I did not intend to drop from sight for al these years-- but, as they
say, time flies when you're having fun! The short version is that I
went to work for Lockheed as a summer hire in 1965 and I'm still with
them. Nancy and I have been married for 36 years this August, we have
three grown daughters and two granddaughters. We live in Northern
Virginia about 15 miles upstream from Washington DC near the Potomac
River. I hope to make it to a reunion and/or team meeting soon. In the
mean time, just looking at the web site brought back some memories
which may trigger more with you all. These are a few of the most
memorable events I had as a PI KAP at VSC:
PI KAPPA TAU Memories
Kappa Alpha using the x-ray machine at Northridge Hospital to x-ray
parking lot key cards so we could make our own with razor blade pieces
taped to last year’s card.
2. Learning how to tie a Windsor knot.
3. The Homecoming Float that played Herb Albert’s “Lonely Bull”
4. Making a million crepe paper flowers to decorate the aforementioned float
Passing the bottle to announce that I had given a girl my pin (I passed
Jim Beam because I couldn’t afford better and we didn’t know the
difference anyway and still have the bottle!)
6. Pledges answering the phone before the third ring (or else)
7. Hell Night – you can hide an amazing amount of cash in your clothing.
8. The balloons in the net that dropped from the ceiling at midnight one New Years Eve
Taking my date to see Larry Castro’s horse (and the moonlight, etc) –
that horse must have seen quite a lot over the years.
10. A million Marlboro boxes in the attic of 9000 Balboa
11. Becoming comfortable speaking in public.
That mosaic tile coffee table that had PKT in black and gold tiles (or
was it a stereo lid that was decorated that way?)
13. Learning to memorize 300 new names and faces during rush.
14. Wearing our PKT dress shirts and ties to classes one day a week (Monday?)
15. Raising hell with the pledges when someone got diarrhea allegedly because the
dishes weren’t rinsed at 9000 Balboa
Being the Gentile who lit the Menorah one night during Chanukah because
no Jewish brothers were in the house. (Yes, I did read the
Looking at houses forever to find the Nordhoff house when we had to
leave 9000 Balboa (and learning about all the zoning ordinances)
18. Intramural sports
19. Sanding and varnishing Turton’s Woody every spring
20. Surfing with Turton and other brothers before, after (or instead of) class-- especially Santa Monica after dark
And, best of all,
21. Meeting a girl at a house party who has been my wife for more than 36 years.
Dale Von Haase