MARCH, 2000


Name: Rebecca Grimison Pletcher
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From: Merritt Island, Florida
Time: 2000-03-31 22:41:09
Comments: I haven't visited a Canal Zone site in a while. So I thought I'd check it out.

Name: JOE WAMPLER BHS 1984
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From: HARRIMAN TN / SAN DIEGO CA
Time: 2000-03-31 17:02:28
Comments: LOOKING FOR ANY OF MY CLASS MATES FROM 1984. MY BROTHER IS MARK WAMPLER CLASS OF '83. DAD WAS ASST SHERRIF OF RODMAN DON WAMPLER, HE RETIRED IN 84 AND MOVED TO TN...BIG TIME CLIMATE CHANGE COMING FROM PANAMA. THE WAMPLER FAMILY WAS STATIONED THERE FROM 1980 TO 84. WE LIVED IN FARFAN THE WHOLE TIME. ANY BODY LOOKING FOR CORDINE/MICHELLE OKIYAMA I SAW HER ABOUT 7 YEARS AGO IN GUAM. MARK IS IN KOSOVO NOW WORKING FOR THE GOV'T. I'VE BEEN IN THE NAVY FOR 15 YRS. WOULD LOVE TO HERE FROM ANY OF MY OLD CLASS MATES.

Name: James Jackson CHS63
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From: Williston SC (temp)
Time: 2000-03-31 13:12:39
Comments: It's been a while since i signed in. I grew up in Gatun and sure have missed it even though I know it's not the same, It's still Home. I made up my mind a couple months ago that I'm moving back to Panama or Costa Rica My passport should be here in about three to four weeks so I'll take it from there. If anyone knows anyone living on the coast around David or the caribbean side of Costa Rica with a computer PLEASE GIVE THEN MY e-mail address jamesj63@hotmail.com so I can find out how things are and the best area to live in. I've been divorced 5 years and no children so it's just myself. hope to hear from some of you soon.Thanks and thank goodness for this Fantastic message board.

Name: Becky 'Brenner' Neal
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From: Elk Grove, CA
Time: 2000-03-30 12:02:52
Comments: What wonderful memories shared....thank you soooo much! I am interested in obtaining the Shorty & Slim's, Tird One, CD....any info on how I can do this would be appreciated. Also, am interested in CHS Class of '66 Reunion in 2001...thanks again!

Name: Barbara Gangle Sherer
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From: Dothan, Alabama
Time: 2000-03-30 09:39:47
Comments: This is wonderful!! What a great job you all have done. So many memories!!!

Name: Karen (McGee) Hasley
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From: Texarkana, TX.
Time: 2000-03-29 21:43:40
Comments: This is a wonderful site. Lived in Panama from 1979-1983. Loved this country and it's people.

Name: Karin L Cappone
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From: San Antonio Texas
Time: 2000-03-28 19:17:25
Comments: I lived in Panama from 1980-1984. I really do miss everyone, and I will never forget what a great time I had.

Name: Tim Cotton
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From: Diablo
Time: 2000-03-25 21:53:42
Comments: Great site! Just checking in. Anyone know where Chris Laakso is? If so please pass on.

Name: Lonnie Ledbetter
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From: Jackson, MS
Time: 2000-03-24 02:42:16
Comments: I served as an E-2 to E-4 from Nov. 1972 to May 1974 at fabulous Ft. Amador, the "Pearl of the Pacific." I worked at AG requisitioning enlisted personnel. I lived in Bldg. 4 amidst a great group of guys. We were always arranging fun trips to Boquete, Colon, Portobello, Taboga, Goffy Falls, El Valle, Ft. San Lorenzo, San Blas Islands, etc. I'll always remember the pizzas at Napoli's, the corbena [sp.?]fish at the American Legion, the Seco and Ron Cortez, the dinners at Sorrento's on Via Espana, the girls at the Ancon Inn and especially the Foxhole, the bats that would fly into Bldg 4 at night scaring Rick Riker to death, and most especially the Perico Island Farewell parties we arranged for guys who were getting "short." We sure had fun under the bohio by the old gun emplacements: steaks, beer, ole Ron Cortez and skinny dipping off the rocks below the bohio. "Who needs a shark net, fellas?" We gave LTC "Colonel Clyde" Massey plenty to have to take care of with our constant requests for party permits and loans of jeeps to go to Boquete. Some of the best friends and best times I've ever had. Salud!

