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Raefordite  (D 17243)

May 12, 2003, 12:38 PM
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July 19 20th, 2003; WHO is B.O.B? The Bill Ottley Boogie!! Meet Bill Ottley and other guests. Some of the best historians of our sport. Stories from the people that were there and here today. Meet several of the pioneers of skydiving! Turbine aircraft, good friends, good fun! Call (910) 904 0000, email Raeford@attglobal.net or http://www.jumpraeford.com/Events.htm for more details.

For all those that enjoy the "living" history and fun of skydiving - please join us at Raeford Parachute Center, North Carolina to meet, mingle and skydive with a lot of great folks.

I am also looking for that "living" history. So if any one can PM me with anyone's information or ask them to contact me, I would greatly appreciate it. I have some contacts but don't want to leave anyone out.


Premier quade  (D 22635)
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May 12, 2003, 1:00 PM
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This might sound really geeky, but could you record some of those conversations?


Raefordite  (D 17243)

May 12, 2003, 5:57 PM
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Geek away my friend - that is exactly what we want to do! We hope to have a setting so that we can videotape and audio record the stories. Now help me get the story tellers!


Raefordite  (D 17243)

Jul 10, 2003, 5:35 AM
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Just a reminder that the Bill Ottley Boogie is just around the corner, July 19-20th. Lots of skydiving history and trivia. Videos, presentation by Gene Thacker, Bill Ottley and more.


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Jul 20, 2003, 6:46 AM
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I have to say this was an outstanding presentation and gathering of this sports most ELITE and pioneers of modern skydiving. When you look around the room and you see the likes of Az Airspeed, The Golden Knights ,World champions past and present and people who's D Numbers are no more than three digits , it is truely a sight to see. All of these people gathered to listen to Bill Ottley tell the history of skydiving intently as if they had never done or heard what he was speaking of. The setting was perfect, Aviators bar and grill right on the DZ and most had an adult beverage in hand but you could of heard a pin drop when Bill Ottley paused between sentences. We watched THE first skydiving movie on the big screen and saw how the pioneers of the sport brought skydiving into the mainstream and everyones living rooms in true 50's style. It also marked the beginning of the helmet camera as they actually mounted a movie camera to a helmet for air to air coverage. The amount of history and skill in that room that night was mind numbing. We watched as Bill Ottley and Gene Paul Thacker where made members of the Jumpers Over Seventy( JOS) and let me say they still have low numbers as both of their numbers were in the double digits.

Of course, after the presentation we all gathered in true DZ fashion and drank, told stories, shook hands with one another and took pictures. it was a fantastic night and one not to be forgotten soon. I will post the pictures of the event as soon as possible in my personal gallery for everyone to see.


Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Jul 20, 2003, 7:11 PM
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I got so incredibly drunk that I could not speak. Pure, unintelligible gibberish. It was at that time that I decided I needed to head back to the RV. It was a great night.

The weather hosed us on Saturday; only one Otter up before the monsoon, but today was awesome.

Chuck


fundgh  (C 34140)

Jul 21, 2003, 1:28 PM
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He really was incredibly sloshed! I watched him stumble through the trees talking to himself...something about post-whoring before bed! It was an awesome night, with a great day of jumping on sunday.


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Jul 21, 2003, 3:06 PM
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pictures have been posted in the gallery CLICK HERE to see them


katiebear21  (D 28324)

Jul 21, 2003, 5:25 PM
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Those pics are awesome! Looks like I missed another one!Unsure

Was that Kate still on crutches?


Raefordite  (D 17243)

Jul 22, 2003, 2:56 PM
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Hush woman - yes I'm still on crutches! For another 3 - 6 weeks at least!Unsure


Raefordite  (D 17243)

Jul 22, 2003, 2:59 PM
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Ok - thanks for the pics!!
Please understand his name is Bill Ottley. We hosted a B.O.B.--- Bill Ottley Boogie. Easy to confuse.........


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Jul 22, 2003, 3:00 PM
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Did I make a mistake somewhere??


Raefordite  (D 17243)

Jul 22, 2003, 3:03 PM
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Quote:
Bob Ottley Boogie July 19th, 03
Your title on the photo's is all that seemed oops-ish
Thanks dude!


katiebear21  (D 28324)

Jul 22, 2003, 3:05 PM
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Ohh, sorry!Pirate That sucks! Guess you can turn your beer light on early!Tongue

Scott did do a great job posting pics... you and Tony look great! Looked like a fun weekend!


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Jul 22, 2003, 8:59 PM
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Said error has now been fixedLaugh


Raefordite  (D 17243)

Jul 28, 2003, 2:45 PM
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http://www.jumpraeford.com/bob2003.htm

Finally says the turtle......



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