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  1. I don't care about the 'ignore list' lol. Thousands of people still read this thread worldwide. Anyone can put anyone else on their ignore list as is their choice. You all received your official invitation to participate, so my job is done. No one can say I didn't make you the offer. No one will be able to say I attempted to shut anyone out. That's the MAIN thing. I don't want anyone to be able to say later that I didn't give Cooper investigators and Cooper book authors every opportunity. (Cooper fans we have plenty of for this festival, with more joining the email notification list each week.) This offer will remain at the AB website pages for the next few months, or until we take down the pages when all available attendance or speaking slots are filled. Some people have taken up the offer, others probably won't. We move forward nonetheless.
  2. Does all your rambling mean you have finally decided we're not so dumb after all, and you now support the festival? Just wondering. If you have suggestions, or wish to join the Planning Committee, you can email me at [email protected]
  3. Well...the first time I ever met any of the people who attended our VERY successful Eclipse Campout in Oregon...was when we all met at the rally point near Magone Lake. You are wrong about them being my 'friends,' although two of them I knew through Facebook but not personally. I see many criticisms from you, but you ignore the realities as well. Sure, it costs money to go on a camping trip. It also costs money to go to a bar down in Ariel and drop cash on mass beer plus the inevitible tips. I don't see much difference between the two, except maybe people get a bit more for their money this time. This is the Northwest, Dave. Clubs of all kinds and shapes meet off road all the time, sometimes the groups are very large, even larger than the one we're proposing. I doubt anyone is considering running out and spending money they can't afford just to attend this festival. But if they did, that is their choice. Your views on us are well-known, and you have publicly stated several times that you stand firmly against ANYTHING Adventure Books of Seattle (and now our volunteers as well) does regarding Cooper. Anything and EVERYTHING. Good, bad, or indifferent, you are against it. So your opinions are slanted from the start, and they are expected. I could tell you I dropped ten grand on an ice machine and flew everyone in on private helicopters and it wouldn't make a bit of difference to you. I could tell you Jesus himself magically transported everyone to the site and gave them manna from heaven and would be the same thing with you. So why should anyone listen to your one-sided, pre-decided opinion on anything we do? I could run it as a fundraiser for Childrens' Hospital in Seattle and you would find fault with it just the same. And you are dead wrong that these events do not matter. They matter. If they didn't, media would not be offering to do stories on the festival six months in advance. Your twisted view of this event only shows that you are afraid we will succeed. You and your friends have tried pulling every dirty trick out of the bag for a long time now. And last the Portland event...we were foolish enough to trust you and some of your friends, who responded (and still do the same thing today) with the same platform you have always used with us. Simple hatred. Unabashed lies. All supported by people YOU support. You are simply angry because we keep pointing these things out to people...and some people are starting to get the message. Maybe it's time to stop doing those things, or supporting those things. Obviously they aren't working for you. As far as Dropzone being my 'personal thread,' it is not my fault that the major players in Cooperland don't post here anymore. That is their choice. And excuse me, but who are you to say what this thread is 'for'. Your version of things? Your rules? Who sets the rules? What ARE these rules? I want to see the official rulebook. I request a meeting with the rules committee. This ain't the Cooper Forum, Dave. And you are not the boss of me, my friend. As far as whether our power systems, sanitation preps, and whether the banner will work, I think you can leave that to us. The generator setup will easily provide two main public power stations for people to charge their phones, laptops, flashlights, whatever they have. We have sufficient power to run additional lights as well as the stereo/PA system. For the lighter electrical draw stuff, we use deep cycle batteries connected in series to a 750-watt AC inverter with enough juice between recharges to power dozens of laptops and phones easily. We know what we're doing. Picking on the banner is a real stretch on your part, you know. We will probably hang that out front of our modestly-sized stage and it will work fine. About the only comment you made that was sensible was regarding the availability of the vaccine to the general public prior to the date of the festival. (June 4-6, 2021) This is something over which we have no control, but we are prepared to make adjustments if necessary. Washington state is setting up a website for people letting them know where and when they can get the vaccine and we think that once sensibility returns to the OTHER Washington, (DC) that delivery of the vaccine nationwide will increase by leaps and bounds. The bathroom and toilet situation is still being debated. We know that Ariel got along just fine using only two bathrooms, and that most people who attended didn't bring small trailers or small motorhomes with bath facilities. Some of the people who have said 100% they are coming are bringing these things, so we don't really have to worry about them. We may do two more facilities, though. That will be decided depending on the total number of people who apply to attend by around April 10th or so. If this number gets close to 200 or more, we will exceed the typical crowd at Ariel and set up more facilities. If not, we may stick with the two we have now. The reason we're not releasing the EXACT location of the festival site is because only the people who are serious enough...the ones who are contacting us either by the Contact Form at AB, or directly by email...are the only ones who need to know that information. This event is restricted to a certain degree, due to the requirement that all attendees must have received the two-shot series of the Covid-19 vaccine. So far, no one has objected to that requirement, and in fact, think it was a brilliant idea. Not to pat myself on the back, but so do I. Just a reminder that no one in Cooperland, no matter what history they have with us in the past, will be excluded from the process regarding this festival. Everyone in the Cooperland community is welcome to submit their video (best way if they live too far away to attend), audio file, show up in person after application, or join the Planning Committee and participate that way. No one is, or WILL BE excluded from participating, either in person or remotely. If in person, they must apply with us either directly or through the contact form. And if in person, they must meet the vaccine requirement. (That requirement is absolutely NON-NEGOTIABLE.) Contact me for details if interested. Time slots for remote presentations are limited though. Videos should be of a resolution (1080/720) if you want them presented on the big screen. I am not real familiar with doing phone video, since I always use a hi-res video camera, but if you do phone video, I think it works better if you don't option the video to have those blank nothings running down each side, such as shown in the picture below. The final result won't look good being shown on a ten-foot wide screen. A full screen picture is better. Like I said, what I know about phone video you can put in your hat, but try to avoid shooting your stuff in the format shown below if you can. And...we're still seeking a general host for the festival but we're in no particular hurry on that. Apps are open for this, and it comes with some nice perks and what I politely call an 'honorarium'.
