Hope this winter is treating you
kindly. I have received some very interesting Alumni News that is included in
Additionally, our big news is the
SAIGON KIDS Reunion scheduled for this July.
Much time and effort has gone into the planning of the event. In order for the Reunion Activities to be most enjoyable, we need a large
turnout. We are at half that figure currently. More folks equate to a FREE
party room suite courtesy of the hotel and a livelier dinner/dance.
Check out www.saigonkids.com
"Reunion 2004" for a list of who is coming.
If you are looking for the name(s) of
your special friend(s) and don't see them listed, it is probably because they
too are looking for your name. Why not contact them directly and work out a GO
TO REUNION PLAN. "Where are they" on
our site includes an up-to-date email address list.
If you are still sitting back and
saying "maybe I will just wait until the next reunion" - we are
informing all that Frank Stoddard
& I are retiring as official Saigon Kid
organizers effective this August. Sadly, this may be our last Reunion.
Below is the Reunion
Info. Details are also posted on our website. www.saigonkids.com
The SAIGON KIDS REUNION
DATE Thursday, July 29, 2004 through
Sunday, August 1, 2004
LOCATION Gaylord Opryland Resort and
Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Please phone 615-883-2211 for
reservations. Our group code is X-VNHS Saigon
The Hotel has been fully booked the
past two years in July so please reserve your room NOW.
THURSDAY 5pm - we will meet at the
DELTA LOUNGE for DRINKS (cash bar & snacks). The Lounge is on the property
and overlooks the DeltaRiver. It features live
FRIDAY 10am will
be the "OLD TEENAGERS" SOFTBALL GAME. Everyone is invited to play.
Shuttle service to and from the park
will be provided.
After the game, enjoy a Nashville style BARBEQUE
LUNCH at the park.
FRIDAY evening enjoy The PADDLE-WHEEL
RIVER CRUISE on the GENERAL JACKSON SHOWBOAT down the Cumberland
River. Included is a gourmet Dinner and an amazing Musical Show.
Shuttle Service is provided to and from boat.
SATURDAY play some golf. Relax at the
pool. Hang out at the Party Room. Popular Sightseeing Attractions include the
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, FristCenter for the Visual Arts, Belle
and The Hermitage. The hotel also has a number of interesting bus tours. Please
call for information at 615-883-2211. Tee times for groups can be arranged by
SATURDAY 7pm is the DINNER DANCE with
a DJ at the hotel. There will be Door Prizes, Music by Request, a wonderful
Southern Style Dinner, Dancing, and a Cash Bar.
SUNDAY meet at Rachel's (on site) at
10AM for a BREAKFAST BUFFET.
A PARTY/GATHERING ROOM has been
reserved. The room will be open 24 hours a day.
The Fee is $180. per person. This fee
includes all hosted events listed above.
A $25 DEPOSIT is due NOW. .
Final payment for the activity fee is
due MAY 1, 2004
Please bring a gift from your
hometown/state to share.
Please email Frank requests for song
selections for our Saigon Kids CD.
stoddard (@) theriver.com
We have chosen a Baseball Cap in a
blue Saigon Kids color with our logo for this Reunion's
Souvenir. The caps will be around $12.00 each plus postage.
Please contact Sarah Bush Rogers for ordering
information. kuipokauai (@) verizon.net
ALUMNI NEWS A friend and I flew to London for a brief
vacation. It's been many years since I've visited England. Lynn, Susan, and I shared
a lovely Thanksgiving vacation with Mom and Dad at Topsail Island, NC. Dad is
now 92 and Mom is 82. Amazing! At Christmas time, Lynn, her husband Bob, and
two of their three children drove to Chapel Hill from Houston for a couple of
days with family here in NC. Then they drove to the Poconos to spend a week
with family there. Cathie McIntyre - cathieannmc
I am now sitting in the hotel on top
of the mountain in Irbel - looking out over a fog bank that disguises even the
closest landscape. I'm only here for two days and then heading back to Mosul, but wanted to
check in and update you on the 'time of my life.' I arrived in Kuwait on Jan
14, after a week-long training in DC that included taking care of your
neighbor's evisceration, treating protruding bones, driving through dangerous
situations (which, let me add, I received high praises for my well-honed skills
which I perfected in Togo), firing AK-47s and sub-guns (which, although I did
not receive any accolades, I was told in no uncertain terms that if I ever had
to pick up a gun, somebody was sure to get hurt), identifying IEDs (improvised
exploding devices) which I kept referring to in class as IUDs (which have also
been known to cause unexpected results), and dealing with undue stress. In Kuwait we
received our flak jackets, helmets, BDUs (see, I'm learning all the proper
acronyms), combat boots (which I absolutely love as they have taken all the
worry out of accessorizing handbags and matching shoes) and yet another
security briefing. They marched us out to the runway at 0-dark-hundred and we
waited for a C130 to take us into Baghdad. Now, you must remember that I am the person who drinks bottles of Nyquil
to calm my nerves for commercial flights - well, nothing would have helped this
flight. About 10 minutes of out Baghdad
the pilots began rocking and rolling and banking in order to miss any rocket
fire. Needless to say, several passengers were missing their stomachs by the
time we landed, but Not I - I didn't embarrass myself - not yet, anyway. Then,
whoosh - the plane went straight down and we landed before anyone even knew we
were on the ground. In Baghdad
we were told to wear all our paraphernalia as the drive into the city was the
most dangerous part of the journey. I slept so I don't remember seeing any of
the city of Baghdad
itself. (You try staying awake with a helmet on your head and 40 pounds of
plates on your shoulders and chests. The weight put me to sleep.
(Plus I think all the coffee I had at Starbucks in Kuwait finally wore off.) At
Saddam's Palace I was placed into the 'holding cell' - Saddam's chapel where
the bunk beds were set up. I spent three nights sleeping (or NOT sleeping, that
is) in the same room with about 75 other people, 95% men who snored and made
other body noises that we won't discuss here. What a symphony. I spent two days
doing my check-in and walked at least ten miles each day and only covered half
the palace. I found the gold toilet! The energy and enthusiasm level of that
place is a little overwhelming. It's so alive that you almost have to jump out
of the way of the energy flow or you'll get knocked over in the corridors. The
people are on a constant high, work 15-16 hours a day, and like the Eveready
bunny, just keep going. I was using the computer when the car bomb went off on
Sunday morning. The place came alive - but I wasn't about to leave the computer
as I had already waited in line for 40 minutes to get to a keyboard. About 25
staff members were killed at the front gate, so that day was somber, but the
work never missed a tick. The second morning I was again awakened by mortars
falling within the compound, put the pillow over my head and sighed - Da mortar
de merrier - and went back to sleep. Guess I am
acclimated. As of last night we were made to move out of the hotel (I think it
was officially condemned but nobody will say that outright) and into trailers.
