Jim “Eagle” and Jim Sr. share a moment before the tribute to the retired general. Proceeds from the event went to a special-needs trust for the younger Jim.Photo by Peter Jones
Dignitaries honor parachuting Gen. Jim Hall
By Peter Jones
Several hundred movers and shakers from the worlds of Colorado politics, military and media converged at Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village on March 24 to honor retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Hall.
Those paying tribute to the pioneer of military parachuting included U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, former Gov. Bill Owens and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, among a host of other dignitaries and government officials. Proceeds benefited the special-needs trust for Hall’s son, Jim “Eagle,” a Special Olympics athlete.
Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns, a friend of Hall’s, was the first-rate entertainment.
Hall, 86, a Centennial resident profiled in the March 14 Villager, served as a flight engineer in World War II before developing many of the most valuable parachuting techniques still used by the U.S. military. In his 2010 memoir Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico, Hall documented his decades in the armed forces, his civilian adventures implied by the book’s title, as well as his experiences with Fidel Castro and his tenure in Hollywood as a stuntman, producer and scriptwriter.
Retired Gen. Jim Hall shares a quip with Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty. Photo by Peter Jones
A range of Jim Hall memorabilia was on display detailing the retired general’s military, civilian and Hollywood adventures. Photo by Peter Jones
Retired Air Force Gen. Jim Hall is flanked by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and former Gov. Bill Owens. Hall was the guest of honor March 24 at Glenmoor Country Club. Photo by Peter Jones
Kenneth Haraldsen, WWII Air Force veteranPhoto by Bob Sweeney
Sonnie Peterson, former Arapahoe County District Attorney Jim Peterson, William & Mancy Joliffe with Governor Bill Owens – the 40th Gov. of Colorado. Photo by Bob Sweeney
Courtney Walsh, Col. Gary Tobey and Robby Robinson, head of Veterans Affairs – decorated with his Purple Heart. Photo by Bob Sweeney
Joyce & Steve Schuck – recent recipient of the Citizen of the Year award in Colorado Springs, with Bob Cox and Steve Wallach. Photo by Bob Sweeney
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