Enjoyed your Website very very much. I especially like your topic on digging up old bottles. I was former member of The Canal Zone Bottle Collector's Association. Like photographs #1 ("John") and #13 ("Don"). And also photograph #3 on case gin bottle was a man embossed on it and dog embossed on the oval bottle. I was stationed at Fort Clayton from 1977 thru 1979. If you're wondering how I got to your Website. I was sent here by the C Z BRATS.
4 January 1999
Bill, Again I visited your site and had wet eyes. You sure know how to get at a zonians heart. Loved Winkies pics, the yacht club sure doesn't look like the yacht club. Our mini reunion here in Pensacola was outstanding. All the Sancocho,Empanadas,Arroz con Pollo, Seviche in all different ways, Sopa Boracc you could stuff down your palette. I talked to a very old Zonian and he gave me a two hour educational History of all kinds of things. One thing that stuck in my mind was about Taboga. He said that in the early years there used to be a insane asylum on Toboga, further back the island was a stopping ground for ships picking up gold diggers and taking them out to California because the port was too shallow for the big ships. The big kicker was when he informed me of way back in the caveman days that Morgan picked up one of those small pineapples from Toboga and brought it to the Hawaiian islands and that is how the islands now have pineapples. Say hi to everyone for me and I'll be back soon. Kevin Vose
The bottle digging pictures sure bring back a lot of fond memories !! Does anyone know where John Gunther is currently?
An excellent website. Brings back many memories of the good 'ol days in the Canal Zone. Will be at the Graduation Ceremonies of BHS 99. See ya there.
Very nice website,Senor, Don't know if you know me, but I'll assure you that you have
heard of the TROTTER BROS.Only ones in Panama who were called the SHARK hunters and what
ever else moved in that jungle..ha ha . You have done a great job on this,Keep up dems
rass fantastco job breda........Y que venga la manana, saludos a todos los maliantes,de
maranon,salsi-puedes chorillo,chorrera y arraijan, oh rass buaii and CURUNDU too, cyan't
fagets dems buaii's, dems get upset tu rassbuaii...... lay-ta bredas, lil twa Brent
I would like to say hi to all those ZONIANS out there from the TROTTER family and that can be pretty damn big if youknow what i mean. Haven't been back to the ZONE since my older brother Ben passed away in 1981 on christmas day. No special reason for not going back, just to busy working then but i'm ready to go back anytime for a nice long visit and take my 3 beautiful kids and their mother down there so they can experience the way I was was brought up, best 20 years of my life were spent down there. From CURUNDU to ARRAIJAN where my parents bought a nice place right off the panamerican highway where all iI had to do was stick my thumb out for a ride to the beach. My sister still lives down there and so does my brother Chris, My uncle ruben to, who you all know owns EL RANCHO and a few other bars where the boys love to go down on Calle J and the ancon inn and and ..well that's enough........you play you pay..ha ha anyways ,muchas gracias for letting browse your sit, it's great keep up the good work. Hello to all the MALIANTES from chorillo, maranon,salsipuedes oh and Balboa too! lay-taaa bredas BRENT
Thank you for providing this forum for us Zonians!
So many years pass in the blink of an eye! Exploring your web page brings memories flooding back into my mind and heart. I've oftened wondered what ever happened to the people I went to Gamboa and Balboa Grade Schools, Curundu Jr. High and Balboa High School. I would of graduated with the class of '73 but I started new adventures by staying on a ranch in Wyoming for my Senior year of High School. From Wyoming I moved to Idaho and have been in Colorado since '81. My brother, Francisco J. Quiros, moved here in '95 and lives in Boulder. Mom, Dorothy G. Quiros, retired and moved from Oklahoma in October of '98. She's storing her things here, but staying with her 93 year old aunt in Arizona for a while. She'll be visiting Colorado in May of this year.
May this find you all in good health and spirits!
~ :- ) Roxana
I lived in Panama from 1961 till Feb of '64. I attended Ancon Elementary and Balboa Elelmentary in those years. It seems we are the same age. My family left shortly after the anti-american demonstrations of 64. A lot of great memories are etched in my mind and of course the many friends that might have been if we had stayed for a few more years..... Maybe you would e-mail me sometime soon.
