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Old 10-04-2017, 10:54:27 PM
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Another PIA was prison units. Go through the security checks every time you needed something.
In 1960's, I worked as an electrician for co that serviced the county jail. No one wanted to go there, and as the new man, guess what - it was one of my jobs.

I was told to only bring the bare essentials. They logged everything I took in. Each door was opened and locked behind me, and an armed guard went with me- to watch the tools. When I left, they logged everything I took out, and it better match what went in. The guards were very concerned about screwdrivers.

Most of the work was replacing light fixtures in cells and corridors. They handed me the fixture on the way in, and I gave them the bad one as I left. All parts had to be accounted for.

The prisoners never acknowledged my presence. They looked like they were waiting to pounce or steal anything unguarded.

Radios were very important to the prisoners. Once, I was working in a cell block where the radio was broken. The prisoners kept begging the guard to have me look at it. It was a transistorized radio. I told him I would need to take it to the shop, where I had tools and a meter. I asked if I left with it, would it be allowed back?

A guard handed it to me as I left the jail.
The traces on the board to the 120 volt cord were melted. I have no idea how. I temporarily jumped them, and the radio worked!

I cleaned everything up, soldered in copper wire, and bonded the wires to the PC board with clear epoxy, so the wires would stay in place if the radio was dropped.

It was several weeks before I went back to the jail. I handed the radio to the guards at the entrance, and told them what cell block it came from. I was working in another area, and could hear cheers when they got it.

From then on, everybody knew me, and had a wave or smile for me.
I did get another radio to fix. It had tubes. One was bad. I was asked to buy the tube, and the prisoners would pay for it. A guard gave me the money.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:24:22 AM
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besides "learning" to drive in a 1962 Corvair where the center of gravity was
behind the center of aerodynamic resistance [shooting arrows feathers first]
my personal experience was coming in to a corner a little hot for the
reverse banking only to discover a fellow washing his car on the high side,
and a nice stream of soapy water running across the road.
not unlike the Disneyland tea cup ride.

my first experience with onan was my dad's first boat and wondering
where the starter was. [no clue about exciter cranked] and no time to look.
1964 spring break, Ft Lauderdale FL, Bahia Mar
when dad died in 1988 [then living in Stuart FL]
the first thing mom did was sell the last boat [aka the money pits]

my second [and so far last] onan experience was rehabbing a 1978 6.5 NH
motor home pull out for my daughter's stand by use.

my green disease is in remission but by looking and posting here
the danger of relapse is ever present.
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I went to JCAFB in June of 1962. I still remember very vividly the room, the class, the desk I sat at and the door when someone entered and told us the president was shot.
No one is actually buying Leon's alibi are they???
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my first experience with onan was my dad's first boat and wondering
where the starter was. [no clue about exciter cranked] and no time to look.
1964 spring break, Ft Lauderdale FL, Bahia Mar
Wasn’t that Travis McGee’s marina?
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Hey Billy, just curious, but what was your association with the BUFFs at Carswell? SAC had a two-man policy and no-lone zones at many locations.

Yes, the CG of the Corvair was towards the back and the design included swing axles which if you cornered too fast it would start to fishtail.

AngrySailor what are you implying? Yes indeed I recall the JFK assignation vividly. For that matter in a similar manner I recall exactly where I was and what I was doing at the time I heard about 911. I will never forget those two incidents in particular.
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Leon since you were Air Force. I think you will understand this story.

Install and load test on a hanger generator. My section only covered the genset and exhaust fans. Was not allowed to know what else it ran.

I was one of seven picked to do this job. If we passed the security check. I already had a top secret clearnce being in the National Guard. But they still checked me. Two month emergency check. We all checked out and reported to Carswell at 5 am for the days briefing. Taken into a room and was told what my red section would cover. Given a red badge and was told not to go outside my section. Deadly force could be used. My truck had the load banks and was escorted in under armed guard. Was told not to cross the lines.

Everything was going fine until one idiot thought it was funny to jump the lines. And touch a BUFF. They clubbed him and made everyone grab the floor don't look up. I could hear weapons cocking and more APs coming into the hanger.We were on the floor for an hour while they searched our trucks. They let us get up and stand in line by the hanger door. While a pissed off Major told us what they could and would do if it happened again.

They kept the idiot for a month while they checked him out. Needless to say he lost his job and had six guys very pissed. We learned the Air Force protects the BUFFs
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Not unexpected. Serious stuff contained in it. Besides he may have splashed acid on joints.
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Billy yes I can believe that. I was on combat crew status from 1963 to 1967. That was during the so called mutual assured destruction or MAD policy. We flew 24 hour missions from take off to landing loaded for bear. Very serious stuff. Being 29 years old it did not bother me except you had to watch your P's and Q's. I racked up about 1600 hours in the B52. Strip alert was another matter, no-lone zones were the norm.
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My brother retired from the Air Force. Weapons Sgt E 8 I believe. Told him about it. He said he was amazed they let the guy live. Touching a loaded Buff was a good way to get killed.
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Wasn’t that Travis McGee’s marina?
and still there, right across A1A from THE beach !!
http://www.bahiamaryachtingcenter.com/
just another marina but LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
in the days of "SPRING BREAK"
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