BORDENTOWN MILITARY INSTITUTE
"Rather Be Than Seem"
BMI Alumni Association,
Web site www.bmicadets.org
Tersina DiPietro, Editor
We are at 4 ½ months and counting to "Brothers Reunited – 2006." Please ensure that you have set aside either all or at least a part of the weekend of October 20-22 for our BMI biennial reunion. Some details about the weekend are included in this issue of The Skirmisher and additional details will follow. In the meantime, a sketch of the weekend includes:
Friday, October 20
BMI Golf Outing
Friday, October 20
Saturday, October 21
Parade and Ceremony
Saturday, October 21
Sunday, October 22
For those who choose to arrive on Friday, we will have our Second Biennial Golf Outing during the day. Also, we have decided to have a Hospitality Suite at one of the local motels for all Friday arrivals beginning early evening. Watch for details.
This year we are anticipating a record turnout, so plan on arriving early and staying late. If you have attended other BMI reunions, you know what to expect. If you have not had the pleasure of partying with us in the past, come and see what you have been missing.
Angelo V. Candelori
Angelo V. Candelori '56
P.S. NEWS FLASH! A few weeks ago, a local elderly Bordentown
man lost control of his car and sideswiped the BMI memorial site. The car was heading up
'39 H. AUSTIN
to say that he is doing very well and hopes to be in Bordentown in
October. He added, "My wife Anne and
I spend our winters and summers on the south coast of
'42 PHIL TRABULSI hopes to make contact with some of his former classmates. You can reach Phil at CLAIRETRAB@aol.com.
'44 SID BENJAMIN
"I really appreciated receiving the fall 2005 Skirmisher. Made my day.
I intend to make the reunion on
WALT GODWIN recently met with HERMAN KUCK
'53 and his
wife, Dorothy, (from
DICK ROCKWELL sent greetings to all and said, "Keep up the good work!"
received an e-mail from ARNOLD WOLFE who resides in
'47 BERNARD FEATHERMAN wrote that he is
President/CEO of the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He came out of retirement "to head up
this 485-member organization." He
added, "I am 76 years old but feel like 35." Bernard's wife is a college president and he
attended a national meeting with her recently.
While there he met with Jeanette Smith Cureton, daughter of the late MORRIS W.
SMITH '34. Jeanette was attending the meeting with her
husband, Bryant Cureton, former BMI faculty, who is president of
RUSS LORD attended the Boynton Beach BMI get-together and had a great time. He said, "I saw some people I knew and met some I had never known." Russ hopes to be present at Reunion 2006 in October.
TOM LOZOWSKI had major surgery (twice) so he will not be able to make the reunion this year. But he enjoys reading the news in The Skirmisher.
KEITH VASKELIONIS is trying to locate ROGER McNEIL. (Ed. Note: Roger is not in our database so if anyone out there knows how to reach him, please let us know and we will pass the information on to Keith.)
'48 An e-mail from EDWARD BAPTISTE stated that he will try to attend Reunion 2006. Ed keeps in contact with EDWIN BITTER and RICK MEMMOLI, both of whom went on to Duke University as did Ed.
'49 We received a note from PAUL EDMAN who is looking forward to Reunion 2006.
'50 RAY APY extends best wishes to everyone. He has fully recovered from his bypass surgery last spring.
"It's great becoming a new
member of the BMI Alumni Association," wrote CHARLES (DICK) KNIGHT. "RAY APY put me in touch with the
Association." After graduating from
BMI , Dick entered the
We received an e-mail from JOSEPH (BUD)
stating that he just heard about the Association. He wrote, "I recently played golf with NICK BERTHA and EV
VREELAND (Class of '49) and BARRY PARKER
'50. Years ago, I visited BUD HOWE in
ED NARATIL wrote, "Guess what I found in my mess of old cards? A LIFE MEMBERSHIP CARD (in the BMI Alumni Association)! Have no fear...I will still pay my yearly dues. Just thought you'd be interested."
'51 Once again, DON
CHARBONNIER headed up a "Bluefish Bake" in his hometown of
100 lbs +. As the containers of fish continued to empty and the line of people, 100 ft. long, never seemed to shorten, I did some serious worrying. But in the end we had just enough. I doubt that I would have done the loaves and fishes thing." Don continues to keep busy as a financial consultant and publishes periodic reports for his firm. Incidentally, Don became a grandfather again last September.
SCHOFIELD was a bit tardy in sending
in his 2006 dues...but with good reason:
he and his wife Pam were on a two-week
'53 When we heard that RICHARD BISCONTINI was headed for St. Thomas, VI , we put him in touch with WES HAND '66 who resides there.
