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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The 20th annual Fraternity Reunion

The 20th annual Fraternity Reunion

(19th, 2001 was cancelled due to terrorism)

Our annual Lafayette DTD fraternity reunion (class of ‘67/’68) was started in 1999.  It was started at the instigation of Craig Blouin, the nicest, biggest hearted person I have ever known.  Craig was a reader of this blog and an unrelenting Liberal.  He was the kind of Liberal that you could actually talk politics with and not end up hating each other.  I always looked forward to discussing and learning with Craig.

I think Craig could not hate people, only behavior.  He loved and wanted to preserve this beautiful earth.  He skied, he jogged, and he biked.  Several months ago he was killed, sideswiped while biking by a careless young driver.  Probably the only person I know who would have forgiven that careless young driver was Craig.

Craig "Stanley" - RIP

This year’s reunion was in Blacksburg Virginia.  A beautiful venue only partially disturbed by hurricane Michael.  Mrs. C and I arrived on Thursday night, late due to my stupidity, at all thanks to friend of over 50 years, Frog.

You can read about my stupidity here  


Friday, I rested and whined about my stupidity, while Mrs. C arranged a car rental, a motel stay for Sunday night and confirmed with Honda that our car would be ready.

Friday night was dinner at a very nice restaurant on the Virginia Tech campus.  It is, by the way, a beautiful campus.

Saturday was touring for many, and golf for a few.  We played on the campus 9 hole course as the really nice course is by the river and several holes were under water thanks to hurricane Michael. 

Cranky and Joe-B defeated Wally and Squeak with a win on the final hole…also the first, second, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth hole.  The match cost the losers a beer at lunch.

A river raft and fishing excursion was cancelled due the overflowing and dangerously roaring river.  We really should plan these reunions after hurricane season.

Saturday night was cocktails at hosts Catfish and Diane’s gorgeous get-away home, on the flooded golf course and with a view of the river.

Obner read a letter he wrote posthumously to Craig his old roommate and friend forever, and afterwards Frog played the pipes honoring Craig, George Avril and all our college friends who are no longer with us. 

There were tears.

Off to another restaurant where we ate too much, drank too much, reminisced college days and reunions past including a slide show of all our past reunions.

It was as usual a great time.  Next year it is Gettysburg hosted by Frog and Mrs. Frog along with Marty and Mrs. Marty. 

I expect it will be a great time. 

This years hosts, Catfish and Diane  (Mrs. Marty...Brenda in background)
Great Job!

Delt Women

               Delt Dudes

Barbra getting Obner and everyone else up to dance

Along the wall is Gawk bending Frogs ear.

                                                          Frog showing Squeak the church and that steeple thing.

My ex-roomy Wally and Donna whom he married while still in school.  I didn't think it would work.
Watch that hand Donna!

Frog chowing down, Judy catching husband Joe-B trying to make it with the host.

That's all I've got, I'm not much at taking pictures*.

Looking forward to next year at Gettysburg.

*I deleted the only bad picture  taken of  "Photogenic Ginger" in twenty years.

Nicknames: Obner because he is obnoxious/ Joe-B because...I don't know why/ Frog because he used to wear glasses that made him look  like Froggy in the Lil Rascles/ Gawk because...well you have to see him walk/ Squeak because...well you'd have to hear him talk 50 years ago/ Stanley because he just seemed like a Stanley/ Catfish because he can catch fish in a puddle/ Wally because he looks like Wally Cox


  1. I'm sorry about your friend, Joe. What a shame.

    I'm glad you had a great time in spite of your loss and the diesel thing.

    Have a fabulous day. 😎

  2. Looks like a really fun time. I keep hearing about bike accidents. I'm scared to ride on the road anymore, even in a bike lane.

  3. So sorry about the loss of too many friends and classmates. Our alumni newsletters show too many of our own gone as well.

    It looks like a good time was had by all! And you didn't look too old, either.

  4. Your pictures turned out well. As did your captions. I'm sure you look forward to reunion time all year. Probably right now, you are looking forward to Gettysburg. Oh, said that already! I doubt the cancelled hurricane activities did much to ruin a good time. It's all about the people and the memories. Sorry to hear about your friend Craig.

  5. What a fun time! It’s obvious this reunion should continue each year, and i am so sorry about the loss of Craig. We lost a beloved member of the community here to the same thing, a young kid, half drunk, not watching what he was doing, sideswipes two men on bikes and kills one. It’s so sad for everyone, including the kid who has to live with it.

  6. But which Delt Dude are you? The dude in the black shirt and yellow tie?

    1. It doesn't look it, but it is a Maroon shirt and a gold tie. School colors are maroon and white and it was our fiftieth year from graduation. Mrs. C picked out the outfit.

    2. Yeah!!! You look like on cool hipster!

  7. The photos are lovely, you all look so handsome and happy. Good to see you all getting together still and remembering the ones who didn't make it.

  8. So sorry about the unnecessary loss of Craig. He sounded like my kind of guy. Had to laugh at your questioning Donna's hand placement. Could be that is why the marriage lasted.

  9. I enjoyed your reunion, thanks for bringing me along today (vicariously)!!

  10. Craig sounds wonderful sublime soul !!!!!!!!!!

    though he had same disease as me that "could not hate someone"

    yep either i can't and i am upset about it sometimes

    your love for him shows you are really sweet and nice man dear joe

    so glad to see glimpse of your great gathering! thank you for the treasure