Archive for April, 2009

Hog’s embellishment

April 15, 2009
Ecstatic Stroll to the Sacred Tree

Ecstatic Stroll to the Sacred Tree

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The Ecstatic Pilgrimage to the Sacred Tree of Beyharting led by CptHog

April 14, 2009
The Pilgrims appear in the distance. They are coming up the road from Beyharting.

The Pilgrims appear in the distance. They are coming up the road from Beyharting.

The ecstatic strollers carrying sacred nectar are led by CptHog. A VW van mysteriously appears.

The ecstatic strollers carrying sacred nectar are led by CptHog. A VW van mysteriously appears.

Roger Lefever begins filming the Pilgrimage to the Sacred Tree.

Roger Lefever begins filming the Pilgrimage to the Sacred Tree.

CptHog, Brown, Bob 'the Silent Sipper' Hamlin, Curt 'the Mole' Simonson, and Maddog draw nigh. The village of Tuntenhausen is on the distant horizon.

CptHog, Brown, Bob 'the Silent Sipper' Hamlin, Curt 'the Mole' Simonson, and Maddog draw nigh. The village of Tuntenhausen is on the distant horizon.

John 'Maddog' Freyermuth, Jerry Thompson, Lance 'the Interpol Raven' Boyer, Art Fanning, Frank Parsons, Leon 'Army' Armstrong (with feathers in cap), Steve Badger, and Bill McCort follow along.

John 'Maddog' Freyermuth, Jerry Thompson, Lance 'the Interpol Raven' Boyer, Art Fanning, Frank Parsons, Leon 'Army' Armstrong (with feathers in cap), Steve Badger, and Bill McCort follow along.

Bill McCort, Randy 'the guitar player' (with arms outspread), 2 or 3 u/is in the background, Sam 'Flim Flam' Flippo, and Larry Wilhelm bring up the rear.

Bill McCort, Randy 'the guitar player' (with arms outspread), 2 or 3 u/is in the background, Sam 'Flim Flam' Flippo, and Larry Wilhelm bring up the rear.

CptHog arrives at the Sacred Tree and begs for the future abundance of sacred nectar.

CptHog arrives at the Sacred Tree and begs for the future abundance of sacred nectar.

CptHog delivers some sacred healing nectar to the infirm who have arrived aboard Admiral Freebee, piloted by Bill 'Capt. Mysto' Shea. Note that Mike 'Straight Man' Gleason has mysteriously appeared in the back of the group.

CptHog delivers some sacred healing nectar to the infirm who have arrived aboard Admiral Freebee, piloted by Bill 'Capt. Mysto' Shea. Note that Mike 'Straight Man' Gleason has mysteriously appeared in the back of the group.

Jerry Thompson brings his offering to the Tree as CptHog's ankh protects onlookers Lamar White, Larry Wilhelm, and Sam Flippo from mad cosmic vibrations.

Jerry Thompson brings his offering to the Tree as CptHog's ankh protects onlookers Lamar White, Larry Wilhelm, and Sam Flippo from mad cosmic vibrations.

After the pilgrimage, more celebrations continue at Schloßwirtschaft Maxlrain. CptHog welcomes Rocky 'the Prince' Keyes, and Princess Uschi of Finland. Lance 'the Interpol Raven' Boyer provides secret service protection. Lynn White looks on.

After the pilgrimage, more celebrations continue at Schloßwirtschaft Maxlrain. CptHog welcomes Rocky 'the Prince' Keyes, and Princess Uschi of Finland. Lance 'the Interpol Raven' Boyer provides secret service protection. Lynn White looks on.

Enjoy,
John Freyermuth

Photos from MadDog

April 14, 2009

There’s one of me, and I’m also sending you some recent photos of Wally Knox, Sabine Trent (with friend) & Alan Gland.

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Smoller email address correction

April 13, 2009

John wrote that his correct email address is:

jsmoller@earthlink.net

Some of us are putting a period between the j and s, so he’s not receiving all of our emails.  Please check and make sure that you have the correct address.

Thanks.

Baltan contacted – Steve Cosby

April 9, 2009

Thanks to the Fool’s tenacious pursuit of Baltan MIAs, I got Steve Cosby’s phone number and gave him a call last night.

Some of you may recall that Steve was my first roomie at Frau Rohleder’s on Linden Strasse in BA. He ETS’d about a year before me and I never stayed in touch and neither did he.

