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From: Louisville CO US
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 02-21-2012 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just finished listening to the tape of the Friendship 7 Air to Ground and Flight loops.

Beyond the information records such as these preserve, they also preserve elements of the controllers’ character from the qualities in their voices. This goes beyond mere inflection, diction, and accent - they were all pleasant as well. If I had an emergency these are the voices I would want to hear

Here are some of the words that came to mind: clarity, calmness, intelligence, confidence, optimism, humility, teamwork, honesty, diligence, respect, and warmth. Nobody was condescending or made snide remarks. There were no militant sounding brash orders. They talked each other as equals. When something wasn't heard they would just diligently break in and use a slightly more assertive tone to underline the importance of the message.

What went into building these characters? Many would have been products of the "Great Generation" and the "Silent Generation" as they are called. Many had military backgrounds and came from small to medium sized towns. There is an invisible and intangible factor to them. Was it the analog recordings that added this factor? Was it the spirit of the nation itself in better times reflected in their tones?

Even non-controllers like Ed Herlihy delivered the news in a way that he could tell you that the Martians had invaded and the next years model of cars were in with the same smooth style.

We need voices like these back, in our homes, workplaces, on the radio, even Youtube. Where did they go? Can we bring them back? What are your thoughts on the voices of this age?


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From: Athens, GA
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posted 02-22-2012 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tfrielin   Click Here to Email tfrielin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you familiar with the term "coarsening of the culture"?

Sy Liebergot

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From: Pearland, Texas USA
Registered: May 2003

posted 02-24-2012 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a CD included with my autobio that contains my EECOM console audio from Apollo 13 and Apollo 15 that should provide insight re how we sounded and approached the job.

All times are CT (US)

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