Paradigm To Reality……………#83 (the 50’s)

An introduction to chess

An introduction to chess

     An introductory exploration of the Fort Sill post facilities was in order,  the liberation of  the city of Lawton was set aside for a latter prospective.   The post service club provided a full spectrum of programming,  ping-pong, pool,  snooker tables,  music room with piano  and most encouraging , sparsely populated by the post WAC citizenry.  The California soldier allotting interest with several  respective class constituents after classroom hours enlisting the skill of Paul White to introduce him to the game of Chess.   White’s father was purported to be a past Pennsylvania State champion chess player and Paul purported to be ” a chip off the old block’.   Gary having no desire to explore the game until his introduction to White and his sense of logic.  Given amble edification, Gary soon discovered, administering a game of chess is like his engaging music on the piano, playing by ear,  contemplation is retrospective.   Another post discovery finding an ensuing journey to the Library not so much to partake of  the bountiful shelves of accumulated knowledge, the Soldier discovering a hidden treasure, a music rooms equipped with phonographs, headsets and a thesaurus of LP records, enabling the youth to escape the presence of the military and transport himself to the  world of  Wagner, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky.

Resistor color code chart

Resistor color code chart

      The student acknowledging a course of study, commencing with basic math thru algebraic exponent and their relationship to electrical applications in concurrence with terminology and function,  the subject material more absorbing than arduous.     The class finding a lighter side to electrical circuitry besides resistors,  capacitors,  diodes and  pentodes, the age-old parable of how to discern a resistors size by its color-coded markings was ensued.   Each color denoted a numerical value and multiplier and by using  a memorable verse the first letter of each word in the verse designating a color and value 0 thru 9.  The acronymic coloring verse “bad boys rape our young girls but violet  gives  willingly”  translated into the colors (black-brown-red-orange-yellow-green-blue-violet-gray-white) was very efficacious,  covering  the chromatic as well as the intonated  spectrum and not soon forgotten.   The soldiers soon learned that if an explanation or inquiry about a subject matter was needed it best be immediately resolved  or it would remain a question,  the instruction as well as the instructors  took no prisoners.   There was a apportioned sense of attainment among the class, finding those who could reason and assimilate assisting those who pondered.  Gary’s anticipation being  fulfilled with the inaugural of every educational  chapter, a learning experience, the presentation of the  subject matter liken to an adventure story always striving for a climactic ending.

Demonstration attendance

Demonstration attendance

Artillery shelling on the West Range

Artillery shelling on the West Range

       It was called Fire Power Demonstrations  held on  Saturday mornings and you were invited or so you were led to believe.   Gary first experience was encountering a NCO walking thru the billets early Saturday morning directing those he came into contact with to report outside and board a bus.  Once aboard the unsuspected were informed that they would be attending a Fire Power Demonstration on the West Artillery Range.  The number of military seated on the bleacher facing the West Range was in the hundreds plus a contingency  in civilian clothing.  It was announced over the PA the designation of the artillery firing battery units participating, represented was a 155mm, 8inch, and 280mm artillery monster commonly called the atomic cannon.  Gary having never witness the sound of artillery up close let alone able to see  the results and what was really surprising was the repercussion of the  8 inch guns, not  knowing exactly where they were located, but when fired the ground shook.  It was rather disappointing, the 280.mm was fired just one time, but what  impressed all was,  you could actual see the projectile and watch its trajectory as traversed to the far mountain destination.  Gary was impressed not only with this first artillery demonstration  but the other demonstrations that followed.  It was after returning from the first one that he discovered  you weren’t require to attend if you couldn’t be found and on occasion just  happened to be at the service club for Saturday morning coffee and donuts.
     The charged educational discipline of  CEMMC-2 classroom instruction was advancing with applied principles including audio, visual,  signal generation,  transponder telemetry,  servo-generation,  three-phase attribution, the subjects were amaranthine in essence.   The military students having converged upon the in-depth intrinsic ingredients of missile components and  adjunct support equipment,  the operation, reason and purpose of meaning of the subject matter all being attained.   Seriousness was not always captive during class,  youthfulness would vacillate and sometimes deviate causing a prankish impulse sometimes to prevail.    Relinquishing a fully charged 250 volt micro-farad capacitor on a  work bench at the end of the day for some unsuspecting clean-up person to remove  resulted in a sternly administered class reprimand.  The classes facetious conclusion about the clean-up person was, ” it must have been a shocking experience”.   The months of progress manifested and  CEMMC-2  sojourned further into the reaches of the Byzantine structure and missile acquisition,  but the entity was illusive.   The exile to the classroom was concluding and the transition from paradigm to reality was fast approaching..

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