BOB STUART located RUSS SETO after nearly
40 years and hearing that he was going to travel back east from his home in
'54 DON BIERSTOCK
wrote, "Thanks for sending me The Skirmisher. I really enjoy reading about BMI
alumni." Don is with Wellington
Pierpoint Ltd. in
'57 We heard from GEORGE
ODELL back in December. He and his
wife were in
'58 CHARLES MAXFIELD sent an e-mail stating, "I have fond memories of
BMI and now have two grandsons in military schools as a result of BMI: one in FUMA and another in
'59 PHILIP ALBANESE wrote, "About 15 years ago, I took a ride to BMI
and was shocked to see the
BART DiNOLA sent an e-mail in which he states, "Thanks for mailing The Skirmisher to me. It was great reading the articles in it... brought back wonderful memories."
WALT FETTERLY wrote to let us know that he enjoys The Skirmisher.
DAVE KAHN retired and moved to a beach house in Brigantine, NJ. He wrote, "I will show up one of these years for a reunion with my old roomies, NEWELL FALKINBURG and ROGER MARKS."
DON RAMALEY was surfing the Web and found our
site. He wrote, "The copies of The
Skirmisher on-line bring back a lot of memories and questions as to where
other members of the class of 1959 are now.
I graduated from
'60 JAY VALENTINE corresponded with JERRY KRAWITZ '61 and he,
Jay, revealed the following interesting bit of information: "After I graduated, my family was
forever grateful to BMI for all the school had done for me. It was our turn to help someone else. Coming from
'61 EDWARD FINKLE was planning to come to Reunion 2004 but was in the
hospital due to a broken leg. He plans
to attend Reunion 2006 for his 45th reunion. Ed is still active in education even though
he retired several years ago after a long career as a teacher, counselor and
administrator in the upstate
GEORGE FOX LANG wrote that after years of not taking care of his health, he was literally dead for several hours in October 2005. He continues, "I am now a scarred monument to the advances in cardiac care and open-heart surgery. I am alive because skilled hands installed six arterial bypasses in my heart while a heart-lung machine kept the rest of my carcass in stand-by/storage mode. For 62 years, I have been the indestructible man...ate anything and everything that appealed to me without concern. I made no concerted effort to exercise. I smoked heavily and drank more than my fair share...I think this time I have given up smoking for good. It would seem that my beloved 'red meat and brown whiskey' days are now over. My message is simple: reconsider your mortality. Please make an annual physical examination a part of your life."
RON RUBINSTEIN sent an e-mail stating, "Since
the first time I saw the statue, I have thought that it looked a lot like Dick
Sexton, Capt. USMC, who was killed in action during his second tour of
GEORGE SINKANKAS enclosed a note with his annual dues. He stated, "I hope to make the 2006 reunion; the stars seem to be in the proper configuration this year."
'62 "Great Fall 2005 issue of The Skirmisher," wrote TED EARLE. (Ed. Note: We never get tired of hearing that!) Ted was looking for BRIAN KENYON '72; we provided contact information.
STEVE GOLDSTEIN said, "When I think of my
years at BMI, one bright spot was watching guys like FLOYD LITTLE '63
play football. Then I went on to
Along with his usual
'63 TOM ASHLEY wrote, "Thank you for all your efforts in maintaining an alumni network and giving us a connection. I enjoy reading the notes from former cadets and learning whatever news may be passed on. Although I have had problems attending past alumni homecoming events, I fully intend to be there in 2007...if 'God is willing and the creek don't rise.'" (Ed. Note: We hope you mean 2006, Tom. We are not having a reunion in '07.)
ROBERT CHISHOLM was contacted by BERNARD SANSARICQ regarding Reunion 2006 so Chis may join him.
FLOYD LITTLE wrote, "I enjoyed
reading the information in the last Skirmisher...well done. I saw PHIL ROWLEY '57 at the Dealership. He was getting service work done on his Ford
From KIRK LYONS comes this message: "My wife and I are targeting to see you at the October muster."
'64 We received a letter along with dues from RICH GUIDETTI. He is looking forward to Reunion 2006. He stated, "I had such a great time at the 2004 reunion. I thought that all concerned did a really good job. I hope that some more of my classmates show up for this reunion."
ANTHONY LEONARD contacted WALT GODWIN '44 and told him the sad news of the passing of JOE MALATESTA '63. Anthony goes on to say, "My wife and I are looking forward to October and have our room reserved for Friday and Saturday night at the Comfort Inn."
