In The Beginning
organizational meeting of the Maryland State Police Alumni Association
was held on September 15, 1960 in the Penn Hotel in Towson,
Maryland. Twelve former Maryland State Troopers gathered together
in the "Garrett" room in the Penn Hotel to decide if and how
they should go about forming an alumni assn. of former
members of the Maryland State Police.
had been called together by Jack Gosnell who had phoned everybody
he could think of who had worked for the MSP, either as a member
of the "Triangle Taxi" or later under the new shield currently
on the front doors.
In the course
of the evening, which naturally involved a few beers, they drew
up the opening criteria for membership and voted on it. Shelton
Bosley announced to all assembled: "Okay guys, that's good logical
rule for starters. But you just voted me out! I didn't have
2 full years and wasn't off probation.
some shuffling of the feet, and nervous clearing of the throats
as they all looked uneasily at each other, there were several
suggestions of how to amend things since they were just starting
out which would allow Shelton to have full membership. But Shelton
diplayed a full ration of strong character that evening and
insisted "No, you have a good point of beginning there and you
should stick to it".
was immediately voted in as the first full Honorary Member of
the Maryland State Police Alumni Association.
has passed since that evening and our membership has grown to
nearly 1100 as of our 40th anniversary in 2000. Apparently our
founders had a good idea. It wasn't difficult to raise the first
100 members. They wrote letters to every person they could dig
out of the barrack histories where each of them had served and,
of course, everybody knew ol' so-and-so and either dug him up
personally or had a letter written to him. With that as a basis
and the passage of time, you know the rest of the story. And
by moving around the State for our different meetings we quickly
picked up members from all corners of Maryland.
a fleeting thing. You will note the accompanying photograph
which was taken at that first gathering, (by the waitress who
kept them fueled) and for years and years the author has steadfastly
disputed whether or not Dale Weems was at that meeting. He vehemently
insisted every time that he and the author got together that
he had been there. The author, just as vehemently, insisted
that he didn't think so. Dale, where ever you are, he apologizes.
observation. This organization was started by twelve men who
didn't retire from the Maryland State Police. They all left
voluntarily for their own personal reasons which were probably
economic. But all remembered their time on the job. And the
memories were strong enough to get them together to see if anybody
else might be interested in sticking together. Look around the
room at the next meeting and you decide.
NOTE: This article was
written by Harvey Casbarian, one of the founding members.
NOTE: In 1960, the Maryland
State Police was a fairly young outfit, having been in existence
less than 30 years. Therefore, there were few retirees to be
found during the formative years and the MSPAA was composed
almost exclusively of "former members" of the MSP. Today with
many more retirees, the MSPAA's roster is composed of many retirees.