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Now that our 30th Reunion is a few weeks behind us, we hope that everyone has had time to process and reflect on reconnecting with classmates both those that you knew since I-Day and those whom you just connected with.

We ask you that you please take the time to fill out the below survey on the reunion.  Please be very frank with your comments as they will be held in confidence.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Angela Orlando.  Thank you very much in advance!

Okay Classmates,

I know that many of you are used to getting the daily email from me now; well, I am taking my lovely wife Sherry and my very sore throat to Cancun, Mexico, early tomorrow for the week and I am putting my computer away while I enjoy the beach and a good Rick Campbell book, so you may not hear from me for a few days. Let me say this: A few days ago I got off an airplane to get here to Annapolis and set up early for the reunion after being up all night (literally). I picked up my rental car and headed to meet Mike Vance for breakfast at Chick and Ruth’s. In a discussion as we watched the weather channel I felt I needed a bigger tent with sides in case this stupid hurricane decided it needed to hit the East Coast for real. In an hour and a few discussions, we now had a 80 X 100 foot tent with sides on it instead of one half that size and the week began that way. At one point I got a text from someone who said: “That game is cancelled Smitty”. I thought: “GREAT, now we are going to have a reunion with no game and a few feet of mud and water”. I made quick phone call to a good source and they assured me that the game would go on, Navy plays better in deep water than Air Force and why give up that advantage? That is “who we are”. Okay, I then called my wife and reminded her she was in charge of the weather and she had not failed us in the almost year we are now married (it has been am amazing year by the way folks). She said, “What do the Reunion Shirts say Honey? RELAX and say a prayer.” Well, you know what I did and then dug into the weekend. I saw a few people on Facebook bailing on the reception and then knew I needed to remind ’85 who we are! The game was going to be played and WE ARE ’85. We survived being in Hack, the end of the disco ERA and carbureted engines, a tie with Army our Plebe year and Neeb’s Loaf; we can survive a little rain and mud! For those of you who came and hung in for the weekend and believed in this class and your weary Class President and his “over communication”, WE STUCK THE LANDING FINALLY!!! At one point yesterday I looked at our very large group of classmates and families under the 8000 Square Foot Circus tent having an amazing day and then noticed so many people who were looking in at us and wondering: “Who the hell is that class? I wish I was part of them, they look like fun and they look dry, and those oysters and crab soup and barbeque and “Beat Army Golden Lager” looks pretty good. I just came from a tailgate with undercooked wieners and warm beer and my feet are wet and it sucked.” Well, I then thought, this weekend would be PERFECT if Navy Won this game (you know how that ended), our reunion T shirts should now say: “Stay Calm and win the Commander-Chief’s-Trophy.”; but it would not have fit very well. So, when we beat Army this year, we know what it means right?

This has been a fun 5 year journey and collectively we have learned so much about our GREAT CLASSS. We have lost a few of our friends and Classmates and took a few minutes to honor and miss them. We hugged their wives and saw a few kids who miss them as much as we do. We met the Supe and he told me: “Bob, other than ’81, I think you guys are my favorite Class.” I told him: “I know why sir, our Class has some sort of magical energy and we ALWAYS WIN THE TAILGATE!!” So, I am signing off for a week and going to show my wife what a good husband does after all the support she gave me and this class in getting the reunion done. Someone told me yesterday: “Great day Bob, but I have a complaint.” OH? I said this in response: “I am so glad you are having fun and I think you mean you have a suggestion or idea and truly not a complaint right?” She smile and said: “EXACTLY!!” Let’s adopt that attitude going forward. I LOVE ideas and let’s keep having them going forward. If you did not get the right size shirt or shirt at all because we ran out (nothing like MORE people coming to a rain soaked weekend than less right?), or a hat or bottle of the Woodford Reserve Bourbon, PLEASE email me and let’s get you the right size or let’s get you taken care of. We will be talking a lot about Class fundraising and making the next five years of this class even better. Class Trips? Another “Dublin-like trip? (HELL YES!!) A nice tailgate at every home game? (HELL YES!) Free beer at all home tailgates? (HELL YES!!) A nice tailgate up in Philly for Army/Navy and a win over Army? (HELL YES!!) Another amazing weekend no matter the weather 5 years from now? (HELL YES!!). Take a few days and get back into life. For those of you who did not or could not make it, we missed you and will see you soon. Get here next time or come back and see us at the next tailgate or Homecoming. There are many people to thank and I will do that in the near future. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE…. tune into the Class website and my emails and I will tell you how to find our reunion pics on the photographer’s website, how to order your Class of ’85 clothing or items or what is happening at the next Class of ’85 tailgate. That site is: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. It is up and operating and better each day. Cheers ’85. I do love you guys and miss everyone already. Off to Cancun and Church Service. I have a guy upstairs to thank for all of you in my life and a wife who knows how to support me and keep me grounded enough to do this!! Safe Travels home and thanks for coming this weekend.

