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jtval  (D 26340)

May 20, 2003, 1:14 AM
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ok as we all know SKYDIVE BOOGIES are as close to a "MEET" or "CONVENTION" that we know of. but why did we choose the word "BOOGIE" to describe it?

any on e have a clue? is it like the slang term "lets BOOGIE?" or is there an odd meaning for it? curious how It got started. when I say it to my devoted whuffo followers they look at me wierd until I describe it as a MEET....

maybe we chose it just to confuse those whuffos!Wink


darkwing  (D 4164)

May 20, 2003, 6:07 AM
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Interesting question. I started jumping in 1973 and I'm fairly sure that the term was in use then, but I'm not 100% certain. Maybe look through old parachutists and other pubs to see when it crept into use. I don't think it has any obscure etymology, and pretty much just comes from an application of the phrase "let's boogie" which has been widely used in colloquial english.


steve1  (D 23640)

May 20, 2003, 7:27 AM
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I started jumping in the early 70's when we called boogies "jump meets". Later in the 70's they were called boogies. I don't have a clue how the name came about, but I've wondered about the same thing......Steve1


Premier cpoxon  (D 11665)
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May 20, 2003, 7:54 AM
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From rec.skydiving:

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A bit of History: In 1972 shortly after the release of the first skydiving movie "Gypsy Moths" to the public, the stunt double for Burt Lancaster, Garth Taggart, was asked to do something with skydivers in his home town of Richmond, Indiana. Until then skydivers only gathered for competition at Confrence(Regions) meets or the Nationals held by USPA. Garth decided to have a gathering for fun, brought in some Twin Beeches and a DC 3. The Richmond Boys Club sponsered the ferry fees and the call went out to all the Drop Zones in the area. The turnout was phenomenal, lots of jumps and lots of just plain fun. In the 60's and 70's there was a cartoon character called the Boogie man best known for his phrase "Keep on Truckin' " Garth decided to borrow the name Boogie and became the first "Boogie man." The original Boogie turned into the Nationals at the end of the 70's. The sport was growing rapidly and had a bit of a "motorcycle gang" reputation. Skydivers were banned from the City of Richmond, In for several years, due to their excesses. In 1986 the Boogie was brought back to Richmond, and is going strong every Labor Day Weekend. The boogie is second only to the convention in size and number of jumps. Garth Taggart was home in 1998 for the Boogie and continued to jump and have fun.


jtval  (D 26340)

May 23, 2003, 12:53 AM
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sweet thanks!


freeflyeuphoria  (D License)

May 27, 2003, 5:50 AM
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Craig here u go again all that info in ur head amazing :)


721taggart  (C 6265)

Oct 14, 2003, 12:59 PM
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cpoxom has the Richmond Boogie history correct, including the "Keep on Trucking" cartoon character. I'll just add one more fact. In the 2nd annual "Richmond Skydiving Show" Souvenir Program, there is a list of skydiving terms. Boogie is listed. Boogie: The term was brought back from the New Zealand International Parachuting Competition. It applies to having a great time either jumping, dancing, partying, or going away to a parachuting meet, etc.
Garth Taggart SCR 38


murrays  (C 1285)

Oct 14, 2003, 10:40 PM
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Keep on Truckin' = Mr. Natural by cartoonist Robert Crumb.


CrazyDave  (Student)

Oct 30, 2003, 2:32 PM
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I started jumping in the early 70's when we called boogies "jump meets". Later in the 70's they were called boogies. I don't have a clue how the name came about, but I've wondered about the same thing......Steve1

im glad they changed it to 'boogies' ..........

jump meets just didnt quite cut it as skydiving term!?! (not cool enough hehe)


moodyskydiver

Oct 30, 2003, 2:48 PM
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jump meets just didnt quite cut it as skydiving term!?! (not cool enough hehe)

Also, it might sound like you're saying "jump ME" if taken out of context.You know how some skydivers think.LOL AngelicSly


jaymundo  (D 22179)

Nov 6, 2003, 5:00 AM
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I started in 73 also.In Covington,La.We had an annual Mardi Gras Parachute Meet...which started out as accuracy.....Then we had three man scrambles......three man...backloop....three man.When Greene County took over it changes to 10 way speed scrambles.At that time the name changed to boogie to draw people that didnt want to compete...but just have fun....or boogie.Also...Man changes to Way.....PC


Yoshi  (D 26770)

Nov 21, 2003, 3:42 PM
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To my understanding that is why it is called: Richmond "THE" Boogie. and also why richmond aka Skydive Wayne County is now the coolest DZ around.

