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Old 05-10-2018, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default After 43 years - the return of the prodigal hat

Back in the mid 70’s I spent my summers working on the North Slope. A college buddy I have not seen in decades was in town and came by the office today. He handed me this hat and said “here, you left this in my car - in about 1975!”




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Old 05-10-2018, 04:20 PM   #2
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That's oddly cool.
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:23 PM   #3
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That's awesome
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:27 PM   #4
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Sweet...collectors item now
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:27 PM   #5
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Back in the mid 70’s I spent my summers working on the North Slope. A college buddy I have not seen in decades was in town and came by the office today. He handed me this hat and said “here, you left this in my car - in about 1975!”




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Old 05-10-2018, 04:28 PM   #6
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So y'all created the flat bill craze?
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:31 PM   #7
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I worked on the slope from 83-87. Some good times
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:38 PM   #8
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I had an uncle that worked on it back then. That is a cool hat.
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:40 PM   #9
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Sweet, very cool
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:47 PM   #10
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John, somehow I just don't see you in a flat bill... You best don it and put up a selfie so's you can show us all what a real pipeline worker looks like!!
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:50 PM   #11
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Wow. You never know what can come back to You In time. Some good, some bad. I've had both......
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:21 PM   #12
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How cool is that!!!

I agree with Charlie. Put a little curve in that bill when you wear it to work tomorrow!
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:28 PM   #13
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He kept that hat for that long?!? That's awesome!
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:33 PM   #14
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Very cool!
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:54 PM   #15
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Pretty cool. I was just entering kindergarten.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:02 PM   #16
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I was -5
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:55 PM   #17
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I was 19 years old in 1975 and quite honestly dont remember much of that time

Nice hat John you need to wear it to our next happy hour
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:58 PM   #18
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Very cool!
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:01 PM   #19
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pretty cool gesture on his part. bet it brings back memories.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:11 PM   #20
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Classic.

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Old 05-10-2018, 08:14 PM   #21
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I was born in 75
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:16 PM   #22
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I think I saw one of those on display at the restaurant in Coldfoot on my way to Deadhorse two yrs ago.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:22 PM   #23
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Where are the Then and now pictures??
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:25 PM   #24
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I think I saw one of those on display at the restaurant in Coldfoot on my way to Deadhorse two yrs ago.
The first time I went to the slope it took me 20 minutes to convince my assistant that I was not just messing with her when I asked her to make airline reservations to Deadhorse.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:33 PM   #25
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Classic.

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Old 05-10-2018, 09:40 PM   #26
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That's really cool! That's also the most John Parker story ever...in the best kind of way.


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Old 05-10-2018, 09:42 PM   #27
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-10 here
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:57 PM   #28
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I was 2. I have a grandbaby now. Jerp is OLD.
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:03 PM   #29
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That's just awesome!!!
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:26 PM   #30
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Great story!
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:28 PM   #31
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Very cool story. But that cap is uglier than homemade soap!
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:56 PM   #32
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Found a couple pics from that summer - 1975
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:07 PM   #33
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I was 19 working as a roustabout on a rig near Deadhorse. This city boy learned a lot about grunt work- 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 3 months each summer


My dad was head of safety/training for the company. Because of that the driller didn’t want me on his rig and the other hands rode me like a short horse - I really had to prove myself. I gained a lot of respect for those guys


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Old 05-15-2018, 08:16 PM   #34
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At the end of the summer dad had to come up and do his inspections. This pic was taken in 75’ - that’s the arctic ocean in the background. The first summer I went up I remember him saying “ I called your pusher and said not to cut you any slack - if he don’t make a hand, run him off like anybody else” I ended up making a crapload of money over 4 summers - enough to get through school. Great experience




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Old 05-15-2018, 08:40 PM   #35
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That’s cool stuff


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Old 05-15-2018, 09:43 PM   #36
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Good stuff there, only in America! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:51 PM   #37
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That’s awesome
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:03 PM   #38
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That guy kept your hat for 43 years and my wife can't remember where she put her car keys 10 min ago
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:36 AM   #39
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Cool story about the hat, and your time there. Thanks for sharing the pics too.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:35 AM   #40
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OK, this is cool!
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:52 AM   #41
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Great thread!
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:33 AM   #42
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That's pretty dang cool!
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:56 AM   #43
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WOW! Blast from the past. I remember seeing a lot of guys wearing those hats when we moved up there in '76. I think my stepdad may have had one. He was working on the slope in the 70's and 80's.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:12 AM   #44
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Americana history , thx for sharing John
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:22 PM   #45
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Cool, I had the same thing happen a few weeks ago. A Navy pard I hadn't seen in 35 years came through. Last time I saw him was my bachelor party, June 1983. While he was here he handed me a .45 cal CVA caplock I had built aboard ship and said "you left this".
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