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    Pelicanland '73 - '77 ; El Paso & Southwest '77 >
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  1. Here's an old letter I got from M. Anderson Jenkins long time ago. Also attached to letter is article on his drowning from Mike Truffer's Skydiving magazine.
  2. My first Dactyl, the black one. Came from Handbury in a shoebox. Note no slider, as I'd cut it off. About 100+ jumps on it back in the 70's, then another 200 on my white one.
  3. My single keel Paradactyl. Opened "yesterday" with a snap! Sweet ride. Had a black one (sold to a friend) and a white one. Pic below of both of us under canopy.
  4. World Meet Z-Hills 1981..... the boogie between competition jumps I got grounded for a low pull (gee seemed normal to me) and Dave noticed that scene. Grinning and on the sly, he pulled off his boogie wristband and gave it to me. "Keep jumping, I'll get another." One of a kind, ol' Dave. Miss him. R.I.P to a good man. In pic, he's on far right in younger days.
  5. As kind as human being as I've known. RIP dear friend.
  6. Another shot of Joe, down in the scrum around Wes Shiles.
  7. Mig and Cindy! They around somewhere? Lost track after they left El Paso and went to Florida.
  8. Rick had made numerous jump friends across the country, having worked at the Jump Shack in Michigan in 1978 and jumped at many boogies and meets. Good friends in Michigan. .. Dell, Harry, Shirley & Mike Weber, Mike Johnston, John Sherman and many more. Rick jumped there and also in the 70's Z-Hills meets in Florida. Coolidge, AZ. was another favorite jump locale and he was a regular there at all the boogies from the late 70's through the 80's. He was a fun-loving participant in the notorious Ghoulidge Halloween Boogies, including the first one in '77. He participated twice at the Charley Pride Cancer Benefit demos in Albuquerque as well as the Cancer Benefit exhibitions in El Paso. He was a master rigger, having learned the trade from the late "Strange Dave" Kasehagen. He will be sorely missed by his close friends in El Paso and those who remember him from fun times in the sky. Attached below are various shots of RW in the sky and on the ground. 1. Nabisco dive over Holloman AFB in NM. with White Sands in background. 2. Tracking over White Sands 3. Packing his Starlight canopy in Albuquerque 4. On left of picture along with Terry Bradshaw at a demo 5. Soaring over US-Mex. border 6. Leading the way out of a Turbo Lance 7. Climbing to altitude 8. Pic from front page of Z-Hills paper, Nov. '78 9. In black jumpsuit over west side of El Paso, 1983
  9. Attached here is the obit for El Pasoan Rick Wells who passed away in July of this year. In the follow up post, I'll upload several skydiving photos of him.
  10. Had a black single-keel Dactyl in '77, then a white one after that. Had trouble with the slider hanging up on the black one as the grommets on slider were too small and my flyweight body wasn't heavy enough to bring it down. Ended up taking off the slider and cutting the nose slider in half. Free packed it with no stow bands on lines. Worked fine for 24 jumps. Then the opening on 25 was like "yesterday" and caused a brief red out. lol.... Never a problem with the white one. Had bigger grommets, too. Fun canopies and packed super small.
  11. Martin Caidin also wrote a fine adventure yarn called "Jericho 52" which dealt with the finding and restoration of a dilapilated JU-52 in the jungles of Peru and used to fly out of danger and into further adventures. Good read. Pic attached.
  12. Sigh....RIP, Mac. My first jump class instructor back in '73 at Pelicanland. A living legend to me. I'll never forget his hammering home the importance of avoiding power lines.... "I'd rather land downwind into the side of a moving train than hit a power line."
  13. Here's Scotty landing his Barish Sailwing from a biplane at the '77 Z-Hills meet. He jumped it about 4 times and cut away 3 of them. Was the head judge (head? Who said head...?) at the infamous wet t-shirt contest. If you were there, you'll never forget that one. RIP, Scotty.
  14. Well that's a bummer. One of my idols back at Pelicanland when I first met him in '73. He and Johnny Crews.... quite the duo! Pic 1: Billy with plaid shirt, left of sign Pic 2: In front with plaid shirt, 14 yrs. later. Same shirt? (and you next to him).