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At 8:39pm on November 11, 2019, william Allen. Ladd said…

Does the name last name Leonard ring a bell? And what about the Geneva, New York telephone company office on Castle street?  Another name is Hebblethwaite.  What about the huge Snow Cruiser on its way to the south pole?

Interesting if there were some sort of connection. I did make a connection by describing a boyhood adventure  by way of classmates.com.  My friend's son had heard about this unlikely adventure from his father.  He did not believe a word of it....that is until he read about it on the internet.

My military stint came just before Vietnam became a hot bed of fighting.  I spent about half of active duty working for the signal corp.  My job, however very simple, was being a member of a four man team stationed at Homestead AFB during the space race for about 6 months. The next 6 months were spent helping to set up and operating a tracking system in Puerto Rice during the very early space race.  We were on our own except for a 24-7 duty. We made up our own hours except when tests were being run. 

The greatest thrill came tracking Alan Shepard's first ride on a rocket and safely returning to earth..

So many years ago but the memories are still very vivid.   But you know I received a personal  "Thanks for my service"  by only one person. And that was from a doctor a couple of years ago. While he was attending my wife in the hospital we struck up a  conversation.  Some how the conversation  turned to military service.  And I mention that I was blind in one eye.

"How in the world did you get drafted into service?"  

My answer was "Maybe because I had a slight background in electronics and that a better physically abled man could then be released for combat service. "

I was pretty much at loose ends right then with no real commitments.

It has been a hell of a ride for 85 years but except for a few glitches,  has been enjoyable!

Glad to hear from you

Granddad Ladd

At 3:59pm on November 11, 2019, william Allen. Ladd said…

Glad to hear from you. I am about 6 weeks short of being 85 years old. I have two grandsons, one about 3 and the other 13. I also have a step daughter about 56 years old. And I had another step daughter who died from diabetes about 20 years ago.

I was born in Geneva New York and lived there until my father wanted to move back to his boyhood home about 1949. (Westfield  Pa.)  The property has been in the Tuttle/Ladd family for a very long time. In fact Ayres Tuttle My great, great great great Grandfather was the first permanent settler in Westfield. I live on the property that my great Grandfather. Cyrus, bought 150 years or so ago..

So you see my roots go very deep here at Westfield.

My nature is to look at both sides of a question before making a decision.  Condemning a person and bashing him or her for their opinion is not a great idea. Who knows....They might be right depending upon their particular situation.

That, in a nutshell is who I am!

Hope to be friends with you!

Granddad Ladd

At 9:37am on November 11, 2019, william Allen. Ladd said…

Hello OhHenree,

My name is Bill Ladd. I made an observation about the fracting in New York state. Some of my friends were not in favor of fracking in their state and I can see their point. And I posted their opinions  of their not wanting fracking in New York State. 

Ralph cramdon totally misunderstood what my observation was saying. He decided that I personally approved of the banning of fracking in the state of New York.  Since I live in Pennsylvania and I do have a few acres, about 15 acres, and I get a small monthly royalty, that I was making fun of and putting my approval of the banning of fracking in New York State. 

Ralph could not understand that I was only posting  some of the   opinions of my friends in New York State.

Ralph seems to think he was left out of the benefits of New York fracking and that I approved of that banning. Ralph chose to continue his misunderstanding over and over again several times on another thread until I closed discussions and then he started again on another thread.

Granddad Ladd

At 1:14am on November 10, 2019, OhHenree said…
Your profile is private, no way to reply. And your AOL eMail is ?bogus?
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