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    Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

    FIT is a great school. Unfortunately, I flunked outta there in 1970 after two years. Some moron built the school too close to the beach.:P BTW- back then we were the "Engineers", not the "Panthers". My only claim to fame was a school cheer that I wrote as a fraternity pledge assignment. I was very surprised when I heard it on TV during an MIT football game many years later. The announcers even commented on it. The only changes were that they replaced "x" with "u" and someone added an additional "verse." I have no clue how it wound up at MIT.
    Back then we had many "field trips" to the cape for various launches, etc.

  2. I'm always touched by that tender love ballad, "Ina-Gadda-Da-Vida". Brings back memories. Sometimes I get weepy listening to "Smoke on the Water", especially when the Leslie's kick in. (Hmmm......I haven't bought an album in a long time. I wonder where the nearest record shop is?)

  3. Just reading the thread about Bill Klase's death, I remembered a backyard demo he organized a few years ago. I guess this is really a Scotty Carbone
    story rather than a Bill Klase story. A few of us were doing a demo into the backyard of some of Bill's friends a few miles north of Z-hills. We were going to get out during the planes climb-out for a regular load. I think we got 6-7000'. The rest of the load was going to full altitude after we left. Some of the guys on the demo strapped 5lb. bags of flour to their
    legs to simulate smoke. Scotty had the wonderful idea to release a 10-pound sack of flour to leave a "smoke trail" to alert the party below that we were about to jump. As Scotty and I hung out the tailgate spotting, Scotty broke open the sack and 10 lbs. of flour blew straight back into the cabin all the way up to the pilot. Man, there were some pissed off people in there! By the time the "smoke" cleared we were well off the spot and I think only 2-3 jumpers made it into the party. ...I guess you had to be there! R.I.P. Bill

  4. Just landed my 5-cell Swift for the second time last Saturday. The first time was 10-11 years ago. I DO remember uttering a couple of expletives when I checked out the canopy after opening the first time and seeing those "loose" lines.