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Last update: 24-Mar-2019

Here are a few updates for 2019. More to come soon....

Thanks for your response to our request for your dues payments at the beginning of the year.
We are overwhelmed by your generosity.
In the last 3 weeks of December, we had a 75% increase in paid memberships.

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.

Bob Gruner's Passing

We recently received an email from John Effland:
Mar 15 at 1:05 PM

Could you kindly pass the word that Bob Gruner, manager of Comsat Lab's Antenna Departement for many years, passed away last night around midnight after a long battle with dementia.

Bob's wife Lynn is making arrangements, and the only thing certain at this time is that his service will be on WEdnesday, April 17, most likely at the Methodist Church in Damascus.

John Effland

(I worked for Bob from December 1979 through July 1987).

Jane P. Kinzie - December 5, 2018

The beautiful, brilliant, and super competent Jane P. Kinzie of Bethesda Maryland was defeated by a voracious cancer and died Wednesday, December 5. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Robert W. Kinzie and two step children, Elizabeth Kinzie Allman of Coos Bay, Oregon and Jacob A. Kinzie along with three grandchildren residing in Poolesville Md.

Jane had a career in satellite communications starting in 1968 at COMSAT and retiring from INTELSAT in l990 as Director of Human Resources to pursue her love of flowers, creating Kinzie Farms Nursery with 12 green houses in Poolesville Maryland. She was an award-winning Azalea grower providing plants to garden centers including Merrifield, Behnke, and American Plant. She also provided plants for the Landon School Azalea Festival.

In 2003, Jane was instrumental in the startup and management of Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, an award-winning family business headquartered in Bethesda.

She was active as a founder and Board Member of the INTELSAT retiree's association, writing and editing the Via Intelsat newsletter. Jane obtained her college degree in English at Utah University and her Masters in English at the University of Oregon.

Jane lived a meaningful life, was highly regarded and loved by all who were in her orbit. She will be missed.

There will be a memorial celebration of life in the late spring when the azalea are in bloom.

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.
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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
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  • Fred Kelly - Secretary
  • Geza Serenyi - Treasurer
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  • Paul Schrantz - Legacy
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