It is only fitting that the
very first thing that I say in my first President’s Message is how honored I am
to be leading your Alumni Association. I checked back and I find that I am
only the fifth president of the Board of Directors of our BMI Alumni Association. In the pantheon of past presidents are Jerry
Rossi '44, Howard Sherman '50, Angelo Candelori '56, and J.C. Platt '74.
I can only hope to carry on the traditions set by these fellows.
Several times at reunion
2010, I was witness to the atmosphere of camaraderie among our fellow
cadets. Rarely do you see this many people come together and achieve such
a strong feeling of being part of something. It was Angelo who first
applied the term “Band of Brothers” to us BMI cadets. I am hereby reinstating the term.
We truly are a “Band of
Brothers.” The bond is created not just because we all attended the same
school, or even because BMI was no ordinary school, but also because we are a
“last man standing” organization. We are all there is ever going to be;
there will never be any more of us. It is our duty to keep the spirit of BMI alive, not just until the last man is no longer standing but well into
The great thing is that we
get to have a lot of fun along the way.
Jack Harkins ‘67
REUNION 2010 REVISITED
It all began on Friday evening, October 22, when many of our returning alumni found
their way to the Hilton Garden Inn where they met up with former classmates,
some of whom they had not seen since graduation many years ago.
On Saturday, October 23, a group of alumni met for breakfast and many more
gathered at at the Farnsworth
House Restaurant for a luncheon that was planned by Tom Brownback '65.
Alumni assembled at for the
parade through the streets of Bordentown (not many streets, of course, because
legs get tired these days). Our honored guest, Floyd Little '63, rode in
a convertible accompanied by Mayor Jim Lynch '73. Bordentown residents
were excited to see Floyd. Prior to the reunion, news of his coming to
town had spread like wildfire as only news in a small town can do.
Another special guest, LTC George Nelson,
former PMS&T at BMI, honored us with his
presence. He never misses one of our reunions. We are always glad
to see him and hope that he will continue to take part in our biennial reunions
for many more years.
After a brief ceremony at the statue site, alumni visited the former Y-Hut at
the invitation of the present owners, Bryan and Susan Grigsby, who welcome
visitors to their home whenever alumni come to town. Bryan and Susan
would like to hear from alumni who have stories to tell about the Y-Hut.
You may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the afternoon, the Bordentown Historical Society displayed BMI
memorabilia in their facility on Farnsworth Avenue.
We then went to the Hilton Garden Inn for the cocktail hour and a delicious
dinner prepared by Marsilio's Catering.
During the dinner, elections were held with the following results:
President – John Harkins '67; Vice President – Joseph Porter '67; Treasurer –
Robert Frisbie '61; Secretary – Tersina DiPietro (Faculty); Directors-at-Large
– Angelo Candelori '56, David Harkness '58, Mark Josephson '71.
After dinner, alumni participated in the traditional Old Boys Drill and, once
again, the "old boys" demonstrated the marching skills they learned
as BMI cadets.
Congratulations to the Class of 1961! They had the greatest number of
alumni present at this reunion.
The evening ended with many alumni saying, "See you in 2012!"
Some stayed over until Sunday morning and met for breakfast at Mastoris'
Diner. Reunion 2010 was a great success!! We were glad to see you
if you were there and missed you if you were not. However, we hope you
will be with us when we meet again in 2012.
is interested in buying a 1961 BMI
ring. If you have a BMI ring for sale (any year), let us know. There
are always alumni wanting to purchase class rings.
GOLF OUTING:JIM ESPIN '68 and WALT SAPP '69
are planning a golf outing in June 2011 in Ligonier, PA. If you were a teammate of either of these football
players and would like to attend, please contact Jim via e-mail - email@example.com or Walt – firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO WANTED: DANA MURPHY '58 would like to receive a
print of a photo taken of him (green jacket/ponytail) with FLOYD LITTLE
at the Reunion Dinner. If you took that picture, please contact Dana at email@example.com.
