[rollei_list] Re: OT: Miscellany

I used to get it. I was an Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS) clerk in a motor-pool.

While it was fairly good, it didn't fair well against the Silver Surfer.

Slobodan Dimitrov







On Sep 9, 2007, at 6:14 PM, Robert Lilley wrote:

Oh my, somebody out there remembers the army's maintenance comic book
besides me.

It was/is called "PS Monthly (Preventative Maintenance Monthly) put out by the Army Maintenance Board, Ft. Knox, Kentucky (back then) and the cartoon characters inspired by Will Eisner are still in use today. The two gals who demonstrated the various maintenance "postures and techniques" were called "Bonnie and Connie" and of course there was Sgt Half-Mask and a few lovable others. Bonnie and Connie were pretty risqué back when I remember them in the 60's but today they are rather tame and politically correct. Something definitely was lost after Eisner and the original team left the magazine.

After serving with an intelligence unit in Vietnam preparing visual aids for the "Five O'clock Follies"(briefing the press) among other things, I was awarded an army illustrator MOS (81E) and worked briefly with the staff that published PS. The idea to use cartoon characters was based on the belief that the average enlisted level of education was 5th grade and this approach
would be best understood.  The army out sources the magazine today.

Rob Lilley


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On Sep 9, 2007, at 12:21 AM, Marc James Small wrote:

a decrepit 50-year old M113 Amored Personnel Carrier which can barely
run is only a "tank" in the eyes of some idiot National Public Radio
reporter.

When the M113 was adopted by the army in 1960, I was one of the early
mechanics to work on them. The first version was powered by a gasoline
engine, but by 1961 all subsequent models were diesel equipped.  We
used to get monthly maintenance updates illustrated by the great
cartoonist, Will Eisner (The Spirit).
To this day I remember vividly how important it was to change the fuel
filter regularly, firmly fixed by the brilliant art work in the
instructions.  Decades later I met Eisner, now deceased, at a comic
artist convention in Columbus, where I got the opportunity to thank him
for the help ;-).

I ended up my stint as an M113 commander, which meant that so long as
nobody was shooting in our direction, my only job was to stick my head
out of the open hatch on top and get a faceful of dust kicked up by an
armored battalion on the move.  Now they are obsolete relics.

At a Veterans Day parade a few years ago, I was struck by how few
weapons and equipment I had trained with are still in service. I think
the 2 1/2 truck was just about it.  There were items passing in review
that I couldn't even guess what they are used for.  Nor did I ask.

Allen Zak

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