Pete Conrad: Interesting follow up on his Moon Landing

Jim Bigham <jimcam814@gmail.com>
To:John Stone
Cc:Peg Runger
 
Aug 15 at 9:30 AM
 

Peg Runger forwarded your email to her commenting you might be interested in Pete’s training for the lunar landing and his comments about it after his return.  I served as NASA’s manager for the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle Project, a free-flight simulation of the control characteristics of the Lunar Module during its final descent to the moon’s surface.  The management at the Manned Spacecraft Center (later renamed the Johnson Space Center) initially considered the LLTV unnecessary given the fixed base and other LM simulators.  Neil, Pete, and the other astronauts, however, rose up as one to say that a free-flight simulation of the actual landing was essential. That, of course, prevailed. 

Management, of course, was quite interested in Neil Armstrong’s and Pete’s comments after their return about the challenges of the landing and their training for them.   Pete’s were quite detailed and are recorded in a lengthy meeting he had for that purpose with JSC management after his return.  If you’re interested, I included the transcript of that meeting as an appendix in my book, “A Much Unsung Hero”, available as a Kindle ebook.  The title comes from Neil Armstrong’s book, “First Man”. Neil commented that if he had to rate the difficulty of a lunar landing from one to 10, it was a 13.

Best regards, Jim Bigham

Peg Runger <pegrunger@aol.com>
To:jcstone53@yahoo.com
 
Aug 15 at 12:25 PM
 
John, Jim Bigham was in Nelson’s high school class in Pittsburgh, PA.  He graduated from Purdue with Neil Armstrong.  I thought you’d find what he had to say of interest.  Peg Runger

Summer News – 1

Here’s hoping that the summer (if you live in the northern hemisphere!) has treated you well so far. We welcome news, travel reports, athletic accomplishments and more. In the July 12 PAW I see letters from Charles Graves and Paul Hertelendy that you might check. I will add obituaries and other class news to our website as I receive them. Today I posted an obituary for Cal Perrine written by his wife Lisa.

Personally, I was delighted that Team New Zealand won the America’s Cup, and in convincing fashion. A devotee of New Zealand after fifteen visits, I can’t imagine a more deserving or delightful nation. As for my own sailing, with son John we capsized yesterday in stormy winds sailing my FD. Very challenging getting it upright and moving. The former Olympic Class Flying Dutchman was designed for “25-year-olds” and perhaps is too much at 86!

Stay in touch!

jcstone53@yahoo.com

 

CLASS OF 1953 MEMORIAL TRADITIONAL JAZZ CONCERT No. 2

I remember, many years ago, reading in the PAW, that a member of the Class of 1932 arranged to have a Dixieland Jazz Band play at his funeral. What a great idea! So last year we presented a concert here at our website in memory of lost classmates. Herewith we do so again, with our 2nd annual memorial concert:

1953 Memorial Traditional Jazz Concert

 

Listening suggestions

Use decent quality earphones, or connect to your audio system with a stereo cable with a 1/8” plug from your earphones jack.

Click on the link to the chosen song. When it ends, close the Youtube page with that song, otherwise Youtube will choose a next song for you! When you close the Youtube window you should be taken back to this email message where you can choose another song. Repeat this process.

 

 

Comment from one of the Youtube  Barber band reviewers: “I’ve seen Chris Barber and his band twice at 2 different locations and quite honestly they were both the best nights I’ve had in my life

 

Welcome to the second annual Kendal Traditional Jazz Concert. Tonight, we will feature the Chris Barber band of the UK and Europe. The Chris Barber Band has been the most successful and popular of the European jazz bands for more than sixty-five years.

 

Chris Barber was born on April 17, 1930 and turned 87 this past Monday.  He started his own amateur jazz band in 1949 at the age of 19.  In1953 he teamed up with trumpeter Ken Colyer and clarinet player Monty Sunshine to form the Ken Colyer jazz band.  Colyer had played in New Orleans for years and believed strongly in the traditional New Orleans style – with which I agree. In1954 Colyer and Barber disagreed on style. They separated and Barber formed The Chris Barber Jazz Band. Pat Halcox returned to play trumpet and cornet.