Your web site is great! Brings back a lot of memories. I was a registered nurse employed by CZ/PCC from 1/66 until 3/31/90. The last 11 years were spent as Occupational Health Nurse at Pedro Miguel/Miraflores Locks. Both of my children, Darren and Lori Knapp, were born in CZ. My husband, Bob Rodgers, was also a CA/PCC employee. We retired to mountains of NC in '90. Keep up the good work.
Hi! I'm from the Class of 75". This is so neat to be able to reach so many people this way. And to see so many dedicated people who want to preserve all our memories as Zonians. Thank you, so much for the wonderful pictures.
Pam (Horoda) Rogers and I put on my second CZ party here Sept. of 98". It was at the Sneaky Pete's Yacht Club in Lewisville, Tx. I thought it was the closest thing to being home. We had about 80 people or more each time. Alot of great surprises. My mom and her husband Paul Walker, showed up in the traditonal Panama costume. They were my official greeters! People who showed, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Geohagen and Mr. & Mrs. Steven Geohagen, Travis williams & Mike Morris were the life of the after party. Mike got up with the band and sang along with them to La Bamba! We have some great pictures. Linda Morris (Bliss Morris Connerton's mom) did a write up in Panama Canal Society book along with pictures. There were so many great people, I will have to get back and put my list on here to let everyone see who came out! We hope to have a huge party next year 2000. Will keep everyone informed.
I am a booking agent here in Dallas, Tx., for Corp., private parties, etc. I was contacted by a Roy who saw the web page of the Briefcase Blues (tribute to the Blues Brothers). He is talking about booking them at the Balboa Theater. Which would be awesome! I am still waiting to hear what our next step is? I would like to suggest to plan this around the class of 1999's graduation and all the reunions. I will again keep everyone informed. I contacted the school with the hopes to have the Briefcase Blues play there also being we will be there possibly. I book world wide I would love to hear from you all! If your planning a party contact me.
Rosana (Price)Boucher 75" Rosebud Arts & Entertainment Rosebud@dhc.net
it brings back lots of memorys. i was stationed at albrook AFB for a year and a half.
HOLA FELLOW ZONIANS, I USED TO LIVE ON RODMAN. BUT SPENT MOST OF MY TIME AT THE BALBOA YATCH CLUB. WE HAD A SAILBOAT WE KEPT THERE. ATTENDED CURUNDU JH FROM 1966 THRU 1968 AND THEN ATTENDED BHS FOR A YEAR BEFORE I LEFT FOR SCHOOL IN THE STATES THE THREE YEARS I SPENT IN PANAMA WERE THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE. HOPE TO RETURN SOMEDAY.
I've been crusin your web site Billy and its great. The pictures of the red, white and blue troop really brought back memories and it was Coach Greiser that taught me to swim. One year, they put on an aquacade at nite and it was spectacular! I remember about the CZ allstars and the NY Yankees. Details are a bit foggy. It was a shame about the Balboa Yacht Club. That was where we spent all our leisure time not to mention swapping fish stories. Margaret's dad put on a lot of dinners there and everyone in town came. Anyone out there from the class of CHS '49 or somewhere close to it. I'd love to hear from you!
I don't know if I exactly qualify as a zonian but I livec in the Zone and worked out of the Zone for 37 years,3months & 9days. I also was a Canal Zone Policeman for 2 yrs. Your site brings back fond memories of the Zone and Panama. The only pictures I find lacking are the pictures of the square trees of El Valle. I have mis-placed my Panama foto album and can't find my pics of the trees. kep up the excellent work. Perry E. truxton "TRUX"
Bill & Margaret -- Thanks so much for this web page. I had forgotten how much I missed of Panama and Gamboa. FYI--Eric Diaz finally proposed to Aidan on her birthday in December at Sea World in San Diego. So far, wedding will probably be next December and where I can only guess. Eric got his Masters in International Business Administration, also this past December, so they will most likely go where he gets a job; although they have become quite attached to San Diego. I keep in touch with Jackie Fearon so have been keeping up with a lot of what has been happening in Gamboa. Dwaine is still living in Seguin, Texas, just outside San Antonio (our divorce was final this past August). I've got his e-mail address somewhere around here, if you're interested. Again, thanks for the memories--really need them after the evening I had I work last night (Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene). Beth