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Message Boards => Apollo 13 Moments of Interest => Topic started by: Naraht on January 02, 2022, 05:20:37 AM

Title: 018:42:34 Bales and Paules long informal conversation
Post by: Naraht on January 02, 2022, 05:20:37 AM

Gran Paules, Steve Bales' boss in the Guidance section, calls him to check in before heading off for his Navy Reserve duty in Galveston. This is the longest check-in call I've encountered so far, around 10 minutes of wide-ranging conversation, much more informal than exchanges on the loop. Subjects of discussion include:

The fact that Bales was asleep at his console with his headset off (and is terrified that he was spotted asleep on TV!)
The eternal question of the SIVB impact point
Midcourse correction ("big Booster screwup")
Who went to the Booster post-launch party
Jack Swigert having set a "new all-time speed record" doing P23
Bales complaining again about how tired he is ("you woke me up by calling though, that's good")
Bales complaining about the "slow-rent, low-rent Procedures guy" (you can hear this incident here: https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=016:53:07&ch=21 (https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=016:53:07&ch=21))

All kinds of gossip.