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1730 – Meet at the bar for drinks
1830 – Luau
2100 – Fireworks from Hilton Hawaiian Village
Email sent 4 Aug 2018
Email sent 31 July 2018
While I finalize the plans for our Friday night “main” event dinner party for USNA ’85, I wanted to get the word out as to the decision. We will do the Island Bar package and the Mahaka Dinner package. Open the PDF attached and take a look. The total minus Tax and Gratuity is $105 so far with dinner and our cocktail hour. The rep from Tommy Bahama recommended doing an hour of just cocktails and may pay for an appetizer to be passed and then carrying over the bar service while we are seated and eat our dinners. I think a GREAT idea. I will let everyone know the final total on this event once I sign the contract and figure out how to collect the money. Most of you have have been great about letting me know about your attendance for just the diner event now that I have a place and a price. If you have not, I will figure out the count when I start collecting money. As of now, it looks like about 60 of us for the dinner on Friday. Stay tuned! Everything else is coming together nicely and I am please to see a few late arrivals to our group and we welcome them! Thanks again and our trip is getting closer. Navy is an early 17 point favorite in the game, I like that!! More push ups for Charlie Giles and Rich Tilghman.
Email sent 4 Aug 2018
Greetings Class of ’85,
It’s time for an update on things as we are about to begin the 2018 Football Season. First off, I am proud to say we are taking nearly 100 Classmates and families/friends to Honolulu for the opening game of the 2018 Navy Season on September 1st against the U of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. There is still availability for this weekend if you want to join us. I am finalizing my ticket, tailgate and Class dinner numbers on August 15th. So, be like a few others who just said: “What the H… We are going to Hawaii”. Airfares seem to be pretty reasonable and I can still get you the Class group rate at the Marriott Waikiki Beach. If you are interested, contact me ASAP. If anyone who thought they had signed up for this trip and you have not been receiving our small group emails and texts, you NEED to contact me ASAP. Next, I am finalizing plans for the October 27th game against Notre Dame in San Diego. Although our class block of tickets is sold out, you can get them from other sources and still join us in San Diego for the weekend. That schedule of events will be published in the next few weeks and I will start collecting money for the tailgate and Friday night cocktail reception. We will be over 170 strong in San Diego or more likely over 200, so why not get on board NOW with this trip?? We will have a Thursday night kickoff happy hour in the Gas Lamp district, Friday night cocktail party, Saturday pre and post game indoor tailgate at the Quad Pub in the Gas Lamp quarter and of course the game. I am looking for someone who lives in San Diego who might like to organize a golf outing for Thursday or Friday morning in San Diego. Classmate Jim Berdeguez and I are designing an ’85 Special Edition Football Jersey for sale starting that weekend to commemorate this event.
Our normal Class of ’85 Tailgate parties will be on for all home games this season. That information will be provided as we get closer to our first home game. If you are coming to a Navy game, you know that ’85 will always have a great tailgate. I am working on events for the Army/Navy weekend, so if you happen to live in Philly and want to help me out, I am appreciative of some help for this year’s game on December 8th. Also, if you live in a city where there is a Navy away game and want to put a class event together, I welcome anyone doing that. Now that Navy plays in the AAC, we play in some fun places. Also, I have started working our 35th Reunion in September of 2020. This is tentative and based on Navy finalizing the 2020 football schedule, BUT, I am looking at a home game now scheduled for September 12, 2020 (Hint: Save the date UFN). Westin Hotel reserved and exploring great options for all events. I will be starting a committee next year for help with all major events of our reunion. (I am getting too old to do all this stuff solo any more).
Enjoy the remainder of your summer and start thinking about Navy football and joining your classmates in Hawaii, San Diego, Annapolis or Philadelphia this season.
As always, Go Navy…. Beat Army! (and everyone else)
Bob Smith ’85
Email sent 26 July 2018
Email sent 24 July 2018
Hello Hawaii Travelers, If you can open this link from your phones, you will get an invite to the ’85 group on whatsapp so you can be part of the group texts going forward.
