Greetings shipmates, families, and friends:
I hope this email finds you well. My wife Joy and I are trying to adjust to our new way of life. With "social distancing", remembering to wash our hands 15 times a day and let's not forget our designer masks. We sometimes feel like we are living in a bad horror movie. However, I am confident we will survive. Just last week my daughter sent us a youtube video showing us how we can start "hugging" again.
I wanted to give you an update on our 30th reunion which we had scheduled for this coming September in Albuquerque.
While every member of the board wanted to stay on track with the "scheduled" reunion, it doesn't look like the reality of a "physical" reunion is going to take place this year. That is the bad news. The good news is we are going to put together a "Virtual Reunion" for your enjoyment. This should be fun.
Our communication officer, Steve Cross, is working on the presentation as we speak and I am sure you will not only find it entertaining, but you will be able to enjoy it from the comfort of your living room and you don't even have to get on a plane. Pretty convenient and the price is right!
This year is very special because we are celebrating our 30th annual reunion. We will have a celebratory coin and current roster for all paid members and life members.
And more good news, we will reschedule the reunion for Albuquerque in September 2021. The hotel and tour companies have moved our deposits forward to September 22nd - 25th, 2021. If you have made your hotel reservation, don't worry, your reservation will remain intact for the 2021 reunion. If you have sent in your reunion registration along with payment to Margaret, you have the option of a refund now or holding your funds for ABQ, September 2021. Please let me know your preference.
If you haven't already done so, the hotel is ready to take your reservations. Please see the instructions and the link below. Rates apply 3 days before and 3 days after the event.
2021 ALBUQUERQUE – 31TH ANNUAL REUNION
I hope you made your reservations for Albuquerque NM. This reunion will take us to one of the most unique cities and states in the US. A mix of cultures gives the area a rich background to explore. It is also a very tech savvy city. The food, cultures, art and high desert climate are all special. I worked in Albuquerque before entering the Navy and I introduced my parents to the city and area. They lived in the city for 32 years. America’s 23rd largest city is about as tech savvy and unique as you can get in the US. It is the home of Kirkland AF base, Sandia National Labs (think atomic research) the New Mexico Tech Center founding center of MITS and Microsoft. Netflix has a major production hub here as well. Surrounding this tech stuff is a city that has roots in Spanish, Mexican and native American cultures. Albuquerque has a great group of museums, extensive natural wonders, the Rio Grande River, the Turquoise Trail and one of the world’s grandest annual balloon fiestas in September. The Anderson Abrusso Balloon Museum is the place to see the history of the balloon fiesta. The eastern side of the city ends at the Base of Sandia Peak and a spectacular tramway taking you the top, 10,300 feet up over the city. Below is the unique tech savvy downtown color lighted each evening. West of Sandia peak lies the city and businesses that make Albuquerque ask a center of major clean industry.The city’s Old Town and historic square are perfect for a morning or afternoon walk. For gear heads, Albuquerque is the home of the Unser family Racing enterprises and Unser Racing museum – a tradition carried on from father to sons, sons to grandsons and great grandsons. Think Indianapolis and Pikes Peak when you think of the Unser clan. Restaurants and food are special here in Albuquerque. There are at least 10 restaurants within a short distance of our hotel. Craft beer locations, whiskey distillery help wash down the great food served here.And then there is dessert – start with Banuelos (Mexican fritters with honey), churros, (sweet fried dough with sugar and cinnamon and maybe ice cream), sopapillas (hot puff pastry served with honey), tres leche cake (think tiramisu ) and finally you order just ice cream and it comes with chewy cookies called bizcochitos. Man! They are good. Coffee – all the usual plus New Mexico brand pinon coffee with cream. Then there are empanadas and apple pie with lite green chili flavor. Lots of restaurants serve pecans and locally made chocolate. Perfect for a Reunion!
Make your hotel reservations by phoning 1‐505‐830‐5781 (Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown).
Questions? Need help?
Please make checks payable to:
Margaret Watson, Treasurer
USS Frank Knox Reunion Assoc.
3421 NW Coronado St,
Corvallis, Or 97330