This was: Our Dad, Donald O. Diehl.
Off to the rifle range!
May 6, 1928 - September 29, 1997
Two sons and their Father:Mother, Son and Father.
In Memory of: Our Grandmother, Josephine T. Pace
In loving memory of Jimmy (James P.) Harding, my best friend of 25 years
???? - March 14, 2005
Jimmy and I check out my video still store in 1990 and Jimmy freaks out over my IVC-9000 in 2003
Jimmy's photo of Challenger at our last landing in 1984
My best recollection of fun with Jimmy was when we put on a space event at San Jose City College. The way it was supposed to go was this. Voyager would beam pictures of Saturn to JPL. JPL would send the pictures to the JPL ham radio club. The ham radio club would transmit the pictures, via slow scan television, over shortwave radio. A friend of ours would receive these pictures at his shack in Oakland. He would then phone patch these live SSTV pictures to Jimmy and I at City College. And we would display them there using the Robot 400 SSTV scan converter. That was the plan. . .
The big day came. We hauled all the equipment into the public hall and started to set up. Turns out the "phone line" we were promised for our phone patch was in actuality, a public phone booth! It is illegal to tap that line directly as we required to pull this thing off! We were screwed! Fortunately, Scientific American magazine had published a ton of high quality pictures of Saturn which I captured with a video camera, converted to SSTV and recorded them on the audio portion of my Roberts 1000 reel to reel recorder. So, I played that tape to the audience, who did not realize they were being duped. Meanwhile, Jimmy and I then jumped in his van and raced from San Jose to Oakland to fetch a recording of the live pictures from our ham radio friend. We then jammed back to San Jose City College and played the real thing for the audience. We made this trip in less than 90 minutes! We then repeated that recording for the rest of the evening and raised about $100 for the L-5 Society. Instead of a TRUE LIVE EVENT, Jimmy and I pulled of an "ALMOST LIVE EVENT", and nobody was ever the wiser. Ah! Good times. . .
That's just a tiny bit of what it was like for me to know Jimmy!
August 1984- -"Seven"- -August 1996
When I carried you into my home and heart, Seven, you were such a tiny little baby....
Twelve years later, when I carried you out of my home only, you were such a frail little old lady...
But, the light in your eyes shined as brightly as that first day when we met, and you chose me....
You were my best friend, my playmate and my personal guardian.....
While the others came and went, you always stayed....
Through the thick and the thin, the highs and the lows, always there...
For all of this generous loving, you never asked anything of me in return....
Good thing, too! All the kings in history couldn't pay you back.....
for the LIFE you simply gave to me! Until we meet again in heaven....
All I can do, is say to you, "I love you, Seven"..... -rich
"Mini Dog" "Sandy"
You can NOT BUY the kind of love that they gave so freely!
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