  4. Actually....a couple of folks who have posted previously both here and over at Shutter's place are signed up through the Contact Form. However, I understand most of the people who post to these places live nowhere near Washington state. And never attended the Ariel parties either. That's too bad because sometimes people came from other states, other countries to attend. Pretty impressive since Ariel is ten or fifteen miles off the main highway from Woodland and the event only ran from about noon on a certain day until maybe two AM the next morning. Some people are watching this thread, though. These are people who have not necessarily attended the previous parties in Ariel, but who have attended some of the Cooper conventions. And some of the folks who have appeared on television. Many of them are on the email list as well. Those are folks you don't see posting to Cooper discussions for the most part. There is also the public. This thread gets a LOT of views by non-Cooper folk and some of them are from the Northwest. Some of the people who finally sent us a request through the contact form at the AB website said they didn't find out information from the AB site directly, but from HERE...and THEN they went to AB. So there is that. Another consideration is that I can't keep sending people on the email list message after message. Main updates to those folks only happen maybe once a month, so when we replied to their requests...we usually direct them to keep an eye on this thread at Dropzone and make a shortcut to it...drop in once in a while to find out what information we are releasing to the public. You might be right about the political stuff, however it is also true that back in late 2016 I received a gloating email from Shutter regarding Trump's win. Maybe he got a little excited about that, I don't know. I guess it was sort of a tease back at him when I made that reference. I keep wondering what he thinks about all that know...whether he still supports the guy or not. One thing I've never accused Shutter of is being dumb. I guess I wondered if he had seen the light regarding Trump. However, I will avoid doing that in the future. Some of our cleaning customers are staunch Republicans and prior to the last election some of them also said they weren't voting for Trump a second time. They closed their eyes and hit the button for Biden. I have always wondered if Shutter did the same thing. The guy always comes on to me as if he never does anything wrong. EVER. It gets a bit tiresome sometimes. You know, after the 50th anniversary of the hijacking comes and goes, interest in Cooper is going to start dropping both with the media and the public. And I mean A LOT. (Unless something is done to kick it in the ass a bit, like an annual party for example.) If you guys who seem so smart over at the Cooper forum really WERE would stop picking on this festival both anonymously (Bruce Smith's Mountain News) and elsewhere. Not only that, but you would get behind the whole cart and push it with both hands, right along with us. No one over there is fooling us. We know perfectly well that some of you at the Cooper forum use anonymous identities at Mountain News...especially when you refer to Shutter by his real name and accidentally make references at Mountain News that also tells us you are members of that forum. Shutter is not stupid, and neither are we. We also know Bruce Smith is complicit in the whole thing because he occasionally puts up weak protests to the filthy comments...and the lies being told about us, (such as my relationship with Skipp Porteous and his family)...but Smith never does a thing about it. Like I said, we're not dumb either. We have WordPress, too. And we know that all comments to a WordPress blog come with the commenter's IP address and the email they use to make comments. Which Smith can easily trace back to the Cooper Forum if he wished. He's not fooling anybody. This is why I have previously called some of you phonies, and yes, I think it is (*sometimes*) deserved. But all you are doing with the negativity is shooting yourselves in the foot. The only folks paying any attention to all that rigamarole are a few people who hang out at both Mountain News and the Cooper Forum. You are not reaching the general public much with any of that. What happens is that the public will turn against you when you do that. Sales of your Cooper books will drop. Media will approach you less. I get email and PM messages occasionally on this subject, with the most common one I see being this: "They should grow up..." Seen that one a few times. It's good advice. We learned a lesson from trying to assist on the proposed Portland event. The biggest lesson was not to involve anyone in the planning of the upcoming event in June unless they were serious, and they could be trusted. We haven't had a bit of trouble finding those people. This should tell you something. My personal opinion on this whole Cooperland picture, well you can take this with a grain of salt. But if you guys want to create more interest in the Cooper case with the public and the media, and do more than just constant back-and-forth with the same dozen people or so...then you should get behind anything positive that has to do with the Cooper case and shove. HARD. Otherwise the whole thing might just fade away in a year or so. A few of the people who have signed to attend the June festival are coming from Oregon, two are even coming from around the San Jose area. (They previously attended our Eclipse Trip to Magone Lake, OR.) And it is still early on in the process yet. This is only early January for crying out loud. I fully expect by the beginning of May that NW media will start inquiring on covering this event. I have said previously that two newspapers already want to do stories on it. They agreed to wait on that until the date of the event gets closer, on my request. But I can already see that this festival will be the biggest party, the biggest 'thing' (if you will) EVER done on Cooper. If it is as successful as we think it will be, Greg the Techie Guy (who ISN'T moving to California as I am) has suggested he might do it a second time in 2022, maybe even beyond that date. If he does, I would be willing to fly up from San Diego to attend. It would be a good excuse to see him anyway, and return for a short time to the place I love...the great PNW. I have absolutely no doubt that the Cooper festival will be a success. None. Not any more. (Negative comments and lies notwithstanding.) It has grown beyond me. I am just a medium-size part of the whole thing now. A partial financer, a partial organizer. Other people have stepped up to assist and their roles are getting bigger, while mine grows smaller. And that's how it should be. No one, not even me, could do this alone. And any future Cooper festivals should be done in the same manner, by committee. A volunteer committee provided with at least a reasonable budget each year to work with. LOL...then they argue where the budget should go. EDIT: We've decided we WILL do a banner and hang it up in front of the entry to the main camping/party area. (Or maybe above the stage) I found out we can get one at a reasonable price from VistaPrint. It will say simply: 50th Anniversary D.B. Cooper Festival. Below that, on a second line, it will read: 1971-2021. (Edit: Or we may go with a more generic version so it can be reused.) Around the text I will add some relevant pictures. The usual stuff. A passenger jet, picture of Cooper under a chute with the money bag, things like that. I'm liking the one sized at 12x4 feet with brass grommets. I ordered some heavy macrame cord in 100 yard rolls to hang the thing. Some of these ideas came from my work with the Auburn Days festivals, and the occasional advice from Connie, the woman who directed that festival for 27 straight years. A smarter woman I have not known.
