How many people remember this – The Crew #3-7 Coloring Book ?
In a March 17, 2008 email to Russ Reston and Lee Kyser, Clint Everett states, in part:
“In 1961, a thin paperback named The Executive Coloring Book was a surprise best seller. It was a book of basic line drawings and short captions. The only detail I can recall about it was a picture of the important executive getting dressed for work. The caption was something like; THIS IS MY UNDERWEAR. COLOR IT IMPORTANT.
There was then a rash of coloring book humor. Our Launch Crew Coloring Book was in that mold. We were on the night shift. Joe was hung over. I took a #2 lead pencil and a sheet of typing paper and made a portrait of him. When I gave it to him the idea for the coloring book was off and running. What it lacked in refinement it made up for in morale building. It was, I believe, a healthy form of grousing about the small aggravations of our job.
The time period had to be in late 1963. My enlistment was up and I was separated from active service in September of 63. It was only years later that Lee told me of Lt. Hagg’s involvement or of an improved version being circulated.”
In a March 17, 2008 email to Russ Reston et al, Lee Kyser states, in part:
“Regarding the idea, and how the project got started, I can’t honestly say. It was just another tour in the blockhouse. The fad of referring to an adjective as a color was still in vogue. The idea of a 3-7 coloring book just simply came up. Clint, Joe, and I went to work. Joe and I drew the mundane while Clint drew the more complicated subjects.
Joe did the clock and the speaker with the dart. Clint’s contributions were the LAPP, the coffee pot, the missile, the sleeping launch officer, the hung-over Mech 2, and the Site 3 Commander. Lee’s efforts went toward the desk, telephones, NTCU, and the refrigerator.
When we were done, we wondered how we could get copies to all launch crews, at each Sembach site. Initially, we were contemplating carbon copies. Lt Hagg thought what we had done was good enough to get printed. We agreed, so he took the drafts to the Base Printing Office. The final product was toned down a bit, renamed, reproduced and copies sent to each launch site — enough for every launch crew.
The rest is history.”
Authors’ Original Drafts courtesy of: Clint Everett (887th TMS)
Edited version courtesy of: Jim Plowden (822nd TMS)
- Clint Everett (887th TMS)
- Joe Razidlo (887th TMS)
- Lee Kyser (887th TMS)
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