Last update: 14 April
In his attempt to trace 'lost' school mates,
Jerry Choo did a Google search for Joe Pichamuthu. To his
surprise, he found amongst other references, a tribute to Joe
when he retired from the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)
in 2002 (click
here for the tribute) in 2002! Jerry then emailed to NAL for
the whereabouts of Joe, and the rest is history as recorded
Jerry Choo Teck Yong
wrote (05 April 2006, 1159 hours):
Really wonderful to be in touch with you
after almost half a century. There, I still remember that you
are a cricketer! Thanks to the internet, I just went in to
Google and typed your name. As chances would have it, there was
this 2002 tribute to you, and the rest is this trail to get to
I started to think of a 50th Anniversary
reunion last year and started a web site. Since then we have
been able to flush out some of our cohorts. We need the numbers
to have a real bash. Some of the Form 5B cohorts did ask if
anyone knew where you were, and here we are. We've found you!
I am currently in Sydney for a week and will
be back 12 April. Will fill you in with some news of ourselves.
Will also give the good news to the folks about finding you. In
the meantime, Joe, go to our web site www.acsclass57.com and you
will be able to 'catch up' with your school mates. We have a
Directory, with our class mug shots and email, address and phone
contacts of those we have been able to update; an Album, with
postings of old photographs; a Forum page; link to Alumni
Roundup, a page from the ACS Echo, in which I am involved in
publishing. Might take some time to go through the material, and
hope you enjoy this.
Sorry for this brief note, as I am using this
at an internet cafe. Let me have your phone number when you next
email. Incidentally, the Reunion is scheduled for the week
before or after Chinese New Year, which falls on 18/19 February
2007. I will send you some earlier correspondence of this as
Again, Joe, magical to have found you. Take
care and say hello to the family.
Joe Pichamuthu wrote
(04 April 2006):
My Dear Teck Yong,
You can't imagine the happiness your email
gave me. Thank you for taking so much trouble to contact me.
Your idea of a reunion next year is
wonderful. I hope to come with my family if circumstances
permit. One of my difficulties is that I'm teaching, so I can't
take off in the middle of the semester. Anyway, I'm sure this
can be sorted out.
About 10 years ago, at a conference on Asian
Airports, I met a young officer working with the Singapore
Airport Authority. He gave me the phone numbers of several of
our class-mates, which I unfortunately lost (creeping senility,
did I hear you say?). He also gave me the sad news about Eng
Strangely enough, we have been discussing the
possibility of visiting Singapore. I was just wondering how on
earth I'd be able to meet all of you. The reunion would be a
God-given opportunity to do so.
Have you been able to contact all our
fellow-criminals of 5B? I wonder if it would be practicable to
have our own 5B web site for information exchange.
I can just imagine singing our school song
and Auld Lang Syne once more with all of 5B. What are the
tentative plans you have made for the reunion?
Please give my affectionate regards to all
our class mates when you contact them. Do you think you could
send copies of this mail to those you are in touch with?
With my affectionate good wishes
NAL's response (02
April 2006, 1243 hours):
We'll find Joe for you next week! He's
left the laboratory, but stays in touch.
Jerry Choo Teck Yong's
mail to the National Aerospace Laboratories in late-March 2006:
I was a classmate of Joe Pichamuthu when he
was schooling at the Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore. The
cohorts of Form 5 are trying to locate him to arrange for a 50th
Anniversary Reunion. Do you think you will be able to provide
his email? Thanks.