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Douggarr  (D 2791)

Feb 13, 2010, 8:24 AM
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I point you to the March, 2010, issue of Esquire magazine, where on p. 97, in a profile of the actor, the following quote can be found: "I know it's a cliche, but I'm happy to be alive. I went skydiving and my chutes didn't open. Two of them."

I suspect he was putting the writer on....does anybody know anything about this?


IanHarrop  (C 1152)

Feb 13, 2010, 8:43 AM
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http://www.dropzone.com/...cgi?post=58171#58171


wildcard451  (D License)

Feb 13, 2010, 8:43 AM
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I'm gonna vote for a douchebag. If he survive a double mal, I'll eat my words.


robinheid  (D 5533)

Feb 13, 2010, 10:34 AM
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In reply to:
I point you to the March, 2010, issue of Esquire magazine, where on p. 97, in a profile of the actor, the following quote can be found: "I know it's a cliche, but I'm happy to be alive. I went skydiving and my chutes didn't open. Two of them."

I suspect he was putting the writer on....does anybody know anything about this?

As the link to the earlier thread says, Leo did a post-Titanic-filming, pre-Titanic-release jump at Perris with tandem master Harley Powell, where they had a "routine" partial malfunction and a "routine" reserve ride.

The Enquirer story came out some months later (post-Titanic-release when Leo was way more famous) and was titled something like "Leo Survives Skydiving Death Plunge!" and then talked breathlessly about his tandem jump and malfunction. The story carried a stock tandem photo and it was (and may still be) framed and hung on the wall in Perris Valley's Bomshelter Bar & Grill.

What's ironic is that had the Enquirer done some basic research, its headline could've been far more compelling: "Leo Survives Skydiving Death Plunge with Suicidal Instructor!"

Because sometime between the time of the jump and the Enquirer story, Harley Powell committed suicide on Mother's Day by inviting his ex-girlfriend to the DZ to "see something," then jumped out of the Otter saying to people still in the plane: "There's a note in the van."

Then he proceeded to bounce right next to the runway across from the student area.

So it could have been a far more stupid and sensational story, but fortunately the Enquirer reporters on the story were apparently not the ones who did such great research on the OJ and John Edwards cases.

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mjosparky  (D 5476)

Feb 13, 2010, 10:50 PM
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Too much information. Crazy

Sparky


jimmytavino  (A 3914)

Feb 14, 2010, 6:43 AM
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right.

a bit more discretion would have been appropriate...Unsure
apparently, sometimes 'writers write', even when it might have been better to 'step AWAY from the keyboard'....


as for Leo...
Pretty goood actor.
even better whuffo.....Unimpressed

jt
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A 3914


Douggarr  (D 2791)

Feb 14, 2010, 7:58 AM
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Thank you for enlightening me, Robin. I guessed that it was either a) Leo piping the story to something sensational, b) the writer hearing it wrong, or c) the Esquire fact checkers not even raising an eyebrow when they read the text of the transcript.

Either way, it's not really that important. We've been explaining ourselves for years and not too many people ever get it.


Iago  (D License)

Feb 14, 2010, 7:10 PM
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You're forgetting the most important question:

Did Leo buy beer?


pirana  (D 30661)

Feb 15, 2010, 8:04 AM
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Thank you for enlightening me, Robin. I guessed that it was either a) Leo piping the story to something sensational, b) the writer hearing it wrong, or c) the Esquire fact checkers not even raising an eyebrow when they read the text of the transcript.

Either way, it's not really that important. We've been explaining ourselves for years and not too many people ever get it.

Esquire has fact checkers? Sounds like an oxymoron.


happythoughts  (D License)

Feb 15, 2010, 8:05 AM
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People ask about the lives of famous actors simply for
the reason that they are famous.

You never hear about actors asking about famous skydivers.
Laugh


robinheid  (D 5533)

Feb 15, 2010, 10:40 AM
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Too much information. Crazy

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right.

a bit more discretion would have been appropriate...Unsure
apparently, sometimes 'writers write', even when it might have been better to 'step AWAY from the keyboard'....

Sorry, guess I shouldn't have mentioned that part about the Bombshelter...

Still, I was pretty discreet -- I didn't include the part where the late great Jerry McCauley walked up to the body from the landing area and, holding his canopy in one hand, stuck a finger from his other hand into some exposed brains, then licked his finger clean and said something like:

"Yep, tastes like Harley all right."

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jimmytavino  (A 3914)

Feb 15, 2010, 11:43 AM
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UnsureMad

private message sent.......


jt


Skydivesg  (D 10938)

Feb 15, 2010, 12:12 PM
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I really hope this is a joke.

(Especially referring to your last post)

If not, you need help!