Here is where we are with everything as of today:
Current head count:
Total Weekend Adults 91
Total Weekend Child 2
Total Happy Hour 82
Total Tailgate Adults 91
Total tailgate Child 4
Total Bus Trans 61
Total Footbal Tix 95
(30 for Barge tour Thursday (Full) and full on the Friday morning Rich Tilghman tour, numbers building for Sunday victory party at Kailua Beach)
I do not have the numbers for the Luau, but I know we are getting close to 50 seats we had reserved plus an additional 20 from the Winkler group. The Admiral Barge tour is full at 30. I am still working the Friday night Happy Hour/Dinner event. I am actively looking at places we can have a happy hour and dinner all together and there are some interesting options I am exploring. I will put that information out once I have a firm agreement in place. For example, however: Tommy Bahama’s Rooftop restaurant, The Eating House, The Yard House, Bill’s Steakhouse just to mention a few. The Saturday Tailgate will be a $50 per head fee to cover catered food, beer and wine for 3 hours prior to the game. I will publish the menu, but there will be grilled foods, sides and other appetizers (sounds yummy). The transportation to and from the game will be provided at the cost of $25 per person and get us there for at least 3 full hours of tailgating (this will leave a little extra for driver gratuity). Game tickets are $40 each and we will be sitting as a group as best they can accommodate a group our size (Lower level end zone). These are better seats then the Navy Ticket office could sell us since I am dealing with the local ticket office in Hawaii direclty. So, I will need to collect for the game tickets, the tailgate and the bus transport in advance. For those of you attending the Rich Tilghman event, transportion will also be $25 per person round trip from the hotels.
So, here is how we will do this: I have a Paypal Account at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would REALLY prefer you send me your payments via PayPal and send it to “Friends and Family”so that a service fee is not charged. In the notes, indicate what your paying me for. For example: 2 Tailgate, 2 Football and 2 Bus (that would be $230). Add up what you owe for the events you are attending and send that amount. If…. you cannot or do not want to use PayPal, send me a personal check to:
776 S. Angola Road
Coldwater, MI 49036
PLEASE indicate on your envelope: Hawaii Trip and inside add a note about what events you are paying me for. I would appreciate all checks NLT August 10th as payments are due to vendors by the 15th. When we get the dinner plan into place for Friday in the next week or so, expect that news. I am planning for a nice event with drinks, dinner in a nice atmosphere so expect to spend $50 at least per person or more for a nice evening out with classmates. Dress code will be “tropical” nice casual. For me, golf shorts and a Hawaiian or golf shirt and a sun dress for my lovely wife in case you need to know. (you are welcome wives!). Refunds?? In case you need to cancel, I can do refunds up until August 16th, after that, we are locked into firm numbers.
I can remember looking at this game at our last USNA ’85 Reunion and saying: “What if?”….. Well, just like Dublin and Jacksonville and San Diego later this season, “What if” has become: WOW, Look at us!! Get yourself onto the Whatsapp Chat if you want real time updates (this becomes important as we get closer to the weekend or while we are in Oahu trust me!) Send me your money for events and start practicing your Hulu dancing. (And for Charlie Giles, get your Speedo collection to the dry cleaners, light starch). You know where to find me if you need me. Looking forward to an AMAZING weekend in the Big 50! I never thought we could top Dublin, BUT….. I am getting a feeling that we just might do that here. Go Navy as always!! Bob Smith ‘85
C: (502) 432-6185
PS – And BRACE UP if you miss this amazing opportunity. Note, we have a group of 20 Classmates/friends from Atlanta with the Winklers who are in addition to the current group of 43…. GREAT turnout.
“Menu for Evening Meal: Roast Pig on a spit, lots of rum drinks…. Yummy Side dishes and perhaps Lyonaise potatoes.”
