Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bob Carpenter and wife Kaye dine aboard their cruise ship with Patti Kozlowski and her friend Barb Laimins.

Former AF buddy gone, Carp cruises with his widow
Kent State graduate and former WKNT news director  Bob Carpenter never did take a cruise with his former Air Force buddy, Richard “The Koz” Kozlowski. So he took one with Koz’s wife, Patti.
Bob’s wife, Kaye, didn’t mind. She was there, too, along with Mrs. Koz’s friends from the Aurora-Batavia-West Chicago, Illinois area.
They spent 7 days on the Allure of the Seas, stopping at Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.
Writes Bob:
“We had a wonderful time. We had a balcony overlooking Central Park in the middle of the ship open to the sky. Weather was warm until we got back Sunday morning to Ft. Lauderdale and it was 40 and windy.”
Last year Bob had a reunion with the third member of their Air Force intelligence training together – Dennis Maki, who located Bob through a Google search. They hadn’t seen each other in 40 years.
The three friends spent years gathering intelligence in places like Crete and Vietnam.
Bob and Kaye live in Punta Gorda, Florida. Paula and I hope to have our own reunion with them when I got to my Monongah High (West Virginia) alumni reunion next month. We expected more than a dozen to show up. It’s our 6th Florida reunion in 3 years, split equally between Punta Gorda and Sarasota.

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