 

Barber has been leading jazz bands from1949 to 2017. Sixty-eight years!

 

The band’s first concert on the continent was in Copenhagen in 1954. Since then there have been thousands of concerts including every country of Europe and beyond, for more than sixty years.When I lived in England in the sixties, Barber’s band was voted Britain’s favorite traditional jazz band.

 

We begin our concert tonight with Barber’s most requested tune, an all-time Dixieland favorite that was played regularly in New Orleans by George Lewis and his band and by virtually all jazz bands everywhere. In 1985 (perhaps he was exaggerating) Barber said that it was the 4,832nd time he had played this number.

 

You may find the vocal portion to be somewhat odd, but many will recognize the singing style of the great Louis Armstrong in the way the Barber Band members sing this number.

 

I have chosen this number to start off in part because some of you might have been late for dinner and skipped dessert in order to get here on time. So here we go:

 

Ice Cream!   (“Ice Cream You scream we all scream for ice cream”.)  recorded in the Netherlands in 1997:

 

 

By the way, the last time I sang this song I sang it for the Prince of Wales,,,,,…yeah…….there was this fellow sitting at the end of the bar. When we finished playing the number, he hollered “If you’re a singer, I’m the Prince of Wales!”

 

1.  Ice CreamSesjun,  Netherlands, 19975:10

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wsX_wcTpD0

Chris Barber: trombone, vocals
John Crocker: clarinet
Pat Halcox: trumpet, vocals
Vic Pitt: upright bass
Paul Sealey: guitar, banjo
John Slaughter: guitar
Alan ‘Stickey’ Wickett: drums
Ian Wheeler: clarinet, saxophone, harmonica

 

2.  JambalayaStockholm, 1986     – 4:02

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdzgS9xgHu8

This is a recording from his mid period of a concert in Stockholm Sweden in 1986. 
In its 31st year of having worked up to be the most successful jazz band in Europe. Barber played some 240 concerts a year.

Jambalaya – Barber Chris 1986: The band plays Jambalaya with a New Orleans style feel. Here you can hear that the Barber Band always was influenced by the Wilber deParis Band 
Chris Barber trombone, Pat Halcox trumpet, Ian Wheeler clarinet and saxes, John Crocker clarinet and saxes, Johnny McCallum banjo and guitar, Roger Hill guitar, Vic Pitt bass and Norman Emberson drums. Chris Barber started his jazz band in 1954 with trumpeter Pat Halcox on his side since the beginning. 

3.  Isle of Capri1994 like several other numbers yet ahead – 3:50

This currently is one of my most favorite Barber numbers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28t_ojI4TJM

The Isle of Capri” with Chris on trombone, Pat Halcox on trumpet, Monty Sunshine on clarinet, Jim Bray on bass, Johnny McCallum on banjo and Colin Bowden on drums.

 

4.  A Closer Walk With Thee – Sesjun, Netherlands – 1997 – 6:06

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq6E_D20538

Chris Barber: trombone, vocals
John Crocker: clarinet
Pat Halcox: trumpet, vocals
Vic Pitt: upright bass
Paul Sealey: guitar, banjo
John Slaughter: guitar
Alan ‘Stickey’ Wickett: drums
Ian Wheeler: clarinet, saxophone, harmonica

 

 

 

5.  It’s Tight Like That – London Palladium – 2000 –             6:19

celebrating Barber’s 70th birthday and his 40th year as a bandleader. No live video but a selection of illustrations. Great steady rhythm!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SVmHz8HrBI

 

 

6. When You Wore a Tulip –  Recorded in Tokyo – probably 1980s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tseXC_NYlCg&nohtml5=False

 

 

7. Bourbon Street Parade – 1984

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THObBMgTK2I

 

 

8 & 9. Ice Cream & Down by the Riverside – 1970s – 7:15

Probably 1970s. Note the hair styles!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA0VhsTjKY0

The Final Four songs

In 1994 Chris Barber and his Jazz Band celebrated their 40th anniversary and played a series of somewhere between 75 and 100 jubilee concerts all around Europe. Not only would Chris perform with his most recent personnel, he would also make part of the show a feature with members of his 1954 band. In this number and the following 1994 numbers, Barber brings back the early band with Monty Sunshine on clarinet.

