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Thanks For The Memories – FAA Retirees Reunion – 25 Years
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Written by Helen Little

The spring of 1978 the Eric Larsons’ and William Hollenbecks’ invited a few of their “old” Oakland ATC friends to join them for a joint wedding anniversary party at their cabin at Lake Tahoe. It was such fun we wanted to do it again so that we wouldn’t lose touch again. 

In 1979 Phyllis Rebuschatais, Helene Hopson and Phyllis Cerny expanded the idea to include all branches of the FAA at a park in Tahoe Paradise. Then came the next picnic reunion at the Ralph Angleas’ great Tahoe place – 21 years of great hospitality! ! In between we had two get-togethers on the Sacramento Delta and two in the Sierras Hope Valley. Along the way we had some super entertainment from our own “picker” and singer – plus he loaned us his PA systems for all these years. – Thanks, Tony Bellu.

In 1987 I started a golf tournament for the day prior to the picnic with - of course – a 19th hole party at my cabin. Thanks to Bob Faulkner and Roland Cerny for figuring the scoring and prizes for all those years. I needed more help so a year later Don & Lori Brink came to give me a hand. I really couldn’t have managed without them – so thanks to them. Joan and Joe Pidd came along to help at the Angleas’ organizing supplies and food – a great help to the Angleas.

We’ve had a fantastic time these past 25 years. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful memories.

Attendees at the 2003 picnic were:

Hervey Aldridge, Harriette & Ralph Anglea, Nelson & Dorine Ames, Elif & Irene Anderson, Barbara & Ed Arri, Jan & Bob Bishop, Lori & Don Brink, Nancy & Ed Custer, Jo & Bob Faulkner, Steve Brashear, Elayne & Daryl Finch, Len Galloway, Pat & Gerald Gibson, Billie & Earl Halliday, Joanne & Joe Harrel, Sandra & Charles Henderson, Ruth Hendricks, Jim & Carol Holtsclaw
Helene & Tom Hopson, Cheryl & “Chig” Horner, Helen & Glenn Hursey, Harvey Johnson, “Lyn” Kitchel,
Mary & Ed Lewis, Helen Little, Lola & Eric Larson, June & Jerry Long, Judie & Jim Lougheed, Kay & Forney Lundy, Bev & Don Manville, Carole & R.C. Ostergren, Pearl & Ritchie Phillips, Joan & Jo Pidd, Phyllis Rebuschatais, Lowell Thoreson, Elanine & Ross Thornton, Eillen Rivera, Jon Simeon, Hans Van Nord, Helen & Bob Vaughn, Marlette & Deloyd Weems, George Whitehead, Judy & Bob Wright, Andra & Harlan Goertz, Pat & Bob Harik, Jacquelyn & Bob Proett, Tony & Maxie Bellu, Harry Maier, Norm Satterthwaite, Betty Fletcher, Cleo Hamilton, Jim & Leeann McClenahen 

PHOTO CREDIT to R.C. Ostergren

SeaTac Tower Semi-Annual Luncheons

For over ten years SeaTac Tower retirees have met to celebrate their former work-life. They meet twice a year at the Fireside Inn (currently JJ’s Bar & Grill) located south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on “Old Highway 99”. Typically, the luncheons draw upwards to 35 people from a roster of approximately 60 persons who are linked in a communication net maintained and exercised by Dick Bosik. The most recent meeting was held on June 19, 2003. For more information, contact Dick Bosik at

Neil Prindle & Lyle Scott

Chuck Bird & Bruce Harpham

Bob Earl & Bob Alexander

Monte Gillespie & Larry Brennis

Roy Keehnel & George Hickish; Lyle Scott is in the background

Lowell Doehle, Jerry Johnson, & Bob Alexander

Billy Hawks talking to Lyle Scott; Lowell Doehle, Jerry Johnson & Roy Keehnel are talking in the background

Joe Conner & Arnald Guadalupe

Lowell Doehle, Ed Beckman & Arnald Guadalupe

From Patricia Faux:

It was hard to tell who was having more fun... the honorees or the guests! Guests started arriving on Thursday, September 4th for the gala 70th party for Frank Jones, Jim Partridge and Bob Smith. What started as a small get-together for their 50th in Redondo Beach, CA, has blossomed to a planned and eagerly-awaited party every five years. Previous parties have taken place in Yelm, WA and Las Vegas, NV. This party brought out about 45 ex-FAAers and friends and family of the birthday boys.

Jim Partridge, Frank Jones and Bob Smith. In the back on the left is Linda Murray and on the right is Pat Faux

Attendees came from Nebraska (Curt Alms), Alaska (the Burdettes), Nevada (Don and Doris Roberts/Linda Murray) Washington State (the Kellys), California (Aleta Lee/Henshaws/Gibsons/Pat Faux/Suppans/Kitty Kuhlmann, Oregon (Jack and Cheri Meade) and from "All Points" (Marty McGrath).

The weekend was highlighted by lotsa golf, a stern wheel trip on the Willamette River, a Sunday brunch at the Eola Valley Winery, and capped off with a great party at the home of Bob and Irene Smith. It involved copious amounts of food/liquid refreshment/music and much reminiscing.

Overall, it was a great weekend to see many old (correction: long-time) friends and begin planning for the next celebration which will be held in Las Vegas. We may even move it up to an "every third year" celebration. Knowing how Bob, Frank and Jim like to socialize, it's a real possibility.

Hard working wives of the Birthday Boys. Jackie Jones, Irene Smith, Eileen Partridge.

On the Willamette. Bob Smith, Irene Smith, Pat Gibson and Gerry "hoot" Gibson

Ready to cut the cake. Jim, Frank and Bob

Winery brunch. Pat Faux, Jacque Burdette, Ken Burdette, Mary McGrath and Kathy Suppan

On the Willamette. Linda Murray, Shirley Henshaw,Jim Partridge,Bill Henshaw, Kitty Kuhlman and Cheri Meade

Gang getting ready to board paddle wheeler for lunch on the Willamette river

On the Willamette. Doris Roberts, Jackie Jones, Fred and Judy Kelly, Curt and Caroline Aalms


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