Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thoughts on this upcoming Memorial Day weekend - 2011

Reflections & comments for Memorial Day 2011 --

1)  First & foremost, Memorial Day is the occasion to commemorate and pay tribute to all U.S. military members who paid the ultimate price while serving our country.  Without their sacrifices, life as we know it today would be undoubtably different.  Please take a moment or two on this day to reflect on this, our fallen heroes deserve our admiration & respect.

2)  Secondly, Memorial Day is also a time to remember family and friends who have left this earth before us, who have hopefully taught us something about living, loving, and laughing our way through our time here. Two of the people I will be remembering on this day are my Lambda Chi brothers Dave Rufener (EpSig 697) and Mike Mullins (EpSig 717), both of whom left this world WAY too soon. 

3)  Finally, Memorial Day (for me, at least) is all about auto racing !!  As I grew up, this was the weekend that our family tackled all the major projects around the house, whether that be repainting the kitchen, shampooing all the carpets, or weeding out all the flowerbeds scattered around our yard.

But we were ALL glued to the TV when the green flag waved for the Indianapolis 500.  My favorite driver was A.J. Foyt, whose hell bent for leather driving style usually led to either a win or a wreck .....

Later in life I was fortunate enough to ATTEND the Indy 500, as a guest of Lambda Chi's national office, whose headquarters are also in Indianapolis.  The bond of brotherhood and a passion for racing intersected for four glorious days, providing me with some more of those "memories of a lifetime" that are associated with my involvement with Lambda Chi Alpha.

So whatever your choice of entertainment is for this Memorial Day, be it a backyard BBQ, watching one of the three major auto races on TV (Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco, Indy 500, NASCAR Coca-Cola 600), or just hanging out with family & friends,  I urge you to take a moment or two and remember those no longer with us whose lives meant something to you along your journey .....

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY to all !!

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700

Monday, May 23, 2011

New "Old Bro's" + Updates - 5/23/11

The Old Bro Network is pleased to announce the addition of SIX new Old Bro's plus updated information for ONE Old Bro.  This brings the total Old Bro roster count to 136.

This update contains two new Old Bro's who represent the LOWEST and the HIGHEST zeta numbers to join the Old Bro ranks.

Checking in with the new lowest zeta number is Bentley T. "Mickey" Braffett, UCLA class of 1959 and EpSig 376.  Wrap your noggins around those numbers for a moment ..... I wonder what life was like at the EpSig house in the late 50's.

At the other end of the spectrum, with the new highest zeta number in the Old Bro Network, please welcome Aaron Bendikson, UCLA class of 1996 and EpSig 1297.

Bob Saunders rips another base hit
 for the Lambda Chi's
Also, joining the Old Bro ranks is another member of the famous Lambda Chi 1977 All-UCLA softball championship team, Bob Saunders (EpSig 761).  And as proof that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, Bob's son Ryan was recently one of the batboys for the UCLA Bruin baseball team at Jackie Robinson Stadium.  At left is a photo of Bob from his glory days, courtesy of Chuck Campbell's EpSig album on Facebook.

Our other newcomers this update are George Ishkanian (EpSig 881), Greg Ricchiuti (EpSig 1119), and Justin Cochrane (EpSig 1136), drop them a note and say howdy if you like.

The updated info is for me, Michael J. Harness (EpSig 700), with a new e-mail address for all things Old Bro related ..... oldbronetwork@verizon.net.  Please update your records accordingly.

Remember, the Old Bro Network is open to ALL alumni of EpSig.  As usual, if you have contact info for any Old Bro's who are NOT currently on the roster, send it to me and I'll get them hooked up.  Likewise, if anyone's contact info changes or needs to be corrected, let me know and I'll fix that as well.

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700    

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Old Bro News & Notes - 5/8/2011

It's been rather quiet at the Old Bro Network the past couple of weeks, and for this update we have only ONE new Old Bro to introduce ..... John Waters (EpSig 808).  John currently calls Oxnard home but his work in the telecommunications industry has him traveling all around the country as a "road warrior".  Please make him feel welcome.

Also, this week I happened to notice that this month's issue of the Cross & Crescent (the national fraternity's online magazine) has a feature article about one of our EpSig brothers, Duane Clark (EpSig 897).  Duane has built a distinguished career in the film and television industries as a director, producer, and writer.

Raised in an entertainment industry family (Duane's father is the legendary television producer and personality Dick Clark), the article mentions how he got started in the industry as well as why he chose to join Lambda Chi while at UCLA.  An interesting read, here's the link:  CROSS & CRESCENT _ Duane Clark article.

Finally, don't forget to mark your calendars for the "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" Old Bro event, happening Saturday, May 21.  Come on out and watch YOUR UCLA Bruins take on the Cal Bears in baseball at Jackie Robinson Stadium, first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM.  Bruin baseball games have a great family atmosphere, so bring the wife, bring the kids, bring the whole gang if you like !!

Parking adjacent to the Stadium is $7, general admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids 16 & under.  Seating is first come, first served, and us Old Bro's will be sitting somewhere behind the Bruin dugout on the third base side of the stands.  Hope to see you there !!

Cheers,
MJH
EpSig 700