He was from Indianapolis and I had thought of trying to contact him but assumed that he would be long gone … no one stays in Naptown if they can help it. I learned from Nick Dostie at last year’s Redneck Riviera Reunion that he is still alive and well on Planet Hoosier. Following is a brief recap of our conversation…

Steve is retired, happily married and has one daughter who is grown up. After BA, he returned home and went to law school for 2.? years before deciding that being a lawyer was not his calling in life and dropped out. Eventually, he started a business (something to do with auto detailing) and retired a couple of years ago.

We talked at length about BA and Balta, and I think his curiosity is sufficiently piqued to show up at a reunion one of these days. I mentioned this year’s NM gathering but he was non-committal… I suspect that he’s still a little stunned to hear about all the names from the past and needs a little time to let it all settle in.

I didn’t get into his terrible coke habit in BA, but I’m sure that’s history. For those of you who did not know about his addiction, he was up to a case of Coca Cola every two days, in addition to a constant supply of jumbo cokes from the ops snack bar. Unbelievable but true.

The real corker is that Mr Cosby does not have e-mail (imagine!) or a computer, so staying in contact ain’t gonna be easy. At least he has a phone. Maddog, you might want to mail him some info on the reunion.

I don’t know how many potential mystery guests are on the list, but you might want to add Steve. This should prove to be one interesting reunion!

Happy Springtime, all…

…Shea

Photos of Chance, BA

April 9, 2009

(John Freyermuth sent this)

Number 59 is a nice photo of the Chance.

Other pics include, the front entrance gate, Brit DF site, antenna field, a WWI soldier from Bad Aibling, and two photos submitted by Denny Byrne of the opening of the Luftwaffe Barracks at Bad Aibling. I think 1930 is a few years too early because the NSDAP didn’t gain official power until 1933.

Index 1 has some photos of a Brit base at Degerndorf in the 1950s and a cool color picture map of that area.

I never knew there had been a Brit base at Degerndorf.

That’s all.

Tom Forrest Catch-Up

April 9, 2009

My name is Tom Forrest, and I’m a Baltan.

Kerry contacted me too, and I appreciate his making the effort; I was wondering what had happened to you guys.  Hopefully I can get all the details this October in NM.

I was in Bad Aibling from 9/69 to 5/71, or close to it, seemingly arriving when many of the people here were gone or leaving. Cpt. Hog did a great job carrying on the BALTA tradition, mostly telling us the great stories of events before we got there. I was part of the Kitzbühel house the winter of 69-70, and maybe 70-71 – I do not remember much the months following the BALTA Pot Party. I think we asked Dan Hayden to turn out the lights when he left later in 1971.

There are a few pictures of Ron Davis, Bill Shea, Larry White and others at the following link:

http://gallery.me.com/tforrest – 100135.

The ones of Ron were taken during a road trip we took to Athens in early 71, and the ones of Bill, George, Larry & Lynn were taken in May 71. George and I were out of service and headed for Morocco; Bill, Larry and Lynn were riding as far as Paris. The last one of me was on the BALTA sweatshirt Cpt. Hog made for me for one of the BALTA events.

Fun times.

Contact information below. Look forward to hearing from you. Tom

(Add Tom’s email to your Balta group addresses. dee)

Tom Forrest

1207B E. 2nd Street

Austin, TX 78702

512.441.3583 (Home)

512.560.2731 (Mobile)

tforrest@mac.com



The Kitzbuhel House

April 8, 2009

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Photos courtesy of John Sikora

Post and photo from Gerry Crow

April 6, 2009

Dee,

Attached is a picture (compliments of Gary Carson, who Nick Dostie put me in touch with) of my wife Joanne and me preparing to burn some meat in BA, sometime around May/June of 1969.

I must point out that I now look exactly like this picture, but with an additional 65 pounds and gray hair. (At least I am about the same height!)

Please post in an appropriate location in the rogues gallery of BALTANs of old.

Guys, I copied all of you so as to give Gary photo-credits and allow all to renew acquaintances at your own pace.

Vielen Dank!

Gerry

PS Gary also sent me a picture including Terry Applemen, anybody remember him or know where he is?

gerry-joanne-crow-ba circa 1969

Guess the I.D.s

April 6, 2009

Dee,

Here’s an old photo via Art Ehrenberg of Las Vegas, NV.

Let people guess or supply the missing first or last names.

And does anyone know the name and location of the establishment?

I have answers for the complete names for all but Jerry and Franz. Some names were supplied by Art Ehrenberg, Gerry Crow, and myself.

I myself am not sure of Paul and Russ, but others identified their last names. Who are Jerry and Franz? What was the name of the restaurant? Where was it?

John (MadDog)        russ-vinny-fred-paul-chuck-jerry-fifi-1967-68-new-years1