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Email sent 1 Dec 2018

Happy December Class of ’85,

Who too can say: “WTF…. Where did Fall go and I cannot believe it’s December already?” Yep, that’s me too! That all being said, as we catch our breath from hanging Christmas decorations and attending endless Christmas parties; let’s first remember those who gave us their ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and especially those from the USNA and our ’85 Family. Next, it’s Army week!! We know what that means: Eat, sleep and breath beating those Black Knights on Hudson next Saturday and Lincoln Financial. As part of that, here is the info I posted in a previous email:

With Navy’s home season complete, I have now turned my focus to the Army/Navy weekend in Philadelphia. I am once again pleased to announce we will have both a Friday evening event and Saturday pre-game tailgate. On Friday, we will meet up at the Misconduct Tavern at 1511 Locust Street in Philadelphia from 1730-2000. Here is a link for the Misconduct Tavern: http://www.misconducttavern.com/#about This event is cash bar and you can order drinks and food off the menu from the staff who will be accommodating us in a private room at the Pub. I have been to this Pub and the food and staff are great! On Saturday, we will be having an Indoor tailgate at Tollman Joe’s located at: 26 E Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 and their website it: https://www.tollmanjoes.com/location/toll-man-joes-e-oregon-ave/ Here are the details and menu for this event:

Dec. 8th   11am-2pm
$50 per person fee paid to Bob Smith (See Below)

  • Cheese Burger Sliders
    Cheese Steak Spring Rolls
    Lobster Bisque
    Old Bay Fries
    Caesar Salad
  • Bottomless Mimosas (Included)
    $3 Domestic Beers
    $4 Wines
    *** They have a FREE shuttle to the game for those who are taking an Uber to this event or if you want to leave your car for FREE and take the shuttle.***

I will be collecting the event fee of $50 in the following manner: Paypal and Venmo at: md11driver85@gmail.com or you can hand me check or cash at either event for your payment (contact me because I need a headcount for both nights).
PLEASE sign up by the deadline of December 3rd at 2300 EST. There is no fee for the Friday event, but if you could please email or text me to let me know you are coming, that info will be very helpful: c: 502-432-6185 or robertsmith5@att.net. For paypal, PLEASE send your payment indicating it is for “Friends and Family”, otherwise, they take a fee and I lose money that paypal takes. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon at the Army/Navy weekend as Navy seems to be peaking for the right game. I will be putting out information, soon along with early sign ups for the Big 2020 Ireland Trip for Navy vs. Notre Dame. We will once again work with Tenon Tours like we did in 2012 and we are putting together some amazing travel packages for that event. More to follow, for now BEAT ARMY!!

See many of you next weekend and we are dedicating Friday night to those in our Class who specialized in “Misconduct” by proudly displaying a Black “N” Sweater. If you own one, bring it, if it happens to fit (unlikely), wear it. See you Friday and/or Saturday and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, sign up NOW if you are coming. Sign ups have been light so far and I need a head count please.

Happy Holidays,

Bob Smith ’85


Email sent 23 Oct 2018

Greetings again ’85,

Greetings from La Jolla, CA. Sherry and I are enjoying a mini-vacation prior to heading down to the Gas Lamp District for the Notre Dame weekend events starting this Thursday. For those of you going, I have reached out to you as a group with all the final details, here is a link if anyone needs a reminder of the events:


An ’85 Classmate does have 4 tickets in the ’85 seating area for $85 each. Please text or email me today if you are interested or he will look to sell them locally if no ’85 Classmate wants them. I can stlll squeeze you into all the class events and the motor coach if you did buy 2 or 4 of his tickets and would need to know right away. (Great opportunity if you can make a last minute trip for the game and parties). For everyone going, safe travels and I will see you soon.

Next, we had a great turnout for the Houston game/Homecoming this past Saturday, it was good to see many of you there and it was great tailgate. The Mids played hard and fell short, we all hope their improvements will keep coming as the ultimate preparation for the Army game on Dec. 8th in Philadelphia. The final home game is Saturday November 17th against Tulsa at 1530 and we will have the Class Grill fired up cooking brats, burgers and other meats; we’ll and have a sign up in a few weeks for needed sides and other items and look for that announcement. (We will provide the meats and grill masters).

