Happy SUNday – days long gone

Happy SUNday everyone! I hope your day goes well and it’s sunny and warm.

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Cocoa Beach F.D. – Me and my favorite truck 1972. Taken with a Yashica TL Electro X on Kodak Ektachrome.

While attending college at nearby Hydrospace Technical Institute (H.T.I.) which was the oceanographic tech school of the Florida Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) I was able to train as a volunteer firefighter with the Cocoa Beach Fire Department, Florida. It was an extremely enjoyable time in my life – 18 years old, SCUBA diving and surfing almost every day and studying a subject I was interested in. I appreciated the time the professional firefighters took to train us and I think they enjoyed the interaction with those hippie boys from school. By the way, the locals referred to H.T.I. as the “Hippie Training Institute”.

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Yashica TL Electro X on Kodak Plus X Pan.

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Cocoa Beach P.D. and F.D. hanging out.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day! – Chris

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Apollo 16 NASA Astronaut Patch – 1972

Launched April 16, 1972 from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The three Astronauts were: Young, Mattingly and Duke.

This is the official “Apollo Astronaut Emblem” new in the original package. 4 inch round patch very nicely embroidered. This is the launch that I was at and filmed with my dad’s 8mm movie camera. I hope to be able to post the video of it soon. It was one of the most amazing sights and sounds I have ever witnessed.



Back when TWA was still in business. This patch in its original unopened package is rather rare. I purchased it at the KSC as I lived in Cocoa Beach, Florida at the time of the launch.

Thanks for your visit.


Cocoa Beach Firefighters – 1972

Cocoa Beach, Florida firefighters, May 1972

As part of my college ‘Photographic Documentation’ classes at Hydrospace Technical Institute (a mouthful), I decided to join the Cocoa Beach Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter trainee in the Spring of 1972. The highly trained professionals at the station agreed to train me and allowed me to document their activities for my class. Since Cocoa Beach is so close to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, the firefighters at Cocoa Beach had access to better personal gear (Lexan helmets and other high tech safety equipment) than other departments that were not expected to respond to a rocket related mishap. I hope to post a series of images over the next few weeks as more will be discovered in my archives. I’m sorry to say that I do not have the names of the brave firefighters I have pictured. I will be sharing my images with the current personnel of the Cocoa Beach Fire Department via their Chief.








My favorite truck. 1970 Chevrolet 4×4 Suburban Rescue Unit. Way cool!


Me and my favorite truck!

Camera:  Yashica TL Electro-X

Lens:  Auto Yashinon 50mm f1.7

Film:  Kodak Plus X Pan

Processing:  Self processing

Scanner:  Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II

From a collection of recently ‘found’ negatives from 1972.

Many thanks to the personnel of the Cocoa Beach Fire Department for their expert training and friendly advice. They took the more than a few of us college kids in and it was a great experience for all. When I went on to join the U.S. Navy in 1975, I put my background in firefighting to good use aboard the three aircraft carriers that I served aboard.


Reflections – 1972

Self portrait at 18

Cocoa Beach, Florida March 1972


Camera:  Yashica TL Electro-X

Lens:  Auto Yashinon 50mm f1.7 lens

Film:  Kodak Plus X Pan

Processing:  Self processed

Scanner:  Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II

Part of a collection of negatives that I shot while at college in South Florida. These have never been printed and have only just recently been ‘found’ again. Wow, 45 years ago!