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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
1st Vice President
Mr. Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President
Mr. James Parthenais
Mr. Daniel Norman
Mr. Roy Culbreth
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Ms. Betty LeDoux
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mrs. Lynette Stokes
Mr. Kenny Morris
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
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Secretary's Message................................................................... ........................................... 2
Editor's Corner.................................................................................... ............................ 3
Synopsis of Executive Board M meeting M inutes............................................... ....................3
Highlights of M minutes of General Membership Meetings.........................................................4
Legislative Report................................................................................................................. 6
"A Century of Music" poll......................................................................... ....................... 8
Century of Music..................................................................... ........................................... 9
ByLaws Amendments......................................................................... ...................................10
C arn av alito .................................................................................................................... ........... 13
Postmaster Honored................................. .............................................. ..............................14
PCSOFL Annual Picnic and Spring Luncheon........................ .... .. ..................15
Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance Information......................... ...... ...................... 18
Space Coast Picnic............................................................................ .....................................19
Your Reporters Says:
FL Ocala........................... 24
FL Pinellas County..........27
FL South FL....................27
FL Space Coast..................28
M military P ride............ ................................................................................................................. 43
C ongratu nation s............................................................................................................................44
W eddings.............................................................. ........................................ ............ 50
B irth s...................... .................................................................................... .....................53
L letters to the E ditor............................................................................ .................................... 56
W ith D eep Sorrow ....................................................................................... ...........................70
E m ail U pdates............................................................ .......................... .......... ........... 81
M museum N ew s...................................................................................... .................................. 83
F or Sale or W anted................................................................................... ..............................85
Membership Application Form................................................................... .....................91
Front Cover: Menu cover from the December 25, 1949 Christmas Dinner, Medical
Corps, Station Hospital, Fort Clayton, Canal Zone. Back Cover:Photo of the Gamboa
Dredging Division's Crane Hercules and Atlas. Photo taken by Bob Gibson.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Holiday Office hours
The Panama Canal Society Office will closed for the holidays
December 23, 2002 January 2, 2003.
Happy Holidays to all of you!
There will be no General Membership meeting.
CARNAVALITO, Hilton Ocala located right off Interstate 75, in
Ocala, Florida. See page 13 and the center of the December Record
for more information. Deadline: for hotel reservation-January 23.
Deadline: Carnavalito dinner/dance registration-February 15.
PCSOFL Annual Picnic/General Membership Meeting, 11:30
a.m., Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs. See page 15 for information
or contact Elaine (Vestal) Lewis at (727)-442-0457.
PCSOFL Spring Luncheon/General Membership Meeting, 11:30
a.m., Ormond Beach, Florida at the Olive Garden on A1A. See page
15 or contact Jeannie Hickman at (386) 441-9979.
PCSOFL General Membership, 11:30a.m., Troyer's Dutch
Heritage restaurant (the new Der Dutchman restaurant) in Sarasota,
FL. Call Bob Russell at (813) 633-8916.
As my dear old West Indian friends back home would say,
"Compliments of the Season" to all of you. Here it is the end
of 2002! Boy time sure is moving right along these days.
Seems we were just celebrating the beginning of the New
We have had some great luncheon meetings and a won-
derful picnic to finish out 2002. September in Sarasota is
always a nice time, the October picnic on the Space coast was
a blast, the "Viva Panama" November luncheon at the
Columbia Restaurant in Clearwater was fun with the Panama
Dancers and our Christmas luncheon is always special at the
Wine Cellar in North Redington Beach. It is just great to be
with fellow Zonians.
The Executive Board has been busy since our last issue
putting together some great programs for 2003!
Carnavalito is a go for February 22, 2003 and will be
held in Ocala, Florida this year. We have made arrangements
to hold the event at the Hilton Ocala. The Hilton Ocala is a
nice hotel with the comfort scale close to that of the Marriott.
There are many facilities and services at this hotel that I am
sure you will find inviting. There are many restaurants, stores
(including the large Paddock Mall) within two miles of the
hotel.The Hilton Ocala is located right off Interstate 75,
which is great for most attendees will be traveling on
Interstate 75. Because of the central location of Ocala, I hope
we can tempt members from central and northern Florida,
Alabama and Georgia to come a join us for a weekend of fun!
Each year we have a few members that fly in from other
states to join us and I hope we have more this year. The BHS
Class of '43 will be holding their class reunion in conjunction
with Carnavalito. We have 85 rooms blocked off for Society
members and we would like to fill them all. Tito Mouynes y
Conjunto will treat us once again to those great old sounds we
used to know from back home. We have a great dinner
planned, lots of dancing and of course we bury the fish at
midnight! I can't wait! More information and the registration
form are within this issue of the Canal Record.
We will be holding our March Picnic at beautiful
Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs. The weather should be
great in March and hope many of you Central Floridians can
come. We always have a good time at the Society picnics.
Look for the ad in this issue for more information and direc-
In April, we plan to hit the road to Ormond Beach for a
luncheon meeting at the Olive Garden. We had a good turnout
last year at the Ormond Beach Olive Garden, so we decided
to do it again. Please come and join us for a nice time.
Look for the ad in this issue for more information and direc-
"Celebrating Panama's Centennial" is the theme for the
2003 Panama Canal Society Reunion. With this theme, we
have a really great show planned for the Annual Luncheon
this year. I contacted Bruce Quinn back in August and asked
him if he would be willing to put together a big production for
us that would follow our theme. Bruce was quite excited and
went to work right away! Since then, the show has become a
reality and those attending this year's Annual Luncheon are
in for a show they will never forget. The show is called, "A
Century of Music" with selections of Panamanian and
American songs we loved, sang and danced to during the past
100 years. We plan to have the show in the main ballroom so
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that the staging, lighting and sound system used for the
dances can be used. Also, we can fit many more people in the
ballroom as I anticipate a very full house. The members
packed the house the last time Bruce put on a show during a
reunion. I suggest that you get your reservations in early for
the Annual Luncheon. See the Yellow Pages section. We also
would like you, the members, help select the songs for the
show. In this issue of the Canal Record you will see an
announcement and instructions on how to submit your song
Bylaws: In this issue you will find proposed bylaw
changes. Please take a moment to read the changes, mark
your ballot and mail it in. These are very important bylaw
changes and would like to get feedback from as many mem-
bers as possible. Please feel free to contact our Bylaws
Chairperson Pete Foster or myself if you have any questions
pertaining to the proposed changes. With the revision of the
bylaws last year, you will now find two ballots to submit. If
there are both husband and wife in your household, each
would submit a ballot. If you are single, please only submit
one ballot. Thank you for taking the time to vote.
Yellow Pages: This issue contains all the information and
registration forms for getting signed up for the 2003 reunion.
We call them the "Yellow Pages" and can be found in the
center of the book. Please make sure you carefully read all
instructions before sending in the forms. We also have the
"On-Line Services" on the Panama Canal Society web site,
http://www.pancanalsociety.org where you can update your
membership and sign up for the reunion.
Please feel free at anytime to contact me by phone, mail,
or email if you have any concerns, suggestions or comments.
"Happy Holidays y Felicidades" from the Exectutive Board.
It is good to be back in the office
on a full-time basis. I would like to
thank all those members who have
sent cards and called during the last few months, many of
who shared beautiful memories they had of Bob; it has cer-
tainly made a very difficult time easier to bear.
Following the mailing of the September issue we received
many covers back from the post office with notification that
members had changed their address. We realize how impor-
tant receiving the Canal Record is to each of our members so
please keep in mind that it is imperative that you notify us of
any change of address. We will promptly update our records
and hopefully avoid any problem in getting the Canal Record
to you. Unfortunately, when the post office notifies us that
there has been a change of address, they return only the cover
of the book and the balance of the books is destroyed.
I have received many calls about Society dues and when
they are to be paid. The Society dues year is January 1 -
December 31. Therefore, dues are to be paid by December
31 of each year. We will, of course, be happy to accept pre-
payment of dues should you wish to pay them earlier and
apply them to the following year. If you have any questions
about your dues and if you are paid beyond the current year,
please contact the office and we will be happy to help you.
The Society office will be closed during the Christmas
Holidays. We will close on December 22 and reopen on
January 2, 2003.
I would like to thank Shirley Boswell and Carol Masino
for their help over the past few months. Shirley was kind
enough to fill in for me during my leave of absence and Carol
was right there to help Shirley and the Society every step of
the way. I would also like to thank the Executive Board for
all their kindness and support during the past year.
Carol and I wish each of you a very peaceful and blessed
Nancy Van Siclen
WHERE ARE YOU?
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
new mailing addresses will be appreciated.
MICHAEL L. CAIN
PAUL L. ELIA
WILLIAM C. HUTCHINGS
WILLIAM J. JENKINS
HUBERT J. JORDAN II
REV. WILLIAM E. McKEON
CHARLES A PARKS
CHERYL G. WALL
MEMBERSHIP DUES NEED TO BE
PAID BY DECEMBER 31ST.
It is hard to believe that 2002
is close to an end! Looking at my
new year's resolutions, outside of
losing 20 pounds, I achieved my
goals. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank all the members for your support during
my first year as editor of the Canal Record. I would also like
to thank the area reporters for taking the time in their busy
schedules to compile member news to be published in the
Canal Record. A big THANK YOU goes to Carol Masino
for being the most wonderful assistant to the editor and to
Nancy Van Siclen for being so attentive to my wants and
needs. I couldn't do this job without either of you! All of you
make the job as editor easier for me.
The transformation to accept digital pictures has pro-
gressed nicely. Please remember that I only accept photos in
a JPEG or TIF format. I cannot perform miracles on pictures
that are of poor quality. Printed out digital photos aren't the
best to work with. I would prefer the actual digital file to
work with or the actual picture. Please remember to use your
area reporter when you have news you would like to share
with your old friends and former neighbors.
Please accept our apologizes for the lateness of the
September Record. There was a problem on the mailer's end.
If you didn't receive your September Canal Record, please
call the office and we will be happy to send one to you.
Here are the deadlines for the year 2003.
March issue deadline
June issue deadline
September issue deadline
December issue deadline
January 17, 2003
April 18, 2003
July 18, 2003
October 17, 2003
I would like to welcome the latest area reporters to join
the Canal Record family. Representing Northwest Arkansas
are Betty Dunning and Lynn Harp, a mother and daughter
tag team; for the Prattville area of Alabama are Edie (Smith)
Cotton (CHS'70) and Allen Cotton (CHS'68), a husband and
wife team; and Leni Stokes is the area reporter for Tampa.
Welcome aboard! Please remember the area reporters are
there to help you to share your news and photos in the Canal
Record. You can find a listing for all the area reporters at the
top of the "Your Reporters Says" page. Call them; you'll be
glad you did! If you are unsure whom to use for your area
reporter, call me and I will have an area reporter contact you.
As always, if I can help you in any way, I am only one
phone call, or email away. Happy Holidays to you all!
Editor, Canal Record
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JULY 27, 2002
All board members were present with the exception of the
The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
SApproved the minutes of the June Executive Board meet-
ing; expenditures of $23,079.64 for the period June 22, 2002
through July 26; 37 applications for membership; an increase
in salary for the Acting Secretary from the part-time rate of
pay to a full time rate of pay retroactive to July 1, 2002.
* Approved allowing full-page ads in the Canal Record
since space/binding issues are no longer a concern.
* Approved a $225.00 advance for the Panama Dancers for
the November luncheon
SApproved $250.00 advance for the Columbia Restaurant
for November luncheon.
SApproved the refund of the cost of two dance tickets to a
member due to his inability to attend the reunion because of
his wife's illness.
Approved as policy that only Society business be con-
ducted from the podium at all future meetings of the Society.
The following announcements were made:
SAnnounced that 2003 Reunion dates have been changed
to July 23 through July 28 in order that the needs of our mem-
bers will be better met by the hotel.
Beth Brandenburg was thanked for her service to the
Board and the Society since this was her last meeting. Beth
will, however, continue her work with the CIS Insurance mat-
President-Elect Bill McLaughlin announced his board for
the upcoming year as follows:
1st VP Elaine Vestal Lewis
2nd VP Tom Wilder
Director Jim Parthenais
Director Ed Wardlow
Director Roy Culbreth
Director Bob Russell
Treasurer Ken Morris
Legislative Rep. Jim O'Donnell
Past President Betty LeDoux
Chaplain Dottie Yocum
Reunion Coord. Betty LeDoux
President-Elect Bill McLaughlin reviewed the meeting
schedule for the upcoming year which included:
o September 7 Sarasota Luncheon; Tom and
Barbara Peterson to host.
o October 12 Space Coast Picnic; Randy and JoElla
Deakins to host.
o November 2 Viva Panama luncheon; Columbia
Restaurant; Roy Culbreth to chair.
o December 7 Christmas Luncheon, Wine Cellar;
Margaret McLaughlin and Nancy Van Siclen to chair.
The following items were discussed:
Jim Parthenais discussed the staggering of Certificates of
Deposit; action tabled for the August board meeting.
Discussion regarding Jim Parthenais' communication
with the Internal Revenue Service regarding Workers'
HIGHLIGHTS OF REGULARLY SCHEDULED
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
JULY 5, 2002
President, Betty LeDoux welcomed the 270 members in
attendance to the 70th Annual General Membership meeting
of the Panama Canal Society and called the meeting to order
at 10:20 a.m.
Chaplain Dottie Yocum gave the invocation, followed by
Ed Wardlow, Sgt.-At-Arms, who led the membership in the
pledge of allegiance.
President, Betty LeDoux announced a special treat for our
members and asked Senator Dan Jenkins to come to the podi-
um to do the introduction. Dr. Paul Pitts, world renowned
opera singer sang the National Anthem and it was announced
that he would also sing at the Annual Luncheon.
The president introduced Nector Collazo, the Hotel's
Conference Service representative, who welcomed the
Society back to the Orlando World Center Marriott.
President Betty LeDoux welcomed the following past
presidents who were in attendance: Rob Roy, Anna Collins,
Pete Foster, Marje Foster, Bill Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, Jim
O'Donnell, Margot Jordan, Tom Peterson, Faith Brundage
and Bob Johnson. Unfortunately, Secretary Nancy Van Siclen
was not able to attend the reunion this year due to the illness
of her husband, past president Bob Van Siclen, but that
Shirley Boswell, a former Secretary/Treasurer will fill in for
In Nancy's absence, Elaine Lewis read the minutes of the
May general membership meeting held in Sarasota, Davis
Stevenson made a motion to approve the minutes as read, sec-
onded by Charles Giavelli. Motion carried.
Jim Parthenais read the June Financial Statement, which
stands for Audit.
The President, Betty LeDoux. recapped some of the
accomplishments of this year's board. A new reunion pro-
gram was put into place this year and a new Canal Record
program was installed. There has not been much response to
the Members Business Registry and she requested our mem-
bers get the word out to call the office. The response of our
members to traveling meetings held throughout Florida has
been excellent again this year, in its second year. This year
has also experienced a few losses, the recent passing of our
former record editor, Pat Beall and past president, Gaddis
Wall. We continue to work with former Mutual of Omaha
regarding insurance due to many of our members. Several
By-Laws amendments were prepared and passed this past
year to better allow for the smooth function of the Society.
Another major endeavor by the board was to look into future
locations for holding our reunions. After looking into other
areas including New Orleans, Las Vegas and a cruise line, the
board decided to keep the reunions in Florida. The Caribe
Royale has been chosen for the 2004 through 2006 reunions.
A slide presentation was shown to the members showing the
layout of the Hotel and views of the suites and villas. Our
reunion will occupy the entire property, which is a definite
Beth Brandenburg reported on the former Mutual of
Omaha Insurance Program, which is currently underwritten
by Compania Internacional De Seguros (CIS). The Executive
Board has approved the continuance of this service to our
members. It was announced that a table was set up in the
Registration area to handle insurance inquires.
President Betty LeDoux commended Beth Brandenburg
for her excellent service to the Society. Beth will not be on
the Board this next year due to other commitments and the
Society will miss her. She will, however, continue to follow
through on the insurance inquiries and work with Compania
International De Seguros.
The Legislative Representative, Bob Russell informed the
members that he had two bulletin boards in the rear of the
room with various reports, information and the NARFE web
site to obtain additional information via the internet.
Kenny Morris, Audit & Budget Chairperson, reported on
the financial audit for the year ended December 31, 2001.
Kenny also reported that the new computerized reunion
reporting system is in place and will be used well into the
future thanks to the efforts of Jim Parthenais. The Board
approved implementation of the QuickBooks Pro accounting
Roy Culbreth, Bylaws Chairperson, thanked the 121 per-
sons who voted for approval of the various changes to the
bylaws which were as follows: 1) membership approval
based only on attendance of Canal Zone Schools; 2) both
members of household entitled to vote individually; 3)
increasing the number of board members who would be elect-
ed by the Society to 7; 4) extended the duration of member-
ship to the board to two years of service rather than one year;
5) change of names of one of the articles.
Sunshine Committee Chairperson, Anna Collins indicated
she had only sent cards out to 35 people and this is not a real-
istic number considering our total membership. She asks that
we contact her or the Society office regarding those who need
a cheerful greeting. The Society has a toll free number for
members to call the office from anywhere in the United
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Coordinator, reported on this
year's reunion, thanking Betty LeDoux, Lodging; Beth
Brandenburg, Registration; Elaine Lewis, Vendors; Tom
Wilder, Security; Bob Russell and Roy Culbreth, Ticket
Chairpersons; Carol Masino, Nancy Van Siclen and Shirley
Boswell, Society office personnel; Jan and Lou Andino,
Luncheon; Jim O'Donnell, Bingo/Lottery; Ed Wardlow and
Vickie Sizemore, Mini Reunions and Kenny Morris, Golf,
Dances, Jim Parthenais and Margaret McLaughlin and Jacque
Vowell in charge of the Disco's.
Kenny Morris, Chairperson of the Golf Tournament,
reported that 136 players participated in the golf tournament
on Thursday. Individual Flight winners were Ray Francis,
Marc Stock, Lou Engelke, Babe Marquard and John
Granozio. The women's flight winner was Shelley Sanders. In
the Scramble the winners were Will Huffman/Doug Jefferies,
Mary Ann Hockin/Jaime Hockin, Gordon Sanders/Carol
Ford and Marc Malavasic/Steve Gilbert. Low net winner was
Wes King. Some special prizes were won by Bill Catron for
straight drive and Kenny Morris for closer to the pin. The
overall champions were Shelley Sanders and Bob Askew.
Bill McLaughlin indicated that our online web site result-
ed in 266 new member applications, 236 renewals and 530
reunion registrations. Our web site has had 145,500 visitors
on line to date.
Chuck Hummer reported on the Panama Canal Museum.
He presented the Panama Canal Society of Florida with a
plaque that had been presented to Lucho in the past by the
Society and Chipi Azcarraga felt that it should be returned to
the Society in his father's memory. In addition, the silver and
bronze medallion that they had commissioned for the centen-
nial of the Panama Canal Treaties and the founding of the
Republic of Panama were presented to the Society.
President Betty Le Doux presented a Certificate of
Appreciation to Jim Parthenais for all the countless hours he
has given the Society in the accounting system, the reunion
program and several other projects. A second award,
Honorary Membership, was bestowed to Olga Disharoon for
her assistance throughout the years; a motion was made by
Chuck Hummer, seconded by Hubert Jordan. Motion carried.
Mrs. Disharoon thanked the membership for this honor.
Another Honorary Membership was presented to Kenny
Morris for his service to the Society since 1997 in develop-
ment and implementation of a data base program that handled
reunion data electronically and saved the Society both time
and money, as well as development of a new and consolidat-
ed registration form for the reunion. A motion was made by
Bill Hatchett and seconded by Harold Sorrell. Motion carried.
Margot Jordan, Nominating Committee Chairperson,
counted the ballots for the election of officers along with her
committee consisting of Kenny Morris, Barbara Slover,
Diane Bateman and Beth Brandenburg and announced that
the following officers had been elected to represent the mem-
bership for the 2002?2003 term.
The Committee reported that 200 ballots were received along
with five invalid votes.
A motion to destroy the ballots was made by Jim
O'Donnell, seconded by Pete Foster. Motion carried.
President, Betty LeDoux gave the oath of office to the
new officers. She presented a gavel to the new President, Bill
Prizes donated by Vendors and members were presented
throughout the meeting.
The Sales Manager for COPA Airlines reported that
COPA had received recognition for On Site performance
World Wide. She also indicated that COPA was offering a
10% discount off their published fares for members of the
Panama Canal Society.
The following grand prizes were awarded and won by the
Randy Deakins won one grand prize of two airlines tick-
ets on COPA and hotel accommodations at DeCameron
Resort. Bob Jack won the other grand prize of two airline
tickets on COPA and hotel accommodations at the Gamboa
President, Betty LeDoux adjourned the meeting at 12:25
HIGHLIGHTS OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
HOMAR'S BUFFET, CLEARWATER, FLORIDA
AUGUST 3, 2002
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 41 members in
attendance at Homar's Buffet at 11:00 a.m.
Chaplain Dottie Yocum gave the invocation, followed by
Bob Russell who led the membership in the Pledge of
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the following past
presidents who were in attendance: Anna Collins, Peter
Foster, Marje Foster, Jim O'Donnell, Tom Peterson and Faith
The President, Bill McLaughlin adjourned the meeting so
the members could have their lunch.
Shirley Boswell, Acting/Secretary read the minutes of the
Annual Business Meeting in Orlando. Jim O'Donnell made a
motion to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Elaine
Lewis. Motion carried.
In the absence of the Treasurer, Kenny Morris, Shirley
Boswell read the June Financial Statement, which stands for
President Bill McLaughlin announced the newly elected
and appointed Officers for 2002-2004 and indicated the yel-
low hand out contained the Officers names, positions held
and their telephone number: Elaine Lewis 1st Vice
President, Tom Wilder 2 nd Vice President, Jim Parthenais
- Director, Ed Wardlow Director, Bob Russell Director,
Roy Culbreth Director, Kenny Morris Treasurer, Jim
O'Donnell Legislative Representative, Betty LeDoux Past
President, Jacque Vowell Editor and Dottie Yocum -
Chaplain. He reported the increase of Director positions this
year as a result of the recent By-Laws change with two elect-
ed and two appointed Directors now on board. In addition we
now have a Treasurer slot, which is an appointed position.
Committee Chairpersons are: Anna Collins, Sunshine; Tom
Peterson, Historian and Beth Brandenburg, Insurance. We are
looking for candidates to fill three vacant positions of
Sergeant at Arms, By-Laws Chairperson and Audit
The President reported there is a change in the dates for
the 2003 Reunion in Orlando due to a scheduling conflict of
another large group at the Marriott. The new dates will be
July 23 through July 27, 2003. Betty LeDoux will be in
charge of the 2003 2004 Annual Reunions and Tom Wilder
will be her assistant. The theme for this reunion will be
"Celebrating Panama's Centennial" since next year will be
Panama's 100 year independence from Columbia. Bill
McLaughlin has contacted Bruce Quinn regarding a musical
production to be held at the Annual Luncheon. The show will
be called "A Hundred Years of Songs We Knew". This will
probably require an increase in the cost of the luncheon tick-
ets to help cover the additional costs of the entertainment.
The December Canal Record will have information regarding
this production. The Society would like our members to pick
thirty of their favorite songs to be included in the event with
a deadline of April 30, 2003. The December issue of the
Canal Record will contain all of the 2003 Reunion informa-
tion and on-line registration will resume in late December.
We had a record number of attendees at the 2002 Reunion and
hope to surpass that for 2003.
Our next meeting will be in Sarasota for our September
Luncheon on September 7; October 12 will be our member-
ship meeting in conjunction with the Space Coast Picnic at
the Tom Stratharn Park; November 2 will be at the Columbia
Restaurant where we will celebrate the 99th Panama
Independence Day Celebration with a performance by the
Requerdos de mi Panama folkloric dancers and the Christmas
Luncheon on December 7 at the Wine Cellar. The first Board
Meeting of the new board members will be held on August 24
and we will be discussing new incentives, and how we can
continue with Carnavalito.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative indicated he
had handouts of his report in the rear of the room for the
Beth Brandenburg reported she had received many calls
regarding Compania Internacional De Seguros sending out
duplicate certificates. This was a result of a mix-up by the
Company and is not a problem. Members are encouraged to
call her regarding any problems you encounter in this area.
In the absence of Roy Culbreth, former By-Laws
Chairperson, Jim O'Donnell counted and reported we had
received 81 ballots for the By-Laws, Amendment #24. The
count was as follows: 76 In Favor, 2 Invalid, 3 Blank. Woody
Woodruff motioned to destroy the ballots, Barbara Peterson
seconded. Motion passed.
Kathy Egolf, representing the Panama Canal Museum,
thanked our members for their support.
Anna Collins indicated the person attending the July
Membership Meeting who seconded approval of the June
Membership Meeting was not present at that meeting and,
therefore, according to Robert's Rules was not eligible to do
so. President Bill McLaughlin said he would check into this
and let us knows at the next meeting.
Jim O'Donnell motioned we adjourn the meeting, Bob
Russell seconded. The motion was approved to adjourn the
meeting at 1:20 p.m.
Several members have asked if they should take their
Social Security at age 62 or wait until they are 65 or older.
The Social Security Administration has published many
articles on this topic.
If you delay filing for benefits until age 70, or at least for
some months after age 65 and then you die, no one will ever
receive those benefits you could have collected for the
months before your death. If you don't need the Social
Security benefits, you could invest the benefits in safe invest-
ments such as bank CD's until such time as you needed the
The following is a good example. If you turned 65 during
the year 2002 and you received your monthly Social Security
of $1,000. If you accept this benefit at age 65 you will be paid
$60,000 (60 months x @1,000) by age 70. However, if you
declined the benefits at this point, in order to get the delayed
retirement credits, you would increase your benefits by 30
percent (5 years x 6 %) at age 70 to $1,300 per month. If the
$60,000 you received between the ages of 65 and 70 is divid-
ed by the $300. This would mean that you would take 200
months past age 70 to collect the same amount of benefits
under either option. In other words you would have to live to
age 86 to start losing $300 each month. In other words, take
your Social Security as soon as you can get it.
MEDICARE PLAN FAILS IN SENATE
Just before recessing, the U.S. Senate took up but was
unable to pass any of several plans to create a prescription
drug benefit in the Medicare program, an issue of interest to
those eligible to draw Medicare benefits that also carry
Federal Employees Health Benefits program coverage, which
includes prescription drug coverage. The Senate came closest
to passing (as an amendment to S-812, a generic drugs bill) a
plan that would have provided coverage only to certain low-
income Medicare beneficiaries. The Senate's failure to pass
any plan might mean the death of a Medicare prescription
drug effort for this year, although the issue also could arise
after Congress returns from its recess. The House earlier
passed a plan that would create limited Medicare prescription
drug coverage estimated to cost about $34 a month to begin.
Federal employee and retiree groups have been tracking the
issue out of concern that FEHB-covered Medicare eligibles
could be forced to essentially pay twice for the same cover-
age if the any Medicare prescription drug coverage became
CONSUMER PRICES CLIMB IN JULY
Consumer prices in July, measured by the Consumer Price
Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, the CPI-
W, rose slightly to 176.1, a 0.1 percent increase from the June
index of 175.9, according to data released Friday, August
16th, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov or
The July index, 176.1, is 1.1 percent higher than last
VOTE FOR THE
SEE THE CENTER
OF THE DECEMBER
year's third quarter average base index of 174.1. Once the fig-
ures for August and September are released, they will be
averaged with July's 176.1, then the percentage difference
between this year's third quarter average index and the 2001
third quarter average will set the amount of the next federal
retirement COLA. August and September consumer prices
are to be released September 18th and October 18th respec-
Benefits awarded under the Federal Employees
Compensation Act (FECA) to individuals suffering work-
related injuries or illnesses are adjusted according to each cal-
endar year's percentage change in the CPI-W. During the first
seven months of 2002, the CPI-W rose 1.8 percent from the
December 2001 index, 172.9.
RETIREMENT LIFE MAGAZINE
The September Retirement Life leads with an article
"House Approves Medicare Drug Benefit Bill: Discord on
Spending Make Enactment Unlikely." Written one month
ago, the prediction has proven quite accurate.
Other items in the Legislative Report cover the debt ceil-
ing, GPO and WEP. A resource to encourage absentee and
early voting and further information on Federal LTC
Insurance Education also is provided. October, November
and December issues will report on FEHBP changes and
The NARFE web site, www.narfe.org, specifically the
Legislative Action Center provides district and state office
addresses and phone numbers. The legislative staff
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 703/838-7760) is ready and willing to pro-
vide both Congressional and candidate information.
NARFE's National Executive Board, meeting in mid-July,
unanimously agreed to publicize the fact that Premium
Conversion would be cited as a NARFE priority for the
remainder of this Congress.
As Congress recessed, HR 2125 had 262 cosponsors, and
S 1022 had 32. It's time to get a vote! The August Retirement
Life leads with an article "Action on Premium Conversion' on
page 10 including a sidebar entitled "How You Can Help."
Each NARFE and Panama Canal Society member is urged to
read and act on the advice in this story.
LONG TERM CARE
Long-Term Care Partners, the official insurance carrier
for the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program (FLT-
CIP), has scheduled briefings in Florida on the new program
for federal annuitants. Annuitants who live within driving
distance of the briefings have received an invitation by mail.
Although walk-ins may attend the briefings, Long-Term Care
Partners prefers that federal annuitants call them at 1-800-
582-3337 if you would like to attend one of the briefings.
(Call 1-800-582-3337 to verify times, dates and locations of
briefings since they are subject to change or visit there web
BENEFITS FOR VETERANS
Veterans Medical Funding in Limbo Last week President
Bush said he would not declare the $5.1 billion that Congress
included in the fiscal '02 emergency spending bill as a
national emergency. He said the bill is more than he asked for
and about half of it has nothing to do with a national emer-
Congress had designated the funds as "contingent emer-
gency spending," requiring release or rejection in their entire-
ty. Unless the President changes his mind before September
1, the $275 million allocated in the bill for VA medical care
is one of the programs in limbo. More than 300,000 veterans
new to the VA system are on waiting lists -- some more than
one year -- for the initial medical exams they need in order to
qualify for prescription drug benefits, said Richard Santos,
national commander of the American Legion. "If that's not
an emergency, then nothing is,"
REPORTING THE DEATH OF A RETIREE
You can call the number 888-767-6738 and it will connect
you with one of three retirement information offices. These
offices can forward death information to the Survivor
Processing Unit to send the forms to you. The problem with
this number is that members sometimes have difficulty reach-
ing a customer service specialist because the line is often
The number 724-794-2995 (after several buttons on a
touch-tone are used) will connect you directly to a person in
the Survivor Processing Unit. This unit will then send out the
forms to you that you will need. This number is almost
always available without a wait.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELP
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can assist with tax-
related questions about your retirement savings, such as when
you can withdraw funds from a retirement account without a
penalty. Call toll free 1-800-772-1213 or check the Web site
The Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, part of
the U.S. Department of Labor, responds to inquiries about
pension rights and publishes brochures about retirement sav-
ings. Call toll free 1-866-275-7922 or go to
The Federal Consumer Information Center is a clearing-
house for free and low cost booklets published by various
federal agencies. For a free catalog, call toll free 1-888-878-
3256; read or order the publications on line at
The FDIC and other federal banking agencies can answer
questions about retirement accounts and your rights. The
FDIC can also help you understand how retirement accounts
at banks and savings institutions are insured. The toll free
consumer assistance line is 1-877-275-3342. The phone line
is staffed Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. The home
page is www.fdic.gov and for a free subscription to the FDIC
Consumer News, write to 3501 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 801-
100 Arlington, VA 22226.
SENATOR BILL NELSON
I attended a Town Hall Meeting with Senator Bill Nelson
and I asked him about easing the high cost of health care by
extending a tax relief to Federal Annuitants and Military
Retirees. The following information was presented to him.