Email sent 22 July 2018
|Mark & Beth Brownell|
|Nancy & Eric Isaminger`|
|Greg & Sue Morrow|
|Charlie & Jennifer Giles|
|Steve & Monica Rauch|
|Mark Henderson and Pamela Righter|
|THOMAS L ADAMS III|
|Mark & Kim Waterman|
|Steve & Theresa Kelly|
Email sent 17 July 2018
As we all enjoy our summer and summer vacations, it’s time start the final phase planning of the Class of ’85 trip to Hawii in late August on your near term calendar, as well as the late October San Diego trip next on your radar scopes. We have about 90 Classmates and family members attending the Hawii Trip which is awesome and once again makes us the “Class with Class” as no other class will have half this number. Here is where we stand and I am still finalizing a few things, but need to get the word to everyone now as the final pieces come into place. Here is what I have in chronological order:
1) Thursday morning at 0845 we have a tour of the the Pearl Harbor area on the Admiral’s Barge. Please contact Ashley Yetman ASAP if you are interested as there are limited spots. Her contact info is: email@example.com. Ashley has also posted this event on our Class Facebook post and you can messenger her there.
2) Thursday evening, classmate Rich Tilghman has arranged for those interested to attend the Hale Koa Luaa, Thursday, August 30th. Meet for drinks at 5:30 at the Barefoot bar for the 6:30pm dinner and show. “Navy 85” 808-955-0555 Aug 30th. You have contact the Hale Koa directly to attend, 808-955-0555 and tell them you are with the Navy 85 group. The deadline is July 24th at 2300 EST to do reserve. Remember, tell them you are booking as part of “Navy ’85”. There are fireworks next door at the Hilton that go off right after the Luaa ends. Rich says it is an amazing show and fireworks so don’t miss it. Contact Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org or he in the class Facebook group and always answers messages promptly with questions.
3) Friday, Rich has also volunteered to do a half day Island Tour for anyone interested. The dynamics of the tour will depend on the level of interest. Please contact Rich on Facebook or at the above email address to attend a tour he that is still in the making.
4) Friday evening, we will have a 1600-1800 Happy Hour at the Marriott Waikiki Beach, which is the class hotel. This will be an event designed to allow for classmates to then go off and enjoy a nice dinner at one of the many local restaurants. I will reach out directly to those who have signed up on the class website to share a list of who is going so people can look network with each other on dinner plans. I have request a cash bar type event and am still working with Marriott staff on this and will post final details when I have them.
5) Pre and post game tailgate for the football game against Hawaii on Saturday, September 1st; we will be teaming up with the local USNA Alumni Chapter for a fun tailgate event. This will include bus transport to and from the Hale Koa and Marriott hotels and game tickets in our class block. Once again, you need to sign up on the class website: http://1985.
6) Sunday, September 2nd, Rich Tighlman and his chihuahua will be hosting a party at his house and a beach trip for the day. He lives 1/2 block from one of the nicest beaches in the world: Kailua Beach. It will be a meet at 1200 from hotels for transport to his house where he has a nice pool area and it will be a full day of fun at his beachside bungalo and the beach. Once again, please contact Rich and his chihuahua to RSVP so that we can get a count regarding transportation, food, drinks, speedos (Charlie Giles?), etc. Once again, transport leaving from the Hale Koa and Marriott Waikiki Hotels and returning when the fun runs out.
We have a GREAT turnout for this event so far away and I appreciate this and think we have done a good job of putting a full schedule of events together for those making this trip. I want to thank Ashley and Rich for all their help and support in putting this weekend in place and please sign up on the class website and/or contact me with any questions. The Navy/Notre Dame weekend is coming into view and I will soon be coming out with more specifics on this weekend, but we will have a full schedule of events for those coming to San Diego for that weekend as well. Sign ups are on the class website as well and it helps me to have you sign up in advance. If you are going to Hawaii, PLEASE sign up for our events ASAP so we can do proper planning. I will soon have the tailgate info and will reach out to collect money for the transport, game tickets and tailgate events; so stay tuned.
