Holiday Letter – 1993

In 1990s by Steve Sliwa40 Comments

As another year winds to a close, we look back over 12 months of peace mixed with challenge. This year we are happy to report yet again that we have no change of address or job, but while we have had no geographical moves, we have nonetheless experienced many exciting and tumultuous events.

Steve completes two and a half years as President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In spite of a difficult time with the Board of Trustees concerning the future of the Prescott campus, the experience continues to be positive. ERAU has seen a leveling in its declining enrollment, and compared to other schools with aviation/aerospace curriculums, has seen relatively small decreases. The school has added a turboprop training option in a King Air to its multi-engine training curriculum, which puts it well ahead of its competitors. Several new building construction projects are due to start in 1994 at both the Daytona and Prescott campuses, including a new Engineering facility for each campus which will specialize in combined distance education. Last but not least, the ERAU basketball team started out this season ranked 6th in the nation in the NAIA Division II, and so far has a record of 7-1, including having won two tournaments.

Steve’s job has him travelling a good deal. These trips include of course frequent visits to the Prescott campus, the FAA, and ERAU alumni chapters, as well as many speaking engagements and fundraising trips. Steve and Nancy were able to attend several inaugural events in Washington, D.C. in January. In addition, Steve has had two whirlwind international trips this year, one to Europe, and the other to Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Nancy continues her job in NASA Kennedy’s Advanced Technology Program, and is now also the program manager for robotics as well as for advanced software. It has certainly made her busier, and increased her travel schedule, but she loves the challenge of trying to bring a shaky program back to life. In addition, she has been able to use her Mooney for a number of business and pleasure trips, including her 20th high school reunion in Virginia. She joined her good friend Marcie again for two air races this summer. They used the Mooney for flying the Air Race Classic, which ran this year from Corpus Christi, Texas to Providence, Rhode Island. They were very proud to have flown so well in such a challenging race, even if they couldn’t claim a top prize. They used a Warrior from the Moffett Flying Club to fly the Palms to Pines Race for the 4th year, and just barely missed being in the top 10.

Nancy also had the chance to visit France for the first time this year. She spent several days with Steve’s parents in Barbizon, which included day tours to Paris. She then spent several days on the Burgundy canal in the Dijon area with her friends the Hazens and two other couples. She finally had the chance to use the French she spent many years learning in high school and college. This may turn out to be a more expensive trip than she had first expected, as she is now infatuated with world travel. Kenya, Moscow, and Morocco now top her list as potential sites for her next adventure.

Tabitha is in the midst of her sophomore year at University of California at Santa Cruz. She is very happy with the switch she made last year from the Chemistry curriculum to the Psychology curriculum, but at the rate she’s going she’ll be done with the major in only a few more quarters. So, she is looking for another possible major or perhaps a minor to add to it. She has moved out of her cramped dorm room into an on-campus apartment, which she still shares with Lori, her best friend from high school, as well as with two other students. They all get along well, and macaroni and cheese has become the staple of her diet (since she is no longer on the school food plan and has to do her own cooking). In case you would like to reach her, her new phone number is (408) 458-9270.

Steve’s parents have retired from Corning Glass, and have returned from France to purchase a beautiful Florida home in Daytona Beach. Steve and his father are investigating radio-controlled airplanes as a mutual hobby, as well as golf. In addition, Steve is thinking very strongly of getting back into soaring, preferably into competition. This time next year we may be able to announce a new addition to the family, in the form of a sleek new sailplane.

Nancy and Tabitha were able to meet in Denver for Thanksgiving this year. They had a wonderful time visiting with Steve’s sister Sue and her husband Thane, as well as with Nancy’s brother Jeff, his wife Gilda, and their children Jenny and Chris. A special treat was the presence of the ERAU basketball team playing a tournament (in which they again emerged the victors!), as well as a day of skiing in the Rockies at Keystone.

The high point of Honey’s year was the chance to host Cocoa, the miniature French Poodle belonging to Steve’s parents, for over 6 weeks, while her owners were househunting and settling into their new home. After the initial jockeying by each of them to establish doggy dominance, they were wonderful company for each other, playing together most delightfully. Honey would frequently take Cocoa for a walk, carry the smaller dog’s leash with a very responsible attitude. They also enjoyed trading treats, each one chewing on their own rawhide bone for a while, then swapping bones. Honey is delighted that Steve’s parents have bought a home with a pool, and is expecting to be a frequent guest at their house, particularly during the hot summer months.

As we look back during the holiday season and count our blessings, we hope that you and your dear ones are healthy and happy. Again we extend our invitation to be our guests in Daytona Beach. May the New Year bring you peace, joy, love, and prosperity.

Steve and Nancy Sliwa
and Honey

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Share this Post


  1. Hello there, You have performed an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and in my opinion recommend to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this web site.

  2. Good day! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

  3. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  4. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone else experiencing problems with your blog. It seems like some of the text on your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too? This could be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen before. Thanks

  5. I think what you postedwrotethink what you postedwrotesaidbelieve what you postedwrotesaidthink what you postedtypedsaidWhat you postedtyped was very logicala bunch of sense. But, what about this?consider this, what if you were to write a killer headlinetitle?content?wrote a catchier title? I ain’t saying your content isn’t good.ain’t saying your content isn’t gooddon’t want to tell you how to run your blog, but what if you added a titleheadlinetitle that grabbed people’s attention?maybe get a person’s attention?want more? I mean %BLOG_TITLE% is a little vanilla. You could peek at Yahoo’s home page and see how they createwrite post headlines to get viewers interested. You might add a video or a related pic or two to get readers interested about what you’ve written. Just my opinion, it might bring your postsblog a little livelier.

  6. Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I am inspired! Very useful information particularly the last part 🙂 I deal with such info a lot. I used to be seeking this particular info for a long timelong time. Thank you and good luck.

  7. Thank you for any other magnificent article. Where else may anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect method of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

  8. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i got here to go back the favor?.I am trying to in finding things to improve my site!I guess its good enough to use some of your ideas!!

  9. This design is wicked! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  10. Thank you for any other fantastic article. Where else may just anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

  11. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks!

  12. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on a variety of websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform. I have heard great things about Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  13. I got this website from my pal who informed me concerning this site and now this time I am visiting this site and reading very informative articles at this place.

  14. No matter if some one searches for his required thing, so he/she wants to be available that in detail, so that thing is maintained over here.

  15. It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read more things about it!

  16. Heya are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  17. I am curious to find out what blog system you have been utilizing? I’m experiencing some minor security problems with my latest website and I would like to find something more safe. Do you have any solutions?

  18. Wow, marvelous blog format! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging glance easy. The entire glance of your site is wonderful, let alonesmartly as the content!

  19. My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  20. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too fantastic. I really like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it smart. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is actually a wonderful site.

  21. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform. I have heard great things about Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  22. Having read this I thought it was really informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  23. Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? With thanks

Leave a Comment