He stated that he is against this plan and he didn't think
Federal annuitants should be included in this plan.
During the past three years, Federal Employees Health
Benefits Program (FEHBP) premiums have increased by
nearly 10 percent a year and are likely to rise again by that
amount in 2002. Currently, federal employees and annuitants
pay an average share of 29 percent for FEHBP premiums and
the federal government contributes 71 percent. Federal annu-
itants pay for their share of FEHBP premiums with after-tax
funds withheld from annuities. "After tax annuity dollars" are
defined as annuities received after income taxes are paid.
Federal tax law presently allows employers in the public
and private sectors to permit their employees to pay for health
insurance with pre-tax dollars; wages excluded from both
income and Social Security payroll taxes. For example, if a
federal employee's annual share of a FEHBP premium is
$1,700, then her/his adjusted gross income would be lowered
by the amount for purposes of filing personal income taxes.
These so called "premium conversion plans" are available to
most employees of large private sector companies, but not
to Federal annuitants.
Senator Bill Nelson is not in favor of giving the same ben-
efits to Federal Annuitants. If you would like to get these
same benefits, then you can contact Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA)
because he has introduced a Bill that will give you these ben-
efits. His Bill is H.R. 2125. Also you can call his office at
202-225-1492. Senator John Warner (R-VA) has introduced
S.1022 and he can be contacted at 202-224-2033. The
National Office of NARFE urges all Federal Annuitants
to contact all members of Congress to support and
cosponsor this critical legislation
ADJOURNMENT FOR CONGRESS
The target adjournment date is Friday, October 4. Many
expect this date to slip by a week. A post election, lame duck
session is very possible. In addition to completing the appro-
priation bills as separate measures or packaged as an omnibus
bill, the Senate must pass a Homeland Security bill and then
go to conference with the House. Civil service and collective
bargaining are among the most contentious issues before the
Senate. These Title 5 issues are likely to persist through con-
"A. Century of Musunic"
I Select Your Songs Poll
iHere is where you can help with the big show to be held at the Annual Luncheon this year.i
'We want to know what songs you would like to hear. Everyone has his or her favorites.'
IEither cut out and use this form or just list the 10 songs you would like to hear on a piece of,
'paper and mail it into the Society office. Please list both Panamanian and American songs.,
,The deadline for this poll will be March 31, 2003. Once all the songs are in, the top ten from
this poll will be used in the show. Please print clearly:
9._ 10. _
'Mail your submissions to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, 7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, Floridal
133772-4712 ATTN: 100 Songs Committee
I /-( DINO NUGENT a S
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- JUAN CARLOS ADAMES J zonoiIE to annoLtzaE a wiaF_ It u C(Ei
A E XT3 TJL %-J Im .1 LVIV U %J
IN HONOR OF PANAMA'S CENTENNIAL
from the U.S.A.:
JO ANNE MITCHELL
LINDA WOODRUFF WEIR
Masters of Ceremonies:
JOHN MAYLES AND
Book by KAYE RICHEY
To purchase your tickets,
see the Reunion Registration
section (Yellow Pages) in your
December Canal Record.
ISonoed In Dart
Selections of Panamanian and American songs
we loved, sang and danced to during
The American Era
ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER
S2003 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION ~ ORLANDO, FLORIDA ~ JULY 26, 2003
DATE: October 14, 2002
TO: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
THROUGH: President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
FROM: Chairperson, Bylaws Committee
Proposed Amendments to the Society's Bylaws and includes Proposed Amendment 25 through Amendment 30.
The Bylaws Committee has received comments from various Board members relating to revisions to the current Society
Bylaws that; (a) deletes "of Florida" in the Society's name; (b) permits the Executive Board to utilize the latest state-of-the-
art communications when conditions requires that timely action is required; (c) permits a preliminary step to establish a
Society Scholarship; (d) eliminates an existing duplication in paragraphs; (e) provides a simplified means to correct publica-
tion errors in amendments after adoption by the membership. As a result, the Bylaws Committee of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc (PCSOF) in accordance with Article XI, Section 2A of the existing Bylaws respectfully submits the following
Proposed Amendments for approval consideration by the PCSOF membership.
In 1932, when the Panama Canal Society of Florida was established, its membership was concentrated in Florida. Over
the years the Society 's membership has grown and has spread throughout the United States and the world. This amendment
eliminates the assumption that the Society members only reside in Florida it encompasses all our members, far and wide.
The amendment's approval by the membership will authorize the deletion of "OF FLORIDA" from the Society's name. In
addition, it permits making the name change without having to go through another Bylaw amendment process.
EXISTING: ARTICLE I- NAME
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
(A not-for-profit organization)
PROPOSED: ARTICLE I NAME
SEC. 1 This organization shall be known as the PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
A. A not-for-profit organization with members residing throughout the United States and the world.
SEC. 2 The Executive Board shall proceed with the required action to change the name of this organization to
PANAMAA CANAL SOCIETY, INC."
A. Upon legal approval of the name change by Government authorities, the new approved name, PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY, INC., shall replace the current name in these Bylaws and all other areas of use by the Society.
1. Upon official Government approval to legally change the organization's name to the PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY, INC. and paragraph A above, is accomplished, this Section 2, Article I of the Society's
Bylaws shall be deleted in its entirety .
The Executive Board recognizes the fact that the primary new membership source were those individuals who were
employed, served or attended school in the Panama Canal area and are no longer available. As a result, we must look to our
children and grandchildren to promote and preserve the ideals, customs and friendships formed while working and living in
the Canal Zone and Panama. It is only through our youths that this preservation can be accomplished, and hopefully, a
Panama Canal Society, Inc. Scholarship Award will be the key to achieve this goal.
Amendment 26 permits the Executive Board to determine if there is sufficient membership support to develop a policy and
procedure plan on handling the administration and financial requirements in sponsoring a Society Scholarship Award. It
should be noted that, once administrative and financial policy and procedures are developed, they will have to be presented
to the membership for their approval or rejection.
EXISTING: ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC 1------- No change
SEC 2------- No change
SEC 3------- No change
SEC 4------ No change
PROPOSED: ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC. 4 METHOD OF APPROVAL FOR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND SOCIETY AWARDS
(No Change to Paragraphs A, B, C, or D. Paragraph E is added)
E. Scholarship Award
1. A Scholarship Award may be established to promote and preserve the ideals and goals of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
2. The President may appoint a committee to compose the policy and procedures requirements to properly
conduct the administrative and financial functions of a Scholarship Award.
a. The Scholarship Policy and Procedures must be presented to the Executive Board for its
3. The Scholarship Award Policy and Procedures, including the method of financing the award must be
presented to the membership for its approval or rejection.
Amendment 27 eliminates a basic duplication between Article IX, SEC. 1, A-4 and SEC. 1, K which permits members to
attend the regular meetings of the Executive Board.
EXISTING: ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 COMPOSITION AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
A. 1, 2, 3, --No changes
4. The Executive Board meetings shall be open to all members of the Society, and they in turn may
participate in discussions on issues before the board at the discretion of the President, but shall not be
permitted to vote.
4. Delete the entire paragraph 4 (see Amendment 28)
This amendment is similar to Amendment 27 and adds one sentence from SEC 1, A-4.
EXISTING: ARTICLE IX -EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 COMPOSITION AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD (No change from A through J)
K. The Executive Board meetings shall be open to members of the Society. Actions of the Executive Board shall not
be confidential and shall be reported fully to the membership at regularly scheduled membership meetings,
including the annual meeting.
PROPOSED: ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 COMPOSITION AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
(No change from A through J)
K. (No change)
1. At the discretion of the President, members may participate in discussions on issues before the Board, but
shall not be permitted to vote.
Quite often, prior to a scheduled Board meeting, the President is faced with making decisions which requires Board author-
ization. As a result, this amendment gives the President the ability to utilize the latest state-of-the-art communications meth-
ods to contact and obtain a Board consensus or if necessary the authority to take action without having to call an emergency
meeting of the Board.
EXISTING: ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 COMPOSITION AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD:
(There is no change in the wording of this whole Section, but there is the addition of Paragraph F, 1 and la ).
PROPOSED: ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 COMPOSITION AND VOTING RIGHTS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD:
F. (No change, but add 1 and la)
1. If the President determines that timely or emergency authorization is required prior to the next regularly
scheduled Board meeting, the President may accomplish Board authorization by calling an Emergency
Communications Session utilizing modem state-of-the-art communications such as, but not limited to, tele
phone, computer conference, electronic mail or facsimile transmission.
a. A motion of formal authorization or rejection must be presented at the next regularly scheduled
Board meeting. Each individual officer's vote during the Emergency Communications Session shall
be considered to be a binding vote and must be applied to the formal motion at the regularly
scheduled Board meeting.
This proposed Amendment is designed to avoid a cumbersome process which develops after an amendment has been
adopted by the membership and it is discovered that somewhere in the process from the committee's submission to the print-
ing in the Canal Record an error (a word deleted, misspelled, etc.) has occurred. This amendment avoids having to make the
correction with another amendment procession- it streamlines the process yet provides for the Society's members to have the
final authority in accepting the correction.
EXISTING: ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS
SEC. 1 METHOD OF AMENDING BYLAWS
(A through G, no change)
H. Amendments adopted shall become effective at the first meeting following the vote count.
PROPOSED: ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS
H. (No change)
1. If a proposed Amendment is adopted by the Society's members and an error in its content is discovered,
the Bylaws Committee shall publish the required corrections in the Canal Record for information and
consideration of the Society's members.
a. Society members who have an objection to the Amendment corrections must submit, within 30
days of the Canal Record's mailing, their objections in writing addressed to the Chairperson,
b. If the Bylaws Committee receives 25 or more objections to the Amendment corrections, the
corrections must be processed as a new Proposed Amendment for adoption or rejection by the
c. If less than 25 objections to the corrections are received by the Bylaws Committee, it will be
assumed that the majority of the Society members approve the corrections as part of the Society's
The ballots for these Proposed Amendments must be received by close of business on February 24, 2003 and will be
counted during the regular March 2003 membership meeting.
These Proposed Amendments to the Panama Canal Society Of Florida, Inc. Bylaws are respectfully submitted for consider-
ation by the Society's members.
(signed) PETER W. FOSTER (signed) ROY CULBRETH (signed) MARGOT JORDAN
Chairman, Bylaws Member, Bylaws Member, Bylaws
Past-President Director Past-President
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o 1 With Tito Mouynes y Conjunto
Caravalito is scheduled once again for 2003 and will be held at the Hilton Ocala. Tito Mouynes y Conjunto will
entertain us all again with the fantastic sound of the B-3 organ and all the wonderful old songs we knew from back home.
Please mark your calendars on February 22, 2003 and make it a point to attend this celebrated event. It is just like a mini
Hilton Ocala is located in north central Florida, 90 minutes from Orlando or Tampa, two hours south of the Georgia
state line, and 45 minutes from Gainesville Regional Airport. The hotel is within 1 1/2 hours of both coasts and near Silver
Springs, Wild Waters Park and world-famous horse farms. Quality shopping and dining is available nearby. This convenient
location should be easy driving for all those living from mid-Florida to Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Pensacola,
and all in between. Even our Alabama and Georgia members can hop across the border and join us. Of course, we want
folks from all over to come. Fly into Tampa, get on I 75 and head north.
Hotel Accommodations: We have 85 rooms reserved for Panama Canal Society members and guests at the Hilton Ocala,
3600 SW 36th Avenue, Ocala, Florida. For hotel reservations call (352) 854-1400 or (352) 602-4023. The rate for those
identifying themselves as Panama Canal Society members will be $87.00 plus tax per night. Hotel reservation cut off is
January 23, 2003. The Hilton features Authur's Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Starting Gate Lounge, heat-
ed outdoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, lighted tennis courts, horseshoe pits, nearby golf courses and much more. The
hotel is situated off of State Road 200, which is lined with many stores, including the large Paddock Mall and many restau-
The Carnavalito dinner will feature an extensive buffet with four entrees, multiple side dishes, salad bar and dessert sta-
tion. Cost of the dinner, entertainment, taxes and gratuities is $40.00 per person. Socializing begins at 6:00 p.m. with cash bar
followed by a short business meeting and dinner will be served at 7:00. Deadline for Carnavalito dinner/dance registra-
tion is February 15, 2003. Make your hotel reservations early and remember the hotel reservation deadline is January
23. After the January 23 cut-off date, you will not be able to get a room at the membership rate and may not get a
room at the Hilton.
For additional information: Please call Camavalito Chairperson, Tom Wilder, at 352-694-2211 or Bill McLaughlin, at
We look forward to seeing you at Camavalito and are sure that we will have a great time dancing the night away and
burying the fish at midnight.
Please fill out the registration 2 cksonv
form in the middle of this issue of
the Canal Record and mail it in to Ocala
the Panama Canal Society Office. MnCun
Make your hotel reservations
early before rooms fill up.
CANAL ZONE POSTMASTER
ON PITCAIRN ISLAND STAMP
In March 2001, a letter was received from the Director of
the Pitcairn Island Study Center, Pacific Union College,
Angwin, Calif., seeking information on my father, Gerald
DeLeo Bliss, Sr., Postmaster at Cristobal, Canal Zone, in
connection with his concept to the Pitcairn Island
Administration to consider issuing a stamp series on "Historic
Figures" of persons, who through a number of years, had
been of special help to the Pitcairn people and enhanced their
quality of life. Of the five or six names suggested, one of
which was my father, along with my mother, Mabelle Hart
Bliss, the Director felt that my father was qualified as one
who, through the years, had interest in the plight of the
My father arrived on the Isthmus in December 1905, and
was immediately appointed acting postmaster at Pedro
Miguel. In 1913, he was appointed postmaster at the
Cristobal Post Office, soon the largest post office south of the
In October 1920, he was enjoying "refreshments" at the
Stranger's Club in Colon in the company of some ship's cap-
tains awaiting their Canal transit. He remembered a letter
from England in his pocket addressed to Richard Christian of
Pitcairn Island. (Pitcairn Island was a mis-charted South
Pacific island where Fletcher Christian and eight mutineers
from the HMS Bounty mutiny of April 1789, settled in 1790
after stopping by way of Tahiti bringing with them twelve
Tahitian women and six men. They were in search of an
island so remote that the British Admiralty could never find
them (see "Pitcairn's Island" by Nordoff and Hall).
Not knowing where Pitcairn Island was located,
Postmaster Bliss showed the letter to a ship's captain and
asked if he knew of it. He replied that his upcoming Pacific
voyage to New Zealand would take him close to the island
and that he was willing to stop by there and deliver the letter.
Through my father's enticing of ship's masters when transit-
ing the Canal, the practice of carrying mail to and from
Pitcairn often by way of New Zealand, ensued for several
years, primarily between 1920 and 1927, without postage. He
had subsequently suggested to postal agencies that mail
bound for Pitcairn would be given the quickest service if sent
care of Postmaster, Cristobal, C.Z.
The Pitcairers were astounded at receiving mail so
quickly as previously it could be up to two years before
receiving any mail by way of infrequent ships out of Tahiti.
An extensive correspondence was generated between the
Pitcairers and my family. (Written up in the "American
Philatelist" magazine of July/August 1972, from resources in
Subsequently, my father sent them a rubber stamp cachet
"POSTED AT PITCAIRN ISLAND. NO STAMPS AVAIL-
ABLE." From October 1920 through November 1932, there
were more than seventy-five rubber stamped envelopes and
one hundred forty letters comprising upwards to three hun-
dred documents. A number of letters were included in one
As ships began to include Pitcairn on their routes, the
Pitcairers sent their handicrafts to my mother who would
sell them in the Canal Zone and in Panama, and in turn would
buy things that they requested. Such requests included fab-
rics, sewing needs, school supplies, and educational aids such
as books and maps. In 1923 my father was able to send them
their first wood-burning stove that had been requested by
Richard Christian in a 1920 letter.
From the middle of January 1921 to the middle of May
1921, an amazing seven ships had stopped by the Island.
More than thirty ships of many countries were noted to have
stopped there over these thirteen years.
An excerpt in a letter from Ada Christian summed up the
feelings about the efforts of the Blisses to see that mail got to
the Pitcairners: "Don't blame us if we think you are our best
friends. If Mr. Bliss had not done for us what he is doing, we
hear from our friends and relatives once in a year and even
longer than that. May God bless and prosper you in all your
work, is the wish of a sincere friend."
My father invariably wore a straw hat and bow tie, which
is incorporated in this commemorative stamp. The release
date of the stamp at Pitcairn was on 5 April 2002.
My sister Gladys Bliss Humphrey and I are the only
ones remaining of the seven children of Gerald and Mabelle
Bliss. The family sincerely appreciates the honor that our par-
ents are so genuinely recognized.
Curtis Hart Bliss
Pitcairn lands E1R
a .-eaild Duaeo BI
Benevolent Postmaster M Panama
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PCSOFL ANNUAL PICNIC
March 8, 2003
The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual
Picnic at 11:30 AM, Saturday, March 8, 2003 at
Shelter #1 in A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon
Anderson Park is located 7/10ths of a mile north
of Klosterman Rd. or 9/10ths of a mile south of
Tarpon Springs/Keystone Rd. on the east side of
Shelter #1 has ample parking space and is close
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered
dish to share and your own soft drinks. The Park
does not allow alcoholic beverages on the premis-
es. The Society will furnish plastic plates, utensils
and cups. A ready-to-cook BBQ grill will be avail-
able for those who would like to grill burgers or hot
Bingo, games and great door prizes are on the
agenda. Come and join fellow members for a nice
Spring afternoon in Anderson Park. Picnic begins
at 11:30 with lunch at 12:00 noon. A short business
meeting will be held after lunch.
For more information contact Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis at 727-442-0457.
Ormond Beach, Florida
April 5, 2003
Come join us on Florida's beautiful Atlantic
coast in Ormond Beach on April 5, 2003.
Socializing begins at 11:00 (cash bar available),
meeting at 11:30 with lunch served at 12:00 noon.
We will be meeting at the Olive Garden at 880 S.
Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach. We look forward to
seeing everyone again.
Our Hostesses are Jeannie Hickman and
Ginger Young. For more information, contact
Jeannie at 386-441-9979.
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880 S Allanic Ave.
Oflolid Beach. FL. 32171n F
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How to get there: Coming North or South
on 1-95, take the Ormond Beach exit. Head
East on SR 40 (Granada Blvd.) towards the
beach. Continue straight across the
Granada Bridge until you get to the end of
the road (you will see the beach straight
ahead). Turn right onto A1A (Atlantic
Ave.) and drive a mile or so, the Olive
Garden will be on the right. The Olive
Garden's number is 386-673-3027 in case
you need it.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON 2002
ItIual .L Luicneon
Dr. Paul Pitts.
President Betty LeDoux and Kenny Morris presenting jack-
et to Fred Cotton.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON 2002
Attention: Possible Mutual of Omaha
Life Insurance Policy Holders.
Many retirees of the Panama Canal Company,
Canal Zone Government and other Civil Service
Employees are qualified as policyholders of a
paid-up life insurance plan, underwritten by
Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, subse-
quently managed by Pan-American Life
Insurance Company (PALIC), and is currently
being administered by Compania Internacional
de Seguros (CIS). CIS has provided a list of pol-
icy owners of record who are entitled to death
benefits under the plan to the Panama Canal
Society (which includes former Zonians, civilian
military and Panamanians). The list is to large to
publish in the Canal Record. A volunteer from
the Panama Canal Society may be calling (or e-
mailing) those people on the list and/or their
family members to provide them with informa-
tion on how to file for a new certificate or file for
payment of claim. CIS may be contacted in
Panama by the following means:
Compania Internacionl de Seguros, S.A.
Attention: Sr. Ricauter Rodriguez
Apartado 0833-0084 Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
The e-mail for Mr. Rodriguez is:
The telephone number is: 011-507-206-4000
Fax number: 011-507-210-1605
As a service to the Society members, the
Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Society
has approved that the Society serve as an inter-
mediary and a volunteer will be available to take
your calls on Wednesday afternoon between
12:00 and 3:00. If you think that you or a friend
or family member might be on this list, call the
Panama Canal Society office at the toll free
number 1-866-726-2262. If you elect to handle it
yourself, please notify the Society so that we can
mark you off our list.
Anyone desiring further information on the
Scottish Rite Masonic Columbarium may contact
Arthur Kerr at the following email:
or by mail:
ARTHUR J. KERR
PSC 02 Box R-3527
APO AA 34002-3527
REMEMBER TO VOTE!
SEE THE CENTER OF THE
DECEMBER CANAL RECORD
SPACE COAST PICNIC
SPACE COAST PICNIC
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Dothan Dolores Cleveland
Prattville Edie (Smith) and Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Joan (Ridge) de Grummand
Mid-CA Janice "Cookie" Newlon
CO Diane French
FL Central Vicki Sizemore
Ocala Bill Muller
Pensacola Barbara Vose
Pinellas County Betty Snow
Space Coast Kathie (Nehring) McConaughy
South Florida Tom Pattison
Tallahassee Sharon Smith
Tampa Lynnett "'Leni" Stokes
GA June A. Stevenson
LA Patt Foster Roberson
Mid-West Carlton A. Morris
MI Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Howie Laatz
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC Trudi Clontz
TN Sheila Taylor
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
VA Evelyn Sellers
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CALVIT FAMILY REUNION
The 2002 Reunion prompted a family of girls to get
together with their own family reunion.
They met in Orlando for this very special occasion.
Frances O'Sullivan from Dothan, Ala., Anna Calvit and
children, Helen and Tim Calvit from Kerrville, Texas, and
Irma Kruzick and husband Andrew and children Chris and
Patty from Kirkland, Wash. All got together at the Reunion
to have a family gathering. It brought to mind their early days
in the Panama Canal Zone as the Patchett girls and all those
childhood memories. A good time was had by all.
Dolores Cleveland, Reporter
Hello from Alabama's newest Area Reporters, Edie
(Smith) and Allen Cotton! We received e-mails from
Richard Dillon welcoming us and from Ann Edwards
(BHS'51) and Bill Willoughby (CHS'48) from Huntsville,
AL, welcoming us as Area Reporters and inviting us to a
North Alabama, Canal Zone Picnic on October 28th at Keith
Moumblow's Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast in Skyline,
Alabama. Of course we accepted and made reservations for
Friday and Saturday night at Brigadoon B&B. Keith kindly
gave us the "friends and family" rate for our stay. We're hop-
ing the leaves in the north Alabama mountains will have
changed colors for our stay. We are really looking forward to
the Zonian fellowship and food. I'm making ceviche using
the Gatun American Legion recipe for the picnic. Bill said he
knew my Dad, Wendell Cotton in the Canal Zone and that he
thought his family was the next to live in our old house in
Balboa. A little investigation revealed that the house was the
one my Aunt and Uncle Tyke and Edie Cotton lived in.
In August, Edie's daughter, Kendra Coulson, from
Houston, TX came to visit us for a few days. Edie and Kendra
had a great time talking and catching up with each other's
activities and Kendra got to visit her Grandparents, Jack and
Lois Smith, in Alexander City, AL.
Over Labor Day weekend, Edie's son, Daniel Coulson,
came to visit us. We rented a cabin on Lake Martin for his
stay, ate great food, visited and fished. Daniel landed a cou-
ple of nice catfish that Edie fried up for Sunday lunch.
Edie and I look forward to reporting your news, so let us
know what is gong on with you and yours!
Allen and Edie (Smith) Cotton, Reporters
Marian Colclasure doesn't have any news to share for
this issue, but I am sure she will for the next issue. Richard
and Janet Cressy just got back from San Antonio where they
attended the Kobbe Kids reunion. This reunion is for the peo-
ple who grew up as teenagers in Ft. Kobbe. They have a web
page www.kobbekids.com. Pictures may be viewed at
Peggy (Magee) Keller is going to California next month
to visit her brothers Charles and John and her sisters Anne
and Susie. Anne's grandson will be baptized while she is
there. Alice Nail is feeling better after breaking her leg this
summer and recovering from abdominal surgery.
Jess, Lynn (Dunning), Samantha, Jess N. and Cheryl
Harp went to Florida for a wish that Cheryl was granted from
Make a Wish. They stayed at Give Kids the World in Orlando
and visited six of the area attractions. They were spoiled for
a whole week. Lynn and the kids drove to Colorado in August
to visit Jess's sisters. (Jess had to stay home and work.) They
stayed with Mary (Harp) and Dave Cohen. Rebecca Harp,
Laurie (Harp) Moreland and Jacquelyn Harp came over to
see them during their stay. The kids had a great time playing
with their cousins.
Bill and Betty (Flenniken) Dunning have been busy this
summer with a grand 50th Wedding celebration with lots of
family and friends coming for a week of celebration. Our
daughter's and son-in-law's, Cheryl (Dunning) and Mark
Lowery and Lynn and Jess put the whole thing together and
what a lot of fun we had.
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Sharon (De Vore) and Frank Gonzalez have moved to
Ozark, Arkansas and love it. The ambiance of a small town
reminds Sharon of growing up in Balboa. They will winter in
Florida for the coldest months.
Mary Stephens, her daughter Kathy Huffman, a grand-
daughter and a great grandson spent 2 V2 weeks in the orient.
Spending 10 days on the China Sea, they spent 5 days on
Mainland China, visited the Isle of Japan, Taiwan, Hong
Kong and Hanoi.
Please call, write or email us with any news you might
have. Lynn's number is 479-271-8055 and her address is 1500
SE Lawrence Street, Bentonville, AR 72712. Betty's number
is 479-633-0612 and her address is 16 Killdeer Dr., Rogers,
AR 72756. Email addresses are email@example.com and bdun-
Lynn (Dunning) Harp
Bill and Betty (Flenniken) Dunning's 50th Wedding cele-
bration with Family and friends.
Betty went to visit her sister Freda (Flenniken) Stohrer
in Centerton, Ohio in September. Together they drove to
Louisville, Kentucky to meet Carol and Eileen Grench.
Carol is the daughter of Freda and Eileen the granddaughter;
Betty is the Aunt and great Aunt of Carol and Eileen. We had
a great time being together as Betty hadn't seen Carol and
Eileen for 10 years.
The reason we were together was to watch Eileen fence in
the Junior Women's Sabre World Cup tournament. She did
superb and won the Bronze medal. We were so very proud of
her. Way to go Eileen! She has been fencing sabre for the past
11 months and for a year before that she fenced foil. Eileen is
16 years old and is the daughter of Carol (Stohrer) and Paul
Grench. They live in Davis, California where her mother is a
Betty (Flenniken) Dunning
Pam Crowell (BHS'71), her son Thomas and sister
Dawn (Crowell) Gressang (BHS'55) flew to Memphis for a
long weekend in August. They toured Graceland, which
brought back many memories of the "Elvis" years. Dawn
reports that the Meditation Garden where Elvis is laid to rest
is beautiful. Pam (a devoted Elvis fan) laid a note on Elvis's
grave. They also toured Memphis; had dinner at "BB King's"
place and at "The Elvis Memphis Cafe" as well as walking on
Beale Street. Another highlight was a trip to Tupelo,
Mississippi to see the childhood home of Elvis and the Sun
Studios where Elvis started his recording career. They also
took a trip to Mud Island and saw the Memphis Belle, a WWII
plane and ended the trip by taking a dinner cruise on the
Memphis River Queen up and down the Mississippi River.
Eileen Grench, daughter of Carol and Paul Grench and
granddaughter of Freda Stohrer. Dawn (Crowell) Gressang at the Sun Studios in Memphis.
Janet Stuart of Ormond Beach hosted a party for Central
Florida Zonians having birthdays in July and August at her
home. The "Birthday" people included Sue (Waters) Eytalis
(BHS'69), Pam Crowell (BHS'71), Dawn (Crowell)
Gressang (BHS'55) and Ed Wardlow. "Party People" in
attendance were: Janet Stuart, AL and Sheila Schonert,
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Vicki Sizemore, Joe Eytalis,
Jeannie and Ernie Hickman and Bonnie (Crowell)
Morrison. A highlight of the evening was the modeling of
"Elvis" glasses and sideburns by Al Schonert.
Jeannie and Ernie Hickman
Back Row (L-R): Joe Eytalis, Sue Eytalis, Janet Stuart and
Ernie Hickman. Middle Row: Dawn Gressang, Pam
Crowell, Jeannie Hickman, Al "Elvis" Schonert, Bonnie
(Crowell) Morrison and Dan Grassang. Front Row: Vicki
Sizemore, Ed Wardlow and Jacque (Crowell) Vowell.
Bob Thrift (BHS'69) of Port Orange and son Rob
(BHS'89) of Tampa enjoyed a fishing trip on the Fraser River
in Chiliwack, British Columbia where they both had a great
time learning to "fish" for salmon. It was quite different from
fishing for bass on Gatun Lake. Seems you actually snag
salmon in 55 degree water! Besides catching the daily limit of
sockeye salmon, they were also fortunate to catch a five and
a half foot sturgeon weighing approximately 150 pounds and
estimated to be 100 years old! They managed to land it, how-
ever, it got away before anyone could take a picture.
"Elvis" sighting in Ormond Beach.
Ed Wardlow and Joe Eytalis
Bob and Rob Thrift
Central Florida Zonians Laurie (McBride) Hazelip
(BHS'70) and husband Dave will be traveling to Germany in
late October to visit their daughter Karin and husband Joe
who are stationed in Germany. They will be taking a side trip
to Ireland where Laurie plans to do a lot of shopping. Karin
was home in early September for a visit with her parents. She
brought new granddaughter Abigail to get acquainted with
(L-K): Laurie (victiriae) nazeup, nave
granddaughter Abigail, and Karin Bethel
Joe (BHS'67) and Sue (BHS'69) Eytalis took a trip to
visit their new granddaughter Samantha who was born to
son Joe Jr. and Lou Allen in September in North Carolina.
Joe Jr. is in the Air Force stationed at Pope AFB.
Sue Eytalis with granddaughter Samantha.
I am enjoying the benefits of year around school with a
three week October vacation. Husband Ed Wardlow and I
traveled to North Carolina where we visited the Biltmore
House and took a steam engine train ride through the Smokey
Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow.
We stayed at the Balsam Inn, which greatly reminded us
of the Tivoli! It was then on to Ohio where we visited with
Ed's mom and explored a small Amish settlement. The Amish
are wonderful craftsman so I could not pass up an opportuni-
ty to shop. Though we enjoyed our trip we were very grateful
to return to Florida sunshine and away from cold, wet weath-
Tampa Zonian Rupert Turner (BHS'67) recently
returned from a trip to Panama. He really enjoyed exploring
the interior and kept in touch with friends from an Internet
caf6 in Chame. Talk about progress!!
Please email me or call so that I can keep up with all your
comings and goings.
Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers enjoyed
another semi-annual luncheon meeting at Ryan's Family
Steakhouse in Ocala on Tuesday, October 1st, 2002. Next
meeting will be Tuesday, April 1st, 2003.
Over 50 ex-Zonians heard reports from Panama Canal
Museum Executive V.P. Katherine Egolf; PCSOFL 2nd V.P.
Tom Wilder; Sydney (Townsend) Corbett and Bruce Ruiz.
Door prizes were offered by Bruce Ruiz (a computer disk
clock) won by Woody Foster; Grace Shadeck (a Christmas
Star ornament with a surprise inside) went to Kathy Egolf;
and the Panama Canal Museum (a bronze 2003 Centennial
medal) was accepted by Juanita McConaughey. We appre-
ciate the generosity of the gift-givers!
All present were introduced by Bill Muller. Jean Muller
attended to the sign-in sheet. The entourage from Gainesville
included Charles and Veira Soukop, Maurice Tewinkel and
daughter Margaret "Dee Dee" Davidson; Bruce Ruiz;
Richard Lopp; Sylvia and Tom Duncan. John Muller and
Roy and Charlene Trullinger drove over from DeLand.
We also want to praise those who travelled the greatest
distance to be with us: Past-President (PCSOFL) Faith
Brundage (St. Pete); Kathy Egolf and George and Roberta
"Bobbi" Egolf (all from Pinellas Park).