Name: Bob Sanderson jr
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Referred by: From a Friend
From: Atlanta Ga. USA
Time: 2000-03-23 15:32:11
Comments: There I was on the Panama Canal!!The boat tour of the canal is a day well spent. I think everyone with the opportunity should go. It is truly a wonder and must be seen.Thanks ARGO TOURS for the experience.

Name: Ronnie Barnes
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From: Aiken, South Carolina
Time: 2000-03-22 16:04:42
Comments: I was there in 57 and 58. I went to Ancon school just down from the Tivoli Hotel. We lived in Belle Vista close to the Panama Hilton. Could someone look in the Panama City directory and see if there is a listing for David Hodson? He was an English fellow and I think he might be in the import export business....thanks much.

Name: Allen Zeller
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From: Miami
Time: 2000-03-22 13:27:57
Comments: have been spending some quality time in panama just started surfing the net to find more information, spend a lot of time in the zone it's strange and quiet. Need to bring some people to panama to pick up the pace.

Name: Charles L. Green
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From: Winter Park, FL
Time: 2000-03-21 21:56:13
Comments: Stationed There at FT. Davis from 89-93 loved every minute of it. Miss the place alot. I want to return one day stay for extended visit to relax.

Name: Linnea Angermuller
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From: Oregon, Margarita, B. Hts., N. C.
Time: 2000-03-21 09:28:45
Comments: Lesley and Skeeter, I haven't looked at all the Menu options in a long time, and I am overwhelmed at your design and all the wonderful articles and stories, history and pictures. It would take me days to read it all, but I am trying! I am VERY impressed!

Name: JEFF CRAIG
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From: TEXAS
Time: 2000-03-21 07:30:12
Comments: ALWAYS ENJOY VISITING THIS SITE. ENJOY LOOKING AT OLD PHOTOS AND READING COMMENTS..STORIES..etc. BEST WISHES TO ALL ! OSO

Name: vince (holcomb) oconnor
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From: balboa, canal zone
Time: 2000-03-20 01:01:30
Comments: like to hear from any brats..I played in a several cz bands from '69 to '71

Name: Daniel M. Rynard
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From: Carlisle Pa.
Time: 2000-03-20 00:27:02
Comments: station at Ft. Clayton 76-79, loved Panama, and its people, also miss the people I was stationed with. Would like to come back for a visit.

Name: Johnny Marcum
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From: Curundu
Time: 2000-03-19 19:18:28
Comments: It's been a while, but I would really like to hear from any BHS Class of 62 or Curundu Maliantes. Hopefully I'll be able to start attending the reunions again next year and get to see a lot of the old gang again.

Name: Helen Turner
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From: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Time: 2000-03-18 16:05:15
Comments: Going on a cruise through the Panama Canal and I can hardly wait. What a nice website.

Name: Bill Fulcher
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Currently living in Illinois
Time: 2000-03-16 19:41:08
Comments: Just thought I would check in again. It's been a long time since I was here! A big hello to all my classmates from 1979, you people are getting old! See ya 'round.

Name: marilyn hallo (morales)
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From: Ancon, CZ, now Miami, FL
Time: 2000-03-16 15:27:46
Comments: Louis Roque Adams, where are you?? I have been searching for you now to the point of exhaustion! Also, where is Genell Hatten, Charlotte Sawyer, Sheila Bishop, all school mates from 1961-1963...Sheila Bishop, I have the same information for you that I have for Louis Adams...please contact me at paris57891@aol.com. Marilyn Hallo (Morales)

Name: Rollin S. DeFrees
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Atlantic Side/ Hatton ND
Time: 2000-03-16 12:02:52
Comments: Hello To All My CZ Friends It Has Been A Long Time Since I Felt So Close To Being Home Agin.I Wish You All Well And Hope To Here From You Soon.

Name: Bob Gambarelli
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From: Colon/Cristobal,/
Time: 2000-03-16 03:47:11
Comments: Ilove this web site.It,s the best thing around.While living and working in Saudi Arabia I was surprised to run into a couple of families that where CZbrats. We are all over the globe,so we are not that small of a group after all. Anyone remembering the Strangers Club give me a call It was my Dad,s place.,I need photos of it and the main gate at Coco solo. Thanks guys.