Outside of all of the travel events, we are gearing up for another great season of home Navy Football games as well as events for the Army/Navy game in Philadelphia and will keep putting out info on these events as the plans come together. If anyone lives in or near a city where there is a home game and wants to help us sponsor a tailgate event or class party, PLEASE let me know and I can help you support it. So, keep enjoying your summer as I am and focus on these upcoming events if you plan to attend. Go Navy and Beat Everyone this season…. MOST OF ALL: ARMY!!
Bob Smith ’85
As the Hawaii trip schedule of events gets formalized via our class president, Bob Smith, here is the tentative schedule as posted on Facebook by Rich Tilghman:
Thursday, 30 AUG 2018
AM: VIP Pearl Harbor boat tour through COMPACFLT- FIRM
PM: Luau- dinner+/show , Hale Koa Hotel – FIRM
NOTE: *** 50 seats together blocked for us- UNTIL 5 PM, Hawaii time, JULY 25- purchase ASAP BY
ACTUAL PHONE CALL, only, 1-808-955-0555, option “2” between 0900-1630 Hawaii time to book AND pay. Specify “Navy 85” tables.
Friday 31AUG 2018
AM: 1/2 day or so island tour on A/C coach…. swim, lunch, sightseeing, narrated by Rich
PM: Dinner/drinks TBD Waikiki
Saturday 01 SEP 2018
AM: Pickup for tailgater with Hawaii USNA grads
PM: Hawaii/UH game (tix info coming)
Sunday 02 SEP 2018
PM: Pool/beach party, Rich’s place, Kailua
- Through our class Facebook group, please reply soon WITH interest in EACH event (or NOT)
- Purchase YOUR luau tix ASAP (64.95 each) by Phone only!!!
- Facebook PM Ashley Yetman with interest on VIP Pearl Harbor tour ASAP
If anyone has any questions or is interested in the list of attendees, please feel free to reach out via email to Bob Smith or Angela Orlando or reach out to our own Hawaii tour guide, Rich Tilghman, via Facebook.
Finalized schedule to be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Email sent 22 May 2018
Class of 1985,
First off, Happy 33rd Anniversary to our great class. I salute the 33 years of service to our country and to our communities and our families over the last 33 years by all our classmates. It’s so great to see everyone’s Facebook pictures over the last several years that those in our Facebook group have been sharing (no fake news here!). Pictures of our Academy days, days in the fleet or corps and all the years since. Great family photos of our kids doing amazing things as they all follow in our footsteps now that we approach retirement and hopefully more travel to Class events and Navy Football games together!
Speaking of Class travel, I have an important update for upcoming Class trips. First off Hawaii; I have been offered seats in the Navy section and since they were upper deck end zone seats I reached out directly to the University of Hawaii ticket office and they have committed to giving our class a block of tickets on the lower Navy Sideline. They cannot commit to the exact location yet, but that a block of seats will be available for the numbers we need. I will use the sign ups from our class website and reach out to those attending and confirm ticket orders since I will have to collect money from you via PayPal for these tickets and then have Rich Tighlman pick them up for us in Hawaii and get them to those attending prior to the game. More details to follow, but if have signed up to attend that game, you will hear from me. If you have not, please go on our class website and sign up to attend so I have you on the list as needing tickets (http://1985.usnaclasses.net). We are still working the full schedule of events for that weekend that will be published in the next few weeks, so stay tuned and contact me with any questions. News on the Navy vs. Notre Dame trip to San Diego; we have sold out our 150 seat block for that game. Tickets are still available via ticket master, so you can still attend the game and still attend all the class events that weekend if you were not able to buy seats in our class section. I still urge you to join us if you want to attend a great weekend with many of your classmates in a beautiful setting. The schedule of events will also be published soon for that San Diego trip and I will have to start collecting money for the Friday cocktail reception and the Saturday pre and post game tailgates, also via PayPal. Stay tuned and if you have not signed up, once again, you can do so on the Class of ’85 website. In addition to our 2 away game trips, we are making plans for the normal home Class of ’85 tailgates for this season and for tailgating at the Army/Navy game in Philadelphia. So, lots to look forward to this year.
