1967-1968 FOX REUNION
Thank You letter from Tom Jones, who attended
October 26, 2000
TO: Reunion Attendees
FROM: Tom Jones
Golden Dragons, Gentlemen:
Enclosed is a little something I
wanted you each to have as "Thanks" for honoring me with your
hospitality at your recent reunion at Jack Barnett's place. It's hard
to believe that it was almost two months ago! The pictures posted on
the Golden Dragon Website are wonderful and Walt McDonald and I were
thrilled to be included among you.
Meeting all of you and being able to observe part of your interactions
that day was a very moving experience for me. I tried to express it
to Terry Bender a couple of days later by e-mail because I was still
reflecting on it, as well as feeling regrets that I had not had the
wits about me at the time to verbalize to the whole group, including
your various wives and children, what I was seeing and feeling. But I
guess that's what all us "macho men" were taught early on - to
suppress our feelings!
So not I'm probably going to terribly embarrass the humble Terry by
expressing to all of you what I felt I was seeing that day. What it
was, guys, may be something that only old "warriors" such as us can
experience because of what we and our comrades went through together.
What I was so honored to witness that day was the interaction and
mutual bond of respect between an obviously effective leader and his
"crew", who undoubtedly had accomplished great things together because
As I told Terry, I was quite certain this warrior phenomenon was not
lost on your families that weekend, and it was certainly great that
they were included so they could share it.
Thanks again, and if I had been sharp enough to propose a toast that
day it would be "May you enjoy lasting peace and good health".