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Letter called "EMERGENCY"
Gan Island Post June 11th 1972
Dear Ed,
Being what you would call 'an old Moonie' I find all this cock and bull about the high morale of Gan very unsteady.
The second day I was here I heard a Tannoy message stating that 'there was an aircraft coming in with hydraulic
trouble', naturally I was very concerned, but as my job proved of no use at all to be of any aid, I stayed away. Yet
on glancing out of my window I was amazed to see half of the camp had turned out on the edge of the runway.
As I said previously, as I was a Moonie and had not yet read SSO's I thought it was in orders that in the case of
such an emergency personnel were to go to the runway so thus I walked out. But to my sheer amazement I found
smiling faces, excited chatter, and old memories of horrid scenes being talked about.
Now think hard, is this what we pride our high morale over, did you not ever think of that poor pilot? Maybe a
wife and a pup or two? I'm sure seeing all of you blood thirsty Gannites helped him no end. Before I joined the
ranks I was an engineer with a civvy firm of crop sprayers, and once I had engine trouble - it was not very pleasant.
Anyway with only eight months to do, I'll stick to your so called high morale - at least it will be something to laugh
about with the folks back home.
Yours grounded
Peace lover
Editors note It is highly dangerous to go anywhere near the runway whilst an emergency is in progress, so if you're
not involved in the emergency set-up keep well away
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