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.
In 1963 I was a plebe at the US Naval Academy . We were at attention for inspection. An upper classman asked the plebe next to me if he was a turtle. The guy (I forgot his name) looked scared but replied correctly. The upperclassman pretended to be angry and had him do 20 push-ups.
Later I asked the guy about the question and the provocative reply and he initiated me into the Order.
I became a turtle in 1985 by our grand imperial turtle George Frost, Butler Pa. He has procured hundreds of turtles over the last 50 years here in western Pa.. My wife became a turtle before me so I couldn’t let that happen. I have procured at least 50 myself and enjoyed sitting around a camp fire reading the answers and having a lot of laughs (and tipping a pint). I am now 75 and procure members as often as I can (most people I know are already turtles). Good luck to your organization keep up the good work (A.Y.A.T) (Y.B.Y.S.A.I.A.).
I’ve been hearing about this at several masonic lodges that I attend. Did a quick Google search and here I am..
So the past October before Halloween I join turtles, and my brother had brought me through
It was January 9, 2020 when a close motorcycle enthusiast asked me if I wished to learn to give answers unlike a Salty Sailor to which I said I would.
After learning about the Turtle Club I vacationed with my daughter Debra in Alaska. We hosteled in a small city called North Pole, 18 lies north of Fairbanks. One evening we ventured out foreigner at a place called The Turtle Restaurant, Fox, Alaska.
We dined, some drinks then ventured to the bar staffed by a female bartender who asked if I were a Turtle. I replied no, ordered my third drink of the evening while she asked me four questions. With a bit of help I got through and received my Turtle membership card dated June 7, 2017. I value that little green card over my Navy military ID card listing me as a Master Chief, USN. Am a Korean War Navy radioman. Send me an email at : firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish.
A friend told me I should be a Turtle because I find the least possible vulgar way to answer a question when vulgarity is expected. I would have it no other way.