cleaned up on the beads, soap products and more moon pies
than anyone can eat. By nights end, Adam had caught so
many beads it looked like he was wearing a Mr. T starter kit.
After the parade, the freezing wimps in our gang left to run to
their cars and turn on the heaters. Pam Weldon, Tom "TY"
Young and I decided to get some food and listen to some live
music. TY bought himself a plate of red beans and rice that
must have been cooked with a gallon of Tabasco. Not one to
waste good money or food, he ate almost every bite. I'm sure
he regretted that decision later as they most certainly burned
him twice.

FIESTA: L-R Alex, Mary, Adam, Andre, Samylleth and

Mimi was also able to visit with friends during a recent
trip to Washington DC. Enjoying a fine Thai dinner with
Dave Wiatt and wife Colleen, she especially liked sampling
the unique entrees and the sake. She also visited with Bob
and Mindy Dollar and joined up with Julie Young, who was
also visiting, to go to Baltimore's Harbor place for a boat ride
around the different piers and shops. Bob and Mimi parked
up at the Cats' Meow Pub while the girls went shopping. A
few hours later, after becoming great friends with the locals
and the live band, it was time to move on back to the Dollar's
B&B in Annapolis for a BBQ and another memorable night
visiting with friends. A few weeks later, the Dollar's had to
do it all again with Lucho, as he was on his way to

JULY 19, 2002

Manhattan's Ground Zero for another two weeks with OSHA.
They not only had to contend with Lucho, but with Marvin
Wright plus Dave and Colleen Wiatt for one raucous night.
They spent the night scurrying from one Annapolis club to
another, partaking in the local seafood, spirits and Eastport
ambiance. After the weekend, Manuel went to Manhattan to
ensure rescue workers are using safe practices at Ground
Zero. One of the trip's highlights was attending the six-month
memorial anniversary and sky-lighting event in honor of
those who were lost on 9/11.
Janette Sousa Martinez and her daughter Michelle
Marie Martinez also had reasons to celebrate. Being proud
owners of a new and beautiful home in Miami's
Fontainebleau area, they had their first house-warming/BBQ
party over the Easter weekend. Jeannine Eggleston, Lucho,
Mimi, Alex, Adam and Andre Azcarraga, Ann Hoag,
Armand, Graciela Villalaz, Cynthia Gianareas and her
nephew Yannis Gianareas all attended. Delicious home-
made hamburgers, salchicas on a stick and bbq chicken
(thanks to the chef--Lucho!) along with purple potato salad
(ensalada de feria), corn on the cob, baked beans, cookies,
cakes and little Easter bunny cupcakes. Michelle and Andre
also created some colorful Easter eggs, adding to the festivi-
ties of the day.




BBQ: Back L-R Lucho, Andre, Michelle, Janette,
Jeannine, Graciela and Cynthia, Front L-R Adam, Alex,
Mimi, Ann and Armand

I threw a pool party in late March to officially open up
the summer swimming season. I'll admit the water was a bit
chilly at barely 75 and the frozen Margaritas didn't
first, but we were determined to have fun anyway. In atten-
dance were Mimi, Lucho, the A-minus Team (Alex and
Adam), my neighbor Diana and her 12-year-old triplets
(they've got a crush on Alex). Also braving the cold were TY
(AGAIN?) and my girlfriend Linda who was once again vis-
iting from New York. She told me she is very receptive to the
concept of year round swimming and may consider moving
to Florida. If she thinks this is great, she would have loved
Panama. Heat the pool??? Too cold to swim?? Well, maybe at
midnight in Bambito.
For Bike week in Daytona the Other Side gang of D
LaPorta, Scott Parker, Rod Snyder, Winship, Alan and
Danielle Dowell, and our lead Harley rider, Tom Wilder and

son Chris "The Suzuki Kid" braved the masses as we 2-
wheeled around town, taking in the sites, sounds, races and
sometimes bizarre faces of bike week.
Finally, on April 6th, I traveled north to St. Petersburg
for the annual Blues Festival. After meeting Bob Dollar at his
hotel we hit the street in search of friends. After a reunion
with Jay Sieleman, Priscilla Hernandez and Renate at the
Moon Under the Water, we headed out to Vinoy Park for a
day of great music. While there we ran into Paul "PK" and
Margaret (Brown) Karst, Sheri (Alexaitis) Kimball and
Steve Nehring. It's a good thing that PK usually carries a
pachita because a cold front (again???) blew in that afternoon
and temps dropped into the 60's. Brrrrr. PK and Margaret
were still on cloud nine after going on the Legendary Rhythm
and Blues Cruise in January. The spent a week cruising the
Caribbean listening to the likes of Taj Mahal, the Fabulous
Thunderbirds and many other great blues bands.

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) Jf^ i ff

Speaking of bands, the answer to this edition's "who
dat" picture are, members of Pacific (Stan Wright, yours
truly, and Chuck Petersen) along with beach beauties Lynn
(Boudreau) Gritt and Ginny Dolan.
Well, that's about it, I need to get this in the mail. Don't
forget, send me your input for the next edition, because, if
you don't call me, write me or invite me...this is what you

Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
(954) 894-1247

Space Coast

We have had the opportunity to share several milestones
within our small community these past few months. Jinjer
Jeffries retired from Boeing at the Space Center after 19
years. We got together at Bob and Kathie McConaughey's
house to celebrate with her.




Front Row: Jinjer Jeffries, Bob McConaughey, Joella
Deakins, Pat Munchbach, Sue Deakins, Terry Justice,
Sonja Justice. Back Row: L-R: Sandy Claflin, Terry
Deakins, Randy Deakins, Bob Munchbach, Kathie

Leanne, Natalie, and Wayne Watkins surprised their
parents, Norman and Janet (Hunt) Watkins with a party to
celebrate Jan & Norm's 30th wedding anniversary. The party
was at Leanne & Natalie's beautiful home and was a huge
success. Jan and Norm were speechless when they opened the
door and found over 50 people waiting for them!!

surprise, including Jan's mother, Louise Hunt, and sister and
brother-in-law, Jacque and Ted Arias, and Norm's brother,
Jeff Watkins. The younger Watkins did an outstanding job
and we have voted them "party planners of the year"!!
Congratulations, guys!! You did a great job!!
A feast was provided by Richard and Gelena Bailey at
their home in Deland to celebrate Donna (Voet) Follese's
birthday. The Baileys had just returned from a trip to Panama
the week before and "chef' Richard grilled an 18 lb corvina
stuffed with shrimp!! Richard's story is that he caught the
corvina in Panama by accident while fishing for sharks on
Barro Colorado in Gatun Lake. But not enough "Ron Cortez"
had been consumed for anyone to believe him. We all believe
that he found a good sale at the local mercado pueblo!! Good
try, though, Richard!!

Front: Ed Dolan and Randy Deakins holding "the feast".
Back row: Rene Wirtz, Bonnie Dolan, Joella Deakins,
Gelena Bailey, and Richard Bailey.

Front Row: Brandy Groves, Leanne Watkins, Hailey
Roundy, Joanne Hunt, Natalie Watkins, Norman
Watkins, Wayne Watkins, Janet Watkins, Jacque Arias,
Ted Arias, Jeff Watkins and girlfriend Nancy. Second Row:
Kelly Hunt, Fran Morrissey, Tristan Roundy holding Alex
Roundy, Kara Twohy, Lisa Hunt, Valerie Dempsey, Jan
Huff, Joe Hunt, Pattie Benny, Joella Deakins, Nikki
Meyer, Sue Deakins, Teresa Rice, Jerri Farnsworth,
Darleen Hunt. Back Row: Richard Lemon, Trey Arias,
Dave McConaughey, Bill Huff, Louise Hunt, Buddy
Dempsey, Robyn Husted, Kathie McConaughey, Bob
McConaughey, Lou Husted, Tom Stoakley, Fran Meyer,
Connie Stoakley, Darrell Canamas, Bill Benny, Randy
and Terry Deakins, Noel Farnsworth, Ron Meyer.

The house was decorated with copies of wedding pho-
tos and there was even a cake that was a replica of their orig-
inal wedding cake. Several out-of-town guests added to the

Que rico!!

In January, Valerie (Mclntire) Dempsey decided it
wasn't chilly enough for her in Florida, so flew to Colorado
to spend a few weeks visiting her father, Milt Law, in
Wheatridge, and sister Cathy (Mclntire) Spafford, and
nephews, Dirk and Lance Spafford, in Hayden, near
Steamboat Springs. She also got to meet Dirk's fiance,
Lance's wife, and her first great-nephew, Peyton Spafford.
Valerie fell in love with snowmobiles and hot tubs and is now
busy trying to convince Buddy that both are good things to
have at their new beach townhouse in Cape Canaveral. I don't
think snowmobiles work very well in the sand, Val!!

Bill and Pattie Benny were able to come from
Peachtree City, GA for visits in February and March. Patty
had conferences in Orlando for work, so they were able to
spend lots of time on the coast with us. Fran Meyer and
Connie Stoakley showed Patty all the scrapbooking stores
and Ron Meyer and Tom Stoakley managed to keep Bill
busy with house and yard maintenance and other "honey-
dos". In the evenings, we dedicated ourselves to hitting as
many restaurants as we could -- a task we all undertook with
great pleasure! Now that Pattie is beginning to entertain the
idea of retirement sometime in the future, we are trying to
convince them that this is the place for them!!
Cathy Spafford and Valerie Dempsey enjoying the steamy
hot tub. It was 19 degrees outside!!

Randy and Joella Deakins, and Roger and Nancy
Dean were on the road again in their motor homes. This time
they went to Progresso, Mexico and met up with Jerry and
Pat Genecko. Roger and Nancy continued their trip with a 7 ~
day trip around the Gulf Coast of Mexico. They are all still
talking about the food, beer, and shopping!!

Ron Meyer, Pattie Benny, Kathie and Bob McConaughey,
Connie and Tom Stoakley, Bill and Jane Huff, Bill Benny,
Nikki Meyer.

Keep those cards & letters coming. More next month.

Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281

Joella and Randy Deakins, Roger and Nancy Dean soaking Tallahassee
up some of the local color (and beer) in Progresso, Mexico.
'.! Spring is in the air, and Tally is alive with color. The
azaleas and dogwoods are blooming, so it must be time for
-- ,the annual Springtime Tallahassee extravaganza: huge parade
with gorgeous floats, food and entertainment in the down-
town park, and everyone lining the parade route trying to
catch a few beads or candy. Mike and Elaine Stephenson
have worked tirelessly on their krewe parade entry; and, like
everything they do, it was magnificent.
This time of year, the Morland family makes their
annual pilgrimage to Pinehurst, N.C., to pay homage to the
grand matriarch of the family, Vicky Morland. Usually, it is
Carol (Morland) Mead, Sunny (Morland) Mizrachi,
Mary (Morland) Coffee, and Sally (Morland) Williams
who get together for a sister/mother/girls reunion and cele-
bration of their mother's birthday. But this year was truly spe-
Joella Deakins, Nancy Dean, Roger Dean, Jerry Genecko, cial, for Mrs. Morland was celebrating her 90th birthday, and
Pat Genecko at "happy hour" in Alamo, Texas. the entire Morland clan came from far and near to partake in
a glorious celebration.

We had a family reunion on a much smaller scale:
Michael Smith's brother, Tom Smith, came from
Minnesota; and sister and brother-in-law Barbara and
Buddy Camacho came from North Carolina. Joining the
group were other family members, Paul Smith and daughter
Rylie, Donna (Date) Smith and daughter Anna, Nancy
(Smith) and Patrick Lincoln, and Pat Smith and Cherish
Collupy. Mike Smith, Jr. had a prior commitment and was
not able to attend. Knowing how disappointed Mike was, his
wife, Donna, created a little photographic magic and was able
to include him in the group picture. We rented a large beach-
front home at St. George Island (highly recommend that
place) and proceeded to drink rum and cokes, feast on fresh
shrimp and fish that Pat Smith had grilled to perfection, and
listen to Mike, Uncle Tom, and Aunt Barbie tell the most
hilarious stories about growing up in a rural farming commu-
nity in Minnesota.

Back Row: Paul Smith, Cherish Collupy, Tom Smith,
Sharon Smith, Mike Smith, Jr., Pat Smith, Mike Smith,
Sr., Pat Lincoln, Nancy (Smith) Lincoln. Front Row: Rylie
Smith, Donna (Date) Smith, Barbara (Smith) Camacho,
Anna Smith and Buddy Camacho.

Doris Hunt has been a busy hostess lately. We enjoyed
a lovely dinner and visit with her and her houseguests,
Lucille Cain of New York, and Bess Martin of Mississippi.
Next came Joe and Ella Norton of California. Jim Hunt of
Minnesota was able to join the group, and we dined out at a
local steak house. Not long afterward, Sharon and Ruth
Shaw arrived in Tally in their new RV, and this time we host-
ed a dinner party and gave Doris a rest. Too bad the "four
amigos", Joe Norton, Sharon Shaw, Jim Hunt, and Mike
Smith, were not able to be together at the same time, espe-
cially since their "Hunt Classic" golf get-togethers are a thing
of the past (only Mike still plays golf on a regular basis).
Last time, I congratulated Joe and Bev Wood on the
birth of theirfirst grandchild, Jordan Balboa Wood, son of
Brian and Karina (Olivares) Wood, born January 3, 2002.
Now, I can congratulate them again on the birth of their sec-
ond grandchild, Cameron Elizabeth Wood, daughter of
Craig and Heather (Gormly) Wood, born just one month
later on February 22, 2002. From zero to two, a boy and a
girl, in the blink of an eye. Great-grandmother, Audrey
Bowman, was able to attend both births. Cameron was

blessed with having three great-grandmothers, Audrey, Jean
Murray, and Doris Gormly on hand for the special occa-
Please call or e-mail me with any news you would like
to share, I can't write it up if I don't know about it.

Sharon Smith, Reporter
(850) 668-4121


In July 2001, Carlos, Phyllis and Colin Pinzon, along
with Gary and Cissy Collins (of Douglasville, Ga.) spent a
week with Monica and Larry Milam of Bella Vista, Ariz. It
was a busy week of sightseeing, golfing for the men,and
shopping for the women. They visited several points of inter-
est, ie. Pea Ridge Battlefield, Eureka Springs, Ft. Smith
where they walked the starting point of the Trail of Tears and
the Har-Bar Village in Grove, Okla.

Monica and Larry Milam, Cissy and Gary Collins, Phyllis,
Carlos and Colin Pinzon sightseeing at Har-Bar Village.

This is one of the largest antique museums in the U.S.,
and is a reconstructed turn-of-the-century village of over one
hundred buildings and collections. Besides sight-seeing, they
did some fishing in the lake located behind the Milam's
house. Unfortunately, none of the fish were "keepers", but
they still had a great time trying for the big one.
Cissy and Gary Colins also sent me a nice long article
that I was delighted to get. It seems that Cissy and Gary have
been getting together with some Canal Zone people here, and
having a wonderful time. Their first get together was for
lunch in December at the beautiful restaurant called the Blue
Willow Inn in Social Circle, Ga.
Cissy says that Sarah Finkelstein contacted them, as well as
Ken and Martha Tucker (Athens, Ga.); Sis Medinger
(Conyers); Joan Jablonski (Atlanta), and Jullian Collins
Walker (of Clarkston). They had a great time recalling the

events of the past and about their lives since relocating to
Georgia. Any one living in Georgia who has not eaten at the
Blue Willow Restaurant should not miss this treat. The food
is Southern and served buffet style, and you will actually
"waddle" away from the table. Cissy and Gary said to give
them a call at 770-489-0667 if you would like to join their
"Zonian" get together, as you will be most welcome. You
can also email Cissy and Gary at

Wash. and we made them "honorary" Zonians. They said they
really had a great time seeing everything and tasting all the
wonderful fresh corbina, fresh fruit, and, of course a delicious
pizza from the popular Napoli Restaurant. Walter Dryja and
Jeanne Flynn Stough came with us for their third trip each
with Condor Travel. Walter writes a column on the CZ Brats
website under the name: Walter's Corner, and he took lots of
photos, so watch for them next time you log on the internet.
Jeanne stayed on an extra few days to visit with friends, and
said she left Panama happy and contented. Some of the other
wonderful ex-zonians who joined us for their first trip back to
Panama in many years were: Ed Wilburn (we called him
Uncle Lucky), formerly of Balboa; Bea Rhyne, (of Balboa);
Barbara Norris Angell (of Curundu) and her husband Max
Angell; Lew and Phyllis Cody (of Ft. Clayton); and Bobbie
Pfafflin (who lived on the Pacific Side for one year), and her
friend Jim Martin. Our trip, which also includes a partial
transit of the Panama Canal, was a big hit with everyone,
especially those who had never before done a transit. Lori
was the tour leader for that trip, while I went on to Coronado
for some advanced R & R.

