Re: Apples and oranges


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Posted by PowayDevil on September 24, 20 at 07:07:03:

In Reply to: Apples and oranges posted by Big Ron on September 23, 20 at 19:55:42:

Between 1962 and 1966, I lived in Playa del Rey and went to 1st thru 3rd grade at Paseo del Rey grade school. My sisters went to Westchester HS. So I know the hill above Jefferson Blvd, upon which Loyola Marymount sits, very well. Interesting to come to Cranch and find you describe some of my old stomping grounds. I don't recall if it was Loyola's baseball field or another one to the west on top of that ridge, but I would go to games and chase fouls down the hill that was covered with ivy in those days - for a snow cone or a pictured coin of a pro baseball player. I took the coins and have about 6 of them to this day - the Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle being the best.

My Dad left Garrett in Phx for Parker Aircraft back then, and I believe he worked on the Gemini program. I remember one Saturday night on our way to a movie with the family, we stopped by a test lab toward the east end of that hill - for him to check on a test being conducted. I would not be surprised if it was a Hughes test lab hired by Parker.

Another good story of him working at Parker then is I get a call around midnight in about 1999 here in Poway. Its my Dad all excited because he'd been cleaning around the house and had found a plaque given to him for work on the Apollo program as PM for development of capsule thruster valves. He had totally forgotten about working on them, even when watching the movie Apollo 13 - and they saved the day! I said to him, Dad...I have to be up at 5:30, I'll call you tomorrow.

Awesome photo! You may have violated your clearance, but how soon do you think a photo like this was on the cover Time?!


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