Virginia Booth came with her son, George Booth.
George, recently retired, displayed some of his craftsman-
ship (wooden cut-outs of mola designs). Very impressive and
a "must-see"! He plans to have them at the next Canal
The Panama Canal Museum had a large assortment of CZ
memorabilia on display, which is available through the gift
shop. Kathy talked about the plans and accomplishments of
the museum and their newsletter. The museum is in the
process of obtaining a cayuco for permanent display. A great
interest has been noted for the gift shop's first Christmas
ornament. They are always looking for new members to help
support their continued operation."Two thousand members is
Tom Wilder told us that the January 2003 PCSOFL meet-
ing would not be held in Ocala, but the Board has been dis-
cussing the idea of the February 2003 Carnavalito being held
here. Check your December Canal Record for further info.
Our thanks to Tom for helping us out with his P.A. system.
Sydney Corbett reported on the new Union Church calen-
dars. Contact her by e-mail: sydco(earthlink.net if interest-
ed. Sydney brought her mother, Virginia Townsend (our
elder lady and co-organizer), to be with us. Linda (Pearl)
Dahlstrom was present, but her mother (our other elder lady)
Virginia Pearl was unable to attend. Mrs. Pearl authored the
story of the OZ/PCDD's first gathering at Lake Waldena.
John Balschun delayed his annual Amtrak excursion 'til
after our meeting and then took off to the Northeast for some
winter visits with friends.
Our newest regular attendees participating in group con-
versations were: Capt. Albert Wilder, Elaine Austin and
Anne "Rusty" LoFranco. Other regulars noted were: Joan
(Powell) Arndt, Betty Blanchette, Woody Foster, Roland
Lees, Leo Shadeck and Lilia Stroop.
Marion County couples were: Dianne and Jerry Cox;
Jerry and Marcy Fox; Larry and Edna Didier; Robert and
Elba Parker; John and Ann Madden; Fred and Claudia
Robinson; and Dave and Barbara (Curles) Aycock. Roy
and Elaine (Conover) Florenz were off enjoying a week at
The meeting concluded with an interesting visual com-
puter presentation and informative historical talk of "The
Pirates that visited Panama" by Bruce Ruiz of Gainesville.
This is part of a book that he is writing along with many other
pertinent topics. Bruce was a 1942 Gorgas arrival and attend-
ed CZ schools thru BHS'60. He recently retired as an
Assistant in Anethesiology.
Larry and Edna (Curles) Didier are putting the finishing
touches on their newest book. Dave and Barbara (Curles)
Aycock report that Mrs. Marie Curies broke her hip in July
and is now in an assisted living complex. Margaret (Curles)
Maxwell came for a 6-week visit but is now back RV'ing
The Aycock's had a great visit with family in the Seattle
area and got to know their newest great grandchild. After a
round-trip cruise to Alaska. Barbara met with BHS'49 class-
mates Janet (Kimmel) Kinnier, Barbara (Comber)
McDougal and Peggy (Veney) Hansen along with their
spouses and Kathleen Aycock. Dave and Barbara later
attended his Air Force Bomb Wing's reunion in San Antonio,
TX along with a visit by their two eldest daughters in cele-
bration of Barbara's birthday.
Betty Blanchette joined a group for a 3-1/2 week pilgrim-
age to Rome for the canonization of Padre Pio and a visit to
the four major basilicas. On to Assisi (home of St. Francis)
and other special shrines in Italy (notably St. Philomena).
They travelled North on the night ferry from Ancona to
Lanciano to view an eighth century Eucharistic miracle. In
Loreto, they visited a church that was said to contain the
house from Nazareth where Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived.
Many other places of spiritual value were visited before Betty
flew to Belgium to visit her son, Mitchell.
Happy couples sharing wedding anniversaries gathered at
the Santa Madera restaurant last September 15th. Jon and
Sue (Phillips) Fisher (34th) and Jerry and Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox (25th) were doing the celebrating. Sue and
Dianne are cousins. They then travelled to St. Petersburg to
visit their Aunt Doris Hutchison. Dianne and Jerry also had
a visit by their nephew. Shane Hutchison, son of Gary
Hutchison BHS'64, is from Texas -- attending school in
Your wayward reporter is now a roving reporter. Bill and
JeanMxfuller-eftOcala October 2nd and raced across I-10 just
in time to beat Hurricane Lily across Louisiana to Texas
(1,020 miles). On to Copperas Cove, Texas for a visit with
their son, Allen and family. West to Ruidoso, NM for a week
in the mountains with Bill's sister, Catharine BHS'49, and
Ray Peabody. Misty, cold weather greeted them at 8,000 ft.
Shopping was OK and a trip to White Sands Monument with
a walking tour of the dunes warmed them up. Then,
Albuquerque, with its' grand balloon fest greeted them along
with a visit with Bill's sister Adrienne (BH"41) and Harold
Neuhaus to celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary.
Back to Dallas, TX to visit Jean's mother, Pansy
Crawford and sister, Dorothy Beaver while awaiting a plane
from Seattle bringing daughter Beverly (Muller) Brunson
BHS'76 for a visit.
Final destination before returning to Ocala was Cameron,
Texas for a family gathering with sons, Dean and Allen, join-
ing us and some time for relaxing!
See the collage of pictures on the next page for the Ocala
Ditch Digger's meeting.
Top (L-R): Virginia Booth and Virginia Townsend;
Roberta "Bobbi" Egolf, Kathy Egolf, Virginia Townsend,
Sydney (Townsend) Corbett; Grace Shadeck. Fifth Row
(L-R): Charles and Veira Soukop; Larry and Edna
(Curles) Didier; George and "Bobbi" Egolf, and Joan
(Powell) Arnedt. Fourth Row (L-R): Roland Lees, Tom
Wilder and Capt. Albert Wilder; John Muller; Claudia
Robinson. Third Row (L-R): Roy Trullinger, Ruth Conlan
and Charlene Trullinger; John Balschun; Sylvia Duncan
and Charles Soukop. Second Row (L-R): Richard and
Juanita McConaughey; Woody Foster and Fred
Robinson. Front Row (L-R): Faith Brundage, Barbara
(Curles) and Dave Aycock; Reni Conlan; Betty Blanchette
and Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom.
William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
Our Pensacola world traveler, Janet (Martin) Slaughter,
is traveling again. In March 2002, she and some friends took
a 7-day cruise on Carnival's "SS Holliday" (out of Mobile,
Alabama). They drove to Mobile to board the ship, but it was
so foggy at sea that the ship was delayed in docking. They
had to wait five extra hours in the parking lot before board-
ing. Otherwise everything turned out fantastic. The entertain-
ment and food were outstanding and they all had a great time.
The cruise took them to Playa Del Carmon, Cozumel,
Mexico, Belize and Honduras.
Ocala Ditch Digger's
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In August, Janet became a grandmother for the third time
with grandson, Quinn Patrick Manning. She drove to
Atlanta to enjoy a visit with Quinn and Janet's daughter
Martina (Martin) and son-in-law Kevin.
My grandson, Bobby, celebrated his 1st birthday in
August with a party at his house with family and friends host-
ed by his parents, Bob and Dawn Vose. Little Bobby is walk-
ing, a little unsteady, but doing just fine and he is starting to
talk. I surely am a proud grandma!
In January 2003, Norma (Sui) Martin (Janet Slaughter's
mother) will be 92 years young! She really does look great for
Barb and Lou Dedeaux are enjoying their new patio
home which they moved into in August. It's just beautiful.
(L-R): Keith Kulig, Barbara (Hall) Vose with friends
Elmer and Georgia Crisp.
My son, Kevin will graduate from the University of
Arkansas in May and we all plan to attend. He and Cissie will
be coming to Pensacola to visit for the Christmas holidays.
If you have any news for my next article no matter how
small please call or send it to me. Hasta luego!
Barbara (Hall) Vose, reporter
After two surgeries and a total of nine months of physical
therapy, I'm back to reporting for the Canal Record.
My apologies to Alice Tabor, Seminole, Florida and
Janet Cockrane, Santa Rosa, California for not using the
pictures they sent as there was writing on the back of the pic-
tures. This made the pictures unusable. Please use a sticky
pad note to identify the pictures or use a separate piece of
paper. Thank you.
*(editor's note: Also, do not draw lines on the picture to
show where to crop, make xerox copy of the photo and draw
on that. Thanks.)
Carolyn Barlow Vesina had nine regular members of the
"Brown Baggers" at her home in Tampa. This October lunch-
eon was beautifully decorated with pumpkins, spiders, and
witches. It was good to have Carolyn Johnson attend again
after several illnesses. Guests included Barbara Hickey
Grinell from Tampa, Diane Hickey Irvine from Tewksbury
Mass., and Olga Disharoon from St. Petersburg, Florida.
The BHS class of '43 is gearing up to celebrate their 60th
class reunion to be held in conjunction with Carnavalito to be
held in Ocala the weekend of 22 February 2003. Mary
Elizabeth (Howard) Ames called from San Francisco to get
the particulars about the reunion. She tells me they'll be back
from their trip to Tahiti and several other islands in time to
rest up a week before the class reunion.
Now that I'm back to reporting for the Pinellas County
area, people please send me your news!
Halloween is right around the comer and once again I'm
calling my sources for the latest bochinche. As I write this we
are in the midst of our first cold front of the season; highs in
the lower 80s and lows in the lower 70s. Brrrrr.
I'm sorry to say that this report will be quite short. I know
that the Atlantic siders have been busy as usual, but despite
my call for input, there's nothing to report. I'm sure that next
issue will be chock full of the last 6 months of get-togethers.
Late July found Linda and me traveling to the great state of
Texas. First stop was the famous Threadgills restaurant in
Austin (former home of the Armadillo World Headquarters)
for lunch with my brother Red. They don't serve you too
much to eat, but you can get "seconds" if you want. Then we
were off to San Antonio for two days of downtown trolley
rides, walking and margaritas in between attending a graph-
ics conference (yes, I actually went to the conference). We
finished off the trip with a visit to Austin for my mother's
birthday. The usual gang of Austin Zonians was there to help
break in Red and Kat's new swimming pool. Big news is my
nephew Tom now has his driver's license. Clear the roads!
Not to be outdone, my niece Megan is tearing up the barrels
in local rodeos. She has her own horse "Steeler" and already
won a saddle so I guess Red and Kat will be soon buying a
In late September, we hit the boardwalk of Hollywood
beach for the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Not as much
fun as previous ones in Young Circle Park, yet we still man-
aged to have a blast. Mimi and Manuel "Lucho" Azcarraga,
TY and I met up with Wayne "Jr" Bryant and his new girl-
friend Cindy at Nic's Cafe for some draft beers and chicken
wings. No luck finding the brats and kraut but we encoun-
tered a German "Blues Brothers Band" at the concert shell.
Imagine a full band with horns and a singer belting out tunes
like "halten sie Ihre hiinde weg von meinem midchen" (Keep
your hands off my baby) and "Nicht mit der glutten pinchin
undt das lip smackin" (Stop your pinching and kissing). We
finally hooked up with Michelle Kaufman, Maria Claus
and Theresa "TT" Martinez along with Hugo "a go go" and
Gabe to bar-hop our way down the beach until late. Oh! mein
Maria Claus recently celebrated her ?? birthday with a
wig party (getting wiggy with it) at the house she shares with
Michelle Kaufman. Jorge Bonilla, I did not attend, but from Once again, I wish I had more to report on, but without
the pictures I can tell that they must've burned that disco your input, I can only write about that which I hear about in
down. I don't think that many of them were even old enough the van on the way home (from Mimi) or the call I get from
to remember the disco craze, then again those of us that do, TY "You don't gonna believe this". So, if you don't call me,
wish we could forget it! write me or invite me....
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
Gladys Humphrey Bliss celebrated her 88th birthday in
September. Gladys was born in the Canal Zone and is one of
7 children of Gerald D. and Mabelle Hart Bliss. She was the
Canal Record Reporter for the Sarasota area for over 20 years
and now resides in Palm Bay, Florida with her son Donald
(L-R): Gabe, Jorge Bonilla, Maria Claus, Theresa Humphrey. Congratulations, Gladys!!
Martinez, Hugo "a go go", Michelle Kaufman.
Speaking of birthdays, as in I can't believe she's already 6,
Michelle Marie Martinez had a big pool party with pony
rides and all. Her mom Jeannette (Sosa) Martinez continues
to outdo herself each year. Greg would've been so happy to
see his little girl growing up year by year.
Finally, there is major news to report from the home front.
After a year of traveling back and forth to New York and four
months of easy Florida living, there's been a change in my
marital status. Yep, on September 14th, 2002 both Linda and
I decided to give up our wild and sometimes wicked, single
ways and submit to a lifetime of connubial bliss. I know, I
know, I can hear some of you chuckling "wild and wicked?", ... -
a few jaw drops "you're kidding" and even a few "it's about
time!" Regardless, Linda and I are very happy together and if Gladys Bliss Humphrey with her brother Curtis Bliss
you're lucky, we'll be bringing our roving reception to a town
near you sometime in the near future.
Our annual Space Coast Picnic in October was a huge
success with over 100 people attending from all over Florida.
Special thanks to Society President Bill McLaughlin and the
other Board Members who traveled our way to hold a mem-
bership meeting in conjunction with the picnic. Thanks also
to Terry Deakins who, once again, ably acted as MC and
door prize expert extraordinaire. Unfortunately, due to lots of
problems, excuses, and general forgetfullness, we don't have
any photos of the picnic this year. We will do better next year.
Lots of kids, laughs, and fun were present at an improm-
tu get-together in October when several families who had
been neighbors in Los Rios were all together in Merritt
Island. Patty and Bill Benny had just spent a week in
Disneyworld with their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchil-
dren John and Tricia (Benny), Laura, and Jonathan
Castille. Christian and Tricia (Dugan), Stephan, Alex, and
Niccole Margeson were in town for Christian to compete in
Tom "T-Bird" and Linda Pattison a triathalon in Melbourne. The children took over the pool,
the dads took over the bar and the cuba libres, and the moms
made sure everyone was well fed. Sure is fun seeing these
kids with their kids!!!
Front Row: L-R: Stephan Margeson, Kyle Parkhurst, Alex
Margeson. Middle Row: L-R: Fran Meyer, Jonathan
Castille, Tricia (Benny) Castille, Nikki Meyer, Tricia
(Dugan) Margeson, Connie Stoakley, Patty Benny, Laura
Castille. Back Row: L-R: John Castille, Bill Benny, Ron
Meyer, Kathie McConaughey, Tom Stoakley, Bob
McConaughey, Niccole Margeson, Christian Margeson
The Space Coast has added another Zonian family.
Jeffrey and Nicki Zornes with son Chase transferred in June
from Vandenberg AFB, CA. They are living in their new
home in Rockledge and are pleased to announce the birth of
their new son, lan Richard. Jeff (Captain, USAF) is working
at Cape Canaveral. Welcome, guys. We are glad you are here
and look forward to seeing you at the "fiestas"!!
Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
The weather has cooled in Tally, and now we can wear our
fall/winter sweaters and jackets. Those of us in North Florida
just love this time of year-not too cold, not too hot.
Summers can get hot here, so the Woods and Meads
packed their suitcases and hit the road again. In August, Burt
and Carol Mead and Joe and Bev Wood drove to Vail,
Colorado for a week of R&R, then on to Kansas City,
Missouri to attend the FSU-Iowa State season-opening foot-
ball game. While in Colorado, they spent a great day in
Silverthorne visiting with Sue Robbins and her son, Jay, and
daughter, Linda. Hubby, Jeff, was in Panama at the time, car-
rying out his duties as a Panama Canal Pilot. The ladies spent
the day shopping and bobsledding down the mountainside,
while the guys played golf at one of that area's lush mountain
courses. Sue then had the gang over to their beautiful home
and served a delicious dinner, using her Mom's special
Norwegian recipes. After leaving Vail, the Meads and the
Woods continued on to the Denver area, where they visited
with Kelly (Stromberg) Cotner, husband, Tom, and daugh-
ter, Alex, in their lovely and spacious home. On their way
back to Tally, they overnighted in Memphis and visited
Graceland. It's true, Elvis lives!
The warm August weather proved just perfect for Rich
and Angie (Brennan) Linton's large graduation pool party
for their son, Frank (BHS'97). Frank graduated from Florida
State on August 3rd, receiving a Bachelor of Science in
Criminology and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs.
The celebration was well attended by all the regular party-
going Tallahassee Zonians, as well as Frank's classmates and
co-workers from the Florida Department of Corrections,
where he worked in the Security Threat Intelligence/Gang
Unit for the past two years. Frank was especially glad that his
sister, Stacey Keith (BHS'86) and her fiancee, Wain
Casteel, were able to attend from Sarasota. Rich had his pool
area set up like a night club, with tiki torches and, of course,
FSU decorations and garnet and gold flood lights every-
where. Rich turned up the music so that even the Gators in
Gainesville could hear the Seminole war chant that signaled
the cutting of the graduation cake (garnet and gold, of
course!). If anyone has ever attended one of the Linton's
Palmar beach house parties, you know there was enough food
and drink for a small army. Rich and Angie must have been
cooking for days: pulled pork, shrimp, smoked turkey, potato
salad, and the list goes on! The party lasted into the early
morning hours, and for the young at heart, it continued well
into the next day. Rich says he had a headache for days, but
the party was a grand success.
September saw Mike and Mary (Chase) Gordon and
Jim and Marie (Cicero) Morris visiting Tally for a weekend
to attend an FSU football game. They really enjoyed the reg-
ular tailgating ritual hours before the game with the other
Zonies, Rich and Angie Linton, Lloyd and Margaret
(Stevens) Spradlin, Keith and Cindy Mead, Burt and Carol
Mead, and Joe and Bev Wood. Jim and Marie Morris had
arrived a few days before the game, so Marie was able to
attend a fall fashion show featuring all those wonderful warm
clothes she will not get to wear in South Florida! But, I think
she enjoyed the lunch and the visit with friends, Sunny
Mizrachi, Angie Linton, Bev Wood, Carol Mead, Elaine
Stephenson, and Sharon Smith.
In October, Peter Morland, who lives in Cable Heights,
R.P., paid a visit to his sisters, Sunny Mizrachi and Carol
Mead. Pete really enjoyed his stay, filling everyone in on how
life in Panama is going these days. While here, Pete also
spent time with good friend, Leo Paulson, son of Cash and
Mary Paulson, also Tallahassee residents. The Mizrachis
had other guests as well: Wallace Teal, ex-Chief of the Fire
Department on the Atlantic side, and his companion, Beverly
Jones, paid a surprise visit to Sunny and Henry's home one
morning. Wallace is totally involved in many projects "work-
ing for the cure" of Parkinson's Disease and bicycles through-
out the U.S. for the cause. Beverly, with binoculars and bird
book in hand, was thoroughly thrilled to be able to identify
most of the birds in the Mizrachi's "out-back."
After a short stay, Wallace and Beverly set out for Miami
to attend the Third Annual Canal Zone Firefighters Reunion.
Wallace said there were thirty-five Panamanian firefighters
present, which included those who had retired and live in the
We have some births to announce: On July 22, 2002,
Maryanne Elaine Stephenson, daughter of Michael
"Stevie" and Krista Stephenson and granddaughter of Mike
and Elaine Stephenson, was born. Just two months later (and
two months early!), on September 8, 2002, the never-before-
grandparents became grandparents again for the third time!
Weighing less than four pounds, little William Christopher
and his twin, Ashley Nicole Cabeza, son and daughter of
Willy and Angie (Stephenson) Cabeza made their prema-
ture debut. We are happy to report that the twins went home
from the hospital, weighing close to five pounds, in mid-
October and are doing just great! Congratulations all!
Sharon Smith, Reporter
On September 28, 2002, David Kelleher Jr. and Lisa
Ramsey Smith (both BHS'79) were united in marriage at the
Seminole Lake Golf Course Estates Clubhouse in Seminole,
Florida in a relaxed and romantic Hawaiian style theme. Lisa
is the daughter of John and Jeannie Ramsey formerly of
Gamboa, and David is the son of Dave and Betty Kelleher
formerly of La Boca, Republic of Panama The bride wore a
beautiful breathtaking Hawaiian style wedding dress. Many
of the ladies there also wore Hawaiian dresses. Some of the
men including David, the groom, were wearing shorts with
Hawaiian style shirts. It seemed all we needed was a Summit
Christina (Griminson) Volonnino (BHS'79) performed
the ceremony and the music was provided by a great local DJ
name Chris Gomez. David's best man was Luke Givens
(BHS'83) and Lisa's maid of honor was JoJo Burnell, who
along with her daughter Lauren Burnell sang during the cer-
emony. The wonderful wedding feast prepared and displayed
marvelously by David's sister Margaret and her daughter
Jennifer. David and Lisa's friends and family made the col-
orful, tropical, and very Caribbean decorations. It made me
want to look for a mango! Lisa's son, Jansen Richard
Smith who gave the bride away, was dressed in a full black
tuxedo, and looking outstanding! You could tell it was an
honor for him to be able to escort his mother on that special
Some of the zonians attending were there, Buzzy Kennon
(BHS'79), his lovely bride Reina (Miller) Kennon
(BHS'79), Diane (Peterson) Pearson (BHS'79), Laura
(Redfern) Rollard (BHS'79), daughter Kirsten and sister
Terri Redfern (BHS'78). Some other wonderful guests
included, Christina (Grimison) Volonnino (BHS'79) and
her husband Ed, Lynnette (Leni) Stokes (CHS'79), Robb
Weldon (BHS'79), Margaret (Kellerher) Marsalona
(BHS'78), Mary (Kellerher) Tochterman (BHS'78), Suzy
(Kellerher) White (BHS'80), Patty (Kellerher) Arosemena
and Walter Kelleher both BHS graduates, George and
Arlene Tochterman (BHS'51), Steve Tochterman
(BHS'75), Ed Toston (BHS'81), Bill Toston (BHS'85), Bill
and Barb McKweon, Barb Slover, Woody and Elsie
David and Lisa's wedding also gave me the wonderful
opportunity to once again reacquaint myself again with some
Canal Zone Rainbow Girls. Diane, Laura, and Terri were all
members of the Balboa Rainbow Girls; Lisa was a member of
the Ancon Rainbow Girls, while I was a member of the one
in Cristobal. All in all, it was wonderful to once again to rem-
inisce and share great stories with my "sisters".
I recently found out from some of my South Florida
"Zonie Buddies", that some of the local stores down there
were selling Ron Cortez and Ron Abuelo. Now, I remem-
bered when the representative from International Wine and
Spirits (IWS), Javier Fernandez came to the Reunion and
set up a table in the Vendors Section, he has mentioned that
the Albertson food chain would begin to start carrying these
brands. Well, as of the first of October, I have not seen it yet
in the Albertson Liquor Stores. So, I called IWS and set up a
meeting on Oct 3rd with Jose Fernandez (Javier's brother)
to come and talk to one of the co-managers of the MacDill
Class Six store to see about carrying these rums there. Well,
it turns out that prior to 9-11, there was an arrangement to
start carrying these rums, but in all of the confusion and base
security issues, this deal was never completed. Well, I was
told that this meeting was successful and am hoping that in
short time, Ron Cortez and Ron Abuelo will finally be com-
ing to the Tampa area by way of MacDill Class Six. I've also
been told that if this is successful at MacDill, the plan is to try
to have it available at other stores in the area (with the many
Zonians and Panamanians in the area, I'll be surprised if they
can keep up with the demand). So, I am waiting with my fin-
gers crossed, especially with the holidays coming....what
great gifts to give to some of my amigos!! I will definitely
keep everyone posted on this information.
On October 5th, Maureen Domenech (CHS'73) attended
a "Just Be Cuz" party hosted by Islay Lamberty in Tampa.
One of the guests she saw there was David "Chili Mac"
MacArthur who has recently moved to the St. Petersburg
area. From what I understand, Islay served lots of food, great
meatballs, Italian sausages on the bar-b-que, empanandas
(Wow...I Love Those!) and lots of other little finger-type
foods...it sounded like you had a wonderful Ping-Ding
Other activities that are coming up, October 25th is the
2nd Annual Halloween Party hosted by Maureen Domenech
and her friend Rebecca Cordingly in South Tampa. I think
they both did real well selling that wonderful coffee from
Maureen's farm at the last Reunion that they decided to cele-
brate with a party!! It sounds like it going to be a lot of fun
with loads of people attending....now....what to wear??? I've
always favored that pointed hat style....black
wardrobe......warts and all!
Also, Maureen had some more wonderful news to share...
Jason Domenech (BHS'95), son of Lou (CHS'70) and
Maureen Domenech, is graduating from the University of
Florida with a BA in Business Administration (Mass
Communications) in December. The graduation ceremony is
scheduled for December 21, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at the Stephen
O'Connell Center at the University of Florida. One down
with two more to go! Jason's brother, Robert Domenech
(BHS'97) also at UF, is studying to become a teacher.
Maureen reports that Chimere (Chicki) Little and Kelsie
Diaz, former Raider Cheerleaders from Cardenas, spent two
weeks visiting daughter, Renee Domenech, in Brandon, FL.
Mom reports that it was like one big slumber party for two
weeks, and because they had so much fun, they hope to make
it an annual event. Boy oh boy... these girls have grown up!
Also, Geri and Bill Foster, godparents to Renee Domenech
visited the Domenech's at the end of September to attend a
Confirmation Meeting. Renee will receive her confirmation
in May 2003. Way to go Renee!!!!
I received a wonderful email from Brenda MacArthur.
She said that Dawn (McArthur) Wetherby is now a
Director on the Wesley Chapel Athletic Association Board
and Director of the Cheerleading Program. Coaching with her
are Mitch (Hern) Perkins and Lisa (Sasso) Eckle.
YEA!...let give them all a wonderful cheer!
Brenda also writes that Stephanie Helin and Jason Bacot
were married at Apollo Beach, Florida on 28 Sept 02. Dawn
(McArthur) Wetherby officiated at the ceremony. Some of
the guests attending were "Chili Mac" McArthur, Brenda
McArthur, Tim and Taffy Corrigan, Dawn and Jeffrey
Wetherby. Felicitaciones to the happy couple!
I want to thank Llori Gibson for mailing me the infor-
mation on the wonderful stretch Cuna bead bracelet she is
sending me. Llori...that check is IN the mail! Llori had these
wonderful, beautiful bracelets that she was selling at her table
in the Vendors Room during this last Reunion and they were
so popular she sold out of all of them. These looked just like
the ones that I used to get put on my wrist and ankles when I
would visit Stevens Circle in Panama. Unfortunately for me,
my beads would frequently come untied and I never did learn
the 'San Blas' method of retying them.
Anyway, that is all I have for now. I will be sending more
news since there will be a lot of other activities coming up
due to the holidays. Take care.
Lynnette "Leni" Stokes, Reporter
Dave Baglien received a plaque at the Georgia Federation
Convention of National Association of Retired Federal
Employees (NARFE) as NARFE member of the year. The
Federation Convention was held in Columbus May 22-23,
2002. Dave has been an Area Officer for N E Georgia for the
last 10 years, and spends a lot of time visiting their eight
chapters. He also wanted to let everyone know that he and
Bernice are still N.E. Georgia residents and that there is life
after the Canal Zone. Cissy and Gary Collins of
Douglasville, GA, sent me an article about their second
grandchild, McKenna Catherine Walker. At the baby
shower there were some Zonian guests; Margaret Powell,
Cynthia Powell Tunon, Laura Moser Austin, Joan and
Kathleen Jablonski, Carolyn Hale Pearson and Stacy
Collins Young. Regretfully, they did not have any photos to
submit for this article. Cissy says they recently re-carpeted
and installed new laminated floors in their home, and if it
ever has to be done again, they will move first.
We went on a cruise to Alaska at the end of August, and
with us were our daughter and son-in-law, Virgil and Lori
(Stevenson) Snow, our friends Jan and Don Ponder and
Cheryl (Peterson) and Bob Russell.
Our cruise line was Royal Caribbean, and our ship was
the Legend of the Seas. The Russell's met us aboard ship, as
they were celebrating their wedding anniversary and had
arrived in Alaska a few days earlier to see the Denali Park,
which they enjoyed very much. Jan and Don Ponder came
two days early to our home so we could all leave together for
the airport via a lovely large black limo, courtesy of our trav-
el agent. Of course, we left at 4:15 a.m., so none of our neigh-
bors could see us wrapped up in all that luxury. The Cruise
was wonderful and we did take lots of photos.
(L-R) Back Row: June Stevenson, Cheryl (Peterson)
Russell, Virgil and Lori (Stevenson) Snow. Front Row:
Robert "Bob" Russell, and Davis Stevenson in front of
totum pole in Sitka, Alaska.
We lucked out with the weather, as it was mostly sunny
and we saw tops of mountains that most people never get to
see. I did go whale watching (again) to see the humpback
whales, but was disappointed they didn't come right up to the
boat that my daughter and I were on. The scenery was breath-
taking; we were able to get very close to the Hubbard Glacier,
and having friends and family with us made it even more spe-
cial. My daughter, Lori, was very surprised to see a BHS'76
graduate, Brenda Renee George, working on the ship as an
Assistant Cruise Director.
I was so pleased to receive a letter from Jean Campbell
Inzer, BHS'45, who was born in Panama and now lives here
in Atlanta. Jean left Panama in 1945 after her graduation, and
wrote me for the first time telling me about her son, Charles
Farrington who went into the Army and became a Doctor.
Charles is now at Ft. Campbell Medical Center in Augusta,
and on October 1, 2002 was made a Colonel. He is a gas-
troentrologist and the head of his clinic. Jean is very proud of
her son, and rightly so.
My sad news for this issue is that one of our Canal Zone
friends passed away on October 1st. Kelly Gerhart died
while at his home in Smyrna, GA. His twin brother, Keith
and 3 sisters, plus his Dad, Warren "Pat" Gerhart of
Panama City, Panama, survive Kelly. Kelly will be missed at
our get-togethers here in Georgia.
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/let-
ter so I can get your news in the Record. I honestly love hear-
ing from you, and know other Zonians feel the same way.
June Stevenson, Reporter
Sharon Creque (BHS'74), formerly of Curundu and Fort
Clayton, telephoned. She's with the Continuing Legal
Education Department at Southern University, Baton Rouge.
Her brother Alfred (BHS'68) is in Arizona and her sister
Anita (BHS'66) is a registered nurse in Baton Rouge. Sharon
has four children: Monique, a pharmaceutical rep., with a
son, 6; Sharmayne with a son, 2; and twins Tasha, with a
daughter, 3, and Jeremy. All are doing well.
Thanks to all friends and relatives who telephoned their
concern following our recent bouts with Tropical Storm
Isidore and Hurricane Lili. Everyone seems to have fared
well though there were plenty of tense moments with howl-
ing wind, horizontal rain, power outages and flash flooding.
Edna and Larry Didier are busy marketing and promot-
ing their book "How Christmas Came to the Ghetto". It's
available through Barnes & Noble on the internet. Myrna
Boynton Ericksen (BHS'52), author of "Onward
Peregrinos," recently published her third book, "Nalani of
Hawaii," a fictional romance, political and Inspirational. She
has moved to the Sacramento area and is working on a col-
lection of mother-daughter poetry, written by Maria
Boynton and Myrna.
We were delighted to hear from Rusty Folger in New
Orleans. Her son Gary and his wife live in her complex. They
have a son in the Navy and another in high school, playing
soccer. The Folgers are planning a big family reunion at the
next Orlando PCS reunion.
Joyce Dugas Joubert of Baton Rouge was pleasantly
surprised at her husband Herb's 50th high school reunion in
Opelousas. Entertainment was provided by our own Millie
Damerau Boudreau, a graduate of BHS and CZJC. Millie
played wonderful songs from the '50s and the crowd sang
Joyce Dugas Joubert and Millie Damerau Boudreau
Baton Rouge enjoyed its 16th annual Latin festival
recently. Sponsored by the Hispanic Apostolate of the
Catholic Diocese, the event had a dance contest, mariachi
band, salsa band, children's games, exhibits, a queen, silent
auction and lots of Latin food, including yucca with black
beans, arroz con polio, empanadas, plantain, yucca, came
asada, ropa viejo sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of home.
