A great picture of Gary, at the helm of BFEC.US in 2010. He decorated the walls with all of his US Air Force, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, Shuttle, SOSUS, Compatibility Test Van (CTV), Hubble plaques, awards, commendations and a slew of other cool things he collected throughout the years. Rest in peace dad, we miss you.
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Sep 25, 2015
Sep 24, 2015
I have a group of folks who checked in to say hi and pass on information and some pictures.
I have received several emails from Terry Scheidt, Terry ran the communications at Johnston from 1962 through 1963 and also worked at Kaneohe in the Crypto Message center as watch supervisor. Terry also asked about a union that some BFEC employees may have been a part of, if anyone has information on said union let me know and I’ll get it out. I had several folks ask about the union and I have no information.
Bill & Lydia Kaupelis sent a nice email with updated email and mentioned that they look forward to the reunion. Thank you and I plan on being there and meeting you as well as many others.
Randy Goodwin checked in with an updated email. Randy worked for BFEC for 16 years, at Quito for 8 years, Madagascar, Owings Mills (for a couple of weeks), Goddard and Columbia MD. Thank you Randy.
Elisa Negroni (former Elisa Cuesta) wanted to pass on that she found the web site. Elisa was married to Tony Cuesta and were at Madagascar in the late 60’s. Elisa would like to re-connect with any other folks who were also in Madagascar, I have her contact information, so email me and I will pass it on.
Speaking of Madagascar, I also received an email from Colette Henriette who was married to the late Charlie Henriette who passed away in 1990. Colette is French and a native of Madagascar and met her husband Charles when he worked for Bendix in Tananarive. Charlie was part of the PHILCO crew which installed the 40-foot antenna, after that assignment Bendix hired him. French was his native tongue so, in addition to his job as technician, Ches Cunningham asked him to do some public relations work, including a traveling exhibition of man space arty facts in Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa and Tamatave. Colette would love to hear from anyone who knew Charlie, if you wish to contact her email me and I will pass it on.
I also got an email from Samuel Baugh, aka Shotgun Sam, I like this guy already. Sam passed on his email as well as some very nice pictures of Mt Cotopaxi which is near the Quito Tracking station. I spent 6 years in Quito and have many memories of that beautiful volcano, including a very memorable fishing trip with Dad and a bunch of BFEC guys that was very near the base of that mountain. Good times, and thank you Sam for the email.
Bob Swartz and Jeana Hill sent an email about a 60th anniversary of Naval Research Lab’s Blossom Point Tracking Facility (BPTF). I will paste in a portion of the email, if you can help Bob and Jeana, email me and I will pass on their contact information. From email; I am the current government spectrum and ground station hardware manager for Naval Research Lab’s Blossom Point Tracking Facility. Yes, we are still alive and thriving and we are proud to be the nation’s first tracking facility. I am writing to see if you could get the word out to the gray beards that had worked here in the past so that we could talk to them about their story while here at BPTF. We are preparing for the site’s 60th anniversary celebration and would like to present a grand history display and discussion of the place. If you have a way to get the word out I would appreciate it those folks would contact myself and Jean Hill.
I have also received a message that Keith Hawkins passed away 8/23/2015, I have no other details at this time.
For anyone wishing to contact me, this is my web site email.
Aug 24, 2015
Reunion News; Darlene put out a message as follows: Are you aware of any former BFEC family members? If so, please contact me so that I can get them the information on the upcoming Reunion in Florida!!
On a personnel note, my son Carson started college today, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. His major will be Software Engineer. His mother Karen, myself and I’m sure somewhere his granddad Gary are very proud. Good Luck Son!!
Aug 19, 2015
Larry Mello checked in from Summerville, SC to say hi and let me know he enjoys the web site. Larry worked in Bermuda, Wallops Island and Greenbelt MD.
Richard Lahaye checked in responding to the inquiry I put out trying to update my email list. Richard worked Bermuda radars.
Frank Bowen checked in, sending me an email about Richard Doell and the request from Richard’s daughter Anna for more information. Frank was able to provide some history that I’m sure the family will be happy to hear.
