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Richard Maxwell Email
11/30

Where do you live now? Houston

How many years were you in the desert? Ten plus 8 in New Mexico

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes

Are you willing to help with stories? Yes

Comments:
I lived in China Lake from 1949 to 1959.  Born in Long Beach in 1948.  I wondered what happened to all of the schools.  I went to Viewig, Rowe Street and Grove Street Schools, We lived on Ringgold Street which no longer exists.  My father drag raced at the Inyokern Airstrip.  A 49 Ford. A long time ago.  I remember Kernville before Lake Isabella was built and then saw the road stop where the lake began later on.  We used to go to the Kern River and camp at Camp 3. Always went to movies with friends for ten cents.  Enjoyed the cartoons back in those days.  They were good back then.  I went back to see what things were like back in about 1990.  It was really depressing.  It was the first time that I had been there since 1959.  Whole sections of town were now non existent.


Marla Carroll Hudgins Email
11/08

Where do you live now? Cedar City Utah

How many years were you in the desert? 35 years

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes

Are you willing to help with stories? Maybe

Comments:
Love this site brings back memories of of my youth.


Kevin Bullat Email
11/07

Where do you live now? Huntington Beach

How many years were you in the desert? 60 to 73

Are you willing to help with pictures? sure

Are you willing to help with stories? yep

Comments:
My dad David Bullat was a chemical engineer on base. His team developed a lot of ordinance in the day. I remember dummers at the CPO Club pool. Good times.


Milt Rogers Email
10/13

Where do you live now? Valley View, TX

How many years were you in the desert? 16

Are you willing to help with pictures? Yes

Are you willing to help with stories? Yes

Comments:
I moved to China Lake in 1953 when my father, a civilian employee, moved from Port Hueneme to become the head of the supply department.  I attended and graduated from Burroughs H.S. in 1956.   The high school years are full of memories for most kids and I was no exception.  On my first day Alice "Bunny" Cotter oriented me to the school  which provided a real jump-start to my years at Burroughs. Many of my fellow "Burros" became lifelong friends.  A few of them have even managed to visit us in TX.  I also married a B.H.S. Grad. -- Sandra Masaro -- class of 1960.
I had lived for several years in southern NM so the desert was not new to me but the IWV was, for me, a special place.  I recently watched the video "The Secret City" and it brought back many memories.  Many of those folks in the video were the parents of my fellow "Burros". 
I recently attended my wife's 50th H.S. reunion, toured the base and roamed my old haunts.  What a change!!  Our old duplex at 201-A Entwistle is nothing but a rough pile of sand but there was a Entwistle Sign at the end of the street near the original BHS.
A most disturbing site was the old Grove Street school, now bullet pock marked from the Navy Seals using it for live-fire training.  Ridgecrest is now a big little city.  
But the IWV is still a great place.  I would retire in the valley if it was not in CA -- too many restrictions, taxes too high and the 8&##$$++%% F.A.A. will not let the Dust Devils use the Inyokern Airport for "drags".  I ran down that strip many a time.

Milt Rogers  10-13-2014













Gene Schneider 
08/07

Where do you live now? Ridgecrest

How many years were you in the desert? 63

Are you willing to help with pictures? yes - I'm sure I have better pix of the '84 flood

Are you willing to help with stories? Sure

Comments:
The one picture of the '84 flood is underwhelming.
I know there are better ones.
Somewhere, too, I have a picture of a windstorm from the North that looks like a scene from The Mummy Returns.
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