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Guest Post: Las Vegas Reunion

This guest post is from Jess Nicholson, Gamma Kappa alumnus.

Thank you, all attendees, all that tried to make it, but for one reason or another, couldn’t.

That was a personally emotional, rewarding , entertaining, experience for me. There was a DEPTH of being which added to the linear of time, resulting in a richness  missed in youth. Not going to say it’s better than sex but maybe less expensive.


I hadn’t seen Don McKenzie since around 1968, he looked great , fought for 2 days to get there. A pending state business audit did not detour his resolve to attend . I enjoyed meeting his better half, Donna, which gave rise to the suggestion that an effort be made to bring females to the next gathering at least for one day/ night. Thanks, Tom Chase, for your input / help from beginning , in between and end. Chase , in Nashville , recently purchased a copy of his black Ford that he’s restoring, a road trip may bring him your way. Viddy had a surprise filming of us as different characters for his latest film “Vegas Ripper.”  Thru his connections at the South Point we enjoyed attention from eating establishments, waitresses, and local characters. Where or how he got 200 drink tickets, I don’t know , but thank you! (he had some for the other guys as well) His book on Romney ” The Man Behind the Mask” is bringiing him political attention. (  Margaret stopped by with her great smile and a warm greeting. Hugh Robinson & Al remembered some old sayings, jokes that had Hutchings (Handsome Harley) or (Matt Take Hutchings), & myself in pain. Hugh & spouse have purchased a 3rd home in Prescott, Az. Al has a 6 acre spread in Va. complete with fish pond & is practicing as a pharmacist.  Matt is phasing out of his prosthetic company, enjoys fishing & not afraid to make a wager, he was of great personal assistance to me. Doug Lewis shared philosophy over breakfast & at the pool on “The Crimson Tide” & the attributes of sunshine. Tho retired from the airline, he continues in the food and beverage business in Alabama where his wife practices law. Markert had a recurrence from a  broken back but was still able , tho in pain, to attend for 2 days. Jim Rolland  suggested some high end eatery’s and was gracious enough to handle reservations. He and Vidmar brought up  concerns over the Chapter House being lost & lack of articulation / damage control from alums directly involved. There were the traditonal reactions to entrapment, clarification of definition and remembrance of brother’s that have transitioned.

If you have yet to experience a chapter rendezvous , one promise, you’ll come away with a truth you didn’t realize before.

Mighty glad to be a Beta.

Your’s in -kai-
Jess Nicholson , 717