Front Row: Ken Tucker, Gary Collins, Cissy Collins. Back
Row: Jullian (Collins) Walker, Joan Jablonski, Sarah
Finkelstein, Sis Medinger, and Martha Tucker

The only other news that I have for now is that my
daughter, Lori Stevenson Snow and I conducted the Condor
Travel annual dry season tour to Panama in late February,
early March, and we were lucky to have another great group
join us.

Front Row: Connie Folse, Lori Stevenson Snow. Middle
Row: Bea Rhyne, Bobbie Pfafflin, Barbara Norris Angell,
Vivian Lewis, June Rowley Stevenson, Jeanne Flynn
Stough, Phyliss Cody. Back Row: Jim Martin, Max
Angell, Bill Lewis, Ed (Uncle Lucky) Wilburn, Walter
Dryja, and Lew Cody.

Most of the people in our group were ex-zonians,
although we did have one couple who came because they had
heard about us from Nancy Kariger Eide and her husband,
Darryl. They were Bill and Vivian Lewis of Gig Harbor.

June Rowley Stevenson and Lori Stevenson Snow

Remember, if any of you Zonians out there in any part
of Georgia have some news about trips taken, or
Zonian/Panama visitors, please either give me a call, or send
me an email/letter so I can get your news in the Record.

June A. Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537

Barbara McShane Barnickel in Leesville is excited to
report that the first diploma she will hand out in her high-
school administrative career will go to her daughter, Corrie.
She promises a photo later. Barbara is in touch with some of
her BHS'73 classmates, planning for their next reunion.
At deadline Thomas Carey of Lafayette was in Panama
forl2 days, visiting with Pablo Prieto. He promises to tell us

all about it upon his return.
Laurie and John Engelke of Baton Rouge were in
Orlando recently, visiting their daughter, Joy, on her 25th
birthday. Another daughter, Lee, BHS'87, and her husband,
Todd Sweeney from Michigan, live near the Engelkes. Son
Rick, BHS'86, lives with his parents and works for Emery
Equipment. Rita Will, Laurie's mother, retired from the CZ
in 1979 and has been living in San Diego. She recently
moved to Baton Rouge.
The Summer National Senior Olympics were held in
Baton Rouge in 2001. Larry Horine (CHS'49) of Boone,
N.C., was the only former Zonian competing. He set a record
for his age group with 44-7.5 in shot put. He was first in dis-
cus at 128-1 and first in javelin at 130-2.

Larry Horine takes first place during Senior Olympics in
Baton Rouge.

Ed Overstreet has moved from Gonzales to Pembroke
Pines, Fla. He recently visited his mother, Mary Overstreet,
in Tallahassee. His brother, Paul and daughter Kaley from
Maryland, were visiting there too. Ed works with the
Transportation Security Administration at Fort Lauderdale
and Key West airports.
This reporter was in Churchill, Manitoba, recently to
observe the spectacular Aurora borealis. A whiteout blew up
suddenly during a dogsled ride. The temperature hit minus
49 degrees F., making outdoor sports brief. Luckily the dogs
knew the way back.
Larry Robin Jr. (BHS'74) is in touch with Zonian
friends via email. His family website is
Penny Catron Lotterhos (BHS'62) of Clinton is look-
ing forward to her first reunion ever. She and Joe recently
returned from a fun week in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and
Brugge. They took the Eurostar to London via the Chunnel
for a day to enjoy the British Airways ferris wheel. Penny
recently heard from Tommy Richardson of Ohio via email.
They were neighbors in Gamboa. Tommy left the Zone when
he was 11, but when Penny told him about the reunion, he and
his wife decided to go. Penny's brother Billy will play in the
golf tournament. It's his wife's 35th high-school reunion.
Tim Garber has left Laplace and moved to Houston.
He says that makes him a panagringodudetexan. He's opera-
tions manager for a large steamship agency. His sons, Mitch,

16, Robert, 15, and David, 12, are having a blast playing
hockey. His wife, Amy, does taste-testing for a restaurant
This reporter successfully completed the six-day
Wlderhostel Astronaut Training Program at the Kansas
Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson in August.
Participants performed stress tests in a 3-axis apparatus and
the centrifuge g-force container that pulls up to five G's.

Patt Foster Roberson at Cosmosphere.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Peter Baas of Gulfport is home from sea. He goes on
oceanographic travel two or three times a year for 30 days at
a time. His last trip was off coastal Washington State, mark-
ing his first out of a U.S. port in more than 10 years. He took
a ferry to Victoria, B.C., and spent a few days seeing the
sights before heading home. His next trip will probably be to
the Far East.
His twin sister, Christina, and her husband, took a 10-
day cruise on the Holland America ship Rotterdam and one
on the stops was Gatun Lake. They took a bus tour of the for-
mer CZ and the tour guide was Skip Burger (CHS'67). Skip
made a side trip to Brazos Heights where he dropped them off
so they could see the old neighborhood.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Record time again and not a whole lot going on in North
Carolina. Most everybody has been staying fairly close to
home lately. Bob and Fran Morrissey may be the exception.
They spent a couple of weeks in Florida in March visiting
friends and family. They were included in a gala 30th wed-
ding anniversary party for Jan and Norm Watkins in Merritt
Island and then rushed back home for a few days before going
off on a cruise to the Caribbean. They are still planning on
leaving this area to return to Florida in the near future. I don't
understand how they can sell their beautiful home here in
Speaking of beautiful homes, Willy and Wilma
Nowotny are moving into a new home, but here in
Hendersonville, thank goodness. Next issue I will report on
the fabulous house warming party, which I am sure they will
have. They have been working hard on some changes in the
house and moving "stuff' little by little.
Jim and Diane Bradley hosted a small get-together at
their home in High Vista with the Nowotnys, the Morrisseys,
Pat Fraiser and Cherry Stahlman, enjoying a fun evening.
As usual Diane's dinner was superb. Pat Fraiser is still teach-
ing school so is kept pretty busy. Haven't heard whether or
not she will re-up in the fall.
I made a quick trip to Florida in March to attend the
wedding of my niece Brandi Howe, daughter of my sister
Vicki (Dunning) Howe. Several family members were there,
including my daughter Laurie Trinca and my niece Lynn
Harp and her three children whom I had not seen in a very
long time. Lynn's mom, Betty Dunning, drove down with
Lynn from Arkansas. We had a wonderful visit and the wed-
ding was beautiful. I was able to spend a couple of nights
with Jim and Gemma O'Donnell in St. Petersburg and while
there attended a dinner party at the home of Frank and Lori
King to help celebrate his birthday. Lois Jones (Hollowell)
and her daughter Margie were also there and we had a great
On a sad note I must report the death of Bob Arnold on
February 10th. He rarely missed a meeting of our local soci-
ety and enjoyed remembering his time in Panama. He will be
Guess that is about it for this time. Hope I haven't for-
gotten anything. Anyone living anywhere in North Carolina
can send me news for the Record. Call me or drop me a line.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995


We have had a cold spring after a moderate fall (rhodo-
dendron's were blooming in November) and weird winter. It
snowed on March 20 and 21 and the tulips hadn't reached
their full splendor in the fields for the renowned April 3-week
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, but acres of daffodils brightened

up the farmlands.
Gerry Hannigan wrote that in their area in the
Cascades, which has been the coldest since they arrived, a
snow survey crew visits each month from January through
May and helicopter to 16 remote sites to determine the qual-
ity and quantity of the Skagit area snowpack so that spring's
runoff can be forecast. She accompanied them one cold after-
noon to 3 of the sites. "It was a very excellent adventure," she
says. Jim Hannigan has also been up with them twice, at dif-
ferent times of the year.

Gerry Hannigan helps to measure the Skaget County snow-

In March, Glenn Rhyne, Jr. and wife Sonia (Bowker)
who reside in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada, were
visited by their son Erick and his new wife, Christina. The
young Rhynes live in Homossasa, FL, where they were mar-
ried on October 5, 2001. Erick and Chrissy spent a week in
Vancouver and saw the sights, ferried to Victoria, and went
snowboarding on Mt. Seymour. Glenn and Sonia are living in
BC while Glenn is working for US Customs preclearance at
Vancouver airport.

Erick, Christina and Glenn Rhyne, Jr. on a B.C. ferry to
Victoria, B.C.

Paul and Suzette Baker report on their around the
world sailboat adventure, that they are having a great time,
finishing boat projects and getting ready to leave New

Zealand and head back up to Tonga in May. Then they'll head
on to Fiji and back to New Zealand for the America's Cup in
Ginny (Kleefkins) and Billy Rankin's daughter
Nancy, now of Woking Surrey, U.K. is expecting her first
child in August, and Ginny will be heading over for a visit at
that time. They made a 3-week RV trip in January, down
through Oregon, California, Arizona, and Nevada and
stopped to see their daughter, son-in-law Karen and John
Blennerhassett, and two grandkids Ryann and Jason, for
several days in San Diego before heading to Yuma so Billy
could play some golf in the sunshine. They also spent a few
fun days in Las Vegas. Ginny's brother Walter Kleefkins,
and wife Suzanne recently stopped in for a weekend visit
before they headed to Panama for Rainey (Urey) Dugan's
wedding in March. Billy's brother Robert and Gayle
(Fettler) Rankin spent the night a while back after a shop-
ping spree.
Wallace Teal and friend Bev Jones bought a motor
home last year and spent 7 months touring to 23 states and
also took a 5-week detour by plane to Panama in September
and October. They had a wonderful time seeing family,
friends and the countryside.
Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe and Henry and Pat
Cruz want to remind everyone about the Northwest PC
Picnic the last weekend in July at Lake Padden Recreation
Area near Bellingham. (See the Dates to Remember section
on the inside front cover.) Marti Lohr came over from
Sequim at Easter time and we drove to Bellingham to have
Easter brunch with her son Neil Lohr and his friend, Terry
Ray. The next day we drove to Bellingham to meet the
Shobes and Cruzes and Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young for
lunch at a lovely bayside restaurant. A few weeks later Mary
and two friends and Marti trekked over for the wonderful
Anacortes annual Quilt Show and lunch. The next day Marti
and I returned for the Style Show featuring 49 lovely home-
made vests and dresses, including one vest with a mola. Jim
and Mary Young were on the move again in April, off this
time to Hampton, Georgia to visit son Jimmy and family,
who will be coming up from Panama at that time. They are
also planning to go to the Panama Canal Reunion in Florida
in July. After that, they head to Panama where Mary's family,
the Sullivans, are having a family reunion in July. Whoopee!
In February, Marti Lohr joined some friends for a cruise
around the Horn, and really enjoyed it, she said, adding that
Buenos Aires is beautiful.
Brenda Scott reports she has returned from the PNW to
live in Panama! She says, "The door is always open for com-
Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin had a great visit to
Panama. They spent 4 days with Vince and Penny (Wilder)
Canamas, and kayaked at the Causeway, saw all the new
things in Panama City and Balboa, and the old gang at a party
the Canamases hosted. They then spent the weekend at Pina
with Collin and Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan and had a blast
surfing and kayaking in warm waters They also spent 4 days
at the Corrigans Gatun abode, kayaked a few times in the lake
and saw the hawks, toucans, otters, egrets, and howler mon-
keys. They all met again in El Valle and had a blast at

Corrigan's lovely Casita on a gorgeous hillside. They also
saw Sid Coffin on one of their walks around Gatun. Gayle
wrote, "It was a great visit with friends, and we had dry sea-
son weather." The Rankins continue their kayaking, and ski-
ing and snowshoe adventures at Hurricane Ridge on the
Olympic Peninsula.
Guy and Mary (Wells) Fealey recently had a barbecue
get-together at their Oak Harbor home. The lucky ones who
attended were Ed Kennedy, John and Michelle Bundy, their
son, his wife and their grandson, Jimmy Fealey and friend
Jeanie and Gerry and Howie (Adams) Laatz. Guy returned
the other day from Kerrville TX, where he had gone to see his
mother, Honey (Bergman) Fealey, and in laws Fred and
Marian (Orr) Wells, and to participate in the one-day
"Weenie" motorbike ride. Among those Guy saw were Bill
Weigle, John "Nini" Hanna, (Vera Hanna followed the bik-
ers in her chase Lincoln), L.J. and Phyllis (Allen)
Christoph, Ted Henter, Billy and DeeDee Hanna, Jim
Slice, Don Nungester, Kenny Cooper and wife, Billy Bell,
Leo Eastham, Dick Ester and Pat Fallon. Guy and Ted also
stopped by to see Kathi (Adams) Lessiack while there. Mary
Fealey and daughter Jamie, plus 4 senior girl scouts and a
leader, spent a week in California, visiting Disneyland,
California Adventure, and touring the coastline. They drove
the 3,200 miles, stopping in at Grumman's Chinese Theater,
the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, and the Golden
Gate in San Francisco. Son Guy stayed home alone and
Bob Blake's book Bayonets and Bougainvilleas has
been in print since January 4. It includes the life story of a
career Marine decorated for valor in three wars, but mainly is
a narrative of family life in the first half of the 1900's, and
spans US and foreign countries and the FDR through Nixon
years. For a free preview, visit
Congratulations, Bob!
Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring of Silverdale, WA,
report that daughter Mary just returned from Mexico and
Rome, doing lay missionary work for the Catholic church and
just loves what she is doing. In February, Theresa's sister,
Patty (Snider) Morgan, generously gave of her time to tend
to the nine Herring kids still at home so Tim and Theresa
could fly to Florida for Tim's mom Margaret's 80th birthday.
Eight of her 10 kids were able to make it for the surprise party
and visit and much fun was had by all. Other out of owners
to attend were Elaine and Rock Mason of Watertown, SD;
and Mark from Boston, and Elaine's daughter Samantha
and husband Rob from Wisconsin. Margaret is doing great
and enjoys living near her five local kids who also helped cel-
ebrate: Joe and Renee and their three boys, Conan, Nathan
and Nolan; Anne Marie and Chris who live with her; Mike
and Anne and their kids George, Ray and Leigh; and Ed and
Lori. Also Margaret's brother in law, Jack and wife Josine
came for the party as did several adult grand kids.
Gerry and I were in Florida in March and had a great
time warming up. We saw Pat and Carol (Brown) Manning,
Jerry and Barbara (Brown) and Coleman, Barbara's
daughter Lyza (Byrne) and husband Steve, and their two pre-
cious young'uns, and Barbara's son Michael; Cody
Hollowell, our son and daughter in law J and Sunshine
Laatz, Butch, Janis (Brogie), Joann, Christopher,

Jennifer, Lisa, and Haley Eckel, Bob and Margie
(Flumach) Daisey, and my aunt Alice (Westman) Weigold.

Howie Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923


The second annual Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) Cup
Cayuco Race was held on February 24, 2002. The BYC Cup
is a 6 mile cayuco race along the Amador Causeway at the
Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. The three winners in
the listed categories were:
Male: Carioca, Deception, Anacardium
Female: Jungle Crews, Rio Teta, Situation Hopeless
Coed: Scenic Route, Rio Senales, Command Performance
Open: Sudden Impact, Expreso Comando, Defiance
Larry Liberty, Manager of the BYC Bar and Pool pre-
sented the Amador Causeway Trophy.
This event was followed by the Gamboa Rainforest
Resort Regatta which was held on Saturday, March 9th, in
Gamboa. The cayuco Carioca won for the Male Category;
Female, the Rio Teta; Coed, the Scenic Route; and Open,
The 49th Annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race fol-
lowed on Friday, March 22nd. Forty cayucos were registered
for this year's race, up from 35 last year. This year's race
included a team from Costa Rica in the Premonition, a group
of Royal Navy Reservists in the Slave Galley, and a team
from Chitre, Panama, in their cayuco, Canal Zone. The race
was opened with the Captain's meeting held by Race Master
Greg Broussard, followed by a briefing from the Panama
Canal Authority (ACP) Race Coordinator, Pablo Prieto, a
benediction from Padre Donaciano, and a few words by
Brian Oakley from the Panama Ports Company. This year's
winners were: Male, Carioca; Female, Rio Teta; Coed, Scenic
Route; and Open, Sudden Impact.

