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timber  (D 14846)

Nov 27, 2005, 2:07 AM
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     I first started hanging out at the local airport in Lompoc, Calif in 1979 when I was old enough to ride my bike to the airport. I would sweep hangars or wash airplanes to get a ride. My Dad was working two jobs and going to school as well as raising exotic birds so we didn't spend much time together. It wasn't until some guy in Ojai, California jumped out of a plane and met my father that our lives would change. My Dad went to Taft Dz in 1981 and made his first jump. From that day forward my Dad was my hero and best friend as well.

There are many people in life that cross our paths and influence our lives. To me Skydivers and Pilots are the people who I most admire.

Maybe some of these people have touched your life as well !!

Art Armstrong , Lea and Norm Van Pelt who tought my dad how to jump. Bob Sinclair, Jimmy Tyler, Pat Tierney, Howard, Ira, Dan Bardwell & George Meyer Who mentored me when I too young to jump and tought me how to pack and worship skydivers.

Theresa Thames and Joan Mahoney my jumpmasters who I still see on occasion.

Cathy Conklin (Worth) Judy Norton-Taylor, Laura Maddock and Kate Cooper who were the objects of my pubescent desires !

Jerry White, Ted Beumer and Jimmy Horak of Emerald Coast Skydiving. some of the best tandem instructors around. My dear departed friends John Foster, Mark Cooper and Ian Bellis, Milt Burton, James Layne I miss you !!

There are so many others who I have met along the way. Skydivers are my family and my idols. I feel lucky that life as blessed me with their presence.

Blue Skies, Timber


katecooper  (D 7333)

Nov 27, 2005, 9:14 AM
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So.... how YOU doing? :-)


I see Laura occasionally although I don't know if she is still jumping, Cathy (now Smith) lives with hubby Ryan and two sons in Pittsburgh and is still a regular skydiver. No idea about JNT... She was a short timer I think.

And to add to my list (in no order)--Tommy Piras, Bungee Wallace, BJ Worth, DOB, Guy Manos, Sandy (Taylor) Wambach, Bill Legard, Caroyln Clay, Brian Jasperse and a host more of wonderful humans: past, present and those who I will be destined to meet in the future...

kate


jonstark  (D 8298)

Nov 27, 2005, 4:42 PM
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Early on, while living in Pittsburg, my mentors were Mark and Paul Katich, Duck Sulkowski and Gordie Klinsic. I looked up to the jump pilots at Beaver too. Ed and Emil.

Later on while living in Georgia I was influenced by Bob Kempf, and our students at Skydive City. On trips to Florida Ken Coleman and two teams out of Deland, Snoots and Slots stood out. All of whom took me under their collective wings.

Other teams too... Exitus, Spaced Rangers, the Herd and Dem Toad Suckers. 1986 Knights.

When I finally moved to Florida there were a host of people responsible for my safe and successful carreer. Tom Piras, Mike Truffer, Bob Hallett, Carl Dogeater oops Daugherty, Mark Harrington, Joe Napute, John Norman, Bill Coe, John LeBlanc...

If I had time and y'all had the patience I could go on and on seein's how there are so many great folks out there and I have had so much fun. We haven't even touched on the BASE community which I was a small part of in the early eighties and again in recent years.


AggieDave  (D License)

Nov 27, 2005, 5:11 PM
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I'm very much a young'n in this sport, having started jumping in 2000, but a jumper who has been there and done that in skydiving had a very big impact on my jumping career.

Doc Stewart.

He put Moses out on his first 5-sec delay and I think the Schaffer Light he drinks he did actually buy in the '70s, but his dedication to jumping as well as his dediaction to his students showed me what skydiving really was all about. End of story, its about the low time jumpers, with out them we won't have a sport for very much time in the future.


RogerRamjet  (D License)

Nov 27, 2005, 5:29 PM
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A couple come to mind right away.

