BORDENTOWN MILITARY INSTITUTE
"Rather Be Than Seem"
Web site: www.bmicadets.org
Tersina DiPietro, Editor
Bordentown's 325th Anniversary has come to a close. It was a great year full of projects and events for the entire year. The 325th parade was a huge success. BMI alumni showed their pride with an honor guard.
reunion is quickly approaching. The date
is set for October 18, 2008 at the Bordentown Elk's Lodge
#2085. Please make your reservations
early. A list of events, etc. will be
mailed out in the near future. David
Kahn '59 e-mailed to say he and his roommates, Roger Marks and Newell
Falkinburg, are looking forward to the reunion.
David claims to be able to fit into his dress jacket and will wear it to
the reunion. Come on, guys, there's
still six months to trim down and get into your dress jacket. Anyone up to the challenge? If you know of any classmates that are not on
our mailing list, please give us their addresses so we can include them when
sending out reunion information. It is
important that we keep the Alumni Association going, so please encourage your
classmates to join. Dues for 2008 are
$15. Checks should be made payable to
BMI Alumni Association and mailed to
On a sad note, our board member, Susan Bradman, passed away in February. She will be greatly missed as I'm sure many of you have fond memories of her from your days at BMI. A contribution was sent to the Citadel in her memory.
If you have any questions or comments (good or bad!), please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph C. Platt
Joseph C. Platt, ‘74
BMI Alumni Association
'37 QUENTIN SANDLER wrote, "I am now 87 – probably one of the oldest living cadets."
'40 SIDNEY DARRAH resides in Brunswick, GA. Sid is Past Region /National Field Vice President of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
'42 LUTHER CAMPBELL told us he was the salutatorian and President of the Class of 1942 at BMI. He graduated from the USMA in 1945. He wrote, "My memory of my two years at BMI are completely positive. Also, some good fellow has kept up with my address. Perhaps it has been WALT GODWIN '44 who has been more than vigilant in keeping up with errant graduates. He deserves special recognition for being such a cheerleader for BMI." Luther added, "I am in the middle of my eighty-third year and I am a proud BMI '42 member."
'45 A note from DICK STANEK informed
us that our dues notice found him enjoying three months on
WOLFE sent an e-mail message stating, "I was unable to attend the last
reunion; it was the same day as our 50th wedding anniversary
celebration. But I am looking forward to
the 2008 reunion with great anticipation.
I celebrated my 80th birthday but hope to be able to march in
the parade...just a bit slower than in 1945!" Arnold resides in Bayside, NY, and
'47 We received a letter from CHARLES ECCLES. He wrote, "You're really doing a great job! Keep it up. It brings back many fond memories of BMI, its terrific staff of teachers and coaches, and wonderful friendships of fellow cadets. My five years there were truly special in every aspect." Charles lives in Encinitas, CA.
'48 RICHARD WHELAN from Greenwich, CT, wrote, "Looking forward to Reunion 2008."
'51 ALBERTO MIZRAHI wrote to say that he had lunch with his brother, JOSE, and also CHARO NAVARRO and SAUL BENDAYAN (all former cadets). The conversation centered mostly around their days at BMI. Alberto said, "I became very nostalgic." He sends regards to all alumni.
'52 Along with his annual dues, FRANK GIOVE sent a picture of himself at age fourteen in his BMI uniform. (Cute, Frank!)
'54 ANTHONY CARABELLI was reelected to two 3-year terms as Mercer County Freeholder. (Congratulations, Tony!)
We received an e-mail from Starr (Bradman) Ginther who informed us that she received a sympathy note on the death of her mother, Mrs. Susan Bradman, from one of Starr's Presbyterian ministers who turned out to be none other than BILL DENT. Starr told him about the BMI Alumni Association. Bill was not aware that this organization existed until now. (Thanks for being our Ambassador, Starr.) We contacted Bill via e-mail. He told us that he and his wife moved to Richmond, VA, in 1970 when he was called to be Chaplain at a couple of state prisons for men. In 1995, they went to eastern West Virginia to serve a couple of very small rural churches near White Sulphur Springs and retired back to Richmond at the end of 2001. He added, "By the end of June, we expect to be living near Harrisonburg, VA."
'56 We were sorry to learn that HARRY GRIFFITHS lost
his house in the fires in
R. ARTHUR (SANTA JACK) keeps us informed of his goings and comings. Look for Santa Jack's narration of the
best-selling Christmas Gift Book, "101 Questions about Santa
Claus" 2-CD set now available
This is a late-in-life venture but, wrote Jack, "As Dr. Smith's
little sign used to say: 'Too soon old,
too late smart!'" J.R. added,
"Sharon and I found ourselves ensconced in the world of Santa and Mrs.
Claus for the Naval Air Station,
'59 BART DiNOLA is a realtor with DiDonato Realtors. He is also available for real estate appraisal. He can be reached at email@example.com.
