John Alan Elson
1965 Family Portrait  
John Alan Elson WF6I

This is a family portrait done in late 1965. I am the 2nd oldest child and I had a worried look on my face because I was about to sneeze. This portrait was taken for a church directory. Joe, who was just a few months old in this picture was taken wasn't born until after we moved from North Highlands to Carmichael. We continued going to North Highlands Baptist Church (on Q street) until my dad became the pastor in Orangevale.

Me sneezing as picture was snapped.
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here I am sneezing just as the picture was snapped. Several different versions of this portrait were taken. NHBC was a very large church and owned several buses which ran regular routes picking up kids from all around Sacramento County. Some of my earliest childhood memories involve that church and what seemed like several hundred kids that the buses brought.

Me and Teri. 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here is a cropped version with just me and Teri. We left this church when my dad became the pastor at Neighborhood Baptist Church in Orangevale. We returned afterward and continued attending NHBC for another 5 years.

Christmas 1970(?)
John Alan Elson WF6I

This was obviously around Christmas time. Given our apparent ages in this picture, and lack of knotty pine panels in the background, this would have to be some time between 1968 and 1971, while we were living in Orangevale. My dad was the pastor of the church there and we lived in the parsonage. My parents kept the house in Carmichael and during part of that period it was rented out. When we returned there in 1971 we discovered serveral items left behind by the tennants.

All 6 of us 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here you see all 6 of us at the table, around 1979, with Tim "acting the fool" as my dad put it. Note that I am wearing the original Hebrew CocaCola shirt, which was a size small and on the back it said "Have a Coke and a smile" It's hard to believe I was once skinny enough to wear that! This picture was way overexposed, and could not be improved much by software. It is included pimarily because it is in sequence with the next picture.

All but Tim
John Alan Elson WF6I

This picture is much better exposed. Tim is missing from this picture because he had declared himself an atheist several years earlier and thus refused to parcticipate in the praying ritual. As a result of Tim's abscence, my dad, barely visible in the previous picture, is shown more completely. He took both of these pictures using a timer.

 Me on my 18th birthday
John Alan Elson WF6I

This is me on my 18th birthday, taken at my grandparent's house.
Me with some presnts I got for my 18th birthday. 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Me with presents I got for my 18th birtday. Note that all these items are for my Honda Express. It was often referred to as a "moped" though it was not a true moped since it lacked pedals.

My Senior portrait 
John Alan Elson WF6I

This is my senior portrait. This picture sparked a debate among my classmates as to whether or not it was actually me.

Here I am in the traditonal El Camino Highschool cap and gown.
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here I am in the traditonal El Camino Highschool cap and gown. A number of pictures were taken, some with glasses, some without. I am not sure where Tim was on this occasion, he might have been at work. He moved out and moved back in several times, so he might not have been living there at the time. Note the knotty pinewood panelling, a distinctive feature of the house in Carmichel.

Me at our family reunion with my first stereo camera rig. 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Me at the Elson family reunion with my first stereo camera rig. This was two similar but not matched cameras mounted on a bar. Each camera had to be adjusted and snapped separately. I was constantly forgetting to adjust or advance one of the two cameras so out of two rolls of 24 slides I got maybe 2 or 3 usable pairs. The Springfield Gazzette, my dad's hometown paper, published a group photo in an article about the occasion in which it was incorrectly stated that we lived in "Haywood" California.

Begging like a dog 
John Alan Elson WF6I

My grandparents had had a black poodle named "cuddles" which was actually older than Joe. About a year or so before this picture was taken my aunt (who is 9 days younger than Tim) brought a black poodle puppy home and my Grandmother was not pleased! She did warm up to it though, and someone taught it to sit up and beg. Here I am imitating it.

On Joe's bed with Citrus and Sam 
John Alan Elson WF6I

This was taken on Joe's bed and shows me with Joe's golden lab "Sam" and my red tabby "Citrus". Though I have seen many other orange cats, Citrus was the only one I've ever seen whose eyes were orange, most of them have yellow eyes.

Coke and Coyote, the white blotch was cuased by my mother. Someone told her she could get colors 
cleaner by adding a small amount  bleach. Unfortunately, she poured the bleach on first then turned the washer on. She did this several times and me and Teri both wished he had done this experiment with her own 
clothes instead of ours!
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here I am with a glass 2 liter bottle of Coke and a Tshirt from Young Fundamentalist Camp. The word Fundamentalist in this context means taking the bible literally. The kids were divided into two teams, Coyotes and Roadrunners. Though the Roadrunners dominated most of the week, the Coyotes triumphed in the end!

I don't think I would have made it as an armed robber! 
John Alan Elson WF6I

I don't think I would have made it as an armed robber! Joe was a lot more convincing. This was actually a CO2 powered pellet gun, bought as a defense against marauding dogs.

Joe double crosses me 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here we see Joe double crossing me, obviously intending to take all the loot for himself! :) In case you're wondering, no, it wasn't loaded and the CO2 catridge wasn't attached.

weird handshake 
John Alan Elson WF6I

This looks like the aftermath of a thumb war that we both lost, but is probably just a weird handshake.

Her I am with a diving mask. 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here I am with a diving mask. I bought this on a trip somewhere and my mother criticized me for buying something I would only use once. In fact, I used it many times and might still have it.

El Camino High School shorts and Hebrew Cocacola shirt 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here you see me and Teri near the water, and dressed apropriately for the occasion.

Portable scrabble set 
John Alan Elson WF6I

In this picture I'm holding a portable Scrabble set that I was very proud of. I don't remember ever actaully playing a game of Scrabble with it though. Note the print in the background. There is an interesting story behind this. One day my mother announced that she got something for $12 that normally cost $50, we were really excited until we found out it was this print!

 Church shopping?
John Alan Elson WF6I

After our "excommunication" (a catholic term for an old baptist custom referred to in the colonial period as "shunning") from Carmichael Baptist Church we were church shopping for a while and eventually joined El Camino Baptist Church. This might be one of the churches we visited, or it may be at CBC a few months prior to those events.

My QSL card 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here is my QSL card. Though many hams have picture QSL cards, I don't know of any other ham whose QSL card features a stereoscopic self portrait. This card was published in Stereo World volume 22 #2 May/June 1995 page 26. Despite what it says in the Stereo World article, this was actually taken with an unmodified Nimslo, which was a vast improvement over the crude twin camera rig. This was around 1988 or 1989.

Me and Morgan
John Alan Elson WF6I

Me and my cousin Morgan on her 19th birthday in 2007. Note that this is a much newer Hebrew Cocacola shirt that I bought on eBay about 6 years ago. It is size 2X and has no printing on the back.

Me as Max Headroom 
John Alan Elson WF6I

Here I am as Max Headroom. This is a vidcap so I don't have a high resolution version. Usually my hair is longer than this. :)

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