  5. Dropzone was down for a while this evening I noticed. I took the time to do some Zoom with the planning committee. They convinced me that we should go for no more than 150-200 really serious, VERY confirmed attendees between now, and when we send out the final PDF about the event a couple of weeks prior, and leave it at that. This does not count any possible media, although they will not be allowed onsite unless they can confirm with us in advance they have had the Covid vaccine series. We are absolutely non-negotiable on that one, for both they and anyone who signs to attend. Support for this idea is picking up quickly, and I can understand why. I want to be fair with everyone in the general Cooperland community, but I tell you this: All of you are on the same level with us as the general public, and I can already see we won't have any trouble filling the available slots. Applications to attend, if you are serious, will be closing at a certain point, and perhaps not that far down the road. We think Greg is right on this issue, i.e. that it is better to provide the best we can for the most serious people, a smaller core group, and leave others behind who think this is a joke. I've already personally invested over $2,000, and Greg is providing an additional $6,000. On that kind of budget you can do quite a bit for the serious people, and forget the ones who aren't. There is a question at the website asking if you want to make a presentation on the case, whether it be your support for a book you wrote on the case, your personal research, or whatever. We also accept submissions through video if you can't attend. But there is only so much time to do those, since some events at the festival are dedicated to other things like movies, music, and yes...a party. To be frank with you guys, we're not tossing some boring crap in a theater down in Vancouver. Whether you choose to listen to people like Shutter, a known Trump supporter (sorry Shutter but your affiliations with him DO point to character these days, or whether you are on board the Truth Train) or listen to me...a guy who puts his effort and resources where his mouth actually a thing for Cooper fans, authors, investigators, and the public to decide. And decide they will. Here I am below back in 2007, supporting truth as opposed to lies or anonymous hatred. I don't buy into hatred. It has diminishing returns, like beating your kids. See you in June. But I would not wait too long to get on the list to go, or there won't BE a list available because it will be filled. We are still seeking a general host for this one, and it's a paid job. I'm not doing it. I will be busy serving others. Wake up. Smell the coffee. Anyone interested knows where to go. However, I will take anyone for the hosting job who I figure has brains enough to do it. If you're wondering why there is no one else in the picture, I got there a couple of hours early. Later, I joined the local Dem committee working on his election. I never regretted it, and still don't today.
  6. As far as I can tell, (some I just don't know yet) most of the people who have signed for the festival, or at least the email updates, are at least over the age of 40. I dunno...maybe you are right on some of the songs. It's a 'work in progress' as they say. Suggestions for the playlist are more than welcome. Today I ran a full-on test of the stereo gear and the PA system with no problems. Gets loud, sounds good, but I don't think we will be able to do karoake. I would have to hook up a laptop to the whole system for the lyrics and buy a bunch of karoake CD's. But...using the two boom mike setup...if people want to bring an instrument and amplify it...and sing into the other mike...that can be done. But we gave up on karaoke. I'm trying to interest people who formerly attended the Cooper party in Ariel, generally using Facebook groups where those group members live in the area of Amboy/Ariel/Woodland. Also trying to get the word out down there by contacting some of the locals who assisted us at Ariel in 2016. (Two signed so far) I'm hoping word of mouth over the next few months will do the rest. For them it would be about a two hour drive each way, maybe a bit more, but I tell them they don't have to pack it up and drive home at 2AM either, and it goes for two nights. The free BBQ on Saturday and the Lookalike Contest prizes should bring a few of them anyway. Greg told me this morning that maybe we're stretching things a bit by trying to get 250-300 people. He points out that we only have two flush toilets and two showers, although some people say they are bringing a small trailer, truck camper, camper van, things like that. Well, okay. But for most it will be tents or sleeping in the vehicle. He suggests we cut off attendance at 150 confirmed Cooper fans, SERIOUS ones, and leave it at that. I am considering this, but we do have time. He might be right. I don't think more than 150 people ever showed up to Ariel, at least not the three times I went to it. We already have 112 people on the email list and no media coverage as yet, mainly because I'm holding off on that until the date gets closer. Maybe one-third to one half of those people will actually show up. Planning this stuff is harder than I thought. No way I could have done it alone, like I did those smaller 'Cooper Campouts'.
  7. Looks like it IS a red herring on the Sky Chef matches. That ICS advertisement was all over the place back in the day. I've seen it a ton of times, but not for many years. If Tina says he had one with the ad on it, and it was in the FBI files as well, I'll buy it. I wouldn't go as far as trying to link your suspect just because ICS ('International Correspondence School') was from Pennsylvania. The reason is because they advertised that company everywhere you can imagine. When I was younger I used to see it all the time. The back ads of magazines were a favorite place for them. I think I've even seen their ads in the rear sections of old comic books. However, just squashing one dead end in the case is a fairly big deal. So kudos to you. EDIT: I used to spin records for the local college radio station many years ago. It was a community college, so we probably didn't reach out more than twenty miles in any direction. I had the early show, 8-10 AM. But it did provide me some skill on knowing how to create a playlist. The planning committee for the Cooper Festival decided to mostly go with classic rock with a few other tunes thrown in, mainly because Cooper was from that era, more or less. I thought Cooper fans would get a kick out of seeing the first 75 songs or so I personally selected for the festival. I even dug out my old Koss subwoofer to add to our speaker system and discovered it still works great, and I was able to make it center speaker. Let me tell you it takes a lot of effort to create and load and prepare a song list like this one. It wasn't easy. And so far, this is only about HALF the tunes loaded for bear as they say. Take a good look at them and try to tell me I'm not good at this stuff. I am VERY good at it. We are going to rock for sure. If you have any suggestions on your favorite songs, let me know and I will oblige. Six more people have jumped on board this event in the last two days. One of them is from Ariel. Like I said, I'm just glad I didn't start trying to plan all this a couple of months from now. Greg, Kyle, our friends from Rochester, WA and yours truly are slowly but surely putting this whole thing together and gathering the last of the gear we need. We decided the women's toilet tent should have two rooms to it, and for them we're springing for an electric shower from Amazon. To heat the water, we will use this handy-dandy little gadget. You drop it into a five gallon bucket for a few minutes. I hear Trump is sending us money real soon. Already spent, and not on my truck I assure you. It's being saved for the food. (For the free BBQ on Saturday night) Eat your heart out Bruce Smith. Click on an image to view full size.