We've heard Bruce Quinn is planning a show for the
2003 reunion luncheon with performers from Panama and the
former Canal Zone. The show is to coincide with Panama's
centennial. He recently finished a production of "Fiddler on
the Roof' in Spanish. His older sister Pat can be seen in the
TNT rerun of "Alice's Restaurant".
Thea Thomas, Mandeville, reports that in July her hus-
band, Chuck and two sons, Chad (BHS'86) and Andy
(BHS'90) and a friend hiked 11 miles to the summit of
California's Mount Whitney, at 14,494 feet the highest moun-
tain in the contiguous 48. They started their climb at the John
Muir Wilderness trailhead at 2 a.m. and returned almost 18
hours later. The trail includes 96 switchbacks. Hikes must be
booked in advance.
Chad Thomas (BHS'86), Andy Thomas (BHS'90) and
Chris Berrean (BHS'90)
Chris Berrean (BHS'90), Chad Thomas (BHS'86) Andy
Thomas (BHS'90) and Chuck Thomas at the summit of Mt.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Patty Jones (BHS'88), who lives in the Hyde Park area
of Chicago sent a very newsy e-mail. She mentioned that she
was married last year in Spain and is expecting their first
child in January. Patty's husband Andrew works at the
University of Chicago in the physics and computer science
department. Patty's parents, Allen and Gladys still live in
Panama and will be coming to Chicago for 3 months (with
maid in tow) to help with the new arrival in January. The
ladies will have the kitchen smelling good with the sancocho,
ropa vieja platanos and ceviche. I hope the good local fare
will keep their minds off of the brutal Chicago winter.
Patty mentioned that the President of the University of
Chicago, Mr. Don M. Randel grew up in Panama. His father
was employed with the former PanAm Airlines and also
owned a small business in Panama. When they see each other
at university functions, they chat fondly of their Panama
My family got moved into our new home in Frisco, Texas.
Already had a couple of pool parties and will look forward to
many more next summer. My sister Bliss Connerton
(BHS'80) and Colin Creel (BHS'76) and families were there
to christen the house and tap the first keg in the upstairs (yet
to be named) bar. Other visitors have included Dan and
Marnie Hanesworth (BHS'63) and their daughter Holly vis-
iting from Colorado.
In August, I flew to London, England for a quick 64 hour
visit with my wife Shannon while she was touring Europe
with Deep Purple. My parents, Bob and Linda Morris
(BHS'53) happened to be in London the same weekend and
we spent one day traveling the English countryside by train to
visit cousins. Shannon spent one evening before my arrival
with my parents and treated them to tickets to a James Taylor
concert at the popular Hammersmith Odeon Concert Hall and
they reported a great show. Bob and Linda left England on a
transatlantic cruise to Boston, Massachusetts.
Call me, write me, email me, smoke signal me, just get in
touch with me if you have any news for me to report in the
Carlton A. Morris, Reporter
Apologies to all who may have ventured forth to enjoy the
annual Gulf Coast picnic Sept. 28. Davis Bayou Campground
was closed "until further notice," following Tropical Storm
Isidore. The Fulchers were coming from Niceville, Fla., with
ceviche and habanero peppers. We had received a box of T-
shirts and samples of D'Elidas pepper sauce to distribute. The
sauce is from a Panamanian-West Indian family recipe, hand-
ed down since 1904, and even tastier than our own Tabasco.
We'll bring the box of goodies to next year's picnic. Next year
we plan to picnic Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, so please mark
your calendars now.
Penny Catron Lotterhos of Clinton writes of her grand
time seeing old friends at the reunion. Karen Demi and her
committee did a great job with their 40th class reunion. To
mention a few, Penny's former neighbor and fellow fifth-
grader Paul Richardson and his wife Betty from Canton,
Ohio were there. A nursing school classmate and Zone room-
mate Norma Miller came for the police reunion. Penny saw
Mrs. Herrera, an RN on Gorgas peds with Penny, working
as a vendor. Dear friends of Penny's parents, Winnie and Ron
Broome, came with their son Dennis. Small world! This
reporter babysat with baby Dennie in a Diablo 12-family eons
Thanks go to Betsy Morrison Vosburgh (BHS'69) for
helping us collect T-shirts. She ran an item in the Florida
Festivals and Events Assn. newsletter, inviting event direc-
tors to recycle their surplus dated festival T-shirts by sending
them to the Seafarers Ministry. In case you missed an earlier
announcement, 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, or write letters.
They receive free bags of toiletries and clean T-shirts. Small
and medium sizes are preferred since most seamen are small
in stature, but all sizes are accepted. Shirts may be worn, but
must be clean and not torn. We take a carload to the Gonzales
Seamen's Center several times a year; so do send yours along
to 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
It's that time again for our North Carolina news. The
"BIG" event was our annual picnic in August at which we
had 22 members and guests attending. It was a beautiful day
not too hot and we had a great time. Those attending were
Jim and Diane Bradley, Wilma and Willy Nowotny,
Malxolm and Jean Stone, Ron and Pat Nessler, who
brought along a new member, Tom Judge. Tom lives in
Greenville, SC also and retired from the "Rates and Analysis
Branch" in 1994. It took him a while to find us but we were
glad he finally made it! Priscilla Dunn and family were
there. Priscilla is still working at the VA hospital in Asheville,
Vaudie Dunning brought her daughter Kody Joyner and son
Page Pittman, along with granddaughter Anna Joyner. Kay
and Bob Rodgers drove down from Bakersville (way up in
the mountains). Kay and I had a chance for some good
"bochincha" we worked together in Occupational Health.
Janet Cunningham and son Dick and his wife Lynn attend-
ed. Janet is heading back to Florida for the winter so will miss
our Thansgiving get-together. Shirley Crafton, Ron
Angermuller, our illustrious president and I rounded out the
group. All attendees received t-shirts and a bottle of hot
sauce, compliments of Frank Baldwin Jr. who owns
Caribbean Salsa (www.caribbeansalsa.com). Many thanks
to him for the "pensunas".
Several people were missing mostly for health reasons;
Don Liebner has pneumonia, Marty Tanner was recovering
from a broken hip, and Agnes and Pat Patino, who were not
up to snuff. Pat has been our treasurer for 20 plus years but
has had to resign. We will miss him and thank him for those
many years of service to us. I don't think he has "run off to
Rio with our bankroll, 'cause our $1 a year dues won't get him
far.....and Malcom, that's $1 per year, per person, not family.
Malcolm Stone nominated himself and then stuffed the ballot
box to become our new treasurer. Just kidding Malcolm, we
do appreciate you taking over the job as treasurer. Malcolm
and Jean were expecting visits from their daughter Lynn and
new son-in-law, Scott and from their niece Emily and her
husband. Emily is Lorna Stone's daughter.
Jim and Diane Bradley visited Diane's sister Delores and
family in Tennessee in July and also made a quick trip to
Florida to visit Jim's mother. Jim had surgery on his right
shoulder this past summer.
Dan and Mary DesLondes were vacationing at their
summer home in Sylva in July and hosted a small get togeth-
er. Willy and Wilma Nowotny, Pat Freaser, and I drove over
from Hendersonville for dinner. Jim and Diane Bradley came
on their way back from their Tennessee visit. Mary served a
wonderful Cuban dinner and we all enjoyed a great evening.
Willy Nowotny had surgery recently for his shoulder. He
was playing golf when he tor the tendon. It must have been
a pretty hard swing. I don't think it was a deliberate act but the
housewarming party had finally been scheduled. "So sorry,
but I have to cancel." Said Willy. "I have to have surgery."
Some people really go to the extreme! All kidding aside -
Willy is doing well and hopefully will be back on the golf
course soon. And will have that housewarming party soon!
I had a visit with Father Lynch (Rev. Frances Lynch) in
September. He was on his way to Philadelphia for vacation
and then was heading to Las Vegas with several family mem-
bers. He looked great and we had a nice time talking abut old
times at Sacred Heart. Sad to say we didn't hear about him on
the news, hitting the big jackpot. I also talked with Father
Jack Kane on the phone. He is stationed in Alabama, just
about an hour away from Father Lynch in Tallassee.
I had visits from two of my daughters, Lisa Johnson and
Laurie Trinca over the Labor Day weekend. It was a "girls
only" time so we talked and shopped and shopped and talked.
My son John visited from Boone, NC on his way to an
International Folkmoot Festival. He performs as a "Living
Statue" as his act is called and has had several write-ups in
various newspapers in the area. He is still very involved as an
activist for many causes.
Guess that is the news for this time. Hope I haven't for-
gotten anything. Kathy Sears (BHS'64) is hosting a mini-
reunion after the deadline. I will report on that for the next
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Merry Christmas to all from the great Northwest. It has
been an interesting summer here. The highlight was the NW
Pan Canal Annual Picnic the last weekend in July, put on by
Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe and Henry and Pat Cruz.
The site was a park by a lake and the weather was most
pleasant. There was a great turnout, and the old camaraderie
shone through as we CZers ably do. The Shobes had the
RVers park their rigs in their spacious yard and hosted a pre-
picnic pot luck dinner there. The picnic gathering included a
raffle and an auction of memorabilia.
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Rankins' daughter Jennifer and her daughter Ella Kate
Lewis visited for 2 weeks, and they camped, crabbed and
toured Victoria, Butchart Gardens, and the Marine Touch
Labs. Earl and Shirley Orr paid the Rankins a week's visit
and crabbed, fished, and did Butchart Gardens, Lake Crescent
and Trail, Hurricane Ridge, and Sequim lavender fields.
(L-R): Jim Shobe, Susan Kleefkins, Connie Ebdon, Mike
Plucker and Debbie Smith.
(L-R): Shirley Orr, Robert Rankin, and Earl Orr crabbing
(L-R): Mr. Sougherty, Debbie Smith, Mrs. Dougherty, Bev
and Floyd Baker.
Jim Shobe did an excellent job of framing some photos
and first-day issue envelopes, and ably emceed the raffle and
auction, with Pat Cruz's superb assistance. Jim said two of the
highlights were the 25 pounds of ginneps mailed for the occa-
sion from Florida by Kay and Bill Carson, and when a group
of much admired vintage motorcycles arrived ridden by Guy
M. Fealey and son Guy E., Ed Kennedy, Gerry Laatz, Joe
Wallace, and Bill Weigle.
John Kotalik's Panamanian flag.
Gayle (Fettler) and Robert Rankin were blessed by
three visits this summer, the first by Ned and Mary (Coffey)
Blennerhassett. The Rankins treated them to a hike at the
Gray Wolf River on the Olympic Peninsula. Also, the
Mary (Coffey) Blennerhassett and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin.
A large NW contingent of CZers did a week's
North/South/East/West vintage motorbike tour of
Washington in August. Bill Weigle joined Washingtonians
John and Michelle Bundy, Guy E. and Guy M. Fealey, Jim
Fealey, Ed and Mellie (Turner) Kennedy, Olga (Turner)
and Joey Wallace, with the gals following in the rescue car.
Dick Casey joined the group along the way in Stevenson.
The weather was good, they all had a blast and truly enjoyed
the unparalleled beauty of NW scenery.
(L-R): Ed and Millie Kennedy, Gerry Laatz, Jimmy
Fealey, Olga and Joe Turner, Guy E. Fealey, Guy Fealey
and Bill Weigle.
On a recent drive to California, Gerry and Howie
(Adams) Laatz stopped by to see Niza Pasamante in
Antioch, CA. Niza treated us to a wonderful lunch and left us
with renewed vigor. Niza is so very special, and we thank her
for having us. She said she had a wonderful time at the
Reunion and her 45th class gathering and loved seeing so
many of her friends. We also were treated to lunch in San
Diego by Catsy Schafer, Sue (Taylor) and Lou Pitney, and
their son Nico. It was a wonderful visit. Catsy is amazing and
sharp as a tack, as usual. Our son, Ray Laatz and his wife
Emese, were defurnishing their condo in San Diego for their
newest venture -- to Europe. First they will go to Hungary to
be tutored in French, then at the first of the year to France
where Ray will do a year's stint at Insead (in English) in
Fontainebleau studying for his MBA. We stopped by San
Pedro to see Charles and Leslie Laatz's son David and wife
Debbi, and their daughter Sara. We were treated to a won-
derful BBQ and were joined by Gerry's aunt Raymona and
uncle Wilson and cousin John Vorbeck.
(Brown) and Paul Schmidt. A visit by their daughter
Amanda (Schmidt) and her husband Dwayne Breeden from
New Ellenton, SC, was a real bonus. Pat Manning, Beth's
brother-in-law was also there and showed us the area and
hosted some mighty fine BBQ's. We thank them all for the
In Florida, we also stopped by to see Bob and Margie
(Flumach) Daisey at their Port Charlotte home. Bob keeps
busy fishing on his boat out of their waterside home and hunt-
ing here and there. Bob is also quite a marksman. Margie
keeps busy with all her many hobbies and does some mighty
We recently heard from Gary Alexander. What a won-
derful surprise! We had lost touch with him for years. He and
brother Don live in Hemando, MS. Gary thankfully put us in
touch with their sister Pat (Alexander) Sirhan whom I've
been trying to find for many years. Pat now lives in Charlotte,
NC. All of them are doing just fine. We also had a surprise
call from Gary Gianatasio in CA. He and family are doing
great. We sure hope we can see all of them sometime soon.
We all send our deepest sympathy to Pat Manning and
family and Betty Quintero and daughters Beth Schmidt and
Barbara (Brown) Coleman on the recent loss of their
beloved wife, daughter and sister Carol (Brown) Manning
in September. Our deepest sympathy also to the Rankin fam-
ilies on the recent sudden loss of Billy Rankin.
May the blessings of the season visit each and every one
of you. Until next time...
Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
Niza Pasamante and Gerry Laatz
Also, on two recent trips to Florida, we just loved seeing
Edna (Skippy) Hollowell, her son Cody and his wife Marta
and daughters Jenny and Solangei, and granddaughter
Solangei, and Edna's daughter Tinker Cooper in Orlando.
Cody treated us to a visit to Cocoa Beach where he took us to
visit the Mayor, -- none other than Janice Scott a very pop-
ular incumbent and as always a great gal.
We stopped in Ijamsville, MD, recently to visit Beth
The Oklahoma Chapter at the October 6th semi-annual meet-
ing at the home of Paulino and Julia Allende of Tulsa, Okla.
The Oklahoma Chapter held its Fall semi-annual business
meeting and picnic on October 6, 2002, at the home of
Paulino and Julia Allande nee Mercier (BHS'68),
(CZC'73), Tulsa, Okla. Attendees included Paulino and Julia
Allande; Charley Brown and Erma Coiner; Doris and Jean
Burns; Scott Burns; Tomas and Aymee Diaz nee Lugo
(BHS'65); Bill (BHS'69) and Teresa Keller and daughter
Kimberly and her friend ClayCee Shuck; David and
Shirley Lugo; John and Madeleine Raffler nee Lugo
(BHS'71) and Jimmie Wickham.
Julia and Paulino Allande celebrated 31 years of marriage
with a 7-day Alaskan cruise. They traveled from Vancouver
to Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and the Hubbard
Glacier. They traveled by train from Seward to Anchorage. It
was an awesome trip.
Paulino and Julia Allende in front of the Hubbard Glacier.
Renee Carter Collins is now a grandparent, following
the birth of her first grandchild on July 12. Eugene Tupo
Collins is the first son of Chris and Larissa Collins. Gene is
a delightful grandson. Renee attended the college graduation
of her daughter and son-in-law August 15 and 16 in Provo,
Utah. Beth and Rob Christensen graduated and walked
together to accept their Bachelor degrees from BYU. The
couple will be relocating to Oklahoma during the Christmas
holidays. As a graduation gift they will be taking a Caribbean
cruise in early January 2003.
Larissa and Chris Collins
Bill and Teresa Keller of Woodward, OK, have news of
their daughter Kimberly. After graduating from Woodward
High School in May 2001, Kimberly attended her first year of
college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in
Weatherford, OK. She is now attending Northwestern
Oklahoma State University in Alva, OK. Bill and Teresa's son
Gregg Wasemiller and family are now living in Norman,
Eric Raffler, the son of John and Madeleine (Lugo)
(BHS'71) Raffler, has joined the U.S. Air Force and gradu-
ated from basic training at Lackland AFB, TX, on 20
September 2002. Following graduation, Eric left for Keesler
AFB, MS, for his schooling. His training course is Electronic
Computer and Switching Systems. He is being trained to
manage and direct the installation, maintenance, repair, over-
haul and modification of mobile and fixed high speed gener-
al and special purpose computer and switching systems, and
missile control communications systems.
Jerry and Bee Williams of Harrison, AR, visited Tulsa
the weekend of 10-12 Oct 2002. Jean and Doris Burs had the
chance to visit with them over coffee.
The next Oklahoma Chapter picnic will be held the first
Saturday in May 2003 at the home of Tomas and Aymee
(Lugo) Diaz in Norman, OK. Please call this reporter for
Laura (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
Back for a quick but enjoyable visit to Panama on a fish-
ing vacation with their sons Hobey and Matthew were
Hobey Richey (BHS'75) and K-Boy Richey (BHS'80).
They joined Carl Winkler (BHS'87), aboard his boat
Pacifica. They tagged and released billfish off of Pedro
Gonzalez Island in the Perlas Islands. K-boy had such a good
time that he forgot that he lives in Puerto Rico now.... sorry
Kaye, had to put that in there.
Carl Winler, lent, nolos up a salIlisn witn angler noney
Richey, center, and his cousin Matthew Richey.
Mike Young (BHS) recently visited Panama July 16th to
August 2nd. He was attending a family Reunion here (see
California Reporter's Section), but also managed to score a 5-
day fishing trip to Pifias Bay on Jim Wiese's boat Aguja. The
group included, Don Rogers, Jim Wiese and son Kyle. They
caught a lot of dolphin and yellow fin tuna and also raised
marlin and sailfish.
Mike Young holds up a 30-pound Dolphin on a recent trip to
A Big "CONGRATULATIONS" to our former Panama
Area reporter Eva Anderson (BHS'87) and beau, Evan
Rodiniche (BHS'94). Evan is the lead singer and guitarist for
the Group CAGE9 who celebrated their recent contract sign-
ing, with well-known and major leader in the recording
industry Morey Management. For everybody out there who
remembers the humble beginnings from Evan's first band
Tempest playing at the Yacht Club, now to big billings at
Mega Hot Spots in L.A. -- "A STAR IS BORN".
Eddy Dolan is stationed back in Panama with the U.S.
Embassy Customs Department after almost 20 years living in
the States. Eddy's father, Edward Dolan Sr. was a former
Canal Zone Police Officer, who left shortly after the signing
of the treaty. Eddy and wife Carson live in Albrook and have
3 beautiful, children Morgan, Madison and Mackenzie.
The BPO ELKS #1414 has started a bowling league. The
group of 38-40 meets every Tuesday night, at the Curundu
Bowling Alley. A lot of fun and socializing is enjoyed by all
and gives us the feeling of "the old times". You can check out
the bowling pictures and other activities that show the BPO
Elks Lodge is still active by visiting their web site at
Talk about lucky, Hardy "Colon Boy" Egger, and son
Steven Egger (BHS) (the last Eggers on the Isthmus of
Panama) recently won the TEXACO STATION raffle enti-
tling them to a few months of free fuel.
A celebration of the life of Monica Lightell, hosted by
Carole and Dan Lightell on August 17, was held at their
beach house, Paco's Place, in La Guaira, the mainland in
front of Isla Grande. Monica's ashes were spread in the
lagoon where she spent many hours swimming, kayaking,
and snorkeling. A pine tree was planted at Paco's Place in her
memory and was followed by a brunch of escabechi de pesca-
do, pulpo, estilo islefio (island style octopus), and arroz con
coco (coconut rice) which was catered by Cabafias Cholita,
(L-R): Dan Lightell, Ventura Ramos, Carole Lightell, and
Eric Allen planting Monica's pine tree.
Among those friends attending were Karen Coffee;
Leslie Tassell; Jeanine Eggleston; Nancy Cuthbert; Nancy
(Boyd) McAleer; Rose Parker; John Arcay; Laurie and
Norman Lewter; Stanley Leon; Patti Allen, and her son,
Eric; Ruth Ann Kelleher; Michael, Annie, and Allison
Smith; Jenifer Hotsko; Rita and Alex Sosa; Ventura
Ramos; and Anna and Carl Opel.
Familiar faces spotted in Panama were Juan Carlos Roa,
visiting for three weeks from Belgium for diving and fishing,
Mary Claire Pascavage, from Florida visiting her father;
Mary (Toothman) Crowthers with her children from
Virginia; B. Chrisse Harwanko from Okinawa for a month
enjoying the Atlantic and Pacific beaches, Volcan and Cerro
Punto; Mike Earhart and family, also from Okinawa visiting
with his wife's family; June (Scigliane)(BHS'70) and
Robert Lane and Mrs. Scigliane; Nancy McAleer visiting
from Kennebunkport, Maine; Helen and Joan Anstos visit-
ing friends for four days; Stanley Wright down for a week
visiting friends including Scott Williams at Punta Raton;
Dan Lightell, a recent graduate of FSU with degrees in
English (Creative Writing) and International Affairs, visiting
Contadora, Coronado, Isla Grande and La Guaira; Carole
Lightell visiting La Guaira and Palmar; David McArthur
visiting for a week on his move from Germany to St
Petersburg. John Magee, Sr., (Former Teacher and Big Red
Machine Coach) who now resides in California and John
Magee Jr. (BHS'84) visited for a week with family and
friends; Angie and David Johnson, staying at the Gamboa
Rainforest Resort. They visited Pifia, Amador and enjoyed
various restaurants in the city; and Chris Trotter flew in
from Puerto Rico to do some fishing at Pedasi.
Anna Opel, Reporter
That night we opted to stay on site for drinks and dinner
at the new Tandoor Palace Restaurant for Indian food and lots
more catch-up chatter.
On Friday morning and every morning that weekend, we
gathered in the lobby of the Days Inn to breakfast and to rem-
inisce. That day brought Bill Poole, Vince and Dottie Ridge,
Bill and Gwen Logsdon, Bob and Doris Fredette (who we
learned recently acquired a 36-foot sailboat for $1.08?), Bob
Whitam's sister, Patricia, Peter Copeland, and Paul
Trina Clark, Reporter
Although this annual mini-reunion is scheduled in early
September from Friday to Sunday, more and more of us seem
to arrive on Thursday so that we can prolong the enjoyment
of being together.
Upon arriving, we simply cruised the motel parking lot
looking for familiar vehicles and motel doors ajar. Marion
Price Royston, Thelma Vahey March and Rick Darrah
were already set up to receive! Other early arrivals were
Thelma's daughter and husband, Suzy and Tom Staszewski,
Pat and Bob Whitam and Bob's daughter, Robin Mannila,
our "official photographer", who lives on a one hundred acre
farm in Medina, Ohio with eight dogs no less. Also, there was
Bob Harvey who had hitched a ride with the Whitams and a
welcome addition and old friend to the group, Gordon Davis
(L-R): Marion Price Royston, Milo Alexander, Rick
Darrah, Georgia Alexander, Gordon Davis (BHS'43) and
Thelma Vahey March.
(L-R): Gwen and Bill Logsdon and Vince Ridge.
We lunched at the Chateau Resort on Camelback Road
and enjoyed the good food and perfectly beautiful surround-
ings. We decided then and there that this was where we want-
ed to stay in 2003. Pat Whitam and Bob Harvey, worthy
organizers of this reunion, undaunted by whatever obstacles
came their way (and there were some), immediately went to
work meeting with appropriate reps of the resort to nail down
next year's reservation. Look for updates in the VOICE on
Poconos Reunion 2003 now scheduled for September 5-6,
After lunch Gordon Davis chauffeured some of us to
Cameltop Mountain The day was perfect and we literally
basked in the sun, enjoying occasional visits from friendly
brown rabbits, Others did their own thing, e.g. shopping at
the outlets, "antiquing", exploring and some we were told
even went checking on area real estate.
(L-R): Milo Alexander, Georgia Alexander, Robin
Mannila, Bob Whitam and Thelma Vahey March.
That night we had dinner in a private room at the cozy
Smuggler's Cove specializing in fresh seafood trucked in
from New York City daily. But for the invocation and recita-
tion of the pledge of allegiance led by Vince Ridge and Bob
Whitam, respectively, followed by a few words from Bob
Harvey; the evening was relaxed and informal, Then back to
the Tandoor Palace Restaurant Lounge for after dinner drinks
and more intimate conversation. Vince Ridge, Bob Harvey
and Milo Alexander huddled together to view Bill Poole's
extensive and meticulously labeled photo collection of
reunions past, if there is one thing that stands out most about
this group., It is their sense of camaraderie.
(L-R): Eddie Doran and Pat Heitman Whitam.
On Saturday we looked forward to the arrival of Eddie
Doran, full of fun and stories. Some of those stories chal-
lenge one's sense of credulity but trust me, they can be veri-
fied! That evening after a sumptuous buffet dinner at the
Shannon Inn in nearby Stroudsbburg, Eddie really showed his
stuff on the dance floor. Bob Fredette and Milo Alexander
were in close competition. The band was the best, playing our
kind of music and a few of us, including Robin and Kathy
Grimm, Robin's childhood friend from Lancaster, stayed so
late we all but helped the musicians pack up their gear.
(L-R): Gwen Logsdon, Vince and Dottie Ridge and Bill
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(L-R): Thelma Vahey March, Pat and Bob Whitam, Doris
and Bob Fredette.
Some say this was the best reunion yet. We tend to agree.
Our thanks to Mannie Quintero for his initial efforts in setting
it up. And kudos to Pat Whitam and Bob Harvey for jumping
in and carrying on with such great style. Sorely missed were
Bill March and Bob Nordstrom, two pivotal members, who
did so much to shape this wonderful event.
for Shirley Erickson, Reporter
July saw the Taylors in Florida. After a short visit with
our son Tim in Bradenton we dropped in on the REUNION.
There we visited with my brother Brian McNamee and many
old friends. You can tell you have a few years behind you
when the toddlers you babysat for in Gatun are now retired!
From Orlando, we headed to Southport, N.C. and a Taylor
Lester Oliver, (BHS'70) is organizing a get-to-gather for
us Tennessee's. He has made a large scale mail out and is just
waiting to hear from everyone. If you did not receive the flyer
please contact him at PO Box 41, Hendersonville, TN.
37077-0041 or call at 615-826-7093. A result of Lester's
work was a phone call to me from Bob Thomas. He and his
wife Dee live up here on the Cumberland Plateau in Lake
Tansi. I would love to fill this column with new from other
Tennesseans, or Kentuckians, but my phone remains silent,
my e-mail blank and my mail box empty. Friends from the
C.Z. would love to hear about our great times.......... Send me
Sheila McNamee Taylor, Reporter
Panamanian and American flags mounted on the second
floor balcony set the theme for a zonian party in North Texas.
With flowering Oleanders, elephant ears and banana trees
bathed in spotlights, it was hard to believe that the September
party held at John and Bliss Connerton's Frisco home was-
n't a tropical garden in Panama.
heard that Bob and Carolyn Ciepiela are looking forward to
becoming grandparents again. Their daughter, Marie and
husband Patrick Gaughan, San Francisco, will soon have an
Bob Ciepiela and John Connerton
Bob Ciepiela and John Connerton
The Farrell clan were warmly welcomed. It had been too
long since a "last sighting mon"!. Newlyweds, Scott and
Sheila (Farrell) Fashimpaur have settled in the colony
(Lewisville). Sheila continues her nursing career and Scott
has a position at EDS, Piano. Bert and Dian (LaBlanc)
Cronk have settled in Richardson, close to Art and Edie.
(L-R): Bob O'Connor, Jo Ann Morton, Mark Cicero, Lee
Morton and Jimmy Cicero.
Local zonians were invited and they came ladened with
typical food and drink. Colin Creel's empanadas were in
demand when he mentioned using Ron Cortez in the recipe.
Also tamales prepared in (Capt) Art and Edie's gourmet
kitchen were a hit. Three platters of arroz con polio every-
one's favorite, prepared by Jo Ann Morton, Carlton Morris
and Eddie Laymann appeared to be in keen competition! It
was however, a three-way tie, as all three disappeared quick-
ly. Enough food for an army empanadas, plantain chips and
salsa. The desserts were yummy too!
(L-R): Maria and Paul Conover (BHS'80) Background;
Colin Creel and Eddie Lehmann.
Bob O'Connor, Ciepeila and Angie Bloemer were
"bach...ing it". Their spouses were out of town. Bob
O'Connor was 25 pounds slimmer and looked wonderful! He
recently participated in a two-week bicycle race in Michigan.
Anglie Bloemer was "tres chic" in a mola inspired dress. We
(L-R): Edie Farrell and Shiela and Scott Fashimpaur.
The BHS classes of '75 and '76 were vigorously repre-
sented: John and Debbie (Sholk) Sousa, George Mikez,
Eddie Lehmann, and Alan Beckley. Bernie Everson,
(BHS'72) is a new face. He lives in Piano, and we hope will
continue to join "da party"! Jay Wong never misses a good
time. He came with his girlfriend. He continues to work in
Human Resource at DFQ.
(L-R): Carlton Morris, George 1I
Lots of the "Mortons" enjoyed the gathering too; Jack
and Jo Ann (Harte); Lee (BHS'81) and his wife Annette.
Lee has recently moved to a new home in Frisco. Paul
Morton had to work but, his wife Darlene joined the party.
The twelve kids attending, if not jumping on the trampo-
line or swimming were eating machines. Bopping to the
music, they started an impromptu "salsa line" improvising
with Latin instruments and "stuff". It was loud and fun to
watch. Everyone had such a good time; there is talk of anoth-
er "pachanga" in December. Any volunteers?
Nancy and Bill Shaw
Louie (BHS'47) and Vivian Hooper proudly announce
the graduation of their granddaughter, Rusti from TCU
(Texas Christian University) in Fort Worth. Rusti is already
working at a job she loves. All the Hoopers' live in the north
Richland Hilla area. Son, Gary (BHS'77) has a successful
lawn care service and Lou maintains the equipment. Louie
says "He still speaks three languages very well....Spanish,
English and Bajan!"
Bob and Linda Morris will spend Thanksgiving in
Guatemala with daughter Victoria Hall and three grandkids.
They will stay at the Radisson Villa in Antiqua, and spend the
long weekend with the grandkids.
I spoke to Melony (Wade) Walters (CHS'81) now living
in Little Elm, Texas (Another fast-growing town, north of
Dallas). Melanie grew up in Gatun. Her parents, Lee and
Jean Wade, worked for ATT for eighteen years in Gatun.
They now live in Gautier, Mississippi and are enjoying retire-
Dan and Marnie (Morris) Hanesworth (BHS'63)
presently of Chicago, are remodeling their home in Dallas
with intentions of moving in November Their son, Brooks
and wife Caroline and twin 3 year old girls, Ana and Isabella
are anxiously waiting for the move.
Bill and Jean Muller of Ocala, Florida stopped by the
"Casa Morris" while visiting relatives in Dallas. We caught
up on Florida news and shared a lot of laughs. It is especial-
ly nice sharing an afternoon with old friends. Jean and I
enjoyed many art classes together at Panama Canal College.
Joel Scott (BHS'82) bumped into Bliss Connerton at a
Frisco football game. He is dad to five year old triplets, all
boys. He is a Frisco policeman. Small world his wife is an
assistant principal at the Stanley Middle School, where
Blisses' son, Jake, attended last year.
