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									January 2009   Chapter 50 – Classic Thunderbird Club International   Volume 37 Number 1

                            THE SCVT EARLY BIRD FAN

The Early Bird Fan is the monthly newsletter of the Santa Clara Valley Thunderbirds, SCVT. SCVT is
dedicated to the enjoyment of the classic 1955, 1956, and 1957 Ford Thunderbirds.

Address     Santa Clara Valley Thunderbirds
            P.O. Box 26103
            San Jose, CA 95159

Web Sites

Meetings    Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale
            Ave. Saratoga, CA. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the school board room.

Events      SCVT members participate in parades, displays, homecomings, regional and national
            meets, local cars shows, and driving events.

Membership Dues are $40.00 per year per family and are due by January 31 of each year. SCVT is
Chapter 50 of the Classic Thunderbird Club International, CTCI. Membership in CTCI is mandatory to
participate in parades and displays sponsored by SCVT. See for CTCI membership

2009 SCVT Board Members                                     SCVT items for sale
                                                            Contact Bernie Epolite - 408-847-0730
 President        Joe Ryan            650-344-3038              Magnetic signs         $5.00
 Vice President   Dennis Kay          650-341-6868              Visors                 $8.00
 Secretary        Don Reisinger       650-917-1288              Baseball mesh caps $8.00
 Treasurer        Ray Delgado         408-847-7640              Baseball cotton hats $15.00
 Editor           Marty Gerbasi       209-588-1589              Summer jacket          $21.00
 Parades          Steve Pedone        408 749-0469              Winter jacket          $39.50
 Displays         Montgomery Roach    408-847-0234              Large patch            $10.00
 Activities       Gene Cox            408-262-8389              Name badge             $8.50
 Fundraising      Al Thomas           650-493-4476              License plate frame $12.00
 Historian        Kathy Pedone        408 749-0469              Personalized tote      $10.00
 CTCI Rep         Jerry Schwab        650-571-1079              Logo T-Shirts          $15.00
 Logo Sales       Bernie Epolite      408-847-0730             SCVT chairs             $15.00
                                                                3-Piece luggage set $25.00

Caravan tips                                                Parts Boxes
     Maintain your car.                                     Box 1            Delgado
     Gas up and check fluids/tires.                         Box 2            Charlie
     Know who your leader is and follow.                    Box 3            Reisinger
     Turn CB to channel 11.                                 6-Volt           Williams
     Turn FRS to channel 7-11.                              Tents            unknown
     Leave enough space for merging traffic,
      but keep up.
     Gas up at scheduled pit stops.
     Generic cars at the end of the caravan.

Deadline:     25th of each month.
Send to:      Marty Gerbasi
              16091 Crestridge Ave.
              Sonora, CA 95370
Phone:        209-588-1589

                              THE SCVT EARLY BIRD FAN

                                            Presidents Message
                                            Ryan’s Ramblings
                                             January 2009
I hope you and your family have a joyous Holiday Season. I also want to wish you and your family a
Happy & Prosperous New Year. It‟s hard to believe that 2008 has come and gone. It seems only yesterday
we were getting ready for the 2008 Awards Banquet. Now it is time for the 2009 Awards Banquet!
Our annual Awards Banquet is on Saturday, January 24 th, at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara (5:30 PM no
host cocktails; 6:15 PM dinner). You will want to attend to see who will „win‟ this year‟s Blunderbird
award. Please see the enclosed information on the event and sign up no later then January 16 th.
I want to thank the 2008 Board for all of their hard work and dedication. The year wouldn‟t have been the
same without all of their hard work. I also want to welcome the 2009 Board. They are as follows:
President – Joe Ryan
Vice President – Dennis Kay
Secretary – Don Reisinger
Treasurer – Ray Delgado
Editor – Marty Gerbasi
Parades – Steve Pedone
Displays – Monte Roach
Activities – Gene Cox
Fund Raising – Al Thomas
Historian – Kathy Pedone
CTCI Rep – Jerry Schwab
Logo Sales – Bernie Epolite