Name: Rico
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Brooklyn, New York ( Via Rainbow City )
Time: 2000-03-15 16:16:57
Comments: BIG UP

Name: Fran Thompson Clinton
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From: 1st, Balboa - Now Marietta, Ga.
Time: 2000-03-15 15:01:57
Comments: Just wanted to say Hi to everyone. Had a great visit with Betty Fears Goldstein over the New Year and spent a few days in Cerro Punta watching Quetzals in the Cloud Forest. Amazing.

Name: Judy Lytle
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From: Nashville, TN
Time: 2000-03-14 13:49:56
Comments: We lived in Panama for 23 years and I love your web site! Thanks for all the work and memories.

Name: Michael Wilson
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Referred by: From a Friend
From: Canal Zone, Third generation
Time: 2000-03-13 23:02:32
Comments: Enjoyed living in CZ for 18 years. Graduated in 1978 and have been in Texas ever since. Miss the Canal Zone and all the fun growing up there. Maybe will go back some day. Married 15 years and we have our first baby on the way!! My parents are Ed and Eileen Wilson. My older brother is Bill and my older sister is Ginny. Take Care, Mike "Willy F." Wilson

Name: Lori Ellis
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Referred by: From a Friend
From: Laytonville, Ca
Time: 2000-03-12 22:02:56
Comments: I lived in Rodman from 1968-1971. Molly Clawson and Patty Haungs,the Stremples, the Baarstads are some people who come to mind. What a beautifull and fun place to grow up.Panama holds a special place in my memories.

Name: Ed Burtt
Website: http://www.oceanscan.com
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Time: 2000-03-12 08:38:54
Comments: Nice page, very interesting and informative.

Name: Jeff Jarvis
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: La Boca then, all over now!
Time: 2000-03-11 20:22:05
Comments: Nice web site. Anything that can bring tears to my eyes, well done, indeed! I hope to see and renew ties to old CZ friends at the reunion in Tampa in July, 2000. Anyone who ever attended St. Marys School in Balboa is also invited to an alumni reunion in conjunction with the big one in Tampa, teachers will also be there.... Send your day/work phone, years attended/graduated to Kathleen Welch at: katbrat@juno.com for more info.

Name: Jim Jr., Dutch, and Vikki (Edwards) Borell
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Gamboa
Time: 2000-03-11 11:23:04
Comments: Three of us having a mini family reunion at Vikki's house in Homestead, FL; and reminiscing about our days in Gamboa. Your site has made our day.

Name: Ricardo (Wade) Mussa
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From: Miami, Florida
Time: 2000-03-10 21:27:20
Comments: Congratulations on a job well done.

Name: Ricardo (Wade) Mussa
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From: Almirante/Colon
Time: 2000-03-10 21:20:00
Comments: Congratulations on a job well done.

Name: Ray Brooks
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From: Corpus Christi, TX
Time: 2000-03-10 20:47:09
Comments: To all those at Curundu Jr High School from 77' to 80': I miss the good times, that where shared with good friends. I have lost touch with the friends. Would like to reastablish contact with good friend so that good time can return. Hope to hear from all. Ray

Name: treacy dobbins
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From: texas
Time: 2000-03-10 15:01:10
Comments: Hi, to all the Zonians! I was stationed at Howard from 1995 to 1999! I miss the "Zone." I miss the days at the lake, Ancon Hill and the 24 hour store! Im going back soon, and I know it wont be the same, but it still will be good! Flora, if you see this, we love you and miss you tons! Tristan will never forget you!!! God Bless!!! Dobbins family

Name: Chris Babcock
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From: Millis, Ma
Time: 2000-03-08 10:35:08
Comments: I enjoyed yoiur page and hope to use some of the information to form a paper for my history class. Are there any other political advances between the Us and Panamanian government that have taken place recently?

Name: Carole Quintal Purdy
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From: Lexington, OK
Time: 2000-03-07 12:53:07
Comments: I graduated from Balboa High in 1965. Would enjoy hearing from anyone that lived in the Panama.. I lived in the Zone for a number of years. Liked the food. Had horses at the stables. X race horses, bush ponies ect. Would enjoy hearing from anyone that had horses there too.

