Our first Dawg Flight Reunion occurred
in Joliet, Illinois on the outskirts of Chicago. This was approximately 10 years after
we departed Taiwan. Our host was Roman "Ok" Okrei. In attendance were 24 Dawgs and
family from all corners of the states. Photos show reunion at Holiday Inn, arrival and
pickup at O'Hara, partying, Dawg Flight group photo, dinner at Chinese resturant, and
the infamous "East-West Softball game" which the West won and the East disputed! A
barbeque at Okrei's house concluded our great reunion.
This series shows the picnic at Okrei's house and the softball game. Click on each photo to get an enlarged view. There are 14 photos.
Standing left to right: Max Wagner (KY), Butch "Dirty Butch" Kester (IL), John "JB" Davis (MD), Ray (GA), Ray "Ratso" Badolato (LA), Jack "Jukebox" Brown (IA), John Savino (CT), Dave "Hondo" Rauh (MA), Steve "Pig-body" Swallom (KY), Al "Dirty Al" Brewer (CA), John "Johnny" Parker (TX), Tim "Timmy Two-shoes" Kerekes (MI), and Mike "Mick" Perhach (PA). Front row left to right: Chuck "Sugar Bear" Castillo (CA), Mike "Givemaway" McGee (CA), Ted "Teddy Bear" Johnson (MD), Nelson "Shaky" Carpenter (NE), Tom "Lips" Lippert (KY), Fred "Wheatgerm" Hayfield (PA), and Mike "Indian" Romines (KS). Missing in action Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (MI).
1. McGee, Parker, and Brewer with Rauh back to the camera.
2. Showing up for the picnic in Roman's backyard.
3. "Shaky", Savino, "Dirty Butch", "JB", "Hondo", "Jukebox", "Pig-body", and "Dirty Al".
1. Dawg Flight arriving at the local ball field for the infamous East-West softball game.
2. Chosing teams.
3. Base hit by "Sugar Bear" playing for the powerful West team.
1. "Dirty Butch" rounding second base on his way home for another West run.
2. Max catching with "Givemaway" at bat.
3. "Dirty Butch" cleaning mud clogged glasses that he reasoned was why he missed the pop up. "Dirty Al" refuses to buy it.
4. "Teddy Bear" about to hit a slammer for the Big East.
1. Max catching as "Dirty Butch" is ready at bat and "Doink" is still missing in action.
2. Fly ball into Big East's right field. Notice how alert the fielders were that day.
3. Savino drives one to the center field.