Did I say trailer? HA! It is a shipping container with a door on one end. I'm
sure that if you look close enough you will see the MAERSK under the fresh coat
of paint. Now I have to shower with 60 men - those poor guys - first they get assigned to Iraq and then
they get a woman in the trailer park who is 56 years old and overweight! I am
told that they are making up a shower schedule to give me a little 'time of my
own' - let's be honest here - they are doing it to protect themselves from
something they may not want or be willing to see.
So, let's sum it up - I am the deputy
coordinator for the province of Nineveh, I live in a shipping container, I wear
combat boots to receptions and flack jackets and helmets to city council
meetings, and have to take showers according to other people's maneuver
schedule. I feel that if I am late for my shower I could case chaos in the
day's activities and put a halt to the transition. Cindy Gregg - 8th Grade Saigon 1961 - cindygregg (@) hotmail.com
I'm still hale and hearty as I
approach 85 in June.
Joe Drachnik - jbdrac (@)
I did a live radio interview with
Radio Kerry www.radiokerry.ie in Ireland. I'll talked about my long-distance
commute between my home in the West of Ireland
and my work here in Washington.
Steve Johnson - sjohnson (@)
Well folks, we in the East Coast are
praying for some warm weather!! We are used to a little snow (even a lot of
snow), but usually followed by a heat wave that melts it away in a day or so.
This year it is not to be ...
So, to use that weather index as an
excuse, we are moving south! By this time next year, Roxanne, Claire and I will
be in Sunny New Smyrna Beach,
Florida figuring what to do with
semi-retirement. We already have a house there and will be putting the one in
VA up for sale in the Spring (if it ever arrives)!
During the past few months I have
been in touch with a few foreign (Saigon Expatriates) friends of ours that most
of you will remember from Saigon. Aside from Michele Viroly (who is also burrrring in Canada) and
Françoise Farnarier, I have connected with Philippe Rault and Claude (Arcache) Rubiro. Both their e-mail
addresses are on the website and I have been encouraging both to attend the
Reunion ... though it is a long distance to come for just a Reunion.
Claude (BTW: if any of you have an old picture of her in Saigon, both she and I
would appreciate it since she lost all of her pictures in the Cambodia
evacuation and I in Iran) has a daughter that attends John Hopkins University.
Philippe has set up a website in France
for Saigon expatriates. You are encouraged to
sign in and leave a message or two and brush up on your French. The website URL
is: http://www.lesanciensdesaigon.fr.st . If any of you remember
Jacque, a Vietnamese who was always around Cerc Sportif and had a Lambretta
that everyone used, he has been found in the mid-west and I hope to connect
with him soon.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Reunion in TN, ... and Ruth, I promise to bring the
pictures you gave me!! I have not forgotten, I just cannot find them ... now.
Bob and I are expecting our first
granddaughter, Emily on Feb. 19th and will visit her in March over my spring
break. We are both looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville in July. Bobby is scheduled to
graduate from TX A&M in May and he is our youngest so we are happy for him
and us. Rodeo begins in 2 weeks and that is a fun time for us here in Houston." Nothing
extra newsy here but life is good and we are happy.
Lynn McIntyre Riley - lynn.riley (@)
This has been a busy year...another
return trip to Southeast Asia (went to Thailand and Laos in 2000)...This time
we flew to Bangkok, and from there directly to my beloved Luang
Prabang, Laos. Spent two weeks there, and did my ESL practicum with
Buddhist monks and Lao high school students. Then a boat trip up the Nam Ou
river to Nong Kiaw and a short drive to Nam Bac, where on November 8 1966 my
two brothers, Steven and Alain were shot. Steven did not survive....and from
that day on, my life was never the same...
Today Nam Bac is a beautiful and very
peaceful valley. Standing on that little airstrip, which is now overgrown with
grass and weeds was a very emotional moment for me....I looked around, and
wondered what it had all been about, and could feel Steven's presence there...the
healing continues after all these years...
From Nam Bac, we drove to Oudomxai in
northern Laos where we spent the night, and then the next day, the long bumpy
but gorgeous drive to China! It was pretty neat to just walk across the border
and then another long and beautiful drive to Jinghong...Spent a few days there,
and then on to Lijiang--one of the most beautiful places I've ever been
to--besides Luang Prabang--a real Shangri La! From Lijiang we went on to Kunming...bustling, vibrant,
warm and friendly.everywhere we went people wanted to talk to us, and have
their picture taken with us. From Kunming, we flew into Hanoi....it was very
strange landing there, but very quickly we found that people couldn't have been
nicer and more welcoming, and we fell in love with this lovely and very busy
city! Enjoyed the water puppets, walking around the night market, the lake, and
even got to see the premiere of "The Quiet American" before it had
come out in the U.S.
It was a strange feeling to see it there...we spent a day on Halong Bay, one of
the loveliest places I've ever seen, and just enjoyed talking to people
everywhere we went.
From Hanoi, we flew down to Saigon/HCMCity...I
felt at home pretty quickly...we stayed across from the Majestic by the river,
and enjoyed our week there. Found my old house, and had a wonderful time
meeting the owners who took me all around, and then invited me to come back and
stay with them! It was a strange feeling to see a picture of the owner shaking
hands with Ho Chi Minh in my parents' old bedroom... The Cercle Sportif looked
about the same, so did the Rex, the market, the post office and Cathedral, the
Continental, Le Loi and TuDo...A lot of new little buildings, and life moves at
a fast pace here..the food is still wonderful and everywhere we went, we were
met with smiling and welcoming faces...We spent Tet in Saigon,
and enjoyed the fireworks on the river and the celebrations everywhere.
Saigon is known for its pickpockets,
and sure enough...the day before our departure, my friend's passport was stolen
while we were riding in a cyclo, and it was Tet...so, the consulate was closed
and all of Saigon was shutting down as
everyone was going home. We were able to push our trip back by a week (oh, how
awful!!!.....) and drove out to Phan Thiet for a fabulous 5 days on the South China Sea.....we made some great friends, and had a
wonderful time there and then the passport was ready, and it was time to
I would go back in a minute....and I
will go back....
