SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
March 25, 2007
Congratulations to Dick Kun graduate of Big Bear High School Education foundation on his recent award. Dick was. Named Entrepreneur of the Year by the California Travel Industry Association. I think most of you know Dick is the President and CEO of Snow Summit Ski Corporation, which owns and operates three mid-sized resorts. We are proud of the volunteer work Dick does in the community through Rotary and the SGM/BBHS Education foundation.
Track Team at Big Bear High School. Thanks to the efforts of Mickey Hall, teacher at Big Bear High we now have a track team that is competing in the DeAnza league. Mickey has been the Cross Country and has had great success for several years. Now the track teams is competing and we wish them well.
Reunions are beginning to plan for September 2007
We will try to keep you informed of all the reunions this summer and fall.
Big Bear Lake High School - Class of 1987
Our 20-Year High School Class Reunion will be held at:
40650 Village Drive
Big Bear Lake, California 92315
TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO WOULD WANT TO BE THERE!
September 8, 2007 6:00 p.m.
After the big Homecoming Football Game against Aquinas, don't miss out on all the fun and memories of our 20th BBHS Class Reunion - only $50 per ticket (reserve EARLY until June 30th):
Make sure you don't miss a fabulous, memorable night and opportunity to reconnect with your classmates (and Dr. Waner / teachers who will also be invited). Plan a whole weekend in Big Bear Lake, a relaxing get-away or an exciting Homecoming game and half-time show that day.
- 6:00 p.m. 80's music and Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar and Appetizers served);
- 7:00 p.m. Dinner (Salad, choice of Steak, Chicken, or Vegetarian Entree, and Dessert);
- And Who Knows What Else! We have a LIVE D.J. - Dancing until 11 p.m. (or later??)
Also on September 8th the Annual "Run for the Grizzlies" will begin at the Moonridge Animal Park (for more info, call 909-584-1299), and a motorcycle fundraiser will be held at Chad's Place (for more info on that, call Friends of the Moonridge Animal Park 909-584-1171). Then join us for the Class Reunion that evenings starting at 6:00 p.m., which will be a GREAT time, so don't miss it!
The special group room rate at the Northwood's Resort is $119 per night (2 night minimum) so call and make reservations now at 800-866-3121. And, remember to get your tickets to the Big Bear High School 20th Class Reunion EARLY for a special, low price of $50 per ticket (only until June 30th with each tickets being $70 after that - until the August 31st cut-off - Absolutely NO Tickets will be sold at the door). Print out the order form below and return with your payment TODAY!
If you have any questions, or suggestions, feel free to contact me. My home email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (949) 351-3502. See you on September 8th!
BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL - Class of 1987 Reunion
September 8, 2007 @ Northwood's Resort
Name (include Maiden name if married)
E-mail address (or other contact info)
Mail checks ($50 per ticket until June 30, 2007) payable to:
- Steak _____
- Chicken _____
- Vegetarian Entree _____
c/o Kindal Voss
P.O. Box 2943
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Class of 1968
I also know that Steve Foulkes is working on a reunion for the class of 1968. Steve can be reached at email@example.com
His winter address is:
74-711 Dillon Road, #9115
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
I know by now that all of you know of the tragic death of Jared Landaker. I play golf with a former pilot and he asked me if I had read the latest email about Jared's last flight. He sent me the email that is making the rounds of servicemen in our country. It also appeared in this months Grizzly. You will be touched:
February 17, 2007, 0350 curbside at 24th and M, Washington DC. 16
Degrees with a light breeze. Going home after my second week of freezing
temps to my home in SoCal. Fly my aircraft, ride a horse, climb a mountain
and get back to living. I'm tired of the cold.
0425 paying the taxi fare at Dulles in front of the United Airlines
counter, still cold.
0450 engaging the self-serve ticker machine and it delivers my ticket, baggage tag and boarding pass. Hmmm, that Marine is all dressed up
early.? Oh, maybe,,,Hmm, "Good Morning Captain, you're looking sharp."
Pass Security and to my gate for a quick decaf coffee and 5 hours sleep.
A quick check of the flight status monitor and UA Flt 211 is on time, I'm
up front, how bad can it be? Hmmm, that same Marine, he must be heading
to Pendleton to see his lady at LAX for the long weekend all dressed up
like that..? Or maybe not?
"Attention in the boarding area, we will begin boarding in 10 minutes, we
have some additional duties to attend to this morning but we will have you
out of here on time."
That Captain now has five others with him, BINGO, I get it, he is not
visiting his lady, he's an official escort. How I remember doing that
once, CACO duty. I still remember the names of the victim and family, The
Bruno Family in Mojave., all of them, wow, that was 24 years ago. I
wonder if we will ever know who and why?
On board, 0600: "Good morning folks this is the Captain. This morning
we have been attending to some additional duties and I apologize for being
10 minutes late for pushback but believe me we will be early to LAX. This
morning it is my sad pleasure to announce that 1st LT Jared Landaker USMC will be flying with us to his Big Bear home in Southern California. Jared lost his life over the sky's of Iraq earlier this month and today we have the honor of returning him home along with his Mother, Father, Brother and
uncles. Please join me in making the journey comfortable for the Landaker
family and their uniformed escort. Now sit back and enjoy our ride, we
are not expecting any turbulence until we reach the Rocky Mountains and at
that time we will do what we can to ensure a smooth ride. For those
interested you can listen in to our progress on button 9."
