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Hello Class of ’85 and Happy Thanksgiving!!

First off, My wife and I wish all of you and your families the Happiest of Thanksgivings and hope you get to spend it with your families and extended families eating large amounts of your favorite comfort foods and watching lots of football. Speaking of FOOTBALL! I am sure we will all be watching those amazing Mids this Friday (11/27) at noon EST as they secure the AAC West Conference Title and a home game for the AAC Championship Game on December 5th. If that is the case, ’85 will have news on our tailgate for that game. I am also very happy to announce the final plans for our 5th “almost annual” Indoor Tailgate Party for this year’s Army/Navy game on Saturday December 12th. We will once again be at the Stadium Sports Bar inside the Holiday Inn Philadelphia located at 900 Packer Ave.; the website of the hotel is: http://www.hiphilly.com.

The party starts at 11:30 am on Dec. 12th and includes the following for a $30 per person cover charge collected at the door (game starts at 1500):



We are closing out the home season this weekend with our “Turkey Fry” tailgate that will also be catered by Dave and Carolyn Marquis and Chesapeake Brewing Company. Cold beer on tap from their brewery, food and fried turkeys and Navy Football!! The game starts as 3:30 and the tailgate will kick off at 12:00. We will have a donation box out and ask that if you attend and enjoy the cold beers and food that you give us a fair donation to help offset the cost of doing these tailgates so that we can keep expanding what we do and maintain that for this season and seasons ahead. This is the last home game and I ask that if you are going to the Army/Navy Game in December that you let us know on our class website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net (survey link here). We are working on a Class of ’85 at that game and will have more information on those plans soon.

If you have questions, please contact Dave McDonnell at: david_555@verizon.net. He is coordinating our final tailgate as he and his wife Laura have done for all of our home tailgaters this year. My thanks to Dave and Laura for their efforts in keeping our Class of ’85 Tailgate one of the best at NMCS each football weekend. We are excited to expand what we do and will spend the off season looking to improve our already strong tradition. Enjoy the weekend and Go Navy, Beat the SMU Mustangs. Regards,  Bob Smith ’85

PS: I will be putting out information in the week ahead about a few Reunion items and our efforts to support our Classmate Dave and Carolyn as they bring to Annapolis the “Beat Army Bar” and give our classmates a chance to be plank holders of this exciting bar at their new micro-brewpub in early 2016 on West Street in Annapolis.


To all our Marine classmates wherever they may be – Happy 240th Birthday!

Here is something that is worth watching:

2015 Marine Corps Birthday Message from the Commandant – The Legacy Within https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg5GPScSQHo

Semper Fi!

Email blast Nov 5, 2015

Greetings Classmates,

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying your Fall Activities post reunion. My wife and I really enjoyed our post reunion vacation and it is time to refocus on upcoming events. First of all, we are planning to have a USNA ’85 tailgate at the Army/Navy Game in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 12th with a 3:00 pm kickoff (1500 for some of us). To make this work, I will need to get a fairly accurate count of who is attending and who would be interested in a “pay at the door” tailgate outside Lincoln Financial Field prior to the game. Local Classmate, Frank Proctor, and I are working together on a plan of having a catered event inside heated tents in the parking lot prior the game. With a nice food menu and beer and wine from Dave and Carolyn Marquis of Chesapeake Brewing Company, we are looking at about $50 per person collected at the door. So…. if you are going or think you may be going. PLEASE go to our USNA ’85 Website http://1985.usnaclasses.net and fill out the survey (click here)  that you are attending or interested. Once we have a number, we can more accurately plan for this or see if this is even possible financially. We need about 100 people as a minimum to make this a reality, so PLEASE let us know so we can better plan our event. For those of you in need of tickets, I cannot help you. I might suggest StubHub or a local broker.

Next, we are in the early stages of planning a Class of ’85 weekend in Jacksonville, FL for the Navy v. Notre Dame game on November 5, 2016. We are in talks with the Marriott TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL (the beach in Jacksonville) for a block of rooms at a group rate and would have plans for a golf outing, shopping trip to St. Augustine and Spa Day at the Marrriott just to name a few. Class events on Thursday the 3rd, on Friday the 4th and a Class Tailgate in a spot we have rented that is only 2 blocks from EverBank Stadium. We would do busses from the Marriott to and from the tailgate and game. As we did in Dublin a few years ago, Class of ’85 will have a great weekend plan in place and it would an amazing weekend for those attending. I am working with NAAA for a block of tickets to the game so we can sit together as a class. Now, I need the Class of ’85 to tell me you are coming or at least interested. We also have a survey link (click here) on our class website (see above) for you to tell me you want us to plan for a USNA ’85 weekend in Jacksonville for the game. The reunion was GREAT and for those of you who went to Dublin back in 2012, you know how much fun that was. I am “building” us a great weekend, I just need you to come!

I will soon be putting out some post reunion information (how to order photos and obtain tee shirts and hats), so PLEASE be looking for that and bookmark our class website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. as your resource for all things USNA ’85.

So, let us know if you are coming to Army/Navy and if you are interested in coming to Jacksonville next November for an AMAZING weekend and a victory over Notre Dame. As always, feel free to contact me with questions or comments: 502-432-6185. We will have a catered tailgate at the last Navy home game vs. SMU on November 14th courtesy of Chesapeake Brewing Company. Check the class website for more info on that game.

Regards and BEAT MEMPHIS and ARMY!!  Bob Smith ’85

PLEASE NOTE:  Don’t forget to fill out the 30th Reunion Survey here!  We want to hear from you!

The last home game tailgate for 2015!

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving early at the SMU tailgate. There will be two turkey fryers going from 1200 – 1500.  Game time is 1530.

Dave Marquis will be providing beer and catering services (other than the turkeys).  We will have a donation box to cover Dave’s expenses.

Let Dave McDonnell know if you plan on bringing a turkey (10-12 lbs).

Go Navy! Beat SMU!