Name: Pat Lind BHS73
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From: Sergeant Bluff IA
Time: 2000-03-07 03:38:22
Comments: Looking for STEVE CASTILLO, BHS 77. Steve owned horses at Howard AFB Riding Club during the early-to-mid 70s. His father, Frank Castillo, was a US Navy civilian employee stationed at Rodman Navy Base. They lived in Farfan housing area. Steve's last know location was Charleston SC, approximately 1983, working in a restaurant. If you know anything about Steve or his whereabouts, please email me. I've been looking for him for years. Thank you

Name: Dan Lee
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From: Balboa '70-'76
Time: 2000-03-06 22:21:59
Comments: Thought I'd add to the memories log. Used to surf the Pacific side spots like Malibu, Tits, RioMar, Santa Catalina. Enjoyed the weekend drives thru the interior, stopping for pipas, chichas, empanadas, micha bread dripping with butter and honey. Diving off Rocky Falls near Coronado, jumping off San Carlos bridge, diving off the French Cut, sliding down the chute near Miraflores Locks. Listening to ping-ding music, Santana, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top. Watching home movies and slide shows of local surfers like Kiki O'Brian, Kenny "Rat" Myers. Catching the U.S. surf flicks when they made it to town. Used to jog or ride bike to the end of the causeway after school, checking out the indicators to see if there was good surf to be had in the interior. Balboa High School was a blur while anticipating the weekend. Did the cayuco race a couple of times. Loved the daily practices in the Panama Canal. Slept on Chief Aptikisik off Taboga under the Panama stars to the tune of Stairway to Heaven. Rode a navy ship from Rodman to Equador and back. Rainy season humidity and dry season sunsets. Falling to sleep in a hammock at the beach while listening to the distant waves rustling in. Waking to offshore breezes sifting thru the palms. Feasting on plantain, avocadoes, mangoes, oranges, papayas, lobster, and coconuts. Stopping at the checkpoints to be looked at by the Guardia, wondering what they were thinking... Ultimately caught a sailboat to Australia after high school and only made it back to Panama for a couple more visits.

Name: DOUG MCCONNEY
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Referred by: From a Friend
From: LAKELAND,FL
Time: 2000-03-06 10:06:59
Comments: I JUST LEARNED ABOUT CZ BRATS AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM SOME OF MY OLD FRIENDS FROM CABLE HTS BACK IN 1965.

Name: Maria Izquierdo-Whitaker
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From: Originially Puerto Rico, now Maryland
Time: 2000-03-04 21:06:46
Comments: Great page! I graduated from BHS '61 & CZC '63. Anyone that remembers me can contact me. I would love to hear from you. My nickname is "Merci". If anyone can send me info on the 2000 reunion, I would be eternally grateful. My husband and I attended my 25th in Tampa, but haven't been able to attend since. I was really sorry that I missed this year's. Keep up the good work.

Name: Douglas C. Schmidt
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From: Pedro Miguel,Cocoli,Ancon,Corozal
Time: 2000-03-03 14:50:39
Comments: Happy I found you. I look forward to more information regarding old friends from the Canal Zone. I was born in Gorgas Hospital on 10/2/36. My wife Sharon (Booth) and my daughter Cheryl were also born in Gorgas. Cheryl is now married, and works as a lobor and delivery nurse (RN) here in Kerrville, TX.

Name: George Teets
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From: south carolina
Time: 2000-03-02 23:10:04
Comments: Went to BHS 1959,60,61 did what most did, Clubhouse,Goofy Falls, The islands, Ron Carta Via & coke, Balboa Beer, danced to Lucho M. at the El Rancho, slept in first period. Ate garlic pizza at the Sombraro Club. The Carnival, barried the fish, ate "meat on a stick" oh yea slept in first period.played lotto, got tatto met Jenny and never forgot her

Name: GINGER ESPIAU ROOD
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From:
Time: 2000-03-02 17:16:57
Comments: I'm trying to find a friend who lived in Sea Cliff Acres. His name is Richard Horne, and he lived with us on eighth street in Curundu in the fifties so he could attend school. As best as I can remember, I think his father (same name) worked for the Navy.


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