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    Bill, you need to reread the post. The guy with the binoculars is Ralph Smith. To his right is his wife Jane Smith. Now that I can see better on this monitor, I'm not sure, but I thought the guy behind Ralph Smith with the straw hat on was Bill DeSilva.



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    Baldy may have experienced "skip" before with two way radio communications before, but I never did until we headed back toward Alice, Texas Monday morning. We were not far out of Knoxville heading west and at the western edge of the mountains. It was a bright clear mid day when we heard a broadcast from the dispatcher at Alice Specialty Company, our oilfield service company. We were traveling in Baldy's new Chrysler with a 440 TNT motor, and he had a Motorola two way radio system that never was turned off. Baldy was one of the first in the South Texas oilfield to have two way communications system put in all the trucks and company vehicles, and have 24 hour dispatch service. In the days before mobile phones, and later cell phones this was the only method of communication in the oilfield that was never near any telephone....especially out toward Laredo and Zapata.

    Generally, the dispatcher could talk to drivers and other personell within a hundred mile radius. Sometimes further...sometimes not. Baldy first equipped the two trucks he had with Motorolas in 1954 or 55. At the time we went to Knoxville there were probably 40 units or so with the radios and communication was constant day and night. We had been on the road about an hour when we heard loud and clear over the radio "KKS794 to unit (I don't remember who the dispatcher was calling, but we were all surprised to hear it come across so clear with no static or interruption). Baldy immediately grabbed the mike off it's holder on his dashboard and said "Car one to KKS794...come in Alice." Robert Webster, our daytime dispatcher and employee since the late forties came back "KKS 794....go ahead Car one." I don't remember the rest of the conversation, except that Baldy told Robert where we were and that we were headed home. They were both amazed that communication was so clear on both ends. The tower in Alice was pumping out many more watts than that in Baldy's car, but they had a clear link, and it was just as if we were within a few miles of Alice. They talked about five minutes as we were traveling, and there was never a cut out.

    The rest of the trip was uneventful except for the fact that Baldy was hunting for a country cured ham to take back with us. He always did that when we went through Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabaman, Georgia or West Virginia. Joe Rome knows about this, and more later. This was the first time though that we hunted one down on the way to or from a race. They do not need refrigeration, so it didn't matter where it was picked up. The main consideration from Baldy was that it was from a small roadside vendor, and that it was authentic.



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    I looked in my notebook from 45 years ago to the next race and found out we went back to Highlands to race that next weekend. No wonder Jack and Clayton didn't go with us. That is their hometown race and Clayton's Mom Ouita was chief scorer and press agent. Their whole family was involved in getting that race set up.

    I was thinking it was about time for a new recipe and I was wondering that since Frito-Lay is now a nationwide company and has been for a long while,...is Frito Pie nationally known? I've eaten Frito Pie all my life, but I've never seen it on any menus except South Texas and especially near high schools and colleges. Do you guys know what Frito Pie is?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Oil Racing Team View Post
    Bill, you need to reread the post. The guy with the binoculars is Ralph Smith. To his right is his wife Jane Smith. Now that I can see better on this monitor, I'm not sure, but I thought the guy behind Ralph Smith with the straw hat on was Bill DeSilva.
    My fault. But he sure does look like Ralph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Oil Racing Team View Post
    It could be Gene.

    I like your story about Evan Noyes. When did he quit racing?
    Sorry Wayne I don't remember. I had nearly forgotten about Evan until you mentioned him on this tread. It seems like he only raced 2-3 years. Maybe a little longer.

    I do remember Evan drove the sharpest looking pickup I ever saw on the street.

    Show car quality, bucket seats, custom wheels, custom interior, the whole ball of wax!

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    He must have been a natural to finish second in B hydro just behind Bob Hering and one spot ahead of Jerry Waldman with only a few years experience. Seems like he would have been a fun guy to hang around with. Sounds like a wealthy Hans Krage. It might be that RCA decided boat racing was too dangerous for the pilot of a Lear Jet.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bill boyes View Post
    The guy sitting with the ladies and has the Binoculars really looks like Ralph De Silva. Except the wedding ring. Ralph did not remarry after his divorce from Armel. also the pocket on the shirt looks like a pack of Cigarettes. Ralph detested smoking. Another item look at the left hand. Missing two finger tips. Ralph has all his digits.
    Up top towards the right is Bob Henry talking to Melvin Cooper

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Schubert T*A*R*T View Post
    Up top towards the right is Bob Henry talking to Melvin Cooper
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    Upper right corner behind fence.......Jim Schoch.
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    ADD: Describe the pics where your Dad and Grandpa are Marc. Is that him helping carry a wood deck hydro?

    ADD I'm in our study now where the screen is larger, lighter and I can see better. In that B&W photo below the one where you are carrying fuel, the guy lifting the left side of the runabout looks like Marshall Grants brother in law Jerry Pennington. The guy in the foreground is too dark and face partially turned away, but I think that very well could be Marshall Grant. Is that correct?
    The all wood deck hydro was built by Frank Pearson, standing to the right in the pic with the hat on. The pic was taken at lakeland, Florida where we tested the boat that morning. That is my dad on the left with the life jacket on and on the right with the glass was my grandfather Hassell Johnson.

    On the other pic, that is Marshall Grant in the forground.

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