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The 49th Annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race Winners
in the Carioca, crewed by (L-R) Luis Armando Lasso,
steerer; Hernando Ibafiez, captain and bailer; Pedro Pinilla,
power house; and Luis Antonio Solis; pacer.

American football is still alive and well in Panama even
after the closure of the DODDS schools in 1999. The league
is run by the Associacion de Futbol Americano de Panama
and has provided the means to continue playing the sport. It

consists of five teams which are: the Florida State University-
Panama (FSU) Raptors, Santa Maria la Antigua University
(USMA) Frailes, Dragons, Saints, and the Warriors. With the
help of local sponsors and several Universities, the teams
have the necessary facilities to practice during the week.
The games are played in the Balboa High School
Stadium. Coach Ernie Holland is enjoying his retirement by
coaching the FSU Raptors, which at this time is in first place
with a 6-1 record. Coach Holland has sustained a high level
of competition by hosting clinics for the other coaches and
players. Last year, his team was undefeated with a 13-0
record, with his son, Eric Holland (BHS'91), playing quar-
terback. Some of the Zonians who have stayed in Panama
and taken advantage of the league to continue playing the
game are Pat Fahy, offense and punter, and Rick Szymanski
(BHS'91) middle linebacker; both for the FSU Raptors.
Quite a crowd gathers at the stadium, and of course, the chori-
pan cart and meat on the stick venders make sure no one goes
hungry. Rory Egger (BHS'83) was a guest referee for two
games during his short visit to Panama.
The Directorate of Engineering and Housing (DEH),
USARSO, held its second reunion on Apr 6th since "turning
off the lights" on the remaining Army installations in Panama
in Dec 99. The event was held at the Balboa Yacht Club pool
area and was attended by approximately 75 former employ-
ees and family members. Some of the former employees in
attendance were Art Mokray, Ron and Belinda Byrd, Anna
(Proback) and Carl Opel, Wayne Hemm, Frank and
Blanca Mitchell, and Trina (BHS'87) and Inez (Berg)
Clark. Hamburgers were BBQ'd, kids swam in the pool and
everyone had such a great time that another reunion is
planned for the August time frame.
For those of you unaware of the on-line periodical, The
Panama News ( is updated
approximately every two weeks and provides the latest on
happenings in Panama. The editor, Eric Jackson, provides an
English and Spanish version of the paper.

L-R: Henry Twohy, Inez (Berg) Clark, Pat Leaman, and
George Bletterman.

Santa Clara Beach, located in the beautiful providence
of Code, welcomed a mini reunion between Inez Clark
(BHS '59) and Pat Leaman retired BHS Girls Gym Teacher
and "professional retiree" Henry Twohy (CHS '59).


Volcan and Cerro Punta; Sara Livingston; Danny Petersen;
Pat Shulte; Brian Ormsbee; Tom Carey; and Marco and
Lori Robinson.
On a sad note, have just learned that Mr. Eddie T.
Haynes of the YMCA Watch Repair Shop passed away last
September-who hasn't had their watch or clock repaired by
his precise hands during the many, many years his business
was in operation.

Anna Opel, Reporter
L-R: Bill Brunner, Alex Perez Venero, Jorge Aleman (not
pictured Dick Abell, Chipi Azcarraga) 001-507-262-1001

L-R: Manuelita (Moses) Roux Flor (Diaz) Aguilar,
Gloria (Toledano) Maggiori, Inez (Berg) Clark, Anabel
Varela, Noris (Lytis) Jolis, Myrna (Jones) Perez-Venero,
Haydee (Mendez) Espino. (not pictured Sandy Abell)

BHS Class of 1959 had a small reunion in Bella Vista,
at the home of Anabel Varela. This group of BHS'ers who
still reside in Panama try to get together every 3 months and
plan different outings and events to keep up with each other.
Shifting over to the Atlantic Side....Capt. Jodi
Chamberlain hosted a party at his beach house at Pifia
Beach, Costa Abaja. Those in attendance were: Luke
Palumbo (CHS'58), Carl Tuttle (CHS), Trina Clark, Rick
Szymanski (BHS'91), Jeff Naum (BHS'92), Pedro
Penalver (BHS'92), John Haines III (BHS'91), Lucy
(Lincoln) Haines (BHS'95), Sonia Valley (BHS'59). The
weekend was relaxing and fun had by all.
The B.P.O Elks Lodge #1414 hosted a St Patrick's Day
Party with all the traditional fixings (corn beef & cabbage,
green beer, and Irish Pub music). Forty to fifty people
enjoyed the dinner and festivities for this Irish event. The
Elks Club has a new website:
Some familiar faces seen around Panama since the last
issue of the Canal Record were Dottie (Miller) Meissner
who was visiting her sister; Kara (BHS'91) Towhy, who
returned on Spring Break); Carole and Jerry Coffee; Chris
Skeie, collecting more memorabilia for the Panama Canal
Museum; Ted Henter for the cayuco race; Elliot Carlson
(BHS'95); Rory Egger; Heide (Hinz) Schroeder (CHS) and
her son Kyle, age 4; Trey Arias (BHS'91); John Gary
Reilly who visited the Volcan for a month; John Magee Sr.
and John Jr. (BHS'82) to watch the Cayuco Race; Chris
Gibson; Al Schonert; Richard Grimison with daughter
Carley, age 4 and son Tommy, age 3, with plans to visit the
new Decameron Hotel in Farallon; Lou and Suzette Sheldon
with their daughter Shawna; Francis Kerr; Angel Castillo
enjoying the Balboa Yacht Club, Decameron Hotel, the

Trina Clark, Reporter


Our Holiday get-together was postponed, and we
enjoyed a luncheon on January 19th at the Bowery restaurant
in Aiken. Present were Peggy Hutchison, Blanche Browne,
Mark Schwindt, Arlene Hopkins, James Francisco, Fran
Voinedick, Sis and Bill York, Arnold and Mitzi Schwindt,
Charles Green, Virginia (Green) Machak, Trudi Clontz,
Kathleen Burkett and daughter Shirley, Josey Tilley,
Lorna Shore and Olga Holmes.
Bill York was recently hospitalized for two weeks but
we hear he is back home and doing okay.
Diane Le Blanc and Sandra Davis of Miami visited
their mother, Lorna Shore, in March, and she is anticipating
another visit in a month or two.
In April Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox drove to
Aiken to see Peggy Hutchison. Then, while Jerry made a
business trip to Charleston, Dianne and Peggy "shopped"

Trudi Clontz, Reporter
(803) 649-2759


Margarete (Williams) Windle has recently moved to
the great state of Texas the San Antonio area. Maggie and
her husband, Bob moved from South Dakota in December,
before the big snow arrived. Bob has been transferred to Fort
Hood and the Windle's are in the process of building a new
home close to San Antonio.
The folks who attended the "2nd Annual North Texas
Zonian Golf Tournament and Potluck" all agreed, "Zonian
gatherings are hard to beat!" While the golfers golfed, the rest
gathered at the Sousa home and started the mixer; which
included kids, dogs, and lots of folks socializing.
Next deadline for the September Record
is July 19, 2002

Ed McArthur, Carolyn Ciepiela, Barry Seldon, Susan
Millard, Lou Seldon, Angie Bloemer, John Sousa and
The potluck was varied and delicious. Hostess Debbie
(Sholk) Sousa (BHS'75) prepared "ropa vieja" and "lentil
seviche". Kudos to Wendy Seldon (Barry's wife) who pre-
pared a plantain dish (called machos in Texas) using taste as
her recipe. There were also platters of arroz con polo, shrimp
seviche, sausages, tropical fruits and lots of desserts.
Eddie McArthur brought spicy empanadas. He has
perfected a recipe originally taught him by Mary Stone,
(Washington). Carolyn Ciepiela and I pumped him for his
baking secrets. One that he did share was using a dumpling
tool the cut out the circles.

George Soriano, John Sousa, Barry Seldon, Murray
McArthur and Ed McArthur.

If anyone is interested in varied versions of empananda
recipes send this reporter a stamped self-addressed enveloped
and five different recipes (all wonderful) collected from the
ladies of the West Coast Panama Canal Society will be for-
warded to you.
Eddie McArthur drove up from Houston, where he and
two other zone boys, Chuck Soukup and Chuck Silverman
(all BHS'75) own "r-alighn", a business they started in 1989.
Eddie and wife Victoria have three children. His dad, Edgar
McArthur has retired in Las Tablas, Rep. de Panama.

Tammis (Le Page) Lewis (BHS'75), Susan Millard
(BHS'75) and Debbie (Sholk) Sousa (BHS'75).

Susan Millard (BHS'75) arrived with her new blood-
hound puppy (in cage). Susan is employed by the Dallas
Police Department Canine Unit, and plans to train the pup to
work with her.
Tammis (LePage) Lewis (BHS'75) updated us on her
parents, Gerald and Dona LePage, former teachers in the
zone, who are now settled in the Austin area. They are doing
fine. Tammy works as a systems analyst for EDS and has two
Rolando Bartlette played golf in a foursome that
included Bob Ciepiela. Bob immediately recognized him as
the young fellow that use to blare a boom box in their mutu-
al four family on Balboa Road!

Golfing Buddies: Rolando Bartlett, and Bob Ciepiela.

David and Carrie (Euless) Beach, son Alex and grand-
mom Linda Beach joined the party group. David's email
name is "CZBRAT" appropriate since he was born in Coco
Solo Hospital, attended zone schools (CHS'83 and CZC'85).
He is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has
been living in the Dallas area since 1991, a manager with
"Footaction". His wife is a special education teacher at
Colleyville High School. His dad, David Beach, Sr. worked
for the CZ Police and now lives in Orlando and his mom
Linda Beach lives in Mansfield, Texas.

Jay Wong (BHS'82) lives in Arlington and works at
DFW Airport. Jay updated us on his five sisters, living
throughout the United States. He and Bliss Connerton were
reminiscing about the United Way Production of the "King
and I", directed by Bruce Quinn. A few of the Wong girls
and Bliss were cast as some of the king's wives.
Henry Ho jogged out memories with an email from
Concord, Calif. last month. He retired as Branch Chief of the
Storehouse Division in 1989. He now works as a math and
spanish High School teacher and like his students, enjoys the
long summer vacation time. His wife, Jackie has continued
working with the Bank of America and is currently their Vice
President for International Administration. Both their daugh-
ter and son are single professionals. Henry and Jackie will
attend the Orlando Reunion in July.
Francis (Duke) Boyd (BHS'53) and wife Elizabeth are
first-time grandparents to a baby girl named "Maia Blue
Kiele" bor in Hawaii to daughter Shannon. Duke plans to
attend his 50th class reunion in Orlando in 2003.
Lou Seldon, recovered from heart surgery, will spend a
week vacationing in Panama with his family. Bob and Linda
Morris attended the Luciano Pavarotti concert in Wichita,
Kansas. Complements of Carlton and Shannon Morris.

Off to the Luciano Pavarotti concert: Bobby Morris

Keep the photos and news coming my way.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400


I am the new reporter for the Kerrville area. It was
either report or learn to play Canasta! If anyone has news to
report you can send it to
Elsie Larson and Robin Gabrick did an outstanding
job with the 22nd Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas
Party. A great time was had by all. If you are/will be in the
area next December 7th why don't you join us!
On his return from a business trip to the West Coast
Fred Wells stopped in Kerrville to visit his family. Fred Jr.,
Fred and Marion Wells, Jo-Anne Fields, Honey Fealey,

and Jean Smith all met for a Mexican dinner at Mamacitas
to mark the visit.
Alan Wells stopped in Kerrville on one of his business
trips west to see his parents and to help me, as well as them,
with our current computer problems. Alan, Fred and Marion
Wells, Honey Fealey, and Jo-Anne Fields all met for a
Mexican dinner. Kathi Lessiack is back in Kerrville after
visiting her daughter and family in Panama.
Bea Rhyne took a Stevenson tour to Panama and had a
great time.
Eddie Stanford and his wife Wendy, of Atlanta, GA,
came in early April and enjoyed both the Strawberry Festival
in Poteet and the Gun and Knife Show in Fredricksburg.
Eddie is the grandson of Bea Rhyne and the son of Barbara
and Ed Stanford of Kerrville.
Jackie Fearon's father, Bob Dunn, recently passed
Bea Rhyne is going to Clearwater, FL, to help Billie
Bowen Martin and Nealie Van Siclen celebrate their 80th
birthday with a surprise luncheon hosted by Bea, Billie's sis-
ter, Jackie Bowen Hall, and Nealie's sister-in-law, Nancy
Van Siclen (who shares the same birth date with her sister-in-
Anna T. Collins of St. Petersburg, FL, and her daugh-
ter Lucy Graham of Maxwell AFB, AL, were in Kerrville
for a week to visit Anna's sister Sue Graham and her hus-
band Bill. Sue hosted a luncheon at the Inn of the Hills for
the Canal Zone Canasta Group: Marion Wells, Bea Rhyne,
Elsie Larson, Marilyn Carter, Marge Kunkel, Dottie
Hattier, Jackie Bishop, Iris Hogan, Kathi Lessiack, Honey
Fealey, Jean Smith, Jo-Anne Fields and Joan Boussu.
Bev and Joe Wood from Tallahassee, FL, son Scott
Wood, and Bev's mother, Audrey Bowman, were in San
Antonio to be with their son and daughter-in-law, Brian and
Karine Bowman, for the birth of their son, Jordan Balboa
Wood, who arrived safely to greet his grandparents. "You
can take the boy out of the Canal Zone, but you can't take the
Canal Zone out of the boy" hence the name. Joe, Bev and
Audrey came up to Kerrville for lunch and a long visit with
Doug and Sharon Schmidt, Jackie and Dale Bishop, their
daughter, Cheryl Schmit Fritz, remembering all the "good
old times".
If you're up our way, stop in you may have noticed that
we all love to eat!
P.S. Lois Van Horn is staying with son and daughter-
in-law in Malvern, AR, as she recovers from a broken hip.
Anyone who knows her should drop her a line as she is real-
ly blue: 282 Hillside Rd., Malvern, AR 72104

Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter


In March, we visited my brother Bob Menges (CHS'79)
and his family in Charleston, S.C., where they built a new
home in Summerville. Bob and Patti along with their three
daughters (Elizabeth 13, Rebekah 11, and Emily 6) recent-
ly moved back to Charleston upon Bob's retirement from the
Air Force on December 1, 2001, after 20 years of service.

L to R: Bob Menges (CHS'79), Patti Menges and Emily,
Elizabeth and Rebekah.

Bob accepted a job with AAI/Engineering Support, Inc.,
as an Aircraft Propulsion Systems Technical Analyst and is
enjoying every minute of "civilian" life. The hardest decision
he has each morning now is what to wear since he no longer
has the "big" choice of uniforms. Bob spent most of his Air
Force career in Charleston; his wife Patti is from that area so
they are back home among friends and family.
On Saturday, March 30th, a few of us Zonians got
together at Mango Mikes in Alexandria and enjoyed a great
lunch as well as each other. Among those attending were:
Silver Crossman, Margaret Stubbs, Dorothy (Rowley) and
Jim Gerhart, Fred (BHS'51) and Barbara Schrader, Brian
McNamee (CHS'59), Wendell Allen, Rosemary Millett
Gilead (BHS'41), Liz Potts (BHS'76) along with her two
lovely daughters Kayla and Kristen, and of course, Tom and

Next get-together is (tentatively) scheduled for
Saturday, August 10, 2002, 12:00 p.m. at Mango Mikes in
Alexandria, Va. Please RSVP to me via phone or email to
below address.
If you live in the area or are visiting the area, feel free
to contact me with any news you may have. I will be happy
to include it.

(Facing Camera): Brian McNamee (CHS'59), Ev Sellers
(CHS'68) and Tom Sellers (CHS'59).

(L-R): Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart, Margaret Stubbs, Jim
Gerhart (CHS'51), Tom Sellers, Fred Shrader (BHS'51).

Evelyn (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
(703) 614-9810

(L-R): Barbara and Fred Schrader (BHS'51) with Liz
Potts (BHS'76) with daughters Kayla and Kristen.



With great Joy, Angela K. Moffitt (BHS'91) formerly
of Diablo, Panama and Gregory Thompson of Tucson,
Arizona, announce their engagement. The wedding ceremony
will be held in Tucson, Arizona on July 22, 2002. Angela is
the daughter of Marva (Bunny) Frensley of SuPoint,
Washington and Coach Dave Moffitt both formerly of
Diablo, Panama.

