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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:

http://1985.usnaclasses.net/2018/09/26/update-on-san-diego-and-home-tailgates

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 15 Oct 2018

Hey Class of ’85,

I left out information about Navy ’85 apparel for the Notre Dame game in my email yesterday. Classmate Jim Berdeguez has put together a custom Tee Shirt for this year’s game in San Diego. Go to the link below to see all of Jim’s Class apparel as well as his custom designs for this year’s game. I truly appreciate having many of Jim’s quality class apparel items and wear it proudly all the time. If you want something and are coming to San Diego, Jim will have your items available for pick up at the events on game weekend. If you are not going and want it shipped for receipt by game day, you will need to get you order in ASAP. Thanks again to Jim for his continued support of our class and our class tailgate/reunion fund. Get your shirts ordered today! (I did). Go Navy and Beat the Irish.  Bob Smith ’85

Here is the link for ordering:

https://usna85.secure-decoration.com

 

Email sent 24 Sep 2018

Class of ’85,

Greetings and welcome to Fall. I want, first off, to send out a HUGE thank you to all who gave to the class tailgate fund. I have, to date, collected over $2500 for Class tailgates and we are planning on some realy fun tailgates for remainder of the Navy home season and beyond:

-Temple on 10/13 at 1530

-Houston on 10/20 at 1530

-Tulsa on 11/17 at 1530

We will have fully catered tailgates for both the Temple and Houston games. Stay tuned that week for the SignUp Genius to announce the menus. We know that we will cater the Houston game from Mission Barbeque and the Temple game from Bo Brooks catering. Also planning a pre-game event for the Army-Navy game this year for both Friday night and then again on Saturday prior to the game. Stay tuned for more on those two events.

 

Now, an update and reminder for the San Diego weekend. Sign ups have been slow so far, less than 20 people signed up for  the Friday and Saturday events. We sold 150 tickets at least for the game, so I planned my events based on those numbers to make sure we had the proper venue and menu. So, please reference my last email and the classwebsite for the sign up information on that weekend. Here is my last email if you need it for reference:

Greetings Class of 1985,

I am trying not to wear you out with Class emails and news, but I am of the hope that all of this is welcome and good news to most of you. I am proud to announce our Class of 1985 trip to San Diego officially kicking off, here is the schedule of events (the dates are October 25-27):

Thursday: 1700-1900: Beat Notre Dame kickoff party, location TBA (A Pub in the Gas Lamp Quarter)
Friday: 1700-1930: Cocktail Reception at the Westin Gas Lamp poolside courtyard. (Dress is nice casual).
Menu: Beef sliders, caramelized onions, chipotle ketchup
Chopped baby romaine salad with cucumber, cherry tomato, heart of palm, roasted corn, cilantro, avocado dressing
Truffle mac & cheese
Brussels sprouts, pancetta, balsamic glaze
Tavern on the Green Bar Package with premium beer, assorted craft beers from San Diego, house red and white wine, assorted Pepsi soft drinks, bottled still and sparkling mineral water and fruit juices, Cash Bar for liquor drinks available to cash, credit card or room charge.
COST is $80 per person (this includes 24% gratuity and 7.75% sales tax)
Saturday 1200-1500: Pre-game indoor tailgate at Revel Revel (Formerly the Quad Ale House) See this link for venue information: http://www.ecocaters.com/portfolios/revel-revel/(Dress is Game Day attire)
Organic Barbecue Menu:
Mains: Texas Style Smoked Brisket, Organic BBQ Carolina Pulled Pork Shoulder, Southwestern Blackberry Chipotle Chicken
Sides: Baked Beans, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Farmers Market Salad with House Ranch
Local Craft Beers, Red and White Wines, Sodas and Mineral Water. Cash Bar available
Cost $80 per person
Saturday 1530: Motor Coach Transport to Qualcomm Stadium from Tailgate, Return post game (for those who live locally, this is cheaper than driving and parking)
Cost: $30 per person
Saturday 1700: Kickoff for Navy vs Notre Dame Football GameTickets in Class Block are sold out, still available from Ticket Master from $50-$175

As you can see, we have a full weekend of events planned, the area near the Class hotel is full of places to see and things to do, so lots of opportunity between class events to make this into a nice vacation. If anyone is interested in playing golf on Friday morning, please contact me so we can put an outing together at a local course if there is enough interest. I will collect money for these events in the following manner:

-Paypal to md11driver85@gmail.com
-Venmo to md11driver85@gmail.com
Checks sent and made out to: 
Bob Smith/San Diego Trip
776 S Angola Rd. 
Coldwater, Michigan 49036

Cutoff for these events is October 15, 2018. I have to get firm numbers to all my vendors by this time. It is helpful to have you sign up and pay sooner rather than later. If you pay via paypal, PLEASE PLEASE indicate you are sending money to Friends and Family and NOT a business or they deduct a service charge from your payment that I cannot recoup. Also, PLEASE PLEASEindicate what you are paying for and the number. For example: 2 Friday event, 2 Tailgate and 2 bus. I NEED this information as you can imagine. This is going to be another amazing weekend and as of now, I anticipate around 150 people or more attending the tailgate and game. For those in the hotel, the Friday night event is both easy and elegant with a great outdoor location by the pool. I am also working with Jim Berdeguez on a special edition football jersey for this event and will have details soon. All this information will be on the class website as usual. Please call, text or email me with questions. I can assure all of you I have worked hard to maximum value at an affordable price and the events will hopefully show this effort. Eco Caterers is an organic and environmentally friendly company that I am proud to be able to partner with for our Saturday Tailgate.
One more thing: Thanks to all who have donated to the Class of ’85 Tailgate Fund, as of today I have received over $1500 in donations and that number seems to grow every day. This helps me fund this year’s tailgating efforts and frees up class money I can use for the 35th Class Reunion in 2020, the reunion is well in the planning phases. It also helps me with cost overruns on these large events like the one in Hawaii. So, get signed up if you are coming or make travel plans if you have not made them yet and join us for what promises to be another GREAT Class of ‘85 “Mini-Reunion” as we just did in Hawaii. Cheers and Beat Memphis, I look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego.

PS:  If you signed up previously for this weekend on the class website, I still need you to sign up and pay for these events. That sign up was to give us preliminary numbers only.

