Last weekend, I attended my 25-year class reunion from West Point. It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, enjoy fall in the Hudson Highlands, renew relationships, and beat VMI soundly in football. My company, the H-4 Hogs, tends to have high participation at these events, and this year was no different. My guess is that we had the highest percentage participation of any company in my class. In the above picture are some of the folks from my company: (bottom row) Bob Welch, Scott MacPherson, Vinny O’Neil (celebrated author of mystery books), me, John Todd (middle row) Terrence Peterson, Jeff Girard, Virginia (Condit) Todd, (top row) Bob Brouwer, Mike McGurk, Dave Stader, and Noel (Finch) Guarino.
It is traditional at these alumni events for the “old grads” to be on the Plain as part of the reviewing party. At every previous reunion that I attended, the alumni review was rained out. I’ve marched in many of these parades at West Point, and execpt for my graduation parade, this is the only one I didn’t want to be cancelled! Anyway, this year, the weather was beautiful, and we were able to view the pass in review from the Plain.
You can’t beat the Hudson Highlands in the Fall. Look at this picture! The temperture was cool, but not cold.
Our post game tailgate was in the new Foley athletic center. Because there are folks in this picture who were not in the previous one, I’ll name them: (front row) Mike McGurk in his festooned cadet bath robe, Jeff Girard, Bob Brouwer, Dave Stader, (middle row) Willie Campos, Terrence Peterson, Bob Welch, me, VA Todd, John Todd, (back row) Randy Lane, Pete Edmonds, Tony Emmi, and Calvin Johnson.