Re: [BIGUN] Skydiving History - by Dr. Eco

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By Dr. Eco

Bob Buquor, first 6 man star, early D-License Holders with comments, Up date from the Pacific Northwest.

I had about 50 jumps with Bob Buquor at the Arvin DZ. With most of them, Bob was taking photo's with his motorized 35 mm Nikon mounted on his helmet. I knew Bob from San Antonio, Texas before we both ended up in California. Bob had a low C license number C-150 but never got around to applying for his D license because he thought that C-150 would look better than a higher number D license (ahhh, vanity).

Bob was trying to make it in the movie business. He shot freefall sequences for part of the "Rip Cord" series and for several movies. At that time, I was a 1st Lieutenant in the USAF at the Flight Research Center at Edward's AFB Calif. I had applied for my D license earlier while still at the University of Texas working on my PhD. I did most of my California sport jumping at the Lancaster DZ which was close to Edwards AFB. However, Bob and I would get together at Arvin to jump. Bob shot the photo's when we made the "First Six Man Star in the World" September 6, 1964, at Arvin, California." The photo of the Six Man Star was the centerfold of Skydiver Magazine. Another Skydiver Magazine centerfold showed the same group of jumpers leaving the Twin Beach. After 1965, I did more flying than jumping and got my commercial, instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor pilot ratings.

Richard Economy D-115 See List of Early D license holders below.

The Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest

The Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest (BBMSC) is a perpetual memorial to commemorate the efforts of the late Robert H. Buquor who played a major role in the origin of star formation relative work.

Bob Buquor initiated and photographed the majority of the star attempts at Arvin, California in the early 1960's and was successful in capturing the first 8-way star there on film on October 17, 1965.

Bob drowned off Malibu Beach, California in 1966, while filming a dangerous movie sequence for a major studio. It is to his driving enthusiasm in this aspect of the sport that this membership is dedicated.

Note: Bob was a good swimmer and would not have drowned if he would have dumped his helmet with a large 35mm movie camera mounted on it and the large heavy battery pack attached to his waist. But good jumpers never dropped ripcords handles or dump large expensive cameras in the ocean.
The camera and battery pack were recovered along with Bob's body.


Star Crest Awards See below for all Star Crest Awards

The was no Accelerated Freefall program, no AAD's, no Dytters, no altimeters and no packers. Your main canopy was a 28-foot round. Your reserve was a 24-foot flat circular canopy. All of which were purchased as "military surplus." And then, you had to convince some pilot that it was a good idea to take you up to five thousand feet, open the door, fling yourself out and learn... See below for all Star Crest Awards

First 6 Man Star Photo by B Buquor
September 6, 1964. Arvin, California
John DePorter Mitch Proteet -Black on left
Richard Economy -Yellow Lou Paproski
Don Henderson -Purple Al Paradowski

List of Early D License Holders Note: I do not have all of the comments from other jumpers entered into the list. You could update the list with the additional comments from other jumpers. DrEco

Dear Dr. Economy:
It good to hear for an early D license holder. We are working on the electronic version of the "A", "B", "C" and "D" License holders.

I was able to complete the list for D License numbers 1 through 400 for your use.
Please see list attached. If you should have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Blue Safe Skies, April 20, 2003
Michelle Garvin
Director of Membership Services
USPA Alexandria, VA

Note on D-License numbers: By December 1961, I had over 200 free fall jumps (I had no static line jumps) but had never applied for PCA (later called USPA) membership or for an PCA: A, B or C Licenses (Note: In Central Texas in early 1960's, no one paid much attention to the PCA, their safety rules, or their license)
I had all the requirements for my D-License and applied to the PCA for membership and my D-License in late 1961 when the D-License numbers were in the 50's. I got my D-License over six months later in May 1962 with a D-License Number of 115 over 60 numbers higher.

