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I want to thank Classmate Jim Berdeguez for coming up with special edition tee shirts (men’s and women’s, short and long sleeve) to commemorate this year’s Army/Navy game. I have attached some photos to this email and you can access pictures and order these shirts on our apparel website: http://usna85.deco-apparel.com

Now, if you choose to order and are attending the Army/Navy game, you can save shipping and pick up your shirts at the indoor tailgate at Pickle’s Pub. If you want to do this, please indicate when ordering. Otherwise, Jim has options for shipping to your home or business. Help us support Jim’s company and our class and get your BEAT ARMY tee shirt today! I will have a limited number on sale the weekend of Army/Navy at Pickles, but order now to make sure you get the shirts you want. Ladies, we have provided you shirts so now is your chance, I heard your voices asking for nice ladies apparel. I want to again thank Jim and his staff for these shirts and for being flexible with our class. He will donate a portion of proceeds to support our Class fund. Go Navy and BEAT ARMY! Get your shirt today whether you are coming to the game or watching with fellow alums or at home with family or friends.

Thanks. Bob Smith ’85



Email Nov 2, 2016

Classmates attending Navy Notre Dame Tailgate

For those of you taking the busses, you can ignore this. For those of you driving your own cars: The vendor is going to lower his parking rates to $20 online tonight at 6:00 pm EST so hold off on buying your passes until then. I HIGHLY recommend using this lot that sits between Lafayette and Spearing Streets and it will cost you $20 on either Paypal or at the gate but you will literally be our tailgate. The parking site price reduction will this evening, so if you pre-pay, hold off. Upon entering the lot, ID yourself as a member of the Class of ’85 and they will park you by our tailgate. In this lot, you will see a large yellow building that looks like a house, that is where our tailgate is taking place. We have indoor restrooms inside this house for our private use during the tailgate. The lot is only a few blocks from Everbank Stadium. Here is that link for the lot:


If you have questions, call Jeff Thompson at: 904-424-4731. If you pay on Paypal, you can print your receipt and bring that with you or they will have a list of names of those who paid online as you enter to check you off. It should be easy to find, look for the large yellow building and I will try and have our Class flag on this house early Saturday morning. Contact me with any questions and see you Saturday. I have posted a picture of this yellow house on FB.



Please find information for the class Army-Navy 2016 below.  At the bottom of the page there is a registration form.  Please complete it so we can get an accurate count.

Indoor tailgate at:

  • Pickles Pub
  •  520 Washington Blvd.
  •  Baltimore, MD. 21230

Saturday Dec. 10th (Game kickoff 1530)

Private room for over 100 people upstairs with our own bar and dedicated staff

Start time of 11:00 am and goes until 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Menu as follows:

  • From 1130-1230:
    • Three Amigos platter (Salsa, hummus and guacamole) served with pita bread, carrot and celery sticks and tortilla chips
    • Wings Buffet style (Honey BBQ and Medium)
    • Crab Pretzel topped with crab dip and Cheddar Cheese
    • 16 Inch Pepperoni and Cheese Pizzas
  • From 1230-1430:
    • Three Amigos Platter (see above)
    • Build your own sandwich with choice of Pulled Pork, Beef and Turkey
    • Old Bay potato chips and coleslaw, condiments and dressings
    • Full Private Bar throughout the event with $3.00 domestic 16 oz. cans (Miller Lt, Bud LT, Coors LT, Yuengling and Natty Boh); $5.00 house red and white wines

Cost: $40 pay at the door (cash please if possible for entrance) and credit cards for bar tabs accepted. $30 for kids 15 and under, kids 6 and under free

Adults, kids 7-15 and kids 6 and under for head counts helps me here. All money collected at the door with entrance fee preferred in cash. Credit Cards for bar tabs is okay.

Registration Form

Email – 21 Oct 2016

Class of ’85,

Glad to say Happy Homecoming to the Class of ’85, I arrived in Annapolis this morning and am proudly representing the Class of ’85 at the dedication of Hopper Hall on the grounds of USNA. It is named after Rear Adm. Grace Hopper who many of you might remember from our time at the Naval Academy. She was a brilliant mind and at the forefront of computer technology back in the 80’s. The building is going to be a center of Cyber Security Excellence for the Navy and Navy Midshipmen and I am proud our Class was a major contributor to this dream becoming a reality.

Our home tailgate will kick off at noon Saturday at our usual tailgate site (spot 41) and I have rented a large tent with sides to give us a break from the weather so we can enjoy warm food and cold beverages and celebrate a Navy win over Memphis. No need to bring anything, unless you are drinking other than beer, wine, sodas or water. We will have fried chicken, pulled pork and sides provided by Bo Brooks catering and beverages supplied by Chesapeake Brewing Co. Text or call with questions: 502-432-6185. If anyone is in Annapolis and wants to get together later today (Friday), please text me as my wife and I will be in town for the evening and enjoying some time at the Chesapeake Brewing Co. on West Street. Otherwise, see you at the tailgate and game tomorrow. We will be over 100 strong based on responses, if you did not respond, you are still welcome to join us, we will have plenty.