I want to thank Rich & Marianne Eichenbaum for hosting a great Holiday Party at their home. They did a
superb job and everyone had a great time. I also want to thank Don and Kate Hamblin for providing the
limousine service. What a wonderful way to arrive at a party!
It is now confirmed that we will have a 2-day display at the Flea Market. The dates are April 4 & 5. We
will need to supply at least THIRTY 50‟s or 60‟s year cars each day. We will need everyone‟s support to
make this happen. As you may have heard, all sports at San Jose high schools may be canceled for the
year. If this happens, it will eliminate a good portion of our homecomings and our income. That‟s why it
is so important to make the Flea Market a success. Everyone needs to give Geoff Dye a big hand for
making the Flea Market happen.
Now is also the time to start planning events for 2009. If you want to host an event, contact Gene Cox and
he can help you with what is needed.

Please note SCVT Membership renewal form on Page XIII - Please remember the
dues are now $40.00 per year and due by January 31, 2009!

                         SEE YOU AT THE MEETING, FRIDAY, January 9, 2009!

                              THE SCVT EARLY BIRD FAN

                              Meeting Minutes – December 2008

                                  There was no meeting in December.

                                Editor’s Message by Marty Gerbasi
Hi everyone. It is with pleasure that I accept your nomination as Editor. It was a tough fight and the
competition was fierce, but I emerged victorious for this coveted job. Larry and Georgette have done a
wonderful job over the past years and I hope that I can maintain the standards that they have set. I will try
to make the FAN as interesting as possible, but it is your willingness to host events, participate in events
and write articles for this publication that make it what it is. Thanks ahead of time for your help in making
this the best T-Bird newsletter on the open market!

                                        Lifetime Members
                                         Pete and Marge Gray
                                         Bill and Diana Mann
                                       Charlie and Isabell Vincent

                       2009 SCVT Snacks and Beverage Signup
Date       Snacks          Beverages                   Date       Snacks          Beverages
Jan 9      Pedone          Peterson                    Jul 10     Lynch           Epolite
Feb 13     Kay             Lynch                       Aug 14     Maness
Mar 13     Croxton         Lerma                       Sep 11     Hamblin
Apr 10     Affrunti        Citi                        Oct 9      Miller          Parker
May 8      Cox             Schwab                      Nov 13     Kelley          Perry
Jun 12     Dye             Reisinger

           2009 Santa Clara Valley Thunderbird Events by Gene Cox

Date                       Event                                         Host
Jan 24                     Awards Banquet                                Ryan
Feb 8                      TET Parade                                    Pedone
Feb ?                      Surprise Trip                                 Pedone
Mar ?                      Surprise Trip                                 Kay
Apr 4-5                    SJ Flea Market                                Dye
Apr 17                     Kool April Nights
May 1-3                    Morro Bay Car Show                            Ryan
May 17                     Friendship Day
May 30                     Cars for ABC's at Brittan Acres               Heather Mann

                        THE SCVT EARLY BIRD FAN

                  January 2009 Membership Anniversaries
                           Member                           Years

                      Michael and Dodie Rivera               35
                      Douglas and Sue Eichenbaum             32
                      Eric and Linda Jensen                  28
                      Bill and Marsha Croxton                21
                      Neil and Judy Schebetta                21
                      Ted and Jackie Obniski                 18
                      Dennis and Sandie Kay                  16
                      Reed and Brenda Taussig                5
                      Don and Katie Hamblin                  4
                      John and Ana Schwab                    3
                      Steve and Kathy Pedone                 2
                      Billy and Heather Mann                 1

                              Parades by Steve Pedone

TET PARADE - February 8th, 2009

Parade starts at 11:00 AM and runs to 1:00 PM
Staging will be same as all years past – Feb. 8th, at 9:00 AM, staging area along Market
Street from St. John St. to Santa Clara St. (will let you know exact location). We have
been asked that we have a minimum of 20 - 25 cars and be willing to go down the parade
route twice.
Parade goes on rain or shine.

