2001 Reunion Report
Hi Shipmates and First Mates,
First of all, we want to thank all of you who came to the reunion and made it a success. By responding, it was a “thank you” to us from all of you for all the work and time Tern and I put into it. Without you, there would be no reunion.
Roger and Margaret Stillpass will host the 2002 reunion in St. Louis, Missouri. So when we get the invitation to come, let’s thank them by having a good turn out. I know if we were younger and healthier, we would all be there — so, God willing, lets hope to make it next year.
Again, we thank you for all the items donated to the craft room. As you can see by the financial statement, we made a whopping $949.00. Again, it was another way for you to say “thank you” to us, and we appreciate it very much.
Running the reunion gave us a lot of satisfaction because it brought us closer together personally with everyone. It was a wonderful experience to be a host, especially when it comes to a successful conclusion. The World Trade Center disaster put a damper on our get together, but somehow we prevailed.
A total of sixteen, of which nine were crewmembers, were stranded at airports around the country. Two couples in flight were landed in different cities, and came in by train or by bus. That’s a lot of determination on their part. One of the couples was Jim and Kay Mulligan; the other was Charles and Cecilia Walsh.
I finally received the refund money, and all hands got their money back that could not make it to the reunion.
A sad note... Leon Biscay’s grandson, who was nineteen yearn old, was killed in a car accident. Our deepest sympathy goes to you, Leon, and your family.
Stay alive and healthy, and we will see you in St. Louis. Have a great Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season!!
God Bless You,
Gene & Terri
When one considers that reunion sign in coincided with the Sept. 11 disaster, that the affair came off at all was a great success. Some folks were dumped at airports indiscriminately and arrived, by bus and train, a day late. Of the total group eight couples failed to make connections and simply did not arrive.
The tours were, understandably, a bit jumbled. All were delayed a day and the first ( the Sears Building) did not come off at all. Everything was compressed in the last two days. I think that most folks are accustomed to glitches on tours anyway If no tours at all were scheduled, I doubt that many would protest.
The craft room was, as always, a financial success and the closing banquet superb. In closing let me make an observation. Had all who paid in advance been able to attend, the number of former crewmen in attendance would have been but four short of the attendance of '98 in San Diego and '99 in Cinncinati. With the number of deaths and accelerated serious illness in recent years this is quite remarkable. We have lost "regulars" and gained some "new" faces.
The plan of finances of U.S.S. Terror is to have a minimum of $4,000.00 and a maximum of $8,000.00. As you can see by this financial statement, I brought the maximum down a few thousand. Our ideas were expensive, but response by the group of having a wonderful time, was a sign of approval to us.
The Itemized statement is in the ledger for hosts of reunions. Following are items we spent the money on Art Turner, flower piece, Allie Ryan, stamps for five mailings, sign update, raffle tickets, fountain pens, gift for host of last year, Tshirts, video tapes, coffee mugs, printing, envelopes, disk jockey, subsidizing banquet, hospitality room, food, wine, soda, whiskey, etc., film, developing, group pictures, phone bills.
"Old Geezers" - Source Unknown
Old “Geezers” are easy to spot; this is slang for an old man. But at sporting events, during the playing of the National Anthem, they hold their caps over their hearts and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them. They remember World War I, the Depression, World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing, not to mention Vietnam. If you bump into a “Geezer” on the sidewalk; he’ll apologize; pass one on the street and he’ll nod, or tip his hat to a lady. “Geezers” trust strangers and are courtly to women. They hold the door for the next person, and always when walking, make sure the lady is on the inside for protection.
“Geezers” get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children, and they don’t like violence and filth on TV and in movies. “Geezers” have moral courage. “Geezers” seldom brag unless it’s about the grandchildren in Little League or music recitals. This country needs “Geezers” with their decent values and common sense. We need them now more than ever. It’s the “Geezers” who know our great country is protected, not by politicians or police, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country in foreign lands, just as they did, without a thought except to do a good job, the best you can and to get home to loved ones.
Report provided by Gene & Terri Kwasny
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