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 THE USNA '58 WILD WEST SHOW is coming!!!  (See Attendance List as of 1 Auguest  2011)



(August 3, 2011 update)

  That's right --The Great and Never Late Class of '58 is going to hold the first Wild West Reunion (WWR) '58  8-11 September 2011 in San Diego, CA.  The Holiday Inn on the Bay will be our headquarters and primary lodging location, and a number of  rooms have been set aside for us.  This particular hotel was chosen due to its relatively reasonable price and for its convenient location to many places of interest in the SD area. Address of our hotel is:  Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.  When you call to make reservations, please tell the hotel that you are part of the USNA Class of '58 Reunion Group.  

The registration form and other information are provided later in this announcement.  

During our planning efforts we have attempted to accomplish a few general goals, including:

o        Keeping the overall costs as reasonable as possible.

o        Convenience - proximity of hotel to class events and tourist attractions.

o        Providing  plenty of "free time" to enjoy whatever we want to do;   especially good for spouses who may want something else to do aside from listening to our old sea stories (again).

o        Last, but most important, providing an opportunity for quality fellowship with Classmates.  Outlandish embellishment of old stories not only allowed, but encouraged. 

There are two things we are requesting that everyone do at the

earliest opportunity

(1)  Call the hotel directly and reserve your room at 619-358-6010), and then..  

 (2)  Fill out and return the registration form - on this same website   - with your check for the items and events indicated, to Mike Chapple (address given at the end of the registration form).  (Go to registration form)

Schedule of Events:

Wed 7 Sep 2011            Early-bird registration (Thursday golfers, etc.                                             

Thurs 8 Sep (all-day)     General Registration - Holiday Inn On The Bay

Thurs 8 Sep (a.m.)         Golf and other events as individually arranged.  

Thurs 8 Sep  (6:30 p.m.)   Welcoming Reception at Holiday Inn poolside (with heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar)                                               

Fri 9 Sep  (6:30-10 p.m.)       Class Dinner - Harbor Cruise (cash bar) 

Sat 10 Sep (p.m.)              Company/battalion parties

Sun 11 Sep (10:00 a.m.)   Memorial Service at Veterans Memorial in Balboa Park, followed by farewells and reminders for everyone to meet again at our 55th reunion in Annapolis in 2013.   

Sunday and beyond:  Optional (informal) continuation of reunion as individually desired and arranged.  Chuck Smith has invited out-of-towners remaining overnight Sunday to join him and local classmates at his home in Bonita when he celebrates his 75th birthday.  More information will be promulgated later on this via email to reu   nion attendees.

Outside of the events shown above, the unscheduled periods of time are "free-time" to allow attendees to be on their own, to do touring or whatever else they may desire.  We have included a list of other optional events available in the area.   \

The time frame of the reunion was selected based on it being after the Labor Day weekend, the city being maybe a little less crowded at that time, and that it would not interfere with the Air Force-Navy game the first weekend in October.   

The Holiday Inn On The Bay, as mentioned above, was chosen for location convenience and relatively moderate cost, including the fact that they have worked with us better in giving us the best deal. We checked with other hotels, but the more elaborate ones were a higher cost than we wanted to commit to.  In short, Holiday Inn On The Bay seemed to have the best combination of the features we desired.  For those familiar with the SD area, the hotel is located in the Embarcadero area, on the landward side of Harbor Drive just across the road from the Star of India, and Anthony's Fish Grotto, and just a short walk to the aircraft carrier Midway. 

  For those flying into the area, it's possible that car rentals may not be necessary, due to the relatively central location of most activities.   

Hotel information

  Hotel.  The hotel gives a choice of two categories of rooms: Current prices are $175.00  (City View) and $198.00 (Harbor View).   Note:  There may be some discounted rooms remaining, depending on whether or not the hotel has those available at the time you call.  So be sure to ask about the availability of those rooms.

  Overnight self-parking $15.00, valet parking $22.00,  in & out parking $10.00.  The hotel will provide complimentary airport, Gas Lamp and San Diego Zoo shuttle, and free WiFi  in guest rooms and common areas.  One shuttle is handicap-accessible upon request.  

 Reunion Registration.  Includes name tag and tee shirt to be provided at our hotel hospitality suite. $20.00 per person.  

 Welcoming Reception.  At the hotel poolside.  $25.00 per person (heavy hors d'oeuvres with cash bar).

