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1  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Katherine L. Cooper on: Nov 18, 2015, 05:46
RIP to the Nuclear Pit Bull. Her bark was always worse than her bite.
2  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Jack (John) Horne passed 23 November, 2014 on: Jan 09, 2015, 07:04
Sad! Jack was a great guy - fun to be around. RIP
3  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: George Baskette on: Jul 21, 2014, 10:27
Met George at Point Beach in '79 where he turned all the fire hose reels into roulette wheels one night. Flew kites with him at Pilgrim. He was a charactor but a great guy and a good, loyal friend, RIP
4  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Frank Hamaker passed away yesterday, July 15, 2014 from a massive heart attack on: Jul 21, 2014, 10:24
Wife and I both worked for Frank throughout the nineties. A sweet guy who's bark was definately worse than his bite. If he liked you, there was no site coordinator who could get more done for you...if he didn't, God help you.
 Often wondered how he was doing- sad to hear he's gone, but what a life he had!
5  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Rich Warnick on: Jan 09, 2014, 09:09
Wow - typing through the tears on this one...
I worked with and for Dicko many times over the years. One of the great, old Road Warriors. He taught me a lot about how to live a good, fulfilled life. I only wish I was half as good at it as he was. Amanda and I send our best wishes and condolences to his family. So long Buddy.
                                            -Steve Holcomb
6  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Larry S. Giunta on: Jan 09, 2014, 09:01
Worked with Larry at the WBC at Pilgrim many years ago. A really gentle man with a heart as big as he was. He'll be missed. RIP
7  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Joe Kiman on: Nov 12, 2012, 05:41
Another legend gone. Joe was always kind and helpful...quick with a story, quick with a helping hand. RIP!
8  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Orman "OJ" Jenkins on: Aug 01, 2012, 12:21
Very sad. "Uncle Ormie" was a truly sweet guy! Had some memorable times with him.
9  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Brad Brown on: Dec 25, 2009, 04:47
Camella and family,

So sorry to hear of Brad's passing. Everyone who knew him will miss his wit and warmth. He brightened every place he went, and he'll brighten the place he's in now.
                                                                           -Steve Holcomb
10  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Pete McAllister SR on: Apr 18, 2009, 04:25

So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a legend in this business and a truly fun guy to be around. He helped make those long days at Turkey Point more fun than they had any right to be. He will be missed.
                                                                -Steve Holcomb
11  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Vince Rhodes on: Jun 21, 2008, 03:48
Long time Hanford RCT - Vince was killed in a motorcycle accident on Friday.

Vince was always friendly and helpful to me. He always took the time to find out how you were doing, how your life was going. I'll miss him. Deepest sympathy to his family.

Steve H.
12  Reference, Questions and Help / Polls / Re: Outage Slogan on: May 15, 2008, 12:38
As seen at SONGS in the very early 90's: "ALARA..... As Long As Rooms Available" Showing an exploding containment due to the large #'s of techs being pushed in to the equipment hatch with a bulldozer driven by the RPM. Wearing it was grounds for instant termination. ("Go see Frank")

Ah yes...I remember it well. The craft's managers decided that it "didn't look good" to have people milling about at the beginning of shift and after lunch, so they made every single worker enter containment and THEN have the morning meeting/pre-job.

The plant RP department put a pretty quick stop to the whole mess. As for the one contractor who bravely(foolishly) wore the shirt in and told all that "No one can tell me what I can or can't wear"....well, he got his GSF and went bye bye immediately.
13  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Sherry Holdaway on: Feb 26, 2008, 05:29
We'll always have wonderful memories of one of the sweetest and sassiest ladies to ever grace this industry and this planet. Our warmest thoughts to Ray, Pam and the rest of her family. Sweet dreams darlin' .
                                            Steve & Amanda
14  Reference, Questions and Help / Polls / Re: Favorite State on: Feb 19, 2008, 04:27
Chose Oregon and Vermont 'cause they're two sides of the same coin (and Portland's my favorite place) and Florida 'cause I grew up there. We just moved to North Carolina, so as I get to know it, it may move up on my list of great places.
15  News and Discussions / Nuke Community / Re: User Profile Picture - How and/or why did you choose yours? on: Feb 13, 2008, 06:48
I've been told by those who know me...including my wife, that the best way to view me is with heavy make-up or a mask on.
16  Career Path / Outages / Re: Rent a tech Union debate on: Feb 12, 2008, 09:13
Great post, Henry. Karma to ya!
17  Reference, Questions and Help / Polls / Re: Memorable Jobs on: Apr 23, 2007, 01:53
most memorable job is probably the time three of us (HP Techs) were sent into an 8 foot diameter circ water line to frisk it (a decommish)...   the safety rep was an older fellow who had less than a year to go before retirement, was bored and probably had a touch of the alzheiszmer...   he was so worried we'd get lost in the pipe that he kept wanting to tether us off...   i was accused of initiating this (the two other techs were a couple of cuties) but it didn't happen as there were cooler heads prevailing... and as it turned out..  we didn't get lost in the pipe since it wasn't exactly a maze...