DAVID STYER JR., age 94, resides in Riverton,
heard from QUENTIN SANDLER who lives in Miami Beach,
FL. He wrote, "Due to
circumstances beyond my control, I regret that I cannot attend Reunion
2010. Will try for next time. Really wish I could. Best
regards to all."
interested in purchasing BMI patches.
He wrote, "I wear caps upon which I cement various patches from wars,
etc. I call it 'talking through my hat' and get to meet many people out
in public." If you have BMI
patches, please contact Hal firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOWES found us on the Internet. He graduated in 1951 from the
USMA. Bob wrote, "While at BMI, I
lived in Old Main and the Adams House, smoked in the Hollow, and was a bugler
for a while."
DUMONT lives in Hudson, Quebec, Canada (35 miles west of Montreal) with his
wife, Rita. He wrote, "If you google Frank Dumont Personality
psychology, you can view the dust cover of a recent and last publication of
mine. I am an alumnus of the USMC, ColumbiaCollege, and UMass (Amherst), and
now Professor Emeritus of McGillUniversity."
A trip to Germany
to visit his son made it impossible for Frank to attend Reunion 2010. He
added, "I came across the name of TONY FERRIGNO in browsing through
the Skirmisher Web site. I remember him as a javelin thrower on the BMI
track team. Would like to hear from him."
'47We received a lengthy letter from CHARLES (CHUCK) COLVILLE II.
He enclosed a picture of the 1946-47 Rifle Team receiving its First Place Award
from the New York Journal-American, sponsor of the annual William
Randolph Hearst Trophy. He wrote, "Although my dad was the first in
my life to promote rifle marksmanship, I feel that Sgt. Clifford Marshall's
tutelage as Coach of BMI's Championship
Rifle Teams went a long way toward my success on the rifle range at Ft.
Ord, CA, in 1952, being invited
to become a member of the Sixth Infantry Division's M-1 Rifle Team. Yes, JOHN
HANAWALT, I, too, liked that Springfield A3 03 bolt-action rifle bored to
.22 caliber for competition, as opposed to the regulation Army specification of
.30 caliber. My best regards to all who may remember me."
BERNARD FEATHERMAN sent copies of several interesting articles he wrote
that appeared in local publications. Unfortunately, space does not permit
our including them in this newsletter. Bernard is the Advisor to the
National Ombudsman, U. S. Small Business Administration. For copies of
these articles, you may contact Bernard at email@example.com.
EUGENE GUAZZO attended Reunion 2010. He wrote, "I have been
to college reunions, medical school reunions, fraternity reunions, etc., but a
reunion with sharers of the BMI experience
is somehow very different, at least for me. That sentiment was expressed
many times by so many alumni. Perhaps it is due to a sharing at such an
impressionable time in our lives. Thankfully, Dean Smith was part of
it." Gene was looking through his files and found a program of Class
Day Exercises held on June 9, 1947.
He also found a copy of sayings on the walls of BMI.
See page 8.
RUSS LORD had intended to come to the reunion in October but was unable
to do so. He said he is starting to make plans for Reunion 2012. He
wrote, "If I am still among the living, and there is still a UnitedState of America,
I plan to be there."
'49EDWIN GLICKMAN wrote, "With the guidance and support of Dr. Harold
Smith, I entered DartmouthCollege
in 1949, graduating in 1953. Because of my participation in military
training at BMI, my activities at Dartmouth
included my role as Battalion Commander of the Army R.O.T.C. unit, with the
rank of Cadet Lt. Colonel." Edwin received his commission and served
as a First Lt. at Army Headquarters in Orleans,
France. He was
discharged in 1955, after which he pursued a career in real estate development
and finance until 2003 when he retired to Florida.
Edwin added, "The benefits of my education at BMI
served me very well throughout my life. The inscription at the entrance
to the Study Hall, "What You Are to Be, You Are Now Becoming," proved
to be both appropriate and warranted, since the positive lessons I learned at BMI
were reflected during all the years thereafter."
received an e-mail from MICHAEL KUDLA stating, "I cannot believe
that it is fifty-eight years since I graduated from BMI.
