My good friend...
I met Jim at a get-together of Bulletin Board Systems operators (SysOps) in the Washington D.C. area in 1990. We had previously 'met' on the GT Power Network when he was a Net 44 SysOp. I believe it was the year previous to our actual meeting that Net 44 hosted a get-together in North Carolina. And, I worked up an ANSI code music file for Net 44... Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be in Carolina [Now playing.] for which Jim expressed his satisfaction. It was a crude rendition but it did play pretty good although we would have valued a MIDI version much more methinks. (grin)
The entire GT Power Network was in a bit of a uproar sometime prior the Washington get-together. A SysOp in either Oregon or Washington state had expressed his concern that if we let pornography into our network -- it might influence his children's minds. He was asking for a vote to ban it from the network. Well, the same screams of the right to freedom of the press, pornographers, and so forth were heard as it is recently. Indeed it seems that there was no one supporting the viewpoint that this concern parent had a right to freedom of speech himself. The Ol'Kunnel pointed this out several times to the loudest voices for lynching some one who dared to want to keep the network clean. He was immediately put on a lot of SysOps lists of someone to avoid. And the Ol'Kunnel felt the freeze at the Washington get-together. (And, even in his own network 33.)
Jim Wilson didn't freeze me out. We sat together in front of the meeting hall...and didn't discuss the controversy as indeed it was not the time or place. Few honored that conviction, I dare say.
In a recent email to Jim upon hearing of his new home and workshop anvil progress, his response and signature was descriptive of the man...
> BTW, congratulations on your dreams coming true. Never more deserving to
> a great couple of people, I say.
I thank you, sir. (grin) We are extremely pleased with the way things
are going. We've waited a long time for this.
The truth is available at:
"If at age 20 a man is not a liberal, he has no heart.
If at age 40 a man is not a conservative, he has no brain!"
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
Jim had a special regard for everyone he met; especially, SysOps from across the seas. Witness this testimony...
"Every time Bob [Butcher] came to the states, he brought me a bottle of 14 year
reserve Oban. I still have part of the last bottle he brought me. I use it only on VERY special occasions."
"On his first trip to the states, Bob had a problem getting a visa. I
called the office of Jesse Helms, and the way was smoothed for Bob. Bob
was astounded that I could call the office of a senior senator, file a
complaint and get positive action so fast.
"I miss Bob. A great deal. He was a good friend, in good times but he
was a better friend in bad times.
"I wish he was still with us...."
[Needless to say, the Ol' Kunnel wishes both Bob Butcher, Jack Burnett, and Jim Wilson
were still with us.]
Jim was most helpful to me in giving me computer advice and tips. When I changed from SysOping (if such a word is permitted) to a web site, I was still using a dial out line...but, getting a cable modem made me wonder is it was possible to network my two home computers...
> At present I have two computers... This one is on cable modem. The other on dial-up that I am thinking of > going with DSL. What I am getting at is this... If I get DSL... on the other computer... new Pentium 4... > I will drop cable modem on this older Pentium III. I would like then to network it with the new...the new
> being the server and this one being the client. ... I hope all this make sense to you > and you see what I am hoping to do.
I have both systems hooked together into a LAN. I use a "router", and a Cable Modem. The modem hooks to the cable, the router hooks to the modem, and the computers hook to the router. That way, the entire network uses the same internet ID, since the router is the only thing the internet sees. The router sees the internet, and sees both computers as separate identities. Make sense?
System works well for me, using Windows ME for my platform. I use Netscape 4.76 for my browser, and have Internet Exploder and Outhouse Express turned off. Sheri and I access the Internet simultaneously fairly often, and have no trouble doing so.
It made sense to me and still does. My Local Area Network is using the cable modem and working just fine, thank you. (grin)
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but
it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
-- Jim 'Paw Paw' Wilson, January 14, 2004
As a patriot, Jim was unsurpassed, in my opinion, in his devotion to God, Country and Honor...
Here is his own oral history in a letter to Todd Blackford...
Where to start? Well, I guess at the beginning.