I talked to a guy who had been at Orange, Mass. (the old PCA headquarters) and he told me that Istel and the other officers at the PCA had given priority for low D-Licenses to 1) their long term PCA members with A, B, C License, 2) jumpers from the major PCA approved DZ's i.e. California; 3) their buddies at Orange and other New England DZ's; and 4) to the Army jumpers e.g., Golden Knights. Based on my application date, he said my D-License should have been in the 70 to 80 range (oh well!!)

Note:I had between 20 to 50+ relative work jumps with the following Bold Underlined D license holder.

List of Early D License Holders:
No. - Location - Name
1 MA Lewis B Sanborn
2 MA Jacques A Istel
3 MA Dana Paul Smith
4 MA Darius Vakharia
5 PA Steve Snyder
6 MO George P Taylor
7 AK Heisel Christian
8 VA Verlin Glenn
9 CA Lt. James P Pearson
10 NY Robert M McDonnell
11 GA Danny Byard
12 NC Loy Brydon
13 NY Jim Arender
14 Ernest Lynn Pyland
15 NC Merrill L Shepard
16 MA Edward F Strong
17 Ray Love
18 KY Michael Kremar
19 Jack Helms
20 NC Herry E Arter
21 MA Mark Schmidt
22 NC Gerald F Bourquin
23 PA William C Edge
24 PA Robert Spatola
25 NC Harold R Lewis
26 MA William G Jolly
27 Lee Ray K Smith
28 GA Elfers, William
29 KY Kirtley, Thomas
30 NY MacPherson, Allan
31 MA Straus, Bradford
32 Unziker, William J.
33 CA Hulick, Gerald W.
34 PA Bahor, Erick M.
35 KY Meyers, Lee A
36 OH Reed/Sherman Wilson
37 TX Duncan/Edmond C
38 NC Fortenberry, Richard T
39 NC Jorgensen, Keith C
40 NC Dunphry, Richard
41 NC Martin, Roy D
42 TX Jacks, Clyde E. I had about 50 Jumps with Clyde who had Gold Wings 1 or 2. With about 1500 jumps he was killed doing low altitude rolls in his stunt plane near Houston, Texas in Nov., 1962.
43 CA Pol, James E.
44 OH Harding, Daniel E
45 CA Skinner, Robert W.
46 IN MacPherson, Dennis H
47 FL Poppenhager, Paul J.
48 VA Hale, Roger, C.
49 MA Moge, Maurice R.
50 NJ Guilfoyle, Lee
51 CA Stevens, Perry D.
52 CA Murry, robert A.
53 CA Duncan, Edmond C.
54 CA Williams, Verne
55 CA Kilsow, Arthur
56 FL Brezin, Ben
57 MN Mathwig/Jerry E
58 MO Williams, Douglas E
59 CA Kochenberg, Dale R.
60 IL Stoyas, James C. Creamed In 1982
61 APO NY Chace, John P.
62 NC Ward, Richard F.
63 CA Simbro, Henry L. Jumped with Hank and Muriel at Lancaster, Taft and Arvin DZ's
64 CA Percival/John Moring
65 WI Goetsch/Phillip L
66 APO NY Charland, Normand E.
67 GA Edwards, Roy L.D.
68 OH Beyan, Dennis P.
69 VT Pond/Nathan
70 KY McDonald/Coy O
71 NC Letbetter, Bobby W.
72 SD Smith/Richard Nelson
73 NC Hollis/John T
74 AZ Hirschberg/Kenneth Allen
75 NC Perry, James M
76 CA Buckner, Robert H, Jr.
77 NC Norman, Joe
78 CA Muriel, Jean Simbro Wife of Henry Simbro D-63
79 NJ O'Reilly, James J.
80 NC Yost, Charles E.
81 FL Benoit, Chritten P.
82 NC Cole, Ray S., Jr.
83 CO McCarthy/William E
84 CA Cupp, Jack M. Jumps with Cupp at Lancaster, Taft and Arvin DZ's.
85 OH McLean, Howard
