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Past Dead Man Events

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Soon after Dan built the Wall everyone wanted him to organize in-person get-togethers. I had the pleasure of attending one of these fabulous events! This is driving me crazy but I can't remember what Dan called these events. Please help an old not yet dead man remember...

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  • Dave Rothacker
    Dave Rothacker Member Posts: 7
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    By the way, if I'm not mistaken, since 1998, this is the first time my true identity has been exposed here. Egads! :o
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,258
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    Wethead Gathering?
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • Dave Rothacker
    Dave Rothacker Member Posts: 7
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    hot rod! long time brother. Think you're right.
    Dave "Wizaard" Rothacker
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,894
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    First it was "A Gathering of Wetheads", later it became "Wetstock". I don't remember exactly when it changed.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Dave Rothacker
    Dave Rothacker Member Posts: 7
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    Wetstock! and then Wetstock I, II etc. That was what I was trying to remember Steamhead. Thanks!
  • Sal Santamaura
    Sal Santamaura Member Posts: 529
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    By the way, if I'm not mistaken, since 1998, this is the first time my true identity has been exposed here. Egads! :o

    What Username did you previously go by on the Wall?

  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,258
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    Groom Lake

    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,545
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    Those were good times. I was looking at the list of the first one. So many have died. Great memories. Thanks, Dave.
    Retired and loving it.
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,443
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    Was the first one in or around Worcester, Mass?
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,545
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    Marlborough
    Retired and loving it.
  • Dave Rothacker
    Dave Rothacker Member Posts: 7
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    @Sal Santamaura my username was Wizaard. Thanks to Dan's generosity I was given a public platform in our professions, to begin writing. And early on, when the Wall was under attack, we took the opportunity to launch AREA51HVAC.COM in order to give folks a place to gather until Dan righted the egregious evildoer's wrongs.

    For anyone interested, here's a relatively short, four-part story talking about our origins and end. I also explain Groom Lake, which HotRod mentions above.

    As Dan says, those were great memories! I am very sad to say Klaatu (Steve) passed away a few years ago. Tom51 keeps AREA51HVAC.COM alive today on Facebook. It's a closed group but most professionals reading this are welcome, so I encourage you to check it out. It's a pretty technical forum.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,545
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    Great guys and fine memories.
    Retired and loving it.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,545
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  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853
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    I remember introducing Hot Rod to Ken Secor. That was a time stopping event. They actually got along great. Those were the days. Thanks for the memories.

    ME

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,894
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    I remember Wetstock 2004, in Baltimore, where I introduced The Lovely Naoko, my bride of two weeks, to a completely unsuspecting group. Then she went with us to the Burnham plant in Lancaster the next day- a labor of love if there ever was one.

    I think I still have some Wetstock pics- anyone else? I'm sure the ones we've posted along the way have mostly disappeared through the various versions of The Wall- let's see if we can find some vintage Wetstock pics and post them!
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting