15, 16.CLASSMATES ON THIS PAGE ARE: Bud Conklin and Jan Coomber
15. CONKLIN, Stan ("Bud")
Now living on West Olympia Street in Hernando (in Citrus Hills), Florida, about 80 miles N of Tampa.
Paddling about with my sons, Drew and Brent
In the '80s -- "Sick Bird"........... (I'm 2nd from left in this pic)
In the '90s -- Reserve Service in Costa Rica
More recently, with grand-daughter "Anna-lilly"
..... and with granddaughter Olivia (She calls me "Pop").
Kayaking on Manatee Watch in the Florida waters...........
" Right after MPHS, I got a job with American Airlines and started going to Computer Technical schools. I was fortunate enough to get into American’s pioneering Computer Dept. In 1964, the war in Viet Nam was cranking up so I joined the U.S. Air Force. While in the USAF, I served as an Avionics technician in New Jersey (McGuire AFB), then in the Philippines, England, Libya, Turkey, and Italy. It was a great four years! I then returned to American Airlines and back into the world of Data Processing.
I met my wife Christine at American Airlines and we married in 1972. That year I left American Airlines and went to work for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City. We bought a home out in Islip, Long Island. Sadly, Chris and I separated in 2001 after raising two wonderful sons (Drew and Brent). I retired from the MTA in January of 2003. Also have 2 granddaughters: Olivia Grace and Savannah Lilly.
In 1978, I joined the New York Army National Guard (I had always missed the military after I got out in 1968). I retired from the Guard in 2003 at the age of 60 (they force you out at that age). I was in an Aviation unit with UH-1 Huey helicopters and truly loved the flying, and was on flight status for 18 years. I honestly loved that job more than the civilian job. While in the Guard, I was able to serve in various places including Panama Canal Zone and Costa Rica. I retired as First Sergeant. I truly miss that job and the camaraderie. I was blessed to have been able to serve for so many years, and did it safely -- albeit a few close calls!
After retiring I moved into a home I had in the Poconos. My plan was to spend the winters skiing and summers fishing. But alas, those cold winters got to me and I moved in 2004 to a very special place in Florida that has NO TRAFFIC! I moved to a wonderful community called Citrus Hills on the west coast about 80 miles north of Tampa and have been a very active person since. I stay busy in my church and am one of the head ushers at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church. I help with sound and lighting for our series of shows we have each winter in Citrus Hills. These aren’t just local shows but we have people come in like The Temptations, The Association, The Crystals, John Davidson, The Lettermen, the Vogues and the list goes on and on. It is fun working with them. Also in the winter I volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a Manatee Watch Volunteer, spending time on the water in my kayak and educating tourists from all over the world about our beloved manatees that spend the entire winter with us in our springs. Interestingly, my partner on Manatee Watch is a fellow from Waldwick and a 1964 MPHS grad…..small world! "
AND THIS NOVEMBER 2012 UPDATE:
Bud wanted us to know about the story of his surviving prostate cancer. As a result of his successful treatment, he made a video advertisement for that Cancer Center, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-M2GcutKF8
Below are a couple of photos Bud also provided. Our heartfelt congratulations, Bud, and thanks for letting us know!