Scenes from LACB29!!
Penthouse Ready Room: Photos
Squadron Dinners: VF-191, VF-24/VF-211
Friday Night Gunfighter Reception: Photos
USS Midway Crusader Pilot Tribute: Photos
The 29th Last Annual Crusader Ball
Green Screen: Photos
Aitcheson, George & Fran Alderink, James & Mary Bruce & Karen Dyer Allen, John & Patty Appelgate, Terry & Suzanne Baker, Marvin & Jan Batcheller, Pete & Joyce Batzler, Jack & Carolyn Beam, David & Ann Bell, Dennis & Terry Bernet, Drew Jeanette Novarina Berry, Russ Best, Dave & Elizabeth Bird, Dick Black, Karen Mackenzie Edwards Blackwood, Tom & Janis Boland, Elaine Bortnem, Russ Russ Bortnem, Jr. Box, Roger & Diana Buonaguidi, Mary & Marc Burnside, Al & Cindy Calmes, Greg & Bobbi Campbell, Jay & Faith Carroll, Willy Cavicke, Dick & Virginia Clark, Larie & Sandra Marc Clark Corah, Frank & Sandy Corboy, Tom & Barbara Corica, Ken Cowles, Dave & Dru Joe & Greta Motsinger Cox, Doug & Cindy Dale, Fred & Shari Anne Davis, Ed & Maxine DeWeese, Dale & Ellen Dicke, Gary & Ruth Domville, Tom & Carol Driscoll, Norm Eikenbery, Tod & Mary Lou Evert, Dick & Mary Feliton, Jim Michael Feliton Fields, "Dub" & Helene Floyd, Dick & Barbara Furey, Vincent Gaines, Alan & Ann Gillcrist, Jim Casey Gillcrist Mary Gillcrist Bones & John Haggerty Tom & Terese Gillcrist Peter & Amie Gillcrist Giles, Skip Glasscock, Charles Linda Cary Gottschalk, Ronn & Andrea Graves, Dave & Maxine Greathouse, Bob & Susie Gregory, Eric & Elaine Grover, Rodney & Wanda Gunn, Steve Hamilton, Jim & Penny
Heintz, Ron Henderson, Neal & Carolyn Hoch, Bob & Deette Holm, John & Jeannette Johnson, Kent Jones, Dick & Janet Kaine, Len & Anne Kidrick, James & Andie Kilpatrick, John & Shirley Heather Scott Marilyn Nunn Kunkel, Barry & Cindy Lambe, Ron & Shirley Lambert, Steve Larson, Vern & Gerri Lee, Bobby & Dotti Leonard, Skip Letter, Tom & Dianna Lewis, Morrie & Connie Little, Doug & Elice Lowry, Charles Markel, James & Beverly Masat, Ken & Margo McDonough, Bob & Karen McGarvie, Jim & Jan McGirl, Pat Meyers, Chip & Debbie Miller, Larry Spencer Miller Miller, Nigal & Joan Moore, Robert Terry Moore (son) Moore, Rufus Andrew Moore Mona Moore Rosalind Moore Helena Moore Christine Weber Rebecca Weber Morgenfeld, Tom & Norma Morris, Bill & Margaret Morris, Larry & Judy Lazo Mudgett, Dick & Lorraine Murrell, Gregory & Barbara Musitano, Jack & Terry Naegeli, Darryl & Ellen Napoli, Tom Najarian, Tom & Robin Cassandra Najarian Celeste Najarian Nelson, Len & Lorna Nowak, Larry & Donna O'Donnell, Mike & Isabell Mike & Dawn O'Donnell Maria O'Donnell O'Gara, Ed O'Neill, James & Louise Overton, Henry & Jan Ozbirn, Jim & Dede Palmer, Tom & Elly Pearl, Bob & Gay Peterson, Jon & Jean Phaneuf, Joe & Michaela Conley Phelps, Pete & Pat
Pope, Bill & Anne Redditt, Rich & Pat Reeves, Joe & Cathy Repsher, Boyd & Lois Dolly Brown Ressel, Don & Kathy Riley, Vic & Carolyn Ringwood, Paul & Lynne Rose, Ray & Karen Ruby, Scott Rucker, Alex & Deanie Russ, Steve & Nancy Ryan, Jim & Marge Sandweg, Bob Schroeder, Chuck & Joyce Scott, Mike Scott, Tom Shaffer, Terry Shardy, Jim White, Suzie Sharp, Willie Diz Laird Southwick, Ev & Carol Regalado Statton, Carl & Delle Stein, Bill & Christine Ted & Colleen Stein Mike & Christine Blenk Ed Irvine Smith, Dick & Karen Smith, Gerald & Carol Stephenson, Lee Stevens, Steve & Su Swartz, T.R. & Bernardine Switzer, Bill & Pamela Taylor, Gene Taylor, Robert & Angela Tinker, Chuck & Mitch Tracz, Stan & Marie Umbdenstock, Pete Unruh, Jerry & Dee Valeche, Hal Vampatella, Phil & Patricia Steve Rearwin Barbara Hall Merry Kennedy Waldron, Mike & Joy Weatherup, Mark & Cathe Krueger Sandy Houston Gerry Layer Weber, Jerry & Sandy Welch, Keefer & Patricia Welch, Mike Weller, Gary & Linda Bryn Weller Wells, George & Penny Meskunas West, Henry & Chris White, Jim Williams, Gary & Kathy Kendra Bowers Williams, Royce Wright, William Zasio, Art & Dee
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.
/s/ Dave Cowles, Chairman, LACB29 Committee
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|