(This post was edited by Skydivesg on Feb 15, 2010, 12:16 PM)


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Feb 15, 2010, 12:38 PM
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I really hope this is a joke.

(Especially referring to your last post)

If not, you need help!

Agreed, I could have done without that visual. Unsure


robinheid  (D 5533)

Feb 15, 2010, 4:00 PM
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I really hope this is a joke.

(Especially referring to your last post)

If not, you need help!

Agreed, I could have done without that visual. Unsure

I'm not sure I follow your "logic" here, so let me see if I have this straight:

An experienced skydiver invites his ex-girlfriend to the DZ so he can show her how much guts he has, then a Navy SEAL tastes the dead dude's brain matter - and from that you conclude that the messenger is the one who needs help?

Did I get that right?

Cool


robinheid  (D 5533)

Feb 15, 2010, 4:01 PM
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Too much information. Crazy

Sparky

Blue Sky, Black Death...

...oh wait, was that too much information too?

Cool


MakeItHappen

Feb 15, 2010, 6:29 PM
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In reply to:
I really hope this is a joke.

(Especially referring to your last post)

If not, you need help!

Agreed, I could have done without that visual. Unsure

I'm not sure I follow your "logic" here, so let me see if I have this straight:

An experienced skydiver invites his ex-girlfriend to the DZ so he can show her how much guts he has, then a Navy SEAL tastes the dead dude's brain matter - and from that you conclude that the messenger is the one who needs help?

Did I get that right?

Cool

Oh Gee, Robin, I seem to remember you shooting a messenger about a year ago.

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BillyVance  (D 18895)

Feb 15, 2010, 8:28 PM
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Cool

Oh Gee, Robin, I seem to remember you shooting a messenger about a year ago.

.

BAM!


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Feb 15, 2010, 8:40 PM
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Was that the sound you heard when the messenger was shot Billy?Wink





Sorry Brother, couldn't resist.Angelic

Matt


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Feb 16, 2010, 1:11 AM
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Too much information. Crazy

Sparky

Blue Sky, Black Death...

...oh wait, was that too much information too?

Cool

Robin, an old guy named Will Rogers once said "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging". Time to put the shovel down.

Sparky


(This post was edited by mjosparky on Feb 16, 2010, 1:12 AM)


feuergnom  (D License)

Feb 16, 2010, 2:13 AM
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in a very sick and twisted way i found that quite disturbingly funny


jumpwally  (D License)

Feb 16, 2010, 5:56 AM
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I don't see the big deal !! Its a real skydivers story with real skydivers,,its what bon fires are for,,,,Tongue I want to know what made the late great Jerry ...late and great ?


riggerpaul  (D 28098)

Feb 16, 2010, 6:10 AM
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I don't see the big deal !! Its a real skydivers story with real skydivers,,its what bon fires are for,,,,Tongue I want to know what made the late great Jerry ...late and great ?

+1


robinheid  (D 5533)

Feb 16, 2010, 10:50 AM
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I don't see the big deal !! Its a real skydivers story with real skydivers,,its what bon fires are for,,,,Tongue I want to know what made the late great Jerry ...late and great ?

+1 indeed!

Jerry is late because after he retired as a US Navy SEAL, he went to work in Iraq as a security contractor for Blackwater, where he was the Baghdad station chief for a while. Then he went to work for another company and while he was escorting two VIPs came under fire and took a round in the neck. He got both of his VIPs to safety before bleeding out.

The great part...

1) Jerry and Pat Works were among the pioneering sit flyers back in the early 1990s and competed in several events that really set the stage for the development of freeflying.

2) Jerry was also a CRW ace and participated in several of the world formation records (I think his biggest was the 85-way), and was a member of Perris Valley's Ghost Riders 4-way CReW team.

3) Jerry was also an AFF and tandem instructor and a videographer, and extremely proficient with an outstanding "bedside" manner with his students; he was a master at making his charges feel comfortable, confident and capable.

4) He was one seriously bad-ass warrior but also an incredibly gentle and loving father, a deadly practical joker and the kind of guy who could light up a room with his grin and, to steal a description of the also late-great Jimmy Hall, Jerry would give you the shirt off your back just to see you smile... and if the s--- hit the fan, there was no better guy to have at your side.

5) Other stories about Jerry... catch me at the bonfire sometime.

Wink

Long story short: If Leo had done his tandem with Jerry, the kid would probably have 2000 jumps by now.

Cool


robinheid  (D 5533)

Feb 16, 2010, 10:53 AM
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Too much information. Crazy

Sparky

Blue Sky, Black Death...

...oh wait, was that too much information too?

Cool

Robin, an old guy named Will Rogers once said "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging". Time to put the shovel down.

Sparky

Good idea, Michael. You can always pick it up again later.

Cool


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