Tuesday, April 26, 2005


As a follow-up to the inaugural USS Altair reunion on May 13th thru May 15th 2004 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Norfolk, VA, in early 2005, Charles Brecheisen sent out a mailing to all shipmates. Included in that mailing was a survey that he asked you to complete and return. If you were one of the 57 shipmates (14%) that completed the survey, we all thank you!!! Without your opinions, the reunion committee would be making assumptions. Please feel free to add additional comments and if you haven’t voted, do so now at the "comments" link at the end of this article!

The following locations were suggested by the responses for our next reunion:

Anywhere/No Opinion, Atlanta, Baltimore Cruise, Barcelona, Baton Rouge LA, Bermuda, Boston, Bronson MO, Buffalo NY, Charleston, Chicago, Cleveland, Erie PA, FL Cruise, Florida, Ft Lauderdale FL, Jacksonville, Key West FL, Las Vegas, Midwest, Mobile Cruise, NO. LA, Naples, Nashville, New York, Newport RI, Norfolk, Ohio, Orlando FL, Pearl Harbor, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pigeon Forge TN, San Diego, Savannah, Springfield MO, Texas, and Washington, DC.

As you can see it is quite a list of locations!

The ballets are tallied and the first four selections in each choice are as follows:

1st Choice: Florida Cruise 14, Norfolk 7, Barcelona 6, Charleston 5
2nd Choice: San Diego 7, Charleston 5, Norfolk 4, Naples 3
3rd Choice: Norfolk 6, Las Vegas 4, NO LA 4, Charleston 3

From all categories the total per location is: Norfolk 17, Florida Cruise 14, Charleston 13, San Diego 7, Barcelona 6, Las Vegas 4, NO LA 4, and Naples 3.

Florida (various locations) had 24 votes from all categories while Anywhere/No Opinion had: 1st Choice 4, 2nd Choice 15, and 3rd Choice 22.

Charles also reports that there were 18 volunteers (32%) to assist in the planning, organization, and various event tasks! Wow, what a great group!

For the second reunion the committee is seriously considering Tampa ‘Ø7 in the springtime. Either trying to get a cruise or at the lease a tour of the American Victory.

Any additional comments, thoughts or votes? Let us hear from you!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2005

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

March 2005 REPORT by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair shipmates. Here is your monthly report for March 2005.

SHIPMATES: We are now up to 395 shipmates gaining 3 in March. It has been suggested that I list the new shipmates......and, I think that's a good idea.

Here are some of the latest Altair shipmates:

Donald L. Myers, EM3, 1965-1968
Muneer Zaineldeen, SN, 1955-1957
Jim DeSantis, SK3, 1967-1968
Juan Phillips, SN, 1963-1964
Richard M. Braun, SN, 1962-1963
John B. Thomas, Jr., FN, 1959-1962

FINANCIAL REPORT: The beginning March balance was $959.11 with receipts of $175.00 and expenses of $37.00 leaving a balance of $1097.11. The "special fund" remains the same $868.61 Thank you!

ALTAIR TEE SHIRTS: Randy Higgins, son of Frank Higgins (FN 1953-1956) is now in the tee shirt business; and, is looking for a distributor for Altair tee shirts. Randy can be contacted at Randy@HigginsCT.com or at his web site http://www.HigginsCT.com If you are interested please contact Randy direct.

CLASSMATES.COM: If any shipmates has the "gold membership" at Classmates.com please send emails to the following shipmates and get them on board: Danny Adams, Michael Broad, Bruce Davis, John DeMoss, Carlton Glover, Robert Gottschalk, Rick Mann, Ray Marchant, Timothy O'Toole, Eugene Reohr, Frank Spalding, Sidney Steingart, Donald Taylor, George Thomas and Dan Thrasher. I do not have a "gold membership" and they will not allow me to send them an email.

EMAIL: I am very unhappy with the current email system that I am using to mail the Altair shipmates; and, hopefully will have a new service soon. Netzero will only allow me to have 30 names on a list in the address book. The current system I am using creates many problems for me; and, any replies to me should be sent to cmbaltairaks32@netzero.net

All for now. Please contact me with any questions or comments.

Charles Brecheisen
248 Drifting Cloud
Holly Lake Ranch, TX 75755-6321
Tel/Fax 903-769-5325