Cheers,  Bob Smith

Your VERY PROUD Class President. 

PS For those of you could not make it and I could not refund your money, PLEASE email me and we will get you a hat and your shirt in the next few weeks, we will ship it. 

 

Classmates,

For those of you wise enough to attend to our Class Dinner…. NICE WORK! What an amazing evening we had. We hope to build on that today at the tailgate. The rain is diminishing which is good news. It is wet and soggy at our tailgate and we are going to do our best to work around this fact. I know in talking to many of you, that you are wearing appropriate footwear. That is a GREAT IDEA. The tent will protect us from the wind and any rain, but you will still be exposed walking to and from the restrooms and to and from the stadium to other tailgate. I know you get it and I know that this party will go on rain or shine. I do know this too, Navy is far better at the deep water ops than Air Force, so let’s come and root the Mids on to a PASTING of the Falcons today!! 

Shuttles: Today to and from the Hotels to Gate one, and back from Alumni Hall until 11:30. Inside the Yard shuttle bus those same hours. This holds true for our Ladies attending the special breakfast at Preble Hall today. Shuttles to and from the Hotels to the Stadium starting at 12:30. Here is from our printed schedules that are in your hotels and on the class website:

  • 1230 – 1630 4 SB Buses departing the Westin Hotel (EVERY THIRTY MINUTES ON THE HOUR AND HALF HOUR) for the USNA Stadium Buses will drop off and load at Stadium North End zone / ’53 Pavilion / Ticket Booth parking area Buses will be at the stadium throughout the game to transport back to hotels as needed
  • 1800 – 1900 6 SB Buses depart USNA Stadium for return to the Westin Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn 1900 Last departure from the USNA Stadium for the Westin Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn

Where is the TAILGATE you ask? If you picture yourself as a Mid (I know… try that!) and you are marching into the Stadium, When you leave Taylor Ave. and turned onto the little walkway that takes you into the Stadium, we are the HUGE white Circus tent on the left bordering that Walkway and Taylor Ave, it is called FANFEST. I will have our Class Flags flying! We have 6 TV’s in the tent, tons of great food, cold beer, wine and then about 1000 Classmates and Guests waiting the greet you. Be advised, today is NOT open bar. It is for BEER AND WINE and cash bar for mixed drinks. We had to draw the line on pricing today’s Tailgate, and that seemed the smartest option (We made it up with better food and restrooms and other amenities, including the circus tent I had to borrow from the Ringling Brothers for today to keep all of you dry.) For those of you with a voice…. good for you! Dress warm and dry and come to enjoy a great final chapter of this amazing weekend. It has been so GREAT seeing all of you and reconnecting that we need to do this more often. Take the opportunity today and use our photographer and get a shot of you group, your company buddies, the guys on your Crew Team or Baseball Team or whatever…. YOU GET IT! See you there and call or text me with questions: 502-432-6185. I am guy with the hoarse voice answering. It may get loud today, so texting maybe the best idea. GO NAVY….BEAT AIR FORCE and we all know who is going to win the Tailgate no matter how this plays out.