Bob Smith ‘85
Cell: 502-432-6185

SO, always, PLEASE help me help you and if you are coming, go ahead and sign up. If you cannot make it and have tickets to sell, I have takers for your tickets. PLEASE contact me with questions or comments regarding San Diego or any other event or class matter. Once again, thanks for those who contributed to our GREAT Class of ’85 Tailgates. (I was also able to rent our own dedicated class portable restroom from your donations which has received rave reviews). Go Navy and BEAT EVERYONE…. Especially Army.  Bob Smith ’85

 

A friendly reminder and information regarding Navy-Notre Dame San Diego 2018.  Please review, sign-up and send payments!

Greetings Class of 1985,

I am trying not to wear you out with Class emails and news, but I am of the hope that all of this is welcome and good news to most of you. I am proud to announce our Class of 1985 trip to San Diego officially kicking off, here is the schedule of events (the dates are October 25-27):

Thursday: 1700-1900: Beat Notre Dame kickoff party, location TBA (A Pub in the Gas Lamp Quarter)
Friday: 1700-1930: Cocktail Reception at the Westin Gas Lamp poolside courtyard. (Dress is nice casual).

  • Menu:
    • Beef sliders with caramelized onions and chipotle ketchup
    • Chopped baby romaine salad with cucumber, cherry tomato, heart of palm, roasted corn, cilantro, avocado dressing
    • Truffle mac & cheese
    • Brussels sprouts with pancetta, balsamic glaze
    • Tavern on the Green Bar Package with premium beer, assorted craft beers from San Diego, house red and white wine, assorted Pepsi soft drinks, bottled still and sparkling mineral water and fruit juices, Cash Bar for liquor drinks available to cash, credit card or room charge.
  • COST is $80 per person (this includes 24% gratuity and 7.75% sales tax)

Saturday 1200-1500: Pre-game indoor tailgate at Revel Revel (Formerly the Quad Ale House) See this link for venue information: http://www.ecocaters.com/portfolios/revel-revel/ (Dress is Game Day attire)

  • Organic Barbecue Menu:
    • Mains: Texas Style Smoked Brisket, Organic BBQ Carolina Pulled Pork Shoulder, Southwestern Blackberry Chipotle Chicken
    • Sides: Baked Beans, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Farmers Market Salad with House Ranch
    • Local Craft Beers, Red and White Wines, Sodas and Mineral Water. Cash Bar available
  • Cost $80 per person

Saturday 1530: Motor Coach Transport to Qualcomm Stadium from Tailgate, Return post game (for those who live locally, this is cheaper than driving and parking)
Cost: $30 per person

Saturday 1700: Kickoff for Navy vs Notre Dame Football GameTickets in Class Block are sold out, still available from Ticket Master from $50-$175

As you can see, we have a full weekend of events planned, the area near the Class hotel is full of places to see and things to do, so lots of opportunity between class events to make this into a nice vacation. If anyone is interested in playing golf on Friday morning, please contact me so we can put an outing together at a local course if there is enough interest. I will collect money for these events in the following manner:

-Paypal to md11driver85@gmail.com
-Venmo to md11driver85@gmail.com
Checks sent and made out to: 
Bob Smith/San Diego Trip
776 S Angola Rd. 
Coldwater, Michigan 49036

Cutoff for these events is October 15, 2018. I have to get firm numbers to all my vendors by this time. It is helpful to have you sign up and pay sooner rather than later. If you pay via paypal, PLEASE PLEASE indicate you are sending money to Friends and Family and NOT a business or they deduct a service charge from your payment that I cannot recoup. Also, PLEASE PLEASEindicate what you are paying for and the number. For example: 2 Friday event, 2 Tailgate and 2 bus. I NEED this information as you can imagine. This is going to be another amazing weekend and as of now, I anticipate around 150 people or more attending the tailgate and game. For those in the hotel, the Friday night event is both easy and elegant with a great outdoor location by the pool. I am also working with Jim Berdeguez on a special edition football jersey for this event and will have details soon. All this information will be on the class website as usual. Please call, text or email me with questions. I can assure all of you I have worked hard to maximum value at an affordable price and the events will hopefully show this effort. Eco Caterers is an organic and environmentally friendly company that I am proud to be able to partner with for our Saturday Tailgate.
One more thing: Thanks to all who have donated to the Class of ’85 Tailgate Fund, as of today I have received over $1500 in donations and that number seems to grow every day. This helps me fund this year’s tailgating efforts and frees up class money I can use for the 35th Class Reunion in 2020, the reunion is well in the planning phases. It also helps me with cost overruns on these large events like the one in Hawaii. So, get signed up if you are coming or make travel plans if you have not made them yet and join us for what promises to be another GREAT Class of ‘85 “Mini-Reunion” as we just did in Hawaii. Cheers and Beat Memphis, I look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego.

PS:  If you signed up previously for this weekend on the class website, I still need you to sign up and pay for these events. That sign up was to give us preliminary numbers only. 

Bob Smith ‘85
Cell: 502-432-6185

Email sent 25 Sep 2018

Class of ’85,

Greetings and welcome to Fall. I want, first off, to send out a HUGE thank you to all who gave to the class tailgate fund. I have, to date, collected over $2500 for Class tailgates and we are planning on some realy fun tailgates for remainder of the Navy home season and beyond:

  • Temple on 10/13 at 1530
  • Houston on 10/20 at 1530
  • Tulsa on 11/17 at 1530

We will have fully catered tailgates for both the Temple and Houston games. Stay tuned that week for the SignUp Genius to announce the menus. We know that we will cater the Houston game from Mission Barbeque and the Temple game from Bo Brooks catering. Also planning a pre-game event for the Army-Navy game this year for both Friday night and then again on Saturday prior to the game. Stay tuned for more on those two events.

Now, an update and reminder for the San Diego weekend. Sign ups have been slow so far, less than 20 people signed up for  the Friday and Saturday events. We sold 150 tickets at least for the game, so I planned my events based on those numbers to make sure we had the proper venue and menu. So, please reference my last email and the class website for the sign up information on that weekend. Here is my last email if you need it for reference:

Greetings Class of 1985,

I am trying not to wear you out with Class emails and news, but I am of the hope that all of this is welcome and good news to most of you. I am proud to announce our Class of 1985 trip to San Diego officially kicking off, here is the schedule of events (the dates are October 25-27):

