Thirty-five enthusiastic West Point graduates and other Army supporters convened at the home of Jon Thompson '65 and his wife Susan to cheer Army to victory. In addition to the boisterous Army revelers, Jon Thompson's friend Mr. Carroll White, a 1973 Navy graduate, joined the party to serve as the "scape-goat" for an anticipated Army victory. By the end of the game, despite the good-natured ribbing, all the '73 grads – both Army grads (John Snyder, Rob Williamson, Rich Carter, Don Blane, as well as an honorary classmate Ron Scott '72) and the Navy grad – they sharing some great camaraderie.
Several attendees had ample other reasons for celebration. Don and Karen Blane decided to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary there, while Steve and Cava Sittnick (parents of two grads currently on active duty) received hearty congratulations for their recent selection by the AOG as the Society's newest Friends of West Point. Additionally, following some "stringent" judging by the oldest and youngest grads present (Jim Turner '59 and Emeline Hood '11, respectively), Doel Baughman '96 beat the competition for the Grad with the Best Spirit Attire, unseating last year's winner Jon Thompson.
Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, recounting old stories, making new acquaintances, and reinforcing old ones. Jon and Susan's over-the-top hospitality in their beautiful home helped ease the sting of Army's misfortune.