86 CA McClellan, Haynes, F.
87 NC Mills, Wesley G., Jr.
88 FL Horvath, Martin J.
89 TX Fitch, Edward D. Dr. Fitch (C-198), a friend of Clyde Jacks, was a Heart Surgeon in Houston. Had about 30 jumps with Fitch at Bee Line and Midway DZ's near Houston,Texas
90 NC Charette/Wja
91 OH Gates/Dale V/ Jr
92 NC Webber, Claude A
93 OR Scott, John A
94 MO Garrison, James W.
95 CA Molitar, Don Jumps with Molitar at Taft and Arvin DZ's.
96 SC Coleman/Maurice C
97 OH Draper, John D.
97-A NC Palmer, Ralph K.
98 PA Pasquale, John F.
99 NC Williford, Sherman H.
100 FL Shuford, Richard H.
101 PA Yurchison, John
102 NY Markhoff, William C.
103 WA Ady, Jack
104 NY Feeney/Gene F
105 NC McCusker, James
106 MI Allen, Fred L.
107 MI Raddick, Robert A.
108 OH Baron, Mark
109 CA Sellers, John M.
110 CA Haring, Robert
111 CA Carpenter, Frank Jumps with Carpenter at Taft and Arvin DZ's
112 FL Wright, Harold L.
113 CA McDonald, James P.
114 TX Anagnostis/Constantine B
115 TX Economy, Richard First Jump: a jump/pull from J3 Cub April 1960 at Casterville, Texas. Third Jump:12 second delay freefall from 3500 ft from J3 Cub with no sleeve (hard opening). Fourth jump:15 second delay freefall from 4000 ft from J3 Cub. Used a sleeve for the first time (big difference). Jump 7: Landed in Mitchell lake. Jump 8: a night jump. Spotted for myself the first 10 jumps.
116 CA Sewell, Ronald D. Jumps with Ron Sewell at Lancaster
117 JAPAN Adair, Willie (Duke)
118 FL Mathews/Robert Anthony/Jr
119 APO NY Lanier, Robert H.
120 WA Peterson, Cal
121 FL Kruse, Edward P.
122 FL Picard, Harold W.
123 NM Mulcalry, George R.
124 CA Martin, Coy D.
125 AZ Jenkins/Steve
126 FL Godwin/Jimmy F
127 FL Gaffney, John D.
128 VA Waugh, Leonard A
129 CO Smith/N Ray
130 CA Flick, Leslie L.
131 Johnson, Howard R.
132 CA McRae, Monte J.
133 TX Lewis, James E.
134 WA Johnston, Howard r.
135 FL Wenk, Peter, J.
136 CA Gividen, George M.
137 CA David, Harold L.
138 WA Gainor/Denny Bear
139 KY Howard, Michael
140 KY Allsopp, Leonard E.
141 SC Selby, Edward B. Jr.
142 TX Fowler/James Floyd/Jr
143 CA Freeze, Ronald S.
144 NC Baker, Alton, W.
145 FL Dupuis, Lawrence
146 CA Lizzio, James R.
147 MA Soutter, Nicholas B.
148 NC Duffy, Ray
149 APO NY Stroughbaugh, Donald
150 NC VanderWeg, Phillip J.
151 KS Passailaigne, Edward P. Jr.
152 TX Wallace, Carlos, G.
153 VA Jones, Sonny
154 HI Gough, Harold W. Jr.
155 NC Saunders, Joseph G.
156 NY Wild, Frederick W
157 AK Sisler, G. Ken
158 IL Morrow, Don
159 FL Addison, Wilbert E.
160 MA Doolittle, Lewis E.
161 NV Evans, Hal
162 CO Driver, William K.
163 KY Kidwell, Jerry G
164 HI Galbraith, Lachlan, N.
165 CA Rinder, James, E.
166 NC Pronier/Robert Anthony
167 NC Thacker/Gene P
168 NC Larry Schell
169 NJ Charles Seymour
170 FL Thomas Rudder
171 CA Padayhag/Stan
172 MS Jerry Price
173 CA Joe Tiago Jr
174 TX Max Schetter
175 KY Lyon/Michael E
176 MI McTaggart/Robert E
177 OH Nininger/Paul W