Jim Hooper, with him as ASO at Z-Hills in 73, you will follow the rules and jump safe.

Bill Booth, working for him (building the first 100+ Wonderhogs) really exercised by "out of the box" thinking skills.

Bill Buchmann, I worked for him next, building Eagle rigs. but what always stands out in my memory is his masterful piloting skills. Especially in difficult to fly aircraft such as the Loadstar.

Roger Nelson, what can you say, the man was good at everything and afraid of nothing. He introduced me to pre-stars before the term was even formed. Check it out at: http://www.cs.fiu.edu/~esj/uwf/uwf5.htm

Scroll down to: Pre-Stars? "Hey Man, You're Late..."
I didn't even know he wrote about me until 2003 just after he was killed.

There are others, some already mentioned above, but these come to mind first.


3331  (D 3331)

Nov 28, 2005, 8:23 AM
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Jim West
Greene County, Xenia, Ohio.


upndownshop  (D 23924)

Nov 28, 2005, 8:52 AM
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Jerry Schrimsher
Sherry Schrimsher
Bob Chaffin
John Berke
Richard (Condo) Whitehill

and all the folks from the Seagoville days in the 60's -late 70's


377  (F 666)

Nov 28, 2005, 7:00 PM
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Perry Stevens, a rigger/instructor who ran Stevens paraloft in Oakland and ran the DZ at Antioch for a while. He really pushed safety during training. He had a setup in his training facility where slides of various canopy malfunctions (and some good canopy shots thrown in to confuse you) were projected on a screen on the ceiling. You were hung in a suspended harness while the instructors screamed at you, spun you, shook you etc. You learned to make a quick assessment and then actually cutaway from the risers and fall onto a foam mat if the canopy was no good. Lord help you if you waited too long, the tongue lashing was severe. The training came in real handy when I had my first malfunction on a surplus round. It all went just like the training, it seemed familiar and you knew exactly what to do and knew you had to do it RIGHT NOW. I wish they trained that way today.


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Nov 28, 2005, 10:25 PM
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I also count Sandy Wambach as one who heavily influenced my skydiving career, in two different ways.

One - getting started into the big ways under her leadership, earning 3 state records with her, and culminating in earning a slot on the 1998 300 ways at Chicago on her team.

Two - getting a helping hand from her in meeting another deaf skydiver for the first time - John Woo, also known as jkwskydive on here. This chance meeting led to the two of us beginning our intensive search for other deaf skydivers the world over. When we met, there were only 5 other known deaf skydivers in 1997. Now, there are over 40 world-wide. Not only that, but John and I co-organized three straight successful Deaf World Records in 2001, 2003 and 2005.

I dare say that John and I would have eventually met without Sandy's help, but we would not be this far along in our little niche` in this sport.

Blue Skies Sandy, you are still missed.... but one day we'll meet again.


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Nov 29, 2005, 7:14 AM
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My Brother Rick Whitlock - what to do and how to do it.

Scotty Carbone - How to have fun.

Arch Deal - what NOT to do.


ibedano  (D 9124)

Nov 30, 2005, 4:04 PM
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Well hello Timber my old freind! its good to see your all grown up. man I remember you as a pup running about the DZ, Im glad you took to jumping & your still current. I left the lower 48 in 94 for Alaska & sold my gear 4 yrs ago , I couldent stay as current as I wanted too. I currently own a shop building alaskan supercubs check out my web page & I hope you can make it up here some day your welcome @ my cabin & you can jump out of my cub in my front yard! Blue Skies.........


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Nov 30, 2005, 8:03 PM
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Almost every skydiver I have met along the way has had an influence on my jumping and in some cases my life. Some of it good, some of it bad. But mostly good. I think I have been able to learn something from each one, more from some, less from others. Its been one hell of a ride, I wouldn't change a thing.

Sparky


norman8791  (D 5555)

Dec 1, 2005, 7:15 AM
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There has been many people that have influenced my skydiving over the Years. But the biggest influence has to be Art Armstrong. He probably has kept me alive at least a half a dozen times when I was young and wild. LOL.

