The Skirmisher

BORDENTOWN MILITARY INSTITUTE

 

"Rather Be Than Seem"

 

BMI Alumni Association, P. O. Box 91, Bordentown, NJ 08505

 

Web site: www.bmicadets.org

E-Mail: bmicadets@hotmail.com

 

Tersina DiPietro, Editor

January 2007

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

 

First, I'd like to thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as President of the Alumni Association. I hope I can keep up the momentum the Past President began.

 

After the Reunion of 2006, many Bordentown residents remarked on their fond memories of BMI. The parade through the streets of Bordentown sparked memories of the days the cadets marched through their town. How proud they were of this fine establishment, BMI!

 

The reunion committee met in November to critique Reunion 2006. We all felt it was a huge success. If you have any comments, good or bad, please e-mail them to bmicadets@hotmail.com. This can only help us to make 2008's reunion even better.

 

The Alumni Association's flag is being flown at half mast in remembrance of the death of President Gerald Ford.

 

On behalf of the entire BMI Executive Board, please accept our best wishes for a Healthy and Prosperous 2007.

 

Sincerely,

 

Joseph C. Platt

Joseph C. Platt, '74

President

 

 

(Ed. Note: Past President Angelo Candelori chose not to seek another term as President but will serve on the Executive Board as a Director-at-Large.)

 

REUNION 2006 REVISITED

(In the past, we have tried to give those alumni not present at our Reunion some sense of what it felt like to be in attendance at this biennial event. This time, we are going to let an alumnus speak for all of us. We received the following Letter to the Editor from ROB CHISHOLM '63 and, in our estimation, no one could say it better.)

 

"I returned on October 21, 2006, for the reunion of our BMI Alumni Association. Personally invited by 1963 classmate, BERNIE SANSARICQ, I found the whole experience to be profoundly moving. It evoked positive feelings and memories I had experienced while attending BMI, 1958-1963.

 

"This day was one full of laughs over wonderful stories we shared. I learned, from several younger alums, how much they had looked up to me. I saw how older guys, such as DICK PEPPLER and BOB FRISBIE (both 1961), had touched my life. I felt a connection with everyone I met, reliving the camaraderie and esprit de corps of BMI. I had not expected to have quite so much fun, but my three 1963 classmates, MIKE ARONSON, MARK SKOLNIK, BERNIE, and I sitting at the same table were the very last to leave the Bordentown Elk's Club at 11:50 p.m., after the Elk's staff showed us the door politely. I hope more 1963 BMI cadets will decide to muster at our next reunion in October 2008. 'Fall in!'

 

"Given the opportunity to share my BMI memories at our 'open mike,' I recalled how Dr. Harold Morrison Smith, BMI Headmaster, recited from memory the following poem, on many occasions, affecting the character of BMI cadets. I, too, was able to recite it, nearly verbatim, from memory. What a blessing! It is entitled: THE WAYS.

 

'To every man there openeth a Way, and Ways, and a Way

And the High Soul climbs the High Way And the Low Soul gropes the Low

And in between, on the misty flats The rest drift to and fro But to every man there openeth

A High Way, and a Low And every man decideth The Way his soul shall go.'

 

(From BEES IN AMBER: A LITTLE BOOK OF THOUGHTFUL VERSE by John Oxenham)

 

Rob adds, "To learn about my life's work, please go to www.CompeerChesco.org "

 

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Reunion 2006 was not without its tense moments as you will see when you read the following:

 

A Note from the Horizontal Cadet (Mike Sternick '57 became ill at the Reunion 2006 dinner. This is his account of what happened.)

