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  1. Pop's Winter Accuracy was the "must attend" event each year. My ex-wife became the first woman in the world to jump a square chute that Steve Snyder brought to Indiantown to demo. Happily I was on the winning team in 1969 with Bob Holler, Bill Ottley, and Tommy Bryant. [inline popsmeet69.jpg] DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  2. You know you're an older jumper when your first jump certificate is signed by these guys...... [inline 1stjump.jpg] DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  3. I created a website devoted to defunct drop zones a couple of years ago. Visit DZGone.com DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  4. Great stuff! Can someone encapsulate a story about the DZ and hopefully add some pictures? I'd like to update the listing at DZGone.com for Osceola. Please send submissions to [email protected] Thanks! DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  5. I was only able to stop by at the Pioneers Lunch on Friday as my wife and I had an early flight to Australia the next morning. I had a thrill reconnecting with Lew Sanborn, D-1, my instructor and jumpmaster at Orange 53 years ago. [inline patandlew.jpg] I was part of the nominating team to get Paul "Pop" Poppenhager D-47 inducted and I gave him a pencil drawing I did from a 1962 photo. [inline pop.jpg] I had some legends of the sport autograph a page that contained my first jump certificate. [inline cert.jpg] Many of the attendees said they would submit stories and photos for DZGone.com DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  6. Google Maps list Good Hill Farm Airport as being in Roxbury. I'll see Lew Sanborn in early October and can ask him then. Lew was my jumpaster/instructor on my first jump in 1962. DZGone.com has now identified 622 defunct DZs with more coming in every day. Are you from Woodbury? I took some Giant Slalom gate training from Rod Taylor at Woodbury Ski Area many years ago. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  7. Jennikay, you've revived a very old thread. I'm not familiar with the gentleman in question. Earlier in this thread, the question was raised as to the first commercial dropzone in America. Roxbury, CT lays claim to that distinction. See this article. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  8. Had two rides down on WWII era 24 Twill reserves in 1965. They tended to oscillate a bit during descent and one occasion I timed it right making a standup landing on the runway. I had Mae Wests on my 5TU C9 surplus canopy on my 11th and 61st jumps. In both cases I hand-deployed the reserve. In the next 2000 jumps I had two totals and a scary reserve ride that I can describe when I have more time.... DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  9. Folks - make it a point to visit this site. Pat Works has created an extraordinary resource. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  10. I didn't know AJ had jumped. I see him a few times each winter. I even made Ski Racing Magazine with him a few years back. [inline ski.jpg] Only celeb I ever jumped with was Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingtston Seagull. I was the first person he had ever seen in freefall. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  11. When doing an equipment check on my first jump students I'd instruct them to "turn your head and cough". That always got a laugh and they were a little less tense going aloft. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  12. We had gone a couple of months with no new submissions but about a dozen have surfaced in the past few days. I just did a recount and the list of defunct Drop Zones in the US is now up 590. Can you think of any we've missed? DZGone.com As always, I'd love to post your photos and stories. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  13. I'd like to get more info as well for Lakewood and any other defunct DZs for DZGone.com DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  14. I posted a short entry with one photo for Magee at DZGone.com. Would anyone like to write a short historical piece and maybe add some more photos? Here's a link to the submission form. If the photos are too large to send, just email them to [email protected] DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  15. Today DZGone.com takes a look back at Kissimmee, FL. I first met Jimmy Godwin in 1967 and ultimately competed at several meets at Kissimmee and later at Eustis. I recall Jimmy telling me that shortly after he took up jumping he met up with Doc Gaffney at DeLand. He noticed that Doc had a stopwatch mounted on his reserve. Jimmy asked him what it was for and Doc told me he watched it to know when to open. Jimmy replied, "You can see in freefall?". Apparently he had been closing his eyes and pulling by feel. Intrigued, JImmy bought a stopwatch but couldn't figure out how to mount it on his reserve so he welded two pieces of angle iron to his helmet and mounted the watch right in front of his eyes. Unfortunately it was oriented to the right instead of vertical. Jimmy told me that the first time he jumped it, he kept inclining his head to the right to see it and put himself in a flat spin. I don't know if he was pulling my leg or not but it's plausible. I really liked Jimmy. I've just added this story to the Kissimmee listing. Please share your stories from the old days! DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  16. Gary Corderman submitted a fascinating account of the first ram-air canopy jump by Paul Poppenhager D-47 way back in 1962. Ironically it was at Pop's Indiantown DZ that the first-ever ram air jump was made by a woman. My first wife Connie and I were competing at the winter meet in 1969 when Steve Snyder showed up with a prototype. I jumped it and then Connie did. Later that day Donna Huminsky jumped it and broke her leg. To date DZGone.com has identified 565 "Lost DZs" in all fifty states. Can you think of any that I've missed? DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  17. Trying it again with the image embedded. [inline awe.jpg] DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  18. In doing my research for DZGone.com I'm looking through my old magazines. DZ USA used to publish a list of who were the most experienced jumpers in the country. In 1966 Paul "Pop" Poppenhager was the only jumper with over 2000 jumps. See attached. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  19. What's your Dad's name? I probably competed against him in the sixties and seventies. Also, how are you embedding images in this forum? I've only been able to upload attachments. Thanks. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  20. I stand corrected. Thanks for pointing that out. It's been removed. DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  21. I guess you can't edit posts after a few days. In any event, the submission form has been fixed. AT&T sold my email provider (SNET) to a company called Frontier and my DZGone email was suddenly blocked. You can submit stories through this link. If your photos are over 1024 kb you can just email them to me at [email protected] DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  22. I guess you can't edit posts after a few days. In any event, the submission form has been fixed. AT&T sold my email provider (SNET) to a company called Frontier and my DZGone email was suddenly blocked. You can submit stories through this link. If your photos are over 1024 kb you can just email them to me at [email protected] DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  23. I had forgotten that all competitors at FPC meets got ribbons. Some of these are over forty years old (see attached) DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  24. For the moment, the submission form for DZGone isn't working. Please send stories and photos to pmoore(at)snet.net DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!
  25. For the moment, the submission form for DZGone isn't working. Please send stories and photos to pmoore(at)snet.net DZGone.com B-4600, C-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings #326, Diamond Wings #152. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room!