Cheers,  

Bob Smith  

Your scratchy throat Class President

PS The Dinner Programs and the Class website will have info on how to view the weekend’s photos and get them downloaded or printed. Make the Class Website you place to be: http://1985.usnaclasses.net.

 

We all probably thought our issued rain gear was history. Guess what? There is proof it still exists!

 
Julia Spinelli followed orders and carried rain gear!

USNA ’85,

Good morning to those of you who woke up in Annapolis and those of you boarding airplanes and packing your cars and heading out the door to come and join the rest of us already in Annapolis. Over night hurricane Joaquin has taken a slower and more Easterly track and has taken Baltimore out of its sights for the weekend. The rain chances are 100% Friday, 70% Saturday and 50% Sunday…… We are putting up an 8000 Square Foot “super tent” and spreading Straw today to mitigate the water and wind we will see. We will essentially have a portable sports bar as I have added more TV’s and speakers indoors and we are changing on fly to accommodate indoor or under tent tailgating. As about 25 of us proved last night at Ram’s Head, all we need is a place and add classmates and it is suddenly MAGICAL! Wear appropriate clothes AND SHOES for dealing with soggy grass and ground! We are opening the registration desk today at NOON and our shuttle buses start running to take you to the newly remodeled Mid Store (I went, it is awesome and go ready to spend your kids college cash!) and other points around the Yard. Take NOTE: You will have to de-bus at Gate 1 and be screened before re-boarding an inside the Yard shuttle. Take an ID with you folks, it WILL be required. Bring or buy rain coats (they have some cool ones at the mid store) and a good umbrella and the party goes on. We LOVE the way our reunion hats and tee shirts have come out and are pleased to be selling our super cool “Beat Army Golden Lager” tee shirts and some extra class store items. There will be raffles at all events for look for our signs if you want to take a chance and win some cool stuff and bring extra cash to ALL EVENTS! (apparel, Army/Navy Tickets and some of the awesome Woodford Reserve Bottles with our Class Crest and 30th Reunion Tribute on it are just some of the items). (more…)

Kickoff time!!!

The time is finally here! The Class of 1985 30th Reunion!!  Those of us here are warmed up and raring to go!

For those of you in town or soon to be, here is today’s schedule of events:

Thursday October 1st
(0730-1600)
Midshipmen Store Hours
(0800-1600)
Rick Campbell Book Signing at the Mid Store
(0900-1700)
Visitor Center Hours
(0900-1700)
Museum Hours
(1200-1215)
Noon Meal Formation
(1230-1400)
Herndon planning session - Chick & Ruth's or wherever the wind blows us
(1200-1800)
Reunion Registration Check-in Westin Hotel
(1700-2200)
Reunion Kick-Off Party (Cash Bar) at Fado’s Pub
(1800-1900)
Herndon final planning session - We CLIMB!

Don’t forget to check-in at the Westin and pick up your reunion gedunk!

If you haven’t checked out the shuttle schedule, you can find it here:  Reunion Bus Shuttle Schedule.

And so it begins!!!

It was a great start with a pre-kickoff celebration at the Ram’s Head tavern. It was a great turnout.  Boy did those sea stories start to flow.  We are all getting warmed up and psyched for the rest of the weekend!  No matter what the weather, this will be a reunion to remember!

Tomorrow the fun really starts.

Remember Rick Campbell is at the Mid Store tomorrow from 8-4 signing copies of his books.  Every purchase means a donation to the class fund!

Reunion kick off party – Fado’s. Be there.  Aloha!!

For those of you interested in picking up Rick Campbell’s novels (Trident Deception and Empire Rising) and get the copies signed, here is his book signing schedule at the Mid Store:

  • Thursday – 8-4
  • Friday – 8-3
  • Saturday – 8-12

Stop by and say hello, bring your personal copies of the books and get them autographed!  They are a fantastic read!

Remember, Rick is donating the royalties from books sold at the Mid Store this weekend and those bought by classmates at any time to our class fund to defray the reunion cost of our fallen classmates’ widows.

Please send me an email with the books you bought, where, and format.  I’ll be keeping the tally and passing it on to RIck and Bob Smith.