Norm Van Pelt


rapter  (D 11825)

Dec 1, 2005, 7:36 AM
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Hey timber,
Some of the name you use are my heros too, others like Billy Reed, Bill Estes , Steve Stewart, Joe Crotwell, "The Bimblemen", and so many other to list. Say Hi to your Dad for me.
Cary


javip82  (C 35007)

Dec 1, 2005, 8:14 AM
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I concider myself very lucky to have found a skydiver who later became a friend(felipe Hurtado) just as I was going into the sport. Not many people have the chance of having someone look out for you everyday and teach you everything they know.
So, it's is pretty cool of you timber, to in a way say "thank you" to all the people who have influenced others in the sport. So, I guess what I am really saying is that if you never had te fortune of having a tutor, try to become one to someone that is new in the sport.
Help him/her and spend the time with the new people so the sport keeps groing and groing.


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 1, 2005, 8:47 AM
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Bert Beverley for teaching me accuracy.

J.T. Hill for teaching me demos.

Dave Verner for teaching me how to teach.

Mike Mcgowan showing me professionalism.

Joe Smith, Ted Strong, Jerry Borquin, Mark Limond....to many to list I guess!


timber  (D 14846)

Dec 1, 2005, 9:59 PM
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    Giving back to the sport and its people is what it is all about my brother !!!

There are so many more who I havn't mentioned yet Like Mongo from Elsinore. Bruce Gieky, and Sandy Wambaugh, Bungee Wallace And Rob Harris who left us way early.

Blue Skies, Timber


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 1, 2005, 11:34 PM
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Like Mongo from Elsinore


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I miss jumping with Mongo!CoolWink


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mjosparky  (D 5476)

Dec 2, 2005, 1:14 AM
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This was posted on Air Trash web site.

Sparky

Message Posted 11/27/05 from: John Bull

re: Mongo Scare

Okay, here's the update on Mongo. He got blood poisoning from a urine catheter. They rushed him to Hoag Hospital. They got him stabilized & squared away just in time. The doctor said, two more hours & he would have died.

His sister is trying to find a new care facility for him. He can't stay at Hoag, and he can't go back to the care facility he was at before. If anybody wants to visit him today, he's in room 727 Building West, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.


UPDATE!
Hi Larry. I just got back from visiting Mongo a few minutes ago. We had a good time. We watched part of a football game & I updated him on all current Air Trash News. He was in a really good mood considering how close he came a few days ago, to visiting the big DZ in the sky. His sister Diane was there & is attempting to find a new care facility to move him to, possibly as soon as tomorrow. He says to say hello to everybody & wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. What a guy .......

Bully



timber  (D 14846)

Dec 2, 2005, 11:18 AM
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   I am glad to hear that Mongo is doing better. He has been an inspiration to many new skydivers over the years. I remember some friends and I with about 100 jumps each would go to Elsinore and have him organize our jumps. He gladly put up with all of our backsliding and zoomie passes you know full contact RW !!! We soon became much better flyers Thank You Mongo !!

Blue Skies, Timber


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 2, 2005, 11:35 AM
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Yup!

When I move to Ca. and first started jumping at Elsinore, in the 80's...

Mongo took one look at my harness with the D rings on the front...Demo Jumper? he asked....and I was "IN"!Cool

Got to make a lot really great dives with him and the 'regulars' which I soon became a one of.Blush


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 3, 2005, 7:08 AM
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This is a PIC I received via Email today from an old time jumper that indeed influenced many...

He is currently traveling the country on his scooter, doing God's work...STILL influencing many.


Anyone remember ~Leon "Spike" Richie?
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kallend  (D 23151)

Dec 4, 2005, 8:18 AM
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Roger Nelson, who showed me that I could do things that I didn't believe I could do.


