If, like your humble scribe, you spent anytime turning the pages of the Tailhook Association’s quarterly pub, The Hook, between 1991 and 2011, you undoubtedly paused for Jack Woodul’s column “The Further Adventures of Youthly Puresome” drawn from his deep reservoir of stories from his time flying the A-4 and F-8 Â – and other sundry endeavors. Â They were (are) great stories and something those of us who came along in the immediate aftermath of Vietnam and before the PC police hijacked the narrative can relate and attest to. Â In his own words:
We Naval Aviators of my ancient era occupy a shared space and time that was unique, heroic, funny, outrageous, and tragic. We circled the wagons against a society that repudiated us, picked off a bunch, and said frabb anyone that couldnâ€™t take a joke. We share a common bond that I am unwilling to let perish when I am hustled off to the Non-PC Gulag.
Those stories, regrettably, ended after 2011 and eventually disappeared from the web, leaving me to resort every once in a while to make the trip to the basement, pullout the box(es) of old Hook magazines and pull a random issue for a YP fix. Â And given the current baleful look SWMBO casts at my library of Hook magazines, I fear for their continued existence on this earth, at least in current form and not recycling in a dump someplace. Â It is therefore with no small amount of joy to note that YP is available once again at a new, dedicated site: Â http://youthlypuresome.com/Â – and we’ve added it to the roll over there on the left under “Naval Aviation.”
BTW – these stories also formed the kernel of an idea with YHS that rattled around in his brain bucket until the blogging platform arrived. Â So – while I count Lex, Sal, Xformed and Far East Cynic as my motivators for getting into blogging, it was through theÂ auspicesÂ of The Hook and “Youthly Pursesome” that kicked my tail into writing outside of work or the classroom. Â
Welcome back YP – we missed ya!