On another note, I am back working at
the WashingtonInternationalSchool in WashingtonD.C., teaching the French immersion Pre
Kindergarten, and trying to figure out how to get back to Laos or Vietnam this summer. All is
well...my two daughters, Paloma and Karina, are fine and so are my two
wonderful grandsons, Benjamin and Tristan.
Be well..and a belated Chuc Mung Nam Muoi... I
have a little photo album of my trip to Vietnam and Laos on the Internet on
"ofoto.com", if you would like to view it, send me an email and I
will send you an invitation so that you can access it.
Marie (Perry) Wright - rightly03 (@)
A shining star left us last
week...Bill Federer succumbed to cancer and died very suddenly after a valiant
fight that went on for more than a year. He leaves behind 3 children, Amber,
Kristen, Billy and a grandson, Cosmo. We had reconnected when he had just
successfully fought his first bout with lung cancer. He came to see me here in Falls Church and met my
family and we stayed in close touch from then on. He had a lovely girlfriend,
Taji, and we became close too. They were to be married two days after he
died......Bill had so much strength and courage. He was determined to lick this
after all he had been through in his life. He still had that wonderful smile,
and was such a good man....he will be missed terribly. Marie (Perry) Wright -
rightly03 (@) msn.com
TAKE CARE !
Please make your Reunion
Reservations NOW. If you have sent in a deposit, you still need to make a hotel
reservation and vice versa.
Activity Fee Deposits or Full Fee
checks can be made out to either me
Arlene Zucker Claiborne or C Frank Stoddard.
Arlene Zucker Claiborne
25 Southgate Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
alzc (@) aol.com
8166 High Road
Hereford, AZ 85615
stoddard (@) theriver.com
Please contact Larry Smith if you
have any questions about Nashville driving conditions, their airport or other
2540 Devon Valley Drive
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Happy Thanksgiving and HolidaySeason!!
This is our 5th Thanksgiving
Newsletter. I wish to thank all SaigonKids for your emails, phone calls, letters and
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We have a big Reunionplanned for next July, and I hope that all of you are
making plans to come and enjoy our wonderful Saigonfamily in Nashville.
July 29, 2004through Sunday
August 1, 2004, Nashville, Tennessee
Hotel and Activity Information is
detailed at the end of this newsletter. This information also appears on our
web site http://www.saigonkids.com
WEDDINGS and ENGAGEMENTS
I have some newsletter news. I'm
getting married on Nov 8,2003to John Humphrey, a great person. He lives in Napa-
but I'm going to work another year here in Santa
then move to Napawith him. Meanwhile, we'll be
remodeling his house. Loved FRANK and Sue STODDARD's visit this
summer. What great friends you all are to me.
JANIE DUTHIE Walsh
duthiejw (@) pacbell.net
Been a long time since I've shared
what I'm up to with our SaigonKids, so here goes. As you know, I've been living here in Atlantasince
the 1970s, after spending two years in the Army following graduation at the Universityof Arizona. Since arriving, I've been the
managing editor of a couple of daily newspapers, spent 13 years in corporate
communication roles at The Coca-Cola Company and then seven years as manager of
executive communication at The Home Depot. Last year I started my own company,
Calibrated Performance Solutions, which helps companies and organizations
improve their corporate communication activities. I'm happy to say that
beginning the week of November 10 my new interactive website will be live. So,
log on to www.calibratedcomm.com.
Any feedback would be very much appreciated.
On a personal note, my two daughters
are blossoming. Sheridan, 16, is driving and looking toward college. Madison,
14, is an expert bass musician and can't wait to jump into high school next
year. And, to wrap this up, after dating a wonderful woman for nearly two
years, I hope to be engaged by the time you read this! Best to all, and see you
at the reunion next summer. My brother RICHARD will be coming through Atlantajust beforehand, so we'll all truck up
there together. If any SaigonKids
pass through Atlanta, please look me up!
Did your ears burn, ARLENE? LARRY
& Bonnie SMITH and DONNA of Nashville, Tenn. spent Sat. and Sunday
afternoon, August 3l, 2003 & Sept. l, 2003 with us while we were there on a
military reunion.All we talked about
was Saigon, Vietnamand all of you people that were there
and your activities. It was so nice getting together with them.
CHARLOTTE & NATE BUSH (The Bush
charbush3 (@) webtv.net
To the SaigonKids: At 84 years, I'm probably your oldest Kid, but I'm
still feisty. Happily retired (from the USNavy and from Law) in Sacramento, CA. I fill my days with yard
maintenance, woodworking, golf and erasing spam on my computer.Warm regards to anyone who might remember me
as Chief Navy Section in 1973.
It has a link to your site. Some
of the old group might find it interesting.
gmelv (@) cox.net
JANIE SHEPPARD reports: that having
unretired, I am working with a law firm in Ukiah, Ca., specializing in Indian
law. I work 3 and a half days a week, more or less, and enjoy the flexibility
of working less and enjoying life more.
As part of that enjoyment, I am part
of a rather large contingent of people in MendocinoCountytrying to get a county ordinance enacted
that would ban the growing genetically modified (GMOs) crops in the County. So
far, we believe we have collected enough signatures to get our initiative on
the ballot in March. The good folks at Monsanto and the other big corporations
haven’t swooped down on us yet, but we expect them to. In preparation, we are
getting ourselves educated to present our side of the story. Fortunately, there
are some very good experts willing to help.
Just for fun, I wrote a little article
for our local alternative newspaper, The Bullhorn, on the original grantee of
the Mexican land grant in which Ukiah sits. I enjoyed doing all the research
into the Mexican land grants and the history surrounding them. Of course, the
grantee had to sell his grant to pay for the lawyers who preserved his other
grant in NapaValley. Many of the grantees lost title
through the nefarious workings of both the Commission that was set up by
Congress to "clear titles," and our Supreme Court.
Now I am working on another article on
the Indians of Northern Californiawho almost lost everything through more nefarious workings
of the Congress and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Two of the lawyers with whom
I work, as well as another lawyer in Ukiah, were instrumental in saving the
little reservations so I am telling the story through interviews with the
lawyers. (How convenient, huh.)
My partner, Bill Radtkey, and I
continue to bicycle around Northern California, although having added a dog to our family, our bicycling
is somewhat curtailed. If two-lane freeways and slow internet connections
remain obstacles to population growth, the area will remain bicycle
friendly–except for the hills. Not the Rockies, but steep nevertheless. We try to keep our legs strong
during the rainy season by taking early–5:54 am– spin classes at our local
And, we enjoy the wine. It’s fabulous.
mjshepp (@) pacbell.net
KAREN NOVICK Maru, eighth grade class
of 61, wishes everyone an interesting December. I'm making my month
amusing by doing Shamanic training hoping to find my power animals (which
appear to be lost). Another fun December activity will be seeing my sons, ages
22 and 23, who I annoy considerably but who I adore. I'll be paying for all
this by finishing up the fall semester at the Universityof Connecticut(where I teach Marketing to MBAs).
