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Throwback Thursday – Smitty

Written by Kolla

Submitted by Moe Viletto

Smitty The Jumper, Z-Hills early 70’s. I believe he was in his mid to late 70’s. The canopy was silk or pongee with hemp lines that were tied off to a truck steering wheel. He actually steered with it. Crude as it may be, pulling down on one side of the wheel would slip the canopy in that direction. The wheel had two braided ropes that were connected to a leather waist belt with a huge horse buckle; no leg straps. The canopy was packed into a paper grocery bag. Smitty would sit on the wing and just chuck the bag and get pulled off. He wasn’t jumping this here, though I don’t remember what the harness and alti are about that he is wearing.”

Smitty The Jumper, Z-Hills early 70’s

“Me at 21 with Smitty. He is wearing a T-shirt with a pic of Johnny Carson and himself when he was on the show.”

Me at 21 with Smitty. He is wearing a T-shirt with a pic of Johnny Carson and himself when he was on the show

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