Thursday: 1700-1900: Beat Notre Dame kickoff party, location TBA (A Pub in the Gas Lamp Quarter)
Friday: 1700-1930: Cocktail Reception at the Westin Gas Lamp poolside courtyard. (Dress is nice casual).
Menu: Beef sliders, caramelized onions, chipotle ketchup
Chopped baby romaine salad with cucumber, cherry tomato, heart of palm, roasted corn, cilantro, avocado dressing
Truffle mac & cheese
Brussels sprouts, pancetta, balsamic glaze
Tavern on the Green Bar Package with premium beer, assorted craft beers from San Diego, house red and white wine, assorted Pepsi soft drinks, bottled still and sparkling mineral water and fruit juices, Cash Bar for liquor drinks available to cash, credit card or room charge.
COST is $80 per person (this includes 24% gratuity and 7.75% sales tax)
Saturday 1200-1500: Pre-game indoor tailgate at Revel Revel (Formerly the Quad Ale House) See this link for venue information: http://www.ecocaters.com/portfolios/revel-revel/ (Dress is Game Day attire)
Organic Barbecue Menu:
Mains: Texas Style Smoked Brisket, Organic BBQ Carolina Pulled Pork Shoulder, Southwestern Blackberry Chipotle Chicken
Sides: Baked Beans, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Farmers Market Salad with House Ranch
Local Craft Beers, Red and White Wines, Sodas and Mineral Water. Cash Bar available
Cost $80 per person
Saturday 1530: Motor Coach Transport to Qualcomm Stadium from Tailgate, Return post game (for those who live locally, this is cheaper than driving and parking)
Cost: $30 per person
Saturday 1700: Kickoff for Navy vs Notre Dame Football GameTickets in Class Block are sold out, still available from Ticket Master from $50-$175

As you can see, we have a full weekend of events planned, the area near the Class hotel is full of places to see and things to do, so lots of opportunity between class events to make this into a nice vacation. If anyone is interested in playing golf on Friday morning, please contact me so we can put an outing together at a local course if there is enough interest. I will collect money for these events in the following manner:

-Paypal to md11driver85@gmail.com
-Venmo to md11driver85@gmail.com
Checks sent and made out to: 
Bob Smith/San Diego Trip
776 S Angola Rd. 
Coldwater, Michigan 49036

Cutoff for these events is October 15, 2018. I have to get firm numbers to all my vendors by this time. It is helpful to have you sign up and pay sooner rather than later. If you pay via paypal, PLEASE PLEASE indicate you are sending money to Friends and Family and NOT a business or they deduct a service charge from your payment that I cannot recoup. Also, PLEASE PLEASEindicate what you are paying for and the number. For example: 2 Friday event, 2 Tailgate and 2 bus. I NEED this information as you can imagine. This is going to be another amazing weekend and as of now, I anticipate around 150 people or more attending the tailgate and game. For those in the hotel, the Friday night event is both easy and elegant with a great outdoor location by the pool. I am also working with Jim Berdeguez on a special edition football jersey for this event and will have details soon. All this information will be on the class website as usual. Please call, text or email me with questions. I can assure all of you I have worked hard to maximum value at an affordable price and the events will hopefully show this effort. Eco Caterers is an organic and environmentally friendly company that I am proud to be able to partner with for our Saturday Tailgate.
One more thing: Thanks to all who have donated to the Class of ’85 Tailgate Fund, as of today I have received over $1500 in donations and that number seems to grow every day. This helps me fund this year’s tailgating efforts and frees up class money I can use for the 35th Class Reunion in 2020, the reunion is well in the planning phases. It also helps me with cost overruns on these large events like the one in Hawaii. So, get signed up if you are coming or make travel plans if you have not made them yet and join us for what promises to be another GREAT Class of ‘85 “Mini-Reunion” as we just did in Hawaii. Cheers and Beat Memphis, I look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego.

PS:  If you signed up previously for this weekend on the class website, I still need you to sign up and pay for these events. That sign up was to give us preliminary numbers only.

Bob Smith ‘85
Cell: 502-432-6185

SO, always, PLEASE help me help you and if you are coming, go ahead and sign up. If you cannot make it and have tickets to sell, I have takers for your tickets. PLEASE contact me with questions or comments regarding San Diego or any other event or class matter. Once again, thanks for those who contributed to our GREAT Class of ’85 Tailgates. (I was also able to rent our own dedicated class portable restroom from your donations which has received rave reviews).

Go Navy and BEAT EVERYONE…. Especially Army.  Bob Smith ’85

Email sent 29 August 2018

Greetings ’85,

I am writing this looking at surfers on Waikiki Beach and getting ready for the morning walk with my wiife Sherry towards Diamond Head all because Navy is playing U of Hawaii Saturday at 1700 local Hawaii time. We have a GREAT crowd from our Class in attendance; as usual, the most of any individual graduating class (115 tickets sold). Thanks to those who made the trip and I will see you all this week if I have not seen you already. Check out our Class of ’85 Facebook group for the pictures we will post as we cheer the Mids to their first win of the season. So, let’s talk about our first home game. Charlie Smith and the crew in Annapolis have sent me this to attach:

****************  Home Tailgate Information  ************************************

I hope everyone is looking forward to another fantastic season of Navy Football. Navy hosts Memphis for the home opener at 3:30 on Sept 8th and our tailgate crew is already working on another great season of tailgating to complement our Midshipmen’s glory on the field.

With last year’s investments in the tent, trailer and gear, we have all the ingredients in place for an excellent tailgating experience. We are using the sign up page again this year and you can find the signup for the Memphis game here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A48ABAB28AAF49-memphis

The theme for the first game is Memphis BBQ. Charlie and Bill have agreed to cook ribs to get things kicked off. We will have cold beer on tap and other beverages to keep you cool. Please sign up so we can get a good count and plan to bring something to share with Classmates.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Charlie @ Charles.M.Smith@gmail.com if you have suggestions or questions. Your feedback is welcome.

Go Navy – Beat Memphis

********************************************************************************************

Home tailgates will follow the same theme as last year, we have the Class of ’85 Tent, trailer and tailgate site ready to roll out next weekend. Last year everyone pitched in to make this new and improved tailgate site possible. Those who came to any home saw just how nice it is to have such a quality tailgate each and every game. In order to help me fund class tailgating again this year, I will ask that anyone interested in a one time contribution to our Class tailgate fund ($25, $50 or $100) please send it via Paypal or Venmo to: MD11driver85@gmail.com and PLEASE indicate it is for the Class of ’85 Tailgate Fund being sent to friends or family. This will allow me to budget for catering and for beer and wine, as well as continued improvements to our Class of ’85 tailgate experience both at home and away games. We will still have our “Honor box” at tailgates, these donations will help add to the things we can do and will keep the food hot and the beer  and wine flowing.