Now, Army/Navy 2018 news: On Friday evening December 7th we will have our annual Army/Navy Class Cocktail party; this year is at the Misconduct Tavern (right?) located at: 1511 Locust St. in downtown Philly from 1730-2000. We have a private room reserved and all food and drinks will be Ala Carte that night from the bar menu for each party (If you have a Black “N” sweater that fits, bring it!). On Saturday, we will be indoor tailgating at Tollman Joe’s Bar located at: 26 E. Oregon Ave, Philly. from 1100-1400 that day (kickoff is at 1500). I am working with them to have a fixed menu served buffet style and drink discounts; I’m looking at $40 per head cost for food and space rental/shuttle service and will collect that via Paypal or Venmo in a few weeks. This is a Great Bar near the stadium ideal for an indoor tailgate (Popular Eagle’s pre-game spot). There will also be a shuttle from their bar to the stadium and free parking available for those driving in. More details will be coming as I finalize this event, mark your calendar and make plans, sign ups starting soon for Army/Navy weekend events, so stay tuned and sign up if you can make it.

All right, that is about all the news I have. For those of you not making the game this weekend, we know you will be looking for ’85 in the stands. Rest assured, as we always do, WE WILL WIN THE PARTY!! Get ready for Army/Navy and have a great Halloween. As always, I am available for any questions, comments or suggestions: robertsmith5@att.net or c: 502-432-6185. Go Navy and BEAT THE IRISH and ARMY!!   Bob Smith ’85


Email Sent 4 Dec 2017

Class of ’85,

Greetings again and it’s time for the Beat Army week news. For those of you who signed up for Frank Proctor’s event at the Pyramid Club, you know who you are and know the details so I will not put them out again. If you did not sign up, the event is “sold out” and no extra space last minute is available. (We’ll try and do this again next year or expand on it). Contact Frank with any questions, there is also info on Facebook. Now, for those of who are coming to the game who want to get together ahead of time, I could not a obtain “reservation” at the Stadium Sports bar located inside the Holiday Inn at 900 Packer Ave (our location on several previous pre-game tailgates). So, it will be “first come” on space as per the new manager. I cannot attend this year due to a last minute work conflict, so I will ask that those of you who are going to ARRIVE EARLY. They open at 11:00, so those arriving near opening please tell the hostess you have a large group of 30 or more coming and see what they will give you for space. I am sure it will turn out great and Class of ’85 will have a large gathering once again. It be in the low 40’s, so I am sure an indoor venue will be nice for this gathering yet again. I will post this information on the USNA ’85 group on Facebook and let you rely on each other to get this indoor tailgate done. I will be watching from afar and like you, SCREAMING like crazy for a Navy “upset” and to bring the CIC trophy back to Annapolis and revenge for last year’s loss to the Black Knights.

After the season, we will start concentrating on next year’s events: The Notre Dame Game in  San Diego and the away game in Hawaii. So, for now, concentrate on a Navy win over Army and enjoy the Holidays. I will be back in touch early next year and we’ll start gearing up for future ’85 events.

Happy Holidays and BEAT ARMY SIR!!

Bob Smith ’85

Email sent 8 Nov 2017

Class of ’85,

Greetings. We are all still stinging a little from the current 3 game losing streak. I ventured to Philly to watch the game last week and it was hard to watch the outcome. We came back late to make it close, so maybe that is a good sign coming into this weekend’s game against SMU. Here is an email from Charlie Smith regarding the final class tailgate of the season this Saturday:

We had a great turnout for homecoming and I want to thank everyone who pitched in to help out and to everyone who contributed to the class fund.  It’s now time for Navy’s last regular season home game and we are cooking up a Texas BBQ Pot Luck as Navy takes on the SMU Mustangs.  We will have the grill fired up and cold beer on tap so bring out burgers, chicken, hot dogs or your favorite meat to toss on the grill.  As always, bring what you want and join in with classmates, friends and family as we celebrate another great year of Navy Football.

