Larry Spears Class of 65
|There is a song written
and performed by Bob Dylan called "Forever Young". The song haunts
me. Looking back through the yearbooks from Dora High School, it seems like
every year we lose someone to one tragedy or another. We struggle to make
sense of what has happened and in our minds we see their picture......and
in that picture they will always be forever young.
I don't remember the exact date,
but I remember it was in the fall of 1964 or the spring of 1965 when Larry
Spears was killed.. It was late one rainy night and there came a knock at
our door. A neighbor who also lived in West Pratt, came to tell us that
there had been a bad car wreck less than a hundred yards from our house.
My daddy got up and went to see if he could help.
Larry and Billy Rich had turned on the road that leads from the National
Guard Armory to the Dora/Cordova road.
The road was fairly new and with the rain and fog, the driver lost control
near the bottom of the hill and the car flipped killing Billy instantly.
Larry Spears died a short time later. I did not know Larry personally, but
I remember his car. He had an old 1949 Ford Coupe with the words "Little
Half Fast" written on the rear fenders.
|The road was fairly new and with the rain and fog,
the driver lost control near the bottom of the hill and the car flipped
killing Billy instantly. Larry Spears died a short time later. I did not
know Larry personally, but I remember his car. He had an old 1949 Ford Coupe
with the words "Little Half Fast" written on the rear fenders.
I'd like to do a series of short articles about the friends we lost during
high school. There are several that come to mind, the most recent of which
was Courtney Ellis. If you have a story to share about any of these tragedies,
please send me a note along with a picture if you have one.
Joe Brewer Class of 69
|Joe Brewer Helps With Columbia Recovery Effort
Joe Brewer from the Class of 1969 works with the National Forestry Service.
Joe spent time last summer fighting fires out west. He is currently on a
new assignment helping in the Columbia debris recovery effort. What follows
is a brief note from Joe.
As you've probably heard, this is an effort supported by numerous Government
agencies and non-Goverment entities. NASA is directing the area and intensity
needed, FEMA is tasking the various agencies, and the U.S. Forest Service
working with Texas Forest Service is taking on the lion's share of the search
and recovery operation. I work for the U.S. Forest Service in the Disaster
Operations Center as a member of a 4-man liaison team between FEMA and the
|I'm tracking the total costs of this incident to the U.S. Forest Service
and Texas Forest Service in order to gain authorization to spend and bill
for reimbursement from FEMA.
We have ordered a few thousand more people, thru our mechanism by which
we provide firefighter manpower, to conduct the operation on the ground.
Our goal is to complete the mission within 30 days of now. Remains have
been identified for all seven astronauts and the operation is now focused
on sensitive equipment.
Our people are finding a lot - a lot of material. You know those tiles they
use on the Shuttle - best insulating material in the world (literally).
When I think of them, I figure the Shuttle must be pretty heavy. I think
of a ceramic type material. Nope. They are more like styrofoam. They are
so light, they float on water.