It was great to read about some of our classmates who lived in some of the colder areas of the country since, at times, I felt that Bob and I were the only ones who had moved so far away.  We, too, lived in Colorado when Bob was supervising the construction of a "raise" ( a shaft that must be drilled from the end of the tunnel UP to the top of a mountain).   Sometime toward the end of drilling, rough winter weather hit and work slowed / stopped for a period of time.  When the thaw came, suddenly one night the tunnel gave way and half the mountain peeled off, burying several men.  Some of the men called their wives, passing on the news.  Not knowing WHICH men were buried, suddenly I was faced with all of the wives arriving at our apartment which was in a small resort area (Georgetown) which was as close to the job as we could get.   As they uncovered each man, Bob called from the site to break the news to the wives.  Talk about a rough, emotional night --- that was one! 
Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Class of 1956


30 below in Oslo, Norway. 

 After I retired from from the navy, I moved to and lived in Norway for 4 years.  From Oct. until May, I had to dig my car out from under the snow every day.  I mean it was completely covered and couldn't be seen until it was dug out.  There is or rather wasn't any U.S. military stationed in Norway, except for an Air Force mail squadron.  Why they were there is anybody's guess.

Fred Moore (Narley Stryer)


Re how  cold?
Betty Jo and I lived in CO and WY about 12 years in the 60's and 70's  One nite in Casper, WY, it dropped to minus 33 F. There was about 3 inches of fresh snow during the nite. No breeze and a cloudless day. A deep breath would burn your lungs.  The mucous in your nose would  crack. And the ice crystals in the air were twinkling. Beautiful if you were indoors.
We do miss the snow activities but not the minus 33!
Herman Ratcliff, Class of 1953


I was stationed in Alaska for 3.5 years.  And, while there, I spent the
entire day on a frozen lake, during a winter exercise, and the
temperature was -55 degrees Fahrenheit...  Just like a summer day...<grin>
Nolan Bailey, class of 1957

Thanks for a summer day, huh?  Bet you went swimming
after work too!!!  How did you manage to keep warm?
Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh, Class of 1955
Staying Warm at -55 Degrees Fahrenheit - Winter near Big Delta, Alaska (no wind)

1. Swedish (fishnet) two-piece rib knit thermal underwear.




2. USAF Summer Flight Suit (K2B)

3. Extreme Weather Hat/Cap


4. USAF N3B (snorkel) Parka

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5. Mittens plus one pair wool gloves

6. USAF Extreme Weather Pants USAF F-1B with suspenders (fat boy pants).

7. Heavy wool socks plus cotton socks

8. Extreme Cold Temperature Boots
"Mickey Mouse" boots - good down to minus 60 degrees F.

Several lightweight layers of clothes are better than one thick heavy layer, as extra air gets trapped between the layers as well as within them.

Submitted by Nolan Bailey, Class of 1957


     DEC. 11, 2008


Don't think it can't snow in South Texas. Moss Hill is 15 miles north of Liberty, TX. which is about 40 miles east of Houston. loaded the tank car in Sheldon, TX on Wed. the 10th. Spent the night at Moss Hill. Showed all night.

Stanley Sanders, class of 1968



I live in a small community called St. Amant, just outside of Baton Rouge. (it's pronounced like it rhymes with the word Panama) Yesterday we DID get snow. Three inches. Another little town near here, Amite, got 8 inches...can you imagine? Baton Rouge got 3 inches also. Here are some pictures of our yard, both front yard and the back yard. I'm sorry now that I didn't grab the digital camera and go around the neighborhood and snap pictures of the neighbors and the kids making snowmen, since all our kids are grown and gone. But at 8:15, our electricity went out and we didn't get the lights back on until about 6 PM last night. So I guess I was concentrating on other I how do I wash these dishes with NO water, how will we sleep tonight with NO heat? etc. I was trying to prepare a meal for a lady in our church who just had surgery, but I had to run around and do something else for her, besides cooking the meal in my own kitchen. The snow began about 6 AM and lasted until around 9, then it turned to sleet for a while, then rain for a little while, so all the snow stayed on the ground because it was below freezing. In the picture of our back yard, you can see our pier that juts out over the little river, where our grandkids fish and look for alligators during the spring and summer. Merry Christmas to all!! I am also enclosing a picture of the La. State Capitol Building with snow on it.
Waynette Farrington Sharon
Class of '64

Louisiana State Capital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


                                 Submitted by Katie Carey Sims