USA POPS HISTORY FROM 1966 TO THE PRESENT

This history of the US POPS was initially prepared by Bill Wood in 1989. It has been updated since by Cheryl Whitford.

POPS was founded in the USA by Lenny Barad (POPS #1) in the summer of 1966. It all started with a letter from Lenny to Parachutist magazine, inviting all jumpers having reached the ripe old age of forty years or over to join. The principal idea behind the concept of this new organization is promote good fellowship between the elder jumpers in the sport. The only obligation on anyone's part was and is to promote parachuting in general and safety in particular. Lenny designed the POPS logo with the long bearded man in the rocking chair.

It was felt that the image of sport parachuting would be enhanced if the general public knew there were a group of men and women involved in this sport who were on the more "mature" side, family types in all walks of life and reasonably settled in their community. Since then, some of the people listed in the roster book have passed on, others simply lost interest in jumping and quit, but their POPS number is theirs never to be reissued. Many others have been very active, many receiving their Gold Wings, Diamond and Double Diamond Wings and a myriad of other awards presented in our world of parachuting.

For many years we have established a pattern of holding a Winter Meet of accuracy, Hit & Rock, and R.W. in Florida in the spring and a National Meet in late summer or early fall of each year. The National Meet is rotated among various drop zones so that POPS and POPS families may visit different areas of our great country. Various other POPS Meets are held during the year, all are advertised by Parachutist & Skydiving magazines. For competitive spirit and just great family fun, don't miss the next POPS Meet.

POPS has grown, and now has chapters in many countries around the world and since 1995 there is a World Top POP in addition to a national Top POP in many countries. Jumpers over forty from any country are welcome as members of the USA POPS.

USA Top Pops in order of their service are:

Lenny Barad - TOP POP #1 - POPS # 1
left photo early 1960's, right photo ca 1981

J. H. "Jack" Sowle - TOP POP #2 - POPS # 33

Mike Efstration - TOP POP #3 - POPS # 37
left photo December 1974, right photo 2007
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View some photos from TOP POP #3.

John McManaman - TOP POP #4 - POPS # 21

Bob Rhyne - TOP POP #5 - POPS # 305
left photo 1974, right photo 2005
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Tom Morrison - TOP POP #6 - POPS # 96
left photo 1974, right photo 2006
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John L. Reid - TOP POP # 7 - POPS # 966


photo dates unknown

Bill Wood - TOP POP #8 - POPS # 1135
left photo 1993, right photo 2005

Alicia (Anderson) Moorehead - TOP POP #9 - POPS # 2375
left photo 1993, right photo 2006

Ted Rose - TOP POP #10 - POPS # 2584

Tom Zukowski - TOP POP #11 - POPS # 2253

James Harrison - TOP POP #12 - POPS # 5893

Alicia Moorehead - TOP POP #13 - POPS # 2375

James "Guido" Davis - TOP POP #14 - POPS # 9993

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