  8. Well, he used to get that a lot because he was a big fan of Eminem. He liked the music but didn't live the life, as they say.
  9. My long time camping buddy, good friend, the guy who helped me tear apart and put back together cars and trucks back in the 80's-90's...Ron F (last name private)...died about a year prior to the Covid outbreak of a stroke. This morning, I hear his son, who was only 41 years old...died of Covid 19. Ronnie, Jr. I knew him very well. His family was poor. But somehow he was granted a $5,000 Visa card years ago, plus a full scholarship to the Renton (WA) Tech College and got a two year degree. The Gates Foundation did that. He used that education to get a lead position with a company that made aerospace parts for Boeing and worked there his whole life. He was single. His death was REALLY sudden. He felt fine one day, and then he got what he thought was a mild cold. In less than 48 hours he died before he even realized what was really going on, or that he actually HAD Covid. One day he's fine, two days later he died in his sleep and shocked everybody. He did have a mild case of asthma, I will say that, but he hardly ever had to use the meds. Family said he wore the mask, took precautions, but sometimes you just pick it up somewhere I guess. The med examiner had to check him to make sure it WAS Covid, and it was. But it was one fast case for sure. I guess what we really know about Covid still isn't much more than you can hold in your hand. And even if you study what is IN your don't know what the hell you are looking at anyway. Poor kid. I always liked him. Went from having nothing to getting a tech education and a high paying job...about the only thing he was really proud of. I posted a picture of him below. Yeah...yeah...I know he looks like a little gangster, and all that. But he really wasn't at all. He was one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. Covid-19 can just go to hell. As quickly as possible. A month or two more and he could have gotten the vaccine. But for him it came too late. The picture is from 2018, and used by permission of the family. They just asked I not publish his last name. He was 39 in the picture, or therabouts, but he looks so damn young. It's heartbreaking.
  10. I will wish you all a Happy New Year...and only guarantee one thing (besides that the Cooper Festival will be a hoot). 2021 will undoubtably be a better year than the one we just went through. Had another 60,000 or so Covid deaths occurred before the end of the year, those deaths would have equaled the number of soldiers we lost in the Second World War. Both from combat and 'other causes'. We've already exceeded by more than SIX times the good citizens we lost in the roughly ten years of the Vietnam War. Or close. The numbers become like novocaine. US Army vet here telling you this to sober you up. And it IS sobering indeed, my friends. And this wreckage and misery was done not in four years, but a mere nine months or so. Things will get better, I am sure of it. Some things, believe it or not, far exceed any concerns we might have about the identity of some guy who pulled off a hijacking for a bunch of money fifty years ago. As time goes by, I think interest in this case will wane. Get it while you can. Mainly because it is extremely doubtful that anybody will be able to pin the crime beyond reasonable doubt on one particular suspect. Another reason might be that once the 50th anniversary has come and gone, Cooper will more enter the realm of Northwest legend, (sort of like Bigfoot) and people will have to admit Cooper got away with it, and that no one (not me, not you, not ANYONE) will ever be able to discover his true identity with any certainty. What a guy. What balls. What great work (NOT!) by the FBI. So I've said we just toss one big-ass party to celebrate the fact he got away with it, and move on. That's my plan anyway. Confidence is high, as they say at NORAD. A promo video on the festival can be seen after January 20 at YouTube. Shot north of Mount Rainier.
  11. So I see on the TV news today that Dawn Wells ('Mary Ann' from Gilligan's Island) died from Covid-19. Brother, that damn virus has no compassion at all. (The remainder of this post was deleted, because frankly...I couldn't figure out the truth one way or another regarding whether Bob Denver actually received residuals.) Only one person contacted me today asking to be put on the email list for the Cooper Festival. I checked them out as usual...they passed my normal 'You aren't using a phony email and you ARE a real person' check...then added to the list. I think we're at a 112 total now on the list, but that should increase as spring approaches. One other applicant hasn't been deleted yet, but he has failed to answer two email challenges in a week, (we answer all requests by email) and he will be deleted from the list. I should have known anyway. The email he provided was real enough, but has never been used anywhere else on the internet prior to his application. This particular check is done by Greg the Techie Guy, not me. It's how we keep out the spammers, and how we determine whether someone just created a new email address to get on the list. Yes...this sort of thing can be checked. We only deal with real people. I would much rather have 250 attendees to this event that are legitimate, than just adding anyone to the list who asks out of the blind, or attempts to fool us, or is a spammer. I figure since we have several months to build this 'legitimate list' and create some solid relationship with these won't be a problem since we have so long to do it. Quality is better than quantity sometimes. The festival is free, the food is free (Saturday night BBQ anyway), the media coverage is free, and the prizes and gifts are free. There's nothing wrong with making sure people are serious when they say they want to atttend. Or...asking them to jump through a couple of simple hoops to do so. As I have said previously, something harder to obtain is sometimes more often desired. I figure after I authorize the first newspaper article for this event, we will be flooded with apps anyway. (Right now is not a good time for newspaper coverage due to Covid, the lack of massively available vaccines, the situation with Trump and his cronies, it's still the middle of winter, etc. I should wait on that until the first week of March we're thinking.) Some of the folks on the legitimate list are actually emailing me and asking for suggestions on what they should bring along and brother...those emails get answered right away. So why waste time right NOW on spammers and phonies? But once these slots get filled, that's it. We're cutting off the webpages and the list. A consideration for those of you who have chosen to ignore this event so far, even after my many comprehensive posts about it. Trust me...we're going to eventually get more people who want to show up than we can handle and with or without your will be the most successful DB Cooper event ever held in the Pacific Northwest. You can keep drinking the Kool Aid, or you can choose to come on board while you've still got a shot to do so, either remotely with a submission or in person. Or you can sit on your hands and enjoy those nice comments over at Mountain News. But I doubt you will have an opportunity like this again. You want sales of your Cooper book? You want attention to your blog, maybe get some real media attention for once? You have to go at the public. That is where the market is...not from backslapping with other Cooper authors or investigators. They already know you have a book out there. Or a blog. Or a website. It's the reading public and the serious media you have to reach. All of this may sound harsh, and perhaps it is, but we will call it 'tough love'. I think some of you out there in Cooperland don't really understand the nature of this event. It's not to boost the popularity of Adventure Books of Seattle. It's a GIFT to Cooper fans and the general Cooper community at large. Well...and a party. If it were All About Me, I would be up onstage hosting the thing and post big banners at the fesival with the name of our publishing company all over them. Neither of those things will happen. This one isn't about ME. It's about everyone else, especially those Cooper fans you never hear about. They got screwed by poor documentaries and the closing of the Ariel Store. We're going to fix all that, at least for 2021. Oh yes, we will. We want to find out exactly who the best 250-300 fans of the Cooper case really are. And we will find that out as well. I guarantee it.