Xtremeopal  (B License)

Nov 3, 2011, 2:35 PM
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Thought Id bump this thread, as it seems like a good'un!.

Here's mine:

Brian Vacher. For beating 'The Fear' out of me,on his canopy course. Up untill Brian's course, I'd only ever done 1 hop'n'pop at a very sunny Perris Valley from 7500ft.
Brian had us hop 'n' poping from anywhere between 2500 and 4000ft at a very dark and miserable Westen on The Green!.

Other big influences have are: Clare 'Sparky' Scott, Mark Brown, Jon 'Woof' Irving and Rick Boardman.


muff528  (D 17609)

Nov 3, 2011, 4:30 PM
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Being fortunate enough to have been introduced to the sport at Zhills, I've had the opportunity to be influenced by, and jump with a lot of folks ...famous and infamous. But if I were to name a couple I would have to say Nigel Turner whose patience and critiques brought uncounted jumpers from flailers to reasonably proficient skydivers, first at Phoenix/Zhills and then at Skydive City. The other would be Johnny Gates who always helped me keep the sport in perspective as far as taking things too seriously is concerned. Smile


jackwallace  (Student)

Nov 5, 2011, 10:43 AM
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Jim Stoyas D-60 gave me one of the best pieces of advice not just about skydiving, but life. He said to only write the good things you did in your log book, why would you want to remember the bad stuff?


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Nov 6, 2011, 9:32 PM
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Just about everyone I have met in 35 years in the sport. So good, some bad. Wink

Sparky


rdufokker  (C 13244)

Nov 14, 2011, 5:47 PM
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Capt. Donald S. Cunningham, B-114. An original sport jumper from the 50's that was a green beret and wounded in Vietnam. His drop zones @ Roseland, NC and Laurinburg-Maxton, NC were some of the safest around. Not a lot of advanced skydiving but safe.

BS


Mbranch202  (C 8840)

Nov 21, 2011, 12:38 PM
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Larry Gossler, Jim hooper, and Tony Patterson


jimjumper  (D 11137)

Nov 22, 2011, 10:07 AM
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Dick Spates, Joey D'Afflisio, Charley Cantalupe, Bob Young, Wayne "Smitty" Smith and Joe Leach. '80's Lakewood crowd!


obelixtim  (D 84)

Nov 23, 2011, 12:53 AM
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 Al Kruger, back in the day when uncontrolled zooming around trying to make contact with others in the sky and not killing them was the go, told a bunch of us to switch our brains on in FF.

Voila!!!....


lodestar

Nov 23, 2011, 2:06 PM
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Jeff Searles, who had the insight to establish Z-Hills and encourage many many jumpers to take up the sport by providing a facility for them to do so.
Jeff was a down to earth square shooter who brought the Hills from a little operation to one of the best known jump DZ's in the Southeast.
I started flying for Jeff up in Rainbow airport around '67 and eventually followed him to Florida in '69, some of the best times of my life and some of the finest skydivers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Only problem I ever had was that none of em would land in the aircraft....they all jumped out........
Another significant man, a military pilot named Jim Haerer who taught the pilots at the Hills how to successfully preform multiple aircraft mass jumps by showing us how to do fly in formation on final runs, not only that, he even taught us how to maintain a cohesive formation in order to maintain position and contact with each other in getting to altitude as a unit instead of scattered all over the area and looking for each other as we madly scrambled to make final together, I learned more from him about formation flying than anyone else I ever came into contact with.


patmoore  (D 1814)

Dec 2, 2011, 6:26 PM
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Tough call.
I'd have to say Bob Branch, Paul Poppenhager, Roy Johnson, and Bill Ottley.

A special shout out goes to Lew Sanborn who trained and jumpmastered me on my first jump 49 years ago today. (See attachment)
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Premier rwieder  (C 32349)

Dec 4, 2011, 8:22 PM
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Who has influenced your skydiving career?

