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  1. Hey Luke! I started at 18 too... Jump yer butt off all summer...get all your licenses and ratings...and start TEACHING! I worked my way through college as an instructor in the late 70's "Archway S.P.C." Made a ton of jumps, and helped with the books & grub! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. I believe that skydiving is more or less a representation of society as a whole in this instance. There are those that do and those that don't... about the same % as in anything 'cept BOWLING! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
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    My better 1/2 with her 'lil buddy! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. Look at his profile... I have NO doubt he's serious....and that jumping there, he should even more vigilant than even you are! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. You are 100% correct! Wonder why nobody else mentioned about the HAVING FUN part. Thanks Dave! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. Where there's smoke there is FIRE! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. Actually I went the other way...I went from 6'4" prior to surgery, up to just under 6'5"...must have straightened me up some! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. Hope to see ya at the race! my better 1/2 is going to try to go the whole 26... I couldn't get in the breeze yesterday 'cause I had to be the fan club for her at the Compac 5k 'Rocket race' ...and of course today gloomy skies lurk. ...Hey! how come nobody ever hands me a bottle of water and tells me how great I'm doing when I wanna go jumping??! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. When asked to sign off a logged jump for someone, if there is time I will often page back a little to get a some background feel of the person. I'll never forget the last line of the entry on something like jump 50 in this young man's logbook... "Only had 3 line twists left when I hit the powerlines" I wonder if he's still with us?! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. 7 years ago I had the bottom 4 verts fused and 2 --8 inch rods w/ 6 screws installed...talk about a "rough country" suspension! I was told to take a year off jumping, which I did. I started back into it slowly...insuring that I was physically fit and strong enough to take the hit of opening and landing. I can't urge you enough to beef up the abs and gluts...they will really take a lot of the strain. Since my operation I did around 200 tandems and am involved with a demo team that requires carrying heavy flags and pyro...No problems so far, the only concession I make if to wear on of those velcro weight lifting belts if I'm going to make more than 3 or 4 jumps carrying stuff in 1 day. Take your time and make sure your body is ready... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. ?Wildwood? ...as in Lake Wildwood? Kits record is the U.S. record, around the same time and for the same reason..ie testing suits etc. A Russian dude actually went higher and without the use of a drouge chute, went considerably faster! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. ...Two cannibals are eating a clown, One says to the other... "This taste funny to you?" ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  13. ELSINORE! (...in the 'old' days) You can see Catalina Island on night jumps from altitude. The mountains next to the lake are 2500 AGL...which was break off in the 'old' days ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. I think I heard of this "Shorty" guy... Didn't he jump with some WORLD FAMOUS parachute demo team? In fact I once heard a story about him being carried into a bar at OshKosh dressed as Elmo...some big polish guy carried him in, then had back surgery... "It's a small world after all!" ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. I stand corrected...I knew it was a Hawker... His wife Doreen is still a powerful presence in the EAA organization each year at OshKosh. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. Anybody remember Joe Smith?? The old Parachutist ads "Would you buy a parachute from this man?" I met and made a bunch of demos with Joe several years back...Great jumper and Fantastic stories!! This was not long after that C130 took fire and was shot down in Central America...only survivor a CIA operative and long time sport jumper named Hasenfus...Joe Smith was concerned about the ramifications surrounding his name being in Hasenfus's address book, that was made public upon his capture. Seems Joe's "business" ventures included more that just sell parachutes! Cool Guy! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  17. The first batton pass was between Steve Snyder and Charlie Hillard. Both engineering students in college. Hillard went on to become a top airshow pilot and an executive director for EAA. He was killed in his warbird, a Hurricane, at a show in Florida in 1996 ...now the cool part- I was fortunate enough to do a 1st batton pass re-enactment with Steve Snyder at the EAA OshKosh airshow in 1997. 40 years to the day of the actual 1st pass. Upon landing we presented Hillards widow with the special 'hard maple' batton, a brass engraved plaque attached to it commemorated the event. An endearing and emotional moment to say the least. On the 'Glory Ride' down the flight line following the jump & presentation, I thanked Steve (whom I'd never met prior) for the opportunity to participate, I'll never forget that look in his eyes when he said, "No... thank you, I have just made the last skydive of my life...and can't think of a better place or way to make it." ...Steve Snyder was killed last year while flying his personal jet, an F-86. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~