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Amoeba Races! For those in the know, Amoeba Races are the grand-daddy of SSN-680 reunions. The first known Amoeba Race was held at Ocean Shores, WA, on August 29, 1998. Attended by crew members from the late 70’s (and Ted Mercure) the festivities of the day charted the course for USS William H. Bates reunions to come.

For those of you that dream of simpler times, when a group of shipmates could gather and reminisce (OK, lie their way through dozens of sea stories) without much advance notice, cost, or effort, your time has come. For those of you that can’t wait to reconnect until June of next year and REGROUPEX 20, this may be just the thing.

Terry Stanley has thrown out the invitation to all of us to join him on his farm in Theodosia, Missouri, on September 21st of this year for another of the much-heralded Amoeba Races. He has offered to smoke 4 or 5 slabs of ribs, chickens, brats, hot dogs, etc., and whip up a batch of beans for anyone who wants to spend the day on the farm with all the similarly inclined shipmates willing to muster.

Here’s the particulars:

WHAT: The 2019 Amoeba Races

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019

WHERE: Theodosia, Missouri 65761

HOW:

  • Get in touch with Terry and let him know you are coming - he’ll provide the exact address for your GPS.
  • You can message him on Facebook, or respond to his post in the USS William H. Bates group.
  • You can also reach him by logging into the www.ssn-680.org website, locating Terry’s User Profile (click here), and clicking on Send Email on his Contact Info tab, or, alternatively, at the top of his profile, click MESSAGES >> SEND EMAIL TO USER.
  • There are hotels and cabins in the area, and if you are into camping, Terry may let you set up on the farm. You’ll have to ask him!
  • Don’t forget to bring your own beverages - water, iced tea, colored sugar-water, beer, etc.
  • Don’t forget to bring something to sit on, otherwise, it’s the ground.
  • If you have any questions, ask Terry! I’m at the limit of my knowledge!

Finally, see you there!

In the words of Terry himself, Cheers!

Chris Vesper
You are entirely correct, that was the most/best beach party ever.... from what I remember.
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Brad Williamson
Regarding Amoeba Races 2019: No camping or RVs on-site!
In my enthusiasm to communicate Terry Stanley’s invitation to the 2019 Amoeba Races I failed to account for the fact that Terry has sold his farm in Amsterdam and moved to a secluded piece of land in the Ozark mountains near Theodosia, MO.
Terry informs me that the camping situation on his property is somewhat less than optimum, unless you like rocky and unlevel terrain, as well as various and sundry visitors, or “night creatures”. Night creatures include coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, black bear, skunks, venomous snakes, biting insects, and the occasional redneck with banjo, if you needed any additional encouragement.
As if that wasn’t enough, his retreat is NOT accessible to long vehicles or those that are low to the ground. While it does not appear that four-wheel drive is required, RVs are not recommended!
Fortunately, Theodosia and other nearby villages have numerous rental cabins and hook ups for RVs. One hour east of Branson, MO, near several big lakes and small towns, overnight accommodations and RV spots should be relatively easy to arrange.
Terry can provide you with more specific details.
That is all - carry on!

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Frank Allen
Actually, I believe the first Amoeba Races were on Fiesta Island (San Diego) around 1978-ish. We had a few kegs, volley ball nets, camp fire, burgers, etc. A good time... from what I recall. I might have some photos in an album somewhere... must find them. Must send them to Brad.
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