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    Re: the tutorials of Al Placette
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2012 Mar 27, 01:04 -0400

    On 3/26/2012 8:37 PM, Alan S wrote:
    > The above were mentioned on another web site devoted to Celestial
    > Navigation, Celestial Navigation Net, seemingly not as active as it at
    > one time was. In any case, the above were mentioned thereon, still are,
    > along with a supposed link to the tutorials, which I could never get to
    > work.
    >
    > I was wondering if anyone here might have had success in downloading the
    > referenced tutorials or had found a link that worked. If such is the
    > case, could whomever that person might be possibly post the link or the
    > material here or direct me to wherever it might be found.
    >
    This is strange--indeed a small world.
    
    Al was supposedly affiliated with the pharmacy department at Purdue
    University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Al claimed he was working on a
    pharmacy doctorate. He was also a member of the Lafayette Sailing Club
    (LSC), with a harbor on Lake Freeman. Al seemed to be an avid sailor
    kept a Hobie 16 at the Club.
    
    Word had it Al developed a very serious/deadly form of cancer, and then
    disappeared. He was supposedly from Texas. Rumor had it he returned to
    Texas.  He left his well maintained Hobie at the LSC harbor, which
    eventually caused the Club problems.
    
    I don't recall whether I was commodore or whether it was during one of
    my 8 years on the Board of Governors, but given the legal problem of the
    boat (and no dues paid) we did everything required by law to find Al,
    and then some (two lawyers on the Board). No response to certified
    letters, nothing back on deaths in Indiana or Texas.  One member of the
    Board is a pharmacist and graduate of the Purdue program.  He tried to
    find Al through the pharmacy department.  If I recall, no record of Al
    as a doctoral student, just some "fuzzy" affiliations with people in the
    department. Never a trace, no response from e-mail or his web site. For
    a good many years he still had a web presence.  We (the LSC) eventually
    quit looking for Al.
    
    If I had not met and talked to Al at dozens of Club gatherings (I am--or
    was--a Hobie sailor/racer too) and seen pictures of him offshore on the
    Atlantic on his web site, I would question whether Al was man or myth.
    I've just done a quick Google search and the name keeps cropping u--but
    so far they lead to dead ends.
    
    If any of your are cyber sleuths and local Al Placette, please let me know.
    
    Bill B
    
    
    
    
    

       
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