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Mike Clark

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Mike Clark
Mike Clark

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Mike Clark

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In:
Laurel, MD USA
Spouse/Partner:
Cheryl Sumner
Occupation:
Federal US Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor since 2004, Community College since 1997.
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None
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Putting the web site together was fun.Everything was there from the Yahoo site that brother George created, just organized differently.

School Story:

Freshman year, 1972 I came to FIT on a Pennsylvanian student loan. I bought a new, shiny red surfboard and then couldn’t afford the meal plan. So I learned to live off the land, catching fish, collecting grapefruit, oranges, and the like. That first year was hard, both emotionally and scholastically. Back then; you could take as many classes as you wanted for one-fee. I toured the jungle late at night, bleary from my physics and advanced chemistry homework and played the blues harp at various pagodas. To help pay for tuition and rent, I took jobs offered by the school. First was the cafeteria as a dishwasher then a few months later I transitioned to the maintenance shop. FIT owned some houses off of University Avenue and I was sent to fix screen doors and do minor repairs. Then the big job came. Build a covered bridge. From scratch, a handful of us sank the timbers into the jungle’s muck and then raised the lumber. My two specialties were nailing the floorboards and making the rafter pieces. When that was finished, I found work at the bookstore. Does anyone remember Mr. Zimmerman, the manager? Well, it took me 6 years to complete my undergraduate degree in Ocean Engineering. A third of the cost came from student loans, a third from my mother, and a third from work. DDT Brothers were always there for me; they brought me into their lives, shared stories, and offered compassion. FIT was the glue, offering an excellent education and providing work in a sleepy little Florida town where jobs were hard to come by. My first job out of school was at Kennedy Space Center. DDT brother John Horan spoke for me and got me an interview. FIT prepared me well. I was thrilled! My salary was $12k/year in 1979. My loans were paid off in 2 years and I had a blast.

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Posted on: Dec 07, 2021 at 9:52 AM

Cheryl and I have a timeshare in Cape Canaveral that starts the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We were treated to a SapaceX Falcon launch at 6:12 pm during our week. All of us have rocket memories as part of our "DNA". It's great to be in the area again, if only temporary.. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

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Yes, it's that time again to say goodbye to November and welcome December. 34 of us looked in to the website in November. The chart below shows when. I write this from my time-share in Cape Canaveral. I may stay in Brevard for a few weeks this time. The drive from MAryland was 905 miles.
In alphabetical order, November's participant's were. . .
Roger Amende (Amende)
Russell Ballagh
Roger Barrios
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Jim "Duke" Carleton
Elaine Carlyle Olsson Stearns
Mike Clark
William "Bork" Duffield
Danny S. Fergus
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Nick Gural
Rick Harless
Jeffrey Hoffman
Bruce Kovacs
Rosann Kryczkowski
Alexis Sandy Loo
Rogil Lundquist (Thomson/Schroeter)
Glenn McKewen
Pat & Jeb Morgan (Baker)
John Oakes
Connie Paige
Dick Paige
Larry Perna
John Pierce
Alan Prestwood
Ward Sandahl
Cheryl Searle (Pierce)
Dale Sult
Dave Thomson
Charles Timme
Myke Ussak
Ray Wilkins
Al Yee Litt
Steve Zolt

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Posted on: Nov 16, 2021 at 6:17 AM

Hey there.. I live in the Maryland-DC area and am treated with the seasonal Fall leaves. Big maple ones swirl with the brisk winds. Sure, we have to wear coats and flannel now and it's a chore to sweep the leave out of the garage photo sensors but the colors are worth it. Soon the trees will be naked and it will be dark for a few months. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Posted on: Nov 01, 2021 at 3:32 PM

Woah.. it's November already? What happened to October was too quick to pass Well, let's make the best of Turkey Day and the Christmas songs about to air.

25 of us visited the web site in October. Here we are in alpha dog order, er I mean alphabetical.
Russell Ballagh
Roger Barrios
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Jim "Duke" Carleton
Elaine Carlyle Olsson Stearns
Mike Clark
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Nick Gural
Bruce Hammett
Jeffrey Hoffman
John Horan
Bruce Kovacs
Alexis Sandy Loo
Rogil Lundquist (Thomson/Schroeter)
Pat & Jeb Morgan (Baker)
Connie Paige
Dick Paige
Larry Perna
John Pierce
Ward Sandahl
Cheryl Searle (Pierce)
Dave Thomson
Myke Ussak
Ray Wilkins

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Oct 18, 2021 at 8:57 AM

https://officialbridgeday.com/
Hey, there is no West Virginia 'Bridge Day' tomorrow but returns in 2022. So if you ever wanted to jump off a really tall structure, this is for you. The event is well sponsored and attended. Maybe just go to take in the Fall foliage or witness the thrill close up. Another public event shut down by Covid. Be safe out there.

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Posted on: Sep 30, 2021 at 9:04 PM

Goodbye September 2021, Hello October! Wishing everyone a great month and a beautiful Fall. We had 43 log in this month. In alphbetical order, we were:
Terry Applebee
Russell Ballagh
Roger Barrios
Mike Behl
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Joe Carbonaro
Jim "Duke" Carleton
Elaine Carlyle Olsson Stearns
Mike Clark
Ken Delgado
William "Bork" Duffield
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Nick Gural
Bruce Hammett
Rick Harless
Deb & Clarke Heystek/Fowler
Jeffrey Hoffman
John Horan
Larry Hughes (Hughes)
Bruce Kovacs
Rosann Kryczkowski
Gary Lagerloef
Lori Lipka
Alexis Sandy Loo
Glenn McKewen
Pat & Jeb Morgan (Baker)
Paul Murphy
Connie Paige
Dick Paige
Larry Perna
John Pierce
Alan Prestwood
Kurt Ramstine
Ward Sandahl
Cheryl Searle (Pierce)
Al Spotz
Dale Sult
Dave Thomson
Charles Timme
Beth Tully (Walcutt)
Myke Ussak
Ray Wilkins
Al Yee Litt

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Sep 21, 2021 at 4:51 PM

Dick Paige and I attended Kacz's memorial 'PARTY' (he did not want a memorial SERVICE) this past Sunday. Sharon did a great job planning and organizing the event. It was held at the same Clubhouse where Kacz held a DDT Reunion 33 years ago. Family and friends had an opportunity to talk about Dave and Dick and I spoke briefly about Dave and his fraternity. Many of the attendees were well aware of DDT as he often spoke to them about his time at FIT. Sharon was very appreciative that the fraternity was present. DDT helped with the cost of the party. May Kacz rest in peace and remain in our memory.

 

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