  Class Dinner-Cruise.  On board Hornblower harbor cruise ship.  $58.00 per person (with cash bar).  Dress is optional of course, but we suggest the following:  light dresses or slacks for the ladies;  jacket (with open collar), sweater or windbreaker and slacks for the men. It will be cool on the top-side areas of the ship, so you need to plan for that  We will gather at the pier where the ship is located (on Harbor Drive across from our hotel) between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.  Ship gets underway at 7:00 p.m.    A complimentary glass of champagne will be presented to each attendee upon embarking the ship.  John Griffiths, the dinner-cruise coordinator, will be promulgating more information in an email we will be sending to attendees about 2-3 weeks prior to the reunion.  

Golf.  We will be having a Class golf outing on Thursday 8 September at the Sea and Air Golf Course at North Island Naval Air Station.  Tee Time is 10:30.  Cost will be $34.00 (green fee and cart) and club rental $11.00.  For those desiring to play, please add the required amount to the check that you send to Mike Chapple with the registration form.  Marty McCullough is our Golf Coordinator, and may be reached at 619-435-2627.   We will be coordinating entry onto the Air Station for those without a military ID card.

Following are a few of the tourist attractions in town.  Some have admission and other costs associated with them.   

- USS MIDWAY - part of the Maritime museum group of ships, across Harbor Drive from the hotel.  Group tours or events may be scheduled.  Other ships include the Star of India, the Californian (State sailing ship), a Soviet diesel submarine from the Cold War era, and the Berkeley, a restored ferry.  The MIDWAY is a primary SD "landmark", and we consider it a must-visit destination for anyone, especially for those having served on board an aircraft carrier.  For aviators, the flight deck is large enough to accommodate all the hand-waving desired.  

- Sea Port Village - about three blocks away.  Good for walking around, picture-taking and tourist-type shopping.  

- Old Town Trolley tour.  Good way to see some of SD and Coronado.  Trolley will make pick-ups at hotel.  

- Beaches - San Diego, Coronado, and La Jolla.  

- SD Zoo - A large zoo, with the opportunity for lots of walking if desired . There are tour buses inside the zoo to hop-on/hop-off between exhibits.  

- San Diego Zoo Safari Park About 35 miles north of downtown SD.

  - Gas Lamp - nearby area in downtown SD containing a wide array of restaurants.

  - Petco Park - Padres baseball park near hotel.  (Unfortunately, the Padres are not in town during 8-11 Sept,  but will be here on the 7th to play the San Francisco Giants.)

  - Fishing.  Deep-sea fishing might be arrangeable on an individual basis.  Those interested should  contact Dick Lawe  at 951-699-4669.

  - Stars & Stripes sailing.  Boat is the same one that won the America's Cup with Dennis Conner skippering.  Highly recommended by John Washburn, who got a chance to take the helm on one occasion.  John went Air Force, so he must have qualified as OOD on First Class cruise.

  - MCRD - Marine Corps Recruit Depot. There will be a Boot Camp graduation parade during our reunion period (9 Sep) open to the public.  Please contact Dick Lawe at 951-699-4669 if interested in attending that event.  More details at the hotel during registration.

  - Bicycle riding - along seaward side of Harbor Drive out to Harbor Island. Rental bikes will be available near the hotel.

  - San Diego trolley.  Hotel is close to the trolley station.

            Walking tours (self-conducted) of several areas of San Diego, including the Embarcadero and Gaslamp, may be of interest to those who want some extra exercise and a closer and more personal view of the city.

Weather.   Yes, San Diego historically has great weather, and we expect that to continue during the reunion.  Normal weather here consists of moderate temperatures with low humidity and very little chance of rain.  Warm (short sleeves) during the day, but quite cool (sweaters or jackets) after sundown.  However, this will also be the time of year that we may have what are called "Santa Ana" conditions, when very hot, dry winds run in from the desert.  Sometimes this lasts for a couple of days.    Temperatures during this condition can get above 100F.  

As a suggestion, since the San Diego area is the home of many USNA alumni of all classes, and possibly old squadron or ship friends, this might be a good opportunity to visit them.  (Who knows, we may be able to arrange for a few "wild men" for select '55 and '56-ers.  Third Battalion classmates would get first choice). 

Well, that's pretty much it.  Please think it over soon and let us know with your completed registration form.

    Go to Registration Form

  Looking forward to seeing you in September.


The WWR '58 Committee