Jan 10, 2011, 10:05 AM
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Learned that my good friend John Calen passed Dec. 22nd in Poughkeepsie, NY following another cancer episode. John & I trained together and shared our first jumps on Sept. 30 1982 at Duanesburg. Bob Raeke trained & JM's us, DZO Bob Rawlins flew the 206.
I broke my ankle, John did just fine. He never jumped again, but enjoyed the experience and went on to earn a pilot's license. He later told me he wasn't all that eager to jump in the first place, but did it because I suggested we try it and he thought it sounded like a good time. He proudly wore his Albany Skydiving T-shirt for several years afterward.
We played music together for many years. I have many tapes of our jam sessions, including one in the Duanesburg motel made the night before our jumps. Almost nobody here will remember him, but I'll never forget.
Cheers, Jon S.
(This post was edited by Airman1270 on Jan 10, 2011, 10:06 AM)