David Jorgensen checked in from Eden Prairie MN providing his email address. David worked Tananarive and Santiago and later started his own tool company that was later purchased by Bendix.
Ronald Hansen checked in requesting some information. Ronald worked with Robert Franklin in Santiago Chile from 1968 to 1970 for Bendix at the NASA tracking station. Another friend who also worked there has asked me to find out any info on Robert and Gerta Franklin. She was from Germany. Anyone who has info if Bob is still living or whether he has passed away is appreciated. Email me at webtek and I will forward the information to Ronald.
Thank all of you for checking in.
Jul 29, 2015
Lynn also let me know that G.W. "Rod" Roderick, passed away July 20, 2015 at his home. Rod was living in Las Cruces, NM with his wife Alba. I have a link to his obituary on the obituary page.
Jul 25, 2015
Ronald Pollard “Blackie” passed away 7/22/2015 at his home in Westminster, MD.
Elaine Bowers passed away 6/26/2015 also in the Westminster area, after a battle with cancer.
Johanna Richards, the wife of Ed Richards (deceased), passed away recently I don’t know have much detail at this time. There is a gathering July 26th, see obituary page for details.
I will post what information I have on the obituary page for all these folks, thank you to all who sent in information.
Jul 21, 2015
Jul 20, 2015
Darlene also has a Facebook Page for reunions, click here to see.
I do plan on attending one night, so I look forward to meeting a few of folks who are there.
June 26, 2015
The reunion is still being finalized, I heard from Darlene and it should not be very long for all the details are in place. Stay Tuned
I got a couple updates on Murray Weingarten and it’s still not good. Murray had another stroke and the last update has him in rehab facility and he is unresponsive and sleeps all the time. Please keep them in your thoughts.
I have received word that several folks have passed away, Richard Phelps, Bernie Martin, Al Ganch, Marty Lucero and Dawn Canty-Saunders. I’ll post the information I have on the obituary page.
I also heard that Jack King has passed away. Jack was the launch commentator for NASA and was the voice many of us heard during those exciting times. For more information click here.
Walt Sokoloski checked in via email after finding the web site and wanted to let me know he has some pictures from his various stations where he was assigned. Walt is going to round some of those pictures up and get them to me. Walt worked at Winkfield, Quito, Santiago, Goddard and Goldstone. Thanks Walt.
May 21, 2015
The emails also promoted a request to put out a call to anyone who may know how to reach Ed Crough. If you have any information please email me and I will pass it on, Stan Valeski, Bill Coulter and others are wondering about him.
I heard from Richard Bartels, who worked in Landham, MD at the “BENDIX” building and passed on a picture of the facility. I posted in the “Photos” section, click here to view.
May 6, 2015
I received a request from Greg Flowers who is trying to get back in touch with Chuck & Jeannine Edmonson. I already passed on their email to Greg but so far he has not received any response, if anyone knows how to get a hold of them email me and I’ll forward it to Greg.
I don’t have any more on the reunion yet, Darlene is still getting things planned out and I will post it here as well as on the web page I created for the reunion as soon as I get it.
I also sent out a mass email when Darlene emailed me the notice about the reunion, I got a bunch of rejected email, most for bad email addresses. Please take a look at the following names and see if you’re on it, or if you may know any of these folks. I would like to update my email list and need your help doing it. Please email me with any updates you can provide, Thank You.
Apr 25, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
I received news that Seaton B. Norman passed away 3/19/2015 at the age of 97. He worked for BFEC for a 2 to 3 year period in the late 1960s and then became a NASA civilian. He retired in 2010 at age 92!
James J. Nolan, Jr., 93, of Mims, FL passed away 4/1/2015. A native of Mobile, AL, he moved to Florida in 1966 from the Canary Islands. James worked at KSC and retired from Honeywell in 1984.
Vincent J. Comella, 92, of Rockledge, FL, passed away 12/ 12/09 at Rockledge Health and Rehab. He worked for Bendix Field Engineering/Honeywell at Cape Canaveral.