178 NB Clarence C. Peters
179 IN Jonn Findley
180 AL Buddy L. McCoy
181 CA Doyle Fields
182 FA Ronald G. Diebold
183 NJ Hugh M. Hilden
185 PA Fritz A. Muller
186 FL Bob Collinsgru
187 PA Carl E. Blessing
188 PA Owen M. Curran
189 CA Walter C. Scherar
190 NY Philip F. Flynn
191 WA Jim Jacobs
192 FL Norman Roy Johnson
193 TX John Miller
194 MA David B. Jansen
195 NV Robert Archuleta
196 CA Carlyn Olsen ~20 Jumps with Carlyn Olsen at Lancaster,
Taft and Arvin DZ's.
197 CA Albert R. Barry
198 WA Ledbetter/William R
199 TX Malcom Thompson
200 NJ Thomas Murray
201 CA Forrest D Castle
202 CA Tyson/Jerome P
203 NB Jay O. Emery
204 CA Denny M. Manning
205 CA Roy A. Fryman
206 TN Dennis T Rhodes
207 NJ William W Bohringer
208 NC Charles L Mullins
209 TX Bobby Dean Crump
210 WI Falconer/Robert Davis
211 OH Raymond M. Starnes
212 NB Stanley Searles
213 CT Ed Vickery
214 NC Paul S Newman
215 NC James C. Lane
216 NJ Theodore O. Taylor
217 FL Gutshall/George A
218 OH Joseph J. Giel
219 FL Charles McSwain
220 FL Potts/Len
221 MI Kim Emmons
222 NB Lowell A Ham
223 NB John Timothy MacFerrin
224 MD Jimmy Grant Roberts
225 TN Bud Sellick
226 CA Enarson/Richard L
227 FL Anthony C Riek
228 FL De La Mar/Donald R
229 NC Zacher/George A
230 NY James E Garvey
231 CA Binford/Frank L
232 DC Richard L Myron
233 WA George F. Mitchell
234 CA Lance S. Haserot
235 NV Ridenour Jr/Whitley A
236 PA Joseph A. Nichols
237 KY Henry Nehrbass
238 NY Thomas E. Waldie
239 WA Buford W. Knight
240 CA Richard Pedley
241 MA Edward A Dorey
242 FL Gary J. Dupuis
243 ME Donahue/Robert L
244 NC Robert L. Donahoe
245 MA Ellsworth H. Getchell
246 NY Robert J. Cathey
247 TX George H. Sage
248 CA Young/Ronald Leo
249 IA John H. Talbott
250 CA McNamara/Brian Michael
251 TX Jeannie McComba ~ 20 jumps with Jeannie (the jump mistress) McComba. Jeannie went in at Ellsinore.
252 CA Leigh R. Hunt
253 CA Dennis P. Moneymaker
254 MD Robert W. Hollar
255 NC Dennis N. McCarthy
256 TX William E. Ritchie
257 VA Sutherland/Thomas Ray
258 CA Joseph Mangine
259 NC Clark/David L
260 CA Ludlow O. Clements
261 NV Floyd A. Martin
262 UT Currie A. Harlacker
263 FL Kauffman/Warren
264 FL Christian K. Ebersole
265 FL Coppe/John Eugene
266 CA Lewis T. Vinson
267 WA Drumheller/Ed/II ~ 30 jumps with Ed at Lancaster DZ's.
268 TX Robert H. Sholly
269 WA Peter A. Goodwin
270 NC Patrick G. Murphy
271 AZ Al J. Hoffman
272 MI Sinclair/Bob Camera man for some of the Rip Cord series. (5) jumps
with Sinclair at Califorina City and Lake Elsinor DZ's. Bob was a good camera-man but average at relative-work and did not participate in large relative work jumps.
273 NE Janousek/Marion L
274 MN Burg/Gerald L
275 FL Newton Neidig
276 NB John D. Wade
277 AL Sugg/Samuel E
278 CA James B. Cameron
279 NC Kevin F. Brady
280 AZ Jack Ely
281 MN Richard N. Christenson
282 GA Sims/Dave C
283 GA Edward A. Rector
284 NC Hal T. Baxter
285 IL Stephan J. Wilke