Next week,  I will be sending out an email dedicated to our Class of ’85 trip to San Diego for the Notre Dame game on October 27th. I have all the events planned out, so it is time to start collecting money and finalizing my head counts at all the events. There is still plenty of openings to join us on this trip, the hotel block has a few rooms and the Friday night party and tailgate is WIDE OPEN. You can still get tickets to the game from local sources. We are over 100 people signed up for this weekend and I would love to see us reach 150 or more. Stay tuned next week as I roll out the schedule of events and payment information. For now, enjoy the Navy game late Saturday on CBS Sports Network at 2300 EST and look for the Class of ’85 about the 20 yard line on the Navy side in rows 6-10. Get signed up for Memphis if you are going on September 8th and help Charlie out AND, donate a few dollars to our class tailgate fund if you will.

Thanks and BEAT HAWAII!!

Bob Smith ’85

PS: Please see the USNA ’85 website for details on all upcoming class events: http://1985.usnaclasses.net

Email sent 13 Aug 2018

Class of 1985,

Some of you have already signed up for the Navy Notre Dame weekend, bought your tickets and reserved your hotel room and I thank you for doing this as it helps my planning tremendously. Now that I have the Hawaii trip pretty well planned out but not yet executed, I need to turn my sights to the Notre Dame game in San Diego on October 27th. For those of you not yet signed up, please go to the Class website and do so, here is the link: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. There are still a few rooms in our class block and plenty of rooms at other hotels in the area, so staying at the class hotel is not required to attend and enjoy any or all of the events. There are still game tickets available through ticketmaster or other ticket websites, so you can get those taken care of easily. I do not have the exact location of our class seating block other than it is on the Navy side of the field in or near an endzone. Once again, not required to attend the pre and post game tailgate with us, get your tickets and sign up. The schedule events so far looks something like this (all times are local or PST):

Thursday Kick off Happy Hour: 1700-2000, location TBA (Gas Lamp District, cash bar)

Friday Golf Outing: Time and location TBA, but will be morning at a local course.

Friday Evening Cocktail Reception at the Westin Gas Lamp: 1700-1900

Saturday:

  • Pregame tailgate party at the Gas Lamp Tavern hosted by Eco-Catering: 1230-1530
  • Board Buses to Qualcomm Stadium: 1530
  • Kickoff: 1700
  • Buses to Gas Lamp Tavern 30 minutes post Navy Blue and Gold

The approximate cost of the Friday night Happy Hour (Appetizers and Open beer/wine bar) $80pp

Tailgate Cost: (3 hours of food and open beer/wine bar) $80 pp

Bus transport to and from Qualcomm Stadium: $25.00

This once again promises to be a GREAT weekend for the Class of 1985 and so far, our attendance is amazing and I am sure there will be more of you that can now commit to this trip, so please go ahead and register. If you are not sure, please email me and I can tell you if you are on the list. In a few weeks I will start to finalize the counts for our events and collect money as necessary in advance via Paypal or Zelle. For now, get your travel plans and hotel rooms and game tickets lined up and stay tuned for more updates. We are working on a special Class of ’85 Navy Football Jersey that will go on sale for that weekend courtesy of James Gang Printing and classmate Jim Berdeguez.

Thanks as always and GO NAVY, beat the IRISH!!   Bob Smith ’85

Email sent 17 July 2018

Greetings Classmates,

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: apy@comcast.net. 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 richardwtilghman@gmail.com 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.usnaclasses.net so I have an accurate head count and can set up payment options. Game tickets will be lower level endzone seats I arranged directly through the U of Hawaii football ticket office and will cost $40. Soon, I will start collecting money for tickets, tailgate and bus transport directly to my paypal account so I can pay for this stuff ahead of time.

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!!

Regards,

Bob Smith ’85

 

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:

http://1985.usnaclasses.net

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:

https://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=ND&linkID=navy&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=&_template=chocolate

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:

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1707110058&key=22EF9EF9

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:

http://1985.usnaclasses.net

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: robertsmith5@att.net, 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.com/events/start.action?id=1707110058&key=22EF9EF9
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: robertsmith5@att.net or (502) 432-6185.

Stay warm for now!

Regards, Bob Smith ‘85

Email sent 10/10/2017

Greetings ’85,

After what turned out to be a spectacular tailgate and an even better game against Air Force this past Saturday, we are 5-0 and setting our sites on American Athletic Conference foe Memphis in Memphis this weekend. Classmate and FedEx Pilot Dave Island will be hosting an away tailgate at his truck in the Tiger’s stadium parking lot. He will establish himself in the parking lot that morning and you will have to text or call him at: 214-912-4848 to get that location, or email him in advance and coordinate at: disland31@yahoo.com Please offer to bring some food or beverages and help Dave out for this tailgate. I think Dave will have cold beers and I thank him for doing this and hope some of you can make this game and cheer Navy on to a key win in our conference and quest for an AAC western title.

We are getting ready for the UCF game on 10/2, our Homecoming weekend. We will be at our usual spot tailgating for the 1530 game. This game is a fully catered tailgate, but we still need volunteers and people to bring a few items such as drinks and ice. Please sign up no matter what, if you can bring something or volunteer or just “I’m coming”, so we can get an accurate head count. Here is the Sign up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a48abab28aaf49-navy1 We will have Mission BBQ providing food for us (pulled pork, brisket, chicken, smoked sausages and sides). We will have beer on tap and other drinks as usual. The suggested donation is $25 per person to help us cover the cost of food and beverage, our donation box will be by the beer tap and we appreciate everyone attending helping us to pay as we go.

Thanks again to Charlie and Kathleen Smith for being amazing tailgate hosts, thank them if you get a chance for all their hard work in setting this up, storing and stocking our tailgate trailer and cooking food. Remember to go to the USNA ’85 website at: http://1985.usnaclasses.net to reserve your room at the Westin Gas Lamp District San Diego for the Navy v. Notre Dame game 2018 on Oct. 27. We will have a full weekend of events and an amazing tailgate. For now, get your room and I will be putting up sign ups for the golf outing, Friday cocktail reception, tailgate, tickets and bus transportation by the end of the year. If we sell out our 50 room block early enough, I can get more rooms. So, if you know or even think you are going to San Diego, get a room now. You can get a refund if you to cancel up to a month prior or transfer to another classmate. I have also entered into an agreement with the Marriott Waikiki Beach for the Sept. 1, 2018, game against Hawaii in Honolulu; I will soon have a link for room reservations and some classmates are staying the Hale Koa, these hotels are not far apart and we will most likely have an event at the Hale Koa Tiki bar on the beach the night before the game. Stay tuned but start clearing your calendar. Several of us will be leaving the Sunday after the game for a Marriott Resort near Barber’s Point for a few bonus days, so we will announce this as well.

