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List of Jumpers I Should Have Heard of...?

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Back when I started the sport, an older jumper mentioned to me that he found it annoying that a lot of the younger jumpers didn't recognize (or hadn't heard of) distinguished jumpers from the past and even the present.
In your opinion, is there a list of skydivers you think all of us should be familiar with? Who are they? (Aside from yourself, of course ;)...
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There's a couple lists.

- Historical:

Sanborn, Istel, Ottley, Morehead, White. There are others, but those are the first that come to mind.

- Pioneers, but a little more recent:

Bill Booth, Ted Strong, Dan Poynter. Again, there are others.

- Champions:

Dan BC, Kirk Verner, Rook and Missy Nelson, Eli Thompson. Again, many many others.

Camera:

Norman Kent, Joe Jennings, Greg Gasson, Brian Buckland. Again, many others.

One good reason to know who the "names" are is because a few of them post on here.
And sometimes people don't quite realize who they are. It can get a "bit" amusing.

http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3409804#3409804

And don't forget the most famous of all skydivers...

DB Cooper :)

Who else has a thread of over 1000 pages (pages, not posts).
"There are NO situations which do not call for a French Maid outfit." Lucky McSwervy

"~ya don't GET old by being weak & stupid!" - Airtwardo

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And for completely different reasons:
- Ted Nelson
- Sangi



Yeah, I was thinking of including the "Learn from their lessons" category, both dead and alive.

It would include the Madd Skilz crowd like you listed, but it could also include those who pushed the limits just a bit too far.
Patrick De Guyon, Shane McConkey, Eli, JT and others.
"There are NO situations which do not call for a French Maid outfit." Lucky McSwervy

"~ya don't GET old by being weak & stupid!" - Airtwardo

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Not just jumpers, Stories and history. But I'll add to the list.

People:
Paul Fayard, Jim West, Mike Mullins,Scotty & Tami Carbone,Don Kirlin, and of course me.

Books:
Cowboys Caravan, The Bluegrass Conspiracy

Stories:
About the World Freefall Convention, Any of the original jumpers and groups out west(Cali and TX.),Couch Freaks, Lost Prairie,SkyFest,The Z-hills Turkey Meets, 10-way speed start comps,The Marvins Boogies, Nationals in Muskogee...oh and the St.Patricks Boogie or Fitz 2013.

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And for completely different reasons:
- Ted Nelson
- Sangi



Yeah, I was thinking of including the "Learn from their lessons" category, both dead and alive.

It would include the Madd Skilz crowd like you listed, but it could also include those who pushed the limits just a bit too far.
Patrick De Guyon, Shane McConkey, Eli, JT and others.




Oh Oh oh...that Lutz dude.:D

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Patrick De Guyon

that would be De Gayardon

Others, for various reasons
Loic Jean-Albert
Jari Kuosma
Carl Boenish
Eric Fradet
Marco Manna
Marco Tiezzi
Olav Zipser

As said above, the list is Loooong, just trying to add names which were not mentioned yet
scissors beat paper, paper beat rock, rock beat wingsuit - KarlM

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No there's no need to hero worship, and he was just being a grumpy old fart.

That said it is nice to know milestone people and general trivia.

Tiny Broadwick
Tom Piras (good reference for never being too good to die)
Joe Kittenger
Dan Poynter, bill booth, Ted strong
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Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.

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