Started by jimmydeanno, March 17, 2008, 05:25:04 PM
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Quote from: Smithsonia on March 20, 2008, 01:27:45 AMOK Let's think of some ideas for CAP History Promotion. 1 small article on Wing/Squadron Website include old pix and 250-500 words2. Every Colonel/50 year member/record 1/2 hour interview. Edit to thebest length... put it on YouTube or CAP Website. I'm doing this project and callingit "The Colonels." I videotape the 1st one next month. 3. I'm building a set of 5 min/quicktime programs called CAP"Old School" The first 5 are shot but not yet edited. That series is called 1943 Briefings. Flight Gear, Introduction to the L2, HandPropping, Run up, Once around the Patch. I own a L2so I've got the "right stuff."-- Literally but not in the Tom Wolfe figurative sense. 4. Trackdown the old guys for the ES Stories. I've got a Colorado Team of 6-7 members with 315 SARS, 85 Saves, over 1000 ELTs, The largest single missionsave in US/CAP History, and 130plus "finds". I'll have their story on the CO/WG Website next month. AND its a hell-of-a-story. I'm tracking down some of their Saves this month and getting the Old ES Team Together with their saves from 30 years ago. I did 90percent of the research on the Web. How's that? Good Luck!!With regards;1st Lt. Ed O'BrienDenver COBlack Sheep Sq Historian.
Quote from: Smithsonia on March 20, 2008, 05:34:44 AMThank you for the kindly welcome. I've been lurking for some time. Other ideas...1. If you've got a prewar or wartime Luscombe or Taylorcraft on your field... chances are better than even that the plane was used by the Civilian Pilot Training Program/USAAF/or CAP. You should talk to the owner. Likely, this owner won't know because the CPT/CAP logs are Squadron based not individual plane based. BUT you can track it down on the web from different sources. Taylorcraft.org and Luscombe Club can be of service. 2. Many WW2 and Post WW 2 Trainers/O-birds/Liaison planes were in the CAP. Look for L19s, T34s, and 180HP-172s... again, talk to the owner.3. Gun Clubs, American Legion Halls, Old Soldier Homes, Vet Hospitals, American Legion Posts are full of good stories. Check it out. Last week I found a completely new Tuskegee Airman Post WW2 Story. A new Iwo Jima story. I'll get back to those soon.In some Squadrons Historian is the last place job. You can change that. When you give a briefing or presentation... keep it short (BE BRIEF)and keep it potent. Work on it. Boring history is lost history. Be proud of CAP history. If you've got the story you'll get the glory. My favorite thing is to make old guys cry. When you make them the hero. When you tell their story. When you care about the storyteller's craft... you'll make'em cry and they'll love you for it. God loves historians and so do old guys with pent up stories to tell. Listen, be inquizitive, and keep good notes... and most importantly write everyday. Well written emails are good practice. Write and write and write... that way when you've got a history to wirte... it's easier by a nautical mile. Come on you Historians rally to the sound of gun fire and make them old guys cry. With regards;1st Lt. Ed O'BrienDenver, COBlack Sheep Squadron
Quote from: Smithsonia on March 27, 2008, 03:18:32 PMThere's a good and growing reason to embrace CAP History and get the "Historians" off of their butts. More and more of what we do is OPSEC Protected. If we can't talk about it today. If we can't write it up and present it now... it'll get lost later. SO...1. Do Drug intercept/Border Patrol Liaison/Flight Caps for Dignitary, etc. history's that you can't release, but -- In 30 years those will be the meat on the CAPs Hisotry bones of today. If you're willing to keep it quiet... today's Mission folks with these stories will talk to you.We'll need these stories one day. Write them up now. Put them away for later reading and release. That's something the PAOs can't do. Being that Big Saves are now rare and we still need to justify our/CAPs existence...2. Old Histories (is there any other kind?) are more important than ever. Basically we're planes in search of a mission. By telling the ol' guys rememberences of their missions -- we're paying homage to a wonderful volunteer, providing inspiration for cadets and new members, and justifying our continued existence in funding and public support.Meaning -- Historian IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DESK JOB YOU CAN HAVE IN CAP. Others may disagree but since the historians control the memory banks -- and therefore get the last word -- and that word is that YOU (Mr. and Ms. Historian) can have meaningful impact in funding, public awareness, recruitment, retention, morale, and Global Warming (slight exageration to keep your attention) I can argue all day with you about your disagreement with my statement capitalized above but don't intend on doing so... I got histories to write.With regards;1st Lt. Ed O'BrienDenver, CO.Black Sheep Squadron
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