Up button 9: "Good morning UA 211 you are cleared to taxi, takeoff and
cleared to LAX as filed." From the time we started rolling we never
stopped. 1st LT Landaker began receiving his due.
4 hours and 35 minutes later over Big Bear MT, the AB320 makes a left roll
and steep bank and then one to the right.Nice touch CAPTAIN. Five
minutes out from landing, the Captain, "Ladies and Gents after landing I'm
leaving the fasten seatbelt sign on and I ask everyone in advance to yield
to the Landaker family. Please remain seated until all members have
departed the aircraft. Thank you for your patience, we are 20 minutes early."
On roll out, I notice red lights, emergency vehicles everywhere. We are being escorted directly to our gate, no waiting anywhere, not even a
pause. Out the left window, a dozen Marines in full dress blues. Highway
Patrol, Police, Fire crews all in full dress with lights on. A true class
act by everyone, down to a person from coast to coast. Way to go United
Airlines for doing the little things RIGHT, because they are the big
things; Air Traffic Control for getting the message, to all law
enforcement for your display of brotherhood.
When the family departed the aircraft everyone sat silent, then I heard a
lady say, "God Bless You and your Family, Thank You." Then another, then another, then a somber round of applause. The Captain read a prepared
note from Mrs. Landaker to the effect, "Thank you all for your patience
and heartfelt concern for us and our son. We sincerely appreciate the
sentiment. It is nice to have Jared home."
After departing the a/c I found myself along with 30 others from our
flight looking for a window. Not a dry eye in the craft. All of us were
bawling like babies. It was one of the most emotional moments of my life.
We all stood silent and watched as Jared was taken by his honor guard to an awaiting hearse. Then the motorcade slowly made it's way off the ramp.
I have finally seen the silent majority. It is deep within us all. Black, Brown, White, Yellow, Red, Purple, we are all children, parents,
brothers, sisters, etc.we are an American family.
What you don't know is that on the flight I was tapped on the shoulder by
Mrs. Landaker who introduced herself to me after I awoke.
Early in our taxi out from the gate at Dulles, the gent next to me (a
Fairfax City Council Member and acquaintance of the Thuot family) were
talking to the flight attendant and mentioned that we had sons serving on
active duty, "What do you say? How tragic, they must be devastated." He
said many of the passengers had told him the same thing so somewhere in
the flight he shared his tidbits with Mrs. Landaker. Our flight attendant
had been struggling with what to say, to find the right words, so he told
the Landaker family of passengers who were parents of service members who connected with their grief as parents. After I gathered myself, I stepped
back to their row, two behind me and introduced myself to Mr. Landaker (a
Veteran of South East Asia as a Tanker) and Jared's uncle and brother.
What a somber moment. Their Marine Captain escort was a first rate class
act. He had been Jared's tactics instructor and volunteered for this
assignment, as he said, "Sir, it is the least I could do, he was my friend
and a great stick. He absolutely loved to fly, It's an honor to be here
on his last flight."
1115: On my connecting flight, my mind raced. How lucky I was to have
had an opportunity to fly my father to Spain and ride the carrier USS John
F. Kennedy home in 1981. The same year Jared was born. How lucky I was to have my father on the crows landing when I made my final cat shot in an F-14. Jared's father never had that chance. Jared was at war, 10,000
When Mr. Landaker and I were talking he shared with me, "When Jared was born he had no soft spot on his head and Dr's feared he would be
developmentally challenged. He became a Physics Major with Honors, high
school and college athlete, and graduated with distinction from naval
aviation flight school! He was short in stature, but a Marine all the
way." Visit his life story on line at www.bigbeargrizzly.net. Bring
February 7, 2007, Anbar Province, Iraq. 1st LT Jared Landaker United
States Marine Corps, Hero, from Big Bear California, gave his live in
service to his country. Fatally wounded when his CH-46 helicopter was
shot down by enemy fire, Jared and his crew all perished. His life was
the ultimate sacrifice of a grateful military family and nation. His
death occurred at the same time as Anna Nicole Smith, a drug using person
with a 7th grade education of no pedigree who dominated our news for two
weeks while Jared became a number on CNN. And most unfortunately,
Jared's death underscores a fact that we are a military at war, not a
nation at war. Until we become a nation committed to winning the fight,
and elect leaders with the spine to ask Americans to sacrifice in order to
win, we shall remain committed to being a nation with a military at war,
and nothing more. (And possibly no funding if congress has their way!)
1st LT Landaker, a man I came to know in the sky's over America on 17
February 2007, from me to you, aviator to aviator, I am unbelievably
humbled. It was my high honor to share your last flight. God bless you.
Jared, you made us proud!!!
BBHS T.V. channel in Big Bear - Channel 3
I mentioned that the SGM/BBHS Foundation under Debra Sarkisians leadership had been working with the city for Big Bear High school to have its own T.V. station. If you turn to the local Charter company channel 3 the first programs are beginning to appear. The testing programs are in progress!!! Great work Debra!!!!
Capital Campaign to begin June 10
The Foundation Board has been working hard for several months to prepare for a capital campaign for the raising money for scholarships for high school students and the teacher grant program for all the schools. The kick off of the capital campaign will be at the Annual Awards dinner on June 10, 2007 at Northwoods. Invitations will be sent out in a couple of months.