On Nov 3, 2013, at 12:39 PM, WADE J. FINGER wrote:
It was with much happiness that I discovered, while browsing through From the Catwalk in the Fall 2013 issue of The Hook, that Youthly has surfaced with his very own website for all of us old timer Tailhookers to enjoy. I served a tour (two Med cruises) flying A-6s plus a “plowback” tour at Meridian before getting out of the Navy and selling insurance in San Diego for nearly forty years. Lucky enuff to now serve as a docent aboard USS Midway Museum. I once wrote a letter to the editor of The Hook pleading for continuation of your quarterly essays, saying that I did not personally know Weed or Worm, but their clones surely served in VA-176 back in the early 70’s! Anyway, great to see your old articles back in print via the web. Thanx a mil for the great work and for bringing back wonderful memories.
Bless you, sir!
Jan Jacobs and I have had lots of fun putting everything in one basket.
Hopefully, we all keep telling our (non) PC stories.
Pass the website on, please.
Doubtless like many of your recent correspondents, I came across your site via the link in the latest issue of The Hook. Spent the rest of the day reading.
Your F-8 stories moved me to Google-image-search for F-8 ramp strikes. Doh! I found my own (45-year-old) picture. Going to the site (http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/F_8_Crusader/PART_THREE_CRUSADER.htm), I found that I had been killed in April/May 1968. I contacted the site admin, claiming to be Not Dead Yet. He fixed the listing almost immediately, but here’s a screen grab of my obit: http://evergreen.loyola.edu/geo/www/notdeadyet.jpg.
So thanks, not only for the memories, but also for the opportunity to share my obit among family and friends. Expect vastly increased traffic on youthlypuresome.com.