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Message Posted 3-14-19
from: Jan Works

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I just posted this on Facebook, along with a couple of photos that LenAnnette wanted (attached).....

I am sad to say that my long-time friend John Brasher suffered a fatal heart attack on Monday night (March 11) at his home in Star, Idaho.
His wife, LenAnnette, has asked me to let his many skydiving friends know, and that it happened very quickly. He was discharged from the hospital last Friday with a newly-fused ankle. The surgery was successful, and he was looking forward to life without ankle pain. As many of his friends know, he lived with heart disease for many years.

John was 71 and held many skydiving ratings, including D-5166 and Instructor ratings in static-line, AFF, IAD and Tandem. Over his years in Southern California, he taught at Skydive Perris, the Elsinore Parachute Center, and Hemet. He made his first jump in Hinckley, Ill. in 1972, and retired from skydiving when he and LenAnnette moved to Idaho almost five years ago.
Please keep LenAnnette, John’s mother, his three surviving brothers, four sisters, and daughters Summer McDowell and Leisé Moeller in your thoughts.
John was a good and steadfast friend to me; I always thought we would see each other again.
An ash dive at Skydive Perris, according to John’s wishes, is being planned for later this spring.

* * * UPDATE 3-20-19 * * *

from: Fred B.

The date for John's Memorial is set for Saturday, June 22nd at Skydive Perris.
There will be an Ash Dive. Anyone that would like to be on the load please contact Air Trash at
More information will be posted as it becomes availabe.

Message Posted 3-11-19
from: Fred B.

* * * UPDATED * * *

This year at the OL' FARTS boogie we'll be remembering our friend and long time Air Trash member Don Vredenburg. As of this post, we haven't heard anything from the family regarding a memorial. So this will be a good time for us all to gather and share stories and memories of our friend.
Please go to the OL' FARTS page for details, and send in your name to be added to the list.
The dates are May, 31 to June, 2
Click HERE to email me your name to be put on the list.

See you there!
Fred B.

Message Posted 3-6-19
from: Bill Cockfield

Hey folks,

Going to be at the Perris place on March 16th. If anyone can make it out I would sure love to see you.

Message Posted 2-25-19
from: Bill Deli

Hi Bubba’s!!

Talkd to Criss and Caz today ….”Live!!” Both are still with us.. Caz sounds like “OK!! “ gotta get him out from the confind’s of the med system!! Same for Criss!!


Message Posted 1-18-19
from: Bill Deli

Hi Fred.....
Went to visit CRISS MORGAN at the Hospital yesterday now,afternoon... he's at "The Lady of the Lake" Hospital in Baton Rouge... His Diabetes is kickin' up!! 'Went to visit Sunday a week ago at his place in Port Allen across the river from Baton Rouge.... Good times.. 'found out he is "AIR TRASH" from way back.... inducted into the fold by Al Frisby "before the Flood!!" but .. "Never got a hat!!" I thought,"We can't have that.. Old School AIR TRASH "Out of Uniform!!" as "Animal would say!!" ....."SO!!!".. today I brought him a "FRESH!!!!!!" "AIR TRASH" Hat which you can see in the mug he is sportin' proudly!!!

...HOORAY FOR CRISS!!!!!>..............

Blue skies,

PS 'Ya got the drill on where he's at.. 'said he'll be there at least thru the weekend!! Give him a call!! (When I got to the info desk and asked where "CRISS MORGAN" is .. the lady had him dialed in, ... like "NOW!!") If ya' ever been in a hospital any length of time.. it can get "Boring!!" ... I'll visit again on Thursday!!

Message Posted 1-9-19
from: Carolyn Roemer

I've been so independent my whole life, but with the sudden loss of everything I've worked for...and I've been living on disability for many years (hard to walk from a back injury)...I'm sort of on the mercy of the universe right now.
I still have my land and the foundation. There will be people in the spring to help clear the fire mess and rebuild. But I didn't have insurance and I'm not really sure what it will take.
It shouldn't take as much as my son put on the go fund will take more then I have, at the moment.
If you think it's appropriate to ask for help...on the air trash site or anywhere else, I humbly appreciate the consideration.
I was really lucky to get out alive. I ran out barefoot...lucky my purse, phone and keys were on the way. This was just two weeks ago and I'm picking up pieces. I have a place to stay this winter. Right now I'm focusing on medical.

With deepest, humble gratitude to be here.