It was the beginning of a new life that I never regretted. It taught me
how important education is and that you never stop learning. When you do
is when they start throwing dirt in your face. I spent six years in a
seminary, received my degree in philosophy, went on to receive degrees in
accounting, my JD in law, and my Master's in taxation. I am now a
professor of political science at two universities. I am still
MILLER would like to make contact with RICHARD LUPOFF. Mark
wrote, "We were roommates for part of the 1951-52 school year."
'54 BILLDENTwrote, "Since
reconnecting with the Alumni Association three years ago, I thought I surely
would be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with you by the last reunion, or at
least by this one. I cannot be with you in person this time, but strongly
hope and plan to make it in 2012. I guess I should not hold back for
2014—waiting for 60 years out."
received an e-mail message from J. RONALD MEIER. He retired from
the Community Bank of Bergen County, NJ,
in 2010 after 50 years of service. He is a tour guide on the Submarine
USS Ling SS297 in Hackensack, NJ.
Ronald added, "BMI is always in my
R. ARTHUR was disappointed that he was unable to attend the reunion in
October. He wrote, "Looking at 2012 and hoping that it is not on the
same date as our USNA 50th."
received an e-mail from ROGER MARKS. He sent us an address for RONALD
GASSERT but, unfortunately, it turned out to be incorrect. Roger
wrote, "After Ron left BMI, he attended
the University of Virginia.
Upon graduation, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers (under the legendary
Vince Lombardi)." Regarding LTC
George Nelson, Roger wrote, "Colonel Nelson was a very important person in
my life as he was in the lives of all the cadets he touched. A wonderful
man he is."
ROMNEY planned to attend Reunion 2010 but family responsibilities got in
the way. Dick said, "I have attended a couple reunions, most
recently in 2008. I hope to do so again. In the meantime, please
give my warm regards to my fellow former cadets. Good health to
COHEN wrote, "All is well here in South Florida.
I have two wonderful kids (kids? one is 45 and one is 43). I also have
two beautiful grandchildren. Best wishes to all BMI
BOB FRISBIE continues to enjoy his home in Goshen,
VA, and welcomes alumni to stop by when in
that area. We heard from NORMAN KIRSCHBAUM. He wrote, "I will
miss the 2010 reunion this year and I must say that I really will MISS
it. My life has taken a series of wonderful turns and the fact that BMI
made such an impression on me only enhanced my motivation and values. I
found myself in a number of areas where I was able to excel. Last year, I
decided I needed to pay back my country for all the wonderful things I have
been afforded. My wife and I moved to Heidelberg,
Germany, where I serve as
an emergency room charge nurse, taking care of our service people and their
families. You would be proud of their spirit and commitment and I cannot
help but think they all have a little of the BMI
spirit inside them. I truly feel that if Bordentown Military Institute
would have continued to teach and inspire young men, we might be in a better
place than at present. I know we will all continue to 'live' the BMI
McLARNEY wrote, "Since 2012 will be our 50th anniversary,
we would like all of our classmates to come to the reunion." Contact
Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new health and fitness center, Retro Fitness of Bordentown, is now open for
business on Route 206 in Bordentown across from the Town and Country
Diner. Owner PETE MERCATANTI said, "We are going to make
exercising and staying healthy, both mentally and physically, entertaining,
fun, and stress-free."
August 7, 2010, we received an e-mail as follows: "My name is DON
BROWNE, in Canton, OH, watching FLOYD LITTLE enter the Professional
Football Hall of Fame. It is inspiring. Floyd is joyful and it is
an ultimate destination that had a very important start at BMI.
I played with Floyd in the '61 and '62 seasons. I have been a television
executive with NBCU for many years and it is hard to believe I have not been to
a BMI reunion. I played football and
track at the University of South
Carolina. My son heard many stories about
my time at BMI and that we ran the Princeton
single wing. He went to Princeton and was a
four-year starter on the Princeton football team.
My other son played football at Harvard."