EMAIL Blast Sent 9/29/2015

Classmates,

We are now counting hours until our reunion and I want to pass along a few updates. I, unfortunately, can control most things with our reunion weekend except the weather. We are now watching and making plans to deal with the incoming weather that is being driven by tropical storm Joaquin. I ask all of you to WATCH THE FORECASTS up until you depart. Plan now to wear appropriate clothing and appropriate footwear for the tailgate and for your tours of the yard. It is fall football weather and we always took a chance of this and so now we are reacting to it. Bring umbrellas and rain proof jackets and patience as we do our best to mitigate this and weather proof our tailgate. I am adding tents and extra TV’s and straw. The good news, the food will still be great, the beer will always be cold and our great Navy Team plays better in water because that is what we do best at Navy (Deep Water Ops). Seriously, the large part of our weekend is under cover and we are working now to get even more of it under cover. Come ready to dodge the rain drops and I am betting I will sell out of my extra Class of ’85 Umbrellas that are for sale.

More good news:

One of our classmates – Rick Campbell – retired from the Navy and took up writing, signing a 2 book deal (which has been extended to a 4 book deal) with Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press for his novel The Trident Deception, which was hailed by Booklist as “The best submarine novel since Tom Clancy’s classic – The Hunt for Red October.” His first two books were Barnes & Noble Top-20 bestsellers and both are ranked in the Top-10 for submarine thrillers on Amazon out of 400+ submarine novels, based on customer reviews. He’ll be signing books at the Midshipmen store reunion weekend, and will donate all royalties from books sold at the Midshipmen Store or bought on-line from classmates to our class fund, to help defray the cost of paying for widowed spouses to attend the reunion. If you get a chance, stop by the Midshipmen Store to pick up a signed copy of either The Trident Deception or Empire Rising (or both!), or order on-line and send me an email, letting me know what format you bought (paperback, hardcover, eBook, or audiobook). This is a great way to help out a classmate, help cover the costs for widowed spouses, and you’ll end up with a great book or two. I’ve read his first book, and it was fantastic – you won’t be disappointed!

Also, we are putting together some really nice packages to raffle off for Charity this weekend. We are partnering with Luke’s Wings to support the “No Wounded Soldier Alone for Christmas” drive. I have obtained a few Army/Navy Tickets, we have a few extra special edition Woodford Reserve Bottles, I have some nice Class store items and I even have a package that is 4 hours of free shuttle service for a night out in Annapolis from Annapolis Bus Co. We will sell tickets at all events and at reunion registration so bring some extra cash and take a chance to win one of our fun raffle packages.  (more…)

Passing on some gouge:
Air Force Game

There are still folks looking for Air Force tickets for Saturday.  If you need to give up  your tickets, please let send me your info (cell and email) and I will post it.  It seemed to work well with the tickets that came available yesterday and were picked up by others.  If there’s any comments on improving the process, please enter it in the Feedback Page.

Weather

The weather forecast is looking so-so for this weekend, so please come prepared as it is Reunion Dress with Rain Gear! Seriously, make sure that you’ve got some type of gear as no umbrellas are allowed in the stadium.  Rain or Shine ’85 will have a FANTASTIC time!

Website Updates

If you have subscribed to the website updates and haven’t received any notifications, it should be resolved.  You’ll get an email when a new post is added or updated not when a page is changed.  I’ll keep that in consideration for triggering notifications.

I’ve added a couple of more pages: Class Giving and A Picture Gallery with some pictures pulled off SmugMug.  Many of the pictures don’t have captions.  If you know who is in them and when/where they were taken, please let me know and I’ll update that information in the gallery.

Any other information that comes along, I’ll post it so please keep checking back.

See you all in a couple of days!

EMAIL Sent 9/24/2015

Class of ’85,

No surprise to everyone that we are only one week from the 30th Reunion and people are still signing up today. TOMORROW is the ABSOLUTE last day to register or sign up for the dinner or the tailgate. I have to have my final count to vendors after tomorrow. I cannot issue any more refunds after tomorrow as well, as we are locked into events and I have to pay the vendors on tomorrow’s final count. Hopefully everyone is ready to go and all that is left is to come safely to town and jump on board with the party in progress.