Please go to the sign up page and let me know if you are coming and how many are in your party.  Here’s the link to the signup:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080A48ABAB28AAF49-navy2  – you don’t have to sign up for anything and you don’t even have to enter an email address.

Thanks Charlie for all your efforts, we all appreciate what you and Kathleen have done this season to take our Class of ’85 tailgate experience to the next level. Moving on to future plans, I am sending some information from Classmate Frank Proctor regarding the Friday night Class party at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia on A/N weekend. This is going to be a very exclusive and fun event, and space is limited to 150 guests, so do not wait to RSVP for this event. This is from Frank:


Please forward this along to the Class of 85. We have 110 guests for the Army Navy Cocktail Party at the Pyramid Club in Philly the night before the big game.

Still 40 slots available. First come , first served!



Here is the link to RSVP for this event:


Once again, thanks to Frank and a few other classmates for making this event a reality. I am working on a pre-game event at Army-Navy this year and will post that information soon. Until then: Go Navy, Beat the Mustangs and Army! Get signed up for this week’s final tailgate if you are coming please. See you soon, I will not be at this weekend’s game due to soccer commitments back home.


Bob Smith ’85



This year at Army Navy, several of our classmates (Frank Proctor-Conner Strong & Buckelew, Marty Medve-Trident Home Loans, Ralph Arcaro-Intraprise Solutions and Chris Griffith-KCI Engineering) have agreed to sponsor a fabulous cocktail party at The Pyramid Club in Philadelphia the night before the game from 6-9 pm. This will be a terrific opportunity for everyone to get together and kick-off the weekend at a real “first class” venue in Philly. The Pyramid Club is located on the 52nd Floor of the Melon Bank Building in Philadelphia at 17th and Market Streets, right in the heart of Center City. The private club has awesome views of the entire city skyline, City Hall and the Delaware River. The sponsorships from these four classmates will take care of most of the anticipated cost. That said, we are asking everyone who attends to contribute $25 per person to help defray any costs associated with the final bill. Any excess cash from these donations, after the final bill is paid, will be donated to the Class of ’85 account for future activities and events. The attached flyer has RSVP information and space is limited to 150 guests, so RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to be in town for the game and would like to attend. Many thanks to Frank, Marty, Ralph and Chris for planning this event for the great Class of ’85 ! We will, no doubt, have the best party in town that evening ! Go Navy , Beat Army !

For more information, please see the flyer here.

Email 28 Nov 2016

Class of ’85,

How much fun to have a bonus tailgate with Navy hosting Temple for the AAC Championship game in Annapolis this Saturday. We will have a Class of ’85 tailgate at our usual spot starting at 1000 starting before and going until after the game. Beer and wine provided by our Class and the class tent set up as well. Please bring food to share for appropriate pre and post game tailgate snacking. Tailgate starts at 1000 and hopefully goes strong after the game to celebrate our first AAC Championship and then we set our sites on that “Team from up north” a week later in Baltimore. The post tailgate party is at Chesapeake Brewery on West Street Annapolis.

Speaking of the following week, we are still taking registrations for the USNA ’85 Beat Army Tailgate sponsored by Trident Home Loans (http://tridenthomeloans.com) and Classmate Marty Medve at Pickles Pub in downtown Baltimore starting at 1130 on Dec. 10. The link to register is on the Class of ’85 website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net/2016/10/23/army-navy-2016-tailgate/ The cost is $40 at the door for a great food buffet, drink specials in a private room upstairs at the pub and a GREAT time as we get pumped up for the game against our arch rival. Our classmate Jim Berdeguez has designed some awesome Beat Army Shirts and they are on sale at the class apparel website: http://usna85.deco-apparel.comThe ordering deadline is November 30 to receive them either at the game or your home prior to game day so you wear them to your Beat Army party. For those that order to pick up at the game, they will be available for pick-up at Pickles Pub at the tailgate (say that 3 times fast). PLEASE register soon if you are coming, I need to get a head count to the bar by early next week for their food order. We will be at least 100 strong and may fill the room to its capacity of 125.