  12. I released an article today about the upcoming Cooper Festival (with historical illustrations) to the general Quora dot com community, as well as our Quora Cooper space there. You have to pay homage to history before you start making history of your own. On submissions to Quora I get serious about them because our content there is closing in on four million views. Plus I share to my personal followers (about 700 people) and to the 2,000 followers of the Quora Cooper space. This is where I do an 'opening kickoff' on anything I believe is important for people to know with events, or the Cooper case in general. It won't be long before this particular entry is shared by many others, and seen by a great number of people. I do a brief history of the Ariel Store Cooper Parties along the way. The article linked above will be the one given to media in our press release, and the one where we send them to because it has the relevant internet links. I will remind Cooperland folks that we are offering to present YOUR media, YOUR book, and YOUR videos with whatever you wish to say, for the crowd at the well as media sources if you wish. Contact me for details on how this is done. (It's pretty easy.) In this way, you can not only participate remotely, but frankly....toss your case out to the public and help sell your Cooper books. Chances like this don't come along every day. Currently about 15 people a week are signing up for the monthly email update, with a majority of them saying they want to attend. At that rate, (and we expect more interest soon) we will fill all slots for personal attendance in less than 90 days. I will allow people to arrange to have their content, whatever pitch or video or whatever you want presented both at the event and to the media, WITHOUT slanting or making opinions on your content. These submissions for presentation are open until about May 1. That is, unless we run out of room on our rather loose schedule. It's basically a party. In other words, camping activities, presentations, and Cooper discussions during the day, and at night both Friday and Saturday with music, movies, dancing, and more of the submitted videos. All running the weekend of Friday, June 4-6, 2021. We pack it up on Sunday morning. order to take advantage of such coverage, and have your content presented both at the event and TO the have to get off your butt and take some action on your own. That means contacting me at [email protected] and asking for details. No one can say I didn't offer ALL of Cooperland an opportunity to participate, no matter WHERE you live. Videos on the big screen work pretty well. Maybe you should start planning one. We can present anything you care to shoot, even 4K stuff in widescreen. We ask you to limit your video to no more than 30 minutes and try to make it look semi-professional. Videos with personal attack comments against other people in Cooperland will be rejected. You can pick on the FBI, Northwest Airlines, or other organizations involved in investigating the Cooper case all you want. The 50th Anniversary Cooper Festival is an all-inclusive event. We are even making adjustments for disabled folk. If you've had differences with AB, or even myself personally, none of that matters for this one. It says so at the website. At least about the disabled folk. The other thing, I decided to tell you personally. On a side note, and to try and cheer you up Cooper fans...this is absolutely the best video I've seen all week. Yes, the robots are programmed, it's not CGI. The song they used is already on our playlist for the festival. One of my favorites. Our playlist has two versions. One with just the songs. The other version has the videos for them included. Music after dark will be played with the videos going on the big screen. You gotta love it. We managed this by doing all songs in their official MP4 video versions, and then converting them to strictly MP3 files for the music by itself, while saving the video versions on a separate flash drive. Greg thought it up, of course. He pointed out there was an audio-out connection on the media player that could go directly to the stereo system, and that the media projector contains a USB input port. The guy is a frickin' genius, I swear.
  13. Why... That was a joke. You should just call up the wife. She will tell you everything. Most of it won't make a bit of sense, but there it is. I'm pretty tired. I just finished putting up 120 high-def versions of hit songs, mostly 60's-80's stuff, onto a flash drive in two separate folders on the drive. And I barely scratched the surface on how much that flash drive will hold. It's for the Cooper Festival. I need a total playlist of around 8 hours. Anything else will have to come from people who bring their own stuff on their CD's, THEIR flash drives, or we can bluetooth them onto the stereo. It was more work than I thought because most of them had to be converted to MP3 formats from video. Fortunately, I have Format Factory. Placed three more applicants onto the email update list today. I have told one of the Auburn newspapers that they can go ahead and run a story, as long as they agree to run an update story in mid-May, about two weeks prior to the festival. They agreed to that and I'm supposed to furnish some pictures and a press release when ready. I think after the first of the year is appropriate. Slowly, but surely we are pulling this thing together for June. Brother, I am glad I didn't try planning this one like a couple of months later. Six months seems like just enough time to do it right. Had we started all this in say....April of next would NEVER have worked. No way. Greg, Kyle, and I decided today that when we reach 250 confirmed attendees...that will be IT. I don't think we can handle 400 people, although the permit allows that many. We've also decided to give away some Cooper Collectibles in some kind of contest (not the Lookalike contest), a contest we haven't thought up the nature of yet, but we will. Ideas keep popping up as we go. There is absolutely NO way I could have organized this without the help of several people, I can tell you that. Not a chance in hell. The Peanut Gallery over at Bruce Smith's place has been spouting their usual negativity about this festival, sort of like pea soup out of the mouth of Linda Blair. I told Bruce once that he puts up nice articles on the Cooper case, and then the Peanut heads jump in with their silly comments and it makes HIM look bad. Since I don't post there, and haven't for his last several articles, I wonder if his readers get confused. ('Who the heck are they talking about? Who is this Blevins guy...?') Hard to say. Maybe curiousity about the comments at Bruce's place is why book sales on Blast are way up. We've moved more than 350 copies in the last 30 days according to Lightning Source/Ingram, but LSI won't tell you WHERE the sales are coming from. They aren't coming from Amazon. Our ranking there is about the same as it always has been, more or less. It's a mystery. And I haven't been on TV or anything for a long time. I's good, but still a mystery. However...if you do happen to live in Washington state, or at least close enough to drive to this event, you will have a lot of fun for sure. We are trying to pay tribute to similar things that were done for all those years at the Ariel Store parties, only ours will go on for two days and nights, and we're not charging for anything. Greg says we should do bumper stickers with a Cooper Festival theme, to hand out to attendees. Wants to get them from CafePress. We have an account there but I haven't used it much. I may look around to see what they have that we can personalize that won't cost too much.