 

"There I was at the reunion dinner, about to enjoy Col. Candelori's opening remarks. Next thing I knew I was flat on the floor, surrounded by several good-looking ladies (who happened to be nurses), loosening my clothing. Under other circumstances, that might have been a good deal! After being whisked to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton by the efficient EMT's and despite my protestations that I really felt fine and didn't want to miss the Old Boys Drill, the hospital staff convinced me that it would be a good idea to figure out a cause for my situation. After EKG'S, Echo-cardiograms, CT scans and much poking with pointed objects (I assume that was to let out the foul humors), the three doctors working the case came to a conclusion which was 'Hmmm...wonder why that happened.' Early Sunday morning, Dr. Fishbein, the cardiologist, came in and said, 'Let me try something.' He pressed on the left side of my neck and nearly had to catch me as I tried to resume my earlier prone position. Diagnosis: an uncommon condition where pressure on the carotid artery sends a signal to the brain that your blood pressure is too high and the blood flow to it is shut down in self defense. Cure: a) buy larger shirts; b) don't pull your tie so tight. To those in attendance, I say thanks for your help and concern, and particularly to Angelo and Mrs. Candelori for stopping to check up on me and rescuing my car from the Elk's lot. I hope to see you all at the next reunion where I hope to keep a lower, though vertical, profile."

 

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CLASS NOTES

 

'40 We received an e-mail from MILTON LOCKE. He would like to know the whereabouts of classmates EZRA DAY and DENNEY SARGENT...also Lt. Leslie Coates, a tac officer in 1938 to 1940.

 

'44 JOHN HANAWALT wrote, "I regret that I will not be able to attend the 2006 BMI reunion...I now fly from my cabin in Maine to my condo in Florida so I will pass over rather than through New Jersey."

 

'45 JOHN BRUNACCINI wrote that he was unable to attend the reunion and was disappointed that he had to miss it. John lives in Waltham, MA.

Unfortunately, a family commitment forced HERB GARTEN to miss Reunion 2006. Said Herb, "I hope to be around for the next one."

In an e-mail from ARNOLD WOLFE we learned that he is a "snow bird," spending 6 months in Delray Beach, FL, and 6 months in Bayside, NY. He hopes to get together with Florida alumni during his stay in the south.

 

'47 BERNARD FEATHERMAN is President of the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry. As promised in the last issue of The Skirmisher, following is an excerpt of Bernard's message in their monthly news publication: "Some months ago I visited the cemetery near Bath, ME, where the Headmaster of my high school was buried. He was a source of inspiration that has guided me throughout life. I recalled these three mottos on the walls where we entered the study hall: 'Good, Better, Best Never, never rest Until your good is better, and your better best'; 'Knowledge is Power'; 'Others.' We need to take time out to think about these three mottos. Most of us have already put them to use. For those who haven't, it's never too late to start. Do it now!"

EUGENE GUAZZO is still practicing medicine in rural Chaptico, Md (pop. about 600). He wrote, "I regret I cannot make it to the 'Brothers Reunited 2006' but if AL VERDEL's son is there, tell him I paid homage to his father who was wrestling coach when I was there ('45-'47). I was recently given an award for running a 5-K race; I told the crowd that my wrestling coach got me to running when I was 16 years of age. At the time we thought he was out-to-lunch RUNNING???? only guys on the track team did that! But Coach Verdel said we needed to do it to improve stamina, and wrestlers need that to win, not just strength. Of course, he was right and fifty years ahead of his time when it came to running for other sports, as well as for general health. Oddly enough, many of us found we enjoyed regular running. Thank you, Coach Al Verdel."

 

'50 HARRY "BUD" HOWE took a trip to Orlando, theVillages, and Atlanta. He wrote, "Had a nice visit with HOWARD SHERMAN and his wife, Sally. Also, spoke with ARTHUR SAWL '69. We had a wonderful chat...talked about the old days and people we remembered. BERNARD RAUSCHER '53 called me and said he had taken his vehicle to Coral Springs Honda and was talking to the driver who brought him from the dealership back home. Bernard told him that he had gone to school in Bordentown. The driver said, 'You mean BMI?'...the driver told him he had gone there too. The driver was BOB GROSSO '70. Later I contacted Bob and we talked of many things." Harry also learned from the father of ARTHUR SAWL '69 that Arthur moved from Massachusetts to California. Arthur and his dad spent three days in Bordentown visiting the campus, the buildings, and the statue site

 

'51 Prior to coming to Bordentown for Reunion 2006, DON CHARBONNIER spent two weeks touring Russia with his wife and several of their friends. Don still works as a financial consultant and welcomes alumni to contact him should they need his assistance.

