Who Procured You?
Over the years I have met some great people through the Turtle Club.
Most can recall what I like to call an “origin” story.
For me, it was hanging around with my dad and his friends during the mid 70’s.
He worked in the aviation industry and those characters loved to tell stories and jokes!
Do you recall who introduced you to the Ancient and Honorable Turtle Club?
Share your origin story with us, as long as you give us permission to share with the world:
Dave working up a thirst by playing ice hockey.
I visited a charity event at my local area here in Germany, There was a lot of turtles around me … so it comes how it comes – I start to be a turtle … this was an experience of a lot of Whiskey to give the right answers,
We have all a lot of fun and a lot of drinks.
I was a sophomore at the University of Illinois in the fall of 1971. I went to school early at the end of the summer to become an “Illini Guide” – an upperclassman who would assist the incoming freshman with the how’s, why’s, where’s, and who’s regarding college life. I met several other Illini Guides,, of which 4 of them INTRODUCED me to The TURTLE CLUB! Of course this was during a study-drinking event, but ever since then I have known the answer: YBYSAIA!
I was having a band party at my place in college, and a few of my fraternity brothers came along. An older brother and I had been drinking and talking for a bit when he mentioned the club to me. He took me aside and made me into a Turtle alongside two of my roommates. One of my favorite memories from college!
I remember being told you have four riddles to solve and every time you get it wrong you have to take a shot. I got sooooo drunk that night. But eventually I got the riddles right and became a Turtle.
I became a Turtle after an initiation by Bill Peters in 1975. Bill was a former next door neighbor and an FBI agent. He asked me one evening while we were at dinner if I was a Turtle. Of course I had no idea what he was talking about. He proceeded to ask me the initiation questions, related the story of the necessary response, and provided me my membership card.
Both my grandparents were members of the turtle club my grandma had spoken to me about becoming a member of it back in the 90’s ,I would be honored to become a member on behalf of my grand parents I want to say it was back in 89- to early 90’s that they had jokes with other members during the evening and they would sit around laughing with there drinks joking around for hours
Attending a business seminar at a local motel conference room the group was waiting for the main speaker. During the wait one of the attendees stood up, took the microphone and gave the group (including me) the four required riddles. After submitting our mailing address we were new members of Turtles Organization. Within three weeks I received my coveted membership card. This was in the year of 1973. Hopefully I have been a loyal Turtle ever since.
I was a Real Estate agent with company in 1986 and one of the agents was telling about the turtle club in Wyoming and I joined approximately 1986
YBYSAIA – I worked at NASA for 40 years. I joined the Pioneer Project at Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, CA) on 2/7/1966. The Pioneer Project was to launch interplanetary probes to investigate the structure and characteristics of the solar wind particles and fields. By 1968 I was on the launch crew as a representative for launch operations and trajectories.. We launched Pioneer-9 on 11/8/1968. At the post-launch party Dee Ferree and Evelyn King, the TRW hostess, cornered me and made me a Turtle. I had trouble answering the questions because of the free open bar. I still have my gold turtle pin and my membership card.
I just completed the initiation offered on the website but the truth is that I have been a turtle for close to 35 years. My grandfather was a Captain in the Navy and fought in WWII and the Korean War. He initiated me when I was a teenager. Of course I wasn’t drinking at that point but it felt great to be a part of something silly that I could share in with the adults. I remember all I wanted was for people to ask me if I was a turtle so I could offer my reply. Thanks for keeping this Order and it’s traditions alive. I look forward to initiating friends and family.