Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday's Face From the Past: RPTS Stories - RP Club Friends, 1989-2006

I've been sharing a number of stories recently here in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences (RPTS) Department at Texas A&M University.  This isn't an "RPTS story" per se, because it's not about events or activities that occurred in that department. 

Rather, this is the last in a series of some postings of "RPTS stories" about what happened afterwards - the lifelong friendships made and the fun meet-ups former members of the Recreation and Parks (RP) Club and I had over the following years, in places all over the state and country.  

While I lived in Washington state (late 1985 until early 2006), I didn't see my RP friends as much.  When I did, though, it was often with our growing families.

The pictures below were taken in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Euless, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Stephenville, Texas; between 1989 and 2006.  You'll notice that our children are a big part of the pictures:

Above:  A get-together in Portland, Oregon, with our kids.  The adults from the left are Wilfred Korth '79, Barbara Dennis (not RP), Mark B. (not RP), Amanda Pape '78, Karen Bellinghausen '79 and Cody Jetton '79.  At the time, Amanda lived in the Seattle area, Cody and Karen in the Portland area, and Wilfred's in-laws were living in Portland.  Spring 1992.

Below:  Amanda Pape '78, her son Eric Bolme, and Josetta Hawthorne '80 in Seattle, April 1989.  Josetta (who was also a high school classmate) was there with the Discovery Channel.

Above:  Amanda Pape '78 and Mark Gray '76 in Euless, Texas, Spring 1999.

Below:  Wilfred Korth '79 in Houston, Texas, Spring 1999.  Wilfred was visiting from his position as Chief Ranger at Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir, part of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

Above:  Josetta Hawthorne '80 and daughter Laynna at their home in Houston, August 31, 2004.  At that time, Josetta was (and still is) executive director of the Council for Environmental Education.

Below:  It's a small world sometimes - I came to Tarleton State University in July 2006, only to learn that Jim Pack '78, my former right-hand man (I was 1977-78 RP Club president, he was vice-president) was already at Tarleton as its director of facilities maintenance!  This photo was taken at a new faculty reception on September 12, 2006.

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