In review, HUGE game Saturday against Temple in the AAC Championship game at 1200 with tailgating before and after starting at 1000 at our usual tailgate site; and then we set out sites on Army the following week. Tailgate registration for the Army game is open and the tee shirt ordering deadline is fast approaching. Phew, it’s hard work being part of this class! I will be watching this Saturday from Michigan and will look forward to seeing many of you the following weekend in Baltimore. I will put out news about a Friday night Happy Hour in Baltimore for those in town, it will be near the Inner Harbor. If you are going to be in Baltimore that evening, let me know. Safe Travels and Beat Temple!! Contact me with any questions: robertsmith5@att.net or 502-432-6185.

Go Navy!!!!

Bob Smith ’85


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 Blast Nov 2, 2016


I am proud to announce that the Class of ’85 will be honoring the memory of fallen Classmate Kevin Bianchi at our final home tailgate on November 12th against Tulsa. We are hosting Kevin’s wife Barrie, son Chris (a USNA youngster), son Kevin and daughter Julia and several other family members. The game starts at 1200 and the tailgate kicks off at 1000 that day and will go until after the game. Please bring food to share for this tailgate and our class will provide Chesapeake Brewing Co. beer, red and white wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Just about everyone knew Kevin (or Block as many of us knew him) and we can all say that he was “That Guy”. The one who made you laugh out loud and always made you feel good just being in the same room. We lost him in July of 2003 in a helicopter crash in the Med and still remember him fondly. Here is a link to Kevin’s obituary to help you recall: https://www.maplewoodonline.com/matters/bianchi/.

Please join us at our final home tailgate of the season to cheer Navy to a win over Tulsa and to help us honor one of our fallen heroes. If you have a picture of Kevin you want to share, please bring it to share on our memorial table that day. USNA will honor the Bianchi Family during the game and at a private ceremony and the Class of ’85 is proud to do the rest.

I am currently down in Jacksonville today and putting the final touches on our 31st Class Reunion. We will kick off the weekend with a Class of ’85 Meet and Greet at Alice and Pete’s Pub inside the Marriott Sawgrass at 1900 on Thursday (I am arriving at 2000, but sure the party can get started without Sherry and I for an hour or so). I have contacted all the golfers for Friday morning and we are all set to go. The Friday Dinner kicks off at 1800 at the Lagoon Poolside with a FREE Happy hour from 1800-1900 (this was given us by the hotel since their beach Cabana Club was blown away by the hurricane) and then dinner and cash bar to follow. For guys, dress slacks or khakis and a golf or collared shirt is appropriate attire and for ladies, a sun dress or equivalent (it may be a cool evening, so bring a wrap). Get there EARLY to enjoy FREE beer and wine! On Saturday, those riding the motor coaches we will meet at the front entrance to the Marriott Conference Center at 0845 SHARP for a 0900 SHARP departure. There will be staff to help direct you to our Academy Bus Co. busses and transport you to our tailgate by 0930 as we open the doors. For those driving or coming via other means, here are the coordinates of our tailgate parking lot: https://www.google.com/maps?q=717+Lafayette+st,+Jacksonville,+FL+32202,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=image

The Bloody Mary Bar opens at 0930 and the tailgate will go for about 2 hours after game ending time and our Barb B Q buffet will be served post game with Cheese and fruit before the game. The weather looks great for fall football, dress appropriately. If you need tickets, please check Facebook as classmates have tickets for sale.

For those who do not know this, there is a beach front Airshow on Jacksonville Beach this weekend featuring the Blue Angels. Here is some info if you might like to take in the Friday practice or the Airshow’s Sunday performance: http://www.makeascenedowntown.com/Events/Jacksonville-Sea-Sky-Spectacular-(1)

Finally, we have put the Bear Army Class of ’85 Indoor tailgate up on our website for registration. This event is Pre-game on Saturday December 10th at Pickles Pub from 1130-1430 with a 1530 game kickoff. The cost is $40 and our class has a private room upstairs at the pub. See the Class website for details and to register, payment is via cash at the door that day. Here is our link: http://1985.usnaclasses.net/2016/10/23/army-navy-2016-tailgate/ If you are bringing more than 4 adults, please add that as a note for my head count.