Derek V. SDSL
Chris M. SDSL
Steve B. DZO SDSL
Shane R. SDSL
Scotty C. SDSL


RogerRamjet  (D License)

Dec 5, 2011, 5:49 AM
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In reply to:
Jeff Searles, who had the insight to establish Z-Hills and encourage many many jumpers to take up the sport by providing a facility for them to do so.

Jeff was a down to earth square shooter who brought the Hills from a little operation to one of the best known jump DZ's in the Southeast World.

I started flying for Jeff up in Rainbow airport around '67 and eventually followed him to Florida in '69, some of the best times of my life and some of the finest skydivers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Only problem I ever had was that none of em would land in the aircraft....they all jumped out........
Another significant man, a military pilot named Jim Haerer who taught the pilots at the Hills how to successfully preform multiple aircraft mass jumps by showing us how to do fly in formation on final runs, not only that, he even taught us how to maintain a cohesive formation in order to maintain position and contact with each other in getting to altitude as a unit instead of scattered all over the area and looking for each other as we madly scrambled to make final together, I learned more from him about formation flying than anyone else I ever came into contact with.

Had to fix that one sentence above. By 73/74, Z-Hills was known around the world. We had skydivers coming there from all over the world; some for weeks at a time just to jump at our famous DZ.


lodestar

Dec 5, 2011, 6:31 AM
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No problem with the change Roger.....wasn't thinking Globally when I made that statement....lol...In my time there we had a few jumpers from other countries and mostly Canadians sprinkled with a few souls trying to escape the northern winters.
On a recent visit to the DZ I heard so many different languages being spoken it became apparent the fame had spread far and (World) wide.....


RogerRamjet  (D License)

Dec 5, 2011, 7:04 AM
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In reply to:
No problem with the change Roger.....wasn't thinking Globally when I made that statement....lol...In my time there we had a few jumpers from other countries and mostly Canadians sprinkled with a few souls trying to escape the northern winters.
On a recent visit to the DZ I heard so many different languages being spoken it became apparent the fame had spread far and (World) wide.....

I was young (20) and not Worldly by any definition when I started working for Jeff Searles as the DZ rigger in 73. When the Turkey meet rolled around I had my education "enhanced" a bit by the European visitors. I was walking out to our van to get something when I saw a very pretty German girl strip completely naked to change into another set of clothes right next to her car. I knew right then that I had to visit Europe at some point Wink


steve1  (D 23640)

Dec 5, 2011, 1:55 PM
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The thought of jumping out of perfectly good airplane scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid.

I watched a movie once, of airborne soldiers jumping into combat. Man, that seemed awful.

Then I read a book by a smokejumper when I was in High School. This jumping stuff was starting to appeal to me.

I was about to be drafted in 1969. I joined a special forces guard unit to escape that. I figured I didn't want to die in a war noone believed in. Maybe it was a cowardly act, but that's what I did. After all I wanted to jump by then, and this would be one way to do it.

Before I left for active duty, I went up in a C-119 to watch my National Guard company jump. Man...that looked like fun, but scary at the same time.

One of the guys in my company was a skydiver. He took me over to a drop zone and I watched some jumpers in free fall. Now that looked down right scary. I figured I'd try that some day.

In phase II of special forces training, we were pulling duty pushing a broom, and that sort of thing. Our sargent in charge, decided we should all ghost out. We ended up at the Green Beret Parachute Club Bar.

Our sargent was a skydiver. He had orders for Nam. He tried to sell me his rig, since I was interested. This bar had some of the coolest pictures, of hard core jumpers, on every wall. Some day I figured I've got to try that.

When I got off active duty....I saw this sign at college...First jump course for $50. One of the guys I trained with was Hod Sanders. One of my instructors was B.J. Worth.

When you get old, people have lot's of regrets for things they never did. I'll never have any regrets for learning to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.


