Those Were the Days

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Goodbye Russell Hall
a.k.a. "the CQ building"

Story By Oscar Aparicio('85)




From: Oscar Aparicio (OAPARICIO)
Mar-28 1999 9:05 pm
To: Phillip Potts(63) (PHILLP)

It was great to hear from you, and I am glad that you know about Luis Marcano's book "Linternas en la oscuridad". I also got an e-mail from Mayor Paul Tate, to whom I will write back soon. It was a great honor for myself that Luis Marcano dedicated his book to me and some other friends from our years at LWMA. Luis and I were not just friends, but we were like brothers, and you must realize that during the mid and early 80's, about 25% of the Cadet corps, was made up of Hispanic cadets. Most of them were from El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, and most of them have done well in their lives. I don't think there is one day that I don't think about my days at LWMA, and the instruction I received, really helped me throughout my college years and my business life.

It is great to know that we all can keep in touch with this website. Sometimes I wonder, what would have happened if INTERNET had existed when I was at LWMA?, all I can tell you is that my parents would have saved a lot of money on phone bills!!! Keep in touch. My regards to John Strunk who wrote me also.

Oscar Aparicio('85)


From: Oscar Aparicio (OAPARICIO)
Mar-29 1999 8:05 pm
To: Phillip Potts(63) (PHILLP)

I remember one funny anecdote from LWMA. In 1985 when I was a 12th grader, they decided to build the new CQ building (which eventually became the administration building), and during those days, all the Latin cadets used to leave their "civilian" clothing on the top floor of that old building. Anyway, we were all in class when they announced that all the cadet corps must report to the front road to witness the demolition of the building. By that time, a bulldozer was already in place, and ready to tear down the structure. All of a sudden, a Mexican cadet whose last name was Alvarez, came running (and I mean screaming!!), into the school building, and he was shouting from top of his lungs..."The CQ building is coming down, Latinos go save your luggage!!!", and we all left the building, and it was so funny to see everybody trying to find their clothing and bags.

Col. Smith was very ... ... (upset)!! ...

Oscar Aparicio('85)


Russell Hall(1980)
Russell Hall(1980)

Russell Hall(1985)
Russell Hall(1985)

Kennedy Memorial Photograph(Nov.1963)
Russell Hall (Nov. 1963)

Russell Hall(1970's)
Russell Hall(1970's)

Goodwill Hall(19??)
Goodwill Hall(19??)




AFTERWORD:

Russell Hall was built in 1909, as Goodwill Hall, and demolished in 1985.

It stood for 76 years!

It housed many students including myself (Brian Brunner '64), Phillip Potts '63, Paul Strobel '43, and hundreds more.

Even when it was not being used as a dormitory, as it was at different times, it was the Commandant's Office and CQ (Charge-of-Quarters) Office throughout the early military academy history from 1955 until 1985.

Not too shabby for a building build by the Southern Industrial Institute students!



Compiled from messages on the Message Board By Brian V. Brunner('64)


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