Okay, lots of pertinent info in this blast. I will only be doing Facebook updates going forward for this weekend, so watch our ’85 group page. As always, my cell is: 502-432-6185 and you know my email. I am excited to see many of you this weekend and take in a great victory over Notre Dame and some nice Florida weather. Go Navy and Beat the Irish (revenge for Dublin would be sweet).

Regards,  Bob Smith ’85

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 Blast – 12 Oct 2016

Greetings Class of ’85,

After an impressive win against the #6 Houston Cougars, Navy has landed at #25 in the national rankings as they enjoy an unscheduled bye week due to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and the postponement of the East Carolina game scheduled for this week. The next game is going to be Homecoming against Memphis on October 22 at 1530. This will be the “big” tailgate for this season as we will cater this through Bo Brooks catering, and as always, have beer and wine from the Chesapeake Brewing Company courtesy of Dave and Carolyn Marquis. With a 1530 game start, we will kick off the tailgating at 1200 on the 22nd and food to be delivered by 1300. I need to get a head count so I can order the proper amount of food for this, so please email me at: robertsmith5@att.netif you are attending and how many you will have in your party. I appreciate those of you who sent me donations to support our class tailgating and as always, we will have the donation box out to help cover some of the cost of this tailgate and future events.

The Navy/Notre Dame weekend is approaching fast. I can still accept some last minute registrations if you find that you might be able to attend the game, the dinner or the tailgate and have not signed up as of yet. You can do this by contacting me directly or getting on the class website and registering for the events and I will receive that info and contact you. Some of you signed up and I contacted everyone who registered, but some of you have not paid me yet and I REALLY need to get that taken care of or it will come out of my personal finances to cover the required prepayment on all our events. We have a GREAT crowd signed up and I really look forward to seeing many of you in Jacksonville. If you are driving and need parking spot near our tailgate, you can go to this website and reserve your spot: http://www.jacksonville-stadium-parking.comThe cost is $40 to park and you will be a short walk to and from the tailgate and stadium. For those not riding the bus, this is where you will go to find our class tailgate on Saturday. We will start at 0930 with a Bloody Mary bar (beer and wine), fruit and snacks before the game and then have a full barbeque menu after the game is completed. If you have any questions, please email or call me: 502-432-6185.

In looking ahead, at Army/Navy this year I have reserved a room in Pickles Pub near the Ravens Stadium for our annual Indoor Class of ’85 Tailgate Party prior to the game. We will kick that off around 1100 on Saturday the 10th and more details will follow via emails, the class website and Facebook. Cost is $40 per person, $30 for kids 15 and under (kids under 6 free). I will have a sign up on the class website soon as well as the menu and event details for this, so please register when it goes up: http://1985.usnaclasses.net

PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any tickets or access to tickets for this game, as much as I wish I did. You will have to rely on other sources like StubHub if you need them.

So, lots happening in the coming weeks for our Class and for Navy Football. My wife and I will be in town for Homecoming and for the dedication of the Grace Hopper Cyber Security Center. Our Class is a major donor for that project and I am excited to see it finally open for business and proud we played such a pivotal role in funding it. Go Navy, Beat Memphis and I hope to see many of in Annapolis for Homecoming weekend or down in Jacksonville for Notre Dame weekend. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE HOMECOMING GAME AND TAILGATE!!

Regards,  Bob


Email blast sent 8 Dec 2015

Class of ’85,

For anyone who needs one more reminder about our pre-game Tailgate this Saturday, December 12th, here goes:

  • The Stadium Sports Bar at the Holiday Inn Philadelphia Stadium, 900 Packer Ave., Philly. http://stadium-bar.com
  • Starts at 1130 and goes through 1430 in time to depart for the March on.
  • The Cost is: $30 for Adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. This includes a food buffet and discounts on selected beers and wine. PAY AT THE DOOR to the bar staff in cash or Credit.
  • Drink prices will be good for pre and post game if you care to return after the game to celebrate our win.
  • You can park at the hotel for $30 and be right there for the tailgate and then a 12 minute walk to Lincoln Financial Field.