Continue sending me your news.. Photos are especially
Linda (Reimann) Morris, reporter
Greetings from Northern Virginia. As usual we had a
great get-together at Mango Mikes in Alexandria on August
10, 2002. Attending were Rosemary Gilead, Gary Moe,
Vickie and Harvey Johnson, Silver Crossman, Wendel
Allen, Fred Schrader, Steve Jablonski, Liz Potts with her
lovely daughter Kayla, Russ and Lori Herrington, Neyle
Theriault, Gary Irving and family, and of course Tom and
I. And, as usual, a great time was had by all.
A lot of folks expressed an interest in another cruise down
the Potomac on the Odyssey as we did last year in October but
that was not possible this year. Maybe we'll be to do some-
thing like that in the Spring. Most folks seem to like Mango
Mikes' location, great food, and tropical atmosphere, but all
ideas are welcome if you have a favorite place, centrally
located for everyone, please let me know.
May you all have a blessed Christmas and best wishes for
a happy, healthy and safe New Year.
If you have any articles, pictures, or anything you would
like published, please contact me as shown below.
Back Row (L-R): Russ Herrington, Tom Sellers, Steve
Jablonski, Harvey Johnson, Neyle Theriault, Fred
Schrader. Middle Row (L-R): Vickie Johnson, Liz Potts,
Kayla Potts, Gary Moe, Gary Irving. Kneeling in front:
Lori Herrington, Ev Sellers and Rosemary Gilead.
Ev (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
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JOHN URIAS PROMOTED
John M. Urias (BHS'70) was recently promoted to
Major General in the U.S. Army at a ceremony held in
Huntsville, Ala. John is stationed in Huntsville and serves as
both the Program Executive Officer for Air and Missile
Defense and Deputy Commanding General (Research,
Development and Acquisition) of the U.S. Army Space and
Missile Defense Command. As such, he is one of the most
senior Air Defense Artillery and Acquisition Officers in the
Army, responsible for developing and fielding new systems
to the Missile Defense Agency and the Army. He resides in
Madison, Ala., with his wife Heidi.
GARY (GUS) MISKOVSKY, JR.
Captain Gary (Gus) Miskovsky, Jr. recently returned
from Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom where he
is serving with U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Gus recently made the Army Majors list and will pin on
the rank of Major this December. Gus is a 1980 graduate of
Balboa High School, attended PanCanal College and worked
for the PCC Navigation Division. He then went to work for
USARSA (U.S. Army School of the Americas) at Ft. Gulick
as a bilingual training technician. He went to Ft. Benning,
Ga., when USARSA moved from Panama to Ft. Benning.
While working for USARSA he completed his degree at
Columbus University and was commissioned through the
ROTC. Gus completed his Master of Science Degree at Troy
State University. At present he is the Intelligence Officer for
Special Operations at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Gus is married to Jeanne (Scott) and they have three chil-
dren, Gunner (Gary III) (8), Gabrielle (6), and Gillian (9
months). They are living in Fayetteville, N.C. Gus has attend-
ed every CZ Reunion since it started.
John M. Urias (BHS'70), center, receives the second star
of a Major General in the U.S. Army. Doing the honors are
his wife Heidi and Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Cosumano, Jr.,
Commanding General of the U.S. Army Space and Missile
Captain Gary (Gus) Miskovsky, Jr.
PAUL MENGES RETURNS HOME
Paul Menges is welcomed home from the Persian Gulf
by his mother Stephanie (Lawson) Menges in August 2002.
Paul is a U.S. Navy Electronics Warfare Technician (First
Class Petty Officer), and recently returned from a 6-month
cruise to the Persian Gulf. He served aboard the guided mis-
sile destroyer, the USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), as part of the
USS Kennedy Battle Group, sailing out of Mayport, Fla.
Captain Gary (Gus) Miskovsky, Jr. and friends in Khowst,
Paul Menges and Stephanie (Lawson) Menges.
Congratulations to Dave Baglien for being honored with
a plaque at the Georgia Federation Convention of National
Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) as
NARFE member of the year.
A small gathering of zonians met for dinner in
Greensboro, North Carolina for supper and had a grand old
time recalling the Canal Zone days.
(L-R): Charles Giavelli, Bernice Baglien, Gene
Bondurant, Betty Annis, Jon Green and Dave Baglien.
Frank S. Linton graduated from the Florida State
University on August 3, 2002. Frank received a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Criminology and a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in International Affairs.
He recently accepted a job with the Leon Country
Probation Department, after working with the Florida State
Department of Corrections for the past two years. Frank plans
on attending Law School in August 2003.
Frank is the son of Rich and Angie Linton of
Angie, Frank and Rich Linton
WILDERS CELEBRATE 60TH
POWELLS OBSERVE 60TH
William J. and Mary Laurena (Keller) Powell celebrat-
ed their 60th wedding anniversary on May 16, 2002. They
were married in Gatun in 1942. They currently live in New
Port Richey, Fla.
William J. and Mary Laurena (Keller) Powell
The following picture was taken during Art and Rae
Wilder's 60th wedding anniversary celebration, and was sub-
mitted by Jeannine Hebert Wilder of Guntersville, Ala.
(Back Row L-R): Jay Harrison, Larry Wilder, Art Wilder,
Dave Wilder, Ken Wilder. (Front Row L-R): Stacey
Harrison, Ruth Wilder, Rae Wilder with great-grand-
daughter Camryn Harrison, Jeannine (Hebert) Wilder,
Renee Frank, Ken's fiancee.
Stacey and Ken are Larry and Ruth's children. Kate and
Corin, Dave and Jeannine's children, were unable to attend
the event. Jeannine also stated that they had a wonderful time
at the Reunion this year; and especially enjoyed the BHS
Class of 1962 get-together.
BRENDA RENEE GEORGE
Lori (Stevenson) Snow ran into an old Balboa High
School acquaintance, Brenda Renee George, BHS'76.
Brenda is now the Assistant Cruise Director on the Royal
Caribbean ship "Legend of the Seas". Brenda was working on
the ship when she and Lori recognized each other from their
years at BHS. Brenda said she has lost touch with her fellow
classmates and Lori promised to get her name back in the sys-
tem for future class reunions. Brenda has worked for Royal
Caribbean for seven years and has worked her way up to be
second in command of all social activities. Anyone who
wants to get in touch with Brenda should email her at:
tions of sisters, brothers and cousins; the fun and games
(swimming, monopoly, Frisbee, and chess); and the stunning
quilt given to Bea from Ken and Carol, and decorated with
photos of the Lee family through the ages. A place in the cen-
ter was reserved for a photo of the party.
Bea and Fred Lee celebrate their 90th birthdays
Brenda Renee George (BHS'76) and Lori (Stevenson)
LEES OBSERVE 90TH BIRTHDAYS
On June 29, 2002, Bea and Fred Lee were honored with
a birthday party which celebrated their ninetieth birthdays.
Many friends and family members gathered together in
Melbourne, Fla., for this very special celebration. The three
Lee children and their families came from various parts of the
country, Fred Jr. and Leona Hart Lee of Merritt Island, Fla.,
were joined by all of their four children Dan, Rick, Linda
and Laura and their families. Ken, who now lives in Texas,
brought his wife Carol and grandson. Angela Lee
Azcarraga came from Panama with her husband Frank and
their son Frankie. Their daughter Sandra and her husband
Nacho Mallol were there with their children and the children
of the Azcarraga's other daughter, Anadel Romero. (Anadel
was in Tokyo.)
In addition, the other "Hart" girls, Edna Crandall and
Dorothy Holder, were there with their families. Curtis and
Emily Bliss were also part of this extended family's party.
Some of the highlights were the bonding of three genera-
John and Lynn Everson of Fairfax Station, Va., are
relieved to announce the conclusion of John's camping career
on the proud occasion of son Michael Everson's achieve-
ment of the rank of Eagle Scout. Following what seemed to
be an eternity of sharing outdoors "experiences" with both his
sons, John no longer intends to hike farther than to the curb
to get the mail, to camp anywhere less furnished than a hotel
room, or to eat anything cooked in foil over the coals of a
(L-R): John Everson (CHS'62), Michael Everson (16),
John Everson, Jr. (21), and Lynn Everson.
Michael, a rising Junior at Lake Braddock High School,
Burke, Va., was awarded his Eagle Scout rank on May 21,
2002 by Boy Scout Troop 1518. His older brother, John, Jr.,
a Junior at West Virginia University and who earned his
Eagle Scout rank from Troop 1518 in November 1998, par-
ticipated in Mike's Eagle Court of Honor.
Both boys were inspired and supported during their scout-
ing years by their grandfather, B.I. (Emo) Everson, who
became an Eagle Scout in the Canal Zone in 1926 and who
later earned the Distinguished Eagle and Silver Beaver (the
highest awards in Scouting) during his long association with
the Boy Scouts of America.
Four generations of the family got together in Miami to
celebrate the 80th birthday of Sofia (Hilbert) Burgoon on
August 22. The highlight of the celebration was a surprise
party with the theme "Carnival in Panama". The festivities
included memorabilia of when Sofia was Queen in 1941, a
dance presentation by a Panamanian conjunto group and an
abundance of typical Panama food. A good time was had by
The family members included her husband, Richard
Burgoon, four of their children and spouses, six grandchil-
dren and their spouses, and six great-grandchildren.
Back Row (L-R): Robert Simon, wife Julie with baby
daughter Sofia, Christopher Wolff, Stevie Bodden,
Stephanie Wolff, Dr. Brian Baker and wife Kimberely and
their sons Ian and Fraser, Christopher Boyett, Yvette
Morgan and husband Bob, John Wolff and wife Lynne.
Front Row (L-R): Ginny Lasso, Kristine Boyett and three
sons Luke, Christopher and Hunter, Bob and Claudia
Simon, Richard and Sofia Burgoon, and Frank and Helen
ELIZABETH AND ROBERT
Elizabeth and Robert Christensen graduated and
walked together to receive Bachelor degrees from BYU on
August 15and 16, 2002. Beth is the daughter of Renee
Carter Collins of Tulsa, Oklahoma and the granddaughter to
Marilyn and Wade Carter of Kerrville, Texas.
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50-YEAR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
TO CHARLES J. HINZ
In July of 2002, Charles J. Hinz became the first and
only U.S. citizen to complete 50 years of service on the
Panama Canal. Most of his career has been with the
Maintenance Division, starting with the Panama Canal
Company, then the Panama Canal Commission, and now with
the Canal Authority.
To mark this impressive occasion, he was honored at a
breakfast during the 2002 Canal Zone Reunion and received
a gift and certificate. Pictured with "Charlie" is a group of
close friends and former colleagues.
(L-R): Louis Dedeaux, George Downing, Larry Horine,
John Hall, "Charlie", George Egolf, Bill Carson, and
RESERVATION, ORDER AND PAYMENT FORM
Complete both pages, and submit intact.
Please use black ink to complete form.
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Receipt Sequence Number:
FORM WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL 2003 ANNUAL DUES ARE PAID, COMPLETE INFORMATION IS PRO-
VIDED AND CORRECT FEES ARE SUBMITTED. NEW OR REINSTATED MEMBERS SHOULD REFER TO THE
GENERAL COMMENTS IN THESE YELLOW PAGES AND ATTACH A MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION, WITH THE
APPROPRIATE FEES, FOUND IN THE BACK OF THIS ISSUE.
REUNION REGISTRATION FEE
DISCO DANCE (FRIDAY)
DISCO DANCE (SATURDAY)
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE
GOLF TOURNAMENT PLAYERS
GOLF LUNCHEON GUESTS
QUALITY FEE TOTAL VALUE
x S 5.00= S
x $30.00= S
x $12.00= $
x $ 5.00= $
x $ 5.00= $
Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "The Panama Canal Society of Florida." Checks must be drawn on
U.S. Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.
Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):
Credit Card Number:
Member/Card Holder Signature:
Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)
MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH PAYMENT TO REUNION COORDINATOR, 7985 113th STREET, SUITE 334,
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4712.
Continue below for additional information required to complete Reunion Registration, Annual Luncheon, Golf Tournament, and to
secure your Hotel Reservations. Complete those parts pertaining to your request.
List names of each family member or guest being registered by the member and include $5.00 for each person 18 years of age or
older. List each name (including member's) as you want it printed on the name badges and supply age of each attendee.
* New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application. *
List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Chicken (C) or Pork (P) by circling one.
1. CorP 6.
2. CorP 7.
3. CorP 8.
4. CorP 9.
5. C or P 10.
C or P
C or P
Special seating requests:
Registering as (Circle one): Individual player or 2-person scramble
Scramble Partner's name (if known):
Indicate for each player in desired foursome:
Name Age on
Names of golfers paid for with this form
Names of aid luncheon guests
Hdcp or Avg
Atl or Pac. Amateur
Sider or Pro
ARRIVAL DATE: DEPARTURE DATE:
TYPE OF ROOM REQUESTED RATE FOR SINGLE/DOUBLE IS $109.00 plus tax.
No Preference Non-Smoking room
One King Bed Smoking room
Two Double Beds
Accessible Room (One King only)
Suite (For rates and information contact Lodging Chairperson before submitting reservation form)
Names of other room occupants:
HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE/One Night's Deposit ($109.00)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to Orlando World Center Marriott)
Credit Card Number: Exp. Date
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)
Member/Card Holder Signature:
If you have comments or questions, the Society Office toll free at 1-866-726-2262 for those members
calling from outside the local calling area and at 727-391-4359 for those members within the calling
area. On-line reunion registration, new membership application and membership renewals are also
available by going to the Panama Canal Society web site, http://www.pancanalsociety.org and click the
"On-Line Services" link.
2003 ANNUAL REUNION
ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT
Class and Mini Reunions
Beth Brandenburg and Gene Fritz
Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Betty LeDoux and Tom Wilder
Betty LeDoux, Tom Wilder, Jim Parthenais
and Margaret McLaughlin
Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman
Lou and Jan Andino
NOTICES CONCERNING REUNION ACTIVITIES
The 2003 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott from
July 23 through 27, 2003; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for Reunion activities,
it has been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a
pending file and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees, are supplied by
the applicant. When put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date will be assigned
when the application is finally completed properly and the correct monies received. PLEASE ensure that all neces-
sary data is supplied and is correctly stated and that the correct money amount is remitted in order to avoid
delays in the processing of your application and in order not to affect your original receipt date for ticket and
lodging priority purposes.
Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member
before June 28, 2003, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the
reunion. The annual membership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remit-
ted with the membership application form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only
those members who have paid their 2003 Annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the
membership application form found in the back pages of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative
fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for
those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those within the local calling area. The Society's web-
site at http://www.pancanalsociety.org may also be visited for an application and information.
The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon and the Golf Tournament is July 1, 2003. The deadline
for receipt of hotel room reservations is June 1, 2003, or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are
no longer available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel
rooms and event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines.
Tickets purchased for the various reunion activities will not be mailed in advance, but instead will be held
at the Society's reunion registration area for pick up by the member during registration operating hours at the
Reunion. Please make it a point to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.
Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after July 1, 2003, unless there are compelling exten-
uating circumstances that support doing so. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in
order not to lose the first night guarantee deposit.
The Marriott Hotel's smoking policy provides that smoking will not be permitted in any reunion event room, and
that smoking in hotel rooms is limited to those that are designated as smoking rooms.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property is limited to beverages purchased at the hotel bars, and
the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the confines of the guest's room, in
accordance with State law.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by under-aged individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated, and will be
dealt with in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance floors at any time.
REUNION REGISTRATION (Crystal Ballroom K Q)
All members and their family members or guests are required to register with the Society in order to attend
the Reunion; and a non-refundable $5.00 registration fee per member and registered guest 18 years of age or
older must be paid. For those choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the
Society's web site http://www.pancanalsociety.org at the "On-Line Services" link.
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING (Sago Ballroom)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday, July 25, 2003.
Although all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year
for members. This is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to
Society business and participate in discussion. Please plan to attend this meeting! There are always really great door
prizes donated by the Reunion Vendors as a bonus.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Sabal / Royal Ballrooms)
The 2003 Annual Luncheon is not only a luncheon, it is a "SPECTACULAR LUNCHEON"!! This year the
Panama Canal Society is happy to announce a Bruce Quinn production of epic proportions at our Luncheon. In con-
junction with our "Celebrating Panama's Centennial" theme, we will have a musical show that will pack the house!
"One Hundred Years of Songs We Knew and Loved" is what this show is all about. In keeping with a Bruce Quinn
production, the talent is phenomenal including Sarah Knapp, Steve Alper, JoAnne Mitchell, George Childers,
Melanie Bales, Faith Varrone, Kenn Lantry, Linda Weir, Bob Teta, all from the US and then Dino Nugent, Erika
Ender, Luis Arteaga, Cristina De La Fuente, Juan Carlos Adams, and Aaron Zebede from Panama performing. This
promises to be the best show at a Panama Canal Society Reunion ever. Be sure to make your luncheon reservations
early, seating will be limited. See the ad in this book for more exciting information about this event. Don't forget to
send in your requests for the songs you would like to hear.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is July 1, 2003, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to
limited seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating
will be at tables of 10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment
preferences, as well as special seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket
order form and will be honored to the extent possible.
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of either Grilled Pork Loin Medallions con Guava Salsa
OR Roasted Chicken with Citrus garlic and Rosemary. Both entrees are served with Florida Citrus Salad consist-
ing of mixed greens with fresh orange and grapefruit, toasted pistachio nuts and citrus vinaigrette, yellow rice,
steamed vegetables and topped off with a pina colada torte, vanilla sponge cake and pineapple-coconut mousse.
Luncheon tickets will not be sold at the Reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be
strictly enforced. Entrance for the show only will not be allowed.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DANCES (Sabal / Royal Ballrooms)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt, until the allowed maximum capacity for the ball-
room is reached. Both dances will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 1:30 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance"
will again feature "Lucho's Friends" who had a highly successful debut at last year's Reunion. Dress is informal.
The Saturday night dance again features the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band;" and dress is
semi-formal, with no shorts or jeans permitted.
Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DANCE TICKETS PURCHASED AT THE REUNION WILL BE AT THE RATE
OF $15.00 EACH. THEREFORE, ADVANCE PURCHASE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DISCO DANCES (Sago Ballroom)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until allowable room capacity is met. Both dances will
begin at 11:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Attire is casual. Children must be at least 15 years of age to attend these
GOLF TOURNAMENT and LUNCHEON (Hawk's Landing and Sago Ballroom)
The 23rd Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Marriott's Hawk's Landing
Golf Course on Thursday, July 24, 2003, with a 7:00 a.m. check-in time and a 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start. The Awards
Luncheon will be held in the Sago Ballroom, and will start immediately after play ends. The entry deadline is July
1, 2003. The player entry fee includes green fees, golf cart, luncheon, awards, door prizes and complimentary stor-
age of clubs during the player's reunion stay.
Players are to select, at time of registration, whether they choose to play as an individual and compete for indi-
vidual prizes, or to play in a two-person scramble format for team prizes. Players choosing the team format who
do not designate a partner at the time of registration will be assigned a compatible partner, to the extent known or
possible. It is permissible (and requests will be honored) for a foursome to consist of a two-person scramble
team and two individual players.
Male players electing to play in the individual format will be flighted by age, while individual female golfers will
be grouped in one flight. Two-person scramble teams will be flighted by team handicaps to be determined by the
golf committee, based on the partners' handicaps. Flighting and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday after-
noon prior to the tournament in the Society's Information Area at the Grand Ballroom Foyer.
Players are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon.
Soft cleats and proper attire are required, and no coolers will be permitted on the course. Professional golfers
are not eligible to compete for player prizes only door prizes
BINGO (Sago Ballroom)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of charge bingo games on Friday from 2:00 5:00 p.m.,
with lots of fun to be had and great prizes to be won.
DESPEDIDA (Sabal / Royal Ballrooms)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida, which will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2003. The doors will open
at 9:30 a.m. at the Sabal/Royal Ballrooms. The Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on
sale to members by the hotel. Come early and get a good seat.
The Folkloric Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance group will be
available afterwards for photographs.
Despedida 2003 will also feature the drawing of the 2nd Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always color-
ful and entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. The lottery is priced at $1 per ticket, and is available at
the Despedida Lottery table located near the Registration / Information area. ALL of the monies collected will be dis-
tributed to the 3 lucky prizewinners. A WORD OF CAUTION THOUGH ON THE LOTTERY YOU MUST
BE PRESENT AT THE DESPEDIDA IN ORDER TO WIN, so do not buy it unless you will be able to attend, as
there can be NO REFUNDS.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of
CLASS AND MINI REUNIONS
Members desiring to hold a class or mini reunion while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and
receive advance approval from Class and Mini Reunion Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or
firstname.lastname@example.org. THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PER-
SONNEL DISCUSS ANY ARRANGEMENTS, UNTIL THE ADVANCE APPROVAL PROCESS IS COMPLETE.
Class and mini reunions requiring hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's
Coordinators for class and mini reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the
policies and procedures regarding the payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to attend
Society reunion activities. Coordinators are also responsible for scheduling their class or mini reunion activities so as
not to conflict with the Society's scheduled activities. In order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond
to inquiries during the Reunion, class and mini reunion schedules of events or notices should be posted at the
Society's Information desk and are, by hotel policy, not to be posted anywhere else in the hotel.
REUNION VENDORS (Canary Ballroom)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2003 membership dues,
(2) their $5.00 reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application
approved by the Society. Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are
subject to space availability. The Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may pro-
hibit the sale of any items that are deemed objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harm-
less clause that denies any Society responsibility or liability for items sold by reunion vendors.
Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis by telephone at 727-442-0457, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Printable Vendor
Applications are also available on the Society's website, http://www.pancanalsociety.org.
INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide
assistance to reunion attendees in a number of ways. It is the focal point for information and directions for all reunion
activities, including mini reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a message center
through maintenance of a bulletin board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for lost and found articles, for
the sale of Society license plates, decals and Canal Records, as well as tickets to reunion dances, if still available.
Members wishing to conduct Society business or having membership related matters to discuss are also welcome to
visit the Secretary during posted operating hours.
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving
about the rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make available motor-
ized scooters at a special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Medical at 1-888-726-6837. Free Delivery and Pick
up. Scooters are $30.00 per day. Members need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by July 1, 2003.
NOTICES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2003 membership dues and the
reunion registration fee.
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson.
The host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates. The
Society's special reunion rate of $109.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning July 20 through July 30,
Except in special circumstances, only one room reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's special
reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room.
Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation requests are received and approved, and will be done so
until all available rooms are assigned.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose
their priority; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is finally in order. The Society will make every
effort possible to expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging
There are a number of one and two bedroom suites available on the property. Interested applicants should contact
the Lodging Chairperson directly at 1-813-679-8416 for prices, availability and approval before submitting a request
for these suites on the reservation form.
SUBMISSION OF HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION FORM
To reserve a room, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages A and B must be completed
in its entirety, either printed or typed, and accompanied by one night's deposit (payable to Orlando World
Center Marriott), to be submitted to Reunion Coordinator, and received in the Society Office at 7985 113th
Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712 no later than June 1, 2003.
There are a limited number of rooms available for assignment to persons having "special needs," as well as a limit-
ed number of roll-away beds and refrigerators, all of which will be assigned in the same order that reservation requests
are received and approved. Requests for these items should be noted in the space provided in the hotel reservation sec-
tion of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.
Members will lose their first night's deposit and the remainder of their reservation will be cancelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
b. Fail to check in to the hotel on the first night for which the reservation was made.
Please Note: No more than five persons are permitted to occupy a single hotel room.
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1. World Famous Silver Springs
2. Wild Waters
3. Juniper Springs Stare Recreation Area and Campground.
4. Rainbow Springs
5. Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
6. Ocala Jai Alai
7. Salt Spring Recreation Area and Camp Ground
8. Silver Glen Springs State Recreation Area
9. WMOP Museum of Sound
10. Country Club at Silver Springs Shores
11. Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club
12. Golden Ocala
13. Murfield Village Golf Course
14. Ocala Municipal Golf Course
15. Pine Oaks Municipal Golf Course
16. Rainbow Springs Golf and Country Club
17. Rainbow End Gold and Country Club
18. Rolling Greens Executive Golf Club
19. Forty Fathom Grotto
20. Lake Waldena Resort and Campground
21. Country Club of Ocala
Just off Interstate 75, between the
Florida/Georgia border, you find Ocala/Marion
A north central Florida crossroads, you'll find a
wide array of hotels, restaurants, campground and
natural attractions. See our many horses, springs and
historical things. Then stay in the Ocala area at one
of our many fine hotels or motels while you visit
other nearby attractions during the day. Since
Ocala/Marion County is only a short drive from most
of Florida's major attractions and world-renowned
In Marion county, nature supplies some of our
greatest attractions: the forest, the rivers and lakes,
the marvelous weather and one of the world's largest
first-magnitude springs, Silver Springs.
Ocala/Marion County sits at the heart of hun-
dreds of emerald-green horse farms surrounded by
over 200 crystal lakes and springs.
If you are a golfer, there are many fine courses
available in the area.
A comfortable luxury hotel for Carnava f 2003
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Welcome Paddock Mall (Pubs)
Exit 350 off of I75 to SR 200,
then right to 36th Ave.
Visit the Hilton Ocala web site for more pictures and information: http://www.hiltonocala.com
Cut out the form below to register Deadline January 23, 2003
February 22, 2003
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THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
IS PROUD TO PRESENT TWO EVENINGS OF
ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR PLEASURE!
Friday Night Join us for the PanaZonian
SDance with Tito Mouynes y Conjunto
8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Saturday Night Ball -
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"
8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Orlando World Center Marriott
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Vendor Setup: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K Q
Information/Secretary: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Hawk's Landing Golf Course
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., TEE OFF: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Sago Ballroom
Registration: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K Q
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom
Vendors: 10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom
Friday, July 25, 2003
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Sago Ballroom
Vendors: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom
Registration: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K Q
Information/Secretary: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Sago Ballroom.
PCS Seminars: 3:00 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom J
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Sabal / Royal Ballrooms
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Sago Ballroom
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Registration: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 4:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K Q
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Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Sabal / Royal
Religious Services: 3:30 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom J
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Sabal / Royal Ballrooms
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Sago Ballroom
Sunday, July 27, 2003
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Canary Ballroom
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open
9:30 a.m., Performance at 10:00 a.m. Sabal / Royal Ballroom
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On July 17, he was honored again at a large reception in
Panama given for him by the Canal Authority. There were
several speeches by fellow co-workers including praise by
the Authority Administrator. There followed the presentation
of special gifts, one of which was a brass plaque on the
Bureau Division Conference Room door saying "The Charles
J. Hinz Conference Room".
Charlie was born and educated in the Panama Canal Zone
and presently lives with his wife Felisa in La Boca. He
spends many weekends and holidays at his beautiful finca in
Santa Clara which is a favorite visiting place for his son Karl
and daughter Heidi and grandson Kyle, and many close
friends and relatives. Congratulations are certainly in order
for this unique and outstanding achievement.
BREADENS CELEBRATE 50th
Eve and Herb Breaden celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary June 27, 2002, in New Orleans. Their children
and spouses Keith, Barbara (BHS'71) and Pete Mitchell,
Gwen (BHS'75) and Jon Carver, and Bill (BHS'77) and
Sherri organized a celebration attended by all the children
and their spouses, five grandchildren (Amanda, Christina,
Ryan, Stephanie and Tracy) as well as great-granddaughter,
Taylor. Out-of-town guests attending included Panama
friends Jean and Dick Gilman now of Pensacola, FL and
Wayne and Jessica (Hassler) Oliver with Jessica's sister,
Rita Hassler from Lake Charles, LA. Wayne was Chief of
Security at the Administration Building. The Hasslers' father,
Bob was manager of Balboa Optical Shop. Also joining the
festivities were former New Orleans-based Commission
employees Jean Piediscalzo Abene, Ann Baimsfather, Sue
Nielsen and Bill Porter and their spouses, as well as local
friends, and Herb's sister Betty Hackett of Grove City, PA.
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Four Generations of the Breadens
(L-R) Standing: Ryan Mitchell, Tracy Brant, Betsy
Hackett, Keith Chernicky, Barbara (Breaden) Mitchell,
Pete Mitchell, Gwen (Breaden) Carver, Jon Carver,
Stephanie Nfitchell, Christina Breaden, Bill Breaden,
Amanda Breaden, and Sherri Breaden. Front Row: Herb
and Eve Breaden with Taylor Ramsey.
Jessica (Hassler) Oliver, Wayne Oliver, Rita Hassler
Barbara Mitchell and Tracy Brant chat with Jean and Dick
Gilman from Pensacola.
Former Employees of the NOLA Office and Spouses:
(L-R) seated: Ann Bairnsfather, Sue Nielsen, Jean
(Piediscalzo) Abene and Frank Abene, Evelyn and Bill
Porter. Standing: Herb Breaden.
AMBER CENTER, WINTER/SPRING
CIRCUIT HI-POINT JUNIOR
Amber Henter, 10-year-old daughter of Ted and Mel
Henter, won the Overall Hi-Point Junior Rider
Championship at the Winter/Spring Circuit of "Horse Shows
in the Park" at Melbourne, Fla. She was runner up for High
Point Overall Rider.
Amber won Grand Champion for the circuit in the Green
Horse Division and Reserve Champion in Hunter Crossrails
on Furby, and Reserve Champion in Short Strings and
Beginner Hunter on Danny. Her overall Championship Junior
Rider points was for riders 18 and under. For her effort she
won a new engraved show bridle and an engraved plate along
with her ribbons.
(CHS'75) and Shayne D. Hutchinson, Shelly and Stephen
from Littleton, Colo.; Jim (CHS'76) and Mary, Kerry and
Shannon from Bremerton,Wash.; Tom (CHS'76), Kristin,
Kyle and Ryan from San Antonio; Theresa (CHS'78) and
Tim Herring, Tom (BHS'98), Mary (from Illinois),
Monique, James, Bernadette, Madeline, Angelica,
Rebecca, Anna, and Stephanie from Silverdale, Wash.; and
Bill (CHS) Snider from Gilroy, Calif. Theresa Herring is due
to deliver the 25th grandchild this month and it will be Tim
and Theresa's 13th child. The two grandchildren who could
not make it to the reunion were Christopher Herring from
Arizona and Joseph Herring from Silverdale, Wash.
Amber Henter on Furby showing her engraved plate.
Grandchildren: Front row (L-R): James, Monique and
Rebecca Herring. Second row (L-R): Nick and Carl Snider,
Anna Herring on "Grandpa" Lee's lap, Shannon Snider
and Stephanie Herring on "Grandma" Kathy's lap,
Angelica Herring, Kerry Snider. Third row (L-R): Kyle and
Ryan Snider, Madeline and Bernadette Herring, Leslie,
Bridgette and Katie Morgan, Kristin Snider. Fourth row
(L-R): Tom (BHS'98) and Mary Herring.
Amber Henter on Danny
SNIDER FAMILY REUNION/50TH
Lee and Kathy Snider observed their 50th wedding
anniversary at a family reunion during August 2nd-9th at
Long Beach, Wash. Their actual anniversary is September 27,
1952, but they didn't want any grandkids to miss school and
it was also the best fishing season.
All seven Snider children made it to Long Beach and all
but two of the 24 grandchildren were able to attend, as well.
In chronological order, those attending were: Mike (CHS'72)
and his wife Joan and their two boys Carl and Nick from
Wichita, Kan.; Patty (CHS'73) and Ken Morgan and their
girls Bridgette, Leslie and Katie from Topeka, Kan.; Beth
Snider Family: Front Row (L-R): Lee and Kathy Snider.
