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GSSP Anniversary
« on: January 24, 2017, 07:34:56 AM »
Opening of this year's registration got me wondering what anniversary this year will be, for the various incarnations of GSSP.

One TACO with history tells me, the Original Six did an exploratorytrip to Mount Lassen summer of 1993, and first Lassen Star Party followed in 1994.  Grandaddy of GSSP.

So, next year will be the 25th Anniversary?  Mind-numbing.

Trivia - who were the Original Six?
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Re: GSSP Anniversary
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2017, 02:45:21 PM »
That was 6 years before I got started with a scope. But lessee historically, how about Wags, Navarrette, Neuschafer, Linebarger, Nelms, Kuklowicz.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2017, 09:18:59 PM »
Pretty close!  Nelms was not original.

But, true about Nelms, he was no camper.  Brought nothing but coffee cakes and bagels to survive on one year. We started calling him Nature Boy.

When I think of Kukl I think of Devastated Area.  We really had an awesome crew.

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2017, 04:14:29 PM »
Let him who is without error throw the next stone. I'm a backpacker, seriously, and that one Lassen trip I went without shoes. Food and camping and cooking gear for Liam and me, nighttime clothes, all the astro gear, just no shoes for DDK. The Astro Animal thankfully had an extra pair.

And I know what you're thinking about Kuklewicz and Devastated Area.

So who were the Lassen Six? Please let on.
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2017, 04:34:01 PM »
Before you give the answer, wanna let on that I also thought of Crazy Ed Erbeck and Paul Sterngold, ancient and accepted TACos. Oh man and there's that other guy who moved to Arizona and wasn't so nice to women, have his name out of memory.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2017, 04:46:28 PM »
Right call with Crazy Ed.  I remember the six of us taking off at night, first night, to Devastated to check out the sky.  We got out of our cars, looked up, and couldn't figure out constellations, it looked so incredibly dark and full of stars.  Of course, the car headlights played tricks with our vision - so the sky looked absolutely black up there.

Sterngold, late comer.  Shade, moved to AZ.  Kukl.... oh man....

Everyone is in the dark at their scopes.  Maybe 30 of us in the Devastated parking lot.  We didn't hear Kukl walk over to the bathrooms, but when he came back....

He shortcutted, leaving the path, looking up at the sky as he walked back toward the others, absolutely quiet out there.  Then, he rammed his stepping foot into a rock, and went belly first (he had copious belly), landed gut first on a big boulder, and all the air in him rushed out of his throat, sounding like some wild animal in full attack mode.

Everyone froze, then ran into our cars.

A minute later, someone said.... "Kulk?".

Sheepishly, Kukl answered....

Good we all brought changes of clothes.

There's a thousand stories from Lassen/Shingletown/GSSP.  That's one of 'em.

How about "Clampers", or the star party street walker?  ::)

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Lassen stories, was Kuklewicz
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2017, 08:16:26 PM »
On one of our first trips to Lassen, Liam and I were coming up the highway out of Shingletown, about 5 miles from the park gate, when Liam let out a yelp. A hornet had flown in the window and hit Liam on the shoulder at speed. One of the kid's first times getting stung, plus it was at 55 mph. He showed courage.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2017, 08:43:53 PM »
Yellow Jackets.  Wow, that's another famous trip.  Fortunately, the skies there made the "inconveniences" worth it.  Anyone remember the trip with all the Yellow Jackets?