Boy Gonzo,

You missed it at the end - surveying the drain pipe from the backyard to the river - from the inside...tethered off with a Bechtel guy trying to stay awake at the end of your rope. Ya shoulda come back!
18  Reference, Questions and Help / Polls / Re: H.P. HALL OF FAME what if? ??? on: Apr 18, 2007, 10:11
Sorry to tell you that there were MANY Hippie rent-a-techs years before St. Lucie existed... complete with the long hair, beards and beads.

Aint it the truth. I can recall the plant maintenance guys at Pilgrim ( who were generally older, more "stable" types) saying "Lock up your daughters, the techs are in town" when the bunch of us would stumble into GET. Good times!
19  Facility & Company Information / Diablo Canyon / Re: Diablo Canyon on: Apr 10, 2007, 07:38
One more bit of info please.  I know this sounds a bit dumb but...If one were to map quest Diablo Canyon, what address would one use?
I know how to get to San Luis O. but am unsure of how to get to the plant.

If you google map it, look for Avila Beach, then follow Avila Beach Dr. As you approach Port St. Luis, you'll see a road that runs up the coast and appears to end at nothing. That's the plant access road - one of the prettiest drives you'll ever take!
20  Reference, Questions and Help / Polls / Re: H.P. HALL OF FAME what if? ??? on: Apr 09, 2007, 08:44
As we've already seen, you could probably make a "Top Ten List" in all the various categories. Rather than taxing my admittedly addled brain, I'm gonna just make a list of my all-time favorite "characters". These are the folks who always made me laugh and don't include those who became famous for being disgusting or slackers. In no particular order, they are:
       - Bill Mahoney
       - Wyatt Wood
       - Ray "Wildman" Perry
       - Billy Sullivan
       - J.R. Box
       - George Basquette
       - Dave McDaniel
       - Chris Brevig
       - Lou "Chin Loo" Lyons
       - Jack "Gonzo" Conrad

Some pretty fine techs on this list, as well!
21  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Bernie Barker on: Apr 05, 2007, 12:22
Another one of the true characters of the industry gone. I worked with Bernie when he was a junior...the only junior at Point beach, if I remember right. He was always ready to help out a newbie to the business and was quick with a smile and a joke. Condolences to his family. Bernie left behind a wealth of great stories and a million smiles for those who were lucky enough to have known him.
22  Facility & Company Information / Hanford / Hanford on: Mar 07, 2007, 11:09
I'm currently staying in a "corporate suite" which is actually a one-bedroom apartment in one of the closest complexes to the site. It isn't exactly cheap but includes everything - furniture, dishes, linens, once-a-week cleaning and no 30 day notice to vacate. The Name of the company is Paragon Corporate Housing - number is (888) 632-5511. The website is www.paragonsuites.com. Good luck!
23  Facility & Company Information / Pilgrim / Re: Miiiiserable at Pilgrim on: Dec 13, 2006, 10:19
Having worked there for quite a bit of time and having married a local, My opinion is that there's no "secret word or funny handshake". I quickly came to the realization that while certain areas of the country consider the behavior of New Englanders to be rude, THEY believe that they are showing a "polite reserve". They are just as confused by the outgoing familiarity that Southerners and Mid-Westerers feel is normal. Once I realized this, I started treating the locals with (to my mind) a stand-off attitude until the person got to know me. Once I was known and accepted, the friendships I made there have lasted almost 30 years now.

Having said that, I understand how it would be hard for a single mom to be out in the community meeting and interacting with locals...and I mean locals, not plant folk... but until you do, I'm afraid you're stuck being the newbie. Hope things get better for you, as the good parts of the area are incredible.
24  News and Discussions / Fallen: / Re: Fallen Brother / Michael Darr on: Dec 13, 2006, 09:57
Very sad. I remember Mike as one of the few co-ops who could take the torrent of abuse we used to hand out. He was one of the good ones and will be missed.
25  Reference, Questions and Help / Polls / Re: more psych tests needed? on: Dec 05, 2006, 01:23
My opinion -
A.) Those of us old-timers already know that the TRUE whack jobs were already weeded out (pardon the expression) when FFD came along; and

B.) Having just spent a year out of the business working with a bunch of programmers and other high tech brain types, let me tell you...the Nuke Industry aint got nothing on those folks. Whacko is an industry standard over there.

Therefore, let's just go with the good old MMPI and enjoy our diversity.
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