Hello, Saigonbrats -- Best wishes for the holidays to all of you.
My (increasingly sweet) husband Patrick and I have lots of travel plans for
this year -- to Washington & Oregon to visit friends & our darling
granddaughter (see attachment) in November; to Hawaii in December -- at
the Hale Koa military Hotel --; to Spain in June; and to Colorado in the
summer for a Stann family reunion. I'm working my way toward retirement
slowly by taking my last four years as college professor at half time.
Even that is a real adjustment after being a major workaholic all my
life. (How dumb was that???) Right now I'm trying to organize a mini reunion with LINDA PEI and JANIE
DUTHIE in San Franciscofor November. Hope to see lots
of you in Nashville!Lots of Gecko love, SUSIE STANN PS: I hope this time BOTH VENY
& DINI will make it to Nashville. It's a very American city
and will give you "girls" a true picture of the genteel American South.
StannSusan (@) fhda.edu
Excited to be building my house up in
the mountains, behind the Sleeping Giant Ridge in Kauai. Three bedrooms so even more room for visits from all
my 'SaigonKids' and family.
My wish is for all to have a lovely
SARAH BUSH Rogers
kuipokauai (@) verizon.net
JIM COOPER (ACS 1962-1965) - I
just retired after 30 years in the Navy, the vast majority spent in the Pacific
flying P-3 Orion patrol planes. My final assignment was head of the Navy
ROTC program at the Universityof Kansas, the same unit from which I was
commissioned. I was fortunate enough to simultaneously start work at the KU
Medical Center (administration, not surgery!). My wife Sandy and I live
in Lawrence. Our son Stewart is attending JohnsonCountyCommunity College, studying automotive technology, and
our daughter, Veronica, started at KU in the NROTC program this year.Thanks!
jscooper (@) ku.edu
Had a wonderful time visiting VICKI G.
FRASER in Mendocino in May. She is almost halfway through her fabulous Californiarug. It was really cool to tie a
few knots myself and to hear her stories of all the different symbols contained
in the rug. We had a picnic under towering redwoods, ate fine seafood,
saw the art center. While in California, I also hung out in delicious hot springsand got to experience my first
earthquake! Spent a week in June in Troncones, near Zihuatenejo, Mexico(north of Acapulcoon the pacific coast) - lazy days
in the pool, water coloring under the veranda, fried shrimp on the beach under
palapas. Just hung my latest photo show. Quite a warm and successful
reception. I am pleased. Hi to STEVE JOHNSON. Where are you now?
Will you email me please? BOBBIE, sweetie, how are you?
BROOKS TOLAND Kasson
I just want to thank you for all your
efforts concerning the Saigonkids website. I don't know how long you have
been doing it, but I do know that it takes a real commitment to keep it
going. Since I have never read one of the newsletters before, I
think that I will just write that it's great to finally be in touch with
so many of the Saigon people again after all these years. I am now a
history professor at WichitaStateUniversityin Wichita, KS,
and when I lecture to my students about the Viet-Nam War,
I am able to provide some stories and information they would never read
about in any textbook! I have also been married to Jeff Berven for
33 years and have twin sons, Christopher and Jeremy, age 22 who will both
be graduating from their respective universities in May. I'm hoping to make it
to the reunion next summer (I promise that the deposit will soon be
in the mail) and wish everyone a joyous holiday season followed by
a 2004 that is filled with hope and friendship.
With warmest regards,
MARY LOU POUDRE' Berven
mlboj (@) earthlink.net
I started a new job with Durham Public
Schools, where I manage a U.S.history grant. I continue to
teach part-time at NC WesleyanCollege. LYNN and I will share Thanksgiving
at Topsail Island, NC, with SUSAN and family and Mom and Dad. We look
forward to some strolls on the beach and a traditional turkey feast in our
beach rental house.
cmcintyre (@) ncwc.edu
Just a note to say hello and to say
that Tom and I summitted 7 peaks this summer getting ready for the big fourteen
thousand peak mountain in Colorado, Long's Peak. We successfully accomplished
it after 11 grueling hours round trip. It was definitely a once in a lifetime
experience. Now we are getting ready for ski season and hoping for some snow
since we are in a drought! Visited with mom and dad this summer in Indianaand hope to meet SARAH and BARBARA in Portland, Oregonin January. Tried to make a connection with BROOKS TOLAND
Kasson this fall in Taos, New Mexicobut didn't work out. Maybe next time
she travels through to Taos. She did send me a photograph
of her work and it looked New Mexican to me. There is so much to
photograph in this part of the country. Hope all is well with you and enjoy the
cbushrn (@) yahoo.com
For those of you who are in the area
and are looking for some excitement next Thursday evening, I'm giving a talk on
my new work at The Shed Gallery at . It would be great to see you there.
Sorry Richard for not getting this
info out earlier. (Talk was on 11/13 in Newport
turner (@) chapman.edu
We'll spend the holidays with all of
our children and grandchildren in the Poconos in Pa. We'll have our first
celebration with my parents, CATHIE and SUSAN and family in Chapel Hill, NCon
I'm still loving being an elementary school nurse and moved to a school in the
same district that is only 12 mins from home.Bob and I are happy about Bobby's upcoming TX A&MUniversitygraduation in May. Our first
granddaughter is due the end of Feb. so we're looking forward to spending
spring break with Emily and her brothers Chris and Will. I am really
looking forward to seeing many of you the last weekend in July! I wish
all of you a blessed holiday season and a new year filled with health and
LYNN.RILEY (@) cfisd.net
"Beannachtai agus sonas um
Nollaig agu Athbhliain faoi mhaise" "Christmas blessings and every
good wish for the New Year"
Hi, All: I'm busy with my writing,
editing and consulting work in Ireland, and make regular visits to London, where
I have an office. On Sundays, I minister to the congregation of the PrincesStreetUnitarianChurchin CorkCity, which dates from 1717. My wife,
Penny, is a published poet and writer on Celtic spirituality, and this year
made pilgrimages to a number of sacred sites in Ireland, England and Wales, as
well as taking part in a week-long event in October in Swansea, Wales, marking
the 50th anniversary of the death of Dylan Thomas. We would be
happy to welcome Saigonkids
and their families who may be visiting Irelandduring the coming year. STEPHEN
Tara Farm Kenmare, County Kerry
Ireland smjohnson (@) eircom.net
Dear Saigon Newsletter Genies: Just a
quick note to include notes on some new folks: In my first month with a new
real estate firm in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, I sat adjacent to a
wonderful woman who kindly showed me the ropes as I settled in. IDA PRANGE and
I talked about our lives in between sales, clients, and computer
challenges, and after I thought I'd gotten to know her, an idle comment about
moving quite a bit started a whole new conversation. While a client and others
in the office rushed by, we realized that my mother and I had left Saigonjust
a month before Ida and her family had arrived! We compared American Community
School notes, and exchanged memories, hers of an elementary school romance,
mine of people I knew and still wonder about, the feel and smell of the streets
of Saigon, my joy at my intended visit in Spring 2004. When we were at lunch a
couple of weeks later, her sister SARAH stopped by and broke into the school
song, singing it start to finish in a sweet, clear voice! The connections are
everywhere... and what a delight to find one right here in Hilo. Welcome Ida and Sarah to the SaigonKids,
and a warm aloha to all of you.
