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  1. I was going through some old log books from the late 70s and early 80s the other day and ran across some great 10-way team names, mostly from the Turkey Meets and Easter Boogies at Z-Hills. Most of them would not be considered PC today, but I think the creativity back then was great. Here are some of the ones I found in the logbooks. Feel free to add more. Twenty Tits Nine Holes and a Pole Crystal Crusiers The Humpers Toxic Shock and the Rely-able Ten Elmer and the Gluebags Hoof Hearted
  2. Losing Rocky and Carl in the same week really hurts. Shortly after Rocky's hot air balloon accident in which Ken Coleman was killed, some skydivers were taking Rocky back to Florida and spent the night with me and my wife at our apartment in Atlanta. Rocky had been badly burned and his skin was still very red. We all went to some little pancake restaurant, and while we were there the owner, a sweet little old lady, came up and called him "Shiny" (he was because his skin was still growing back and he really was shiny) and said she would pray for him. He was a great guy and I'll miss him. And this wasn't Carl's first time at having a mid-air canopy collision. In the late 70s, I was in ZHills at the Turkey Meet or Easter Boogie, I think, and Carl and another jumper collided under canopy while approaching the packing area from different directions. I forget how high up they were but it wasn't all that high. Both canopies collapsed and both of them landed on the tin roof of the old packing shed that was there before the dz moved to its present location. Both lay there for quite some time. If I remember correctly (and this was 40+ years ago, so who knows?), one of them went to the hospital and one of them managed to get off the roof with minor injuries. Several boards that supported the roof were broken in the collision and as far as I know were still broken when the packing shed was taken down some years later.
  3. Now that's a coincidence! I haven't been on this website in ages and today I get on it and the first thing I see is my name. Long story here, but I'll keep it short. In 1982 I was transferred with FedEx from Atlanta to Knoxville, Tennessee to work as a ramp agent. Knoxville's not exactly the skydiving capital of the world, and moving to Knoxville put it four hours farther away from Z-Hills and Deland. Shortly after moving here I went back to grad school (for all the years it took my wife and I began to call it "gradual school") and I eventually got my Master's and Ph.D. in forensic anthropology, started my own company working with law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners to identify human skeletal remains, and have been with it ever since. Between being farther away from the big boogies, the pressure of grad school, and running my own company something had to give, and it was skydiving, unfortunately. The last jump I made (just short of 1000) was in 1996 at my 30-year class reunion. I was in Pennsylvania a few years ago working on some unidentified remains and stopped by a drop zone just after Dave DeWolfe made several jumps on his 80th birthday. We had a great time reliving the glory days of The Herd, Soss, Whale, the Herd t-shirts photos, the funny stuff that happened (on the Herd's loudspeaker one day at the Turkey Meet they called out "Sunday, Sunday, see Hooper stuff flaming nitrous bottles up his ass and ride to 12-5 without a ticket! Sunday, Sunday!"), stuff Carbone used to pull, and lots of other stuff I can't remember. I still have a photo of Dave at the Herd Boogie one year walking around in a cardboard box buck naked. If you donated to The Herd, he would pull a string that raised a little cutout door in the front of the box, displaying Dave in all his naked glory. Nobody but Dave! I really miss the skydiving days, but at this point in life I'm too old and brittle to pick it up again.
  4. I'm not advertising so don't ban me! My skydiving days are long over and I'm getting rid of a lot of stuff these days. I've got a 1980 Pegasus main with about 150 jumps on it, a 1982 Firefly reserve with 2 rides on it, and a 1982 Vector. All are in great shape (just unpacked them the other day) but I doubt that they're worth anything or that a rigger would pack them anyway given their age. Is this anything anyone would want or should I just pitch them?
  5. I know this isn't the place for it so I'm not advertising gear for sale. All I need is some advice on what, if anything, I can sell this gear for so I can then put it in the Classifieds. I've got a 1981 Pegasus 7-cell (with no mods) is very good condition and 146 jumps on it, a 1982 Firefly reserve with 2 reserve rides on it, and a 1982 original Vector. I unpacked the Pegasus the other day and it's still in great shape. Presumably, the Firefly reserve is as well but i didn't unpack it. Any estimates on what to sell this gear for would be appreciated.
  6. Still here, but I'm in the process of moving and will be out of the picture for awhile. Right now the gear is packed away and won't be available for some time. As soon as things are in the new place and settled down I'll get back with you.
  7. For what it's worth, I've jumped the old ropes and rings Clouds, Strato Stars, newer model Clouds, Cruise Airs, Stilettos, and a bunch of other canopies as well and nothing, but nothing, was as stable or put me down as comfortably as the Pegasus.
  8. how many jumps does your gear have ? any repairs done or needing to be done ? what are the DOMs ? what size person is it made for ? Just pulled out my logbooks and checked. The Pegasus, Firefly, and Vector were all bought new in November 1981. The Pegasus has 146 jumps and is in great condition (alternating blue and white cells). The Firefly is in mint condition with 2 reserve rides on it. The Vector is blue and white and is also in great shape. Nothing needs any repairs. I weighed 180 while jumping the rig and it landed me softly.
  9. That was one of those rare days when I was glad I arrived at the DZ later than usual. Could have been me.
  10. After many years in the sport I've gotten too old and brittle and am selling my gear. I've got a Pegasus main, and a Firefly reserve packed in a Vector and I don't have a clue what to ask for it. Can somebody give me some help here? Also, forgive me if this isn't the right forum to ask this question in.