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Troup 39, 1959-60

A Thousand Words
By Jock Lauterer

With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of Chapel Hill Boy Scout Troop 39, many old campers are planning festivities this spring. Back in the day when I was a Troop 39er, our scoutmaster was Ed Johnson, who made this goofy shot in 1959 or 1960. The human pyramid is made up of (bottom row, from left): the 1k Word guy, Robert Crook and Joe Moore; (second row) Tim Hubbard and David Radford; and Johnny Allcott on top. Allcott, one of my best childhood chums and a longtime Eugene, Ore., doctor of internal medicine, and I have exchanged Christmas cards faithfully for 44 years. Former Scoutmaster Ed Johnson, who shot this photo using Kodak slide film, lives out off Buckhorn Road and turns 79 this spring. I hear a big reunion is planned for Memorial Day weekend. Even though I bet the elder scouts attending won’t be doing any gymnastics, some of us still can tie a square knot in the dark – left over right; right over left.

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