RonD1120

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  1. Well, older anyway. First jump in 1963, last 1999. Learned how from the USAF Combat Control guys at Hurlburt Field FL. I was just ATC and got out in 65. The 50th Anniversary of CCT and annual reunion is the end of this month. I'll be joining all my old buds except one, Chuck Paradise. He was KIA in 67. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  2. Thanks for refreshing my memory. After I made my post I got to thinking that Jim Curtis had/has a wife named Ann. Then I started getting confused with Anne Batterson. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  3. ***Like I said, skill and judgment can and does make a big difference. But we were not talking about poorly made cars. We we talking about people without the needed skill and judgment making demos. Big difference Quote I introduced this topic on rec.skydiving a found one or maybe two supporters. The rest of the replies were flames. It seems to me that older jumpers are more serious about demos. The younger crowd looks at exhibition parachuting with the same rebellious attitude as skateboarding through public malls, drag racing on public streets and base jumping from downtown high-rises. It's an attitude of "You can't tell me what I can do or when I can do it." I continue to maintain a belief that there is a difference between a parachutist and a skydiver. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  4. That looks like Lakeland Sun 'n Fun 1991. Per chance is that me with the US Flag? Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  5. The only problem is, that noone has been able to tell me who these two skydivers on this photo are. The letters '-RTIS' can be seen on the female skydivers helmet, which brings me to the conclusion that her name must be CURTIS, but I don't have a clue who the male skydiver is. Do you per chance know who these two are? I'd be happy for any hint you could give me. ********* Jim Curtis represented the US in world competition in the late 1960's. The gear reflects that time period. Having your name on the front of your helmet in that font style was a US Team practice. Also during that era, only US Team members wore the US Flag decal on their helmets. Not a hard fast rule but a generally accepted practice of respect for our delegated competitors. The helmet of the jumper on the left is not a Bell helmet, as the one worn by the jumper on the right. However, the rig appears to be a Pioneer, the same as the jumper on the right. During that time it was common for world competitors to exchange gear and make friendship jumps. It looks like the jumper on the left, assuming a female, traded gear with an American but preferred her personal helmet. In those days no red blooded American male would have been caught kissing another male on the mouth. Since the ladies of the Soviet women's team were not dainty back then, I would assume that the female is European. That's my guess as to the scenario. If Jim Curtis is still a member of USPA, and I think he is, you could probably contact him through the association and ask him to identify the jumper on the left. Hope that helps. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  6. WOW JT with brown hair. I almost didn't recognize him. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  7. Win a free membership in the Christian Skydivers Association. Check out the historic photo at Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  8. I did a few candycanes on your old canopy! I believe that was SN006. I still have her older sister, SN002. Who knows she may fly again. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  9. Brought back good memories Twardo. Thanks. I miss that POW-MIA flag. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  10. The first one I heard of was Z-hills 1972. I was ASO at the time but was in Deland watching the Collegiate Nationals. Tony Fredine(sp?) from CA was the so honored guest. He won the the low pull, aka chicken jump, contest the night before around 0200. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  11. I saw the name Gerry and thought he must be a relative of some sort. I didn't realize that it was Jack. I did my first 8-way with Jack and the other members of the "A team". They said just fall and we'll do the rest. The only problem was getting them to let go at 3500. They were always going for a few more points. My second post here. I received an Email from Ski Chmielewski advising me that Gerry was Jack's brother. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  12. This is a shock. I knew him as Jack LaLonde and jumped in many a POPS meet with him. One fine fellow. Always laughing even after the scuba diving accident. He was supposed to be paralyzed from the waist down but he would not accept the diagnosis. Quite a man in my book. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  13. A C-9 orange and white 28ft flat circular with a 7 panel double L cut. Paid $25 for it and $10 for a T-10 reserve. Jumpsuit was $10 red coveralls from Sears. The year, 1963. Holy Cow! That was 40 years ago. Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  14. Unemployed but doing well. In the process of pursuing grant $$$ for a faith-based initiative outreach to single fathers. How was Oshkosh this year? < Look for the shiny things of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. They only last for an instant but it is a Holy Instant. Let your soul absorb them.
  15. I have one of Smitty's business cards.