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Turtle Club Origin Story

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
Jim Jackson
09/03/1986

Turtle Club Origin Story

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.
David
11/08/1968

Turtle Club Origin Story

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.
Mike
15/02/1994

Turtle Club Origin Story

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.
Glenn
01/08/1963

Turtle Club Origin Story

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.).
Jim

Turtle Club Origin Story

I’ve been hearing about this at several masonic lodges that I attend. Did a quick Google search and here I am..
Walter
12/01/2020

Turtle Club Origin Story

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.
John
01/09/2020

Turtle Club Origin Story

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 : frank.barb@comcast.net if you wish.
Frank Broz
07/06/2017

Turtle Club Origin Story

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.
John
04/05/2014

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