( go fund me link )


Message Posted 1-7-19
from: Donna Wardean






He set the foundation for parachuting as a sport in the USA and here we are 62 years later all enjoying the sport and the friends we have made in it.
Please come and celebrate with Pioneers of Sport Parachuting as we honor this amazing crazy man with a piece of the Eifel Tower in his front yard, a man with incredible vision!
Go to SKYDIVEREUNIONS.COM for all the info on accommodations and we will be updating it as we secure more activities. We have the plane, the pilot and the place for an amazing Valentine's Day weekend
Registration information with be posted by the coming week. Keep a watch.

Questions?? call or email: Kim Knor, 720-217-2965,


Message Posted 1-2-19
from: Bill Deli


It’s 02JAN2019…. In “3” more daze it will be 05JAN2019…. “34 YEARS!!!!” ago we gathered at the Carlton Ritz at “Salt Creek” for Chester “BAD MAN” Bennett’s hitchin’!! I posted the whole “shebang” on the A/T Hist. page now a couple of years ago!! Those of us that jumped in… It had to be themost Baddassbitchinjump of all time!! I will never forget swoopin’ the beach to the target….. and seein’ this surf punk in his shorty john wet suit and “Varnaze” sunglasses and his girlfriend a cutie surf chick babe in her bikini and “Varnaze” sunglasses and both had their jaws dropped down to the sand!!!!!…. Cuz’”WE TOOK ALL THEIR ‘KOOL” AWAY FROM THEM!!!!!!”
Everyone!!.. check out my post in A/T Hist!!! It’s all chronicled there!!!

Audentes, Fortuna, Ivat!!!!,


Message Posted 11-1-18
from: Fred B.

Don Vredenburg passed on Tuesday, 10-30-2018. I haven't recieved any information yet.
I'm setting up a memorial page, so if you have any photos or thoughts you would like to share please send them to

Cory Vredenburg writes:

Dear family and friends on Don's facebook account. This is Cory, Don's son. Dad passed away yesterday morning. We will be having a memorial service in Calif, not sure of the date yet. We will let you all know.....

Thomas Fredriksen writes:

A great visit last year. We will miss you Don.


Anne Williams writes:

Dear Don your my buddy and close friend of mine. We could talk about family getting caught up with each other even though time, distance never interfered. Visiting you and Joanne in Utah made my connection with ALL very real I will miss you Always....
Together Forever



Message Posted 10-25-18
from: Donna Wardean



He set the foundation for parachuting as a sport in the USA and here we are 62 years later all enjoying the sport and the friends we have made in it.
Please come and celebrate with Pioneers of Sport Parachuting as we honor this amazing crazy man with a piece of the Eifel Tower in his front yard, a man with incredible vision!
Go to SKYDIVEREUNIONS.COM for all the info on accommodations and we will be updating it as we secure more activities. We have the plane, the pilot and the place for an amazing Valentine's Day weekend

Registration information with be posted by the coming week. Keep a watch.
Questions?? call or email: Kim Knor, 720-217-2965,


Message Posted 9-23-18
from: Jan Works

Dear Friends and Family,

It was one year ago today that Pat Works was inducted into the International Skydiving Museum's Hall of Fame. I thought that those of you who were not present at the ceremony at Skydive Chicago might enjoy the video footage recorded and edited by Skydive TV, the Museum's media partner.

You will find the episodes of the 2017 celebration at:

At the bottom of the screen, to the right of where it says "Select Episodes" click the drop-down (red box) and select the third one down, titled "2017 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration Event".
Emcee and Museum President Curt Curtis introduces Pat Moorehead around the 19:30 mark, and Pat's introduction and personal recollections of (our) Pat and his contributions to the sport begin at 20:18. My acceptance on behalf of Pat begins at 23:35.


Love, Jan

Message Posted 9-7-18
from: Fred B.

New Air Trash caps are in!

Just got a new supply of high quality custom made A.T. caps. The price is $12.00 + S$H from North Hills, CA 91343. Shipping will be with UPS. Don V. had these made, thanks Don.
Send in your order to: Or, if you want to save on shipping, next time you see me at the DZ, ask me. I usually have a few with me.
As a reminder, if you got a new cap in the past at no charge, those were supplied and donated by Pete Hill.
So next time you see him, buy him a beer or two!
Next time you see Don, buy him a beer too!

Hell, while your at it, , , I'll also have one!

Message Posted 9-3-18
from: Randy Green

Hi Fred,
If you can I would appreciate if you could post this SOS as I will be served with papers if I don't pay all my back rent and current rent-a little over 4 grand! I have started a page under the heading of ''RANDY'S KEEP ME OFF THE STREETS'' campaign. When one pulls this up they will hear my story as to how I got in this situation. I figure most people I know, know me though skydiving so this should help me.
This Air-Trash brother just needs a little help 'till my V.A. benefits kick in. You might quote me as saying ''no amount to small as I could use any help!'' I really hate doing this Fred as I have never asked for public help, but I need to keep my apt. for obvious reasons.
Thank-You very much for posting this. I will personally thank everyone!