Wow, a lot to digest, but all good! So, get in touch with Dave Island if you are going to the Memphis game for his tailgate. If you are coming to the UCF game, please sign up today. If you have any extra tickets, please contact me and I can hook up classmates in need of tickets. That is all for today, have a great week and I will do an update next week after we beat Memphis and prepare for UCF. Go Navy, Beat the Tigers!  Bob Smith ’85  robertsmith5@att.net or c:502-432-6185

PS: Did anyone see a small hearing aid that was lost this past weekend? Let me know if you did. We sill start having a lost and found box for future games for items left behind by accident.

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:

http://www.jacksonville-stadium-parking.com

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.

Bob

 

Email Blast Nov 2, 2016

Classmates,

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

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

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

 

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

15 August 2016

Greetings Class of ’85,

As we all ask ourselves: “Where did summer go?”, things like kids in school (college or high school or others) and getting our Navy gear dusted off for another football season are now on the front burner instead of some distant thought. That being said, I am proud to say that we will kick off the home football season against Fordham on September 3rd at NMCS at our usual tailgate site. I will be coodinating the food and beverage support for that tailgate in the days ahead, but wanted to remind everyone the home opener is approaching fast and that the game is scheduled as a 12:00 kickoff, so plan on more of a post game party than pre-game event. Next, I am still actively working on the Class of ’85 “31st Reunion” to take place in Jacksonville, FL as part of the Navy/Notre Dame weekend November 3-6. The schedule is full and can be viewed at our class website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. We have a sign up form their for those of you wishing to attend. It is NOT too late to sign up for the weekend and make your way down to the Marriott Sawgrass and join many of us already signed up for the events of the weekend. Even if you are not staying at the hotel, I encourage you to join of for the Friday dinner on the beach, the golf outing, the tailgate party and so on. The deadline for sign ups will come FAST, so PLEASE do not wait to get yourself signed up and plan for what will be yet another amazing Class of ’85 event. Email or call me if you have any questions about this weekend. I will be reaching out soon to those of you who have signed up already and we will start an email string specific to that weekend and those attending.

As tailgate season approaches, I want to remind everyone that we stopped using the outside drink vendor last season and we transitioned to having our ’85 Classmate Dave Marquis who has opened his new brewpub, Chesapeake Brewing Company on West Street in Annapolis, as our official Class tailgate vendor for food and drinks. We wanted to make sure that our tailgate was limited to Class of ’85 Friends and families and not all the town drunks, I think we have done that. Instead of collecting donations at the home games and having to track all that, I am asking for those who attend regularly to help contribute to our class tailgate fund and just make one donation for the entire season. With more money, I can do better quality events and cater more games and provide beer and wine. So, not having to pack your cooler with food and beverages has value and I will ask for a voluntary donation so I can use matching funds from our class account to grow our tailgate experience. I want to add a TV to our site and other enhancements and your donations will help. What is a fair guideline? I would say that $20 per adult, per game attending is fair unless you are not eating or drinking, in that case, just show up. You can send your checks to me and put Class of ’85 Tailgate in the memo. My address:

776 South Angola Road

Coldwater, MI  49036

This is not mandatory and we will not be issuing wrist bands or anything, BUT, if we pitch in together we can maintain our world class tailgating each game, afford away tailgating and proudly fly the Class of ’85 at our tent each week enjoying great food and Chesapeake Brewing company beer and wine.

Speaking of away tailgating. Our Classmate Mike Dashiell who lives in Colorado Springs has offered to host our Class of ’85 Tailgate at the Air Force away game this year on Saturday October 1st. Here is what he has given me:

  • Agenda:
    • Friday, 09/30 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Drinks/Appetizers at Rocky Mountain Brewery – 1110 Interquest Pkwy (across from USAFA)
    • Kickoff is Saturday at 1330 local and Tailgate starting at 1130 in the stadium parking lot – catered by Rudees Barbecue including beef brisket/pork barbecue/chicken, sides and iced tea ($25.00-$30.00 per person). Beer/wine is extra.
    • Saturday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner (TBD- possibly Cheyenne Mountain Resort or Country Club of Colorado)
  • Airports: Colorado Springs Airport – 15-20 miles southeast of USAFA Denver International Airport – 70 miles north of USAFA
  • Lodging options: Cheyenne Mountain Resort (approx 15 miles south of USAFA stadium) – $234.00/night or $254.00/night includes breakfast for two, plus $24.00 resort fee plus taxes (amenities include gold course on location, heated swimming pool/whirlpool, gym, tennis, etc) Marriott Residence Inn North (approx 3-4 Miles from stadium) – $142.00/night plus taxes

Please contact Mike if you are interested and I will have this info up on the Class website this week. Mike is at: mdashiell01@gmail.com or his cell is: 757-544-6518. I hope to make this game and imagine we will have some classmates eager to attend! Thanks Mike.

Dave and Carolyn Marquis will be hosting all the away games at the Chesapeake Brewing Company located at 114 West Street for those in Annapolis who want to enjoy food and drink specials and your fellow Classmates and Alums as you cheer the mids on to another successful season.

I am still working on the logistics of our class election coming this Fall so stay tuned. In closing, this will be another GREAT year for Class of ’85 with home and away tailgates and of course the 31st Reunion down south against those Irish bums from South Bend. I am also working on Class events for the Army/Navy game in Baltimore this year and will have that out to you and on the class website when we announce it. For now, PLEASE consider supporting the Class tailgate fund with a small donation and PLEASE get your travel plans in place for the 31st reunion. Cheers to everyone and BEAT Fordham and BEAT Army! Regards,  Bob Smith ’85

PS: For those of you in need of some awesome Navy ’85 Apparel for the upcoming season, PLEASE visit our class store at: http://usna85.deco-apparel.com.

 

Please see the updated Navy-Notre Dame 2016 Weekend page for events, prices, and payment information.  New addition to the registration form is optional transportation from the Marriott to/from the tailgate at $20/person.  Please update your registration (here) if you wish to take advantage of this.  Final payment is due NLT 1 October 2016.  Any questions, please feel free to reach out to Bob Smith.

