(Smithsonian Air and Space magazine, May 1995)
The guide-dog image was hilarious enough, but this all belies the legends and sea stories I grew up on about landing signal officers as a Navy brat.
‘Paddles’ comes from this:
The classic LSO of literature has and always will be Beer Barrel – go read The Bridges at Toko-ri and see the movie. It’s funny and a deeper truth all at once.
Screw the idea of Tom Cruise crooning ‘call the ball.’