Gregory Thompson and Angela K. Moffitt


The Prop Room restaurant at the Long Beach, Calif.,
airport was transformed into the "Kariger Klub" on March
30, 2002, to celebrate Lee Kariger's 90th birthday. Lee is
one of the oldest Panama Canal retirees, having retired in
The party was hosted by Lee's two children and their
spouses: Bob and Nelle Kariger and Darrell and Nancy
(Kariger) Eide. Nancy's daughter Britta Piotrowski made
all of the arrangements, organized the food, and did all of the
decorations for the black and white night club scene. Black
velvet panels were hung with photos of Lee from childhood
to the present, and including his hobbies: fishing, flying and
ham radio. The night club theme was complete with black,
white and grey balloons, candles and flower arrangements.
Those attending included Bob's children with their
spouses and grandchildren. Kurby and Karrie Kariger with
two children, Kathy (Kariger) and Dale Johnson and their
son, Tricia Kariger, and Steve and Nancy (Kariger) La
Rusch and their two children. Also, Nancy's daughter and
son-in-law Britta and Joe Piotrowski with their two children.
Nancy's son Lars was unable to attend because he was in
Alaska helicopter skiing. In addition, Lee's sister Bobsy and
her husband Paul Berndt from South Bend, Ind., with their
daughter, son-in-law and grandchild, Lee's sister Marian and
husband Hut Lipscomb from West Point, Va., and Lee's
brother Ben Kariger and wife Lucille from Fullerton, Ga.,
along with their children and grandchild. Joyce Green of San
Diego, the sister of Lee's wife, Marian, also joined the
Almost everyone said a few words about things they
remembered about Pop (as he is affectionately called). He
was presented with a set of well-used golf clubs, wild golf
pants, shirt and hat as he has always said he is not "old
enough" to play golf yet. He was also given 90 Sacajawea
dollars in a frame with a drawing of him in the middle sur-
rounded by activities enjoyed by him and family members.
This was made by Bob Kariger and his daughter Kathy did
the drawings. It was an event to remember since that many
"Karigers" have not been together in one place in a long time.

LitaDel ioraon ana ion iiammDe announce tneir engage-
ment. They will be wed on May 25, 2002.

(L-R): Lee Kariger with his brother Ben and sisters Marian
Lipscomb and Bobsy Berndt.


Helen Ledgerwood celebrates her 90th birthday

L-R: Rosemary Gilead, Barbara McKeown, Helen and
Father Gregory OSB from St. Leo Monastery.


Five generations of McKeowns: Billy, Helen, Kathy hold-
ing Ryan and Shelby.


Lynnette E. Stokes (formerly from Coco Solo, Canal
Zone, Republic of Panama) now working for the Anteon
Corporation in their Tampa, Fla., field office, was awarded
the United States Central Command Coin presented by
General Tommy R. Franks, Commander, United States
Central Command, in a ceremony on December 10, 2001, at
the United States Central Command Headquarters, MacDill
Air Force Base, Fla. Of the eight awardees, she was the only
government civilian contractor to be given a coin.
Lynnette was recognized for her outstanding contribu-
tions in assisting the Administrative Operations section of the
United States Central Command Logistics Directorate during

a recent Headquarters personnel shortage brought on by the
build up for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Lynnette
has worked at Central Command since 1996, first as an active
duty Air Force member and after her 20-year retirement,
returned as a civilian defense contractor.

Lynnette E. Stokes receives United States Central Command
coin from General Tommy R. Franks, Commander, United
States Central Command, Tampa, Fla.


Virginia Marland, daughter of Wellington Warren
Woodhull, the 45th pilot to sign on with the Panama Canal
Company, enjoyed a 90th birthday party March 17 in
Pinhurst, N. C. Her nephew, George "Woody" Woodhull,
whom she had not seen since he was a young child, and his
wife, Rita, drove up from Florida for the occasion.
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Michael Coffey and daughter, Alysse (wife Shawn and sis-
ters Madeliene and Cameron could not attend); Danny and
Kim-Ann Coffey with Lauren, Nathan, and Lucas; Patrick
Coffey; Gil and Cher Corrigan with Gilly and Drew; David
and Marcy Corrigan with Darien; Rick and Maria Mead
with Brianna and Dakota; Keith and Cindy Mead with
Chase and Kelsey; Karen (Mazrachi) Atkins with husband
Todd and kids, Connor and Mia; Beth (Mizrachi) Lane
with her son, Shannon, and companion, Mark Peterson,
Robert Mizrachi and his wife, Sarah McArthur; Chris

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Williams (a N.C. radio personality); and Alexandra
Morland, daughter of Robin.
Mrs. Morland's daughters, Sunny (Mizrachi), Sally
(Williams), Mary (Coffey), Carol (Mead), and sons Robin
and Peter -- who brought a trove of Panama Canal Railway
Company shirts and ballcaps for their grateful nieces and
nephews -- also made the trip. Spouses Henry Mizrachi,
Tom Williams, and Burt Mead, refused to be left behind
with the canned soup. So did nearly all their kids, nieces,
nephews and grandkids.
In the days preceding a celebratory brunch in the
Crystal Room of the Carolina Hotel, causal meals and cock-
tails at Grandmas' reunited everyone in the familiar, com-
fortably chaotic fashion: monkey-boys swung from trees, lit-
tle girls shrieked even after discovering nothing scary in
Grandma's basement, and Uncle Burt told jokes some real-
ly good ones this time.

submitted by Robert Mizrachi


Judy Armbruster Haisten, daughter of Edwin and
Jean Armbruster, was awarded the Florida Foreign
Language Community College Instructor of the Year by the
Florida Foreign Language Association.
Judy (BHS'77) is an assistant professor at Central
Florida Community College in Ocala, Fla., and is also listed
in Who s Who Among America s Teachers.


William Harold Sorrell (BHS'56) of Sacramento,
California and Charotte Raifaisen of Lincoln, California
proudly announce the engagement of their daughter Terri
Lynn Sorrell to Scott Goehring.
Terri is the granddaughter of the long-time Canal Zone
residents, Charles and Louise Sorrell. Terri and Scott are
planning a June wedding in 2002 in Sacramento.

Terri Lynn Sorrell and Scott Goehring.


Anthony (BHS '69) and Berta (Medina) Garcia (BHS
'70) of Edelsfeld, Germany, formerly of Cardenas, Panama,
proudly announce the engagement of their daughter Angela
Marie Garcia (BHS '90) of Dallas, Texas to Craig Davis
also of Dallas. The bride-to-be graduated from the University
of Texas and is a third grade bilingual teacher at the JFK
Learning Center in Dallas. The groom-to-be graduated from
Virginia Military Institute and is vice-president of Davis
Metal in Dallas.The couple will be married on July 27, 2002
at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas

Judy Armbruster Haisten holding her award from the
Florida Foreign Language Association.

Craig Davis and Angela Marie Garcia




Edie Smith (CHS'70) and Allen Cotton (CHS'68 if he
had stayed in the Zone) were married in June 2001, minus a
reception. Labor Day weekend (August 31-September 3,
2001) they had a grand reception to beat all receptions for
their families to celebrate their marriage.
Their brothers and sisters from all over the country went
to their home in Prattville, Ala., to spend the entire weekend
celebrating. Edie's family included brother Bill (CHS'65)
and sister-in-law Diane, Portland, Ore. and her children
Daniel and Kendra Coulson, Houston, Texas. Allen's fami-
ly included sister Wendy (CHS'58) and brother-in-law
Dennis Corrigan (CHS'57), Phoenix, Ariz.; brother George
(CHS'61), Canyon Lake, Texas; brother Gary and sister-in-
law Joan, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; little sister Tracy Fleming,
Palmdale, Calif., and his daughter Christy Cotton, Auburn,
The entire weekend was spent getting reacquainted with
old friends and introducing new relatives and, of course,
partying Canal Zone style on their patio. They drank lots of
Cerveza Panama and filled up on ceviche, empanadas, john-
ny mazzetti and wedding cake. Even the weather cooperated
in a good old Panama style rained just about the entire
weekend. What a great Canal Zone Wedding Party!


Kara Lynn Breunle and David G. Snyder HI were
united in marriage in a double-ring twilight ceremony on
September 15, 2001, in All Saints Episcopal Church in
Winter Park, Fla. The bride was given in marriage by her par-
ents, Dr. Philip Breunle, Col., USA (Retired) and Judy
Breunle of Aurora, Colo. Her father served as Military
Assistant to the PCC/CZG Governor and Assistant to the
Health Director from 1972-1977. The groom is the son of
David G. Snyder II and Victoria Snyder of Winter Park,
Melissa von Poks of Aurora, Colo., sister of the bride
was matron of honor. The maid of honor was Karin Schriber
of Aurora, Colo. Bridesmaids included Crystal Gross of
Orlando, Fla., Christine Callahan of Winter Park, sister of
the groom and Brittany Malnar of Aurora, Colo., niece of
the bride. The bride's niece, Morgan Breunle, of Tarpon
Springs, Fla., was the flower girl. Bob Miller of Winter Park
was the best man. Groomsmen included Cobb Outlaw of
Dublin, Ga., Jeff Miller of Winter Park and Tom
Gunzenheiser of Oviedo, Fla. The ring bearers were
Christopher and Dustin Tilden of Satellite Beach, Fla.,
nephews of the groom. Brothers of the bride Shawn Breunle
of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Kris Breunle of Wheat Ridge,
Colo., read selected bible scriptures. Visiting guests included
Jean Breunle of Tarpon Springs, Fla., sister-in-law of the
bride, Zack Breunle of Tarpon Springs, Fla., nephew of the
bride, Zoe Henderson of Jupiter, Fla., second cousin of the
bride, Michelle Henderson, cousin of the bride and Florence
Sullivan of Largo, Fla., aunt of the bride.
Kara is a 1993 graduate of Overland High School in
Aurora, Colo. She attended Dade Community College,
Miami, Fla., and is currently Membership Coordinator at the
Winter Park YMCA. David is a 1989 graduate of Winter Park
High School and is a Passenger Reservations Agent with
Delta Airlines in Orlando.
After an exotic honeymoon in the Turks and Caicos
Islands, the couple reside in Oviedo, Fla.

Kara Lynn Breunle and David G. Snyder III


Melissa Sue Breunle and Jerry von Poks were
united in a double-ring ceremony on July 14, 2001, at the his-
toric Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The bride
was given in marriage by her parents, Dr. Phillip Breunle,
Col., USA (Retired) and Judy Breunle of Aurora, Colo. Her
father served as Military Assistant to the PCC/CZG Governor
and Assistant to the Health Director from 1972-1977. The
groom is the son of Peggy von Poks and the late Karl A. von
Poks of Petersburg, Va.
Kara Lynn Breunle of Oviedo, Fla., sister of the
bride, served as the maid of honor. Brittany Malnar of
Aurora, Colo., daughter of the bride, was junior bridesmaid
and Lisa Angello was bridesmaid. Also attending were
Morgan Breunle of Tarpon Springs, Fla., niece of the bride,
as flower girl and Jacob Heerdt of Aurora as ring bearer.
Friends of the groom, David Weisner of Aurora, served as
the best man and Ken Edwards of Chester, Va., served as
groomsman. Future brother-in-law of the bride, David
Snyder of Oviedo, Fla., and brothers Shawn Breunle of
Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Kris Breunle of Wheat Ridge,
Colo., read selected bible scriptures. Out-of-town guests
included Jean Breunle of Tarpon Springs, Fla., sister-in-law
of the bride, Zack Breunle of Tarpon Springs, Fla., nephew
of the bride, Walt and Claire White of Merchantville, N.J.,
uncle and aunt of the bride and Shirley Wilt of Byron, Ga.,
sister of the groom.
Melissa, a graduate of Ayer High School, Ayer,
Mass., is a veteran of the US Air Force and received a BS
degree in math from the University of Colorado at Denver.
She is a math teacher at Englewood High School,
Englewood, Colo., and a masters of science graduate student.
Jerry is a graduate of Petersburg High School in Virginia. He
is a career US Navy Reservist and a veteran of the US Army
and US Air Force. He is employed as a hospital emergency
medical technician in Aurora while pursuing a BS degree in
After a two-week honeymoon cruise that included
Tahiti, French Polynesia, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine and Bora
Bora. the couple resides in Aurora. Colo.


Marci Matney and Rob Garcia (BHS'93) were united
in marriage on December 28, 2001 at St. Mark's Catholic
Church, Plano, Texas.
Marci is the daughter of Sandy and Dr. Paul Matney of
Amarillo, Texas. Rob is the son of Anthony Garcia
(BHS'69) and Berta (Medina) Garcia (BHS'70) of Vilseck,
Germany and brother of Angie Garcia (BHS'90).
Maid of honor was Makell Matney, sister of the bride.
Matron of honor was Malee Needham, sister of the bride.
Best man was Conan Herring (BHS'96) of Atlantic Beach,
Florida. Groomsman was Mike Wing (BHS'93) of Omaha,
Among the out of town guests were the groom's grand-
parents, Jaime and Margarita Medina formerly of Coco
Solo, Canal Zone; uncles Jose Medina (CHS'71), George
Medina, Tomas Medina; and Lt. Michael Charles
(BHS'93), Abilene, Texas.
The wedding reception was held at the Rotunda at
Chase Tower in Dallas.
Marci and Rob are both graduates of Southwest Texas
State University and both teach at Edison Maple Lawn
Elementary Academy in Dallas. Marci teaches first grade and
Rob is a physical education teacher and soccer coach.
The newlyweds honeymooned in South Lake Tahow,
California and now reside in Richardson, Texas.

Jerry von Poks and Melissa Sue Breunle

Marci Matney and Rob Garcia


In a beautiful park in Panama City, Florida, J. Laatz
and Sunshine Ray were married on June 2, 2001.
Out-of-town guests included best man, Ray Laatz and
wife Emese, Emese's mother Margaret Schonberg, and
brother Zoltan Radvanzsky, maid of honor Melissa Ellis,
Gerry and Howie (Adams) Laatz, Fernando Calvo, daugh-
ter, Linette, and grandson, Dominic, Bill and Fran Stock,
Janis Eckel and daughters Joann and Jennifer, and Joann's
son Christopher, Mel and Roz Kennedy and their son John,
Mary Thompson, and son Bruce, and daughters Patti and
Lizzy and Lizzy's family Lonnie and Linzie Easterling,
Mac and Sylvia Landrum and son C.M., Carla (Creech)
Mills and Lori Creech, Kathi (Adams) Lessiack and daugh-
ter Sue (Lessiack) Stabler, Charles and Leslie Laatz, and
Robert Laatz and Kristen Smith. Ushers were the bride's
brother Ron Ray and Ken Beauchene. A lovely reception
was held in a gathering room of a Theater in downtown
Panama City.
Sunshine is the daughter of David and Shelia Ray of
Altha, FL, and J. is the son of Gerry and Howie Laatz of
Anacortes, WA. The couple honeymooned at Sandals in
Jamaica, then joined the Laatz family on vacation in Panama
for a week. They now reside in St. Petersburg, FL, where J. is
in the Coast Guard and Sunshine works for Merchant's Bank



Jean Marie (Gramlich) and Jimmy Conner of
Clermont, Florida proudly announces the birth of their
daughter, Jamie Lynn, born May 29, 2001. Jamie Lynn joins
her brother, JC, who is 3 /2 years old. Maternal grandparents
are Aggie (Proback) and Larry Gramlich of New Port
Richey, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Gail Conner of
Tallahassee, Florida and Jim Conner of Bristol, Florida.
Maternal great grandmother is Gladys (Evens) Gramlich of
Tarpon Springs, Florida and paternal great grandmother is
Ruth Conner of Brandon, Florida.

L-R: JC, Jimmy Conner, Jean Marie (Gramlich) Conner
and Jamie Lynn.


14 Jim (BHS'87) and Rhonda Wagner of Boynton Beach,
Florida are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a
daughter, Ashton Cathleen Wagner on January 3, 2002.
Maternal grandparents are Jackie (Ashton) Wagner
(BHS'61), of Zephyrhills, Florida, and the late John Wagner.
Paternal grandparents are Ron and Cathleen Baker, of West
Palm Beach, Florida.