I want to take a moment and congratulate everyone who has a high school or college student graduating this year as we ourselves celebrate our 33rd Anniversary of our Commencement. My oldest is graduating high school and I am a very proud father as I see him venture into the world like we did 33 very “short” years ago today.
As always, Go Navy and Beat Army! Bob Smith ’85
Email 30 Apr 2018
This is the last day to order Navy vs. Notre Dame Football game tickets and our Class only has a few left in our NAAA block of tickets, so if you are a procrastinating, NOW IS THE TIME!! Here is the skinny on what you need to do:
1) Go to: www.Navysports.com
2) Click the tab for TICKETS
3) Click the tab for ORDER TICKETS ONLINE
4) Click the tab for BUY TICKETS
5) Click to tab for PROMOTION CODES
On that page, enter 1985 in the block and you will be sent to a window to buy tickets in our block for $100 each (plus a small service charge per order). If this does not work, it probably means our block is sold out. As of this morning, there was about 25 tickets left. NAAA is sold out of their allotment of seats and you will then have to buy tickets from Ticketmaster somewhere out of the Navy and Class section. Thanks for those of you who have purchased tickets and signed up so far and I hope that those who want to be part of this amazing event, can get your tickets today if you are interesting in going. Go go the Class of ’85 website to register for this game and for the Hawaii game events if you have not done so but are planning so I can have an idea of how many are attending. I will have an update soon on tickets for the Hawaii game, they have not been released by the home team yet for purchase. When I do know something, you will know it too. Thanks and here is the link for the USNA ’85 website:
Our numbers are growing for both events and I am really looking forward to great times ahead for the 2018 football season and USNA ’85.
Go Navy and stay tuned for more information.
Bob Smith ’85
Email sent 4 Apr 2018
Greetings Class of ’85,
Now that we are on Spring Break, it will be summer soon and then, before we know it, Navy Football season! NAAA has given our Class a block of 150 tickets together for the Navy v Notre game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 27th (Time is still TBA, but I am guessing it will be an early game for those of us on the West Coast). The tickets are $100 each and located together in sections P 48-49. (There is an $8 per transaction fee added on to your order). If you want to sit with other classmates, I suggest you place one order together like those of in 16th Company did this morning. Here is the link for the NAAA Ticket Window for this game:
Our PROMO Code is: 1985 and the group tickets are ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL April 31st, so GET ON IT. The Class block of rooms at the Westin hotel (50 rooms) is currently sold to 40 rooms, so only 10 left. If I sell out 50 rooms, I can get more, but that opportunity is fading FAST, so if you want to stay with the Class and plan on attending the game, NOW IS THE TIME! The room reservation web link is:
I have a contract in place with a local Brewpub near out hotel called the Quad for a pre and post game indoor tailgate and will have motor coach transportation from the Quad to and from the game. For now, I just need you to go on the USNA ’85 Class website and sign up that you are attending the game. Use the above links to reserve your room and buy your tickets and I will have more information about such events as the Friday Night Cocktail reception at our hotel, the Saturday game and tailgate and perhaps a Friday golf outing and other events related to that weekend. The Class website is:
Please use the links on our website to sign up for that weekend; for now though, get your rooms and tickets locked up. I will have more information in the near future with a schedule of events for the entire weekend and some additional sign ups.
If anyone is wondering about the Hawaii Game, please use the class website to sign up and get your rooms reserved. NAAA does not have tickets yet and they are controlled by the home team, so when I have that info, I will promptly pass it along. Call, text or email with questions as always: email@example.com, C: (502) 432-6185. Go Navy and Happy Spring!!
