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February 7, 2014 MASSie Publishing LLC

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THE CATERPILLAR CLUB by Janet Spencer

In 1928, Paul Fisk Collins jumped from a disabled plane over Pennsylvania and was saved by his parachute. On February 11, 1944, his son, Paul Liske Collins, jumped from a disabled plane near Fairbanks, Alaska, and his life was also saved by his parachute. Together, they were the first father-son team to join the Caterpillar Club, whose membership is entirely composed of people whose lives were saved by parachutes. Come along with Tidbits as we consider the Caterpillar Club!

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The Father of Parachutes ● Leslie Irvin didn’t invent parachutes, but he did revolutionize them by packing them into backpacks. In 1922, he founded the Caterpillar Club, honoring those who had to place their lives in the hands of their parachutes. Because the parachutes were made out of silk, and the silk came from caterpillar cocoons, the Caterpillar Club was born. The club’s motto is, “Life depends on a silken thread.” ● Charles Lindbergh’s life was saved by an Irvin parachute four times in two years. In 1925 he was involved in a mid-air collision and bailed out. Three months later he jumped when his plane would not come out of a spin. In 1926 he ran out of fuel and jumped. Seven weeks later he was caught in a snowstorm and bailed out. Turn the page for more

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A CLUB IS BORN ● On October 20, 1922, U.S. Air Corps test pilot Lt. Harold Harris walked out to a fighter plane at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio. The plane had been fitted with experimental ailerons the previous day and he was to test it. Harris stopped to clip on his parachute, but was annoyed to find that the straps were too tight. He traded it for a different one but found that the straps were too tight on that one as well. He decided to fly without one. After all, no one had yet had their life saved by one of the new-fangled contraptions. But suddenly Harris changed his mind and decided to wear one. ● In a friendly dogfight with another test pilot, Harris was turning, diving, and zooming when his plane suddenly went out of control. He went into a dive and could not recover. When pieces of the wings started tearing away, Harris jumped. He felt for the ripcord on his parachute and pulled three times. Nothing happened. He discovered he’d been pulling his leg strap fitting. He yanked the ripcord when he was just 500 feet (152 m) off the ground— far too low for a safe jump. The chute opened, and he drifted down, landing unhurt in a grape arbor. Lt. Harold Harris was the first person ever to have his life saved in an emergency situation by a manually-operated parachute. ● Harris was able to refute many myths. Many people felt that a falling human would become unconscious. Others maintained arms and legs would be pinned by the wind or would flail helplessly. Parachute trials were limited because pilots believed if someone jumped out of a plane, the sudden loss of weight would send the plane into an uncontrollable spin. ● When Harris landed unhurt, one of the people who helped him celebrate his good luck was Leslie Irvin, the man who had designed the parachute.

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CATERPILLAR CLUB cont’d ● Irvin had been experimenting with parachutes and trying to convince people to use them. Irvin was the first man to voluntarily jump out of a working aircraft with a parachute. He did it to prove that manually operated parachutes could work, and he made his point when he landed with only a broken ankle, when most people thought he was jumping to his death. The Air Corps immediately ordered 300, and Irvin found himself in the parachute business. ● When his lawyer filed papers, Irvin’s name was misspelled as ‘Irving.’ Irving Parachutes made Irvin a wealthy man by the time he reached the age of thirty. ● After Harris jumped from his plane, men at McCook Field collected souvenirs of the incident: pieces of the crashed plane, the used parachute, and photos of Harris next to the wreck. They displayed the items proudly in their tiny museum. A newspaper reporter wrote an article and suggested that they start a club for people who owed their lives to a parachute, and the Caterpillar Club was born. ● It was only a few weeks later when a second man qualified to join the Caterpillar Club. Lt. Tyndall jumped for his life when his aircraft’s wings tore off. Tyndall volunteered to keep the records of the Caterpillar Club. For the nextprices. 17 months Harris and Tyndall were the ty. Fantastic only members of the club. But in 1924, a stunt n guaranteed. jumper dove out of an airplane with six chutes on, intending to open one right after the other in an airshow exhibition. The first five failed when they became entangled, and it was the sixth reserve emergency forparachute — an Irvin chute Sweet — that saved his life. Corn