Back Row (L-R): Patty Snider Morgan, Jim Snider, Mike
Snider, Bill Snider, Theresa Snider Herring, Tom Snider,
Beth Snider Hutchinson
Edith (Lee's sister) and Leland Schick from Ft. Myers,
Fla., were also there. Edith was one of the original bridal
attendants. Kathy's brothers, Jim and Tom Wenzl and their
wives joined in the festivities at Long Beach. They were altar
boys at the wedding. There were others from the original
wedding party and some long-time friends, including Cecil
Caudill, which made it a special reunion. We had a great
time. We went fishing for salmon, had a talent show, went
driving on the beach, flew kites, swam in the pool, rode go
carts, went sightseeing, and played poker, bridge, pitch and
Beth Snider Hutchinson
MACK'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Eleanor and Ed Mack celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary at a party hosted by daughter Elaine (Mack)
McArthur (BHS'77) and her husband Bruce, and daughter
Eleanor (Norvell) Skibicki (BHS'61). The party was held at
Andre's Restaurant in the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club
on September 28, 2002, in a banquet room filled with highly-
scented yellow roses, white carnations, and accents of gold
The festive occasion included a narrative of the 50-year
voyage of "Captain Ed and First Mate Eleanor Mack" given
by Elaine. Guests feasted on Prime Rib and Chicken Cordon
Bleu with all the trimmings, with gigantic shrimp offered as
appetizers that were reminiscent of those once enjoyed long
ago in the Zone. Memorable moments included a heartfelt
poem read by Robbie Dillon (Elaine's son), written in honor
of his grandparents. The evening concluded with champagne,
cake, and exuberant polka music.
Former Zonians in attendance included Julie and Jim
Boukalis, several members of the Gramlich family (Gladys,
Aggie and Larry, Tammy and Greg, Beverly and daughter
Terri Blanchi), Joan Jablonski, Myrna Lowe, and Irene
The Macks, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, have called
Crystal River, Fla., their home since Ed's retirement from the
Navigation Division in 1983.
NEW FLORIDA "BUSH COP"
Baryl Martin and father Gerald Martin (BHS'68) at
Baryl's graduation from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement
Academy in Tallahassee Florida. Baryl is employed by the
state and works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife
After a two-week vacation Baryl will be on patrol on the
Inter Coastal Waterways on the West Coast of Florida.
LAURA CHRISTINE KRAEMER
Laura Christine Kraemer (CHS'94), daughter of
James Kraemer (BHS'56) and Grace (Whitney) Kraemer
(BHS'66), graduated from Texas Christian University with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
Laura attended TCU on a Army ROTC scholarship, and
has also been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the
Army Nurse Corps. Upon completion of her Officer's Basic
Course, Laura will be assigned to Winn Army Community
Hospital in St. Stewart, GA.
Laura Christine Kraemer
Angela: Moffitt (BHS'91) and Greg Thompson were
married on June 22, 2002. The wedding was at Casas Adobes
Baptist Church in Tucson, Ariz. Many Canal Zone friends
and family attended the ceremony.
(L-R): Ruth Moffitt of Seattle, Wash., David Moffitt for-
merly of Diablo, Angela Moffitt formerly of Diablo, Greg
Thompson of Tucson, Ariz., Bunny Frensley formerly of
Diablo, Lisa P. (Moffitt) Harrill (BHS'89), David Harrill
holding Jacob Harrill, currently of Los Rios.
Angie Garcia (BHS'90) and Craig Davis were united in
marriage on Saturday, July 27, 2002 at St. Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas. Angie is the daughter of
Anthony Garcia (BHS'69) and Berta Medina (BHS'70)
Garcia of Vilseck, Germany and sister of Rob Garcia
(BHS'93). Craig is the son of Raleigh and Sue Davis of
Matron of honor was Zenia Neeley (BHS'90) Morris.
Maid of honor was Reyna Royo (BHS'89). Bridesmaids
were Shea Ryan, sister of the groom and Kellye
Rockcharlie. Flower girls were Shelby and Kelsey Morris,
daughters of Zenia and Tommy Morris (BHS'87). Best man
was Andrew Davis, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were
Rob Garcia, Paul Moser, and Jeff Zeigler.
Caryn Swensen formery of Gamboa) and Raymond
Fioravanti were married in an outdoor ceremony at Chatham
Bars Inn, Cape Cod, Massachussetts on August 17, 2002.
Caryn is the daughter of Linda and Hank Boardman of
Viera, Florida. The couple is living in Georgetown, DC where
Caryn is Business Director of an international satellite
comapny and Raymond is partner in a Washington, DC law-
firm. Those attending from the "Canal Zone" were Roger
and Nancy Dean of Melbourne, FL, Randy and Joella
Deakins, of Rockledge, FL, and "Mom and Dad".
Angie Garcia and Craig Davis
(L-R): Roger Dean, Nancy Dean, Linda Boardman,
Raymond Fioravanti, Caryn (Swensen) Fioravanti, Hank
Boardman, Joella Deakins, Randy Deakins.
Following the ceremony a reception for 200 guests was
held at Windows Roof-Top of Le Meridien Hotel in Dallas. In
true Panamanian style a grand time was had by all.
Among the bride's many out-of-town Canal Zone friends
who joined in the celebration were Judith Clarke (BHS'91),
Lisa Sasso (BHS'91) Eckel, Adriane Rowley (BHS'91),
Johnny and Michelle Berry Vaughn, Lt. Michael Charles
(BHS'93), Mike Wing (BHS'93), Pablo and Cindy
Carrasquillo (BHS'69), Bob Burleson (BHS'69) and
Nancy Murphy (BHS'70) Burleson, Lonny Johnston
(BHS'70) and Gladys Maymi (BHS'70) Johnston. Other
Zonians from Dallas included Charlie McArthur, Murray
and Val McArthur and Jack and Jo Ann Morton.
Out-of-town family members in attendance were the
bride's maternal grandparents, Jaime and Margarita
Medina, and uncles Jose, George and Tommy Medina.
Paternal aunts and uncles who were present included uncles
Fred and Danny Garcia and aunts Mary Garcia Hebert and
Letty Garcia Byrum and their families.
Angie is a third-grade bilingual teacher at the JFK
Learning Center in Dallas. Craig is vice president of David
Metal in Dallas. The newlyweds honeymooned at Sandals in
the Caribbean and now reside in Dallas, Texas.
In attendance where numerous aunts and uncles, and
friends and family from as far away as Panama, California,
South Dakota, Virginia, and Oklahoma. It was truly a gather-
ing and joining of the "clans".
Music and dancing, along with libations:went on well into
the night with tipico music resounding throughout the: com-
pound of the resort until, in traditional "zonian" fashion, they
were reminded by management that there WERE other guests
at the resort.
Kristin Dyan Raffler and Nicholas Brandon
Knight of Norman, Okla., were married in a 7:00 p.m. cere-
mony July 13, 2002 at Ivory Gardens Wedding Chapel. The
bride is the daughter of John and Madeleine Raffler nee
Lugo (BHS'71) of Norman, Okla. Madeleine Raffler is the
daughter of Col. Eliezer and Lydia Lugo, former residents of
Panama and members of the Panama Canal Society,
Oklahoma Chapter. The groom is the son of Sam and Cheryl
Knight of Norman.
Canal Zone friends at Angie Garcia's wedding reception.
Back row (L-R): Adriane Rowley, Reyna Royo. Front row
(L-R): Shelby Morris, Zenia (Neeley) Morris, Kelsey
Morris, Judith Clarke, Lisa (Sasso) Eckel, Michelle
On September 28, 2002, Jason Bacot, son of Richard
and Barbara Bacot, and Stephanie Helin, daughter of
Stevin and the late Kandi Helin tied the knot on the beach at
the Ramada Bayside Resort in Apollo Beach.
In true Panamanian style, they did the deed at sunset with
their toes in the sand and 100+ friends and family looking on
from the bohio/bar and swimming pool verandas. Officiating
the "joining" was Dawn Wetherby, who performed, proba-
bly, the shortest nuptials on record we understand, at the
direction of the bride and groom.
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Kristin Dyan Raffler and Nicholas Brandon
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Jason Bacot, Dawn (McArthur) Wetherby, and Stephanie
A reception with entertainment was held at the Ivory
Gardens Wedding Chapel following the wedding ceremony.
Both the bride and groom are graduates of Norman High
School North. The groom is a member of the U.S. Marines,
stationed in San Diego Miramar Air Base. The bride will
attend Miramar College in San Diego.
Vanessa and Shawn Heins celebrated their marriage at
the Grace Lutheran Church in Eganville, Canada on June 29,
Vanessa is the daughter of Linda Denison Banham, the
granddaughter of Howard and Barbara (Gunn) Denison
(BHS), all from El Paso, Texas; the great-granddaughter of
Landen H. and Lillian (Housel) Gunn, formerly of the
Canal Zone and the great-great-granddaughter of Roosevelt
Medal holder William H. Housel and his wife Minnie
Shawn is the son of Delroy and Gail Heins from
Eganville, Canada. He is currently a NHL defenseman for the
San Jose Sharks.
Vanessa met her NHL sweetheart while on a cruise ship.
Shawn's teammates say that it was love at first sight.
Other family members at the June wedding were
Vanessa's aunts and uncles and their spouses--Pam
(Denison) Young, Galen Denison, Mark Denison; her sis-
ter Jessica, her mother Linda (Denison) Banham; her grand-
mother Barbara (Gunn) Denison and cousins Bonnie (Gunn)
Abellera (BHS'77) and Lisa (Gunn) Weber (BHS'77).
On the balmy weekend of 5 October 2002 at the Gorgona
Beach Resort, Bonnie Bishop and Ed Beasley finally tied the
knot. The "Luau" style event, complete with roast pig began
on Friday afternoon as the revelers began to assemble.
Saturday was a day of fun with beach and pool volley ball,
horseshoe tournaments and other frivolities as the pig cooked
and the throng grew to over 100. At 6 PM, the stunning bride
appeared with her entourage, Bruce and Chris Homa,
Matron of Honor Ellen Gangle, and brother Dave and Diana
Bishop (acting as mom and dad). They glided through a dec-
orated archway of almond trees to a candle lined alter as
Trina Clark sang "Could I Have This Dance". The groom
attended by best man Randy Gangle, beamed as he awaited
his bride. The vows were officiated by none other than
Captain George Barkley Hayes. The reception that followed
was replete with music, dancing, champagne and bountiful
feast. The howling continued into the wee hours of the morn-
ing with the inevitable next day payback. Among the guests
were stateside friends Randy and Ellen Gangle, Jack
Sanders and his friend Patricia, and niece Dee Bishop. As
they say, "All's well that ends well."
Newlyweds Ed and Bonnie Beasley
Vanessa and Shawn Heins cutting the Groom's Cake at their
June 29, 2002 wedding.
TAYLOR WARD VANN
Mrs. Louis J. Pitney (Susan Taylor, BHS'58) meets her
newest of eight grandchildren, Taylor Ward Vann, held by
his mother, Layne Pitney (Mrs. Christopher Vann).
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He was born July 28, 2002 at the University of California
Hospital in San Francisco. Taylor was welcomed home by
brothers Wylie (6) and William (3). Great grandparents are
Catsy Taylor and Vern Schafer of San Diego and the late
William Norman Taylor, formerly of the Canal Zone.
Richard and Jillian (Collins) (BHS'84) Walker are
delighted to have McKenna Catherine as part of their fami-
ly. McKenna was born on June 2, 2002, weighing 7 lbs., 5 oz.
The proud grandparents are Gary and Cissy Collins of
Douglasville, GA and Jimmy and Janice Walker of
Jillian (Collins) Walker holding McKenna Catherine and
SAMANTHA LYNN EYTALIS
Samantha Lynn Eytalis was born to Joey Eytalis and
Lou Allen on August 31, 2002, and weighed in at 8 lbs. 11
ozs. Father Joey Eytalis is currently stationed at Pope Air
Force Base, Fayetteville, N.C.
Proud grandparents are Joe (CHS'67) and Sue (Waters)
(BHS'68) Eytalis, both former residents of the Canal Zone.
Joey Eytalis, Joe Eytalis and Samantha Lynn Eytalis
Diana (Huff) (BHS'89) and Richard Grimison
(BHS'80) of Merritt Island, Fla., are pleased to announce the
birth of their daughter Megan Elizabeth on June 7, 2002.
Megan was born at Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach,
Fla. She weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19 inches long at birth.
Megan joins two sisters, Carly (5) and Samantha (1-1/2) and
one brother Tommy (4).
(L-R): Tommy, Richard, Samantha, Diana, Megan and
Maternal grandparents are Dennis and Peggy (Hale)
Huff of Merritt Island, Fla., formerly of Los Rios, Panama.
Paternal grandparents are Tom and Nancy Grimison of
Satellite Beach, Fla., formerly of LaBoca, Panama.
Megan Elizabeth received the Sacrament of Baptism at
Church of Our Savior, Cocoa Beach, Fla., on July 1, 2002.
Rev. Robert J. Brennan, C.S.C., officiated. Godparents are
Liz (Grimison) and Bill Fahy. Many family members and
Canal Zone friends joined in welcoming Megan into the faith.
SARA KATHRYN STONE
Lisa (Goodwin, BHS'90) and Adam Stone of Madison,
Miss., proudly announce the birth of their daughter Sara
Kathryn on August 26, 2002. Sara joins her brother AJ who
is 3 years old.
Maternal grandparents are Nancy (Askew, BHS'62) and
Jack Goodwin of Knoxville, Tenn. Maternal great-grandpar-
ents are Ethel Askew of Largo, Fla., and the late Eugene
(L-R): Lisa, AJ, Sara and Adam Stone.
IAN RICHARD ZORNES
Jeffrey (BHS'90) and Nicki Zornes of Rockledge, Fla.,
proudly announce the birth of their son Ian Richard on
August 16, 2002. Ian weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19-3/4"
long. He joins his brother Chase who is 10 years old.
Ian's maternal grandparents are Keith and Debra Nelson
of Cut Bank, Mont. His maternal great-grandparents are
Herbert and Marjorie Nelson, also of Cut Bank, Mont. Ian's
paternal grandparents are Dick (BHS'67) and Ginger
(BHS'68) Zornes of Zephyrhills, Fla. His paternal great-
grandmother is Peggy Wertz, also residing in Zephyrhills,
Nicki Zornes, Jeffrey Zornes holding Ian Richard, Chase
ISABELLA ROSE BACOT
Andrew L. Bacot and Jeri Lynn Bacot of Zephyrhills,
Fla., are proud to announce the birth of their daughter
Isabella Rose, born June 10, 2002.
Paternal grandparents are Barbara (Carter) Bacot
(BHS'72) and Richard W. Bacot, Jr. (BHS'64) of
Zephyrhills, Fla. Maternal grandparents are Valinda and
Doug Zerbe of Wesley Chapel, Fla. The paternal great-
grandparents are Virginia and Harold Carter of Smithland,
Ky. (former Curundu, Canal Zone residents from 1963 to
Jeri Lyn Bacot, Isabella Rose Bacot, Andrew L. Bacot
EUGENE TUPO COLLINS
Eugene Tupo Collins was born July 12, 2002. Pictured
with "Gene" is proud Grandma Renee. Parents are Chris and
Larissa Sei Collins. Gene is the first grandchild for Renee
Carter Collins of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and the first
great grandchild for Marilyn and Wade Carter, Jr. of
QUINN PATRICK MANNING
Martina (Slaughter) Manning and Kevin Manning are
proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Quinn
Patrick Manning,bom August 6, 2002 in Atlanta, GA.
Maternal grandmother is Janet (Martin) Slaughter,
Pensacola, Florida, formerly of Panama. Paternal grandpar-
ents are Edward and Marie Manning of Boston,
Massachusetts. Maternal great-grandmother is Norma Marie
(Sui) Martin of Gulf Breeze, Florida formerly of Panama.
Edna (Morales) (CHS'62), daughter of the late Ralph A.
and Deya (Catano) Morales, and husband Dennis C.
Foster, proudly announce the birth of their fourth grand-
daughter, Logan Alexander Foster on September 18, 2002.
First born of Jason and Christina (Sexton) Foster, he
joins an extended family which include paternal great-grand-
father Leo Foster and the late Virginia (Bittner) Foster of
Monrovia, CA. Maternal grandparents are Wana (Hare)
Sexton Minotti and Dominick Minotti, Jr. of Whittier, NC
and Jeffrey Sexton of Lake Wales, FL. Maternal great-grand-
parents are Donald and Louise Sexton of Ohio, Bobby
Whitehead and the late Anise (Sowell) Whitehead of Lake
Wales, FL and Dominick Minotti, Sr. and Sherril Minotti
of Brandon, FL.
Savannah Cheyenne Foster, Jason, Logan and Christina
(Sexton) Foster and grandparents Dennis and Edna
REYNA ADELE MOUSER
Yvonne (Fishbough) (BHS'90) and Michael Mouser of
Oviedo, Florida, proudly announce the birth of their first
daughter, Reyna Adele Mouser, on March 1, 2002 at Arnold
Palmer Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Robert
(BHS'53) and Rosa Fishbough of Oviedo, Florida.
Quinn Patrick Manning with Janet (Martin) Slaughter.
Yvonne (Fishbough) Mouser and Reyna Adele.
A group of former Canal Zone and Panama residents
gathered at Spring Lake Park, Jack Rabbit picnic area, at
Santa Rosa recently. As always, we enjoyed seeing each other
and reminiscing about old times together in Panama. The
weather was delightful and we enjoyed walking by the lake.
Those in attendance were: Jane (Kaufer) and Jim
Cochrane, Kathleen Cochrane, Keith Olsen, Phil Olsen,
Lorraine Juvet, Tom Graham, Bobbie (Styles) Field, Lilia
and John Freed, Lenore and Roger Wiedoff, Helen
Aanstoos, Jesse and Helena Keith (daughter and son-in-law
of Helen's), Lee and Willie Doyle, Susie (Doyle) Dea,
Dennis Dea and Katie, Hal and Joann Robinson.
Reunion in Santa Rosa, Calif, July 21, 2002
Reunion in Santa Rosa, Calif. July 21, 2002
Submitted by: Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane
Santa Rosa, Calif.
MORALES FAMILY PORTRAIT
During Margaret Kuhn (BHS'36) Morales' recent stay
at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, Mo., her family gath-
ered for a portrait.
Rene (Owen) Seaton of Lake Oswego, Ore., made a trip
to Kansas this summer for a visit with her husband's family
but was also able to take some time off from her 'family duty'
to visit with two of her high school friends Lonnie (Smith)
Montrose of Overland Park, Kan., and Judy (Stepp) Parietti
of Maryville, Mo.
They met at Lonnie's house and spent several hours
enjoying some great food and reminiscing. Lonnie's daugh-
ter, Jennifer Jaenish, and grandson Zachary and Judy's
daughter, Sara Snow, joined them. They plan to meet again
next year in Florida at their 40th reunion.
(L-K): Kene (uwen) nes
and Judy (Stepp) Parietti.
Submitted by: Rene Seaton
Lake Oswego, Ore.
Original watercolor of Croton St., Balboa (the top one) where
the Sprague family lived during the 1950s. In front are: Al
Sprague and Joanie Sprague Kilgallon.
Standing (L-R): Roseanne (BHS'74), Roy (BHS'71),
Kenneth (BHS'69), Lars (BHS'68), Jeannette (BHS'67),
John, Jr. (BHS'66). (Seated): John, Sr. (BHS'31) and
Margaret Kuhn Morales (BHS'36).
Kassie Fay Taylor and Al Taylor, coordinators for Al
Sprague Art, at the 2002 Reunion with Al Sprague art in the
Submitted by: Joanie Sprague Kilgallon
CHS 57 CLASS REUNION
Members of Cristobal High School class of 1957 attend-
ed a class reunion in Orlando, Fla., in connection with the
Panama Canal Society s annual reunion. Pictured are several
of the attendees relaxing in the hotel lounge. They are (stand-
ing) Milton Grover, George Mercier and Robert Lowe;
(seated) Henry Mizrachi, Bill Rankin, Jo Ann (Harte)
Morton, Sandra (Hughes) Claflin and Judy (Tipton)
NEWS FROM SAUDI ARABIA
I am working over here in Saudi Arabia at a U.S. base and
really enjoy the experience. I have been lucky, in that I have
had the opportunity to travel around the Kingdom a bit. My
favorite place is in the Southwest part of the Kingdom, in the
Asir Province. I went there recently with some friends and we
climbed up to the tallest point in the Kingdom, 9,544 feet. On
occasion, it actually snows there! It is much cooler there and
there is a lot more plant and animal life there, too. Recently,
I traveled to Royal Palm Beach, to visit my mother, Sue
Warner, and my sister, Phyllis Gartenlaub. It was a great
trip and after Florida, I went to Las Vegas, to see a good
friend. On the return part of the trip, I stopped off in
Hamburg, Germany, to attend a friend's 2-day wedding.
Afterwards, I visited friends from Panama in Heidelberg,
Germany, including Lars Morales and his son, lan, and
daughter, Eve; Kathy Pretto; Bob Atherley; and Mirza
Rynecki. It was a great trip and I am now back working in
Saudi Arabia. I send my best regards to everyone.
Submitted by: Jo Ann Morton
Submitted by: Stuart Warner (BHS '69)
SEE PAGE 13
John and Melva Bowman of Balboa, recently enjoyed a tour
of Finland, Scandinavia and Russia. They are pictured here in
front of St. Basil's Cathederal in Moscow.
DO YOU REMEMBER?
Does anyone remember Veronica Refcofski? She was
born in Cristobal in 1924. Her father was a police officer in
Cristobal. The family left the Zone in 1940 and settled in
I am looking for anyone who remembers her or her fam-
ily as she will be my guest at the 2003 Reunion.
Submitted by: Joe Lorenzo
Finally, we had enough members of CHS'44 at the
PCSOFL Reunion to make a dent in the crowd. Our "mini-
reunion" lasted from July 3rd through mid-morning of July
7th. Those attending were Irma (Patchett) and husband
Andy Kruzick of Kirkland, Wash., Ruth "Babe"
(Bozeman) Schroeder of Panama City, Panama, Peggy
(Beldon) May of Dothan, Ala., Anna Marie (Chase) Dolan
of Austin, Texas, and of course me and Ann. Accompanying
Irma, Peggy, and Anne Marie were some of their daughters,
who enjoyed our "antics".
Our rooms were all in one area which facilitated a cele-
bration in one of the rooms of Peg's graduation from a four-
year college (Troy State University) with a degree in
Criminology--at the age of 75 PLUS.
Irma and Babe decorated the room with a large photo of
Peggy surrounded by colorful banners. The girls entertained
with stories of the past amid toasts of champagne and the
laughter of their younger daughters plus Irma's niece, Helen
A sad note is that just two days after the reunion, Peggy
had to be rushed to a hospital in Panama City, Fla., where she
is recuperating in a facility near one of her daughters. I talked
to her by phone on July 19th and she sounded fine.
Some of the people I saw at the hotel were the ladies from
BHS'44: Marion (Price) Royston, June Hattaway, Alice
(Fairbrother) Myers. Of course the affable and always
friendly Eddie Doran was much in evidence. The ladies
always look great, but Eddie needs a few more double-thick
Submitted by: John W. "Bucky" Hall
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Canal Record Editor, met with
some of her reporters during the Reporters' Luncheon on July
5, 2002, at the PCSOFL Annual Reunion in the Orlando
World Center Marriott.
Submitted by: William "Bill" Muller
(L-R): PCSOFL President William "Bill" McLaughlin;
Canal Record Editor Jacque (Crowell) Vowell; Ocala, Fla.
Reporter William "Bill" Muller; Pensacola, Fla. Reporter
Barbara (Hall) Vose; and Pinellas County Reporter (former
Tampa Bay Area Reporter) Betty Snow.
Margaret Sullivan McMillan, Eleanor Sullivan Weinstein,
Mary Sullivan Young, Nancy Sullivan Schorsch, and Jim
Sullivan, along with spouses, children and grandchildren,
plus several cousins. Deceased members, Tom and Virginia
Sullivan and Alice Sullivan Roby were represented by
Tom's son Mark, and Alice's daughter JoAnn along with
PCSOFL members who attended were Mary and Jim
Young, their daughter Ellie Young, sons Jimmy and wife
Mary Beth Young, Tom (TY) Young, Mike Young, Dave
and Nathalie Young also grandchildren Shannon, Jack,
and Luis Antonio, Jim and Carol Sullivan and sons Torrey
and Michael, Nancy and Carl Schorsch, and Ginger and
(L-R): Georgia Reporter June A. Stevenson and Tennessee
Reporter Sheila (McNamee) Taylor.
(L-R): Space Coast, Fla. Reporter Kathie (Nehring)
McConaughey; President Bill McLaughlin; and Canal Sullivan/Young Family Reunion, DeCameron Resort, July
Record Editor Jacque Vowell. 2002.
Submitted by: Nancy Sullivan Schorsch
SULLIVAN/YOUNG FAMILY Ventura, Calif
Fifty-one members of the Sullivan/Young clan enjoyed a
fabulous reunion in Panama in July. We spent four days at the CHS'"
Decameron Resort at Playa Blanca where the whole gang, GIRLS IN NEW YORK CITY
ages 2 to 80, took advantage of all the activities at the resort,
visited interior towns of Penonome and Nata, shopped at the
Sunday market at El Valle, put on a family talent show, got
caught up on family news, had great happy hours, etc.
We then moved to the Country Inn and Suites at Amador
and did a partial transit of the Canal, had a cocktail party at
the Canopy Tower at Summit, went to Fort San Lorenzo, Old
Panama, birded the rainforest, ate in some great new restau-
rants on the Causeway and at Niko's in Balboa, and at the
Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Everyone agreed that Panama is a perfect place for a
reunion. Those of us who grew up there loved getting reac-
quainted with the place, and those who were there for the first
(Scott) Brokaw, Carol (Beall) Fritz, Susan (Hirons)
time were delighted with everything. Fehrenhach, Louise (Sissy) Hixon and Beth (Lewis)
All members of the "older" generation attended:Brandenburg
SIXTH ANNUAL SURF SESSION
The 6th Annual Martinez-Payne Memorial Surf Session
was held at the Typhoon Lagoon wave pool, Disney World,
Fla., on Thursday, July 4, 2002 during the Panama Canal
Society reunion weekend. Each year the wave pool is rented
for an after hours surf session held in memory of Greg
Martinez (BHS'78) and David Payne (BHS'83). Greg and
David exemplified the very best of the Canal Zone surf com-
munity during their lives and in their fights against cancer.
Submitted by: Thomas R. Grimison
Merritt Island, FL
2002 ANNUAL REUNION
Surfers participating this year were Jimmy Brown,
Ralph Furlong, Luke Givens, Brandon, Eric, Matt, Pat
and Richard Grimison, Carlos Hattabaugh, John Magee,
Teresa Martinez, David McArthur, Brian Robinson, Wil
Rogers, Mike Schmidt and Rudy Waller.
Cindy Becker Stabler, Paul Robinson, Susan
Valentine, and Elaine Vestal Lewis in the Vendor
EX-ELECTRICAL DIVISION VISIT
Former Electrical Division employees got together during
the Swearingen's visit to Rogers, Ark. Many memories were
shared of their time in the Electrical Division and it was a
Reverend and Mrs. Clarence Payne, David's parents,
attended the event as did Carmen Menendez, David's aunt,
and Erika Menendez, David's second cousin. Reverend
Payne led an opening memorial prayer liturgy.
For information regarding the next surf
session, email Richard Grimison at
(L-R): John B. "Jack" Corliss, Richard "Buckeye"
Swearingen and Willard "Red" Huffman.
Vicki and Bob Boukalis, Lillian, Ala., Jean and Doris
Burns, Tulsa, Okla., Carson and Eve (Stephan) Williams,
Elberta, Ala. and their friend Joe Kahriger flew to London
in July and drove to Dover to board the Norwegian Cruise
Line Norwegian Dream for a 12-day cruise. They took shore
excursions to Hamburg, Germany (Transit of Kiel Canal),
Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland,
Stockholm, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Oslo,
Upon arrival at Oslo, Norway, Rikki and David Zemer
met the ship and took them on a tour of Oslo and had a won-
derful lunch for everyone at their home. They took the group
to Holmenkollen Ski Jump, scene of the 1952 Olympics,
Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, Kon Tiki
Museum, and other city sights. We had a great time and the
Zemers, Rikki, David, Phillipa and Patricia, were delightful
hosts during our Oslo visit.
The weather was beautiful and Oslo was a highlight end-
ing the sightseeing and returning to Dover. Two nights were
spent in London before the cruise and one night after before
(L-R): Eve (Stephan) and Carson Williams, Joe Kahriger,
Doris and Jean Burns, Vicki and Bob Boukalis on board the
(L-R): Jean Burns, Eve (Stephan) Williams, Joe Kahriger,
Vicki and Bob Boukalis, Phillipa Zemer, Doris Burns,
Patricia Zemer, Rikki and David Zemer, at Zemers' home
in Oslo, Norway.
Submitted by: Jean Burns
L-R): BHSers Helen Aanstoos, Rusty Smith, Bob Askew,
Judy Walton Davis and Kevin Bradley at the Napoli in
Panama City, September 11, 2002.
Submitted by: Helen Aanstoos
OUR FIRST RV
HOW TO DRIVE 7,000 PLUS
MILES WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED
We left on March 18, 2002, on the first leg of our
"Magical Mystery Tour" of the Southern United States. The
magical part is that my wife Marilyn convinced me to drive
a 31-foot RV; RV is supposed to mean Recreational Vehicle
but, in reality, stands for a vehicle that grows an extra five
feet every time you change lanes and make a left turn. The
"Magical" part is contained in the lovely words "Where in the
heck are we going to spend tonight" and "THIS is a camp-
Leaving Riverside, Calif. we drove to Tucson, Ariz., and
left most of the state intact as I drove through it with a death
grip on the wheel.
As a result of masterful planning on my part, and after an
unexpected visit to the LBJ Ranch in Texas, we arrived in
Austin in time for the Friday night freeway crawl into town.
Without getting into all the sordid details, we wound up driv-
ing the streets and freeways of Austin at nine-thirty at night.
That was more fun than a root canal, but not by much. We set
up camp at some parking lot on the outskirts of town, and I
spent most of the night trying to think of ways I could inflict
punishment on the salesman who said, "Oh, these things are
a snap to drive. Everyone gets out of your way." We had just
driven with about 10,000 Austin drivers who had obviously
missed the second part of that message. Unfortunately, in
light of the Geneva Convention, I could not think of a pun-
ishment that would not land me in jail for the foreseeable
Following I-10 we made our way from Texas (Note: The
drive from El Paso to Lake Charles, La. is not, as some would
have you believe, 10,000 miles it just seems that long).
There is at least 20 miles of I-10 in the state of Louisiana that
is NOT under construction. As we bid a fond farewell to the
approximately 52,000 construction trucks waiting to make a
left turn in front of us, we came into Mississippi and made
very good time. We did find out that, in the local dialect, the
name Mississippi means, "Go one more mile and you'll find
a casino that will be happy to take your money."
As we went on our way to Virginia, we stopped for a
while in Destin, Fla. and camped there for a week. As we
went from gas station to gas station we were told that Bill
Gates wanted to buy an RV, but was not sure if he could
afford to buy gas for it. Wal-Mart stores seem to have sprung
up at every other exit along the freeway system in Florida.
Between all the Wal-Marts we saw, and the thousands of
Zonians who have chosen Florida as their home, we have
decided that Florida is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-
Mart and The Canal Zone, Inc.
After departing Florida, we went up to Georgia and stayed
outside of Atlanta (unofficial motto--We are Los Angeles
without the smog-YET). Traffic moves just a bit fast in
Atlanta. Our RV can do 75 mph without any problem and I
thought we were in good shape. How naive can one person
be? At that speed on Atlanta freeways you have to be careful
to remain in the slow lane or the kids on skateboards will run
right over you.
