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At 11:35pm on September 11, 2018, Richard K. "Pete" Peterson said…

Do you have Fanelli’s email?   I hope he’s out of harm’s way with the oncoming hurricane.


At 1:03am on January 25, 2018, Richard K. "Pete" Peterson said…

Wow, that’s quite the Navy family.  Do you still wear your Virginia is for Grits tee shirt?  I remember when we came up with that.  I checked on the Hampton house a few months ago, didn’t realize it was rebuilt (only saw it on a map).

I have a copy of Patrick Robinson’s USS Seawolf, but haven’t had a chance to start reading it yet.  He also is the author of Nimitz Class.  I’ll have to find that one.  Do you remember that I originally had orders to the Nimitz precom crew, but they were cancelled due to delays in construction.  That’s when I requested the So. Carolina.  When that one was delayed, they cancelled orders for the single men only.  I wrote to the Captain of the Enterprise and told him I was getting married, and they let me keep my orders.  I lived with guys from the California for a few months until you guys came and we went to New York.  I was the only single guy on the first increment crew.  

Emily went to Boston University, then Cal State University Northridge, and became an American Sign Language interpreter.  She married Steve, a maintenance supervisor from CSUN.  Now she homeschools Abigail (12), Ryan (10) and Zach (2).  Abigail found out tonight she was picked for a role in the musical “Into the Woods.”  She had her audition a few days ago.  She has been in local theater productions for a few years.  Ryan loves the Dodgers and Star Wars, and Zach is a wonder.

Katie went Sonoma State University in northern CA, and majored in art.  She earned an MS in School Counseling from Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.  Katie married Chad, a guy from high school after they reconnected at their 10-year reunion.  Her little boy, Dillon, was stillborn though full-term.  It was unexpected, and a few weeks before Zach was born.  Chad had some demons stemming from a severe accident after high school, and committed suicide a few months later in early December.  Katie moved in with us for a year-and-a-half.  It took her about a year to grieve and find another job.  We helped her buy a small home near us last summer.  She is an elementary counselor for the Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks.  I retired from CVUSD about eight years ago as its Director, Planning & Facilities.  I also oversaw the Maintenance & Operations Department.  

Leslie is busy being a Grammy.  We spend a lot of time with the grandkids.  We will be going on another Alaskan cruise the end of July.  Cruises are my kind of vacation.  We went to Alaska three years ago with two of Leslie’s sisters and their husbands.  One sister is going with us again this year.  We will sail from Seattle on July 29th, I think.  

I’m anxious to play golf again, just finished physical therapy on my back this morning.  I bought new clubs three years ago, played once since then.  Now I’m into watercolor painting.  I still do architectural projects for friends once in a while.  I have a project in the historic area of Oxnard that is almost complete.  

We moved from Thousand Oaks to Camarillo in 2011.  We live in a senior mobile home park.  Leslie is from Oxnard, the beach community next to us.  Her mom was 99 when she passed away in 2011, and her father moved into an assisted living facility near us.  He came to live with us on Christmas Eve in 2012 after being placed on hospice care.  He passed away about three weeks later.  He was 94.

My dad passed away in 2002 at 81.  My mom was only 61 when she died of lung cancer, but her mom lived to be 99.  I just turned 69 after Christmas, ho

At 2:09pm on January 23, 2018, Richard K. "Pete" Peterson said…

Still living on that turkey farm?  My nephew’s daughter is a freshman at Boise State.

Leslie and I are in Camarillo, CA.  The kids are nearby, with Emily and her family in Simi Valley, and Katie about a mile away in Camarillo.  I’ve been retired for eight years.  


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