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For Advertising Call (740) 446-4543 CATERPILLAR CLUB cont’d ● The first British man to enter the Caterpillar Club was a man named Scholefield. Two years later he was killed when his plane went down while he unfortunately was not wearing a chute. ● S.L.G. Pope bailed out when the rudder gave out. He was only 800 feet (244 m) off the ground when he jumped. He yanked on the ripcord again and again with no result— then discovered he’d been pulling the string holding a pencil to the knee pad that he scribbled flight data on. He was only 300 feet (91 m) off the ground when he found the ripcord. The chute opened barely in time to save him. Pope was the first Royal Air Force pilot whose life was saved by a parachute. His friends sent a telegram: “Congratulations. Forwarding clean pair of pants.” ● When World War II hit, the demand for parachutes skyrocketed and Irvin’s factory went from a pre-war output of 100 parachutes per week to nearly 1,500. Applications for membership in the Caterpillar Club shot up, and at the parachute factory a huge bulletin board held pictures and letters from pilots who owed their lives to Irving Parachutes. By the end of 1943 there were over 27,000 members, with a hundred or more applications arriving daily. One pilot wrote: “I am going to name my son (when I have one) Irvin as it was due to one Irvin in particular that I am alive enough to woo, marry, and get me a son.”

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CATERPILLAR CLUB cont’d ● Irvin himself witnessed the effectiveness of his parachutes when the crew of an American bomber bailed out near his factory while he was watching. He drove to where they were floating down, and five minutes later the two lucky pilots were in his office being signed up for the club and toasting their luck with the inventor’s whisky. ● Leslie Irvin agreed to give a gold pin to every person whose life was saved by one of his parachutes. At the end of World War II the number of members with Irvin pins had grown to over 34,000 though the total of people saved by Irvin parachutes is estimated to be 100,000.

FAMOUS CANADIANS FRANK ELLIS ● Although the first parachute jump in Canada was made by an American in Vancouver in 1912, the first successful parachute jump in Canada which was made by a Canadian happened in 1919. ● The story starts in 1893 when Frank Ellis was born in Nottingham, England. While in his teens he became fascinated with what were then called ‘aerial machines.’ As a youth, he worked for a bicycle company in England, and then went on to master motorcycle engines. ● Shortly after his family moved to Canada in 1913, he found an abandoned Curtiss biplane. He and a buddy rebuilt it from scratch, dubbing it the West Wind. They spent the entire summer of 1914 flying it and performing progressively more dangerous stunts, until a sudden gust of wind picked it up from its parking spot and flipped it over, ruining it beyond repair.

1. Is the Song of Solomon in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What Canaanite commander did Jael kill by driving a tent peg through his head? Sisera, Joash, Ishmael, Pekah 3. In 1 Kings 3, who solved a custody dispute by proposing a child to be cut in half? Samuel, David, Solomon, Iddo 4. What Persian queen refused to display her beauty at the court of King Ahasuerus? Esther, Abigail, Deborah, Vashti 5. The daughters of Jerusalem said they will make borders of gold with studs of "what"? Salt, Silver, Souls, Sins 6. How many suicides are recorded in the Bible (KJV)? Zero, 1, 7, 19