Deborah Oakley-Melvin (aka DEBBY
MELVIN, 4th grade ACS student who lived on Ngo Dinh Khoi and Le Pasteur in 1962
and 1963) And a note to those who have any advice for a Saigon visit, please
e-mail me at deboakleymelvin (@) aol.com
or deb (@) hawaiislandrealty.com
Hi everyone -Just want to send warm
wishes to all of my friends especially those from our Arizona reunion since
that's the only time I have seen everyone! And to all of my other friends from Saigondays '61-'62, I hope to see everyone in Tennessee. A special hello to SARAH and her
family and RUTH. Time is going by and I'm not keeping up with my well wishes to
all of the people I care about-forgive me. Ruth and I are spending a lot of
time going to Floridato help with our parents. Mother is 91
today and Ruth is there giving her a birthday party. Dad is going on 92 and is
being the ever tough "Colonel" to deal with. Boy, are we lucky he
didn't find out about all of our parties in Saigon! As I raise a 16 yr. old daughter now I wonder what
it would be like to be with her in Saigon. What do you think girls??? I'm still busy working for the
National Wildlife Federation producing the merchandise catalogs. I'm really
thinking about cutting back real soon. My husband, Joe, is still with Unisys
and busier than ever. Our older daughter Shannonis living at home but we see a wedding coming up in a
couple of years. Her boyfriend is a first year law student so I think it will
be awhile-but I have hope! The girls keep us busy with their activities in the
horses. Emily is in the Loudoun Hunt club and fox hunts on the weekends. They
are also training a new large, black thoroughbred named Major Attraction. He
will be the new show horse for both of them. Our other horse is 22 now and
semi-retired after many years of taking them to Championships in Hunter shows.
So we will have a busy season ahead. My stepson Mike has come through a
miserable year of tongue cancer treatments. We are happy to say he is doing
very well. The power of prayer!! Hope everyone is well and Happy Thanksgiving.
MARY ANN (MATTESON) Smith
smithma (@) nwf.org
I'm so excited to visit Nashvillewith an adventuresome group! Finally,
a chance to wear my red cowboy boots! It has been so difficult to live without
Terry's wit and insight. This reunion timing is great because I'm so
ready to lock arms with the SaigonKids and laugh, listen and learn! I visited SARAH
BUSH Rogersin Kauai; easy to see why she loves it there as it has an exotic
foreign flavor. After a year of isolation, I'm afraid I acted like an
unleashed puppy but Sarah's soft graciousness was a good counter-balance.
Some call me a lady of leisure now; a better description would be 'slug'.
Glad I still have a few months to drum up some good stories to share with you
in Nashville. Thank you all for the support
you've given me; your kindness really made a difference. Love from your Oregonrepresentative,
jerilynn (@) solidnet.com
Not a lot to report out
here in So. Cal. The fires have died
down and soon we'll have the mudslides, followed by riots in the spring. But
that's the price you pay to live in "God's Country." Happy Holidays
everyone! See you in Nashville, where I have
dibs on playing 1st base.
Just in case anyone
was interested here's the weather report for SAIGONthat I just got off the SaigonKids. Com
web site..... An enduring memory of TERRY COLEMAN.
Updated: 12:00 PM ICT
on November 08, 2003Observed at Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam.....er, make that SAIGONif you don't mind. Temperature 90 °F / 32
°C HeatIndex 103 °F / 40
°C Humidity 66%Dew Point 77 °F / 25 °C Wind North at 4 mph / 6.4 km/h Wind Gust - Pressure 29.80 in / 1009 hPa
(Steady) Conditions Scattered
CloudsVisibility - Clouds(Above Ground Level) Scattered Clouds (SCT) : 1700 ft / 520 m
Rfschutt (@) aol.com
MARTHA SUZANNE SHAFFER passed away
October 2 in Tucson, Arizona, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor
just one month before.
She had been a senior manager of the Universityof Arizona Bookstorewhere she worked for twenty years.
Martha was born in the Congoin 1956 and lived in Saigonfrom
1960-65. She graduated from the InternationalSchoolof Manilain 1974 and received her Bachelor of
Music Composition from IndianaUniversity. She is survived by her parents, Harrisonand Jackie Shaffer or Arvada, Colorado, and her brothers, HARRISON of Tucsonand
PAUL of Albuquerque."
HARRISON SHAFFER has been named
Managing Editor of the University of Arizona Press in Tucson, a publisher of
scholarly and general interest books with a focus on the Southwest and the
Mexican border region.
Harrison Shaffer Box 65539TucsonAZ85728-5539520-321-3323 greatowl (@) mindspring.com
AND FROM FRANK
This past June, SUE and I had a very
pleasant trip through California. We stopped first at JANIE
DUTHIE’s house, which is located in the middle of beautiful wine country, U.S.A. Sorry guys, but if you visit
Janie’s house now I must warn you that I drank all of her $60.00 wine. We
next ventured down the road to MIKE and Annimieke COOPER’s fabulous“tree house”. They took us on a tour of
the very impressive StanfordUniversitycampus. By the way, Mike is
quite the gourmet cook. We all met SUSIE (STANN) and her husband Pat
Burke at a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant in Palo Alto. We concluded the evening in Sunnyvaleby having dessert and a great visit at
the Burke’s very “Feng Shui” home.Sue
and I next drove down to Southern Californiafor a weeks stay near San
life!). We were able to meet up with RICK and Cyndi SCHUTT for a
Vietnamese meal in “Little Saigon”. We could have used Susie Stann’s talent for
ordering food however, for my pick of “shrimp spam on a stick” was not the best
of decisions. Sorry we missed seeing BARBARA BUSH in the Seattlearea (By the way Barb, did you and
William enjoy your stay in Sue’s and my old territory…GallatinValley?) Also we were sorry that we
were not able to see RICHARD TURNER. We missed your email, not getting it until
we were back home. Last month RUTHIE (MATTESON) Blackmore flew in to Tucsonfor a conference. Sue and I were
able to link up with her and we met RICHARD and Sharon HENRY for a very
pleasant Mexican dinner. We topped off the evening with a visit at the
Henry’s fabulous home in the foothills of Tucson.
