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lodestar

Dec 10, 2011, 9:02 AM
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   Back at the time I was at the Hills and during one of the meets we had a group of guys, and I'm thinking it may have been the Casa Grande crowd, put up a pole with a mummified hand and wrist clutching a ripcord as a marker for their area.
Can anyone pin down who that was exactly?
I can remember Searles and a few of the judges going over to their area and politely asking that the totem be removed as it was in bad taste, I believe it may have been a Turkey meet and sometime in the mid seventies.


Guru312  (C 6814)

Dec 10, 2011, 9:10 AM
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Can anyone pin down who that was exactly?

From what I read in another thread in this SH&T forum I think the mummified hand belonged to DB Cooper. Wink


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 10, 2011, 3:16 PM
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Somebody posted a pic of 'The Hand' on this site a while back, maybe in the Scary Sories thread...I have screen grab of it but it's on my laptop which isn't here.


PROGRESSIVE  (D 8150)

Dec 10, 2011, 3:33 PM
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From past threads, the hand came from an unfortunate Airforce pilot/student that was killed. It was until much later on that someone had found his hand and had placed it in the pea gravel landing area with ripcord in hand. The local authorities caught wind of this and put an end to the madness.

R.I.P. ?

Pete


airtwardo  (D License)

Dec 10, 2011, 3:38 PM
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From past threads, the hand came from an unfortunate Airforce pilot/student that was killed. It was until much later on that someone had found his hand and had placed it in the pea gravel landing area with ripcord in hand. The local authorities caught wind of this and put an end to the madness.

R.I.P. ?

Pete


Damn Cops....ALWAYS lookin' for a hand OUT! Crazy


texascrw  (D 18006)

Dec 10, 2011, 4:15 PM
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I had a photograph of the hand and forearm, sticking up out of the ground, with a ripcord in the hand. The story I heard in the early 80's, was that it was the mummified remains dug up from an Indian burial mound, by the Casa Grande crowd. Supposed to have happened in the 70's. If you could find one of the old crowd, that didn't bounce, maybe the real story would come out.


pchapman  (D 1014)

Dec 10, 2011, 4:40 PM
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I tried a little searching to be able to contribute here:

supposed photo of the hand
http://www.dropzone.com/...nt;postatt_id=71450;

in the thread "The Petrified Hand"
http://www.dropzone.com/...um.cgi?post=2443457;


Now, if someone only had a photo of the birdbath made from a bounce indentation...

BSBD

Edit: I've seen at least 3 different origins claimed for The Hand in different threads...


(This post was edited by pchapman on Dec 10, 2011, 4:41 PM)


BCA  (D 2203)

Dec 10, 2011, 8:13 PM
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I answered this question a long time ago on this forum. The hand was owned by Terry Cooper who lived and jumped in the Phoenix area back in the 60's and 70's. He kept it in a refrigerator and brought it out to various competitions, parties and boogies. There were a lot of stories about where it originally came from, but he told me that he got it from the med school at the U. of Arizona.

BCA


Ron

Dec 12, 2011, 12:10 PM
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Maybe a better picture.
Attachments: hand.jpg (58.7 KB)


DBCOOPER  (D 24112)

Dec 12, 2011, 2:22 PM
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Nice


ZigZagMarquis  (D License)

Dec 12, 2011, 8:36 PM
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There were a lot of stories about where it originally came from...


When I started jumping at Cal City back in the early 90s, I heard stories from the likes of Celaya, Philly, Cary and Hank that origins of "the hand" was something along the lines of it having been "found" in some old Indian burial ground "out in the desert" "somewhere".

Crazy


PROGRESSIVE  (D 8150)

Dec 12, 2011, 8:43 PM
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Whos ever the hand belonged to must have been single. I didn't see any wedding ring!

Pete


ZigZagMarquis  (D License)

Dec 12, 2011, 8:45 PM
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Whos ever the hand belonged to must have been single. I didn't see any wedding ring!

Pete

Nah... skydivers would have nicked it and traded it for beer! Tongue


RogerRamjet  (D License)

Dec 13, 2011, 6:19 AM
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Whos ever the hand belonged to must have been single. I didn't see any wedding ring!

Pete

The ring would have been on his other hand (not shown) Wink


fastphil  (D 5801)

Dec 13, 2011, 8:09 AM
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I was at a couple of mid-seventies turkey meets. The Herd is the rowdy ones that come to mind but I dont remember the hand. I do remember 101 ten man teams, the ethanol milk jug cannon, hay bale bonfires, a semi-truck racing thru the DZ camping area, canopy collision with bounce off the packing shed, high wind reserve landing rescues (ground dragging and tree), round canopy CRW, bounces and then memory starts to fade at the big N2O bottles, so it could be just my memory


jackwallace  (Student)

Dec 13, 2011, 9:54 AM
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The story I heard was that the hand was found by a jumper working in the cotton fields around the Gulch. Turned it up with the tractor.
Fastphil: the cannon was acetylene powered. The fire bottles used alcohol. And I thought it was 110 teams and a frog.
Dam 70's were tough on the memory.


GreenLight  (D 18859)

Jan 2, 2012, 8:49 PM
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Here's our version... Still wont work... Crap...


(This post was edited by GreenLight on Jan 2, 2012, 8:51 PM)
Attachments: pull.jpg (165 KB)


rdufokker  (C 13244)

Jan 8, 2012, 7:27 PM
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Seems there was a popular t-shirt, probably from the Gulch that had the hand/ripcord on it. Does anyone have that shirt?

BS



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