CASTELLANO is Vice President for Marketing & Communications at CabriniCollege in Radnor,
JOHN LONGANECKER also enjoyed Reunion 2010. In his letter he said,
"Our reunion was so successful. I will be exhausting my efforts to
contact and motivate some of my former football and basketball teammates to
attend the next one. Already have talked with TOM
MYSLINSKI who lives in Rome, NY.
Tom played football at U. Maryland."
Following Reunion 2010, we heard from NORM MAZER. He wrote,
"It was a great reunion and I am looking forward to the next one."
PHILIP THIELHELM resides just north of Boston,
MA. He went to Georgetown
(Class of 1968), BS Chemistry. Graduated BU School
of Medicine in 1972. Trained
in Int. Med. Pulmonary and Critical Care. Phil is interested in
contacting GENE REID, TOM
BRADY, BILL HORTON, and TOM
KOCHEVAR moved from New Jersey
to Rhode Island last year.
He retired from ITT in June of 2008 and is
now "enjoying life."
LOU MANCUSO writes that he and his wife, Jo Ann, have settled into their
southwest retirement nicely and stay quite busy. Since they live in an
over-55 community, there are many activities available. He wrote,
"We swim, ride bikes, walk, play bocce, miniature golf, and racket sports.
COMELLA wrote, "After watching FLOYD LITTLE's induction into
the pro football HOF, I couldn't help but think back with fond memories of the
year I spent at BMI: the valuable
academic lessons, the great JAY LUISI football team of '66, and the
friends made along the way."
LAWRENCE McCARTER wrote, "Irecently met up with Sarkis
Semerjian, Lt.Colonel, USA
(Ret.) at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA, where I work a federal Contract at
present. If you were a cadet in the 1961-1962 time range, you may
remember then 'Captain' Semerjian who was Assistant Professor of Military
Science and Tactics at BMI. I spent
two hours talking with Col. Semerjian and his wife who were staying at the
Hanscom Inn on the Base."
BILL MORRIS looks forward to
receiving the Skirmisher. Bill lives in Liberia,
HENRY VON ELM attended BMI from 1963
to 1966. He wrote, "I have not been in touch with anyone in many,
many years." You can reach Henry at email@example.com.
received an e-mail from JEFFREY (MIKE)
BARTEL. He wrote, "I came to the University
of Oklahoma for school and, except
for my military service, I have been here ever since. I was lost but now
ARTHUR MADRAZO was watching TV and saw the movie,
"Taps." He said, "It brought back so many memories of my
life at BMI: the setting, the format,
the cadet's life while in school. I remembered so many things. It
seemed as though it was yesterday. I saw Borst, Jet, the Dean, Bradman,
Mrs. Grentz, Hartpence, the Landon Hall field, the infirmary. I even
called my cousin to tell him about it. He laughed at me for getting softy!
There are a lot of things I cannot remember about those years but the times at BMI,
those are there for the staying."
DOM RUGGERIO wrote to say that
he has never been able to return to Bordentown because of schedules but hopes
to make the trip someday. He is trying to locate TED BENZ.
Dom wrote, "I did make contact with JOHN FINNERAN. He is a
cardiac surgeon in Bloomfield, Iowa.
I speak with MURRAY SCHULMAN on occasion."
RUSSO is Chief Executive Officer of VISIONS OF HOPE in Phoenix,
RICK SEWELL attended Reunion
2010. He recentlywrote, "My wife and I are still savoring
our fond recollections of the recent BMI
Alumni Reunion dinner."
an e-mail from FRANCIS KIMLEY III
in which he stated, "Just sitting around the other day and looked up BMI
on the web. Had a lot of good times in Bordentown. I would like to
be kept up to date on everything going on."
JERRY PALERMO said he enjoyed reading the last two Skirmishers and
reading about JAY LIPMAN, KEN MacLEAN, KIM
KOWALCZYK, and HORACE ORR. He added, "I continue to work
as Energy Manager for the Grand PrairieIndependentSchool District,
Grand Prairie, TX.
