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  1. skr

    The Horizontal Flight Problem

    Thanks Bryan. These analyses and formulations of situations that you do are real milestones in the evolution of skydiving. Skr
  2. > They are from way back in the Casa Grande era Way back? Whaddya mean *way back*?! It seems like just day before yesterday. I ran into Bob Schaeffer in Oklahoma in 1980 when I was helping Hillsy at Skydance, but I haven't seen Mike in a long time. Those guys really knew how to run a drop zone. Thanks, Gary. It's good to know Mike is still active and flying. Skr
  3. I don't know. Danger wasn't why I started jumping. I wanted to go out in space and be weightless, but I was inconveniently born a couple centuries before that became commonly available. And I wanted to fly, like a bird. And when I was a kid I played WW-II pilot getting shot down over Germany so I would have to bail out, and I would fall and fall and fall. And for a couple summers I spent all day jumping off the 24 ft diving platform, accumulating several days worth of freefall one second at a time :-) :-) And when I finally did start I was really, really scared until I got stable (11th jump), and that wasn't fun. And the times after that when I would get in some situation and be really shit scared weren't fun either. On the other hand .. That danger introduced me to intense focus, and forethought, and paying attention, and I found that I really liked that. And I remember, in the late 70's, when life was starting to transition, wondering why I had to jump in order to focus like that. Well, of course you don't. People have known that for thousands of years. That led to a big thrash of reading spiritual and meditation books. And as I became more self aware, or maybe honest, over the years I found that I was drawn to situations of concentration and paying attention. I remember, working at the Academy of Science in Beijing a few years ago, the first time I decided to try taking a taxi and get further than walking distance from my apartment. It was like the pre-jump jitters of my first jump, reviewing how to say where I wanted to go, pinchecking everything I was taking with me, going to the bathroom again .. And when I got to the subway and started down the steps into the vast unknown of god-knows-what my heart was racing like on any jumprun. So I guess I'd change my answer from not sure to about the same as it is now. I don't like being afraid but I like what I've learned from it. Skr
  4. skr

    Susie Bateman-Arvin Good Guys

    Thanks Amy. The first memory that popped into mind was the almost comical effect she had on the guys at the dropzone. There were very few women jumping then. The guys would be out there doing our best to be wild and crazy and adventurous, with more than a dash of uncouth, and when she would show up you could almost see people sort of mentally taking a shower and combing their hair and standing up straighter :-) :-) And I remember the Fairchild jumps when Lyle was wanting pictures of people climbing all over it for the magazine. People were up on top, and hanging from the steps underneath and up on the wheels right behind the prop, and there was Suzie, standing in the door with a great big smile. She was a good influence, added a lot of class to the scene. Skr
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    Jon Butterworth (NZ)

    Is this the same Jon Butterworth that was jumping in the late 60's? One of the organizers of the first world 10-man star meet in 1970? I'm not on facebook so I can't see that page. Skr
  6. skr

    Bill Stage

    It's like pieces of the puzzle are disappearing. Pretty soon the past isn't going to exist anymore. Thanks MJO / Sparky. If you weren't posting these I probably wouldn't be hearing about them for a long time. Skr
  7. skr

    Toney Repasky-forver loved

    Yeah, Tony was a good guy. I still remember the surprise and shock when I heard that he had gone in. Skr
  8. skr

    Party with skydiving pioneers

    > Barbara Roquemore Hey Howard, I'm not coming to this one but would you tell her I said hi if you think of it while there? I've wondered a few times what path her life took. The last time I remember seeing her was at UCLA in the late 60s, where she was majoring in Russian and I was ostensibly getting a PhD in math. Skr
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    Jumping at Casa Grande

    > everyone wanted to go to Casa Grande In 1975 I was living in Los Angeles and driving every weekend to Casa Grande because I thought that was the best, most inspiring skydiving in the world. It was the jumps, the people, the vibes. It was also a 1,000 mile round trip, so the week got really shortened, like down to about Wednesday, because you had to start getting ready on Thursday so you could drive over on Friday, and after the first weekend I gave up trying to leave early on Sunday, so I would pull in to LA at about 6:00 on Monday morning, and it would take till Tuesday to start recovering, and then you had to do your whole week on Wednesday because tomorrow is Thursday and it's time to start getting ready for the weekend. It was wonderful! Skr
  10. skr

