You would think ….
Michael RINEHART …. August 20, 2021 ,,,, Gig Harbor, WA.
It’s remarkable , virtually unbelievable that I became acquainted with all of you more than 50 years ago … Agreed ???
Pre-B.G.H.S. , I attended all of my grade school years in South Florida , only moving to Las Vegas a few short weeks before the start of our Freshman year…. Culture shock , I recall arriving onto campus that first day wearing Bass Weejuns , (penny loafers) while all of my B.G.H.S. male classmates were wearing wingtips , oh dread ! I recall telling my folks ; “We need to go shopping , fast” !
Among my earliest B.G.H.S. memories :
As I said , I was just trying to settle in , make new acquaintances at B.G.H.S. ,,, and …
My (our) 9th grade World History teacher , Mr. Basovsky called me up after class. I will never forget, being terrified of this man ; “We’re recruiting lightweights and I understand you know a bit about wrestling”. “No sir , I don’t know anything about that” ! Mr. Basovsky. ;“I said , I understand you know something about wrestling , we practice after school across the street in that former chapel , Ryan Hall” ! Yes , Rudy was assistant wrestling coach with Mr. Ken Roos.
In the spring, Mr. B. again, being assistant track coach ; “I understand you are a pretty good sprint runner”. “Maybe so , Mr. Basovsky but I’ve promised Father McCarthy I would turn out for golf”. That got me off the hook !
I have countless rich memories from my High School years and remain keenly excited to see many of you in a matter of weeks , finally at “reunion 50” ! Especially those whom I’ve not been fortunate to keep in contact with all of these years !
Some latter B.G.H.S. recollections :
Looking at my 11th grade yearbook , Gabe Manuel signs ; “To my buddy , Mike who will break my leg if I tell him to” !
The joy of feeling the approaching H.S. finish line , particularly our Senior Class Play !
Some very influential teachers who inspired me !
So many dear and trusted friends , and would be remiss not to mention so many of my friends’ parents that were , too very impactful in my life !
After High School : The Early 1970s :
Then off to Arizona State University the following year to pursue and eventually complete a B.S. in Aeronautical Technology. Several BGHS classmates shared this time in Tempe , Mike Callahan , Bob Plappert , John Morse , Dan Spence , Jim Robichaud .. Recalling , also , many other Gorman classmates who came down for visits with us during those years. Apparently , just something attractive about visiting A.S.U. , in case something interesting might be taking place !! ?
I met a newly graduated R.N. , recently relocated to Arizona from Minnesota , Sally Olson. She literally knocked me off my pins. WOW … That was the most fortunate break in my life to that point.
New Chapter : Post college , Career beginning , Early married life (mid-1970s) :
I began my flying career operating aircraft for The Mayo Clinic in Sally’s home territory , Minnesota. I learned a great deal about flying , executing Air Ambulance missions and shuttling Mayo personnel around to other branch clinics around the Midwest. Part of the “paying dues in the flying business” , building quality air time in addition to the F.A.A. certifications to be competitive for an major airline job.
Sally & I were married on May 24, 1975 at her college chapel , Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. Father McCarthy and Sally’s College Chaplin Reverend Elvee officiated , Mr. Basovsky was not invited as I recall ! Mike Callahan and Mike McKinley were there “on the team” to keep me in line !
April 24, 1978 , I was hired as a pilot for Braniff International … Well , that was a dream come true as Braniff is whom my father, Jack RINEHART flew for , it was “in my blood” so to speak. Additionally , Braniff had a Minneapolis domicile so my career path seemed so very well set at age 25. The flying profession really did fulfill me and turned out to be a most favorable choice. I can think of no other job , for myself with such a rich combination of being cognitively challenging and just plain FUN to do !
Into the early 1980s :
May 12, 1982 , Braniff filed bankruptcy and my career and our young family was faced with a re-set. Sally was accepted into the Registered Nurse Anesthesia program through Mayo and virtually simultaneously I was offered a job at Alaska Airlines in Seattle, WA, starting on April 27, 1983. I remain regretful to this day that Sally “had to” pass on this excellent opportunity in the medical field ! She’s a remarkably bright woman , should have been an M.D. , truth be told. However … in the end ,, Westward , we went. We had invested much in my career progression and I still had wings to be exercised !
The ensuing “maturing” years :
A 34 year stint with Alaska was sprinkled with ….
Our second daughter , Stephanie Ann was born on May 16, 1986.
We moved a few times within Gig Harbor , having two homes built along the way.
Enjoying activities with our friends ; tennis , golf , alpine skiing , outings with our kids.
Sharing our daughters’ activities , for Maureen .. musical theatre & equestrian , for Stephanie .. team sports , particularly softball which she pursued through her collegiate ball experience.
Approaching the retirement chapter :
We purchased a “winter home” in Anthem, AZ in 2012.
My retirement from Alaska Airlines was in 2017.
Our older daughter , Maureen delivered our first grandbaby in January, 2020 , Louisa Marie.
Now , presto , just like that , we are in 2021 !
I am blessed with a wonderful family ..
We have 2 lovely daughters ..
And a precious granddaughter ..
I had a fun and rewarding flying career ..
We have lived in some wonderful parts of this country ….
Tracing way back , I am thankful for my H.S. years at Bishop Gorman.
Truly , no regrets , I have been blessed for sure !
Now to meet , reminisce , laugh, and catch up …
…. been waiting 50 years for a party of this worth
,, ,,, .. or is it 51 ?
“Old Friends Are The Best Friends” !
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