Hang glider over the Palouse

West Coast 1970s

Photos taken on the West Coast (with a few strays) during the 1970s, recently taken down due to damage from sunlight and scanned in to create digital images. They are presented in no particular order, much as they were displayed on the walls.

Honeymoon photo
Only surviving photo of honeymoon to Victoria, BC, August 1974. This photo of the British Columbia Parliament Building was taken by hand, at night, in a driving rainstorm. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
USS New Jersey
Official US Navy photo of USS New Jersey circa 1968. Commissioned in 1943, New Jersey served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Lebanese Civil War, before being decommissioned in 1991. Today the ship is on display as a museum on the Delaware River off Camden, New Jersey, but was berthed in Bremerton, Washington, in the 1970s.
Ruined tower in Eastern Washington
Several times a year we would pass by this ruined tower in Eastern Washington, near Vantage. Eventually, we stopped to take a photo, circa 1976. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Hang glider over the Palouse
The Palouse is a region with huge, rolling hills, covered in modern times by wheat fields. Here, a hang glider launched from Steptoe Butte heads out over the fields. Photo taken circa 1975 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Hang glider at Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte is a solitary mountain north of Colfax, Washington, and a National Natural Landmark. In 1975, it was used as a launching platform for hangliders, mostly owned by Washington State University students. Photo taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Flooded creek, eastern Washington
A flooded creek cascades over a ledge in Whitman County, Washington, circa 1974. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
USS Pegasus at sunset
USS Pegasus (PHM-1) tied up at North Island, 1978. The Pegasus was a very fast (50 mph) hydrofoil patrol ship designed in cooperation with Canada, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain. Though very successful, the US Navy canceled the program in favor of larger ships. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Blurry photo of sleeping koala
No, this is not a good photo of a koala, but after much waiting in less than ideal light, it was the best possible shot. Taken 1979 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Dolphin plays tetherball
A dolphin at Sea World San Diego leaps well out of the pool to hit a tethered ball circa 1979. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Dolphins at Sea World San Diego
Two bottlenose dolphins demonstrate their power and agility at Sea World San Diego, circa 1979. Taken with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
USS Forrestal, 1965
Navy photo of the USS Forrestal, CVA-65, in 1965. My father, Leo Charters, died aboard the Forrestal in Feb. 1966 as a result of a concussion. Scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Student housing
“House” made of junk outside of Pullman, WA, circa 1976. I used to tell people it was student housing. Scanned from a sun-damaged print; taken with a Yashica TL-Electro.
Steamboat at Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain, Georgia, has the world’s largest bas-relief sculpture carved into it, honoring Confederate leaders Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. After the Ku Klux Klan was revived at the mountain in 1915, work began on the carving; draw your own conclusions. This imitation steamboat plies the lake in front of the mountain. And yes, I know Georgia is not on the West Coast, but visiting Stone Mountain is one of the strangest experiences I’ve had since the advent of the Civil Rights Act. Taken in 1978 with a Yashica TL-Electro; scanned from a sun-damaged print.
Leaping orca
Orca leaping from a tank to touch a ball, at SeaWorld San Diego, circa 1978. Scanned from a sun-damaged print; taken with a Yashica TL-Electro.
First commercial sale
Proceeds from my first professional writing sale. The check was for something like $48, and I wanted to remember it with something more impressive, so turned it into nickels and pennies. Scanned from a sun-damaged print; taken with a Yashica TL-Electro circa 1978.
USS Boone in Elliot Bay, Seattle, WA. The Boone was an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate, incorrectly (but popularly) called a "fast frigate" by some sailors. Perry-class frigates were the most common warship stationed in Yokosuka in the 1980s. Scanned from an official US Navy print.
USS Boone in Elliot Bay, Seattle, WA. The Boone was an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate, incorrectly (but popularly) called a “fast frigate” by some sailors. Perry-class frigates were the most common warship stationed in Yokosuka in the 1980s. Scanned from an official US Navy print.
USS Cogswell from above
USS Cogswell from above
USS Cogswell in the Pacific, 1969.
USS Cogswell in the Pacific, 1969.
USS Cogswell (DD-651) next to USS Dixie (AD-14) in San Diego, 1960. The photo incorrectly identifies the destroyer tender as USS Prairie.
USS Cogswell (DD-651) next to USS Dixie (AD-14) in San Diego, 1960. The photo incorrectly identifies the destroyer tender as USS Prairie.
USS Cogswell in the Pacific, 1962.
USS Cogswell in the Pacific, 1962.
Giraffe at San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park, 1969.
Giraffe at San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park, 1969.
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