We are upgrading our USNA ’85 Photo Quiz site and Vic Otero is working our vendor to get not only our Firstie Pics up (they are already there) but to get a current photo alongside those photos. Here is what they asked me to send you:

We need current photos for classmates that are registered for the reunion. Please take a look at “25th Company Attendees” to understand what we would like. https://www.cibellc.com/ReunionFlashCards/USNA1985/

  • Username: USNA1985 (The user name is case sensitive.)
  • Password: BeatArmy! (also case sensitive)

Send the photos to : CurrentPhotoUSNA1985@cibellc.com.

Photo/File.Naming Convention; Trotta Andrew Andy USNA1985 If you are one of the 17 Simths, please be very specific; Smith Robert Bob 16th company USNA 1985. Since the app is for reunion preparation (designed to help you recognize people at the reunion), we are ONLY uploading current photos for those registered to attend the reunion. Please encourage other classmates to submit their current photos in advance. This will speed up the check-in process and give all classmates more time to review the photos. Vic Otero is in charge of this program, if you questions, PLEASE contract Vic Otero at: vic@otero-pearl.com or Brian at: brian@mrcaldwell.com. Good luck and enjoy this new site. WE ARE THE ONLY CLASS TO HAVE THIS….. once again, setting the bar high.

All that is left is to travel safe to Annapolis and enjoy a GREAT weekend. The long term forecast is out, looks like high 60’s and more sun than clouds, any rain ends on Thursday and we will be inside Fado’s. All weekend long we are raising money for Luke’s Wings Charity as well as our Class of ’85 “Taking care of our own” fund. We will use the money we make at this reunion for 5 years of class support and soon after the reunion will publish a full financial accounting of the reunion and our 5 year plan. I am going to start putting a greater emphasis on Class of ’85 USNA Support Fundraising going forward and expect to see more of this in the coming weekends. We have 20 President’s Circle Members and for 2016, I would LOVE to see 100 of us. I am the 20th President’s Circle Member as of today!! (This means your gave $2500 or had a an employer gift match that met $2500). Next year we will have the 31st Reunion at the President’s Circle Weekend in 2016. (For those of you not familiar, as a President’s Circle Member, you get an invite back for a special home football weekend. This year, it happens to be the same as our reunion). Stay tuned for Class Giving Efforts!

Okay Class of ’85, let’s have a great week and come “Home” to our 30th Reunion READY TO RUMBLE!! I have adjusted my efforts to make sure ALL events are 100% Class of ’85 Quality and am confident that our team and our vendors can deliver. We do not plan to accept walk ups, so if you are last minute after tomorrow, you NEED to call me in advance. Our final numbers will be in stone and only if I can last minute cancels can we accept walk ups. See you all in a few days and cannot wait. (If you want to add “free events”, even Thursday night, you do not need to contact me, just show up).

Regards, Your VERY PROUD Class President,  Bob Smith

Class of ’85 Quiz Site

Do you need a refresher on being able to match our young faces with names? We’ve got something for you – the Class of ’85 Quiz Site! Nothing like some flash cards and crash rate memorization for reunion preparation.

This is how this ’85 Photo Quiz site works. Go to this site:: ’85 Quiz Site (https://www.cibellc.com/ReunionFlashCards/USNA1985/).
Type in our user name: USNA1985 (Caps Sensitive) then the PW: BeatArmy! (one again, caps sensitive).
Now… try and name all of our classmates by looking at their pics on your first try. With any luck, you’ll remember your company mates! Let us know how you do. Enjoy and use this as a great tool to get ready for our reunion and putting a face with a name (We will have very nice name tags our reunion weekend FYI).

Classmates,
I am sorry but I am running out of things to call these updates. First things first, USNAA has FINALLY reworked their web hosting platform and we are now at: http://1985.usnaclasses.net. We have moved on from .com and will hopefully soon have a redirect, but until we get that done, please re-bookmark the new web address. If anyone has issues or questions or suggestions surrounding our class website, PLEASE contact Angela Orlando at: aorlando1963@optonline.net. Soon I can update you to your face.

