What Division were you in while assigned aboard the Seattle?
What Rank were you on the Seattle?
Are you a Plank Owner of USS Seattle (AOE-3)
Are you a member of the decommissioning crew?
Besides Clowning around, I was a Chef at the Green Oaks Inn of Fort Worth,TX for a short while, managed a small restaurant then became Assistant Manager for a Wolfe Nursery store that led me to Houston, TX. After trying my hand (unsuccessfully) at sales (land and insurance) I became an Operator Trainee at a Specialty Chemicals Manufacturing company (Dixie Chemical). Over the course of 37 years with Dixie, I worked my way up from Trainee to Operations Manager with responsibility for half of the plant with 21 processing units, 7 Supervisors, and 52 Operators producing more than 60 different products that included things from Kosher paper sizing to GMP (food and drug) materials and JP-10 the fuel for Tomahawk missiles. After Dixie, I worked for 4 years writing process procedures and training manuals for Chemical Plants and Refineries to teach people how to safely operate them. Also worked for 2 years at Huntsman Chemical in a plant that recycled plastics (billions of plastic bottles per year) to make the solution used to produce sprayed in foam insulation. Retired to spend more time with family and definitely to spend more time fishing which is my favorite pastime..
Professional Clown since 1966 while still in high school. Joined the Navy on delay program out of high school, attended a school out of boot camp, then served aboard the USS Keywadin - short tour since we decommissioned her after a trip to San Juan to tow a target (DE) down there for other ships to plink away at. Joined the crew of Seattle in late 1970 as a member of the deck crew. Spent my first week aboard in Sick Bay with pneumonia and awoke to find we had sailed - received arms - and were heading to the Med for trip # 1... Got to work a few Un-Reps, drive the liberty boats, and had some good times before "RDF" decided to send me down to be a mess cook. That's when I became a cook and the rest - as they say - is history...Performed as a Clown for the children's wing in the Norfolk Naval Hospital and also performed as a Clown in a nightclub in Athens, Greece while we were there on liberty..