When in California, Rick gave me several 33 1/3 albums
(my son calls them “Vinyls ”), which brought my collection to over 700. Yes, we
play them all the time. In fact yesterday my mind drifted back to
“yesterdays” upon looking at one of my older records with the “purple colored
circle stamp” on the back states “US Navy Exchange, 8-0 $2.25”.
Yes, I bought that one in Saigon,
which brings me to the “2004 REUNIONSTUFF”. Please send music requests. If you
would like to dedicate a particular song to someone, please let me know.
If you wish to explain why a song is important, that would be fun. If you
want a song, but wish to remain anonymous (sensitive people), that will be
honored. Please send me what you want….any song, any era, for any person,
for any age …we’ll try to meet your request. By the way I really would
like to see some of you “young” folks at the reunion (1962-1965). I see
emails, I hear about your stories, I look at your pictures in the Gecko, but I
would really like to meet you in person.Let’s have the best and biggest reunion ever!
stoddard (@) theriver.com
July 29, 2004through Sunday,
August 1, 2004
LOCATION: Gaylord Opryland Resort and
Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee
have contracted a block of rooms for the Reunion.
You can choose a Traditional Style Room or a Premium Room (private balcony).
Room rate is good 3 days prior and 3 days after our event on a space available
Room Rate: Traditional - $145.
plus tax ; Premium - $170. plus tax
Please phone 615-883-2211 for
reservations. Our group code is X-VNHS.
The Hotel has been fully booked
the past two years in July so please reserve your room as soon as you can.
We reserved a PARTY/GATHERING
ROOM. The room will be open 24 hours a day.
we will meet at the DELTA LOUNGE for DRINKS (cash bar & snacks). The Lounge
is on the property and overlooks the DeltaRiver. It features live music.
FRIDAY 10am will be the
"OLD TEENAGERS" SOFTBALL GAME. Everyone is invited to play.
Shuttle service to and from the
park will be provided.
After the game, enjoy a Nashvillestyle BARBEQUE LUNCH at the park.
FRIDAY evening enjoy The
PADDLE-WHEEL RIVER CRUISE on the GENERAL JACKSON SHOWBOAT down the Cumberland River.
Included is a gourmet Dinner and an amazing Musical Show. Shuttle Service is
provided to and from boat.
SATURDAY play some golf.Relax at the pool. Hang out at the Party
Room. Popular Sightseeing Attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame
and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, FristCenterfor the Visual Arts, Belle Meade Plantation, and The Hermitage. The hotel also has a number of interesting bus
tours including homes of country legends combined with other attractions.
Please call for information at 615-883-2211. Tee times for groups can be
arranged by calling 615-871-6885.
the DINNER DANCE with a DJ at the hotel. There will be Door Prizes, Music by
Request, a wonderful Southern Style Dinner, Dancing, and a Cash Bar.
SUNDAY meet at Rachel's (on
site) at for a
The Fee will again be $180. per
person. This fee includes all hosted events listed above, the Party Room, and
Shuttle Service to events.
A$25 DEPOSIT is due NOW. The deposit helps us
with our commitment for planned activities.
Final payment for the activity
fee is due MAY 1, 2004
We will be posting "WHO'S
COMING" in early March on the Website as activity deposits or full fees
Please send an Activity Fee
Deposit check made out to either me
Arlene Zucker Claiborne or C Frank Stoddard.
Arlene Zucker Claiborne
25 Southgate Ave
alzc (@) aol.com
8166 High Road
Please contact Larry Smith if
you have any questions about Nashvilledriving conditions, their airport or other Nashvillestuff.
2540 Devon Valley Drive
DON'T FORGET TO SEND YOUR
DEPOSIT & MAKE YOUR RESERVATION.
The next SaigonKids Newsletter will be mailed in February. You
can send updates and messages anytime for inclusion.
This has been a FRAZ
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Lots of exciting news to report in this addition of our Newsletter.
Thanks to all of you for taking time to write and share your latest personal
events. And as promised, there is REUNION 2004 information below. YEAH!
Saigon Kids Reunion - Nashville, Tennessee - July, 2004
Our next Saigon Kids Reunion will be held at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. http://www.oprylandhotels.com.
The dates will be from Thursday, July 29 to Sunday,
August 1, 2004. Larry Smith
has been working with the hotel to organize this event. I will be updating all
of you in a few weeks with final costs so you can make your reservation ASAP.
Highlights of the Reunionwill include: EveningRiverCruise down the Cumberland
Riveron the General
Old "Teenagers" Softball Game and Barbecue. Get those gloves &
Dinner/Dance with your requested favorite songs featured.
SAIGONKIDS DATABASE Molly Greene has worked hard to contact everyone to update our database
"where are they" on the website. THANKS SO MUCH!! The new
directory of names, email addresses, hometowns, class and years in Saigonwill be posted on our site in a week or so. Please contact me if
there are any additions or corrections to your listing. alzc (@) aol.com
Rick Buchanan - I was in sixth grade in 1962, and the school expanded
greatly the next fall, as the buildup of American personnel began to increase
I went to the web site, and was pleased to recognize a few names. My own
daughter is in eighth grade this year, and she thinks the Gecko is the funniest
thing she's ever seen. I live in Roanoke, Virginia, where I am an assistant prosecutor for the RoanokeCountyCommonwealth's Attorney's Office. rbuchanan11 (@) cox.net
Randy Seely - After we left Saigon, we went to Virginia, where I finished high school and
graduated in '65. In Dec '65, I joined the Air Force (my dad, being an
officer, swore me in...) and stuck it out for 20 yrs 3 wks 5 days. I
retired as a Master Sergeant (E-7) Jan l, 1986. Dad came back to Illinoisand presented me my retirement papers...kinda nice touch and
a helluva way to end my AF career.