Sunshine and J. R. Laatz

Rhonda, Ashton and Jim Wagner


Craig and Heather (Gormly) Wood of Oviedo, Fla.,
announce the birth of their daughter Cameron Elizabeth on
February 22, 2002. Cameron weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was
19-1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents Chuck and Vicki Gormly of
Sorrento, Fla., and paternal grandparents Joe and Bev Wood
of Tallahassee, Fla., were present for Cameron's birth. Also
present were Cameron's three great-grandmothers, Jean
Murray of Sanford, Fla., Doris Gormly of Enterprise, Fla.,
and Audrey Bowman of Metairie, La.


John Corrigan and Marti Bell-Corrigan of Deltona,
Fla., are pleased to announce the birth of their son Brett
Ethan Corrigan. He was born on December 24, 2001,
weighing 5 lbs. 10 ozs. He joins his siblings Jack (9),
Kaelyn (6) and Ryan (5).
Brett is the grandson of Wm. R. "Dick" and Amy Bell
of Debary, Fla. Paternal grandparents are Jack and Gloria
Corrigan of Clearwater, Fla.

Ryan, Jack, John holding Brett, and Kaelyn Corrigan

Craig, Heather and Cameron Wood


Brian and Karina (Olivares) Wood of San Antonio,
Texas, announce the birth of their son Jordan Balboa Wood
on January 3, 2002. Jordan weight 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 22-1/2
inches long.
The maternal grandparents are Adrian and Magda
Olivares of Victoria, Texas, and the paternal grandparents are
Joe and Bev Wood of Tallahassee, Fla. Maternal great-grand-
parents are Elva and Rolando Salinas of Mission, Texas.
The paternal great-grandmother is Audrey Bowman of
Metairie, La.


Fishing and diving are great in New Port Richey for the
three generations of Gramlich's.

L-R: Jason, Greg, and Larry Gramlich.

Brian, Karina and Jordan Wood


Lois Shrader of Amherst, Va., had a full house for the
Christmas holidays. Daughters visiting from out of town
were Hank and Jana (Shrader) Ogoz, Glendale, AZ., Gary,
Gail (Shrader), and Kisa Abbott, Knoxville, TN. Gary's
mom Arlene Abbott (Dothan, AL) drove up with them.
Lois's other two daughters who live near by were also there
celebrating. Greg, Lisa (Shrader) and Ashley Campbell of
Madison Heights, VA, and Dicky, Cheryl, Ryan and Nathan
Mayo, Amherst, VA. Lois had an Open House on Christmas
Day for all relatives and friends that live close by to attend.
On Dec. 28th, Lois, Hank and Jana, returned back to
Knoxville, TN with the Abbott's to celebrate the New Year
there. Jana and Hank flew out of Knoxville on Jan. 5th Lois
is still in Knoxville visiting and will return back to Amherst
in March. Lois now has email and her address is:

Submitted by Lois Shrider
Amherst, VA


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Milli Sandrone Hammer, Sara Collinge Ulrich, and Dee
Dee Tewinkel Davidson recently enjoyed a three-day vaca-
tion together in South Florida.


My mother-in-law G. M. Hildreth wrote this poem
many years ago. I found it recently and thought there might
be some people who remember when taxes came to the Canal
Zone and would enjoy her sense of humor.


We've resorted to poetry to explain this mess,
We've exhausted our defenses I must confess.
As the old adage goes a drowning man
Will grab a straw for his life if he can.

The water is deep and the swimming is tough,
The torrents of taxes are getting rough,
We pay the taxes but we don't get to vote,
We scream, How come?" but it's all they wrote.

We can't own a business it's against the law,
We can't own homes, we are in Panama.
It's called the Canal Zone but at any rate,
We're outlawed citizens of the United States.

It is said we can leave here, then I get nervous,
Why should I lose my long years of service?
I don't have savings though I've tried to be thrifty,
And now we must pay taxes for year 1950.

I live in a place called "next side of tracks",
I live like the other bums in one of the shacks.
Congressmen visiting here don't come to see us,
They're kept far away so we can't raise a fuss

They see the best like Diablo home expansion,
They got the idea we all live in a mansion.
Our furniture is wicker or else its bamboo,
Anything else is ruined by termites and mildew.

In the evening if our children play with their toys,
Some neighbor will call out, "Hey! Stop that noise".
When we walk through our apartment the whole house
Its creaking and popping is like an earthquake.

No ceiling on prices, no choices when shopping,
The fluctuation of prices really keeps us hopping.
The clothing at the commy is seconds or worse,
The stewpot of contention is bubbling a curse.

We can't have a garden; it's against regulation,
We don't have a city hall or representation.
We don't have four-year College, so we pay through the
For transportation, tuition, board, room and clothes.

We all work for the government but the restrictions,
Would drive one to drink or to mental afflictions,
No stateside company without prior approval,
If we do we are threatened with final removal.

If we go to the commy we must have a card
To buy a $5.00 book for one pound of lard.
Every place we go we must have all the passes,
Well, they can take the d--- things
And shove them back their files.

Gracie 1950

Submitted by Barbara Angell


I left L.A. in January 2002 on the "QE 2". The ship
docked in Sydney, Australia and I continued by plane my trip
around the world via Japan and Europe.

Sydney, Australia February 14, 2002
Richard Ward Tatelman

At a recent "Brown-Baggers" gathering in St.
Petersburg, Florida, Ruth (Barlow) Schmidt was surprised
hv n larne nink rnrilln tn heln hpr celpehraite her 8Rth hirthdav

Submitted by John Schmidt, Jr
Arab, AL


Frank and Sharon (De Vore) Gonzalez enjoyed the
holidays with their children and grandchildren from New
York and Tampa. In mid January, Sharon and Frank went on
a week's cruise to Mexico and New Orleans.

Frank and Sharon (De Vore) Gonzalez


This is me and George Brathwaite, Conductor and star
lecturer on the elegant new Panama Canal Railway.
It was a great trip in March with Davis Stevenson's
Condor Travel. Many will remember George as a one-time
employee of the old Panama Canal Company.

Jeanne Flynn Stough and George Brathwaite

Jeanne Flynn Stough
San Antonio, Texas


Gary and Ellen Anderson and Jack and Fran Hern of
Zephyrhills, Fla., attended the Masters Golf Tournament,
April 8-14 in Augusta, Ga.
For the past six years Carol (Holmes) and Charlie
Morris of Hephzibah, Ga., have graciously opened their
home to us during Masters week. Joyce (Herring) and C. H.



Stewart joined us for a couple of days to enjoy empanadas,
arroz con polio, Johnny Mazzetti, and lots of laughs and a
great time.


Esther and Ed Niskanen of the Woodlands, Texas,
recently returned from a 26-day cruise of the Orient aboard
the Star Princess.
They spent six days visiting Singapore before boarding
the ship. They visited Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taiwan,
Okinawa, Osaka, Honolulu, and Maui. They had a wonderful

the past few years, were caught star-gazing while the fire
raged so Richard Frensley was appointed to assume the
duties. Since Randy's hose was a little too short to control the
raging flames, Richard assured everyone that the proper
equipment would be in place next year. Luckily, the fire did-
n't spread but the word sure did. The entire teenage popula-
tion from the area showed up and quickly disappeared into
the surrounding woods. Whew Raymond Will sure has a lot
of friends.
The group celebrated Norm Spector's birthday with a
traditional cake. Once the candles were lit, everyone had to
back away a few paces as the heat from the cake rivaled the
stack of burning trees. Denise Will made s'mores for every-
one and Norm ended up going home with lots of cake. By the
way, saw palmetto plant stalks make great sticks for roasting
Those attending were: Robert and Jeanine Frensley;
Mary Ann Spagna Mans, Sara and Hannah; Mike and
Sheila Bell; Norm Spector; Cody Hollowell; Dennis and
Peggy Huff; Richard, Gelena and Christopher Bailey;
Angel "Snapper" Vazquez; Richard, Yovi, Natalie and
Robbie Wainio; Robert, Denise, Ray and Regan Will;
Renee Nellis Wertz; Cynthia Garcia; Randy, Sondi, Zak
and Kenzi Smith; Jamie Singer; Vicki Lafon; Will
Mitchell, Morgan Gently, Ray and Mary Shuey.

DeLeon Springs Tree Burn, January 19, 2002

Ed and Esther Niskan


Randy and Sondi Smith hosted their annual tree bur
at their home in DeLeon Springs, Fla., on January 19, 2002.
Truckloads of trees began arriving mid-afternoon;
Richard and Gelena Bailey brought theirs with the lights
still on it. Mike Bell and Robert Will, bur supervisors for

Susan (Soyster) Valentine, Jayne Yocum and Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis enjoying the 2001 Reunion.


Heather Jenkins, daughter of Dr. Don Jenkins, poses
with her boss as she has a bit part in John Travolta's new
motion picture Bacic to be released in the Fall.


After a long wait, our hosts at Tannersville have come
through with their offer. Dates will be Friday and Saturday,
September 6th and 7th.
Cost for Single occupant will be $138.12 and for
Doubles each occupant will be $85.12. These prices include
room for two nights and dinner each night.
Plan includes buffet on Friday and sit-down dinner
Saturday. Cut-off date for reservations is 6 August 2002.
They have reserved 24 rooms for our use, but more can be
added if needed, hint hint.
Call the Days Inn, Tannersville (579) 629-1667 for
reservations and mention the Panama Canal group to insure
proper rate. The motel is located at Routes 715 and 1-80 in
Call Mannie Quintero (703) 354-2037 for more infor-


In May 2001, Dennis and Peggy Huff of Merritt Island,
FL participated in a 9-day tour of The Netherlands. The trip
began with a bus tour of Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House,
and Vincent van Gogh Museum. Day two, they boarded the
Lisa Marleen, a river barge, where lodging and meals were
provided for the trip. Each day they bicycled through the
countryside along Holland's predominant rivers and across
the dikes. The route (known as the southern route) took them
through Breukelen; Utrecht; Shoonhoven; to De Haar Castle;
across the Hallandse Kade, the narrowest dike in Holland;
Waerden; Oudewater; the Delft blue factory; Groot Ammers,
where they observed nesting storks; a tour of the windmills at
Kinderdijk; transit through Rotterdam via the Rhine River;
The Hague; the incredible Keukenhof Tulip Gardens; and
through the dunes along the North Sea coast.

The tour was organized by Ed Armbruster, a former
Zonian. There were 25 riders, all from the United States. The
Huffs were two of only nine in the group to ride the entire 120
miles. Riders had the option of participating in the daily ride
itinerary or staying on board the barge and enjoying the cruise
along the rivers. Hybrid 21-speed bicycles and an English-
speaking tour guide were provided. Ed and his wife, Jean,
did their tour riding on a bicycle-built-for-two. The meals on
the barge were excellent; they were served family style and
prepared daily by an on-board chef. If you like to bike and
enjoy touring, try a bicycle tour an economical and relaxing
way to see the world!!

Dennis and Peggy Huff


Irene Will's 81st birthday in Ormond Beach. It was the
first time in many years that all Will brothers and sisters were

Lou "Sparkie" and Suzette Seldon with General Norman
Schwarzkopk at Lovefield, Dallas, Texas.


Bill, Darnell, Gary, Lauray, Jim, Robert and, seated, Irene

Robert and Gary Will


BHS'55 is having a mini-reunion in Las
Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 15 18, 2002. For informa-
tion please contact the following coordinators.

Joan (Hensler) Toscar
905 Teabery Lane
Port Orange, FL 32127
(386) 788-1680

Al Blackall
Panama (507) 261-7844

Norman and Janet (Hunt) Watkins cutting a replica of their
original wedding cake.

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Robert W. Arnold II, 81, died February 10, 2002, at
Pardee Hospital. He was a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and lived
in Henderson County since 1991. He was an Army veteran of
World War II, having served in several capacities in both the
Army and Army Air Corps in Panama, the Philippines and
Europe. After discharge, he joined the Civil Service, where he
was assigned to locations in the United States and Europe.
Survivors include his wife, Claudette Berger Arnold; a
son, Robert W. Arnold III of Albany, N.Y.; a stepson, Frederic
A. Schabel of Killeen, Texas; a sister, Ann Fry, of Flat Rock;
a granddaughter, a step-granddaughter, two grandsons, a
great grandson and several nieces and nephews.

Leona Badonsky passed away April 4, 2002, at Aiken
Regional Medical Center.
Leona and her husband Paul lived in the Panama Canal
Zone for twenty-nine years. In 1969, when Paul retired from
the Locks Division, they moved to Aiken, S.C. She was a
member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and the Panama
Canal Societies of Florida and South Carolina.
Survivors include her children, Paula Leitch of
Lexington, S.C., Leo Badonsky of Covington, Ga., grandsons
Rob and Adam Leitch, granddaughters Natasha and Mary
Rose Badonsky, and nephew Adam Vayda of Oakmont, Pa.

Richard W. (Pat) Beall, 80, of Clearwater, Florida,
died April 16, 2002, at Mease Dunedin Hospital under the
care of Hospice. He was born in Bandoeng, Java, Indonesia,
and came to Panama in 1930 from England; attended Canal
Zone schools and Castle Heights Military Academy and was
a member of the Red, White and Blue Troupe and was the
first in the Canal Zone to enlist during World War II. He was
a fighter pilot in the RCAF in Europe. He became an
American citizen in 1950, was an Episcopalian, a 33rd
Degree Mason, a member of Gatun Lodge AF&AM, Scottish
Rite and Abou Saad Temple where he was Commander of the
Legion of Honor in 1979.
He was awarded the Silver Beaver from the CZ Scout
Council of which he was a member and was also a member
of the Selective Service System from 1969 to 1975. He served
as Chairman of the USARSO Commanding General's
Civilian Advisory Council and was general foreman of the
Outside Plant of U.S. Army Communications Command,
retiring in 1980 with over 30 years of service. He was a mem-
ber of the Institute for Certification of Engineering
Technicians; the Canadian Fighter Pilots Association,
Canadian Legion Post 144, NARFE, the Air Force

Association, AARP, and a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida where he retired in 2001 as editor for the
Canal Record.
He is survived by a daughter, Carol A. Fritz of Peachtree
City, Ga., mother of grandson Warren M. Bell of San
Bernardino, Calif.; two sons, Richard W. Jr., of Tampa, Fla.,
and Robert G., father of granddaughter Jordan A. Beall of
Santa Rosa, Calif.; great grandchildren Ryan Bell and
Brittney Bell, of San Bernardino, Calif.; a brother, Donald H.
of Tampa, Fla., and a sister, Mavis Fortner of Orange City,

Blanche Mildred Bishop, 83, passed away April 18th,
2002. Blanche was born in Covington, LA and came to
Panama from New Orleans in 1939 to marry Horace Dee
Bishop who was serving in the U.S. Army in Ft. Gulick at the
Blanche was most proud of being a past Worthy Matron
of the Eastern Star Coral Chapter # 3. She raised four chil-
dren and for the most part resided in Curundu Heights. She
was employed as a civilian for the U.S. Army and in 1970
transferred to the Panama Canal Company, Records Section,
retiring December of 1975. Upon retiring she moved to
Rhode Island, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Dothan, AL, and finally,
to be close to her daughter Billie, Baton Rouge, LA.
Her husband, a former employee of IAGS and U.S.
Army Civil Engineers, Horace Dee Bishop, preceded her in
death in 1959. She is survived by her four children all of
whom were by her side at her passing; daughters Sandra E.
Ardis of Sumter, S.C., Bonnie J. Bishop of Panama, Billie F.
Greenwood of Baton Rouge, LA, and son David K. Bishop of
Panama. She was blessed with 9 grandchildren and 14 great-

Robert John Blair (Bob Blair), long-time Panama
Canal retiree, passed away at his home in Port Orange, Fla.
on January 8, 2002 at the age of 87.
Bob was a WWII veteran who served with the Navy
Seabees for five years in the Philippines. He later worked at
the Philadelphia Navy Yard prior to joining the Panama Canal
Company where he worked for the Atlantic Locks Division as
an electrician, foreman and later as Lockmaster at Gatun
Locks, He retired from the Locks Division in 1976, and
moved to Daytona Beach, Fla. and later settled in neighbor-
ing Port Orange. An avid photographer, Bob was also a mem-
ber of the Gatun Yacht Club, American Legion, VFW and

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Eleanor Mary
Blair, Port Orange; sons, Robert J. Blair, Jr., Reno, Nev., and
Dain Eric Blair, Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter Marjorie A.
Bulone, Largo, Fla.; sister Francis Fisher, Sunnyale, Calif.;
seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Catherine J. Boswell, 84, died in Huntsville, Ala.,
January 9, 2002. Born in 1917 in Milwaukee, she was a Canal
Zone resident from 1941 until retirement in 1977. She
worked for the Army, as a court reporter and for Motor
Transportation. She helped her husband build four boats,
enjoyed round dancing and was a very good square dancer.
After retiring, the Boswells spent several months off the
Florida coast aboard the Manureva II before settling in
Hattiesburg, Miss., to be near young grandchildren. In 1993
they moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark., and in 2001 to
Huntsville, Ala.
She is survived by her husband, John G. Boswell; a son,
Gordon Boswell, Huntsville; three daughters, Lynn Turner,
Hattiesburg; Jeannie Green, London; Deanna Barry, Vale,
N.C.; a sister, Nona Lahmsen, West Allis, Wis; five grand-
children and four great-grandchildren.