--BSBD Fred and keep safe.

Randy also writes,

Members can also get on my Facebook page and click on my gofundme photo with a link to my campaign.

* * UPDATE * *

Here's a direct link to Randy's gofundme page

Message Posted 8-13-18
from: Bill Deli

Hi Fred,

'Was visiting my friends Kevin and Terry just down the road Friday night!! We were out on the Patio/Bar / "The place to be!!" 'Was just cruzin' along into the AM's.... listening to good tunes, sippin' the Bud Light's and tastin' some cut up fresh, hot "Sour Dough Bread" I just popped out of the oven before I came over!! Terry whipped up some melted hot butter and olive oil dip with fresh herbs!!! OMG was it GOOD!!

'Was sayin' something to Kevin and felt this "THUMP!!!" on my "AIR TRASH HAT brim!!" Everyone started laughing and Terry said,"Bill, There's a 'Tree Frog' just jumped on your hat!!!" Kevin grabbed his phone and took the picture!! Sure enough it was "Carlos Gene!!!!" I took my hat off to get a look at him then he jumped off into the bushes with his compadres!!!

Kevin posted it to my page on "Faceplant",,, "Bill Deli" you can find it!!

I'd have ta' say this has to be an "AIR TRASH FIRST!!!!!!!" So, now in the bushes at Kevin and Terry's lives the "Mascot" of "Dixie Trash!!!!!!!" "HOORAY FOR CARLOS, HOORAY AT LAST,,,,, 'you know the drill!!'"

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!!!!!!!,"
"Let the Good Times Roll,"

Head Honcho...... "Dixie Trash!!!"

Bill and Carlos Gene

PS.... Yer' all probably wonderin',.... "So, who's 'Carlos Gene???" Well, remembern' our old AT Buddy the late "PAT WORKS" who needs no intro.!!! "Carlos Gene" is "Carlos Gene GODFROG!!!!" .. Anyone remember the "GODFROGS??" There' a "LOT!!!" more to the story but it's already 03:00 Monday here and I got things to do in a while and gotta hit the sack..... I will write up the story and post it to the "History of Air Trash" Page later..... It won't be long and I'll let you know when I do!!

Message Posted 7-26-18
from: Bill Davis

Came across a skydiving photo from 1973. Photo by Ray Cottingham.

This is the first all Navy "ten man star" with most jumpers from SEAL Team One. Some to go on, with me, to the US Navy Parachute Team (the Leap Frogs). I am in the red-white-blue jumpsuit on the right... yes, I'm looking at the camera.

Just an old picture to relive my past... but cool.

blueskys & fairwinds,
bill davis, scr97

* * UPDATE * *
from: Grayeagle

Found on FACEBOOK:

( names can be found here )

Except my name is Bill Davis not Davies

This is were I found it -- all credit to Ray Cottingham, not me.

-- Bill

Message Posted 7-2-18
from: Bill Deli

Hi Fred,

Here's the photo of "DAVE PASCHAL" our latest "DIXIE TRASH" Member!!! Photo taken at "SKYDIVE RAEFORD aka PARACLETE XP!!" With Dave is "Her Majesty The QUEEN!!!! ... PAT THOMAS!!!" The head Honcho of "SUNPATH!!" of which I am proud to be an Alumni.. Former Final Assembly Quality Assurance Inspector!!!........(also sewing machine mech, "Seamster*," Rigger and general "Man-about-the-shop!!!"

Yup, AIR TRASH is taking over the world hat at a time!!!!!!!

"Who's Next????


(*) SEAMSTER...... the "MALE" version of a "Seamstress!!!!"

Message Posted 7-2-18
from: Nancy Kemble

Join us November 1 – 3 at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida, for the 2018 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration! Our annual weekend fundraiser of jumping, celebration, catching up with old friends and making new ones, and chatting with skydiving’s legends has become the go-to event for the skydiving community! Go to our website at and select "Register". You can also download the registration form and register by mail. We accept all major credit cards. While you are there, be sure and check out the schedule and activities. Also, take a look at the sponsorship and display opportunities…you can buy a support banner for as little as $100.