I have 2 Club seats in Sect. C4, row 7 (Navy side of course!) to sell. Face Value is $135 and I paid far more than that but am willing to make a deal. (I am still going but was offered seats in a sky box). The Club Seats are AMAZING, so if you want to make a last minute plan for seeing us win the CIC trophy and enjoy a mid 60’s December day in Philly, give me a call or text: 502-432-6185. See all of you SATURDAY and super excited, our group is over 50 and growing.

Also, we have rolled out a new line of Fall Class of ’85 items. We have 2 really great tops, one fleece (unisex) and one a lightweight athletic top in men’s and ladies’ styles and sizes. Check out our Class of ’85 Apparel store and get your orders in for a great Christmas Gift!! http://usna85.deco-apparel.com

I have seen all these tops and REALLY LOVE THEM! You will too.

Safe Travels and enjoy the big game wherever you get to view it. Cheers and BEAT ARMY #14!!

Bob Smith ’85

A couple tailgate related updates.


GREAT turnout so far for our Class of ’85 Tailgate at the Army/Navy game next weekend. About 50 and growing. If you are going, let Bob Smith know soon.  It should be a great time this Saturday!

Military Bowl – December 28, 2015

No class tailgate as the bowl folks are controlling the parking lot for the game and NAAA is out of the picture.  However, the bowl people are putting on a huge tailgate in the middle of the blue side parking lot.  If you’re attending the game, stop by the free tailgate. Past attendees have said that the tailgate is a good time!.  Game time is 1430 on 28 DEC.  More information on the tailgate can be found here: http://militarybowl.org/tailgate/

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):


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!

EMAIL Blast 15 Oct 2015


I am back on the watch after a very nice and relaxing week in Cancun. Thanks for all the kind emails and thank you’s Sherry and I have received after our Class 30th Reunion. It was such a treat and honor to see so many of our class turn out for an amazing weekend in honor of our 30th  (Damn the Weather!!). So, in the spirit of keeping the positive momentum going, we are turning our sites to the next big things:

  1. USNA ’85 Homecoming Tailgate
  2. USNA ’85 Army/Navy Tailgate
  3. USNA ’85 31st Reunion in Jacksonville, FL, at the Navy v. Notre Dame Game on Nov. 5, 2016.

First things first. We need a head count for the Homecoming Tailgate on October 24th at NMCS against Tulane. The game is a 1300 kickoff, so we will plan on starting the tailgate at round 1030 am and will have our tailgate catered with food being served around 1130. Classmate Dave Marquis, who you may remember is the owner of Chesapeake Brewing Company and the “father” of BEAT ARMY GOLDEN LAGER, will be serving beer and wine as well. We need a decent head count to insure we have enough food and beverage. I ask that you PLEASE contact Dave McDonnell with your attendance numbers ASAP. We will be tented, so once again, this should be an all weather event. Dave’s email is: david_555@verizon.net. The cost is free, we ask that you bring your own beverages (other than beer and red/white wine which we will serve). Bo Brooks (who catered both the class dinner and tailgate) will be catering our food for us, so come hungry.

In the next few days, we will be putting out surveys using our class website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. Our hope is to get head counts for the Army/Navy tailgate and a preliminary number of those who would attend a class weekend in Jax for the Notre Dame weekend next year. Our plan is to have a large hotel block at the Marriott TPC Sawgrass complete with golf outings, shopping trips to St. Augustine, a Friday (post golf) dinner and a Saturday Class Tailgate near EverBank Field for game day. Keep this in mind and stay tuned for more info. PLEASE get back to us ASAP though if you are coming to the Homecoming game. As always, contact me with questions or comments: robertsmith5@att.net or 502-432-6185.

Go Navy!!

Regards,  Bob Smith ’85

PS I will be posting the website to order some of the professional photos taken during our events on Reunion Weekend. I saw them today and it was fun to look at all these photos and order some for framing.