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Submitted by Pat Moore D-1814

In February 1965 I was a student at the University of Florida in nearby Gainesville. Fellow student Dave Henson and I visited Williston, an old WWII bomber training base, to get involved with the sport. The head instructor was a guy named Burr Rubey and the pilot was named Homer Satterfield. After very vew jumps, Dave bought the operation. We essentially taught ourselves how to jump, pack, spot, you name it. Plenty of tree landings resulted. Despite that we stuck with the sport for many more years. Williston was the drop zone where skydiving equipment innovator and Skydiving Hall of Fame member Bill Booth made his first jump in 1965.