We arrived in Virginia a few weeks later, staying at a won-
derful KOA campground in Colonial Williamsburg. The
campground had a great location just a few miles from the
Colonial city of Williamsburg. A small creek gurgled behind
our campsite, and a river flowed quietly nearby. We could sit
out under the clear blue sky, with two big trees giving us any
shade we needed. We had to adjust to the blue sky as, being
from Southern California, we were more familiar with a sky
that came in various shades of brown and gray. Smog is hard
to give up. We missed our Southern California sky for, oh, 5
or 10 minutes anyway. However, as is the usual case, there
was a flaw in paradise. I was unable to get my usual 200 or
so TV channels at night. My wife Marilyn, with her usual
calm and thoughtful insight, looked into my eyes and said,
"Get a life, guy--enjoy nature." Boy, what kind of an attitude
is that to have?
We had planned to visit Washington, D.C., but had
become so relaxed while in Virginia that we decided to flip a
coin to see if we would go on or go back to the beaches of
Florida. Somehow, not only did we wind up on the beaches of
Florida, we also spent a week in Disney World. That turned
out to be the most expensive coin I have ever flipped. We had
a wonderful time at the park(s) but now I know what that
giant sucking sound Mr. Perot was talking about some years
ago. It was the sound of money flying out of thousands of
wallets into the hands of Mickey and Donald. We spent some
time in Epcot and I enjoyed the rides, once I found they were
endorsed by AARP and designed for my "specific demo-
graphic group" or, in plain English that should read "01'
After enjoying an early bird dinner (the official meal of
Florida), we drove up 1-75 to 1-10 at the start of our trip home.
We did have breakfast at a Cracker Barrel (the official health
establishment of Florida).
We picked up 1-75 from Shreveport, La., and drove to
Dallas, Texas. Driving through the Dallas freeway system is
easy, assuming you are a big fan of stress and discomfort.
That night we spent in a little campground about 1/2 mile
from the Oklahoma Stockyards, as the wind blows. The first
sign that should have told me we were about to have an
"interesting" evening was a disclaimer on papers we signed
that said, in BOLD letters, "This area may be subject to flash
flooding." But, as a seasoned traveler, and the man of the RV,
I told Marilyn not to worry; they just put that on for insurance
reasons. Thus assured by my overwhelming confidence, she
At 2:30 a.m. we were both sitting up as the RV rocked in
the grip of winds gusting up to gale force. The hail kept
pounding on the roof. The local TV stations were on all night,
announcing every twist and turn of the weather in terms nor-
mally associated with the coming of the Apocalypse. We left
the next day via 1-40, avoiding potholes that I believe small
towns might have fallen into. We arrived that day in
Amarillo, Texas. Our very pleasant campground was located
on the flight path of the local airport. Boy, does that bring
back memories of Balboa High School.
We ended our three-month trip, spending a week in the
Grand Canyon and Las Vegas with our two daughters, their
husbands and our grandkids. The Canyon is a marvel of
nature and has been there for millions of years. I kept think-
ing it would take at least a week for my energetic grandkids
to fill it up with coloring books and toys. We ended up in Las
Vegas (Motto: What the IRS and Disneyworld didn't take, we
Las Vegas is fun during early summer, as the temperature
will often get down under 105 degrees on any day. That usu-
ally occurs between midnight and five minutes after mid-
night. My luck was running so bad I couldn't even get my
ATM to give me any money. We went to Circus-Circus and
their playland for the kids. They got a wristband so they could
ride all day--and they did. The Casino had given me a wrist-
band earlier and it glowed in the dark. It said "Sucker".
Was the trip hard? YEP. Was it difficult? YEP. Did we
have problems? YEP. Would I ever do it again? Without ques-
tion--I can hardly wait to get behind the wheel again. We met
great people, saw a lot of the USA, and spent some wonder-
ful time with our family. What more could you ask for in a
Submitted by: Frank Mott
(Bio. note: The writer graduated from BHS in 1955, lived in
Farfan on Ft. Kobbe Post, retired after 30-plus years in retail
grocery business. Last 17 years as Union Rep for United
Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1167 San
Bernardino-Riverside. Now works part-time for United Way
of Inland Valleys, and does training and promotion work for
Empire Wrestling Foundation which trains pro-wrestlers.
CHS CLASS OF 1962
The Cristobal High School Class of '62 celebrated their
40th reunion in a suite. with a buffet and beverages this past
July during the Panama Canal Society of Florida 2002
Reunion at the Orlando Marriott.
A magical time was had by all those who attended.
Reconnecting with old classmates was super. Our own John
Everson gave the invocation which brought us all to tears
remembering our youth and the wonderful years we had in
the Canal Zone.
Bev (Docker3) \aughn, L..I. Christoph
It was special to have old friends drop by and visit with us
on this special occasion. I want to thank my dear friend Edna
(Morales) Foster for bringing us all together once again. We
are all looking forward to our 45th reunion in 2007.
Submitted by: Tita (Clarke) Dunlap
Laura (Strongman) Rast, Carol (Morland) Mead, Edna
Theresa (Washabaugh) Harvey (CHS'62) and her hus-
band Mel and their daughter Julie Peterson had a two week
visit to Panama in July 2002. Julie was able to see where her
mother was born and raised and where her grandparents
(Perry and Rita Washabaugh) lived and worked. Her great
grandfathers, John Kotalik and Frank Washabaugh, were
Roosevelt medal holders. As well as a trip thru the canal, visit
to Barro Colorado, El Valle, Santa Clara, the Free Zone, Fort
San Lorenzo, Colon, Margarita, the Golden Alter in Panama
Tita (Clarke) Dunlap and Celia (Cronan) Miller. City and the San Blas; Theresa, Mel and Julie had a wonder-
ful time visiting Colin and Alberta Corrigan at their Pina
submitted by Theresa and Mel Harvey
Ana (Jacques) DeWolff, Cathy (Lewis) Leslie, Celia
(Cronan) Miller, and Jane (Allan) Quinn.
Ana (Jacques) DeWolff, Gordon Reif, and Terry Webster.
(L-R): Colin Corrigan, Alberta Corrigan, Julie Peterson,
Theresa and Mel Harvey.
BHS'55 VEGAS REUNION
The BHS Class of 1955 held a mini reunion at the Monte
Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada from
September 15 thru September 18, 2002. Coordinators were
Joan (Hensler) Toscar, Humberto (Al) Otero and Alfonso
Blackall. Attendees were: Sam and Beverly Beckley,
Robert and Nikki Crooks, Orlanda (Cruz) and Bill
Donahue, Robin Harrison and daughter Beth, David and
Jane Hilliard, Judith Hoopes, Jane (Jennison) Williams,
Lambert and Betty Mantovani, Doris (Ehrman) and Al
Monaco, Frank and Marilynn Mott, Al Otero, Herbert and
Jackie Raybourn, Patricia Quinn and sons, Chance and
Caleb, Doug and Sharon Schmidt, Alvaro and Ofelia
Starbird, Joan (Hensler) and Aaron Toscar, Rose Marie
(Bowker) Wildsmith. Enjoying the festivities with BHS'55
were Grace Starbird (BHS'56) and Ruben Cintron,
Marilyn (Abreau) Stevens (BHS'54) and daughter Lori,
Harold Sorrell (BHS'56), Ann (Wood) Suescum (BHS'59),
Tommie Davidson (BHS'54) and Ritchie (CHS'54) and
Joan (Hensler) and Aaron Toscar, Da\e Hilliard,
Marie (Bowker) Wildsmith.
Judy Hoopes, Joan (Hensler) Toscar, and Rose Marie
Joan (Hensler) Toscar, Patricia Quinn, David Hilliard,
and Lambert Mantovani.
Al Monaco, Landy (Cruz) Donahue, Joan (Hensler)
Toscar, and Dave Hilliard.
Frank Mott, Al Otero, and Jane Jennison-Williams.
The group got together each morning at poolside and each
evening at Houdini's Lounge (there was so much catching up
to do, although some of us did manage to get a little bit of
gambling in). On Monday, September 16th, a luncheon was
held at the Monte Carlo. David Hilliard did a fantastic job as
MC keeping the group in stitches (where did he dig up all our
secrets?) Joan (Hensler) Toscar gave the Invocation. After a
delicious meal and much camaraderie, a drawing was held for
door prizes. Robin Harrison and Orlanda (Cruz) Donahue
each won 2 tickets to the Lance Burton Show. Doug Schmidt
won 2 tickets to The Legends.
Lambert and Betty Mantovani, Herbie Raybourn.
On our last evening together at Houdini's Lounge the
group was presented with a proclamation from the Mayor of
the City of Las Vegas, Oscar B. Goodman, proclaiming
September 17, 2002 as Balboa High School Day in the City
of Las Vegas and asked all citizens to acknowledge the Class
of 1955 of the Panama Canal Zone. What a thrill it was to
receive such an honor. The proclamation is being donated to
the Panama Canal Museum.
A special thanks goes to Mauricio Cuellar, the Casino
Director, who helped make our stay so enjoyable and to
Tommie Davidson for being so dedicated in helping Al Otero
scout for a place. What a great choice!A big thanks also to
Alfonso Blackall for all his emails and input from Panama
and Doris and Al Monaco for taking pictures. If you get a
chance visit Doris's web page at
http//web.tampabay/rr.com/monaco2/ for a trip down
memory lane. Our reunion was a huge success with great
comments from the attendees. All are looking forward to
future mini reunions.
Submitted by Joan (Hensler) Toscar
Port Orange, Fl
In mid-July Bill McGann, Laura and their daughter,
Emilee, (formerly of the Canal Zone and now living in
Hanau, Germany) flew from Frankfort to Shannon airport in
Ireland. They were accompanied by Bill's mother, Alice
McGann of Orlando, Florida.
In Dooley, they stayed at the McGann's Cottage B&B and
had irish stew at the McGann's pub. They explored and
enjoyed a medieval banquet at the 15th century Dunguaire
Castle in Kinvarra over looking Galway Bay. Tradition has it,
one guest each dinning is presented with a gift of a cladagh
ring. Emilee was selected to have the honor of receiving the
ring that evening and given title of Lady Emilee. They also
explored the desolate landscape of the thousand year old bar-
ren cliffs. A highlight was going deep under ground at
Aillwee Cave in Ballyvaughn. A farmer by the name of Jack
Mcgann found the entrance in 1940. (perhaps a relative?)
They also took the Inis Mor Ferry on the bay to one of the
Aran Islands which are outcroppings of the barren landscape.
There they hired a horse drawn wagon to explore the 15 cen-
tury ruins of O'Brien's castle and the 10th century ruins of the
church and grave yard. A visit to Salthill was memorable
when they strolled and shopped on Quay street and ate real
irish fish and chips.
On 20 July they drove the less-traveled scenic roads from
Galway across Ireland to Dublin. Bill had the harrying expe-
rience of driving on the left side over very narrow roads, but
without a mishap. In Dublin they rode the hop on hop off
buses, seeing all the landmarks atop double-decker buses and
then selecting the places they wished to explore. One of the
highlights was the Guinness brewery tour and the marvelous
360 degree of view of Dublin below from "the gravity",
Guinness's bar in the sky. They departed Dublin and followed
the coastline of the Irish Sea, then turning west they went
through Enniscorth to visit John F. Kennedy's family birth
place in New Ross and taking a tour of the breath taking
Waterford glass factory and showroom in the town of
Waterford. They drove through little cities and paused in Cork
to visit the Cobb Heritage Center that claims to be the port
through which most of the people emigrated from Ireland.
Emilee and Bill also had the courage to climbed up the steep
steps of the ruins of Blarney Castle to kiss the blarney stone.
They stayed in Kenmare and explored the ring of Kerry and
the town of Killarney. Further on they drove the Dingle
Peninsula and the city of Tralee. From there they drove on to
visit Limerick, back up to the Shannon airport and then home
to Germany. A very memorable and enjoyable trip.
(L-R): Bill, Alice, Laura and "Lady" Emilee McGann.
"THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE
The Coffin boys in Salisbury, Md., August 3, 2002.
PLEASE PAY YOUR
BY DECEMBER 31. 2002
TEEHAWK OF THE WEEK
Ian Litchford, youngest son of John and Barbara
(Greene) Litchford, with the Seattle Seahawks mascot,
Blitz. Ian was selected, in a contest run by a local Seattle gro-
cery chain, to be the team's Teehawk of the week for the game
on August 24, 2002. After the opening kickoff, lan and Blitz
ran out onto the field to retrieve the tee. Ian also received a
team jersey and tickets to the game.
Ian Litchford with the Seattle Seahawks mascot, Blitz
They looked forward to "life on the high sea" as they set
sail from Seattle. Their first stop was Vancouver where they
wandered around historic Gastown. After a day of shopping
and sight seeing, their ship sailed to Victoria. Queen
Elizabeth II was also visiting this lovely city as part of her
Golden Jubilee. The former neighbors were able to get a good
look at the monarch as she left the Empress Hotel. All too
soon it was time to sail back to Seattle, and their days of lux-
urious living quickly came to an end.
Hal and Dale Conway, Jack and Elaine Streeter and Dick
and Pat (Leach) Bjorneby
Submitted by R. J. Bjorneby
CONWAYS, STREETERS AND
BJORNEBYS HAVE A REUNION
Hal and Dale Conway, Jack and Elaine Streeter and
Dick and Pat (Leach) Bjorneby met in Seattle for a reunion
cruise on the Radiance of the Seas to British Columbia.
Hal, Jack and Dick dream of a singles' cruise.
neoe (renring) ielNiKe, uennis llDert, LOLO cotton,
Joey Oberholtzer, and Barbara (Greene) Litchford.
Sarah Beattie (BHS'95), James Beattie (BHS'92, and
Susie Beattie got together for a photo at a recent reunion at
the home of Press and Susie at Johns Island, South Carolina.
Tommy Ellis joined in for a week of golf, crabbing, fishing
and shrimping on the Stono River behind the Beattie house.
The catch was good and several BBQs were held before
James, Tommy, and Press took off for the CZ Dove Hunt in
Hartsville, SC. The hunters were all former CZ residents ,
young and old, who enjoyed getting together for the annual
several days of hunting doves, telling stories and renewing
Submitted by Susie Beattie
Sarah Beattie (BHS'95), Susie Beattie, and James Beattie
FRIENDS REUNITE AT REUNION
Front Row: Allison McLaughlin, Lindsey, Brittany,
Debbie Sykes. Back Row: Ed Sykes, Margaret and Bill
BHS CLASS OF '49
Spearheaded by ever-ready-to-entertain Barbara
Comber McDougal, several members of BHS'49 who live
in the Pacific Northwest took advantage of the annual CZ pic-
nic-reunion in July to hold a mini-reunion. Traveling all the
way from Houston, TX was JoAnn Standefer DeLoof, and
Marilyn Jennison Waggoner who came from her home in
El Macero, CA to join the group.
rctureu, ei toL rngni, are: reggy veney nansen, ouellvue,
WA; Marilyn Jennison Waggoner, El Macero, CA; Janet
Kimmel Kinnier, Edmonds, WA; Jack Gladwell (Class of
'50), Roberts Creek, British Columbia; JoAnn Standefer
DeLoof, Houston, TX; Barbara (Pat) Baron Scott, former-
ly of Bellevue, WA and now a full-time RVer; Barbara
Comber and Lowell McDougal, of Monroe, WA; Jack
Wilkinson (Class of '50) of Friday Harbor, WA.
Not pictured are Howard and Jean Hanners who attend-
ed the Friday night potluck supper at the home of Jim and
Noralie Shobe in Bellingham but returned to their home in
Bambridge Island, WA in their boat before the Saturday pic-
FIRE AND POLICE PROTECTION
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Colleen O'Conner
George Lower3 of Floral Cilt (retired from Miraflores
Locks) proudly displays his Aji Chumbo plants that he grows
as a hobby. The plants are grown from seeds brought up from
Maxine and Bill Dixon enjoyed a visit with Jani Faris
(CHS'65). Jani is on her way to Hickman AFB in Hawaii,
where she will be working as a Contracting Officer for the
Submitted by: Bill Dixon
PILGRIMAGE TO EUROPE
(L-R): Doug and Zori Larrabee, Kim and Barry
McLaughlin Back: Bill McLaughlin
Loralia --aya -nase ana Joe Lorenza
Irene Stanley, Spirtual Guide Fr. Ken McCabe and Betty
Betty Blanchette joined a group for pilgrimage to Rome
for the canonization of Padre Pio with a visit to the four major
basilicas. On to Assisi (home of St. Francis) and other special
shrines in Italy (notably St. Philomena). They travelled on the
night ferry from Ancona to Lanciano to view an eighth cen-
tury Eucharistic miracle. In Loreto, they visited a church that
was said to contain the house from Nazareth where Jesus,
Mary and Joseph lived.
George Mercier and Sandra Motta
1948 BROWNIE TROOP 38
MARGARITA, CANAL ZONE
Anyone recognizing the two "unknown" girls in this picture of Brownie Troop 38 of Margarita, Canal Zone, please drop
Jo Ann (Harte) Morton a line in McKinney, Texas (address in Annual Issue).
(Back L-R): Unknown, Gail MacPherson (shorts), Sara Barfield, Andrea Armstrong (white dress), Diane Delaney. (Front
L-R): Unknown, Peggy Roddy, Pat Leach, Jo Ann Harte, and Diane Peterson.
PACIFIC LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM 1958
(L TO R): ???, ???, John Meyers, Jeff Riley, Loren Lessicak, Mr. Brennan, Neil Doughraty, Jerry Brennan, John
Bundy, Ralph Burda, Bill Catron, Bob Askew, Police Lt. Husman, John Mesenhimer, Jack McGrath, and Glenn Evens.
Russell Wayne Annis passed away July 15, 2002. He
was born September 2, 1927 in Omaha, Neb. He is survived
by Betty, his wife of 51 years; daughter Alison and husband
Keith Almquist; and daughter Jennifer and Richard
Marquardt; and six grandchildren, all of Albuquerque.
During his youth Russell lived in different cities in Iowa,
Port Arthur, Texas, and Portland, Ore. He graduated from
high school in Pasco, Wash. During WWII he served in the
U.S. Army at Camp Roberts and attended officer training at
Fort Benning, Ga.
He received his BS, MA and PhD from the University of
Kansas. He taught high school English in Shawnee Mission,
Kans., and later taught in the Department of Education at the
University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo. Russell worked
as a principal, counselor and teacher for the Department of
Defense in La Rochelle, France from 1963-1964. In 1964, the
family moved to Panama where Russell worked for the
Panama Canal Company. At the Canal Zone Junior College
he was a counselor and taught psychology. Later he was the
Branch Chief and Director of Curriculum for the Canal Zone
school system. After retiring from Panama in 1982, Russell
and Betty moved to Albuquerque to be close to their daugh-
ters and their families.
Barbara Mae Armistead of San Adreas, Calif., passed
away August 14, 2002. She was born Barbara Mae Millard on
November 16, 1929, in Milford Center, N.Y.
She was married to the late Howard Mercer Armistead, of
Norfolk, Va., in the Canal Zone. Barbara opened her heart
and home to countless people during her life. She was active
in the theater in the Canal Zone for many years, offering her
knowledge, love and compassion freely with any who need-
ed her. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. Summing up her life in a few paragraphs reduces the
hearts touched to a mere number.
She was predeceased by her husband and by a grandson,
Alan Redding Curtis. She is survived by daughters Carol
Diane Sexton and Deborah Mae Vogel, and sons, Matthew
Douglas Armistead and Steven Edward Armistead; and seven
grandchildren. Barbara was expecting her first great-grand-
child in September of 2002.
Donald T. Barrington, 84, of Cowarts, Ala., died June
14, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Barrington was born September 5, 1917, in Luvere,
Ala., and lived there the early years of his life. He was
employed with FAA and later with the Panama Canal
Commission as a hydraulic machinist until his retirement in
1980. While residing in the Canal Zone, Mr. Barrington was
a member of the Lions Club and the Elks Lodge. He resided
in Cowarts for the past 19 years.
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Survivors include his wife, Veronica H. Barrington,
Cowarts, Ala.; and their three sons, Joseph M. Barrington,
Gainesville, Fla., Daniel F. Barrington and his wife, Jennifer,
Taylor, Ala., Jovan D. Barrington, Cowarts, Ala., and daugh-
ter, Jessica H. Barrington, Jersey City, N.J.; his children by
his previous wife, Bill Barrington, Atmore, Ala., Ray
Barrington and his wife, Faye, Clarksville, Tenn., Patricia
Ann Day and her husband, Jim, Oneonta, Ala., Janniece Paul
and her husband, Billy, Atmore, Ala.; eleven grandchildren
and fifteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Barrington,
Atmore, Ala.; a sister, Doris Hall, Atmore, Ala.; and several
nieces and nephews.
Richard Burdette passed away on June 12, 2002 at
Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife
Susan (Rhoads) Burdette of Uhrichsville, Ohio, and two sons,
Michael and Paul, who both live in Florida.
Frank Ralph Costanzo, 83, of Dothan, died August 30,
2002, following a brief illness.
Mr. Costanzo was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on February
9, 1919. He was employed by the federal government in the
Panama Canal Zone. He retired in 1979, and he and Mrs.
Costanzo Toved to Dothan.
Mr. Costanzo was a member of the Heritage Baptist
Church. He became a Mason in 1945, and a Shriner in 1955.
He was a member of the Sojourners Lodge, Abou Saad
Temple and Eastern Star.
Mr. Costanzo was preceded in death by his parents, Silvio
and Josephine Francavilla Costanzo; and a brother, Leonard
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Mitchell Costanzo
of Dothan; a brother, Joseph Costanzo (Marie) of Bradenton,
Fla.; a niece, Kathleen Riley of Winter Haven, Fla.; nephew,
Victor Costanzo (Betty Ann) of Quakertown, Pa.; a brother-
in-law, Arthur A. Mitchell Jr., of Ward, Ala.; a sister-in-law,
Ruth Mitchell Steen (Richard) of Gaithersburg, Md.;
nephews, Arthur A. Mitchell III (Melissa) of Meridian, Miss.;
William L. Steen of Westchester, Calif.; James E. Steen of
Washington, D.C.; and several other nieces and nephews.
George W. Fears, 83, ofDothan died August 16, 2002, at
his home following an extended illness.
Mr. Fears was born October 19, 1918, in Ossining, N.Y.,
to Charles C. and Margaret Keenan Fears. He attended
LaSallette Catholic Seminary in Hartford, Conn.
George served in World War II in the Philippines as a gun-
ner in a medium tank and was awarded the Purple Heart and
Bronze Star. In 1948, he moved to the Panama Canal Zone
where he met and married his wife Jean and raised his four
daughters. During his 31 years as a federal employee, he
worked in the hotel and restaurant division and later at
Gorgas Hospital as an administrator in the Logistics
Department. He retired in 1981 and has since resided in
As a parishioner of St. Columba, he assisted at Sunday
masses as a lector. He enjoyed playing golf and was a mem-
ber of Summit Hills Golf Club in the Canal Zone and after
retirement, was a member at The Olympia Spa Golf Club for
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Fears and a
sister, Margaret Fenn, both of Waterbury, Conn.
George is survived by his wife, Frances Ferguson "Jean"
Fears; his four daughters, Kathleen Roberts of Marietta, Ga.,
Judy McLean of Gamboa, Rep. of Panama; Shirley and hus-
band, Frank Anderson of Gainesville, Fla., Tami and hus-
band, Jeff Platt of Newville; eight grandchildren, two great-
granddaughters, two brothers, Charles C. Fears of Blairsville,
Ga., James Fears of Tacoma, Wash.; and two sisters, Betty
Lucid and Marian Fears of Waterbury, Conn.
James Edward Gabrio, 64, of Gulfport, Fla., died
September 6, 2002 at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South
Pasadena. Bor in Hazleton, Pa., he came to Florida from the
Panama Canal Zone. He was a 1955 graduate of St.
Petersburg High School, where he marched in the school
band, and he attended St. Petersburg College.
He served in the Air Force in information services as a
reporter and helped run the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
TV station. He and his father owned Gabrio Electic Co. and
Industrial Power and Light Co. of Florida and Texas. He was
a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the
Sunrise Optimist Club, American Legion Post 424 and the
Corvair Society of America.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Carole; a son,
Mark, Parker, Colo.; three daughters, Sandra Mobley, Valdez,
Alaska, Lisa Gabrio, Vacaville, Calif. and Lora Kuzma,
Wilmington, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.
Robert Kelly Gerhart, 53, of Smyrna, GA, died October
1, 2002. Robert was a teacher at the Sandy Springs Middle
School. He is survived by his father, Warren "Pat" Gerhart of
Panama City, Panama; twin brother Keith Gerhart of Smyrna,
GA; sisters, Martha Swyney of West Lake Village, CA; Betty
Kinston of Port Ludlow, WA; and Vikki Gerhart of
Mary Lou Hall, 76, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died
September 25, 2002 at St. Petersburg General Hospital.
Born in Gary, Ind., she grew up in the Panama Canal
Zone. She came to St. Petersburg in 1979 from the Canal
Zone, where she was a police dispatcher, retiring after 26
years of service. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Liberty Baptist Church and OES.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, William; two
sons, William R. Hall, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and
Douglas B. Hall, Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Penny Lou
Hall, White Sands Missile Range; a sister, Sandra Jean
Walters, Massachusetts; six grandchildren; and a great-grand-
Bill Hampton, 87, passed away on August 23, 2002 in
Conroe, Texas. He retired from the Motor Transportation
Division, Pacific in the late 70's. While in Panama, Bill was
an active member of the First Baptist Church, Balboa
He is survived by his wife, Imo.
Howard U. Keenan died at South Bay Hospital on
August 17, 2002.
Howard was raised in Gatun, Canal Zone. He graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1932, and from Purdue
University in 1936. He worked for the Panama Canal
Company from 1936 to 1945. He married Janet Keenan, of
the Balboa Keenan family. Howard moved to Sun City Center
in 2001. He is survived by brothers William and Marvin
Keenan, and a sister, Harriet Keenan Wollmers.
Edna A. Kovel, 72, of Dothan, Ala., died at Extendicare
Hospice Services Facility following an extended illness.
Mrs. Kovel was a retired Civil Service Administrative
Services assistant with the Panama Canal Company, Panama
Canal Zone. She was also of the Catholic faith.
Mrs. Kovel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law,
Patricia and Charles Kindberg, Columbia.
Modesta del Carmen Kozlowski, 75, of Poughkeepsie,
N.Y., died May 22, 2002 at Vassar Brothers Hospital. Born
November 4, 1926, in Pocri, Aguadulce in Panama, she was
the daughter of Indalecia and Jose del Rosario Pinzon. After
her schooling in Pocri, she continued her education in the
Canal Zone to learn English and completed secretarial school
while working as a telephone operator by day. She then
worked as an executive secretary for Cirnos Company, an
import/exporter of wines, and later at the American Embassy
On June 5, 1948 she married Joseph T. Kozlowski at St.
Mary's Mission Church in the Canal Zone. Joe predeceased
her on November 6, 1972. Joe and Modesta loved Panama
and the Canal Zone. In 1950 Modesta proudly became a U.S.
citizen. Modesta and Joe not only built their lives but raised
their six children there. Modesta was very active during her
years at St. Mary's as a member of the Catholic Daughters of
America, The Altar Rosary Society and Our Lady of Fatima
Rosary Making Society.
In 1972, Modesta and her children moved to New York.
She worked for the Archdiocese of New York, and retired
after 17 years of service at St. Martin de Porres Rectory.
Although retired, Modesta was still very involved in many
activities and volunteer work. She was a Eucharistic Minister
and a member of the Ladies Guild at St. Martin de Porres. She
was a member of Club 63, and helped lead one of theex
cise classes two times each week at the St. Martin de Porres
Senior Center. She was always proud of her Panamanian her-
itage and a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her six children, John of Santa Rosa,
Calif.; Anthony of Buffalo, N.Y.; Frank of Dallas, Texas;
Carmen, Paul and Sophia Kozlowski Sciacca, all of
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and grandchildren Caleb and Lindsay
Kozlowski of Santa Rosa, and Elisa Kozlowski, Joseph and
Micheala Sciacca, all of Poughkeepsie. In addition, she is
also survived by one brother, Manuel Elias Pinzon, and four
sisters, Evelia DeLeon, Ana Gilda Chang, Benilda Rivera, all
of Panama, and Elisa Policastri of New York, plus many
cousins, nephews, and nieces. She was predeceased by her
sister, Evangelina Pinzon.
Edward J. La Fuente, (BHS'72) of Playa de Rey, Ca,
passed away May 12, 2002 in Los Angles, CA at 48 years of
age. He is survived by his parents, Severino and Olympia La
Fuente, his brother Russell La Fuente, all of Tampa, FL and
his partner, Ray Eelsing of Playa de Rey, CA. Services were
held in Los Angles, CA on May 19, 2002.
Eliezer David Lugo, 84, of Norman, Okla., passed away
on August 30, 2002. He was born July 1, 1917 in Mayaguez,
Puerto Rico. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He retired
after 30 years with the federal Civil Service. His last 16 years
of service were with the U.S. Army Southern Command
(USARSO). He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He
served in the Army 65th Infantry Division during World War
II and the Korean War and remained an active reservist until
He enjoyed his years as a member of the Panama Canal
Zone Masons, Shriners, Lions Club and Boy Scouts. He was
a ham radio operator since a young boy; he enjoyed playing
classical guitar, bowling, singing in the church choir and var-
ious other hobbies.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lydia; daughters
Lydia Long and husband Jerry, Toy Barnard and husband
Alvin, Aymee Diaz and husband Tomas, Madeleine Raffler
and husband John, son E. David Lugo, Jr. and wife Shirley,
all of Norman; five grandchildren; a sister and two nephews.
Enrique Douglas "Ricky" Maitland, 52, of St.
Petersburg, Fla., died August 28, 2002, at Morton Plant
Hospital. Born in Colon, Panama, he came here in 1970 from
Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a restaurant server in St. Petersburg.
Survivors include a son, Enrique D., a daughter, Euniccia
Maitland, and his mother, Ethlyne Maitland, all of Brooklyn;
and three brothers, Warren "Duke", Florida, and Rogelio and
Guillermo, both of Brooklyn.
Ken Manthorne, 68, passed away on August 30, 2002, in
Ken was the former Chief of the Canal Zone Government
License Section and later, the Administrative Officer of the
Panama Canal Commission Fire Division. While in Panama,
Ken was a member of the First Baptist Church, Balboa
Heights and later, Crossroads Bible Church. He actively sup-
ported youth activities such as the Good News Singers and
other mission outreach activities. Also, Ken was an active
adult leader in the Explorer Scouts and Cayuco Race and
received the Silver Beaver Award for his participation. He
retired from the Panama Canal Commission in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Dottie (Cotton) and younger
brother, Denny. Although they originally retired to Deltona,
Fla., Ken and Dottie had recently moved to Hudson, Fla.,
where they enjoyed participating in activities at the Word of
Life Conference Center.
Allena McHan-Kelly, 91, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died
October 1, 2002 at Morton Plant Hospital. She was bor in
Charleston, S.C., and came to St. Petersburg in 1966 from the
Panama Canal Zone. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include three granddaughters, Andrea Bryant,
New York City; Allison Bryant, St. Petersburg; and Valerie
Bryant-Stroud, Hickory, N.C.; and eight great-grandchildren.
Drummond McNaughton, 76, Sarasota, died August 9,
He was bom April 6, 1926, in Brookline, Mass., and came
to Sarasota in 1986 from St. Simons Island, Ga. He graduat-
ed from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was a Panama
Canal pilot and was a Navy veteran. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society, Misty Creek Country Club and the
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth (Whitney); a daugh-
ter, Bonnie J. Toner of Salisbury, Mass.; a son, Robert D. of
Escondido, Calif.; a brother, Capt. Alan of Sandwich, Mass.;
and three grandchildren.
Susan Wilferd Morris, 54, died November 26, 2001, in
Wilson, N.C., after a battle with cancer. She was a graduate
of Florida State University and East Carolina University. She
was the daughter of the late Roy R. and Toni Wilferd- of
Rocky Mount, and was raised in Coco Solo, Canal Zone.