I got an email from Bill Kendall who came across the web site. Bill was with BFEC from April 81 through December 94. Thanks for checking in Bill.
Harley Crain checked in to say hi and asked if there was any new information about the next reunion. I have not got any update yet, last I heard it was tentatively set for fall 2015 in Florida.
I also heard from Terry Scheidt from Kapolei, HI. Terry said that he worked for BFEC at Johnston Island nuclear test site and Kaneohe PMRF. Terry had a few questions about pension plans and the transition from Bendix to Honeywell. If anyone has information or you want to contact Terry email me and I will forward it.
Update on Murray Weingarten via Larry Hare and Vic Eckman. Murray had a bad bleed in his head and he was flown to John Hopkins Hospital from the hospital in Columbia. He has had brain surgery and is recuperating. He has a scar from above the left eye to behind the left ear. He can eat but has to be spoon fed by an attendant. He reacts by raising an eye brow if he hears his daughter call him "Papa" but does not communicate at all.
Follow up from March 19th, John Freeman (Jr) sent some more information on his father, Junius John Freeman, Sr. John Sr worked for Bendix at the Fort Myers Florida tracking station were he was a teletype operator. After NASA combined the manned and satellite space programs and they closed the tracking station he went to work at NASA headquarters in Washington DC for a few years. Later John transferred to Shemya Island Alaska where he worked for about 13 years and then retired. John Sr. had basically two jobs his entire life. He was in the Navy from 1939 to 1959 where he started out a sailor and rose to Chief Petty Officer as a RMC - Radioman Chief. After retiring with 20 years in the Navy he went to work for Bendix Corporation and worked for them for 28 years until he retired at age 65. John Sr. passed away in 2001 at the age of 82.
I got an email from Luis Ludico who had some requests as well as information about the MAD Tracking Station in Fresnedillas. Luis was able to correct one of the names of a subject in a photo, thank you Luis. Luis also mentioned a 40th Anniversary celebration that was done and I found the link for that. Click here, the page is in Spanish, but if you use a common web browser, you probably have an option to translate the page.
Mar 19, 2015
Frederick “Fred” Allen Thompson, 75, passed away on March 11, 2015 in Clear Lake, TX. In addition Barbara and children are looking for Chuck Hairrell and Bill Tucker, if anyone has any information on them email me at webtek and I’ll get it to the family.
George Conrad Farner, 79, passed away February 5, 2015 in Boise ID.
I also got a couple emails from some folks just finding the web site or stopping by for an update.
Walt Worth said he visits the site occasionally and was happy that it was still being updated. Walt provided a little of his own history, working for BFEC at Blossom Point, 1978 to 1982, then joined the Peace Sun Team in St. Charles, Missouri, then Saudi Arabia (Taif, King Fahd Air Force Base) from 1984 - July, 1987, when he returned to Titusville, FL. Walt is currently close to his 27th year at Kennedy Space Center. Walt is looking for Hector Cleaves, if anyone knows where he is or how to contact him email me at webtek and I’ll forward it to Walt.
John Freeman (Jr) sent an email after finding the web site and seeing his father Junius John Freeman Sr., a 28 year veteran of Bendix, on the LOS page. John shared some memories of his father and his career that I will try and post on a future update.
I also received an updated obituary for Tom Miller sent to me by his wife Marlene. I will add it to the obituary page.
Mar 3, 2015
I also got a little more information on John Petrosky that I added to the original post. Thanks Robin Dixon for the additional information.
Feb 28, 2015
John Petrosky passed away 2/5/2015 in MD after a brief illness.
Carl Steve Nelson passed away, Sam Bass let me know that Steve was a long term BFEC employee, having worked at the Kennedy Space Center along with many other assignments.
Charles “Chuck” Goodson passed away 2/16/2015 in Barstow CA. I received an update for Chuck; He had been ill for some time. Thelma had to put him into assisted living last fall and seemed to be doing alright until about 3 or 4 days ago when he started going downhill and finally passed away.
