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Alumni Author: My Life at Kings Point, The Longest Days and The Shortest Years

22 Nov 2017 12:36 PM | Anonymous

Dear Fellow Kings Point Alumni, 

My name is Gustave (Gus) Jockers and I’m a proud member of the class of 1971.  It was the last engineering class in our history to graduate using only a slide rule.  Portable calculators were not available until September of the year I graduated – a few months too late!  It was not my intention to write a book about my four years at Kings Point – it was a chapter of a different book I’m writing.  I was urged by my college roommate, close friend, and confidant, Tom, to focus my attention on the US Merchant Marine Academy four-year period and tell some stories about those experiences. 

A huge number of books about the other U.S. service academies both fiction and nonfiction have been written, but very few about the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  This is a first-hand account that covers the entire four-year experience from the first gathering at Barney Square to the day we threw our hats in the air on Tomb Memorial Field in June 1971.  Acta Non Verba became a mantra for many of us throughout our personal and professional lives.

I came of age in the 1960s and lived through the assassination of some of the most influential people of our time, grew up in the exact location where the Woodstock event of 1969 took place, and I watched as our brightest people worked with a national purpose to land men on the moon and bring them back to Earth safely. 

A personal note:  This book is PG rated all the way – yes, a few expletives, but nothing we haven’t heard even from our children.  I wanted to target future candidates and current midshipmen now in attendance so they could hear how much things have changed over the past nearly 50 years.  The class of 2021 recently went through their acceptance day ceremony and they are our “legacy” class.  We all wish them Godspeed and a strong tailwind! 

The book is currently available in both paperback and eBook on Amazon at the following link or search for my name or for My Life at Kings Point.  I would appreciate you passing the word to the membership of your AAF Chapter at your convenience.  Enjoy!


My Life at Kings Point: The Longest Days and The Shortest Years

Independently published




Fond regards and Happy Holidays to my fellow alumni,


Class of 1971

Gus Jockers



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