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  1. Paul R. Maclean, USMC ret. NH state police ret, USPA D-320, all around great guy, has passed. When I met him around 1993, he had taken a layoff from jumping longer than I had been alive. He had come back to our little DZ in Maine to see about getting current. He had brought a rig along, an NB -6 I think. I don't know if he was planning on using it or just wanted to blow our minds. While he was there, some of us were gearing up, getting ready to go flail, and he looked at us and asked, "where are you reserves? aren't you gonna put on your reserves? All he knew was conventional gear. It wasn't long before he was current with new gear. He brought in a trailer and was doing camera jumps and a little organizing. He was great to be around, a wealth of knowledge, not just about jumping back in the bad old days, but about the world in general. He finally retired to the desert southwest a few years ago, but always came back to visit every summer. He will be missed.
  2. 12 years gone by. You are not forgotten.
  3. It may (or not) be helpful to reach out to former Bills O.T. Justin Cross and pick his brain. I know he earned a license back in the early '90's. Man, the dude FILLED the door of a 182.
  4. From what I understand, Nate was in it from the start, with Sanborn and Istel, before there was even an OSPC. He quite possibly could have had a single digit D, but he wanted D-69.
  5. Nate Pond, D-69, passed away at the age of 87 on November 3rd after a period of declining health. Imagine the changes to the sport this man was able to witness. There will be a service for him today, November 23 at the community church in Andover Vermont. There is talk of putting together a memorial event for him at OSPC in the spring of 2020.
  6. The hardest working man on the drop zone. I don't think he ever slept.
  7. I remember Howard owning a succession of Ford products. Trundling between Deland and Z-hills on I-4 the other day, creeping along in that perpetual parking lot that is Orlando, when a crimson Ford Explorer with Mass. plates went by me at ludicrous speed, all I could think to do was scream "Damn you Howard!... Blue skies old friend, you are missed, but never forgotten.
  8. OWB


    So, anybody holding? Don't worry about nuthin' cause nothin's gonna be okay.
  9. I just skimmed the story, so I probably missed the part where Al Gore specifically takes responsibility... Don't worry about nuthin' cause nothin's gonna be okay.
  10. Actual sign I saw in front of a general contractors office: SWIMMING POOLS FILLED. SEPTIC TANKS PUMPED. NOT THE SAME TRUCK. Don't worry about nuthin' cause nothin's gonna be okay.
  11. OWB

    BEER RULES!!!!

    Don't over think it. Don't worry about nuthin' cause nothin's gonna be okay.
  12. Leslie Jo Maerki, (A-27842). 9/27/56- 9/15/15. Skydiver, adventurer, dog lover, medical professional, friend, lover. Taken too soon. You will not be forgotten. Don't worry about nuthin' cause nothin's gonna be okay.
  13. There's a Facebook group called "Old School skydiving". Try posting this message there, and good luck. Don't worry about nuthin' cause nothin's gonna be okay.
  14. Not quite. Chet was living in a camper during the summers at what was then Skydive Lebanon in Maine. We were on a weather hold when Bill Booth flew in from somewhere on his way home. Someone went to get Chet. Chet came down from his camper just as Bill walked over from his plane. They met right next to the manifest office. Bill greeted him and Chet replied, "oh Billy, I feel terrible", then he collapsed in his arms. Booth looked at me, started to say something, and I took off running to the phone. (pre-cell phone days). We got him to the hospital in Rochester NH, where they lost him. Don't worry about nuthin' cause nothin's gonna be okay.