  14. Interesting. What is this mechanism?
  15. Signed up a nice couple from Rochester, WA for the Cooper festival. Retired military, he's a lifelong WA resident. Said, "Sign me up!" and volunteered to go on the Planning Committee. This guy...I spoke to him on the telephone for about an hour. He's going to accompany me on a scouting trip to the location in May. We will take pictures and examine the site more closely, plus check cell phone signal there. I put him on the Committee list. They just keep trickling and there. I'm going to allow a total of no more than 800 email contacts, (confirmed ones) and if we reach 250-300 people that I feel will almost certainly show up...I'm cutting off any further attendance and deleting the two pages from the AB website. These newest folks were in full agreement that requiring everyone to have received the two-shot series of the Covid vaccine to attend was perfectly reasonable. We're holding the line on that. Firmly. Frankly, I don't think we will have any trouble filling all the available slots. End of March or early April is likely. And at some point I will have to do a cutoff.
  16. And my response to all that drivel is this: I don't care. And I don't care if Cooper Forum members decide to involve themselves or not in the festival, although two of them already have. No, you cannot have their names. I am much more honest than some of your forum members who go to Bruce Smith's Mountain News and tell their lies about my relationship with Skipp Porteous, or lies about myself and some of the people I know...using their phony identities there. And I don't 'live' for DB Cooper, although at one time perhaps I did. That time is long gone. I'm helping host the festival in June, and that will be the extent of my public participation in the case, at least in the real world. It's AB's way of thanking people over the years for their support, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cooper hijacking. Simple stuff. After we move to California, it's possible I will work out a deal with Nick R and the Cooper movie will still be done, but that's down the road a ways and (for the moment) Covid is causing everyone fits in Hollywood. Most of your members are decent folk. A few are NOT. My opinion is that you should research THAT...and rid yourself of them. I work for a living just like everyone else. I put on my pants one leg at time...just like everyone else. It's not a mystery.
  17. I think that is a two-way street. No one asked you to be associated with either me, or anything AB does. (And if I did, I take it back, although some of your members at the Cooper Forum are more than welcome to participate if they wish. Or not, as is their choice.) It IS too bad you said that to Jim, i.e. you didn't want to work with me etc. I know he was unhappy about that simply because he made it plain he wanted ALL of Cooperland involved in the Portland event. And your statements to him on that probably set off warning bells that all was not happy-happy in Cooperland. Not like you were actually going to fly up from Florida to attend, you know. It was unnecessary for you to lay that on him. Hell...I was barely involved. My job was to provide some of the guests and speakers, and plop down a grand or two for expenses. Then I was leaving you guys to enjoy yourselves and flying to San Diego for Thanksgiving. (My mother in law roped us into that one, and YES I wanted to go to Portland but after all the trouble happened, I didn't try to get out of going to San Diego.) I don't believe Jim ever thought he had authority over anyone, including you. He was disappointed people couldn't get along enough to put on the event, though. That much I do know. It's too bad things went the way they did, but no one can say I didn't do what was asked of me by both Jim and the Cooper-oriented beer brewery guy. Wasn't my idea to do an event in Portland. It was theirs. And their reason was because they wanted some kind of replacement for the Ariel parties, which had ended when the store closed for business. One correction. I did recently send a short message to Jim. But it was just an offer to see if he wanted to snail mail me his short Cooper film on a flash drive to be presented at the festival. I didn't invite him to the festival because I knew he was way too busy running those businesses in Portland. You, or any previous issues, were not mentioned. Here is a screenshot. I blanked out my home address, etc from the message. Since it is my message, I don't mind sharing it publicly. I accidentally say 'Friday June 3' in the message, but since he won't be attending, I don't think that matters much. As you know, it's actually Friday the 4th. Click on image to view full size.
  18. You got YOURSELVES in the way. I had nothing to do with it. No one was excluded. No one was to BE excluded. Jim insisted on that, as you have seen in the emails he sent to everyone. This is not my fault. It never was. Your members have a well-known history of attacking others involved in the Cooper case. It was a surprise that they extended this hatred to a Cooper event, but that is done and over. Post whatever you wish, wherever you wish. I'm okay with that. As far as 'people don't want to work with me,' you just gave the number one reason why some of your forum members decided to stick their noses into the Portland event. Eric's actions are still a mystery to me, though. He stood to gain quite a bit of attention by hosting both events. I don't know why you are mocking the idea of the Decoded cast giving their travel time and appearance at the event for free. Or for a famous Hollywood star actually paying for a flight to Portland to attend that same event. You just can't get off the Hate Wagon, no matter what. Neither can those folks at Bruce Smith's website, who have already brought up the Festival in their usual ugly way. Or to put it another way: Regarding that festival, I haven't had a bit of trouble getting people to work with me on that. We have three people besides myself on the Planning Committee, and we don't have any trouble working together. There is even room for more folks, and some will probably come on board as spring approaches. It's still early and we're still six months out. But we already have all the necessary gear except for maybe another $300-$400 to be spent at Amazon on the hardware. (String lights, 250 feet. A few other minor things) And we haven't even tapped into Greg's generous contribution to the festival budget. He has guaranteed us a minimum on that of six thousand dollars. Some will go to food, some will go to the Amazon gift cards for the Lookalike contest. Some will go as an honorary to whoever is selected to be the main stage host. I will find ways to spend the rest. (Just kidding on that last one) Things are going just fine, thank you. I hope this does not anger you. It's amazing what we can do when others are not allowed to interfere based on personal and emotional issues. On a side note, I just authorized two more people today to the email update list. Their email addresses checked out as ones they have used for a while, they answered our reply, and we were able to determine they were real people. This approach asks people to jump through a couple of hoops to be allowed the privelege of attending. But I also found out that when something is more difficult to obtain, and they have to work for it a bit...the more the serious people actually WANT it. So far, we've been able to weed out the spammers and the non-serious people that way. As far as Jim, and Doug Kenck-Crispin from Oregon History, Doug has already been informed on the festival. Jim I did not contact. I didn't figure he could attend anyway, and he's most likely had enough of Cooperland.
  19. Nobody is harassing you, either here or elsewhere. You put on a big show of being offended, which is fairly ridiculous since both you and your buddies have been coming after me for years and continue to do so. Just one effen lie after another sometimes. Really? Over these years you have sometimes tried to stop it, such as when you announced 'No more discussions about Robert' a couple of times...which laughably you finally gave up on...since you had about as much effect on THAT stuff as Bruce Smith has had at his own website where he threatens to start banning people. He never does, of course...and continues on as before. You cut off all communication with me for years. You've made absolutely sure everyone knew that too. And by the way...this is part of the problem all along. You even told Jim Brunberg during the time you were added to the group planning the event in Portland that you would rather be contacted separately so that you wouldn't have to have me included in those group emails. And now you have the absolute gall to come to me now for communications, and requests for emails? Boy are you living in dreamland or what? I probably SHOULD name those people for you. And provide the forwarded emails. Then what would you do if you found out some of your forum members had a hand in the cancellation of that event, an event several people spent months planning and paying for out of their own pockets. Would you ban them like yesterday? Of course you wouldn't. Everyone in Cooperland is well aware that you actively, or tacitly, support virtually anything that goes against AB of Seattle or myself personally. This is common knowledge. You have even stated publicly that is your official position on Adventure Books of Seattle, as well as myself. You have said you support absolutely nothing if we are somehow involved in it. So instead of being butt-hurt about what happened regarding the Portland event, you should be happy. Is this not correct? The reason I decided not to name names is pretty simple. We can't bring back Jim's cooperation or offers for an event in Portland. He is now completely put off by the constant bickering and the 'minefield' of Cooperland. So what good will it do now to make all that public? What purpose will it serve? Do you want to know everything so you can ban these people? I seriously doubt it. I finally got to the point where I actually DID stop trying to drop by the Cooper Forum, as well as Bruce Smith's Mountain News website. I dropped my five-buck-a-month VPN service and moved on. I really want nothing to do with either of you anymore. (A caveat: I DID invite Bruce to be the main host for the Festival if he wanted, and that was done...despite his allowing those filthy comments about me and mine at his website...because it is a measure of respect for his previous work, and because he is the most well-known Cooperphile in Washington state. I had to give him his due on that, although it is unlikely he will attend or host, and that's too bad because he would be the Big Cheese and have a lot of fun. But you can't make the horse drink the water if he doesn't want the water.) I have one big Cooper Blast (the June festival) coming in six months, and sometime after that I will be moving to southern California. About that same time, I will be releasing my autobiography, Cooperland, getting out of the DB Cooper business, and leaving all of you to your own devices. Gladly.
  20. What people do in the past, especially when they continue to do the same things...and attempt to justify them to no end...tells me all I need to know about someone. And you are their Fearless Leader. I didn't say your members would get 'in the way' regarding the Cooper Festival. I said I wouldn't ask for any help on the festival from anyone in Cooperland I didn't fully trust. That is very true. Since we are in agreement that neither needs the other...maybe you should cease asking me for considerations that you don't deserve. I already offered you the road to the truth. I don't generally go half-measures. Just give me permission to do the Quora/WordPress article and you will get everything you want to see and then some. Since this whole ugly scenario involves people who ARE your members, I insist it be you that gives me permission to do the article. But that's the ONLY way. Yes or no. Easy question and whatever you choose, I will go that route no problem. EDIT: I guess I should clarify something for you. The reason Jim Brunberg withdrew from the event was NOT because those members of yours I mentioned sent HIM any nasty messages. Jim bailed because he saw there was a great deal of infighting in Cooperland, and because Eric Ulis stopped communicating with everyone as soon as Jim assigned him the hosting job. The reason the other organizers and one of the sponsors bailed was because THEY were getting the nasty messages about AB and myself personally. Jim actually bailed first, then the other folks a short time later. About two months after THAT, I started asking them why they bailed, and that's when they forwarded me a few emails they received. Whether you choose to believe that...well, I don't really care whether you do or not. But if you really want me to do the article explaining what happened in detail, and presenting some of the emails, I will do that. All you have to do is say you want it.
