Dionysius (Danny) Troupos
Karen Umbenhaur (Amberly)
Stephen Vande Sande
2016-02-22 10:35:58From the 40th reunion:
I hated school!
I suppose that was because I have a father that always felt the more school the better! From the 8th grade summer through the 12th grade summer I attended summer school!
I hated summer school!
Normal school grades were ok but, English, English, typing and English consumed my summers!
Three days after we all graduated from WJ, I found myself at Bullis Prep, again in Summer School! They asked me not to return for a post high school year!
I hated Bullis Prep too!
But life continued and I enrolled at a small liberal arts college in Rochester, NY and at the end of the first year they asked me not to return!
I hated Roberts Wesleyan!
Well, as the draft was ongoing, hot and heavy, a non-student could rely on receiving a "Congratulations" letter from Uncle Sam. So I submitted an apology and was granted a reprieve of one trimester to organize my life in their college world.
At the end of the second year, they told me never to return!
I really, really hated Roberts Wesleyan!
With a draft number of 14 it took Uncle Sam until February to catch up to me. I was drafted into the Army and elected to join the Navy on a delayed enlistment. On a Thursday in Rochester the recruiter told me he could "delay" my enlistment until the following Tuesday!
Yup..I hate the Navy too!
The recruiter in Washington allowed me a month! Life became more humorous!
At the recruitment center in Baltimore, and because so many enlistees were applying for the Navy versus the Army and the Marines, they had us count of by 4's. They announced that all number 3's were now Marines! I was a 1.
Hated to be a Marine more!
Aptitude tests in Boot Camp uncovered the fact that I could still read the color-coded values of a resistor due to my 8th grade Science Fair project at North Bethesda Jr. High. So, the Navy told me I was to be in the aviation branch and I was to pick 3 vocational choices! Meteorology, photographic intelligence, and air traffic controller were my choices. Fire control technician (aviation electronics) was theirs, and I had to pick among 4 choices in that category. They selected my 4th and most unwanted selection. Starting to see a pattern here?
Now that the Navy had me in a vocational field where I didn't want to be, they gave me 3 duty station choices along with an overseas choice. So, being a Maryland boy, Pax River, Oceania, VA and Delaware were my east coast selections and any where in the Caribbean was my outside the US choice. Somebody had a real sense of humor when they saw my Dream Sheet choices.....China Lake, CA, in the middle of the Mojave Desert, in the NAVY (!) was the place I was going to run my toes through the sand for the next 3.5 years!
Well, as I hated school, did I mention that, they sent me to electronic school in Memphis, TN for 16 weeks. Barely finishing this course, I volunteered, as one is never supposed to do in the service, for an advanced electronics course. This action eventually qualified me to remain at China Lake versus joining the 5,000 person floating steel hotel known as an aircraft carrier.
Things changed in California! I met and married my wife Catherine, now of 35 years. We left California for Florida where I had been accepted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I completed a 4-year degree in Management in 2 years and 8 months, worked 6 hours a day in a hospital operating room, purchased our first home and we started our family.
I loved college!
Presently I am a Regional Sales Manager living in the Richmond, VA area. Our family has lived in Atlanta, GA, Western Illinois, and finally in Richmond. The majority of my career has been in sales and sales management, through manufacturers and distributors to end-users. Most products are things normal people don't know exist, i.e., pneumatic tools and hoists, bridge crane systems, robotics and manipulators, and engineered material handling systems!
Our family now consists of 3 children, all living in the Richmond area, and 2 wonderful, soon to be 3 wonderful, grandchildren!
I love humor and life, wine and good food, friends and family.
Love to see you in Bethesda!
2016-02-22 10:37:14From the 40th reunion:
We came to America, because my Dad worked at the Dutch Embassy for three and a half years. We had to leave after that time. Though, they could have left me behind, but my parents never would do that.
When we came back to Holland I had to finish my schooling. I got married at an early age and had three wonderful children. The oldest is 35 now, and the other two are 32. Now I have six grandchildren. Among them there is another twin... Three of them live around the corner, so I see them quite often.
My second marriage was no success, either.
For more than 20 years I was a driving instructor. Over here that is a full time job.
My main hobby are my dogs.. I had two litters, did some racing with them. I even have an American Indian Dog. I came to pick him up from the breeder in Oregon.
Lately, I have been to America on vacation quite frequently. I have been to Hawaii three times!!
I live right between Amsterdam and The Hague, very close to the International Airport.