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  1. swovelin

    Bob Buehrer

    Well, we did it. Bob was one spectacular guy and we gave him a mot fitting spectacular send off. The weather at Perris was threatening; in fact the airport was flooded and shut down on Thursday & Friday. But then Barb Swovelin talked to Bob and ask him to kindly clear the skies and part the floodwaters. On Saturday we had mostly-clear skies, that is until we geared up for the ash dive and were shut down with a weather hold. But Bob was just teasing us. Anne Helliwell fly us to altitude, hoping for a hole. But then the clouds parted to perfectly blue skies, and Bob made his final skydive right over the assembled family and friends. The jump went very well, but the best part of Bob's Life Celebrations was the people; so many family and friends came to share stories and photos of Bob. The energy generated by all that love jammed into one room was a testament to Our Boy Bob; he touched the lives and the hearts of so many people and they are all better for having known Bob.
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    Bob Buehrer

    Hi Friends-of-Bob! I have big news: Bob's Celebration of Life is only three days away and it's happening RAIN OR SHINE! (Actually Saturday's forecast is looking better and better!) In any case, we're moving indoors. That's right; we're taking over the Perris Bombshelter for the Bob party, starting at 3:00! We're still planning the memorial skydive at sunset, but before and after we'll be warm & dry in the Bombshleter. VEGETARIANS, please speak up now with a post or a PM, so we can get a count of the number of veggie entrees. The other option is BBQ pulled pork sandwiches NAME BADGES: Check-in with Linda Witte when you arrive to get your name badge; that's your ticket to food and beer & wine. If you haven't yet checked in or confirmed, please do so NOW. If you want veggies, please speak up now. We're looking forward to seeing YOU and so many Friends of Bob at 3:00 Saturday! Blue skies!
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    Bob Buehrer

    Hi DZ.COMERS! Here is a reminder about the memorial celebration for Bob on Feb. 16th at Skydive Perris. It will be a fine gathering of the tribe and a grand send off for our friend, the one & only Bob Buehrer. Please join us if you can and RSVP and spread the word. Blue skies!
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    Bob Buehrer

    It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Bob Buehrer, my best friend for over four decades. After fighting a courageous battle with cancer, Bob was released from his struggle yesterday, December6th, in Boulder Colorado, where he lived with his wife Joan Zerkovich. Barbara Swovelin and I will always treasure spending some final time with Bob on his last night. We told him old stories and we told him that it was okay to let go if he was ready. He couldn't respond, but we were there for him. This morning it was snowing lightly and everything was covered with a fresh white blanket to start a new day. RIP Bob, farewell for now. ❤️❤️ PS the photo is Bob with Doris, his 91-year-old mother, after a Flightseeing flight in a floatplane over the fiords of Norway on our cruise last June. Bob wasn't about to let the Big C slow him down!
  5. You can try to contact Miles Daisher, he enjoys both sports (along with many others). He's on Facebook, or you can look up his webpage. :-)
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    Dr. Dave Holmes

    Here is a better photo of the inimitable "Doctor Dave."
  7. swovelin

    Who is....

    Hhmmm... First try, Jeanie McCombs (sp.) at Elsinore?
  8. A great turnout and perfect weather teamed up to provide a memorable weekend at the 6th Old Farts Reunion. On October 23-24, dozens of true pioneers from the early days of Sport Parachuting gathered with many younger friends at a private airport near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California for the 6th bi-annual Old Farts Reunion. With over 160 registered participants, the Reunion offered something for everyone. Some came just to enjoy the camaraderie of old friends, and to take a fond look back at “the good old days,” via photos, videos and testimonials. Others came to skydive and to party, to live the present moment to the fullest. The participants included a veritable “Who’s who” of notable parachutists, including, Bob Sinclair, Jerry Bourquin, Kevin Donnelly, Gary Douris, Jay Gifford, Larry Perkins, Garth Taggert, Stan Troeller, Dennis Trepanier, Chuck Wycliffe; the list goes on and on. But, don’t think that they came just for nostalgia; most came to skydive all day and party all night! This year’s Old Farts Honoree of the Year was none other than Ray Cottingham. The sentiment on his plaque sums up the high esteem in which he is held: “Master Parachutist, Expert Cameraman, Friend To All.” Under perfect blue skies of an Indian Summer Fall weekend, smiling jumpers, young and old, made load after load from the Perris SharkAir SuperOtter, totaling up a record number of jumps at a Reunion. The evening entertainment included a free raffle conducted by another icon of the sport; Pat Works. Pat enjoyed giving away dozens of valuable prizes and some funky ones too. Old Farts won free jumps donated by both Elsinore DZ and Skydive Perris. They won free introductory flights in the Perris SkyVenture wind tunnel. They won great skydiving apparel from Ground Zero at Elsinore, goodies from SquareOne, and skydiving art and memorabilia from Pat and Jan Works too. The video presentations were also a highlight. Tom Courbat impressed everyone with a new world premier video of the first-ever CReW 8-Stack, compiled from the original Carl Boenish 16mm movie footage. Ken Crabtree wowed the crowd with his “Who is Al Krueger?” video, which had recently been premiered at the USPA Nationals for Al’s USPA Lifetime Achievement Award. There was much more food and beer than could possibly be consumed, more stories than anyone could possibly listen too, more jokes than anyone could possibly laugh at. But we tried, oh how we tried! This year’s Reunion was a tremendous success, both on the ground and in the air. The Old Farts proved once again that they can still skydive and party with the best of ‘em. The next time you meet ‘some old fart’ at the DZ remember: Old Farts Rock! Jerry Swovelin is proud to have organized the Old Fart’s Reunion; he invites you to visit us online at www.ofr5.com.