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For Advertising Call (740) 446-4543 FRANK ELLIS cont’d ● When World War I ended, there were plenty of spare Curtiss planes available. Ellis embarked on a new career as a barnstormer, performing dangerous stunts for small sums of money in front of awe-struck spectators, many of whom had never seen a plane before. He worked as an airplane mechanic and took people for rides in his plane for $1 per minute, catering to the tourist crowds at Crystal Beach, Ontario. ● It just so happened that on July 4, 1919, Leslie Irvin (who pioneered the parachute) jumped from a Jenny plane at a height of 2,000 feet (610 m) and floated downward, landing unhurt in Lake Erie near Crystal Beach. He was testing a new model of parachute, a design that was packed into a backpack. He left his soggy parachute behind, saying he would return to retrieve it once it was dry. ● And there it sat when Frank Ellis found it. By then the parachute was perfectly dry; Irvin hadn’t come to fetch it yet; and Ellis thought, “What the heck?” If Irvin could do it, why couldn’t he? Well, for starters, he didn’t know how to pack a parachute. He did the best he could under the circumstances. “It looked like a bag of laundry more than anything else and weighed as much as a sack of cement,” Ellis later recalled. ● He drafted a pilot friend to help him in the endeavor. When they reached 1,800 feet (548 m) they spotted a boat on the water near Crystal Beach, Ontario, and Ellis jumped so he could land near the boat and be rescued. The parachute deployed, but when he hit the water, the wet linen straps shrunk so quickly that he was nearly strangled before the astonished boat owner could pull him out of the water. Undaunted, he just had to try it again. The next jump the following day was successful as well. “If anyone had told me on July 4, 1919, that the next day I would be the first Canadian to parachute from an airplane over Canada, I would have thought he was completely mad.”

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Online at www.lovemytidbits.com FRANK ELLIS cont’d ● Irvin, aware of the problem caused by linen shrinking when wet, began to make his parachutes out of silk instead, thus leading to the instigation of “The Caterpillar Club.” Shortly after after Frank Ellis’ jump, parachutes were used in an emergency situation for the first time. ● Frank Ellis retired from flying in the late 1920s and became a bus driver in Vancouver. However, he spent his entire life documenting the early days of Canadian aviation, writing three books on the topic. In 1972, Ellis was awarded the Medal of Service of the Order of Canada. Frank died in Vancouver on July 4, 1979, just one day prior to the 60th anniversary of his famous jump.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What's all this about dust mites? Do they carry disease? How do we kill them? A baseball bat? -- R.H. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: About dust mites -- I am getting nowhere with them because they are practically invisible. They crawl in and out of my mouth and on my face when I am in bed. I have suffered too long with them. -- P.B. ANSWER: Dust mites are hardly visible; they're smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. They don't transmit diseases, but they can create trouble for those who are allergic to them or their waste material. The mite skeleton and waste products can provoke asthma, skin itching, eye itching, sneezing and dripping nose.

Most people, however, live in blissful ignorance of the mites. They have no symptoms. Dust mites don't bite. They feed on dead skin cells, mostly cells that have fallen off the body. They don't enter the mouth. You really can't tell they're around. They like living in bedrooms -- in mattresses and bedding, including blankets -- upholstered furniture and carpets. They can take up life in stuffed animals. Allow only washable stuffed toys into a bedroom. They prefer a warm, humid environment, a preference that can be used to evict them. Keep the bedroom cool and dry with a dehumidifier, an air conditioner or both. The humidity should be less than 50 percent. Mites dehydrate at that humidity. Wash all bedding weekly. Vacuum mattresses and pillows. Encase them in coverings specially made from cotton, polyester or plastic. Mites don't disappear overnight. The battle against them has to go on for months and months. A victory isn't total elimination, but a reduction in their population. If after all these measures a person still suffers allergic symptoms, visit an allergist for desensitization therapy. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read that more heart attacks occur in winter than in summer. Why? If you dress warmly, does that protect you? -- N.C.

ANSWER: Cold weather is a stress on the body and the heart. The heart has to work harder to keep the body warm by pumping more blood than it ordinarily does. That extra effort is too much for hearts not in the best of shape. Dressing warmly lessens the risk. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Both my sister and I take Synthroid. My doctor insists that I take it first thing in the morning, before I have had anything to eat. He also has told me not to eat for 30 to 60 minutes after taking the tablet. My sister didn't get any similar instructions. She takes hers at noon with lunch. Who's right? -- L.C. ANSWER: It's best to take Synthroid, the most-oftenprescribed thyroid hormone preparation, on an empty stomach and to wait at least 30 minutes before taking any food. I have to assume that your sister's doctor is checking her thyroid hormone levels from time to time. If they're OK, she's OK and her medicine-taking is OK. If she has to increase her dose of the medicine because of low blood levels, then she should adopt your method of taking Synthroid.

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