Today on around Kansas, we visit with Bill genereux. Bill is a professor at K state public techniques. But he takes us back to a look at his time on the battleship Missouri. during the Gulf War, firing the big guns the job was called fire control, not putting out fires but controlling the firing of weapons. So that could be missiles guns or what have you. And yeah, so that’s what I wound up being assigned to the big guns on the battleship. And so yeah, a lot. Especially other fire control men who have other other types of weapon systems they work on. Wow, I see those big guns and wish that I had a chance to shoot those but I on my, I think it was 23rd 22nd or 23rd birthday. I got to fire off a broadside and nine gun broadside. They that wasn’t my normal station to pull the trigger on that. But I was in the computer rumor that happened here. Bill shoot this one. So
yeah, that those still hear the sound in your head. Oh, yeah. Yeah, you feel it. You don’t just hear it, you feel it. And so one thing that every fire control man wants to do, especially with the big guns is to actually see the weapon going off. So I, early in my career on the battleship.
I went topside and got to watch him shoot. And so not unlike these headphones I’m wearing now you’d have these Mickey Mouse ears to protect your ear, your hearing. And where I was standing, it slammed you in the chest. It’s like a really hard thump on the chest and it pushes the headphones clear off. I mean, it like pushes him back. I mean, it’s a blast of hot air that hits you when so you don’t just hear it, you feel it and smoke and it’s just like this big dragon just went off and it’s shooting these little Volkswagen cars 20 miles away.
So it’s, it’s over their net. We’re never gonna see that kind of thing again.
Yeah, it was. It was pretty neat. Wow, I got a rush. Just to tell the story. Well, imagine standing there. And so you asked about Lynda Barry, that workshop set off in me a lot of memories, a lot of things. So we’re coming up on the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm. In January, it’ll be 30 years. So throughout this past year since I did that workshop, occasionally something will come to mind then I’ll draw up a scene or have have memories of things that happens in Desert Storm. And it’s kind of neat to have some new skills that I didn’t have before I kind of started studying or learning first.
And people can if people are interested to see those, they’re online, I’m putting them on Facebook and Instagram. I’m experimenting with a lot of different social media.
Fun to follow.