  21. Let me ask you a question. Why do YOU think Jim and everyone else involved in the Portland event suddenly decided to dump the whole thing? You already KNOW why. I'm not emailing you a thing. If you want the complete story, along with actual screenshots of certain emails...then decide yes or no on the WordPress/Quora article. Otherwise you are wasting my time. You have a lot of nerve playing the arrogant, I'm-so-butthurt game with me when you support the people who engage in the most hateful rhetoric ever seen within Cooperland. Yes or no? Simple question. I don't owe you a thing. YOU owe Cooper fans for helping screw them out of the biggest planned event in Cooper history. You did this by non-cooperation, and supporting negativity from your own members. YOU are the one who owes an explanation. And the difference between a canceled event and ongoing behavior that still continues to this day? That difference is significant. You can say what you wish about me, or post what you wish over at the Cooper Forum or elsewhere. None of it makes a bit of difference to me, and I am wasting time with you when I should be watching the Seahawks game. We're going to do the biggest Cooper event ever conceived next summer. You can do nothing about it. You are not involved in it, and any of those haters you support and help host...they are either welcome to participate, or stay on the sidelines. Either way, I'm okay with it. I don't want to totally put them off just in case they change their minds later, but frankly we can do without them. Before you start questioning others and calling them liars...maybe you should man up and clean up your own house. You are wall-to-wall with the haters over there, although some a few others are good and decent folks. Others are not. Maybe you should rid yourself of the 'nots'. You have allowed one attack after another on AB, Skipp Porteous' relationship with me, and a host of other related things. And you made sure I wasn't able to defend myself against these people at the same place they were doing this. You also helped support the outright theft of Sheridan Peterson's book, when you should have stood up against that. Your excuse was: "We haven't seen any copyright record." That's funny, since I found it on a one-minute search at the US Copyright Office website. Now his book is in permanent limbo at $25 a copy and selling zip through Lulu and Amazon. And some of your members laughed and thought it was funny when we tried to stop you from doing that. It isn't funny now. Basically, you supported the cheating of Sheridan and his family out of regular payments if the book was released at the wholesale trade rate worldwide (our plan for it). Nothing like screwing a 95-year-old guy out of his life's work just so you and your members could grab a few copies for a Cooper convention. I have no respect for you. And I owe you exactly ZIP.
  22. I didn't say the emails came to me directly from members of your forum. I said they were sent to some of the organizers, and at least one of the sponsors...and were forwarded to me later...AFTER I started making inquiries on how Jim and the other folks involved went from enthusiastic to rejecting the whole thing. When I saw the emails, I understood why Jim and company wanted nothing further to do with Cooperland in general. If you mean *some* people at your site occasionally contact me on the side, that is true. Not that much. You know who they are. They are the ones who don't engage in rhetoric. Harmless stuff. It's a tempest in a teapot. Everyone already knows a portion of your members like to engage in hateful rhetoric and lies. They leave YOUR site and do it at Mountain News. It's been going on for years. You know this, and so do I. The bottom line is that I learned a lesson from all this. I learned that when AB of Seattle puts on our own festival next summer...that we will ensure your buddies can't mess with the Prime Directives. There will no one for them to 'go to' except US...and that won't do them any good.
  23. You are funny indeed. The quote from Jim was from a group email that you received as well. Remember now? Maybe using all caps on that one word, 'HOPE,' he was trying to get a point across or something. You keep asking for proof. I keep asking you for permission to write the article that includes screenshots of the emails that were forwarded to me after I kept asking some of these organizers why they bailed on the entire event. Everyone knows some of your members STILL go out on the side, away from your site, and do stuff like this. Even today. Why wouldn't you expect that since you stood publicly against AB's involvement in the Portland event for no good reason...that they would not also contact some of the organizers with their typical garbage? You support the people who do these things. It's laughable. You are not dealing in reality here. You have a rep for supporting these people to the exclusion of anything else, or all others. You shouldn't be surprised. They even mention YOU occasionally. Bruce Smith is one of your most prolific contributors. Make the call. Give me your consent to write the article and I will do it for you, no problem. Otherwise, please stop your whining. Face it. You have people who will stop at virtually nothing, and their bottom-feeder activities, as well as their lies, (some of which I linked above) are a part of Cooperland. And...the Cooper Forum is their home base. Now if you want proof of THAT...all you have to do is ask Bruce. At WordPress, all comments are recorded in your admin log with the commenter's email address, username, and IP address. Especially the IP addresses. You could simply match them to that same information you have for YOUR members. Easy peasy. The difference between you and me is that once I ran down who these members were...I would ban them like yesterday just on general principles. You would make excuses.
  24. On a happier note, I have a short public update on next year's Cooper Festival: Be There, or Be Square. (Just kidding.) The newspapers that contacted us have agreed to WAIT on any articles until the actual date of the event gets closer. My thanks to them. There are currently 106 people on the email list through the Contact Form at AB. Another four were rejected for trying to use emails without a history, or were outright fake, or who did not respond to OUR response. We answer each query personally for this event. But we also know how to keep out the spammers. I picked up a Joe Biden flag with a Thin Blue Line flag, and a fifteen foot flagpole (we're adding to the stock pole) that will hold both. It will be planted at the festival. Thanks, Amazon. What the hell. We're Democrats practically from birth. We sent out our first email updates this week. One to a select group of known Cooper folk, about 25 of them. And then a main email update to everyone else. We have three people on the planning committee now who will be hauling gear to the site a couple of days prior. Gayla at Adventure Books, the nice lady SO many people like to poke fun at, will be hauling as well in the Black Beast. Even I don't mess with her when she drives that thing. When we reach 800 on the email list, I am deleting both pages at AB of Seattle about the event, and just going with the people we have signed to that point. I figure we will reach that point no later than April. Probably long before, judging by the number of people who keep messaging us. If a third of them actually show up, I will be more than happy to call it a success.
  25. The emails are MORE than relevant. They are the proof. You can't just toss around names without any proof, and I'm not posting folks' personal emails at DZ. Not for you, not for anyone. Not in a case like this. It's real simple, Dave. Say yes or no to an article at Cooper WordPress/Cooper Quora on this issue, or stop whining. I guarantee all your questions will be answered. There is MORE than one website inhabiting the internet, you know. I want to hear an okay from you, and YOU alone for me to post the names, the emails, and create the article. But I won't do it at Dropzone. You must have mistaken me for someone who dropped off the apple cart last week. You've been pestering me for days. All I need from you is a simple yes or no. You've been asked twice now. What about it? Whatever you choose, that's the way it will be.