Agnes Conner Dalton, 86, of Kenneth City, Florida
died February 7, 2002. Agnes was born in Bridgeport, Conn.
She was an accountant for the Panama Canal Company and a
member of the Panama Canal Society. She was the daughter
of Robert Jameson Conner, Roosevelt Medal Holder.
Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Warner, Kenneth
City, FL; and Doris Fredette, Long Island, N.Y.

Robert J. Dohle, 82, of Rock Hill, Mo., passed away
February 23, 2002, at home from a brain hemorrhage. He
came to the Canal Zone in 1956 where he worked for the U.S.
Army Strategic Communications Command as a cable
splicer. He retired as Foreman of the Outside Plant, Atlantic
Area in 1982, where he was responsible for the maintenance,
installation and repair for all military communications servic-
es in the Atlantic area. He was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Nicia, of Rock Hill, Mo., and
ten children: Judy Boyle of Bellingham, Wash.; Georgia
Glover of Lake Jackson, Texas; Arlin "Skip" Dohle of Lake
Jackson, Texas; Robert J. Dohle Jr. of Freeport, Texas; David
Dohle of Lake Jackson, Texas; Brother Marcus, Mark Dohle
of Conyers, Ga.; Evangaline "Sissy" Hansen of Waltons,
Okla.; Jane O'Driscoll, Lake Jackson, Texas; John Dohle,
Pensacola, Fla.; Craig Dohle of Rock Hill, Mo.

Maureen Ann Manush Driscoll, passed away on
January 24, 2002 in Benerly, Mass. She was a 1947 graduate
of Balboa High School and graduated from Canal Zone
Junior College in 1949.
Arthur R. Driscoll, her husband, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her five children, and her sister Catherine
Manush Benson, San Jose, California.

Jane T. Fuqua, 85, died on June 26, 2001, in
Petersburg, Alaska. She was born August 16, 1915, in Maury
County, Tenn. Jane came to the Canal Zone in 1954, and had
various careers that included teaching and nursing. She
retired as the Chief Operator at the Corozal Army telephone
She is survived by her six children: Terry Fuqua,
Germany; Stephanie Hinek, North Carolina; Liz Schiavo,
New York; Barbara Robertson, Montana; Suzanne Robinson,
Alaska; Phillip Fuqua, Montana; eight grandchildren, and
two great grandchildren.

William A. "Art" Gribbons, 92, of Pompano Beach,
Fla., died March 10, 2002. Mr. Gribbons came to Florida in
1967 from the Panama Canal Zone where he worked in the
Maintenance Department for 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita, who died in
1988. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Robert Ambrose Eyre Hall, 90, died Tuesday, March
25, 2002, at Bethany House of Auburn. He was born
December 2, 1911, in Chetnole, England.
He was a longtime resident of Pensacola, Fla. He had
been a resident of the Opelika area one and a half years. He
attended the University of Toronto and the University of
California at Berkeley. Mr. Hall worked 30 years for the
Department of Defense in the Panama Canal Zone. He was a
member of Abou Saad Shriner's Temple in the Republic of
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife of more than 55 years,
Claudie Mae Clanton Hall, of Opelika; a daughter, Peggy
Lynne Hall Neill of Aiken, S.C.; three sons, Robert A.E. Hall,
Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; William F Hall of Charleston, S.C.; and
George S. Hall of Auburn, Ala., and six grandchildren.

Alfred Harrington, passed away June 2001 in Greeley,
Colorado. He was stationed in Panama during WWII and was
a major in the Signal Corps. He married Norma Evans in

1942 in Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone.
Survivors include daughter, Diane Leinweber of
Greeley, Co, and son, Doug Harrington of Evens, Co.

Norma E. Harrington, 80, passed away June 3, 2001,
in Greeley, Colorado. She was the daughter of David and
Lillian (Duncan) Evans of Ancon, Canal Zone. She was
raised in Panama and was a graduate of Balboa High School
class of 1938. In 1946, she married Al Harrington.
Survivors include her daughter, Diane Leinweber of
Greeley, Co.; son, Doug Harrington of Evens, Co.; two sis-
ters, Muriel Neill of Birmingham, Ala.; and Barbara
O'Shaughnessy of Seattle, Wash.

Mary M. Harrison, 93 of Pinellas Park, Florida, died
February 26, 2002. She was born in Woodsfield, Ohio. She
moved to Florida in 1965 from the Canal Zone, Panama. She
was a registered nurse for the federal government.
Survivors include a niece, Joan Kavach, Sun City, AZ;
and a nephew, David Ange, North Dakota.

Luther Frank Jones, Jr., 91, of Raleigh, NC, died
Sunday, January 27, 2002, in Rex Healthcare. Mr. Jones was
born in Beaufort County, NC, on January 11, 1911, the son of
the late Luther Frank and Laura Potter Jones of Aurora, NC.
He was a long time and active mason and was honored with
the 33 degree in the Scottish Rite with the distinction of being
a member for more than fifty years, and was a shriner in Abou
Saad Temple in the Canal Zone. Mr. Jones attended the U.S.
Maritime Service Officer's School in New London, CT, in
1943, after which the U.S. Government for the Panama Canal
Company employed him. He lived in Gamboa and worked in
Dredging Division retiring as a Senior Chief Engineer in
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Essie
Becton Jones of Kinston, NC. Surviving are one son, Luther
Frank Jones, III, (BHS '70) of Greensboro, NC; four daugh-
ters, Jolene Smith (BHS '62) of Nashville, TN, Lynda Pollock
(BHS '65) and Becky Jones (BHS '72) of Raleigh, and
Frankie Bell (BHS '67) of Houston, TX; five grandchildren
and one great-grandson; sister, Beatrice Bonner of Aurora,

Madeline J. Keepers, 88, died November 29, 2001 in
St. Petersburg, Florida. Madeline was born in Key West, FL,
and moved to the Canal Zone when she was 20 years old. She
was married to the late William C. Keepers and resided in the

Canal Zone for many years. She worked in the Post Captain's
office in Balboa until she and William retired.
Survivors include Naomi Bohannon, Winter Park, FL,
Margie Egger, Cocoa, FL, and many nieces and nephews.

Alberto "Uncle Alberto" Limbrick, 93, of St.
Petersburg, Florida died March 10, 2002. He was born in
Costa Rica. He was an engineer for the Army Corps of
Engineers and worked on the Panama Canal.
Survivors include 12 nieces, nephews and cousins.

John Francis McDowell, 88, of Valhalla, New York,
passed away on January 12, 2002. Born in New York, he came
to the Canal Zone in 1942 and served on the Canal Zone
Police Force for 28 years. He retired in 1970 and returned to
his native New York were he worked at Cooke's Flowers until
his early 80's. John was a lifelong member of Elks Lodge
1414 Balboa. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Canal
Zone Police Association and was a long-time member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. He had the distinct honor
of being the last member of the Canal Zone Police Force to
patrol on a motorcycle. Many will remember his very recog-
nizable trademark of wearing his motorcycle boots and pants
long after his motorcycle was replaced by a squad car.
John is also remembered for his unique sense of humor.
His name tag at the PCS reunions sometimes read Tom
Selleck. He gave nicknames to many and he had a few too.
He was known by his friends and fellow Canal Zone police as
Big John. His nieces called him Uncle Dutch and his grand-
children affectionately called him Papa John.
John is survived by his loving wife, Elsie McDowell of
Valhalla, New York; stepson Gary Meyer and his wife, Mary,
of Dobbs Ferry, New York; stepson Ron Meyer and his wife
Frances (Stabler), of Merritt Island, Florida; two nieces:
Edith Goughner of Naples, Florida and Marcia DeCillo of
Red Hook, New York; and four grandchildren and one great-

James N. McNabb passed away Sunday, February 3,
2002, peacefully in his sleep at age 85 at home in Leeds, Ala.
James and his wife Flora had 23-1/2 happy years of
marriage. He had a work shop in their back yard, and made
several small models of ships, a cedar chest, tables and other
things for the home he loved. He was sick from 1995 until his
death in 2002.
He also loved working with the VFW in the Canal Zone.
Mr. McNabb was awarded awards from the VFW for encour-
aging the VFW. He also received several awards while in the
Canal Zone, one for 20 years of Federal service on November
30, 1961, and one on June 7, 1958, and another on May 10,

1974. He also received an award for the management of the
catering services for two years at the Dept. Field Day, and as
Dept. Sergeant at Arms, June 1, 1957.
He is survived by his wife Flora McNabb of Leeds, four
sons, Jerry, Billy, Richard, Charles; four daughters, Mary,
Dorothy, Julie, and Barbara.

Dabney Bryant Meeker, passed away November 14,
2001. Dabney was born in Tolar, Texas to Rush and Vera
Meeker. He married Maudalene Whearley on November 26,
1947, in Mineral Wells, Texas. During WWII he served in the
Army Air Corps as a corporal in Guam. He received his B.A.
and M.A. degrees from Texas Wesleyan.
Dabney's life was dedicated to the education of children.
His years as a teacher spanned 37 years in New Mexico, the
Panama Canal Zone, and finally Axtell, Texas. His communi-
ty involvement included the American Red Cross and the Boy
Scouts. He was also a member of Sojourners Lodge and
Abusad Shriners in the Panama Canal Zone as well as Karem
Shriners in Waco, Texas. Dabney served as Past Worthy
Patron of Eastern Star in Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone.
Dabney leaves behind his loving wife of 54 years,
Maudalene Meeker; one brother, Theodore Meeker and sis-
ter-in-law Alice of Benton, Ark; one sister, Juanita Witt of
Forth Worth, TX; three daughters, Sherian Phillips of Santa
Fe, New Mexico, Jamie Egger and Debra Elkins, of Houston,
TX; one son, James Meeker and daughter-in-law Debi of
Round Rock, TX; seven grandchildren and one great grand-

Deya Morales, 83, formerly of Lakeland, Fla., died at
her daughter's home in Playa Coronado, Panama on March
23, 2002. Born in Aquadulce, where she attended primary
school and La Escuela Normal Rural de Aquadulce, a diplo-
ma was conferred upon her as Maestra Normal Rural; she
later attended, graduated and received her Registered Nurses
Certificate from Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama City.
She met and married the late Ralph A. Morales, who
predeceased her in 1983. A former member of the Margarita
Catholic Church, she moved to Lakeland in 1979 along with
her husband after his retirement from the Industrial Division
at Mt. Hope. She was a member of the Resurrection Catholic
Church and the Club Hispano in Lakeland.
She is survived by her children, Ella Mae Conrad and
son-in-law Larry of Playa Coronado, Panama; Edna G. Foster
and son-in-law Dennis of Lakeland, Fla.; Yvonne M. Vegas
and son-in-law Nathan of Marrero, La.; Ralph A. Morales, Jr.
and daughter-in-law Marsha of Stockton, Calif.; and Luella J.
Womble of Gretna, La.; a sister Olda Maria Sierra, de Catano
B.; brother Ascanio Catano B. of Cantabria, Spain; eighteen
grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren; nieces,
nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Patrice C. Norris, 77, of Dothan, Ala., died Saturday
morning, March 23, 2002, at her residence following an
extended illness.
Mrs. Norris was born January 12, 1925, in Oak Park,
Il., and lived the early years of her life there. She graduated
from Xavier University in Chicago, Ill., where she received
her nursing degree. She later moved to the Panama Canal
Zone and retired as Director of Nursing from Colo Solo
Hospital. Mrs. Norris was a member of the Panama Canal
Society and St. Columba Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Hugh A. Norris, Dothan;
two sons, Albert Wallace, Austin, Texas; Jay Wallace,
Republic of Panama; three daughters, Susan Wexler, Novato,
Calif., Patrice Beck, San Antonio, Texas, Deanne James,
Shreveport, La.; seven grandchildren, and two great-grand-
A son, Terrence Wallace, preceded Mrs. Norris in death.

Alice Stilson Pincus, 100, died peacefully on January
24, 2002 in Clearwater, Florida. She was born in Colon,
Panama, in May 1901, before the building of the Panama
Canal. Her grandfather, Charles Stilson, had come to the
Isthmus with his family from Portland, Maine, in the early
1860's to work on the Panama Railroad. Later the family
owned large tracts of land in the Gatun area, and a home
which was taken over by the Panama Canal Company in
1906, and demolished to make way for the Gatun Locks.
Stilson's Pond, named for Alice's father, Joseph H. Stilson,
came into being when the Gatun Lake was formed.
Alice graduated from Cristobal High School in 1920.
Eight years later she married Arnold Pincus, who worked for
the Panama Canal Company until his death in 1950. In 1972,
she went to live in the Canal Zone with her daughter and son-
in-law, Sue and Gil Smith and moved to Clearwater, Florida
with them when they retired in 1991.
Alice is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sue
and Gill Smith, her son and daughter in-law, Richard and
Cecilia Pinus of Hampton VA; seventeen grandchildren, fifty
great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Francis (Frank) Plencner, (Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret.)
passed away on March 4, 2002, in Tempe, Arizona. Frank was
last stationed at Ft. Clayton in the latter 1960's. Frank and his
family were all active in various Ancon Little Theater pro-
ductions, both on stage and behind the scenes. He starred in
"Mr. Roberts" in 1965. After his retirement from the Army,
Frank was the Director of the Arizona office of Tourism;
director of GSPED for the Arizona Department of
Commerce; and for twelve years he served as councilman for
the city of Tempe, AZ. He also was Professor of Military
Science as ASU in Tempe, AZ.
Survivors include his wife Nancy; six daughters: Kathy
McMullen, Kerry Lowenstein, Kelly Vega, Kim Kronborg,

Karol Thweatt, Kristy Munden; three step-children; Randall
Russell, Rebecca Lafferty, Ryan Russell; 13 grandchildren
and one great grandchild.

Jeffrey A. Rebhan. 38, of Kingwood, Texas, died sud-
denly October 29, 2001 from a heart attack. He was born in
Warren, Ohio, January 18, 1963. He married Cookie McKeon
(BHS'82) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ancon. They
had two daughters, Gabriella, 11, and Alexa, 8, both of whom
were born in Panama.
Jeff was the President and owner of War Fab, a mining
construction company. He loved Panama, especially deep sea
fishing at the Tropic Star Lodge.

Margaret U. Schreiner, 90, of Joplin, Mo., passed
away March 14, 2002, at St. John's Regional Medical Center
after a short illness.
Mrs. Schreiner was born July 11, 1911, in Joplin, to the
late James Lee Underwood and Amy Buck Underwood. She
graduated from Joplin High School in 1930 and worked as a
clerk for the United States Navy Department at Rodman,
Panama Canal Zone. She also worked as a teller at First
National Bank for several years and was a general cashier for
the former Connor Hotel. She was a member of First
Christian Church.
Survivors include a son, Charles W. Brown, Joplin; two
granddaughters, one grandson, four great-granddaughters and
six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
three brothers and two sisters.

Melvin Smith, 80, of New Port Richey, Fla., passed
away on March 21, 2002, under the care of Hospice.
Mr. Smith retired in 1977 from the Motor
Transportation Division in the Canal Zone. He was a member
of the Elks Lodge 1414 since 1964. Also a member of VFW
and AARP. He served in the Navy during WWII. He was also
an avid golfer.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife Miriam "Mim" of 56
years; two sons, William and wife, Evelyn; Russell, and wife,
Phyllis. Also, five brothers and four sisters, and four grand-

Elizabeth "Betty" Louise Bodwell Stevens, died
Sunday March 10, 2002 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
in Fayetteville, NC. Her husband, Russell Colby Stevens, pre-
ceded her in death. Mrs. Stevens was a 1939 graduate of
Simmons College in Boston, MA with a degree in Library
Science. She worked as a Staff Librarian for the department
of the Army in Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone from 1962-
1975 and retired from Camp Zama, Japan in 1979.
Mrs. Stevens is survived by her sons, Dale A. Stevens,

and wife Cathie of Fayetteville, NC; Peter B. Stevens, and
wife Lana of Houston, TX; and Russell C. Stevens, Jr. and
wife Sheila, of Sanford, IN; and 8 grandchildren.