I got a nice email from Donald White who ran across the web site and checked in to say thank you. Donald advised that he is a 43 year NASA Space veteran as well as US Army veteran. If anyone wishes to contact Donald email me and I will forward it to him.
Speaking of space veterans, we lost a man this week who through a TV/movie career kept our belief that there is more out there than just the planet earth. Leonard “Spock” Nimoy --Live long and prosper--
Feb 06, 2015
Late word that Gene Winn passed away 2/4/2015 after a battle with cancer. I don’t have any further information yet, I’ll pass it on when I get it.
Also Allan Ganch informed that Randy Hendricks was not listed on the “Memorial” page. Allan advised me that Randy was Allan’s best man at his wedding in Quito. Randy worked in the Telemetry Section at Ascension Island and then transferred to Quito in 1975. Randy died in late 1976 or 1977 in Quito due to a car accident. His car hit the back of a disabled truck that was in the road with no lights or any other warning signals. Thanks Allan for the update and I will get Randy on the web site.
I have got a lot of email lately, thanks to all the folks who keep me updated
Feb 05, 2015
Teddy Morrison passed away 1/27/2015 from an apparent heart attack at his property in Baton Rouge, LA.
Tim Bland passed away 1/24/2015 peacefully at his home in Gambrills MD.
William Moorhead 12/21/2014 died in Titusville FL after complications from cancer. I was contacted by Dave Moulton who is the Editor of the newsletter for Goddard Retirees & Alumni Association (GRAA) about the passing of William. I have contact information for Dave if anyone wishes to get in touch.
I will post more information and links on the obituary page.
Cliff Jobes checked in by email. Cliff is looking for Randy Simmons or any contact information for Randy. Randy and Cliff worked together in Quito Ecuador. If you know Randy or how to get in touch with him, email me and I will get it to Cliff.
I heard from Steve Lane who has a question I couldn’t answer. If anyone knows who the Workmen’s Compensation Insurance carrier for Bendix back in 1990, please email me and I can get that to Steve.
Allan Ganch emailed me saying he found the web site and enjoyed the memories. Allan also mentioned that if anyone wants to get in contact with him to email me and I will pass it on. Allan and Gary were co-workers and friends at Quito, thanks for the email Allan.
I Got an email from David Jones who was part of BFEC at Bermuda, Madrid, and the USNS Vanguard. David attached a picture from Madrid Tracking station with himself and Landis Beasley, here is a link to the picture that I will be posting on the Madrid page.
Jan 7, 2015
Stephen Yednock died 12/4/2014 at his home in Seabrook, Md. Stephen was a network controller for BFEC for more than 30 years. He served in the Air Force before joining NASA, where he was posted at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., monitoring space satellites.
James Nissel passed away 1/2/2015 in Ellicott City MD. James enjoyed a successful 40 year career a Field Engineer with BFEC.
William Beaty passed away 12/24/2014 in Lubbock TX. William (Bill) worked at the Alaska tracking station from 1966 to 1987. He moved to Florida in '87 and left there in 97 to go to work in Columbia. He left Columbia in 1999 to come back to Alaska and worked at Poker Flat until 2009. Then they moved to Lubbock, Texas where they have been ever since.
Elmer Vogt passed away 12/31/2014 in the Middleburg, FL area (Jacksonville). His career with BFEC started in Europe with the RADAR calibration teams. He spent many years at CYI (Canary Island MSFN). In 1975 He was at the Newfoundland Tracking station for Apollo-Soyuz. After that mission was completed he refurbished the transportable ground station and then installed it at Edwards AFB becoming the Buckhorn station supporting ALT and the early STS missions. The remainder of his career leading an implementation team at several ground stations and GSFC.
Norma Laverty passed away 12/28/2014 in Annapolis MD area, Norma was the wife of John Laverty who passed in 2012.
I had a couple folks check in and say hi or pass some news.
Ernie Hassell sent an email, said he found the web site and wanted to touch base. He also gave me an idea to come up with a guest book or a "check in" page of sorts, I’ll see what I can come up with.
Darlene Fritsche checked in and informed me that she is in the initial stages of getting a reunion planned. The only thing we have so far is October 2015 in Florida. Stayed tuned.