Message Posted 5-19-18
from: Bill Deli

Hi Fred and all,

It's still 08MAY and the 54th anniv. of my first "Aircraft un-assing!!" (To those too squemish to not puke at the comment, it means "Jump from a not so perfectly good aircraft in flight!!) YUP!! 54 YEARS!! 'Posted a bunch of stuff on my "FB" page... check it out!! I'll post a bunch here!!
First 3 are my first jump. #4 I was settin up on landing and I saw "The Late" Mike Lee sittin in the peas with a camera, wavin' at me and pointin' at the camera!! No problem GI!! Great shot!! Last one ...about '79 jumpmaserin' a bunch of students and Norm Kent was "TAKIN' PICTURES!!" said', "I'll shot your exit!!" "Yer' lookin at it!! Photo by the Great NORM KENT!! I hope Richard or somebody gave him a "AIR TRASH HAT" because if anybody deserves one..he does.. !!!

Go to my "fb" page for more photos and "Comments!!!!'

Head Honcho, "DIXIE TRASH!!!!"

skybill- B-4240, C-3114, D-6009, SCR-2034, SCS-680

more from: Bill Deli

Hi Fred, took this and several others at "Raeford" during my St. Pat's visit... This should be the one!! 'Enclosed also some "Side shots" to show more of the DZ...
The next one is to the left and fwd of the first shot. You see "the Bar" the hanger and office...
3rd is just to the left of the hanger ... that's the "Knights' out there just landed...
last one shows the "school, bathrooms and further down is the "Knights" area..


more from: Bill Deli

Please note the photo!!!!
This one I would like to post to the "PHOTOS!!" I told the story of "Harold Faulk's" Ash dive .... more later... this photo was "The Group shot" L-R Bob Lewis, then Shaun O'Neil, both who I worked with at "Sunpath Parachutes in Raeford!!," next is the guy with the white moustache... That's Paul "BIG HARRY" Thompson.. owner of "BIG HARRY'S TAVERN, 3030 Ft. Bragg rd., Fayetteville, NC Where we all "hung out!!", next is "Yours Truly in the Black jump suit , "AIR TRASH" hat and holding in my arms the pouch with the "Golden Knights" crest .. holding Harold's ashes!!!!!!" the Lady on my left shoulder is "Annie!!!" Paul's Wife, Lady in the Grey jump suit is Yvette Walters.... "Great Lady Flier, does Great Camera, is wife of Keith Walters, now former XO of the "Golden Knights" and currently Head Honcho of the USSOCOM "PARACOMMANDOS" Parachute Demo Team!!!! (I'll send you a vid of one of their ops next!!) video at the end of message.

BTW, I needed a "CUTE GIRL" to pull open the sack !!! I couldn't have an "UGLY GUY" do it!!!!... Harold would haunt me to my dying day if I did!! "SO!!" Yvette got the job!!!!!!!... on her left shoulder is Joanie... Harold's GF and our good Friend!! behind her is Mike Lee.....then!!! ...Standing there with the "BIG HARRY'S" Shirt and "Johnny K's (former 82nd AIRBORNE Troop who hung out with us at Paul's place) "Spit Shined Corcoran Jump BOOTS!!!!!!!... Is "DAVE PASCHAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Yup!! That's him... His Tandem Master (forget his name at the moment??) and Mike Lee's Brother.... This Photo was taken on 05NOV2005 as you will note this was some time ago.... this was Dave's Tandem intro jump, they followed us .."RIGHT OUT!!" and he was there to watch us pull Harold's Ash Bag!!! BTW... turned out my timing was perfect, it was 05NOV2005 when we finally got everybody organized to get to the DZ and "It was the last Saturday with NICE WARM WEATHER" before "Old Man Winter" started throwing "Noreasters" at us!!
(Ya' gotta' be from NC to understand".....

But to put all this into context, Harold was an "Old Friend" .. now and then he would show up at RAEFORD and watch us jump, .. he would say ," I wanna' do that!!" .. but the cancer got in the way..... Harold passed in September...not long after we had a "Full, Tilt, Boogie" Memorial for Harold at "Big Harry's Tavern" ... Several Bands Played, ..lots of Good friends, good times and Harold's Ashes on the "Band Stand!!"...during the event ...'just happened.. I was telling Joanie and Pau about how in SKYDIVING we took the ashes of our departed friends and released them in freefall!! A week or two later, I stopped in at Big Harry's for a Beer after work.... Paul comes up to me on one side and Joanie on the other, .. Theysay,"Bill, remember how you told us about releasing ashes of friends in freefall??" .. I said,"Yes..?" .. They said,"We think Harold would like that!!!!" .. That's!!!!!!!!!!!how I got the job!!!!!!!!!