We received an e-mail from LANCE MARSTON. He stated, "Since my last communication with you several years ago, I have had occasion to celebrate my 50th reunion at Norwich University. Although I left Norwich in 1953 for the Marine Corps and later graduated from the University of New Hampshire, I always had a special place for Norwich and enjoyed continued interaction with former classmates there. This year, my wife and I enjoyed our 50th Anniversary with our family of four children, ten grandchildren, and many friends."

ALBERTO MIZRAHI was sorry that he could not attend Reunion 2006. He sends regards to the Class of 1951.

 

'53 JACK ADAMS wrote to say that JOHN MARSTON '66 lives up the street from him in Bellows Falls, VT. They were planning a reunion to talk about BMI. Wrote Jack, "This is the first time since 1953 that I will have a chance to talk to anybody who graduated from the school. I did see old Dr. Sladen and his wife up at Moody Beach in Maine for several years but they both passed away years ago."

A hip replacement on October 18th prevented ED PEPPLER from attending Reunion 2006. (Ed. Note: Ed has been a faithful participant at just about all of our reunions.)

 

'56 We received an e-mail from PHIL ROWLEY stating that he was unable to attend Reunion 2006 due to a prior commitment. However, last July he was in Bordentown and stopped at the statue site to survey the damage to the surrounding area.

 

'57 LOU PIETOSO and his wife Jane took a sentimental journey into Bordentown last summer. They stopped at some of the local shops and also had lunch at Oliver's...a Bistro. Lou and Jane were also present at Reunion 2006.

 

'59 MARK MANLEY wrote, "The reunion was an unqualified success for me and I truly enjoyed every minute that I was there. My compliments to all that made it happen."

ROBERT WILLIAMS wrote that he and DON RAMALEY used to sit next to one another in study hall at BMI. Robert wanted to contact Don so we acted as go-between.

 

'60 We received an e-mail from LARRY ROOT. He wrote "We're back in Wyoming after an uneventful drive from our winter home in Key West. Anxious to get 'back in the saddle' and into the back country where there are no people. If you are vacationing up our way (80 miles from Jackson Hole), drop me a note. Best to the Class of 1960."

 

'61 "I really appreciate reading the Skirmisher and hearing about the alumni of old," wrote CHET DERR. "RATHER BE THAN SEEM has been a motto that has stayed with me all my adult life. I keep missing the BMI reunion because it falls on the same date as my wife and my college reunion. We shared our college experience with two BMI alumni, JACK TRACY '61 and LYNN SHUEY '60."

NORM KIRSCHBAUM and his wife celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2006. Norm retired from flight nursing a few years ago and is now a Case Manager and Charge nurse for a consortium that cares for Native Alaskans in Juneau.

JERRY KRAWITZ wrote, "I happened to run into the son of a former cadet, NORMAN VICTOR, and was able to add Norman to the list of active BMI alumni. Norman lives in Mesa, AZ."

We received an e-mail from FRANK POGUE stating, "I got a phone call from NORM KIRSCHBAUM all the way from Alaska...nothing special...he just wanted to chat. Very, very strange to hear a voice from so long ago."

'62 A quick note from TONY HOTSKO informs us that he is still a Program Manager with L-3 Communications, Integrated Systems. He adds, "I am working with the Brazilian Air Force in support of a program called SIVAM (a Surveillance Program monitoring the Amazon)."

We received our annual Holiday Message from "Uncle" BOB MACARI. He wrote, "...no matter what the media tells us, we still live in the greatest country in the world. My hope this year is to make you aware that for every horror story you are made aware of, there is a good story happening that you are not aware of...good deeds do not sell papers.!"

