The Spoken Word: Recollections of Dryden History, the Early by NASA History Division, Curtis Peebles

By NASA History Division, Curtis Peebles

First released in 2003 as quantity 30 within the NASA "Monograph in Aerospace historical past" sequence. This research comprises images and illustrations.

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The people had to lean out of their cars because they couldn’t see out of the windshields. [and] all the paint was off of some of the cars. But during that storm, I had a knock on the door. I went there, and here’s a guy with a gas mask on; he’s carrying a little burner. LeRoy Proctor came to my house carrying a small gasoline burner. Our units were all electrical, so we had no way of cooking. I was always grateful to Proctor for that. We could have something to eat. But we did have to brush out about three inches of dust.

I came out in the first of November—Mel Gough and Buckley and myself. We flew a C-45 out here. Walt left at the same time in a Chevrolet automobile, and he brought [LeRoy] Proctor with him. He was an instrumentation man. So I worked with Walt when he was actually just a young guy practically out of college. So I’ve known Walt for a long, long time. But he got housing out here. And when we came out here as families, we got the Marine base housing. It wasn’t long after that that Walt moved into that.

So almost every weekend, I drove down below. I had reason for going down below. , and so forth. And, so, it wasn’t as if we were completely isolated up here and we didn’t have anything to do. They didn’t 38 have the Freeway, and Sierra Highway could be a bear sometimes. But, nonetheless, Roxie [Roxanah Yancey] and a couple of the woman [computers] would want to go down shopping, do something down below, over the weekend. So I’d drive them down, then pick them up on Sunday night, and we’d come back.

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