Dave Paschal was part of that event!! But he was an event of his own!! We Carry On!! 'Have to "PLAN" a trip to NC just to "JUMP THERE AGAIN!!" Last few trips, the weather was bad, had lots of "FAMILY" to do, you know the drill.. 'Have to do a "ME" trip!!!

I'll keep you posted.......
Blue skies,


Message Posted 5-4-18
from: Duke Goodreau

Wow it took this old trash 2 hours to get this far, I’m just not electronically inclined, I would very much like to join you guys in Taft at the old farts boogie. Is it possible to find Don the Air Trash camera man that gave me my Air Trash hat at the 1984 nationals in Muskogee, Animal and Cory and the whole crew made me stand on top of the Air Trash bus with everybody else and sing the AT song while the cameras were winding, I have the film. I rode my Harley from Portland Oregon all the way to Muskogee and jumped accuracy until I Claire’s to hi and Cheryl Stearns had to help me back to my bike and I met Air Trash and the party was on, I drag race Mr Douglas down the runway and beat him and gave him a righteous Air Trash moon, Don had only one leg but he was a most righteous skydiver, so if any old school Air Trash Remembers hook me up.

Redneck D8407

Message Posted 9-3-17
from: Bill Deli

Hi Fred...and all,
By now you are getting or have gotten your Sept. 2017 "Parachutist" in the mail!! 'Figured with as many "inputs' they get I'd stand a "Snoball's chance in Hell" for getting my photo published!! My sis took me to New Orleans for my B'day and we walked around the "French Quarter" and played "Tourist!!!' Got a photo up on the Mississippi river bank levee looking toward "Jackson Square!!" .....They "Published it!!!" there on page 10 in the "Parachutists around the world!!" That's me in my "Gold Coast Skydivers" Tie-dye T-shirt and my new "River Boat Gambler Straw Panama Hat!!" that my sis got me for my B'Day!! Take a good look!! Andy still stands in spite of rumblings of of his demise by antifa and other "Mercenaries."
For the record, Andy was visiting New Orleans in 1814 and unbeknownst to him and everyone, the "Brits" were pulling into Lake Borgne east of New Orleans and were going to advance, take New Orleans and secure control of the mouth of the Mississippi River thus strangling US Commerce!! Word got down town and Andy mustered his troops, all able-bodied men of New Orleans and the help of Jean Lafitte "The Pirate!!" (He plundered only Brit flagged ships and left the US alone thus he got to hang out here) and all his men and needless to say when the Brits got to Chalmette they "Got Wacked!!" Thus Andy stands Tall in "Jackson Square" in front of the St. Louis Cathedral!! Had Andy and the troops failed.... we'd be paying our taxes to King George and his descendants!!!!! Yer' "Dixie Trash" History lesson for the day!!

Blue skies,

PS: Add on photo, me and my little sister Rose by "Andy!!!"

Happy "B-Day", 'ya Silly Tit

Message Posted 8-29-17
from: Frank Venegas

Hoping someone can get me the name and number of the photographer(s) who filmed the 2 jumps we made with Steve Fieldings group for Al Frisby’s 24 hour Badge, It’s been quite a few years, but I would like to get a copy of those jumps.

I am at,

Message Posted 6-5-17
from: John Bull

Hi Freddy,

Normally when an Air Trash guy gets profiled, it's done by local law enforcement agencies... Ha!


from: Bob Butt

Yea Bully!

from: Larry Walsh

Congratulations Bully. Yet another way to get in a cheap plug for Air Trash!


Message Posted 11-20-16
from: The Webmaster

Donna launches a new website called, with a focus on Novice and new "A" license skydivers.

Donna writes:
"I am Donna Wardean. I started jumping in 1966 at Arvin, California...(the cradle of Relative Work).
In the early days, in the mid 60's, my peers were generous in sharing what they knew aboout RW. How to get from point A to point B (today this genre is formation flying of various types).
Well, they were big,,, I was small. Their advice didn't always translate or work for me but it gave me a place to start. I loved the sport and challenge... and I had a great career! So as others followed me, I paid it forward. My personal passion has ALWAYS been to help people who were young in our sport to Grow, Mature and Flourish. That is something that came naturally to me because my peers, those early RW men... the Arvin Good Guys shared what they knew with me."

This site isn't just for the Novice Skydiver, it's for anyone that wants to buy sell or trade skydiving related gear.

This and other great links can be found on the Air Trash "LINKS" page.

Message Posted 6-2-15
from: Tim Long

These memorable images, by artist Rob Thundercloud and donated by Tom Sanders are the book cover.

Well, Doug and I have gotten so many requests to do another NSTIWTIWGD book of stories
that we are going to give it a try.

So if you got any you would like to submit to us then email me the story at


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