 

10.  Hiawatha Rag – 1994 – (same concert as Isle of  Capri)        3:53

  This is a version of King Oliver’s band’s tune from the 1920s:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY5Hp2_BL2E

 

 

11.  Bobby Shaftoe – 1994– a song he popularized in the ‘50s     3:46

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT_wVuV74f8&list=RDDT_wVuV74f8#t=0

 

 

12.  Chimes Blues – 1994 on the Continent – 5:14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZH4z3y0JIs

“Chimes Blues”. Instead of the Chimes being done by piano as in the original recording Chris performed this with the three frontline horns..

 

 

13.  That’s A Plenty – 1994 –   our final number             5:21

This song features Colin Bowden on drums, considered Europe’s finest jazz drummer/percussionist. Colin is featured on more than ½ the song.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHUoShDkgbg

Colin Bowden – Drums
Bowden was born in Hampstead Heath, London in 1932 and lives in Suffolk. He remembers at the age of ten seeing through a village hall window a drummer performing live and feeling that he had discovered Eldorado! Some years later, after conscription service with the RAF he renovated an old drum kit which he had bought from a workmate who was cleaning out an attic. It was late 1952. Colin was collecting Spike Jones records until he heard “Oh, Didn’t He Ramble?” and that 78rpm disc by Jelly Roll Morton put him firmly on the jazz trail. Over the years main influences have been Baby Dodds, Big Sid Catlett and Art Blakey along with all the others. He is generally regarded as the finest New Orleans drummer in Europe.
Colin was invited to be part of the 40th Anniversary tour of Chris Barber’s Jazz Band. Colin played in this band’s concert as it was some 40 years before. Although I believe that Colin then wasn’t a member of the band he certainly must have played with them as a substitute. In the sixties and seventies Colin was the permanent drummer of Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen.
We see Colin being featured on drums in that particularly interesting Baby Dodds styled approach in the tune “That’s a Plenty”

Extra Songs

 

Ice Cream 1985

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbAYosCTcWY

 

Tiger Rag – 1996 – Mulheim, Germany – 8:53

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdSI3lenr1o

 

 All the Girls Go Crazy – early – no video  3:09

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwC3VKjb4LU

 

The Old Rugged Cross – 1990, Monty Sunshine solo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrhaR4e5Eew

 

comment from a fan:
“In 1953 Ken Colyer and his Jazzmen recorded several tunes which came out on a 10″ LP called “From London to New Orleans”. As a 16 year old and a beginning jazz cornet player I was able to get this LP. with Ken Colyer tpt, Monty Sunshine clt and Chris Barber trombone.
For many of us this was a new style of New Orleans jazz that set a sample and became a standard of how our beloved jazz should be played. Both Ken and Chris’s bands had a big influence on my jazz development. Only some 6-8 years later I became familiar with the Eddie Condon Style which gave me an opportunity to look at traditional with a somewhat different view. Once I immigrated to Canada and eventually landed in the Climax Jazz Band comprised mainly of Brits I got back in the British traditional jazz stream.
Then, I was playing at the 1994 Sacramento Festival and I met drummer Colin Bowden. He told me that he was part of the Chris Barber’s 40th Jubilee concert tour, a tour of close to 100 concert hall concerts throughout Europe where Chris would not only feature his much more modern Jazz and Blues Band but also play with his original band, with as many of the original members available.
Shortly after I found this German concert film of one of these performances. You’ll see and hear the Chris Barber Band playing “The Isle of Capri” with Chris on trombone, Pat Halcox on trumpet, Monty Sunshine on clarinet, Jim Bray on bass, Johnny McCallum on banjo and Colin Bowden on drums. Nostalgia for them, but certainly for me as well.
Some of you were there at that time in the fifties and sixties, and I think it was a darn good time!