After training in 1966 as a Morse Intercept Operator, I went to the Philippinesfor 18 months...then back to the states
to Offutt AFB, Nebraska, where I met my wife. We got married in March of
1969, and off we went to Italy, where I was stationed for almost 3
years. While there, I cross-trained into American Forces Radio &
Television Service (AFRTS) in 1971. After Italy, I went to Thailandfor 12 months by myself, followed by an
accompanied tour to Crete, Greecefor 3 years. From Greeceto Virginia...then I was sent on another unaccompanied tour...this time
to Seoul, Koreafor 12 months. From Korea, back to the states (Texas) for 18 months, and then to the Azores, Portugalwhere we vegged out for 3 glorious
years. We came back to the states...Scott AFB, Illinois...where I retired in '86.
We've been married 34 years...and have 3 sons, Todd, 32...Ryan, 27...and Corey,
21. Todd and his wife live in Las Vegas, where he works for
Southwest Airlines; she's a partner in an investigative agency - no kids.
Ryan's an AdaCountydeputy sheriff (patrol) here in Idaho...married; they gave us our (at least for now) only
grandson, who's 2. Corey's single...lives with his girlfriend close to
After I retired, I stayed in radio here in Boise...as production director for a family of 5 corporate radio
stations (writing and producing commercials.) I stayed with those
stations for 13 1/2 years; in 1999, I left to take on the job of Program
Director at KGEM here in Boise, an Adult Standards station (think 'oldies.') In
November 2001, the general manager informed me that, effective Jan
1, 2002, my job would no longer be in
the budget, and the station was going to air syndicated satellite
programming. Thus, the end of my radio career!
I decided to get into something more stable...so now I'm an AdaCountyDeputy Sheriff...working as the commissary officer at the AdaCountyJail! I've been doing it for more than a year, and
love it. Work weekdays 7-til-3...weekends off. Our jail has more
than 900 inmates...so I guess it's called 'job security.'
That's my life...in a nutshell. We love Idaho...my folks live here in Boise. My brother, Greg, and his wife live in Spokane. Another brother, Scott, is in Pennsylvania, and is a prison guard. My youngest brother, Kevin, died 3
years ago. RandySeely (@) aol.com
Gregory Seely - I attended the AmericanCommunitySchoolin Saigonfrom 1961 to 1963, in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. I would love to
hear from anyone who would remember me, especially Thomas Brothers, Marylou
Hammond, or either of the "Corsican girls" that used to hang out at
the Cercle Sportif. Gs8055
Susie Stann - Unbelievably, I saw Georgia Turner at an English
teacher's conference in Baltimorelast month! We had a great lunch together and caught
up, since we hadn't seen each other since the ArizonaReunion. After that I went to stay with my brother Jeff Stann
and his wife Patsy in DC. We had fun as usual doing the museums and
The next week Linda Pei and I met in an upscale Vietnamese restaurant in
Palo Alto. We recognized each other right away. We had a
great gabfest about our lives, our brothers, our parents, and the reunions. She
lives in Tiburon, near San
Francisco, and has her own investment company whose interest is
women. I gave her my booklet and CD Rom about returning to Vietnamto read, and we promised to meet again
soon--hopefully with Janie Duthie, who Linda remembers fondly. -- Hear
that, Janie?? Email me, and we'll set up a meeting!
There is a fabulous exhibit on Vietnamat the AmericanMuseumof American History in New Yorkwhich I am going to see in May. Check it out: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/vietnam/index.php. If anyone plans to go, I'll be going May 18. Let me
Best to all. StannSusan (@) fhda.edu
Gene (Joe) Weinbeck - new email
address genew (@)
Tony Doggett - I am leaving USAID at the end of April after 22 years in the
Foreign Service and expect to continue working as an international
consultant. Anyone have any job leads??? Cldoggett (@) aol.com
Karen Novick - I love having been "found" by the Saigonkids last year. I keep in touch with those Asian roots in my
quilting. The quilt I just finished has fabrics from the Miao people of China(who are also in Vietnam) in it. KarenMaru (@) aol.com
Richard Henry - We are going to be in Hawaiiin a couple of weeks on a
cruise of the islands, which we are very much looking forward to. rchenry (@) theriver.com
Sarah Bush - My big news is that I finally got a new zipper in my lovely
Saigon 'Central Market' pants that Ruthie had to cut me out of last
reunion! And, Jerilynn Coleman is coming to Kauaiearly June and we look forward to spending some time together.
For all those readers out there: UP COUNTRY by Nelson DeMille is really a good
read. For all of us that have fond thoughts of Vietnamit brings past and present together in
a very entertaining book. **** hanaloha (@) gte.net
Rick Schutt - Since 1970 when I first saw the TV Show "Then Came
Bronson" I've wanted to travel throughout the USAon my motorcycle. Now I'm doing it. I
was able to carve out 3 weeks and cruise on his Honda ST1100. First stop
leaving So. Cal was in Hereford, AZ. to spend a few days with Frank &
Sue Stoddard. The hospitality was great and I highly recommend Casa de
Stoddard. I plan to motor thru the South a bit, then swing north with stops to
visit Cathy McIntyre (NC), Steve Pryplesh (VA), Dave Sheppard
(DC). Then it's off to Niagara Falls, Mt.Rushmoreand then sunny California. He emphasizes sunny as he was recently caught in a freak
snowstorm. That he doesn't recommend especially on two wheels. (This note just
in - Rick had to unfortunately cut his east coast visits because of severe
weather and is returning safely home). Rfschutt (@) aol.com
Jane Anthis Stephenson - I am a court-appointed mediator and EEO
investigator in the private and federal sectors. I am married to Charles
L. Stephenson, Land Manager for a small, independent oil and gas exploration
company in Dallas. Our son, Charlie, is a senior at BaylorUniversity. Planojas (@) aol.com
Charlotte Bush - Sarah Bush Rogers, Barbara Bush Parker, Candice
Bush and parents Charlotte and Nate Bush had a family reunion
April 2, 2003 to April 6th, 2003 at a 5
bedroom house in Las Vegas, Nev. with pool, spa, billiard table, TV and
everything else you could want.
We were a group of l6 adults and two baby girls. We did our own cooking
as Candy and Tom drove from New
Mexicoand brought a turkey and
hamburger and other goodies.
We saw two shows, gambled and everyone walked the strip at their
leisure. With three cars and cell phones everyone did as they pleased
but our best time was being together in the kitchen.