Recently, I was given the job of Scheduling Coordinator for all of the
after-school activities for the district of over 25,000 students. I
taught for twenty-five years before going into administration. During
twenty of those years, I taught Physical Education and was a head coach or
assistant basketball coach at the college and high school level."
Jerry lives in DeSoto, TX,
with his wife. His daughter has performed in several off-Broadway shows,
movies, commercials and can be seen on three of the 'Law & Order'
shows. Jerry stays in touch with DAVE
joined our Alumni Association. He looks forward to attending upcoming
reunions. Job lives in Hamilton, NJ.
GLICK is trying to locate BOB CLIFFORD who came to BMI
from Yardley, PA.
(Unfortunately, Bob Clifford is not among our "found" alumni.)
Robert Glick resides in Plano, TX.
The officers and members of the Executive Board join
with the entire membership of the BMI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION in extending sincere sympathy to the families of:
Dues notices for 2011 will be going out
within the next couple of months. Please note: Dues and other
contributions, although much appreciated, are not tax deductible.
Be sure to visit our Web site -
bmicadets.org. BOB FRISBIE '61 continues to update that site with pictures,
etc., so you might want to go in there frequently. Also, do not forget
that BMI is on Facebook. BOB
SOOWAL '67 maintains that site and welcomes your participation.
Maroon Sweatshirt w/embroidered BMI logo (Size XX-Large
only) - $15
Maroon Polo Shirts w/BMI logo (sizes S, M, L,
XL, XXL) - $30
Medallion w/stand - $5 (reduced from $10)
Prices include postage. To order,
send check or money order (payable to BMI Alumni Association) to P. O. Box 91, Bordentown, NJ08505.
INSCRIBED ON THE WALLS OF
In a previous issue of The Skimisher,
we reported that CHARLES "CHUCK" COLVILLE '47 was interested in
learning if anyone could remember the words that appeared on the various walls
at BMI. Chuck remembered
"RATHER BE THAN SEEM" as well as "A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND
INDEED." Thanks to CHARLES "WOODY" WOODSIDE '63, we
can add another quote: "GOOD, BETTER, BEST – NEVER, NEVER REST –
UNTIL YOUR GOOD IS BETTER – AND YOUR BETTER BEST."
SID DARRAH '40 remembers this
inscription on a BMI wall:
"ON THE PLAINS OF HESITATION, BLEACH
THE BONES OF COUNTLESS MILLIONS, WHO—ON THE DAWN OF VICTORY, SAT DOWN TO REST—AND RESTING DIED"
EUGENE GUAZZO '47 found all of the
following among his BMI archives:
Memorial Tablet to Mrs. T. H. Landon, in
LONGER ON THIS EARTH WE LIVE,
AND WEIGH THE VARIOUS QUALITIES OF MEN,
MORE WE FEEL THE HIGH, STERN-FEATURED BEAUTY
PLAIN DEVOTEDNESS TO DUTY;
AND STILL, NOR PAID WITH MORTAL
FINDING SIMPLEST RECOMPENSE.
LIFE'S UNGARLANDED EXPENSE
WORK DONE SQUARELY AND UNWASTED DAYS."
Over Gymnasium Door:
MISSES, OR WHO WINS A PRIZE,
LOSE, OR CONQUER IF YOU CAN,
IF YOU FAIL, OR IF YOU RISE,
EACH, PRAY GOD, A GENTLEMAN."
"ENTER TO LEARN – GO FORTH TO
"WHAT YOU ARE TO BE, YOU ARENOW BECOMING"
"HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH AND KEEP YOUR MIND OPEN – YOU CAN ALWAYS
"THIS IS TRUE OF MEN AND STUFF, ONLY THE BEST IS
"TRIFLES MAKE PERFECTION, AND PERFECTION IS NO
"SOW A THOUGHT, REAP AN ACT, SOW AN
ACT, REAP A HABIT, SOW A HABIT, REAP A CHARACTER, SOW A CHARACTER, REAP A
"THIS ABOVE ALL, TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE, AND IT MUST FOLLOW AS THE
NIGHT THE DAY, THOU CANST NOT THEN BE
FALSE TO ANY MAN"