286 WI Herman W. Rockenbach
287 SC Mark T. Graham
288 IL Beverly/Elbert W
289 NC Louis Bell
290 NC Richard Derry
291 CA David Barlow, Jr.
292 FL Howard Curtis
293 NY Frank Richard
294 NC James Bailey
295 NC Jeffrey Dixon
296 PA Charles Murphy
297 NY Patrick Lawton
298 NY William Ottley
299 IL William Martin
300 CA Cornelius O'Rourke, Jr. Creamed in 1965
wearing a Santa Suit from [email protected]
301 CA Bill Williams
302 NC Jerry Babb
303 MI Karl Brushaber
304 WA Jens Jorgensen
305 MD Robert Buscher, Jr.
306 OK Gerald Roth
307 IA James De Lap
308 CA David Becker
309 NC Robert McDermott
310 AL Dannie Smith
311 CA Lane Smith
312 CA Ronald Wright
313 CA Michael Clancy
314 NY David Lanzendorf
315 KY Robert Eves
316 VA Ronald Anderson
317 CA Burl Baxter
318 KY Larry Caid
319 NY Alva English
320 NC Paul Mac Lean
321 NC William Duncan, Jr.
322 NC William Lockward, Jr.
323 NC Billy Nolan
324 CA John Harrison
325 CA Anne Batterson
326 AK James E. Pullis
327 CA Larry L. Perkins
328 NC Warren E. Farrell
329 IL Oldrich Olichovik Killed Plane crash, Hinckley 1992
330 LA R.L. Ticer
331 MA William T. Hamilton
332 CA Ralph E. Weekly
333 OH Joseph W. Cooper
334 NY Judy Simpson
335 CA Arthur W. Jarrell
336 CA Arthur E. Armstrong
337 CA Donald P. Woerner
338 CA George I. Nicks
339 NY James W. Shaw
340 NC Robert B. Ferguson
341 NC Tod Smith
342 RI Richard D. Yessian
343 OH Andrew N. Starkey
344 CA Jack C. Smith. Jack was the area safety officer at Lancaster
and creamed in circa 1966 while working with a freefall student. Had
about 30 jumps with Jack. The safety officer was not too safe.
345 CT Roy Bertalovitz
346 NJ Richard C. Lee
347 CA David F. Perry
348 GA David L. Pride
349 CA Bob Allen
350 KA Lloyd Y. Jan
351 TN Jack Norman Jr.
352 PA Harry M. Burlin
353 CA Donald E. Myers
354 IL Walter Huninsky
355 MA David L. Eisner
356 MI Robert E. Tighe
357 MO Jon L. Bergman
358 IL Robert C. Kellen
359 MI Paul E. Yarnell
360 CA Frank M. Collison
361 AK Johnny M. Davis
362 TX Arthur A. Nelbach Jr.
363 UT Jamy M. Minnock Jr.
364 OR James L. Wright
365 OR Evan N. Hale
366 IL Leon Somers
367 TX Dennis A. Clark
368 OR Morton O. Gossett
369 KY Sherman K. Hawkins
370 NY Robert J. Busch
371 WA Charles S. Wallin
372 IL Wernet K. Roth
373 KY Clarence E. Nugent
374 OH Richard L. Bates
375 FL Charles F. Clifford
376 WA Donald M. Stone
377 ND Peter Gange
378 WA Gerald E. Helms
379 NJ David Wignef
380 NY Rudolph P. Ahlgren
381 NC Richard Stanton
382 NC Harold W. Ferguson
383 CA Daryl R. Galloway
384 PA Ed Marler
385 PA John Higgins
386 CA Charles O. Choate
387 MA Arthur P. Spilios
388 IL Michael Ditzig
389 IL Richard N. Roberts
390 MI Billie M. Dolley
391 WA Rudy Peterson
392 NY L. Stanley Zielinski
393 FL John B. Chamberlin
394 OR Ralph A. Hatley
395 OR Joseph M. Brockway
396 WA Richard W. Carlisle
397 NJ David P. Lithgow
398 AL Thomas W. Pritchard, Jr.
399 WA Frank W. Vogt
400 WA William M. Berg