                        PAST EVENT REPORTS

                       Senior Bag Stuffing by Jill Schwab

On December 4, approximately 20 of our SCVT members gathered at the home of
Jill Schwab to stuff bags with goodies for various senior centers. With all the
donated toiletries, etc. we were able to make 707 bags. The bags were given to
various charities, including Meals-on-Wheels, Catholic Charities Adult Day Care,
St. Anthony‟s Dining Hall, and local community centers. (Note: See photo
album page XI).

                        THE SCVT EARLY BIRD FAN

                     San Jose Holiday Parade by Jerry Dance

On December 7, 20 SCVT T-Birds paraded through downtown San Jose in the
annual San Jose Holiday Parade. Four of our lovely birds carried the Vietnamese
Prince and Princesses. The rest of the Birds carried various San Jose dignitaries.
(Note: See photo album page XI).

                      Toys for Tots Fly-By by Don Reisinger

The weather was great, spirits were high and in a year when donations were
expected to be down, SCVT brought in its biggest load of toys ever.
On Saturday, December 13th the SCVT Toys for Tots Fly-By came off without a
hitch (well almost). Nine beautiful T-Birds and their dedicated owners were out
in force to see Christmas happen for some kids who would otherwise do without.
With the Marines standing tall in their dress blues the T-Birds and their cargo
rolled up and one by one unloaded. After the 9 cars had been emptied, most
headed back to Peggy Sue‟s for a quick lunch before getting ready for the Holiday
In our 11th year, it was almost perfect. But, there was a surprise in store when we
arrived with the van (we bring the toys in the van and transfer them to the T-
Birds). Assuming we could assemble in our normal spot on the 4th floor of the
parking ramp, the surprise was that the van was too tall to get to the assembly
area. But, no problem, across the street was an open lot and everyone eventually
made it to the lot to pack up before heading off.
Thanks to all the members who gave up some of their time in the holiday season
to help out. (Note: See photo album page XII).

                 Christmas Party by Rich and Marianne Eichenbaum

The annual SCVT Holiday Party was held at the home of Rich and Marianne
Eichenbaums on December 13. It was a festive affair as always and Rich and
Marianne again outdid themselves with their generous hospitality. There were 56
members in attendance. Thanks to Don and Kate Hamblin for supplying the limo
service (and driver Pierre) from the parking area to the house. Special thanks to
the set up people (the Maness‟ and the Dances‟), bartender Bill Croxton and our
own Santa, Joe Ryan. As per our tradition, 3 Marines (two of the three young
men were Iraq War veterans) where in attendance to gather the donated toys for
the Toys-For-Tots program. The excellent meal was catered by “Catering by
Five.” (Note: See photo album page XII).

                         THE SCVT EARLY BIRD FAN

                           UPCOMING EVENTS

  Who are the SCVT Members? - Jan 9, 2008 by Larry & Georgette Maness
Here are some details for the "GUESS WHO THE SCVT MEMBERS ARE? WIN A
PRIZE" contest. (Note: See photo on Page X)
If you are interested in participating you will need to either:
1. Email the answers to me at: by Thursday January 8 or
2. Bring to the Jan. 9 meeting the contest page with your answers written under the faces
in the pictures. Please put your name on the page I know who is submitting the
The person who gets the most correct answers will win the prize.
There are 15 pictures in total with 21 people in these pictures. These people are current
active members except for one - and this one person is still a member of SCVT, just not
active any more....Good luck!
Larry & Georgette