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/BigChrisB…
http://www.chrisbarber.net/I

64th Reunion Dinner, Saturday, June 3, 6:30, Nassau Club

Here’s to all of you regulars who enjoy our easy-going off-year reunions. No pressures nor responsibilities. Just enjoy the music, other reunions, alumni, friends and relatives of all ages, the P-Rade, and so forth. Headquarters for signing in etc. will be at Forbes College (i.e. the old “Princeton Inn”) where 1952 will be holding their 65th alongside “The Old Guard” and where we will be next year.

Our 64th Reunion dinner will be held as in the past at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton. Cocktails 6:30; dinner at 7:30. Please call Class Vice President Dave Brown for reservations: 215-493-6876.

Scholarship Report for 2016/2017

Last year we celebrated the impressive gain in value over the years of our Class of 1953 Memorial Scholarship. Our Scholarship supports four undergraduate students every year. To read brief biographical sketches of this year’s 1953 scholars, as well as the names of those awarded scholarships from the Peter NomikosGordon T. Beaham III, and E. Bronson Ingram Scholarship Funds, click on the link below. Much more information about the University’s $147.4 million scholarship budget is presented as well. Princeton ranks at the top nationally for the zero to minimal debt held by our graduating seniors. 

Scholarship Awards for 2016-2017

 

1953 again wins the Class of 1942 Dues award

Thanks to Treasurer Bob Kenagy and to all of you who continue to support the Class of 1953!
From: “Dorothy R. Werner” <tigerdot@Princeton.EDU>
Subject: 1942 Senior Dues Award
Date: May 4, 2016 at 5:30:09 PM EDT


Hello you wonderful Class Treasurers!
 
First, thanks so much for participating in the ‘contest’.  You are the largest group ever!
 
Second, below is the reflection of all your hard work – congratulations to you all – especially to 1953!
 
Class
# payers
active classmates on 7/1/2015
%
1949
85
205
42.0%
1950
168
280
60.0%
1951
147
300
49.0%
1952
192
373
51.5%
1953
256
377
67.9%
1954
277
415
66.7%
1955
308
491
62.7%
1956
218
470
46.4%
1957
239
497
48.0%
1958
270
568
47.5%
1959
220
571
38.5%
1960
318
557
57.1%
1961
196
558
35.1%
1962
303
601
50.4%
1963
325
628
51.7%
1965
284
687
41.3%
 
Tiger Cheers,
 
Dottie
Dorothy R. Werner
hc 22, 27, 30, 32,33,35,36,37,38,40,41,43,
44,45,46,47,48,54,56,58,59,65,78,79,93
Coordinator for Class Affairs & Old Guard Reunions
Office of Alumni Affairs, Princeton University

Mea Culpa! Bob Rivers’ story.

I see in the latest PAW that I promised to post Bob River’s talk to Princeton undergraduates and Gunn Weber’s obituary (George’s widow), and I have done neither! I believe I took off for New Zealand and then forgot.

Here is Bob’s story.   (When there, click on “Growing up….”

I will locate Gunn’s obituary and post it as soon as I can. Another column is due tomorrow! I’ve got to do that first.

Gunn Weber Memoriall Service

Alumni Day Report & 63rd Reunion

I will post the list of our classmates lost in the past year or so, as published at Alumni Day in February, when I return home in April.

Here it is (April 15):

2016 Service of Remembrance

Our 63rd Reunion will be May 26 – 28, with headquarters being at Forbes College (formerly the “Princeton Inn”) with the Class of 1951.

Our list of officers has been amended following the recent death of webmaster Charles Barham and Chris Webber accepting the position of Class Memorialist.

CLASS OF 1953 MEMORIAL TRADITIONAL JAZZ CONCERT

CLASS OF 1953 MEMORIAL TRADITIONAL JAZZ CONCERT
No doubt many of our classmates recall hearing superb Traditional (or “Dixieland”) Jazz in New Orleans, or at the Club Hangover in San Francisco, or at the 1111 Club in Chicago, or at Jimmy Ryan’s, Nick’s, or Eddie Condon’s in New York City. This concert was presented in January 2016 to the residents of Kendal at Hanover (NH), who include Nick Heyniger, Hal Hiser, Annah Pytte, by your secretary, John Stone. It is reproduced here in memory of our Class Website Manager CHARLIE BARHAM, who passed away in February, and of all our deceased classmates who would have loved to have been honored in this way.
George Buck, founder of Jazzology in 1949 (Jazzology, GHB and other labels), wrote about the CD of this concert as follows: “In my humble opinion, this is one of the most exciting jazz concerts we have ever recorded…”

Instructions for listening
For single-person listening:
1. Connect a good-quality pair of earphones to the computer’s 1/8” earphone jack. Normally this will provide excellent quality sound.

