The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The City: Reno #6

Original Caption:

USAF Conducts Survival School

Reno -- The U. S. Air Force has organized an "Escape and Survival" school at Stead Air Force Base near Reno. The seventeen day course, over which there has been much controversy, teaches Air Force men how to behave if captured, how to resist attempts at brainwashing, how to plan and execute an escape and how to survive when loose in enemy-held territory. Here a "prisoner" is being interrogated under a spotlight by "enemy" officers. (1955)


Marshall P. Smith said...

The Top Gun school is east of Reno. I wonder if this the same location.

Richard said...

No waterboarding?

Tommy O'C said...

The "Top Gun" school is the Miramar Air Base, which is actually located 10 miles north of San Diego, near the border with Mexico. Reno is in northern Nevada. They're not nearly the same location.

No waterboarding?

No, but they might bury you in the desert up to your neck.

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

I'm loving the Reno series since most of my family settled in and around the area when they arrived in the US. I should share some images from my family photo albums in the future.

c said...

The Top Gun base used to be in Miramar, but has since moved to Fallon, Nevada - about an hour's drive east of Reno. Stead AFB is no longer an operational base but hosts the annual Air Races.