Here are the menus for Friday night dinner and Saturday’s tailgate:

Friday Dinner – Golfer’s  Grille at $135 per person hosted at the Marriott Cabana Club Beachside: 

  • Grilled Watermelon, Baby Arugula, Dried Cranberries, Red Onions, Candied Pecans and Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Sicilian Summer Salad
  • Pasta Salad-sweet apples, smoked ham, grilled pineapple and citrus dressing
  • Herb Crusted Rib Eye Steak, carved, served with brandied mushrooms and onions
  • Jack Daniels smoked beef brisket
  • Roasted Salmon with lemon broth
  • Roasted Root Vegetables,
  • Whole grain rice pilaf
  • Rolls and sweet butter
  • Pastry Chef sweet delights selection
  • Coffees and Tea
  • 2 Drink tickets per person good for Wine (Red or White) or Beer
  • Cash bar Available with room charge capability

Saturday Tailgate for $60 per person (Game Kickoff at 11:30 am):

  • 9:30-11:00 am:
    • Assorted Cheeses and Fruits and Bloody Mary Bar (Beer and Wine)
  • Post Game for 2 hours:
    • Slow Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork
    • Monroe’s Smokehouse Chicken
    • Slow Smoked Beef Brisket
    • Baked Beans
    • Cole Slaw
    • Cornbread
    • Garlic Bread
    • Sweet & Unsweet Iced Tea
    • Tap Beers and assorted wines from Chesapeake Brewing Company

 

EMAIL Blast 3 March 2016

Class of ’85,

       I hope this email finds all of you well and ready for Winter to be over and Spring to start soon. Before we know it, it will be Navy football season again and that means Class of ’85 tailgates. It also means, each day we get closer to the our 31st Class Reunion in Jacksonville, FL. at the Navy/Notre Dame game. (We will still have a full slate of home game tailgating and special events all season long. A few away tailgates this year sponsored by Class of ’85 and volunteer classmates in away game cities.) As of this week, we officially sold out the Navy ’85 and USNA sold out their entire block of almost 10,000 tickets for the ND game. We are by far, as expected, the largest single class attending and sitting together. We sold a total of 286 tickets to Class of ’85 members and families/friends. GREAT NEWS!! Now, let’s translate that into a great weekend at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort, our Friday Golf Outing, Shopping Trip to St. Augustine, Beachside dinner and of course, our tailgate and Navy Victory over Notre Dame on Saturday with an 11:30 am kickoff. I have finally settled the contract and site logistics for our tailgate. We have selected to partner with Monroe’s Barbecue and Smokehouse catering and with an 11:30 am game, we have opted for the following menu:

Pre-Game from 9:30-11:00, assorted cheese and fresh fruit snack and a Bloody Mary Bar (beer, wine and other non-alcoholic drinks to be served). After the game for 2 hours, we will then serve our main course of:

Slow Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork, Monroe’s Smokehouse Chicken, Slow Smoked Beef Brisket, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Cornbread, Garlic Bread, Sweet & Unsweet Iced Tea. Beer from the Chesapeake Brewery on tap, red and white wine. We will have restrooms available at our tailgate site (address is TBA).  

The cost for the Tailgate will be $60 per person for adults, kids 12-18 $45 and under 12 $20. Motor coaches to and from the Marriott will be $20 per person round trip. The St. Augustine sightseeing trip will be $30 to cover the transportation cost to and from St. Augustine from 10:00 am-3:00pm. (Buses depart at 10 and return by 3). How do you sign up? We have put all of this on the class website and you fill out your form and I will contact you to arrange payment via check or Paypal. Deadlines for registering for Events will be October 1st. AS ALWAYS, it helps me if you at least sign up so I have a rough estimate of where we are in numbers for various events. I will to collect money for events by 10/1/16 in order to pay all the vendors we are working with to make this happen, most require advance settlement. I am optimistic that with 286 tickets sold it will equate to at least 150 at our class dinner Friday on the beach and 200 or more at the class tailgate Saturday outside EverBank Stadium. If you are driving to the tailgate, there is a 250 car parking lot adjacent to our tailgate and I will publish info on how to find that lot and even reserve a spot in advance. (stay tuned to my emails and the Class of ’85 website for more info.) 

Okay, we are really LOOKING GREAT on this event and if you have not purchased tickets, you still can, go to this website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/navy-v-notre-dame-presented-by-jacksonville-florida-11-05-2016/event/22004F9DF9358E27?artistid=821772&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=8=_blank. (You will not be seated with our Class however). Visit our Class website or email me to register and or pay. Our class website again is: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. All of the info for hotel and dinner is on the Class website and this info will be posted soon to both the website and Facebook. I am very much looking forward to a “Dublin-like” event and as always, seeing so many of our Class of ’85 members and families and friends. My email is: robertsmith5@att.net. Get started today and get your plans together for an amazing Florida weekend.

Cheers and Go Navy!!

Bob Smith (Your travel expert) 

 

EMAIL Blast 22 Feb 2016

Classmates,

I just received an email from the Navy Group ticket office since Navy has sold out and we still have some tickets left in our block. If you are ready to purchase tickets, go to this link: https://www.groupticketwindow.com/groupticket/college/navy/group. Once at this link, our username is: 1985FL and our password is: gonavy (These are CASE SENSITIVE). You can buy your tickets and have them sent to you. Not sure how much longer tickets will last, so do not delay on this one.

Below I have pasted information my previous email reserving the rooms in our Class of ’85 block at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort at the group rate of $179:

As in the past like the Dublin Trip in 2012 and the 30th Reunion last October, I have built an event and I know that ’85 WILL COME!! The registration for this weekend is now open to all aspects except the tailgate party that is still in progress and the Friday excursion to St. Augustine. This is what I have so far: Rooms for $179 per night at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort available from Nov. 3-Nov 6, 2016 (plus a reduced resort fee of $15 saving you $10 per day, this gets you parking, internet and other resort amenities included). I have planned a nice dinner on the beach for Friday night at the Marriott’s Oceanfront Cabana Club, A golf outing at the TPC’s Pete Dye Valley Course with a shotgun start at 9:30 am Friday, Nov. 4th, Shopping Excursion to historic St. Augustine on Friday Nov. 4th from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm, Pre-game tailgate starting 3 hours prior to the game time at a private site outside EverBank Stadium, A class block of at least 220 tickets for $85 each and bus transport to and from the Marriott to the Stadium for the tailgate and game. (WOW… I have been busy now that I read all of this).