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jrbirdmen

Dec 9, 2011, 10:34 AM
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I grew up at Stevens Paraloft........My dad was Dick Enarson, jumpmaster & pilot. He & Perry were best friends........maybe I cooked you breakfast most definately lunch. I'm glad u survived. It was a wonderful place expect for the septic odor!


jrbirdmen

Dec 9, 2011, 10:37 AM
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P.S. My dad owned the paraloft in Oakland :)


jrbirdmen

Dec 9, 2011, 10:52 AM
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Hey Airtwardo, finding my way thru the site. See user 377........that's reality & it's not Peco's. The rule was no jumpin if u drank, but if u pulled ur reserve, u owed a case. Believe me, these folks wanted to spend their $ on jumpin first & that brings back another memory......find the pull cord & the poor guy on his first non static line dropped & he owed a case too. I wish I got paid for all those ripcords I found.


JerryBaumchen  (D 1543)

Dec 9, 2011, 7:50 PM
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Hi jrbird,

Back in the late 70's, Gary Hattenschwiller ( sp ?? ) bought a ripcord swager and everyone asked why he would spend so much money on something like that.

He paid for it in one summer making replacement main ripcords.

Angelic

JerryBaumchen


korfus

Feb 4, 2014, 1:51 AM
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Jimmy Horak passed on while on a jump this past year. Not sure what has become of Jerry White or his business partner Barry, last seen them around 1996 / 97?


SCS292  (No License)

Feb 4, 2014, 5:36 PM
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Re: [timber] Who has influenced your skydiving career ? [In reply to] Can't Post

Steve Hazen got me started. He and I were 21 year old kids and worked in the Chevron Exploration Data Processing Center in Houston, 1971. He worked in the darkroom developing geophysical maps and I worked as a computer operator making the maps he developed. Normally the darkroom operators didn't interact with the computer operators much but he was breaking in a new pair of Frenchies at the office so naturally I wanted to know about his new "hiking boots". One thing lead to another and before I knew it he had introduced me to Pete Bandy and I bought Pete's rig while he was in a full leg cast from a canopy collision. What was I thinking? Steve penciled a couple of jumps into a new logbook and trained me so I could get onto a load without paying the training fee at the DZ. Steve wasn't instructor licensed but he put me out on all my training jumps. He continued to mentor me until we were jumping at a similar level. John Mincher and Steve were good friends so I spent some time with John and did lots of listening. Steve was in Valley Mills for the weekend and I went with John to Dickinson to make some jumps. They got an 8-man attempt together with all the experienced jumpers who were there but they were one short. John said "how about Rick, he was in a 6-man last week". I made the load and came in 8th on my 44th jump. Thanks John. The next weekend we trekked to Valley Mills and wow, Phil Mayfield came up and congratulated me on my SCR/SCS. I was on top of the world. Then he said, "but you will have to get some more jumps behind you before you can get on a big load." I was deflated but I understood. Later after I had a few jumps behind me and was jumping with everyone who wasn't a member of the Texas 10 Man Team, we made a screaming 14 man out of the DC-3 after the 10 Man Team had completed a practice jump ahead of us, Phil gathered everyone at the DZ together and told all us meatball jumpers how impressed the 10 Man Team was to see a 14 man with none of the 10 Man Team in it. After that I was allowed on the big attempts. I worshiped those guys and only recently found out they had gotten their SCSs less than 2 years before me. They did have way more jumps and were really good together.


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Feb 5, 2014, 3:48 AM
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Re: [rwieder] Who has influenced your skydiving career ? [In reply to] Can't Post

Mods-If you feel compelled to edit my post, I'd appreciate a little communication before you do it unless I'm breaking one or more of the rules. I don't appreciate you guys/gals doing this at all. I'm fairly warmed up right now over this activity. PLEASE don't pull this stunt anymore if you wouldn't mind. Thanking you in advance for your time as always.

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Richard


(This post was edited by rwieder on Feb 5, 2014, 4:21 AM)



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