2. Click on a YouTube link picture in the concert below to listen to the tune you choose. When the tune ends, or when you wish to stop it, click on the picture again and click the next picture you wish to hear.

You can switch from normal screen to full screen view by clicking in the square box on the lower right corner of the screen image. Press escape to return to normal screen.

For multi-person listening – if you have the necessary cables and connectors:
For video: connect computer to TV with HDMI or RGB connector cable
For audio: you will need cables and connectors to link the 1/8” earphone outlet on your computer to RCA audio plugs to a CD or comparable input on your receiver or audio system (or TV if it has decent audio).
If you have a 1/8” stereo audio plug splitter, it might be possible for two persons to listen with earphones. I haven’t tried it.

Class of 1953 Memorial Traditional Jazz Concert
“Eddie Condon Tribute”
Aka “Jammin’ for Condon”

The music in this concert was recorded (1) in the tiny country of San Marino in June 2000 and (2) at the world famous Ascona Jazz Concert on Lago Maggiorre, Switzerland on July 4, 2001. The music features cornet player Ed Polcer ’58, who played for 1953 at our 45th Reunion. He closed his performance at our Reunion with “Hindustan”, a rousing number which you will hear twice in this 1953 Memorial Concert – once in a traditional seven piece band, and once in a stunning “double front line” jam session.

The music starts here. Click on the picture (URL link) to listen. Click on it again to stop. Then click on the next picture (URL link) to choose the next number. There may be other ways to navigate between tunes that I have not yet learned!

1. There’ll Be Some Changes Made – Ed Polcer, Alan Vache, Bob Havens – There may be a long ad at beginning. Sorry. There will be a jam session version of this number later in the program. There are some audio disconnects in this and some of the other numbers.

2. Hindustan – a normal-sized band as played at Eddie Condon’s 60 – 70 years ago – Polcer ‘58, Vache, Havens. I apologize for another ad at beginning. Recorded in San Marino, July 2000. Ed played this number to close our 45th Reunion concert. A jam session of this number from the 2001 Ascona concert will follow immediately. (9:00)

(Note: Recorded volume on the following is higher than the two above. Adjust volume.)

The following numbers were recorded at the Ascona Jazz Festival on July 5, 2001. Several of these numbers are “jam sessions” in contrast to the standard “single front line” Dixieland bands.
You will recognize only Polcer and Patruno from the first two numbers.

3. Hindustan – Jam Session – Ascona, Lake Maggiore, Switzerland,7/5/ 2001 – Polcer again, but note the double front lines – contrast in energy – Watch for great back & forths between trumpets, trombones, reeds, etc. Decreasing # of bars. Note especially the Baker – Polcer back and forth. Amazing crescendo at end. Excellent! Alas, Tom Baker died suddenly in the Netherlands on October 23, 2001. (8:14)

4. You Took Advantage of me – a change of pace, includes a vocalist – smaller band – part of Lino Patruno’s jam session – Red Pellini, Jim Galloway from Scotland, Tom Baker USA citizen living in AUS. (4:33)

5. There’ll Be Some Changes Made – very bad synchronization sound to video – video up to 30 seconds late. Note switch from one foursome to the other prior to ensemble jam session. (10:06)

6. I’m Confessing That I Love You – standard sized band selected from the jam session participants: Pellini, Dan Barrett, Ed Polcer, Evan Christopher (8:00)

7. Linger Awhile – three trombones, no cornet or reed: Dan Barrett, Tom Baker, and Michael Supnick. Not a typical “jam session” with double front line, but an interesting variation. (9:12)

