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1966 Troupe Poster Comments to crew: L/C C.W. Heuther, L/C W. H. Copp, CAPT H. W. Rogers, TSGT E. B. Candelaria, TSGT R. W. Fralix. SSGT M. L. Kelly, A2C W. D. Bailey
An embarassment of riches - you not only fly well but you're all handsome! Betty Lanigan
Thanks so much, you're the tops, love and kisses Joey Heatherton
May you never give out of airspeed...altitude...and ideas simultaneously Clay Daniel
Things go better with the 314th Troop Carrier Wing, to all the crew, you're great. Anita Bryant Note: She loved Coke and Bill somehow found a case of it and it was sitting in Anita's seat when she returned from a show.
Hey gang! Somebody up there like us and I'm sure it's you guys. Thanks for a great trip! Bob Hope
I've enjoyed flying with you and thanks a lot for a great time, especially to my namesake SSGT Kelly! Kelly Hope
To a wild bunch of aeronautical gypsies and the only pilot I know who flies like I drove my model "A" Ford, Nicodemous! Phyllis Diller
P.S. Free cue cards anytime. Barney McNulty
Thanks so much for all your help. Diana Sherlton
Many, many thanks. Stumpy Brown
Korean Kittens, we love you Kim, Lee, and Yoon
It was great! Bob Green 1966
We know you're great, but are you strong enough to face us next year? Best, Jean Maas
It was an honor flying with you guys - the greatest! Vic Damone
You're a No. 1 crew and great people. Thanks for everything. Lloyd Moreles
Everything up about this group. Bill Faith
Good luck to a great crew Lou Ciotti
To all the crew on board - this is the best Dick Collins
Thanks for a wonderful Christmas '66 Les Brown
To a great bunch of men who made this a great trip for us. Thanks. Onne Morrow
Thank you. Good Luck Patti Miller Xmas 66
Mike Marschelloy, Makeup
May God bless you. Fred Marion
Best luck, good wishes, happy new year. Andre
Best of Luck to a swinging crew. Bob Clark
Crew, good bunch of guys, best of luck. Jack Laybay
God bless you all. Mickey Maynard
I like the way you land the plane - right side up! Good luck Charles Lee
With Appreciation. Rita Faria (Note: Miss World)
Good luck. Ron Smith
Thanks, wish you could see the Rose Bowl Game. Charles Salomar
The best always. Ralph La Polla
You guys are a complete gas - thumbs up Slyde Hydr
Great crew and great plane. I'd hate to be up there without you. Johnny Rapp
You've been our family and home while being away from both. Thanks for all you kind attention. Be happy! Corrine Carr
Your delivery of the punch lines was perfect, all 6,000 pounds worth. Thanks, Jack Fellandes
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Bill's portable Smith Corona traveled with him everywhere so that he could keep up with their daily epistles. He glued his patches on the case because he had no other place to put them and because his life & the patches changed often.
(Now Aerospace Defense Command)
NORTH AMERICAN AIR DEFENSE COMMND
(Now North American Aerospace Command)
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Later my parents used tape recorders for their daily correspondence. All communication is stored in the 167 boxes.
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No gas available so in and out at the falls. "What an in and out it was." Everywhere you would hear the noise of the falls . Where ever you stood they looked different. To Bill it looked like a big circle. Victoria Falls seemed to Bill about twice as high as Niagara Falls. (Spot on Bill! 355 to 167 feet).
Bill considers these falls a favorite. They are gorgeous. Many times he saw multiple rainbows. Temperature changes made color changes in the rainbows.
When the very small Manitou Springs Historical Society bought this structure on February 17, 1976 to house their collection the interior had been broken up into apartments and was in disrepair. They had 5 mortgages and Shirley had the pleasure of paying off the last one and burning the mortgage within 10 years of beginning the project. It might be noted that in the beginning Bill and Shirley were the youngest members of the (seven member?) historical society - the next youngest we think was 80.
Bill put the counter-balanced cable cars from the Manitou Incline, mounted the on truck frames, and created the two-bit trolley. Shop-owners would take turns driving so each tour was unique. Great for shopping because a door opened at each seat.
And you thought lighting your house for the holidays was a chore! After retirement from the Air Force Bill strung these thousands of lights for Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, Co. Surprisingly, Bill, the executive director of the historical society, did not count the lights.
The whole town began lighting their architectural features after that.
USAFA building dedication ceremonies came under Bill's purview.
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Almost everyone in the troupe signed Bill's poster on this memorable tour. See comments below
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(Bill's wife, Shirley Ann Copp, signed her name 'SAC' when transferred to this air force.)
1 -THE ARAGON
2 - THE TRIANON
6 - THE BLACKHAWK RESTAURANT IN THE LOOP
at 6 amazing places
This page seems to be focusing on big buildings lately. No account of Bill's webography would be complete without showing you this edifice and mentioning the influence of the Broadmoor on the area in the 1950s and 60s. The resort was home to Olympic skaters and the golf club hosted the leading golfers (and I emphasize both women and men) of the day. You will soon see the stories associated with this grand lady on the Honorable Mention page.
Bill and Shirley admire the Citizens of the Year plaque given them by the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce for the 10,000 volunteer hours they worked over the years restoring Miramont Castle. The 1985 presentation may also have reflected Bill's development of a town trolley system by adapting the counter-balanced cable cars from the Manitou Incline pictured in front of Miramont at the right.
Miramont was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 3, 1977. The structure has nine kinds of architecture and currently 42 rooms.
Bill and Shirley had the opportunity to helicopter around New City with the head of the World Trade Center before 9/11
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The Broadmoor hotel much as it looked during the USAFA years. The four Tutt brothers purchased the hotel and brought it to this point when Bill met Thayer Tutt. He impressed Bill by using the fewest amount of words possible in his correspondence. The four brothers all died within a short period of time.
The goal of the photo array page is to give you a window on some things that happened in the last nine decades. We will attempt to caption each topic with the corresponding page. I don't do links. It is probably a good idea to also put the disclaimer here. If any image infringes on anyone's intellectual rights, we apologize and will remove it.
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One time a general said to my dad, "Copp do you even know what air force you're in?" As you can see it was confusing
William H. 'Wild Bill' Copp
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4- THE PALMER HOUSE
(and that's just the lobby!)
at 6 amazing places
The Broadmoor Resort as it exists today.
It has been a 5 star hotel for 52 years.