 

It has been a busy week for ’85 as we continue to support Navy Football and each other at our Home Game Tailgates. Navy had an awesome 42-21 victory this weekend over ECU and almost as important, Class of ’85 killed two kegs of Land Shark at our tailgate. We have made the move to our new Tailgate Set up and we will now provide cold beer to all who attend from our Stadium vendor. Moving ahead we will be setting up larger tents and eventually will purchase a larger tent and look to having a bigger bar set up and flat screen TV’s. It’s a process and I am working to get the best value and cherry pick what other classes are doing that seems “cool” or seems to work. Coming out of the 30th, we will build on this momentum to keep improving what we do. Thanks to those who continue to support us at all our Home Tailgates and I hope that those of you who do not live locally will make it a point to attend at least one home game and see how much fun we have. I will once again be organizing a Class of ’85 Army/Navy Indoor Tailgate up in Philadelphia and will start working that after our Reunion. (more…)

Okay Classmates,

 

We are now getting into striking range of  our reunion, only 13 days and a wake up. For some of you that is only 2 or 3 more showers (you know who you guys are). As expected, the numbers are TOTALLY impressive and seem to keep growing. Thursday night at Fado’s has us at 411 people as of today, the Friday dinner banquet is at 473 and the Saturday Tailgate is at 840. We have the reunion shirts and caps in production and all the final plans are being put into place. As of today, I have a room at the Westin Hotel for Reunion weekend, access to a house in downtown Annapolis for the weekend (check out this link if you might be interested, a classmate reserved this on AirBNB and cannot use it:  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2346962 ). I also have access to a few rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, the Country Inn and Suites of Annapolis and the Marriott Springhill Suites. If you need a room PLEASE contact me as these rooms will have to be cancelled soon and turned back into the hotels.

(more…)

Classmates,

I hope September has started well and you are all enjoying the beginning of fall sports while enjoying some very nice late summer weather. Navy is off to a rousing 1-0 start and looks very well as they fired on all cylinders in the home opener. For those of you who attended or assisted at our home opener tailgate, thank you. For those of you missing the “drink trailer” and the large crowd, I can assure you we are looking at ways to enhance our class tailgate experience and will look at having special events at as many games as we can. I know this… The 30th Reunion Tailgate is about 800 strong and keeps growing every day. I am working with our vendors and caterer to make sure they are FULLY ready for our group and they have assured me they are up to the challenge. The same applies to all events as our numbers are EXCELLENT. The Thursday kickoff party approaching 400 and is now a USNA ’85 closed event at Fado’s featuring the draft beers from Classmate Dave Marquis and his Chesapeake Brewing Company. We are debuting his <strong>”Beat Army Golden Lager” </strong> and will raise a few dollars for veterans charities as well as kicking off our weekend with a few potential surprise guests. The Class Dinner is 450 attendees and growing with plenty of yummy food, drink and socializing all evening until they kick us out. (more…)

YES!! Beat Army Golden Lager is the ’85 specialty being served at our reunion kickoff at Fado’s, dinner and tailgate. Stay tuned for more information on Beat Army Golden Lager brewed by our own David Marquis!

First up, here is a tee shirt that we will be on sale at the reunion to promote Beat Army Golden Lager being served at the Class Dinner and Tailgate. Get the shirt and then follow-up with the beer!

