RobertMBlevins

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  1. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    I guess you're right. I shouldn't have asked you. I will go ahead and post the video directly, just in case anyone else wants more information on the Cooper Campout. Come on, it's not THAT bad. LATE UPDATE: I've been informed that we CAN have more than 14 people for this event. I was going on US Forest Service rules for group camps, since that's where we usually go. It was good news for sure. Carroll Hicks actually lived in Kelso, WA, not nearby Castle Rock as I said in the video. Other than those things, the video is accurate. Hope to see you on June 21st.
  2. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    You have a right to your opinions. I'm okay with that. As far as being 'thirsty' for people to join, (that's a good one) the video is a courtesy. There is a five-week window to join the search party, and we will probably fill every available slot within ten days from today. I usually have to turn a few people away from these campouts. I have no interest in involving newspapers or TV in this one. There isn't anything to tell right now, and we're not organizing a publicity stunt. Whether you watch any of my videos at YouTube concerns me not in the least. Now whether my MOTHER watches them, that is something else. I would be cut to the quick if she didn't.
  3. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Did you like the video? Think I came off pretty well for a guy collecting Social Security? Do you believe we will get any additional volunteers for the campout due to the video? Well, people have until June 14 to decide anyway.
  4. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    The ten minute promo video on the upcoming Cooper Campout and Search Project is now up at You Tube. You can see it at the bottom of the WordPress article HERE. (Article provides complete background info) Or go directly to YouTube HERE. For the whole smash, see our entry at Quora, the Q and A website.
  5. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    I have no idea what you are talking about. And excuse me, but who set YOU up as the mod here? This isn't the Cooper Forum. I don't have time for this today, Dave. I just finished shooting the Cooper Search Promo video (it's about ten minutes long) and I'm kind of busy formatting it for YouTube right now. But I will keep your suggestion in mind. And by the way...neither of YOUR posts today are Cooper-related. Meanwhile, the video is done and its time to upload.
  6. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    LOL...I'm not talking to you today. I am not Derek, by the way. I want to thank you for providing that bit of internet etiquette for me though. However, if you want to be a moderator at Dropzone, I think you should talk to the folks in charge. I have to work on the Placard Search video, but I have to clean up my office first. You want something Cooper-related? Well, there you go.
  7. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Hold your horses there...I never mentioned Shutter's name in my post. And people DO visit his website on a regular basis. I'm going to do a short introductory video later on how and why we decided to do the search trip near Castle Rock. Will post it later, here...and will add it to Quora and WordPress notices about the event. A personal pitch is called for here, I think.
  8. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Here is a picture of the stew-side interphone system on a 727. The one they used in 1971, anyway. It was for sale a long time ago on eBay. I found out the power failed last night due to a car smashing into a pole a few blocks away. About 1,300 people lost juice for a few hours. That was the boom we heard. In Other News - Dropped by Bruce's Mountain News to see if there were any comments or announcements on the re-scheduling of the search trip to Castle Rock, etc. All I found were the usual 'Blevins is a liar,' and mostly distortions of the truth by the same few people. Been there, done that. Ignored. I swear some of these folks would complain even if I suggested we all volunteer time at the childrens' oncology ward. Brother, I know an agenda when I see it, and some people make the Cooper case, and the activities surrounding it, more personal than it is. Over at MN, they can say those things freely without any worry I will actually respond. That is not allowed, of course. When you have someone in your corner ready with the delete button on any just responses...it makes the vitriol easier to do. These folks don't do that at Dropzone because they know they can't get away with it. Regular folk live here. The best thing to do is to ignore these people as best I can. We move forward and try not to let the naysayers win. Two more people from Oregon emailed me yesterday saying they want IN on the search campout. Eight slots out of fourteen are now taken. Anyone from Cooperland who is kicking the idea around of participating in this frankly historical event should stop making it personal and decide whether they want in as well. We will do video, podcast, and the search. Some interviews of individuals, along with BBQ and fun at night. How long does Cooperland believe it will take to fill our limit of people who want to attend? I don't have time for games. We have sixty days to organize the whole thing, and that's less time than it seems. I'm not going to mention names or quote comments on other sites, but you know who you are, and you should stop making it personal. It isn't about me, it is about the Cooper case and giving it a try at the placard site. Seems like a historical spot to do the other media, as well. Besides. Anyone showing up is guaranteed of at least one thing. They will probably have more fun than they've had in a while. Two of the people slated to come have been on previous AB campouts. This should tell you something. My sincerest thanks go out to Weyerhauser, 'SBJ,' 'Army Guy,' Darren at the Cooper Vortex Podcast, Nick B, and many others for their support.
  9. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    I am truly sorry about your friend, and you are RIGHT about 'camaraderie over a shared interest'. Well, something happened this evening that proves our power system for wilderness camping WORKS. I was upstairs in the home office and heard this loud BOOM about a block away. Then the power went out all over the neighborhood. I took one of my 110 amp hour deep cycle batteries (they weigh a whopping 65 pounds each) and hooked it to a 750-watt AC inverter. Then I ran extension cord and a couple of surge suppressing power strips to both the office and downstairs. In less than ten minutes, I had Gayla back on cable downstairs and our modem/phone system powered up again. Upstairs, I went to the smaller TV and switched on the emergency lights. Our neighbors were peeking out their windows and wondering how come WE were the only ones in the neighborhood with TV sound and lights galore. The power returned a few hours later. If it had gone on beyond that, I would have dragged out another battery to power the fridge. Those deep cycles will keep it running for hours. If it goes beyond that, we have to consider using the generator. It's no big deal, but it proves one thing for sure. I used to be a Boy Scout.