JOSEPH J. PLUMERI, Trenton Thunder owner, and his wife pledged $2 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey for construction of a magical place for children with life-threatening medical problems. The gift is the largest individual donation ever made to the Foundation since its founding in 1980. Joe was recently recognized with the New Jersey chapter's 2006 Humanitarian of the Year Award.

 

'63 FLOYD LITTLE had hoped to be present at Reunion 2006 but last minute responsibilities interfered. He wrote, "I enjoy reading the Skirmisher; it keeps me in touch with some of my classmates. Thanks, STEVE GOLDSTEIN, for your comments regarding the HALL OF FAME. I'm working on it. I mention it in my book, 'Tales from the Bronco's Sideline.' In the book, I also talk about the early days at BMI. The book is available at www.amazon.com" (Ed. Note: I read the book and I highly recommend it...especially for football fans and fans of Floyd. It has lots of funny stories.)

BERNARD SANSARICQ wrote, "After being a legal resident for 42 years in this great country, I became officially a U. S. Citizen. I am giving serious consideration to running for the U. S. Congress for the 20th District of Broward County (FL) in 2008. I already have contact with Senator John McCain. I believe as a Congressman I will be able to help the U. S. to better understand the turmoil in Latin America. Even though it is still a dream at this state, I believe you must have a dream in order to make a dream come true." Bernard goes on to say, "ROB CHISHOLM was my platoon leader during my first year at BMI. The first time the band was playing the National Anthem, they hit a couple of false notes (maybe it was Cadet MIKE JOYCE) so I and a couple of rookie cadets started laughing in military formation. Rob had to control the situation and came behind me, placed the tip of his sword on my back and was pressing very hard and said to me, 'Knock it off, Cadet Sansaricq.' He never reported me to the Commandant and I was saved a couple of hours of penalty tours with a nine-pound M1 rifle. Thanks, Rob."

'64 In September 2005, GENE CASTELLANO was named to the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. With more than 25 years of media experience in Philadelphia, Gene was most recently Director of Marketing and Communications at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

 

'65 BOB TOMAINI is a Sales/Leasing Consultant with Coast Honda in Sea Girt, NJ, so if you are in need of a car, you can contact him at 732-974-2211, Ext. 126.

 

'66 Prior to Reunion 2006, SKIP BONHAM sent a note to TOM BROWNBACK stating, "I won't be making the reunion this year but will be thinking of all of you. Hard to believe that it was 44 years ago that I first entered BMI and that another reunion is coming up. My Dad, Class of 1944, died two months after the 2002 Reunion. Attending that reunion was the last thing he wanted to do and the last chapter he wanted to close. When we talked following the reunion, he said the reason he wanted to go so badly was that you can always make new friends but you can never make or replace old ones. He wanted more than anything else to say goodbye to his old BMI friends. He thoroughly enjoyed himself. I understand where he was coming from. The memories of old friendships and good times far outweigh the penalty tours and the agony of taking the Jet to the Moon."

PHIL GAFFNEY and his wife spent a few hours with WES HAND in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. He wrote, "Wes, who works for the U. S. Government on St. Thomas, met us at the dock upon our arrival and took us on a guided tour of the island. He was an exceptional host and we greatly appreciated his hospitality during our mini-reunion."

PIERRE LEROY was "found" by MARK SINGER '65. Pierre recently retired from the top management of John Deere and is on the boards of at least two major public companies.

We heard from PAUL MOXLEY and learned that he resides in Alta, UT.

We received an e-mail from BRUCE ROY who wrote, "Sorry I missed reunions in 2004 and 2006. I came down with B-cell lymphoma and was going through chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. Seem to be in the clear right now. Would love to hear the whereabouts and status of WESLEY WOLFGANG VON HANDELSSOHN, STAN WINOWICZ, PIERRE LEROY, JOHN MARSTON, HENRY BERRY, the GOLDBERG twins, RENNIE BALDWIN. I read about BOB DUNCAN in national news about the political turmoil in the Episcopal Church. Go get 'em, Bullet Bob you done good, old man. Keep the faith, MORRIS MAPLE. If you're still kicking, I owe you a slug in the arm (if you can handle it). I'm living happily in Sacramento, CA, and am engaged to be married to a lovely lady."