Bonnie Kleasner Wilson, 77, passed away at home
February 7, 2002 after a long battle with cancer. She was born
in New Franklin, Missouri on September 14, 1924. Her par-
ents were Madge and Eugene Kleasner. She moved to the
Canal Zone when she was nine years old and attended Canal
Zone Schools, graduation from Balboa High School in 1947.
After WWII, she worked in the Personnel Bureau, and was
employed by the Draft Board, then transferred to the
Transportation Branch as a Repatriation Specialist. She
retired in 1979 with her husband Leroy B. (L.B.) Wilson, Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Leroy Wilson, sister,
Jeanene Zimmerman of Salem, Oregon, three children; Jaye
T. Barerett of Orange Park, FL, William D. Thompson,
Pensacola, FL, Rebecca Thompson, Foley, AL, four step-chil-
dren; Ellen Anderson of Zephyrhills, FL., Janice Mclnvale,
Tallahassee, Fl, Roy Wilson, Tallahassee, FL, Mark Wilson,
Bradenton, FL; 9 great children and 2 great grandchildren.

Pauline L. Wise (Polly), 91, of Fairhope, Alabama,
died peacefully in her sleep on April 15th after a brief, 3-day
hospitalization due to complications from diabetes.
Polly was born and raised in Rutherford, New Jersey,
toured Europe with her grandmother at age 16, and spent her
summers in Maine and New Hampshire where she enjoyed
hunting and fishing. She obtained a 4-year scholarship to the
Juliard School of Music in New York, graduated as a voice
major, and was then hired and taught there for several years
until her marriage to Russell T. Wise (Russ) in 1935.
Between 1935 and 1941, Polly traveled to Boulder City,
Nevada, and Passaic, New Jersey with her husband where he
worked as a welder on the construction sites of Boulder Dam
and the Lincoln Tunnel.
In 1940, Russ flew to Panama to accept a position as a
welder with the Panama Canal Company and Polly and
daughter, Forest, joined him there in 1941. Polly worked as
a librarian in Cocoli, taught piano lessons, and later, became
a secretary for the Red Cross in Fort Kobbe. She was active
in the Eastern Star and Girl Scout program.
Upon his retirement, Russ and Polly moved Fairhope,
Alabama, where they became active members of the
Community Bridge Club. In June, 2001, Polly decided the
"stairs were becoming a bit much", so she bought a new home
in a lovely retirement community near her old home. She
loved "being on the ground" and had a wonderful time shop-
ping and redecorating her new home.
Polly was preceded in death by her husband Russell
(Nov, 1980). She is survived by her daughter, Forest Wise
Robberson, of Lillian, Alabama, two grandsons (James and
Douglas Harris), and two great-granddaughters (Devon and
Forest Harris.

Panama Ca
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Phone: (727) 394-9338
Website: www.panai
E-mail: president@pa


The Panama Canal Museum will be offering a variety of
activities at the 2002 Panama Canal Society Reunion. The
Museum Room and Vendor Tables will have something for

Canal Zone Police Exhibit: As the Canal Zone Police com-
memorate the 20th anniversary of the closing of their opera-
tions in Panama, the museum board has worked with them
and other interested individuals to develop an exhibit high-
lighting their proud history.

Silent Auction: Planned as a live auction before the lack of
space at the hotel became known, this activity has changed to
an ongoing silent auction that will take place from the open-
ing of the Museum Room on Wednesday evening, July 1,
until Saturday afternoon, July 4. Items will be on display
throughout this time, and you will be able to see the ongoing
bidding for the items you like. Keep monitoring those items
so that nobody ends up outbidding you! Canal memorabilia;
red, white, and blue bags and baskets; cases of Panama beer
and other outstanding items will be available.

Roosevelt Medal Certificates: Museum Room visitors will
be able to see and order the popular Roosevelt Medal
Certificates that the museum has begun issuing to those wish-
ing certificates honoring these medal holders. Available for
$25 for the first certificate and $5.00 each for each subse-
quent certificate sent to the same address, these certificates
are bound to be a popular item for descendants of Roosevelt
Medal holders.

Commemorative Medal: The new museum medal com-
memorating the centennial of the founding of the Republic of
Panama and the signing of the Panama Canal Treaties will be
for sale. Available in silver or bronze, the medal is a limited
edition that is sure to be treasured by its owners.

Collectible Christmas Ornament: A three-inch in diameter,
two-dimensional, plate gold Christmas ornament showing the
Canal Zone seal in a gift box may be just the thing for jump-
starting your holiday gift buying. Made by the same compa-
ny that did the White House ornament for the White House
Historical Association, this collectible ornament will be an
elegant addition to any Zonian's Christmas tree.

Gift Shop Items: Select items from the gift shop will be
offered in the Museum Room with a more complete selection
available at the museum's table in the Vendors' Room. The
2002 T-shirts, 2003 calendars, and postcards honoring the

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Canal Zone Police; new leather refrigerator magnets with
Canal scenes on them; and a growing library of appealing
books on the Canal are among the new items that the muse-
um will have for sale at the Reunion.

Reunion Volunteers: With the expanding presence of the
museum at the Reunion, we have a more pressing need for
additional volunteers to help oversee the museum activities.
This is a great opportunity for those who live far from the
museum, but want to help. If you would like to volunteer,
please e-mail or call the museum. We will match you with an
activity that should be fun for you and a help to the museum.


Among the items the Panama Canal Museum obtained
from the Panama Canal Commission in 1999 were multiple
copies of many issues of the Panama Canal Review in both
English and Spanish. We have kept three copies of each for
the museum collection and have been selling the English
copies through the museum gift shop. But just recently we
have made a concerted effort to find good homes for the
Spanish Reviews.
Board member Chris Skeie arranged for a shipment of
the Spanish Reviews to Panama and was going to distribute
them to interested museums there.
When John Disharoon, a teacher at the Country Day
Academy in Largo, FL, visited the museum with two of his
classes, he returned to his school with a number of the
Spanish Reviews for the school's Spanish teacher.
Volunteer Dick Cunningham took a supply of the
Reviews to his brother, an Assistant Principal at Largo High
School, for use there at Largo High School.
Board member Bob Zumbado and his wife,
Marguerite, made contact with the University of Central
Florida and delivered many of the Reviews to Consuelo
Stebbins, Chair, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Department, through her assistant, Chantal Bonaparte. They
will see that the Reviews are placed where they can best be
used at the University.
We still have some Spanish Reviews left and are look-
ing for other schools, libraries, or museums that would like
them. Please let us know if you have some suggestions for


In November of 2001, the museum kicked off its 2002
membership drive with a mailing to about 4000 Panama
Canal Society members. Several smaller appeals were done

in the spring. As of mid-April, about 600 people had become
members of the museum. Paul Glassburn, the museum's
Treasurer, estimates that we need 2000 museum members
(paying the $24 membership fee) if we are going to be able to
hire two full-time employees and become a true museum as
opposed to a warehouse for artifacts.
The museum needs you to support your museum. If you
have not yet become a member, please send your check to the
museum or stop by our membership table in the Museum
Room at the Reunion. On becoming a member, you will
receive a membership card and decal, free admission to the
museum, the museum's newsletter, periodic discounts in the
museum gift ship, and the satisfaction of helping the museum
preserve the American Era of the Panama Canal.


All of the museum's donors are recognized on the
Museum's Wall of Honor, which appears on display panels at
the museum and the Reunion, on the museum's website, and
in the fall museum newsletter. Many donors have cumulative
donations of at least $100 and so have begun to move from
one landmark to the next in their Canal transits on the Wall of
Honor. A few have made complete transits with their cumu-
lative donations of $1500 or more. Recently, these special
donors received from Museum President Chuck Hummer on
behalf of the museum board a beautiful certificate for each
transit completed. Certificate recipients were:

One Transit

Lucille Abernathy Charles and Maxine Keenan
John Brayton Lesley Litzenberger
James Cook William and Virginia Lyons
Curtis Fitzgerald Robert and Colleen Mate
Alan Ford Hobey and Lisa Richey
Thomas R. Goethals Robert Roy, Sr.
Carol Goulet Lewis and Sandra Taber
Isthmian Collectors Club J. Dorn Thomas
Steve and Mary Vaughn

Two Transits

Reginald and Beverly Boyett Hayden
Frank and Helen Leves
Bob and Marguerite Zumbado

Three Transits

C. B. Fenton and Co.
Dollar Club

Katherine Egolf
James MacLaren

We are hoping that before too long we'll have some donors
who have made four transits and, therefore, have become eli-
gible to be life members of the museum!
The donations have been greatly needed for the ongoing
support of the museum, and the museum's Board appreciates
so much these donors' generosity!


This spring the members of the museum's Board of
Directors voted to make a change in the museum's Bylaws
and call themselves a Board of Trustees. It was decided that
the new name better describes the role that members hold in
the organization of the museum.


The Board of Trustees also amended the Bylaws to pro-
vide for the creation of a Panel of Advisors. This Panel of
Advisors will consist of Honorary Members nominated by
the Board of Trustees and approved by a two-thirds majority
of the Board. High standards will be observed in their selec-
tion to assure that the honor will be extended to persons of
merit and distinction. The President and Trustees of the
museum.will be consulting members of the Panel individu-
ally or collectively on matters of museum policy.
Current honorary members are Thomas R. Goethals,
named an honorary member in 1999, and Richard "Pat"
Beall, named an honorary member earlier this year. The
Board of Trustees hopes to name additional honorary mem-
bers in the coming months.


Before the opening of the newly expanded Panama
Canal Museum in the fall, the St. Petersburg Times featured
the museum on a page in its "Neighborhood Times" section.
Interviews with President Chuck Hummer and Paul "Buddy"
Morgan, a board member and Chair of the Collections
Committee, enabled Julianne Wu, the Times Staff Writer, to
provide Times readers with background on the American Era
of the Panama Canal, the Panama Canal Museum itself, and
Chuck's and Buddy's personal histories.
In the spring the Times started posting the following
notice in its weekly "Weekend" section:

Panama Canal Museum
Museum features memorabilia from the American era of the
Panama Canal, with videos of canal operations and history,
display of Roosevelt Medals and an exhibition about the
Panama Canal Zone Postal System. 7985 113th St., Suite
100, Seminole. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thur. (727) 394-9338.
We should add that we're open other hours by appoint-
ment. Just let us know when you'll be there, and the museum
will be open!

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This article was sent in by Jim O'Donnell. This part
one of a three part series.

It would be difficult to over-emphasize the historic and
economic importance of the Panama Railroad to the
Americas and to the world, for its history is the history of a
realized dream of thinking men who for centuries had recog-
nized the importance of a free interoceanic communication at
the narrow strip of land known as the Isthmus of Panama. It
is necessary, before considering the Panama Railroad, as it
exists today, to glance at the background of the historical
forces, which produced it. Its early beginnings antedated
those of North America many years and our successful efforts
were but a renewal of many previous attempts to construct a
rail and water communication between the Atlantic seaboard
and the Pacific Ocean.
England, inspired by the appeal of the benefits, which
would result from the shorter trade route to her possessions in
the East, investigated the possibility of building a railroad or
a canal, but the stupendous magnitude of such an undertaking
discouraged her and the project was abandoned. France,
ambitious also, entered into a contract to establish a railroad
and a grant for this purpose was made by the Government of
New Granada (the Colombian district was disrupted in 1831
and the region of Panama became known as New Granada) to
Mateo Kline in 1848, but the many obstacles and huge sums
of money required for its completion discouraged the con-
tractors to such an extent that the contracts were defaulted
within the year.
It was then, with the changing of the North American
boundaries when the US came into possession of Oregon, and
the war with Mexico giving California to the US, that the
attention of North America was properly aroused to the
necessity of a shorter route to the almost (at that time) inac-
cessible possessions.
There were three routes to California from the East
Coast. A man could go across the continent, presumably on
his own two feet if he had to. He could take a ship for the
long, uncomfortable and dangerous voyage around Cape
Horn, or he could make the "pleasant voyage to Panama,
stroll across the fifty miles of Isthmus to the Pacific and, after
another easy sea voyage, find himself in San Francisco." So
read the advertisements of the day. The trip wasn't quite like
this, but no matter. The pot of gold was just over the horizon.
The discovery of gold in California attracted a multitude
of "Forty-niners" who, urged on by the true spirit of the pio-
neer and a cupidity that was dauntless, flocked to the Isthmus
in such numbers that the need was infinitely increased for a
regular line of steamships between the Atlantic and Pacific
The changes that took place were sparked initially by, of
all things, the United States Post Office! Some new way had
to be found to carry the growing volume of mail from the East
Coast to California, and the Panama route was logical.

Accordingly, the North American Congress hastened to
authorize contracts for the establishment of two lines of mail
steamships, one from New York and New Orleans to Panama,
and the other to connect with this by the Isthmus of Panama
to California and Oregon. Mr. William H. Aspinwall secured
the line on the Pacific side and Mr. George Law the line on
the Atlantic side. The ships in the Pacific helped to relieve the
congestion on that side, but it was more than offset by the
number of new arrivals at San Lorenzo, for of course in addi-
tion to mail, the ships carried passengers.
The tremendous bottleneck, both for mail and for peo-
ple was that ghastly fifty mile hike through the jungle. A rail-
road was the obvious answer. William H. Aspinwall was a
man of vision and in securing the contracts for the steamship
line, it was his plan in the beginning to build a railroad across
the Isthmus. Together with his associates, John L. Stephens
and Henry Chauncey, they entered into a contract for the con-
struction of an "Iron Road across the Isthmus of Panama".
However, before the contract was ratified, the services
of Mr. G. W. Hughes of the United States Topographical
Corps were engaged and he, accompanied by a large party of
engineers, came down from New York for the purpose of
mapping and surveying and locating the road. Their report
that a railroad across the Isthmus was a practical and feasible
proposition corroborated Mr. Stephens' own opinion. Mr.
Aspinwall immediately returned to New York and conjointly
with his partners, John L. Stephens and Mr. Henry M.
Chauncey, incorporated under the name of Panama Railroad
Company and a formal contract was entered into on April 15,
1850, with the Government of New Granada for the exclusive
privilege of establishing "an iron Railroad between the two
oceans across the Isthmus of Panama".
This contract was liberal in its terms and granted to this
company the right of operating the road for a period of forty-
nine years from the date of completion. It was stipulated that
the construction should not occupy a longer period than six
years. The engineers secured on the construction of the road
were Col. G. W. Totten and John C. Trautwine, and under
their capable guidance the work on this gigantic undertaking
was begun in May, 1850.
They decided the road could be built in six months at a
cost of one million dollars. True, there were swamps, but
these could be filled. Crews of men could chop through the
jungle and the numerous rivers and streams could be easily
bridged. The cordillera, or hump, rose to a modes 300 feet -
no height to deter railroad men who were already eyeing the
Rockies and Sierra Nevada. To lay several miles of rail a day
was commonplace in the States, and so the estimated time
and money seemed reasonable for this bit of track which
seemed scarcely more than an oversized spur. The jumping
off place was to be near the old fort of San Lorenzo. Good
solid ground extended about twenty-five miles inland, and
presumably it would not be too difficult to run the line up this
valley. However, an early real estate shark had leased all the
land and was holding out for what seemed an unreasonable
price. Very well! In their appalling innocence, the outraged
railroad men simply moved a few miles further down the bay
and selected another spot, a low bit of land called Manzanillo
Island. Here they made their headquarters. The inauguration
of the beginning of the work was marked with no "imposing

