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Interview #927: Moody, Russell C. (June, 2009)

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00:26:36 - 00:29:56 Fishing

Fishing, Boundary Waters, Minnesota, Youngquist, John; Youngquist, Wally; socializing, colleagues, stories, memories; Warren, Fred

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LB

I guess, well, are there any particular colleagues or people that you worked with that you have strong memories? Or any particular stories about?

RM

Well, there's a lot of stories I guess. One of the things that---back in 1973 there was a group from the Forest Products Lab here, a group of guys in engineering that every spring would go on a fishing trip in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. And, actually, they asked me in 1972 to do it, and they were doing it over Memorial Day, and we had other commitments and I couldn't do. And then they asked me again in '73 if I'd be interested in going then. So, I'm certainly interested in going; I love fishing; I love camping. So I went, I went with this group, and practically everybody was at least twenty years older than me, I guess, fifteen to twenty years older than me. And we went back and had a great time---I think there were five of us that went that year---and it was, it wasn't the Boundary Water Wilderness Area then, it was the Boundary Water Canoe Area, and you could actually use little motors on canoes. So we went back several hours by over portages, stuff like that. That only lasted about a few years. Actually, I went in '73 the first time, and I'm leaving this Wednesday for the forty, thirty, thirty---

LB

Thirty-fifth?

RM

'73, it's thirty-sixth, because I went in '73 and if I go in 2008 it will be my thirty-sixth trip back there. So, we're planning to leave on Wednesday. I've been able to take my son along with me a few times; he's going again this year. And, maybe someday even my grandson will go up there with me. But we've got some friends up there, been a great trip. But that, there's a lot of stories on the people from the Lab from that trip. And, I really can't pick out any of them; I think you've interviewed John Youngquist, and his father was one of the ones who was the ringleader of that. And, and there's enough Wally Youngquist stories to write a book on. He's written some books on it, but there's a lot of great stories on that trip. And then Fred Warin was one of them, and Allen Frieze, Allen was all---I mean, yeah, all of the original group that I went with have passed away now. And I guess the group was more a social thing. Fishing was not the main objective. In fact, most of them were not really good fisherman, they were just, they just loved to get out and they'd always catch fish. And, and it was a big social occasion, and the planning for it, the actual doing it, and then the talking about it afterwards. So that was a fun part of it. See any other things I guess. The [pause] see your question was, was there any particular people?

LB

People or stories?

RM

Stories?

LB

And we can come back to this.

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