The Loonies Behind UMRA
Some people say "You must be
crazy to spend your time fighting the United States Congress and the
Corps of Engineers." We're crazy enough to reply "We're not fighting
them, we're educating them." Actually we are crazy about boats, and
feel we would rather fight for boaters' needs than quit and play golf
or some take up some other more expensive hobby.
Among the small group
responsible for UMRA, you will find
Don Strimbeck - Retired energy
researcher and Army Colonel. He is lucky to only own one boat, at a
time. He replaced The
Flatulent Tosspot with an aluminum skiff
which he can haul up on his dock.
Wally Venable - Retired
engineering teacher whose fleet of boats have included the sidewheel
launch Ruddy Duck and the English canal cruiser Dawn Adventure. He now owns Osprey II, a 32 foot sailing cottage on Lake
Brooks & Bunny Javins -
Whose fleet of boats includes the sternwheeler Cindy.
Brooks is a directional driller (mostly oil & gas) who majored in
English and who can recite Beowulf in Middle English. Bunny runs Javins
Corporation, a drilling contracting firm based in Morgantown.
Tom Bartlett - Retired civilian employee of US Army Fort Detrick biological warfare
station. He also had parallel career US Army Ready Reserve, retiring as
Corps of Engineers. He is now mayor of his home town,
WV. Tom and his wife, Barbara, are owners of The
, a 52-foot Coastal Cruiser, docked at Star City.