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Last update: 01-Jan-2019


Dear COMARA Members -

In Early December, the COMARA Board sent out a plea to all of you to renew your memberships for 2019 and 2020. We are overwhelmed by your generosity. In the last 3 weeks of December, we increased our paid membership from 72 to 126. This represents a 75% increase in paid memberships from what we had in the first 11 months of the year.

The COMARA Board of Directors really appreciates your membership support and your feedback as we continue to keep our Comsat memories alive and keep our Comsat community linked together.

Pictures from First Wednesday 2018 Gathering

First Wednesday 2018 Pictures The COMARA First Wednesday December 2018 gathering was held at the Woodside Deli in Germantown. Ron Johnson did his usual great job in organizing and publicizing this event.

Paul Schrantz attended the event and took photos of many of the participants. These photos have been posted to a OneDrive album. You can view the photos as an album and as a slide show. You can also order copies of any of the photos.

View Photos from the 2018 First Wednesday in December Gathering at Woodside Deli

Sorry that it took awhile to get these photos uploaded for your viewing.

New book by Elizabeth Young (one of our COMARA own)

Just want to share with my COMARA friends that my fifth book, a mystery, entitled "The Hand in the Window", has been released by Divertir Publishing, which previously published my international thriller, "FUGO: Terror from the Sky". Information available on my web site: All my book are available on

Jay Berg's life could have been better. He had recently separated from his wife after losing his job at the factory where they both worked. His wife was now seeing another coworker, Jay was living in an apartment at a friend's house, and his days consisted of holding a traffic sign at a construction site.

Then Jay saw the hand in the window-

Could Jay make his brother-in-law, Vic Bartle, believe there was something going on at the vacant house near the work site? Would Vic think this was a merely a result of Jay's drinking? And when Jay's son went missing, would Jay be able to help solve the mystery of the hand in the window...

Elizabeth Young, COMSAT 1984

2018 COMSAT Alumni Social Photos

2018-Social-Pictures About 35 people attended the 2018 COMARA Social on Sunday, September 30 at Thats Amore on Shady Grove Road in Rockville. Denis Curtin made arrangements for the venue. Geze Serenyi (treasurer) collected checks from our PO Box, and email notices from PayPal as our members paid for the event.

Paul Schrantz and Ron Garlow took pictures at the event. This album contains 51 photos taken during the event. This One Drive album is provided without charge by Microsoft for any user with an Outlook email account. The owner of the account creates the album, and then uploads copies of the pictures. Microsoft handles the formatting of the photo display for computer, tablet, or smart phone.

View the Social Photos - Wait for photos to load.

Maury Mechanick, COMARA President, conducted a short meeting at the event. Maury introduced Richard Rankin, newly elected COMARA Director.

There was some discussion of the support COMARA members have provided to the National Electronics Museum, located near BWI airport.

COMSAT Slide Collection

One of the COMSAT Legacy collections is a box containing nearly 1100 slides. Dan DiFonzo recently took on the job of scanning the slides so our members, and the world can share them. This is a gargantuan job. Dan has created a OneDrive album and uploaded the slides to this album. This is a massive collection with a size of about 2GB.

From Dan DiFonzo: As promised, here is the link to view and/or download the 1100 Comsat slides that I scanned and digitized. These images have been uploaded to a OneDrive album.

Comsat Slides

Click the array to view the OneDrive Album

The notation on each slide refers to the drawer that contained the slides in the 3 across x 6 down set of plastic drawers. Otherwise, the slides are numbered in the order I scanned them. Only 14 of the drawers had slides.
Daniel F. DiFonzo

If you have already paid your 2018 membership dues, thank you for your support. If you have not yet paid your 2018 membership dues of $15 per year, please send a check to COMARA using our PO Box or use PayPal. Better yet, please send in $30 for both your 2018 and 2019 membership dues.
PO Box 34594
Bethesda, MD 20827
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  • Fred Kelly - 2016
  • Geza Serenyi - 2016
  • Ron Johnson - 2016
  • Denis Curtin - 2017
  • Dan DiFonzo - 2017
  • Bob Kinzie - 2017
  • Maury Mechanick - 2018
  • David Lee - 2018
  • Richard Rankin - 2018
  • Maury Mechanick - President
  • Fred Kelly - Secretary
  • Geza Serenyi - Treasurer
  • Denis Curtin - Social
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  • Ron Johnson - 1st Wednesday
  • Paul Schrantz - Legacy
  • Rich Lustig - Benefits
  • Jack Hannon - Benefits
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