ROGER MARKS wrote to inquire about LTC George Nelson who was on the Military Staff at BMI. We put Roger in contact with LTC Nelson. Roger wrote, "We had a long edifying conversation. It was so good to hear his voice after 48 years."
ROBERT WILMOT WILLIAMS sent an e-mail message: "I so enjoyed the 2000 and 2006 reunions and am hoping to attend my 50th reunion in 2008."
'60 Along with his dues, we received a letter from DICK KERN stating, "Thank you for keeping the Association going. I can remember some days at BMI that if I had been told at the time that I would be writing checks to a BMI Alumni Association forty-eight years later, I would have clobbered them....but! I stay in touch with KENNY WILLIAMS '61, JOE PLUMERI '62, and my old BMI football teammate, BILL BANNER. We all share experiences at BMI and also at William and Mary."
Upon receipt of the last
newsletter, LARRY ROOT sent news from Wyoming. He wrote, "Busy summer here with
all the fires, cleaning out irrigation ditches, and getting ready for a
week-long Elk hunt in
'61 BOB FRISBIE recently moved to
NORM KIRSCHBAUM resides in
SEIBOLD checked in from
'62 STEVE GOLDSTEIN would like to get a real turnout for his Class of 1962 at Reunion 2008.
'63 Along with a donation, MARK GOLBY sent a note: "Thank you for your important service and God Bless."
GENE REID wants to know if
there are any BMI grads in
We received an e-mail from JIM TANTUM stating, "Greetings to those who were part of the BMI day students or who knew and tolerated our bizarre behavior near the Y-Hut each day. Does anyone from the Class of 1963 remember the party at Tantum's house? It was quite an event if I can remember...legend."
DUTCH WALDHEIM sends "Best wishes to all!"
'64 JOE FLAMINI wants to know,
"Who's still alive out there? Just
discovered the Web site. If I am still
around, I'd like to attend the next reunion." Joe and his wife, Helen, live in
RICH GUIDETTI wrote, "I am really looking forward to Reunion 2008. Also, I hope that TOM BROWNBACK '65 organizes the 63-66 luncheon again. That was such a highlight of Reunion 2006. Keep up the good work. See you all in October."
We heard from JOHN LONGANECKER. He wrote, "Please keep me on this mailing list. It really helps in maintaining worthwhile perspectives. Also, the quote by Thackeray (Skirmisher, August 2007) on the old gym wall was refreshing for I vaguely recall the quote being there."
'65 LOU MANCUSO recently retired from the NJ State Department of Corrections. He and his wife, Jo Ann, divide their time between New Jersey and Arizona.
'66 JOHN MAGET found us on the Web. John lives in Julian, NC.
'67 JACK HARKINS, a new member on the BMI Board of Directors, wants everyone to know that during the parade marking the 325th anniversary of Bordentown, people frequently applauded the BMI alumni who marched and called out that they remembered BMI.
STILES sent an e-mail after receipt of the last issue of The Skirmisher. He wrote, "I have not had any contact
with my classmates for many years so I really enjoy hearing about them from the
newsletters. It was especially good to
hear about ART MADRAZZO and BILL BINDER. I am still living in
'68 BRUCE BENDER came across the BMI Web site while doing research on his computer. Bruce said he stopped by BMI "during a homecoming event when I just got home from 'Nam in 1971. I was a chopper pilot with the 101st Airborne Division. I flew 1000 combat hours in that year." He added, "I have been a Physical Therapist for the past thirty-three years. Col. Posich recommended I take it up and the rest is, as they say, history. I am in private practice. I look rather scary...I lift a good deal of weight and work out so I'm somewhere between Shrek and the Hulk."
RUSS DERSCH is with Coldwell Banker so if you need his services, you can reach him on his cell phone: (856) 625-1026 or on the computer (www.PinoAgency.com).
JIM ESPIN found us via the Internet. He remembers playing football with STAN WALTERS, PAUL BOUDREAU, and PAUL PASQUALONI. Jim states, "I am very much interested in attending the 2008 reunion. Please keep me updated."
Along with a contribution, JOE VRABLIK sent a note stating that all is well in Colorado. He is Executive Vice President of Cummins Rocky Mountain LLC.
'69 ALEX BUGDA wrote that he played football for the late JAY LUISI. Alex recalls his teammates were: BUD MOLLEMA, WALT SAPP, PAUL BOUDREAU, CHUCK BONITI, and ANDY MICHAELIAN. "We are thinking about attending the 2008 reunion," wrote Alex.
We learned that ROBERT FISCHER is stationed at Langley AFB, VA.
If anyone is contemplating a trip to Maine, you may want to swing by Lubec, ME, and visit with JACK GEARREN. Jack and his wife own COHILL'S INN (overnight accommodations and simple but appealing fare) in the most eastern town in the United States. It is located on 7 Water Street. Phone: (207) 733-4300. Open year round – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find it on the Internet: www.cohillsinn.com.