-yoshi


skr  (D 981)

Nov 23, 2003, 8:13 PM
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>Garth Taggart SCR 38

Holy shit!

Tag is here!

Dropzone.com is like a very large party
where I keep running into people I haven't
seen in a very long time.

Ancient jump stories flooding into memory ...

Including that time when ... but no, I probably
shouldn't mention that one in public.

Wha's happenin' duuuude! ?? :-) :-)

Skr ( SCR-16)


JeffGordon  (D 24650)

Nov 24, 2003, 10:03 AM
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Quote:
Including that time when ... but no, I probably
shouldn't mention that one in public

Dude... C'mon.. We won't tell anybody..


lfhower  (C 5835)

Nov 24, 2003, 1:15 PM
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Hey Garth, weren't you on the first 8 way ever completed? Seems to me I remember a picture of that 8 way and you were the one with his heels almost on his butt. Glad you found DZ.com. Be sure to relate some stories frome the old days for us to enjoy.


lfhower  (C 5835)

Nov 24, 2003, 1:20 PM
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Scratch, were you on that first 8 way too? When I was in Cal in the Navy back in the 60's you and Garth were pretty famous, it is so cool to have you guys posting.


CrazyDave  (Student)

Nov 30, 2003, 4:11 AM
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jump meets just didnt quite cut it as skydiving term!?! (not cool enough hehe)

Also, it might sound like you're saying "jump ME" if taken out of context.You know how some skydivers think.LOL AngelicSly

hehe i know wot ya mean....


skypuppy  (D 347)

Nov 30, 2003, 6:20 AM
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Ancient jump stories flooding into memory ...

Including that time when ... but no, I probably
shouldn't mention that one in public.
__________________________________________________

Ah come on, Skratch - we're not the public. This is all just a group of friends, here....


tazz  (D License)

Jan 6, 2004, 10:01 AM
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boogie on bro.


piisfish

May 24, 2004, 3:05 PM
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is there any relation to the movie Boogie Nights ?? Tongue

I think it's simply incredible to have people like SKR and others which have more time in the activity than many of us have on the planet.
These guys certainly have loads of things to teach us about the Etiquette...


mjosparky  (D 5476)

May 24, 2004, 8:42 PM
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Skratch Garrison was part of "The Arvin Good Guys". He was part of the group of jumpers that defined how and what we do today. How many jumpers were born after 4/24/66? That is when Skratch got his SCR. There were only 14 awarded that year.
Sparky


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slug  (B License)

May 24, 2004, 9:25 PM
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Hi Jtval

I don't know which came first the chicken or the egg but I seem to remember hearing the term "Lets get down and boogie" pre skydiving.

And it wasn't being said by skydiversCool

Could have been beatnicks which were pre hipee.Coolsp?

R.I.P.


piisfish

May 25, 2004, 5:48 AM
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Skratch Garrison was part of "The Arvin Good Guys". He was part of the group of jumpers that defined how and what we do today. How many jumpers were born after 4/24/66? That is when Skratch got his SCR. There were only 14 awarded that year.
Sparky
I was born 27 april 72, but skyborn only 15 may 2002... So I'm quite young and inexperienced... And love to learn from people who made everything possible and much easier for us.


kallend  (D 23151)

May 25, 2004, 11:43 AM
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>Garth Taggart SCR 38

Holy shit!

Tag is here!

Dropzone.com is like a very large party
where I keep running into people I haven't
seen in a very long time.

Ancient jump stories flooding into memory ...

Including that time when ... but no, I probably
shouldn't mention that one in public.

Wha's happenin' duuuude! ?? :-) :-)

Skr ( SCR-16)

Skratch, were you part of the Arvin Good Guys in November '67 for the first ever RW competition (10-way star).


skr  (D 981)

May 25, 2004, 3:11 PM
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>were you part of the Arvin Good Guys in November '67 for the first ever RW competition (10-way star)

Yes.

If you're wanting to know more about some aspect
of this like who or how or why I can check my log
book or even my failing memory.

Skr


slug  (B License)

May 25, 2004, 9:29 PM
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>were you part of the Arvin Good Guys in November '67 for the first ever RW competition (10-way star)

Yes.

If you're wanting to know more about some aspect
of this like who or how or why I can check my log
book or even my failing memory.

Hi Mr Garrison

Our logbooks our priceless to us old farts due to our failing memory. My problem is I cant remember where I put the damn thing due to my senior moments. But I know it's somewhere in my house so as along as I'm in the right house I can eventually find it in a couple of days. In the wrong house it takes a little longer because I have to wait for the cops to release me from lockup and take me home.CrazySmileShocked

R.I.P.