Stan Valeski checked in from Boulder City passing on a Merry Christmas to everyone.
I have email addresses for all these folks, if you wish to make contact with them send me an email at webtek and I will forward it.
Larry Hare let me know that Murray Weingarten’s condition has not improved much, physically ok but no mental response. Please keep the family in your thoughts.
The last item I have is an email from Andy Hensley. I’m not sure if he is real, spam email or if this fella has some hidden motive. Anyway if you know him, please let him know that the BFEC website is what it is and I’m not changing it. Gary built it just the way he wanted too, and I do my best to keep it updated. If Andrew truly wants some kind of change or is un-happy with my efforts , then I suggest he go build his own damn web site.
Andrew A. Hensley
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 13, 2014
I have received notification of the passing of several folks. Robert (Bob) Fuzie passed at his home in Hesperia, CA on 11/27/2014.
Several folks checked in, some to say “hi”, others giving updates and notifications, thanks to Joe Wildman, Glenn Smith, Jim Brophy, Joe Johnson, Walt Natzic, Veronica Bolan, Gene Smith and I’m sure I missed a couple. Thanks to all for passing on the information to keep the site updated.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Dec 02, 2014
Nov 11, 2014 Happy Veterans Day Thank you to all who have served
I received word from Veronica Bolan that John Melvin Jerscheid passed away 10/25/2014. John was with BFEC at Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex. More information on John will be on the obits page.
I also heard from Polly Kessel, the daughter of George Norman Hunter. Polly wanted to let us know she found the web site and that her father would have loved it. George passed away 11/1/2011 and he will be added to the obituary and memory pages. Polly also mentioned to post her email for anyone who wants to reach out to her family. You can reach her at Polly Kessel
I got an email from Martin Wheeler who was in Madagascar. Martin came about the web site and had some questions that I could not answer. Martin said that there is a Yahoo group, primarily French and Malagasy who stay in touch via that form. For anyone interested the site is here. You will need to login to Yahoo.
Oct 08, 2014 Word has been received that John Bennett passed away 10/1/2014 in Carrolton, TX. John was a long time BFEC’er with over 34 years of service on numerous projects. John was a good friend to Gary on the NESEA (SOSUS) project and I remember John as well as Marvin “Nish” Nishizaki and Jim Spaziano all being at our house in Virginia Beach. Rest in peace, we miss all of you.
Sep 28, 2014 Word from Dennis Hayward via Neale Luttrell that Charlie Horner passed away on 9/13/2014. Charlie worked at BFEC Headquarters in Columbia. Charlie was buried in Baltimore 9/16/2014.
Sep 12, 2014 My apologies for the extended delay in updating, summertime is a very busy time for me. I have quite a few updates to follow;
I received an email from AJ Heath with a link to a video he created about the Project Mercury/Missile Tracking station on Grand Bahamas. Very well done AJ, thank you for sharing.
Jack Stoner from Inverness FL checked in after finding the BFEC web site. Jack worked telemetry and UHF com at Ascension Islands and later at Goddard during Apollo missions. Jack also let me know of another BFEC’er , Joe Wildman who also resides in the FL Nature Coast area (my neighborhood). Jack also mentioned he plays in a country western band in the west central FL area including the Villages.
Joseph Cantrell checked in and provided some pictures from the Ascension Islands. I was able to add a another page to the Ascension photos, click here to view. If you want to check the page out later, it's at BFEC.us/Photos/Ascension #5.
I received a request from Michelle Bridges who is looking for Hubert “Bert” Greene. Bert was known to be at Seychelles until late 1973, then Guam and maybe Goddard. The article written by Gary at the end of the BFEC Seychelles page may help those who need to more information. If you know Bert, send me an email at webtek and I will get it to Michelle.
July 22, 2014 I learned today that the email account for email@example.com was hacked. Good news I got it resolved and all is back in order, but if you have received a rejected email from webtek, that was why.