All Star Crest Awards


The was no Accelerated Freefall program, no AAD's, no Dytters, no altimeters and no packers. Your main canopy was a 28-foot round. Your reserve was a 24-foot flat circular canopy. All of which were purchased as "military surplus." And then, you had to convince some pilot that it was a good idea to take you up to five thousand feet, open the door, fling yourself out and learn...

Updates on D license holder from other Skydivers Gerald Bourquin - D-22 - lives in CA still active jumping.
Steve Snyder - D-5 - died in plane crash
Denny Gainor - D-138 - Still active at Perris
Richard Pedley - D-240 - died on a base jump in L.A.
Jeannie McCombs - D-251- went in at Ellsinore
Ed Vickery - D-213 - Retired from Irvin Aerospace, living in Big Bear, CA
Ronald Wright - D-312 - went in CA on demo.
Larry Perkins - D-327 - working in aviation, Ellsinore CA
Art Armstrong - D-336 - died in Ca

Up date from the Pacific Northwest to DrEco: Jerry Baumchen D-1543 (a newbie compared to this list)
John Scott - D-93 - John died about 10 yrs ago from a sudden, massive heart attack.
Jack Ady - D-103 - I was in the Snohomish area yesterday and decided to go to the airport for lunch and ran into Jack. He is retired, living right off of the airport and got married for the first time about 3 yrs ago; a real optimist.
Rich Johnston D-134 - Rich had a stroke just after the first of the year and is now slightly disabled. Hi lives near me and we used to get together every month or so for breakfast or lunch; I hate to visit now in his condition, but I do need to.
Jens Jorgeson - D-304 - I haven't seen Jens in over 20 yrs but a mutual friend saw him last summer and said that he is in good health.
Jim Wright - D-364 - Jim was killed on a jump about 15-18 yrs ago.
Evan Hale - D-365 - I last saw Evan at the memorial for Jim Wright; nothing since.
Ralph Hatley - D-394 - Ralph still runs a drop zone and is one of the biggest gear distributors in the world.
Joe Brockway - D-395 - Joe retired from the gov't about 15 yrs ago; I last talked to him about 10 yrs ago. I need to call him, also.
Dick Carlisle - D-396 - I understand he was killed in a plane crash many, many years ago.
Bill Berg - D-400 - Bill was killed flying a forest fire fighting aircraft when she came apart in mid-air.

Update from Bob Federman
To DrEco: Just in case anyone who knew them might be interested.
It was fun going through all of the names; I started jumping in early '64 and a few months later joined PCA & subscribed to Skydiver Magazine. A lot of those names were in those mags many times.
And I do remember your photos.
Jerry Baumchen
D-1543 (a newbie compared to this list)

D-60 CREAMED IN 1982,
bob federman FEDO C-2403,SCR-155

How can I contact this Mr Eco - regarding Claudia Webber. Urgent. This was an AKA used by my deceased spouse - can anyone provide a picture of this Claudia Webber? Does anyone or did anyone know this man?