WHAT A WAYTO GO!
We are leaving for IndianaMay 3lst. charbush3 (@) webtv.net
Sally Anthis - I live and work in Northern Virginia. On 7 May, I will be celebrating my 30-year anniversary with Navy
Federal Credit Union. And I am going through the pangs of getting my Master
Degree in Business Technologies. Sally_Anthis
Steve Pryplesh - I continue to enjoy his second career living in Virginia. My first grandson is a little over a year old and is
a great joy. Just ask me for a picture and I will flood your computer. pryplesh (@) earthlink.net
Brooks Toland - I am traveling to northern Californiato see the beautiful redwoods and visit with Vicki
Greenamyer Fraser later in May. In June, down to play with a friend on
the Pacific coast of southern Mexico. Maybe up to Taosin August or September. At some point, I'd really like
to go to Irelandand see Steve Johnson.
Had a great time earlier this year writing the vows for my son's wedding
and helping his fiancée plan the event. I am now involved in putting on an
event in the state capitol rotunda: legislative massage awareness week.
Free chair massages and lots of meeting and greeting.
I am looking forward to news of the next reunion. brookskasson (@)
Mike Dunn - Dear SaigonKids on November 25, 2002, my Mother, Jane Ellen (Grace) Dunn, 83, passed away due to
cancer of the pancreas. She had a long and fruitful life. When we
were in Saigon, she taught English at the Vietnamese / American
Association. She really enjoyed the tour in Saigon, as I remember. A Mother of four boys, Peter (60), Michael
(58), John (53), and Patrick (deceased at age 21; auto accident), she left
behind my Father, Major General Edward Clare Dunn (90). They had been
married over 62 years. She was buried in FortSamHoustonNationalCemetery, in San
On a brighter note, last weekend, April 26th, Yen and I went to the wedding of
her niece, Dung, in Los
Angeles, California. The interesting thing about this is that she got to
see her younger sister, Bich (50), whom she has not seen in 28 years.
Bich and her family have been living in Australiasince the 70's and they have Aussie
accents (when speaking English, that is). Yen has 2 brothers living in Los Angeles, and another sister and 2 brothers flew in from Ottawa, Canada, with their families, so it was a partial family
The weekend before that, April 19th, we attended another wedding of one of
Yen's many nieces, Tina, in Houston, Texas. Only the Texaspart of the family could be there for that event. Yen
has two sisters and four brothers in Texas. Only two brothers still live in Saigon, and one of them just had one of his daughters get married in
April, also. Sorry we couldn't go to that one. But maybe some
As far as our family goes, Catherine (32) had her first child, Jennifer Clare
Wright, on January 24, 2002, in Durham, North Carolina(they live in Hillsborough). John (31) is at TexasTechUniversity(undergraduate). Christopher (26) has a daughter, Tabitha
Liyen Dunn, who will be 4 years old this weekend (May 4th); they live here in San
Antonio, Texas. And Charles (20), will be 21 years old on May
10th. Charles is completing his third year at Texas A&M University,
where he is studying to be a Mechanical Engineer. He is a whiz at
mathematics and should do well wherever he goes.
We definitely hope to be at the next reunion and hope that we will get to see
many old friends there.
Best wishes, usma67dunn
Frank Stoddard - It was great having Rick Schutt come by to visit.
It was enjoyable talking about old times and the hopes of the future. We
also listened to a lot of old music! We did dedicate one song especially
for Rick. We played an old 33 (our son calls them vinyl's) from
"Easy Rider" called "Born To Be Wild". This fit Rick
perfectly. How many of us would be so adventurous as this, to cross the
country on a motorcycle? We would only think it and not do it! Way to go,
Our oldest daughter Tanya is now a manager at Insight.com in Tempe (Phoenix).
Our son, Si, went back to school at the U of A and will do his student teaching
somewhere in the Phoenix area this fall. He also continues his art career and
does a fair amount of commission work. Our youngest, Jodie, became an RN this
year and works at the Desert Samaritan Hospital (Phoenix area). Our youngest
granddaughter, Tavia, will start the first grade this year and is quite the
"singer" and "dancer". Our oldest granddaughter,
Paije, will be 13 this month. Paije is 5'9" (yes that is correct!) and
loving the sport of volleyball. She has played in tournaments in LA and
Minneapolis this year. One of her goals is to go to Stanford on a
My wife Sue and I will be going on a trip in a few weeks. We will drive
up to the Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations in Northern Arizona and spend a
couple of days. (Sue had lived on the Montana Crow Reservation for three years
of her high school). We'll then go up through eastern Utah/western Colorado,
and central Wyoming. We are going to visit Heart Mountain where my first
memories of this world are. Some of you know that Heart Mountain was one
of the main internment camps for the Japanese Americans during the War.
After they were allowed to leave Heart Mountain, families that were associated
with the Big Horn District, Bureau of Reclamation, moved in. We were one
such family. I lived there until half way through the first grade.
I have not been back since.
From Wyoming we'll drive through Bozeman where I went to college and our first
child was born, by Anaconda where our son was born, to Missoula where Sue and I
were married and where we'll visit Sue's brother. Sue's brother had a
rough year, losing his only son to a tragic hunting accident.
We'll next visit my little sister Mary and her family in Port Orchard,
WA. Any of you Seattle folks going to be around where we could take the
ferry over to the "Farmer's Market" and at least meet you for
lunch? (Guessing around 6th/7th June).
Our next travels will take us down the coast to Carlsbad, CA where we need to
be by 15 June. Anybody who lives between Santa Rosa and San Jose want to
get together for breakfast, lunch or dinner sometime around the 12th, 13th, or
14th of June? Also after we get to Carlsbad, we do plan on going to
Westminster for a Vietnamese feast sometime during the week of 16th to 21
June. If anyone is around, please join us for at least a
"ba'mui'ba"! SEE YOU ALL ON THE NIGHT OF THE BLUE MOON IN THE
YEAR OF THE MONKEY!!! stoddard (@)
I want to Thank... Arlene for her continual enthusiasm ...Sarah for a
wonderful Hawaiian memory ...Larry & Bonnie for all their efforts on
Reunion 2004 .... Molly for all her work on the Saigon Kids list ....
Roy for his dedication to www.SaigonKids.com site ....and I especially want to thank Terry Coleman (our
friend we'll always remember) for his establishment of www.Saigon61.com and his positive, outlook on life. He is a reminder that we
must all try to live this way. Frank
The next Saigon Kids Newsletter will be mailed in late Summer. You can send
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