Survivors include her husband, Jerold (Jerry) Franklin
Morris of Elm City, N.C.; a daughter, Kimberly Michelle
Morris of Daytona Beach, Fla., and son, Thomas R. Morris of
West Palm Beach.
Lloyd Dan Murphy, 90, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., died
September 19, 2002 at Helen Ellis Hospital.
He was bor in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in Kentucky.
He came here in 1976 after retiring from the Panama Canal
Company where he worked as Chief of Employee
Development and Utilization Services.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Micheline; two
daughters, Anne Currelly of Tarpon Springs and son-in-law
Randy; Claire Foley of Miami and son-in-law, Rick; and son,
David L. Murphy of Tarpon Springs and daughter-in-law,
Angela; three grandchildren, Caitlin, Cullen, and Liam; and
his 101-year-old brother-in-law, Marie-Therese from France.
William Arthur (Billy) Rankin, 63, of Lakewood,
Wash., died suddenly at home on August 22, 2002. He was
born in New York, but raised in the Canal Zone. He attended
the schools on the Atlantic side, graduating from Cristobal
High School in 1957.
He served a four-year apprenticeship as a shipfitter retir-
ing from the Panama Canal in 1993 as Marine Maintenance
Manager at the Industrial Division. He served two years in
Germany, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
Billy was the eldest son of Alvin and Margaret Rankin,
who predeceased him.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Virginia (Ginny
Kleefkens), his three daughters, Nancy Ivory, Sandi
McClanahan, Karen Blennerhassett, five grandchildren, his
brothers, Robert and Richard, and a sister, Bonnie Macy.
John F. (Jack) Shea, Jr., 69, of Melbourne, Fla., died
January 26, 2002. Jack was born in Hartford, Conn., and
arrived in the Canal Zone in the late 1960s as a Master
Sergeant with the U.S. Army. He enlisted in the Army in
1949 at age 17 and became a combat motion picture camera-
man, serving during the Korean Conflict and later in
Germany, Japan and Viet Nam. His talent with a camera won
him extended assignment to the Army Pictorial Center on
Long Island, center of production of Army training films.
After retirement from the Army in 1971, Jack worked for
the Panama Canal Graphic Branch until his retirement in
1990. His movie-making skills were invaluable in the pro-
duction of training films and the documentation of industrial
processes such as lock overhauls, as it had become a necessi-
ty to capture on film the know-how of veteran Canal employ-
ees. Although primarily a motion picture cameraman, Jack
had amazing skills as a portrait photographer and did pro-
gram portraits for several United Way musicals. In December
1989 he received a Special Act Award for extraordinary hero-
ism during Operation Just Cause for helping save the life of a
wounded U.S. serviceman.
He was predeceased by his only child, Patrick Kennedy
Marguerite (Peggy) Horter Sheridan, 84, died June 11,
2002, in San Diego of stroke-related complications.
She is survived by her daughters Sheila Mitten Stepp,
Susanne Mitten Corrigan of Tallahassee, FL and Christine
Mitten Gibson of San Diego, CA. She is also survived by her
sisters Joan Horter Lundy of San Diego, and Ruth Horter
Spooner of Aurora, CO, two grandsons, a granddaughter, and
Roberta Yvonne Sligh, 56, died at home on July 13,
2002. Born September 17, 1945 in Circleville, Ohio, she was
a dedicated wife and mother who gave of herself to provide
her family with a loving home, and worked within various
community organizations to provide a better life for others.
She was the head librarian for Mendocino College from 1990
to present, an English teacher at local public schools prior to
that, the past president of the academic senate of the
Mendocino College, and the medical librarian for the Ukiah
Valley Medical Center. She was past secretary and president-
elect of the Rotary Club of South Ukiah and a member since
1990. She was also a charter member and past president of
local chapter WQ of PEO, an international benevolent organ-
ization for women, and attended many of their state conven-
tions as a representative of local chapter WQ.
She attended catholic schools, including Barry University
in Miami and a catholic middle school in Costa Rica where
she learned to speak Spanish. She was the newsletter editor
for the First Presbyterian Church of Ukiah since 1990.
Yvonne received her master's degree in library science from
the University of Washington in Seattle.
Yvonne battled ovarian cancer for more than six years.
Her primary message to others was to be aware that ovarian
cancer does not require the existence of ovaries; her ovaries
were removed three years prior to being diagnosed with this
terrible disease. She tried her best not to show her agony after
years of repeated chemotherapy and at times when the thera-
py did not have any affect on the cancer or damaged her sys-
She led an interesting life during her childhood as a mem-
ber of a military family. She lived in Bangor, Maine;
Springfield, Mass.; Anchorage and Bethel, Alaska and sur-
vived a dangerous voyage from Bethel to Seattle on an ocean-
going tug. The family traveled south from Seattle in a
Volkswagen van to Costa Rica and then to Panama, where her
father became a machinist for the Panama Canal Company. A
talented woman, she enjoyed her cats and many hobbies,
including cooking, quilting, her violin, scrapbooking, garden-
ing, travel and reading.
She is survived by her husband James Sligh, daughter
Monica Sligh, son Eric Sligh and brother Jim Crane who
were present at her death. Numerous in-laws, uncles, aunts,
nephews and nieces also survive. She was preceded in death
by her parents, Robert and Artie Crane.
James M. Slover, 77, of Columbus, Ga., died September
4, 2002 at Oak Manor Nursing Home
Mr. Slover was born May 11, 1925 in Lamesa, Texas, son
of the late Sadie Leech Slover and Henry Lee Slover. He was
a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and an Operation
Supervisor for the Panama Canal Commission. He was
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Slover of Columbus;
two daughters, Sue Wells and husband, Dan of Federal Way,
Wash., and Nancy L. Slover of Federal Way, Wash.; a son,
James L. Slover and wife, Marsha of Albuquerque, N.M.; a
brother, Gene Slover of Lamesa, Texas; and three grandsons.
R.B.H. (Bud) Stroop III, 78, passed away on August 22,
Bud was born and raised in the Canal Zone and retired
from the Zone in 1977 as Chief Marine Traffic Controller. As
a young man, he earned the honor of Eagle Scout and he was
a decorated World War II veteran as he volunteered his serv-
ice to our country. Bud was President of the Lions Club in
Coco Solo and was an avid tennis player.
His wife Lilia Stroop who was the Civil Attach6 and
Consul General for Costa Rica in Panama when they retired
to Ocala, Florida survives him. He is also survived by his
sons; Edward Stroop, and Vincent Canamas, his daughters;
Elda Canamas and Patty Bramble, his sisters; Rosie Carmody
and Karen Wolfe as well as his brother Gerry Stroop and his
mother Ruth Stroop.
Mildred Kopf VanDeest, 91, of Enterprise, Fla., died
September 12, 2002. Millie was born in Bridgeport, Conn.,
and graduated from the Bridgeport Hospital Nursing School,
New York R&C Hospital for Physical Therapy and the
University of North Carolina.
She was a Canal Zone resident from 1940 until her retire-
ment in 1972. Her 32-year career as a Supervisory Physical
Therapist at Gorgas Hospital brought her joy and fulfillment.
During the '50s polio epidemic, she had many young polio
patients in her care who still remembered her with cards and
news of their achievements over the years.
She enjoyed traveling and photography and traveled the
world twice over. She resided in San Antonio, Texas, for 20
years after retirement, eight years in Nashville, Tenn., and
moved to Florida in 2000.
Millie is survived by her niece Barbara Apster Boalo of
Enterprise, Fla.; a sister Pauline Steele of Wallingford, Conn.;
and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Robert "Bob" E. Van Siclen, 82, of Seminole, FL.
passed away July 29, 2002 at home under the care of Hospice.
Bob was born on January 13, 1920 in Ancon, Canal Zone
the sixth of seven children of William and Mary (England)
Van Siclen. He grew up in Balboa and graduated from BHS
in 1938. Bob left the Canal Zone to attend Cumberland
University School of Law in Tennessee and passed the
Tennessee bar exam and was admitted to practice in
Tennessee. In 1941 was admitted to practice law in the U. S.
District Court for the Canal Zone and Court of Appeals, 5th
Circuit, sharing offices with his father.
In 1942 he was called to active duty with the United
States Navy and served in the Canal Zone in the 15 Naval
District as defense council; he was transferred to Hawaii,
serving as O.C. Criminal Investigations, 14th Naval District.
He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of Lieutenant
After leaving the Navy Bob arrived in New York and set-
tled on Long Island with his first wife, Maureen, the mother
of his seven children. Maureen passed away in 1987.
Bob worked for a few companies on Long Island and in
1970 joined Mobil Oil Corporation in New York City where
he was head of Security for the headquarters building and he
implemented security procedures for the Corporation after
the PLO bombed the building in 1977.
During his employment Bob met his second wife Nancy
and they were married on October 25, 1980 in King George,
Va. After retiring, Bob and Nancy moved to Seminole, Fl. in
1986 where he became active in the Panama Canal Society
and was elected President of the Society in 1991 and 1992.
His love of the Canal Zone was deep and always enjoyed
telling stories of his younger years in the Zone.
Bob had a few passions like music and photography but
what was most important in his life was his love for his fam-
He was an active member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, a member of the Elks Lodge 1414 in Balboa, a mem-
ber of the American Legion Post 252 in Seminole and was
president of the Florida West Coast Mobil Annuitants Club
from 1995 to 2000.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Nancy; daughters
and son-in-laws Betsy and Bill Borrelli, Exeter, N.H.; Nancy
and Alex Talasko, East Hampton, N.Y.; Mary Ann and Brian
Storms, Far Hills, N.J.; Susan and Mike Brickley,
Amagansett, N.Y.; Amy and Ron deGroot, Belle Terre, N.Y;
Robin and Joe Basirico, Shoreham, N.Y.; his son, Robert
"Skip" Van Siclen, Stowe, Vt; a sister, Nealie Van Siclen,
Clearwater, Fl.; 12 grandchildren and several nieces and
Retired Captain John Craig Wallace, Jr., 61, Master,
USNS Vanguard (T-AG 194), passed away July 24, 2002, at
Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.
Captain John Wallace was born in Colon, Republic of
Panama March 13, 1941. He was raised and educated in the
Panama Canal Zone and was hired by the U.S. Navy Military
Sealift Command, Atlantic in August 1960. He married
Maria Elvira Champion on May 2, 1964. They have three
children, Alan Stuart Wallace, Linda Marie Wallace
Rodriguez (Gustavo Rodriguez, LVN), and John Craig
Wallace III R.Ph. (Marissa Lorenzana Wallace), who all
reside in Mercedes, Texas.
Captain Wallace sailed on USNS Gibbs, USNS Dutton,
USNS Comet, USNS O'Brien, USNS Upshur, USNS Muller,
USNS SGT Gammon, USNS Boyce, USNS Neptune, USNS
Kingsport, USNS Bowditch, USNS Hayes, USNS Mosopella,
USNS Powhattan, USNS Mohawk, USNS Sioux, USNS
Southern Cross, USNS Apache, and USNS Vanguard. He
received five MSTS and MSC Smart Ship Awards, Letters of
Commendation from MSTS and MSC. He was the recipient
of the American Merchant Marine Institute "Admiral of the
Ocean Sea Rosette" and commendations from the U.S. Coast
Guard for Law Enforcement Operations. He saw extensive
Coastwise service in Vietnam and Cambodia while in cir-
cumnavigation of the world. He received commendations
from sponsors of projects including Explosive Shock Testing
of U.S. Navy ships and Electro Magnetic Pulse Testing. He
qualified as a Tethered ROV operator.
John retired December 1998 and enjoyed his time travel-
ing with his wife and maintaining and riding his old BMW
motorcycle. He participated with the Ghost Riders
Motorcycle Club of the Valley.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Craig articles in the field of history.
Wallace, Sr.; mother, Rosa Acosta de Wallace and brother, He is survived by his parents, Dr. Burton and Marie F.
Flavio Wilfred Acosta. Wright of Dothan. Dr. Wright is a member of the faculty of
He is survived by his wife, Marie Elvira Champion Troy State University Dothan.
Wallace, and three children (Alan, Linda, and John III). Also,
his brothers and sister, Robert Alan Wallace, Gary D.
Wallace, Patricia Wallace, and William Wallace, all of
Lamoine Werlein, 62, of Panama City, Panama, passed
away on June 23, 2002, at San Fernando Hospital of heart
failure after a long battle with emphysema. He was born in
Modovi, Wisc. on September 12, 1939. His parents, Francis
and Evelyn Werlein, moved to Gatun, Canal Zone in 1943,
where he grew up and graduated from Cristobal High School
on June 5, 1957. 5 0
He was Master Councilor in the Order of DeMolay and e W
was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge 1542 (Cristobal, C. Z.).
He was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1962 and was sta- rw tW,,
tioned in Ft. Jackson, S.C. and Ft. Sill, Okla. He served over- 0 ,
seas in the 1st Missile Battalion, 39th Artillery in Germany.
After he was discharged from the U.S. Army, he went to work a,
for C.B. Fenton and later for Barwil Agencies.
Lamoine is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Borden)
Werlein of Panama; brother, Leroy Werlein of Wisconsin; C
two children, Lamoin of San Francisco, Calif. and Lianne of t
Amherst, Mass.; and two grandchildren.
Ugolena "Toni" Wilferd died on February 9, 2002, in
Rocky Mount, N.C. She was born in Charleroi, Pa. on April
22, 1920, and her family moved to California when she was
a child. She later moved to the Panama Canal Zone with her
husband Roy and daughter Susan. Following graduation from
Florida State University, she taught at Cristobal High School.
Toni's passions were teaching, reading and painting. After
retirement in 1977, she and Roy moved to Rocky Mount to be
near their daughter.
Survivors include a twin sister, Sally Eyen of Alameda, BALLOTS ARE LOCATED IN
Calif.; and grandchildren Thomas R. Morris and Kimberly THE CENTER OF THE
Morris of Florida. Toni was preceded in death by her hus-
band, Roy R. Wilferd in 1996, and her daughter, Susan CANAL RECORD
Morris. DEADLINE TO VOTE IS
FEBRUARY 24, 2003
Dr. Burton Wright III, 57, died suddenly from a heart
attack on February 8, 2002, while hospitalized in Springfield,
Mo. SEND IN YOUR RESERVATIONS
Dr. Wright was the Historian for the U.S. Army Chemical
Corps. He was born in the Panama Canal Zone on Feb. 23, EA
1944, the son of Burton and Marie Wright of Dothan. He FOR THE ANNUAL REUNION 2003
received his baccalaureate degree from Creighton University,
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Florida State University and thereafter a doctorate in the
same field. He was the author of two books and numerous
THE EARLY DAYS
As promised in my September President's report, here is
this month's excerpt from the book "The Panama Canal
Societies of The United States Souvenir Yearbook and
Directory" 1947. This is a great note written by an early
Canal woman submitted for this 1947 book.
TRAVELING TO AND FROM
Traveling to Panama in the "old days" is a topic that
brings reminiscences from really long ago. Perhaps I should-
n't mention this, since it dates me but my first visit was made
with my father, Captain G. E. Sukeforth of the P.R.R.
Steamship Company when I was ten years old. That was
before the Americans started the canal (but not long before, I
hasten to add).
I mention this because the most vivid memory I have of
that visit was the absence of drinking water on the Isthmus,
and the consequent need of drinking Port with meals. That
was a most impressive experience to me at that age. It also,
from this much-later standpoint, is a startling contrast to the
Canal Zone days when Dr. Gorgas' health planning made
such a substitute for water unnecessary.
I will remember later trips, during the days of canal build-
ing, which were wonderful highlights in the drab life of a
schoolgirl in the early years of the twentieth century. Those
visits, so filled with the essence of romance led to another
thrilling experience in my life-application for an appointment
to a teaching position on the Isthmus when I finished college.
Then I became an actual cog in the "big job."
Membership in the Canal Zone family began with the delight-
ful sea voyage (one week, at that time) and association with
others who had the same paramount interest in life. Fellow
passengers might be other teachers, nurses, office workers,
engineers and even some of the really important "brass hats"
of the construction setup. Many life-long friendships were
made on these trips, for the intimacy of seven days "fenced
in" on a small ship was conducive to fundamental under-
standing of others' ideals and interests.
Another interesting angle of the trips and the friendships
made was the fact that, in a land predominantly male, all the
young wives felt it their duty to bring the unmarried girls into
the fold. I must confess that I fell into the trap and was mar-
ried at the end of my first year of teaching, and still, at this
very late date, have the same husband. I still get a thrill out of
memories of the Canal Zone and am deeply interested in
present conditions there. I would enjoy nothing more than a
return trip with my family, including my grandchild, to pass
on to them some of the charm and the romance of that
American paradise in the tropics
MARION SUKEFORTH CARR 1947
Young girls and what could be the available single women
in the early days. Although none of these photos is actually
Marion Carr, they are good examples of what Marion would
have looked like in those early canal construction years.
DEADLINE FOR THE
MARCH RECORD IS
JANUARY 17, 2003
A TRIBUTE TO:
Virginia and George Booth
In her own words:
As told to: Patricia Booth
I was born on March 9, 1917, in Panama City and lived
there until I married George Julius Booth and moved to the
Canal Zone in 1945. George was born at home in a suburb of
Havana, Cuba, on March 25, 1920. His father was Rufus
Kenneth Booth, an American soldier who served in Cuba dur-
ing the Spanish-American War, a Roosevelt Medal holder
who was let go at the end of the Canal construction period, a
businessman in Panama for a brief period (at one time own-
ing the "Chinese" Hotel on Taboga Island), and something of
an adventurer who worked in different countries at various
times for the United Fruit Company. His mother, Ena Victoria
Sanchez, was from a Costa Rican family with relatives in
Panama. When George was 2 years old, the family moved to
New Orleans and he attended his first years of school there.
When he was 7 years old, his father sent the growing family
(mother and several children) back to Panama, but failed to
rejoin them there. His considerably older sister and brother,
Belen and Kenneth, attended Canal Zone schools and helped
support the family. Belen was a Colon carnival queen in the
late 1920's or early 30's and soon after, married a German
shipping agent, Hermann Huss, who worked for the Hapa-
Gloyd Company in Cristobal. Kenneth worked early on for
the Panama C~I in several jobs, studied by correspondence
to become an accountant, and later worked for many years at
the Administration Building in Balboa Heigths until his
George graduated from the old Cristobal High School in
1939, and joined the Panama Canal Company as an
Apprentice Telephone Worker. He decided he did not like
that kind of work and switched to Apprentice Blacksmith.
Much of his academic study in metallurgy was done by tak-
ing correspondence courses, accompanied by on the job train-
ing and fieldwork in Panama Canal blacksmith shops at the
railroad yards, locks division, and drydocks in Cristobal and
Balboa. At that time, virtually all metal parts and pieces had
to be handcrafted. He completed his apprenticeship during
WW II and although he was drafted into the U.S. Navy, all of
his 9 months of military service were spent in the Canal Zone
helping to repair damaged and sabotaged ships, including the
famous Italian ship, the Conde Biancamano. In 1956, he
transferred from the Balboa Industrial Area (Drydocks) to the
Marine Bureau's Locks Division, where he worked on many
lock overhauls. After 28 years as an Industrial Blacksmith, he
became a Marine Bureau Safety Officer. He spent 10 years
serving on both sides of the Isthmus in that capacity and
received many outstanding performance awards and merito-
rious step increases. Over the years, he was asked many times
to be the master of ceremonies for United Way campaign
kick-off programs, retirement parties, BPOE (Elks) and VFW
functions. After more than 38 years of devoted Panama Canal
service, George retired in December 1977 and we came to
live in Ocala in January 1978.
All of my relatives from both parents are Spanish. My
parents, Enriqueta Diaz and Emilio Garcia, were distant
cousins from Oviedo in northern Spain who both immigrated
to Panama and later married there. My father was a master
baker who provided baked goods for Pacific side workers in
canal construction-era towns including Empire, and later
worked in bakeries in Panama City like the "Bola de Oro" and
From the age of 7, I began to carry on all kinds of busi-
ness enterprises. First I was a babysitter for the neighbor-
hood, then I sewed items for babies like sheets, blankets,
booties, caps, etc. I organized and held raffles. I made and
sold woven multi-colored paper baskets to hold birthday can-
dies and favors. As people grew to know me and how serious
I was from a very young age, instead of referring to me by my
name Virginia, they called me "La negociante" (business-
woman or wheeler-dealer). That is what they would say to my
mother when someone came to my house to look for me..."
Where is the wheeler-dealer?"
Later I went to high school and sold all kinds of chewing
gum which I would buy cheaper by the box or case and make
a small profit by reselling them individually. I washed and
ironed school uniforms as well as gym uniforms and (tennis)
shoes for some of my schoolmates who were roomed and
boarded at the school. I did all kinds of homework for other
students, including sewing assignments. I later worked in
retail sales and banking in Panama City.
In 1942, I started working for the U.S. Army in Corozal
as a clerk doing typewriting, filing and cutting Ditto stencils
for printing. At that time, Panamanian employees were
allowed to shop in the Army Commissaries. I worked in this
capacity (with many overtime hours during the war years)
until I married and had my first child. My supervisors did not
want to let me go because I was a good worker, but I left the
position because George wanted me to stay at home to take
care of our baby.
At this time, my family had a friend whose family had a
beauty salon and also owned an apartment house. George and
his mother rented and lived in one of their apartments. My
friend and her brothers would get together in the evenings to
talk and sing and they would always invite George since they
lived close by and the apartment house was next door behind
my friend Chela Molino's house. George had a wonderful
singing voice and had been in operettas during high school.
During one of those visits, she asked George if he had a girl-
friend. He answered that he did not, but that since he was seri-
ously thinking about getting married, he was worried about
the risk of finding a woman who would bury her nails in his
throat and that once he was married he would be on the hook
My friend replied that she knew a young lady whom he
could marry with his eyes closed, as she was one of 5 sisters
and her mother considered Virginia the best one of the lot.
She passed by the beauty salon almost every day on her way
home. He answered that he would like to meet the girl so he
would go to my friend's salon on all of his days off until he
was able to meet her. After more than a year went by without
encountering one another, finally on a Saturday, the 16th of
December of 1944, I called out to greet Chela as I was pass-
ing by the beauty salon in the afternoon carrying groceries
home, so she called me back and indicated that George was
there. She said she would introduce us after awhile when the
other customers had left the salon. Since there were three men
in the salon, I was not sure which one was George. After we
were introduced, he accompanied me to my home and carried
the groceries for me. I introduced him to my mother. While
there, he noticed that I had some paint on hand and asked who
was doing the painting. I said that mother and I would be
painting the next day, Sunday, some wicker chairs that we had
bought. The next morning around 7 AM, someone knocked
on our door and when my mother answered the door, there
was George who said he had come to help us paint the chairs.
Later, we went out to the movies. We started going out to eat,
to dance, and to the movies. Within 1 week, on the following
Saturday, the day before Christmas Eve, he invited my moth-
er and my family to celebrate together with his mother our
engagement and to share a Christmas dinner. From that day
on he did not willingly leave my side. Three and one half
months later we were married on the 21st of April, 1945. We
were actually married 3 times: one civil ceremony in Panama,
one civil ceremony in the Canal Zone, and one church wed-
ding in Panama City. I married my husband when he was 25
and I was 28 years old and we had 3 children: George,
Patricia, and Richard. Over the years, we lived in various
towns on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the Canal
When the children were older, I began to cater
"empanadas," "carimanolas," rum punch, "tamales," and all
kinds of finger food from home including sevichee" and
meatballs marinated in wine. I did this for many Canal Zone
people for 15 years prior to leaving the Canal Zone.
In 1978, my husband and I came to the United States to
live. George was a model husband for 48 and one half years.
When we came to Ocala, I stayed home and helped to fix up
the house which we had bought through the bank with a mort-
In May of 1978 I decided to get a paying job and go to
work to complete my U.S. social security eligibility quarters.
I entered the Morrison's Cafeteria with my completed appli-
cation form in hand to have a job interview with the Manager.
After several minutes into the interview, he told me, "Please
come to work tomorrow because I need you, but you should
know that you will be the first white woman to be hired in this
restaurant against (among) 20 Blacks (men) who are working
in the dining room."
I worked there for three and one-half years and was
advised early on by teachers who patronized the restaurant
that I should go to apply for a job with the Marion County
school system cafeterias because I was too good an employ-
ee to stay at the restaurant since all 20 Blacks (men) were
stealing my tips and only leaving me the work (of bussing
As luck would have it, almost immediately after I was
awarded Employee of the Month, I left (the restaurant) as I
was called to start my employment at the school cafeterias,
where I worked for 16 years and retired from the County with
a small pension from the State of Florida.
About a year before I retired from the school system, I
was shopping in Albertson's grocery store when I saw a store
announcement for a Bakery Demonstration position. I had
been looking for this type of position for many years, but it
was especially of interest because I was considering retiring
from the school system. Needless to say, I was hired for the
job and for about one year I worked both this job and the
school cafeteria job until I retired from the latter position. I
have been happily working part-time at Albertson's for six
years now and everyone calls me the "hot French bread lady."
My supervisors are pleased with the friendly way I treat store
customers and have said that I do an outstanding job of pro-
moting our bakery products. Many customers look for me to
announce the hot French bread and often say I am the best
employee in the store.
When George and I went to our first Panama Canal
Annual Reunion in 1978, I saw that there were only 4
Vendors. Then I thought that I too could do this since I had
lots of (business) experience. When I made this decision,
George was upset with me; but I decided I would do it even
if he did not help me. I started selling embroidered Chinese-
style shirts and large molas. And what a surprise it was that
when he saw my table full of people, he started to help me
assist people to try on shirts after he saw the way I did it, and
to this day, thank God, everyone knows me.
After we were Vendors for the first time in 1979, he was
so happy that from the following year on we continued being
Vendors and he really enjoyed the Annual Reunions and
every year he would stand at the Vendors' entrance door to
greet and kiss everyone who entered or departed the room.
Not being content to do this alone, George and I would
always open the dances by being the first couple on the floor
to dance to the very first piece of music played. We never
missed a single Annual Reunion together because for both of
us the Reunion was always a very important event for us to
not miss, and not miss enjoying. And many times our delight
was evident when we were awarded prizes such as being the
best dancing couple.
Over the many years I have been a Vendor, I have enjoyed
sewing molas on so many denim and guayabera shirts with 2
and 4 pockets for our Society members. I am now 85 years
young, still driving, and living life with gusto in spite of
health problems typical for my age: open heart surgery with
triple heart bypass, gall bladder operation, dislocated shoul-
der, broken toe, and a pacemaker. My daughter Patsy Booth
(BHS '66) has helped me for many years by shopping for
goods in Panama and helping to present them at the Annual
Reunion. With the no questions asked refund or exchange
policy Patsy and I have, we have tried to keep Society mem-
bers happy and we have never had any difficulties with mem-
bers. If God wills it, next year I will complete my 25th year
as a Panama Canal Society Reunion Vendor.
Submitted by: "Bill" Muller
I ended my last article on ebay (www.ebay.com) with the
statement that "Ebay is a great place to find the perfect
Christmas present for that someone special". It is also a super
place to sell that present that you don't want or got two of for
Here's how to sell items on ebay. Remember, ebay is free
for buyers, the costs associated with ebay are paid buy the
In order to sell on ebay you will need to register as a sell-
er. It will be necessary to provide a credit card that will be
charged auction costs. Ebay charges a small fee for listing an
item and then if the item sells a percentage of the final sale
price (these figures are available on the ebay site).
Once registered, you can start listing your items for sale.
Even though I always write about Zone related items you can
sell or buy virtually anything on ebay other than body parts.
To effectively sell an item you will need to have a good
verbal description, know what category you will list the item
under, create a title that will turn up in customer's searches, a
price you hope to receive, and a picture (all items have a bet-
ter chance of selling if you have a picture).
Buyers can look items up either by a search of words in
the title (like 'Panama') or by looking at an entire category of
items (like ties or cars). A Zone related item might be listed
in the stamp, Boy Scout, or postcard category.
Most buyers look up items by a key word search of items
in the title. For instance you might have listed your item in
the postage stamp category but you put 'Canal Zone' in the
title so CZ collectors can find it.
In your verbal description you should be as explicit as
possible and totally honest about the condition of the item.
This will avoid problems after the sale.
You will need to set a price for the minimum bid that can
be placed remember if only one person bids it is sold for this
price. If you place a reserve price on your auction then it will
not be sold until the reserve is bid.
A good picture is essential. To get a picture you will either
need to take a regular picture and then go to Eckerd or Kmart
and have it developed and place on a CD or have a digital
camera (these are available for $100-200). You will also need
to find a place to host your picture so buyers on ebay can see
it (it is easy on AOL).
Using the information above you complete the sale form
on ebay, post your item and wait for the bids to roll in (this is
the fun part). Once the item has sold you notify the buyer and
inform him of the shipping costs, he sends you payment
(check, money order), and you send the item (Priority Mail is
the easiest and least expensive way). If you are both satisfied
with the auction then you exchange positive feedbacks (these
are the numbers in parenthesis after each person's ebay name.
Trust me -this is all way cool!!
Okay now for Panama and Zone stuff that's been for sale
on ebay in the past few months.
Once again, there have been an endless series of post-
cards, stereoscopic cards, molas, and construction era pic-
tures, many of which do not actually sell.
Probably the most interesting item was the Rolex watch
commemorating the handover of the canal in 2000. The
watch is a limited edition, the one for sale was #33 of 75. It
has a black face with the Seal of the Canal on it just under
center. The bidding started at $4500 and ended at $5450, but
the seller had set a reserve and since the high bid did not
reach it the watch did not sell. A second purported Rolex
commemorative also was listed with a starting bid of only
$100. This watch also had a reserve, but no one even placed
a bid on it go figure.
Other items seen on Ebay included:
Item Listed At Sold For
1914 English cigarette cards
commemorating opening of
the canal (25 cards $1.00 $59.00
Canal Zone license
plate 1978/79 $9.99 $18.06
Paperweight made from
construction era employee
badge $9.99 $58.97
Canal Zone Boy Scout
red shoulder patch $10.00 $33.79
Noriega signature $24.95 No bids
Mola blouse $18.00 $40.00
Paperweight with certification
that dirt inside was on the last
train to leave Cuelegra cut $3.00 $32.00
Submitted by: Ewald Wiber
PCS Office will be
December 23 January 2
As Announcements *,
We will be having our 30th Class Reunion during the
Society's Annual Reunion in 2003. Our reunion will be held
on Friday night, July 25, 2003, at the Orlando World Center
If you are not on our 1998 mailing list, then please drop
us a line.
145 72nd St Apt F-12
Brooklyn, NY 11209
17312 Hialeah Dr
Odessa, FL 33556
bderaps 1 @tampabay.rr.com
There will be a Hospitality Suite for the BHS Classes of
1949 and 1950 at the 2003 Panama Canal Reunion in
Orlando, Fla. The Hospitality Suite will be open for the
classmates on Thursday, July 24th, Friday, July 25th and
Saturday, July 26th. When arriving at the Reunion, the suite
number will be available at the Society Information Desk.
BHS CLASS OF 1978
Yes, we are making plans for Orlando, and will be send-
:ing out postcards and emails shortly....but we need to update:
:the class email list! Please respond to either Bill Morrison,
ior Debbie [Seldon] Blackman via email or phone numbers:
:listed below. We are seeking volunteers to help with various:
:activities, so no one is over-burdened.
Let's make it as memorable as our 20th!!
CHS CLASS OF 1953
Our 50th class reunion will be held in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando July 23-27,
2003. Please contact one of the following for more infor-
mation. We desperately need addresses and e-mails!!!
Nancy (Kariger) Eide
3548 E Nugget Canyon P1
Tucson, AZ 85718-2214
2130 10th Ave SE
Naples, FL 34120
13781 88th Ave N
Seminole, FL 33776
"Where are you?"
Here is the list of those we are trying to locate.
BHS Class of 1983 20th
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
3807 Green Emerald Terrace
Austin, TX 78739
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