  10. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    What's done? A silly discussion about some pictures that got confusing? Yes, that is done. Search campout comes in June. That is NOT over. Bruce and Eric are still invited as long as slots remain. I told Bruce I would hold one for him if he says 'maybe,' but I couldn't do it for long. I guess Eric gets the same consideration. I know it's a long shot, but maybe for once you should actually support something we try to do in the Cooper case. I don't see any special agenda for us on this one. We're organizing it (with help), paying many of the expenses, and doing some of the food and drink. Unless we find that briefcase or phony chute, we have zip to gain, and we realize actually finding those things is a REAL long shot. Frankly, I'm surprised no one's thought of searching in the immediate area of the placard find before. People have gone down to Tina Bar often enough. They didn't find anything additional there either. But they tried, and that's the main thing. And who knows? We might get lucky. If anything, we should have fun doing it. I think for you, me, or anyone else to argue about it the merits of such a search is pointless. Cooper fans, if they are for REAL Cooper fans, should not only be excited about all this, but give it their full moral support. The podcast by Darren, the YouTube videos etc will only enhance public interest in the case. After so many years you have to pop the cork occasionally to keep peoples' attention.
  11. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Is there a point here? It is true that except for Darren and Nick, there seemed to be a lack of interest in Cooperland for the search campout. However, I was still concerned about getting the proper permissions, too. As far as your comments, you often mention my name in this or that, and then tell me later it 'has nothing to do with me'. That gets confusing sometimes. Yes, it is true that many of the Oregon folks wanted a Cooper event IN Oregon. Fortunately, I was able to show a few of them that Castle Rock isn't that far from Corvallis, for example. About 120 miles, which is reasonable. Now two of them have said yes who hail from that area. The guy from Puyallup was easy to please. It's only 70 miles for him. But that's in Washington anyway. For me it's about 80 miles to the freeway exit. I'm sure everything will be fine. I gave Darren and Nick the good news. Half the slots are filled already just today. It won't take long to fill the remainder of them, I'm sure. The notice at Quora went out instantly to over 700 people today, all of them are signed up to receive our Quora Cooper updates.
  12. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Absolutely nothing unless you wanted to attend the search campout in June. It has nothing to do with your plan to hike in there at another time for pictures. That's your gig and we have zip to do with that as well. Campout was initially canceled because we thought we weren't going to get permission to enter Weyerhauser property to do this campout. Then out of nowhere...they approved our request. So now we go in June. That's it, I guess.
  13. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    HERE. Eric, this isn't our first public campout. We have people register for some very sensible reasons. First, in order to know how many supplies we should bring. We generally do a free BBQ, bottled water, emergency medical and food supplies, and other things. Second, in this particular case, there is a locked gate five miles from the campsite and only Adventure Books of Seattle staff will have a key. Third, it's to make sure no one gets lost. When people are approved by AB Staff to attend these events, we send them a printable PDF containing maps and directions, the place everyone is supposed to meet, as well as our personal cell numbers, the CB channel we run, and other contact information. We also let you know what gear and optional stuff we bring along, and make suggestions on what you might want to bring on your own. In reality, 'registration' means you say you want to attend, tell us who you are, provide an email address so we can reach you with these things. You have to remember sometimes people come to these events from holy hell and gone. On the Eclipse Trip, we had a guy who drove all the way up from San Jose. Without the PDF package, he never would have found us. Also...we are limited to 14 maximum people. Not our rule. Landowners' rule. There is a WordPress up about it now. You can see it HERE.
  14. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Not enough data. There are many scenarios. I never said we had a good chance of finding anything. But there is no other known starting point that makes sense. Can't just toss a dart into a map and try there. At least the placard location is a known quantity. Besides...let's face facts. We're not just going up there to do a search. There are other things involved here. Darren wants to do a podcast. We're going to do a video on the whole thing in high def widescreen, Dolby surround sound. There will probably be a table discussion. Movies and video games at night. Cooper camaraderie etc. People wouldn't be coming if I just asked them to boonie-crash without having some fun along the way.
  15. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Okay, I will accept that. Eric can do what he wants. Long damn walk though. Not that bad, maybe five miles each way once you reach the gate. I don't want to encourage him, though. If he changes his mind about hiking in for pictures and wants to help out with the search weekend, the podcast, the video, the actual search itself, the apps will be online later tonight. There is no way for you (or I) to tell if there is any additional evidence in the area. Cooper could have tossed out the briefcase and phony chute before, after, or at the same time the placard ended up out the back of the jetliner. No one can be sure. Without anything else to go on, searching in the area the placard was found makes the best sense to me. I figure with at least three teams we might be able to cover one-half of a square mile around, and no more. In other words, maybe a quarter mile in all directions. It ain't much...but it's all we got.