8. The Sheik of Araby – another variation from the normal – four trumpets, no trombone or reed – marvelous series of solos – Baker, Barrett, Polcer and Supnick. Polcer plays an outstanding cornet solo. (4:30)

9. I Want To Be Happy – our closing number, one of my favorites – full jam session – you can see Condon & Gene Schroeder briefly at beginning – note superb back & forth with Polcer and Baker on cornets – also Galloway and Christopher on reeds: A great closing number. Let’s all be Happy! (9:01)

END of CLASS OF 1953 MEMORIAL JAZZ CONCERT

Encore Number

Another Ascona concert number:

Singing the Blues
Lino Patruno’s concert featuring Luca Velotti, Jim Galloway, Tom Baker and Michael Supnick

Program Notes
Ascona Jazz Festival, or Jazz Ascona, is an annual Jazz Festival held in Ascona, Switzerland. The 10-day festival, from late June to early July takes place on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore and is devoted to historical styles of jazz and in particular to the music of New Orleans. Under the artistic direction of Nicolas Gilliet, Jazz Ascona features more than 200 concerts and 300 artists, and specials events such as: gospel choirs, jam sessions, exhibits, conferences, and films. Considered one of the most important European Jazz Festivals, Jazz Ascona attracts enthusiasts [1] from all over the globe.
See more at: http://www.jazzascona.ch/index.php/en/the-festival/history#sthash.AwrOaprN.dpuf

To purchase a CD of the Ascona, Switzerland jazz concert, with many of the numbers from this Kendal concert, visit the following website.
http://www.jazzology.com/item_detail.php?id=JCD-400

About Ed Polcer
Ed Polcer, Princeton Class of 1958, is recognized as one of the world’s finest jazz musicians. Winner of numerous awards, he played at the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier at Monaco while still an undergraduate at Princeton. After performing at Monaco and subsequently at Carnegie Hall, Ed gave up thoughts of a potential professional baseball career, or an engineering career, and focused on his music. He has played for five US presidents, including a performance at the Congressional Ball during the Clinton administration. His fans have found him performing at Princeton reunions virtually every year since his graduation.
The CD related to our concert was also called the “Eddie Condon Tribute” to match the title of the concert in Ascona, Switzerland, and the fact that Ed Polcer co-owned and performed at the Eddie Condon Jazz Club in New York after Condon’s death. John Stone believes that there are other Kendal residents who treasure memories of this kind of music from jazz clubs in New York City in the forties through sixties, such as Eddie Condon’s club on West 3rd Street, or Nick’s at 7th Avenue and 17th Street, or Jimmy Ryan’s on West 52nd Street. Some of the selections for this concert are available on CDs.

Looking for Eccentric Classmates

Paul Hertelendy thinks that he is, at least in part, eccentric, and he hopes that others who feel likewise will write us and tell us about it.

Paul writes:

Perhaps you have a folder marked EEC, for “Eccentric Ectivities by Classmates.” If so, this might fit:

The most inspiring of my avocations these days is dashing around the fields as a (licensed) soccer referee for junior soccer, which I’ve done some 600 times in the Oakland-Berkeley (California) area, dating back to a 1965 start. Seeing the 12 to 14 year-old boys and girls with good skills running, passing, interacting, all with a focus on The Game (and not on ego, roughing or revenge) is a rush of adrenalin every Saturday, even though none of them were born in my millennium. Their enthusiasm and fervor are my nirvana. I get paid, technically, but never withdraw the funds—I feel I should pay for the privilege, as I get so much out of it, especially with witnessing a flood of goals ending in an invigorating  4-3 or 5-4 result. The multiple levels of interaction—-with coaches, assistant refs, players, spectators, rule book—-are a constant fascination. And ending matches with fist-bumps or hand-slaps to all involved are a joy, especially if they haven’t raised Cain about me at midfield with my knee brace, white cane, seeing-eye dog, ear trumpet, and barely enough breath by the closing moments to toot whistles or hold up yellow caution cards.

And with pro soccer on TV, I watch not the players but the referees tearing up and down the field. Just call me eccentric!

Paul Hertelendy ’53

Berkeley, CA