A special thank-you to Robert Redford for this post coming up later. (have I been watching too many nightly news programs or what?)
Back in the 1970’s I joined the US Air Force. Readers that have followed this blog and have good memories might recall a couple of earlier posts about my service. (if you are interested and why wouldn’t you be here’s one of the posts)
After I was commissioned, I had a brief moment of fame. The US Air Force asked me to pose for a poster. I don’t recall how many shots were taken but I never saw any but the one used. At least I did get a copy of the poster. For some reason, my wife didn’t think it fit our living room decor or any room’s decor for that matter. I never asked about the garage but on second thought the temperature changes might not be good for it.
It was a posed picture. Yes we were communication engineers (the AF Communication Command which was replaced by a different organization some years back used the poster) and the picture was in our actual engineering lab. The equipment you see me operating was not a piece of equipment I used in my daily job.
I traveled often during that assignment and I do recall seeing the poster hanging up in a Comm Squadron I visited once. Nobody asked for an autograph.
So why am I thanking Robert Redford? (you have heard of him right?)
Just yesterday, my wife was relaxing with a rerun of “The Way We Were”.
We weren’t that way but Bobby was looking very dashing in his navy uniform. I don’t know if it still holds (probably for a navy seal) but at one time a good fitting military uniform would increase a guy’s chances with the ladies.
If you don’t believe me watch “An Officer and a Gentleman”. I consider this a much better movie than the other one. It really captures the officer training very well. But I must remind you I was in the Air Force not the Navy.
A side note - I don’t know if the policy has changed in recent years but we were not allowed to travel in our fatigues. Now I see generals getting interviewed in their fatigues. I’m not saying anything is wrong with it, just that’s not the way it was before.
So thinking of this man-in-uniform thing, I went looking for my poster. Did I mention it was not hanging up anywhere in the house? I found it, unrolled it, and took a picture of it to share with you. Thanks Bobby (you know celebrities call each other by nicknames right?)
Oh, the other lieutenant had a better shot taken of him. I wish I could remember his name. I would look him up and send him a link to this.
Here’s another moment in fame story.
Mark Zuckerburg finally gets his facebook account back. (if the name is not recognizable to you then this story is not even interesting)
Yes, FB dropped Mark Zuckerburg’s account. Sound strange or confusing? This story is about the older Mark Zuckerburg who is an Indiana bankruptcy attorney. Here’s his site.