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#7715 - 09/23/10 08:57 AM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: Bob R]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Intriguing! When I was a tour guide, it would involve a busload of participants from worlds apart, who, of course, had never previously met. Invariably, as life stories were exchanged along the way, it always turned out that someone-knew-someone's-aunt-uncle-father, etc, and a bond would begin.

Stories such as Dr. Antony's serve to polish off a layer or two of built up cynicism.
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#7716 - 09/23/10 09:05 AM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: Bob R]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Fresno, CA
From Bob R's friend Marion:
> "Here's the zinger!! They started out, not at Whitney Portal,
> but at the lowest spot in the U.S., Badwater in Death Valley,
> and hiked to the highest point in the contiguous U.S., the
> summit of Mt. Whitney!


Stan and Bill were great pioneers! Long before the Badwater to Whitney ultramarathon, and long before the Badwater to Whitney bicycle ride (the Whitney Classic), they walked the route!!!

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#7733 - 09/24/10 02:44 AM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 09/16/10
Posts: 5
Loc: Sydney
Thanks to everyone for all of there interest and contributions. It appears that one benefit is having my Uncle Stan acknowledged for his feats which were far greater than mine. My parents have access to this 'thread' by now which has been very helpful for me (I am dragging them kicking and screaming into the 21st century !!) My mother tells me that Uncle Stan and his wife lived at Edwards AF Base in 1955 and it was in 1953 that we visited them in China Lake (where did that name come from?) Also I picked up my walking stick at Telescope Peak..a photo will appear in due course and I am also promised some more photos which will be put on a CD. My Uncle Stan served in WWII in the Pacific and actually was stationed in Australia. He was part of an elite group (so I'm told) called the Snoopers and he actually wrote a short book about it which I have somewhere. I think after the war he first went to Langley Field, China Lake, Edwards and then I presume Yucaipa. I rarely saw him again after 1955 as we moved to New Jersey and my education, travel etc filled up my life. He had no children in 1955 and I really don't know my cousins nor did I know about the feat that he and his son Bill achieved. Bill incidently was the only grandson amonst 7 granddaughters (I am the oldest) I have not been back to Whitney portal. I wish I could contemplate another hike but in the 1980's I had a health problem that involved my inner ear and that affected my balance to a degree that climbing became out of the question. Prior to that (circa 1975) I did climb Ayer's Rock (now Uluru) and even then had a terror of heights but I did persist and made it to the top.
to answer some questions Wagga (meaning Crow in an aboriginal dialect) is an inland town in New South Wales of about 45,000 with a Base Hospital and I know many of the specialists there and have treated children referred from that area but for some reason have not visited it...I have travelled a fair amount in Australia..a unique and beautiful country. My parent's email is Wlhmf@aol.com if you want to contact them. I am sure they would be delighted to speak with any of you. I am very grateful to Steve for the time he has spent on my story. I was sad thinking it was all forgotten when I surfed the NET to find that there were no records kept about what had happened so many years ago. I didn't plan this but it may also be of value for people to know about my Uncle Stan. Don't know the whereabouts of his children but my mother might know. Best Regards, Jayne

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#7734 - 09/24/10 05:09 AM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: JAntony]
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Jayne,

Welcome to the board. Your reports & history are great reading.

Wagga Base Hospital, guess you could say that's my point of origin.

I was told that Wagga means a crow, and that Wagga Wagga means lots of crows. And so forth. Simple maths system.

Have you summitted Kosciusko?
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#7763 - 09/25/10 07:19 AM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: wagga]
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Dear Wagga...If I am reading correctly between the lines, I reckon you might be an expat Aussie and also a medico. Obviously cannot guess when you were in Wagga and if you ever got paediatric experience at RAHC either in Camperdown or Westmead. I presume we don't know each other but this seems a secret society with code names so don't know your gender or vintage!! The one person I know who has been in Wagga for many years is the paediatrician Joe Moloney but I am aware that others including a very close friend of mine did secondments there for a few months. I guess Wagga is between Sydney and Melbourne (have you taught the Yanks how to pronounce it!!) so you may have had links elsewhere other than Sydney.
The first week that I was at the RAHC (1974) I remember two experiences...one was hearing that a child was being transfered from Wagga Wagga and I laughed because I couldn't believe that there could be a town named that!! The second experience was one of the consultants telling me that he was very concerned that one of his patients was very "crook" and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what he was talking about !!!
I have only climbed Uluru. The photo with my colleagues was at Jindybine...each year all of the Paediatric Neurologists meet in different places in Oz and NZ so that over the many years I have been to great places and being a very keen photographer have collected a huge amount of photos. Regards, Jayne

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#7768 - 09/25/10 09:01 PM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: JAntony]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Jayne, Wagga was born in that hospital -- that would be his pediatric connection. He's a software guy.

Those Aussie names are sure bizarre! The one time I was there, our plane got diverted to Maroochydore due to thunderstorms.

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#7774 - 09/26/10 04:57 AM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: JAntony]
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Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Originally Posted By: JAntony

I guess Wagga is between Sydney and Melbourne (have you taught the Yanks how to pronounce it!!)


Wogga Wogga, right?

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#7775 - 09/26/10 06:10 AM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: Bulldog34]
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Oz have a tendency to pronounce words ending with "a" as "er", and vice versa.

So it comes out shading to Wogger Wogger. You can check with my exes Linder and Donner.
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#7776 - 09/26/10 07:57 AM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: Steve C]
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Loc: Sydney
Oooops sorry Wagga didn't know that point of origin meant place of birth...thought it meant where your started your work/training. I presume you have some Aussie conection besides being born there. Don't think it likely that your parents were on holidays in Wagga when you were born and as far as I am aware there is no US Army base in Wagga !!!
I have been to Maroochydore and by that time didn't bat an eye when I heard the name...funny names are all aboriginal and it is very common to have the same name repeated meaning plural instead of an "s" at the end of one word. It is really what the ear is used to hearing. Think of Chattanooga, Chattahooche, Piscataway, Monongahela, Appalachin etc...bizzare to the Aussie ear.
As far as pronounciation I really referred to Melbourne which is pronounced Mel'burn not Mel'born and Brisbane which is Bris'bun. The Aussies don't open their mouths too much when the speak (too many flies!!)
On the other hand in Oz I always have to correct Houston (Whoston) and St Louis (St Louie). However being a small population I find that there is more exposure to every part of the world on TV/News etc so that the Aussies do know a lot about the USA/Europe/Asia etc. and usually get is right eventually.
Incidently, forgot to tell all of you that one of the 7 girls who are my cousins is the actress Karen Allen..Uncle Stan's other sister's kid. Jayne

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#8162 - 10/06/10 10:58 PM Re: 1955 Record: 10-year-old Girl Dayhikes Whitney [Re: Bob R]
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Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7581
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here are several more pictures supplied by Jayne Antony:

Jayne's walking stick. I believe it is now in Georgia with her father, Wayne.




Janice, Jayne and Wayne Henly, with uncle Stan Howell, getting ready to hike Telescope Peak.


All the pictures from their trip to Death Valley, Telescope Peak and Mt. Whitney are here:
http://stevec.smugmug.com/Other/JAntony-1/13706486_jxW93


Edited by Steve C (10/20/10 12:16 AM)
Edit Reason: Link to album

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