Contributed by LARSON, LCDR John Retired firstname.lastname@example.org
April 1, 1998
Hello again from YN Larson. I wanted to give an update on the reunion.
Also to send out information on how to order a VP-90 print. GOTO: VP 90 Print.
First the reunion, we have decided on the 3rd weekend of March 1999, March
19th and 20th. I was able to visit the museum twice this winter to check on the facilities and
to see what our options are. I received a few inputs from members on what
we should do. I consulted with Bob Korman, Ron Leis, Ron Hilson and Paul
Watts. This is the plan for the weekend. On Fri. night March 19th, we
thought we should have an informal meeting at the World Famous Trader
John's Bar in downtown Pensacola. Show time is 1900. Then on Sat, March
20th, we will plan a day at Nas Pensacola. The museum opens at 0900. There
is a lot to see. Later that evening will be the dinner. Our options are a
semi formal sit down dinner in the Blue Angel Atrium, under the 4 A-4 Blue
Angels. The cost is $630.00 not including food or beverages. The other
option would be to have a dinner or Hors D' oeuvres in the Cubi Pt Café.
It would cost $305.00 without food or bev. There will be a 20% service
charge on the food and beverages. The sit down dinners or buffets have an
average cost of about $12.00 per person. So if we have 50 people show up,
then we would have a cost per person in the Blue Angel Atrium of
approximately $30.00 per person. If we had a buffet in the Cubi Café, it
would cost about $23.00 per person. These are ruff figures to give you an
idea of the costs. The dress attire for the B. A. Atrium would be jacket
and tie and no children
Sometime during the day Sat, we will have to have an all hands
meeting to prepare for the next reunion. It will be the 30th anniversary
reunion since the beginning of VP-90, in the year 2000. We would also like
to hold an auction, like we did at the last reunion. If anyone has
anything that you would like to donate to the auction, please bring it
along. We would like to raise money for the cost of preparing these
Then on Sun, we could gather at the Officers Club for a Sunday
brunch.. Also there is a golf course right on base, if anyone wants to get
a round in during the weekend.
For those who haven't been to the museum yet, there are many
different periods of Naval Aviation history to see. There is the token
P-3B sitting outside in the back. It is done up in VP-69 markings. They
have an IMAX theater. We might be able to get a group price for the
picture. The Cubi Café has a collection of squadron plaques from the
original Cubi Pt Officers Club. Along with the original Cubi O Club
"Bar". There is a tour of the flight line that leaves from the Museum.
If you are planning on spending time in the area there is the Battleship
Alabama Park near Mobile, AL. Then to the East is Eglin AFB. There is an
armament and aircraft museum there too.
While I was at the Naval Museum, I checked on the status of one of our
deceased member's memorial. If you are interested in setting up a memorial
through the museum, contact Tracy Crona. Her number is: (850)-453-2389,
fax is: (850)-457-3032.
Ron Leis is back from his worldly travels. He will tell the secrets of
traveling space A out of Grand Forks, ND. He will also tell us about
billeting on the islands of Hawaii and Guam. He said that the Barbers
squadrons will move in June 1999 and operations will cease in Dec 1999.
But the beach cottages will stay open!!!
Again lodging for the reunion can either be at the Navy lodge across the
street, Space A on base, or at NAS Whiting Field about 40 minutes away.
Then that leaves the hotels in the area. More info on a list of hotels in
the next letter.
On the bus situation, We can get a 47 passenger bus with 2 drivers for
$6000.00. If we get 40 people then it would be about $150.00 per person.
It would leave Minneapolis, then stop in Milwaukee and Chicago. It would
leave Minneapolis on Wed. Then arrive in Pensacola Fri morning. It would
leave Sun afternoon and get back to Minneapolis sometime on Tues. The bus
would be used during the weekend. We need a commitment from people who
would use this bus. Ron Hilson will arrange for the bus. He has also been
checking on airfares to Pensacola. Right now from Minneapolis it would be
$99.00 to Pensacola. He has seen fares from $99- $169.00 this winter.
We would like to get some kind of commitment on this reunion, if you are
coming. Again I have heard from a few people on what their preference is
on what type of meal they would like. We need a ruff idea on how many
meals we need. I would like to hear more comments. Also if you plan on
using the bus.
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