JOHN LONGANECKER is trying to locate PHIL SHERIDAN '62. (Ed. Note: If anyone knows Phil's whereabouts, please send the information to us because we "lost" him sometime ago.) In his e-mail, John wrote, "Enjoyed NICK METROKOTSAS' testimony concerning the intrinsic value of the BMI experience. Much is shared by Nick that is equally appreciated by me."
JOHN L. ROSS recently joined the Alumni Association. John presently lives in North Oaks, MN.
'65 PARKE WILKINSON wrote, "I read the very nice article written by NICK METROKOTSAS '64 that appeared in the latest issue of The Skirmisher. I, also, have wonderful fond memories of my days at BMI. I do not remember thinking that at the time, as I doubt many of us did, but reflecting back, I most certainly know now that it was the beginning of my life."
contacted us inquiring about Reunion 2006.
Whitney resides in
PHILIP GAFFNEY plans to take an Eastern
Caribbean Cruise in June and hopes to get together with WES HAND who lives in
Once again, WES HAND extends an invitation to
alumni visiting the
In an e-mail from FRED HARKINS, we learned that he
HAL HURKA wrote, "I just opened my 1966 yearbook (I have all three books from the years I attended) and realized the yellow color used on page 6 is the same yellow I have as my company logo color (www.craftec.com). How ironic!"
BRUCE KANE told WES HAND that he plans to make Reunion 2006. He said, "I often think of BMI. I get the old Sword and Sabre out and it always brings a smile to my face. I have friends in Bordentown and drive by the old campus three or four times a year."
The daughter of DON MARTIN contacted us to tell us of her father's serious illness. He had expressed an interest in contacting WES HAND. We sent an e-mail to Wes who, in turn, contacted Don. Unfortunately, Don passed away soon thereafter. His daughter said hearing from Wes "made him very, very happy."
We heard from JOHN MARSTON
trying to locate TOM FERRIS '65. John wrote,
"I saw him about 25 years ago in the
'67 KEVIN KING enrolled at
'69 JOE BRADLEY sent this note along with his dues: "Hard to believe 40-year reunion is approaching."
DOUG PALMER was re-elected Mayor of the
GREG TREIHART wrote, "I remember so much of my time at BMI and I am so happy to know that someone has kept The Skirmisher alive and well. I never thought my high school would vanish off the face of the earth someday." Through family circumstances, Greg's yearbooks were lost and he would like to replace them (1966-1969). Greg added, "They were gone, along with my Dad's catcher's mitt from the 1930s personally signed by Babe Ruth!"
"OZZIE" PIACENTINO "stumbled" across our Web site when doing
research on Joseph Bonaparte for his aunt.
He wrote, "I graduated from
This is the call to clubs for
the Second Reunion Golf Outing that will be held on
Details will be forthcoming to all who are interested in playing in the Reunion Golf Outing II. Do not procrastinate; I will need a roll to muster the troops. Please send all inquiries and requests to play directly to me so not to burden the Alumni Reunion Committee; they will be busy with reunion preparations.
Start your carts and get cracking to the first tee; make this another successful reunion golf outing. Quit "putting" around...just do it!
MIKE CANDELORI '57
BOB SANDLER '48, GEORGE
ODELL '58, BERNARD SANSARICQ '63
organized a mini-reunion of South Florida Alumni. They met on
The group plans to hold another mini-reunion in the spring since DICK ENEGREN '50 and EDUARDO TOMAS '50 were unable to attend the November gathering.
(Submitted by HARRY (BUD) HOWE, '50)
1945 and 1946 YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE
KEITH VASKELIONIS '47 has yearbooks for 1945 and 1946 that he is willing to send to interested alumni. Of course, this is on a first-come, first-served basis. You may forward your request as follows:
DUES FOR 2006
If you have not
paid dues for 2006, now is a good time to do so. Postcard reminders were sent via
first-class-mail so that in the event addresses had changed, the
first-class-postage would ensure the return of the cards to us. In this way, our mailing list could be
brought up to date. Annual dues are
$10. Checks or money orders should be
made payable to BMI Alumni Association and mailed to BMI Alumni Association,
PICTURES......WE NEED PICTURES
dedicated efforts of BOB FRISBIE '61, our Web site has been greatly enhanced.
Take a look www.bmicadets.org and you will be pleasantly surprised. Be sure to click on everything on the
site. You would not want to miss
anything. However, we need
pictures. If you have pictures (having
to do with BMI, of course), please send them to BMI Alumni Association,
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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:
DIMOU, PETER '66
HELBIG, RICHARD S. '59
JANSEN, WALTER (FAC. & COACH)
MALATESTA, JOSEPH JR. '63
MARTIN, DON '66
SHERMAN, JAMES '70