The Notre Dame weekend, aka our 31st Reunion Weekend, is in final planning stages, I can still accept tailgate requests and I could use a few more to play golf. If you need game tickets in the Class of ’85 section, I have extras so please get in touch with me and I can take care of you while my supply lasts. Face Value is $85 for good seats. I will be sending out more info in the week ahead for those of you traveling down or living in Jacksonville with event specifics. If you want to attend, we would love to have you join us. We are well represented that weekend (approaching 200 for the tailgate) and the weather in FL is looking beautiful!

Travel Safe and I look forward to seeing many of you this weekend. Go Navy…. BEAT MEMPHIS!!!

Regards,  Bob Smith

Enail blast – 26 Sep 2016

Class of ’85,

Football season is in full swing and Navy has managed an impressive 3-0 record so far. Our Air Force and Army rivals have good teams and are 3-1 and 3-0, so we know the remainder of the season will get interesting as we fight it out for the CIC trophy and hope it stays in Annapolis. Our next game is at Air Force is this Saturday at 3:30. Chesapeake Brewery in Annapolis will have the game on their new big screen TV so anyone locally can watch the game, enjoy Beat Army Lagers and enjoy discounts on food and beverages. We are gearing up for our next home tailgate against Houston on October 8th. Classmate Eric Bowman is smoking some meats for that game in his Nuke Sub smoker as he has done now for the past several years. We will be asking everyone to please bring a side dish or appetizer or dessert and enjoy some cold Chesapeake Brewing company beers and house wines. Donation jar in place and lots of GREAT food and classmates to enjoy a great game. Looking down the road, our Homecoming tailgate will feature a fully catered event prior to the 1530 kickoff. For those in town the night before, we will have a “Class meeting” at 1900 at the Chesapeake Brewpub on West St. for those   interested in getting a head start. More to come on Homecoming, but make your plans NOW. I will be putting up something on the Class Website to get an accurate headcount for the Homecoming catered event and will make an announcement soon.

Class 31st Reunion Update. Here are the current numbers: Friday Class Dinner at the Marriott poolside: 68, Class pre and post game tailgate at Ever Bank Stadium: 146, Friday Golf outing: 18. These are GREAT numbers and I am hopeful we can add to these. Registrations are available on the Class Website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net . For those of you signed up, I sent you out individual emails about your events and payment information. IF you signed up and did not get an email from me, PLEASE contact me so we can work that out. I want those of you staying at the hotel and attending the tailgate to sign up for the bus transport to and from the game. Many of you are still not signed up for the bus because I added the bus transport after you signed up. PLEASE contact me if you need anything and I invite all classmates to join us for a great weekend and our 31st Reunion Celebration. Please go on the class website and review everything we have going on that weekend and join us if you can. It will be the next “Dublin-like” event that we will all remember for years to come. Also, we need to cheer our Mids to victory over a suspect Notre Dame team. I just found this out today, there is a big Airshow at the beach that weekend with the Navy Blue Angels performing Saturday and Sunday (I imagine a REALLY good flyover at the game).

That is all I have for this week. We are still on track to conduct a class election in the coming months and I will start by putting an announcement in Shipmate so everyone is included. After the announcement, we will set a schedule for nominations and the actual election. If you have a desire to serve we would love to see you run. If you like your current Class Officers, you can also deliver that message. Cheers to everyone and I wish Navy good luck in the weeks ahead. I have heard great things about our home tailgates and attendance so far, so we look forward to the upcoming events at our Class of ’85 home tailgate. As always, contact me if you have any questions or needs. Go Navy, BEAT AIR FORCE!!!

Bob Smith ’85

7 Sep 2016


To be more informational, we will do a weekly update for the fall football season to cover pertinent issues for that weeks’ Navy Football game (home and away) and any other class business. I hope this helps everyone feel connected and assists you in making plans for attending the home game if there is one or watching the away games at the Chesapeake Brewery in Annapolis and enjoy drink specials for our Class. Navy kicked off the season with a victory over Fordham and hopes to continue their winning ways against the UConn Huskies at 1530 at NMCS. As we did last weekend, we will have beer provided by Chesapeake Brewery and then ask everyone to bring some tailgate food for sharing. We will do a major catered event at the Homecoming game against Memphis on 10/22. There will be a special cookout at an upcoming tailgate from our Classmate Eric Bowman and his nuke sub cooker, so stay tuned. The tailgate will kickoff around 1:00 and will go until about 30 minutes post game. As always, we will have our donation box or I am still accepting season donations like some have done via check (THANK YOU!). Those can be sent to me at:

776 South Angola Rd.

Coldwater, MI 49036

Put “Class of ’85 tailgate” in the memo block and these will get put into our class account. In either case, your support is appreciated. I will plug the Navy v. Notre Dame Game again, (our 31st Reunion weekend), from Nov. 3-6 down in Jacksonville, FL. Please check out the class website at: http://1985.usnaclasses.net . Or contact me directly. We still have discounted rooms and plenty of space at our tailgate and other activities. We have over 300 classmates coming to the game and over 100 so far committed to the tailgate.

On a sad note, we lost a member of our Class this week, Chuck Merrit (15th Co) has lost his wife Debbie Merrit to her battle with cancer. We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to Chuck and his family. Chuck can be reached at:

1630 Meadow Oaks Lane

Huntington, MD 20639

Or: cmerrit@comcast.netor Cell: 410-535-9233

Her obituary is at this link: http://www.ompsfuneralhome.com/obituary/deborah-c-merritt/

On that I will close this week’s update and as always, am here to serve, so if you have any needs or suggestions of anything Navy or  Class related please contact me directly. If you any questions about Saturday’s Tailgate, please contact Dave McDonnell at david_555@verizon.net. Our Class Apparel store is offering free shipping for Fall Shipments of Class Apparel. Check out that site at: http://usna85.deco-apparel.comThese clothes are GREAT and wear well as I have now owned some for 1 full year. Support our Classmate Jim Berdeguez and his business while sporting some really nice USNA ’85 Apparel. We have the best Class store of any graduating class by far thanks to Jim. Okay, that is all…. See you at Homecoming as I will be in town with my wife to host that tailgate. Go Navy and Beat the Huskies!! Cheers to all.

Bob Smith ’85  Class President and party planner


I wanted to put this out today since some have started ordering their game tickets for this event. You can call the Navy Sports Ticket Office (I suggest you call if you want to sit in the Class seating area), at: 800-874-6289. When you order your tickets, identify yourself as a member of the Class of 1985 and ask to be seated in our class area and they will work to accommodate us by seating us together on the Navy side.

As for other events, I will be up and running on hotel rooms and other event registration soon when I finalize those details and I am now very close. For now, however, the ticket purchase is a separate deal anyway, but if you are planning on attending, get your seats soon as I am sure these will sell quickly. Take care and stay tuned for more information in the next few days.

Go Navy!!

Bob Smith ’85


Class of ’85,

I have been back at the planning “thing” and have put together quite a weekend for our Class for the Navy/Notre Dame Football Game 2016 down in Jacksonville, FL. The Game itself is Saturday, November 5, 2016 (Time is TBA) at EverBank Stadium. I have secured a block of 150 rooms at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort for Friday-Sunday at $179 per night and a reduced resort fee of $15.00 per night (down from $25). On Friday, I have arranged a golf outing at Pete Dye’s Valley Course at the TPC as well as a bus trip down for lunch and sightseeing to historic St. Augustine. On Friday evening, I have contracted with the Marriott for a dinner at their Cabana Club which is situated right on the beach at Ponte Vedra. On Saturday, I am working with local contacts to put on a catered tailgate near the stadium and have everyone bus over and back from the Marriott for the game and tailgate. For the football game, NAAA has given me access to a block of 220 tickets for the game at the price of $85 per ticket.

All in all, we now have a great plan in place for this weekend and I am finalizing contracts and prices with various vendors. By next week, you will be able to go online to book your rooms and you will be able to contact NAAA to buy your game tickets within our block of seats. I will be collecting money ahead of time myself for the dinner, tailgate, golf outing and bus transportation and can take your credit cards for payment. Stay tuned for more details soon; I wanted to get the word out today since Navy announced ticket sales and to let those who are coming know to buy tickets and get rooms in the USNA ’85 group block. This will be a GREAT 31st Class Reunion and a great chance to gather together and keep up the great momentum we built at our 30th Reunion last October. As always, Go Navy and contact me with questions. My next email will come out in a week or so announcing more details on how to start signing up for rooms and events and buying game tickets. Take care and I look forward to seeing many of you in Jacksonville next November.

Bob Smith ’85


The Navy-Notre Dame game next season (November 5, 2016) is being played in Jacksonville, Florida. We’d like to see who would be interested in attending, hotel rooms, tickets, tailgate, and a Friday golf outing.

If you’re interested in this outing, please fill out the below survey so we can determine interest.

Any questions, please reach out to Bob Smith or Angela Orlando.