Skr


uncaged  (D License)

May 31, 2004, 8:19 PM
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Did we mention that "You Sir" still rock...


skr  (D 981)

Jun 1, 2004, 6:40 PM
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> Hi Mr Garrison

"Mr Garrison"? .. glancing nervously over his shoulder.

Nobody's called me that in a really long time!

I wonder whether anybody is left on rec.skydiving?

They all seem to be hanging out over here now.

Skr


slug  (B License)

Jun 1, 2004, 9:31 PM
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Hi Scratch

The Mr Garrision was a sign of respect for everything you did for the sport back in the "bad old days" when you was on the leading edge of RW and a sweet young thingShocked

I haven't been to Wreck. for a long time their "free for all system" doesn't seem to work for me.Frown They did have a bunch of nice folks. But some of the others were a little to much for even me.

Gotta go with the flow. Lifes to short

R.I.P.


jtval  (D 26340)

Oct 22, 2007, 12:07 PM
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WOW. Blast from the Past.


if any of the pioneers want to dig out their log books and talk about those days I'd be willing to sit and listen (or read)


lekstrom10k  (D 3001)

Oct 22, 2007, 1:29 PM
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 I was fortunate enough to attend every Boggie/Boogie, except this years. I was told I could go but wouldnt have a job to come back to. In Michigan they are rare.As I have stated before Boogie-man was from a Laurel and Hardy movie "The march of the Tin Soldiers" It was also in WWII songs like "The boogie -Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" I agree with the Keep on Trucking guy. Does any still have or a picture of the "Keep on Trackimg" T-Shirt . It had a guy with a belly wart reserve with canopy coming out"Frenchie jump boots in a steep track grinning. My darling wife threw away that and my original misspelled Boggie because they were worn out. The main reason they were worn out they were collectors items, and my favorites. I let the boogie guy T-Shirt from Scotty Carbone,be copied by Steve on the Airports copy machine. It has then become the logo on the mugs tickets and t-shirts. I retired it before it fell off to be framed for a wall decoration. I didnt give them the number of jumps it had there and other DZ's but at least 500..
Here we go again to back in the day. A boogie was described as meeting the following requirements
You had to drive a minimum of 300 mile
You jumped with the people you normally didnt jump with from your home DZ
Being from Michigan you hid non-returnable beerin the Michigan returnable boxes for refunds back home
You couldnt leave unless you did another night nude beacon ride to keep your status current
The Scrambles at Hinckley were always great too. First Twin -Otter jumps in 73 and a low Freak Brother number[ 128] . I could of had 58 but Carl lost his pen and I waited for next year.
The reason it was changed to WFFC Roger wanted to up grade our status From Freak Brothers for advertising purposes . After leaving Freakport it seemed necessary. but a porcine is still a pig with a latin name. Bluffed Quincy for a while though. I am smiling as I peck away at the keys stiring up memories. Unlees I am in a cardboard box ready to have my ashes dumped out of by a bunch of fools wanting to spit out them I will be at Richmond in 2008


stratostar  (Student)

Oct 22, 2007, 4:39 PM
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I heard from your gang in tent city about the job thing, I knew some shit was up for you not to attend the 20th year, you were missed for sure by many, some more then others.....Tongue But don't worrie there was nakkkkkedness. But hey we saved you a T-shirt....Smile


itllclear  (D 6366)

Oct 23, 2007, 6:56 PM
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Skydivers were banned from the City of Richmond, In for several years, due to their excesses

If you remember the "excesses" you weren't excess enough!

At the '77 SCR Scrambles the local cops wanted reinforcements, so they brought in every uniformed service they could find.

The Fish & Game people made us release the local girls because they hadn't grown to legal size yet.

Or so I was told.....

BSBD

Harry


SCS292  (No License)

Apr 25, 2014, 8:25 AM
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"I started in 73 also.In Covington,La.We had an annual Mardi Gras Parachute Meet...which started out as accuracy.....Then we had three man scrambles......three man...backloop....three man.When Greene County took over it changes to 10 way speed scrambles.At that time the name changed to boogie to draw people that didnt want to compete...but just have fun....or boogie.Also...Man changes to Way.....PC"

I was at the Mardi Gras meet in Covington in '72. The weather sucked so all we did was Boogie. Nice to be able to camp at the airfield but there was no jumping that year.


(This post was edited by SCS292 on Apr 25, 2014, 8:32 AM)



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