My friend called me this afternoon, and we stayed on the phone for 3 hours. Mrs. Z kept passing me notes to see if we could arrange a lunch liaison with he and his wife at some point in the near future. He agreed and I suggested we let the two wives work out the details.
My friend in Mobile then gave me contact information for my former room-mate from Whiting Field, as the both of them became Coast Guard officers (and pilots) after they left the Marines, and were stationed together. So I sent this other friend an email (after getting his email address), and he answered me back quickly. I am hoping we can talk tomorrow.
These are folks I last saw in 1979. We went through the flight training program together in 1975-76. After retiring from the Coast Guard, my friend from Mobile ultimately flew as a copilot on MD-88s for Delta. My former room-mate is still flying--Gulfstream executive jets for Chevron--I think he flies Chevron Executives all over the world.
I am just blown away by all of this, and am kicking myself for not calling on my Mobile friend right after I found his number in 2010!