I made my first free-fall jump in 1962. Helped form the Parahawk Skydivers in 1962 by merging Eaton Rapids Skydivers and Lansing Sport Parachute Team. I was Secy-Treas. We made over 1,000 jumps at Ionia County Airport summer 1963. My PCA license was B-2263. My last jump was in Cedar Springs at the Red Flannel Festival. Parachuting days are some of my most cherished memories. Great friends, great adventure.
|Loyde P. "Snake" Arender|| Email|
Jim Arender is my 1st cousin. I vividly remember seeing his picture on a magazine in about 1962 or so. Jim's Dad, Barney, was my Dad's (Monroe) younger brother. The Snake Den: http://www.tpbe.net/26thMR/index.htm
Such a warm feeling to see these pioneers in sport parachuting. I began jumping at a club located in Manville, NJ in 1965. While Lee Guilfoyle was involved with PI at Lakewood, his brothers were jumping, and instructing at Manville, NJ.
Having attended what was the undertaking to explore a professional parachutists association at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas I had the good fortune to meet , and down a few with some of the celebrities of the day, and helping to shuttle the Golden Knights from the DZ, and to the jump plane.
You guys were very special people ( even if you did fight now and then) some now gone, but not forgotten.
Jim Henry Arender
Brave souls packing up Para Commanders, and Crossbows on the ground behind the Thunderbird, after a few rounds of drinking games. LOL One could say the world has changed.
Thanks to all of you who treated a newbie, just like one of the gang.
B-1316, first jump in 61 in Livermore. Majority of jumps at Elsinore and Santa Ynez. Russ Wheeler helped me get my riggers license. Stopped in the late 60's, about 150 jumps. Made a tandem and assisted freefall in Lodi few years back.
Anyone know Rod White? was part of Cal Poly Parachute Club that I was associated with in the early 60's.
Wow! I stumbled onto stuff I haven't checked out since reading the old skydiving books from the 1960s Thanks for preserving the history of skydiving as it was back in the older days! Oh...I have skydived before, but it was a tandem jump in October 1999.