I have been informed that Dottie Kemp, the widow of Ray Kemp the BFEC Security Chief of many years, passed away. I have no further details at this time.
July 12, 2014 Actually the update finally posted July 17, 2014, I’m still looking into why there was such a delay. I have received word that several folks have passed away. Ann Stamey was the wife of JC Stamey, another long time BFEC’er. Thank you Steve Ramey for the notification. Don Cross passed away peacefully of a heart attack in his sleep at home near Atlanta, Ga. on July 11, 2014. Thank you, Cheryl Cross-Toby (daughter) for the information. Clarence Hoynes passed away 6/29/2014, Clarence had been battling cancer that had spread into his lungs. Thank you Joe Johnson for letting us know. I will get everyone on the obituary and memory pages.
Larry updated Murray Weingarden’s status, he still in a wheel chair, under 24/7 care and unresponsive to conversation. Please keep Murray and his family in your thoughts.
I got a nice email from Dan Kovalchik who wanted me to post information on his new book. Dan said it was the “sequel” to his book “Range Rats at Sea”. Here is the web site for additional information or you can head to Amazon to purchase the new book, “The Devil’s Ashpit & other Tales of Ascension Island”
June 22, 2014 - Word has been received that the following folks have passed away; Chet Shaddeau, Napoleon Lacey and Kenneth Sanderson this month and late notifications about Milton Holstein and David Rechenbach. Please see the obits page for more detail and all will be posted on the memorial page. Rest in peace.
June 5, 2014 - May was a quiet month, thankfully I did not receive any passing away notifications. I did hear from Amaya Davis who is looking for anyone who knew or worked with Allan Davis. Allan may have worked in the Canary Islands, Madagascar and Antigua and during the time frames of Gemini, Mercury, Apollo and Skylab missions. If anyone can help please email me at Webtek and I will forward it to Amaya.
May 07, 2014 - I have been in contact with several folks since the last update, thank you for checking in. Joe Cantrell emailed me and advised that Gary Tomperi passed away in Waldorf, MD in October 1998, he has been added to the Obit/memory page. Thanks for the info Joe, as well as your BFEC history, I thinking I might add a page that I can post some of these bios I have received.
Jerry Ricks also sent a nice email with his BFEC history and time working with my dad in Quito. Jerry is currently enjoying his retirement traveling the States with his wife in a RV. Jerry asked if I might have any contact information for Dan Umberger, I dont, but if someone does send me an email and I will pass it on to Jerry.
April 22, 2014 - I have been notified that John Cornwell, F.Joseph Svec and Clyde Cox have passed away. I also recieved an email that Lee Brown passed away many years ago and all will be added to the obits/memorial page.
April 4 to 16, 2014 - Larry Elder Hare has been emailing me with several reports about Vic Exkman. Vic had heart surgery and was very critical for a period of time. Good News, he has been upgraded and as of 4/16/2014 been discharged from the hospital and is now in a rehabilitation facility doing much better. Best to Vic and his wife Eleanor.
April 9, 2014 - Lawrence Dillard is looking for any information and/or acquiantences in reference to his father Sidney Paul Dillard. If you remember Sidney, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward it to Lawrence.
April 2, 2014
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Our group in Maryland is now going to be meeting only twice a year. April and October and for the first time, we are making a change in the place to hold our luncheons. We have been checking around and have come up with a Catering Service, Superior Catering by M&M, who is now doing some 6 retiree company groups and is willing to take us on with good food and a reasonable price.
March 10, 2014
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June 30, 2013
It's with great sadness and a heavy heart that I report the death of my father Gary Schulz.
The email address(s);
the Obituary page
|I have received the above video produced from an old black & white film from Brian Larwood who is with the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum in Carnarvon Western Australia and he is seeking information on the film from anyone who has worked at the tracking stations mentioned in the video which are KSC, Canary Islands, Guaymas, Mexico; Bermuda, Alaska, Kano, Nigeria and Johannesburg.
You can read the message that I received from Brian HERE.
If you have any information contact Brian at <email@example.com> or me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|Contact: For inquries etc.
Scott Schulz <email@example.com>