ceremonial or breaking of ground," but with a primitive sim-
plicity. Mr. Trautwine and Mr. Baldwin with a few Indians
armed with machetes began work at the Island of Manzanillo,
which is now known as Colon. The first thirteen miles of the
road traversed dense jungles, which were a morass of pesti-
lential dangers infested with snakes and poisonous insects. In
Seeman's "Voyage of H. M. S. Herald" we find a graphic
description of this region: "in all muddy places down to the
verge of the ocean are impenetrable thickets of mangroves,
chiefly rhizophoras and avicennias, which exhale putrid
miasmata. Myriads of mosquitoes and sand flies fill the air,
while huge alligators sun themselves in the slimy soil."
Despite the discouragements, dangers, and seemingly insur-
mountable obstacles, these brave men pushed on and worked
painstakingly and methodically for the achievement of their
ideal a completed railroad. Panama had been known as a
pesthole since the earliest Spanish settlement. But the horror
stories to come out of Panama as the railroad was being
pushed ahead mile by mile quite surpassed anything. The cost
paid in human life for the minuscule bit of track was of the
kind people associated with dark, barbaric times, before the
age of steam and iron and the upward march of Progress.
The common story, the one repeated up and down the
California gold fields, the one carried home on the New York
steamer, the claim that turns up time and again in the dim
pages of old letters, is that there was a dead man for every
railroad tie between Colon and Panama City. In some ver-
sions it was a dead Irishman, in others, a dead Chinese. The
story was nonsense, there were some seventy-four thousand
ties along the Panama line, but that had not kept it from
spreading, and from what many thousands of people had seen
with their own eyes, it seemed believable enough.
From the very beginning, the Isthmus fought the new
invaders. Men and equipment started inland and were
promptly swallowed up in mud. For many months the com-
pany was unable even to set up quarters on the little gridiron
of streets which had been surveyed on Manzanillo island.
Soapy, slippery, gummy, bottomless, obscured in miasmic
vapors and swirling clouds of insects, the swamps wafted.
The laborers vanished at dawn in the rowboats from the ships
into the drenching rains, the steaming muck and gumbo. They
labored all day like lost and forgotten slaves. Up to their
necks in mud, they stumbled, slipped, struggled and cursed.
Over their heads black clouds of mosquitoes and other insects
whined and buzzed. They emerged at night soaked to the skin
and caked with mud, to fall more dead than alive into the
boats, and were taken out to where a grimy brig and the pad-
dle steamer, Telegraph, rolled in the long gray swells.
Sickness took such a terrible toll that the men could work
only one week out of three. How many did actually die is not
known. The company kept no systematic records, no body
count, except for its white workers, who represented only a
fraction of the total force employed over the five years of
construction. (In 1853, for example, of some 1,590 men on
the payroll, 1,200 were black.) However, the company's
repeated assertion that in fact fewer than a thousand had died
was patently absurd. A more reasonable estimate is six thou-
sand, but it could very well have been twice that. No one will
ever know, and the statistic is not so important as the ways in
which they died, if cholera, dysentery, fever, smallpox, all the

scourges against which there was no known protection or any
known cure. The country was almost entirely without
resources: the food and materials had to be shipped thousands
of miles. The natives, apathetic and unaccustomed to labor,
could not be relied upon and all labor had to be imported.
They were brought in by the boatload from every part of the
world: natives from the coast, West Indians, English, Irish,
Germans, coolies and Chinamen, and all with the same result.
Death thinned their ranks until it looked for a time as if the
work would have to be abandoned.
It became increasingly difficult as the work progressed
to get more men, for the gruesome and weird stories of the
"Hell Strip" which had proven a graveyard for such a vast
number had spread abroad. The plan to import a boatload of
Chinese laborers was finally decided upon; and eight hundred
eventually arrived. The story of their ill-fated expedition to a
land where they expected high wages and an eventual tri-
umphant return to China is one of the many tragedies con-
nected with Panama's history. Soon after their arrival in the
unfamiliar land of strange customs, they became morose with
homesickness and fear. Added to their misery was the fact
that because of a Maine opium law, which on some pretext
had been enforced on the Isthmus, the use of opium was pro-
hibited because of the "immorality of administering to so
pernicious a habit", and they were deprived of their accus-
tomed daily portion of the drug. A heavy melancholia settled
upon them. In their ears they heard but one sound, the mourn-
ful dirge of death, and with that strange complexity of their
natures, they brooded wistfully for their native land; the
promised land of their fanciful vision had proven too terrible
to even endure, and with that passive resignation so charac-
teristic of the Chinese they committed suicide, choosing
weird and unexpected ways. Some hung themselves with
their queues, others cut their throats, and some paid their last
money to their companions to shoot them; and again in
groups they joined hands and walked out beyond the margin
of the sea and met their fate stoically as the turbulent incom-
ing tide bore them out to the ocean. A watery grave was
preferable to the land they found so unbearable. The small
remaining group, numbering scarcely two hundred, sick in
body and spirit, were sent by the engineers to Jamaica.

submitted by Jim O'Donnell



There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern Star
luncheon on Friday, July 5, 2002 at the Orlando World Center
Marriott in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of
Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., immediately fol-
lowing the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The cost of
the luncheon is $25/meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses
and friends of the fraternity are invited. Dress for the occa-
sion will be semi-formal.

Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, Florida

Friday Luncheon: 12:30p.m. July 5, 2002

Cost: $25/meal
1(A) Roasted Chicken
(B) Grilled Top Sirloin Steak

IPlease make reservations and meal selection of (A) or (B) I

iTotal enclosed: $

IMake U.S. Postal Money Orders or checks
payable to:

IRobert Russell and mail to 2327 Lyndhurstl
I .I
Drive, Sun City Center, Florida 33573

'List names of persons attending (and meal selec-
ition) for name tags:
I1. A BI

I2. A B
12. A BI

4. A BI

JULY 1, 2002

BHS Class of 1983 20th Reunion

The 20th Reunion for BHS Class of 1983 will be held
in 2003 in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion. Please send contact information to the following
classmates or visit our web site at:

Dawn Sutherland Jones
2401 S Clark Ave
Tampa, FL 33629

Rae Ann Thrift-Catlett
2242 Doster Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Paula Ramirez-Northcutt
3807 Green Emerald Terrace
Austin, TX 78739

BHS-CHS class of 1957

A hospitality suite for the 45th BHS-CHS class reunion
will be available to our classmates on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, July 4-6, 2002, in conjunction with the annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion, in Orlando, Florida.
Come and join us in the comfort of a large suite for
food, slideshows, memorabilia, sing-alongs, renew old
friendships and remembrances of those who have passed on.
On Friday, a class dinner is planned for those who are inter-
ested. Please contact the Class Reunion Coordinator, Chris
Hearon as soon as possible. Even if you can't be there, we
want to include you in some way and keep in touch with you.
CHS alumni we are coordinating this for both schools and
will put you in contact with others from your school.

Chris Hearon BHS '57
P. O. Box 130
Pennsburg, PA 18073
phone: 215 541 -4557


The reunion of all former officers, employees and
spouses of the Canal Zone Police division is scheduled for
Friday, July 5, 2002, from 2-4:30pm. The reunion is being
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society reunion at
the Orlando Marriott World Center in Orlando, Fla. Upon
registering for the Panama Canal reunion, please check at the
Panama Canal information desk for further Police Reunion
information. Please contact:
George Tochterman at
Bill Kessler at


Mariela Alcoriza Abel Borsellino Christopher Ward "Kit"
Atkins Jack C. "Joaquin" Attia Richard Vincent "Rich" Chin *
Sandra "Sandy" (Husted) Cusumano Stephen T. Franklin Earl
"Bill" William Griggs Kay Hamilton Wanda Pearl Hummer
* John H. Knueppel Anthony Kucikas Joseph "Joe" Joseph
Lawrence Jeffrey "Jeff' Lawrence Leon Cathie (Lewis) Leslie
* George "Alewishus" Wilber Little Colleen (Lawson) Mate *
Joseph "Long John" McGoff Karen Louis Middleton Elizabeth
"Liz" (Hanna) Neal Gordon C. Reif, Jr. Charles "Chuck" F.
Rhine Hilda (Riefkohl) Villarrel Susan Chris McCullough *
George "Buddy" W. Slaughter Raymond Scheidegg Mary
Ann (Hardwick) Vega Virginia "Ginny" Valdez

40th Class Reunion to be held on July 5, 2002
Edna (Morales) Foster
2944 Warrington Ave. Lakeland, Fl 33803-4250
phone: 863-687-4600


Our 40th Reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion....July 3-7, 2002. Please con-
tact one of the following classmates for more information:

Karen (Schmidt) Deming
P. O. Box 210
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
(302) 537-4247

Judy (Buehler) Williamson
2501 Colony Circle
St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 253-6437


The 30th Reunion for CHS Class of 1972 will be
held this July in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando, Fla. We are still trying to locate
class members. If you have not been contacted by Susie
Goembel then you aren't on the list. Please send contact infor-
mation to:
Susie Goembel Massey
5023 Parkridge Dr.
Houston, TX 77053
NOTE: See photos of classmates at this Web Shots site:

CHS 1977

Attention all CHS alumni, faculty and friends!! Efforts
for the 25-year reunion are underway. Festivities are planned
to coincide with the annual Panama Canal reunion in
Orlando, July 3-7, 2002.
Persons having information of any wayward members
of fellow classmates are asked to report their whereabouts (e-
mail is the preferred way of communication).

Eva Thompson

or Karyn Dumas Fish

Etta (Miler) Engel
2541 Bottomridge Drive
Orange Park, FL 32073


Planning our 45th Reunion for 2003. Get in touch
with our Contact Persons. We need names, addresses and e-

You will be rewarded with the satisfaction that you
played a valuable part in making this event successful plus
the eternal gratitude of the CHS 77 Reunion Committee and
Any gracious financial contributions made to fund the
planning and execution of this event will be gratefully accept-
ed: Karyn Fish, 2631 Hacienda Way, Santa Barbara, CA

Balboa High School
Donna Jones Brophy
P.O. Box 452
Castine, ME 04421
Tel: 207-326-9031

Cristobal High School
Wendy Cotton Corrigan
7601 W. John Cabo
Glendale, AZ 85308
Tel: 602-938-9870

Ann Field Kirrane
16 Wentworth St.
Dedham, MA 02026
Tel: 781-320-5698

BHS 1972

:Balboa High School Class of 1972's 30th:
:Reunion will be held Thursday, July 4th, at the:
:Orlando Marriott World Center in conjunction:
*with the Panama Canal Society Reunion. Please*
:e-mail balboahigh72@) or contact Ed:
:Malin at (678) 560-0779 for more details. We're:
:hoping to have a great turn out. If you are a class-:
*mate or know of one, please let us know. *
* *
* *



S There will be a Hospitality Suite for the BHS.
Classes of 1949 and 1950 at the 2002 Reunion ofl
the Panama Canal Society in Orlando, FL. The'
.Hospitality Suite will be open for the classmates!
Ion Thursday, July 4th, Friday, July 5th andl
*Saturday, July 6th. When arriving at the Reunion,
.the suite number will be available at the Society!
|Information Desk. I

I. --- - -IJ


Plans are being made to hold our 50th class Reunion in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion. The first step is getting the correct addresses for
everyone--a lot of moving around has probably taken place
since our 45th reunion--so please contact one of us. The
reunion will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott
from July 3 to July 7, 2002. We can use your help and sug-

Martha Graham Vickery
1591 Bronco Dr.
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 254-0669

Keith Moumblow
24404 Al Highway 79
Scottsboro, AL 35768-5522
(256) 587-6824

BHS Class of 1967 35 Years

"The" place to find out what is happening, where to find
your classmates, where to just hang out day or night to see
who shows up, combined with drink setups, beer, snacks
(Panamanian, of course!) and great conversation will be the
BHS '67 Suite located right in the Marriott Hotel. "The
Castaways" will play on Thursday night for a joint BHS &
CHS class dance. On Saturday night, Louie Husted will
speak to us at our Buffet Dinner with cash bar. Our reunion
will be at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando,
Florida, in conjunction with that held by The Panama Canal
Society of Florida from July 3 7, 2002. For more informa-
tion contact:

Merri Bandy Lewis
826 NW 91st Terrace
Plantation, FL 33324

Malena Bremer Merriam
153 Oakwood Lane
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

CHS 1967 Class Reunion
"Ping Ding"

It's just a few weeks away before our 35th class reunion
and still time to sign up by contacting one of your classmates
below. The 1966 "Castaways" band will play at our combined
BHS & CHS dance on Thursday night, July 4th. Tickets are
going fast, so don't wait. We'll have a table outside the PC
Society registration room to pickup dance tickets and to pro-
vide classmates with a list of activities. Our class hospitality
suite opens on Thursday afternoon at 4 PM. Classmates arriv-
ing on Wednesday should meet by poolside or contact either
Marianne Field Hockin, Hank DeVoll, or Leo Paulson. See
you there!

(Hospitality suite $50)
Marianne (Fieldz) Hockin
7492 MacArthur Lane
Portage Lane MI 49024

(Hospitality Suite Coordinator)
Leo Paulson
149 Cone RD
Crawfordville FL 32327

(Dance tickets $15)
Paul Menges
208 Fallen Leaf Drive
Columbia SC 29229

(Dance Coordinator)
Hank DeVoll
719 Gelngarry Drive
Melbourne FL 32940

Jack Sanders
1666 Winners Circle
Tarpon Springs FL 34689
r --------------------------------------
I A combined CHS & BHS 67 dance will be held at 9:00
IPM on Thursday night, July 4th featuring "The Castaways".
IThe dance is open to '66 and '68 classes. Tickets are on sale
'for $15. A limited amount of dance tickets are available, so
Iget your money in NOW to either Paul Menges (CHS) orl
IMalena Bremer Merriam (BHS)!
L---------------l----- -------- .


The Tenth Reunion for BHS Class of 1992 will be held
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando, Florida in July 2002. We need your help in finding
all of our classmates. Remember you need to be a member of
the Panama Canal Society to get the reduced hotel rates. You
can join the Society on line at: http://www.pancanalsoci-

Check out our web site at:
or contact:
Yvette Wilde


While your old glasses are of no value to you,
they could be another person's most valued possession.
Somewhere in a developing country, you can make this
Today, please send your old glasses to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court,
Baker, LA 70714-2253

You'll be glad you did!


We're starting a new project, this one to help with
your spring cleaning.
Foreign seamen off ships in our harbors often visit
church-affiliated facilities designed for their use where they
can phone home, shoot pool, watch TV, visit. They receive
free ditty bags of toiletries like toothpaste, shampoo,
deodorant, combs, writing paper.
Another feature of these centers is the distribution
of free T-shirts to these men. Small and medium sizes are
preferred since most seamen are small in stature. Please
don't discard your old T-shirts. We want them, clean and
with no tears. Send to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253
The Gonzales (La.) Seamen's Center
Seafarers Ministry
8907 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920




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Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Send all ads and make all
checks to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street,
Suite 334, Seminole, FL. 33772-4712.


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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street
Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772-4785

YES, I would like to join as an Annual Member in the Panama Canal Museum and help preserve the history and memory of
The American Era of the Panama Canal.

I understand that the payment of annual dues will sustain me as a member in good standing for the year 2002, entitling me to
all the benefits of membership in the museum

I am also aware that, with the payment of my annual dues, along with any additional donations that I may make, my name on
the museum's Wall of Honor will progress in transit through the Canal.

Annual Dues for Calendar Year 2002 $ 24.00
Additional amount to expedite my transit through the Canal $
Total Amount Enclosed $

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Fax: 804-276-6322


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All Meals While in Panama Tinajas Restaurant El Valle Indian Market
(Except Shopping Day Lunch) Special Farewell Dinner Weekend at Coronado Beach
Tips & Baggage Handling El Valle Indian Market Resort
Hotels Tours of Panama City
Weekend at Coronado Beach and Former Canal Zone
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Las Tinajas Dinner Show Panama City Tour and Shopping
*Partial Panama Canal Transit Embera Indian Village
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Castaways June 1966

Updated Email Addresses

Arnold, William
Bell, Bill, Jr....................................... bdbell6@
Borsellino, James..........................
Burns, Jean................................. panasanta@
Cheville, Richard........................
Cicero, Joe &
Collins, Andree
Cotton, Allen H........................
Cotton, Edie (Smith)
Crespo, Rudy......................TWISTED3@FLASH.NET
Donohue, Edward
Eckel, Janis(Broogie)/
Evarts, William R.,
Hause, Barbara................................
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Honea, Luanne (Swisher)
Johnson, Jose................................ riomarl@
Linares, Rolando A. (Rolo)
McCarragher, Pat &
Morgan, Paul &
Nolan, Don &
Oliveira, Ted
Panzer, Robert.......................
Rindfusz, Ed & Rose (Monzon)
Scott, Frank &
Sullivan, James,
Trim, John............................... TRIMCZ
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7985 113th Street, SuiteK334
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(727) 391-4359 1-866-726-2262
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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.)


W NEW MEMBERSHIPS: $30.00 Annually per family including children under 18 years of age,
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must pay the Administrative Fee. Total: $40.00.

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