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You must mean Bob Southworth. Bob was popular in Hinton for a couple of decades. And now Alpine has left Hinton. How the times change!


Speaking of some of the old names at Kenton - what about J.L. and 'The Reverend' Hal Tetz. Of course, Nick Crawford, Ritchie Rasmussen and Ken Mizera were stalwarts, too. And a little further north, Telef Vaasjo and Jack Hook, to mention only a couple.


As someone else has said, I can't remember when I didn't want to fly. Having my 'introductory ride' in a Tiger Moth while still in my mother's womb must put my career up there somewhere close to C.W.'s. My first rotored ride was with an Army pilot, Doug Hardy, and I never considered anything else after. My RW instructor was one James E. Grant, who retired as a Lt. Col., then to BHT (Canada).


I had the great good fortune to work for Alf Stringer at VIH before moving over to the big orange, in the John Pitts, Dan Dunn era. From there down east to Jack Fleming and Ernie Grant (remember, Blackie?) before rejoining Okey and being exposed to the green (UHL) shade with the likes of Jack Murphy and Paul Williams.


Ah, but the ride is a great one - thanks to the great people! :D

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Don't forget some of the AMEs:

some of the Dome crew in Tuk in the 80s ( mostly ex Bow guys) Morris Forchuk(now Helijet), Conrad Gass (CanCom), Roy Joyce(Thailand CHC), Jack Robertson (down East?), Garth ???, Merrick ??,

and from Oky, Ron Jackson,

Kenting, Rinehart Koch, Grant Hartsook

from everywhere; Fred Hobbs


Tis a small world :D

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I'll throw in some names that shouldn't be forgotten.........Jack Pearson, Fred Wayte, Smitty Pruner, Doug Boughner and my "pilot's pilot"...Ed Porco. I'd consider it a distinct pleasure to work with any of these men again, but alas I'll never get the chance.


If one might be shopping for a new vehicle in Prince George, one might just run into a salesman by the name of Fred Nelson.

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the best I can remember of Freddy N was one day in Tuk when he was flying the 61 for Dome.

Rick Mac and him came out of the transportation building after MQF loaded and put on a show yet to be topped anywhere that I can recall.

Rick was a spaz and Fred was blind, using an HF whip as a white cane. With RM hanging on his arm and wobbling in all directions, they stumbled over to the 61 much to the horror of the waiting Rig Pigs. Fred made his way up the airstairs and into the cockpit tapping along with the cane. A quick upwards lunge after start up with a slight rearward drift and he turned to the pax, dropped his false teeth half out of his mouth and give them a big blubbery grin. The pax were like statues all the way out to the drill ship :P

I heard later years were a different situation but he was fun back in the early 80s

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