The 29th Last Annual Crusader Ball

Front cover of LACB29 dinner program

(Click image to download the Dinner Program)

Photos Galore: Scenes from LACB29!!

Penthouse Ready Room: Photos Yes!

Squadron Dinners: VF-191, VF-24/VF-211 Yes!

Friday Night Gunfighter Reception: Photos Yes!

USS Midway Crusader Pilot Tribute: Photos Yes!

The 29th Last Annual Crusader Ball

Cocktails: Photos Yes!

Dinner: Photos Yes!

Dance: Photos Yes!

Green Screen: Photos Yes!

Attendees: List Yes!

The LACB29 Committee:

Dave Cowles, Chairman
Mary Buonaguidi, Event Planner
Denny Bell Dick Evert
John Holm Skip Leonard
Norm McCoy Nigal Miller
Jim Ozbirn Bob Pearl
Pete Phelps Chuck Schroeder
Mike Waldron  

From the LACB29 Committee Chairman:

The party's over but the memories certainly aren't. We had a great turnout which made it one of the best ever.

A few people had to drop out at the last minute, but almost 150 F-8 drivers attended LCB29. Including their ladies and guests we had over 330 people participating in the various events. Amazingly, we had 48 drivers attend who had not been to an LACB lately. Plus, there were a half dozen in attendance who had never been to an LACB before! It was great.

The ready room was the center of activity and Skip Leonard and his volunteers kept the adult juices flowing. Old friends not only renewed acquaintences, but made some new friends in the process as well. Make sure you take a look at the photos in the links above.

The squadron dinners Thursday night were a spectacular success. VFP-63 and VF-191 topped the charts with over 40 drivers and ladies in attendance. A great job by all of the leaders who organized them.

Friday morning golf sported a robust crew hitting the links bright and early. Thanks to Jim Ozbirn for putting it together.

Friday night's Gunfighter Reception was just a great big WOW!!! The Mariachi Band was a wonderful treat. They just don't get any better than that. Enjoying a Mariachi Band playing live on the Cinco de Mayo was indeed special.

Saturday was busy but especially rewarding in spite of the wet weather. The memorial wreath we placed in the water from the Midway was a heart-felt event. Those memories will live for a long time.

And then the Saturday night Ball. What a wonderful evening. High winds outside but a warm time inside. Mary Buonaguidi's slide show brought back some wonderful memories. The young color guard, the DJ, everything came together to make it a perfect night. And when it came dance time, you wouldn't believe how those geriatrics could dance. The dance floor overflowed! And when they wore out, they flooded into the ready room for night caps and goodbye's well past the midnight hour.

We owe a special thanks to the LACB29 Committee for putting it all together and especially to our event planner, Mary Buonoguidi. The committee members: Dennis Bell, Dick Evert, John Holm, Skip Leonard, Norm McCoy, Nigal Miller, Jim Ozbirn, Bob Pearl, Pete Phelps, Chuck Schroeder, and Mike Waldron. Kudos for a job well done. And another special thanks to the wives who checked us in and kept the ready room snacks flowing: Dru Cowles, Norma Morgenfeld, Dede Ozbirn, Gay Pearl, Joyce Schroeder, Bernadine Swartz, and Dee Unruh. It wouldn't have worked without them. Thanks to all.

Tons and tons of photos are posted above. Our photographer R.J. made the rounds at all of our events and captured it all. Browse through the galleries. When you find a photo you like and want to have a copy of it, just click on it to display a print-quality version that you can download and print.

Thanks to all who attended LACB29. Seeing so many of you turn out and enjoying yourselves make all the effort workwhile. On to LACB30! See you there!

Dave Cowles, Chairman LACB29 Committee