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January 10, 2007

Geez -- I'm Famous!

Uhhhh -- at least within a vanishingly small circle the remnants of my old Jersey Guard outfit.

I stopped by Flight Ops yesterday to see if I could snag some TCA charts verify a couple of noise abatement procedures (a long story and I'll leave you dangling for a few days) and the Facility Commander wandered in.

"Heya, Bill! How you doing, compadre?"

"Hiya, Sir -- que pasa, comment ça va and all that?"

(Jorge's the only Cuban-born RLO I know who speaks French with a Norman accent. 'Nother long story).

After the usual rundown on the usual not-for-publication-stuff, he said, "Mac went to the helicopter exhibit at the Air and Space Museum last week and got a book on the Loach. Guess what? You're in it -- a *lot*!"

"Geez, I guess he finally got it written..."

Okay, flash back to Spring of 1995. I got an e-gram from a bud at Guard Bureau saying that Wayne Mutza was writing The Definitive Book on the OH-6A and wanted some pilot input, pictures, memorabilia 'n' stuff. (The aviation grognards will recognize his name, but for the benefit of those of you whose library card expired right after Internet access got easy, Wayne's an aviation author. A very *prolific* aviation author. Go ahead and Google him -- I'll wait...)

Long story short, I sent him a bunch of pix and patches and pins, he wrote back asking for some stories, I wrote some war stories, he asked if I could find out the final disposition of all the Guard's Loaches, so I compiled a database of where all the NY-NJ-VT Loaches went.

We TINS'ed a bit over a couple of years about the bad ol' days in the Land of the Two-Way Gunnery Range and I scored an autographed copy of his Cobra book. Just before I left for Boz, I asked how the magnum opus was coming along and he replied that he'd changed the main focus a bit, but had been too busy playing with his grandson to get much done. Heh -- the man's got his priorities straight...

Flash forward to 2002. Enter me, back from Boz.

"Yo, Tim -- where'd my desk go?"

"Dumpster. Along with everything else that got trashed when the outflow pipe from the latrines cracked."

Fark. Cardfile, computer and correspondence files.

Flash forward to yesterday. Enter Mac.

"Wow -- I know you; you're the guy who landed on that rock!"

[Frey's Rock is a balancer perched on the tip of a bluff about a thousand feet from the Colorado River. A thousand feet straight *up* from the Colorado River. Visualize an Easter egg atop another Easter egg atop a ketchup bottle atop the peak of your roof and you'll have an idea...]

Heh. Don't take *my* word for it -- buy the book. Or at least rent it while you're flipping through the pages.

Who knows -- if Wayne makes enough on this one, maybe he'll send me an autographed freebie...

/end shameless gratuitous plug.


Comments on Geez -- I'm Famous!
ry briefed on January 10, 2007 04:59 AM

Man, I just don't have enough money to buy all the books I want/need(mostly want). Though this one definitely is on the list. Could we get it signed by Mr. Bashful himself if we do get ourselves a copy?

Maggie briefed on January 10, 2007 07:09 AM

Maybe you will autograph our copies, Chief.

BillT briefed on January 10, 2007 07:22 AM

Ry - Dunno about Bashful, but I could talk Doc or Sneezy into it. I'd ask Grumpy, but she's out shopping.

Maggie - Sure thing. But I'm afraid that'd make 'em worthless when you get 'em appraised by a book dealer in a hundred years or so. Although I'd buy 'em back in a hunnert-and-fifty, just for auld acquaintence's sake...

AFSister briefed on January 10, 2007 07:47 AM

I wanna autographed copy too!
Can't say that I "knew you when"... but I know you now!

Way to go, SugarButtons.

Cricket briefed on January 10, 2007 07:49 AM

Hopping up and down...
Me too me too!

That is so wicked kewl, Chief!

Carborundum briefed on January 10, 2007 07:57 AM

If there were any justice you would be in a chapter all by yourself titled "Don't Do This". And Mutza's email filter keeps bouncing my attempts to correct your *highly biased* human version of events.

WereKitten briefed on January 10, 2007 08:52 AM

OK, darlin... I placed my order for the book. Now do I get to place my order for the personally autographed and kissed version? *bats eyes at SugarButtons*

Boquisucio briefed on January 10, 2007 09:11 AM

Normally I wouldn't be prone to Leach from The Loach; but today, I'll make an exception. Specially if Jorge tells me so.

Maggie briefed on January 10, 2007 09:43 AM

Yes, WK, he should set up a table at the next MilBlog conference and we'll form a disorderly line (we don't know how to do orderly, do we?). Od course, for me to say I *know* SB....the process is a little more involved.

Neffi briefed on January 10, 2007 09:52 AM

Uh oh, Chief- the Colorado DOW has been searching for the culprit who crushed the last female of the now-extinct lesser-spotted Colorado rock hyrax atop Frey's Rock all those years age...

FbL briefed on January 10, 2007 10:07 AM

Very cool, Chief! :)

Speaking of the MilBlog Conference, I hope you're setting the groundwork for having a work-related reason to be there for the weekend... ;)

Barb briefed on January 10, 2007 11:49 AM

Very kewl, Bill! Will the Twitchy Bill pic be included in it? You have to have at least one pic in there - where else are we going to have you sign????

BillT briefed on January 10, 2007 07:51 PM

Hey, Carb - Was that *you* blowing angel-food chunks past my left ear when I opened the door to snag that rock hyrax ? Li'l pest widdled all over my helmet bag and I had to use a patch of Colorado snow orchids to sop it up...

Brab - Yup. And if you use a 20x lens, you'll even be able to see colors OTG (Other Than Grey) in the mustache.

FbL - Work-related?!? That was cold, chile...

So, I guess now I can add "Primary Source (Historical, Aviation)" to my resume...

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