 

'67 ROBERT SOOWAL located a couple of alumni who were not on our list: DR. ALBERT MALL in Johnstown, PA; SEN. ROBERT TOMLINSON in Bensalem, PA both from the Class of 1965.

 

'68 JAMES (RUSS) DERSCH is a Sales Associate with Coldwell Banker in Logan Township, NJ.

JOE VRABLIK wrote to say, "The BMI experience is often on my mind. Suffice to say that the distinguishing factor in my life regarding both the happiness of my family, as well as the success of my career and business is in great degree due to the characteristics developed and honed at BMI. I have no doubt that many of the 'old boys' will agree that it was this part of our lives that set us apart from the rest of the pack for the rest of our lives."

 

'71 We heard from RON GARDINER who "found" us. He wrote, "Good to see that the spirit lives on." Ron lives in Questa, NM, and has performed watershed field work as a federal watershed technician and biologist on every public land watershed on the Upper Rio Grande Basin, Sangre De Cristos from Santa Fe New Mexico to Poncha Pass, Colorado and the Southern San Juan Mountains. He is interested in locating classmates from the Classes of 1970 and 1971.

KIM KOWALCZYK is interested in receiving a 1969 yearbook so if anyone has a copy that they would like to donate, please contact him at klpk@optonline.net .

 

'72 JOHN (HANK) GRAVENSTINE wrote to say that he has been checking our Web site often.

 

'75 VANCE HUGGINS is an Account Executive with the Princeton Search Group. He would like to hear from his classmates. He can be reached at vance.huggins@princetonsearch.com

 

FACULTY

Prior to Reunion 2006, we were pleased to receive the following letter from LTC George W. Nelson. "Looking forward to October. I'll get a chance to see some of my 'kids' of '56-'59 again. I'm in good health and, now at age 80, finally retired. For the past eight years I have served on the Special Forces National Board of Officers; I'm currently the Vice President. I am proud to have been the Assistant PMS&T at BMI."

 

We also received a note from Mrs. Lillian Laslocky, daughter of Mr. David Styer, co-owner of BMI in the early days. She wrote, "Dad would be very pleased to see the continuation of the BMI Alumni Association."

 

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INCREASE IN DUES FOR 2007

 

For the first time since the rebirth of the Bordentown Military Institute Alumni Association, we find it necessary to raise the annual dues to $15. We are sending postcards via regular mail as a reminder to all alumni for whom we have home addresses. We send these postcards using first-class postage so that they will be returned if your address in our records is incorrect or can be forwarded if you moved less than a year ago. Please remember to inform us of changes in home addresses and/or e-mail addresses. Thank you.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

 

In the past, we have had numerous requests from alumni concerning the offering of scholarships in the name of Bordentown Military Institute Alumni Association to area high school graduates who plan to attend college. At their recent meeting, the Executive Board members voted to pursue the issue of scholarships and contact was made with representatives from the Bordentown Regional High School. We have established the criteria to be used and the School will select the student that best meets that criteria. The scholarship will be presented at Awards Night by a member of the BMI Executive Board who will also give a short history of BMI. We believe that this new development will serve to keep alive the name of Bordentown Military Institute in the minds and hearts of the people of the City of Bordentown. BMI is after all a part of Bordentown's history and it is our responsibility to "keep the flame burning"...a term used by an alumnus and we strongly concur. We request that alumni support this effort and should funds be received from interested alumni, we will add additional scholarships at $1,000 each.

 

COMPANY STORE

 

Grey Sweatshirt w/BMI logo - $20 New Maroon Sweatshirt w/embroidered BMI logo -

(Sizes Large and XX-Large only) $20 for Sizes Large & X-Large;, $15 for Size XX-L

Baseball Caps w/BMI letters - $10 Old Main Lithograph - $5

BMI Decals (2) - $1 Medallion w/stand - $5

Note Paper - $8 Cross Pen w/BMI - $40

 

The above prices include postage. To order, send check or money order (payable to BMI Alumni Association) to: BMI Alumni Association, P. O. Box 91, Bordentown, NJ 08505. Be sure to designate size when ordering sweatshirts.

