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  1. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  2. My first jump was a static-line jump, hanging exit from a 182 wearing a bellywart and all. I must have been slow climbing out 'cause by the time I got out hanging out there and looked in the jm was yelling 'GO!' I shook my head and and he yelled 'GO!' again... I yelled back 'I'm not ready!' A few seconds later I let go. I wasn't doing too well on my freefalls, if I didn't backloop off the strut, I was barrel rolling at pull time, so one of the instructors decided to take me up high for a buddy jump. I got on my back on exit and he couldn't flip me over - I spent the whole freefall on my back till he let go, then arched on to my stomach and pulled... I landed on the other side of the airport and got a ride back to the dz. When I got out of the car and walked over my first JM saw my face and said 'Well, you might as well quit school now... I think you're hooked...' If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
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    DB Cooper

    That thread about skydiving movies got me thinking about 'The Pursuit of DB Cooper'. Whatever happened to him anyways? The guy had a lot of balls... Is he still out there? If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  4. Get a checkup NOWW!!!! If this happens while you're driving, you may not wake up... My buddy was lucky, the first time it happened he was just in the ditch... The next time he was at home and didn't even realize it had happened... just wondered why his wife and kids were looking at him funny (he'd been sitting down when it happened). This is no joke. It may be nothing, but get checked anyways. Then drink beer. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  5. Check it out on the BASE fatality list - go down to 'Base jumpers who died outside the sport" and look up BASE 78 http://juliabell.home.att.net If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  6. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  7. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  8. Oh, wait a minute - that happened in Virginia, didn't it. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  9. The movie 'If you could see what I hear' with Natalie Cole. A real B movie. My buddy Frogman did the scene where this blind guy goes skydiving and comes down following radio instructions. There's a neat 4 or 5 minute section in the silent 'Wings' where two pairs of German observers bail out of their balloons just before the hero shoot them up. (It's a long movie otherwise) If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  10. What about the one where BJ Worth jumped off the Eiffel Tower and landed on a boat? Was it Live and Let Die? The Three Stooges did some good ones, too. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  11. Hmmmm... About 2300 jumps and about 5 posts. That's why I'm still a newbie. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  12. I know they have 1 Navy guy posted in North Bay - I thought he was looking out for the northern snakeheads. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  13. Back in the days of round parachutes the Frog was jumping with Bill Cole's Paradescenders team at the Canadian International Airshow. It's one of the biggest shows in Canada with crowds of about 250,000 a day showing up on the Toronto waterfront over the four-day Labor Day weekend. (That's a million people over the weekend.) The landing site is a small slope on a man-made island in between the water and the various buildings/bars/restaurants on Ontario Place. In those days there were a lot of shallow wading pools on the island, which was ok except that they had green bottoms that looked, from the air, like grass. Surrounding them were a number of venues such as patio bars and a bandstand. The Frog was under his Paracommander when he realized he wasn't going to make the landing area and started looking around for alternates. Seeing a green area below him he headed for it. Realizing at the last minute that it was one of these wading ponds, he hauled down on a toggle to avoid getting wet. Next to the pool was a sunken outdoor bar. Frog's feet hit the top step, then his body swept across the front table sending drinks, food and patrons flying. He ended up curled up against the back wall covered in plastic beer cups, feeling a bit battered and bruised. As he contemplated getting up he saw the bouncer streaking across the joint toward him. He was thinking to himself, 'here we go. I don't know if I'm up to fighting right now.' The bouncer grabbed him by the shoulders and hauled him up. "here we go,' thought Frog as the guy started shouting at him. "Are you alright?" the guy screamed... "Do you need a beer?" as he shook Frog like a rag doll. 'Man would I like a beer!' answered the Frog, and within two or three minutes they had him seated at the once again upright table with enough beer and rum and cokes in front of him to last any decent man for an entire long weekend, and his fellow bar patrons peppered him with questions.
  14. When I try to logon it doesn't seem to recognize my password til I go to 'forgot password', answer the question and then retype the password. Happened a the last couple of times I've tried to get on. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  15. My favorite one was when Frogman followed out Downwind Sue at Coldwater a few years back. They were so far away they didn't know where the dz was. Sue sat down and started to cry, so of course, Frog had to console her... One thing led to another and the next thing you know, Frog's at the doctors getting treated for poison ivy on his wee-wee. Frog had a lot of luck on his off-dz landings. Another time he landed in the backyard of this sun-bathing female and didn't surface again for two days... If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  16. Rod Pack made a jump similar to Cole's on New Year's Day, 1965. They planned on using the harness-to-harness snaps as a backup if he couldn't get the reserve. I believe the one you saw was probably Jimmy Tyler's first - I seem to recall seeing it on tv sometime myself, where he hooked on to someone's knees and they both landed under one chute. That was actually in the early '80's, I thought. They probably used a round chute figuring it would be easier to land two people under it? Tyler later did a 2nd chuteless jump where he strapped a reserve onto a plank fastened across a large baker's bowl with a drogue chute attached to keep it falling more or less stable. This jump was featured on the program 'That's Incredible'. Tyler later died jumping Half Dome. The things we do for a thrill. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone
  17. Anyone interested in reading about one of the first jumpers to leave a plane without a parachute and have one passed to them in freefall can visit my webpage to read about CANADIAN SKYDIVER BILL COLE. http://hometown.aol.com/pricesmoneypit/myhomepage/extreme.html We can do a lot of things in the air nowadays but sometimes you just can't beat what the old-timers did in earlier years. If some old guy can do it then obviously it can't be very extreme. Otherwise he'd already be dead. Bruce McConkey 'I thought we were gonna die, and I couldn't think of anyone