Here is how this works: For the rooms, you can go to this link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/14681619/owner/2608/home to reserve your rooms in our ’85 Block. If you need to call Marriott, our group code is: NAV.  For the dinner: I have attached the menu to this email, it is the “Golfer’s Grille” Buffet which is an amazing selection of salads, grilled meats and fish and sides. You will get 2 drink tickets good for beer or wine and then have the ability to buy more tickets or drinks or give your tickets to another person. The location is the best on Ponte Vedra Beach and the cost is $135 per person. I researched places to have a large event that night for a group our size on or near the ocean and this was by far the best option available to us. You can register for the dinner with me using PayPal or personal checks or credit cards. Email me for info: robertsmith5@att.net. I know this is a bit expensive, but like I said, it has great value and hanging out on the beach eating fine food with your ’85 Classmates falls into the “PRICELESS” category.

2016_Navy_NotreDame_menu

For the golf outing, the greens fees and carts and range balls for a super nice shotgun start event at Pete Dye’s valley course is $210.00. This is a price break from the normal greens fees for this time of year and a once in a lifetime event. I have planned it for 40 players so I hope we can reach that number. Once again, you can register with me for this the same way as mentioned above.  For the tailgate and excursion to St. Augustine, I will announce those events and start collecting for them when I do. The tailgate will be priced with and without ground transportation to the Stadium. I can tell you this, it will be cheaper than driving and parking and far less hassle. We will use nice motor coaches and mini buses. The Tailgate will be southern Barbecue theme and we will be serving beer from the Chesapeake Brewing Company and classmate Dave Marquis (Beat Army Golden Lager on tap). Maybe Dave will brew us a special “Beat the Irish” Ale or Stout? We shall see! Stay tuned for those announcements and sign ups.

I am in the final stages of nailing down our tailgate and transportation plan and when I do I will send out an email, put it on FB and the Class website. We have put a sign up form on the Class website for the dinner and golf outing, I will collect your money for those using personal checks or PayPal. As usual, the Class of ’85 website will be kept up to date on this, so use that as your ongoing reference: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. We will have a GREAT weekend and I do look forward to seeing all of you at our Class of ’85 31st Reunion in early November. From what I have been told, we are the biggest single alumni Class group attending (GREAT WORK). So, as always, contact me with questions: Cell: 502-432-6185 and email: robertsmith5@att.net. Go Navy and BEAT everyone, especially Notre Dame this year!  Bob Smith ’85.

 

Navy Notre Dame 2016 Weekend Registration Information

Game tickets:  Please call ASAP OBSTCR 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.

Hotel:  Contact the Marriott TPC Sawgrass directly  Additional information (link, etc) will be posted later.

Please use the form below to register for events.  We will send a confirmation email with totals and payment details within a week or sooner.  Please ensure that you check your spam folders for this confirmation email.  Bob Smith is working on final details with the vendors.  Once that is done, we will post an update on the specific event prices.

As a reminder, these are the events you can sign up for:

  • Golf
  • Shopping trip into St. Augustine
  • Dinner
  • Tailgate
Registration Form

Class of ’85,

I predicted, this game would SELL OUT and this would be a very popular weekend. I just received confirmation today that Navy Sports has sold out of their ticket allotment and we, as a class, have the last 110 tickets left for sale in the Navy section at face value of $85 (or pay $400 on StubHub). We have sold out 50% of our block so far and I am very excited that we have made great progress. So, now what I need is for those of you who are notorious last minute shoppers to make a decision EARLY and get your game tickets, hotel rooms and contact me for the dinner, golf outing at TPC, trip to St. Augustine and tailgate. I am still finalizing the tailgate plans and this is because I am at the mercy of out of town vendors on this, but PLEASE trust me. We will have the best tailgate. I already have the best dinner, golf outing and largest ticket block, so why not just relax and sign up??? Okay, I just wanted to get this out to any of you on the fence. The rest of the Navy Alums have grabbed their tickets and it is my sincere fear that if we do not sell out our block SOON, NAAA will ask me for tickets to sell to other groups now that the game is sold out for them. PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to make plans or commit to things this time as I WILL NOT be able to help you last minute. The Marriott is filling up and they have already reduced our room block from 150 to 100, so let’s get on this NOW Class of ’85. Get your trips planned and let’s start counting the days.

On a side note, we have had a significant increase in orders for the Reunion Pictures and everyone who has placed an order has been very pleased (of those who I have talked to). Like I said, these are GREAT pictures from a great weekend and we appreciate Marcus our photographer in giving us 50% pricing for downloads and prints. In case you do not have it, here is how you view and order from our library:

Here is how you get there to browse (which is fun) or buy (even better)! Go to this link: http://www.enjoyphotos.com/Gallery/Login.aspx?EventGuid=9215E0F4-7E37-4FC0-98E5-CAEFEBC46C5A.  From there you just enter any email address to enter this site. Once there you can browse and shop away. The prices listed on the drop down are full price, your discount will be taken off when you proceed to your checkout. I have ordered about 10 of these prints and they are constant reminders of how great the 30th was and how cool it was to see so many of you in Annapolis. Plus a few nice shots of me and my lovely wife Sherry. Okay ’85, make me proud on this one. If you have questions, email Marcus Chacona at: info@theannapolisphotographer.com.

I LOVE my prints that are now framed and hanging all over my house. I also want to give a shout out to Dave and Carolyn Marquis for the opening of the Chesapeake Brewing Co. Pub in Annapolis and the “Beat Army Bar” inside their brewpub. I was lucky enough to be at grand opening their several classmates and it was truly great. They are still in the early stages of getting their bar decorated and set up. They are looking for any great memorabilia like old and new photos from the Naval Academy or Fleet “stuff” or pictures. They are still open to adding members to the Plank Owner program, which gives you a small stake in the bar and gives you full privileges as an original plank owner in what is sure to be one of Annapolis’s most popular bars. You can email Dave and Carolyn at: chesbrewco@yahoo.com for more information. We look forward to partnering with the Chesapeake Brewery for years to come in as many events as they will serve us beer (including at the Navy v. Notre Dame weekend in November.)

So, in review, get your plans made for the Class of ’85 31st Reunion in Jacksonville from Nov. 3-6. Get your game tickets NOW and your hotel rooms NOW. Sign up for golf and the beach dinner on Friday (see our Class website: http://1985.usnaclasses.net) for details throughout the process. Contact me with comments and questions: 502-432-6185 or robertsmith5@att.net.) ALSO, get on our Class of ’85 Apparel site and keep shopping. We have the VERY BEST Class apparel site and I would love to see more of you use it and support us having such an amazing place for Class Apparel: http://usna85.deco-apparel.com. I or my wife own about every item on here and LOVE LOVE LOVE all of it as I am sure you will too. Why wait??