 

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IN MEMORIAM

 


The officers and members of the Executive Board join with the entire membership of the

BMI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION in extending sincerest sympathy to the families of:

 

Bartholomew, Alanson D. '56

Baxter, James B. '56

Bird, John LeGrand Jr. '52

Cahn, Herb '43

Cottrell, James H. '49

Gjerloff, Harold E. '56

Goldwyn, Gerald H. '56

Hermonat, Alan W. '56

Martin, Peter S. '56

MacEwan, Eldridge J. (Pete) '50

Veek, John A. '56

West, James W. '56

 

From time to time we receive notices concerning alumni who died many years ago. We include their names here because we believe their former classmates are interested in this information.

 

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The alumni listed below are in our Directory but we have no known addresses for them. If you can help us with this information, it would be appreciated.

 

ADAMS, KEVIN '71 LA FERRARA, FRANK '70

APPLEBAUM, CHARLES '55 LANE, HARRISON '61

ATAMIAN, JOHN '61 LIPMAN, JAY P. '71

BECK, JOHN VANN '62 LOWE, BEN '73

BECKER, RONALD F. '59 LUCKIN, WILLIAM S. '35

BECKETT, DAVID '61 MADRAZO, ARTHUR '67

BEKKER, GARRETT A. '59 MEHOK, JOHN '61

BENDAYAN, SAUL '54 METSCH, KEVIN '70

BOND, PETER A. '62 MIRRA, BRUCE '70

BOODLEY, JOSEPH '70 MORTELARO, RODNEY '66

BOYER, ED '56 MUENTEVER, RAYMOND '70

BURRELL, DONALD S. '65 NEWMAN, ROBERT '62

CALLIGAN, GENE (?) PASCH, DAVID G. '71

CRYSTAL, CLEMENT '45 PENHALLOW, J. ROBERT '69

DALLAS, ROBERT '57 PISANO, EDWARD '71

DESIDERIO, FRANK '46 PIZZADILI, JOHN '68

DIPIRRO, PAUL '70 QUALEY, CHRISTIAN '73

DOEBLER, C. MICHAEL '56 REALE, THOMAS J. '61

DORLON, THOMAS '65 REYNAUD, JOHN R. '62

DULMAGE, DONALD B. '48 ROGERS, ROBERT '49

DUNBAR, RICHARD '62 RUSSELL, BUDDY '52

FISCHER, JACK '45 RYAN, BOB '64

FRIEDLAND, EUGENE H. '72 SCHWARZKOPF, NORMAN '52

GASSERT, RON '58 SENSI, JOHN '67

GILARDI, RUSSELL '71 SHERIDAN, PHIL JR. '62

HAGEN, CRAIG '55

HAHN, JOHN III '62 STOTE, ROBERT E. '52

HALL, T. (?) THIGPEN, WILFRED '70

HARKINS, JACK '67 TOMALONIS, WILLIAM J. '47

HASSEN, EUGENE '58 TOME, MAURY '64

HELLE, TOM '71 TOWBIN, ROBERT A. '53

HENRY, WILLIAM '72 TRAPASSO, JAYE B. '66

HERRMAN, BENJAMIN F. '66 TUBINIS, JERRY '61

HEWETT, J. B. JR. (?) VAHLSING, FRED '71

HOLLER, MARK D. (?) VALDES, RICHARD '52

HURWIT, JAMES P. '63 WALTERS, STAN '67

HURWIT, ROBERT '63 WARDELL, HARVEY JR. '70

JAMES, JOHN '67 WAREING, W. THEODORE '62

KAMER, CARL '70 WHYNO, MIKE '66

KEANE, MICHAEL '62 WOOD, GARY A. '68

KING, GORDON '66 YORK, THOMAS '66

ZITO, ANTHONY '71