    Jumping the Fairchild

    !!. I love that airplane. Oceanside was my home dropzone until it got flooded out (by a neighbor who had a long running feud with the family of the DZO). It had a door on both sides. Once we took a piece of bungee cord, routed it under the plane, had a guy in each door hanging on to their end, Lucky Silman and Sunny Yates come to mind, and jumped out. I don't believe there was a plan other than get close and grab on to something. A plan wouldn't have worked anyway since they spent the whole freefall zoinging back and forth on the ends of that giant rubber band :-) :-) It climbed really fast, but flew really slow. It had a big step on each side, and I remember once starting to climb out and swing to the rear, and as I came around the door frame there was Ed McKay. He was just standing there on the back of the step with his arms folded across his chest. He wasn't even hanging on. The pilot and DZO, Jack Zahniser(?sp), was an F-86 pilot in Korea. There was a big plexiglass window between the rudder pedals and he could look down at the dropzone on jumprun. The parties at Jack and Artha's house were legendary, at least for anybody who could remember anything. Thanks, Howard. Skr
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    Camera people

    Wow! That's an early morning jolt! The people, the airplane, the canal, ... The stories, the memories, ... Thank you, Howard. I haven't seen Chip Maury since the nationals in Plattsburgh in 1970. Please say hello for me. Skr
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    Skydive Snohomish

    We are moving up that way and jumping at local dropzones was part of the scouting trip we just made. They were busy with tandems and students but they sent an 18 place Caravan up with just six of us to keep the flow going. The DZO, Tyson, made a point of welcoming us as we did the paper work, and his wife, Elaine, was great on the manifest microphone, herding cats with gentle persuasion. A couple people have mentioned the lack of experienced jumpers, but raising a few crops of students up to be experienced jumpers is a fun thing to do, so if it's true I see that as an advantage. I'm looking forward to jumping there. Skr
  13. skr

    Lou Paproski

    Well shit. I got some emails that he was in the hospital but I didn't know that he had died. He was one of the good ones. I remember his laughter. He told me once that "Paproski" was Polish for "Knight of the Silver Chalice". He said it with such a straight face that I almost believed him for a moment And I remember the expressions of consternation on the straight laced style and accuracy guys at the 68 nationals in Marana when he would go running down the aisle with his bare feet going slap slap slap on the floor. Those were the days of industrial grade air cushioned French boots and nobody even wore tennis shoes, much less went bare footed. Of course he had a pair of mocasins stashed in his jump suit that he would put on for landing. >And now it starts. The beginning of it all is starting to come to a close. Yeah ... Skr
  14. Aahhhhhh .. The old ones are fading fast. I was out of the country and away from when I heard about this, so I guess there's nothing to do for it now but tell a jump story .. I met Don in 1976, he found me sleeping in his bed. I happened to be in Fort Bragg for a few weeks as a civilian consultant. You could tell I was a civilian because I had long red hair and a great big red beard and my clothes were kind of rainbow colored instead of olive drab. To the army guys I probably looked like something out of a Hollywood viking movie. It was unclear where I was supposed to be staying but after while one of the Golden Knights, Al Navarro, said hey one of the guys where I live is out in the field for a couple weeks and you can stay in his room. So OK, as a jumper I had slept in a lot of unlikely places already and anyway, I was more focused on what I was doing there than the logistics and accomodations. And of course he came home a few days early. I'm a little hazy about exactly what happened, it was the middle of the night and we, the people I was working with, may have had a few beers earlier to help us debrief and plan for the next day. But he didn't kill me, and we'd laugh about it when we'd cross paths over the years. He may have had a few sharp corners in his personality, I have a short fuse myself with some of the stuff I see people doing, but he was a good guy. He cared about people and he cared about jumping. Skr
  15. I'm not sure whose idea it was. The Crossbow piggyback also had the possibility of an RSL. I never used it, and don't remember how it was set up, but the reserve ripcord housing was attached to the reserve container with four snaps, so maybe the static line somehow went from a riser to the housing. And maybe Perry was working for Security at the time so it was all his idea anyway. I don't know. Also I remember Tiny Broadwick talking about doing multiple cutaways, and had the impression that the cutaway canopy static lined the next one, kind of like some of today's base rigs do. I don't remember her specifically saying that, it wasn't part of the jump story, but at the time I thought that was what she was saying. Skr