WALT GODWIN '44 is still tracking our alumni. He recently found MARK STEINBERGER. Mark resides in Ramsey, NJ. (Thanks, Walt.)
'70 PAUL DiPIRRO resides in Clarence, NY, according to an e-mail message we received.
BILL ARMELLINI wrote, "I have been in contact with GARY ROY and FRED VAHLSING but not in a while. I have always wanted to find PETER FROHWEIN but no luck."
'71 We received a letter from DAVE SHERMAN who reminded everyone to "Rather Be Than Seem."
'72 JOHN HORTON now lives in Kewaunee, WI, but in a few months he will be moving back to NJ. (Keep us posted, John.)
an e-mail from BILL BREEZE who wrote, "I was a BMI cadet for one
year in 1942. I believe I was in the 4th
grade. I later went to Admiral Farragut
Steve Libro, former faculty member and coach, sent dues and a note stating, "Keep up the good work; keep alive the spirit."
EXECUTIVE BOARD HAPPENINGS
The Executive Board will soon begin planning for
Reunion 2008. Monthly meetings will be
held in Bordentown and responsibilities will be assigned. If there are alumni in this area who would be
interested in volunteering some time and talent to this project, please contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a
letter to BMI Alumni Association,
The Board has lost two valued members with the deaths of Larry Capitini and Susan Bradman. We mourn their loss.
Lou Mancuso has resigned from the Board due to relocation and a desire to enjoy retirement without outside commitments. Lou served as Vice President of the Board but more importantly he was our top-notch organizer (no one could do it better). He is a tough act for anyone to follow.
Two new members have joined the Board as Committeemen: Bob Soowal '67 and Jack Harkins '67. They have already settled in and we are pleased to welcome them to our group.
BORDENTOWN AREA MOTELS
For those who wish to make motel reservations early for Reunion 2008, following is a list of motels in the Bordentown area:
BEST WESTERN, 1068 Route 206 South – 609-298-8000 or 1-800-742-5877
DAYS INN, 1073 Route 206 North – 609-298-6100 or 1-800-329-7466
HAMPTON INN, 2004 Route 206 South – 609-298-4000 or 1-800-426-7866
RAMADA INN, 1083 Route 206 North – 609-298-3200 or 1-800-272-6232
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 reduced from $10
Note Paper - $8 Cross Pen w/BMI - $20 reduced from $40
prices include postage. To order, send
check or money order (payable to BMI
Alumni Association) to: BMI Alumni
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:
Baumgaertel, George '46
Bradman, Susan B. G. (Faculty)
Carbone, Anthony '53
Collier, G. William '36
Dorman, Robert S. '49
Heteji, Paul S., Sr. '38
Leary, Frederic Warren '59
Levine, J. Paul '45
*MacDougall, William D. '48
Marcotte, Thomas J. '61
Peterson, Vincent C. J. '33
Rogers, Robert '49
Vahlsing, Conrad Sr.
recently learned that Bill was killed in
Former BMI Librarian and long-time Board member, Susan Bradman, passed away recently. Mrs. Bradman will be remembered as the widow of LTC JOHN BRADMAN '38, BMI's Commandant of Cadets. She was the mother of the late JOHN F. BRADMAN '64. Surviving to mourn her passing are her daughters, Sparkle Leidemer, Twinkle Suozzo, and Starr Ginther (better known as the "Bradman girls").
There is much that could be said about Mrs. Bradman but there would be no end to the saying. She was an active member of many local organizations including the Bordentown Historical Society. But the members of the Bordentown Military Institute Alumni Association Executive Board will remember her best as an active member who gave of herself unstintingly to the task at hand. She joined the Board in 1988, at the time of the Association's rebirth, and remained active until her recent illness. She was invaluable to the work of the Association and her efforts in assisting with planning our biennial reunions were unmatched. Her opinions and input at our Board meetings were respected and always right on the mark. The members of the Executive Board mourn her loss. We will miss her.
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR
In the past I have hesitated to "scold" our alumni but now I must bring a couple of things to your attention. Please do not send anything to our e-mail address that is not BMI related...no jokes, no political items, etc. I am the only person who reads the BMI e-mail messages that come to email@example.com. We love hearing from you and we will place your news in The Skirmisher but we do not forward your messages to the 400+ members on our e-mail list.
Some alumni have winter and summer addresses. We maintain only one address per person so it is your choice. We will not keep track of who is living where and when. If you move or change your e-mail address, please let us know. We like to keep our records as current as possible. If we have an e-mail address for you but no home address, we will "lose" you if you change your e-mail address and do not tell us. You will also be listed in our data base as "no address available" if we have an e-mail address for you but no home address.
When sending in dues, letters, etc., it would be helpful if you could include your class year. That would save my having to look up each alumnus' year when I receive forty or fifty dues checks in one mailing.
Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Hope to see you there!