Okay, Take care and I will look forward to more sign ups for our “31st Reunion”. Go Navy as always.  Bob Smith ’85

Email Blast 6 Feb 2016

Classmates,

A few items to get out to you while I have some downtime on an Alaska layover:

1) I am encouraging ALL of you to check out the numerous and amazing reunion photos our Class Photographer took at the Reunion. Marcus went to all the major events and took some really great photos for us. Remember when he took your photo with your spouse or date entering the dinner? Or the group photos at the dinner or tailgate? Yep, they are there waiting to be browsed and bought. The bad news? Only a few of us have actually ordered any for our collections. Well, I convinced Marcus we needed a price reduction and he gave us 50% off any of his photo prints or downloads from his website. Here is how you get there to browse (which is fun) or buy (even better)! Go to this link: http://www.enjoyphotos.com/Gallery/Login.aspx?EventGuid=9215E0F4-7E37-4FC0-98E5-CAEFEBC46C5A. From there you just enter any email address to enter this site. Once there you can browse and shop away. The prices listed on the drop down are full price, your discount will be taken off when you proceed to your checkout. I have ordered about 10 of these prints and they are constant reminders of how great the 30th was and how cool it was to see so many of you in Annapolis. Plus a few nice shots of me and my lovely wife Sherry. Okay ’85, make me proud on this one. If you have questions, email Marcus Chacona at: info@theannapolisphotographer.com.

2) Our Classmate and good friends David and Carolyn Marquis are opening their new Annapolis Brewpub (the first in Annapolis by the way) this Tuesday, Mardi Gras called the Chesapeake Brewing Company. They are located on West Street Annapolis next to the Lowe’s hotel in an old fire station. We have forged a bond of support for Dave and Carolyn and they have equally made the Class of ’85 members of this venture and will provide beer for most upcoming class events. I can proudly say I am the first committed “plank owner” of the Beat Army Bar! You can still become plank owners and join me. I will be in Annapolis this Tuesday to guest bar tend along with Mike “Pig” Vance and others to help celebrate the opening of the USNA ’85 “watering hole”! If you live in the area or can get to Annapolis, come out and join us for the evening of great food and of course GREAT BEER! The Beat Army Lager is now becoming one of the most popular beers in the State Capital and Navy Exchanges worldwide. I look forward to seeing some of you Tuesday for sure. If you have questions, email them at: chesbrewco@yahoo.com. They have forms to become a plank owner of the Beat Army Bar and always have a place to call your “home” while in Annapolis. (Other than Pig’s couch). 

3) Sign ups and tickets sales have started for the Navy/Notre Dame or (AKA) USNA ’85 31st Reunion weekend November 3-6. Get on board soon to get your travel plans, rooms, game tickets, golf outing, dinner tickets arranged. I will steer you to our Facebook page or the Class Website for all things Navy/Notre Dame weekend. Or just call or email me: robertsmith5@att.net or 502-432-6185. November will come soon, the room block and game tickets will be sold out before that. Get started TODAY! I will announce the final plans for the tailgate and the St. Augustine 3 Martini Lunch trip soon. The hotel has an amazing Spa and the surrounding area of Ponte Vedra, Florida is just spectacular. 

Okay guys, it has been a busy week and do not expect this volume of information to continue. I will be out flying around Europe for most of the next 2 weeks (after Mardi Gras of course) delivering commerce for UPS. Go Navy and Beat Army!! Get your pictures before the deadline of March 31st, you will NOT be disappointed. 

 

Classmates,

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

 

EMAIL Blast 6 Jan 2016

Class of 1985,

I am VERY excited to announce the preliminary plans for our 31st  Class Reunion in Jacksonville, FL. on the weekend of November 4-6, 2016. Navy plays Notre Dame in EverBank Stadium on Saturday November 5th and the Class of ’85 (like we did in Dublin 2012 and will again in 2017 in Hawaii) “WIN” the weekend. I only took a few days off in Cancun after the reunion and then back to the grindstone planning this weekend and so far so GREAT! Here is what I have:

1) We have a block of 40 rooms for Nov. 3rd and 100 Rooms for Nov. 4th and 5th at the Marriott Resort Sawgrass (where they play the TPC Golf tournament every May). The block rate is $179.00 per night and there will be more information soon on how to reserve your rooms.

2) On Friday we are planning a golf outing at one of the TPC Sawgrass courses (most likely the Valley course since the Stadium course will be closed for renovating). On Friday there will also be a day trip to beautiful and historic St. Augustine for the non-golfers. That night, we will have an amazing dinner party at the Marriott’s Cabana Club on the beach. (once again, more details to follow, but we are locked into this location for that night).

3) On Saturday (game day), we have secured a private lot just blocks from EverBank Stadium and will be building our Class of ’85 Tailgate (Sponsored in part by Classmate Jim Anderson of 16th Co.) I have a commitment from NAAA for a Class of ’85 ticket block at the price of $85 per ticket. We get access to purchase our block prior to the opening of normal ticket sales. I will have motor coaches from the beach to and from the stadium for the tailgate and game.

So…. here is what I need to get this going. On the Class website Angela Orlando has helped set up a survey for those interested in attending. I need everyone who plans on attending to PLEASE fill this out. You are not obligated by doing this, but I need a rough count for tickets so that I can give NAAA a good number to reserve for our class. I expect this to be a hard ticket to get because of the time of the year and because both fan bases travel so well. I will have a full roll out of final details and sign ups when I have completed all the contracts and setting up of events and web links. For now, I just wanted all of you to “SAVE THE DATE” and prepare yourself for our 31st reunion (no Hurricanes this year!!). Stay tuned and go to this this link for me: http://1985.usnaclasses.net/2015/10/24/notre-dame-2016/. Fill out the brief survey and stay tuned for more to come.

I would also encourage those you who have not taken a look at Classmate Dave Marquis new Chesapeake Brewing Company Brewpub under “construction” on West Street Annapolis to please do so. They have opened their “Plankowner” program to our class and I am proud to say I am an early plankowner in the Beat Army Bar. It will be great to partner with Dave and Carolyn for years to come in Annapolis and to have Chesapeake Brewing Company Beer and Food as a staple at our home tailgates. The link for plankowning is on our class website here.

Happy New Year Class of ’85 and no better way to kick off 2016 by announcing another GREAT Class of ’85 Event. Cheers to all of you and stay tuned for more good news to come.

As always, please feel free to email, text or call me: robertsmith5@att.net, or 502-432-6185 with questions or comments or join our USNA ’85 group on Facebook. Go Navy and Beat EVERYONE!!

Bob Smith ’85