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1970 Ron Waggoner


Cold Bay Air Force Station, AK

As one entered the eating area from the hallway, the recreation area was to the right. The kitchen was to the left. One of my first friends at the site was a cook. I once mentioned to him how much I had always loved cheese; and missed having it available for snacks. I had no place to buy any, because it was so perishable that the BX did not sell it. My friend told me that he could get me a small piece from the kitchen on the sly. Well, I couldn’t pass up a chance to get some free cheese! He told me to go back to the kitchen at a certain time, and to pick up a package that he would leave in a certain spot. At the appointed time, I went to the kitchen, picked up a can wrapped in foil, and returned to my room. There, I opened the can and found the biggest chunk of cheese that I had ever seen! I couldn’t believe my eyes. Firstly, I had never heard of cheese being packed in a can. Secondly, I had no idea that he was going to leave anything that huge. I remember thinking that my friend was so accustomed to cooking with huge quantities that he had lost his ability to think “small”. Ha! Anyway, since the Operations Officer had told me once that he also missed having cheese for a snack, I happily shared the chunk. Our pieces of that cheese were so big that we both ate from those cuts for several days.

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