           Annual Awards Banquet - January 24, 2008 by Joe Ryan

Our first event of the New Year is the awards banquet and it will be held at the Biltmore
Hotel in Santa Clara on Saturday, January 24th. Address: 2151 Laurelwood Rd, Santa
Clara, just east of 101 off of San Thomas Expy. The event will start at 5:30 PM for no
host cocktails, with dinner at 6:15 PM.
You will have a chance at the January meeting to sign up, but I will need a final count
and payment by January 16th to let the hotel know. Contact Joe @ 650-344-3038
The meal will consist of their Saratoga Buffet which includes Roast Beef w/Au Jus,
Chicken Marsala, fresh garden green salad, fresh fruit salad, garlic herb potato salad,
seasonal vegetables, roasted red potatoes, wild rice blend, and a variety of desserts. The
cost is $37.50 per person. Please make the check out to SCVT and mail it to my home
address (402 Seville Way, San Mateo, CA 94402).
If you would like to spend the night, we have been given special rates. The rates are $85
for a Garden Room and $105 for a Tower Suite. The hotel phone number is 408-988-
8411. Let them know it is the special Santa Clara Valley Thunderbird rate.
You will not want to miss this annual event. You will want to see who 'wins' the annual
Blunderbird award. We have several good candidates this year, with the possibility of
someone winning for the second, or third time!

AND --- While we are on the subject -

                         THE SCVT EARLY BIRD FAN

I would like to make the awarding of the Blunderbird more of an interactive event. The
President would still have the final vote but I think we would have more fun with some
additional participation.
Any member may nominate a person for the Blunderbird. You will need to send me a
description of the 'blunder' with the details of why you think that person deserves the
„award.‟ Then, at the Awards Banquet the nominating person will have a minute or two
to tell about the blunder. If you wish to be anonymous I will talk about your nominee
without mentioning who supplied the information. The 'nominee' will then have up to 30
seconds to tell why they shouldn't get the award. This should make things very

Please send me (Joe) your 'nominations' by January 4, 2009 either at the address above or
email to:

     Crusin’ Morro Bay Car Show - May 1 - 3, 2009 by Joe & Pat Ryan
It's not too late to join us for the Morro Bay car show. We now have 3 rooms left at the
Best Western El Rancho. We have a double queen, non-smoking, and 2 single queen
smoking rooms. The motel said they would air out the rooms before our arrival. It's a
great show and we have always had a great time. You can download the car registration
at The motel phone number is 805-772-2212. Let
them know you are with the Santa Clara Valley Thunderbirds. Joe & Pat 650-483-6256

                            SCVT Directory Addendum
Nothing to report at this time.

                         THE SCVT EARLY BIRD FAN

                                  BUY AND SELL
57 Thunderbird – Bing Kunzig 949-831-9465

Really nice T-Bird pins. Al Thomas 650-493-4344

1965 El Camino, bright yellow, 350, 4-speed, 3.73 posi, no rust, line-x bedliner, full 3-
inch exhaust, nice interior, 8K miles on rebuild. $21,500. Geoff Dye 408-262-1078.

1955 Thunderbird, maroon. $45,000, Dick Kirk - if interested, contact Specialty Sales at

"The Hartford" slate bumper pool table by Playcraft. It is about 1 year old and in new
condition. This unit retails for $875-$895 with the slate bed. Playing equipment includes
two 48" cues, set of ten 2 1/8" balls, brush, and chalk. Also has extra cues and cue rack.
$600 or BO. Joe Ryan 650-344-3038

Bally $0.25 slot machine in good condition. California legal. Can send pictures. $679.
Joe Ryan 650-344-3038

No-Mar Deck Protector. Your choice black or white. $9.99
Parade Rest 2-Pad Set. Your choice black or white. $19.99
Ding Bats Dent Protectors. Your choice black or white $9.99
Don Reisinger (888) 206-0148. Don@Be-Ntouch.Com

                        You know you‟re a senior plugger when you find
                         your high school yearbook in an antique store.


The prize will be presented at the January SCVT club Meeting.


         PHOTO ALBUM





   HOLIDAY PARTY Dec. 13, 2008



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