you have here is the 2RTS football team from Fall, 1959. Started practice
in August (90-degree heat, 95% humidity), last game played in late November (low-thirties
at game time, who cared about humidity?).
Everyone did good (but
not quite good enough). I think we lost in the playoffs to another local team,
one win short of Base Championship and a trip to some other AFB for a regional
series. My theory: we were good enough, but some usually-dependable end or other
failed to catch an easy one (or two) in the clutch. He still has nightmares about
it. Another possibility: quarterback Rick Joyner (civilian with a cast)
got on the disabled list when his follow-through from a snappy practice pass broke
his hand on a practice rusher's hard head (Brewer? # 28, at Rick's left).
The QB stand-in was good (but not quite good enough).
when I was putting this Football section up, Joyce and Rick Joyner tracked
me down and nailed me with an email. Just forty-two years later. They are doing
good and well, living in Florida. (Bulletin, December, 2005: Joyce and
Rick moved to Missouri, where they have begun settling-in to the Country Life,
and where they have a bigger grandkid share.)
Rick knew the team's record,
as set out above, and he had surnames on the back of his copy of the picture.
His read from front row to back row. I suppose that won't influence the outcome.
could name a few, and am indebted to Joyce and Rick for the remainder. Top
row first, our left to right: #26, Your OBedient Servant, end;
# ?9, Zirkle; #39, Bill Shirley, end: #99, Joe Bolds end;
#42, McDougal, tackle; #?2, "Mac" MacKay , tackle.
row: #44, Falkner; #14 Barone; #77, Rick; #24, Ray
Quirk, running back; #10, Parsley, the stand-in QB; #35, Dukes;
Front row: Rick Joyner,
quarterback; #28, Brewer; #50, Cook, center; Sgt."Turkey"
Boyd; #2?, Raul "Ditty-Bop" Carter, running back; #25, Tom
Fuhrer, running back; #66, Billy M. Davis, running back; #16, Forrest,
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