"I joined the army on a delayed entry program under RFA-55 on 9 September
57. I took basic at Ft. Ord, CA in early 58. Finished my 6 months
ACDUTRA in July. Started College at the University of Alaska, met
Sheri, decided to get married and make babies. Then decided I'd better
get back into uniform to pay for them. Went RA in Sept. 61. Stayed in,
alternating tours between Alaska (Where Sheri was from, where we met,
and my spiritual home) and SE Asia. Picked up my 3rd NVA Marksmanship
medal, and they took me off of jump status, off of combat status, and
put me behind a desk. Took Discharge at ETS on 6 Dec 1966. Went into
law enforcement when we arrived in Winston-Salem. Stayed completely
away from the Army until one morning in April of 74. I had just made
Sgt with the PD, was walking through a shopping center headed for
coffee, saw an Army Cpt. walking toward me. Habit took over, I threw
him a high ball and a "Good Morning, Cpt!" He returned the salute,
asked me if I had time for a cup of coffee, told him that was where I
was headed and invited him to join me. By the time we finished our
coffee, he had talked me into joining his unit of the USAR. Somehow
during the course of the next year, part of my medical records got
misplaced out of my file. I lateral transferred into Co. C, 3rd Bn,
11th SFG (ABN) Back under the beret. In 81, I had a mild heart attack,
and some how all of my information was back in my medical 201 file.
(grin) I transferred to a Drill Sgt unit of the 108th Training Division
as a MSG E-8. Picked up my E-9 in 83, and got out in 84. Because my
combined service totals a bit more than 20 years but is broken, I don't
get a military pension, however I do get a good number of Federal
Service Bonus points on my Social Security check.
About two years ago, I got involved with the United States Support
Command. It's a military fraternal outfit, recognized and authorized by
DOD. The informal unit name is The United States Army Volunteer
Reserve. We wear Woodland BDU's on duty, Dress Greens on dress occasions.
About a year ago, the unit underwent a re-structuring, and a new Brigade
was formed. The CO, Col. Mike Hancock and I have known each other for
many years. He asked me to be his Brigade Sgt Maj. Much as I hated to
do it, I turned him down, telling him that I could no longer handle
sustained field duty. He accepted that, and about 6 months ago, called
me and asked me if I would be his IG NCO. That's also a CSM slot.
Well, I can still handle paper, so I told him yes.
"In nature, nothing is ever right. Therefore, if everything is going right ... something is wrong."
[Todd Blackford was a former Lt. Col.]
• There is no rank necessary between us. I didn’t even know your rank
• until your message about Bush and kerry.
• Nor is my rank germane, most of the time. FYI, I’m a retired CSM, with
• broken service. Civilian between Army tours. I’m also a CSM of the
• United States Army Volunteer Reserve.
• But I want you to know that I respect you, and am proud to call you
• friend, something I couldn’t have done on active duty.
• I will only use your rank when it is important to me to acknowledge you
• as a professional.
• Airborne Colonel, all the way!
[I neglected to point out that in my first meeting with Jim at the Washington GT get-together that Jim saluted me when we were introduced. I told him that was not necessary as I was only an honorary Colonel. He replied, "Even an honorary Colonel gets a salute from me, Sir!"]
Here is another instance when Jim proved to me how devoted he was to the principles of our country...
"The following is what I sent to Fox News. I don't know whether they
will use it or not. You are free to do so, if you wish.
"President Ronald Wilson Reagan,
"During the 80's, although no longer on active duty, I was still rather
heavily involved with the Army.
"Few people realize just how low American Military Morale was at that
point in time. The Nixon, Ford, Carter years, had been horrendous for
those of us who were professional military. I think that in many ways
that was possibly the lowest our morale had ever been.
"Professional military personnel, men and women who had served their
country well under difficult circumstances, virtually hid the fact that
they had been in the military. We were ashamed and afraid to admit the
truth, for fear of ridicule and rejection.
"President Reagan taught us that it was OK to be proud of being
"I will be forever grateful to him.
Jim Winston-Salem, NC"
[Jim email this to me, June 12, 2004]
I forget what it was I agreed with in this email but it pleases me and shows the magnanimity that Jim always displayed...
> I agree... And, again we see eye to eye on a lot of things...
You spent a lot of your time in contact with the USMC. I actually get
along better with veterans of the Corps than I do with veterans of the
conventional army. We (the Corps and I) tend to be more mission
oriented than "regulation Johnny", so we have a lot in common.
The truth is available at:
No man's life, liberty, or property is
safe while the legislature is in session.
In addition to the above obvious talents, Jim was an great iron worker as a blacksmith, the Chairman of Cybersmiths International, and author of The Revolutionary Blacksmith, based on both his blacksmith and warrior experiences. I, the Ol'Kunnel encourage you to visit Jim's web site before it leaves the web. A thorough review will reveal the passing of a truely renaissance man! Click Here To See!
...passed away Friday, May 13 at 12:30 PM.