Bob Smith ‘85
Email sent 14 Feb 2018
Dear Class of ’85,
As some of us are hiding inside and counting down the end of the “Dark Ages” of winter, I thought I would throw a little sunshine into everyone’s life. I have been busy behind the scenes putting together and finalizing plans for the Navy away games at Hawaii against the University of Hawaii on Saturday September 1st and for the Navy vs. Notre Dame game in San Diego on Saturday October 27th. Below is some information about each weekend:
Honolulu, Hawaii Trip August 30-September 2, 2018:
Navy plays the University of Hawaii in football Saturday, September 1 with time TBD. I have reserved a block of rooms at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. The block starts Thursday August 30th and has rooms until Sunday September 2nd at a special group rate of $204.00 per night for Ocean view rooms. As always, we will plan some sort of Friday night event and a pre and post game party. Those are still in the works and I will announce them as plans are finalized. For now, you can book rooms and get your travel arranged now. I will also have a Class of ’85 ticket block reserved and information on that will be put out after NAAA starts selling them to us, but we have a firm commitment on both games for our classmates to sit together, so please do not worry about purchasing tickets. You can reserve rooms at the Marriott by calling: (800) 367- 5370 or (808) 922-6611; tell them you want to reserve in the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1985 room block for the nights of 8/30-9/2 and make sure you are quoted the group rate.
San Diego, CA Trip October 25-October 28, 2018:
Navy plays Notre Dame at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday October 27, time TBD. I have reserved a block fo 50 rooms at the Westin Gas Lamp District, San Diego for a group rate of $249.00 a night. The link to reserve rooms is: https://www.starwoodmeeting.
I anticipate we will sell more than 50 rooms and the hotel has agreed to open up more rooms if they have them available when we ask. This is why it is important that if you think you are going, to reserve early. You have until 10/22 at 4:00 pm to cancel without penalty. I have a Friday night Happy Hour event planned at the hotel and on Saturday I have pre and post game events planned at the Quad Gaslamp Tavern along with Bus transport to and from the Quad to the game. The Quad has a nice private room we can use and it is about 200 yards from the hotel. For this of you not familiar with the Gas Lamp District, our hotel is in the heart of a large dining and entertainment district that is quite famous for its restaurant and pubs right in the heart of San Diego; close to the waterfront and to the airport. There is no need to rent a car, as you can walk, Uber or take the local trains to just about anything. I am working on a golf event for Friday, if we have enough people interested to this and we will also have a small get together on Thursday for anyone coming to town that day. As with the Hawaii game, I have a firm commitment from NAAA for a Class block of seats at the game so there is no need to worry about tickets, just wait until I publish this information for purchase.
I am going to have a sign ups for both trips on the Class of ’85 website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net
Please sign up for rooms using the above information and for the events you want to attend on our website; this will allow me to have enough rooms and space at events; and to give NAAA a heads up on the number of game tickets we will be asking for. At some point, I will use the data collected to reach out will collect money for certain things such as the pre and post game parties and bus transport and to order our football tickets from NAAA. For now, I just need to get estimated numbers I can use for planning and will eventually use that to firm up my event numbers and money collection. So, for now, take a look at your fall schedules and make plans to join us in Hawaii or San Diego or BOTH! Get on those hotel sites and on the class website and sign up PLEASE. As always, if you have questions or suggestions, I am available. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 432-6185.
Stay warm for now!
Regards, Bob Smith ‘85
The time has come to sign-up for our mini-reunion event during the Navy vs Hawaii football game held out in Honolulu, Hawaii! Our president has been planning for this with more fun yet to be put on the agenda.
Please take the time to fill out this form so that we can get a count of how many people are planning to attend each event. This will help with the counts, facilities, food, and/or other logistics needed to ensure a high quality event.
No money is needed at the moment. This is just for planning purposes. Thank you very much!