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Skyjack71 says:

Folks, I need your help. I need to find out about skyjumpers in Georgia and S.C. and AL in 1968-1971. My handle tells the story - I am a 66 yrr old widow of a man who claimed he was D.B.Cooper or as he put it Dan Cooper. I have no knowledge of skyjumping, but when we were in Colorado we went into the mountains and there were jumpers jumping off of the cliffs - I don't remember what it was called, but that is not important. What is important is that he told me everything that they were doing and why they were doing it - this was in 1978 or 1979 and he was over a 50 yrs of age at that time.
It was not until his deathbed confession that I understood why he knew all of this. Now after 12 yrs of research I hope I have found the place that can help me. I am not sure where he learned to skydive, but he did - he kept something called a D-ring which was bought off of me at a garage sale after he died and the man paid me a quarter for it and told me what it was...I didn't know the significance of the item because I did not understand what he was trying to tell me in 1996 when he die nor did I know who Dan Cooper was.

The purpose of this post is HOW DO I FIND RECORDS OF JUMPERS FROM THAT TIME FRAME IN THOSE AREAS AND/OR PHOTOS OF JUMPERS FROM 1968 TO 1971? Can anyone help me? The FBI has not been of any help at all although they did take his DNA almost 4 yrs (MARCH OF 2003) ago after I had gone public, just to keep me quiet.

My old puter crashed and I am having the photos pulled off next wk. I would like to circulate the photos of him from various times in his life to skyjumpers to see if anyone can recognize this man.

My research of 10 feet deep is detailed and does everything except put him in a parachute. This is the one thing that will end this. This man I was married to for 17 yrs had been in 6 federal prisons in 7 states for a total of almost 17 yrs before I met and married him. I did not know of his criminal past and we had a good marriage.


How can I contact this Mr Eco - regarding Claudia Webber. Urgent. This was an AKA used by my deceased spouse - can anyone provide a picture of this Claudia Webber? Does anyone or did anyone know this man?

Hopefull this stand alone will clear up the clutter and maybe help.

~ "Pack Fast, Pull Low... and Date Your Riggers WIFE!" ~

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This is Skyjack71, Crabgrass I did not understand your post. Stand alone?

It GRABgrass, not CRABgrass!;)

Anyway...I just cut & pasted the main part of YOUR post entry away from all the other stuff from other people that was on top of it, just makes it easier to read.

Kind of a lazy bunch here, they may not read all the way to the "good stuff" ...your post!:)

~ "Pack Fast, Pull Low... and Date Your Riggers WIFE!" ~

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Hi FinisP,

I met your father in November of 1964 when a guy in a bar invited me to jump into a place called Arvin. Jim Dann was on that three-jumper load out of Flying Tigers in Burbank. Jim worked with Bob at Pacific Airmotive Corporation (PAC) near Lockheed and was one of his skydiving students.

As you know, your father was the driving force behind organizing and filming larger and larger freefall formations at Arvin. Most of us tried to get good enough to be invited on Bob's camera jumps. If we didn't get on "The Good Load" we'd put together the best one we could and try to get a hookup going. Everybody was "under the microscope" so if someone "bombed" a star, Bob Buquor knew about it within minutes. Of the hundreds of early jumps made at Arvin only a few were successfully executed as planned. Many ended in awkward ragtag "no touches" or misshapen formations collapsing into violent whirlpools of twisting bodies and swinging boots.

Most chaotic weekends would be salvaged on Sunday evening with what evolved into a traditional four-man dusk jump out of Dave Keagey's 195 from 5500 or 6500 ft. I would exit first, Bill Newell would pin me and then Jim Dann and your father would smoothly complete the formation with smiles all around as the sun disappeared into the ocean.

I remember visiting your dad one evening in his trailer in the San Fernando Valley. It was early in my career and I rode along with Bob Thompson (first six-man) who went to pick up some jump photos from Bob. I found Bob to be a really personable guy.

I don't know if it was you or your sister that Brian Williams introduced me to at the restaurant following Bill Newell's funeral service but I have more stories if you're interested. Here's a picture of your dad I got recently from Tim Harris.

Al Paradowski

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