beat_army_lager

USNA ’85,

Greetings and Happy Labor Day weekend. As we kick off the Fall Navy Football and Class of ’85 Tailgate season at NMCMS this weekend against Colgate at our Class Kickoff tailgate, the excitement starts and the tradition continues. You can see information about our class tailgate on the class website: <a href=”http://1985.usnaclasses.com”>http://1985.usnaclasses.com</a>. Enjoy a GREAT tailgate for those of you attending. Skip McDonnell and crew will have the tailgate buzzing and please remember to bring a side dish and BYOB for drinks as we kick off the “new area” of Old School Tailgaters.
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Now let’s talk Reunion: We are officially in the IMPRESSIVE region for numbers of those attending; NICE WORK! Now, we still have some folks sitting on the sideline. Today is the final day to get your name printed on your reunion nametag as I must submit that list to my vendor for printing. We will have blanks and Sharpies so do not fret if you have to wait to commit. Today is also the cutoff for those of you who want to play golf in the Joint USNA ’85 and the USAFA Association of Graduates outing at Renditions Golf Course. A truly amazing outing and you can sign up today at: <a href=”http://golf.usafa.org/WashingtonDC”>http://golf.usafa.org/WashingtonDC</a>. If you have golf related questions, please email or call Danny Yurovich ’85: yurovich@msn.com or (717) 571-6260. For those you already signed up, you will need to drive yourself to the course or work with Dan on a carpool to the course. This is due to the early hour and the fact our golfers are too spread out to provide cost efficient bus transport. I have put that money into some fun gifts and prizes for the players.

 

For those of you who mentioned you needed babysitting and for those of you who need babysitting for the dinner on Friday, PLEASE contact me as I have babysitters and I have a conference room at the Westin Hotel we will turn into “Kids Paradise” on Friday evening with teenage daughters of fellow classmates staffing our room under the careful watch of hotel staff. I want to build my final list. We can plan babysitting to start at 1730 and lasting until 2200. Contact me about this if you need this service.

For those of you who have ordered our class apparel, I have received some VERY positive feedback. Thanks for ordering and I encourage the rest of you to get on our apparel site and do some shopping: <a href=”http://usna85.deco-apparel.com”>http://usna85.deco-apparel.com</a>. All our events continue to grow in number and scope. Encourage your classmates and company mates to get on board for this epic reunion. Volunteers for our registration desk are still being accepted, please contact me and I appreciate those of you who have stepped up to volunteer already and I will be assigning shift times soon starting Thursday at Noon and going until Friday at 1700. I have hired some full time staff to assist us at the Registration Desk as well. For our female Class of ’85 Classmates, Ashley Yetman and some others have organized a “Lady’s of ’85 Breakfast” at Preble Hall on Saturday Morning of the Reunion weekend at Preble Hall from 0900-1100. Please contact Ashley to join this group of female classmates reconnecting in honor of our 30th Reunion: aply@comcast.net
We have hired a photographer to be at our major events throughout the weekend and he will have a website to order downloadable prints or actual prints after the reunion weekend. We will do a special group shot at the Tailgate with a Drone (not a Raptor!); once again setting the standard for USNA Class Reunions. We have also obtained some graduation proofs and a video from the Library of Congress and will try and have individual prints from Graduation available through our photographer coming out of this
For those attending the Thursday Night party, we will be kicking off the first pints of the new: Beat Army Golden Lager and selling them for $4.85 per pint and raising money for Luke’s Flight Charity and Navy Athletics. We may have a few special guests (The Gorilla? Roger Staubach? Chesty Puller? Garcia himself?) to help roll this Beer out and we will be selling special Edition: Beat Army Golden Lager Apparel. This beer will be featured at other reunion events courtesy of Dave Marquis ’85 and his Chesapeake Brewing Company. For those of you in town Wednesday, we are announcing a “Pre-Pre kickoff” Happy Hour and Pub Crawl starting at Ramshead Tavern at 1700, if you happen to be in town or live there, come and join me and my host for that evening: Mike “Pig” Vance as we get the reunion rolling.

 

Okay ’85….. we are 26 days and counting to the Naval Academy’s GREATEST EVER Reunion and our 30th Reunion. Email, text or call with questions, comments or needs.

Regards and Go Navy, Beat the Colgate Raiders!

 

Bob Smith ’85

 

P.S. Steve Pimpo is still taking information for the Class Briefing notes at: sjpimpo@comcast.netWe are also looking for corporate partners to help us raise money for our Class of ’85 Charities. I am proud to announce Peter Martino ’85 and his business Annapolis Teas has recently joined us as a major sponsor.