DEDICATED TO BJ ALUMS FOUNDER HARRY LIGGETT 1930-2014. BJ NEWSROOM LEGEND 1965-1995.
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Former WKNT news director Bob Carpenter and his U.S. Air Force buddy Dennis
Maki from their Vietnam days, a pair of gray-haired wonders, had their hearts
soaring into the wild blue yonder Thursday at the Fort Myers, Florida airport.
Atten-hut, everyone: It was their first get-together in 50 years. Dennis found
Bob on Facebook, that social media wonder, several weeks ago.
The reunion was a natural flight to friendship.
Writes Kent State graduate Bob:
“WHAT A GREAT REUNION YESTERDAY....AFTER NOT
HEARING OR SEEING MY USAFSS BUDDY DENNIS MAKI FOR 50 YEARS....WE FINALLY MET AT
THE FORT MYERS AIRPORT THURSDAY. IT WAS A FANTASTIC GET TOGETHER. WE SPENT THE
REST OF THE DAY AND EVENING REMINISCING ABOUT OUR USAF TIMES WHEN WE WERE
STATIONED TOGETHER AT DaNANG, VIETNAM; CRETE, GREECE, SAN ANTONIO USAFSS HQ,
AND GOODFELLOW AIR BASE IN SAN ANGELO AS INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS.”
To see an earlier BJ Alums blog article on the
discovery of the half-century, scroll down two stories on this blog.