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Letter: Unusual hobby makes for interesting program


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From: Brad Gonsalves

Columbus

Received: Jan. 29

Tonight I had the good fortune to attend a fascinating adult education program at the library’s Red Room. The presenter, Bruce Kramer, from Columbus, described his passion for BASE jumping.

This is a very unusual hobby (at least by my standards) for those who enjoy jumping from buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs), hence the acronym BASE.

Yes, a parachute is used, but at altitudes as low as 200 feet, you need to be very confident you know what you are doing. Bruce brought equipment, pictures, souvenirs, his wife Debbie (who has never seen him jump), and told intriguing stories of favorites jumps, planning the capers and technology changes and answered many questions.

I tried to “get it,” but I’m afraid he won’t find me tagging along.

Thanks so much for a most enjoyable presentation, and to the library staff for yet another terrific evening from someone who truly thinks outside the box. Great job, Bruce!

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