CENTENNIAL CLASS OF 1976/CLASSE DU CENTENAIRE 1976
À l’approche de l’entrée de notre promotion dans la Vieille Brigade, plusieurs souvenirs remontent à la surface. Je vais tenter d’en écrire quelques uns; certains en français, certains en anglais.
As the date of entry of our Class into the Old Brigade approaches, many memories resurface; I will try to write some of them – in French or in English.
A CRISIS vs AN OPPORTUNITY
This Covid-19 business and overall confinement does provide opportunities. Through the initiative of Bill Sergeant and Brian Kroeker, our Centennial Class recently set up a zoom meeting where more than 25 buds showed up. At first, I thought I was at the wrong meeting – who ARE these OLD guys? – until I realized that I, too, have no dark hair left…but at least I have some hair.
The meeting was a chance for us to reminisce, catch up, and kibitz. Dave Rowsome gave us a wonderful bagpipe interlude, and the Class tried desperately to chant “Give Me A Beer”… the RMC cheer of our time… not with great success. However, some of the great stories that came up concern our buddy Bill Rutledge (Root) who was on line with his wife Joan; Bill was a superb scholar-athlete Reserve Entry Cadet who went on to a very successful civilian career as a Clinical Engineer after grad. He was a great football defensive lineman for RMC, played in the Pipes and Drums, and helped everyone with their academics.
We heard that Bill and his buddies on the defensive line were often the ONLY reason RMC won games; sometimes with a score of 6-2. Don Corbett who was an offensive lineman talked about trying to open a hole in the defense against Bill. He could not move him. Cole Tokei used to say that RMC Redmen football players were small, but they were fast, tough, and in excellent cardio shape! Root also was one of the quiet leaders at the College; he mentored Recruits as the Rook Flight CFL, showed the way for those who wanted to join the Pipes and Drums, and yes, pulled lots of us through the perils of academics.
Bill was an inspirational leader then, and he remains an inspiration to this day. Our opportunity to catch up with Root and all the Buds using zoom was very enjoyable and I encourage all Classes to try it!
By the way, Karl Sharnitzky of whom I spoke in an earlier piece has lost his shoulder-length hair, but now has a wonderful white beard.
To be continued…
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